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Panic Buying Gasoline After Oil Pipeline Cyberattack Leads to Price Increases. See How Union County Compares to National Averages.

May 13, 2021

NEW JERSEY, NJ — A cyberattack against a “vital” U.S. oil pipeline has contributed to a spike in already high gasoline prices. New Jersey gas prices now average $3.04 per gallon, according to AAA, compared to roughly $3.01 per gallon nationally. 

In Union County, the price at the pump has hit $3.035 as of May 12. This is part of a national trend in high gas prices ...

Essex County Ends Contract with ICE, ‘Zero’ Detainees Will be Left by August

NEWARK, NJ — Essex County is ending its contract to house federal immigration detainees for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, officials announced.

The move to eliminate ICE detainees from the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark came after it entered into a Memorandum of Agreement last week with Union County to house inmates from that county's jail in Elizabeth.

Summit Teen Praised for Bravery Fought With Suspected Kidnapper, Records Show

SUMMIT, NJ — A 19-year-old Summit woman abducted off the street and locked in the trunk of her suspected kidnapper’s car narrowly escaped in a struggle with her captor, then helped police track the man down, records released Friday show.

Shervon James, 33, of Union, is accused of first attempting to lure the girl into his vehicle on Fernwood Road April 10, then picking ...

Overlook Medical Center Discharges Its 2,000th COVID Inpatient

SUMMIT, NJ - Overlook Medical Center in Summit has discharged its 2,000th inpatient treated for COVID-19 back to recovery, the milestone coming more than a year into the global pandemic and just days after the Hospital, part of Atlantic Health System, marked the 25,000th dose of COVID-19 vaccine administered at the Summit Community Center, where Overlook has been operating a ...

East Brunswick's Chris Quaglin is Arrested for Assault for January 6 Insurrection at US Capitol

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Christopher Joseph Quaglin of East Brunswick, NJ  has been arrested and charged by the United States Department of Justice for his involvement in the January 6, 2021, insurrection at the United States Capitol.  Quaglin faces charges that include Assaulting, Resisting or Impeding Certain Officers or Employees; Civil Disorder; and Obstruction of an ...

11 People in Middlesex, Union Counties Charged in Narcotics Distribution Ring

NEW JERSEY - Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone announced Wednesday that 11 people have been charged for their alleged involvement in a large-scale narcotics distribution ring that operated in Middlesex and Union counties.

The investigation was dubbed Operation The Price is Right by police.

On March 15, Terrence Barker, 37, of Edison was arrested and charged with first-degree ...

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More than 1.1 million additional Economic Impact Payments disbursed under the American Rescue Plan; payments total approximately 164 million

May 6, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and the Bureau of the Fiscal Service announced they are disbursing more than 1.1 million payments in the eighth batch of Economic Impact Payments from the American Rescue Plan.

The announcement brings the total disbursed so far to approximately 164 million payments, with a total value of approximately $386 ...

Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery by Robert Kolker

Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery by Robert Kolker. Harper Perennial, 

2013.

 

I first learned about this “unsolved American mystery,” when 48 Hours did a comprehensive show on the horrific discovery of four bodies wrapped in burlap sacks in 2010. The deceased were discovered on Gilgo Beach, a desolate stretch of sand that did not host excited, Sunday sun ...

Streisand: Redefining Beauty, Femininty, and Power

Barbra Streisand: Redefining Beauty, Femininity, and Power by Neal Gabler. (Yale 

Univ. Press, 2016).

Stephen Spielberg: A Life in Films by Molly Haskell. (Yale Univ. Press, 2017)

 

My family complains each year at holiday time that I am impossible to buy gifts for. This is true because, usually, if I want something, I purchase it myself. They ask me for lists, but even ...

New Jersey Date Night: Stroll Through These Gorgeous Gardens

May 13, 2021

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

There’s always something growing in New Jersey, be it excitement for warmer weather or the flowers in everyone’s yard. Celebrating springtime in the Garden State requires a garden date. We have so many options at our fingertips — possibilities guaranteed to inspire romance and ...

COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic in Linden Set for May 16

LINDEN, NJ - Mayor Derek Armstead in conjunction with Walmart and First Baptist Church of Linden will be hosting a COVID-19 vaccination clinic in the city this weekend.

The clinic will be held at First Baptist Church located at 929 Dill Avenue on Sunday, May 16 between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. for all persons age 16 years old and up.

Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will be ...

NJ Tourism Stumbles During 2020 Coronavirus Crisis, But Industry Ready for Strong Rebound

TRENTON, NJ — Struggling under coronavirus restrictions and travel limitations, New Jersey’s tourism industry took a major hit last year, with the number of people visiting the state — and the amount of money they spent — registering dramatic declines, according to the state’s 2020 tourism report.

While the number of visitors declined to 84.6 million — a 27% ...

Panic Buying Gasoline After Oil Pipeline Cyberattack Leads to Price Increases. See How Union County Compares to National Averages.

NEW JERSEY, NJ — A cyberattack against a “vital” U.S. oil pipeline has contributed to a spike in already high gasoline prices. New Jersey gas prices now average $3.04 per gallon, according to AAA, compared to roughly $3.01 per gallon nationally. 

In Union County, the price at the pump has hit $3.035 as of May 12. This is part of a national trend in high gas prices ...

School No. 2 Honors Memory of Two Longtime Crossing Guards on Arbor Day

LINDEN, NJ — Linden's School No. 2 honored the memory of longtime crossing guards Mike and Maggie Smith with the dedication of a Linden tree planted outside the school on Arbor Day, April 30.

The ceremony remembering the beloved couple was attended by the Smiths’ son Scott and daughter Jennifer, who were moved by the gesture and talked about how much the School No. 2 ...

Here's a Chance for Union County Gardners to Add Color and Variety to Their Garden

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Union County gardeners are invited to a “Native Plant Swap and Shop” event where they can trade an invasive plant from their yard for a colorful native plant.

Pink, lavender, white, red, blue, and yellow flowering native plants are available for swap including swamp milkweed, beebalm, creeping phlox, wild senna, and hummingbird-friendly calico beardtongue and ...