Murder suspect remains in custody as police search for body of Cranford victim

UNION – Suspect Matthew Ballister III remained in the county jail this morning on $2 million bail but has refused to tell police where he dumped the slain body of his Cranford girlfriend, April Wyckoff. According to police sources, more than 100 law enforcement officers along with the Hudson County K-9 Unit, U.S. Park Police […]

Library to hold career advice seminar on Oct. 7

MOUNTAINSIDE — The Scotch Plains and Mountainside Public Libraries’ Career Networking Group presents “Are you working for free? Don’t be taken advantage of: become a smart job seeker and learn your rights” on Monday, Oct. 7 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Mountainside Public Library. The plot of the The Internship, a recent comedy film […]

Hetfield House to hold annual fall Mum and Plant Sale

MOUNTAINSIDE – Mountainside’s Historic Restoration Committee is hosting its Annual Fall Mum & Plant sale at the Historic Deacon Andrew Hetfield House. This year’s sale will take place from Thursday, Sept. 19 through Sunday, Sept. 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. while supplies last. The Committee’s plant experts travel to the grower and hand-select […]

Property Manager from Mountainside admits role in multi-million-dollar mortgage fraud

CAMDEN — A property manager and a straw purchaser have admitted their roles in a scheme to defraud financial institutions as part of a multi-million-dollar mortgage fraud that used phony documents and “straw buyers” to make illegal profits on over-developed condominiums in the Wildwood area, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced Thursday. Paul Watterson, 53, […]

Activist, blogger, journalist, whatever …

Watchdog takes the stand, tries to hide behind Shied law, as prosecutor hammers away

Activist, blogger, journalist, whatever …

After two grueling days on the stand, the decision of whether activist and blogger Tina Renna legally deserves protection under the New Jersey Shield Law for newspersons is in the hands of Superior Court Judge Karen Cassidy. The two-day hearing took place after Renna refused multiple times to provide the Union County Prosecutor’s Office with […]

Healthy, wealthy and wise in Union County

Individual health departments are becoming a rarity as communities look for shared savings

There was a time when towns in Union County had their own local health departments, but those days are coming to an end. Now municipalities are looking at whether the health needs of their community can be handled just as well by a regional health department. Increasing state-mandated services, reduced state aid, and the high […]