Linden school board pushes to end primary voting

LINDEN, NJ – The school board is seeking to have June primary voting removed from the district’s schools, despite having already been met with sharp criticism and accusations of voter suppression by Mayor Derek Armstead. The board, at its Aug. 28 meeting, voted to authorize President Raymond Topoleski to send a letter to the city […]

Longtime Cranford firefighter eulogized by mayor

Longtime Cranford firefighter eulogized by mayor

CRANFORD, NJ — Mayor Tom Hannen’s voice cracked with emotion as he paid tribute to longtime resident Brian Koshney at the close of the Aug. 14 township committee meeting. Hannen remembered Koshney, 50, who died of cancer earlier that day at Overlook Medical Center in Summit. The resident was a repairman for the Cranford pools […]

Cranford teens climb Mt. Kilimanjaro

Cranford teens climb Mt. Kilimanjaro

CRANFORD, NJ — From the summit, James Anderson watched the sun ascend through the clouds and begin to warm the side of Mount Kilimanjaro. What the world looks like from 19,000 feet above sea level — and 7,500 miles from home — is something the 17-year-old Anderson struggles to put into words. Though it was […]

Cranford moving ahead with stormwater drainage plan

Cranford moving ahead with stormwater drainage plan

CRANFORD, NJ — The Township Committee is moving ahead with a plan to upgrade stormwater drainage to the area prone to flooding when the Rahway River spills over its banks, as it most notably did during Hurricane Irene in 2011. At its Aug. 14 meeting, the committee voted to authorize the township clerk to advertise […]

Union Center Streetscape project nears completion

Union Center Streetscape project nears completion

UNION, NJ — A $2.2 million project to improve the sidewalks and streets along a portion of Stuyvesant Avenue is expected to finish on schedule and on budget, and the town is planning to mark the completion with a ceremony. Phase 2 of the Union Center Stuyvesant Avenue Streetscape Project should be done by the […]

Union superintendent touts teacher rehires

UNION, NJ — Superintendent of Schools Gregory Tatum drew applause at the Aug. 21 school board meeting when he announced that “a huge number” of nontenured teachers who had received reduction-in-force notices in the spring have been hired back. In an Aug. 24 phone interview Tatum said the number of teachers who have not been […]

Accused Mountainside cop to ‘vigorously’ contest claims

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ — The attorney for a borough police officer who was suspended without pay Friday, July 13, said he and his client will be “vigorously contesting” claims made during a disciplinary hearing with the borough’s labor attorney. No hearing date has been set for Lt. Thomas Murphy, who was identified along with police Chief […]