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Woman Barricaded with Firearm in Meadowbrook Court Residence in Summit; SWAT Unit on Scene

May 18, 2022

SUMMIT, NJ - An "emotionally disturbed adult" has barricaded themselves in a residence on Meadowbrook Court in Summit. Sources have confirmed to TAPinto Summit that the individual is a female and is in possession of a firearm. Summit Police have ordered residents in the nearby area to shelter in place and a safety perimeter has been established.

A crisis response negotiator is ...

Chick-fil-A Grilled Over Plans for Route 22 Restaurant by Springfield Planning Board

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — The application to build a Chick-fil-A restaurant on the site of the current Barnes & Noble bookstore on the corner of Hillside Avenue and Route 22 West has been carried to the next Springfield Board of Adjustment meeting on June 21.

On April 27, the board heard more testimony from representatives of the applicant, who intends to have the Barnes & Noble ...

Tammy Zurka Named South Plainfield's New Athletic Director 

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Board of Education (SPBOE), at a meeting April 12, officially appointed Tammy Zurka as the school district's new director of athletics, health, physical education, and nurses, effective July 1. 

Zurka, a physical education/health teacher and coach with the district for more than 20 years, is only the second woman to hold the position ...

‘Large Sum’ of Cash Found in Westfield. Police Seek Proof of Ownership

WESTFIELD, NJ — Authorities are seeking the owner of a “large sum” of cash that was found in the town, police said Thursday.

In a Facebook post, Westfield police asked the owner to call the police department. Police did not disclose the amount of money found or the location.

“A large sum of cash was found in town today,” police stated. “If you lost money, ...

UPDATE: Elizabeth Road Rage Driver Charged by UCPO for Running Over Woman Tuesday Morning

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Union County Prosecutor’s Office has officially charged the man responsible for running over a woman with his vehicle with several offenses, including attempted murder and aggravated assault, Prosecutor William A. Daniel, Elizabeth Police Director Earl Graves and Police Chief Giacomo Sacca jointly announced. 

Vincent Jean, 56, of Elizabeth, has been charged with ...

City of Elizabeth Asks Person Responsible for Running Over Woman with Car to be Charged with Attempted Murder

ELIZABETH, NJ - The City of Elizabeth has asked the Union County Prosecutor’s Office to charge the person who ran over a woman multiple times with a vehicle with attempted murder. 

“As you know, the incident occurred approximately 8:30am [yesterday morning] on the intersection of Salem and Aberdeen. He was apprehended shortly after,” said Ruby Contreras, the public ...

Nearly 100 Former Students and Staff From Colonia High School Develop Brain Tumors

NEW JERSEY— Woodbridge's Colonia High School’s indoor air quality is being tested, and its 28-acre campus analyzed for radiation starting this past weekend, after a 1989 alumni – now an environmental scientist – raised concerns about the school’s possible link to brain tumors among nearly 95 former students and staff.

The Woodbridge Township Council ...

County Grand Jury Returns 13-Count Indictment Against Former Summit Middle School Teacher/Theater Director

ELIZABETH, NJ - A Union County Grand Jury, on March 31 returned a 13-count indictment against retired Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School drama teacher and theater director Ronald E. Wells, Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel and Acting Summit Police Chief Steven Zagorski jointly announced today.

Wells, 70 of Summit, is charged with one count of first-degree aggravated ...

One Man Arrested, Another Remaining at-Large For Elizabeth Home Invasion Charges

ELIZABETH, NJ - A Rahway man has been arrested and his co-conspirator remains at large following charges being filed in regards to a home invasion in Elizabeth March 2, Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel, Elizabeth Police Director Earl J. Graves and Elizabeth Police Chief Giacomo Sacca jointly announced. 

Herby Desir, 34, of Rahway and Emmanuel Rivera, 33 of Carteret are both ...

Man Found Hanging from Tree in Elizabeth Tuesday Night

ELIZABETH, NJ — A man, whose identity has not been released, was found dead hanging from a tree in Elizabeth Tuesday night. 

The body was found between Marshall Street and Franklin Street, specifically next to an empty lot on the 300 block of Marshall Street. According to a spokeswoman for the City of Elizabeth, police received a call about suspicious activity around 9:58 p.m. that ...

