Invasive beetles less populous this summer

Invasive beetles less populous this summer

UNION COUNTY, NJ — In and around the county residents are quite used to seeing creatures like white-tailed deer, squirrels and fireflies as the temperature warms. One common insect is often overlooked despite its prevalence and pronounced ecological effects; the Japanese beetle. With July upon us, it’s time to start looking for them, according to […]

Restaurant Weeks take over Union County

UNION COUNTY, NJ — As Councilwoman Linda Karlovitch gazed at the families and groups of friends strolling Boulevard and the side streets of Kenilworth, she swelled with pride. This “sleepy town,” as she put it, had been transformed into a dining destination for those hungry for fine fare. “It was lively, that was the vibe,” Karlovitch […]

Cryan decries federal ruling on Waterfront Commission

CLARK, NJ — State Sen. Joseph Cryan said he believes New Jersey should be allowed to sever ties with the bi-state regulatory commission created by New Jersey and New York more than 60 years ago to police several sprawling maritime shipping terminals, including Port Elizabeth. Cryan, who represents Elizabeth, Hillside, Roselle and Union in the […]

Plainfield Democrats secure freeholder, Assembly seats

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county Democratic Party met May 31 in Cranford to select a Plainfield councilwoman for the vacant seat on the Board of Chosen Freeholders. Councilwoman Rebecca Williams, elected in 2016 to the Plainfield City Council, was chosen during a Union County Democratic Committee Convention at Union County College. “I’ve spoken to, […]

Three Union County McDonald’s fined for child labor violations

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Three McDonald’s restaurants in Union County and eight others in the state were found to be in violation of child labor laws after a federal Department of Labor investigation, officials announced May 18. S&P Enterprises, the McDonald’s franchisee, paid $8,829 in penalties to “resolve” the violations, federal officials said. The three […]

A long hike for fallen police officers

A long hike for fallen police officers

Photos Courtesy of the Linden and Summit police departments RIGHTEOUS RIDE – Cyclists from several Union County municipal police departments, including Linden, Summit and Cranford, took part in this year’s Police Unity Ride, a four-day excursion from New York to Washington to raise awareness of law enforcement officers who have died in the line of […]

Next generation ATM coming to Union County

Next generation ATM coming to Union County

WESTFIELD, NJ — Robotics and other technology are routinely coming under more scrutiny for their societal impact, and what some see as the next generation in automated banking is coming to Union County. Interactive teller machines, which are essentially remote-controlled, ATM-like kiosks virtually guided by a banker, will make their appearance in Westfield in early […]

Ethics charges are filed against Union County judge

UNION COUNTY, NJ — A Superior Court judge who was convicted in February of defiant trespass in a dispute with her daughters’ Catholic grade school regarding one of the girl’s desires to play basketball on the boys’ team has been formally charged by a judicial board with five ethics violations. The action by the Advisory Committee […]

County introduces budget with 1.75 percent tax hike

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county freeholders introduced a preliminary budget of about $483.7 million on April 26, which would raise the county tax levy by 1.75 percent on an average house. An early version of the 2018 executive budget totalled about $489 million, but was reduced after an ad hoc efficiency committee reviewed the […]

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