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 […]

Watchung Reservation trails on the comeback path

Watchung Reservation trails on the comeback path

MOUNTAINSIDE, N.J. — It took years for neglect to eventually take its toll on the trails through the Watchung Reservation. With few staff able to conduct inspections and maintenance, extreme weather eroded the trails and sullied streams, turning a park that was “loved to death” into one that was hostile to hikers and equestrians. But […]

New U.S. citizens take oath at Kean University

New U.S. citizens take oath at Kean University

UNION, NJ — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services District Director Tamika Gray had a simple message for 29 Union County residents who took the oath of allegiance to become American citizens: “Welcome home.” With Kean University’s Liberty Hall Museum as a backdrop, the new citizens, originally from 19 different countries, gathered Tuesday, June 18, with […]

Heat wave stresses trees, too, expert says

Heat wave stresses trees, too, expert says

By Jay Greer / Staff Writer UNION COUNTY, NJ — Residents who found the recent tropical heat wave stressful should imagine what the hot weather did to the trees. That’s the message from Union County arborist Bob O’Rourke, who suggests giving local trees some love during the summer. An arborist for more than 20 years […]

County launches opioid addiction hotline program

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Officials have launched a new program — Helping Hands 365 — that features a 24/7 hotline connecting addicts with peers who have achieved sobriety in an effort to reduce opioid-related overdoses in the county. More than 130 county residents died of such overdoses in 2018. Prevention Links, a local nonprofit organization […]

New acting prosecutor named for county

New acting prosecutor named for county

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Former Union County Assistant Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo has been named to replace Jennifer Davenport as acting prosecutor in the county, becoming the third person to hold the title in less than three months, and the sixth in less than two years. The state Attorney General’s Office announced the appointment in […]

Route 22 roadwork to begin in August

Route 22 roadwork to begin in August

UNION, NJ — Construction on westbound side of U.S. Route 22 between Vauxhall Road to the west of Bloy Street is set to begin by the end of the month and will take about a year to complete, according to state Department of Transportation officials. Both lanes will be open during construction during daytime hours […]

Freeholders urge PSE&G on higher utility poles

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders has joined with some local municipalities in a fight to keep tall, high-voltage utility poles out of residential areas, urging PSE&G to conduct further investigations before installing the lines throughout Union County. PSE&G is proposing to install 65-foot utility poles along South Avenue in […]

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