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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Union County encourages Hurricane Sandy preparedness

With Hurricane Sandy still on track to hit the Union County area by Monday, Oct. 26, the Freeholder Board is urging residents to take steps to prepare this weekend. The freeholder board is reminding County residents that basic steps can be taken to be prepared for the storm,  including stocking up on a few days’ […]

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 […]

Board submits ‘last stand’ report

Board of trustees hands over report to Middle States Commission By Cheryl Hehl, Staff Writer With its monitoring report now in the hands of the agency that will determine whether Kean University is worthy of keeping the accreditation it held since 1960, university officials await a critical visit next week that could play heavily into the […]