New Jersey Opens First State-Owned ATV Park

 TRENTON – The State of New Jersey on Sunday, Jan. 13 will hold a special public preview to mark the opening of the first state-owned all-terrain vehicle park, a mostly wooded tract in Woodbine, Cape May County, that once served as a sand mine and later as a private motocross track. The Christie Administration is inviting […]

Healthy, wealthy and wise in Union County

Individual health departments are becoming a rarity as communities look for shared savings

There was a time when towns in Union County had their own local health departments, but those days are coming to an end. Now municipalities are looking at whether the health needs of their community can be handled just as well by a regional health department. Increasing state-mandated services, reduced state aid, and the high […]

Former freeholder, 82, passed away Dec. 28

RAHWAY — City and county officials alike mourned the death of former Freeholder Chester Holmes, praising his community service and extolling his kind and gentle nature. The former freeholder, 82, who died Dec. 28 at home of natural causes, served eight years as a city councilman prior to being elected to the Union County Freeholder […]

UCIA loses legal battle with local developer

A Supreme Court jury recently returned a quarter million dollar judgement in favor of a local developer who claimed the Union County Improvement Authority breached a contract for a $16 million Linden redevelopment project that has been on the back burner for more than ten years. When the city launched the project more than a […]

Letters to Santa show lasting effects of Sandy, economy

Santa Claus gets lots of letters, especially from kids in Union County. And there were countless letters this year that Santa’s elves shared with LocalSource, with many mentioning superstorm Sandy. Although taking this major storm in stride, most kids expressed concern that next time a hurricane hits, they would like their families to be better […]

‘Widespread violation’ of Kean policy

Adjunct teachers union alleges 'widespread violation of the Kean policy on harassment'

‘Widespread violation’ of Kean policy

UNION — After 210 Kean University adjunct professors heard their work hours and pay would be cut Dec. 17, the union president claimed over the weekend this move was just another example of administration bullying tactics. The adjunct union claimed last week the university violated their contract with the union because they were never notified […]

County continues to ‘award’ Birdsall

Despite ongoing investigation and a guilty plea, county gives contracts to consulting firm

The former marketing director of an engineering consulting firm that has ongoing lucrative contracts with the county pleaded guilty recently for his role in a pay-to-play scheme to circumvent state campaign finance laws. Phillip Angarone, 40, who previously worked for Birdsall Services Group, admitted that from the time he joined the firm in 2008, he […]

New disaster recovery center opens in Linden

A new disaster recovery center is open in Union County. Visit from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily until further notice. If you were affected by hurricane sandy, meet with recovery officials at the Gregorio Recreation Center, 330 Helen St., linden. A second Union County center is open daily at the Plainfield senior citizen’s service […]

‘Nothing really has changed at Kean’

By cutting credit hours, Kean effectively lays off hundreds of adjunct professors

Last week 210 adjunct professors at Kean University had their workloads reduced and will be forced to head to the unemployment office just weeks before Christmas. The adjunct union claims the university violated their contract with the union because they were never notified in writing or designated an official to consult with the AFT concerning […]

‘Power struggle’ in Union County

Four municipal employees may face penalties for using public generators for personal needs

The Union County Prosecutor’s Office is looking into exactly how many county employees helped themselves to generators immediately following superstorm Sandy. County sources with knowledge of how this unfolded confirmed Monday that there were four public works employees in addition to “at least” one person in the public safety department that took home generators for […]

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