Union County News

Alert Clark Neighbor Triggers Door-to-Door Sales Warning

CLARK, NJ – Exercise good judgment when approached by door-to-door salespeople, Clark police told residents after officers responded to a report of a suspicious solicitation on Tuesday afternoon. 

“Two men were going door to door offering auto dent removal,” Clark Chief of Police Pedro Matos said.

A Clark resident posted a caution to his fellow neighbors on Facebook after a “scraggly looking guy” came to his door offering the automotive service. 

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Police used the resident’s description of the man and his vehicle, a white Cadillac SUV, to locate the salesman, who was accompanied by another man.

“They were told to leave the area,” Matos said.

Matos encouraged residents who encounter suspicious people in their neighborhood or at their door to contact the Clark Police Department at 732-388-3434.

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Union County Daughters of Ireland Raise More Than $3,500 with Cranford Bar Crawl

September 19, 2017

CRANFORD, NJ – Union County’s women of Irish descent are coming together to build relationships, network and raise money for young women of Irish heritage.

Two Clark women, Kate Mooney and Lori Connolly, teamed up last April to start the Union County Daughters of Ireland. They were inspired by the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, a group of which Mooney’s father is a proud ...

Westfield Resident Questions Government Spending

September 15, 2017

Dear Editor,

With November's municipal election nearing, candidates for town council are releasing their campaign platforms to the public.

Part of every elected officials vision for Westfield should be to cut wasteful spending and mismanagement of assets.

As a voter, I'd like to know why current town officials have approved the acquisition of surplus military equipment from the ...

David Contract: ‘What Matters to You, Matters to Me’

September 18, 2017

I’m excited to run for town council and represent you in Ward 3. After speaking with nearly 1,000 Ward 3 residents, it’s clear where the common concerns are: potholes, the increasing downtown vacancy rate and pedestrian safety in Ward 3 streets.

I know we can do better. Specifically, we will focus on increasing the percentage of streets paved every year to the level that ...

Upcoming Events

Tue, September 19, 7:30 PM

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Westfield Board of Education Meeting

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Fri, September 22, 5:00 PM

NosVino, Westfield

Free Oktoberfest Beer Tasting!

Food & Drink

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Fri, September 22, 6:30 PM

The James Ward Mansion , Westfield

5th Annual Rahway Film Festival the The James ...

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FCC of Westfield Returns from Summer Mission Trip in Denver

September 19, 2017

“IN LAK’ECH, ALA K’IN” is a Mayan phrase that means I Am Your Other You, You Are My Other Me. It’s a statement about unity and oneness that First Congregational Church of Westfield made their own during a week of volunteering, education and living with members from other churches throughout the country in Denver, Colorado.

Arriving at the Mile High City, 17 youth ...

Westfield Police Blotter: DWI Suspect Charged with Assaulting Cop & More

September 13, 2017

September 6, 2017 10:04 p.m.

Officers Johnson and Natale arrested Jeffrey Crayton, age 31, of Piscataway for an outstanding Bridgewater Municipal Court warrant pursuant to a motor vehicle stop. Subject was processed and released after posting bail.

 

September 6, 2017 10:56 p.m.

Officers Pollock and Bagan arrested Jared Millien of Plainfield, NJ, age 25, on an active Union ...

Op Ed: High Schools Should Teach Students CPR

September 18, 2017

You walked through the halls together. You sat together at lunch. You couldn’t wait to go to college together. But all of it was destroyed by one minute of that day. One minute she was smiling. The next she was on the floor, pale, and lifeless. I couldn’t save her. Everyone gathered around her as she choked, no one knew what to do. I lost my best friend that day because my education ...

Whether You’re Selling Your Home or Want More Peace

Realtors always advise home sellers to eliminate clutter when selling their homes because it makes a remarkable difference. A clutter-free home can look like a new one altogether, and you shouldn’t wait until you sell your home to make it look better. Furthermore, clutter can have adverse effects and cause mental and physical stress. You can take steps to conquer your clutter by breaking ...

Westfield Area YMCA Announces Basketball Leagues and Clinics for Boys & Girls of All Ages

The Westfield Area YMCA offers 3-week pre-season clinics and winter basketball leagues for boys and girls in Kindergarten through age 14.  The next pre-season clinic session is registering now for 10/22, 10/29 and 11/5 to prepare young athletes for the Winter Basketball League season.  Participants will learn fundamental skills thru guided game-play situations. Clinic times and ...

Teens Complete Youth Facilitator Training at Imagine

On Saturday, Sept. 9, Imagine held its’ sixth youth facilitator training. Eighteen amazing young people, ages 14 to 18, attended the full day training which sensitizes teen participants to the issue of childhood grief, and prepares the youth to assist with the facilitation of peer-support groups for children who are coping with the death of a parent or a sibling.

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Two Scams You Should Know About

Scam Alert 1: Fake Donations

It's a testament to the generosity of the people in our nation to want to pitch in and help those affected by a catastrophe. As we see all the destruction that Harvey and now Irma are imparting, our hearts go out to these folks, and we want to respond by opening our wallets.

Unfortunately, criminals and scam artists are counting on that generous spirit, too, ...

Westfield Teachers Get a Jump Start on Technology

Westfield Public School teachers sharpened technology skills before the start of the school year during workshops presented on Aug. 28, 30 and 31. Led by Jeanine Gottko, a Master Technology Teacher in the district, approximately 80 teachers at all grade levels participated in workshops of their choice, including Virtual/Augmented Reality in the Classroom, Best Web Tools for 2017-2018, ...

Saving for Higher Education

Saving for Higher Education

Part 1 – Six Options for Savings

 

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Your children’s education may be the most cost-intensive purchase you ever make. A family of three children that all attend private universities will likely pay close to $1 million for their degrees. No matter your personal financial objectives or your children’s choice of ...

Moving with Your Children Out of State After a Divorce

One of the most contentious issues faced by many divorced parents has always been whether the custodial parent has the right to relocate with the parties’ children out of state. In an increasingly mobile society this has become an issue for many parents. Often custodial parents decide that they cannot continue to reside in New Jersey. They need to explore job opportunities in other states ...

Sam Shepard's 'Simpatico' takes off

Sam Shepard’s “Simpatico” has a forceful workout at McCarter Theatre.

By Liz Keill

PRINCETON, NJ – If you’re at all familiar with the works of Sam Shepard, you know that he writes about gritty, unforgiving characters in what appear to be hopeless situations.

In “Simpatico,” we learn that Vinnie and Carter are former partners in a race horse ...

Obituaries

Oct 24, 1926 - Aug 14, 2017
Elizabeth H. List, 90, of Westfield and Cape May, NJ, died peacefully surrounded by her family ...
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Holmdel Mourns Teen Who Died After Collapsing at Lacrosse Game

September 18, 2017

HOLMDEL, NJ — A GoFundMe site was launched Monday by the Holmdel Lacrosse Team to support the family of their friend, classmate and teammate Jack Dowd, who died Sunday after collapsing at a lacrosse game at Rutgers University. You can find it and assist the family by clicking here:

https://www.gofundme.com/jack-dowd-fundraiser

On Sunday, 16-year-old Jack Dowd, ...