Property Manager from Mountainside admits role in multi-million-dollar mortgage fraud

CAMDEN — A property manager and a straw purchaser have admitted their roles in a scheme to defraud financial institutions as part of a multi-million-dollar mortgage fraud that used phony documents and “straw buyers” to make illegal profits on over-developed condominiums in the Wildwood area, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced Thursday. Paul Watterson, 53, […]

Mayor quits job with single-sentence letter

RAHWAY — Following a mayoral career steeped in controversy, Democrat Mayor Rick Proctor turned in his resignation Tuesday. The retired Rahway health officer, former freeholder and municipal Democratic chairman was elected in November 2010 to serve a four-year term. On Tuesday afternoon, he handed in his single-sentence resignation letter with no explanation for leaving. There […]

Clark teen charged with faking own abduction pleads guilty

The Clark teenager whose disappearance sparked an intensive search last year has admitted to using social media to make it appear that she had been abducted and later lying about it to investigators, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Thursday. Kara Alongi pleaded guilty before state Superior Court Judge Robert Kirsch to a […]

Union Entrepreneur Wins UCEDC/Capital One Bank Quick Pitch Business Competition

CRANFORD — Dulce Tanelli, a certified body ecologist and owner of Younique Probiotics, a  line of cultured vegetable products intended to aid digestion and build immunity, took first place in the recent Quick Pitch Business Competition, sponsored by UCEDC, a statewide nonprofit economic development corporation and Capital One Bank. The Quick Pitch Competition, launched in […]

Sheriff’s Officers arrest man wanted on two outstanding warrants

With the assistance of a K-9 team, Union County Sheriff’s Officers apprehended an Elizabeth man last week on two outstanding warrants. Jumani Terrell, 20, was wanted for failure to appear for sentencing on manufacturing and distribution of heroin and cocaine charges. He also had a warrant for contempt of court. On Sept. 5, Sheriff’s Officers […]

Union County Dispatch Center adds Clark EMS calls

UNION COUNTY — The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders has announced that the Union County Regional Dispatch Center has begun handling emergency medical service calls for Clark. “The Regional Dispatch Center is an outstanding example of shared county-local services, which provide our municipalities with improved resources while keeping costs under control,” said Freeholder Chairman […]

Union looks to save on electric bills

UNION — The township recently took the first step towards buying electricity collectively as a community, something that is supported by legislation and being considered by other municipalities. Although some towns in South Jersey are already established with this relatively new concept of community energy “aggregation,” many municipalities in this part of the state are just learning they can […]

Cranford administrator abruptly resigns

CRANFORD — Four months after being appointed permanently as township administrator, Joe Harnett abruptly resigned last week, leaving both elected officials and employees alike stunned. Late last week Democrat Mayor Tom Hannen, who strongly supported Hartnett taking the position permanently, was closed mouthed about what transpired to elicit such a move by the administrator. He […]

Clark educators honored at Superintendent’s Convocation

Four staff members who recently received state-wide recognition were honored at the Clark School District’s Superintendent’s Convocation earlier this week. The convocation, a district-wide gathering of the entire staffs of all five Clark Schools, is used as a forum for celebrating district successes, among other agenda items. Superintendent Kenneth Knops called up each honoree, highlighted […]

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