No freeholder debate from League of Women Voters

For decades, the League of Women Voters sponsored the annual freeholder candidates debate in a non-partisan atmosphere. Unfortunately, this year the gavel will be silent. According to county party leaders on both sides of the political fence, as of late last week neither received notification from the league of a forthcoming debate. With the election […]

Email from Lesniak raises red flags

Email to Kean Board of Trustees from senator highlights potential political influence at campus

The war between the Kean University teachers union, president and board of trustees may be over but fallout continues to surface. Earlier this month an email sent by Democrat State Sen. Raymond Lesniak targeted Kean Federation Teachers Union President James Castiglione as an “incorrigible liar,” sending the missive not only to political allies like Democratic […]

Pride in Cranford Awards to highlight Irene Volunteers

CRANFORD — Susanne Capece has devoted 31 years volunteering her time to others, but her quiet selflessness really shined right after Cranford was devastated by Tropical Storm Irene. It was then that this longtime resident went throughout the flood area picking up laundry soaked in muddy floodwater, took it home to wash, fold and return […]

Birchwood builders ask court to force Cranford’s hand

CRANFORD — S. Hekemian might have received court approval last year to build an apartment complex and parking garage on Birchwood Avenue, but the legal wrangling is far from over. In fact, a few weeks ago the developer had to file yet another civil lawsuit to raise the street a foot in order to satisfy […]

This was my boy, my son, my child

Reporter’s Notebook Over the last 23 years I have written many, many stories. Some have been so heartbreaking that I wondered how people managed to wake up in the morning and go on. But then, these tragedies were not happening to me. Until several weeks ago, that is. It’s funny how life can change in […]

ACLU studies mistakes by prosecutors’ offices

Prosecutors across the state made 53 harmful errors during trials throughout the state over a five-year period, according to a report just released by the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey. Four of those mistakes were made by the Union County Prosecutors Office. The report, “Trial and Error: A Comprehensive Study of Prosecutorial Conduct […]

Clark’s 3-term mayor faces experienced challenger

With five weeks left until voters head to the polls, Clark residents have to decide whether they want to keep the mayor they have had since 2001, or opt for a change. For Republican Mayor Sal Bonaccorso being the mayor of Clark is a full-time job. Since 2000 when he first threw his hat in […]

Former Dem. consultant owes $87K in back taxes

Political parties usually try to keep bad press at bay during campaign season, but county Democrats received a blow last week when one of their own former political election consultants admitted in court he failed to file income tax returns for several years. According to court documents, Hiver Ambroise, 36, an Elizabeth resident, failed to […]

Kean University likely to keep accreditation

President's contract extended; Faculty cautiously optimistic

In the wake of news last week that Middle States Commission on Higher Education found Kean University in compliance with the four standards violated, Monday night the Kean Board of Trustees unanimously approved extending university president Dawood Farahi’s contract for five years. Farahi, 63, who earns $293,550 annually, is still eligible for a $200,000 retention […]

Many speak in favor of Kean president at board meeting

Monday at the Kean Board of Trustees meeting, many members of the administration as well as former students, undergraduates and even the president of nearby Union County College, came to speak in support of President Dawood Farahi and the advances made during his decade long tenure. Dr. Margaret McMenamin, president of Union County College, explained […]