Westfielder beats field of 200 to win Watchung horse show

WESTFIELD, NJ — A 16-year-old Westfield resident who began riding seven years ago claimed the top spot at the Watchung Stable 84th Fall Troop Horse Show last month. Emmie Reddy, atop Tucker, the horse she rode in the championship, bested a field of about 200 riders to claim the first-class or 1CT Division at the competition […]

Children’s Specialized Hospital makes impact on kids every day

Children’s Specialized Hospital makes impact on kids every day

UNION COUNTY, NJ — From chronic illnesses and complex physical disabilities, like brain and spinal cord injuries, to developmental and behavioral issues such as autism, the Children’s Specialized Hospital works to treat all children. “As a pediatric rehabilitation hospital, we treat children facing a variety of special health challenges,” marketing and communications coordinator Erin Shevlin told LocalSource […]

Springfield schools’ looping policy stirs parents

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — A bullying claim by the mother of 9-year-old student who has not attended her Springfield elementary school for almost six weeks has escalated to address the practice of “looping.” Concerned parents are questioning district policy regarding the elementary school placement protocol, which keeps teachers and students together as they progress from one grade […]

Berkeley Heights’ veteran honors extend past Nov. 11

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ — Veteran awareness and appreciation in Berkeley Heights goes beyond the existence of Memorial Park near Park and Plainfield avenues, according to Gay Hollowell, chairwoman of the park’s Renewal Committee. The organization’s educational outreach program seeks to honor veterans daily at the community level. “Operation: We Remember is going on as we speak,” […]

Geography impacts opioid addiction in Union County

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Gov. Chris Christie has made battling opioid addiction in New Jersey a priority during his second term in office and last week President Trump declared it a “national emergency.” New Jersey, and Union County in particular, have been impacted by the health crisis for a specific reason, according to one local health […]

Springfield dentist agrees to repay $250,000 to Medicaid

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — A Springfield dentist has agreed to repay $250,000 to Medicaid for improper billing during a 4 ½-year period, the state comptroller announced in an Oct. 12 release. Louis Tratenberg, who runs a practice in Springfield, will repay the money in seven installments through April, according to the settlement between the comptroller’s office and […]

Ryan’s installation as the Cranford police chief has generational roots

Ryan’s installation as the Cranford police chief has generational roots

CRANFORD, NJ — Newly installed Cranford Police Chief Ryan Greco’s roots in Cranford extend not only to his pre-school years, but four generations before that. So being installed as the 11th police chief in the township’s history had more significance than a career promotion for him. “I am extremely humbled but excited about this new position,” […]

Cranford candidates offer differing views on 750 Walnut Avenue proposal at debate

CRANFORD, NJ — Cranford Deputy Mayor Patrick Giblin pointed to Trenton when asked about the proposed “750 Walnut” project, but Republican Richard Buontempo simply decried the plan and declared “a vote for me, is a vote against” it at the League of Women Voters candidates forum at the Cranford Municipal Building on Thursday, Oct. 26. Democrats […]

State, teachers’ union quarrel over steep increase in health insurance premiums

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The state teachers’ union and officials in Trenton are making accusations at one another after the revelation that insurance premiums for public education employees will jump 13 percent next year, making for a 21-percent increase in two years. “Teachers, most of whom are also New Jersey taxpayers, can avoid these unnecessary premium […]

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