Union County News

May 22, 2020

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 ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Union County freeholders have introduced a $614.918 million spending plan that maintains the tax levy at $367.295 — the same as it was last year. The freeholders introduced the budget by a unanimous vote Thursday and also discussed federal funding the county has obtained ...

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UNION, NJ — The Union County COVID-19 drive-through testing center is closed Monday, April 13, due to inclement weather, the county announced. The center will re-open on Tuesday, April 14, at 9 a.m., the county said on its Facebook page. “All appointments scheduled for Monday will be honored ...

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SUMMIT, NJ — Led by the city's volunteer emergency medical services, first responders from Union County and Essex County towns gathered at a local middle school lot and drove in formation to Overlook Medical Center to honor healthcare workers on World Health Day. While wearing masks and adhering ...

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GARWOOD, NJ — The borough’s police chief has tested positive for coronavirus and said Thursday that he is already beginning to feel better. Police Chief James H. Wright said in a news release that he began experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 on March 24 and immediately ...

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TRENTON, NJ — All Municipal Court sessions have been suspended for two weeks as part of the effort to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, the chief justice announced this weekend. From Monday, March 16, to Friday, March 27, individuals scheduled to appear before a municipal ...

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UNION, NJ — Organizers of the Union County 2020 St. Patrick’s Day Parade said they are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation, but as of now, the parade will proceed as planned. In a social media post Monday night, parade organizers said the main priority is to minimize any threats to public ...

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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ — (Updated March 4 at 1:50 p.m.)  A yellow sign posted on the front lawn of the Summit Road residence shows the home for sale eight months after a driver struck and killed the 79-year-old woman who lived there. Rita D’Anna, a longtime paraprofessional at Deerfield Elementary ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — Authorities suspect arson is to blame for a fire that ripped through an abandoned home Friday night. Several pockets of flames spread throughout the home at 144 East 7th Street at about 11:15 p.m., a city spokeswoman said in a statement. “Plainfield fire crews along with ...

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FANWOOD, NJ — A 62-year-old borough man was released from the hospital Friday after being pistol whipped during an armed robbery in front of his home Thursday night, police said. The robbery happened on Second Street near Burns Way at 8:52 p.m., said Police Chief Richard Trigo, who gave the ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — A female corrections officer working at the Union County Jail has lodged a lawsuit claiming her supervisor made daily sexual overtures to her, and the county retaliated when she complained of sexual harassment. The lawsuit filed in Superior Court in Elizabeth Dec. 3 claims that ...

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UNION, NJ — Route 78 westbound has been closed in the area of Union Township area due to a crash involving an overturned tractor trailer Sunday afternoon, authorities said. Fire Chief Mike Scanio said multiple people injured were transported to Morristown Medical Center. The accident involved ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county’s payment of $395,000 to settle sexual harassment claims lodged by two of its employees was a “business decision” to avoid a costly trial over claims it staunchly denies, the settlement agreement states. While the man accused in the lawsuit remains employed by Union ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ – When one of Union County’s newest residents was ready to come into the world earlier than expected, Joy Allen knew just what she had to do. Allen, a 911 telecommunicator who answers calls at the county’s dispatch center, guided the parents-to-be through a home birth from the ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — A city woman who claims a sheriff’s officer assaulted her at the Union County One Stop Center is suing the sheriff’s office and county government because of that officer's “malicious beating.” Tatianna Cunningham claims in the federal lawsuit filed June 11 that Sheriff’s Officer ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ – Three recent graduates from the Union County Vocational Technical Schools (UCVTS) were awarded scholarships by the New Jersey Association of Counties (NJAC). High school graduates Lucas Jacomes, of Rahway, and Stella Armwood, of Summit, received their scholarships during the ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ – Gwen Ryan has been named permanent Superintendent of the Union County Vocational Technical Schools (UCVTS). Ryan was honored for her promotion during the freeholder board meeting Thursday night. “I appreciate the confidence the Board of Education has in me so much,” Ryan said.

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ELIZABETH, NJ – A total of 44 bridges are set to be repaired in Union County. If approved by the freeholder board, the county will hire T.R. Weniger Inc., of Piscataway, to repair all bridges that are part of the 2018 Bridge Improvement Program. Bridges in the program were chosen based on state ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ – Union County is taking steps to help its residents receive treatment for substance abuse, including by continuing substance abuse treatment for inmates at the Union County Jail in Elizabeth. The county saw a total 3,365 admissions to substance abuse treatment facilities in ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — Two women whose Union County jobs include providing support to battered women were themselves victimized, according to a lawsuit the freeholders have approved a settlement in connection with. Last Thursday, the freeholders authorized the $395,000 settlement to be paid to Cynthia ...

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