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Union County News

March 1, 2024

WESTFIELD, NJ — A group has been gathering each Sunday morning at Tamaques Park for Run for Their Lives, a walk in honor of the men, women and children who were taken from Israel during the terrorist attacks on Oct. 7 and remain held hostage in Gaza. Scott Kessler of Westfield has been one of ...

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UNION, NJ – The Union County Saint Patrick’s Day parade is less than two weeks away.  The annual parade will be held on Saturday, March 9 in Union. The parade will begin on Morris Avenue, at Commerce Avenue, and will proceed on Morris, making a right turn on Stuyvesant Avenue and then proceeding ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The facility that hosted a youth baseball game in 2022 where a Westfield boy was hit in the head by a line drive and seriously injured was negligent in allowing the use of aluminum bats and otherwise failing to protect young players, a new lawsuit asserts. The New York State ...

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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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WESTFIELD, NJ — A Westfield man who worked as the chief financial officer for a large law firm stole more than $1.5 million from the firm and evaded paying state income tax, authorities said Thursday. The man, John Dunlea, 61, faces two counts of second-degree theft by deception and five counts ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A mural depicting Langston Hughes, Paul Robeson and Zora Neale Hurston, pioneers of the Harlem Renaissance who lived in Westfield, was recognized with a public dedication on Wednesday. The mural’s creator, local artist Ricardo Roig, was joined by members of the public and town ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ — The Somerset County Prosecutor's Office has charged a 27-year-old Somerville man with the murder of Maryrose Fealey, who was found stabbed to death outside her family's residence on North Bridge Street on Tuesday, Jan. 30, according to Somerset County Prosecutor, John P.

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WESTFIELD, NJ — At least two busloads of migrants from the U.S. southern border, carrying a total of 85 people, ended that ride at Westfield’s train station in January, according to officials. The people who were dropped off got on trains to New York City and caused no trouble, a spokesperson for ...

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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 — 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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WESTFIELD, NJ — 2nd STREET USA, the popular second-hand shop, is now officially open in Westfield.  The chain, which has 700 locations in Japan, celebrated its Westfield store's grand opening on Saturday. The new shop replaces the Selfie Stations NJ museum, a pop-up that operated for a time ...

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UNION, NJ - Four members of a Union family found deceased Wednesday morning in a murder/suicide have been identified, Union Police Director Christopher Donnelly and Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel said. At approximately 10:30 Wednesday morning, members of the Union County Sheriff’s ...

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CLARK, NJ — All that Clark resident Maria Power wants is the opportunity to enjoy a normal life, return to work, and consider starting a family with her husband Michael, a social studies teacher in Jersey City. Unfortunately, serious health problems currently prevent the 35-year-old chef from doing ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — A historic milestone was reached at Thursday’s Board of Commissioners reorganization meeting: For the first time, two women will hold leadership of the governing body.  Commissioners unanimously elected Kimberly Palmieri-Mouded as commissioner chairperson and Lourdes Leon as ...

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UNION, NJ – The Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade steps off in Union on Saturday, March 9, and the parade committee has named longtime supporter and parade committee delegate Robert Wade as its 2024 Grand Marshal. “On behalf of my family, I am thrilled to celebrate our Irish heritage and ...

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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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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Residents packed Board of County Commissioners meetings week after week to protest the handling of two issues that touched on history: the process for choosing a new county seal without a depiction of Hannah Caldwell's murder and a request to honor enslaved people burned at the ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains police are investigating the cause of a fatal car crash early Christmas morning. Scotch Plains officers responded to the report of motor vehicle accident at 06:06 a.m. on Route 22 West at Victor Street, according to Scotch Plains deputy chief Al Sellinger. Upon ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — 2nd STREET USA, a new shop planned at 167 East Broad St., will offer trendy, one-of-a-kind second-hand clothing and accessories for men and women. The popular chain, which has 700 locations in Japan, will replace the Selfie Stations NJ museum, a pop-up that operated for a time ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — A former sergeant in the Union County Sheriff's department, who is suing the department for a violation of the whistleblower law, has filed a motion for summary judgment claiming a lieutenant improperly used a system meant to rehabilitate officers as an end run to fire ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Union County violated state law by paying $417,772 in stipends to top county officials without following a required public process, an investigation by the state comptroller’s office has found. Outside counsel for the county is contesting the finding of the independent state ...

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CRANFORD, NJ -- This week, the New York Giants made the decision to stick with undrafted rookie Tommy DeVito as their starting quarterback ahead of veteran Tyrod Taylor. The decision came after DeVito started the last three games due to quarterback injuries. It seems they were pleased with his ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The annual hunt of white-tailed deer is underway throughout county parks and in some municipal areas.  While residents should be aware that the deer management program is going on, the county's acting public works director, Joseph Policay, said it will not disrupt their use of ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ -- Elks from the East Central District, with Lodges in Stirling, Summit, Springfield, Mountainside, Cranford, Union, and Rahway, prepared 100 holiday gift bags which were donated to Veterans at the Lyons VA Medical Center Domiciliary Care Program. The bags, which will be ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — As temperatures drop, the statewide Code Blue initiative will increase emergency shelter options in Union County, which a report shows contains 8% of New Jersey’s population of unhoused people. County commissioners on Oct. 26 approved $350,000 to implement the program this ...

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CLARK, NJ — Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin and the Office of Public Integrity and Accountability (OPIA) announced on Nov. 20 the filing of criminal charges against Clark Mayor Sal Bonaccorso alleging that the longtime mayor submitted fraudulent paperwork to nearly two-dozen municipalities, in ...

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GARWOOD, NJ — An 80-year-old man from Cranford is in critical condition after he was struck by a car in the parking lot of ShopRite in Garwood Friday at about 11:13 a.m., police said in a press release posted to social media late Friday night. The car, driven by a 92-year-old woman from ...

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UNION COUNTY, 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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WESTFIELD, NJ — A sign that states “We Stand with Israel” is back at Evalyn Dunn Gallery after police tracked down thieves who had taken it and driven off the afternoon of Nov. 2. The sign, which stuck out from the planter in front of the family-owned shop, cost owner Jacie Civins $5, but the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield parents, students and community members are demanding action after word got out at Westfield High School that at least one boy from the school had created and shared pornographic images using photos of the faces of some of the school’s female students. The pictures were ...

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