Linden firefighter claims mayor assaulted him

Mayor says video footage will prove charges are much ado about nothing

LINDEN, NJ — Although a Linden firefighter is claiming that he was assaulted by Linden Mayor Derek Armstead at a recent fundraising event, Armstead says that video footage of the alleged assault has turned up that will prove the charges are much ado about nothing. Linden firefighter Christopher Lukenda filed a police report regarding an alleged […]

In Union, cinnamon rolls always overcome gender roles

In Union, cinnamon rolls always overcome gender roles

UNION, NJ — To celebrate and support International Women’s Day, a local business decided to focus on cinnamon rolls, not gender roles. Van Gogh’s Ear Cafe, located on Stuyvesant Avenue in Union, pulled out all the stops to raise money for two organizations geared towards girls on March 8. Sarah Perara, co-owner of the popular eatery, […]

Laminated Inc. owner finally signs contract on eve of trial

LINDEN, NJ — After more than a year of battle, the workers at Laminated Inc. are finally seeing light at the end of the tunnel. Mendel Schwimmer, owner of the paper and cardboard plant located in Linden, signed a contract last week after months of impeding and attempting to stymie negotiations with the Retail, Wholesale and […]

Union NHS students help feed the hungry

Union teens give back, making more than 150 PB&J sandwiches for the homeless in Elizabeth

Union NHS students help feed the hungry

UNION, NJ — It was a day of giving back as 21 members of the Union High School National Honor Society gathered last month to make more than 150 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the St. Joseph’s homeless shelter in Elizabeth. In the UHS Cafeteria on Feb. 18, the students divided themselves into two groups, […]

Questions surround Hillside’s Clean Team

Questions surround Hillside’s Clean Team

HILLSIDE, NJ — There may be a Clean Team in Hillside, but some council members and residents say that Hillside is not any cleaner. In addition, questions still remain as to how much the Clean Team is getting paid, under whose auspices they fall, whether the team has provided liability insurance to the township, and why […]

Councilwoman alleges 5th Ward security overlooked

LINDEN, NJ — An overhaul of security cameras throughout the city of Linden is causing a dispute between two members of the Linden city council. The initiative, spearheaded by city of Linden Councilman Peter Brown and started in 2015, calls for a replacement of all security cameras already in place throughout the city, as well as […]

UHS Baton Twirling program makes history

UHS Baton Twirling program makes history

UNION, NJ — The Union High School Baton Twirling program continues to set records for its school and for the sport, and now they’ve made UHS history. For the first time in the high school’s history, two twirlers represented UHS by participating in the Congressional National Cup, in Maryland on March 18. Tiahna Selby, former UHS […]

Dispute emerges out of Hillside’s local youth organization

HILLSIDE, NJ — A dispute has emerged between Hillside’s Democratic Municipal Chairman, Anthony Salters, and Hillside Pop Warner president, Rayba Watson. The issue stems from funds that were raised by Salters and given to Pop Warner — a nonprofit youth organization that offers football, cheer and dance programs — for the purchase of football uniforms. In […]

Union County man shares tale of anti-Muslim discrimination

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Former Marine Sgt. Affraz Mohammed is a Union County resident with a story to tell. Mohammed, who lives in Springfield, is sharing a story that is gaining relevance in post-election America, as certain ethnic and religious groups have been affected by the policies of the new administration in Washington. Many Muslims have […]

Roselle: Union County’s first sanctuary city

ROSELLE, NJ — It was standing room only at the March 15 council meeting of the borough of Roselle, as Roselle Mayor Christine Dansereau made history by signing an executive order that declared Roselle a sanctuary municipality. Roselle is the first town in Union County to become a sanctuary municipality. A sanctuary city or municipality, while […]