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Springfield Board of Adjustment Postpones Vote on Chick-fil-A Application Another Month

June 22, 2022

SPRINGFIELD, NJ -- There will not be a vote on the application to build a Chick-fil-A drive-through restaurant on the current Barnes & Noble site until July 21.

The Springfield Board of Adjustment met on Tuesday, June 21 and heard testimony from a representative of the applicant and a traffic engineer on changes made to the proposal to build a Chick-fil-A at the corner of Hillside Avenue ...

Hershey Building Renovations Underway in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, NJ -- Township administrator John Bussiculo last week met with the Springfield Business Improvement District and updated the Township Committee following that meeting on June 14.

"We had a redevelopment meeting with the business owners in the downtown area," Bussiculo said. "We've got a little bit of a tough sell because those buildings are all owned by ...

Springfield Planning Board Approves Floor and Decor Application

SPRINGFIELD, NJ -- The Township Planning Board this week adopted a resolution of approval of an application to open a new Floor and Decor store on Route 22 westbound.

The store would replace the Macy's Furniture & Mattress Gallery, the former Goodwill store and the site of Chinese Restaurant Cathay 22 at 114, 124 and 128 Highway 22 West.

The Planning Board will hold an emergency ...

Springfield Resident Graduates from Muhlenberg College

July 1, 2022

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- Marissa Steiner resident of Springfield, N.J., recently graduated from Muhlenberg College.

Steiner earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with a minor in Public Health.

On Sunday, May 22, more than 500 members of Muhlenberg's Class of 2022, along with their families, their friends and Muhlenberg faculty, gathered in Allentown's PPL Center to ...

Springfield Resident Gets Degree from UMGC

ADELPHI, Md. -- Olivia Lin, a resident of Springfield, N.J., has earned a Master of Science in Health Informatics Administration from University of Maryland Global Campus.

Worldwide, more than 13,600 graduates from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as 32 countries and U.S. territories, earned UMGC degrees during the 2021-22 academic year.

 

Springfield Residents Named to University of Scranton Dean's List

SCRANTON, Pa. -- Three residents of Springfield, N.J. were among than 1,700 students named to The University of Scranton's Dean's List for the 2022 spring semester.

The students are:

Catriona M. Corbett, a junior Journalism-Electronic Media major in the University's College of Arts and Sciences.

Maura R. Duffy, a junior Criminal Justice major in the ...

Three Dayton H.S. Baseball Players Named to All-Division First Team

June 29, 2022

SPRINGFIELD, NJ -- Three members of the Dayton High School baseball team have been selected to the 2022 Union County Conference All-Mountain Division first team.

Seniors Tommy DeSarno and Logan Solomine and freshman Frank Dasti of Dayton all were voted to the first team in a poll of the conference's coaches.

DeSarno, a left-handed pitcher, struck out 71 batters in 53 1/3 innings and had ...

KPMG Women's PGA Official Countdown to Baltusrol in Springfield Begins

SPRINGFIELD, NJ -- The countdown is officially on Springfield.

In Gee Chun of South Korea shot a 3-over-par 75 for the second consecutive day, finishing at 5-under-par, and rallied to win the $9 million KPMG Women’s PGA Championship by one stroke over American Lexi Thompson and Australian Minjee Lee at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. on Sunday.

The ...

Six Dayton Softball Players Cited on All-Division Team

SPRINGFIELD, NJ -- Three members of the Jonathan Dayton softball team were selected to the Union County Conference All-Mountain Division first team for 2022.

An additional three Dayton players received second-team honors in a vote of the conference's coaches.

Sophomores Alyssa Santangelo and Kate Buckley and freshman Angie Gatto of Dayton all were named to the Mountain Division first ...

Local Historian Provides Springfield Area Residents Guide to Exploring NJ Revolutionary War History for July 4

July 2, 2022

SPRINGFIELD, NJ -- Al Frazza, a local historian, has launched a website that is a comprehensive field guide to New Jersey’s Revolutionary War historic sites.

