Union County News Top Stories

February 13, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ – Authorities have recovered more than 4,000 files depicting children in sexual acts from a local man’s electronics, the Union County Prosecutor said Wednesday. Officers arrested Gregory L. Brown at his home in the 300 block of John Street Wednesday morning and charged him with ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The cast of the upcoming Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School (SPFHS) Repertory Theatre production of Mamma Mia! learned from the masters as Broadway stars Michele Pawk and John Dossett, who played Donna Sheridan and Sam Carmichael in the Broadway production of the hit ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — African Americans comprised just 21 percent of Union County’s residents in 2017, but 53 percent of its residents diagnosed with HIV or AIDS in that year, a trend similar to that seen across the state and nation, the data show. Recognizing “National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day,” ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ – Union County officials are considering initiatives designed to benefit immigrants and residents 60 and older. There are around 2 million immigrants in New Jersey, comprising just over one-fifth of the state’s population, the most recent Census Bureau estimates available show. We ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Parents, guardians, and adult mentors of elementary and middle school-aged children who are interested in learning how they can “Help Your Child Succeed In School” are invited to attend a free educational presentation, 6:30-8:15 p.m. on Monday, March 18 at Plainfield High ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - An Elizabeth man who possessed over 200,000 videos and images of child pornography on his computer pleaded guilty this week to distributing child pornography on the internet as part of  “Operation Safety Net,” a multi-agency child protection operation. MD Farid Uddin, 44, of ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The intellectual property law firm Lerner David is moving to Cranford, leaving behind an expansive space on South Avenue. NJBIZ reported that the international firm’s new lease in Cranford encompasses 34,373 square feet of office space at 20 Cranford Drive. The firm’s former ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- The community is mourning the loss of Meghan Crilly, who succumbed to injuries from a hit-and-run accident in Linden last week. The sad news was announced on the GoFundMe page that had been set up to help the Fanwood resident's family with medical expenses.   It is with ...

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NEWARK, NJ – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, has released the full video in the Michael Bates police-involved shooting in light of the fact that an incomplete video has been released. According to authorities, in December 2018, Bates, 37, of Orange, was shot by an ...

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UNION, NJ – Discussion of the Route 22 East Redevelopment Plan, an area currently home to the Garden State Motor Lodge, was on the docket at the last Union Planning Board session. Kendra Lelie of Clarke Caton Hintz presented information on the redevelopment plan, saying the first part of the ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ – The Union County Commission on the Status of Women is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 Women of Excellence Awards. Eleven Union County women were cited for their outstanding contributions at the January 24th meeting of the Union County Board of Chosen ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - A Roselle man along with a woman from Elizabeth has been criminally charged with orchestrating a scheme where they stole tens of thousands of dollars from multiple victims by falsely claiming to represent pop musicians, says acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A.

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WESTFIELD, NJ – The golden-colored canine with curly hair was picked up in the rain on Summit Avenue Sept. 25, 2018. The pooch, named Hansen, found itself in police custody as authorities took to social media to find the dog’s owner, who came forth to reclaim the canine. Hansen is among the ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Sister Percylee, RSM, principal of Union Catholic High School, will be officially installed as the 2019 Union County Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 3:00 p.m. during the parade committee’s annual Investiture Mass. It will take place at ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ – A 5K race proposed by the winners of a county-wide civic engagement challenge for high school students will raise funds to help prevent suicide. Freeholders Alexander Mirabella and Rebecca Williams presented awards to the winners of the Union County Student Training & ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Authorities have arrested two people in connection with an apparent armed robbery occurring at the 7-Eleven on Central Avenue early Friday morning, police said. Chief Chris Battiloro said officers arrested the duo in connection with the robbery during which one of the suspects ...

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500 Union County residents employed by the federal government are feeling the effects of the government shutdown, according to Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski. ELIZABETH, NJ – In the midst of the federal government shutdown, 500 federal workers who live in Union County have gone without ...

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FANWOOD, NJ — The Fanwood Police Department has identified and charged a 50-year-old Cranford man with the hit and run crash which resulted in the death of a Fanwood resident’s dog on Dec. 20, police said. The driver of the vehicle was traveling eastbound on South Ave. between Laurel and Beech ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Officers responded to a burglary alarm at the T-Mobile store at 1943 Rt. 22 West  in Scotch Plains on Sunday, Jan. 20, at about 7:15 a.m.   Several cell phones were stolen, according to the Scotch Plains Detective Bureau. The burglary is currently under investigation, ...

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Recycle Coach App, Homelessness Initiative, Summer Events among Topics Discussed at First Union County Freeholders Meeting of 2019 UNION COUNTY, NJ – All 21 municipalities in the county have submitted information to a cell phone application that tells homeowners when to take out the recycling, ...

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Union County Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski, Vice Chairman Alexander Mirabella and Freeholders Christopher Hudak, Sergio Granados, Andrea Staten, Kimberly Palmieri-Mouded and Rebecca Williams presented a check from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders to the 2019 Union County St.

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Clarissa Leigh Lyons, age 28, passed away on Saturday morning Jan. 19, 2019 at her home in Ocean, NJ.    Clarissa was born in Annapolis, MD, and lived in Bowie, MD. She later moved to Scotch Plains, where she graduated from Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School and went on to earn her bachelor’s ...

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In Union County, the 2018 Point-in-Time Count Found 459 Homeless Persons ELIZABETH, NJ – With the proposed addition of a shelter to the roster of places the homeless can go during freezing temperatures, Union County government is looking out for its homeless population. The “Code Blue ...

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LINDEN, NJ - A Union Township man has been arrested and charged with being responsible for the alcohol-related motor vehicle collision that took the life of his passenger, an off-duty Hillside police officer, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan and Linden Police Chief David Hart ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – Jake Tooley was 19 when he died in a house fire. Since the 2017 blaze, the community has rallied around his family, which also lost their puppy in the flames that destroyed the Prospect Street home. Sam Tooley, Jake’s now 26-year-old brother, subsequently formed the Tooley ...

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ROSELLE PARK, NJ - A Medevac helicopter was called in to assist after a construction accident occurred at the Merida Apartment Building construction site at approximately 10:35 a.m. Saturday.  Roselle Park Police and rescue units along with Cranford first aid, Trinitas, and Union County EMS ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood's Business Redevelopment consultant Liz Jeffery reported on the progress being made in the Borough's downtown area on Monday, July 7, 2019. Station Square at Fanwood (35 townhome style rentals with 7 affordable units) Building 1 (8 units) is fully ...

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Freeholder Vice Chairman Mirabella Begins New Term; Freeholders Staten, Palmieri-Mouded Begin First Terms; Freeholder Williams begins partial term; Five women Freeholders mark majority of Board for first time in Union County history   UNION COUNTY COURTHOUSE, ELIZABETH---Freeholder Bette ...

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CRANFORD, NJ – Matthew Acosta, a special education teacher at Orange Avenue School has admitted to making a perceived general threat against the school where he worked late last year, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced Thursday. Acosta, 34, of Kenilworth pleaded guilty ...

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Freeholder Vice Chair  Kowalski to be selected as Chair of Board, Freeholder Mirabella as Vice Chairman UNION COUNTY, NJ - Union County Government will hold its annual reorganization at the County Courthouse on Sunday, Jan. 6 beginning at 12 p.m. Freeholder Vice Chair Bette Jane Kowalski of ...

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