Union County News

May 13, 2021

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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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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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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WESTFIELD, NJ — A burglar crept into a home on Bennett Place through an unlocked mudroom door early Thursday morning, grabbed car keys from a purse there and then stole a vehicle in what is the latest in a series of similar crimes, police said. In a Nixle message, police said an unlocked car on ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Union 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 — The Union County Board of Commissioners made awards to 21 municipalities as part of the seventh annual Union County Infrastructure Grant program, funding projects aimed at spurring economic development growth, and providing indirect tax relief. Scotch Plains has received ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A new ranking out from the website WalletHub puts Westfield last in a nationwide list of 1,337 “Best & Worst Small Cities to Start a Business,” but not everyone agrees with the website’s analysis. Local business owners on Monday offered varied views on the findings, while ...

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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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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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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Don’t be alarmed if you start hearing piercing sounds and seeing the brown shells of insect bodies on the ground next month. JD Stamler, a park naturalist at the Trailside Nature & Science Center in Mountainside, said some of the periodical cicadas in Brood X will emerge ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — With eligibility expanded to anyone 16 and older starting Monday, the state inched closer to its goal of getting 70% of New Jersey’s eligible adults vaccinated — that is 4.7 million people — by the beginning of the summer. The number of people statewide vaccinated with at ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county’s COVID-19 vaccination team is discussing what changes will be necessary to continue its mobile vaccination program now that use of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been paused statewide. On Tuesday, the state Health Department directed all vaccination ...

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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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RAHWAY, NJ — The Rahway Police Department announced Saturday that the body of Brian Gooney, 55, has been found, nearly a month after his disappearance on March 9. Detective Anthony Tilton positively identified the body, discovered along the banks of the Rahway River near Essex Street, as ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Star Fish Food Pantry, which receives donations from the St. Bart's and St. John's Baptist Church pantries in Scotch Plains, has been serving the Plainfield area for 50 years, and Executive Director Patricia Bixel, a longtime volunteer for Star Fish, reflects on the ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — “In this crisis, I lost my dad and, in addition to losing my father, my sister is a COVID-19 ‘long hauler.’ And just before the new year, I lost two more cousins,” said Dr. Chris Pernell, the chief strategic integration and health equity officer at University Hospital in Newark, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — When Ann Taylor shuttered its store on East Broad Street last year, leaving yet another storefront vacant in Downtown Westfield, it was the last thing the community wanted — especially Westfield’s Ward brothers, who own the commercial space. Seven months later, the Wards have a ...

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

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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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WESTFIELD, NJ — Police are investigating after authorities found two swastikas in a bathroom at Westfield High School Friday. In a statement Tuesday, police said the swastikas were etched on a bathroom stall wall by a person using “an unknown metal object.” “At this time, there is no suspect ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ -- The owner of hundreds of rental units scattered across 18 residential properties in Elizabeth has been arrested and criminally charged with coercing more than a dozen of his tenants into sexual acts in exchange for financial relief, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ -- The Union County Board of County Commissioners announces “a weekend of shredding” to kick off the first mobile paper shredding programs of 2021. Free shredding of personal and confidential documents will be available on Saturday, March 27, and Sunday, March 28. The March ...

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More registration clinics will be held in Westfield Tuesdays and Fridays in March. WESTFIELD, NJ — Volunteers are conducting in-person outreach in an effort to help vulnerable populations, who might not otherwise have the means to sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine, register for the life-saving ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — It has been almost a year since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic and the Union County Board of Commissioners is still addressing the virus' lasting impacts. At Thursday’s board of commissioners meeting, officials discussed the timeline for the ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — If county government accepts a local advocacy group's proposal, unused train lines could be transformed into two walkable, bikeable greenways: one connecting Elizabeth and Cranford and another running from Roselle Park to Summit. “Greenways and trails are a solution to ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — A contractor’s lawsuit claiming Union County violated state bidding laws is not stopping plans for a new government complex on the site of the county’s motor vehicle services division in Elizabeth from moving forward. After a hearing on Tuesday, Superior Court Judge Thomas J.

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SUMMIT, NJ - In a three-page flyer sent to parents of Summit Public Schools students, the Summit School District has announced the expansion of in-person learning for students in Grades 6-12. The plan will begin as early as April 12, as the District "will be phasing out the Maroon and Gold rotation ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — It has been almost a year since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic and the Union County Board of Commissioners is still addressing the virus' lasting impacts. At Thursday’s board of commissioners meeting, officials discussed the timeline for the ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — Two women, an assistant prosecutor and a victim witness coordinator with the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, claim in lawsuits that the county’s top law enforcement official discriminated and retaliated against them, each for different reasons. Attorney Juan C. Fernandez, who ...

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