Residents won’t have to deal with ‘dreaded hurricane clause’

Those with homeowners policies just missed having the dreaded “hurricane clause” go into effect. Thanks to the storm being downgraded right before landfall in New Jersey, property owners with damage only have to deal with one deductible, not two. According to Marshall McKnight of the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance, it was a […]

PSE&G explains difficulties of restoring power after disaster

Restoration of power is a complex process, according to those at the top of the ladder at Public Service Gas and Electric. So complex that customers have little concept how fragile the entire system actually is when it comes to storms like Hurricane Sandy. “As consumers, we expect to flip on a switch and the […]

Report: Districts could do more to fill empty stomachs in Union County classrooms

There are children presumably going to school hungry in Union county but there is no reason they should, according to a report just released. The 2nd Annual New Jersey School Breakfast Report, compiled by Advocates for Children of New Jersey, said some towns in the county have not done the job they should in ensuring […]

Dems win majority in Cranford

CRANFORD— The entire political dynamic on the governing body changed as a result of the recent election. While this is not new for the township, it could foretell changes to come with new member Tom Hannon taking a seat in January. After all the votes were tallied, it only took 679 votes for the Democratic […]

Weathering the storm

Opinions on utility companies' responses vary

After more than two weeks since superstorm Sandy slammed into the state leaving 2.7 million New Jersey residents without power for over a week, local elected officials have differing views on how utility companies measured up. The statistics were staggering. The destruction beyond description. But as Union County towns began to slowly come back online, […]

Picking up the pieces

Union County residents share in a mutual hope of a speedy recovery

Although many Union County residents had their power return this week, many others have not been as lucky. For those still struggling without heat or electricity, the only thought as the sun goes down on another day is how to get through the long night without heat. In hard hit Rahway, where winds in excess […]

Three out of four face off at Union debate

UNION — Candidates vying for two seats on the Union Township Committee came together Monday night to voice their opinion on the issues facing the township at the annual League of Women Voters Forum. Unfortunately, one of the four candidates in the running was not able to attend. About 50 people gathered in town hall […]

County task force will no longer investigate Elizabeth homicides

The Union County Prosecutor’s office decided last week they will no longer investigate homicides in Elizabeth, effective immediately. Elizabeth officials, however, were unfazed by the announcement. The move, in the works since September, came after Prosecutor Theodore Romankow decided he could no longer expend the Homicide Task Force manpower hours required to tackle all the […]

Does ‘everybody love Raymond’?

Elizabeth district database compromised again; teachers receive political letter

The Elizabeth Board of Education believes a city councilman was directly involved in illegally obtaining a confidential list of district teacher addresses and used it to cut down the district while building up Democrat Sen. Raymond Lesniak’s initiatives. On Oct. 18 the school board unanimously passed a resolution to take all steps necessary to uncover […]

Two candidates square off for one seat in Cranford

CRANFORD— With just one seat up for grabs and the political balance on the Township Committee hanging in the balance, the two candidates in the running are entering the final campaigning stretch before the election. However, Democrat Tom Hannen, who ran unsuccessfully last year for a seat on the township committee and Republican Scott Mease, […]