New Jersey Supreme Court to hear Kean OPMA case

New Jersey Supreme Court  to hear Kean OPMA case

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The state Supreme Court will hear an appeal from Kean University’s Board of Trustees after a lower court ruled it violated the state’s Open Public Meetings Act. A state Appellate Division in February ruled that the board, Kean’s governing body, should have sent Valera Hascup, a former Kean nursing professor, an official […]

Accused killer blames ‘drug binge’ for Wyckoff slaying

Accused killer blames ‘drug binge’ for Wyckoff slaying

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Tears streamed down Matt Ballister’s face as he cried out: “I loved her.” The 47-year-old Ballister, accused of killing and dismembering April Wyckoff nearly four years ago, collapsed under questioning by Union County Prosecutor Scott Peterson. “I didn’t mean to do it,” he said. “This wasn’t supposed to happen. I have made […]

Union County towns mark Las Vegas shooting with vigils

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Candlelight vigils were held throughout Union County following the Las Vegas mass shooting in which 58 people were killed and another 489 were wounded or injured. The massacre on Oct. 1 occurred when 64-year-old Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada, opened fire on a crowd of thousands attending the Route 91 Harvest music […]

Accrediting agency gives Kean Univ. three recommendations after review

UNION COUNTY, NJ — A regional accrediting agency that threatened Kean University’s status five years ago has given the school three recommendations in response to the college’s internal “periodic review report.” “The Middle States Commission on Higher Education response to the report was overwhelmingly positive,” university spokeswoman Margaret McCorry said in a recent statement. “The […]

Growing number of municipalities oppose state effort to expand public records laws

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Several municipalities throughout the state, including Union and Linden, have been approving resolutions to oppose a pair of bills sponsored by state Sen. Loretta Weinberg of Bergen County, which seek to expand public meetings and records laws. The bills would expand both the Open Public Records Act and Open Public Meetings Act, […]

Park resigns, replaced by Isenhour as acting Union County prosecutor

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Tom Isenhour has been installed as acting Union County prosecutor, ascending from his position as first assistant prosecutor to replace Grace Park, who announced her resignation Friday, Sept. 8. Isenhour, who was often seen appearing before the Board of Chosen Freeholders at its weekly meetings to update the legislators on the […]

Flooding help for Rahway River could be years away

Flooding help for Rahway River could be years away

UNION COUNTY, NJ — With images of Hurricane Irma striking Florida dominating news coverage only two weeks after similar pictures from Hurricane Harvey’s devastation in Texas, local memories are being refreshed of Irene and Sandy — and the damage it wreaked. While local officials are pushing for action along the Rahway River and its tributaries, Union, […]

State agency tells Union County Improvement Authority to review $50 million Roselle school-recreation project

UNION COUNTY, NJ — A state agency that regulates fiscal operations for municipalities and counties asked the Union County Improvement Authority to review concerns raised by a Roselle resident regarding the town’s proposed $50 million Mind and Body Complex. Local Finance Board Chair Timothy Cunningham sent a letter Aug. 24 to the UCIA, which has been […]