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Union County News

February 16, 2022

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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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ — A Route 22 restaurant that suffered minor damage in fire that routed diners during the big game Sunday was back open for business by Monday night. In a Valentine’s Day Facebook post, Stage House Tavern showed its love for the fire departments that extinguished the multi-alarm ...

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CLARK, NJ – A woman was struck and killed at the Clark Commons on Saturday afternoon. Clark Police confirmed that they are investigating the incident. Witnesses in the area said a truck was involved and reported seeing a body on the ground covered by a sheet. One shopper, a Clark resident who ...

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FANWOOD, NJ — A truck fire on South Avenue in Fanwood shut down traffic in both directions early Friday afternoon.  At 1:07 p.m., the Fanwood fire department was dispatched to a truck fire on South Ave., near the intersection of Old South Ave. (across from the Citgo gas station). The fire ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — A once-stalled study of the Rahway River and other flood mitigation projects will soon be in the works thanks to a portion of the $966 million in federal funding New Jersey has received to support U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects across the state. The funding to address ...

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CRANFORD, NJ — An attempted car theft in a residential neighborhood turned violent Sunday, police said.  According to a statement released Monday from the Cranford Police Department, victims and witnesses reported that three suspects, dressed in all black and wearing ski masks, attempted to ...

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County officials expect many people may enter the homeless service system following the end of New Jersey’s moratorium on evictions. UNION COUNTY, NJ — At the end of a month when a winter storm dropped as much as 8 inches of snow in some parts of Union County, commissioners and county staff took ...

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CLARK, NJ — Authorities are investigating after a fire left one person dead and severely damaged two town homes in the Catherine Estates development Sunday, police said. At approximately 10 a.m., police and firefighters rushed to the blaze at 10 Sevell Circle and attempted to enter the residence ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — The Elizabeth Police Department is reminding residents to not save parking spots by placing objects in them.  Following the snowstorm over the weekend, the Department posted a picture of a teddy bear placed in a street parking spot saying, “well, looks like someone isn’t getting ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — A powerful winter storm blew through the region overnight and into midday Saturday. The storm dropped snowfalls ranging from just over 8 inches to 3.5 inches, according to the National Weather Service. The following are the latest snowfall reports for Union County along ...

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CRANFORD, NJ — A chilly pup is now warm and safe thanks to an early Friday morning rescue by the Cranford Fire Department, assisted by Cranford and Union County police. Authorities believe that Buster, an 8-year-old springer spaniel, wandered out of his yard onto the frozen Rahway River and fell ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — Scotch Plains will soon be inhaling new business into the community, and the newest joints will be cannabis dispensaries. At the latest Scotch Plains council meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 25, Mayor Josh Losardo and the Scotch Plains Council examined the plans of Sanctuary ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — A Scotch Plains man has been arrested and charged with attempted murder and other offenses in connection to an early Monday morning stabbing, township police announced. Officers Ed Budzinski and Krysti Janusz responded to 441 Hunter Ave. on a report of a stabbing at about ...

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CRANFORD, NJ — Monday night's Cranford Board of Education meeting was ended about a half hour after it began when an audience member refused to wear a mask. A student liaison had just given updates when Cranford Board of Education attorney Jennifer Osborne addressed the public.  “I just want ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — County residents have an additional free county-run COVID-19 testing site available to them since a new location in Plainfield opened on Tuesday — one among a series a ways for people to get tested for the virus. The newest site, on Park Avenue, offers both rapid nasal tests ...

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CRANFORD, NJ — A three-alarm fire at Arnold's Pest Control on Quine Street was extinguished Friday by the Cranford Fire Department and other units. The CFD received that call at 10:04 a.m. and was on the scene at 10:06, according to Lt. Matt Lubin. When units arrived they found a “fully involved ...

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CRANFORD, NJ — Yes. You read that right! Early Friday evening, Cranford Police Officer Thomas Bell rescued a chicken from the road. "Why did the chicken cross the road? Apparently to create a traffic hazard on Centennial Avenue during rush hour tonight," the Cranford Police Department ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — A Union County grand jury has returned a fourteen-count indictment against Christopher P. Marbaix, co-founder of Summit-based robotics laboratory "Robot Revolution," who is charged with sexual crimes against six students, authorities said Thursday. Marbaix, 60, is charged with ...

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TRENTON, NJ — State Sen. Nicholas Scutari, D-Linden, won the Senate Presidency at Tuesday’s reorganization session, despite a challenge from Sen. Nia Gill, D-Montclair. Former Assembly Republican leader Jon Bramnick, of Westfield, was among the newly elected members sworn in on Tuesday as state ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county Board of Commissioners elected Rebecca Williams to her first term as commissioner chair and Christopher Hudak as vice chair at its reorganization meeting on Thursday. Commissioners voted 7-0 to elect the leaders. Commissioner Angela Garretson was not present for the ...

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UNION, NJ – The McDonald’s at the Union Garden State Parkway rest stop has closed. Near Exit 141, Vauxhall Road, the facility now appears to be under construction. The gas station area is still operational. According to minutes from a Turnpike Authority meeting, a Shake Shack restaurant will be ...

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CLARK, NJ — One woman is in custody and another remains hospitalized in critical condition following a Sunday stabbing at the ShopRite of Clark, police said. Officers arrived at the supermarket at 76 Central Ave. around 3:45 p.m., police said. Initially informed that an employee had suffered a ...

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UPDATE: Woman Stabbed in Fight at Clark ShopRite In Critical Condition, Police Say CLARK, NJ – Police responded to the scene of a stabbing at the Clark ShopRite late Sunday afternoon, according to township officials.  Two female employees got into a fight, which ended with one worker stabbing ...

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SUMMIT, NJ — A baby boy was the first baby born at Overlook Medical Center for 2022. Rudra was born at 12:02 a.m. on Jan. 1. He weighed in at 6 pounds 10 ounces. Baby Rudra along with his mother, Ambika, and father, Rohit, are all doing well, the hospital said. Rudra entered the world at the ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — Trinitas Regional Medical Center welcomed the first baby of 2022 at 12:02 a.m. Jan. 1.  Baby Keyla weighed in at 6 pounds, 15 ounces. Her parents are Maria and Joseduchi of Irvington.  Dr. Hannah Seltzer delivered the baby.

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — It is finally the flip to the last page for A Little Shop of Comics, as the downtown Scotch Plains staple will shut down from its physical location after 26 years in January. Although the in-person part of the store will close, the business will still be run online. The ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — As COVID-19 cases continue to increase, Mayor J. Christian Bollwage's mask mandate is still in effect for all indoor public places in the city, including storefronts, restaurants and bars. The executive order also orders all bars and restaurants in the city to close at 2:00 a.m, ...

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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ — An NJ Transit bus struck utility poles in Mountainside early Tuesday morning, forcing the closure of Route 22 near the AMC Movie Theater, authorities said. Traffic was being re-routed on Tuesday morning. Borough police said motorists should expect the highway to be closed ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — On the longest night of the year, the Union County Interfaith Coordinating Council held a subdued but moving vigil acknowledging the plight of homelessness in America and recognizing those who have died as a consequence of living in destitution and dispossession in Union ...

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