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Union County News

May 14, 2022

BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ — There’s a jar sitting on a counter at John's Meat Market at 389 Park Ave. in Scotch Plains with a sign, “Buy a Veteran a Burger! For Previously Homeless Veterans.” The sign raises a lot of questions: What Veterans? Why a burger? How will they get their burgers?  The ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county Board of Commissioners following a public hearing Thursday adopted a $​​513.7 million budget, which does not increase the county-wide tax levy. While the spending plan comes with an average tax decrease of $28 for county homeowners, the impact varies by municipality ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - A Fifth-Alarm Fire at the Waste Management facility on Julia Street Tuesday sent thick smoke throughout North Jersey and could even be viewed in New York City.  The City of Elizabeth reports receiving a phone call about the fire at approximately 2:00 p.m. Tuesday. The fire is ...

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SPRINGFIELD, NJ — The application to build a Chick-fil-A restaurant on the site of the current Barnes & Noble bookstore on the corner of Hillside Avenue and Route 22 West has been carried to the next Springfield Board of Adjustment meeting on June 21. On April 27, the board heard more ...

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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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UNION COUNTY, NJ – The City of Plainfield was awarded $135,000 by the Union County Board of County Commissioners for the 2022 Union County Infrastructure and Municipal Aid grant program at its Thursday meeting. The Commissioners awarded a total of $1,500,000.00 to the County’s twenty-one ...

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CLARK, NJ — As of June 19, the familiar smell of the in-house café will disappear from the Clark landscape along with a home away from home for some book lovers. According to staff, the Barnes & Noble on Central Avenue is closing permanently after their almost two-and-a-half-decade ...

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UNION, NJ – School district administration spent Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning “unpacking” the events leading up to the fight in Union High School that necessitated a lockdown and resulted in the arrest of three students. According to a letter sent to parents Tuesday afternoon from ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Sightings of a black bear that was apparently resting in a tree in Westfield Thursday night continue in the area. Town resident Justin Drazin told TAPinto Westfield he was on his way home from work when he saw the bear "mostly sleeping" up in a tree at the corner of Alden and ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — The 200th anniversary of Frederick Law Olmsted's birth on April 26 is being celebrated in 2022, and the National Association for Olmsted Parks invites you join the party. Olmsted is credited with creating the landscape architecture profession, and his famous designs include sites ...

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GARWOOD, NJ — Police are seeking witnesses to a hit-and-run that left a 14-year-old bicyclist injured Monday afternoon. The youth was riding his bicycle westbound on North Avenue when he was hit by the driver of a gray Nissan SUV as the vehicle was leaving the McDonald’s parking lot at 216 North ...

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SUMMIT, NJ - Two garden sculptures, hidden gems by acclaimed sculptor Jon Krawczyk, are available for viewing through the end of June at Reeves-Reed Arboretum. Full Moon Over Summit -- its name a nod to its current location, takes center stage in the rose garden.  The twisting bronze sculpture ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Authorities are seeking the owner of a “large sum” of cash that was found in the town, police said Thursday. In a Facebook post, Westfield police asked the owner to call the police department. Police did not disclose the amount of money found or the location. “A large sum of ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - The Union County Prosecutor’s Office has officially charged the man responsible for running over a woman with his vehicle with several offenses, including attempted murder and aggravated assault, Prosecutor William A. Daniel, Elizabeth Police Director Earl Graves and Police Chief ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — PSE&G filed a state court lawsuit Friday claiming a local law the town council approved in February unreasonably prevents the electric company from carrying out planned upgrades to its network, including the installation of higher voltage electrical lines on taller poles. The ...

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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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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ — Natalia Hazlitt, a 10-year-old fourth grader at Mountain Park Elementary School, co-wrote children's book Charlie's First Haircutduring the pandemic with herfather, Chaz Hazlitt. Chaz Hazlitt is a celebrity barber to numerous music artists, actors and athletes, and owns ...

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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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ELIZABETH, NJ — A Union County Grand Jury, on March 31 returned a 13-count indictment against retired Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School drama teacher and theater director Ronald E. Wells, Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel and Acting Summit Police Chief Steven Zagorski jointly announced ...

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CLARK, NJ - Mayor Bonaccorso released a video early Tuesday evening to the public apologizing for racist and sexist comments made in secretly taped conversations several years ago.  The statement comes after reports published last week included audio files alleged to include the voices of ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ — Coles Elementary School art teacher Rahama Junaid-Alvi and her husband, Talha Alvi, have written and illustrated a new children's book entitled, “The Ramadan Tree.”  What do you do when you want to share a very personal side of yourself in a way that is informative ...

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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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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — A Scotch Plains police officer narrowly avoided serious injury early Wednesday morning when a speeding vehicle slammed into the back of her patrol car after the officer had pulled over to check on a car that was stopped on the side of Route 22 West. Officer Valerie Aguirre ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - A Rahway man has been arrested and his co-conspirator remains at large following charges being filed in regards to a home invasion in Elizabeth March 2, Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel, Elizabeth Police Director Earl J. Graves and Elizabeth Police Chief Giacomo Sacca ...

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RAHWAY, NJ — Rahway Mayor Raymond A. Giacobbe has just issued a statement condemning comments made by Sal Bonaccorso, the mayor of Clark, which recently came to light. According to TAPinto, "on Wednesday morning, NJ.com reported that Clark Township paid over $400K to former employee Lt. Antonio ...

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CLARK, NJ - The Clark Police Department has been under the supervision of the Union County Prosecutor since the summer of 2020. After almost two years, Chief Pedro Matos, Captain Vincent Concina and Sergeant Joseph Teston remain on leave with full pay. Since that time, Acting Prosecutor ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — A man, whose identity has not been released, was found dead hanging from a tree in Elizabeth Tuesday night.  The body was found between Marshall Street and Franklin Street, specifically next to an empty lot on the 300 block of Marshall Street. According to a spokeswoman for the ...

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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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WESTFIELD, NJ — Community members were saddened when Xocolatz Restaurant & Grill closed in December but less than five months later a new restaurant has set up in its place. Maya Thai Eatery served its first meals on Friday in the space on Elmer Street. Owner Phattharaphon Phuetpha said that ...

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