Union County News

October 21, 2018

FANWOOD, NJ -- If you woke up and thought you saw Batman, Wonder Woman and Aaron Judge running by your front window on Sunday morning, you weren't hallucinating.  The annual Fanwood 5K and Family Super Hero Fun Run wound through the streets of Fanwood despite blustery winds and chilly ...

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UNION, NJ – Union police and firefighters responded to an overturned car on Route 22 early Sunday morning. According to Union Fire Chief Mike Scanio, a car rolled over in the vicinity of 2650 Route 22 east, near the Applebee’s entrance at about 3:00 a.m. The driver was out of the car when ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — The five schools that comprise the Union County Vocational-Technical Schools (UCVTS) campus went into lockdown for about two hours on Friday afternoon when an unidentified individual who admitted carrying a pocket knife entered the complex.  Located on Raritan Road in Scotch ...

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FANWOOD, NJ —  Fanwood police are investigating an accident that tied up traffic at the intersection of North Ave. and Westfield Road just before 2:00 p.m. on Thursday.  The driver was a 28-year-old male from Brooklyn who was traveling with a 22-year-old female passenger also from Brooklyn. The ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – Police are looking into a potential hit-and-run involving a 17-year-old struck in a crosswalk near Holy Trinity School on Monday. The youth was not injured in the morning incident during which the driver of a Jeep SUV gave the signal for the teenager to cross, but then struck the ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fanwood Borough Council and attendees of the governing body's meeting showed their support of our local, diverse community in a photo taken Monday evening. Students at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School have organized an event to address issues of hate and racism on Tuesday, ...

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UNION, NJ – The Union Planning Board heard a request Thursday night for a minor site variance for a change to the vacant Toys R Us building on Morris Avenue. Lease negotiations are currently underway for the 48,000 sq. ft. store at 1701 Morris Avenue to become the future home of a Burlington ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - TAPinto what's going on in and around town this week.  Read on to learn more about upcoming Plainfield meetings and events. MONDAY Plainfield High School ninth graders and their parents will take part in a special reading event with Nic Stone, author of the book Dear ...

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UPDATE:  The Passaic teen who went missing on Friday evening has been found safe! ELIZABETH, NJ - A Passaic teen went missing on Friday evening while attending an outing in the City of Elizabeth. Family members of Eliza Pabon 16, say she was last seen on Friday in the area of 7th Street and ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Homeland Security Agents an U.S. Military Officials raided an Elizabeth business Wednesday morning seizing materials and leaving residents to wonder what exactly was happening. According to residents in the area, at approximately 8 a.m. agents from Homeland Security, U.S.

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UNION, NJ – A medical marijuana facility to be located on Route 22 in Union was unanimously approved by the Planning Board at a recent meeting. Compassionate Care Research Institute, LLC, doing business as Garden State Dispensary, will be located at 2536 Route 22 East. According to testimony at ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Students at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School have organized an event to address issues of hate and racism in our community on Tuesday, October 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the SPFHS auditorium.   Michael Dieu, a senior who has been his grade’s Student Council President for ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Scotch Plains police are continuing their investigation into the inflammatory graffiti spray-painted onto the back wall of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School on Friday.  "The Scotch Plains police takes incidents like this very seriously," said Captain Paul Belford of ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Township of Scotch Plains hosted its annual Scotch Plains Day celebration along Park Ave. in its downtown section on Sunday, Oct. 7. The event featured music, food trucks, information about community groups, a collection of electric cars, and the annual ravioli-eating ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Members of the local community are expressing their outrage over racist, anti-Semitic and vulgar graffiti that was spray-painted on the outside of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School sometime before the weekend began.  Pictures of the offensive messages spread rapidly ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Elizabeth Police responded to an area near Mattano Park around 11 a.m. Friday morning and found a body according to the Breaking News Network (BNN).  Union County Homicide and Sheriffs Office was also called to the scene and it was reported by BNN that the body was stuck in the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Parents of Franklin Elementary School students learned Wednesday that a swastika was found etched on a panel in one of the school's restrooms that afternoon. “You can imagine our serious disappointment when we found that a student had etched a swastika on a panel in one of our ...

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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – An Irvington man has been charged in connection with several motor vehicle burglaries that happened in the borough on Sept. 8 and Sept. 11.  According to a release from Mountainside Acting Police Chief Lt. Joseph Giannuzzi, Jonathan Joseph, 24, was arrested by Woodbridge ...

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UNION, NJ – Police have said a 50-year old man from Irvington was behind the wheel of the car that overturned Monday morning on Route 22 east. The accident occurred at about 6:45 a.m. when the driver ran off the road and struck a utility pole on Route 22 at the intersection of Michigan ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- "Think about the courage it takes to say, 'I’m the most hated kid in school'." Anti-bullying advocate and founder of Mallory's Army Dianne Grossman addressed a sold-out crowd of 300 that included parents, school administrators, two police chiefs, and Scotch Plains ...

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UNION, NJ – The Planning Board Thursday night unanimously voted to recommend to the Township Committee that they designate an area on Route 22 containing the Garden State Motel, Chuck E. Cheese and an abandoned gas station an “area in need of redevelopment.” An “area in need of redevelopment” ...

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The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders reminds residents that support and guidance for victims of sexual violence is available through the Union County Rape Crisis Center, a 24/7 hotline that connects victims with trained, volunteer advocates. The advocates provide guidance by phone and ...

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LINDEN, NJ - N. Wood Ave will be CLOSED this Saturday, September 29, between Elizabeth Ave & Curtis St from 6 a.m.-10 p.m. for 'September to Remember' Annual Street Fair and Car Show. Additionally, parking restrictions are in effect on Wood Ave, as well as on W. Blancke St and Knopf St from ...

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UNION, NJ – Union’s Special Improvement District has announced there will be over $3,000 in gift certificates from various Union Center restaurants, salons and other establishments to be given away at the 2018 Welcome Fall Festival and Classic Car Show on Saturday in Union Center. The festival, ...

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ROSELLE, NJ - It was a busy night for the Roselle Fire Department after being called out to assist at a fire in Linden, Roselle Firemen had to fight a second fire when they came upon a house fire on their way back to the Firehouse. It all started with a fire that broke out around 9 p.m. in ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Police reported the following activity between August 20 and September 19, including seven incidents involving possession of marijuana. August 20, Patrolman Andrew Lynch charged Jerome Reid, 21, of Piscataway for Possession of Marijuana 50g or less.  The charges stemmed from ...

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Former NBA point guard Chris Herren struggled with addiction throughout his career, but has since recovered and is telling his story to audiences throughout the country. Herren, who was drafted by the Denver Nuggets in 1999, then traded to the Boston Celtics a year later, has made it his mission ...

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Union County Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados and the Freeholder Board held the first-ever Hispanic Heritage Celebration at the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway this weekend.  The Freeholders were joined by a number of local officials, including the Mayor of Rahway, Raymond Giaccobe ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Marching Band hosted its 20th Annual Marching Band Festival on Saturday, Sept. 22.  South Brunswick was the big winner of the evening and took home the mayors' trophy. Members of the Scotch Plains Fanwood marching band presented trophies to ...

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Thursday's pedestrian-involved crash is the third such incident to happen at the intersection since 2012. WESTFIELD, NJ – A crossing guard hit by a car near Edison Intermediate School escaped serious injury Thursday morning in what has been a series of pedestrian-involved crashes at the ...

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