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Free Public Wi-Fi at Ponderosa Park, Scotch Plains and Other Union County Facilities

January 21, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders has announced that free public Wi-Fi access is available now in six new parks throughout the county. There are now a total of 11 county parks and facilities that offer free Wi-Fi.

“We are committed to ensuring that our recreation facilities are up to date and welcoming to a broad range of activities,” said Chairman ...

Football: Mark Ciccotelli Named New Head Coach at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- For 21 years, Steve Ciccotelli led the Scotch Plains-Fanwood football program before retiring in 2011. Now his brother, Mark, will be at the helm of the Raiders, as the SPFK12 school district announced the hiring of Mark Ciccotelli as head varsity football coach Thursday.

Ciccotelli, who replaces Jon Stack following his resignation in November, comes to Scotch ...

Plainfield Resident Arrested, Charged in Connection with Thursday Night Death

PLAINFIELD, NJ - A Plainfield resident has been arrested and charged for his alleged role in an altercation that resulted in the death of 34-year-old Oscar Isaac Ramos Lopez  this week, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Saturday.

Jamie Castillo Castro, 24, is charged with first-degree aggravated manslaughter in connection with the killing.

Plainfield Police ...

Standoff with Police in Westfield Ends Peacefully

WESTFIELD, NJ — A woman who had barricaded herself in her home with a loaded gun was taken into custody peacefully Thursday night after a standoff with police that shut down the 900 block of Grandview Avenue.

The incident began at about 9:00 p.m. when police responded to a call to check on the welfare of a resident, Westfield Police Chief David Wayman said at the ...

Union County College to Host its Winter Commencement Ceremonies on January 12

CRANFORD – Union County College will celebrate two Commencement Ceremonies on Thursday, January 12, 2017. Each ceremony will be led by the College’s President, Dr. Margaret M. McMenamin. The ceremonies will begin at 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. and will be held at the Union County Performing Arts Center at 1601 Irving Street in Rahway, NJ. The students graduating during these ceremonies ...

Plainfield Schools Superintendent Anna Belin-Pyles Statement on Puppet at Clark's A.L. Johnson High School

PLAINFIELD, NJ -- The Superintendent of the Plainfield School District has issued a statement following an incident in which the Plainfield girls basketball team and coach encountered a black puppet with wires around its neck in the Arthur L. Johnson High School (Clark) art room.

The game between ALJ and Plainfield (won by ALJ, 64-20) took place on Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. It is ...

Deer Management Program Starts January 9

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- The County of Union will conduct a deer management program in seven parks to prevent the destruction of native park vegetation, minimize damage to residential landscaping, and reduce deer-related motor vehicle accidents.

This is not a sport hunt. Carefully selected hunters with a proficiency in marksmanship, sitting in elevated tree stands, will use shotguns to remove deer ...

Plainfield Basketball Team Reportedly Greeted by Lynched Black Puppet in Clark High School

CLARK, NJ – The picture shows a black puppet, hanging by a string looped around its neck and hand, a basketball attached to one end.  This puppet is reportedly what greeted players from the Plainfield High School girls basketball team when they arrived at the Arthur L. Johnson High School for a Saturday morning game, according to posts on a Plainfield community Facebook ...

Body Found in Rahway River ID’d as Popular Cranford High School Teacher

CRANFORD, NJ — The body of a Cranford man discovered in the Rahway River Saturday morning has been identified as Joseph Dugandzic, 52, of Cranford, a teacher at Cranford High School, Union County Police said in a statement Saturday afternoon.

Union County Police discovered Dugandzic's body in the shallow waters of the Rahway River off South and Centennial Avenues around 9 ...

Cranford Man's Body Found in Rahway River, Cops Say

CRANFORD, NJ –  The body of a Cranford man was discovered in the Rahway River late Saturday morning,  the Union County Police Department has confirmed.

"For now, we are on the scene and the dead man was from Cranford," Union County spokesman Sebastian D'Elia said Saturday afternoon.

Centennial Avenue near South Avenue is closed for the police ...

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