Each week, Patch takes a look back at the news in Union County for the past week.
Hot on the heals of the U.S. News & World Report rankings, Newsweek released its list of the best public high schools in the country, and Union County high schools did quite well. out of the 1,000 schools that made the grade. Elsewhere around Union County's public schools, Elizabeth High School ranked 217, Summit ranked 251, Cranford ranked 279, Westfield High ranked 352, Jonathan Dayton ranked 584, A.L. Johnson ranked 820 and Scotch Plains/Fanwood ranked 769.
Matthew Kent, a 2007 graduate, on Hawthorne Drive in Clark on Thursday afternoon. Clark police have not yet released further details.
A Clark family gave to their son Airman Ryan Hanrahan, with a huge sign in their front yard.
Theresa Loong's documentary film about her dad's experiences as a POW in WWII will air on PBS on Sunday evening, May 27. along with the story of her father's experiences.
Two Springfield men were among 13 individuals charged in connection with a. According to U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman, the operation involved one member of the Genovese organized crime family and 12 members and associates of the Genovese-connected LaScala Crew.
Recently, Special Olympics New Jersey held their spring festival, including the State Basketball tournament. , including clutch player Joshua Powell of Springfield, had three out their six basketball teams qualify to go to Wildwood where the state tournament is held every year at the end of March. New Jersey Hawk team the Grayhawks played four grueling games to come out on top as the 2012 SONJ Division VII Champions.
The Scotch Plains-based animal advocacy group Best Friend Dog & Animal Adoption, Inc., on Thursday due shelter overcrowding. The three dogs are in desperate need of loving homes.
A month after she first her unexpired term as Scotch Plains Mayor, Nancy Malool has The SP Republican Committee now has less than 15 days to choose three candidates to fill the vacancy. Patch spoke with Deputy Mayor Mary DePaola and Councilman Kevin Glover about the challenges the Council faces moving forward, Malool's departure, and the controversy surrounding her failure to secure the Republican nomination for mayor.
Concerns about public safety dominated meeting as residents and firefighters addressed Mayor Andy Skibitsky and members of the Council regarding staffing levels in light of the recent three-alarm blaze that destroyed a home on . Fire officials urged the Council to restore the department to more adequate levels before a human life is lost.
Cranford police arrested a Garwood man on May 16 for drug possession after he was found acting in a suspicious manner — — in the area of South Union and Lincoln avenues. Meanwhile, a Cranford woman was arrested for .
Following a public hearing that lasted nearly two hours, the Township Committee approved an ordinance "under protest" that will alter the town's master plan on Birchwood Avenue.