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NJ Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Supports RWJBarnabas Health Transaction with Saint Peter’s HealthCare System

New Brunswick, NJ – The Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey ("SHCCNJ") threw its support behind the proposed transaction between RWJBarnabas Health (“RWJBH”) and St. Peter's HealthCare System, which will lead to the creation of a premier academic medical center (“premier AMC”) in New Brunswick. 

In a letter to the Federal Trade ...

African American Chamber of Commerce Supports RWJBH Transaction with St. Peters

New Brunswick, NJ – Access to quality medical care in New Jersey is vital to underserved populations. That's why the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (“AACCNJ”) announced its support for the proposed transaction between RWJBarnabas Health (“RWJBH”) and Saint Peter’s Healthcare System in New Brunswick, which will lead to the creation of New ...

RWJBarnabas Health, Saint Peter’s Healthcare System Vision to Create NJ’s First Premier Academic Medical Center Gets State Approval

New Brunswick, NJ – RWJBarnabas Health (“RWJBH”) and Saint Peter’s Healthcare System (“Saint Peter’s”) announced that the State of New Jersey has approved their transaction to create New Jersey’s first premier academic medical center (“premier AMC”) located in New Brunswick.

“This is a tremendous milestone in a years-long ...

Don’t Forget to B.Y.O. Bag Starting Wednesday, May 4

On Wednesday, May 4, a new state law called the “Bag Ban” goes into effect. When it does, supermarkets will not hand out any free, single-use paper or plastic shopping bags. Customers will have to bring their own shopping bags, or purchase them at the supermarket.

Other retail stores and restaurants can continue to provide free paper shopping bags, but they will not be allowed to ...

Tamika Williams Named to SNHU Dean's List

May 19, 2022

MANCHESTER, NH - Tamika Williams of Union has been named to Southern New Hampshire University's Winter 2022 Dean's List.

Full-time undergraduate students who have earned a minimum grade-point average of 3.500 to 3.699 are named to the Dean's List. Full-time status is achieved by earning 12 credits; undergraduate day students must earn 12 credits in the fall or spring semester, ...

Jared Williams Initiated into Omicron Delta Kappa

LEXINGTON, VA - Jared Williams, a native of Union, was recently initiated into the The College of New Jersey Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society. The Society welcomed 1,971 new initiates from 78 universities during April 2022.

Students initiated into the Society must be sophomores, juniors, seniors, or graduate/professional students in the top 35% of their ...

Union High Grad to Receive Master's Degree

UNION, NJ - A 2015 Union High School graduate, Taylor Whitaker-Lake, will receive her Master’s of Arts in Speech Language Pathology on May 17 from Nathan Weiss Graduate College, the graduate college of Kean University  

Taylor is an alumni of Hampton University were she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA degree. 

Woman Barricaded with Firearm in Meadowbrook Court Residence in Summit; SWAT Unit on Scene

May 18, 2022

SUMMIT, NJ - An "emotionally disturbed adult" has barricaded themselves in a residence on Meadowbrook Court in Summit. Sources have confirmed to TAPinto Summit that the individual is a female and is in possession of a firearm. Summit Police have ordered residents in the nearby area to shelter in place and a safety perimeter has been established.

A crisis response negotiator is ...

Chick-fil-A Grilled Over Plans for Route 22 Restaurant by Springfield Planning Board

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — The application to build a Chick-fil-A restaurant on the site of the current Barnes & Noble bookstore on the corner of Hillside Avenue and Route 22 West has been carried to the next Springfield Board of Adjustment meeting on June 21.

On April 27, the board heard more testimony from representatives of the applicant, who intends to have the Barnes & Noble ...

Union High School Crowns Mr. UHS

May 18, 2022

UNION, NJ – Union High School crowned a new Mr. UHS Friday night when eight seniors competed for the coveted title.

During the competition, the young men introduced their personality, played games, competed in a talent portion, modeled formal wear, and participated in a question and answer session, said Cheryl Fiske, Union High School math teacher and Senior Class ...

