Linden mayor race turns personal with conviction reference

LINDEN, NJ — The city’s mayoral race turned personal when Mayor Derek Armstead revealed in an interview with LocalSource that independent candidate John Principato was convicted of selling drugs. During an Oct. 4 phone interview, Armstead said he helped Principato become approved to be a firefighter some 25 years ago even though “he was a […]

Rare pain conditions pushes Springfield junior

Rare pain conditions pushes Springfield junior

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — Ashley Campos, 15, spent most nights sobbing. Even the slightest touch of her shirt on her back brought intense pain. Anthony and Mary Jo Campos could only console their daughter. Little sister Jenna was scared and confused. In time, the pain spread and intensified. “I remember screaming for my mom because my […]

Kenilworth bar hit with restrictions after neighbors air complaints

Kenilworth bar hit with restrictions after neighbors air complaints

KENILWORTH, NJ — A local bar that agreed to pay a fine to state officials earlier this year has been hit with new restrictions by municipal authorities after neighbors lodged numerous complaints of loud, boisterous and allegedly illegal late-night behavior by patrons. Effective Oct. 15, the Gavelstone Bar and Grill on South Michigan Avenue, located […]

Roselle teachers picket board meeting, demand contract

Roselle teachers picket board meeting, demand contract

ROSELLE, NJ — About 75 teachers, frustrated to be working without a contract for more than 15 months, picketed outside Abraham Clark High School before the Sept. 24 school board meeting. One group of teachers at the corner of East 7th Avenue and Chestnut Street brandished signs that read “We want a contract,” “No contract, […]

Roselle superintendent clashes with board members

ROSELLE, NJ – The interim superintendent of schools grew visibly agitated, but refused to relent when a Board of Education member sought to have several agenda items tabled to until the next meeting. Interim super James Baker also repeatedly clashed with Board President Patricia Fabrizio over several issues throughout the Monday, Sept. 24 meeting. Baker, […]

Springfield eyes housing, commercial mix for Saks site

Springfield eyes housing, commercial mix for Saks site

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — The township has taken another step toward redeveloping the former Saks Fifth Avenue site on Millburn Avenue that has been vacant since the upscale department store moved out more than 20 years ago. The Springfield Township Committee voted unanimously at its meeting Tuesday, Sept. 25 to authorize the Planning Board to conduct […]

Union-based mechanic has sights set on Indy cars

Union-based mechanic has sights set on Indy cars

By Megan K. Scott, Correspondent UNION, NJ — Growing up, Thomas Harrigan was never into cars. He didn’t spend his Saturdays fiddling under the hood or watching his dad work on the family car. And he couldn’t tell you the difference between a carburetor and a fuel injector. In high school, he had no real career […]

Linden BOE devises alternatives after primary vote rebuff

Linden BOE devises alternatives after primary vote rebuff

LINDEN, NJ — The local Board of Education, which was recently denied a request to have June primary voting removed from its schools, has been notified that the Ward 5 polling station will be reassigned to one of the city’s schools. BOE President Raymond Topoleski announced at the board’s meeting Thursday, Sept. 20, that the […]

Skies to get noisier, more crowded over county

WESTFIELD, NJ — The skies over Union County will become noisier and more crowded, according to Union County’s Air Traffic and Noise Advisory Board. The board spent most of the meeting Monday, Sept. 17, analyzing sections of a recent Port Authority study about air traffic noise in and around Newark International Airport. The study projects […]

Linden firefighters accuse chief of assault, racism

Linden firefighters accuse chief of assault, racism

LINDEN, NJ — A Linden Fire Department senior captain has made a series of allegations against fire Chief Joseph Dooley, including that he was “physically assaulted” by the chief at the scene of a call. Reading from a prepared statement at the council meeting on Monday, Sept. 17, Capt. Fred Castle alleged that Dooley used […]