Union County News

May 4, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — While Union County enters into a five-year agreement to send the inmates from the county jail in Elizabeth to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark, Elizabeth-based activist Salaam Ismial says the fight to challenge the move is not over. His organization, the ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ -  Human rights leader Janice Caren Lilien, age 71, died peacefully in her home on May 3 after a long battle with lymphoma. She was a very active citizen of Union County, holding multiple leadership roles with human service organizations, according to her obituary posted by The ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS –– A grove on the site of the historical Frazee House will serve as a solemn place to memorialize township residents who died from complications of COVID-19. The township is planning to plant Kwanzam Cherry trees in memory of residents who the community has lost. The tree was ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Essex County is ending its contract to house federal immigration detainees for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, officials announced. The move to eliminate ICE detainees from the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark came after it entered into a Memorandum of ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county will be borrowing up to $120 million for the planning, design and building of a new county government complex in Elizabeth. Officials have said the new complex at 61-99 West Grand St. will save money on rent the county pays for existing office space, but legal ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - A fatal shooting that took place in Elizabeth on Monday is under active investigation, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Elizabeth Police Chief Giacomo Sacca and Police Director Earl Graves jointly announced Tuesday. The victim has been identified as ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Additional emergency food distribution events are scheduled for Union County residents through May. The Union County Board of County Commissioners are holding these events to aid those affected by COVID-19. The next Plainfield will be held on May 25 at Gerald B. Green ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Three Plainfield students are Arbor Day Poetry Contest winners, it was announced Tuesday. The contest, sponsored by the Union County Board of County Commissioners and the Union County Shade Tree Advisory Board, was open to students in grade 4-8, and 130 entries were ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Town officials hope to expand an annual deer hunt to include a wooded area of Ward 3, something that two years ago proved controversial because of the land’s proximity to homes. Last week, the town council requested that Union County “explore and investigate” launching its deer ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Drainage improvements in Berkeley Heights. A detention basin in Elizabeth. ADA improvements at the Municipal Complex in Roselle Park.  Repaving on numerous roads. These are some of the projects that this year’s Union County Commissioners Infrastructure Grant program will fund ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Robert Kruthers, who helped thousands of people as a member of the Fanwood Rescue Squad since 1957, died early Saturday, April 24, 2021, at Overlook Hospital. He was 94. A Fanwood resident since 1954, Bob provided volunteer service to our town in ways that have touched three ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — County officials confirmed the prior suspicions of community leaders at Thursday’s Board of Commissioners meeting: the Union County jail in Elizabeth will close and inmates will be transferred to the Essex County Correctional facility in Newark. The county is entering into a ...

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CRANFORD, NJ — Police reported black bear sightings early Friday morning. In the 9:41 a.m. Nixle alert, police said multiple sightings of a black bear in the area of Nomahegan Park were reported. "Residents are advised to not approach the animal and be mindful of pets," police said. "Police ...

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The Union County Board of Commissioners announced Thursday that box-lunch meals will be available to seniors beginning in May through its “Grab and Go” program. The program is run through the Union County Division on Aging and Disability Resource Connection, in the Department of Human Services. The ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Don’t be alarmed if you start hearing piercing sounds and seeing the brown shells of insect bodies on the ground next month. JD Stamler, a park naturalist at the Trailside Nature & Science Center in Mountainside, said some of the periodical cicadas in Brood X will emerge ...

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SUMMIT, NJ — A 19-year-old Summit woman abducted off the street and locked in the trunk of her suspected kidnapper’s car narrowly escaped in a struggle with her captor, then helped police track the man down, records released Friday show. Shervon James, 33, of Union, is accused of first ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — A series of attacks against Asian Americans nationwide has spawned a movement to "Stop Asian Hate" in communities all across the country. About 100 people attended a rally on Saturday, April 17, that was organized by Rutgers Preparatory School’s Global Outreach Club. The event ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — At the most recent Scotch Plains Redevelopment Meeting on April 14, Scotch Plains Project Coordinator for Redevelopment, Tom Strowe shared updates on several major projects happening in the township. QuickChek is in the process of striking a deal with the owners of Jade Isle ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county’s COVID-19 vaccination team is discussing what changes will be necessary to continue its mobile vaccination program now that use of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been paused statewide. On Tuesday, the state Health Department directed all vaccination ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The annual Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS Food Truck Festival will roll into town on Sunday, May 2, 2021, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will take place at the high school's Westfield Road entrance with a social distancing layout. Face masks will be mandatory. The Food ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- "I totally forgot I submitted. I was in shock when I won!" Scotch Plains-based author Robert Constant's marketing plan for his latest children's book was derailed by COVID, but a recent award is giving his book new life.  Hello Grandma!, Constant's second children book ...

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SUMMIT, NJ - Quick action on the part of City of Summit Police Department officers resulted in the thwarting of an attempted abduction over the weekend, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Summit Police Chief Andrew Bartolotti jointly announced Sunday. Shervon James, 33, of the ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Following Governor Phil Murphy's announcement that New Jersey educators and school staff were eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations, the less than subtle distinction between eligibility and accessibility was raised. Now permitted to be vaccinated, would teachers and those ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county Board of Commissioners will provide $16.75 million to the Union County Improvement Authority to plan and design a new county government complex in Elizabeth. The county is still in negotiations to select a developer for the project. The two buildings are planned for ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — The Union County Board of Commissioners announced on Wednesday that the County of Union will be holding FEMA vaccination clinics during the next two weeks for residents in the County's six most under-vaccinated municipalities----Elizabeth, Hillside, Linden, Roselle, Union and ...

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UNION, NJ – The deaths of two women in Hillside are believed to be connected to a death in Union, said acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo on Wednesday. As reported by TAPinto Union early Wednesday morning, the case began at about 2:30 Monday morning when Union police officers ...

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FANWOOD, NJ — Firefighters from at least three departments responded to a blaze at 244 North Martine Ave. just before midnight Tuesday, a spokesman for the borough said. With the assistance of the Scotch Plains and Westfield Fire Departments, Fanwood firefighters knocked down the main body of ...

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WOODBRIDGE, NJ -- State police are investigating the death of a Scotch Plains man who fell from an overpass onto a Nissan headed south on the Garden State Parkway during the evening rush hour on Thursday, April 1.  According to RLS Media, Joshua Goldberg, 21, sustained fatal injuries near ...

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RAHWAY, NJ — The Rahway Police Department announced Saturday that the body of Brian Gooney, 55, has been found, nearly a month after his disappearance on March 9. Detective Anthony Tilton positively identified the body, discovered along the banks of the Rahway River near Essex Street, as ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — About five angled parking spaces on Prospect Street have been blocked off by cement barricades covered in navy blue cloth. On Friday, bright orange cones placed in-between the barricades alerted drivers to the cordoned off spots, which will soon become space for outdoor dining ...

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