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Public Assistance Sought in Locating Child Sex Assault Suspect

Walter Sosa Credits: Union County Prosecutors' Office

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Investigators are requesting assistance from the public in locating Walter Sosa, a Plainfield man wanted for the aggravated sexual assault of a child, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Thursday.

Sosa, 33, a registered sex offender in neighboring Somerset County, is charged with first-degree aggravated sexual assault, second-degree sexual assault and second-degree endangering the welfare of a child in connection with alleged conduct occurring during the last seven months in Plainfield.

Sosa’s last known home address was on the 800 block of East Front Street in Plainfield, and he has been known to frequent other areas in the city and neighboring North Plainfield. Investigators believe that he may be moving from place to place in that immediate area, and his aliases include “Walter Osmin,” “Sosa Solorzano,” “Daniel Soto,” and “Danny Soto.”

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The fresh criminal charges against Sosa were filed on Saturday, Aug, 5, and investigators have been attempting to locate and arrest him ever since. The Prosecutor’s Office today is releasing a recent photo of Sosa in the hopes that a member of the public may have seen him during recent days.

Anyone with information about Sosa’s whereabouts is being urged to contact Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit Sgt. Timothy Durkin at 973-698-9529 or Detective Nicholas Falcicchio at 908-721-8186.

Convictions on first-degree crimes are commonly punishable by 10 to 20 years in state prison.

These criminal charges are mere accusations. Each defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Connecticut Farms (Union) to Celebrate its 350th Anniversary

August 22, 2017

UNION, NJ – A celebration of the 350th anniversary of the founding of Connecticut Farms – now the Township of Union – is scheduled for late October.

Hosted by the Union Township Historical Society (UTHS), the celebration of Connecticut Farms (founded in 1667) will take place on Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Suburban Golf Club, 1730 Morris Avenue, from 7:00 – 11:00 ...

Farmers 2017 Kickoff

UNION, NJ - The Fifth Quarter Club is hosting their first ever fundraiser, FARMERS 2017 KICKOFF at the Knights of Columbus for Union High School students.

The event will be held on Thursday, Aug. 24 from 7:00 - 11:00 p.m.  The cost is $20.  Union High School students must present a current school ID.  The Knights of Columbus is located at 1034 Jeanette Avenue.

The Fifth ...

The Week Ahead in Union

UNION, NJ - Happenings in Union this week:

Monday, 8/21

•Lego Club: Drop Test, 3:30 p.m., Union Public Library

•Color Yourself Happy: Adult Coloring Night, 5:00 p.m., Vauxhall Public Library

Tuesday, 8/22

•Toddler Time, 10:30 a.m., Union Public Library

•S.T.E.A.M. Based School Age Story & Craft: “Three Little Pigs Build a House", 11:00 a.m., ...

Upcoming Events

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Wed, August 23, 10:30 AM

Union Public Library, Union

Babies in the Library

Arts & Entertainment Education

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Wed, August 23, 5:00 PM

The Ave of Union, Union

Kickoff to 5K Run is Union Chamber's August ...

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Thu, August 24, 9:30 AM

Union Recreation Department, Union

Arts & Crafts for Tots

Arts & Entertainment

Erica Bell-Foster to Receive Community Service Award

August 23, 2017

UNION, NJ – Erica Bell-Foster, Vauxhall Branch Library Manager and Union resident, will be awarded a Community Service Award by the officers and members of Past Exalted Ruler’s Council #121 of the Improved Benevolent Protective Order of Elks of the World.

"The work that I have been doing in the community is because I am passionate about helping individuals of all ages on their ...

Ja'El Keyes of Union Receives the Melvin G. Williams Scholarship

SPRINGFIELD, MA - Ja'El Keyes of Union received the Melvin G. Williams Scholarship during the Academic Awards ceremony at American International College (AIC) this spring. The Melvin G. Williams Scholarship is presented to a student majoring in English at the College.

Founded in 1885, American International College (AIC) is a private, co-educational, master's institution located ...

