Union County News

May 14, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — A man incarcerated at the Union County Jail is suing the county with claims that the staff there denied him medication for a severely painful condition and then beat him mercilessly. While in court papers the county denies the allegations, Michael David Ivancich claims in the ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county will expand its Emergency Services Regional Dispatch Center in Westfield, allowing more towns the option to use its services for fire, EMS, mutual aid and first responders.  At Thursday’s virtual Board of County Commissioners meeting, commissioners awarded a $3.28 ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — While Union County enters into a five-year agreement to send the inmates from the county jail in Elizabeth to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark, Elizabeth-based activist Salaam Ismial says the fight to challenge the move is not over. His organization, the ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county will be borrowing up to $120 million for the planning, design and building of a new county government complex in Elizabeth. Officials have said the new complex at 61-99 West Grand St. will save money on rent the county pays for existing office space, but legal ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ - In recognition of Autism Acceptance Month, Union County residents of all ages are invited to participate in Paint in the Park, on Tuesday, April 27, at Mattano Park, located at 360-484 Fifth Avenue in Elizabeth. This event is free and sponsored by The Union County Board of ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — County officials confirmed the prior suspicions of community leaders at Thursday’s Board of Commissioners meeting: the Union County jail in Elizabeth will close and inmates will be transferred to the Essex County Correctional facility in Newark. The county is entering into a ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Don’t be alarmed if you start hearing piercing sounds and seeing the brown shells of insect bodies on the ground next month. JD Stamler, a park naturalist at the Trailside Nature & Science Center in Mountainside, said some of the periodical cicadas in Brood X will emerge ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county’s COVID-19 vaccination team is discussing what changes will be necessary to continue its mobile vaccination program now that use of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been paused statewide. On Tuesday, the state Health Department directed all vaccination ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county Board of Commissioners will provide $16.75 million to the Union County Improvement Authority to plan and design a new county government complex in Elizabeth. The county is still in negotiations to select a developer for the project. The two buildings are planned for ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — “In this crisis, I lost my dad and, in addition to losing my father, my sister is a COVID-19 ‘long hauler.’ And just before the new year, I lost two more cousins,” said Dr. Chris Pernell, the chief strategic integration and health equity officer at University Hospital in Newark, ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — County manager Edward Oatman did not directly answer questions about the potential closure of the Union County Jail in Elizabeth Thursday, despite pressure from community leaders who spoke on behalf of inmates, employees and their families. Commissioner Chairman Alexander ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Law enforcement officials need to listen to the voices of young people to effectively respond to and prevent hate crimes and incidents of bias among youth, community leaders said at a roundtable with the Union County Prosecutor’s Office earlier this month. The Honorable Leland ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — With spring around the corner, it’s time to enjoy the county’s parks and tell officials what you think would make these open spaces better.  The Union County Parks and Recreation Department is seeking feedback by April 1 on the master plan that will guide the county’s ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — A contractor’s lawsuit claiming Union County violated state bidding laws is not stopping plans for a new government complex on the site of the county’s motor vehicle services division in Elizabeth from moving forward. After a hearing on Tuesday, Superior Court Judge Thomas J.

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — It has been almost a year since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic and the Union County Board of Commissioners is still addressing the virus' lasting impacts. At Thursday’s board of commissioners meeting, officials discussed the timeline for the ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — Two women — an assistant prosecutor and a victim witness coordinator with the Union County Prosecutor’s Office — claim in lawsuits that the county’s top law enforcement official discriminated and retaliated against them, each for different reasons. Attorney Juan C. Fernandez, who ...

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(Surveillance footage of suspects in Gaines homicide case; courtesy of Union County Prosecutor's Office.)   RAHWAY, NJ--A recent press release from the Union County Prosecutor's Office requests the public's assistance in providing information related to the unsolved 2016 fatal shooting of ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ - The public is invited to attend a Black History Month celebration on Sunday, February 28, beginning at 6:00 p.m. The free online event highlights the presentation of the annual Chester Holmes Humanitarian Award, along with musical performances. This year’s Chester Holmes award ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — If county government accepts a local advocacy group's proposal, unused train lines could be transformed into two walkable, bikeable greenways: one connecting Elizabeth and Cranford and another running from Roselle Park to Summit. “Greenways and trails are a solution to ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ - A food distribution event for Union County residents to aid those affected by COVID-19 will be held on Saturday, February 27. A drive-up distribution will begin at 9:00 a.m. at Union County Vocational Technical School, located at 1776 Raritan Rd in Scotch Plains. The food ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — An accomplished group of Union County Vocational-Technical high school students were recognized at Thursday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting during which the board approved $12 million in grant applications in support of the school. Students from across the county ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — A Wayne-based construction company is suing Union County and the Union County Improvement Authority with claims that the entities violated state bidding laws in seeking developers to build a new county government complex. The complex, planned for the site of the county’s motor ...

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Produce will be distributed on a first come-first served basis at drive-up event in Scotch Plains.    The Union County Board of Commissioners will hold a food distribution event for Union County residents to aid those affected by COVID-19 on Saturday, February 20. A drive-up distribution will be ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Board of County Commissioners approved 2% pay raises for themselves, the county manager and department heads at last Thursday’s board meeting. By an ordinance they approved unanimously, the commissioners’ salaries rose from $33,466.20 each last year to $34,135.52 each this ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county commissioner’s attorney is taking a second look at the board’s remote meeting rules after a woman demanded the public be given the opportunity to be seen on camera when speaking at board meetings. Commenting at Thursday's county commissioners meeting, Jaime Van ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — On Wednesday, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held for the new Union County Fire/EMS Training Academy at the site of the county’s former Juvenile Detention Center in Linden. On Thursday, county residents pressed the Board of Commissioners about whether the Union County Jail in ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Union County residents who are trying to register for an upcoming vaccination appointment are not able to do so on the online portal at www.ucnj.org. The county announced COVID-19 vaccinations will be available at the Kean University vaccination clinic in Union, and residents ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county has struggled to provide enough COVID-19 vaccines to meet demand, especially for seniors and other residents without computers, but the Board of Commissioners says it will ramp up its outreach efforts next week. Anyone 65 and older is eligible to receive the ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Union County Commissioner Chairman Alexander Mirabella on Sunday urged all adult residents in the county to get vaccinated for coronavirus and promised that the county is prepared to distribute COVID-19 vaccines “as soon as they arrive.” In a prerecorded speech during the ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ - Union County Government will hold its annual reorganization on Sunday, January 3, beginning at 12 p.m. The installation ceremony and the reorganizational meeting will be held in person at the steps of the Union County Courthouse and will convene virtually due to COVID-19 pandemic ...

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