Defeated Elizabeth BOE candidates plan ethics complaint

ELIZABETH, NJ — A group of former candidates for the school board plans to file an ethics complaint after the board of education promoted a city councilman to a $180,000 job in the school district. Sima Farid, Ricky Castaneda, Christina Cunha-Moreira and retired Elizabeth teacher Patti Gallante are alleging a conflict of interest in the […]

Roselle school board in limbo after abrupt resignation

ROSELLE, NJ — The local school board was unable to approve a president or vice president after one member abruptly resigned, causing a split in votes for nearly every measure voted on at the board’s Jan. 8 reorganization meeting. Arthur Rice, who served for one year, made his resignation effective Jan. 5, the day after […]

Union’s Online forum certification plan spurs questions

Union’s Online forum certification plan spurs questions

UNION, NJ — A proposal to certify online discussion groups by Union officials appears to have intensified a rift between the moderator of a popular internet forum for residents and the township administration. Union Mayor Suzette Cavadas suggested the certification program in her 2018 reorganization meeting address on Jan. 2, in an effort to target social […]

Rahway picks councilman as interim mayor

Rahway picks councilman as interim mayor

RAHWAY, NJ — On Jan. 8, the Rahway City Council chose as mayor one of their own to replace Samson Steinman, who submitted his resignation Christmas Eve. Council President Raymond Giacobbe Jr., who represents the 6th Ward, was chosen as interim mayor in a unanimous vote by the council. Giacobbe will lead the town on an […]

Linden OKs $950,000 in bonds for various train station repairs

LINDEN, NJ — The Linden City Council in December approved a $950,000 bond ordinance to make capital improvements to the city’s train station, but without a signed agreement from NJ Transit to pay the city back for the work. The city’s decision to finance improvements to the station has been discussed for months, pending NJ Transit’s […]

Batista contests Hillside runoff as Vertreese sworn-in as mayor

Batista contests Hillside runoff as Vertreese sworn-in as mayor

HILLSIDE, NJ — The losing mayoral candidate in Hillside has filed a lawsuit contesting the results of the town’s December runoff elections, claiming voter impersonation and miscounts by county officials. Jorge Batista filed suit Dec. 27 in Union County Superior Court and called for an invalidation of the results of the Dec. 5 runoff for both […]

County finishes in middle of school breakfast rankings

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Union County ranked 11th among the state’s 21 counties for the percentage of eligible students receiving breakfast through the federally subsidized school meal program for 2017, securing its position for a second year in a row. The seventh annual NJ School Breakfast Report from Advocates for Children of New Jersey, a child […]

Kean seeks reasons for college ‘brain drain’

Kean seeks reasons for college ‘brain drain’

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Maeliosa Barstow didn’t have a New Jersey school on her radar when it came time to apply to colleges. She had heart set on an out-of-state school with a good architecture program. “Because of my academic standing at the time, I knew I just really wanted to apply to more competitive schools,” […]

Linden police bid Parham farewell

Linden police bid Parham farewell

LINDEN, NJ — Former Linden Police Chief Jonathan Parham hoped his one-year tenure as the city’s first African-American commanding officer would set an example for other minorities who work hard toward their own goals. “I don’t think even I can fully understand the impact that it has, not just on African Americans, but on anyone who […]

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