Kean, UCC adjuncts feel disrespected

Part-time teachers have similar work load as tenured staff, make far less money

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The role of adjunct professors in higher education is continually expanding, but these non-tenured employees at both Kean University and Union County College claim while their numbers continue to grow, they are not respected or valued by administration. The percentage of adjunct professors versus full-time faculty at universities and colleges in New […]

Union officers honored at 6th annual awards ceremony

UNION, NJ – It could happen on any call, any given day, and when a police officer least expects it. A gun is fired and the call comes that there is an officer down. Despite knowing that danger lurks on any given shift, Union’s finest continue to put their lives on the line to serve […]

County cuts off funding to UCA

Following scathing comptroller report, freeholders pull funding from Union County Alliance

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Just months after the state comptroller raked the Union County Alliance over the coals for taking $1.5 million in taxpayers dollars and having little to show for it but a newsletter twice a year, the county secretly cut off funding and any connection to the non-profit that began in 1993. The county […]

Local firefighters, police officers honored at annual Valor Awards

Officials from Union, Elizabeth and Cranford honored for bravery

UNION COUNTY, NJ — On any given day police and firefighters throughout the country put their lives in jeopardy, forgetting about their own safety as they barrel their way into burning buildings and place themselves in the line of gunfire to ensure the public is protected. Recently, some of the county’s bravest were honored for this […]

Linden approves $58.5 million budget

LINDEN, NJ – Through teamwork and vision, the city of Linden will have a 2015 budget that not only reflects the lowest tax rate since 2006, but also includes infrastructure improvement. The $100.3 million spending plan, of which $58.5 million must be raised by taxes, focuses on improvements to public safety and public services. This […]

Vo-Tech hands pink slips to 44 teachers

Despite rallies from students and teachers, UC Vo-Tech does not rehire non-tenured teachers

UNION COUNTY, NJ  — Although students held several demonstrations and even stepped to the microphone Monday night at a school board meeting to make an impassioned plea, 44 non-tenured teachers contracts will not be renewed, and the Union County Vo-Tech board made it clear “this is business, not personal.” Last week, 44 of the non-tenured teachers were […]

Hespe, judge say BOE member can stay

ELIZABETH, NJ – Both a state judge and commissioner of education said last week that Tony Monteiro can stay on the school board, rejecting attempts by a retired teacher to have him removed. Commissioner of Education David Hespe said last week Monteiro had every right to continue serving on the board of education, despite claims […]

Developer asks judge to settle Kean-Merck property dispute

UNION COUNTY. NJ — Although Russo Acquisitions tried to come to a meeting of the minds with Kean University over dividing the 50-acre tract owned by Merck on Morris Avenue, it appears all efforts failed and the developer is asking the court to decide who should get the land. In late April, Richard Berger, the attorney […]