Saturday, January 19, 2013
The Westfield High School freshman died Wednesday.
This story was updated at 10:56 a.m. Saturday to include additional comments made by Lanre Badmus. Friends will honor the life of Westfield teen Mark Hollaway with a candlelight vigil at 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20 at Westfield High School. The WHS freshman died Wednesday, Jan. 16 from a flu-related illness. Friends set up a Facebook page, RIP Mark Hollaway, to pay tribute to the 14 year old. Lanre Badmus, friend of Hollaway's and co-administrator of the page, said the vigil is being organized with the blessing of Hollaway's family and added, "Please, keep the Hollaway family in your prayers." As a tribute to Hollaway, who loved basketball, players at Friday night's Westfield vs. Scotch Plains Fanwood game wore Mark's name on their sneakers. …
Friday, December 28, 2012
Summit resident Betty Cox, who served in the NJ Assembly in the 1970s and represented Union County, has died.
Friday, December 28, 2012
Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick, R-Union, Morris and Somerset, issued a joint statement today regarding the death of former Assemblywoman Elizabeth "Betty" Cox, 85. The former legislator represented Union County: “Although Betty’s tenure as a legislator was brief, she served the people of New Jersey and her constituents in Union County with distinction and honor. Her service to our state and, in particular to Union County, is appreciated and will not be forgotten. On behalf of the Assembly Republican caucus, I wish to offer our sincerest condolences to Betty’s family and friends.” Cox served in the Assembly from November of 1971 to December of 1972. She also worked for the NJ Department of Community Affairs from 1991 to 2002 and …
County officials announced the death of former Union County Freeholder Chester Holmes.
Former Union County Freeholder Chester Holmes, 81, has passed away, county officials announced early this afternoon. Holmes, a popular Rahway resident, served four terms as a member of the freeholder board. He was first elected to the board in 1997 and retired at the end of 2009 to devote more time to his private security business, Holmes Security and Investigations Inc. “Chester was a gentleman and friend to all," said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella, who, along with Freeholder Deborah Scanlon, was elected to the freeholder board along with Holmes in 1997. "He had a unique style, with a tremendously engaging and comforting personality. He truly lived his life to the fullest and was always in good spirits. Mirabella added that …
Monday, October 22, 2012
Ware, a well known free jazz player throughout New York City, passed away on Oct. 18 due to complications from a previous kidney transplant.
David S. Ware, a saxophonist who helped lead the resurgence of the free jazz movement in New York City, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 18 in New Brunswick, NJ. Ware was born in Plainfield, NJ but grew up in Scotch Plains and attended Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School. He later went on to attend Berklee College of Music. According to Wikipedia, he resided in New York City for 14 years while working as a cab driver. He later moved back to Scotch Plains. Suffering from kidney disease, at age 60, Ware received a kidney transplant from one of his fans. The donation followed an email sent out to over 1,000 of Ware's fans. Patricia Parker, wife of Ware’s long-time collaborator bassist William Parker, shared on jazzcorner.com’s bulletin board: …
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Mohn taught history for 36 years in Scotch Plains. The U.S. Air Force Veteran and longtime resident died peacefully on Saturday, May 5.
Jack L. Mohn, a longtime Scotch Plains-Fanwood History teacher and Scotch Plains resident died peacefully on Saturday, May 5, at the age of 83 at the Genesis Health Care Center in Westfield. Mohn, a U.S. Air Force veteran served the students of this community for 36 years. Mohn was born in Bethel, Pennsylvania but moved to Scotch Plains in 1955 to begin his teaching career and raise his two children, Michael and Sue with his wife, Jeanne. After serving in the United States Air Force during the Korean War, Mohn received his Bachelor’s Degree in History from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s Degree from Rutgers University. He taught American History at both Park and Terrill Middle Schools for 36 years before retiring in 1991. In…
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
'World's Oldest Teenager' launched iconic American Bandstand, New Year's Rock'n Eve, music careers and many TV shows.
Dick Clark, who brought rock and roll to the masses as the longtime host of "American Bandstand," is dead after suffering a heart attack, according to several news reports. The always smiling 82-year-old TV producer and host had been at St. John's Hospital in Los Angeles after undergoing an outpatient procedure on Tuesday, according to TMZ. Clark reportedly suffered the heart attack following the procedure and died on Wednesday after failed attempts to resuscitate him. The Mount Vernon, NY-born Clark endured a long list of health troubles over the years; a stroke in 2004 that caused him to retire as host of "New Years' Rockin' Eve," the show he created in 1972. Although Ryan Seacrest took over as host, Clark made brief appearances on the …
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Dr. Duddy passed away on Friday after a long battle with lung cancer. Duddy worked as a veterinarian at Fanwood Animal Hospital for over 15 years
Beloved local veterinarian and loyal friend, Dr. Pamela Duddy, of North Plainfield, passed away on Friday, April 13 of lung cancer. She was 47. Dr. Duddy served animal lovers in this community for over 15 years as a veterinarian at Fanwood Animal Hospital, becoming the owner of the practice in 2008. Duddy was an active volunteer at numerous rabies clinics and animal shelters. She also volunteered at the Make-A-Wish foundation. Duddy graduated Valedictorian from Mount Saint Mary’s Academy in 1983 and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University in 1987. She graduated from the Cornell School of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. Dr. Duddy passed away in the Scotch Plains home of Peggy Coloney. She was predeceased by her …
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
The East Broad Street cemetery has been closed to the public since late singer Whitney Houston's Sunday burial.
Whitney Houston fans hoping to pay their respects will have to wait a little longer. Fairview Cemetery, where the late pop star was laid to rest in a private service Sunday morning, remains closed to anyone other than lot owners, a spokesman for the cemetery said Wednesday morning. The private cemetery, where Houston's father, John Russell Houston Jr. was buried in 2003, has admitted those with loved ones interred there but has kept all others outside the gated property. When the cemetery will reopen to the public "has not been determined at this point," the spokesman said. More than 100 fans lined up outside the 105-acre cemetery Sunday morning to say their goodbyes to Houston, who died on Feb. 11 at the age of 48.
Sunday, February 19, 2012
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
Visits to gravesites denied Saturday as cemetery prepares for Sunday burial of music icon Whitney Houston.
Roseanne Benjamin lost her father on Feb. 18, 2008 after a long struggle with colon cancer. Her father Dave was a long-time Westfield resident, and there was no question in Roseanne's mind that when he passed, he would be buried in Fairview Cemetery. For the past four years, Benjamin, who now lives in Cranford, would stop by her father's grave to tell him about how his granddaughter was getting married, or how his grandson got into college. But on the fourth anniversary of his death, Benjamin won't be able to place a bouquet of flowers on his grave. She won't even be allowed in the cemetery. "I understand what a tragedy it is that Whitney Houston died, she was the voice of a generation," she said on the phone. "But just because she is …