Clark moves forward with Gypsum rezoning

CLARK — Last week the township moved a step closer to ensuring the former 28-acre U.S. Gypsum plant on Raritan Road stays within the vision they have of a new town center. There were at least 100 residents in the audience the night of the final hearing that ultimately saw the Planning Board unanimously approve […]

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Watchdog takes the stand, tries to hide behind Shied law, as prosecutor hammers away

Activist, blogger, journalist, whatever …

After two grueling days on the stand, the decision of whether activist and blogger Tina Renna legally deserves protection under the New Jersey Shield Law for newspersons is in the hands of Superior Court Judge Karen Cassidy. The two-day hearing took place after Renna refused multiple times to provide the Union County Prosecutor’s Office with […]

Clark budget expected to use much of 2 percent cap

CLARK — The township introduced its $20.7 million budget last week, reflecting a 2 percent increase, or $277,435 more than last year. Although a public hearing and final approval is not until April 15, Township Administrator John Laezza said Tuesday in an interview that the average Clark taxpayer with a home assessed at $100,000 should […]

Off to the races

Off to the races

CLARK — Recently, the Cub Scouts of Pack 145 of Clark held their annual Pinewood Derby. Above: The winners of the races pose with their various awards. Right, a set of cars wait for the ‘starting gun’ and a race to begin. Cub Scouts, with the help of parents, build their own cars from wood, […]

Healthy, wealthy and wise in Union County

Individual health departments are becoming a rarity as communities look for shared savings

There was a time when towns in Union County had their own local health departments, but those days are coming to an end. Now municipalities are looking at whether the health needs of their community can be handled just as well by a regional health department. Increasing state-mandated services, reduced state aid, and the high […]

Letters to Santa show lasting effects of Sandy, economy

Santa Claus gets lots of letters, especially from kids in Union County. And there were countless letters this year that Santa’s elves shared with LocalSource, with many mentioning superstorm Sandy. Although taking this major storm in stride, most kids expressed concern that next time a hurricane hits, they would like their families to be better […]

Mayor asks for input on uses for defunct industrial site

CLARK— In 1947 when the U.S. Gypsum plant on Raritan Road opened for business it was during the boom industrial years when men were coming back from fighting World War II and looking for steady, good paying jobs. They found those jobs at the new paper manufacturing plant and across the street at the General […]

‘Power struggle’ in Union County

Four municipal employees may face penalties for using public generators for personal needs

The Union County Prosecutor’s Office is looking into exactly how many county employees helped themselves to generators immediately following superstorm Sandy. County sources with knowledge of how this unfolded confirmed Monday that there were four public works employees in addition to “at least” one person in the public safety department that took home generators for […]

Cost of Sandy continues to mount

Since superstorm Sandy, FEMA has approved $557 million for homeowners, paying more than $250 million in the past month for rent, emergency home repairs and even money for cash strapped homeowners impacted by floodwaters. But not all FEMA money is going to survivors. A few weeks ago on the site of the former General Motors […]

Linden’s road blocks to recovery

Mayor recalls path of destruction as Sandy's surge devastates residents

LINDEN — Although the city took a major hit from superstorm Sandy, Mayor Rich Gerbounka is counting his blessings and looking toward recovery. The city is slowly rebounding after superstorm Sandy swept through its streets, leaving more than $900 million in damages to private and public sectors. The mayor admitted that after Tropical Storm Irene […]