New principal named for Cranford’s Livingston Avenue School

New principal named for Cranford’s Livingston Avenue School

CRANFORD, N.J. — An assistant principal from Edison will take over as principal of Livingston Avenue School, the latest move in administration caused by the retirement of the Hillside Avenue School principal. Cari Lopez, who has been the assistant principal at Martin Luther King and Washington elementary schools in Edison since January, will replace former […]

Union residents claim rats are increasing, spreading

Union residents claim rats are increasing, spreading

UNION, N.J. — Residents renewed and increased their calls for action at the Union Township Committee’s Aug. 27 meeting regarding what they called a worsening rat problem despite the contention from municipal officials that the situation was little changed from a year ago. Township resident Jeffrey Monge told the committee members he has been hearing […]

Watchung Reservation trails on the comeback path

Watchung Reservation trails on the comeback path

MOUNTAINSIDE, N.J. — It took years for neglect to eventually take its toll on the trails through the Watchung Reservation. With few staff able to conduct inspections and maintenance, extreme weather eroded the trails and sullied streams, turning a park that was “loved to death” into one that was hostile to hikers and equestrians. But […]

Union BOE reverses decision, strikes deal to keep paras

Union BOE reverses decision, strikes deal to keep paras

UNION, N.J. — Nearly four months of lobbying, showing up at meetings and pleading has paid off for the public schools’ paraprofessionals. The Board of Education reversed its previous decision, voting unanimously at its meeting on Aug. 20 to keep 95 paraprofessionals, aides who assist students with special needs, as district employees. That abandoned its […]

Summit councilman mourned after untimely death

Summit councilman mourned after untimely death

SUMMIT, NJ — Local officials and community leaders expressed their condolences regarding the death of 48-year-old Councilman Matthew Gould, who died unexpectedly on Aug. 13 at Morristown Medical Center from a heart condition. “An amazing human being left us all too soon on Tuesday,” Summit Mayor Nora G. Radest said in a statement released by […]

Rahway council introduces bond to repair sinkholes

RAHWAY, NJ — The City Council voted at its Aug. 12 meeting to introduce a $500,000 bond to finance emergency repairs to the sinkholes that recently have appeared on several streets throughout the municipality. Sinkholes have developed on several roads, including Elm, Seminary and West Inman avenues. While the city does not keep a record […]

Cranford bans plastics despite complaints

Cranford bans plastics despite complaints

CRANFORD, NJ — The Township Committee adopted a ban on single-use plastics at its Aug. 13 meeting, voting 4-1 despite objections from several business owners regarding the cost and compliance date. Tom Hannen, the township’s commissioner of building and zoning, was the only committee member to offer any criticism of the ordinance when it was […]