Springfield residents, library patrons get to meet ‘The Modest Beekeeper’

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — What a buzz two Springfield residents have started at their community’s public library. The buzz is over “The Modest Beekeeper,” a documentary film Amefika Gray produced with P.J. Martin in the title role, tending to his hobby of 14 years. Gray and Martin, former Springfield Recreation Department co-workers, combined their interests in filmmaking […]

Clark boy, 12, makes triumphant return to class

Clark boy, 12, makes triumphant return to class

CLARK, NJ — Connor Chin, 12, of Clark was treated like a celebrity when he returned to his sixth grade class at Carl H. Kumpf Middle School after battling cancer. More than 100 students were at the school ceremony to welcome the 12-year-old back to classes on Wednesday, June 7. He was diagnosed with osteosarcoma last […]

Communities reel with grief in wake of officer’s death

Communities reel with grief in wake of officer’s death

SUMMIT, NJ — The communities of Summit and Somerville were plunged into mourning last week as news spread of the untimely death of a police officer whom young people called their “hero” and colleagues considered family. Matthew Tarentino, 29, of Somerville, was on his way to work on Tuesday, May 30, when he was involved in […]

Cranford church proves it’s a good neighbor

Drops parking lot expansion proposal due to complaints

CRANFORD, NJ — Trinity Church of Cranford has revoked its application to expand its parking lot after learning its plans weren’t being supported by a few of its neighbors. Under the new Rev. Andy Kruger, funds for the parking lot expansion have been redirected to support the church’s facilities and programs at the Trinity Episcopal Day […]

Proposed bike trails in Watchung Reservation nixed

UNION COUNTY, NJ — “The good guys won.” That was the takeaway for Leonard Berkowitz of Berkeley Heights at the conclusion of the May 18 Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders meeting. Berkowitz and many other residents attended their first freeholders meeting that night to speak about a subject that has evoked strong opinions in recent […]

Summit police honored by state’s attorney general

SUMMIT, NJ — On May 22, Summit Police and more than 30 other law enforcement agencies throughout the state were honored by Attorney General Christopher Porrino. Individual officers were also awarded for their community involvement. The ceremony took place at Rutgers University’s Livingston Campus Student Center in Piscataway. Innovative approaches were featured, such as an outreach […]

Celestial bodies can be seen from Cranford observatory

Celestial bodies can be seen from Cranford observatory

CRANFORD, NJ — Amateur Astronomers Inc. is one of the largest astronomy clubs in the United States. With more than 200 members, the group meets weekly at William Miller Sperry Observatory at Union County College in Cranford. The telescopes are open every Friday evening for free celestial viewings, with a free presentation for general audiences on […]

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