RevolutionaryWarNewJersey.com features photographs and information for 650 Revolutionary War historic sites, located throughout towns in all 21 New Jersey counties. Springfield is well-represented, photos and information for six ...

'March for Our Lives' Organized for Saturday, June 11 from Springfield to Union

SPRINGFIELD, NJ -- March for our Lives Union/Springfield Chapter is hosting a march on Saturday, June 11.

The event is intended to raise awareness about gun violence.

Saturday's march, which will go from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., will begin at Springfield Town Hall, 100 Mountain Ave., and continue to the Union High School Football Field, 2369 Morris Ave., ...

Last Day of School in Union Marred by Firecrackers and Fights

June 23, 2022

UNION, NJ – It was not a quiet, smooth ending to the school year at Union High School on Wednesday as police officers and firefighters responded to the school in response to two separate occurrences.

In a phone message to parents, staff and students, Superintendent Dr. Scott Taylor said two different incidents occurred at the high school late Wednesday morning:  a firecracker ...

Ultrarunner Shan Riggs Stops in Union County during Quest to Conquer the East Coast Greenway

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Ultrarunner Shan Riggs is attempting to be the first-known person to run the East Coast Greenway, the 3,000-mile walking and biking route that extends from Florida to Maine. He has already covered more than two-thirds of the miles, supported by his partner Joshuaine (Josh) Grant, who follows on her bicycle towing their supplies. The pair started in Key West, Fla. on ...

Union Parent Charged with Making Terroristic Threats in Phone Call with Principal

UNION, NJ - A Union parent was arrested and charged with making terroristic threats after she became upset with a school principal and threatened to “come to school and shoot the whole place up”, according to Union police.  

Police say they received a call from Jefferson School early Tuesday afternoon.  The school principal reported to police that while on a ...

Springfield Celebrates July 4th

July 5, 2022

SPRINGFIELD, NJ -- Temperatures were in the low 80s and humidity was pleasantly low as hundreds of residents from the township gathered Monday evening at Meisel Avenue Park for the capper to the July 4th weekend.

Sponsored by the Union County Board of Commissioners, the July 4th celebration included plenty of food trucks with a diverse cross-section of cuisine, a petting zoo, ...

1910 Fruitgum Co. to Bring 50+ Years of Performing Experience to Springfield July 4 Gala

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — The 1910 Fruitgum Company emerged on the scene with a trio of top five national hits in the late 1960s.

No, they haven't actually been performing since 1910, but 54 years after the New Jersey-based bubblegum band cracked the Billboard top five with "Simon Says," the 1910 Fruitgum Company is still performing, and they'll be on stage Monday, July 4 ...

Springfield to Celebrate July 4 in Meisel Ave. Park

SPRINGFIELD, NJ -- While many other neighboring communities will be getting an early jump on fireworks and Independence Day weekend festivities, Springfield will hold its annual Independence Day gala on Monday, July 4 in Meisel Avenue Park.

Sponsored by the Union County Board of Commissioners, the July 4th celebration will begin at 5 p.m. with food trucks, a petting zoo, inflatables, pony ...

Springfield Police Blotter, June 2022

July 3, 2022

SPRINGFIELD, NJ -- Calls that the Springfield Police Department responded to in June:

June 3 – On May 27, Patrol Officers were dispatched to a Route 22 business on a report of shoplifting. As a result of an investigation by Detective Bureau personnel, a 25-year-old Pottsville, Pennsylvania woman was charged with theft.

June 5 – A 29-year-old Summit man was arrested and charged ...

Springfield Promotes Police Officer Laurencelle to Probationary Sergeant

SPRINGFIELD, NJ -- Officer John Laurencelle was promoted to the rank of probationary police sergeant at Tuesday night's Springfield Township Committee meeting.

With his wife, Laura, a school teacher in Springfield; and his 16-month-old daughter Melanie accompanying him, Sgt. Laurencelle took his oath and was sworn in by Mayor Alex Keiser.

Sgt. Laurencelle has been with the department 11 ...

