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Union County News

April 8, 2024

ELIZABETH, NJ — A new indoor ice rink being built at county-owned Warinanco Sports Center is estimated to open to the public in three years. The Board of County Commissioners approved an $800,000 contract with USA Architects for “professional architectural services” related to the Warinanco ...

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TRENTON, NJ — The state’s acting comptroller is citing the actions of Union County government to bolster his opposition to a proposed law that he says will enable sneaky payments to public officials. In a recent 7-part post on X (formerly known as Twitter), Acting Comptroller Kevin Walsh pointed ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county’s mobile trailer that offers free showers, laundry and restrooms is scheduled to return to service April 4, the county announced last week. Known as the Fresh Start trailer, the unit will be placed at the Elizabeth Public Library and the Plainfield Public Library ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county commissioner board has approved a $20,000 contract with Genova Burns LLC to represent county clerk Joanne Rajoppi in the lawsuit Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Andy Kim has brought against all 21 county clerks over the state ballot design, which he claims is ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Residents could face a 1.75% increase in the county portion of their property tax bill this year, after the 2024 budget is presented for a Union County Commissioner board vote in upcoming months.  County Manager Ed Oatman presented a 2024 executive budget with a 1.75% tax ...

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UNION COUNTY 2024, NJ — The county social services director says efforts are underway to address housing instability as data is reviewed from the 2024 Point in Time Count, a yearly census of unsheltered and sheltered individuals. Seven teams made up of county staff, government officials and ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — With the selection of “three well-respected Republican leaders at the municipal level” as its slate of candidates for the board of commissioners, the Union County Republican Party is hoping to turn the tide this year in a county known for being a Democratic Party ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Members of a union representing nurses at Cornerstone Behavioral Health Hospital in Berkeley Heights appear to be stalled in negotiations with the county to add more staff onto their contract.  The county sold the hospital, formerly known as Runnells Specialized Hospital, in ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — In hopes of improving interactions with police, the Union County Prosecutor’s Office has established a new “special needs registry,” which became active on Jan. 16.  The UCPO’s new registry “aims to enhance communication and understanding between law enforcement officers and ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Residents heard about plans to make improvements to three county parks during a Green Acres public hearing at the Jan. 25 Union County Board of Commissioners meeting. Afterward, golfers said a course in Scotch Plains is being neglected.  The county is planning an inclusive ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The County Board of Commissioners approved 3% pay raises for top administrators and 2% raises for its own membership at its Dec. 21 meeting.  A Garwood resident at the meeting criticized raises given to officials in positions cited in a recent state comptroller's report, while ...

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ROSELLE PARK, NJ — A wrongfully convicted Elizabeth man who was imprisoned due to a faulty lie detector test is receiving a $3.2 million settlement in his lawsuit against the county.  Commissioners approved a settlement of an amount not to exceed $3.2 million in the Mervilus case during the Nov.

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Low-income residents of Union County will have access to free medications and other services by the end of November through a new partnership with a Red Bank-based charitable pharmacy.  Commissioners approved a year-long memorandum of agreement with Ritesh Shah Charitable ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — A program run out of the Union County Sheriff’s Office to help locate missing people with autism, Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders can help in situations like the recent search for a missing autistic teen in Watchung Reservation, county officials say. Sophia Hetrick, ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — At Monday night’s Union County Vocational-Technical Schools (UCVTS) Board of Education meeting, parents called for the firing of a teacher who shared a non-sanctioned, anti-Israel TikTok video with her students. The video, which was unrelated to course work, was shared via ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Construction on a new bikeway to give riders and pedestrians more access to the East Coast Greenway is expected within the next two years, thanks to funding awarded to the county this month by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.  The state transportation department ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — There was a special guest bearing a giant $50 million check for the county at Thursday’s commissioner meeting.  State senate president Nicholas Scutari presented the sizable amount of funding allocated to Union County infrastructure projects in New Jersey's $54.5 billion ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Employees at Union County’s parks department were ready to spray trees with pesticides to stop the invasive plant-hoppers from doing damage to crops and other plants, but the hordes of spotted lanternflies county residents were prepared to stomp on this summer never ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — High schools and nonprofit organizations across the county can now apply for grant funding to support their performing arts programs through the new “Union County on Stage!” program. Union County Board of Commissioners Chairperson Sergio Granados explained the program at the ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — An Elizabeth man who was imprisoned due to a faulty lie detector test can proceed with his lawsuit against the county following an appeals court decision.  Emmanuel Mervilus is suing Union County for violations of the state civil rights act. He was in jail for three years on a ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county clerk is warning residents about inaccurate social media posts that claim you can get free passports.  Videos circulating on social media suggest people can obtain passports for free by submitting form 1-912, but the state department does not accept that form for ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — Union County Vocational-Technical Schools plan to expand and improve facilities on campus thanks to a $33 million investment from the state. Senate President Nicholas Scutari announced the funding at a UCVTS Board of Education meeting this month alongside County Commissioner ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Commissioners authorized the 2023-2024 hunt of white-tailed deer in county parks and some municipal properties, for a cost not to exceed $17,500, at Thursday’s board meeting. The hunt is conducted each year to reduce the deer population in certain parts of Union County.

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CLARK, NJ – Leo Krakowiecki, a Clark resident for 12 years, was recently recognized for his more than 50 years of dedicated service to the Roselle-based Church of St. Joseph the Carpenter Knights of Columbus (K of C) Council #3946.  “It is nearly impossible to match the effort, determination and ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — New Jersey’s governor approved a package of bills to curb car theft on Friday, an action multiple Union County mayors urged in a joint letter.  Gov. Phil Murphy signed bills that extend sentences for vehicle theft by repeat offenders, expand the definition of “leaders” of auto ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Three Democrats and three Republicans are running for the three county commissioner board seats in November, official results of the June primary election show.  Democrats Incumbent Lourdes Leon and Joseph C. Bodek won the Democratic primary for commissioner, along with ...

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SUMMIT, NJ - The man suspected of shooting a 35-year-old Vauxhall resident three times this morning (June 24) on Park Ave. in Summit -- after a personal dispute between the two men became violent -- has been arrested, according to the Summit Police Department (SPD) Detectives. A digital message ...

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SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit Police Department (SPD) apprehended three suspects after a stolen vehicle being pursued by a SPD Detective crashed on Route 24 in Summit, according to the Summit Police Department. A Millburn Police unit apprehended a fourth suspect, while a fifth individual apprehended ...

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HILLSIDE, NJ — Union County has received $5 million in American Rescue Plan funds to help expand affordable child and adolescent mental health care service. The money will be used to create a Pediatric Collaborative Care Center in Union County to train primary care providers, behavioral health ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — A bear described by Plainfield Police as "aggressive" was euthanized Thursday after charging at an officer. Police say the bear was first spotted around 6:30 a.m. Plainfield Police contacted New Jersey Fish and Wildlife, who said when the bear was contained, they would ...

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