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Union County News

November 28, 2022

UNION COUNTY, NJ — A supervisor accused of sexual harassment in 2018 remains employed in Union County’s social services division three years after the county paid out $395,000 to settle a social worker’s claims against him. Arvind Arneja’s accuser, former county social worker Cynthia Pisino, ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — A new law which bans the carrying of concealed guns on county property hit home in a profound way for Commissioner Angela Garretson, who was recently disturbed by reports of a gunman in walking distance from her home in Hillside. “It was very frightening to be aware that there ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — In four months, the county has spent at least $12,231.45 and authorized up to $45,000 to defend itself against an investigation from a state agency that routes out fraud, waste and abuse, records obtained by TAPinto show. Heavily redacted legal invoices provided through a ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Community Access Unlimited of Elizabeth and the Union County Interfaith Coordinating Council held their 8th Annual Union County Day of Prayer, the first such gathering staged in a Jewish house of worship, on Oct. 27 at Temple Emanu-El in Westfield. Dubbed an "interfaith ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — County officials have not clarified why the commissioner board approved up to $45,000 for the services of a law firm that represents entities in “government enforcement actions” among its other services, after being asked by a resident at the last week’s meeting and receiving a ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — To address the chronic under-reporting of hate crimes and provide refuge to victims while police are called, county law enforcement officials launched a “Safe Place” initiative on Oct. 13. Bias incidents in Union County increased by 40% between 2020 and 2021, according to ...

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RAHWAY, NJ — It was déjà vu all over . . . well, you know the line, as Westfield defeated Summit, 1-0, in the semifinals of the Union County soccer tournament on Sunday. But, no, it wasn't the boys this time, whose matchup on Saturday we've described in exactly the same way. The top-seeded ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — A program coordinated by the Union County Department of Human Services that provides access to clean showers, laundry services and bathroom facilities to individuals in need throughout the county will return to the Mount Olive Baptist Church in Plainfield on Saturday, Oct.

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UNION COUNTY — The county contains the second-highest percentage of the state’s unhoused population, according to a report that helps determine federal funding to programs for people experiencing homelessness. Union County's social services director anticipates more resources will be provided to ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — It was two exciting Union County boys soccer semifinal matches on Saturday night on the turf at Arthur L. Johnson High School in Clark, as first-seeded Westfield defeated Summit, 1-0, and second-seeded Elizabeth defeated Governor Livingston, 4-0. The two victors will now face off ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - The Union County Police Department will host a "Back the Blue" car show at the John H. Stamler Police Department in Scotch Plains on Saturday, October 8 (rain date: October 15). The show will raise funds for the Union County Fallen Officers Memorial. All makes and models of ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ -- A Scotch Plains man has been convicted of repeatedly sexually assaulting a young girl over the course of two years, according to an announcement from Union County Prosecutor William Daniel. Following a jury trial before Union County Superior Court Judge Thomas Isenhour, Jeff ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ – County commissioners authorized a four-year agreement on Sept. 15 with Communication Workers of America Local 1080, the union representing more than 350 members working in the county’s Division of Social Services as social workers, clerks, paralegals and in other ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county is re-establishing a Motion Picture and Television Advisory Committee to help field the numerous requests its offices receive from film, television and digital media studios looking to use locations throughout the county. “We receive multiple inquiries and requests ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — With less than half of all county residents having received a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, Union County is offering updated booster shots to protect residents ages 12 and older from the latest variants. The new bivalent boosters target the two main omicron variants BA.4 ...

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CRANFORD, NJ - Cranford has joined 12 other municipalities in a lawsuit against New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy for a failure to appoint members to the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH). This latest move brings the suit to New Jersey's Appellate Court and aims to "compel the Governor to ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county’s paratransit system has scheduled a public hearing on its application for grant monies from NJ Transit’s Senior Citizen and Disabled Resident Transportation Assistance Program, the county announced on Tuesday. Union County is applying for an allocation of $1.47 ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — County commissioners have approved an anti-nepotism policy and a conflict-of-interest policy, both of which an attorney for the county said are required for entry-level law enforcement officers to be hired without taking their civil service exams. The policies adopted at the ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Nurses working at Cornerstone Behavioral Health Hospital in Berkeley Heights came to Thursday's commissioner board meeting dressed in the protective gear they wear while caring for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic to seek help in securing fair wages and benefits in their ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Union County Police Department contains an “Old Boys Club” whose white, male members police Chief J. Chris Debbie allows to violate laws, a lawsuit brought by Sgt. Homero Almanzar against the department claims. Almanzar, a retired U.S. Army disabled combat veteran ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — Superior Court Judge Thomas J. Walsh appears poised to grant a permanent injunction on the construction of a Union County government complex estimated to cost upwards of $120 million. At a hearing for motion of summary judgment on the case brought by taxpayer Jose R. Jimenez Jr., ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Union College is slated to get $20 million in improvements to its outdated physical education facility in Cranford as part of a project it has partnered with the Union County Improvement Authority on to complete. The Authority’s board of commissioners last week approved a ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county has approved a $140,000 settlement for attorney fees in a landmark public records case that made certain police internal affairs files accessible to the public. The board of county commissioners approved the settlement July 14 in the nearly three-year-long court ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Board of County Commissioners on July 14 approved the 2022-23 hunt of white-tailed deer in county parks and some municipal properties for a cost not to exceed $17,500. Acting Commissioner Chairman Christopher Hudak told TAPinto after the meeting the hunt will “keep the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Sitting underneath a canopy in Mindowaskin Park Saturday, the 9-year-old from Westfield explained that she mixed blue, pink and white paints to create pastel colors. Then she took the cap from her used plastic water bottle and lightly dipped its edges in the paint before pressing ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — A state Superior Court decision upholding a stay on construction of a county government complex is prompting the project’s redevelopment entity to consider a fresh start on the project, which has been planned since 2020 and would cost more than $120 million. The county plans ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — The Union County Board of County Commissioners has authorized $95,000 to resolve claims that a prisoner at the county’s since closed jail was kept from exercising his faith and harassed because of his Muslim religion. Last week, the commissioners approved the settlement on the ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — An event marking Pride Month and the opening of Tëmike Park, the county’s new inclusive playground and park area within Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield, was subject to dozens of offensive comments on the county’s Facebook page. The offending comments, which were initially ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at Union County's new inclusive park and playground located in Plainfield on Saturday. Festivities at Tëmike Park included Drag Queen Story Hour, a Drag Dance-Off and What's the Word at Pride Slam Poetry. There were games and crafts, and LGBTQ+ ...

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UNION COUNTY — The closing of the 102-year-old Williams Nursery in Westfield will not provide more green space to the county, but a vacant property in Berkeley Heights, which the county is buying with open space monies, will. In Westfield, Williams Nursery, the beloved garden center on 6.61 ...

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