Springfield Township Committee Recognizes Police Lt. Westover's Life-Saving Heroism

SPRINGFIELD, NJ -- Springfield Police Lt. Ryan Westover, who was recently honored for his heroic actions in March 2021, received a proclamation from the Springfield Township Committee at its Tuesday, June 14 meeting.

On Thursday, March 11, 2021 at approximately 7 p.m. while traveling north on the Garden State Parkway approaching the Old Bridge area, Lt. Westover observed that a ...

Wonder Announces its First Ever Student of the Year Awards

June 24, 2022

Wonder, a new home dining experience serving 22 towns in New Jersey, has announced its first ever Student of the Year awards. The company is currently accepting nominations for 2022 high school graduates that exemplify Wonder’s core values of mastery, compassion, and courage.

"These communities have been so welcoming to us,” Wonder Senior Director of Marketing, Raina ...

Springfield Area Gas Prices Down Slightly Heading into Holiday Weekend

June 28, 2022

SPRINGFIELD, NJ -- The average price for a gallon of gas in New Jersey dropped eight cents from last week to $4.91 on Monday, June 27, according to AAA.

While it marks the second week in a row that statewide gas prices have come down, it’s still 16 cents higher than a month ago ($4.75), and $1.79 higher than this time last year, when the price was $3.12 for a gallon of ...

Springfield Board of Adjustment Postpones Vote on Chick-fil-A Application Another Month

SPRINGFIELD, NJ -- There will not be a vote on the application to build a Chick-fil-A drive-through restaurant on the current Barnes & Noble site until July 21.

The Springfield Board of Adjustment met on Tuesday, June 21 and heard testimony from a representative of the applicant and a traffic engineer on changes made to the proposal to build a Chick-fil-A at the corner of Hillside Avenue ...

Springfield Area Gas Prices Slightly Below $5/Gallon

SPRINGFIELD, NJ -- After cracking the $5 per gallon barrier last week, the average price of a gallon of regular gas in New Jersey has dropped back below $5 -- barely -- on Monday, June 20.

According to GasBuddy.com, the average statewide price of a gallon of regular was $4.97 on Monday morning.

In Springfield, according to GasBuddy.com, the least expensive gas on June 20 could be found at ...

World Cup 2026 Coming to New Jersey

June 17, 2022

JERSEY CITY, NJ - The biggest tournament in the world’s most popular sport is coming to New Jersey in a big way.

On Thursday officials from FIFA, soccer’s governing body, announced that MetLife Stadium will be one of just 15 locations across North America and 11 in the U.S. to play host to the 2026 World Cup tournament.

While the number of matches and in what rounds of the ...

Gov. Phil Murphy Signs 7 New Gun Laws in New Jersey

July 5, 2022

​​​​​​METUCHEN, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy signed seven new bills into law on Tuesday that tighten gun regulations in New Jersey.

"These are not going to be our last words on gun safety," Murphy said. "We cannot walk away from here today, none of us, thinking our job is done because it is not."

Murphy and democratic leaders called it "Gun Safety Package 3.0" ...

Will the Supreme Court Gun Decision Be Making Quick Draw McGraws of Us in New Jersey?

BERGEN COUNTY, NJ — New Jersey had among the toughest gun ownership restrictions in the United States, 2021 according to a 2021 report by the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.  Prior to last month's United States Supreme Court ruling. New Jersey was a "may issue" state for concealed gun permits, meaning you MAY get a gun permit IF law enforcement ...

Gov. Phil Murphy Signs Record $50+ Billion State Budget, Republicans Concerned About Increasing State Spending

CRANFORD, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy signed the $50.6 billion fiscal year 2023 budget on Thursday at Cranford High School.

"The priorities of this budget are the priorities of our families," Murphy said. "At the top that list is affordability."

Among the provisions in the budget:

$2 billion ANCHOR property tax credit for homeowners and a rebate for ...

VIDEO: Patriotic Group Hangs Flags on Parkway, Baseball Field Ribbon Cutting, Residents Awarded for Art and Police Academy Graduation

July 1, 2022

NEW JERSEY - A group of patriotic residents hang flags on a Garden State Parkway overpass ahead of July 4th. Plus, a new baseball field ribbon cutting. Also, two residents are awarded for their art contributions. And, a police academy graduation.

