Springfield committee hopefuls queried on national issues

Springfield committee hopefuls queried on national issues

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — Candidates for Township Committee were forced away from local issues at an Oct. 22 candidates’ forum, answering questions on national matters instead of the more usual local topics of budgets and taxes. Republican incumbent Maria Vassallo and running mate Jerry Fernandez faced off against Democratic challengers Chris Weber and Alex Keiser, each […]

New county voting machines to get test in Westfield

New county voting machines to get test in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — Voters from throughout the county have a choice between Spiderman, Batman and the Green Hornet — supposed candidates in a demonstration of new voting machines on display at the Union County Annex building. However, Westfield residents will be casting their votes for real candidates in less than two weeks. And there are plans […]

Summit to erect monument for Medal of Honor recipients

Summit to erect monument for Medal of Honor recipients

SUMMIT, NJ — It’s taken 100 years but a pair of locals will finally get their due. It was near Le Chatelet, France on Sept. 29, 1918, when Sgt. Alan Eggers and Cpl. Thomas O’Shea of Summit, and Sgt. John Latham, of Rutherford, found themselves separated from their platoon. The Battle of San Quentin Canal […]

Medical marijuana dispensary coming to Union

Medical marijuana dispensary coming to Union

UNION, NJ — The township will soon be home to one of seven medical marijuana dispensaries in the state after plans for the facility were unanimously approved by the Planning Board during a meeting last month. Compassionate Care Research Institute LLC, operating as Garden State Dispensary, already has a location in Woodbridge and has plans […]

First lighted church in Roselle celebrates 150th anniversary

First lighted church in Roselle celebrates 150th anniversary

ROSELLE, NJ — Thomas Edison first brought electric light to the village of Roselle back in January 1883, when he was trying to prove that a town could be illuminated by power from a single generating station. Roselle was chosen by Edison because it did not have any gas-powered lighting. Along with installing his incandescent […]

Mural painted by robot in Downtown Summit

Mural painted by robot in Downtown Summit

SUMMIT, NJ — Don’t expect “Albert” to be confused with Da Vinci, Rembrandt or Van Gogh, although his work is very public. Albert is a robotic spray-printing machine used to beautify downtown Summit in September, creating a dot-matrix mural on the side of a building on Union Place. The building, which houses Pizza Vita on […]

Union TV34 policy change over debates stirs backlash

UNION, NJ — A change in local television station TV34’s policy now prohibits political debates, including the Board of Education and Township Committee forums that had been scheduled for later this month, a move that has upset residents. The debates are hosted by the League of Women Voters annually however, according to a letter from […]

Union household represents township on ‘Family Feud’

Union household represents township on ‘Family Feud’

UNION, NJ — It didn’t come as a surprise to the Carroll family when they received news that they were going to be on the game show, “Family Feud.” They were confident their sense of humor, positive attitudes and individuality had impressed the judges during the audition process. “We always said that we wanted to […]

Original songs to a ukulele, Union’s Got Talent

Original songs to a ukulele, Union’s Got Talent

UNION, NJ — They came with acts from original songs to dance routines to a ukulele, from ages 6 to 63. The sounds of cheering and endless applause echoed throughout Union High School with Jinky Marie Abalos finally prevailing in the sixth annual Union’s Got Talent competition. “I wasn’t even thinking of winning, I just […]

‘Addams Family’ creator lauded 30 years after his death

‘Addams Family’ creator lauded 30 years after his death

WESTFIELD, NJ — They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky. They’re altogether ooky, and they’re coming to Westfield at the end of October. The first AddamsFest will be held as a townwide event to honor “ The Addams Family” creator and Westfield native Charles Addams from Oct. 26 to 28. The celebration, 30 years […]