Rain garden presentation at Springfield Library

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — A rain garden presentation by landscape architect Tobiah Horton and Marian Glenn, of the Rahway River Watershed Association, took place at the Springfield Library on Thursday, Jan. 26. The benefits of rain gardens, which include flood prevention, water purification, erosion prevention and water conservation, were discussed as well as their construction — a […]

New mayor sworn in at reorganization meeting

CRANFORD, NJ — At Cranford’s reorganization meeting Tuesday, Jan. 3, Tom Hannen was sworn in as the new mayor; Patrick Giblin as deputy mayor; and Andis Kalnins, Mary O’Connor and the newly elected Ann Dooley, as commissioners. Ryan Cooper was sworn in as the new township attorney. Hannen and Giblin were also nominated and elected as […]

Springfield teen participates in Miami Marathon

Springfield teen participates in Miami Marathon

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — Joseph Volfman, 17, of Springfield joined 30,000 others at the Miami Marathon on Sunday, Jan. 29. Volfman didn’t walk or run during the 26.2 mile course; instead he used a handcycle designed specifically for him to travel the roadways filled with tropical sights and sounds. Volfman, who attends Jonathan Dayton High School, joined […]

Historian plants seeds of knowledge

Historian plants seeds of knowledge

CRANFORD, NJ — On Tuesday, Jan. 17, author and garden historian Marta McDowell spoke at the Cranford Community Center about her recent book, “All the Presidents’ Gardens.” In it, McDowell tells the story of the White House grounds, starting with George Washington and ending with Barack Obama. “America’s first forestry project was started by John Quincy […]

Thousands march in Westfield to support women

Thousands march in Westfield to support women

WESTFIELD, NJ — On Saturday, Jan. 21, residents from all over New Jersey gathered at the south side of the Westfield Train Station for a Women’s March. The march’s destination was the office of U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance, located on North Avenue. The march was organized by Lydia Kaplan of Westfield. “The Westfield Police did an […]

Summit Street Smart results are in

SUMMIT, NJ — The conclusion of the Summit Street Smart Campaign was announced and the results of the online survey from mid-October were compared to the survey results measured after the program’s completion. According to Summit’s website, the survey was created using SurveyMonkey and consisted of 27 questions that asked responders to report their walking and […]

Police take part in fair policing training

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Union County Prosecutor’s Office has mandated that all Union County police officers participate in a “Fair and Impartial Policing” training program. The program is designed to help police officers identify any biases or prejudices they may have. “Most of the training has and will continue to take place at the John […]

Blue police lines on local roads could be safety risk

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The “Blue Line” movement that many towns in New Jersey are using to show support for police might be in violation of federal codes, according to federal officials. In the past few months, several local municipalities have chosen to support the national Blue Line movement, which shows support for police and memorializes […]

Puppet found at ALJHS is under investigation

CLARK, NJ — A black puppet with a string hanging around its neck was found hanging in a classroom at Arthur L. Johnson High School on Saturday, Jan. 7 during a basketball game. The puppet was spotted by the Plainfield Girl’s Basketball Team. The puppet had a string around its neck with a basketball at the […]