Union County News

December 15, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Middlesex County authorities today announced that another Edison police officer was arrested, this time for destroying evidence he believed would be used in an investigation. Nicholas Lunetta, 31, of Scotch Plains, was charged with one count of tampering with evidence and one ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Authorities investigating a hit-and-run that claimed the life of a pedestrian in Elizabeth on Thanksgiving night have identified the type of vehicle involved and are now asking the public for information in an effort to help solve the crime, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A.

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WATCHUNG, NJ - Police are seeking help from the public locating a township woman missing since Dec. 6. A missing person investigation is underway into the disappearance of Helen Kim, 47 of Route 22 West, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Chief of County Detectives ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- David S. Blitzer, a co-owner of the New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia 76ers, and Crystal Palace FC, will return to Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School on December 11 for his induction into the school's Hall of Fame. A graduate of the class of 1987, Blitzer went on to ...

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SUMMIT, NJ - In a letter e-mailed to the parents and guardians of Summit Public School students, Superintendent of School June Chang has outlined steps the District has taken since swastikas were found -- within days of each other -- at both Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School and Summit High ...

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UNION, NJ – An armed robbery in the parking lot of the Whole Foods in Union has police and Union County Crime Stoppers asking the public for help. Police say that on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at about 8:00 p.m., a woman reported that as she was loading her bags in the trunk of her car at the Whole Foods ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Union County Freeholder Rebecca Williams presented a resolution to Jennifer Popper of Plainfield on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 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 ...

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SUMMIT, NJ - Days after swastikas were found on the walls of Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School, Summit High School Principal Stacy Grimaldi has notified both students and parents that the images have also been found carved into the stalls in a boys bathroom in the Kent Place Boulevard ...

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The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce a free peregrine falcon presentation on Saturday, December 1 at 2:00 pm for families with children ages 7 and older at the Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside. Stephanie D’Alessio, Director of Education for ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ - Nominations are currently being sought for the prestigious 2019 Unity Achievement Awards, presented each year by the Union County Human Relations Commission (UCHRC) to individuals, organizations, and businesses that have distinguished themselves in the area of volunteerism, ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - A Union County grand jury has returned a three-count indictment against a local man accused of assaulting a livery driver in the parking lot of an Elizabeth coffee shop earlier this year, causing injuries that ultimately resulted in his death, acting Union County Prosecutor Thomas ...

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The Union Public Library is doing its part to help people in our community connect to affordable health insurance. During the open enrollment period for coverage under the Affordable Care Act (Nov. 1 – Dec. 15, 2018), Union Public Library is taking steps to encourage enrollment in the health ...

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Plainfield woman sentenced to probation, barred from dealing with pets for life       ELIZABETH, NJ - A Plainfield woman has been sentenced to five years of probation and will be barred for life from ever again owning, breeding, or selling pets in New Jersey following her admission of neglect ...

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States Department of Justice will have a close eye on polling places in  Union county on Tuesday. The Civil Rights Division will “monitor compliance with the federal voting rights laws by deploying personnel” polling places within the county, according to a Justice ...

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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to present “New Jersey’s Magnificent Raptors,” sponsored by Conserve Wildlife Foundation, on Saturday, November 10 at 2:00 p.m. at Trailside Nature and Science Center.  This free program is offered to families with children ...

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Union County residents who wish to use a Vote-by-Mail ballot in time for the November 6 General Election may apply for one in person at the County Clerk’s offices in Elizabeth and Westfield on Friday, November 3, Saturday, November 4, and Monday, November 5. Voters may also use the County Clerk’s ...

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A new video, Union County Women Making History, featuring Jan Lilien of YWCA Union County has been released. The video highlights Lillien and her work that is an inspiration to break down the stereotypes of domestic violence survivors. It is the second of a series of videos that highlight the ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that the disbursement process is under way for more than $4.6 million in funding to municipalities and organizations across Union County, under the Community Development Block Grant program. Now in its 44th year, ...

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UNION, NJ –Yes, Union Can, an organization advocating for the retail sale of cannabis within township borders if recreational marijuana become legal in New Jersey, held a grand opening of their campaign headquarters on Stuyvesant Avenue on Thursday evening. “We, at Yes, Union Can, are excited ...

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The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders proclaimed October 11, 2018 as National Coming Out Day throughout the County of Union and further declared Union County a safe space for LGBTQ individuals during the Freeholder Board mobile meeting in Plainfield on October 11, 2018. The County ...

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The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites residents to join the Adopt-a-Trail volunteer program and help with trail conservation and preservation projects in Union County parks. “Our Adopt-a-Trail Stewards enable visitors to enjoy miles of rustic trails in our County parks,” said ...

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CRANFORD, NJ – A Union County College honor student from Union shared her story and introduced Governor Phil Murphy at a recent press conference to announce the recipients of the Community College Opportunity Grant. Kaitlyn Veliz, of Union, was joined by New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - The opening of the Simon Youth Academy, a first in the state of New Jersey to provide at-risk youth an opportunity to earn a high school diploma has been opened at The Mills at Jersey Gardens Mall in the City of Elizabeth. “The Union County Freeholder Board is proud to support ...

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The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders reminds residents that they can anonymously turn in unwanted guns in their possession at either of two locations on Saturday, October 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The two locations are the Macedonia Baptist Church at 1251 Fairmount Avenue in ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - An Elizabeth woman has been charged with animal cruelty for neglecting two of her pet dogs before recently surrendering them to a local shelter, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced Wednesday.  Maritza Acevedo, 45, is charged with two counts of ...

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UNION, NJ – A shoplifting incident at the Home Depot on Route 22 turned into a wild foot pursuit and search for an armed suspect through the swamp and woods near Kawameeh Middle School Tuesday evening.  The search required the assistance of a Union County K-9 unit, the County Police and a State ...

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The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is offering a simple, easy way for everyone to pitch in and help improve the environment. Residents can safely dispose of unwanted household chemicals and other special waste by bringing these items to a free Household Hazardous Waste recycling event on ...

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RIBBON CUTTING FOR MEISEL PARK TURF FIELD ON OCT. 22nd, 4 p.m., SPRINGFIELD SPRINGFIELD, NJ---The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders will formally dedicate the Meisel Park turf field on Monday, October 22nd at 4 p.m in Springfield. The multi-use field was turfed and permanently striped ...

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Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders reminds residents who work along and visit the Route 22 stretch from Union, through Kenilworth and Springfield to take advantage of the Route 22 Safety Shuttle. “Union County is committed to improving safety conditions, both for ...

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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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