Lesniak says ExxonMobil settlement smells bad

The senator is not the only one criticizing proposed deal

UNION COUNTY, NJ — On Tuesday as Gov. Chris Christie defended the $225 million settlement of the ExxonMobil lawsuit saying the deal was “really good,” elected officials and environmentalists cried foul. Democratic state lawmakers, elected officials and environmentalists reacted with anger since the announcement last week that the energy giant would only be paying three-cents on […]

State Report Cards show one ‘metric’ of progress in Union County school districts

UNION COUNTY, NJ — This is the second week LocalSource is providing results of the New Jersey Department of Education 2013-2014 school performance report cards. The reports cards provide a snapshot of how students are faring compared to state and peer group averages. Although the controversial PARCC testing, which began this week, continues to take center […]

Whole Foods, HomeGoods among retailers slated for Clark Commons

CLARK, NJ — Clark Commons, the $50 million town center development under construction at the former US Gypsum plant location on Raritan Road, could see several of the 27 retail stores and restaurants open as early as June. Although the projected opening date for the upscale town center being built by Krame Development of Paramus […]

County proposes $492 million budget

UNION COUNTY, NJ — If the freeholder board goes along with the county manager’s proposed budget, taxpayers will see an average tax increase of $57 on the county portion of their tax bill, but that is unlikely once the Fiscal Committee begins paring it down. County Manager Al Faella’s $492 million budget is $10.7 million less […]

Linda Stender will not seek reelection

Shore home controversy proves too much for embattled politician

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Embattled 22nd District Assemblywoman Linda Stender surrendered to public and political pressure last week, announcing she would not seek re-election this fall after it became apparent she was involved with trying to get a non-profit to rebuild a shore home owned by her husband. Stender, recently appointed assistant director of the Union […]

State report cards offer one view of performance in county schools

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The New Jersey Department of Education recently released the 2013-2014 school performance report cards, which offer a snapshot of how students are doing compared to state and peer group averages. While the annual report cards usually take center stage this time of year, due to the controversy that erupted last year over […]

New, pending legislation could update PARCC testing mandates

Elizabeth parent takes Education Commissioner to task in letter

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Although it may be the 11th hour before PARCC testing begins in March, the New Jersey Assembly voted Monday to stop educators from using the new standardized tests to determine student placement for three years. The bill focuses primarily on addressing parents and educators concerns about the Partnership for Assessment Readiness for […]

Stender’s ‘Coastal Habitat’ under fire

Many questions remain surrounding assemblywoman’s involvement in shore home repairs

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Although state assemblywoman Linden Stender admitted last week her husband received help from Coastal Habitat for Humanity in tearing down the close to half-million shore home in his name, questions continue to surface about her involvement. Coastal Habitat for Humanity explained in a statement last week how they initially came to help […]

Councilman resigns after pressure from mayor

ROSELLE, NJ  — After the mayor called for his resignation two weeks ago, 5th Ward Councilman Roy Locke last week agreed to step down by the end of the month. Mayor Jamel Holley demanded Locke’s resignation two weeks ago in addition to requiring he reimburse the borough 40 percent of the $15,000 salary he receives […]

Union continues to ‘hammer’ Kean

UNION, NJ — Union continued to hammer away at Kean University this week, questioning why there are plans to build more dorms off Woodland Avenue when they are not using campus dorms now. Mayor Manuel Figueiredo blasted Kean University President Dawood Farahi and the board of trustees for trying to add to the $338 million of […]

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