New rating system says 97 percent of NJ teachers are effective or better

UNION COUNTY, NJ — There has been considerable debate over how New Jersey teachers would do in the first round of assessments using the new evaluation system, but when everything was tallied, 97 percent were rated effective or better. Four years ago teacher evaluations in New Jersey, and across the country, were extremely inconsistent. Although that […]

SID makes plans on bringing more shoppers to Union Center

UNION, NJ  – The Union Center Special Improvement District is putting in place plans to not only bring more shoppers to the center, but also to provide an incentive that could save taxpayers money. Last week the SID board held the second in a series of evening meetings geared specifically toward providing a forum for […]

Rahway woman receives gift of life

Thanks to an organ donor from West Orange, Janice McNamara of Rahway is alive today

RAHWAY, NJ – Without the gift of life she received from a complete stranger, city resident Janice McNamara would not be alive and healthy today. Sunday, McNamara and others on “Team One Love,” including the family of her donor, will honor the person who made this possible by participating in the NJ Sharing Network’s 5th […]

Freeholder board joins forces with United Way

$196,000 given to non-profit to assist those who have ‘fallen through the cracks’

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county freeholder board has joined forces with the United Way of Greater Union County to launch an initiative that will help those who often fall through the cracks when basic needs are not being met. With quality of life the focus of the new program called the Focus on Families Initiative, […]

Elizabeth BOE approves $499 million budget for 2015-16

ELIZABETH, NJ  – The Elizabeth Board of Education recently approved a budget that is close to half a billion dollars, which they said is the result of cuts in aid and higher overall costs. As a result, the average homeowner will find their school tax will increase by $200 to $300 this year. The $499 […]

Comptroller blasts Rahway Arts District

Report says RAD doled out contracts to former mayor’s firm without bid process

RAHWAY, NJ — The state comptroller’s office recently took a dim view of how the Rahway Arts District doled out contracts to a former mayor’s firm, when they should have gone out for public bidding. According to a letter dated April 13 from the state comptroller’s office of investigation, the district failed to follow state bidding […]

Lesniak bill for more recovery high schools passes senate 32-0

UNION COUNTY, NJ — With the first public recovery high school in the state on the Kean campus off and running, Sen. Ray Lesniak recently introduced legislation that would add three more throughout the state. Participation would be voluntary, according to the bill now on its way to the assembly for consideration after being approved by […]

NAACP looking into Kean University

UNION COUNTY, NJ — A high official in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People said they are investigating Kean University for firing a large number of African-American women on suspicious grounds. According to information obtained by LocalSource, at issue is why Kean President Dawood Farahi quietly settled lawsuits involving discrimination of female faculty […]

Officer in wrong-way double-fatal crash moved to NJ rehab

LINDEN, NJ – The Linden police officer, who drove the wrong way on a Staten Island expressway in March killing a city police officer, civilian and critically injuring another police officer, was recently moved to a New Jersey rehabilitation center for traumatic brain injuries. The exact condition of Pedro Abad, 27, is unknown and efforts […]

Union mayor: Who is Kean University actually serving?

UNION, NJ – After a report Sunday in a North Jersey newspaper showed Kean University is one of several public facilities inflating their application numbers, Union Mayor Manuel Figueiredo admitted he had enough and the gloves were off. “Dr. Farahi and the board of trustees have continued to show an inability to be responsible stewards […]