Wednesday, April 4, 2012
A 51-year-old man, arrested Monday in connection with the Ripley Place murder, can't be identified because he allegedly committed the act as a minor.
The Union County Homicide Task Force arrested a 51-year old man Monday, April 2 in connection with the 1976 murder of Westfield resident Lena Triano. Triano, 57, was discovered hogtied inside her 616 Ripley Pl. home on March 15, 1976, after having been stabbed, bludgeoned and raped. Westfield Police were sent to her home after receiving a call from her brother when she failed to report to work that morning. Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow said Tuesday morning that the 51-year-old man arrested yesterday at his place of business can't be identified to the public because he was younger than 16 at the time of the murder. "The protection that is offered this defendant will continue in that the individual will be tried in the …
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Union County Freeholders pull the plug on MusicFest, saving at least 42 county employees from being laid off. From police reports to council decisions, here's a look at the top news for the last week
Faced with at least 42 layoffs and the possibility of additional job cuts, county officials decided to cancel the annual MusicFest held in Clark's Oak Ridge Park."A consensus was reached by the Freeholder Board (March 8) following numerous fiscal committee meetings, union negotiations and departmental meetings," the press release stated. The Board also canceled the Union County Rhythm and Blues by the Brook. County officials say the cuts will save approximately $1.2 million. In other news around the county: BERKELEY HEIGHTS On Saturday, March 11, Berkeley Heights Police Officers responded Ralph Pl., Branko Rd. and Ridge Dr. to investigate three separate residential burglaries. Investigations revealed all three residences were forcibly …
Sunday, March 11, 2012
From the St. Patrick's Day parade to budget approvals and state-championship clashes, it was a busy week around the county.
Sunday, March 11, 2012
The weekend was dominated by Saturday's Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade, where thousands of revelers gathered for the "wearin' of the green". Elsewhere around the county, news included the approval of the Clark municipal budget, the Summit High hockey team claiming the school's first state championship. Read more newsworthy reports below: BERKELEY HEIGHTS/NEW PROVIDENCE It's a merger! We've combined the New Providence and Berkeley Heights Patches to created an even more robust online experience for readers and advertisers across the entire community. The New Providence-Berkeley Heights Patch reflects our tracking of local news, business and feedback from the three bordering towns in our coverage area. Yes, that means you too …
Thursday, March 8, 2012
The exhibit will be on display through April 13 at the Freeholders Gallery on the sixth floor of the Union County Administration Building, 10 Elizabethtown Plaza in Elizabeth. Viewing hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.
Sunday, February 26, 2012
From Whitney Houston's burial to school-sid figures and other news, here's a glimpse at the past week in local news.
Clark Clark Council passed a resolution on Tuesday night authorizing a letter to State Senators and Assemblymembers asking for their assistance in a massive lawsuit that Clark, Garwood and more than 80 other towns in New Jersey are facing. According to Township Attorney Joseph Triarsi, in 2005 the NJ Department of Environmental Protection filed a suit alleging that three companies involved inNewark’s Diamond Shamrock plant were responsible for polluting Newark Bay with cancer-causing dioxins and other chemicals. Triarsi says three years ago the defendants decided to broaden the scope of the litigation and claim that all the agencies, communities, corporations and businesses that discharge their sewerage into the Passaic River Basin are …
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Larissa DePalma flies her flag at half-mast and drapes her handmade portrait to show respect for the late pop icon.
Some Westfield residents have complained about the hoopla surrounding the burial of music icon Whitney Houston at the Fairview Cemetery in Westfield. But one resident insists that despite limited access to the cemetery this weekend, road closures in the area and the media spotlight all over town, Houston's choice of Westfield for her final resting place is worth any potential inconvenience. And she's making her support for the late superstar visible for all to see. On the front lawn of freelance artist Larissa DePalma's home on St. Mark's Ave., a U.S. flag stands at half-mast. The house itself features a banner with a drawing of Houston's face in black ink, along with a message: RIP Whitney. "I'm an '80s girl," DePalma explained. "With …
Procession arrived at noon Sunday for burial ceremony at Fairview Cemetery. Nearly 100 fans shouted 'We love you, Whitney' as hearse turned into the cemetery.
The vigil at Fairview Cemetery began at first light Sunday morning. There were no mourners, just reporters and photographers mingling congenially as they staked out a good spot for their reports back to the network morning shows or a position for the perfect photo of the funeral procession bringing Whitney Houston to the cemetery for her burial. Police officers arrived before daylight, at 6 a.m., to secure every possible corner of the Fairview property, from the Cranford border along Union County College to the south and E. Broad Street to the north. At the western end of the cemetery, Gallows Hill Road was closed to prevent any neighborhood street from messing up any potential route in which the procession of hearses and limos that would …
Saturday, February 18, 2012
To accommodate the Sunday morning funeral procession of Whitney Houston, police are closing roads around Fairview Cemetery.
Amy Harrett says she is a Whitney Houston fan, but she won't line up on East Broad Street to watch the pop icon's funeral procession turn into Westfield's Fairview Cemetery. "It's going to be a madhouse," said Harrett, who lives close to the cemetery. "There is going to be a ton of people here — the media, fans, everyone. I don't want to say it's an inconvenience, but I know I won't be able to get anything done if I stay here." Harrett says that after policemen knocked on her door yesterday to tell her that her street would be closed to accommodate Houston's burial, she called her mother to plan a visit. She's leaving tonight and will spend Sunday at her mother's house in Queens. "I don't want to be trapped here because of her funeral," …
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Garden State playwrights can earn $1,000 grant and staging of their work in Westfield as part of the "Liberty Live" program.
To borrow from Hamlet, Kean University's inaugural "Liberty Live" program is out to prove that "the play's the thing". Thanks to the Westfield Foundation, Westfield will take a starring role. Liberty Live is a pilot program, funded this year by the Westfield Foundation, that is dedicated to giving aspiring and established playwrights from any New Jersey town the chance to submit new one-act plays to Premiere Stages, the professional theatre company in residence at Kean University. The winning writer will earn $1,000 and have his or her script developed and produced for November's Premier Stages Play Festival at Kean University’s Liberty Hall Museum. One goal for the Liberty Live program is to dramatize the history that shaped the Garden …
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Patch's weekly wrap-up of news from around the county captures what your friends and neighbors are talking about.
BERKELEY HEIGHTS/MOUNTAINSIDE On a routine patrol through the Watchung Reservation on Thursday, at 5:30 p.m., a Union County police officer spotted an empty alarm-company truck parked near Surprise Lake in the Watchung Reservation. The truck was open, with the driver's personal belongings in full view. Almost three hours later, when the driver had not returned, three officers and the Canine Unit of the Union County Sheriff's department began a search for the driver, who emerged from the woods at 9:30 p.m. stating that he had gone for a walk and got lost in the dark. False alarm. Officer Ed Ammerlaan, an 18-year veteran with the Berkeley Heights Police Department, was officially promoted to the rank of Sergeant at the Berkeley Heights …