Union County News

December 13, 2018

UNION, NJ – Family, friends, public officials and colleagues came together at a retirement celebration for long time Union resident, former Union mayor and Superintendent of the Union County Vocational-Technical School, Peter Capodice. Capodice, 67, joined the Union County Vocational-Technical ...

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TRENTON, NJ — The driver of the vehicle that slammed into 20-year-old Clark native Michael Sot and his friends appeared in court on Wednesday.  Last week, the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office filed a motion to detain David Lamar, 22.  The judge at Wednesday's hearing delayed the detention ...

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CRANFORD, NJ — A house fire early Sunday morning destroyed a home on Hillcrest Avenue and left one man dead.  The body of the man is believed to be the homeowner. Cranford Fire Chief Daniel Czeh called the body "unidentifiable" but investigators can use other methods such as dental records to ...

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CRANFORD, NJ — The Cranford Housing Plan Element and Fair Share Plan released Monday morning projects Hartz Mountain Industries’ development at 750 Walnut Avenue to have a density of 10 units per acre (20.5 acres), yielding 205 units, 41 of which will be affordable units. For the third-round ...

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CLARK, NJ — After a long wait and much anticipation, Duck Donuts is opening their doors to the public on Friday, Dec. 7.  The Clark store is the fifth location in New Jersey. The Duck Donuts experience starts with a warm made-to-order vanilla cake donut. After leaving the fryer, donut ...

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HOPEWELL, NJ – The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office wants the driver involved in the Sunday morning’s crash with Clark’s Michael Sot to remain in custody. David Lamar, 22, was arrested after investigators found that he was driving while impaired. The head-on collision resulted in serious ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Michael Sot, 20, died early Tuesday afternoon from injuries sustained during a head-on collision Sunday according to information from Ewing police.  Sot, a Clark resident and student at The College of New Jersey, was the driver of a car hit head-on by David Lamar V, who has since ...

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CLARK, NJ – One of three winning Jersey Cash 5 tickets from the Saturday, Dec. 1, drawing was sold at the ACME on Raritan Road in Clark, according to officials at the NJ Lottery. The winners matched five numbers and will be sharing the $258.111 jackpot, making each ticket worth $86,037. The ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — The Scotch Plains Planning Board unanimously endorsed a redevelopment plan for the Parker Gardens property on Terrill Road following a thorough presentation by planner Michael Mistretta of Harbor Consultants. The 13.5 acre property, which has been designated as an area in ...

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SUMMIT, NJ — In a letter e-mailed to Summit School District parents, Superintendent of Schools June Chang has disclosed that Swastikas were found on a bathroom wall at Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School "immediately before the extended Thanksgiving weekend." Further, Chang details that ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — Union County Freeholder Rebecca Williams presented a resolution to Jennifer Popper of Plainfield on Wednesday, congratulating her on walking over 800 miles from Union County to Maine over the summer to honor her late husband, Michael, and to raise awareness of the East Coast ...

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CLARK, NJ – The Clark Police Department is seeking any information the public may have that can help identify a suspect caught on video in the early morning hours of Nov. 24 burglarizing several unlocked vehicles in the vicinity of Ross Street. The video is posted on the Clark PD’s Facebook page ...

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SUMMIT, NJ – Inboxes and mailboxes can become filled with invitations to myriad fundraisers, especially during the holiday season. The Overlook Auxiliary, a volunteer nonprofit whose mission is to cultivate a compassionate and comforting environment throughout the medical center community ...

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CLARK, NJ – A 25-year-old man was charged in connection with committing a lewd act in the Clark Commons parking lot recently, police announced. Police charged Muhammad Rahil Darr, of Linden, with committing a lewd act in view of the public while sitting in his car near the Ulta Beauty Store and ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — A male was shot in the wrist at The Mills at Jersey Gardens the evening of Black Friday, according to a statement released Friday evening by Mayor Christian Bollwage. The mall was evacuated, he said. According to Bollwage, the victim was the hallway of Tommy Hilfiger and ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — Ever wanted to own your own amusement park like Michael Jackson? Now you can, and your don't have to wait in line for tickets. Bowcraft, the scene of countless local children's birthday parties and decades of summer fun in Union County, has closed forever, but thanks to an ...

