In Roselle, Buono unloads on guns

ROSELLE — Last week, on the steps of borough hall, the Democratic candidate hoping to unseat Gov. Chris Christie unveiled her plan to reduce gun violence, hammering her Republican opponent for being too soft on the issue. Middlesex County Democrat State Sen. Barbara Buono — the current front runner expected to win the party’s nomination […]

Budget drops, but taxes still go up

UNION COUNTY — While the freeholders managed to cut their nearly half-billion dollar 2013 budget by $4.2 million, not every town saw a decrease in taxes. In fact, only two saw any decrease at all. Last week the Union County Freeholder Board approved the 2013 $493.7 million spending plan, with the amount to be raised by […]

Cranford works to get financial house in order

CRANFORD — Last week Cranford took the first step to getting back on sound financial operational footing by hiring an assistant certified financial officer and account clerk. The township committee appointed Lavona Patterson, the former assistant treasurer in Montclair, as the new assistant chief financial officer along with an account clerk that was unnamed. Late […]

Fun and games, for a good cause

On Friday, April 26, members of the Crusader Athletic Leadership Council participated in the Clark School District’s Autism Awareness Day at the Clark Pre-School through various activities, including enjoying the multi-colored parachute. C.A.L.C. members participated in numerous events throughout the occasion that not only were enjoyable for all of the children, but also raised awareness […]

Make Like A Tree

Photo courtesy of Jim Lowney/County of Union — Union County Freeholder Bruce Bergen, 2nd from right, met, from left, Teacher Chana Finver, students Andrew Fuda, Mike Reyes and Basharie Coleman and Paraprofessional Thomas McClay from the Lamberts Mill Academy in Westfield as the students learned how to properly plant and care for trees at Williams […]

Elizabeth BOE member, two attorneys arrested Tuesday

Charges stem from lunch program investigation

UNION COUNTY — Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa announced that Elizabeth Board of Education member Juan Donoso, Board Attorney Kirk Nelson, and outside board counsel Frank Capece were charged Tuesday, April 30, with covering up a false application filed by Donoso’s wife for the federally funded free lunch program. Donoso’s wife, Olga Oviedo-Arevalo, was charged […]

County sheriff faces challenger in primary

UNION COUNTY — Sheriff Ralph Froehlich may have served 12 terms but if his challenger in the primary has anything to say, it will be his last. Although Froehlich has easily returned to his elected seat every election since 1977 when he was first elected, Union County Police Lt. Richard Puschel thinks it’s time for a […]

UCIA continues to answer questions from ‘Local’ critic

UNION COUNTY — Local Finance Board Chairman Tom Neff is not happy with Union County Improvement Authority Executive Director Charlotte DeFilippo and he is not backing down. However, UCIA Legal Council Jonathan Williams extended an olive branch last week in an attempt to smooth out any roadblocks that could stall a $20 million project at Union […]

County cuts $4.2 million from budget

UNION COUNTY — The county managed to shave $4.2 million off the 2013 budget, dropping the average increase to property owners from $120 to approximately $97. Last week the Union County Freeholder Board approved two amendments to the budget, reducing the $494.4 million number to $493.7 and the amount to be raised by taxes, previously $321.7 […]

UCIA’s DeFillipo under fire from state’s Local Finance Board

UNION COUNTY — The New Jersey Local Finance Board chairman blasted Union County Democratic Chairwoman Charlotte DeFilippo for the “outrageous” $160,000-a-year salary she draws as head of the Union County Improvement Authority. Chairman Tom Neff’s harsh words about DeFilippo came when the UCIA legal counsel, Jonathan Williams, appeared before the Local Finance Board asking for approval […]