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Garwood Woman Whose Dog Was Mauled by Pit Bulls Worries for Others

August 2, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — Nancy Rubin, who lives in Garwood near the Westfield border, worries for the safety of children in her neighborhood after her 8-year-old Bichon, Lucky, was violently attacked by two pit bulls near her home.

Rubin had just left the Village at Garwood senior housing with her dog at about 6:00 p.m. Saturday, July 22, when said she she spotted man walking to pit bulls. Lucky ...

Plainfield Man Charged With Fatally Stabbing Ex-Wife

PLAINFIELD, NJ -- A Plainfield man has been arrested and charged with stabbing his ex-wife to death at the home they shared, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Monday.

Eric Beale, 56, is charged with first-degree murder and related weapons offenses in connection with the killing of 56-year-old Marlene Martin.

At approximately 11:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 30, Plainfield ...

Karate Program for People with Special Needs Will Begin on Aug. 3

UNION COUNTY, NJ - The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders has announced a Karate Program for People with Special Needs, beginning Thursday, August 3.

The program will run every Thursday from August 3 - September 7 (excluding August 17) from 7:00 - 7:45 p.m. (ages 5-15) and 8:00 - 8:45 p.m. (ages 16 and older). The program will take place at the Clark Recreation Center, 430 Westfield ...

Freeholders Honor Elizabeth Police Officers Who Rescued Boy Struck By Train

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Two Elizabeth police officers who rescued a 13-year-old boy struck by a freight train were honored Thursday night by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Elizabeth Police Officers Eric Santiago Gora and Luciano Nicolas Porto responded to Franklin Street on May 11 to find the boy going into shock with an amputated leg.

“We have to also acknowledge that ...

Authorities ID Body Found in Warinanco Lake as 50-Year-Old Male

ROSELLE, NJ - Authorities identified the person who was found dead July 6 in a lake at Warinanco Park as a 50-year-old man, a Union County spokesman told TAP today.

Oday Abd-Ali, whose last known address was in Elizabeth, was pulled from the lake about a week ago, Union County spokesman Sebastian D'elia said.

The cause of death will be determined by a medical examiner, D'elia ...

Gateway Hudson River Tunnel Project Funding Is in Federal Budget Draft

WASHINGTON, DC --The draft text of the fiscal year 2018 U.S. Department of Transportation Appropriations Act includes $900 million in new funding for the Gateway Hudson River train tunnel.

Tens of thousands of commuters on the Raritan Valley Line, including residents of Fanwood, Scotch Plains and other nearby towns, will eventually benefit from the project, with fewer delays and a ...

Union County’s Shakespeare in the Park Tour of The Taming of the Shew Kicks Off this Weekend in Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, NJ – The Shakespeare Garden in Plainfield's Cedar Brook Park will be the backdrop for The Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare's outrageously funny comedy, this Sunday, July 16, at 1:00 p.m.

“This summer’s tour of Shakespeare’s classic romantic-comedy The Taming of the Shrew in our parks provides an opportunity for residents of all ages to ...

Cranford Woman’s Stolen Dog Home Safe, BMW Still Missing

ELIZABETH, NJ — A Cranford woman is reunited with her dog after her car was stolen Thursday morning at Newark International Liberty Airport with him inside.

Jude Zimmerman, the dog’s owner, said her 12-year-old Jack Russell Terrier named Jack Jack was found at Sun Deli on Madison Avenue in Elizabeth Friday afternoon. She said the deli’s owner took good care of ...

Westfield Man Pulls Two from Burning Car in Route 80 Accident

ROCKAWAY, NJ – When Duncan Smythe of Westfield left for a Fourth of July gathering at a friend’s home in Sussex County, he didn’t expect to pull two people from a fiery car after a crash on Route 80.

Smythe, 55, was driving west on Route 80 along with friend Rudy Palma when he saw a car veer across the road and strike a Toyota on the shoulder with what he described ...

New Paid Parking Hours in Downtown Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — Scotch Plains-Fanwood residents who shop in Downtown Westfield will notice that the hours of paid parking have been reduced. Westfield’s parking lots now show that shoppers must pay for parking from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, instead of the former hours of 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The new rule is one of several that the Westfield council ...

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