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Peaceful Protest Honoring George Floyd Held in Cranford’s Nomahegan Park

June 3, 2020

CRANFORD NJ — The Black Lives Matter movement extended into Cranford on Tuesday as Union County residents gathered for a peaceful protest in Nomahegan Park.

An estimated 2,000 people attended, ranging from babies in strollers to adults. They walked around the pond while chanting phrases including “Black lives matter,” and “I can’t ...

Clark Woman Beats COVID-19 Just in Time to Celebrate 94th Birthday

CLARK, NJ — A negative test for COVID-19 could be the best present Kathleen Boylan received for her 94th birthday.

The Scotch Plains native and resident of Clark Nursing and Rehabilitation Center celebrated her birthday this month shortly after completing her recovery from coronavirus, the center announced.

With the center closed to visitors due to ...

Protestors May March in Clark on Thursday, Mayor Says

CLARK, NJ — As cries of police brutality in the death of George Floyd swept the nation via protests this weekend, local social media pages began churning up a storm of rumors about demonstrations, rallies and even threats coming to town soon.

It started over the weekend with screen captures posted on local Facebook pages of tweets calling for people to rally in Clark.  By early ...

Changes Coming to Route 22 ShopRite/Best Buy Shopping Center in Union

UNION, NJ — The Union Planning Board heard testimony at Thursday night’s virtual public meeting of plans to modify existing structures and construct new buildings at the ShopRite/Best Buy shopping Center on Route 22 west.

Representatives for the Robbins Agency presented proposed plans for the site in several parts, including the vacant, standalone Pizza Hut and ...

Fourth of July Fireworks at all Union County Parks Canceled Due to COVID-19

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Union County Department of Parks and Recreation has announced that Independence Day fireworks scheduled to take place in its parks have been canceled this year due to COVID-19.

The announcement includes fireworks that were previously scheduled to take place at the following sites:

Cranford's fireworks scheduled to take place in ...

Whoopi Goldberg to Speak to Kean University's Class of 2020 at Virtual Commencement

UNION, NJ — Kean University has announced Whoopi Goldberg will speak to the Class of 2020 during a virtual Commencement ceremony on May 29. 

More than 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students will attend the online event, which will feature musical performances, a virtual tassel turn, and speeches from Martin Luther King III, U.S. Senator Cory Booker, student leaders and ...

Union Freeholders’ 2020 Budget Won't Increase County Taxes, Impact Varies by Town

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The freeholder board approved a budget that will not increase county taxes — the first time in nearly 20 years — to ease residents' and business owners' financial pain caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The 2020 budget, which was unanimously passed Thursday night, promised to avoid layoffs and maintain essential county services, while having an ...

Car Crashes Through Fence and Onto Green at Hyatt Hills Golf Course Thursday

CLARK, NJ — A vehicle crashed through the fence on the Hyatt Hills Golf Complex on Thursday afternoon.

There were no injuries and only the driver was present in the car, according to Police Chief Pedro Matos.

The car appeared to have veered off of Raritan Road, through the iron fencing, leaving a trail of debris as it traveled toward the green before finally stopping on top ...

NJ Education Commissioner Named New President of Kean University

UNION, NJ — Kean University named a new president on Monday afternoon during a meeting of the Board of Trustees to fill the spot being vacated by outgoing president Dawood Farahi, who is stepping down at the end of this academic year.

Current New Jersey Department of Education Commissioner Dr. Lamont Repollet has been named the 18th leader of the University.  Repollet was ...

Owner Survives, Dog Dies in Clark House Fire Monday

CLARK, NJ – A fire ripped through a home on Jupitor Street at approximately 4 p.m. Monday, leaving major destruction in its wake.  According to Mayor Sal Bonaccorso, a man and his dog were home at the time. 

Bonaccorso said the homeowner made it out but the dog did not survive despite Clark Police Chief Pedro Matos performing CPR on the animal.

Firefighters and ...

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Peaceful Protest Honoring George Floyd Held in Cranford’s Nomahegan Park

June 3, 2020

CRANFORD NJ — The Black Lives Matter movement extended into Cranford on Tuesday as Union County residents gathered for a peaceful protest in Nomahegan Park.

An estimated 2,000 people attended, ranging from babies in strollers to adults. They walked around the pond while chanting phrases including “Black lives matter,” and “I can’t ...

I photographed a George Floyd protest in Newark. This is what I Witnessed.

June 1, 2020

Daniel Han is a freelance journalist, Westfield High School Graduate of 2019 and freshman studying journalism at Rutgers University.

I entered Newark, N.J. on Saturday with shatter-proof goggles, a helmet and camera. As a freelance photographer, I wanted to capture the historic moment of the George Floyd protests, but was also nervous. Footage of Minneapolis, New York and Philadelphia ...

