County introduces $491.9 million budget

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Last week the county introduced its 2015 budget, a $491.9 million spending plan that is $12.9 million less than last year, but still impacts the average taxpayer in the county by $52, or 2.51 percent more than last year. The annual budget will require $335.2 million to be raised by taxes, compared […]

‘Students miss 40 days of teaching’

Residents and teachers share their PARCC sentiments with Union BOE

UNION, NJ – Although initially township educators were closed mouthed about the impact PARCC testing has had on the school district, last week at the school board meeting the floodgates opened and it came out that students missed 40 days of teaching as a result. One by one teachers, educators and parents stepped to the […]

Linden cop had blood alcohol level three times legal limit

LINDEN, NJ — The Linden off-duty police officer involved in a wrong-way crash on Staten Island in March that killed two and injured a third had a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit. According to Richmond County Assistant District Attorney Daniel Master, 27-year-old Pedro Abad, who had two previous DUI charges — one conviction […]

Uniform Crime Report shows drop in overall crime rate for 2013

UNION COUNTY, NJ — According to the 2013 crime statistics released by the state last week, there was a crime every two minutes and 43 seconds in New Jersey. In a 24-hour period that resulted in one murder, 2 rapes, 33 robberies, 33 aggravated assaults, 98 burglaries, 323 larcenies, 38 vehicle thefts and two arsons. The […]

Eliz. BOE must turn over ‘lunch money’ to feds

ELIZABETH, NJ – The Elizabeth Board of Education worked out a deal with the U. S. Department of Justice to pay $322,310 in costs and penalties in order to settle claims that they used federal and state funds for catering services at school board meetings and other special functions. The school district agreed to settle […]

‘Every night’ guards are forced to work overtime

Since absorbing Hudson County’s juvenile detention center population, Union County facility has remained shorthanded

UNION COUNTY, NJ — After guards informed the Union County Freeholder Board late last week that they had concerns for their physical well being since Hudson County began sending their teen detainees to the Juvenile Detention Center in Linden, a fight broke out Tuesday morning leaving some guards with minor injuries. According to Union County Communications […]

State comptroller identifies plan that could ‘save millions’

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Thousands of homeowners may want to enjoy the tax credits they claimed in the past because the state comptroller figured out where things can be tightened up in the future. In a report released late last week, a state comptroller investigation found the state can possibly save millions annually in property tax […]

Some residents do not approve of Rahway River Park upgrades

County, city say ‘mischaracterizations’ partly to blame

RAHWAY, NJ — Although the county and city are sharing costs to make close to $5 million in upgrades to the sports area of Rahway River Park, a grassroots group of residents are trying to stop the project. According to county officials, discussions about upgrading the sports area of the park began in 2011. Then […]

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