Union County News

Elizabeth Man Admits Distributing Child Pornography

Elizabeth man admits distributing child pornography over the internet

ELIZABETH, N.J.– An Elizabeth man admitted Monday that he used his home computer to distribute sexually explicit videos and images of children, Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick announced.

Thomas J. Leonard, 35, of Elizabeth, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Brian R. Martinotti in Trenton federal court, charging him with one count of distributing child pornography.

According to statements made in court and documents filed in the case, Leonard used a file-sharing program to obtain and distribute images and videos of children engaged in sexual acts over the internet.

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The count to which Leonard plead guilty carries a mandatory minimum prison term of five years, a maximum of 20 years and a fine of up $250.000. Sentencing is scheduled for January of 2018.

Special agents from the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Timothy Gallagher, were credited with the successful investigation that led to the guilty plea, according to Fitzpatrick. Also credited were the New Jersey State Police, Union County Prosecutor’s Office and the N. J. Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory for their assistance in the case.

Anyone with information regarding possible victims of this activity can contact the FBI in Newark:
973-792-3000.

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Westfield

Two Car Crash Reported on Garden State Parkway Near Exit 137

December 15, 2017

CRANFORD, NJ — Injuries are reported following a two-car crash on the Garden State Parkway near exit 137, according to Trooper Gene Hong of the New Jersey State Police.

The crash occurred at about 1:35 p.m.

According to sources, the vehicles went into the woods after colliding, with two passengers pinned in one of the cars.

“Injuries are reported but they are not life ...

Addams Tavern in Westfield Temporarily Closes for Renovations Required by Landlord

December 13, 2017

Dear Friends and Family of Addams Tavern,

We, unfortunately, announce that Addams Tavern must temporarily close for business on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, so that we can begin construction of additional improvements at the restaurant required by our landlord.  We are unsure how long this work will take, but we look forward to the completion and re-opening of the Addams Tavern soon.

We ...

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Morano Gelato Launches Birthday Club

December 15, 2017

Morano Gelato announces its Birthday Club — come in and sign up to receive a complimentary cup of gelato on (the month of) your birthday, up to age 15. Sign up by Dec. 21 for a chance to win a gelato cake from our cake freezer for Christmas!

Morano Gelato is located at 116 Elm Street in Westfield, and is open from noon until 10 p.m. on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and ...

Westfield Police Blotter: Mercedes Stolen, Packages Swiped & More

December 13, 2017

December 6, 2017 7:52 p.m.

Eric M. Medina, 24, of Bloomfield, NJ, was arrested for an outstanding traffic warrant ($750) out of Westfield Municipal Court, pursuant to a prisoner pick-up at Essex County Jail. Mr. Medina was transported to Westfield Police Department where he was processed and held in lieu of bail.

 

December 7, 2017 11:37 p.m.

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Westfield Area Y's Men's Club Tree Lot Enters Final Week

Christmas is just a week away and the Y Men’s Tree Lot on Elm Street still has trees available to beautify your home or office this season while helping the community. All proceeds benefit local organizations. Proceeds benefit the financial assistance program at the Westfield Area YMCA as well as the Achievers Program for minority youth. Other organizations that benefit from ...

Your Doctor in Sickness and in Health

December 12, 2017

About three years ago, around the time healthcare was saying its last goodbyes to solo practitioners, I decided to plunge into the world of private practice and one morning announced to my family, “I am starting a new primary care solo practice.” I am an Internist of Asian Indian origin and I graduated from residency about twenty years ago. To say that my family was bewildered is ...

Favor Value Over Growth for 2018

Pricey growth stocks have been all the rage in 2017, running circles around cheaper value plays. We believe that one of the most powerful forces in investing, reversion to the mean, may cause value stocks to outperform in 2018.  Position your portfolio accordingly.

Understand the Difference Between Value and Growth

Growth stocks are typically more expensive than value stocks.

Franklin Third Graders Connect with NASA Scientist via Cyberspace

Third graders at Franklin Elementary School connected via cyberspace with NASA Scientist Kristen Weaver recently to ask questions prompted by their classroom activities. Through videoconferencing in the Franklin auditorium, students spoke face-to-face in real time with Weaver who is with the National Aeronautics Space Administration’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. The five ...

Minimizing Taxes Before Year End

It's no secret that the new 2018 tax legislation will mean plenty of changes for us. Also, there are provisions of the law that are not being changed in the new legislation that do impact 2017 and 2018.

As we look ahead, we wanted to share some tips for taxpayers to implement before the year end, in order to take advantage of the existing tax law.

Individuals -

Pay your State ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Westfield's Jackie Lieberman

This week's feature will focus on TAPintoWestfield franchisee, Jackie Lieberman. Find out what makes TAPintoWestfield.net different than the competition, what she did before coming onto TAPinto.net and how an inexperienced sales person became one of TAPinto's most successful franchisee's. 

 

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Tips To Make Your Home Photo-Ready and Market-Worthy

You’re selling your home, or you’re starting to think about it, but your house hasn’t been updated or painted in years. You want it to look its best before presenting it to prospective buyers, but you don’t know where to begin.

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Sprucing up your home can be as simple as adding a new coat of paint, inside and out, or as extensive as interior renovation ...

What is Sexual Harassment?

New Jersey recognizes two forms of sexual harassment. The first is call quid pro quo harassment.The phrase is Latin and means a solicitation for sex in return for something, such as a promotion, raise or just being allowed to stay employed. Essentially, the victim receives a sexual proposition at work and the victim understands that she (or he) must tolerate sexual advances in ...

'It's a Wonderful Life'from film to stage to radio

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ shows surprising appeal as radio/stage production

By Liz Keill

MADISON, NJ – The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey has selected a nostalgic and heartwarming version of the classic Frank Capra movie from the 1140’s to entertain holiday audiences. “It’s a Wonderful Life” has somehow become a classic Christmas ...

AtlantiCast: Episode 008

On this week’s AtlantiCast, you’ll learn about a groundbreaking new clinical trial in the fight against pancreatic cancer, meet an award-winning child neurologist at Goryeb Children’s Hospital and hear about the new Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center at Atlantic Orthopedic Institute – plus stay tuned at the end to see our debut episode of the AtlantiCast Medical ...

Family Health

When a Stroke is Possible, Experience Makes the Difference

When it comes to accurately diagnosing whether someone has suffered a stroke, “one can never be too smart,” says Dr. Gary Belt.

Belt, a stroke neurologist at Atlantic Neuroscience Institute in Overlook Medical Center, has more than three decades of experience in making those tricky diagnoses. He knows that superficial signs that seem to indicate a stroke can’t always be ...

Famed Chef Marcus Samuelsson Opens Restaurant in Newark

December 11, 2017

NEWARK, NJ —  Acclaimed celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson knows what he wants and he knows how to get it.

He helped Harlem, long the hub of African-American culture, become happening again with a pair of successful restaurants that are contributing to the revitalization of the famed Manhattan neighborhood.

Samuelsson is rolling the dice by opening a new restaurant in Newark, now ...