Ex-Union teacher settles for suspension over Facebook posts

UNION, NJ — A former local high school teacher who posted comments critical of homosexual people to her personal Facebook account in 2011 reached a $132,500 settlement in June with the school district, records show. Jenye Knox in 2013 filed a civil suit in federal court after she was suspended without pay and later resigned […]

Another lawsuit filed regarding Hillside police chief

HILLSIDE, NJ — The township’s police union president has accused the chief of trying to turn the department against him in a newly filed lawsuit against the top cop. Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 82 President Michael Flowers filed a hostile work environment and whistleblower suit against the township and Police Chief Vincent Ricciardi in […]

Hillside school board, teachers union members clash over assignments

HILLSIDE, NJ — Tempers flared at a June 21 school board meeting between a representative from the state’s largest teachers’ union and board members over a decision to move faculty and staff in the district. New Jersey Education Association UniServ Representative Ted Tympanick responded quickly when board member Joi Stanley said it “disturbs” her to […]

Roselle moves to terminate clerk put on leave six years ago

Roselle moves to terminate clerk put on leave six years ago

ROSELLE, NJ — The borough council at its June 20 meeting voted to seek the termination of a municipal clerk who had been placed on paid administrative leave six years ago. } Rhona Bluestein spoke after a resolution to remove her for “unbecoming conduct, incompetence and other just cause,” was put up for discussion. Although […]

Hillside haggling over recent retiree pension issue

HILLSIDE, NJ — A portion of the township’s police union contract affecting retirees that has gone unresolved since the previous administration left office is now being tackled by the new mayor. Superior officers in Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 160 had worked without a contract for about four years until July 2016, union President […]

Resigning Linden councilman facing foreclosure

LINDEN, NJ — A city councilman who said he considered resigning from his position over a bitter primary campaign season may have another reason for wanting to leave his post: his home was foreclosed on in March. Third Ward Councilman Peter Brown, Jr. purchased a home in his ward in 2009, records show. A county […]

Elizabeth BOE member absent for 7 consecutive meetings

Elizabeth BOE member absent for 7 consecutive meetings

ELIZABETH, NJ — A city school board member who pleaded guilty to charges of assault by auto and drunken driving has been absent from at least seven consecutive meetings since April. Daniel Nina, a city firefighter, was arrested October 2017 in Linden after his car collided with another vehicle, authorities said. He was sentenced May […]

Repairs on Route 22 overpass snarls traffic

Repairs on Route 22 overpass snarls traffic

UNION, NJ — Crews are working on emergency repairs to the underside of a U.S. Route 22 bridge over Chestnut Street, a state Department of Transportation spokeswoman said. The work began June 8 and is expected to last about two weeks if the weather is accommodating, said DOT spokeswoman Judith Drucker. The repairs are not […]

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