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Union County News

October 21, 2021

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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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — A popular comic book store in Scotch Plains is temporarily closed after a car smashed into the storefront early Saturday morning, causing structural damage. At about 1:47 a.m. on Oct. 16, a vehicle sped through the intersection of Front Street and Park Avenue, knocked over a ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — A former executive at a New Jersey publication company was sentenced Monday to 75 months in prison for embezzling tens of millions of dollars for his own benefit, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced. Nestor Charriez, 60, of Scotch Plains, previously pleaded guilty ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — Among those frustrated by his inability to visit his unit at Public Storage on Route 22 in Scotch Plains after Tropical Storm Ida is two-time Super Bowl champion and Giants legend Carl Banks, who stored mementos of his stellar NFL career at the storage facility.  Items in the ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — Two days after Public Storage of Scotch Plains was served with an injunction to stop tossing Scotch Plains resident Mary Jean Murphy's belongings, the company issued a second public statement about the situation. Through its outside PR firm, the storage company said its emphasis ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — She had to hire an attorney and get a court order to block them, but Scotch Plains resident Mary Jean Murphy was successful Wednesday in preventing Public Storage from tossing away any more of her personal items that were stored at the facility on Route 22.  RELATED: Public ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS — Despite multiple attempts by renters to at least inspect their belongings and determine what they want to keep, customers at Public Storage on Route 22 have been unable to gain access to their  property since Hurricane Ida caused flooding to storage units. “I feel this is a ...

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Pay for poll workers has increased. UNION COUNTY, NJ — Early in-person voting, electronic poll books and increased pay for poll workers are among the changes county residents can expect in the Nov. 2 election, for which voter registration closes on Tuesday, Oct. 12. “At a time when other ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ — The Scotch Plains-Fanwood SPFK12 School District announced at its meeting Wednesday evening that it will rename Park Middle School to Malcolm E. Nettingham Middle School in honor of the late WWII Tuskegee Airman and longtime resident of Scotch Plains.  The WWII ...

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CRANFORD, NJ — After a 13-year run, the Kilkenny House Restaurant & Pub has announced its permanent closure.  Kilkenny House opened its doors in 2008 and was known for its wide selection of beers, including Guinness and Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale, as well as Irish entrées like fish and chips, ...

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CRANFORD, NJ — Universal Pictures is scheduled to film scenes for the upcoming movie “Bros” in Downtown Cranford on Wednesday and Thursday. The filming in scheduled to take place on Alden Street between North Union Ave. and Miln Street from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on both days. According to the ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — With New Jersey general elections around the corner, the deadline to register to vote is drawing near, and here to remind the public of that civic right is National Voter Registration Day. The holiday happens Tuesday. According to NationalVoterRegistrationDay.org, the ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officially opened a Disaster Relief Center (DRC) in Elizabeth on Thursday, September 16. The DRC is located at the O’Donnell Dempsey Senior Center on 618 Salem Avenue. The building is a Quonset hut, adjacent to one of the Housing ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — Jacob Hathcock, the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School student who was hit by a car on Westfield Avenue on Monday, is a “living miracle,” his mother said. Karina Hathcock posted on Facebook to let concerned members of the community know the status of her son. "Our boy is ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS — A student walking across Westfield Avenue in between Westfield Road and Evergreen Boulevard was struck by a vehicle and seriously injured Monday afternoon shortly before 3 p.m., according to witnesses. According to several eyewitnesses at the scene, the boy was conscious when ...

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NEWARK, NJ — A Scotch Plains man was sentenced to five years in prison for receipt and possession of images of child sexual abuse, acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced Monday. Jeffrey Shreve, 38, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Brian R. Martinotti to an ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — A state appellate court ruling is allowing the previously halted first phase of construction on a new $145 million government complex in Elizabeth to proceed, but the next phase is on pause amid a Wayne-based company’s lawsuit claiming the county skirted New Jersey’s public ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — A 26-year-old Plainfield man has been arrested and charged with the fatal shooting of a delivery driver subcontracted by Amazon that took place on the 200 block of Garfield Avenue in Plainfield on Wednesday. Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel and Plainfield Police ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — President Joe Biden on Monday approved Gov. Phil Murphy’s disaster declaration and approved federal funding to be used in Bergen, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Passaic and Somerset counties. While many counties that suffered from Tropical Storm Ida, including Union County, ...

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CRANFORD, NJ — First responders are battling a two-alarm fire that broke out at the Cranford Conservation Center Wednesday evening. Debris collected from Tropical Storm Ida caught fire around 6:30 p.m., and an explosion was heard at 6:55 p.m. Cranford, Kenilworth, Westfield, Linden and ...

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CRANFORD, NJ — All around Cranford, disturbing details of the deluge unleashed by Tropical Storm Ida could be seen on the township's streets.  The town got 9.05 inches of rain, according to the National Weather Service, CoCoRaHS and the Rutgers NJ Weather Network. Rescue squads rescued more ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — At least five county residents died as the remnants of Hurricane Ida brought massive amounts of flash flooding to the northeast region Wednesday night to Thursday. As of Friday morning, 25 deaths have been reported across the state and Gov. Phil Murphy, who declared a state of ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — At least four people have been found dead in the City of Elizabeth following Tropical Storm Ida.  The tropical storm sent torrential rainfall throughout the city, with at least eight inches coming down in the span of four hours. Several media outlets claimed the drains struggled ...

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UNION, NJ — An 83-year-old township man has died in the severe flooding caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida Wednesday night. A 911 call was received by Union police at just before midnight reporting “a body floating in the Five Points area,” police said. According to police, officers ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county is joining a growing list of New Jersey counties that have been designated to the "spotted lanternfly quarantine zone." New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas Fisher announced on Monday that the department has added five counties to the zone. The counties new ...

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CRANFORD, NJ — Following the Township seeking public input on the question of four-stories versus five stories at 750 Walnut Avenue, Cranford residents overwhelmingly selected four-stories 392-161 out of 553 responses.  "From the beginning, the Township’s position has been four-story buildings ...

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MANASQUAN, NJ — What started as a family fishing trip on Saturday would up being a life-saving adventure for 19-year-old Anton Zambell, a Scotch Plains resident who was in the right place at the right time to rescue a man whose kayak had overturned in waters off Manasquan.  Around 7 a.m.

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — To Plainfield resident Nancy Piwowar, a 15-acre section of Green Brook Park is a sacred corner of the city. While county residents await an outcome to negotiations with Somerset County over the lease of this land, Piwowar advocated for its preservation at Thursday’s Board of ...

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FANWOOD, NJ — The Borough Council on Monday approved the appointment of a civilian police director, signaling a return to local control for the department which has been under the leadership of the prosecutor's office following the sudden retirement of its former police chief amid accusations of ...

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