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 […]

Cost of Sandy continues to mount

Since superstorm Sandy, FEMA has approved $557 million for homeowners, paying more than $250 million in the past month for rent, emergency home repairs and even money for cash strapped homeowners impacted by floodwaters. But not all FEMA money is going to survivors. A few weeks ago on the site of the former General Motors […]

Accreditation comes with a few strings attached

Although Kean University received the re-accreditation it was seeking for more than a year, the stamp of approval from the Middle States Commission did not come without concerns on their part. Amid the accolades Kean officials issued about receiving re-accreditation, nothing was mentioned about the many strings attached. Specifically, the commission noted that while the […]

Linden’s road blocks to recovery

Mayor recalls path of destruction as Sandy's surge devastates residents

LINDEN — Although the city took a major hit from superstorm Sandy, Mayor Rich Gerbounka is counting his blessings and looking toward recovery. The city is slowly rebounding after superstorm Sandy swept through its streets, leaving more than $900 million in damages to private and public sectors. The mayor admitted that after Tropical Storm Irene […]