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has today's Now in New Jersey, Powered by TAPinto, brought to you by Lakeland Bank and Bag Up ...

VIDEO: Cornhole Champions, Firefighters Save Ducklings, Teachers Honored for Fellowship Graduation and Gearing Up for July 4th

NEW JERSEY - A town crowns cornhole champions. Plus, firefighters rescue stranded ducklings and reunite them with their mother. And, several teachers honored for their fellowship graduation. Also, one town gears up for a massive July 4th celebration. 

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has today's Now in New Jersey, Powered by TAPinto, brought to you by Lakeland ...

VIDEO: Stevens Student Recognized by NASA, Police Department Celebrates 138 Years, Union County College Renamed and 6th Graders L.E.A.D.

NEW JERSEY - A Stevens Institute of Technology student is recognized by NASA. Plus, a police department celebrates 138 years. And, Union County College gets a new name. Also, 6th graders graduate from the L.E.A.D. program. 

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has today's Now in New Jersey, Powered by TAPinto, brought to you by Lakeland Bank and Bag Up ...

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Union County Celebrates Plastic Free July by Asking Residents to "Take the Challenge"

The Union County Board of County Commissioners and Union County Clean Communities would like to encourage residents to celebrate and participate in Plastic Free July!

"Finding ways to go plastic free is easier than you think and residents can certainly do a lot on a personal level to help save the environment,” said Commissioner Chair Rebecca Williams. “The information ...

The Story of Lt. Edward E. Phillips of Springfield, NJ

June 14, 2022

Edward Phillips, age 26,  received his wings on July 28, 1943, and was stationed at the 54th Fighter Group at Bartow Air Base in Florida for fighter pilot training. When he arrived in Great Britain, Phillips was stationed at 150 Boxted just north of the town of Colchester. He flew a P51B Mustang with the 9th Air Force, 354th Fighter Group, 355th Fighter Squadron.

On April 15, 1944, three ...

Overlook Strong again: After two-year hiatus, Overlook Medical Center’s best and brightest celebrated at Excellence Awards

July 1, 2022

Enthusiastic applause filled the gala room as each name was called, and team members from departments spanning Overlook Medical Center strode proudly to the stage to accept their awards.

It had been three years since Overlook had celebrated its standout team members at its annual Excellence Awards. The event, like many in-person gatherings, went on hiatus in 2020 and 2021 due to the ongoing ...

Division on Aging/ADRC Launches New Website

The Union County Department of Human Services announced today that the Division on Aging/ADRC has launched its redesigned website offering the public a streamlined site that is easier to use, with simpler navigation, new content, and interactive features. The website address is https://ucnj.org/dhs/aging/.

Among the many useful items the redesigned website features:

A more intuitive, ...

Union County Parks Offer Free Outdoor Music, Movies and More this Summer

The Union County Board of County Commissioners is pleased to announce a full slate of free outdoor movies, music and fun for the whole family in Union County parks this summer. The events continue throughout July and August with the Summer Arts concert series beginning on July 6 and the Family Flix movie series beginning on July 12.

“We are all excited to welcome everyone to enjoy the ...

Location Updates for Union County’s Free COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination Program

Union County residents are advised that Union County’s free COVID-19 testing and vaccination clinics at Downs Hall on the Kean University campus will close at the end of June. The testing and vaccination services will continue at other locations around the County.

“Kean University has been a steadfast partner since the earliest days of the outbreak more than two years ago, and we ...

World Cup 2026 Coming to New Jersey

June 17, 2022

JERSEY CITY, NJ - The biggest tournament in the world’s most popular sport is coming to New Jersey in a big way.

On Thursday officials from FIFA, soccer’s governing body, announced that MetLife Stadium will be one of just 15 locations across North America and 11 in the U.S. to play host to the 2026 World Cup tournament.

While the number of matches and in what rounds of the ...