Second officer contests Hillside mayor’s selection for police chief

HILLSIDE, NJ — The fight to determine who will be Hillside’s police chief has intensified with new allegations of retaliation emerging from within the force in the form of a whistleblower lawsuit. Capt. Nicola Lomonte filed the lawsuit July 27 in Superior Court, documenting his contentious working relationship with Hillside Mayor Angela Garretson, a current Democratic […]

Linden police get one-on-one time, coffee with city residents

Linden police get one-on-one time, coffee with city residents

LINDEN, NJ — For Jean Perez, a Linden resident for 11 years, visiting her police department’s “Coffee with a Cop” event was about interacting with officers in person rather than through social media. “I wanted to put a face to the police officers,” Perez said outside the Starbucks in Aviation Plaza on Oct. 4. “I don’t […]

Union to pave way to completion of Stuyvesant Avenue project

UNION, NJ — Union will soon repave the rough road left from a renovation project along a stretch of Stuyvesant Avenue, according to Union spokeswoman Natalie Pineiro. The first phase of the Stuyvesant Avenue Streetscape Project is nearing completion, with repaving of Stuyvesant Avenue between Vauxhall and Morris avenues slated for around mid-October, Pineiro said. The […]

Mountainside votes to expand heavily wooded Barnes Tract despite opposition

Mountainside votes to expand heavily  wooded Barnes Tract despite opposition

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ — The Mountainside Borough Council on Sept. 19 held a preliminary vote to expand a 5.4-acre wooded site along Mountain Avenue — known as the Barnes Tract — at the end of Knightsbridge Road, for a 30-unit apartment complex. The expansion would ostensibly lessen the traffic impact of the new building, however some residents […]

Shooting in Union leaves one dead, two arrested

UNION, NJ — Two Union residents have been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old man that occurred on the afternoon of Sunday, Oct. 8, on Trotting Road, authorities said. Police found Jose Diago, of Union, dead when they arrived at the 700 block of Trotting Road near Galloping Hill Road on […]

Union County towns mark Las Vegas shooting with vigils

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Candlelight vigils were held throughout Union County following the Las Vegas mass shooting in which 58 people were killed and another 489 were wounded or injured. The massacre on Oct. 1 occurred when 64-year-old Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada, opened fire on a crowd of thousands attending the Route 91 Harvest music […]

Accrediting agency gives Kean Univ. three recommendations after review

UNION COUNTY, NJ — A regional accrediting agency that threatened Kean University’s status five years ago has given the school three recommendations in response to the college’s internal “periodic review report.” “The Middle States Commission on Higher Education response to the report was overwhelmingly positive,” university spokeswoman Margaret McCorry said in a recent statement. “The […]