Kean University re-accredited by Middle States

Kean University received the re-accreditation they were seeking late last week, after the Middle States Commission refused for more than a year to grant the coveted reaffirmation. The decision came late last week when Middle States met for their regular commission meeting, which means Kean is no longer on probation. Kean President Dawood Farahi was […]

Middle school students, parents invited to Youth Services workshops

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, in connection with the Union County Youth Services Commission, is inviting middle school students and their parents to attend the inaugural Union County Youth Services Commission Engagement Middle School Summit. The event will take place on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 9 a.m. at the Union County College, Kellogg […]

SAGE weathers the storm, provides help to seniors

During the first week that Superstorm Sandy impacted New Jersey, SAGE didn’t have power and communications were very limited, but the agency was still able to respond to seniors in need. Through the coordination of emergency management, other community groups and residents who were checking on their elderly neighbors, SAGE was able to help vulnerable […]

Sandy deals ‘devastating blow’

Preliminary private, public losses in Union County breach $1 billion

In both private and public losses combined, Superstorm Sandy cost Union County more than $1 billion. The good news is FEMA is supposed to help defray the majority of the costs incurred by municipalities, but not all. The preliminary tolls from each town are now in and the total spent by Union County municipalities for […]

FEMA meeting leaves many with even more questions

Last week residents impacted by Hurricane Sandy came out to a recovery information meeting with the Federal Emergency Management Administration and private state insurance industry representatives, but in the end there were more questions than answers. The session, held at Union County College’s Cranford campus was spearheaded by Republican Assemblyman Jon Bramnick and the Union […]

Residents won’t have to deal with ‘dreaded hurricane clause’

Those with homeowners policies just missed having the dreaded “hurricane clause” go into effect. Thanks to the storm being downgraded right before landfall in New Jersey, property owners with damage only have to deal with one deductible, not two. According to Marshall McKnight of the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance, it was a […]

PSE&G explains difficulties of restoring power after disaster

Restoration of power is a complex process, according to those at the top of the ladder at Public Service Gas and Electric. So complex that customers have little concept how fragile the entire system actually is when it comes to storms like Hurricane Sandy. “As consumers, we expect to flip on a switch and the […]

Report: Districts could do more to fill empty stomachs in Union County classrooms

There are children presumably going to school hungry in Union county but there is no reason they should, according to a report just released. The 2nd Annual New Jersey School Breakfast Report, compiled by Advocates for Children of New Jersey, said some towns in the county have not done the job they should in ensuring […]

Weathering the storm

Opinions on utility companies' responses vary

After more than two weeks since superstorm Sandy slammed into the state leaving 2.7 million New Jersey residents without power for over a week, local elected officials have differing views on how utility companies measured up. The statistics were staggering. The destruction beyond description. But as Union County towns began to slowly come back online, […]