Hillside’s first black female police captain steps up

Hillside’s first black female police captain steps up

HILLSIDE, NJ — Hillside now has its first female black police captain. Hillside acting Chief of Police Louis Panarese appointed Lashonda Burgess, the first black female in the department, to the position of captain on April 3, securing her place as both the first female and first black police captain in Hillside’s history. Burgess grew up […]

Hillside Fire Department continues to be neglected

HILLSIDE, NJ — Conditions and morale at the Hillside Fire Department continue to spiral downward as broken-down firehouses and apparatus seem to be the norm for the beleaguered department. But a recent fire in the township, during which one of the HFD’s firetrucks broke down while fighting the fire and had to be towed from the […]

Hillside police chief demoted, reinstated … again

HILLSIDE, NJ — It was a case of “Play it again, Sam,” last week in the Township of Hillside as Mayor Angela Garretson took another turn at bat and demoted Hillside’s acting Chief of Police Louis Panarese for the second time. Garretson demoted Panarese for the first time in March 2016. The April 11 demotion came […]

Hillside mayor drops case against town council, police chief

HILLSIDE, NJ — Hillside Mayor Angela Garretson has dropped her lawsuit against the Hillside town council for its reinstatement of Hillside acting Chief of Police Louis Panarese after almost a year of ongoing litigation. The suit, which was filed by Garretson in June, went after the council for passing a resolution to reinstate Panarese, overturning Garretson’s […]

Questions surround Hillside’s Clean Team

Questions surround Hillside’s Clean Team

HILLSIDE, NJ — There may be a Clean Team in Hillside, but some council members and residents say that Hillside is not any cleaner. In addition, questions still remain as to how much the Clean Team is getting paid, under whose auspices they fall, whether the team has provided liability insurance to the township, and why […]

Dispute emerges out of Hillside’s local youth organization

HILLSIDE, NJ — A dispute has emerged between Hillside’s Democratic Municipal Chairman, Anthony Salters, and Hillside Pop Warner president, Rayba Watson. The issue stems from funds that were raised by Salters and given to Pop Warner — a nonprofit youth organization that offers football, cheer and dance programs — for the purchase of football uniforms. In […]

Hillside council votes to pay off former employee

HILLSIDE, NJ — The Hillside Township Committee has passed a resolution approving a payment of $60,000 to a former employee in exchange for him dropping a lawsuit against the township. Tharien Arnold, a former employee of the township hired in 2015 as acting director of the Department of Public Works, filed the lawsuit in 2016. In […]

Hillside’s Urban Wolf Symphony to release 2 more albums

Hillside’s Urban Wolf Symphony to release 2 more albums

HILLSIDE, NJ — The Urban Wolf Symphony may be Hillside’s best kept secret. An eclectic jazz collective located in Hillside since 1995, Urban Wolf Symphony is a cutting edge, jazz-fusion collaboration headed up by 25- year industry veteran Greg Hines. The musical ensemble is also produced under Hines’ record label, Mindless Sound Records LLC. Urban Wolf […]

Questions continue about Hillside’s municipal website

HILLSIDE, NJ — The controversy regarding the township of Hillside’s municipal website continues, as several council members, along with some residents, want to know why many roads — or links — on the site either lead to nowhere, or to the top of the site’s homepage, which features a greeting from, and a photo of, Hillside […]

Hillside to honor resident at Black History Month event

Hillside to honor resident at Black History Month event

HILLSIDE, NJ — One of Hillside’s finest will be honored at a Black History Month event in the township. The Feb. 18 program, presented by the Hillside Fraternal Order of Police and the Hillside Police Benevolent Association, will be held at Hillside Public Library and will honor retired Hillside Police Detective Calvin Johnson, the very first […]

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