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CLARK, NJ – L’Oréal plans to build a new Research and Development facility on Terminal Avenue according to Clark Business Administrator John Laezza.  Laezza  revealed during a recent Chamber of Commerce meeting that Clark was competing with Berkley Heights to be the future home of this corporate ...

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CLARK, NJ – A closing on the sale of the former site of the A&P on Westfield Avenue is set for January 2019 according to John Laezza, Clark’s business administrator.  This comes after Mayor Bonaccorso initiated legal proceedings toward condemnation in February and the Clark Planning Board ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — Learn how you can help save a life at the Be the Match Bone Marrow Registry Drive, sponsored by BetheMatch.org, to be held at 11 a.m. this Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Trinitas Regional Medical Center Café, located at 255 Williamson St., Elizabeth. Brandon Dillagard, an 8-year-old ...

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FANWOOD, NJ — Fanwood police are investigating a residential burglary in the 100 block of South Martine Avenue that occurred on Thursday, Nov. 8, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.. Entry was made by prying open a rear kitchen window.   "All residents are encourage to contact the ...

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CRANFORD, NJ — In a report obtained by TAPinto Cranford from the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, some disturbing details on the arrest of Orange Avenue School faculty member Matthew Acosta, 33, of Kenilworth, have been released.  Certain portions have been partially redacted to omit personal ...

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CRANFORD, NJ — On Thursday afternoon, Mark Spivey, the Director of Communications for the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, released a statement on Matthew Acosta, a faculty member of Orange Avenue School who was arrested last Friday.  "State Superior Court Judge Daniel R. Lindemann today ...

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UNION, NJ – An explosive lawsuit, naming the Union High School principal and members of the administration as defendants, was filed late last week on behalf of Union’s Director of Athletics alleging harassment and discrimination. Township of Union Schools Athletic Director Linda Ionta, a Union ...

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GARWOOD, NJ — South Avenue from East Street to West Street and Center Street from North Avenue to Beech Street will be closed from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7, Garwood Police announced Wednesday morning via Nixle. Download our free app to get traffic alerts on your phone. Click ...

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CLARK, NJ – “On April 5, 2016, my son Joseph Anthony Lanza passed away of a heroin fentanyl overdose,” Jose Lanza begins. “This is his story.” Jose Lanza shared his son’s story in a short film, at the request of the Clark Police Department. TAPinto Clark first reported in June that the film ...

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CRANFORD, NJ -- Emily Sonnessa, 89, and Jan Moore, 84, know how powerful love is. So does filmmaker Robin Kampf, who became friends with the New Jersey couple and then created the award-winning half-hour documentary, "Love Wins," which will be screened Tuesday, Sept. 6 at Union County College, ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ — The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Ministerium on Saturday hosted a prayer service at the JCC of Central New Jersey in memory of the 11 people killed by a gunman at a synagogue in Pittsburgh last weekend. "We turn hate into love when we turn others into friends," said Rabbi ...

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CRANFORD, NJ — On Friday, Nov. 2, the Cranford Police Department was alerted to an incident involving a threat made by a faculty member of Orange Avenue School. Following an investigation by members of the Cranford Police Department, Matthew Acosta, 33, of Kenilworth was charged with one count of ...

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CLARK, NJ — A shoplifting incident at Marshalls went awry on Tuesday night when two suspects accused of cutting security tags off merchandise were approached by security personnel in the store around 5 p.m.    According to Clark Police Chief Pedro Matos, a female suspect pushed passed security ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — What better day to release a video called "Monsterz" than on Halloween?  Scotch Plains-based musician Billy Wilkins released his latest single at midnight on the spookiest day of the year.  "It's an upbeat song, actually," the singer/guitar player said. "The song is about ...

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