Deer management program elicits mixed reviews

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Union County Department of Parks and Recreation has concluded its annual Deer Management Program, which ran from the beginning of January through February 12. The program, which was supervised by Union County police and the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, operated in six county parks and one municipal park, […]

Union County to unveil master transportation plan

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Union County is working on a new transportation master plan that will provide the framework for transportation planning and investment for the county and its municipalities. The new plan, which will be completed by June, will be conducted by the Bureau of Transportation Planning, Division of Strategic Planning and Intergovernmental Relations in […]

Exploited employees take on upper management

LINDEN, NJ — It was a take-no-prisoners labor strike that lasted three days. Workers of Laminated Industries in Linden were out as early as 7 a.m., clad in red T-shirts from their union, the Retail, Wholesale, Department Store Union. They waved large signs. “Workers are not animals,” read one. “Latino workers have American rights,” read another. […]

Final Notice: Hillside administration’s trail of debt

HILLSIDE, NJ — The Garretson administration, it seems, is struggling to pay the bills. According to Officer Matt Casterline, Union President of the Patrolmen’s Association, the matter of unpaid bills and accumulating debt has been an ongoing issue for quite some time under the Garretson administration. Casterline cites an incident two years ago that he refers […]

Union Merck property battle continues

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The tug-of-war between Russo Acquisitions Development Company, Kean University, and Union continues over the Merck property in Union.. In February 2014, Russo reached an agreement to buy the land from Merck — which is located directly across the street from Kean’s main campus — but the university subsequently declared that it had […]

Sexual harassment problems at Roselle DPW

ROSELLE, NJ — Another sexual harassment lawsuit has been filed in state superior court against the borough of Roselle and its Department of Public Works. Celeste Sitarski of Roselle filed a suit last month, charging that a male employee had exposed himself and had urinated in front of her while she was cleaning a bathroom, as […]

Domestic violence symposium raises awareness

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The third annual Union County Community, Action, Response, Education, and Safety Domestic Violence Symposium was held on Thursday, April 7 at Kean University’s STEM Center in Union. The symposium, which was sponsored by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, YWCA of Union County, Kean University, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Family […]

A ‘perversion of justice’

Linden courts are under scrutiny

LINDEN, NJ — The latest chapter in a civil rights lawsuit filed against the city of Linden and former Linden Municipal Court Judge Louis DiLeo involves a request to enforce subpoenas upon the state’s Administrative Office of the Courts for refusing to produce emails directly related to the case of Kirkland v. City of Linden and […]

New Jersey legislators are pushing for mandated lead testing in every school district throughout the state

UNION COUNTY, NJ — With the recent news that eight additional Newark schools were found to have elevated lead levels in their water, New Jersey legislators are pushing for mandated lead testing in every school district throughout the state. Senator Ronald L. Rice and Assemblywoman Mila Jasey, co-chairs of the state Joint Committee on the Public […]

Hillside police building in need of repairs

HILLSIDE, NJ — Police department decor has changed these days, at least in Hillside. More than 20 buckets and garbage cans dot headquarters, collecting water from gaping holes in the warped and stained ceiling. Blue tarps cover computers and printers to shield from leaking water coming from a severely damaged roof. Garbage bags cover the leaking, […]