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Union County News

April 22, 2022

WESTFIELD, NJ — Sightings of a black bear that was apparently resting in a tree in Westfield Thursday night continue in the area. Town resident Justin Drazin told TAPinto Westfield he was on his way home from work when he saw the bear "mostly sleeping" up in a tree at the corner of Alden and ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — The 200th anniversary of Frederick Law Olmsted's birth on April 26 is being celebrated in 2022, and the National Association for Olmsted Parks invites you join the party. Olmsted is credited with creating the landscape architecture profession, and his famous designs include sites ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — A lockdown at Union County Vocational - Technical High School Tuesday morning has been lifted, the school said. In a message to parents, school officials said the students are safe. “All students are safe and have returned to class schedules. More information will be sent ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Antonio Manata, a whistleblower who recorded the mayor of Clark Township making racist and sexist remarks, filed a federal lawsuit against the Union County Prosecutor’s Office Thursday claiming the office is retaliating against him for bringing the comments to light. While ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Union County Commissioners released a statement Friday calling on Clark Mayor Sal Bonaccorso and Public Safety officials to resign. The statement said the commissioners stand with the people in the community who are also calling for the immediate resignations after audio ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — A former sergeant at the Union County Sheriff’s Office claims the agency violated a state whistleblower law when it terminated her after she reported discriminatory behavior by other officers, including differential treatment toward an African American transgender ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — If you want to change your political party affiliation before the primary election, you’ve got until April 13 to do so. The Union County Board of Elections this week reminded residents that if they want to participate in their new party’s Primary Election June 7, then they ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The ongoing conflict in Ukraine has uprooted families, injured citizens, and left thousands of Ukrainian refugees without access to basic necessities. Over 2.5 million Ukrainians have fled their homes, many leaving behind necessary supplies. To support individuals in need, the ...

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SPRINGFIELD, NJ -- The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick honored Sean Flannery, owner of Sheelen's Crossing and Sheelen's Fish Market in Fanwood, as the recipient of the William A. Boyle, Sr. Union County Irishman of the Year at its annual Irish Heritage Tribute Dinner on Thursday, Mar. 10. Flannery, ...

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UNION COUNTY — A rise of hate crimes in the county and state last year has spurred advocates for racial, ethnic and religious groups into action as they support victims and explore ways to prevent and fight bias.  Bias incidents increased by 40% in Union County between 2020 and 2021, preliminary ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — The Union County Board of Commissioners approved four contracts Thursday totaling $97,859 to advertise the county’s emergency rental assistance program now that the state’s moratorium on evictions has expired. The program’s portal will reopen this Monday, March 7, at 9 a.m. for ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Nine police officers from eight agencies in Union County are among 389 from across New Jersey named in a recent report from the state Attorney General’s Office detailing “major discipline” issued to law enforcement officers in 2021. In Union County, the majority — 17 of the 25 ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — How have businesses in the county adapted to remote work and COVID-19 health protocols? What strategies will help underserved communities and fill staff shortages? Experts weighed in on these topics during “The Future of Work in New Jersey,” a virtual roundtable hosted by Kean ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The use of out-of-county hotels and motels to shelter unhoused people in the county, questioned at the Thursday Union County Board of Commissioners meeting, hints at the growing number of those experiencing homelessness. Commissioners questioned Human Services Director ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county attorney said Thursday that the New Jersey Supreme Court has taken up an appeal to an appellate court ruling that stopped work on Union County’s government complex in Elizabeth earlier this week. The state appeals court ruling on Tuesday halted work on the $145 ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — A state appeals court ruling on Tuesday affirmed a lower court judge’s decision to stop work on Union County’s government complex planned for the site of its defunct motor vehicle services division in Elizabeth. The approximately $145 million project at 61-99 West Grand St.

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — A once-stalled study of the Rahway River and other flood mitigation projects will soon be in the works thanks to a portion of the $966 million in federal funding New Jersey has received to support U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects across the state. The funding to address ...

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County officials expect many people may enter the homeless service system following the end of New Jersey’s moratorium on evictions. UNION COUNTY, NJ — At the end of a month when a winter storm dropped as much as 8 inches of snow in some parts of Union County, commissioners and county staff took ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — A powerful winter storm blew through the region overnight and into midday Saturday. The storm dropped snowfalls ranging from just over 8 inches to 3.5 inches, according to the National Weather Service. The following are the latest snowfall reports for Union County along ...

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Union County, NJ – Six Union artists, historians and non-profit organizations are among the 66 who will receive funding through the 2022 Union County HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant Program. “The Board of Commissioners is very proud to support the HEART grant program, ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — On Tuesday, January 25, Union County kicked off its annual Point-In-Time (PIT) Count and Survey of the homeless population throughout the cities in their jurisdiction. The PIT, also known as NJCounts, takes place every January and asks for a count of unsheltered and sheltered ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — County residents have an additional free county-run COVID-19 testing site available to them since a new location in Plainfield opened on Tuesday — one among a series a ways for people to get tested for the virus. The newest site, on Park Avenue, offers both rapid nasal tests ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county Board of Commissioners elected Rebecca Williams to her first term as commissioner chair and Christopher Hudak as vice chair at its reorganization meeting on Thursday. Commissioners voted 7-0 to elect the leaders. Commissioner Angela Garretson was not present for the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — On the longest night of the year, the Union County Interfaith Coordinating Council held a subdued but moving vigil acknowledging the plight of homelessness in America and recognizing those who have died as a consequence of living in destitution and dispossession in Union ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Seven of the 10 municipalities with wards in the county will have the lines of their local districts redrawn following the release of 2020 Census Bureau data, the administrator for the Union County Board of Elections said. Board of Elections Administrator Nicole DiRado said ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Thursday to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by a corrections officer against her supervisor in 2019. The settlement is for $400,000. Union County will pay $157,395 of the settlement with Chubb Insurance Company ...

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Rebecca Williams, the commissioners' vice chairwoman, is slated for the board's top spot. ELIZABETH, NJ — Alexander Mirabella on Thursday night ran the last meeting of his two-year tenure as chairman of the Union County Board of Commissioners. The 24-year veteran commissioner is finishing his ...

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COVID-19 Vaccinations as well as Saliva Testing to be offered walk-up event in Plainfield UNION COUNTY, NJ — Three emergency Holiday Food Distribution events are scheduled for this weekend for Union County residents affected by COVID-19. They will be held in Union, Elizabeth and ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Layoffs and other departures at the Union County Improvement Authority earlier this year came amid an ongoing legal challenge to a $145 million government complex construction project, which under the County Commissioner Board’s approval this month could rack up as much as ...

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