Hartz Mountain sues over 750 Walnut property

CRANFORD, N.J. — Hartz Mountain Industries is suing the municipality regarding the Cranford Township Committee’s decision to reject its request to rezone its property at 750 Walnut Ave. for residential use. Hartz Mountain is not seeking a “builder’s remedy” option under the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Mount Laurel rulings, but claims in its suit, which […]

Linden parents, teachers hear about vaping risks

Linden parents, teachers hear about vaping risks

LINDEN, N.J. — Parents and teachers must be aware of marketing campaigns by companies selling vaping products if they want to keep their children and students from picking up the e-cigarette habit, according to a social worker at a community meeting in the Wilson Pond Building on Oct. 28. Sean Foley, the assistant director of […]

Parents complain about lack of aides

Parents complain about lack of aides

UNION, N.J. — Parents, grandparents and residents complained at the Oct. 15 school board meeting that the board’s August agreement with the teachers union reversing its spring decision to outsource paraprofessionals has left the district short of the aides needed to assist with special needs students. “Over 60 percent of the paras lost their benefits,” […]

Bramnick, Munoz prevail again in race for Assembly seats

Bramnick, Munoz prevail again in race for Assembly seats

Assembly minority leader Jon Bramnick and fellow Republican Nancy Munoz appeared to have beaten back a Democratic upset bid for the second straight election, prevailing in the 22nd Legislative District race despite the wildcard entrance of two “independent conservative” candidates. With 98 percent of the precincts reporting in, Bramnick had a better than 3,000-vote lead […]

Linden council member trade harassment accusations

Linden council member trade harassment accusations

LINDEN, N.J. — Council members Gretchen Hickey and Peter Brown have recently traded accusations of intimidation and harassment, with Hickey taking her complaints to the police. Hickey, whose term representing the 10th Ward expires next year, took her accusations against Brown to Linden police after the Aug. 19 council meeting. In her complaint, which LocalSource […]

Panelists point to internet in rise of ‘hate speech’

CRANFORD, N.J. — The internet’s combination of relative anonymity and wide reach have contributed largely to hate speech and divisions in America, a panel of government and community officials at Union County College generally agreed. “I think the internet is the dark corner,” said Walter Fields, former political director of the New Jersey chapter of […]

Union residents assured on drinking water safety

UNION, N.J. — New Jersey American Water Company administrators gathered with state and local officials to assure residents at an Oct. 15 town hall-style meeting that their tap water is safe to drink, stating that local water sources have tested below state limits for lead. State Sen. Joseph Cryan, whose 20th Legislative District comprises Union, […]

Rahway River flood study faces more roadblocks

Rahway River flood study faces more roadblocks

Ongoing work to mitigate flooding in municipalities along the Rahway River has hit yet another dam, forcing proponents to reach out to politicians and government agencies in an attempt to get the plan moving again. On Oct. 4, mayors from communities along the Rahway River, as well as county officials, met with officials from the […]

Cranford official questions standardized test change

CRANFORD, N.J. — Assistant Superintendent Brian Heineman doubts whether the state will have a new standardized test ready in time for this year’s high school freshmen to use as a graduation requirement, given the timeline revealed by state officials to replace the current test. “We won’t really know the reality of this until they’re on […]

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