Union County News Top Stories

July 10, 2020

ROSELLE PARK, NJ - Aaron Carr, a 27-year-old lifelong resident of Roselle Park, was critically injured in a surfing accident in Point Pleasant at approximately 6 p.m. on July 4. Carr got picked up by a wave and hit his head on the ocean floor causing a severe spinal injury that left him unable ...

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SPRINGFIELD, NJ — For a second consecutive day on Wednesday, hundreds of state residents found themselves lined up outside the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJMVC) building in Springfield, waiting for hours to get in. After July 7, the first day the MVC reopened statewide, reports of long ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Google honored Elizabeth native Marsha P. Johnson with her own doodle on its Tuesday homepage for the last day of Pride month. “The milestones achieved in the LGBTQ rights and equality movement were made possible by trailblazers who first stood up for their rights - people like ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ - Union County Residents  in need of food, financial assistance, or other support can learn how to get help at a virtual presentation sponsored by Union Public Library on Tuesday, July 7, from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.   Juanita Ayala Vargas, VP of United Way of Greater Union County, and ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — It was dark when they started at 4 a.m. at the intersection of Quimby and Elm Streets Friday, but by the time they completed the project the sun reflected off the streetscape brighter than it ever has before. Students from Westfield High School’s Gay-Straight Alliance and the ...

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RAHWAY, NJ - The City of Rahway has opened seven outdoor shared public spaces throughout the downtown, as part of their Small Business Recovery Strategy, according to a news release. The purpose of the Small Business Recovery Strategy is to proactively maximize outdoor space for businesses and ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Union County Prosecutor’s Office implemented a new standard operating procedure on Monday that requires the Prosecutor’s Office to publicly disclose the name and rank of any of its investigative employees who commit major disciplinary violations, acting Union County ...

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ROSELLE, NJ - Sunday will mark one year exactly since a fatal shooting that took the life of 27-year-old Justin Claiborne of Roselle last summer, and investigators are asking for assistance from the public to help solve the crime, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Roselle Police ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Gary S. Horan, FACHE, of Sea Girt, President and Chief Executive Officer of Trinitas Regional Medical Center, has been re-elected to the Board of Directors of the NJ Chamber of Commerce for a three-year term. Horan has served on the Chamber’s Board since 2006. Horan is currently ...

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UNION, NJ – About 75 vehicles and about 120 people participated in a car caravan up Morris Avenue, from Jeanette Avenue to Kean University, on Thursday afternoon organized by Kean Federation of Teachers protesting the university’s cut, suspension, or reorganization of several academic programs and ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — Social media was abuzz Thursday about a political mailing sent from the desk of Mayor Adrian O. Mapp on Plainfield Democratic City Committee letterhead urging voters to support Column B candidates. The mailing appeared to include a real ballot rather than a sample one, and ...

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CRANFORD - Tickets are now on sale for the first weekend of the Cranford drive-in movie theater at Orange Avenue Pool. The drive-in opens this Thursday and will be screening Grease, a 1978 American musical romantic comedy film based on the 1971 musical of the same name by Jim Jacobs and Warren ...

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CRANFORD - The Cranford drive-in movie theater opens this Thursday, June 18 and the first featured movie will be Grease. Tickets go on sale Monday at 10 a.m. The website to purchase tickets will be announced Sunday at 7 p.m. You can also preorder popcorn, drinks, and other concessions when you ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The intersection of Elm and Quimby streets is about to get a lot brighter. On the same evening that Mayor Shelley Brindle read a proclamation declaring June LGBTQ Pride Month, she also announced that students would be working with the town and an artist to paint a rainbow ...

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CRANFORD - The Cranford Township Committee passed a resolution on Tuesday night condemning the 'Cranford Uncensored!' Facebook page. Resolution No. 2020-22 read:  Opposing and condemning the hatred, violence, and rhetoric that constitutes racism, ethnic, religious, or sexual orientation ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Protesters called for police reforms during the third demonstration held in Scotch Plains-Fanwood this week following the death of George Floyd, the Minneapolis man who died last week while in police custody when an officer kneeled on his neck for almost nine ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy and Rep. Tom Malinowski knelt alongside 2,000 people in Mindowaskin Park on Sunday, a part of a protest in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, spurred by the death of George Floyd. Spearheaded by Westfield High School junior Nala Scott, 16, and fellow ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The second of three protests planned in Scotch Plains-Fanwood on Saturday was somewhat smaller than Thursday's student-driven march, but it was no less passionate. Many of the organizers on Saturday were Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School alumni who graduated years ago and in ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ - Union County Board of Elections Administrator Nicole DiRado reminded voters on Friday that the upcoming Primary Election on July 7 will be conducted primarily by Vote-by-Mail, by order of New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy. In an effort to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Austin Holman is the coach of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School football team. He sent this letters to his players, coaches, parents and supporters. With Coach Holman's permission, TAPintoSPF has reprinted his thoughtful and moving letter. Dear Raider ...

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SUMMIT, NJ - More than 1,500 peaceful, concerned citizens from Hilltop City and surrounding towns gathered Tuesday afternoon at Summit's Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School (LCJSMS) to show their support for the 'Black Lives Matter' movement and, in the process, set a high bar for respectful, ...

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CRANFORD - As protests are erupting all over the nation in response to the murder of George Floyd, the Black Lives Matter movement extended into Cranford on Tuesday as Union County residents gathered for a peaceful protest in Nomahegan Park. An estimated 2,000 people attended, ranging from ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Trinitas Regional Medical Center physicians are working to save lives with cutting-edge treatments and clinical trials. Perhaps the toughest challenge of the disease has been acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and respiratory failure, which are trademarks of progressive ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ - The voter registration deadline for Union County residents is Tuesday, June 16, to participate in the July 7 Primary Election, according to a release from the Union County Public Administration Office. “If you are eligible to vote in Union County but not yet registered, please ...

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UNION, NJ – Kean University has announced Whoopi Goldberg will speak to the Class of 2020 during a virtual Commencement ceremony on May 29.  More than 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students will attend the online event, which will feature musical performances, a virtual tassel turn, and ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The freeholder board approved a budget that will not increase county taxes — the first time in nearly 20 years — to ease financial pain for residents and business owners caused by the coronavirus pandemic.  The 2020 budget, which was unanimously passed Thursday night, promised ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Despite the pandemic leading to the cancellations of many large events and gatherings, Westfield High School senior Alexis Hammer is still holding out hope for an in-person graduation ceremony this year. Hammer, the senior class president, published a letter, which she sent to ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Myrlande Dornelus, 41, a home health aide, was arrested on Friday and charged with fatally stabbing one of her patients, 62-year-old Anna M. Pollard, in Elizabeth last month, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Elizabeth Police Department Director Earl Graves and ...

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UNION, NJ – Kean University named a new president on Monday afternoon during a meeting of the Board of Trustees to fill the spot being vacated by outgoing president Dawood Farahi, who is stepping down at the end of this academic year. Current New Jersey Department of Education Commissioner Dr.

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ELIZABETH, NJ - An incident in which a woman was struck and killed by a vehicle in Elizabeth this weekend is under investigation, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo announced Sunday. The victim has been identified as 21-year-old Sabryna Morales, of Elizabeth. Elizabeth Police ...

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