Linden’s road blocks to recovery

Mayor recalls path of destruction as Sandy's surge devastates residents

LINDEN — Although the city took a major hit from superstorm Sandy, Mayor Rich Gerbounka is counting his blessings and looking toward recovery. The city is slowly rebounding after superstorm Sandy swept through its streets, leaving more than $900 million in damages to private and public sectors. The mayor admitted that after Tropical Storm Irene […]

Mason resigns as interim administrator in Cranford

CRANFORD— Last week Police Chief Eric Mason submitted his resignation as interim administrator, effective the end of the year. The township, according to one governing body member, had no choice but to go back to square one and appoint an administrator search team in order to find a replacement for the position that was vacated […]

Sandy deals ‘devastating blow’

Preliminary private, public losses in Union County breach $1 billion

In both private and public losses combined, Superstorm Sandy cost Union County more than $1 billion. The good news is FEMA is supposed to help defray the majority of the costs incurred by municipalities, but not all. The preliminary tolls from each town are now in and the total spent by Union County municipalities for […]

FEMA meeting leaves many with even more questions

Last week residents impacted by Hurricane Sandy came out to a recovery information meeting with the Federal Emergency Management Administration and private state insurance industry representatives, but in the end there were more questions than answers. The session, held at Union County College’s Cranford campus was spearheaded by Republican Assemblyman Jon Bramnick and the Union […]

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, […]

Playoff football finally here for 11 Union County squads; 7 in action Friday night, 4 more Saturday

Defending North 2, Group 3 champion Cranford hosting first playoff game in eight years

We’ve all heard of a perfect 10. How about a perfect 11? There are 11 Union County football teams putting in their final preparations for first round playoff games. One of them – Roselle Park – qualified for the first time in 11 years. Another one – Union – will, again, attempt to win its […]