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Hate Symbol Found at a Westfield Elementary School

February 8, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — Parents and members of the community are reacting to word that a swastika was found in a bathroom at Franklin Elementary School on Wednesday.

The school’s principal, Eileen Cambria, sent a letter to parents (shared with TAPintoWestfield by the district), in which she said that there was a “disturbing graffiti symbol scratched on a small section of a panel in ...

Ice Cream Ban Has Clark Students Asking BOE to Save Year-End Social

CLARK, NJ – Students at the Frank K. Hehnly Elementary School say nutritional guidelines are putting the kibosh on ice cream at the school's fifth-grade end-of-year social, so a group approached the Board of Education on Monday night to request the ruling be reconsidered.

“We were told that we could not have the ice cream social because it is unhealthy,” ...

Citing Ongoing Investigation, Plainfield HS Postpones Girls Basketball Game vs. ALJ HS (Clark)

CLARK, NJ – Plainfield High School postponed a regularly scheduled conference game against the Arthur L. Johnson High School (Clark) girls basketball team on Thursday night.

“The game has been postponed at Plainfield’s request,” Clark Superintendent of Schools Edward Grande said.  

This would have been the two teams’ first meeting since a game earlier in ...

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

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 ...

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