Hillside school board suspends super

Hillside school board suspends super

HILLSIDE, NJ — School board members voted 6-2 to suspend Superintendent Antoine Gayles with pay at their Jan. 24 regular meeting. A contract extending Gayles’ employment by three years with salary increases was passed by the previous board during its lame-duck session, and is being contested by the current board. The motion was introduced by […]

Summit mulls impact of possible full-day kindergarten

Summit mulls impact of possible full-day kindergarten

SUMMIT, NJ — School administrators discussed the estimated budget impact of expanding school district’s universal half-day kindergarten into a free full-day program next year at their Jan. 17 meeting, drawing mixed reactions from residents. Talk of adding full-day kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year began last year and, according to Superintendent June Chang, the January […]

PSE&G work, Union road program to remove numerous trees

PSE&G work, Union road program to remove numerous trees

UNION, NJ — Township residents will soon see a significant number of trees removed from along sidewalks and roads under PSE&G’s electrical upgrade program and the municipality’s 2019 road program. PSE&G has proposed routes for connecting the three electrical substations in the township using aboveground and buried 69 kilovolt power lines; the initial phase involves […]

Survey results jolt Union schools officials

Survey results jolt Union schools officials

UNION, NJ — Cleanliness, quality of extracurricular activities and student behavior all need improvement, according to the results of a districtwide survey of students, parents and staff in the township’s schools. The Culture and Climate survey was distributed to four groups — school staff, elementary students, middle-high school students and parents — at the end […]

New ISO rating could mean lower insurance premiums

SUMMIT, NJ — The local Fire Department’s new Insurance Services Office rating could mean lower insurance premiums throughout the city, according to fire Chief Eric Evans. At the Jan. 15 Common Council meeting, Evans said the Class 2 Public Protection Classification program rating grade from the ISO is earned by fewer than 2 percent of […]

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 […]

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