Law Student and UHS Grad Visits School to Encourage Students

UNION, NJ –- A 2017 Union High School graduate came back to “pay it forward”, encourage students to work hard and demonstrate that success is possible.

Mercedes Subhani visited her former junior AP Literature teacher, Sandra Mangarella, and talked with Mangarella’s honor and AP students to help them understand success is within reach.   Currently a second year ...

Union County Recognizes Community Action Month

May 19, 2022

The Union County Board of County Commissioners have determined that the County of Union will observe May 2022 as National Community Action Month.  Throughout the month of May, Union County will work in partnership with Community Action Agencies across the country to host events and activities.

“Community Action Agencies have enhanced the lives of hundreds of people in Union County ...

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Union County to Receive 2022 NACo Achievement Award for First Proprietary County-Run COVID-19 Lab in the Nation

Union County will receive a 2022 NACo Achievement Award, acknowledging the groundbreaking partnership between the County and Kean University, forming the first proprietary, County and academic run COVID-19 testing lab in the nation. NACo – the National Association of Counties – has awarded Union County with three 2022 Achievement Awards in total.

“Since the onset of ...

Free Webinar: Mental Health 101

In a resolution passed last week at the Union County Board of County Commissioners meeting, the Commissioners designated May as National Mental Health Awareness Month. In recognition of this month, the Department of Human Service’s Office on Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse in partnership with Atlantic Health System will host a free webinar titled, “Mental Health 101: How Do We ...

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Facing the unknown – What parents can tell kids when answers fail

A wise therapist once told me, “David, no matter how much you think you can, no one can predict the future. So stop trying and making yourself crazy in the process.” Excellent advice, especially considering my future predictions tend to veer into sometimes frightening territory.

Predictions are like opinions, everyone has one. When I signed on for parenthood, I tried to anticipate ...

Unmasked: My Life Solving Cold Cases by Paul Holes

Unmasked: My Life Solving America’s Cold Cases  by Paul Holes with Robin Gaby Fisher. (Celadon, 2022)

 

Let’s start with this fact. I didn’t sleep for two nights while reading Unmasked: My Life Solving America’s Cold Cases by retired detective Paul Holes and Robin Gaby Fisher. Although the book is an autobiography about Holes’ life as an investigator ...

‘Calendar Girls’ Captivates at Chatham Playhouse

CHATHAM, NJ — This delightful play, set in Yorkshire, England, lends a risque air to the Women’s Institutes at a local church parish.

The play and film were based on a true story of middle-aged women who were seeking a fundraising idea for Leukemia Research.

They’re desperate to find a way to support their charities and somehow come up with the idea of ...

'Two Minutes with TAPinto' Features South Plainfield Publisher Darlene Tedesco-Cullen

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — This month's "Two Minutes with TAPinto" features TAPinto South Plainfield publisher Darlene Tedesco-Cullen.

When she started TAPinto South Plainfield, she worked full time as Regional Manager/Business Development for a bank. It became so successful that she was able to leave her banking career to focus on TAPinto full-time.

"I say this to all ...

Drawing the Line Between News and Content Marketing is Key to Publisher Credibility and Success

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — Publishers invest significant time and financial resources in building their audience. No one has the right to have their content placed in front of the audience you’ve built. Public relations firms and others say their content is newsworthy and they get paid a lot of money to try to make that case to publishers every day.

Drawing the line between news and ...

Gas Prices in New Jersey Reach Another Record High

May 18, 2022

NEW JERSEY — Gas prices in New Jersey have reached another all-time high.

The average price of a gallon of unleaded reached $4.72 on Wednesday, May 18, 2022. That's up seven cents from the day before, 23 cents from last week and nearly 70 cents from last month. Those figures are according to AAA.

The Newark and Trenton areas are paying the most statewide, according ...

Remains of Pastor Found in Episcopal Church Basement After 186 Years 

St. Mark's Episcopal Church in West Orange opened in 1828 and remained as an active congregation until it closed in 2004. After the church closed it saw only occasional use as a rental property for small fellowships. Over the years however financial resources were lacking to maintain the church, and it fell into a state of further disrepair and neglect. By spring 2015 diocesan trustees had ...