Festive residents light up Union

Christmas light display in Union is 20 years in the making

UNION, NJ — Ask him about any one of the hundreds of Christmas decorations carefully placed on his lawn, located on Braun Terrace in Union, and Royce Duran has a story for how it got there. Duran and his wife, Naomi, bought that reindeer more than 20 years ago, he says, back when they lived […]

Hillside holds last meeting of year

Saxton, Hobbs offer kind words, optimism while adressing audience

HILLSIDE, NJ  — In Hillside’s final public meeting of the year on Tuesday, Dec. 15, two outgoing members of the township’s council — including 2nd Ward councilwoman and council president Salonia Saxton — left with words of encouragement for their colleagues in office, saying there’s a lot left to be accomplished in order to move […]

Former student charged with racist death threats appears in court

UNION COUNTY, NJ — At her first scheduled court appearance on Monday, Dec. 14, Kayla-Simone McKelvey, the 24-year-old woman police believe was behind Twitter death threats aimed at black Kean University students, plead not guilty to third-degree creating a false public alarm. In the brief proceeding at the Union County Courthouse in Elizabeth, McKelvey, a personal […]

County gets many more body cameras from state

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Sixteen Union County agencies are among the 176 New Jersey police departments which have been awarded body-worn cameras, to be paid for by the state, announced Acting State Attorney General John Hoffman on Monday, Dec. 21. More than 750 body-worn cameras, worth a combined $376,500, will be put to use across the […]

Heroic police officers save the day

Union Police Department officers dress as costumed characters for local youths

UNION, NJ — Ana Solano of Union wanted her son, 13-year-old Allen, to take a picture with Santa Claus for the first time this Christmas. A month after visiting Allen decked out in their superhero costumes, Sgt. Michael Boll and more than a dozen other members of the Union Police Department made the Santa Claus […]

Class dismissed: LHS evacuated after 19 cafeteria workers become sick

LINDEN, NJ — More than 1,700 students at Linden High School were unexpectedly sent home before lunch on Thursday, Dec. 17, and the 11 a.m. dismissal wasn’t an early Christmas gift from the district. Nineteen cafeteria employees reported feeling ill at around 10 a.m., which school officials later said was probably caused by pepper spray […]

Linden bids farewell to athletic director

LINDEN, NJ — After 19 years of putting out fires as the Athletic Director for Linden Public Schools, and 37 straight years of service in the district, longtime Linden coach, teacher and administrator Stephen Yesinko can count the number of days until retirement on both hands. “I won’t miss the aggravation,” joked Yesinko, who began […]

Freeholders to approve four percent raise for themselves

County employees to receive 2-percent raise

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Christmas is coming early this year for the Board of Chosen Freeholders. For the first time since December 2006, the Union County freeholders will be giving themselves a raise this week. During the final freeholder meeting of 2015 on Thursday, Dec. 17, the Board of Chosen Freeholders is expected to approve what’s […]

‘Moms’ rally for sensible gun control in Fanwood

FANWOOD, NJ — October 1, 2015, Roseburg, Oregon: 10 lives lost. July 16, 2015, Chattanooga, Tennessee: Five lives lost. May 23, 2014, Isla Vista California, University of California, Santa Barbara: Six lives lost. Faith leaders, councilpersons, mayors, activists, a Union County freeholder and state legislators — including Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-12) — united to remember the […]

Protestors: Farahi must go

UNION COUNTY, NJ — On a highly visible stretch of Morris Avenue alongside Kean University’s main entrance, state lawmakers, civil rights activists, faculty members and a smattering of students marched with the coalition of black ministers calling for Kean President Dawood Farahi’s resignation, chanting slogans like “no more fear” and “Farahi must go” as thousands of […]

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