Second officer contests Hillside mayor’s selection for police chief

HILLSIDE, NJ — The fight to determine who will be Hillside’s police chief has intensified with new allegations of retaliation emerging from within the force in the form of a whistleblower lawsuit. Capt. Nicola Lomonte filed the lawsuit July 27 in Superior Court, documenting his contentious working relationship with Hillside Mayor Angela Garretson, a current Democratic […]

Linden police get one-on-one time, coffee with city residents

Linden police get one-on-one time, coffee with city residents

LINDEN, NJ — For Jean Perez, a Linden resident for 11 years, visiting her police department’s “Coffee with a Cop” event was about interacting with officers in person rather than through social media. “I wanted to put a face to the police officers,” Perez said outside the Starbucks in Aviation Plaza on Oct. 4. “I don’t […]

Union to pave way to completion of Stuyvesant Avenue project

UNION, NJ — Union will soon repave the rough road left from a renovation project along a stretch of Stuyvesant Avenue, according to Union spokeswoman Natalie Pineiro. The first phase of the Stuyvesant Avenue Streetscape Project is nearing completion, with repaving of Stuyvesant Avenue between Vauxhall and Morris avenues slated for around mid-October, Pineiro said. The […]

Accrediting agency gives Kean Univ. three recommendations after review

UNION COUNTY, NJ — A regional accrediting agency that threatened Kean University’s status five years ago has given the school three recommendations in response to the college’s internal “periodic review report.” “The Middle States Commission on Higher Education response to the report was overwhelmingly positive,” university spokeswoman Margaret McCorry said in a recent statement. “The […]

Officials break ground on Westfield Avenue, Roselle Park’s ‘biggest event’ in 50 years

Officials break ground on Westfield Avenue, Roselle Park’s ‘biggest event’ in 50 years

ROSELLE PARK, NJ — Calling it the “biggest event” to occur in Roselle Park in 50 years, Mayor Carl Hokanson helped other officials and developers to officially break ground on two residential-retail apartment buildings at a twilight ceremony on Westfield Avenue on Thursday, Sept. 28. “The merchants are biting at the bit because, as you know, […]

Growing number of municipalities oppose state effort to expand public records laws

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Several municipalities throughout the state, including Union and Linden, have been approving resolutions to oppose a pair of bills sponsored by state Sen. Loretta Weinberg of Bergen County, which seek to expand public meetings and records laws. The bills would expand both the Open Public Records Act and Open Public Meetings Act, […]

Union Board of Education election row creeps onto Internet

UNION, NJ — Words matter and apparently so do names, when it comes to school board brands, slogans and elections. A Union Board of Education faction is crying foul after learning of a web address that’s strikingly similar to its own. Moreover, the similar web address redirects visitors to the opposition’s Facebook page. Parents for Change, […]