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Union County News

November 30, 2022

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — After more than a year of testimonies, revisions and delays, the Springfield Board of Adjustment Tuesday night unanimously denied an application to build a Chick-fil-A Restaurant at the corner of Hillside Avenue and Route 22 West. All seven members of the Board of Adjustment ...

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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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FANWOOD, NJ — Fanwood's Famous Christmas House will officially make its return this year on Friday, Nov. 25, the day after Thanksgiving, to raise money for the NJ Institute of Disabilities. The house, located at 83 Paterson Road in Fanwood, will be lit up for the holiday season and included many ...

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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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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ — Police are looking for two suspects following an armed robbery at a gas station on Route 22 in Mountainside on Halloween. Police said that on Oct. 31, at about 1:30 p.m., the two suspects pulled into the Express Fuel, located at 1112 Route 22 in a gold Toyota Camry ...

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CRANFORD, NJ — The path behind Hanson House was the setting of a spooky stroll on Saturday when artists of all ages carved creations out of pumpkins and other fall gourds. The Carve Out is sponsored by Jersey Central Art Studios, and supported by the Cranford Jaycees and Hanson Park Conservancy.

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SPRINGFIELD, NJ —The Springfield Planning Board unanimously approved a new Farmers' Market on Route 22 at its meeting Monday night. The new market will occupy the space where the vacant David Bridal building stands at 80 Route 22 West. The farmers' market is slated to be open seven days a ...

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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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CRANFORD, NJ — The pedestrian that was struck by a driver on Friday, Oct. 14 is out of the hospital and recovering, according to the Cranford Police Department. The collision, which occurred around 6:30 in the morning according to Sgt. Russell Luedecker, happened at the corner of Miln Street and ...

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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 — 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 Thursday.  Bias incidents in Union County increased by 40% between 2020 and 2021, according to ...

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CRANFORD, NJ — Parents and kids got a glimpse of Hollywood Thursday morning on their way to school. Pete Davidson was spotted near Cranford homes on the south side of town where he is filming "Dumb Money." "Dumb Money" is based on Ben Mezrich’s book "The Antisocial Network." It tells the story ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — While residents and leaders in flood-stricken areas of the county await flood control improvements to the Rahway River, the Army Corps of Engineers is seeking feedback on a more wide-ranging “NY & NJ Harbor & Tributaries Focus Area Feasibility Study.” The study, which ...

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CRANFORD, NJ — When she was 12 years-old, Cranford native Emma Rothman had a heart transplant. That incredible moment saved her life, but also changed its trajectory forever. In 2011, the typically healthy and active middle-schooler was out of breath and exhausted. “At first I thought I was just ...

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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, authorities said. Following a jury trial before Union County Superior Court Judge Thomas Isenhour, Jeff Banatte, 37, was convicted Tuesday on charges of first ...

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FANWOOD, NJ — A 16-year-old girl on a bicycle collided with a school bus near the intersection of Portland Avenue and Birch Street in Fanwood Wednesday, police said. The girl suffered serious but non-life-threatening injures, police said in a statement. The crash happened at about 2:30 p.m., ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ – County commissioners authorized a four-year agreement Thursday 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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CLARK, NJ – Registration is underway for the 10th Annual Miracles for Myeloma Hybrid 5K Run/Walk.  Set to take place next month at Oak Ridge Park in Clark, the 5K is organized annually by Clark residents Ron and Sheree Pask and Westfield's Gina Klemm with the goal of raising money for and ...

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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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CRANFORD, NJ — Cranford has joined 12 other municipalities in a lawsuit against Gov. 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 reconstitute New ...

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CRANFORD, NJ — The township's twice a year curbside bulk waste collection program is unlikely to continue. Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority, Cranford's bulk waste collection provider for the past four years, has dissolved and is therefore no longer offering services. This is "due to ...

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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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UNION, NJ — A vehicle fire on the Garden State Parkway Wednesday afternoon caused traffic delays both on both the sides of the highway as first responders battled the blaze. Union Fire Chief Greg Ricciardi said a large pickup truck was engulfed in flames on the right shoulder of the Parkway ...

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ROSELLE, NJ — People at high risk for monkeypox can register to get the vaccine at a county clinic to be established at Warinanco Sports Center starting next week, Union County announced. The vaccination clinic begins operating Wednesday, Sept. 14, from 1 to 5 p.m., the county said in a ...

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CRANFORD, NJ — El Paso Tex-Mex Grill is getting a second chance to feed the Cranford community with their homemade tacos, quesadillas, salsas and empanadas. Owner Adalberto Aquino was joined by Mayor Kathleen Miller Prunty, Commissioner Gina Black, Andis Kalnins from the Cranford Chamber of ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — Beautiful weather and a traditional Mass in Italian brought crowds not seen since before the pandemic at the 48th annual St. Bart's Italian Festival in Scotch Plains on Saturday night. Mike Aromando and the Metropolitan Italian Strolling Band provided a taste of Italian music, ...

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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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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — A Plainfield man who was found guilty of robbing a fast food restaurant in Scotch Plains in 2015 has been sentenced to nine years in state prison for the crime, the Union County prosecutor announced. During a Friday hearing, Union County Superior Court Judge Robert A. Kirsch ...

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