Students, parents rally to save Hillside principal’s job

Students, parents rally to save Hillside principal’s job

HILLSIDE, NJ — Students and parents cheered and applauded immediately after Superintendent Antoine Gayles announced that Christine Sidwa would be keeping her position as the Hillside High School principal. The announcement and reaction at the Dec. 20 Hillside Board of Education meeting came in response to the decision to withdraw an agenda item that would […]

Kobitz disqualified from Hillside Board of Education seat

Kobitz disqualified from Hillside Board of Education seat

HILLSIDE, NJ — Board of Education member-elect Dennis Kobitz has been disqualified from his three-year term after a background check revealed an unspecified criminal offense. Department of Education spokesman Michael Yaple, who confirmed Kobitz’s disqualification, said that when a town’s board of education is notified of the ineligibility, they aren’t given many details. “The department […]

Union shooting range owner recognizes challenges

Union shooting range owner recognizes challenges

UNION, NJ — It’s the only one of its kind in a 15-mile radius, and RTSP co-owner and chief executive officer Rick Friedman recognizes the challenges that come with operating his shooting range in a state with some of the strictest gun laws in the nation. “I would love to have the freedoms that everyone […]

Hillside school lab gets boost from Trenton

HILLSIDE, NJ — Hurden Looker students excitedly guided New Jersey Commissioner of Education Lamont Repollet through their “innovation lab,” showing him their 3D printer, Sphero robot and other lab technology Dec. 4. Repollet, who appeared engaged during his visit to the school, asked the children a question. “Who are you?” he asked. “Thought leaders!” they […]

Springfield gives final approval for downtown project PILOT

Springfield gives final approval for downtown project PILOT

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — The Township Committee unanimously approved a 30-year tax abatement for a redevelopment project on Morris Avenue at its Nov. 27 meeting, agreeing to the first payment in lieu of taxes for the downtown area. The property is to house 24 residential apartments above retail space at 226 Morris Ave., at the corner […]

Summit Park Line forum on route turns testy

Summit Park Line forum on route turns testy

SUMMIT, NJ — Concerns about safety and privacy turned a public forum on the Summit Park Line pedestrian walkway into a tense shouting match at times as officials heard from residents regarding the second phase of the park’s construction. At the Dec. 6 workshop meeting hosted by the city, residents on Eggers Court and Henry […]

Hearing for proposed CAU group home in Union tabled

UNION, NJ — Plans to establish a group home for people with disabilities on Francyne Way were postponed at the Nov. 19 Planning Board meeting because a playground on the property may have to be relocated. The decision to table the hearing came after Union residents expressed concerns about the group home on social media. […]

Lame-duck Hillside board OKs new contract for super

HILLSIDE, NJ — The Board of Education rescinded the contract of the district superintendent at their Nov. 29 meeting and replaced it with a new one that will extend his term three years and boost his annual salary nearly $18,000. The board approved the contract for Superintendent Antoine Gayles through June 2023, with a 5-3 […]

Map from 1860 shows vastly different Union

UNION, NJ — The township looked a little different in 1860 than it does now. When it was incorporated in 1808, Union comprised 16 square miles and included parts of what are now Linden, Roselle, Kenilworth and Hillside. The daily 5 p.m. gridlock on U.S. Route 22, a coffee shop on every corner and almost […]