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Union County News

April 11, 2022

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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UNION COUNTY, NJ – The Union County Board of Commissioners will begin reviewing the county manager’s $510 million executive budget this month. A total of $367 million is to be raised in taxes, the same amount as the last two years, county officials said. At Thursday’s commissioners meeting, ...

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UNION COUNTY — A rise of hate crimes in the county and state last year has spurred advocates for racial, ethnic and religious groups into action as they support victims and explore ways to prevent and fight bias.  Bias incidents increased by 40% in Union County between 2020 and 2021, preliminary ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — The Union County Board of Commissioners approved four contracts Thursday totaling $97,859 to advertise the county’s emergency rental assistance program now that the state’s moratorium on evictions has expired. The program’s portal will reopen this Monday, March 7, at 9 a.m. for ...

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CLARK, NJ — Authorities have arrested an Arthur L. Johnson high school student found to be in possession of a handgun Friday morning, township police said.  The school was placed on lockdown at about 10 a.m. after a member of the school administration notified police that a student had a gun in ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — Officers police arrested a 22-year-old Plainfield man earlier this week on burglary and drug possession charges following a report of a suspicious male attempting to open car doors the 300 block of Henry Street, township police said. Residents also posted on social media that ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Nine police officers from eight agencies in Union County are among 389 from across New Jersey named in a recent report from the state Attorney General’s Office detailing “major discipline” issued to law enforcement officers in 2021. In Union County, the majority — 17 of the 25 ...

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UNION, NJ — The 25th Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade returns to the streets of Union on March 12 after a two-year absence. The parade is set for Saturday, March 12, at 1 p.m. in Union Center. The Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade was canceled in 2020 and 2021 because of the ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — How have businesses in the county adapted to remote work and COVID-19 health protocols? What strategies will help underserved communities and fill staff shortages? Experts weighed in on these topics during “The Future of Work in New Jersey,” a virtual roundtable hosted by Kean ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — Have you heard of the Urban League of Union County? The non-profit community-based organization was founded in 1944, and its mission is to assist African Americans and other minority groups to achieve social and economic equality. Its main office is in Elizabeth, but some ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The use of out-of-county hotels and motels to shelter unhoused people in the county, questioned at the Thursday Union County Board of Commissioners meeting, hints at the growing number of those experiencing homelessness. Commissioners questioned Human Services Director ...

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SPRINGFIELD, NJ — The Motor Vehicle Commission's Springfield Agency closed the doors of its Center Street location for the final time this weekend.  As originally reported in TAPinto Springfield last year, the MVC will be moving to a new facility at 271 Route 22 East. For one week, until Feb.

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county attorney said Thursday that the New Jersey Supreme Court has taken up an appeal to an appellate court ruling that stopped work on Union County’s government complex in Elizabeth earlier this week. The state appeals court ruling on Tuesday halted work on the $145 ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — Who knew that wine made inside a garage in Scotch Plains could be recognized as some of the best wine in the country? Scotch Plains resident Marcello Nizzardo makes wine out of his brother-in-law's house, and that family tradition of winemaking, started by his father, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A 19-year-old man arrested in connection with multiple violent robberies in Plainfield has also been charged with break-ins in Westfield and Cranford, the Union County Prosecutor’s Office announced Wednesday. Authorities charged Raheim Morgan, of Dunellen, with four counts of ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — A state appeals court ruling on Tuesday affirmed a lower court judge’s decision to stop work on Union County’s government complex planned for the site of its defunct motor vehicle services division in Elizabeth. The approximately $145 million project at 61-99 West Grand St.

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CLARK. NJ — The pedestrian struck and killed in Clark over the weekend has been identified as Maha W. Qalawi, 51, of Edison the Union County Prosecutor's office said. Qalawi was struck and killed at the Clark Commons shopping center Saturday afternoon. Clark Police are still asking anyone ...

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