Janayah John of Union enrolls at James Madison University

HARRISONBURG, VA - Union resident, Janayah John, has enrolled at James Madison University for the fall 2017 semester. John's selected major isManagement - BBA

James Madison University offers each student a future of significance -- not an education of mere prestige, but an extraordinary education of exceptional scholarship, inventive thinking, unparalleled attention to the world community, ...

Freeholders Get Earful As Roselle Residents Question Financing For Mind and Body Project

August 19, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ - About 20 people raised concerns about the financing for the Roselle Mind and Body Complex during the public comments portion of Thursday night's Union County Freeholders’ meeting.

The project includes a new school, community center, library and more in the borough.

The opportunity to speak was nixed last week when a freeholders’ special meeting vote regarding ...

Roselle Resident Questions Land Lease for Mind and Body Complex

ELIZABETH, NJ - A Roselle resident says that the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders guaranteed $59 million in bonds for a project that may not have a proper land lease.

Anthony Esposito, who formerly served on the Roselle Board of Education, has retained a lawyer who is preparing to challenge what he says are financial issues in the land lease for the Roselle Mind and Body Complex. The ...

Here's How Some Veterans Can Participate in New Free Parking Meter Program

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The County Clerk's office can help disabled veterans and Purple Heart recipients in the county obtain documents to participate in a new statewide program that exempts them from paying at parking meters.

County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi said veterans' identification cards and copies of DD-214 honorable discharge forms can be obtained for free at her office, ...

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at the Union Public Library

August 22, 2017

The Union Public Library will celebrate Hispanic Heritage month from September 15 through October 15 with a variety of programs throughout the month. On Saturday, September 16 at 3pm join us for a journey through the diverse world of Hispanic music. This is a toe tapping program for the whole family.

On Thursday, September 14 at 1pm  we will screen a 2010 musical concert featuring ...

Military Personnel and Service Providers Invited to Free Networking Mixer

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites military personnel and service providers to a free UC HERO networking mixer on Wednesday, August 23 at the Clubhouse at Union County’s Galloping Hill Golf Course at 3 Golf Drive in Kenilworth, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

“Experience in the military has provided many Union County residents with valuable skills and training,” ...

Union County Surrogate Warns Residents on EIN Scam

Union County Surrogate James LaCorte cautioned residents to avoid online companies that charge fees of up to $250 to obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN).

“An EIN must be ordered directly from the Internal Revenue Service, and there is no fee,” said Surrogate LaCorte. “I am issuing this warning because it has come to my attention that there are some services ...

Help with Daily Tasks is Available to Eligible Union County Residents

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders reminds residents with permanent physical disabilities that they may be eligible for assistance under the Personal Assistance Services Program, a statewide program designed to foster independent living.

“The Personal Assistance Services Program has been making a meaningful difference in the lives of Union County residents for more than 30 ...

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Game of Thrones Heroes Break Hearts Beyond the Wall

The second-to-last episode of each Game of Thrones season is traditionally the most intense, and the heart-stopping 71 minutes of Season 7, Episode 6 was no different.

*Note: Until Jon’s bloodline is revealed, we’re just going to ignore the incest thing.

Jon heeds some unexpected counsel. Jon finally succumbs to Daenerys’ insistence that he bend the knee—and the ...

Pancake is Looking for Forever Home

August 15, 2017

UNION, NJ - Say Hi to Pancake.

Pancake was found in a resident's backyard.  According to the Union Animal Shelter, he was most likely let go by his previous owner. The shelter is looking for his forever home.

The Union Animal Shelter is located at 980 Jefferson Avenue (behind Rt. 22 Home Depot).  They can be reached at 908-851-5230 ...

Important Reminder About Digging on Beach

August 9, 2017

LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP, NJ - The Long Beach Township Beach Patrol issued a note of warning on their Facebook page about digging large holes and ditches in the sand while visiting the shore.

 "You're here to relax and kick back,  leave the ditch digging to the pros. Usually out of view of lifeguards, we find a wild number of these projects when we are patrolling the ...

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