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 […]

‘Power struggle’ in Union County

Four municipal employees may face penalties for using public generators for personal needs

The Union County Prosecutor’s Office is looking into exactly how many county employees helped themselves to generators immediately following superstorm Sandy. County sources with knowledge of how this unfolded confirmed Monday that there were four public works employees in addition to “at least” one person in the public safety department that took home generators for […]

Cost of Sandy continues to mount

Since superstorm Sandy, FEMA has approved $557 million for homeowners, paying more than $250 million in the past month for rent, emergency home repairs and even money for cash strapped homeowners impacted by floodwaters. But not all FEMA money is going to survivors. A few weeks ago on the site of the former General Motors […]

Committee surprised by promotions following Mason’s resignation

CRANFORD— Fallout from Eric Mason’s abrupt resignation as interim administrator resulted in an undercurrent of animosity last week after several promotions were made in the police department without elected officials’ knowledge. Last week, Mason held a meeting with members of the police force to inform them of his resignation Dec. 31 as interim administrator as […]

Linden’s road blocks to recovery

Mayor recalls path of destruction as Sandy's surge devastates residents

LINDEN — Although the city took a major hit from superstorm Sandy, Mayor Rich Gerbounka is counting his blessings and looking toward recovery. The city is slowly rebounding after superstorm Sandy swept through its streets, leaving more than $900 million in damages to private and public sectors. The mayor admitted that after Tropical Storm Irene […]

Mason resigns as interim administrator in Cranford

CRANFORD— Last week Police Chief Eric Mason submitted his resignation as interim administrator, effective the end of the year. The township, according to one governing body member, had no choice but to go back to square one and appoint an administrator search team in order to find a replacement for the position that was vacated […]