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 […]

Holocaust recalled on Cranford’s annual Day of Remembrance

CRANFORD, NJ — Elie Wiesel’s quote, “To remain silent and indifferent is the greatest sin of all,” reflects the theme of the sixth annual Cranford Community Holocaust Day of Remembrance held at Orange Avenue School on April 26. The event commemorated Wiesel, author of the famous autobiographical novel, “Night,” by the Romanian-born American Jew based on […]

Soft opening held for Warinanco Sports Center

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Union County officials last week held a soft opening for the expanding and modernizing landmark ice skating venue in Roselle and Elizabeth that will now go by the name of the Warinanco Sports Center. The $7 million project already two years in the making is transforming the 56-year-old facility into a year-round […]

Clark museum hits another milestone in history

CLARK, NJ — During the weekend of June 3 and 4, the Dr. William Robinson Plantation Museum in Clark will celebrate its 325th anniversary with several events: a Civil War re-enactment; a presentation by the Red Storm Drum and Dance Troupe; and presentations on the Pirates of the Northern Star, 16th- and 17th-century medicine, and Colonial […]