Springfield-based martial arts instructor admits to sexual assault of teen

SPRINGFIELD — An instructor who formerly worked at a Springfield martial arts academy has admitted to sexually assaulting a 13-year-old enrollee there, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace Park announced yesterday. Appearing before state Superior Court Judge William Daniel, George Mendoza-Valentino, 28, of Saddle Brook pleaded guilty Thursday to a charge of second-degree sexual assault. Mendoza-Valentino had been […]

Plan in the works to make Springfield ‘more walkable’

SPRINGFIELD, NJ – The township believes it is closer to realizing a vision for the downtown that will improve and revitalize the area, making it safer and more “walkable.” Since 2010 when the Springfield Business Improvement District was formed to improve the streetscape of the local business district, the township has been working on a […]

Residents lash out against BOE zoning application

SPRINGFIELD – The board of education will face a formidable force Tuesday night when they head to the zoning board seeking to rezone a 9.6-acre parcel of land off Skylark Road from open space to residential. For the last 45 years, when Natalie and Donald Hockstein looked out the back windows of their home on […]

Residents concerned about rezoning

Many fear construction on 9.6 acre parcel will impact their home value

SPRINGFIELD – Residents living near a 9.6 acre parcel of land along Tree Top Drive that is owned by the Board of Education are concerned efforts to rezone this acreage will seriously impact the value of their homes. People living on Tree Top Drive and adjacent streets voiced their concerns to LocalSource in the last […]

Clay sculptures on display at Springfield Free Public Library

SPRINGFIELD — The Donald B. Palmer Museum of the Springfield Free Public Library is currently featuring an exhibit of sculptures by Springfield resident Jarrett Goldberg through July 31. Retired as an art teacher in the Millburn-Short Hills school district, Goldberg currently works in Summit at the New Jersey School of Visual Art. She received her training […]

‘Turf war’ in Springfield

Resident raises concerns about use of new field

SPRINGFIELD – Questions over the use of the school district’s new turf field surfaced last week, giving rise to the question of whether the general public is getting a fair shot at access to the field. The 2013-2014 school year is the first time the $3.4 million turf field is being used by the Jonathan […]

Springfield library begins lunchtime film series on April 14

SPRINGFIELD — Springfield Free Public Library will begin a new lunchtime film program, “Did You Miss These? – Hits from 2013” on Monday, April 14. The series will continue on April 28, May 12, and May 27 and will conclude on June 9. Admission is free. The film will start at 1 p.m. Patrons can bring a […]

Author Dan Gutman visits Springfield schools

SPRINGFIELD — Sandmeier and Caldwell schools recently welcomed author Dan Gutman where he spoke to the students. The children really enjoyed learning about such an esteemed author and had many questions for him. From left, Head of Programming Robin Cornelison, Sandmeier PTA President Kelley Hirsch, Gutman, Sandmeier Principal Michael Plias and students, Evan Cornelison and Faith […]

Newark pair charged in connection with Springfield bank robbery

UNION COUNTY — A Newark man and woman arrested late last week and charged in connection with a bank robbery in Parsippany-Troy Hills have been additionally charged with being responsible for a recent bank robbery in Springfield, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace Park announced today. Quiama S. Harris, 29, and Avery Spotswood, 33, are being held at the […]

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