Mountainside votes to expand heavily wooded Barnes Tract despite opposition

Mountainside votes to expand heavily  wooded Barnes Tract despite opposition

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ — The Mountainside Borough Council on Sept. 19 held a preliminary vote to expand a five-acre wooded site along Mountain Avenue — known as the Barnes Tract — at the end of Knightsbridge Road, for a 32-unit apartment complex. The expansion would ostensibly lessen the traffic impact of the new building, however some residents […]

Court affirms Cranford’s housing lawsuit immunity

Court affirms Cranford’s housing lawsuit immunity

CRANFORD, NJ — Cranford must meet its unfilled obligations from previous rounds of Mount Laurel housing obligations before it can alter its plans for subsequent stages, a Superior Court judge ruled Sept. 19. The ruling comes in the context of Hartz Mountain Industries’ proposal to redevelop a 30.5-acre property at 750 Walnut Ave. on the Clark […]

Local author guides families through college financing

CLARK, NJ — With college costs increasing between 5 and 7 percent each year, financial planning is imperative for those who want to attend. Christopher Curran has compiled his vast knowledge of college planning into “College Funding Secrets,” a book released Friday, Sept. 22. The Clark resident and father of two started out as a financial […]

Berkeley Heights schools get roving police officer

BERKELEY HEIGHTS — A police officer began rotating through the Berkeley Heights School District’s six schools on Monday, Oct. 2, following the local Board of Education’s approval of the pilot project at its Sept. 14 meeting. The district has used school resource officers, or SROs, for almost 20 years. The new program will allow the officer […]

Cranford returns to movies with local’s role in film

Cranford returns to movies with local’s role in film

CRANFORD, NJ — Older Cranford residents may remember when their town was the setting for the 2005 major motion picture “Guess Who?” starring Ashton Kutcher, Bernie Mac and Zoe Saldana — a comedic remake of the 1967 drama “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”. Cranford has made it to Hollywood for the second time in 12 years […]

Detective tells court dramatic tale of finding Cranford woman’s body

Detective tells court dramatic tale  of finding Cranford woman’s body

CRANFORD, NJ — Detectives had been searching for April Wyckoff’s body for days when John McCabe noticed a pair of bleach-marked sweatpants on a concrete barrier about 1:15 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon in an industrial section of Newark along the Passaic River. The deputy chief of investigators for the Union County Prosecutor’s Office told the […]

Springfield welcomes autumn with Fall Festival, 5K

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — From competitive running races to antique cars on display, Springfield will welcome the turn of the season Sunday, Oct. 1, with its annual Fall Festival and a brand new event. The Salute To Veterans inaugural 5K and 1-mile fun run will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. in honor of Union County […]

Cranford police nab bicycle thief in act

CRANFORD, NJ — Increased surveillance of the area in and around the Cranford Train Station has resulted in two arrests for bicycle theft in three weeks, following a summer spike in such thefts, Cranford police said. On Sept. 19, detectives Spencer Durkin and Timothy O’Brien arrested 60-year-old Richard A. Harrington, of Elizabeth, at the Cranford Train […]

Cranford housing fight likely to be decided in Trenton

CRANFORD, NJ — Cranford Residents Against Overdevelopment, the grassroots activist group behind the “Say No to 750 Walnut” lawn signs around town, is pushing for a legislative effort to stymie what they claim is too much development in too small an area. CRAO opposes to a redevelopment proposal by Hartz Mountain Industries for its 30.5-acre property […]