Hillside gets grant to aid Woodfield Stadium renovations

HILLSIDE, NJ — The school district will receive a $15,000 grant that will be put toward eventually renovating Woodfield Stadium’s athletic field, including replacing the grass with synthetic turf. The Investors Foundation, the charitable arm of Investors Bank, will award the district with the grant at the next school board meeting on March 15, according […]

Cyclists return to press for Watchung access

Cyclists return to press for Watchung access

ELIZABETH, NJ — The show of support for mountain bike trails — and those who oppose them — is gearing up again less than a year after the freeholder board opposed a plan to allow the cyclists in Watchung Reservation. Far fewer advocates from both sides attended the March 8 freeholders meeting than last year. […]

Volunteer group marks 10th year of donation program

Volunteer group marks 10th year of donation program

UNION, NJ — Not even a nor’easter that slammed the area on March 2 could stop Kean-based volunteers from gathering over a thousand peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to disperse to those in need across the state. Be the Change, a community service group that was created by a Kean health professor, has been distributing […]

Scutari prevails in fight for control of county Dem party

Scutari prevails in fight for control of county Dem party

CLARK, NJ — State Sen. Nicholas Scutari was elected chairman of the Union County Democratic Committee after several weeks of campaigning against Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr that exposed deep-rooted alliances and party divisions within the county. Scutari was elected 412-341 in a vote taken by paper ballot at the Gran Centurions in Clark on Feb. 21, […]

Union stages first cyberbullying forum certification session

UNION, NJ — The township was to hold the first educational session of its new Bully-Free Zone Cyberbullying Program on March 1, with a documentary on the topic and presentations from local and state officials. Mayor Suzette Cavadas unveiled the program during her reorganization address in January. The township is to bestow certifications to independently […]

More chaos erupts at Roselle school board meeting

ROSELLE, NJ — It was a half hour past midnight when school board member Richard Villeda came out of an executive session and told residents to “call the police.” “Everybody … fighting,” the visibly upset Villeda said aloud as he headed toward the exit doors in the Abraham Clark High School auditorium. He eventually took […]

Cryan joins attempt to counter marijuana ‘legalization’

UNION COUNTY, NJ — A bipartisan marijuana decriminalization bill co-sponsored by a local state senator is providing opposition to Gov. Phil Murphy’s campaign promise of full legalization for the drug’s recreational use. State Sen. Joseph Cryan, a Democrat who represents parts of Union county, served as Union County sheriff from 2015 to 2017, and became […]

Hillside school board appoints two new members

HILLSIDE, NJ — A former school board member and the founder of a local nonprofit organization were appointed Feb. 15 to fill two vacancies on the board of education. Joi Stanley-Smith, who founded a women’s empowerment group, and Rayba Watson, who served on the school board for seven years, were chosen by the board from […]

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