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Linden Received Awards for School Communication and Outreach

October 8, 2019

LINDEN, NJ - Linden Public Schools received three awards at the New Jersey School Communication Awards on Sept. 26 – the only school district statewide to be honored three times. 

The awards, given out by the New Jersey School Public Relations Association, represent the best work of school communication professionals in getting news and information out to students, families, and the ...

Linden Board of Education honors two Little Leaguers after Magical Summer

LINDEN, NJ - Two little leaguers had a magical summer that led to them being honored at the Linden Board of Education meeting on September 26.

When Louis Aponte and Santiago Alvarez returned to McManus Middle School in , no one Linden, no one needed to ask them how they spent their summer. Their adventures were on TV for the whole world to see.

The two seventh-graders ...

Linden High School Has a New International Baccalaureate Leader

LINDEN, NJ - Linden High School teacher Anthony Fischetti has taken over as coordinator of the International
Baccalaureate program, the school’s most academically challenging course of study.

Fischetti, who also continues to teach Italian and Intro to Education, takes over for the retiring Bernadette Bottino, who has headed the IB program since its inception at LHS in ...

Westfield Contractor Charged in Alleged Home Build Scheme, Prosecutors Say

October 12, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ — Prosecutors have charged a Westfield based home contractor with stealing over $100,000 from a pair of clients, authorities said Friday.

Ralph A. Rapuano Jr., 37, is charged with second-degree theft by deception and second-degree theft by failure to make proper disposition of property received, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo said in a statement.

An ...

Federally Convicted Bomber Convicted of Attempted Murder of Linden Officers

ELIZABETH, NJ - An Elizabeth man, convicted of detonating explosive devices in New York City and a Jersey Shore town over the course of a weekend in 2016, has been convicted on all charges filed against him in connection with a shootout with five Linden Police Department officers.

After a three-week trial and jury deliberations over two days in Union County, a verdict was ...

Elmora Troopers Little League Team Honored at Freeholders Meeting

September 30, 2019

ELIZABETH, NJ – The Elmora Troopers Little League Team received special recognition at Thursday night’s Freeholders meeting. Each player, along with coaches Jairo Labrador and Sal Garcia, received a resolution and medals commending their success.

“You guys were heard when we were in Williamsport, you were heard when we were in Bristol, Connecticut. You were a part of our ...

Senator Scutari and Union County Freeholders Dedicate Park in Honor of Charolette DeFillippo

October 8, 2019

HILLSIDE, NJ - State Senator Nicholas P. Scutari recently joined with the Union County Freeholder and legislators as well as municipal officials, friends and family members in dedicating Charlotte DeFilippo Park on Liberty Avenue in Hillside.

“Charlotte was raised here and lived most of her life in Hillside,” said Senator Nicholas P. Scutari, who emceed the event.

Nominations Open for 2020 Union County Women of Excellence Awards

Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders reminds residents, business owners and non-profit managers to submit nominations for the 28th annual Women of Excellence awards. The submission deadline is December 2nd. The awards celebrate women who have made a powerful impact on life in Union County.

“It is always important to raise awareness about the ...

The Kiwanis Club of Linden Hosting 7th Annual Taste of Linden

October 13, 2019

LINDEN, NJ - The Kiwanis Club of Linden will host its annual Taste of Linden fundraiser that takes place on Tuesday, October 29 at 5:30 p.m.

Several restaurants will be participating in the event which will be held at the Grand Banquet Hall located at 12 North Stiles Street.

Admission to the event is $20 per person in advance, $25 per person at the door and $10 for children 10 and ...

13th Annual “Taste of Elizabeth” Set for October 28

ELIZABETH, NJ - It’s that time of year again when the Rotary Club of Elizabeth hosts their annual “Taste of Elizabeth” event where businesses from all over Union County and beyond come out to show off their culinary talents. 

This year the Rotary Club of Elizabeth is celebrating its 102nd year of service to the Greater Elizabeth Community, and club officials say ...

Senator Scutari and Union County Freeholders Dedicate Park in Honor of Charolette DeFillippo

October 8, 2019

HILLSIDE, NJ - State Senator Nicholas P. Scutari recently joined with the Union County Freeholder and legislators as well as municipal officials, friends and family members in dedicating Charlotte DeFilippo Park on Liberty Avenue in Hillside.

“Charlotte was raised here and lived most of her life in Hillside,” said Senator Nicholas P. Scutari, who emceed the event.

Nominations Open for 2020 Union County Women of Excellence Awards

Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders reminds residents, business owners and non-profit managers to submit nominations for the 28th annual Women of Excellence awards. The submission deadline is December 2nd. The awards celebrate women who have made a powerful impact on life in Union County.

“It is always important to raise awareness about the ...

NJ Clean Communities Council and NJ Food Council Launch “Choose to Reuse” Educational Campaign 

October 12, 2019

TRENTON, NJ –– The New Jersey Food Council (NJFC) has entered into a partnership with the New Jersey Clean Communities Council (NJCCC) to launch the “Choose to Reuse” campaign.

The statewide educational effort - with a municipal focus - is designed to tackle the issue of single-use disposal bags and encourage consumers to bring their own reusable bags ...

A Dozen Girls Determined to Make a Difference in the Lives of Women Fighting Breast Cancer

October 11, 2019

CLARK, NJ – Women who are undergoing chemotherapy and radiation for breast cancer have ongoing recovery challenges both physically and emotionally.  If a dozen young ladies from Girl Scout Junior Troop 40564 at St. John the Apostle have their way, they will provide some ease in the lives of those women. 

On a recent Sunday afternoon this fifth-grade troop ran a ...

