Hillside’s first black female police captain steps up

Hillside’s first black female police captain steps up

HILLSIDE, NJ — Hillside now has its first female black police captain. Hillside acting Chief of Police Louis Panarese appointed Lashonda Burgess, the first black female in the department, to the position of captain on April 3, securing her place as both the first female and first black police captain in Hillside’s history. Burgess grew up […]

Union residents hit the streets to clean up for Earth Day

UNION, NJ — In celebration of Earth Day on April 22, hundreds of Union residents came out for the Union Residents Forum Earth Day Cleanup, to clean up their town, hitting the parks, side streets, and green spaces with rakes and garbage bags in hand. The idea was born when Union resident, Ed Rucki, was attending […]

CAU celebrates its members with Autism Awareness Month

UNION COUNTY, NJ — In celebration of National Autism Awareness Month, Community Access Unlimited is celebrating the progress of its members who have been diagnosed on the autism spectrum in timing with April’s National Autism Awareness Month. CAU, a statewide nonprofit which has its headquarters in Elizabeth, provides support programs and services to adults with disabilities, […]

‘Taste of Union’ to support a local family

‘Taste of Union’ to support a local family

UNION, NJ — The 10th annual “Taste of Union” will be held tonight, April 20, at the Knights of Columbus in Union. The event was started back in 2008 as one of the events for Union’s bicentennial celebration and, after its success, some Union residents got together and decided run the event on their own each […]

Hillside police chief demoted, reinstated … again

HILLSIDE, NJ — It was a case of “Play it again, Sam,” last week in the Township of Hillside as Mayor Angela Garretson took another turn at bat and demoted Hillside’s acting Chief of Police Louis Panarese for the second time. Garretson demoted Panarese for the first time in March 2016. The April 11 demotion came […]

Peace organization calls on municipalities to ‘Move the Money’

UNION COUNTY, NJ — New Jersey Peace Action, one of the nation’s oldest grassroots disarmament organizations, said plans are in the works for asking Union County residents to join them on their mission of promoting peace. The NJPA, whose primary mission includes the abolition of nuclear weapons and working to change the nation’s spending priorities by […]

Former board attorney awarded hefty payout by BOE

ELIZABETH, NJ — A former Elizabeth Board of Education attorney has been awarded close to a half million dollars as part of a settlement stemming from the Elizabeth school lunch scandal surrounding a former school board president charged with illegally receiving free lunches for her children. Kirk Nelson will be receiving $490,000 for his attorney’s fees […]

Pilgrim Pipeline forum in Roselle to address residents’ concerns

ROSELLE, NJ — Residents of the Borough of Roselle, as well as surrounding towns throughout Union County, are being invited to a public forum about the proposed Pilgrim Pipeline project. The event, sponsored by Roselle Mayor Christine Dansereau and supported by the Food and Water Watch, the Coalition Against Pilgrim Pipeline, and 30 other New Jersey […]

Renaming of Elizabeth school causes an uproar

ELIZABETH, NJ — A proposal made last week to name a school after City of Elizabeth Mayor J. Christian Bollwage has many Elizabeth residents and parents up in arms. The proposal calls for renaming the city’s Academy of Finance High School to the “J. Christian Bollwage Finance Academy.” In having a district school named after him, […]