Veterans’ town hall and claims clinic held in Linden

LINDEN, NJ — A town hall meeting and claims clinic was held on Saturday for veterans and their families to help navigate the broad spectrum of veterans’ benefits and services that can often seem overwhelming. Michael Blazis, director of the Newark Regional Office, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and U.S. Rep. Donald Payne Jr., D-N.J., 10th […]

Hillside welcomes new superintendent

HILLSIDE, NJ — Hillside has welcomed Antoine L. Gayles as the new superintendent of Hillside Public Schools. Gayles takes over for former Acting Superintendent Zende Clark, who ended her interim position on July 1. Gayles, a Washington, D.C. native, first got involved in education while he was still working in finance on Wall Street. As part […]

Garretson slams council, Panarese with lawsuit

HILLSIDE, NJ — In the latest chapter out of the continuing Hillside saga, Hillside Mayor Angela Garretson has hit the Hillside town council and former Chief of Police Louis Panarese with a lawsuit. The suit, dated June 24, names Hillside council members Donald DeAugustine, Andrea Hyatt, Gerald Freedman, Dianne Murray, Sip Whitaker and Christopher Mobley as […]

Linden mayor calls for new police dept. positions

LINDEN, NJ — The city of Linden has introduced an ordinance to create the position of police director. Introduced by the city council at their June 21 meeting, Mayor Derek Armstead told the assembled crowd that creation of the position is necessary in moving the department forward. “I have a responsibility to the residents and to […]

Hillside principal resigns following violation of policy

HILLSIDE, NJ — Allegations of sexual harassment against the principal of a Hillside middle school has resulted in his resignation. Juan Leonardo, principal of Walter O. Krumbiegel Middle School, was found to be in violation of the district’s affirmative action policy for sexual harassment and was asked to resign. After a formal complaint was filed by […]

Kids and corporate team up in creative endeavor

Kids and corporate team up in creative endeavor

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Elizabethtown Gas and Boys and Girls Clubs of Union County have teamed up to create a very special coloring book — and it’s by kids, for kids. As part of its initiative to spread the message of energy efficiency, Elizabethtown Gas approached BGCUC’s Elizabeth club with an interesting idea. Why not have […]

Flag Day celebrated at Union’s senior center

UNION, NJ — It was an “America the Beautiful” celebration as residents and veterans gathered at the Union’s senior center on June 14 to celebrate Flag Day. The center was furnished in festive decorations in red, white and blue, and guests were treated to a stunning American flag sheet cake. The event was attended by Mayor […]

Union man arrested for attempted murder

UNION, NJ — A Union man is under arrest for attempted murder, drug possession, and possession of a weapon, and is currently under investigation for bias crimes in the form of swastikas and racial slurs found painted in front of Burnet Middle School. Michael Castiglione, 49, of Union, was arrested last week after he rammed his […]

Hillside waits and watches as council defies mayor

HILLSIDE, NJ — Just about everyone in Hillside seems to be waiting for the proverbial other shoe to drop. After Hillside Mayor Angela Garretson handed down a 10-day, unpaid suspension to former Hillside Chief of Police Louis Panarese on alleged charges of insubordination, followed by a reinstatement of Panarese by the town council against the orders […]

Union County College slammed with sanction by AAUP

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Delegates to the 102nd annual meeting of the American Association of University Professors voted in Washington, D.C. last week to place Union County College on its list of institutions sanctioned for violating AAUP-supported standards of academic government. Association investigations said it revealed serious departures by the administration and governing board from generally […]

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