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MLK's Legacy Examined at Congregation Beth Hatikvah in Summit Jan. 13

January 6, 2018

SUMMIT, NJ - Congregation Beth Hatikvah, in preparation for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, is inviting the community to come together Saturday, Jan. 13, beginning at 10 a.m., for an interactive consideration of Dr. King's legacy. Rodney E. Williams, associate minister of Fountain Baptist Church, will present an audio and visual overview focusing on the impact of Dr.

Judge Rules that Addams Tavern in Westfield Must Close for Now, Starting Friday

WESTFIELD, NJ — A judge has ordered Addams Tavern at 115 Elm St. downtown to close as of Friday, Dec. 15, and not re-open without further court order.

Superior Court Judge Katherine Dupuis wrote that the court is convinced based on the testimony of four expert witnesses that the building is not compliant with the applicable building code, and that the court finds that there is ...

Senate Bill Would End NJSPCA's Powers To Enforce Animal Cruelty Laws

A bill that would remove the law enforcement powers of the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NJSPCA) will be up for a vote on Dec. 14 before the state Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

Bill S3558, sponsored by Senator Ray Lesniak, Democrat from Union County, would call for the creation of a county prosecutor animal cruelty task force in each county, and for ...

Interfaith Candlelight Vigil in Summit Dec. 13 to Remember Lives Lost, Call for Greater Gun Violence Prevention

SUMMIT, NJ - On the eve of the fifth anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, congregations in the Summit community will partner to hold a candlelight vigil calling for gun violence prevention. The public event will be held December 13, beginning at 6 p.m., at Congregation Ohr Shalom in Summit.

The vigil commemorates the lives lost on December 14, 2012, when a gunman ...

Watchung Car Dealership Agrees to Repay $37,500 in Stolen Deposits

WATCHUNG, NJ - A car dealer on Route 22 has agreed to pay $37,500 to six consumers whose cash deposits were allegedly stolen by a sales representative who has since been fired, Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino and the Division of Consumer Affairs  announced.

Liccardi Ford, Inc. (“Liccardi Ford”), which does business as Liccardi Ford Lincoln and Liccardi Auto ...

Watchung Car Dealership Agrees to Repay $37,500 in Stolen Deposits

WATCHUNG, NJ - A car dealer on Route 22 has agreed to pay $37,500 to six consumers whose cash deposits were allegedly stolen by a sales representative who has since been fired, Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino and the Division of Consumer Affairs  announced.

Liccardi Ford, Inc. (“Liccardi Ford”), which does business as Liccardi Ford Lincoln and Liccardi Auto ...

Two Elizabeth Residents Arrested in Massive Child Trafficking and Pornography Sting

TRENTON, NJ – Arrests have been made in a massive operation that stretched from New Jersey to California, that targeted sex offenders, and persons possessing child pornography was announced today by Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino.

Arrests of 79 child predators and child pornography offenders in “Operation Safety Net,” a nine-month, multi-agency child protection ...

Former Westfield Gymnastics Instructor Charged with Sexual Assault of Child

This story was updated at 4:10 p.m. with new information.

ELIZABETH, NJ — A former instructor is accused of sexually assaulting a 7-year-old student at Surgent’s Elite School of Gymnastics in Westfield over the course of more than six months, acting Union County Prosecutor Thomas K. Isenhour announced Wednesday.

Jorge Rodriguez, 34, formerly of Elizabeth and currently ...

Union County Gets Grant to Treat Inmates with Substance Abuse Disorders

UNION COUNTY, NJ--The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that the New Jersey Department of Corrections has awarded a grant of $200,000 to Union County. The funds will go to Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) programs at the Union County Correctional Facility, for inmates with substance abuse disorders.

New Jersey committed a total of $1.7 million in MAT funding to ...

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MLK Day of Service Discussions to be Held at Scotch Plains Public Library

January 5, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Social Justice Matters, Inc. (SJM) invites the public to attend two events to be held at Scotch Plains Public Library during the community-wide Scotch Plains-Fanwood Martin Luther King Day of Service on January 15, 2018. The library will be closed to normal business, and only open as the host site for the programs.

From noon to 1:30 p.m., SJM will present “MLK in ...