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Union County News

July 21, 2022

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county has approved a $140,000 settlement for attorney fees in a landmark public records case that made certain police internal affairs files accessible to the public. The board of county commissioners approved the settlement Thursday in the nearly three-year-long court ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Union College is slated to get $20 million in improvements to its outdated physical education facility in Cranford as part of a project it has partnered with the Union County Improvement Authority on to complete. The Authority’s board of commissioners last week approved a ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — A state Superior Court decision upholding a stay on construction of a county government complex is prompting the project’s redevelopment entity to consider a fresh start on the project, which has been planned since 2020 and would cost more than $120 million. The county plans ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — The Union County Board of County Commissioners has authorized $95,000 to resolve claims that a prisoner at the county’s since closed jail was kept from exercising his faith and harassed because of his Muslim religion. Last week, the commissioners approved the settlement on the ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — An event marking Pride Month and the opening of Tëmike Park, the county’s new inclusive playground and park area within Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield, was subject to dozens of offensive comments on the county’s Facebook page. The offending comments, which were initially ...

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UNION COUNTY — The closing of the 102-year-old Williams Nursery in Westfield will not provide more green space to the county, but a vacant property in Berkeley Heights, which the county is buying with open space monies, will. In Westfield, Williams Nursery, the beloved garden center on 6.61 ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Ultrarunner Shan Riggs is attempting to be the first-known person to run the East Coast Greenway, the 3,000-mile walking and biking route that extends from Florida to Maine. He has already covered more than two-thirds of the miles, supported by his partner Joshuaine (Josh) Grant, ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county is one step further along in its cleanup of the 150-acre Clark Reservoir — the largest water body in the county. Last week, the board of county commissioners formally accepted a $4 million grant that will fund the dredging and environmental remediation of the ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Hunters culled 229 deer during Union County’s annual deer hunt this past fall and winter, according to a county spokesperson. The most deer, 55, were harvested from the Watchung Reservation, county spokesperson Tina Casey told TAPinto on Wednesday. Hunts in three Plainfield ...

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RAHWAY, NJ — Dr. Patricia Camp, the superintendent of the Rahway Public Schools, has just been named the Union County Superintendent of the Year. The announcement was made on Tuesday evening at the Rahway Board of Education meeting. Camp told TAPinto Rahway that she initially received the news ...

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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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CRANFORD, NJ - An Elizabeth man was taken into custody on May 5, 2022 for multiple burglary charges, including three separate business burglaries in Cranford, Cranford Police Department announced in a press release earlier today. Antoni Kuhl, 52 of Elizabeth, was arrested on three counts of ...

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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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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- More than 50 members of the Union Catholic Community helped set a World Record for the most people simultaneously watering plants on Friday. Union Catholic is now the home of two world record holders. Last summer, Sydney McLaughlin (UC Class of 2017), broke the world ...

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CRANFORD, NJ - The Cranford community is once again proving #cranfordstrong is more than just a hashtag. Relief efforts for the family affected by the Orchard Street fire have already begun. FLAG for Cranford and Cranford's Girl Scout Service Unit 48 have put together gift card drives to help ...

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SUMMIT, NJ - Stating that they were "extremely thankful that a vigilant citizen acted in a way that may have prevented a motor vehicle theft in Summit or a neighboring community," the Summit Police Department last night arrested two individuals near Route 124, one of which has a criminal history ...

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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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UNION COUNTY, NJ — TAPinto was speaking recently with Berley Hanna Jr., the National Executive Committeeman of the American Legion Department of New Jersey. We ran into Hanna at an event, and he was telling us about an upcoming opportunity for high school junior boys: the American Legion Jersey ...

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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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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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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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ELIZABETH, NJ — A resident speaking at Thursday’s Union County Board of Commissioners meeting prompted a strong response from the board over the spending of federal COVID-19 relief dollars. The Garwood resident asked about $749,552.94 in CARES Act funds, which records show the county paid out to ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — A resident speaking at Thursday’s Union County Board of Commissioners meeting prompted a strong response from the board over the spending of federal COVID-19 relief dollars. The Garwood resident asked about $749,552.94 in CARES Act funds, which records show the county paid out to ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — If you want to change your political party affiliation before the primary election, you’ve got until April 13 to do so. The Union County Board of Elections this week reminded residents that if they want to participate in their new party’s Primary Election June 7, then they ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Little do most McGinn Elementary School students know that the school’s librarian is just as accomplished as the authors in the media center – because he is one. John Lohn has lived in Scotch Plains for the past few years and soon will make a temporary stay in Tokyo at the ...

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RAHWAY, NJ — At one point in Thursday night's  HYPROV: Improv Under Hypnosis at the Union County Performing Arts Center, Colin Mochrie, of the long-running hit show Whose Line is it Anyway?, directed audience volunteers, recently put under the spell of master hypnotist Asad Mecci, in a skit in ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Union County Interfaith Coordinating Council (UCICC) will hold a special event for Women's History Month, entitled "Celebrating Women Leading Through the Storm." The evening will include a panel of speakers who work in and around the county in a variety of contexts and ...

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UNION, NJ - Irish eyes are not smiling with the news that the Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade has been postponed for another two weeks due to a forecast of rain, heavy wind gusts and potential snow flurries on Saturday. The Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee Chairwoman Pam ...

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