ACLU report: police depts. ‘internally’ flawed

UNION COUNTY — If an average citizen in Union County wanted to lodge a complaint against a local police officer over the phone … well … good luck. In fact, the majority of those attempting to lodge a complaint against a police officer throughout the state would most likely encounter hostility, misinformation or other obstacles from […]

County loses out on $5 million in savings

Documents show broker failed to recommend most affordable health benefits plan to county

UNION COUNTY — The freeholder board could have saved as much as $5 million in health benefit costs last year, but several representatives of county employee unions discovered a county-contracted broker appears to have steered the freeholders to a more expensive plan. Tonight at the freeholder meeting, representatives of the local Communications Workers of America and […]

Union County College offers photography course

UNION COUNTY — If you enjoy taking pictures, learn how you can turn your passion into an income-generating business through a new non-credit certificate program at Union County College. Even if you just take pictures as a hobby, there are important techniques you can learn to improve your picture-taking abilities to get started. The class […]

Union County Colleges offers classes on preparing to sell your home

UNION COUNTY — If you are considering putting your home on the market this year, get a jump-start on the process by learning what works from a professional home stager. According to studies by Department of Housing and Urban Development, a “staged home” will sell in about half the time and for 17 percent more […]

Arc of Union County to hold Candlelight Ball

UNION COUNTY — The Arc of Union County is hosting the 49th Annual Candlelight Ball on Saturday, March 23, at L’Affaire in Mountainside. Each year more than 200 guests join The Arc to celebrate and honor those who with vision and commitment make a significant difference within the community. Companies in attendance network and hear […]

11 charged in Medicaid fraud; two from UC

UNION COUNTY — Last week federal and state agents arrested two Union County residents in a large scale Medicaid fraud scheme that ran into the millions. The complaint charged that Irina Krutoyarsky, 58, of Springfield, the owner and operator of a home health aid business, HHCH Health Care, Inc. in Linden, hindered a state investigation by […]

Watchdog has her day in court with prosecutor

In question is whether the New Jersey Shield Law, one of the strongest in the nation, actually applies to bloggers. But it is not the first time this issue has come up in the state.

UNION COUNTY — It could be a little while before anyone learns whether blogger Tina Renna is protected by the New Jersey Shield Law for newspersons or will have to reveal to a grand jury what she knows about the employees who took home county-owned generators. On Friday there were more questions than answers after Superior […]

As transparent as it gets

Watchdog, prosecutor sling insults in pre-trial briefs; due in court today

UNION COUNTY — The war of words between blogger Tina Renna and the Union County Prosecutor’s Office intensified last week as both took defensive stands prior to a court hearing today to determine if the blogger has to reveal information she knows to a grand jury. In late November when Renna posted on the Union County […]

The rise and fall — mostly rise — of property taxes in UC

UNION COUNTY — The average homeowner statewide paid $7,870.28 in property taxes last year, up 1.7 percent over 2011. Eight municipalities in Union County, however, saw their taxes increase by more than 3 percent, while five actually saw taxes drop. This was the lowest increase statewide in two decades for one of the highest taxed states […]

Young Scholars

The students were recently awarded the 2012-13 Navin Bros. Food Service Scholarship at Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains. Navin Bros., Inc. oversees all food service operations at Union Catholic High School as well as at schools throughout the New York tri-state area. The scholarship was established in memory of Mary Ellen Swinden, a […]

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