Cranford adds officers, promotes detective in police revamp

CRANFORD, NJ — Three new probationary police officers were welcomed and a detective was promoted to sergeant in the police department at the Dec. 19 Cranford Township Committee meeting, continuing a revamp of the department, which hired its 11th police chief in October. “It is a great day for the Cranford Police Department,” Chief Ryan Greco […]

One-seat ride edges closer with announcement

One-seat ride edges closer with announcement

UNION COUNTY, NJ — For years, the desires of the Raritan Valley Line commuters for a one-seat ride into Manhattan have rested with the prospect of two additional tracks under the Hudson River, a goal that inched a step closer Wednesday, Dec. 13. Last week came the joint announcement by Gov. Chris Christie and New York […]

Young patients take fantasy flight to North Pole

Young patients take fantasy flight to North Pole

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — In some ways it was like any other flight. Forty children and their families waited anxiously to get on the plane at Newark Airport. Boarding passes were checked, and the kids, some anticipating their first in-flight experience, urgently filed down the jetway, through the door and into their seats. But unlike the […]

Scotch Plains native Pat DiNizio is fondly remembered

Scotch Plains native Pat DiNizio is fondly remembered

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — Smithereens fan Jeff Christian was a frequent patron of Crossroads in Garwood, at least when Pat DiNizio was there playing his solo acoustic shows. “These concerts were more intimate, in a bar setting,” Christian said in a Dec. 15 phone interview. “He would cover his favorites of The Beatles, The Smithereens, all in […]

Cranford teen honored for helping county homeless

Cranford teen honored for helping county homeless

CRANFORD, NJ — Cranford student Daniel Serna, 15, was recently recognized for working to alleviate the pressures of homelessness in Union County by Homefirst Interfaith Housing and Family Services Inc. Serna received the 2017 HomeFirst Hero Award from the homeless shelter and nonprofit organization at the organization’s Evening of Thanks dinner at the Shackamaxon Country Club […]

Summit merges courts with neighboring towns

SUMMIT, NJ — Summit has joined with Berkeley Heights and New Providence to share municipal court services, a consolidation of courts in the three northwestern Union County towns that will eventually center itself in New Providence. Berkeley Heights and New Providence have had a shared-services agreement since 2010, expanded in 2014; Summit recently joined in with […]

County World War II memorial gets makeover

County World War II memorial gets makeover

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Frequent visitors to Rahway River Park may be familiar with the variety of trees growing throughout, yet few may be able to identify those planted in 1947 to honor 58 Union County citizens who died in World War II. Of the 58 trees planted as memorials, 15 were no longer standing but […]

Garwood turns focus to other part of Casale property

Garwood turns focus to other part of Casale property

GARWOOD, NJ — After receiving approval for its 298-unit apartment complex on the north side of South Avenue in Garwood, Russo Development is turning its attention to the other side of the same street. A Dec. 5 meeting at Lincoln School organized by Garwood Borough Council President Sara Todisco and Councilwoman Jen Blumenstock drew about 50 […]

Springfield gets cyberbullying primer at public forum

Springfield gets cyberbullying primer at public forum

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — Children have been known to use electronic devices to bully or harass others as early as the third grade, a detective with the Union County Prosecutor’s Office told parents at a Springfield Town Hall forum on cyberbullying and internet safety Nov. 27. The relatively young age for using computers comes since technology is […]

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