Coronavirus spreads in Union County

Coronavirus spreads in Union County

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Union County confirmed at least 15 cases of coronavirus as Gov. Phil Murphy activated the National Guard, shut down nonessential businesses and strongly discouraged travel after 8 p.m across the state. As of March 17, New Jersey had 267 confirmed cases of coronavirus. The state’s death toll has risen to three. […]

Cranford High School student unveils first novel

Cranford High School student unveils first novel

CRANFORD, NJ — “You don’t have to wait until you’re an adult to be someone. You can do something with your words now.” Cranford High School sophomore Sophia Marie Joseph is practicing what she’s preaching. On Friday, March 13, the 16-year-old’s first novel, “Madeira,” will be released on Amazon Kindle. “The sound of the gunshot […]

Coronavirus arrives in Union County

Coronavirus arrives in Union County

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The first case of coronavirus in Union County was found on March 9, as Gov. Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency. As of March 10, 15 people in New Jersey have tested positive for the coronavirus, including a 48-year-old man in Berkeley Heights currently staying at Overlook Medical Center in […]

Cranford Township Committee votes on 750 Walnut Ave.

CRANFORD, NJ — On Tuesday, Feb. 25, the Cranford Township Committee voted on a resolution requesting that the Planning Board determine whether 750 Walnut Ave. should be designated as a condemnation area in need of redevelopment. Commissioners Jean-Albert Maisonneuve and Mary O’Connor voted to move the resolution. Mayor Patrick Giblin, Deputy Mayor Kathleen Miller Prunty, […]

Benedictine Academy closing in June

Benedictine Academy closing in June

ELIZABETH, NJ — This June, the city of Elizabeth will bid farewell to an institution that has been a pillar of the community for more than a century. Benedictine Academy is permanently closing its doors. The academy, an all-girl’s Catholic high school founded in 1915, made the announcement on Feb. 24 in a letter posted […]

Regional and national health organizations mobilize resources to combat growing coronavirus outbreak

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Union County health officials are preparing to combat the spread of coronavirus, officially called COVID-19, after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a grave warning to communities across the nation on Feb. 25. Communities, schools and businesses in New Jersey and elsewhere should begin preparing now for “the expectation […]

Hillside council members negotiate budget with employee representatives at special meeting

HILLSIDE, NJ — If the Hillside Township Council’s special meeting on Feb. 18 proved anything, it was that issues swept under the rug never stay there for long. Throughout the night, council members and employee representatives worked through their frustrations to find common ground on the subject of the emergency temporary appropriation budget. Chief Financial […]

Bus catches fire on Union highway

Bus catches fire on Union highway

UNION, NJ — Early in morning on Thursday, Feb. 20, the passengers of a charter bus on I–78 escaped just moments before the bus suddenly burst into flames. The fire broke out just before 7 a.m. on the eastbound express lanes of the highway, in the vicinity of Exit 50 near Springfield Avenue. Video footage […]