Union County News

May 15, 2021

SUMMIT, NJ - The hotly-contested Primrose School childcare center project, proposed for 480-490 Morris Avenue, was defeated at a Summit Planning Board "Special Meeting' on May 12. The Zoom meeting, which started at 7:33 p.m., ran into the first few minutes of the following day. The Application ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — A man incarcerated at the Union County Jail is suing the county with claims that the staff there denied him medication for a severely painful condition and then beat him mercilessly. While in court papers the county denies the allegations, Michael David Ivancich claims in the ...

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Elizabeth, NJ. — A cyberattack against a “vital” U.S. oil pipeline has contributed to a spike in already high gasoline prices. New Jersey gas prices now average $3.04 per gallon, according to AAA, compared to roughly $3.01 per gallon nationally.  In Union County, the price at the pump has hit ...

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — A cyberattack against a “vital” U.S. oil pipeline has contributed to a spike in already high gasoline prices. New Jersey gas prices now average $3.04 per gallon, according to AAA, compared to roughly $3.01 per gallon nationally.  In Union County, the price at the pump has hit ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Struggling under coronavirus restrictions and travel limitations, New Jersey’s tourism industry took a major hit last year, with the number of people visiting the state — and the amount of money they spent — registering dramatic declines, according to the state’s 2020 tourism ...

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SUMMIT, NJ - The City of Summit reports that police are investigating a report of an attempted sexual assault perpetrated by an unknown actor posing as an Uber driver who was transporting the victim from New York City to Pennsylvania. The driver, described as a white male with a beard, ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county will expand its Emergency Services Regional Dispatch Center in Westfield, allowing more towns the option to use its services for fire, EMS, mutual aid and first responders.  At Thursday’s virtual Board of County Commissioners meeting, commissioners awarded a $3.28 ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - The first person from Elizabeth has been awarded the School Nurse of the year by Union County School Nurses Association (UCSNA).  Marie Verdon Noonan has worked as a registered nurse with the Elizabeth Board of Education for the last 18 years, but her job has not been easy with ...

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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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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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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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UNION COUNTY, NJ - In recognition of Autism Acceptance Month, Union County residents of all ages are invited to participate in Paint in the Park, on Tuesday, April 27, at Mattano Park, located at 360-484 Fifth Avenue in Elizabeth. This event is completely free and is sponsored by The Union ...

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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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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 -- "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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SUMMIT, NJ - Plus she got a sticker and a cupcake, to boot. Lela Ingram, 65, a Woodbridge resident and parishioner at Summit's Wallace Chapel AME Zion Church, received the milestone 25,000th COVID-19 vaccination administered at the Summit Community Center (SCC). In partnership with the City of ...

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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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SUMMIT, NJ - Nearly sixty years ago, Bob Dylan wrote and sang that, "The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind" but, in Summit, for at least three months this summer, that answer -- or anything else for that matter -- won't be propelled by gas-powered leaf blowers. That's because the Summit ...

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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 -- A local man has been charged with being in possession of more than 10,000 digital images consisting of child sexual abuse material, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo announced Monday.  Joseph Poutre, 55, of Middletown, is charged with a single count of ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — County manager Edward Oatman did not directly answer questions about the potential closure of the Union County Jail in Elizabeth Thursday, despite pressure from community leaders who spoke on behalf of inmates, employees and their families. Commissioner Chairman Alexander ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Although the county has administered more than 30,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses, its struggles to address vaccine rumors and increase the vaccination rate in communities of color are ongoing. Two virtual events that face those challenges are planned for next week.  On Monday ...

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NEW JERSEY - Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone announced Wednesday that 11 people have been charged for their alleged involvement in a large-scale narcotics distribution ring that operated in Middlesex and Union counties. The investigation was dubbed Operation The Price is Right by ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Law enforcement officials need to listen to the voices of young people to effectively respond to and prevent hate crimes and incidents of bias among youth, community leaders said at a roundtable with the Union County Prosecutor’s Office earlier this month. The Honorable Leland ...

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Small schools playing on the biggest stage college basketball has to offer make for the best stories.  The players who make up those teams make those stories even better.  The smallest school in the 2021 NCAA Tournament, St. Bonaventure University, has a men’s basketball ...

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SUMMIT, NJ - Wife and mother of three sons, Summit's Lisa Stockman-Mauriello is, in her own words, "fighting for my life and asking for your help." A change.org petition -- that has already garnered more than 15,000 signatures -- is seeking to persuade the CEO of a Cambridge, MA-based ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — With spring around the corner, it’s time to enjoy the county’s parks and tell officials what you think would make these open spaces better.  The Union County Parks and Recreation Department is seeking feedback by April 1 on the master plan that will guide the county’s ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — Police are reviewing security footage after a shooting at The Mills at Jersey Gardens sent people running Saturday afternoon. The shooting happened outside the Saks Fifth Avenue store and the suspect fled in a vehicle, city spokeswoman Kelly Martins said. Nobody was hurt, she ...

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