Roselle BOE president claims ‘racially assaulted’

ROSELLE, NJ — The white school board president who was told by a black board member during an Aug. 16 board meeting that her “white privilege does not extend to this end of the table” claims it was just the latest episode of being “racially assaulted” by fellow board members. Patricia Fabrizio, the only white […]

Union man takes Frisbee on a different course

Union man takes Frisbee on a different course

UNION, NJ — Chris Costleigh reached back, uncoiled his body and launched his disc toward the basket at No. 11. The disc, however, had other ideas. Instead of bending around some trees, it veered off and left him with no choice but to blurt out disc golf’s dirty four-letter word. “Fore!” he yelled as his disc […]

Kenilworth superintendent to get $100,000 to quit

KENILWORTH, NJ — The school board will pay former Superintendent Thomas Tramaglini more than $100,000, according to a separation agreement between the school district and the former official charged with defecating near the track and football field at Holmdel High School in May. Tramaglini, whose arrest by Holmdel police drew international attention and set off […]

Shared-service czars distance themselves from Sweeney

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy’s shared-service czars are distancing themselves from an ad hoc group put together by state Senate President Stephen Sweeney that reportedly discussed tax-restructuring ideas that include consolidating and eliminating towns smaller than 5,000 people. According to the czars, Democrat Jordan Glatt and Republican Nicolas Platt, their goal is to […]

Linden mayor balks at schools’ elections proposal

LINDEN, NJ — Mayor Derek Armstead blasted school Superintendent Danny Robertozzi’s proposal to not use the schools for June primary elections, saying the move would inconvenience residents and calling the plan an attempt at voter suppression. “The superintendent and the majority on the school board aren’t really concerned about who comes to vote; they just […]

Union man pays homage to national pastime’s past

Union man pays homage to national pastime’s past

UNION, NJ — Craig Combs was tested in his first game with his new baseball team when he was forced to sprint, slide and stretch to snare a sinking line drive. He used instincts, hustle and athleticism to make the highlight-reel catch. He didn’t, however, use a glove. Combs is the centerfielder, pitcher and one […]

Summit ranked best school district in county

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Summit has the best public schools in Union County and the fourth-best in New Jersey, according to the website Niche in its annual survey of New Jersey’s public education districts. The ranking for 2019 puts Summit one place above last year’s classification. Union County moved two more schools into the top 20: […]

Study predicts 39 percent spike in Cranford student population

CRANFORD, NJ — The superintendent of schools and the school board president issued a joint statement expressing concern that a proposed 905-unit apartment complex planned at 750 Walnut Ave. would have a “dramatic and substantial impact” on the school district. The statement by Superintendent Scott Rubin and board President Kurt Petschow come in the wake […]