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Union County News

December 16, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — A Scotch Plains man has been arrested and charged with kidnapping, aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of a child and terroristic threats after he allegedly grabbed a 17-year-old Fanwood resident by the neck, punched him in the face several times and forced him into the ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Layoffs and other departures at the Union County Improvement Authority earlier this year came amid an ongoing legal challenge to a $145 million government complex construction project, which under the County Commissioner Board’s approval this month could rack up as much as ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — An Elizabeth man was killed at the Essex County jail by a fellow inmate, acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II announced. Ashton D. Barthelus, 26, of Carteret, has been charged with the murder of Dan G. Milford Gelin, 27, of Elizabeth, Stephens said. Barthelus ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced that the deadline for New Jersey homeowners and renters affected by the remnants of Hurricane Ida now have until January 5 to apply for assistance.  Homeowners and renters have three ways they can apply for federal ...

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FANWOOD, NJ — Santa came early to Fanwood's Famous Christmas House on Saturday, Dec. 4.  Hundreds of families stood in a line that wound around the block for a chance to meet St. Nick. Santa's scheduled two-and-a-half hour visit extended to four hours. Santa sat with every child — and four dogs ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — Wawa celebrated its new gas and food market location on South Avenue in Plainfield with a grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony Friday. The store opened bright and early to a steady stream of customers, offering “I Love Wawa” T-shirts for the first 100 customers, and free coffee.

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — County social service workers and concerned residents filled the County Board of Commissioners' first in-person meeting in over a year Thursday night to protest pay raises for top administrators, which they said are being given in a struggling economy and without fair ...

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UNION, NJ — A fiery, multi-vehicle crash shut down both the express and local lanes of Route 78 West in Union Friday morning. The crash occurred at about 5:15 a.m. near the Garden State Parkway entrance / Vauxhall Exit, according to Union Fire Chief Mike Scanio. He said the crash involved a ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — The driver of 2022 Acura RDX that hit and seriously injured the rider of a 2019 Harley Davidson motorcycle on the 300 block of Park Avenue and fled the scene on Wednesday, Nov. 24, was arrested by Scotch Plains police and charged with several offenses, according to ...

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FANWOOD, NJ — Fanwood's famous Christmas House has returned with new displays but the same mission: to raise money for NJ Institute for Disabilities (NJID), which offers specialized facilities for infants, children and adults with developmental disabilities. Despite the constant challenge of ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — An active-duty firefighter and resident of the City of Elizabeth died at the age of 44 on Nov. 26.  Anthony “Tony” Fanelli Jr. began his career as a firefighter in Elizabeth in 2008 and served in the department for 14 years. He was also a member of Elizabeth Firefighters Mutual ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county's human services department has issued a Code Blue due to predicted freezing weather conditions. Temperatures in Union County are expected to feel as low as 30 degrees, with rain and winds expected in the forecast, according to the National Weather ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — Police are investigating a series of violent street robberies, which have targeted Hispanic men in Plainfield, authorities said Wednesday. The robberies have occurred over the course of several weeks and are mostly carried out during early morning and daytime hours, Union County ...

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CRANFORD, NJ — The investigation continues into a three-alarm house fire that left an 83-year-old woman dead Tuesday, authorities said. Grace Sinnott died in the blaze that started in the home at 26 Beech St. around 7:12 a.m., according to the Cranford Fire Department. Firefighters arrived ...

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ROSELLE, NJ — Mara Jamison of Roselle held onto her new daughter, surrounded by chosen family at the Chestnut Street Learning Center as adoption proceedings concluded over Zoom. The active 3-year-old did not stay still for long, getting up from her mother’s lap to playfully wave to Judge Lara ...

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UNION, NJ – Amid chants of “let Union play” and “fire him,” Union high school football players and students staged a walkout Monday morning in protest of the forfeited playoff game against Paterson Eastside Friday night. Walkout leader and football standout Davison Igbinosun addressed the ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — Everything old is new again. In 2019, it appeared that Scotch Plains would get a grocery store as part of its downtown redevelopment when German supermarket chain Lidl submitted plans to build on the former site of the iconic Snuffy's Pantagis Renaissance catering hall.

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SUMMIT, NJ — A 19-year-old Penn State University student reported missing Thursday evening has been found dead, according to the State College (PA) Police Department. University officials have identified the student as Justine Gross, of Summit, who was in her third-semester in the College of the ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ — The Scotch Plains-Fanwood SPFK12 school district celebrated Veterans Day with a ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 11 at 10 a.m. to rename Park Middle School as the Malcolm E. Nettingham Middle School (580 Park Ave., Scotch Plains) in honor of the hometown hero and member of ...

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UNION COUNTY — Homeowners and renters still piecing their lives back together after remnants of Hurricane Ida took lives, flooded residences and destroyed cars across the county have until Dec. 6 to apply for assistance from FEMA. Representatives from FEMA and SBA and the county gave advice on ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Board of County Commissioners’ chairman is standing by pay hikes the board has proposed for top administrators and itself. Commissioner Chairman Al Mirabella in an interview Monday said the raises for department heads — including an 18.8% salary increase for Union County ...

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CRANFORD, NJ — Despite the owner being issued a violation, plywood signs spray-painted with the words, "must build," "danger" and "don't walk in front," remain on the facade of 24 South Avenue West, the EF Britten & Co building. According to Cranford Mayor Kathleen Miller Prunty, a violation ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Board of County Commissioners has proposed pay raises for itself and its top administrators in the coming year — a measure anticipated to get a formal public hearing next month. The salary bumps introduced Thursday include an 18.8% pay hike for County Manager Ed Oatman, an ...

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A deer killing disease has not been confirmed in Union County, one expert said. UNION COUNTY, NJ — Drivers should be extra careful on roadways as the end of daylight saving time on Sunday marks the height of white-tailed deer mating season, according to experts from the state’s environmental and ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Passaic River Parkway in Berkeley Heights grew some this week, when the Union County Board of Commissioners acquired the Berkeley Plaza property. The acquisition of the Springfield Avenue property will be covered by Union County's Open Space Trust Fund at an anticipated ...

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PLAINFIELD — President Joe Biden landed in Plainfield's Cedar Brook Park on Monday, and then headed to the East End Elementary School in North Plainfield to highlight his Build Back Better plan. In advance of Biden's visit, members of the Plainfield Police Department were among those who ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Numerous park facilities will be upgraded, accessibility and ADA compliance will be improved and historic structures will be maintained throughout the county thanks to grants from the Board of Commissioners. Through pre-recorded videos presented at Thursday’s commissioner ...

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UPDATE: Westfield Regional Health Officer Megan Avallone reports Friday that, once again, one of the six regions in New Jersey, the Central East region, which includes Union County, is showing high levels of COVID-19 activity. WESTFIELD, NJ — Union County is the only one in the Northeast to have ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — Renters at Public Storage on Route 22, who have not been able to get into their units to retrieve their property since Tropical Storm Ida, were able to retrieve items from their spaces Wednesday.  Mary Jean Murphy, who organized protests at Public Storage, was one of the ...

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CRANFORD, NJ — The Cranford Fire/EMS and Police Departments responded to a residential house fire Tuesday morning on the lower block of Lenhome Drive. According to the Cranford Fire Department, units were dispatched around 9:47 a.m. and arrived in about four minutes, finding heavy smoke ...

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