Lead levels in New Jersey cities worse than Flint

UNION COUNTY, NJ — There is a crisis in New Jersey, but Gov. Chris Christie isn’t home — and he isn’t the only one. Recently it was revealed that 11 cities and two counties in New Jersey have higher lead levels than in Flint, Michigan, a city that was declared to be in a state of […]

Attorney general urged to investigate ExxonMobil

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Senator Raymond Lesniak, D-Union, has joined forces with environmental groups in urging New Jersey Attorney General Robert Lougy to join the governors of New York and California in launching an investigation into ExxonMobil, the Texas-based oil company once part of Standard Oil. Recent allegations have come forth that Exxon has been concealing […]

Battle Hill raises funds for Team Campbell

UNION, NJ — Gold handprints in the shape of a ribbon adorn the playground at the Battle Hill Elementary School on Killian Place in Union. And often, the students come outside to take another look at the special masterpiece they have created. Alison Brehm, fourth-grade teacher and student council advisor at the school, says that the […]

Cranford artist shares special talent with community

CRANFORD, NJ — Linda Rosen’s passion for art hearkens back to her childhood. “I used to draw on the walls when I was 4 years old,” laughs Rosen, the winner of the Union County Arts Outside the Box contest, which attracts talent from throughout Union County. The year-old county-wide initiative was created to support local artists […]

Panarese cites payroll, administration in email

HILLSIDE, NJ — Hillside Mayor Angela Garretson’s abrupt demotion two weeks ago of former Chief of Police Louis Panarese has unleashed a firestorm of criticism. The notification of the demotion of Panarese from chief of police to captain — just one of many controversial moves by Garretson — came three hours before that decision went into […]

Mountainside residents against development

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ — The vast parcel of land at 1490 and 1496 Route 22 in Mountainside has quite the storied past. On the property sits the former residence of Genovese crime family member Angelo “Gyp” DeCarlo, who ran the family’s loansharking operations during the ’60s. The huge house sits, crumbling and deteriorating, on land that has […]

Twirlers win big at competition

UNION, NJ — Seven girls, poised and graceful, stand at attention, batons at their sides. They are focused, serious, and ready to churn out another impressive series of synchronized moves. This is the Union High School Baton Twirling Competition Team, and they are an exclusive group. According to Nicole Marie Placca, who has been coaching this […]

Cranford teens show creativity at arts fest

CRANFORD, NJ — There are paper mache sculptures, African tribal masks, watercolors, ink and pencil sketches, jewelry and pottery in the bustling Student Commons at Union County College. Down the hall in a vast gymnasium, a group of dancers dressed in gray and white and wearing dramatic face paint perform a modern dance before a pumped […]

Liberty Hall Museum’s annual Easter egg hunt

UNION, NJ — It was a picture-perfect day for an Easter egg hunt. Liberty Hall Museum’s annual Easter egg hunt was held on its 23-acre campus, located on the grounds of Kean University, on Saturday, March 26. Bill Schroh. Jr., director of museum operations, said the popular event is sold out every year. “We’ve been doing […]

Hillside police chief demoted by mayor

Demotion deepens ongoing friction between town officials, departments

HILLSIDE, NJ — Mayor Angela Garretson has struck again. The sudden demotion last week of Hillside Chief of Police Louis Panarese has left the already beleaguered township in the throes of yet another scandal. According to Officer Mark Casterline, who has been with the Hillside Police Department for nine years, the demotion of Panarese from chief […]

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