Mailbox fishing hits Union, former mayor

Mailbox fishing hits Union, former mayor

UNION, NJ — Former Union Mayor Anthony Russo had never heard the term “mailbox fishing” when an official from TD Bank called him in early December. The bank representative wanted to know if he had written a check for $10,000. “Absolutely not,” Russo said. But somebody had cashed a check for $10,000 with his signature. Russo […]

Fanwood man admits guilt in massive computer crash

FANWOOD, NJ — A 21-year-old from Fanwood has pleaded guilty to knocking out the Rutgers computer system several times during a two-year period and also conspiring with two others to create computer code that in 2016 brought down dozens websites around the world, from Amazon to Twitter. Although not charged for the so-called “Dyn cyberattack” in […]

Crews continue cleanup from derailment

Crews continue cleanup from derailment

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Crews likely will spend another week or so removing debris and broken rail cars after a freight train derailment just west of the Union train station on Friday afternoon, Dec. 8, forced a two-and-a-half day suspension of all traffic on the line that carries Raritan Valley Line commuters, officials said. No one […]

Union County hospitals get B to D safety grades

UNION COUNTY, NJ — None of Union County’s three major hospitals received a grade above a B in the Leapfrog Group’s latest semiannual patient safety rating. Overlook in Summit received a B while Robert Wood Johnson in Rahway was given a C and Trinitas in Elizabeth was rated a D in the analysis released Oct. 31, […]

Democrats gain seats in Republican town strongholds

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Democrats swept three council seats in Summit, four council seats and the mayoralty in Westfield, picked up spots in Berkeley Heights and Springfield and nearly upset five-term Assembly incumbent Nancy Munoz in unofficial election results Tuesday, Nov. 7. Both Munoz and running mate, eight-term incumbent Jon Bramnick, prevailed over Lacey Rzeszowski and […]

County elections dominated by handful of towns

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Republicans control every council seat in five towns in Union County. The Democrats hold every seat in eight municipalities, plus nominally a ninth. This leaves only handful of towns relatively competitive on a partisan basis throughout the county for the elections Tuesday, Nov. 7, yet there are issues from Mount Laurel […]

Given the gift of living a little World War II history

Given the gift of living a little World War II history

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Considering there are only 12 airworthy B-17 bombers still flying in the world, and only eight of those in the United States, this was the opportunity of a lifetime that I couldn’t resist: a ride on the workhorse bomber of the Second World War. It was not a video game nor virtual […]

Summit tops list of U.C. schools in website rankings

SUMMIT, NJ — The schools in Summit were rated tops in Union County and fifth-best in the state by the ranking and review website Niche in its 2018 survey of New Jersey’s public education districts. Niche, a Pittsburgh, Pa.-based company which previously went by the name College Prowler and originally published college guidebooks, gave Summit an […]

Nine arrested for Union High School burglary

UNION, NJ — Nine suspects — including at least six recent graduates — have been charged in connection with the June 29 burglary of approximately $26,000 in cash from a secretary’s desk and other items from Union High School, police said. Among the suspects was Nicholas Zuena, son of Union Board of Education Vice President Nancy […]