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Union County News

May 1, 2022

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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ELIZABETH, NJ - TAPinto Elizabeth is sad to announce the passing of former franchise owner, Kathy Lloyd. Kathy passed away on April 12 surrounded by those who loved her.  "We mourn the passing of former TAPinto owner/publisher Kathy Lloyd,” said Michael Shapiro, the founder and CEO of TAPinto.

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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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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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PLAINFIELD, NJ — Have you heard of the Urban League of Union County? The non-profit community-based organization was founded in 1944, and its mission is to assist African Americans and other minority groups to achieve social and economic equality. Its main office is in Elizabeth, but some services ...

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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 eight inches of snow in some parts of Union County, commissioners and county staff ...

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NEWARK, NJ — A Union County man was arrested this weekend for his connection to possessing illegal weapons and narcotics at a downtown Newark drug trafficking site, authorities announced. Dashawn Martin, 29, of Hillside, was charged with the unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a ...

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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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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 in on Tuesday as state ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — It’s about to get cold — so cold you might want to plan for it. With freezing temperatures in the forecast starting Monday night, the county has called a Code Blue and the National Weather Service is advising the public to take precautions. The Weather Service said wind ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ - The Union County Department of Human Services has issued a Code Blue due to predicted weather conditions.  Temperatures are expected to get as low as 14 degrees during the night this week, according to the National Weather Service. Winds are expected to make the weather feel a ...

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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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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — Tropical Storm Henri is forecast to affect local weather conditions from Saturday night through Sunday evening, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). Earlier this morning, the tropical storm watch was upgraded to a tropical storm warning for Eastern Bergen, ...

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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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