Lesniak says he is being ‘stonewalled’ by NJDEP

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Last week legislators and elected officials continued to vent outrage over the state settling the decades-long pollution lawsuit against ExxonMobil for $225 million, a fraction of the $8.9 billion they were initially seeking. Democrat state Sen. Ray Lesniak was stonewalled late last week by the NJDEP who denied his request for documents […]

Union introduces 2015 municipal budget

UNION, NJ – The township introduced its 2015 municipal budget last week and it appears the average homeowner with a house assessed at $46,500 will see a hike this year of $99 in the municipal portion of their tax bill. This is up considerably over last year when the average homeowner increase was $56. The […]

Hundreds pay their respects as Linden cop is put to rest

LINDEN – Mourners and fellow police officers bid goodbye on Thursday, March 26, to Frank Viggiano, the 28-year-old police officer killed in a wrong-way accident on Staten Island last week that also left one city man dead and two other Linden officers critically injured. Flanked by a sea of police officers and an honor guard […]

Watch out for those potholes, and the crews filling them

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Although the first day of spring is tomorrow, drivers still have to maneuver around the minefield of ruts and potholes that formed on local, county and state roadways after the brutal winter snowstorms of the last several months. Potholes are a type of road surface failure that may appear to pop up […]

Lesniak rallies against Exxon settlement

UNION COUNTY, NJ — For 58 years Arlene Dudas has lived a stone’s throw from where ExxonMobil dumped petroleum products and toxic chemicals into the marshes and creeks near her home. When she heard the state accepted $225 million to settle an $8.9 billion damages lawsuit, this Linden resident had bitter words for Gov. Chris Christie. […]

State report cards show one ‘metric’

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The release of the New Jersey Department of Education report cards for the 2013-14 school year marks a transition now that the state has adopted the new PARCC online testing this year. However, performance last year still is being looked at with a careful eye. In the 2013-14 school year, 66 percent […]

State report cards show just one ‘metric’ of school district progress

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The release of the annual New Jersey Department of Education report cards is often met with fear, confusion and skepticism, but officials warned that no one metric can describe a school’s overall performance. In fact the NJDOE points out that understanding the meaning of school performance data “is not simple, straightforward or […]

New mayor wants to give running mate a job as economic development director

LINDEN, NJ – Mayor Derek Armstead wants to bring aboard Rich Puschel, the former county police department employee who took home a county generator during Superstorm Sandy, as the city’s Economic Development Director and pay him to do it. Puschel, a former Linden councilman from 2008 to 2011 and county police department employee for 32 […]

Kean University ‘dissolves’ 54 jobs

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Last week the Kean University Board of Trustees approved an outside vender with a questionable track record to take over housekeeping and groundskeeping maintenance, effectively dissolving the jobs of 54 long term unionized employees. GCA Services, the company selected by the Kean administration and approved by the board of trustees March 2, […]

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