Summit preps for kindergarten within day of budget OK

SUMMIT, NJ — Registration has already begun for the city’s new full-day kindergarten, with the district alerting parents and the public at large less than a day after the Board of School Estimate approved a nearly $66 million budget to expand the program. The budget was approved in a 3-1 vote at the March 25 […]

Hillside soccer club pushes for better field conditions

Hillside soccer club pushes for better field conditions

HILLSIDE, NJ — SCP Youth Soccer officials have used leaf blowers and laid fill in order to eliminate puddles at Conant Park, but these measures have had a limited effect. The park, used by the Hillside-based club as a home field, is riddled with holes, bare spots and uneven ground. According to the club’s communications […]

Judge sounds reversal in Linden council seat battle

LINDEN, NJ — The battle for control of the 8th Ward seat on the City Council has been extended, with a judge on March 19 sounding as if she may reverse herself and side with state Sen. Nicholas Scutari in his ongoing feud with Mayor Derek Armstead. Chancery Judge Katherine Dupuis, in court documents dated […]

Planning Board OKs remake of motor lodge, Chuck E. Cheese site

Planning Board OKs remake of motor lodge, Chuck E. Cheese site

UNION, NJ — The local Planning Board unanimously approved site plans at its March 28 meeting to turn a 6.5-acre property along U.S. Route 22 that includes the Garden State Motor Lodge and Chuck E. Cheese into one with a Wawa, Fairfield Inn and fast food restaurant. The property was declared “in need of redevelopment” […]

Union BOE OKs preliminary $137M budget

UNION, NJ — A divided Board of Education approved a $137 million preliminary budget for the 2019-20 school year, sending it to the Executive County Superintendent for review, despite the concerns of several board members at the March 19 regular meeting. The spending plan passed 5-3 with one abstention one day before it was due […]

Local pols tie one-seat ride return with Gateway

Local pols tie one-seat ride return with Gateway

CRANFORD, NJ — If the Hudson River rail tunnel were to partially shut down, more than 500,000 passengers would experience a longer commute along the Raritan Valley Line, according to Jerry Zaro, the director of the Gateway Development Corporation. The message came during a March 26 presentation at the Cranford Community Center by the ad-hoc […]

Hillside mulls reconfiguring schools by grade

Hillside mulls reconfiguring schools by grade

HILLSIDE, NJ — The school district is looking to reconfigure the Hurden Looker, Calvin Coolidge and George Washington schools so that each includes grades two through six in the fall. The Grade Reconfiguration Committee proposed the change to the local Board of Education at its March 21 meeting, saying it would benefit students, teachers and […]

Summit sidewalk plan calls for revisiting school walking routes

SUMMIT, NJ — The city’s updated sidewalk master plan calls for re-evaluating the elementary schools’ walking routes, which are about a decade old. The city’s engineer, Aaron Schrager, updated and presented the Summit Common Council with recommendations for updates at the March 5 meeting regarding the city’s sidewalk installation and maintenance plan. Schrager said that […]

Food bank helping women in need with more than food

Food bank helping women in need with more than food

HILLSIDE, NJ — Limited finances cause many women across the country to make a difficult choice: food or feminine products. The Community FoodBank of New Jersey, the state’s largest anti-hunger and anti-poverty organization located on Evans Terminal Road in Hillside, is looking to combat this overlooked hardship known as “period poverty.” CFBNJ’s “Period Initiative” provides […]