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 […]

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 […]

Cranford considers charter study

CRANFORD — As the year comes to an end, the governing body is wrapping up initiatives Tuesday that they put forward. One includes looking into whether another form of government might work better for the township. On Tuesday, the Township Committee will have a final reading and public hearing of an ordinance that will allow […]

Cranford seeks dismissal of Birchwood special master

Township alleges biased opinions should bring new trial

CRANFORD — Although the court has been on the side of the Birchwood developers, the township recently filed a motion with the court calling the special master assigned to the case “biased” because she admitted in an email that she supported affordable housing. The township is asking that the special master be disqualified and a […]

‘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 […]

Committee surprised by promotions following Mason’s resignation

CRANFORD— Fallout from Eric Mason’s abrupt resignation as interim administrator resulted in an undercurrent of animosity last week after several promotions were made in the police department without elected officials’ knowledge. Last week, Mason held a meeting with members of the police force to inform them of his resignation Dec. 31 as interim administrator as […]

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 […]

Mason resigns as interim administrator in Cranford

CRANFORD— Last week Police Chief Eric Mason submitted his resignation as interim administrator, effective the end of the year. The township, according to one governing body member, had no choice but to go back to square one and appoint an administrator search team in order to find a replacement for the position that was vacated […]

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 […]