Letters to Santa show lasting effects of Sandy, economy

Santa Claus gets lots of letters, especially from kids in Union County. And there were countless letters this year that Santa’s elves shared with LocalSource, with many mentioning superstorm Sandy. Although taking this major storm in stride, most kids expressed concern that next time a hurricane hits, they would like their families to be better […]

Cranford considers charter study

CRANFORD — As the year comes to an end, the governing body is wrapping up initiatives Tuesday that they put forward. One includes looking into whether another form of government might work better for the township. On Tuesday, the Township Committee will have a final reading and public hearing of an ordinance that will allow […]

Summit holds meeting to discuss storm response

SUMMIT — The city is taking a proactive stance when it comes to any future storms that could leave residents without power for days. But the best lesson, according to the mayor, is being aware of what went right and wrong during and after the storm. The night superstorm Sandy hit, which  was downgraded from […]

‘Widespread violation’ of Kean policy

Adjunct teachers union alleges 'widespread violation of the Kean policy on harassment'

‘Widespread violation’ of Kean policy

UNION — After 210 Kean University adjunct professors heard their work hours and pay would be cut Dec. 17, the union president claimed over the weekend this move was just another example of administration bullying tactics. The adjunct union claimed last week the university violated their contract with the union because they were never notified […]

Springfield Republicans ask for election recount

SPRINGFIELD — Residents will have to wait a little longer to find out whether the  Democrats actually won the election this year by a five-vote margin or if there could have been an error by the board of elections. On Friday, the Republican party decided to file for a recount in Superior Court, hoping this […]

County continues to ‘award’ Birdsall

Despite ongoing investigation and a guilty plea, county gives contracts to consulting firm

The former marketing director of an engineering consulting firm that has ongoing lucrative contracts with the county pleaded guilty recently for his role in a pay-to-play scheme to circumvent state campaign finance laws. Phillip Angarone, 40, who previously worked for Birdsall Services Group, admitted that from the time he joined the firm in 2008, he […]

Mayor asks for input on uses for defunct industrial site

CLARK— In 1947 when the U.S. Gypsum plant on Raritan Road opened for business it was during the boom industrial years when men were coming back from fighting World War II and looking for steady, good paying jobs. They found those jobs at the new paper manufacturing plant and across the street at the General […]

Cranford seeks dismissal of Birchwood special master

Township alleges biased opinions should bring new trial

CRANFORD — Although the court has been on the side of the Birchwood developers, the township recently filed a motion with the court calling the special master assigned to the case “biased” because she admitted in an email that she supported affordable housing. The township is asking that the special master be disqualified and a […]

‘Nothing really has changed at Kean’

By cutting credit hours, Kean effectively lays off hundreds of adjunct professors

Last week 210 adjunct professors at Kean University had their workloads reduced and will be forced to head to the unemployment office just weeks before Christmas. The adjunct union claims the university violated their contract with the union because they were never notified in writing or designated an official to consult with the AFT concerning […]

Union High School students display their Christmas spirit

UNION— Students at Union High School are showing the true spirit of Christmas this year by hosting a holiday bazaar that will benefit fellow students. Tuesday the public will get a firsthand opportunity to kick off their holiday spirit and support a worthy cause by attending the “first ever” Holiday Bazaar put on by the […]