Masked men rob Roselle Park 7-Eleven at gunpoint

ROSELLE PARK, NJ — Roselle Park police are seeking three men who robbed a convenience story in the early morning hours of Thursday, July 26, wearing masks and brandishing a pistol and a stun gun, police said in an email. The three men entered the 7-Eleven convenience store at 573 W. Westfield Ave. at 2:14 […]

Clark’s newest cop takes inspiration from Grandma

Clark’s newest cop takes inspiration from Grandma

CLARK — Thomas Balsamo was surrounded by friends and family members as he was sworn in as the township’s newest police officer. His thoughts, however, drifted back to his late grandmother. Nicolina Balsamo was a feisty and fearless member of the Chatham Police Department for 40 years, during which time she once issued a ticket […]

State revokes teaching certificates of ex-Linden High School instructor

State education officials have revoked the teaching certificates of a former Linden High School instructor who was found to have helped several students cheat on the 2013 High School Proficiency Assessment exam. The Department of Education’s State Board of Examiners yanked the license of Rolando Laguna in an order issued Wednesday, June 18. According to […]

Hillside teachers continue to clash with school board

HILLSIDE — Teachers, their union leaders and parents continued to clash with school board members about staff reassignments and poor communication, reiterating claims during a contentious meeting on Thursday, July 19, that the district administration has retaliated against union officials following yearlong contract negotiations. During a round of testimonials from educators in the audience, New […]

Cranford gets glimpse of 750 Walnut housing project

Cranford gets glimpse of 750 Walnut housing project

CRANFORD — A design concept unveiled at the local planning board meeting on Wednesday, July 18, gave residents their first glimpse of the proposed 905-unit apartment project at 750 Walnut Ave. A series of architect’s renderings depicted three, five-story buildings and two, four-story buildings on the 30.5-acre tract located on the Clark border at the […]

Former Linden police chief installed as undersheriff

ELIZABETH — Former Linden police Chief Jonathan Parham was sworn in as Union County undersheriff on Friday, July 13, filling the spot vacated by state Sen. Joe Cryan. Parham, who took the oath of office from Union County Vicinage Assignment Judge Karen Cassidy, will join undersheriffs Amilcar Colon and Dennis Burke as the executive management […]

Early morning blaze sends Garwood firefighters to hospital

Early morning blaze sends Garwood firefighters to hospital

GARWOOD — One local firefighter was hospitalized for heat-related injuries, and another was treated and released for minor injuries, from battling an early morning blaze that severely damaged an unoccupied house on Willow Avenue on Friday, July 13. “It was a vacant house,” Garwood fire Chief Allan Tweedle said. “It was under renovation, so nobody […]

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