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Union County News

May 9, 2022

RAHWAY, NJ — On Monday, May 7, 1945, Germany formally offered an unconditional surrender to the Allies, ending World War II in Europe. The following day, May 8, Victory in Europe Day (V-E Day), became the official recognition of the German surrender, especially in the United Kingdom, Western ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — Union County commissioners defended the qualifications of Vice Commissioner Chair Christopher Hudak in his race for county surrogate after a resident speaking at Thursday’s board meeting demanded Hudak withdraw his candidacy. Surrogates administer the legal process which takes ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- More than 50 members of the Union Catholic Community helped set a World Record for the most people simultaneously watering plants on Friday. Union Catholic is now the home of two world record holders. Last summer, Sydney McLaughlin (UC Class of 2017), broke the world ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — A lockdown at Union County Vocational - Technical High School Tuesday morning has been lifted, the school said. In a message to parents, school officials said the students are safe. “All students are safe and have returned to class schedules. More information will be sent ...

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CRANFORD, NJ - The Cranford community is once again proving #cranfordstrong is more than just a hashtag. Relief efforts for the family affected by the Orchard Street fire have already begun. FLAG for Cranford and Cranford's Girl Scout Service Unit 48 have put together gift card drives to help ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Antonio Manata, a whistleblower who recorded the mayor of Clark Township making racist and sexist remarks, filed a federal lawsuit against the Union County Prosecutor’s Office Thursday claiming the office is retaliating against him for bringing the comments to light. While ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Board of County Commissioners on Friday joined the chorus of officials calling for the resignation of Clark Township’s mayor and top ranking police brass following the release of recordings on which the mayor is heard going on a racist tirade — something an NJ Advance Media ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Union County Commissioners released a statement Friday calling on Clark Mayor Sal Bonaccorso and Public Safety officials to resign. The statement said the commissioners stand with the people in the community who are also calling for the immediate resignations after audio ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — A former sergeant at the Union County Sheriff’s Office claims the agency violated a state whistleblower law when it terminated her after she reported discriminatory behavior by other officers, including differential treatment toward an African American transgender ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — If you want to change your political party affiliation before the primary election, you’ve got until April 13 to do so. The Union County Board of Elections this week reminded residents that if they want to participate in their new party’s Primary Election June 7, then they ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The ongoing conflict in Ukraine has uprooted families, injured citizens, and left thousands of Ukrainian refugees without access to basic necessities. Over 2.5 million Ukrainians have fled their homes, many leaving behind necessary supplies. To support individuals in need, the ...

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UNION COUNTY — A rise of hate crimes in the county and state last year has spurred advocates for racial, ethnic and religious groups into action as they support victims and explore ways to prevent and fight bias.  Bias incidents increased by 40% in Union County between 2020 and 2021, preliminary ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — The Union County Board of Commissioners approved four contracts Thursday totaling $97,859 to advertise the county’s emergency rental assistance program now that the state’s moratorium on evictions has expired. The program’s portal will reopen this Monday, March 7, at 9 a.m. for ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — How have businesses in the county adapted to remote work and COVID-19 health protocols? What strategies will help underserved communities and fill staff shortages? Experts weighed in on these topics during “The Future of Work in New Jersey,” a virtual roundtable hosted by Kean ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The use of out-of-county hotels and motels to shelter unhoused people in the county, questioned at the Thursday Union County Board of Commissioners meeting, hints at the growing number of those experiencing homelessness. Commissioners questioned Human Services Director ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county attorney said Thursday that the New Jersey Supreme Court has taken up an appeal to an appellate court ruling that stopped work on Union County’s government complex in Elizabeth earlier this week. The state appeals court ruling on Tuesday halted work on the $145 ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — A state appeals court ruling on Tuesday affirmed a lower court judge’s decision to stop work on Union County’s government complex planned for the site of its defunct motor vehicle services division in Elizabeth. The approximately $145 million project at 61-99 West Grand St.

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — A once-stalled study of the Rahway River and other flood mitigation projects will soon be in the works thanks to a portion of the $966 million in federal funding New Jersey has received to support U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects across the state. The funding to address ...

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County officials expect many people may enter the homeless service system following the end of New Jersey’s moratorium on evictions. UNION COUNTY, NJ — At the end of a month when a winter storm dropped as much as 8 inches of snow in some parts of Union County, commissioners and county staff took ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ— The Institute of Music for Children has been approved for a $45,000 Grants for Arts Projects award to support the Summer Arts Institute by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). This is the highest arts grant in the state, and among the highest 20% in the nation. “The National ...

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CRANFORD, NJ - Monday night's Cranford Board of Education meeting was canceled approximately a half hour after it began when an audience member refused to wear a mask. The meeting began with opening remarks from Superintendent Scott Rubin, Ed.D. and student liaison updates from Hillside Avenue ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the National Day of Service Monday, the Elizabethport Presbyterian Center and TMX Intermodal Trucking Company will be hosting a donation drive to benefit the victims of the Bronx High Rise Fire on January 9.  Fernando Rodrigues, the ...

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TRENTON, NJ — State Sen. Nicholas Scutari, D-Linden, won the Senate Presidency at Tuesday’s reorganization session, despite a challenge from Sen. Nia Gill, D-Montclair. Former Assembly Republican leader Jon Bramnick, of Westfield, was among the newly elected members sworn on Tuesday as state ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county Board of Commissioners elected Rebecca Williams to her first term as commissioner chair and Christopher Hudak as vice chair at its reorganization meeting on Thursday. Commissioners voted 7-0 to elect the leaders. Commissioner Angela Garretson was not present for the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — On the longest night of the year, the Union County Interfaith Coordinating Council held a subdued but moving vigil acknowledging the plight of homelessness in America and recognizing those who have died as a consequence of living in destitution and dispossession in Union ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) COVID-19 Data Tracker, Union County is the only county in the Northeast to have a low community transmission rate of the virus. The CDC’s COVID data tracker is currently displaying information surveyed from Wednesday, October 13 ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county is joining a growing list of New Jersey counties that have been designated to the "spotted lanternfly quarantine zone." New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas Fisher announced on Monday that the department has added five counties to the zone. The counties new ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Union County will be launching an Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) to help residents that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program can provide eligible applicants up to 12 months of assistance for unpaid back rent, as well as gas and electric utility ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Union County Office of Veteran Services presented its Vietnam War Veterans Award to former servicemen who served in Southeast Asia -- including Scotch Plains natives Bob Lacosta, Joe McCourt, and Ralph Checchio. The members of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Memorial Day ...

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