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Union County News

September 22, 2022

UNION COUNTY, NJ – County commissioners authorized a four-year agreement Thursday with Communication Workers of America Local 1080, the union representing more than 350 members working in the county’s Division of Social Services as social workers, clerks, paralegals and in other ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county is re-establishing a Motion Picture and Television Advisory Committee to help field the numerous requests its offices receive from film, television and digital media studios looking to use locations throughout the county. “We receive multiple inquiries and requests ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — With less than half of all county residents having received a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, Union County is offering updated booster shots to protect residents ages 12 and older from the latest variants. The new bivalent boosters target the two main omicron variants BA.4 ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — County commissioners have approved an anti-nepotism policy and a conflict-of-interest policy, both of which an attorney for the county said are required for entry-level law enforcement officers to be hired without taking their civil service exams. The policies adopted at the ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county’s paratransit system has scheduled a public hearing on its application for grant monies from NJ Transit’s Senior Citizen and Disabled Resident Transportation Assistance Program, the county announced on Tuesday. Union County is applying for an allocation of $1.47 ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Food banks and pantries serving the county are seeing both a greater need and a dip in donations amid rising food costs. The organizations are able to keep providing food thanks to community support but need continued help, spokespeople told TAPinto. Food prices in June ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Nurses working at Cornerstone Behavioral Health Hospital in Berkeley Heights came to Thursday's commissioner board meeting dressed in the protective gear they wear while caring for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic to seek help in securing fair wages and benefits in their ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Union County Police Department contains an “Old Boys Club” whose white, male members police Chief J. Chris Debbie allows to violate laws, a lawsuit brought by Sgt. Homero Almanzar against the department claims. Almanzar, a retired U.S. Army disabled combat veteran ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — Superior Court Judge Thomas J. Walsh appears poised to grant a permanent injunction on the construction of a Union County government complex estimated to cost upwards of $120 million. At a hearing for motion of summary judgment on the case brought by taxpayer Jose R. Jimenez Jr., ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The National Park Service has granted the Shady Rest Golf and Country Club, the first African-American country club in the United States, a listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The listing further solidifies Shady Rest, at 820 Jerusalem Rd., as a national ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county has approved a $140,000 settlement for attorney fees in a landmark public records case that made certain police internal affairs files accessible to the public. The board of county commissioners approved the settlement Thursday in the nearly three-year-long court ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Union College is slated to get $20 million in improvements to its outdated physical education facility in Cranford as part of a project it has partnered with the Union County Improvement Authority on to complete. The Authority’s board of commissioners last week approved a ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Board of County Commissioners on Thursday approved the 2022-23 hunt of white-tailed deer in county parks and some municipal properties for a cost not to exceed $17,500. Acting Commissioner Chairman Christopher Hudak told TAPinto after the meeting the hunt will “keep the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Sitting underneath a canopy in Mindowaskin Park Saturday, the 9-year-old from Westfield explained that she mixed blue, pink and white paints to create pastel colors. Then she took the cap from her used plastic water bottle and lightly dipped its edges in the paint before pressing ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — A state Superior Court decision upholding a stay on construction of a county government complex is prompting the project’s redevelopment entity to consider a fresh start on the project, which has been planned since 2020 and would cost more than $120 million. The county plans ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood’s fifth annual Fan Jam, presented by Dentalcare Associates on Sunday, July 10, will welcome attendees to a fun event with live music, 18 food trucks and an antique car show at LaGrande Park Pavilion. “It's all about the music,” said Aimee Nuzzo, the event director for Fan ...

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RAHWAY, NJ — The Rahway Police Department is once again at the forefront of internal training methods for its officers. Rahway is the first department in Union County to open dedicated space for a matted training room within its headquarters. The department recently began implementing the new ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — The Union County Board of County Commissioners has authorized $95,000 to resolve claims that a prisoner at the county’s since closed jail was kept from exercising his faith and harassed because of his Muslim religion. Last week, the commissioners approved the settlement on the ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ - The Union County Board of County Commissioners is pleased to announce a full slate of free outdoor movies, music and fun for the whole family in Union County parks this summer. The events continue throughout July and August with the Summer Arts concert series beginning on July 6 ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — An event marking Pride Month and the opening of Tëmike Park, the county’s new inclusive playground and park area within Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield, was subject to dozens of offensive comments on the county’s Facebook page. The offending comments, which were initially ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at Union County's new inclusive park and playground located in Plainfield on Saturday. Festivities at Tëmike Park included Drag Queen Story Hour, a Drag Dance-Off and What's the Word at Pride Slam Poetry. There were games and crafts, and LGBTQ+ ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Ultrarunner Shan Riggs is attempting to be the first-known person to run the East Coast Greenway, the 3,000-mile walking and biking route that extends from Florida to Maine. He has already covered more than two-thirds of the miles, supported by his partner Joshuaine (Josh) Grant, ...

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RAHWAY, NJ — Each year, every Union County school athletic department chooses a male and female graduating senior athlete who exemplifies both athletic and academic success. Such students are leaders in their schools and communities and demonstrate the qualities of tenacity, integrity, ...

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UNION COUNTY — The closing of the 102-year-old Williams Nursery in Westfield will not provide more green space to the county, but a vacant property in Berkeley Heights, which the county is buying with open space monies, will. In Westfield, Williams Nursery, the beloved garden center on 6.61 ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ - The Union County Board of County Commissioners will host the opening of LGBTQ: Say It!, an art exhibit hosted by Atelier Rosal Gallery located at 74 E. Cherry Street in Rahway on Friday, June 3 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. “This Pride Month, we have given artists a platform to ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county is one step further along in its cleanup of the 150-acre Clark Reservoir — the largest water body in the county. Last week, the board of county commissioners formally accepted a $4 million grant that will fund the dredging and environmental remediation of the ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Hunters culled 229 deer during Union County’s annual deer hunt this past fall and winter, according to a county spokesperson. The most deer, 55, were harvested from the Watchung Reservation, county spokesperson Tina Casey told TAPinto on Wednesday. Hunts in three Plainfield ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Rhythm & Blues by the Brook, a full afternoon of free music and activities at Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield, returns on Saturday, June 4 from noon to 6:00 p.m. to kick off summer. “We are delighted to bring Rhythm & Blues by the Brook back to Union County this year,” ...

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RAHWAY, NJ — Dr. Patricia Camp, the superintendent of the Rahway Public Schools, has just been named the Union County Superintendent of the Year. The announcement was made on Tuesday evening at the Rahway Board of Education meeting. Camp told TAPinto Rahway that she initially received the news ...

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CRANFORD, NJ - An Elizabeth man was taken into custody on May 5, 2022 for multiple burglary charges, including three separate business burglaries in Cranford, Cranford Police Department announced in a press release earlier today. Antoni Kuhl, 52 of Elizabeth, was arrested on three counts of ...

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