Union County News

October 16, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ – Police are looking into a potential hit-and-run involving a 17-year-old struck in a crosswalk near Holy Trinity School on Monday. The youth was not injured in the morning incident during which the driver of a Jeep SUV gave the signal for the teenager to cross, but then struck the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The 54-year-old single mom and longtime Union County resident didn’t think her life would get worse after her home in Westfield was foreclosed on. Then Annie Vann-Ashkenazi, a mother of four, got the call from Overlook Medical Center. “Two days after I got here, I received a ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – A nine-month-long investigation into alleged prostitution at massage establishments in town led the arrests of four parlor managers this week, authorities said. Authorities charged Qingxia Zhu, 28, of Westfield, Jing Liu, 53, of Linden, Xiaoman Zhang, 56, of Watchung, and ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – Glistening with sweat, Scotch Plains resident Sharon Artz finished the area YMCA’s 5K run satisfied, but not because of her placement in the contest. Artz finished 308, but the knowledge that her efforts will benefit the Westfield Area YMCA’s programming for people with special ...

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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – A 24-year-old Mountainside resident is in critical condition at University Medical Center in Newark after being struck by a vehicle while walking on Route 22 in the early morning hours of Sunday, Sept. 9. Police gave the following account of the incident: At about 1:09 a.m.

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UNION COUNTY, NJ -- More than 50 animals have been rescued from unsafe and unsanitary living conditions as a result of two independent animal cruelty investigations that took place in Elizabeth during the last month, Union County Prosecutor’s Office Investigations Supervisor John Esmerado announced ...

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CLARK, NJ – Experience the Power of a Living Legend at the Clark Public Library on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 1 p.m.   For over 60 years, David Toma has brought his experience, compassion and hope to people around the world in desperate need of help while their lives spun out of control from ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ – Two kilograms of heroin were seized from an Indianapolis man traveling through Union County last week on Route 22 in Union, according to the Union County Prosecutor’s Office. Noel Ramiro Hernandez is charged with first-degree possession of heroin with the intent to distribute ...

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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Mayor Paul Mirabelli read a statement regarding the allegations of misconduct within the Mountainside Police Department at the Monday, July 23 meeting. During the public comment session several residents came forward with concerns of the lawsuits’ impact on property ...

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KENILWORTH, NJ — A little more than three months since being arrested on charges of lewdness, public defecation and littering, Kenilworth Superintendent Dr. Thomas Tramaglini has tendered, and the Kenilworth Board of Education has accepted, his resignation, effective Sept. 30, 2018.  In a story ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield mom and teacher Sara Liptack is continuing her family’s “Summer of Kindess” with an infant clothing for Furniture Assist, an organization in Springfield that helps formerly homeless people, veterans, the elderly, fire victims, refugees and people fleeing domestic ...

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ROSELLE, NJ -- A Roselle man found with more than 40 dogs living in severely unsanitary and inhumane living conditions in his home last month has been charged with more than 30 criminal offenses, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced Wednesday. Evelio J. Calderon, 40, is ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Columbia Bank celebrated the opening of its new office at 251 North Ave. West in Downtown Westfield with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday. The Westfield office is one of almost 50 full-service Columbia Bank offices located throughout New Jersey, according to the ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ – After a long wait and numerous oppositions, the Muhlenberg Hospital sale has been completed. Earlier this month, a judge’s ruling allowed Muhlenberg Urban Renewal, LLC, an affiliate of Bloomfield-based Community Healthcare Associates (CHA), to complete its purchase of the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Addams Tavern, which is undergoing court-ordered renovations, may re-open in September, according to Chip Grabowski, CEO of Harvest Restaurant Group. The restaurant at 115 Elm St. has been closed since December. Recently, firefighters extinguished a minor fire on one of the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Carthoris “Carter” Uziel, a sophomore at Westfield High School, died Sunday night, according to Westfield Public Schools and a letter sent to parents by Principal Dr. Derrick Nelson. “Words cannot convey the grief we feel in the Westfield Public Schools community over the death ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — It likely started with a smoldering cigarette, according to Deputy Fire Chief Anthony Tiller. The fire that started in a flower planter on an outside deck on the second floor of Addams Tavern Wednesday caused a lot of smoke as it spread to the flooring, but only about a ...

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CRANFORD, NJ - An election to fill the vacancy created by Linda Carter’s departure to the Assembly was held at a Union County Democratic Committee convention on Thursday, led by Chairman Nick Scutari. The UCDC chair called on Plainfield Chairman Adrian O. Mapp, who nominated Councilwoman Rebecca ...

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NEWARK, NJ – A former broker and investment adviser Gary Basralian, 70, of Springfield, New Jersey was arrested Wednesda, for allegedly stealing more than $2.1 million from two clients in order to pay for personal expenses, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Basralian is charged by ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A standing room-only crowd cheered and booed Tuesday night after the town council, with a 6-3 vote, passed a resolution granting Mayor Shelley Brindle the authority to negotiate a lease agreement with Arena Realty Partners for a temporary ice rink at Gumbert Park this ...

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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – In a 46-page complaint packed with allegations of harassment involving sex toys, official misconduct, nepotism, hazing, double-dipping and other egregious behavior, five Mountainside police officers and a female employee are suing the borough in state Superior Court. The ...

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CRANFORD, NJ - The Union County College Women’s Basketball Team won the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Region XIX Championship and the NJCAA District N Championship on March 5 when they defeated Harcum College. This led the Lady Owls to the national tournament that was ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ -- ‎A friend of the heartbroken owners of standard poodle Chanel informed concerned supporters on the Finding Chanel Facebook page that the lost dog's body has been found. It is with a most heavy heart and salty cheeks that we have to let you know that Chanel's body was found ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ - Summer lifeguard positions are available at Union County’s public swimming pool, the Walter Ulrich Memorial Pool at Rahway River Park in Rahway. “Union County’s Ulrich Pool provides our youth and adult summer job seekers with an opportunity to enjoy working outdoors in the ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - The Union County Prosecutor’s Office and other agencies announced  on Tuesday that they had obtained complaint warrants for four men in connection with the Easter morning shootout in Elizabeth that resulted in the death of 26-year-old Daniel Louis of Irvington and the attempted ...

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CLARK, NJ – A car went off the road and into the river on the northbound Garden State Parkway between the Clark and Cranford exits during Wednesday night’s snowstorm. According to Clark’s Chief of Police Pedro Matos, the car’s driver managed to escape the water. Divers went in to the river and ...

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UNION, NJ – Students from all over Union County will be walking from Burnet Middle School to Town Hall on Saturday morning, March 24, in an anti-gun violence march. Led by steering committee chairman Colin Sumner, the march, which has the support of Senator Joseph Cryan, Moms Demand Action, ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Scotch Plains will receive a $25,470 grant, while Fanwood will get a $15,000 award from the “Level the Playing Field” grant program from Union County, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced Thursday. The program was designed to help every Union County ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Four students from Westfield High School are planning a “March for Our Lives” in Westfield March 24. The event, which will call on US government for stricter gun laws and memorialize the 17 people killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida last month, will be one of ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Meet John McPartlan, Scotch Plains resident and grand marshal of the Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade, which steps off promptly at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, 2018. A native of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn with roots in Co. Leitrim and Mayo, he attended Bishop Ford HS in ...

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