Letter: Pleased to See Downtown Westfield Moving Forward on Redevelopment

June 3, 2020

As a Westfield resident and former executive director of the Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC), I have been involved in the evolution of our downtown for over 20 years. In my career as a professional planner, I have worked in towns with diverse central business districts such as Burlington, Vermont and here in New Jersey, in Montclair and Princeton.These communities have benefited from ...

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George Floyd March in Westfield, Scotch Plains

Giving Back

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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Vote-by-Mail and the July 7 Primary Election

June 3, 2020

FAQs about Vote-by-Mail have been posted on the Union County Clerk’s elections website, unioncountyvotes.com, and on the free Union County Votes mobile app.

Union County, NJ – Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi urges voters to familiarize themselves with Vote-by-Mail procedures in advance of receiving their Vote-by-Mail ballot for the July 7 Primary Election.

Due to the COVID-19 ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Brett Freeman of Halston Media Group

The featured TAPinto franchisee for the month of June 2020 is Brett Freeman, CEO and Publisher of Halston Media Group.  Halston Media Group owns and operates five hardcopy newspapers and utilizes TAPinto as their online platform for their newspapers.  Halston Media Group's five TAPinto franchises are TAPinto Mahopac, TAPinto Somers, TAPinto Yorktown, TAPinto North Salem, and ...

COVID-19: What Should I do if I Think my Workplace is Dangerous?

The State of New Jersey requires businesses which reopen to be in compliance with all guidelines and directives issued by the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH), the Center for Disease Control (“CDC) and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (“OSHA”) for maintaining a clean, safe and healthy work environment. OSHA guidelines require employers to ...

6 Homes Sold May 24 — May 31 in Westfield, Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Garwood, Mountainside, Cranford

Six homes sold May 24 through May 31, 2020, in Westfield, Scotch Plains, Mountainside, Cranford, Fanwood and Garwood, according to the Garden State MLS.*

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Community Conversation: Keeping Kids Healthy & Safe This Summer

Walter Rosenfeld, MD, Chair of Pediatrics at Atlantic Health System’s Goryeb Children's Hospital and medical director of Children's Health at Atlantic Health System sat down recently for a Facebook Live where he shared some important information for parents about what they need to know to keep kids healthy and safe this summer.

 

The Dow Hits 25,000 While Covid-19 Deaths Surpass 100,000: Do You Say Buy or Bye to the Market Now?

The stock market has done the one thing nearly all the pundits said was impossible: making a V-shaped recovery.  The stock market, as measured by the S&P 500, has soared nearly 40% since the apparent bottom, March 23.  The market is now up on a year over year basis and is down only about 6% year to date.

Yet, the economic and medical prospects are, at best, dicey.  On the ...

No One Can Make You Feel Guilty

We often think that others are responsible for making us feel guilty. This is not true. 

Others may try to manipulate us by saying certain things to make us feel guilty and at times they are very effective in causing us self-doubt. However, the reason that manipulators are able to make us feel guilty is that a part of us agree with their message and the doubt already exists in ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Celebrates Athletes, Teams at Virtual Rams Recognition Night

EDISON, NJ -- The department at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison held a virtual Rams Recognition Night to celebrate the accomplishments of its Upper School athletes and teams on May 27.

Four athletes who compiled at least nine varsity letters received W+H blankets: Brianna Chambers of Somerset, Austin Miller of Linden, Sahil Mulji of Edison and Nadia Valcourt of South Plainfield.

Union County Supports Free “Choose to Reuse” Composting Classes, June 15 and 17

Union County, NJ – Union County residents who are interested in composting food waste in their own backyards can tune into two online classes, as part of the Freeholder Board’s year-long “Make One Change” initiative to help protect the environment. Both classes are sponsored by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension. They will be held on June 15 and 17.

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Missing Jews

How many Jews are there in the world? 13 million? Perhaps 14 million, if you’re generous. How many Jews were there before World War II? Apparently the number was around the 19 million mark. So if we deduct the six million wiped out in the Holocaust, we are down to 13 million—which is exactly where we are today. So the colossal question is this: Where are all the missing Jews? Or, ...

Amid Outrage Over George Floyd Killing, Organizers Advocate for Newark’s Civilian Complaint Review Board

May 31, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — Hundreds of demonstrators marched through downtown Newark on Saturday, part of a nationwide show of resistance against police brutality, in response to the killing of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis.

Organizers used the display of solidarity with Minneapolis as an opportunity to call attention to Newark's own struggle for officer accountability, ...

Obituaries

Jun 18, 1944 - May 1, 2020
John La Forte, of Edison, NJ passed away early Friday morning May 1, 2020, due to ...
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