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Watchdog takes the stand, tries to hide behind Shied law, as prosecutor hammers away

Activist, blogger, journalist, whatever …

After two grueling days on the stand, the decision of whether activist and blogger Tina Renna legally deserves protection under the New Jersey Shield Law for newspersons is in the hands of Superior Court Judge Karen Cassidy. The two-day hearing took place after Renna refused multiple times to provide the Union County Prosecutor’s Office with […]

Confusion over conflict arises with Birchwood

CRANFORD — Tuesday night at the Township Committee Workshop meeting resident Liz Sweeney brought out information that could indicate there was a conflict of interest involving builder remedy lawsuits the town has been fighting for years. Thirty-four years after the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled on a Mt. Laurel case involving affordable housing, the township […]

Backyard Composting training courses to begin in Cranford

CRANFORD — My Green Cranford in conjunction with the Cranford Recycling Department has been awarded a $2,000 Sustainable Jersey Grant. The grant allocations will be used to start a Backyard Composting Program. The new program will be called My Green Gardens, and slotted to begin in spring 2013. Training courses will be offered to Cranford […]

Another blow to township in Birchwood battleground

CRANFORD — Efforts to fight the Birchwood development took another step backward last week when the court gave its nod to the developer’s requests. At a special hearing Feb. 5 Judge Lisa Chrystal approved the recommendations of special hearing officer Douglas Wolfson to approve Cranford Development Associates’ site plan, shooting down the township’s efforts yet […]

Officer complains of Mason’s intimidation

CRANFORD — Township Police Chief Eric Mason is in hot water with the local police union after allegedly attempting to intimidate a member of the force into recanting an email that Mason did not like. The complaint, filed with the New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission, puts further credence to rumors that have circulated the […]

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 […]