County elections dominated by handful of towns

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Republicans control every council seat in five towns in Union County. The Democrats hold every seat in eight municipalities, plus nominally a ninth. This leaves only handful of towns relatively competitive on a partisan basis throughout the county for the elections Tuesday, Nov. 7, yet there are issues from Mount Laurel […]

Overlook becomes first hospital in state to use new stroke reduction procedure

Overlook becomes first hospital in state to use new stroke reduction procedure

SUMMIT, NJ — A new preventive procedure that is more accessible to seniors is now offered at Atlantic Health System’s Overlook Medical Center, helping patients to reduce the risk of stroke. The procedure is known as transcarotid artery revascularization, or TCAR, and is a minimally invasive operation that uses a stent to open up and reduce […]

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 […]

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