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, […]

Picking up the pieces

Union County residents share in a mutual hope of a speedy recovery

Although many Union County residents had their power return this week, many others have not been as lucky. For those still struggling without heat or electricity, the only thought as the sun goes down on another day is how to get through the long night without heat. In hard hit Rahway, where winds in excess […]

Union County encourages Hurricane Sandy preparedness

With Hurricane Sandy still on track to hit the Union County area by Monday, Oct. 26, the Freeholder Board is urging residents to take steps to prepare this weekend. The freeholder board is reminding County residents that basic steps can be taken to be prepared for the storm,  including stocking up on a few days’ […]

Mayors Council on Rahway River Watershed Flood Control approves inter-local agreement

On Oct. 24 at a special meeting at the Millburn Municipal Building, the seven Mayors representing their communities signed an historic inter-local agreement for the development of the South Mountain Regional Detention Basin, a storage project to reduce water elevations during peak storms in the Rahway River Watershed. The mayors of Millburn, Union, Springfield, Cranford, […]

Free Seminar on Drug Abuse and Heroin Addiction, Nov. 14

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders welcomes residents to attend “Prescription 101: Prescription Medication and Heroin Abuse and Addiction,” the last installment in the free Fall Speakers Series funded by the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse through the Municipal Alliance. The series has been coordinated by the Union County Department of Human […]

County task force will no longer investigate Elizabeth homicides

The Union County Prosecutor’s office decided last week they will no longer investigate homicides in Elizabeth, effective immediately. Elizabeth officials, however, were unfazed by the announcement. The move, in the works since September, came after Prosecutor Theodore Romankow decided he could no longer expend the Homicide Task Force manpower hours required to tackle all the […]

Does ‘everybody love Raymond’?

Elizabeth district database compromised again; teachers receive political letter

The Elizabeth Board of Education believes a city councilman was directly involved in illegally obtaining a confidential list of district teacher addresses and used it to cut down the district while building up Democrat Sen. Raymond Lesniak’s initiatives. On Oct. 18 the school board unanimously passed a resolution to take all steps necessary to uncover […]

No freeholder debate from League of Women Voters

For decades, the League of Women Voters sponsored the annual freeholder candidates debate in a non-partisan atmosphere. Unfortunately, this year the gavel will be silent. According to county party leaders on both sides of the political fence, as of late last week neither received notification from the league of a forthcoming debate. With the election […]