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Union County News

May 19, 2022

SUMMIT, NJ — One person died, and another victim was flown by helicopter after a tractor trailer crash shut down Route 24 east Thursday afternoon, according to the City of Summit Fire Department. At about 2 p.m., authorities responded to a report of a multiple vehicle crash on Route 24 east near ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — A car overturned in a crash near the corner of Forest Road and Westfield Avenue (near Fresh Mart) in downtown Scotch Plains on Monday afternoon. Police closed off the intersection around 5 p.m. A witness who did not want to be identified said that the car sped around the ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county Board of Commissioners following a public hearing Thursday adopted a $​​513.7 million budget, which does not increase the county-wide tax levy. While the spending plan comes with an average tax decrease of $28 for county homeowners, the impact varies by municipality ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — A five-alarm fire at a Waste Management facility on Julia Street in Elizabeth Tuesday has left one person dead, authorities said. The City of Elizabeth reports receiving a phone call about the fire at approximately 2 p.m. The fire is believed to be started by machinery at the ...

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CRANFORD, NJ — At Monday evening's Township Committee workshop meeting, Iron Ore Properties, LLC and BlackBird Group Architects, LLC presented a proposed site plan of the new building at the corner of Walnut Avenue and Chestnut Street.  The redevelopment plan for the area, also known as South ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — A man accused of stabbing his roommate following an argument fled the scene but was arrested by Westfield police on Lamberts Mill Road, Scotch Plains police said Tuesday. Officers arrested Nelson Sanchez, 48, of Scotch Plains, on Friday, May 6, and charged him with possession ...

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SPRINGFIELD, NJ — The application to build a Chick-fil-A restaurant on the site of the current Barnes & Noble bookstore on the corner of Hillside Avenue and Route 22 West has been carried to the next Springfield Board of Adjustment meeting on June 21. On April 27, the board heard more ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — Union County commissioners defended the qualifications of Vice Commissioner Chair Christopher Hudak in his race for county surrogate after a resident speaking at Thursday’s board meeting demanded Hudak withdraw his candidacy. Surrogates administer the legal process which takes ...

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CLARK, NJ — As of June 19, the familiar smell of the in-house café will disappear from the Clark landscape along with a home away from home for some book lovers. According to staff, the Barnes & Noble on Central Avenue is closing permanently after their almost two-and-a-half-decade ...

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CRANFORD, NJ — The 19-year-old Essex County man who was struck Monday while waiting to cross the street is out of surgery and in stable condition as of early Tuesday, according to the Cranford Police Department.  Around 9 a.m. on April 25, two cars collided at the intersection of Union County ...

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CRANFORD, NJ — A pedestrian was hit outside of Union County College Monday morning, police said. Around 9 a.m. on April 25, Cranford Police responded to a two-car crash on Springfield Avenue at the Union County College intersection, police said. The road remained closed for nearly four hours for ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — More than 50 members of the Union Catholic High School community helped set a World Record for the most people simultaneously watering plants on Friday. Union Catholic is now the home of two world record holders. Last summer, Sydney McLaughlin (UC Class of 2017), broke the ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — TAPinto Elizabeth is sad to announce the passing of former franchise owner, Kathy Lloyd. Kathy passed away on April 12 surrounded by those who loved her.  "We mourn the passing of former TAPinto owner/publisher Kathy Lloyd,” said Michael Shapiro, the founder and CEO of ...

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CRANFORD, NJ — The Cranford community is once again proving #cranfordstrong is more than just a hashtag. Relief efforts for the family affected by the Orchard Street fire have already begun. FLAG for Cranford and Cranford's Girl Scout Service Unit 48 have put together gift card drives to help ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — A lockdown at Union County Vocational - Technical High School Tuesday morning has been lifted, the school said. In a message to parents, school officials said the students are safe. “All students are safe and have returned to class schedules. More information will be sent ...

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UPDATE: Cranford Family Displaced by House Fire. Here's How You Can Help CRANFORD, NJ — A house fire broke out on the 100 block of Orchard Street around 7:00 p.m. The three occupants that were home at the time escaped without injury, according to press release from the Cranford Fire ...

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UNION, NJ – Dogs, ferrets, fish and a 300-pound pig were all found safe when firefighters responded to a house fire on Standish Avenue early Monday morning. Union Fire Chief Greg Ricciardi said a garage fire was reported on Standish Avenue at just after 5 a.m. Monday. Arriving firefighters found ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Antonio Manata, a whistleblower who recorded the mayor of Clark Township making racist and sexist remarks, filed a federal lawsuit against the Union County Prosecutor’s Office Thursday claiming the office is retaliating against him for bringing the comments to light. While ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — A Union County Grand Jury on March 31 returned a 13-count indictment against retired Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School drama teacher and theater director Ronald E. Wells, Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel and Acting Summit Police Chief Steven Zagorski jointly announced ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Voters in several Union County towns will have new choices of representatives in the upcoming primary and general elections this year due to an updated state congressional map based on the results of the 2020 census. The new assignments represent the congressional districts in ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Board of County Commissioners on Friday joined the chorus of officials calling for the resignation of Clark Township’s mayor and top ranking police brass following the release of recordings on which the mayor is heard going on a racist tirade — something an NJ Advance Media ...

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CRANFORD, NJ — Authorities arrested a 17-year-old boy Thursday in connection with a February social media threat at Cranford High School, township police announced. At approximately 5:40 p.m. Feb. 8, “Principal Mark Cantagallo of Cranford High School was notified by an alert staff member about ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — A Rahway man is in custody and his suspected co-conspirator at large in connection with home invasion earlier this month in which the suspects restrained and held an elderly woman at gunpoint, the Union Prosecutor’s Office announced Friday. Herby Desir, 34, of Rahway, and ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — A former sergeant at the Union County Sheriff’s Office claims the agency violated a state whistleblower law when it terminated her after she reported discriminatory behavior by other officers, including differential treatment toward an African American transgender ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — If you want to change your political party affiliation before the primary election, you’ve got until April 13 to do so. The Union County Board of Elections this week reminded residents that if they want to participate in their new party’s Primary Election June 7, then they ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — The duCret School of Art will celebrate the life of illustrator Peter Caras, who died from cancer on Feb. 28. Born April 11, 1941, in Johnstown, PA, he taught at the Plainfield art school for over 40 years. According to Executive Director Tim O'Connor, since 1979, Caras “trained ...

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SPRINGFIELD, NJ — During its first meeting since January, the Springfield Board of Adjustment Tuesday night heard from a traffic engineer on plans to replace the Barnes & Noble at the corner of Hillside Avenue and Route 22 West with a Chick-fil-A later this year. Several Hillside Avenue ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — Multiple towns responded to help members of the Plainfield Fire Department fight a fire in a two-and-a-half-story home on Norwood Avenue near Tate Court Wednesday afternoon. Plumes of smoke could be seen billowing into the sky as firefighters opened up the roof. Fire Director ...

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UNION, NJ — Irish eyes are not smiling with the news that the Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade has been postponed for another two weeks due to a forecast of rain, heavy wind gusts and potential snow flurries on Saturday. The Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee Chairwoman Pam ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — The driver whose vehicle crashed into a Wonder Truck at the intersection of North Avenue and Hetfield Avenue in Scotch Plains on the evening of Thursday, March 3, has been charged with DUI, according to the Scotch Plains police blotter released Tuesday. Robert Vandergroef, ...

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