RWJBarnabas Health Takes First Step Toward Acquiring Trinitas Medical Center

ELIZABETH/NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth and its affiliates will become a part of RWJBarnabas Health under a recently signed letter of intent. 

According to a press release issued Thursday, the non-binding letter of intent is the first step toward RWJBarnabas Health acquiring the 554-bed, Catholic, acute care teaching hospital located in ...

Westfield Contractor Charged in Alleged Home Build Scheme, Prosecutors Say

October 12, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ — Prosecutors have charged a Westfield based home contractor with stealing over $100,000 from a pair of clients, authorities said Friday.

Ralph A. Rapuano Jr., 37, is charged with second-degree theft by deception and second-degree theft by failure to make proper disposition of property received, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo said in a statement.

An ...

Federally Convicted Bomber Convicted of Attempted Murder of Linden Officers

ELIZABETH, NJ - An Elizabeth man, convicted of detonating explosive devices in New York City and a Jersey Shore town over the course of a weekend in 2016, has been convicted on all charges filed against him in connection with a shootout with five Linden Police Department officers.

After a three-week trial and jury deliberations over two days in Union County, a verdict was ...

Westfield Contractor Charged in Alleged Home Build Scheme, Prosecutors Say

October 12, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ — Prosecutors have charged a Westfield based home contractor with stealing over $100,000 from a pair of clients, authorities said Friday.

Ralph A. Rapuano Jr., 37, is charged with second-degree theft by deception and second-degree theft by failure to make proper disposition of property received, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo said in a statement.

An ...

Federally Convicted Bomber Convicted of Attempted Murder of Linden Officers

ELIZABETH, NJ - An Elizabeth man, convicted of detonating explosive devices in New York City and a Jersey Shore town over the course of a weekend in 2016, has been convicted on all charges filed against him in connection with a shootout with five Linden Police Department officers.

After a three-week trial and jury deliberations over two days in Union County, a verdict was ...

Elmora Troopers Little League Team Honored at Freeholders Meeting

September 30, 2019

ELIZABETH, NJ – The Elmora Troopers Little League Team received special recognition at Thursday night’s Freeholders meeting. Each player, along with coaches Jairo Labrador and Sal Garcia, received a resolution and medals commending their success.

“You guys were heard when we were in Williamsport, you were heard when we were in Bristol, Connecticut. You were a part of our ...

Union County Police and Fire Pipes and Drums Hosting 19th Annual Pub Night

October 12, 2019

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- Union County Police and Fire Pipes and Drums will host its 19th annual Pub Night on Friday, Nov. 1, at 7:00 p.m. at the Kenilworth Veterans Center located at 33 South 21st Street in Kenilworth, NJ.

The band will be honoring retired Union Police Sgt. Harry Capko and Kathy Curren of the Kenilworth Veterans Center.

The night will be a celebration of Celtic ...

Freeholder Chair Mirabella, Other Elected Officials Mark Columbus Day in Elizabeth

ELIZABETH, NJ -- Union County Freeholder Vice Chair Al Mirabella and State Senator Nick Scutari today joined with members of the various chapters of UNICO District X in holding the 11th annual Union County Columbus Day flag raising event on Friday afternoon in Elizabeth.

Mirabella and Scutari, the keynote, were among a card of speakers that included Union County ...

Union County Assistant Prosecutor, Chief of Detectives Retire after Nearly 30 Years of Service

ELIZABETH, NJ — Two county officials have retired after working in the county for nearly 30 years.  Chief of Detectives Vincent Gagliardi and Assistant Prosecutor John Esmerado have both retired from their positions at the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, and were honored for their service to the county during the freeholder board meeting Thursday night.

Esmerado, who is ...

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Jim Barrood Looks Back at His Tenure at the New Jersey Tech Council

October 9, 2019

Jim Barrood recently completed five years as president and CEO of the New Jersey Tech Council.  In my role as editor and publisher of NJTechWeekly.com, I recently interviewed Jim about his tenure at the Council:   

Can you talk about some of the accomplishments you’ve been most proud of at the Council?

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Union County Clerk Introduces New Pilot Project for Vote-by-Mail Ballots

October 10, 2019

Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi invites Vote-by-Mail users to participate in a new pilot project for voters who plan to pick up their ballot in person and cast it in the November 5th General Election. Instead of receiving a ballot printed in advance, voters can have their ballot custom-printed on the spot. The new “ballot on demand” service is available at the County Clerk’s ...

NJ TRANSIT Calls for Applications for New Customer Advisory Board

NJ TRANSIT has announced an open application process for its new Customer Advisory Board (CAB), a diverse group of regular customers of the agency’s statewide transit system. The new CAB was planned and will be supported by Stewart Mader, NJ TRANSIT’s Customer Advocate & Chief Customer Experience Officer. 

“We have great expectations for this new Board,” said ...

Thou Shalt Not: A Drama by Thinkery and Verse

Thou Shalt Not - Production by Thinkery & Verse

 

On September 16, 1922, the bodies of an Episcopal priest, Edward Wheeler Hall and a member of his choir, Eleanor Reinhardt Mills, were discovered in a field near the New Brunswick-Franklin Township border. The bloody, butchered bodies obviously had been staged in the positions in which they were found. Torn love letters lay at the ...

Law and Disorder by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker

Law and Disorder by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker ( 2013)

 

The premise of Law and Disorder by John Douglas, long time FBI profiler and his long time writing partner, Mark Olshaker, is this, “Whenever theory supersedes evidence, and prejudice deposes rationalism, there can be no justice.” Throughout Law and Disorder Douglas cites cases in which he was involved as a ...