Union County News

March 18, 2019

ELIZABETH, NJ — The Union County Board of Elections is seeking bilingual election poll workers for this year’s primary and general election. Freeholder Christopher Hudak explained the position requirements during Thursday night’s freeholder board meeting. Applicants must live and be registered ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ -- Veteran radio traffic reporter and former Westfield resident Joe Nolan will return to Holy Trinity to cut the ribbon at the school's new gym on on Wednesday, March 20, at 2:00 p.m. Nolan was a graduate of the former Holy Trinity High School in Westfield and later honed his ...

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NEWARK, N.J. – A Union County man was arrested on Tuesday on a charge of distributing images of child sexual abuse, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Jeffrey Shreve, 35, of Scotch Plains, was arrested at his home by agents of the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — Union County residents will have the opportunity to try out new voting machines before the primary election. The county will receive updated election machines in all municipalities this year. It will need to purchase approximately $100,000 worth of election security bags for use ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — Union County government is compiling a spending plan that benefits from the recent closure of the county’s juvenile detention center. The proposal would finance a turf field in Scotch Plains along with field improvements in Linden, Rahway and other towns, the county manager said ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — For people who use it, there is no doubt about the benefits of a tented ice rink that stood in a park in Westfield on the border of Garwood for the past three months. But for some who live near to the rink, which was set up in Gumbert Park through a profit-sharing agreement ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Representatives from Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Union County presented an overview of their services to the Union County freeholders Thursday. CASA Advocate Geraldine Keogh of Scotch Plains said 496 children are in foster care throughout Union County. CASA ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ - A local animal rescuer was awarded at a luncheon this week with two Certificates of Appreciation from the Union County Prosecutors Office. Darcy Del Castillo received two Certificate’s of Appreciation from the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, one for her work as Elizabeth ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ – Union County officials are considering initiatives designed to benefit immigrants and residents 60 and older. There are around 2 million immigrants in New Jersey, comprising just over one-fifth of the state’s population, the most recent Census Bureau estimates available show. We ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — African Americans comprised just 21 percent of Union County’s residents in 2017, but 53 percent of its residents diagnosed with HIV or AIDS in that year, a trend similar to that seen across the state and nation, the data show. Recognizing “National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day,” ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ – A 5K race proposed by the winners of a county-wide civic engagement challenge for high school students will raise funds to help prevent suicide. Freeholders Alexander Mirabella and Rebecca Williams presented awards to the winners of the Union County Student Training & ...

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500 Union County residents employed by the federal government are feeling the effects of the government shutdown, according to Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski. ELIZABETH, NJ – In the midst of the federal government shutdown, 500 federal workers who live in Union County have gone without ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Sister Percylee, RSM, principal of Union Catholic High School, will be officially installed as the 2019 Union County Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 3:00 p.m. during the parade committee’s annual Investiture Mass. It will take place at ...

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SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Union County has begun removing deer from County and municipal park properties in an attempt to bring the deer population densities down to levels that are more in balance with the ecosystems. The specific goal is to have a density of 20 deer per square mile (or less). The ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - The City of Plainfield is mourning the loss of Police Director Carl Riley's son, 21-year-old Pfc. Jamie R. Riley, due to injuries he incurred when two U.S. Army military training vehicles crashed in southern New Mexico. Officials said 24-year-old Cpl. Cole Trevor Wixom was also ...

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Recycle Coach App, Homelessness Initiative, Summer Events among Topics Discussed at First Union County Freeholders Meeting of 2019 UNION COUNTY, NJ – All 21 municipalities in the county have submitted information to a cell phone application that tells homeowners when to take out the recycling, ...

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In Union County, the 2018 Point-in-Time Count Found 459 Homeless Persons ELIZABETH, NJ – With the proposed addition of a shelter to the roster of places the homeless can go during freezing temperatures, Union County government is looking out for its homeless population. The “Code Blue ...

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ROSELLE PARK, NJ - A Medevac helicopter was called in to assist after a construction accident occurred at the Merida Apartment Building construction site on Saturday morning.   Roselle Park Police and rescue units along with Cranford first aide, Trinitas, and Union County EMS responders were ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – A representation of a home that made international news is among the winners of a town-wide contest of gingerbread building, but it is not the top vote-getter in the contest whose winners the public picked in an online poll. Tara and Rob Donnelly along with Brian and Amy Shields, ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ -- A Plainfield music teacher has been arrested and charged with inappropriately touching two of his students in school during recent years, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced Friday. Donnie Harrell, 53, of Bridgewater is charged with two counts of ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ -  A Nixle alert was issued by the Plainfield Police Division on Sunday evening.  The police are seeking the public's help in locating a missing "at risk" female. Moana Tarver, 41, Black, 5'8", and 170 lbs, was last seen wearing a gray jacket, black pants, with black and red ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A 13-year-old student at Edison Intermediate School faces five counts of criminal mischief in connection with various forms of hateful graffiti depicted on the restroom walls at that school, police said Wednesday. “The Westfield Police Department takes incidents like these ...

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CLARK, NJ – The death of 20 year old Michael Sot sent waves of shock and sorrow through the Clark community and beyond recently.  Social media lit up with words of disbelief, despair and cries for justice.   The authors and outlets were different but the message was the same. Sot was too young, ...

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CRANFORD, NJ — A house fire early Sunday morning destroyed a home on Hillcrest Avenue in Cranford and left one man dead.  The body of the man is believed to be the homeowner. Cranford Fire Chief Daniel Czeh called the body "unidentifiable" but investigators can use other methods such as dental ...

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CLARK, NJ -- Funeral arrangements for Clark resident Michael Sot were announced on Thursday.  Sot, 20, died Tuesday as a result of injuries he sustained in a head-on collision early Sunday morning.   Michael Sot was a sophomore at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) where he was a Math major with ...

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HOPEWELL, NJ – The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office wants the driver involved in the Sunday morning’s crash with Clark’s Michael Sot to remain in custody. David Lamar, 22, was arrested after investigators found that he was driving while impaired. The head-on collision resulted in serious ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Michael Sot, 20, died early Tuesday afternoon from injuries sustained during a head-on collision Sunday according to information from Ewing police.  Sot, a Clark resident and student at The College of New Jersey, was the driver of a car hit head-on by David Lamar V, who has since ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Union County Freeholder Rebecca Williams presented a resolution to Jennifer Popper of Plainfield on Wednesday, congratulating her on walking over 800 miles from Union County to Maine over the summer to honor her late husband, Michael, and to raise awareness of the East Coast ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The trees are lit, the decorations are placed and as we head into December, Downtown Westfield has more holiday fun up its sleeves. Music in the Streets The entire family can enjoy roaming musical entertainment sponsored by the Downtown Westfield Corporation, including ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Hate graffiti has been found again at a Westfield school, parents learned through an email sent by Superintendent Margaret Dolan Thursday afternoon. “Today we are saddened and angry that one individual in our community has chosen hate,” Dolan wrote. “That student chose to deface ...

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