Union Catholic Student Assault, Westfield House Fire — Tops in Patch County News
A round-up of the leading news stories on Union County Patch sites this past week.
- A Scotch Plains Man was charged in the assault of a Union Catholic baseball player this week after the 18-year-old chased a foul ball near his property on Dutch Lane. Later, Patch interviewed SPF Residents in the area to get their reaction to the assault.
- A 14-year-old boy and a 9-year-old boy escaped unharmed but much of their home was destroyed Saturday in a house fire on Barchester Way.
- The hidden camera show "What Would You Do?" filmed at Thinka Dinka two weeks ago. The episode in which shoppers were faced with an ethical dilemma involving a mom abandoning her children at the toy store aired at 9 p.m. Friday.
- On Tuesday, the Westfield Board of Education held a marathon four-hour meeting in which proposed parking changes for Westfield High School and Edison Intermediate School were unanimously approved. The Board also approved a bond referendum that would fund the construction of a lighted artificial turf field at Westfield High School.
- Readers were intrigued to hear that a full self-service grooming option for dogs is now available at In-N-Out Self-Serve Dog Wash. Read all about it and see the video on In-N-Out here.
- New state pension guidelines may delay Police Chief Eric Mason's transition from police chief to fulltime township administrator following his planned retirement from the Cranford Police Department on May 31.
- The Christie Administration has announced that Cranford has been approved for nearly $4.1 million in FEMA Public Assistance Program funding, as a result of infrastructure and public property damage incurred from Hurricane Irene.
- The Cranford Police Department was recently honored after receiving a first place finish in the 46-75 officer category of the New Jersey Law Enforcement Challenge for the fifth year in a row.
- On Tuesday, May 15, Zakiyyah Shakoor, 37, of Wilboro was found to have over $50,000 worth of heroin hidden in her car during a routine traffic stop on route 22. Shakoor reportedly broke into tears after officers asked for her license and other motor vehicle papers. Police reportedly found a pound and a half of heroin crammed inside a fast food restaurant paper bag in the car.
- The Springfield Township Committee is con sidering making dramatic changes to the township’s board of health. Under the proposed changes, the health committee would be composed of the township committee members and two residents — saving the town money but, according to opponents, compromising public health and safety.
- Superintendent of Summit Schools Nathan Parker has a new contract, although the exact terms of the contract are not yet known. Parker received a base salary of $222,560 in 2010, well over the new state cap of $175,000. Speculation is that Parker decided to remain with the district despite the need to accept a reduced salary in light of the cap.
- Freshmen, sophomores and juniors at New Providence High School will each receive an iPad in February 2013, with the entire high school receiving the tablets in the beginning of the 2013-2014 academic year.
- About 40 Berkeley Heights business owners had breakfast with Mayor Joseph Bruno at Town Hall on Friday morning to discuss ways for the business community and the municipality to work together to create an identity to market Berkeley Heights. Plans could include installing three town clocks as well as brick pavers and benches throughout the downtown area, and establishing a Business Improvement District.
- Mountainside’s first-ever Memorial Day parade will commence on Monday, May 28 at 12 p.m. at the Veterans flagpole monument on Constitution Plaza (between the Fire House & Library).