Bramnick, Munoz prevail again in race for Assembly seats

Bramnick, Munoz prevail again in race for Assembly seats

Assembly minority leader Jon Bramnick and fellow Republican Nancy Munoz appeared to have beaten back a Democratic upset bid for the second straight election, prevailing in the 22nd Legislative District race despite the wildcard entrance of two “independent conservative” candidates. With 98 percent of the precincts reporting in, Bramnick had a better than 3,000-vote lead […]

Panelists point to internet in rise of ‘hate speech’

CRANFORD, N.J. — The internet’s combination of relative anonymity and wide reach have contributed largely to hate speech and divisions in America, a panel of government and community officials at Union County College generally agreed. “I think the internet is the dark corner,” said Walter Fields, former political director of the New Jersey chapter of […]

Rahway River flood study faces more roadblocks

Rahway River flood study faces more roadblocks

Ongoing work to mitigate flooding in municipalities along the Rahway River has hit yet another dam, forcing proponents to reach out to politicians and government agencies in an attempt to get the plan moving again. On Oct. 4, mayors from communities along the Rahway River, as well as county officials, met with officials from the […]

RWJBarnabas Health, Trinitas to merge

RWJBarnabas Health, Trinitas to merge

ELIZABETH, N.J. — Trinitas Regional Medical Center and RWJBarnabas Health have signed a letter of intent for the Elizabeth hospital and its affiliates to become a part of the largest health care system in the state, the two entities announced in a joint Oct. 10 statement. Under the terms of the proposed merter, RWJBarnabas would […]

Direct Raritan Valley train service to NYC to resume

Direct Raritan Valley train service to NYC to resume

Off-peak “one-seat ride” service to New York City will resume on the Raritan Valley Line on Monday, Nov. 4, after more than a year of being suspended, Gov. Phil Murphy announced a press conference at the Westfield Train Station. According to the announcement, there will be five midday train departures, both inbound and outbound, and […]

County sprays Berkeley Heights after virus found in mosquitoes

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. — A mosquito pool in the area around Emerson Lane near the Warren border has tested positive for eastern equine encephalitis, a virus that causes an inflammation of the brain, prompting Union County officials to spray insecticide in several areas of the township. The announcement was made on the Berkeley Heights township’s […]

Route 22 westbound project begins in Union

UNION, N.J. — A safety improvement project that will add an auxiliary lane and sidewalks on U.S. Route 22 westbound near Vauxhall Road has begun and is expected to last until next summer, the state Department of Transportation announced in a recent press release. This work originally was scheduled to start the weekend of Sept. […]

Summit ranked second best place to live statewide

Summit ranked second best place to live statewide

Two towns in Union County, including the No. 2 ranked Summit, are among the top 10 “Best Places to Live in New Jersey,” according to New Jersey Monthly magazine’s September edition. The survey, conducted by Leflein Associates, an independent research firm based in Ringwood considered home values, property taxes, crime rate, school performance and a […]

UCC offers medical marijuana workshop

UCC offers medical marijuana workshop

CRANFORD, N.J. — Following a failed attempt by Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration to legalize or decriminalize marijuana, reduced restrictions on the drug have created increased opportunities for potential patients and providers. Many doctors feel marijuana is not a cure-all so the risks — as well as any touted benefits — should be understood. “It’s really […]

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