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Dunellen School Board President Arrested on Child Porn Charges

August 23, 2016

TRENTON –Dunellen Board of Education President Phillip Heiney shared over the Internet pornographic videos featuring adult men involved in sex acts with young girls, including one bound in rope, according to authorities, who announced his arrest today.

Heiney, 67, used a file-sharing network to distribute the illegal images, said state Attorney General Christopher Porrino.  He was ...

Plainfield Man Sentenced to 25 years for Fatal Shooting of Deli Owner

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield resident Shalik Coleman, 23, has been sentenced to 25 years in state prison for his role in the fatal shooting of a deli owner during a robbery five years ago, it was announced Monday by Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park.

Coleman pleaded guilty in May 2016. The other two suspects involved in the robbery remain at large.

Coleman must serve at least ...

A New York State of Mind in Clark, New Jersey

CLARK, NJ – You may be right! I may be crazy! But “we didn’t start the fire.”  Swing by Oak Ridge Park on Wednesday night, Aug. 24, as Union County finishes off its 2016 Summer Arts Festival concert series with New York State of Mind, a Billy Joel tribute band.

“We wrap up another exciting summer of entertainment in our parks with a fabulous performance ...

Plainfield's Pizzuto Earns "Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching" Grant

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Daria Pizzuto is headed to Chile, where she will research native-written literature that can be used to develop a Spanish teaching program for American children.

The doctoral candidate at Seton Hall University and a resident of Plainfield, has been awarded the "Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching" grant in order to conduct her ...

Gerald Alston of The Manhattans Headlines Plainfield Concert Wednesday Evening

August 10, 2016

PLAINFIELD, NJ - A free outdoor concert in Plainfield on Wednesday evening, Aug. 10, will feature Gerald Alston, lead singer of the famed R&B group The Manhattans.

The concert will take place on the green at 1380 South Ave., across the street from Dairy Queen. Free parking is available across the street from the concert site at Fine Fare Supermarket.

The concert will also include ...

Union County Presents Free Movie Zootopia for National Night Out on August 2

Judy Hopps finally has her dream job of becoming a police officer from her chief doesn’t believe in her potential, so she is stuck giving out parking tickets until she finally has a chance to solve a big case, quite an opportunity for the first rabbit officer from Bunnyburrow.

The movie is Zootopia, an animated feature, to be shown free at a free outdoor screening on Tuesday, August 2, ...

Plainfield's Pizzuto Earns "Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching" Grant

August 19, 2016

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Daria Pizzuto is headed to Chile, where she will research native-written literature that can be used to develop a Spanish teaching program for American children.

The doctoral candidate at Seton Hall University and a resident of Plainfield, has been awarded the "Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching" grant in order to conduct her ...

Union County College Hosts Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for New Student Development Building at Cranford Campus

On Mon., Aug. 15, members of the Union County Improvement Authority, joined members of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Senator Raymond J. Lesniak, Union County College Trustees and Governors, and President Margaret M. McMenamin for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new Student Development Building at the College’s Cranford campus. The new, two-story, ...

The Junior League of Elizabeth Plainfield to Host Program on Raising Resilient Girls' in Westfield

On Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 7:30 p.m. at Edison Intermediate School, the Junior League of Elizabeth-Plainfield will host a program on “Raising Resilient Girls,” presented by Simone Marean, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the internationally recognized Girls Leadership (GL).  Her engaging presentation, which is open to the public, will cover the development of girl ...

Plainfield Transplant Recipient Dedicates Self to Spreading Awareness

August 17, 2016

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield resident Keath Gerald received a heart and liver transplant concurrently during a 12-hour surgery just one year ago.

Since then, as a volunteer for NJ Sharing Network, Gerald has dedicated himself to spreading awareness about organ and tissue donation. Gerald is the captain of his 5K team “Heartopia” and will be celebrating the one-year anniversary of ...

CASA of Union County Taps New Leader

At risk children now have a new advocate with the appointment of Marla Higginbotham as the executive director for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Union County.

Higginbotham brings extensive experience to her new role. Most recently, she was the senior director of operations and foundation relations at Jersey Cares,where she coordinated the grant process, managed the budget, ...

Bikes Donated in Plainfield for 'Christmas in July'

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Union County Freeholders Linda Carter, Vernell Wright, Alexander Mirabella and Bette Jane Kowalski all assisted Lt. Luke and Sara Barney of the Salvation Army and Donna and Rich Albanese-DeMair, owners of the Dairy Queen in Plainfield, at the annual “Christmas in July” donated bicycle giveaway event.

Hosted by the Salvation Army in Plainfield, the event also ...

Union County Freeholder Chairman Statement on Notice of Claim for Projects Affected by the Transportation Trust Fund Authority Shutdown

August 16, 2016

Union County officials reacted to Governor Chris Christie order to shutdown of transportation projects that impacted five road and bridge projects in the county.

