Officials blame timing of snow, not amount, for chaos

Officials blame timing of snow, not amount, for chaos

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Officials from around the county blamed the midafternoon timing of the unseasonal Nov. 15 snow storm — rather than higher-than-predicted accumulations — for the chaos of gridlocked roads and multihour commutes. Those responsible for snow removal, mostly the heads of municipal public works departments, said the havoc was caused in part […]

Lesniak to advise, instruct policy advocates

Lesniak to advise, instruct policy advocates

UNION, NJ – Students who have an interest in becoming community and policy advocates will have the chance to do so with a new undergraduate course coming to Kean University this spring. The history course, titled “Social Movements: History and the Call to Action,” will be taught by former Democratic state Sen. Raymond Lesniak. “I’ve […]

Experts issue warning: beware of ‘zombie trees’

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — They may look alive, but they’re dead. And due to recent super storms in New Jersey, they’re all around Union County. “Zombie trees,” as they’re referred to by arborists, are trees that may look healthy but now have defects. With winter approaching, and the heavy wet snow with it, tree experts recommend […]

Union seeks ways to restore kindergarten aides

UNION, NJ – The Board of Education is looking at ways to restore aides to kindergarten classrooms who were cut from the budget in 2017, including parent volunteers, substitutes and Kean University clinical faculty and interns. Under state guidelines, there can be a maximum of 25 children in a single kindergarten class before the school […]

With holidays approaching, model railroaders get spotlight

With holidays approaching, model railroaders get spotlight

UNION, NJ — It was a particularly busy morning for Tim McCollum as he had to make room in his freight yard for about 100 cars that would be arriving soon. “The track is busy this morning now, isn’t it?” train dispatcher Bob Nalbone said to McCollum. McCollum finished moving several cars and he finally […]

Union athletic director sues school district, principal

UNION, NJ  – The public school district’s athletic director claims she was pressured to fire the high school’s white football and basketball coaches by the black principal in a race and sex discrimination lawsuit against the principal, several district officials and the school board. Linda Ionta, a white Union school district employee for 29 years, […]

Krispy Kreme coming to Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — Mornings in Springfield are about to get a little sweeter as a Krispy Kreme is set to open on U.S. Route 22. The famed North Carolina-based doughnut chain will be opening a 5,000-square-foot factory store that will be the anchor portion of a new food plaza. It will feature a view of […]

Springfield scores new field for soccer, football lacrosse

Springfield scores new field for soccer, football lacrosse

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — The boys’ soccer practice usually starts with stretching and other warm-up exercises, not a full sprint in game uniforms. Yet the Jonathan Dayton High School JV team began their afternoon practice a little differently Monday, Oct. 22, running through a dedication banner to mark the official opening of a new multi-use artificial […]

Union school board candidates take to Facebook

UNION, NJ — Without a local cable TV channel access to cover their debate, school board candidates took to the internet to get their messages out, even if this method came without any back-and-forth exchanges. Six candidates — running in two groups of three — held separate Facebook Live forums Monday, Oct. 22, the original […]