Summit BOE OKs $65M budget, full-day kindergarten

SUMMIT, NJ — The school board approved a budget of more than $65 million for next academic year in a 6-1 non-binding vote at the March 7 meeting, with more than $1.5 million allocated for expanding the district’s kindergarten program to full day. The Board of School Estimate will have final approval at its March […]

Former Union ShopRite site will have new tenant

Former Union ShopRite site will have new tenant

UNION, NJ — The former ShopRite property at the intersection of Morris and Liberty Avenues will be home to a new chain thrift store in the fall. The vacant building, located at 2661 Morris Avenue, has been empty since 2014. When Mayor Michele Delisfort took office in January, she said filling the long-term commercial vacancy […]

Control of tree-destroying insect sought

Control of tree-destroying insect sought

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Local authorities are partnering with JCP&L in an attempt to control the spread of an invasive insect by removing adult ash trees in northern Union County. Summit is joining with JCP&L to remove 80 ash trees — one on Constantine Place and others on private properties — and treat others with […]

Summit to expand kindergarten in $66 million budget

Summit to expand kindergarten in $66 million budget

SUMMIT, NJ — The city’s school district would expand its half-day kindergarten program to a free, full-day operation under a proposed $66 million budget for the next school year, one that exceeds the state-restricted 2-percent cap by $800,000. The $66,171,587 spending plan, introduced by Superintendent of Schools June Chang at the nearly three-hour Feb. 14 […]

Hillside OKs temps to address substitute shortage

HILLSIDE, NJ —The school board unanimously approved the use of staffing services at its Feb. 21 meeting to address the district’s shortage of substitute teachers, particularly for special needs students. The move allows the district to seek staffing services through competitive bidding; once a service is selected, a contract will be brought before the board […]

‘Scandal’ inspiration Judy Smith regales Kean audience

‘Scandal’ inspiration Judy Smith regales Kean audience

UNION, NJ — Judy Smith, A former White House deputy press secretary and self-described “crisis manager” who inspired ABC’s seven-season political drama “Scandal,” recalled her “worst internship ever” to an audience composed of mostly students at Kean University on Feb. 6. At the time, Smith was a law clerk for federal district Judge Barrington Parker […]

Summit residents weigh in on Broad Street West

Summit residents weigh in on Broad Street West

SUMMIT, NJ — Residents cast votes for the types of businesses they want included in the redevelopment of the city’s Broad Street West project at a public forum on Feb. 11, and the city planner noted construction could begin as early as next spring. The redevelopment area, designated as an “area in need of redevelopment” […]

At 97, Union World War II vet recalls a devastated Europe

At 97, Union World War II vet recalls a devastated Europe

UNION, NJ — Carl Laggren, a Union resident for more than 50 years, vividly recalls entering Berlin in the summer 1961. As he looked around, he saw dozens and dozens of destroyed buildings and a city that was in total disarray. “I went to the city and just saw an immense amount of destruction,” Laggren […]

Union theater to make updates after mayor sends letter

Union theater to make updates after mayor sends letter

UNION, NJ — The movie theater in Union Center will be upgraded after Mayor Michele Delisfort chastised its owners, calling the establishment an “eyesore” and a “blight” on the downtown area in a Jan. 28 letter. “We’re working diligently with the town to bring everything up to standards,” Peter Kafash, chief financial officer of Empire […]