Union County News

October 22, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — The Township of Scotch Plains is mourning the passing of Councilwoman Rose Checchio, who died on Sunday following a long battle with breast cancer.  Checchio was elected to the Council along with John Del Sordi in November 2014 following a contentious campaign battle. She was ...

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UNION, NJ – Union police and firefighters responded to an overturned car on Route 22 early Sunday morning. According to Union Fire Chief Mike Scanio, a car rolled over in the vicinity of 2650 Route 22 east, near the Applebee’s entrance at about 3:00 a.m. The driver was out of the car when ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — An institution in Union County, the Plainfield Music Store has announced that it will be closing its doors for good. The last day of business will be Saturday, Oct. 27. Founded in 1951 and currently owned by Plainfield local Victoria Griswold, a classically trained pianist, the ...

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CLARK, NJ — A 24 year old man was charged on Wednesday with eight counts of burglary to a motor vehicle and six counts of theft after a string of vehicle burglaries in Clark last month according to Clark Police.  Detectives allege Jonathan A. Joseph, of Springfield Avenue in Newark is responsible ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ —  A barking dog sounded his own alarm shortly after midnight Thursday morning, alerting five sleeping people of trouble, as a fire swept through the first floor of their Putnam Avenue home. All five escaped and were able to call 911 for help. Deputy Chief Jim Hopkins ...

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FANWOOD, NJ —  Fanwood police are investigating an accident that tied up traffic at the intersection of North Ave. and Westfield Road just before 2:00 p.m. on Thursday.  The driver was a 28-year-old male from Brooklyn who was traveling with a 22-year-old female passenger also from Brooklyn. The ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Following an incident of racist and anti-Semitic graffiti being spray-painted onto the back wall of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School (SPFHS), student leaders organized a rally to condemn hateful acts and  encourage the understanding and embracing of diversity. Among the ...

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UNION, NJ – A shoplifting incident at the Home Depot on Route 22 turned into a wild foot pursuit and search for an armed suspect through the swamp and woods near Kawameeh Middle School Tuesday evening.  The search required the assistance of a Union County K-9 unit, the County Police and a State ...

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SUMMIT, NJ - Coinciding nearly eighty years to the day of of Kristallnacht, “The Night of Broken Glass,” Temple Sinai in Summit will dedicate the Temple Emanu-El Holocaust Remembrance Center at the synagogue Nov. 4, beginning at 4 p.m. The Dedication of the Center will also mark the first ...

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UNION, NJ – Union police were searching for a suspect in a shoplifting and subsequent carjacking incident Tuesday evening in the wetlands area near Kawameeh Middle School. Although information is preliminary, according to a township official, a carjacking occurred after a shoplifting incident at ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — Authorities continue to seek information leading to an arrest and prosecution of the person or persons responsible for the biased graffiti spray painted at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School earlier this month. Photos of the vulgar graffiti at Scotch Plains High, which was ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ — Students at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School have organized an event to address issues of hate and racism in our community on Tuesday, Oct.16 at 6:30 p.m. in the SPFHS auditorium.   Michael Dieu, a senior who has been his grade’s Student Council President for the ...

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UNION, NJ – A medical marijuana facility to be located on Route 22 in Union was unanimously approved by the Planning Board at a recent meeting. Compassionate Care Research Institute, LLC, doing business as Garden State Dispensary, will be located at 2536 Route 22 East. According to testimony at ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — Scotch Plains police are continuing their investigation into the inflammatory graffiti spray-painted onto the back wall of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School on Friday.  "The Scotch Plains police takes incidents like this very seriously," said Captain Paul Belford of the ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — Community members are expressing their outrage over racist, anti-Semitic and vulgar graffiti that was spray-painted on the outside of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School sometime before the weekend began.  Pictures of the offensive messages spread rapidly over social media, and ...

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WATCHUNG, NJ — Chick-fil-A restaurant would not confirm reports that it would open a new location at the shopping center being built at the former Sears at the intersection of Route 22 and Terrill Road. “We are always evaluating potential new locations in the hopes of serving existing and new ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — "Think about the courage it takes to say, 'I’m the most hated kid in school'." Anti-bullying advocate and founder of Mallory's Army Dianne Grossman addressed a sold-out crowd of 300 that included parents, school administrators, two police chiefs and Scotch Plains Mayor Al ...

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UNION, NJ – Police have said a 50-year old man from Irvington was behind the wheel of the car that overturned Monday morning on Route 22 east. The accident occurred at about 6:45 a.m. when the driver ran off the road and struck a utility pole on Route 22 at the intersection of Michigan ...

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UNION, NJ – The Planning Board Thursday night unanimously voted to recommend to the Township Committee that they designate an area on Route 22 containing the Garden State Motel, Chuck E. Cheese and an abandoned gas station an “area in need of redevelopment.” An “area in need of redevelopment” ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- At its Sept. 25, 2018, meeting, the Scotch Plains Township Council endorsed the Tier 1, Phase 1 Downtown Redevelopment Plan and authorized the issuance of Request for Qualifications/Request for Proposals (RFQ/RFP) for developers to submit plans for development. The Scotch ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – The fifth annual Union County Day of Prayer promises to deliver a message of unity, embracement of diversity and community goodwill, according to local church leaders.  The event will take place on Oct. 9, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., at St. Bartholomew the Apostle Church located ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Wendy and Steve Sefcik recently shared the story of their 16-year-old son's struggle with depression and ultimate suicide at a community gathering in Scotch Plains sponsored by crisis listening line Caring Contact and hosted by Scotch Plains residents Marybeth and Steve ...

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CLARK, NJ - The Friends of the Clark Library will be hosting a Pocketbook, Accessories, and Costume Jewelry Sale at the library on Sunday, Sept. 30, from 1 - 4 p.m. All proceeds will benefit library programming and more.     Here is a pricing preview: All jewelry - Only $1.00 Large ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – If all goes to plan, the estimated month-long closure of Elm Street for a county culvert replacement won’t be a nightmare. Union County is set to begin the second phase of a culvert replacement on Elm Street on Tuesday, with work being done near Orchard Street, town officials ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Marching Band hosted its 20th Annual Marching Band Festival on Saturday, Sept. 22.  South Brunswick was the big winner of the evening and took home the mayors' trophy. Members of the Scotch Plains Fanwood marching band presented trophies to ...

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CLARK, NJ -  Clark Police arrested a Union County man shortly after 10 p.m. on Thursday for possession of a stolen gun and drugs according to Captain Vincent Concina.  Clark Police Officer Gucwa and Sergeant Tuccio took a 31 year old man into custody after a traffic stop revealed the driver was ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Alcoholic Beverage Control Board took disciplinary action at its meeting on Tuesday, suspending three liquor establishments for infractions.  It is the first time the board has taken such action since it was created by the city council in 2017. Jersey Liquors, ...

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CLARK, NJ — Clark Police were the first to arrive on the scene of a reaction during a chemical process shortly before 3 a.m. on Tuesday that sent two Kerry employees to a nearby hospital, according to Clark Fire Chief Frank Cerasa.  Cerasa and his team assessed the scene upon arrival while the ...

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CLARK, NJ – Motivational speaker David Toma visited The Clark Public Library on Saturday to discuss the widespread effects of drug addiction, the influences of today’s political and social climate and the impacts of his personal experiences on his professional career. Toma opened the speech ...

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CRANFORD, NJ — At Wednesday's Planning Board meeting, Hartz Mountain brought in two witnesses to testify, which included an industrial engineer and a traffic engineer.  The industrial engineer spoke first and touched upon opinions that have been testified by other witnesses, mostly the declined ...

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