Springfield parents press school board for media specialists

Springfield parents press school board for media specialists

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — Bonnie Lafazan, who has two boys in the local school system, thinks her middle school son is being shortchanged. As a librarian, she is beside herself that none of the district’s five other schools, besides Jonathan Dayton High School, has a certified media specialist. “This is a disservice and a disappointment, and […]

Union OKs apartments for old University Diner property

Union OKs apartments for old University Diner property

UNION, NJ — Plans for a 24-unit apartment building were approved for the half-acre property at 580 North Ave. on the corner of Lynmar Way that was long home to the University Diner, at the Zoning Board of Adjustment’s Jan. 9 meeting, despite residents’ concerns. The plan passed 7-1 with member James DiGiovanni being the […]

Overlook Medical Center recognized for eco efforts

SUMMIT, NJ — Overlook Medical Center’s nearly decadelong effort to reduce its environmental footprint has officially been recognized. The hospital, which is part of Atlantic Health System, was among 68 medical centers nationwide named to a list of environmentally friendly and sustainable hospitals and health systems in Becker’s Hospital Review for 2018. The magazine’s review […]

Acrimony punctuates Hillside BOE meeting

HILLSIDE, NJ — The school board’s annual reorganization meeting Jan. 3 turned from a simple swearing-in ceremony to a meeting punctuated by bickering when newly elected board members verbally introduced previously unannounced motions regarding appointments to the agenda. After new members Kim Cook, Laquana Best, Pinchas Shapiro and incumbents Joel Chapman and Hawaiian Thompson-Epps took […]

DuBois chosen mayor of all-Dem Springfield committee

DuBois chosen mayor of all-Dem Springfield committee

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — Mayor Erica DuBois says having an all-Democratic Township Committee won’t be an issue for Springfield. “I’m sure that everyone is going to be concerned about this,” DuBois, who was chosen as the township’s fifth female mayor at the Jan. 1 reorganization meeting, said in a Jan. 2 phone interview. “We’re all going […]

Delisfort takes oath as Union’s first black woman mayor

Delisfort takes oath as Union’s first black woman mayor

UNION, NJ — Michele Delisfort took the oath of office as the township’s first black woman mayor on New Year’s Day, replacing Suzette Cavadas after her two-year reign and becoming the first female Haitian mayor in the state. “It is a given that none of us ascends to elected office without the sacrifices and support […]

Kean institute receives $100K grant to expand operations

Kean institute receives $100K grant to expand operations

UNION, NJ — The Institute for Life Science Entrepreneurship’s mission in part is to train the next generations of entrepreneurs, and officials belief that at a recent grant from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority will aid that goal. The nonprofit institute housed at Kean University has plans to use the $100,000 planning grant to […]

Summit mulls $17 million for firehouse, police equipment

Summit mulls $17 million for firehouse, police equipment

SUMMIT, NJ — The city is considering more than $17 million in spending requests for capital projects in its 2019 budget, a 200-percent increase from 2018. The original capital budget was projected at $5.5 million, but a new firehouse would raise that figure to more than $17.3 million, according to numbers presented at at a […]

Five-story Morris Avenue apartment building tabled to January

Five-story Morris Avenue apartment building tabled to January

UNION, NJ — Discussions regarding the construction of a five-story apartment building on the site of the Garden Buffet restaurant on Morris Avenue were postponed by the Zoning Board after the developer presented new plans that add a possible ground floor restaurant. American Landmark Development, which was involved in the development of Union Center and […]