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Union County News

August 13, 2021

PLAINFIELD, NJ — A fatal shooting in Plainfield that left a 30-year-old resident dead and a second individual injured is under active investigation, Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel and Plainfield Police Department Officer-in-Charge David M. Guarino jointly announced Friday. The ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — New Jersey residents will have the option to vote early in person for the first time in the November 2021 general election. With a new grant-funded $3.06 million contract, the county is preparing to provide voters with access to machines and new technology as it starts in ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — Sydney McLaughlin, a 2017 graduate of Union Catholic High School, has gone from “Syd The Kid’’ to "The Golden Girl.'' McLaughlin was known as “Syd The Kid’’ when she became the youngest person since 1972 to compete for the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team when she made the ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ — The Jam Kancer In The Kan Foundation's “Kups for Kancer” Lemonade Stand and fundraising initiative will return this year as part of the 8th Annual Scotch Plains-Fanwood Kancer Jam Presented by Ray Catena Mercedes of Union. After being postponed last year due to the ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — After a five-year journey, Plainfield is losing a small business that has continuously given back to the community. Owner Jeff Spelman announced that The Coffee Box will shutter its South Avenue doors towards the end of this month. "It is with deep sadness that we announce The ...

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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ — Few events have occurred with greater anticipation locally than Tuesday night's women's 400 meter hurdles finals, which featured a showdown between the reigning Olympic champion, Dalilah Muhammad, and world record holder Sydney McLaughlin. The race did not disappoint as ...

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CLARK, NJ — Elevated carbon monoxide levels at the Target on Central Avenue prompted the store's evacuation early Monday morning, authorities said. The department store has since reopened. Alarms began ringing just before 6:30 a.m. due to elevated carbon monoxide readings in the store, a fire ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ — If you have not heard of Tik Tok, you must be living in a cave... or you're simply over age 34. The popular social media platform now boasts close to 80 million monthly active users in the U.S., of which 60% are female and 40% are male. Sixty percent of users are ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — A state court judge this week ordered progress on a $145 million government complex planned for Elizabeth be stopped amid a Wayne-based construction company’s lawsuit claiming the county skirted New Jersey’s public bidding laws. While an attorney for the Wayne company Dobco ...

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CLARK, NJ — Many flags, including those recognizing other nations and sexual orientation, would be prohibited from flying on township property if a proposal being considered by the local government gains final approval. On Monday, the township council introduced an ordinance restricting the ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county Board of Commissioners is not planning to hold in-person public meetings any time soon. While many local governments in Union County have returned holding their public meetings in-person, the county commissioners are sticking with Zoom meetings, which they also ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Landlords will be able to apply for federal funds to pay for up to 12 months of their tenants’ unpaid back rent and utilities starting Monday, the county announced. It comes amid pending legislation in the statehouse that if approved would end New Jersey’s moratorium on ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — K-9 Ollie of the Scotch Plains police department died on Saturday, July 10. Born Dec. 1, 2007, Ollie was certified for narcotics detection in 2009 and patrol certified in 2010 before working with his lifelong partner at the Scotch Plains Police Department, officer Brian ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ —The county will be launching an Emergency Rental Assistance Program to help residents that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, officials announced. The program can provide eligible applicants up to 12 months of assistance for unpaid back rent, as well as gas and ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — By accepting a $100,000 grant to support a Rails-to-Trails Feasibility study, the county has taken a first step toward turning a 3.52-mile railroad track between Cranford and Elizabeth into a bike and pedestrian trail. The state Department of Transportation awarded the grant, ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The mother of a Rahway child, who was the subject of an Amber Alert Friday, has been found dead in Tennessee, and charges are pending for the father who is suspected of abducting the mother and son, authorities said Sunday. The father, Tyler Rios, 27, of Highland Park, is ...

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UPDATE: Sebastian Rios, 2, was found early Saturday in Monterey, Tennessee, where 27-year-old Tyler Rios, of Highland Park, was arrested, authorities said. The boy’s mother, 24-year-old Yasmine Uyar, of Rahway, has yet to be found, authorities said. RAHWAY, NJ — Authorities on Friday afternoon ...

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ROSELLE, NJ — The state’s 7.2% unemployment rate — the nation’s seventh highest, according to the most recent federal figures — was strongly felt at Warinanco Sports Center earlier this week, where organizers estimated 600 people connected with nearly 60 employers. The job fair organized by ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Union County Prosecutor’s Office are asking for public assistance in identifying a body found in Elizabeth on June 11, 2020.  According to a press release from June 13, 2020, a woman's body was found along railroad tracks off of the 300 ...

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CLARK, NJ — An 85-year-old Clark woman was airlifted to Robert Wood Johnson in New Brunswick after she was struck by a car that ran off the road Saturday afternoon as she was walking westbound near Santander Bank, according to police.  The incident happened at the intersection of Raritan Road ...

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SUMMIT, NJ — A 47-year-old Summit man charged with armed robbery for threatening a gas station attendant at knifepoint three years ago has been found guilty of the crime, authorities said Wednesday. A Union County jury convicted Patrick Vermilyea of first-degree armed robbery, third-degree ...

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