Union County hosts 12th annual Columbus Day flag-raising

Union County hosts 12th annual Columbus Day flag-raising

ELIZABETH, NJ — Gathering on the steps of the historic Union County Courthouse in Elizabeth on Friday, Oct. 9, Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and UNICO hosted the 12th annual Columbus Day flag-raising in recognition of the holiday and in celebration of the local Italian American community. “Union County, along with UNICO National N.J. […]

Annual Cranford event draws large crowds and sees huge success

Annual Cranford event draws large crowds and sees huge success

CRANFORD, NJ — Although the novel coronavirus pandemic has disrupted many aspects of people’s lives, it didn’t stop the Cranford Community Connection from hosting its annual Cranford Porchfest on Saturday, Oct. 10. Even with face coverings and social distancing, the afternoon event, which comprised 30 bands playing on 10 different porches, was a thrill for […]

Conflict within Hillside results in emergency meeting

HILLSIDE, NJ — Budget issues forced the Hillside Municipal Council to hold an emergency meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 29. “The budget was due in January,” said Hillside Council President Gerald Pateesh Freedman in an email sent to Union County LocalSource on Sept. 29, before the meeting. “We’ve been stonewalled at every turn by administration to […]

Linden school to join National Blue Ribbon Schools Program

Linden school to join National Blue Ribbon Schools Program

LINDEN, NJ — Linden’s School No. 5 elementary school has been selected to join the prestigious National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, a coveted designation from the U.S. Department of Education that celebrates excellent schools and effective educators. District administrators, Board of Education President Gregory R. Martucci, Principal Laura Scamardella and faculty were at the school’s […]

Five Union firefighters, UHS grads, promoted to lieutenant

Five Union firefighters, UHS grads, promoted to lieutenant

UNION, NJ — Five Union firefighters, who are also all Union High School graduates, were sworn in as lieutenants in an outdoor ceremony in front of Fire Department headquarters on Monday, Sept. 14. Edward J. Collins, Frank Manzo, Helmut Krauth, William Votapek and Daniel Roman were promoted to lieutenant, proof that life can come full […]

Entering its 16th year at Linden middle school, after-school program sees renewal from state

LINDEN — After-school programs allow students to continue learning, build larger social circles, attain help through tutoring and enjoy extracurricular activities. After-school programs add an extra component to the school day, enabling students to have fun while adopting alternative learning strategies. Recently, the New Jersey Department of Education renewed its grant for a successful after-school […]

Hillside denied funds for drug and alcohol program

HILLSIDE, NJ — When Hillside Finance Chairperson Nancy Mondella found out that Union County had pulled the plug on funding for the Municipal Alliance Program for Hillside, she was quick to express her displeasure in a letter to the Hillside administration. “It is so disconcerting that the township will be forced to end a program […]

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