Union County News

October 14, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders approved a contract award to the company ES&S to provide a new vote tabulation system for the Union County Board of Elections at its regular meeting on Thursday, October 11, 2018. The ExpressVote XL combines a touch screen ballot ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — What do Langston Hughes, Thomas Jefferson and the cellphone have in common? The answer is simple; they all have a connection to Union County. When Four Centuries In A Weekend returns Oct. 20 and 21, historic sites across the county will all have history cards celebrating people, ...

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    ELIZABETH, NJ - A Union County jury has reached guilty verdicts on all 10 counts, including murder, against an Essex County man who killed a Rahway woman in her home a little less than three years ago, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced Wednesday.  Roberto Grillo, ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the 27th annual Women of Excellence awards. The awards celebrate women who have made a powerful impact on life in Union County. “Today it is more important than ever to ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Members of the local community are expressing their outrage over racist, anti-Semitic and vulgar graffiti that was spray-painted on the outside of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School sometime before the weekend began.  Pictures of the offensive messages spread rapidly ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – The boy who scrawled a swastika into a bathroom at Franklin Elementary School showed off the symbol of hate to three other youths, two of whom are Jewish, the parent of one of those students said Friday. Nicole Damashek said the boy, who etched the symbol into a bathroom panel, ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr was a featured panelist at the recent Governor’s Conference of Housing and Economic Development in Atlantic City, NJ. Mayor Mahr shared Fanwood’s success in attracting investment, new business and more housing options. The conference was organized to ...

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The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders will host mobile meetings in several municipalities -- Plainfield, Summit and Westfield -- this month and next month, Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados announced. Freeholder Chairman Granados had announced that the County would be holding mobile ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- There's still time to save through the JCC's Camp Yachad Summer 2019 Early Bird Special, which runs through Sunday, Oct. 14. Register now to get 2018 rates and lock in your spot! 2019 Camp Yachad Dates  Session 1: Monday, June 24 - Friday, July 19 (no camp ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - A Somerset County man has admitted to fatally shooting a Plainfield resident in 2011, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced Tuesday.  Jose Romero-Aguirre, a.k.a. “Coñejo,” 32, a North Plainfield resident and member of the Plainfield Locos Salvatrucha (PLS) ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Two New York City-area men who were targets of a narcotics investigation and crashed their cocaine-laden SUV in a Union County park while attempting to elude capture in 2016 have been sentenced to a combined total of 40 years in state prison, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael ...

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The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders will present a free workshop, “Emergency Preparedness for Arts & Cultural Organizations,” on Tuesday, October 2 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Warinanco Sports Center in Roselle. “Planning ahead for emergencies is vital for the long term ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - A long-term joint investigation by the Prosecutor’s Office’s Narcotics Strike Force and the FBI Newark Hybrid Task Force has yielded 19 arrests, the seizure of thousands of doses of heroin, and the dismantling of two heroin mills operating in Elizabeth and Plainfield, acting Union ...

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ELIZABETH - The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites members of the community to honor the memory of the 60 Union County residents who perished in the World Trade Center attack of 2001 by visiting the Union County September 11th Memorial on Tuesday, September 11 at Echo Lake Park in ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ – Union County College (UCC) and Warren County Community College (WCCC) have established an agreement to provide students at WCCC with the opportunity to earn their Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Associate degree from UCC. UCC's President Dr. Margaret M. McMenamin was joined ...

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Union County College Women’s Basketball player Yamel Abreu, of Elizabeth, participated in the 11thAnnual National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-Star Showcase from July 27-29. Held at Georgia State University, Yamel was one of 40 student-athletes from across the nation who were ...

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The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites all members of the community to a free screening of the 2016 documentary film Making a Killing: Gus, Greed and the NRA in partnership with the non-profit organization Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in New Jersey. The screening will take place ...

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Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi advises County residents to be aware that they can access certain types of property information free of charge through the County Clerk’s website on a 24/7 basis, or by calling or visiting the County Clerk’s offices in Elizabeth and Westfield during regular ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ - Bees, butterflies, birds and other pollinators have a new home in Union County’s Watchung Reservation, where an open field was recently replanted with native wildflowers and transformed into a flourishing habitat. The new pollinator meadow is located along a paved access road ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Olympian and Union Catholic High School alum Sydney McLaughlin, who turned pro after one of the greatest "one and done" seasons in NCAA Track and Field history at the University of Kentucky, has signed with talent agency WME (William Morris Endeavor), according to a report in ...

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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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UNION COUNTY, NJ - A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued by the National Weather Service for the Union County area until 10 p.m. Friday evening. Along with that storm and Flash Flood warning has also been issued until 6 p.m.  The Weather Service reports that winds in excess of 40 mph and ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Boxwood Coffee is officially open in Downtown Westfield. The coffee shop and café, at 143 East Broad St. where Panera was, hosted a friends and family event on Wednesday evening to celebrate what owner Stephen Bellamy is calling a “slow open.” “We are planning to phase in ...

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RAHWAY, NJ - Rahway Mayor Raymond A. Giacobbe will be on hand to cut the ribbon at 10 a.m. Thursday. July 12, for the new Wawa store's grand opening at 280 St. Georges Avenue in Rahway. The 24-hour Wawa store will officially open at 8 a.m. on Thursday, with the grand opening ceremonies to ...

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SPRINGFIELD, NJ - The Springfield Farmer’s Market is back for another year. The event, which runs every Monday from July through October is being held this year on the front lawn of the Springfield Public Library. The farmer’s market is open each week from 11 a.m. to six p.m. Martin Schwartz was ...

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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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FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood will host the second annual Summer FanJam food truck and live rock music festival at LaGrande Park on Sunday, July 8, from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Run by the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce (GWACC) with contributions from local Fanwood sponsors, the Summer FanJam ...

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CRANFORD - For Ana Amaya and her son, Roberto, May 23, 2018 marked the completion of a dream when they both crossed the stage at Union County College’s Commencement, and receive their Associate Degree. They both describe their time at UCC as “a great experience” and are particularly thankful to ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — No one was injured Tuesday evening when a car crashed into a two-family house on the corner of West Broad Street and Lamberts Mill Road. The crash occurred around 6:30 p.m., after rain had slicked the streets. “I heard this big bang and the whole house shook,” said Caroline De ...

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Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced 15 municipalities received a total of $134,600 in Recycling Enhancement Grants. The grant program aims at improving local recycling rates and is administered by Union County with funding from the New Jersey Department of ...

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