Cranford adds meetings to solicit info on district shakeup

CRANFORD, NJ — School Superintendent Scott Rubin has announced seven more meetings to gather feedback from the community concerning his plans to “reimagine” the school district. Rubin said since he first outlined the addition of free full-day kindergarten, the creation of Cranford Middle School and a variety of other changes to the township’s schools at […]

Roselle Park mayor’s race offers a unique choice

ROSELLE PARK, NJ — Mayor Carl Hokanson, who failed to win the Democratic nomination and is running for re-election as an independent, said he is gaining support from residents tired of “watching the fighting between Democrats and Republicans.” When the mayor did not receive the party nomination in March he quickly announced he would run […]

Cranford considers overhauling school district

CRANFORD, NJ — Superintendent of Schools Scott Rubin is seeking to engage the community and solicit input on a sweeping array of changes he first outlined in the school board’s Oct. 8 workshop meeting. The biggest changes in what Rubin has termed a “reimagining” of the district would be the creation of free full-day kindergarten […]

Linden mayor race turns personal with conviction reference

LINDEN, NJ — The city’s mayoral race turned personal when Mayor Derek Armstead revealed in an interview with LocalSource that independent candidate John Principato was convicted of selling drugs. During an Oct. 4 phone interview, Armstead said he helped Principato become approved to be a firefighter some 25 years ago even though “he was a […]

Roselle teachers picket board meeting, demand contract

Roselle teachers picket board meeting, demand contract

ROSELLE, NJ — About 75 teachers, frustrated to be working without a contract for more than 15 months, picketed outside Abraham Clark High School before the Sept. 24 school board meeting. One group of teachers at the corner of East 7th Avenue and Chestnut Street brandished signs that read “We want a contract,” “No contract, […]

Roselle superintendent clashes with board members

ROSELLE, NJ – The interim superintendent of schools grew visibly agitated, but refused to relent when a Board of Education member sought to have several agenda items tabled to until the next meeting. Interim super James Baker also repeatedly clashed with Board President Patricia Fabrizio over several issues throughout the Monday, Sept. 24 meeting. Baker, […]

Springfield eyes housing, commercial mix for Saks site

Springfield eyes housing, commercial mix for Saks site

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — The township has taken another step toward redeveloping the former Saks Fifth Avenue site on Millburn Avenue that has been vacant since the upscale department store moved out more than 20 years ago. The Springfield Township Committee voted unanimously at its meeting Tuesday, Sept. 25 to authorize the Planning Board to conduct […]

Roselle high school celebrates new year being off ‘watch list’

ROSELLE — Abraham Clark High School Principal Rashon Mickens was resplendent in his red college cap and gown, the marching band and color guard put on a show and the school mascot greeted everyone with high-fives. The first day of classes at Abraham Clark High School was a cause for celebration. This was the first […]

Linden BOE devises alternatives after primary vote rebuff

Linden BOE devises alternatives after primary vote rebuff

LINDEN, NJ — The local Board of Education, which was recently denied a request to have June primary voting removed from its schools, has been notified that the Ward 5 polling station will be reassigned to one of the city’s schools. BOE President Raymond Topoleski announced at the board’s meeting Thursday, Sept. 20, that the […]

Skies to get noisier, more crowded over county

WESTFIELD, NJ — The skies over Union County will become noisier and more crowded, according to Union County’s Air Traffic and Noise Advisory Board. The board spent most of the meeting Monday, Sept. 17, analyzing sections of a recent Port Authority study about air traffic noise in and around Newark International Airport. The study projects […]