The county served a notice of claim against the New Jersey Department of Transportation, due to the continued shutdown of five road and bridge projects resulting from Governor Chris Christie’s Executive Order No. 210.

Union County Gardeners Invited to Show Off their Best Veggies at Free Concert

August 17, 2016

A special Union County Harvest Contest will be part of the festivities this Wednesday, August 17 during the next edition of Union County’s free Summer Arts Festival outdoor concert series. The free concert features the music of The Beatles by Hey Bulldog beginning at 7:30, preceded by a free yoga class at 6:30, at Oak Ridge Park in Clark.

Gardeners are invited to bring samples of their ...

Freeholders Join Community Gardeners to Celebrate New Grant Program

Community gardeners gathered at Liberty Hall Farm in Union yesterday for an outdoor potluck dinner in celebration of the Union County Means Green Community Garden Grants, a new 2016 initiative of Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen.

The grants are funded by the Freeholder Board and administered by the non-profit organization Groundwork Elizabeth. Joining the grant awardees were Freeholders ...

Join the Union County Master Gardeners for Healthy Outdoor Fun and Community Service

Union County residents looking for a fun, active community service opportunity are invited to join the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Union County. Master Gardeners are trained and certified by Rutgers experts. No previous experience with gardening is needed.

Applications are being accepted now to begin the next training series. The deadline to apply is August 31.

“The training course ...

Plainfield Transplant Recipient Dedicates Self to Spreading Awareness

August 17, 2016

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield resident Keath Gerald received a heart and liver transplant concurrently during a 12-hour surgery just one year ago.

Since then, as a volunteer for NJ Sharing Network, Gerald has dedicated himself to spreading awareness about organ and tissue donation. Gerald is the captain of his 5K team “Heartopia” and will be celebrating the one-year anniversary of ...

Plainfield Man Sentenced to 25 years for Fatal Shooting of Deli Owner

August 22, 2016

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield resident Shalik Coleman, 23, has been sentenced to 25 years in state prison for his role in the fatal shooting of a deli owner during a robbery five years ago, it was announced Monday by Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park.

Coleman pleaded guilty in May 2016. The other two suspects involved in the robbery remain at large.

Coleman must serve at least ...

Union County Warns Residents of Scams Involving Callers Purporting to be Law Enforcement

August 18, 2016

UNION COUNTY,  NJ -- Union County has experienced a recent increase in the number of residents reporting attempted scams by callers purporting to be members of law enforcement and asking for money via wire transfer, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park and Union County Sheriff Joseph P. Cryan jointly announced Thursday.

Law enforcement agencies involved in all New Jersey ...

Award Offered for Information in Plainfield Man's Homicide Investigation

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Union County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest in the fatal shooting of a Plainfield man.

The fatal shooting is under investigation, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Saturday. The victim has been identified as 19-year-old William Coles.

Plainfield Police Division patrol units responding to a report of ...

W. Second Street Accident Kills Child Pedestrian in Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, NJ - An young child died after being struck by a car on West Second Street on Wednesday morning.

According to Breaking News Network, a car hit two pedestrians, one a child, at around 9:30 a.m. Other reports are that the child, whose age was not disclosed, was being pushed in a stroller when struck at the intersection of West Second Street and Park Avenue.

The child's mother, ...

Distressed Homeowners Can Find Guidance at Free Foreclosure Presentation

August 12, 2016

Union County residents fearing, facing or trying to avoid foreclosure can now get needed advice at a free educational presentation, “Foreclosure: Moving From Fear To Positive Action, presented by the Union County Human Relations Commission and the Union County Foreclosure Task Force, in cooperation with the New Jersey Public Defender’s Office of Dispute Settlement and the Union County ...

Aug. 2nd Services Planned for Plainfield Woman Who Was Electrocuted in Fanwood During Storm

July 30, 2016

WESTFIELD, NJ -- There will be a memorial service for Susan Charlotte Potok at the Westfield Presbyterian Church (140 Mountain Ave., Westfield) on Tueesday, August 2, at 11:00 a.m.

Potok, who lived in Plainfield, was electrocuted when she tried to escape from her car near the corner of Midway Ave. and Hunter Ave in Fanwood during violent thunderstorms that hit the area on July 18 while she was ...

Obituary: Ezra Kennedy, 17, of Westfield

Ezra Lee Kennedy was born on Sept. 5, 1998, in Plainfield, NJ, to proudest parents, Kevin Kennedy and Donna Lynn Kennedy, of Westfield, NJ. Ezra walked into eternal life on Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at the age of 17.

Ezra was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Robert Kennedy of Parlin, NJ, maternal step-grandfather Domenick Terrigno of Ruckersville, NJ. Ezra is survived ...

Plainfield Hires Corey Tucker to Coach Varsity Football

August 11, 2016

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Corey Tucker, a former football player at Plainfield High School, has been hired as the school's new head coach for the sport.

