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 […]

‘Do you wanna build a snowman?’ Battle Hill sure did

‘Do you wanna build a snowman?’ Battle Hill sure did

By Allison Brehm, Correspondent UNION, NJ — Thanks to a recent Student Council fundraiser, the ASPCA will be the recipient of $2,263 raised by Battle Hill Elementary School in Union. The fundraiser began Jan. 9 and concluded March 17. Each classroom began with a paper snowman that included two eyes, a mouth and a scarf; donations […]

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 […]

Summit resident joins Sharing Network board of trustees

Summit resident joins Sharing Network board of trustees

SUMMIT, NJ — John Creel of Summit was recently appointed to the board of trustees for NJ Sharing Network, a nonprofit organization that recovers and places organ donations. Creel, himself a registered organ donor, is the director of transplant marketing for the immunology and dermatology business unit at Novartis Pharmaceuticals. “I discovered NJ Sharing Network after […]

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, […]

Rahway celebrates the arts with works by students

RAHWAY, NJ — On Wednesday, April 12, the second Celebration of the Arts was held at the Performing Arts Center at Rahway High School. The evening was free and open to the public, and displayed the work of students from Rahway Public Schools. “The Celebration of the Arts is a culmination of artwork that showcases our […]

Hillside Fire Department continues to be neglected

HILLSIDE, NJ — Conditions and morale at the Hillside Fire Department continue to spiral downward as broken-down firehouses and apparatus seem to be the norm for the beleaguered department. But a recent fire in the township, during which one of the HFD’s firetrucks broke down while fighting the fire and had to be towed from the […]

Summit parklet re-installed and open to public

SUMMIT, NJ — The parklet in Summit that opened last summer was reinstalled and is open to the public as of Tuesday, April 18. Located on Springfield Avenue in front of Tito’s Burritos and Batavia Cafe, the parklet is an attractive addition to the downtown area that will hopefully increase pedestrian activity. “The parklet has the […]

Rahway Police launch new SafCam Program

RAHWAY, NJ — Rahway Police Department has launched an innovative new security program called SafCam in order to aid in the investigation of serious crimes. An announcement of the program, which was dated April 11, states that the department is asking residents and businesses to register their surveillance cameras so that officers may use footage from […]

‘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 […]