Elizabeth schools on lead, transparency

ELIZABETH, NJ — The Elizabeth School District is firing back at parents in the district who continue to criticize the district’s handling of elevated water lead levels in most of the district’s 41 schools. Lead testing results from the district’s 41 schools show that 37 of those schools have elevated levels of lead in water sources […]

Ethics complaints filed against Elizabeth BOE

ELIZABETH, NJ — Several members of the Elizabeth Board of Education have been hit with two separate ethics complaints. Elizabeth BOE members Jose Rodriguez, Daniel Nina, Maria Carvalho and Stanley Neron have been called out by former assistant board secretary Donald Goncalves, who was terminated in January, and Maria Lorenz, a parent-advocate and BOE candidate in […]

Lots of lead, no transparency in Elizabeth schools

ELIZABETH, NJ — Elizabeth School District has, according to many parents, done too little too late when it comes to lead testing. Lead testing results from the district’s 41 schools show that 37 of those schools have elevated levels of lead in water sources throughout the schools, with several having alarmingly high levels. The state-regulated limit […]

RSVP for Battin High School Class of ’56 reunion

ELIZABETH, NJ — Battin High School in Elizabeth will hold its 60th reunion for the Class of 1956 on Sunday, Oct. 9, at 12:30 p.m. at the APA Hotel, formerly the Woodbridge Hilton, in Metropark, at 120 S. Wood Ave. in Iselin. For more information and cost, contact Arlene Serpico Lospinoso at nonnal@aol.com or 732-671-4897, […]

Another lawsuit against Elizabeth

ELIZABETH, NJ — Elizabeth Mayor J. Christian Bollwage, Police Director James Cosgrove and several members of the Elizabeth Police Department find themselves in the midst of another lawsuit. Elizabeth Police Sgt. Todd Kelly filed a suit last week in superior court against Bollwage, Cosgrove, the city of Elizabeth, The Elizabeth Police Department, and Elizabeth Chief of […]

‘No confidence’ in EPD director

ELIZABETH, NJ — Rank-and-file police officers in Elizabeth have sent a stark message to the biggest brass in town, Elizabeth Police Director James Cosgrove, and they are pulling no punches. They are not pleased with the status quo over at the Elizabeth Police Department — and they are shouting it from the rafters. Last month, the […]

‘Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation’ in Elizabeth

ELIZABETH, NJ — In an effort to address the growing number of homeless services in New Jersey, a month-long food drive was kicked off this week in Elizabeth. The Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless, who has partnered with Assemblywoman Annette Quijano of Union, will feed hundreds of people each day with their ‘Hunger Doesn’t Take […]

It’s prom season at Community Access Unlimited

It’s prom season at Community Access Unlimited

ELIZABETH, NJ — It’s prom season, and members of Community Access Unlimited came out to enjoy a special evening of music, dancing and friendship Friday, June 10, at Elizabeth’s Peterstown Community Center. Hosted by Helping Hands self-advocacy group, CAU’s 11th annual prom offered members the opportunity to experience an iconic coming-of-age celebration. The dance was open […]

New Elizabeth BOE position questioned

ELIZABETH, NJ — The recent decision of the Elizabeth Board of Education to contract with public relations consultant Pat Politano — at a capped salary of $50,000 annually — has some in an uproar. Politano, of Strategic Message Management, will now handle the school district’s public relations affairs and will be called in on an as-needed […]

Elizabeth noncompliant in order by state

ELIZABETH, NJ — The state’s Division of Taxation has deemed Elizabeth and Jersey City in violation of their April order to submit plans for property revaluations. Both cities missed the May 4 deadline to submit plans in compliance with the order. The cities have until November, 2017 to conduct the assessments for the 2018 tax year. […]