Tucker has been an assistant coach at Plainfield since 2009. He is a graduate of Wilkes University in Pennsylvania.

Tucker was Plainfield's defensive coordinator and, prior to that, he coached the defense at Bound Brook High School.

A New York State of Mind in Clark, New Jersey

August 20, 2016

CLARK, NJ – You may be right! I may be crazy! But “we didn’t start the fire.”  Swing by Oak Ridge Park on Wednesday night, Aug. 24, as Union County finishes off its 2016 Summer Arts Festival concert series with New York State of Mind, a Billy Joel tribute band.

“We wrap up another exciting summer of entertainment in our parks with a fabulous performance ...

CAMELBACK RESORT is a Gem in th Pennsylvania Poconos for Day Trips and Stay Trips

TANNERSVILLE, PA.  There's a top destination in the Pennsylvania Poconos that has it all, Camelback Resort in Tannersville.

Camelback features skiing, snowboarding, snowtubing, mountain adventures along with the wet and wonderful fun of its grand indoor waterpark, Aquatopia, and its thrilling outdoor summertime waterpark, Camelbeach.  Camelback gives you abundant reasons to ...

Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival Comes to Town August 20

MORRISTOWN, NJ - The sixth year annual FREE Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival will come to the Morristown Green on Saturday, Aug. 20, with performances starting at noon and running through 10 p.m.

Thanks to the Town of Morristown and Mayor Tim Dougherty, music fans of all ages can enjoy great performances right in the heart of the county seat.

“We applaud Mayor Dougherty and ...

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Dog Injured by Train in Westfield Needs Home

August 23, 2016

WESTFIELD, NJ — Animal Control Solutions is looking for the owner of a German Shepherd mix, or possibly a new home for him, after he was hit by a train in Westfield Sunday morning. The unaltered male is about 5 years old, according to Beth Comitas, vice president of Animal Control Solutions, which handles animal control in Westfield.

Although he needed to have one leg amputated, ...

Dunellen School Board President Arrested on Child Porn Charges

August 23, 2016

TRENTON –Dunellen Board of Education President Phillip Heiney shared over the Internet pornographic videos featuring adult men involved in sex acts with young girls, including one bound in rope, according to authorities, who announced his arrest today.

Heiney, 67, used a file-sharing network to distribute the illegal images, said state Attorney General Christopher Porrino.  He was ...

Join Us for Grand Opening of Our New Plainfield Club

August 23, 2016

Join Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County as we celebrate the Grand Opening of our new Plainfield Club at 145 Park Avenue, Plainfield on Thursday August 25 from 5:00 -7:00PM.

Guests will have an opportunity to tour the new facility, meet our staff and learn about After School Programming. Parents will be able to register members for After School Programs for the new school year.

“We ...

Going for Brass

I get all teary-eyed watching the Olympics on TV.  You  know, the human drama, the sacrifice, the dedication, the thrill of competition, the athletic lip sync murmur to the national anthem on the podium.  

 

This year I discovered that there are many other Olympic champions besides the usual cadre of spring-wound gymnastic pixies and ferociously wedged, hairless swimmers ...

Look Into My Eyes…

Who remembers real, live, face-to-face communication? All right, it’s a bit dramatic. But the fact is that we have become used to relating to others without the benefit of our senses – sight, hearing and touch – and our relationships could be richer and more fulfilling with them.

Today’s tip is “Look into my eyes”. You will never have as much direct, honest ...

Some Like it Hot

“Oh boy!” exclaimed my husband. “There’s a hot sauce shop in town!”

We were away antiquing for the weekend in a quaint village populated by Bed and Breakfasts, art galleries, and apparently, a hot sauce shop. For my husband, this was like discovering that someone had bought you a lottery ticket and you won… if the lottery prize was a fireball that would ...

Retro Review: Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann

Retro Review: Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann (Grove Press, 1966)

Valley of the Dolls, celebrating the 50th anniversary of its original publishing date, is one of the top best sellers of all times, having 30 million copies purchased world wide. A sizzling saga about three women struggling to make it in show business post World War II, Susann's book led the way for novelists such ...

Ionesco’s ‘Exit the King’ Makes for Powerful Drama at New Jersey Shakespeare Theatre

MADISON, NJ – There’s dying and then there’s dying in long, drawn-out agony. Well, if you’ve been king for 400 years, you won’t disappear quietly. No doubt King Berenger thinks he’s immortal and, like many of us today, lingers long after he’s of any use to himself or others.

The king on "Exit The King" is ravenously alive early on, still ...

New Jersey’s Four Best Small Business Resources

August 2, 2016

More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and small businesses create approximately two thirds of the country’s new private-sector jobs. At the same time, new businesses face significant and unique challenges.  In New Jersey, we are helping small businesses grow by offering business owners specialized support. The NJ Business Action Center (NJ BAC), through ...