Teachers, students left in the dark after last minute class cancellations by Kean Univ.

UNION COUNTY — Kean University abruptly canceled 500 classes, and then reinstated 130, leaving students and professors scrambling to figure out what to do before the term begins next week. The class cancelations are not only an 11th-hour hitch that complicates the spring semester, but also could result in some Kean students not being able […]

Mayor talks Sandy, county taxes in state of the city address

SUMMIT — When Mayor Ellen Dickson looked back on the past year, there was little doubt in her mind that Superstorm Sandy presented the greatest challenge to the city. During her State of the City address this year, the mayor said Sandy was a harsh test for the city when Summit lost power for the […]

Watchdog: You’re barking up the wrong tree

Prosecutor’s Office asks UCWA to throw them a bone; refusal leads to subpoena

UNION — After weeks and months of lambasting the county and the prosecutor’s office for dragging their feet on an investigation into misused generators, a county watchdog has refused to help when asked, even though she claims to have all the answers. The prosecutor’s office is hoping activist and blogger Tina Renna gives them the names […]

Carter takes the reigns as freeholder chairwoman

Linda Carter became the first African-American woman chairman of the Union County Freeholder Board Sunday, announcing her focus this year will be helping families and empowering women. Highlighting a series of five initiatives designed to jump start economic growth and help businesses, provide job training, improve public safety, encourage green practices and assist women, Carter, […]

Healthy, wealthy and wise in Union County

Individual health departments are becoming a rarity as communities look for shared savings

There was a time when towns in Union County had their own local health departments, but those days are coming to an end. Now municipalities are looking at whether the health needs of their community can be handled just as well by a regional health department. Increasing state-mandated services, reduced state aid, and the high […]

Former freeholder, 82, passed away Dec. 28

RAHWAY — City and county officials alike mourned the death of former Freeholder Chester Holmes, praising his community service and extolling his kind and gentle nature. The former freeholder, 82, who died Dec. 28 at home of natural causes, served eight years as a city councilman prior to being elected to the Union County Freeholder […]

UCIA loses legal battle with local developer

A Supreme Court jury recently returned a quarter million dollar judgement in favor of a local developer who claimed the Union County Improvement Authority breached a contract for a $16 million Linden redevelopment project that has been on the back burner for more than ten years. When the city launched the project more than a […]

Mayor battles police chief on over-budgeted payroll

HILLSIDE — The mayor lashed out at the police chief last week for a $220,000 shortfall in the 2012 budget, threatening to  file charges with the state attorney general over the matter. Mayor Joseph Menza claimed Police Chief Robert Quinlan deliberately went over his $7.7 million annual budget for department salaries, but the attorney representing […]

Appeals court overturns verdict, admonishes judge for decision

ELIZABETH — A New Jersey appeals court has thrown out a $1.1 million wrongful discharge lawsuit against the board of education, saying hearsay testimony involving a motive could have prejudiced the jury. The 18-page appellate decision said the alleged statements made out of court by a former board member and admitted in court by Superior […]

Firefighter from Union involved in extortion case

UNION — A township fireman’s job is on the line early next year once an FBI case involving him wraps up. Last May a federal grand jury charged John Balsamo, 48, of West Long Branch, with conspiring to collect a debt using extortion and threats of harm. Timothy Kelly, 36, a Union firefighter, teamed up […]

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