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 […]

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 […]