Proposed bike trails discussed

UNION COUNTY, NJ — During a meeting held Tuesday, March 7, at Trailside Center in Mountainside, the proposed 13.5 miles of bike trails at Watchung Reservation was discussed but no action was taken. The plan includes new trails throughout the park, and portions of the Sierra Trail and other existing trails to be shared with […]

Union County man shares tale of anti-Muslim discrimination

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Former Marine Sgt. Affraz Mohammed is a Union County resident with a story to tell. Mohammed, who lives in Springfield, is sharing a story that is gaining relevance in post-election America, as certain ethnic and religious groups have been affected by the policies of the new administration in Washington. Many Muslims have […]

Water Walk for Life walks in opposition to Pilgrim Pipeline

UNION COUNTY, NJ — In opposition to the proposed Pilgrim Pipeline that would impact approximately 10 municipalities in Union County and 44 statewide, the Coalition Against the Pilgrim Pipeline — a coalition of environmental groups, leaders and activists — along with New Jersey Peace Action and Union County residents staged a walk in protest of the […]

State bail reform mandate stirs controversy

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Municipalities throughout the state are being asked to provide representation for certain defendants in Superior Court as part of new bail-reform policies that went into effect in January. Defendants provided with this representation include some indigent offenders accused of a disorderly persons crimes or domestic violence offenses. The mandate to send municipal […]

Union County Dems endorse candidates

UNION COUNTY, NJ — As New Jersey gears up for its November 2017 primaries, the Union County Democratic Committee has put in their official endorsement for several political candidates. Democratic-backed candidates include Phil Murphy for governor, Union County Sheriff Joe Cryan for state Senate, and Hillside Mayor Angela Garretson for Union County freeholder. Hillside, which has […]

Proposed Pilgrim Pipeline sparks further debate

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Two proposed parallel oil pipelines that would cross 30 municipalities throughout five New Jersey counties, along with 25 municipalities throughout six New York counties, are generating further discussion and scrutiny as the 2018 gubernatorial and legislative elections draw near. The project, proposed in 2014 by Pilgrim Pipelines Holdings, LLC, would use two […]

Grants awarded for rec projects for individuals with disabilities

UNION COUNTY, NJ — According to a Jan. 27 press release by the N.J. Department of Community Affairs, $585,000 was awarded in grants for Recreational Opportunities for Disabled Individuals by Gov. Chris Christie and his administration. The grants were awarded to two counties and 29 municipalities through the Recreational Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities program. The […]

NJLM addresses misuse of public notice ad survey data

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Although New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s bill, S2855 A4429, which would have ended the requirement that public notice ads be published in newspapers, was knocked down in the state legislature in December, Christie is vowing to revisit the bill in 2017. The bill sought to end a requirement for public notice ads […]

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 […]