Scutari prevails in Linden council vacancy fight

Scutari prevails in Linden council vacancy fight

LINDEN, NJ — State Sen. Nicholas Scutari has prevailed in his battle with Mayor Derek Armstead for the 8th Ward council seat as Superior Court Judge Katherine Dupuis ruled May 14 that Paul Coates must be seated in the vacant position. After several rounds in court, the decision ends the struggle between the mayor and […]

Summit group presses for plastic bag restrictions

Summit group presses for plastic bag restrictions

SUMMIT, NJ — Some residents of the Hilltop City are pressing local officials to enact more restrictions on plastic bag use, citing a survey conducted by Green Summit, a local activist environmental group. The survey — which took place between March and September of last year — asked Summit residents two questions: what are their […]

Pair of animal lovers raise money for pet identification

UNION, NJ — Police will be able to reunite furry friends with their owners faster than ever before, thanks to two local animal-lovers and donations from residents. Gale Petrecca and Karen Loessel raised more than $300 from a GoFundMe internet campaign needed to purchase a microchip scanner March 29, and within two hours, enough money […]

Planner decries ‘negative impact’ of 750 Walnut

CRANFORD, NJ — A proposed 905-unit apartment complex at 750 Walnut Ave. would have a negative fiscal impact on the township and schools, a professional planner hired by the local Planning Board said at the board’s May 8 special meeting. “In my opinion, the negative impact places a burden on the municipality in respect to […]

Saks redevelopment plan gets OK

Saks redevelopment plan gets OK

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — The Township Committee unanimously adopted a redevelopment plan for the former Saks Fifth Avenue site at a special meeting on May 7, clearing the way for the decaying site to be transformed into residential, retail and dining units. The 9.7-acre site located at 90 Millburn Ave. has been vacant for nearly three […]

Union to contract for paraprofessionals in new budget

Union to contract for paraprofessionals in new budget

UNION, NJ — Paraprofessionals with six years of employment or less with the school district could be hired through staff services starting next year, administrators revealed at the April 30 Board of Education budget hearing. Of the 156 paraprofessionals in the district, 91 would be affected by the change. The more than $137 million budget, […]

Linden council rejects proposal on 8th Ward seat

LINDEN, NJ — The battle to fill the 8th Ward seat will return to the courts after a divided City Council rejected a settlement offer at a special meeting on May 2. Mayor Derek Armstead-aligned council members Lisa Ormon, Barry Javick, Peter Brown, Alfred Mohammad, Ralph Strano and Michele Yamakaitis voted against the offer, while […]

Seniors pack hall for help on how to stay in New Jersey

Seniors pack hall for help on how to stay in New Jersey

GARWOOD, NJ — Seventy-year-old Edna McClure lost her job of almost 30 years in 2015, and since then has been considering relocating to a more affordable state, specifically Delaware. “I’d have to leave my family and church, which would be very difficult,” she said in a recent interview with LocalSource. “Delaware is not that far […]

Summit OKs $52 million budget, with firehouse

SUMMIT, NJ — The Common Council unanimously approved a nearly $52 million municipal budget at its April 23 regular meeting, allocating initial money for the construction of a new $11.8 million firehouse on Broad Street. The budget, which was first unveiled at the March 19 council meeting, includes a municipal tax increase of 1 percent […]