Hillside lieutenant files appeal to replace chief

HILLSIDE, NJ — The game of musical police chiefs continues in Hillside as police Lt. Vincent Ricciardi is now claiming that he should be the new chief of the Hillside Police Department. Ricciardi was appointed as acting chief after the demotion of Louis Panarese on April 11 by Hillside Mayor Angela Garretson. Panarese filed a complaint […]

UFD holds fire safety workshop for adults with disabilities

UNION, NJ — Township of Union firefighters recently teamed up with the Center for Family Support to present a fire safety workshop for adults with disabilities. Firefighters from the Union Fire Department joined with CFS, a Paramus-based organization that advocates for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, at the site of the CFS day program in […]

Linden’s Laminated Inc. hit with OSHA fines

Union representatives claim a breach of contract by company’s owner

LINDEN, NJ — Mendel Schwimmer, owner of Laminated Inc., the paper and cardboard plant located on Brunswick Avenue in Linden, has been hit with more than $21,000 in fines by the Occupational and Safety Hazard Administration. The six OSHA violations and their corresponding fines were issued March 29, just two days after Schwimmer signed a contract […]

Questions about cost dog multi-use complex

ROSELLE, NJ — Officials from the state, Union County and the borough of Roselle broke ground on the borough’s Mind and Body Complex, a facility that will house a new public library, a recreation center and more than 20 pre-K and kindergarten school classrooms. The 100,000-square-foot complex, which is being built on five acres of land, […]

UCC professor brings history to life for ESL students

UCC professor brings history to life for ESL students

UNION COUNTY, NJ — A professor at Union County College has turned several years of teaching into an art exhibit. Arlene Marcus, an English as a second language professor at Union County College, has been teaching her class through the lens of the year 1968, which has taught her students not only English, but about a […]

Attorney calls out mayor, police director over hiring issues

ELIZABETH, NJ — A Westfield attorney is asking Elizabeth Mayor J. Christian Bollwage and Elizabeth Police Director James Cosgrove to follow Civil Service regulations and promote officers within the EPD, calling out both the mayor and police director for their alleged refusal to hire and promote more police officers. Joshua McMahon, in a letter last week […]

Union’s BOE passes resolution to protect students

UNION, NJ — The Union Board of Education has passed a resolution affirming its commitment to ensure an education for all its students regardless of their immigration status. The resolution, passed April 25, will serve to ensure that information about its students will remain confidential and safe from Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers. “The township of […]

At Hillside High’s second annual mixer for seniors and students, all cry ‘Bingo!’

At Hillside High’s second annual mixer for seniors and students, all cry ‘Bingo!’

HILLSIDE, NJ — Hillside’s students and senior community joined forces for an evening of food, friendship and fun at the Bingo Blowout in the Hillside High School Cafeteria on April 28. The event was the brainchild of English teacher Catherine Martins, who is also an adviser for Students Against Destructive Decisions, or SADD, at the school. […]

Chamber celebrates members, mission

Chamber celebrates members, mission

UNION, NJ — On April 7, the Union Township Chamber of Commerce held its annual gala at Galloping Hill Caterers in Union, where a variety of awards were given to members who exemplify the mission and values of the longstanding organization of 300 members. Recipients included Deep Foods Inc., a major employer in Union; Charles Minton, […]

All eyes on Roselle as it gears up for June primaries

ROSELLE, NJ — Residents in the borough of Roselle are closely watching this year’s municipal primary in June, four Democratic candidates are running for two council seats — two for a single seat in the 3rd Ward and two for a seat in the 1st Ward. Candidates for 3rd Ward council seats are incumbent Andrea Staten […]