Shared-service czars distance themselves from Sweeney

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy’s shared-service czars are distancing themselves from an ad hoc group put together by state Senate President Stephen Sweeney that reportedly discussed tax-restructuring ideas that include consolidating and eliminating towns smaller than 5,000 people. According to the czars, Democrat Jordan Glatt and Republican Nicolas Platt, their goal is to […]

Hillside teachers continue to clash with school board

HILLSIDE — Teachers, their union leaders and parents continued to clash with school board members about staff reassignments and poor communication, reiterating claims during a contentious meeting on Thursday, July 19, that the district administration has retaliated against union officials following yearlong contract negotiations. During a round of testimonials from educators in the audience, New […]

Supreme Court rules Kean must disclose meeting minutes ‘promptly’

Kean University must release its meeting minutes to the public promptly, including those of closed sessions, according to a June 21 state Supreme Court ruling. The verdict overturned several aspects of an Appellate court’s decision in a four-year-old case brought by the Kean teachers union regarding votes during a September 2014 Kean Board of Trustees […]

Invasive beetles less populous this summer

Invasive beetles less populous this summer

UNION COUNTY, NJ — In and around the county residents are quite used to seeing creatures like white-tailed deer, squirrels and fireflies as the temperature warms. One common insect is often overlooked despite its prevalence and pronounced ecological effects; the Japanese beetle. With July upon us, it’s time to start looking for them, according to […]