Three Union County McDonald’s fined for child labor violations

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Three McDonald’s restaurants in Union County and eight others in the state were found to be in violation of child labor laws after a federal Department of Labor investigation, officials announced May 18. S&P Enterprises, the McDonald’s franchisee, paid $8,829 in penalties to “resolve” the violations, federal officials said. The three […]

Cryan urges MVC to reopen Elizabeth location

ELIZABETH, NJ — State Sen. Joseph Cryan is calling on the Motor Vehicle Commission to reopen the Elizabeth location it closed in 2010, causing outrage among local officials at that time. “Since the closure of the Elizabeth MVC office, our residents have been forced to travel to other locations where they wait hours for services […]

Cranford gives final approval for Birchwood PILOT

Cranford gives final approval for Birchwood PILOT

CRANFORD, NJ — The township committee on May 8 approved a 30-year payment in lieu of taxes, or PILOT, agreement with the developers of the Birchwood apartment complex on the border with Kenilworth. Birchwood Developers Urban Renewal Associates will pay 11 percent of its yearly gross revenue to the town as an annual payment rather […]

Union schools facing 200 layoffs with budget shortfall

UNION, NJ — About 200 non-tenured faculty and staff will receive reduction-in-force notices due to a budget shortfall in the upcoming year, Assistant Superintendent Gerry Benaquista said at a May 8 school board meeting. The news comes following an April 26 school board budget meeting at which officials originally said 49 positions — including custodians, […]

Rahway, mayor sued for sexual harassment

RAHWAY, NJ — A lawsuit filed by a female city employee alleges former Mayor Samson Steinman resigned in December from his post the same day her accusations of sexual harassment reached the city council’s president at that time, Raymond Giacobbe Jr. Denise Rolong, managing director of the city’s Gallery Space, filed a civil complaint in […]

Artist-preferred housing complex opens in Rahway

Artist-preferred housing complex opens in Rahway

RAHWAY, NJ — A local metalsmith and two musicians first met while applying in December for the city’s first low-income housing that caters to artists. Amanda Mikulewicz, who graduated from university two years ago and now makes engagement rings for a living, was second in line to apply for a coveted apartment at The Willows […]