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 […]

Union OKs $230,000 for street improvements

UNION, N.J. — The Township Council has OK’d $230,000 for its 2020 road improvement program, approving a contract with Maser Consulting of Red Bank for the work at its Oct. 8 meeting. “We do roads every year, and what we’ve done in the last eight, nine, 10 years, we present that to the government body,” […]

RWJBarnabas Health, Trinitas to merge

RWJBarnabas Health, Trinitas to merge

ELIZABETH, N.J. — Trinitas Regional Medical Center and RWJBarnabas Health have signed a letter of intent for the Elizabeth hospital and its affiliates to become a part of the largest health care system in the state, the two entities announced in a joint Oct. 10 statement. Under the terms of the proposed merter, RWJBarnabas would […]

Cranford urged to adopt ‘historic preservation element’

Cranford urged to adopt ‘historic preservation element’

CRANFORD, N.J. — The township’s Historic Preservation Advisory Board suggested officials consider adding a “historic preservation element” into the municipality’s master plan, a change that could guide or restrict homeowners making renovations to their houses. The Historic Preservation Advisory Board is charged with “preserving the character” of Cranford. But advisory board member Stephen Saltzman said […]