Complaint against district officials rejected

ELIZABETH — An admistrative law judge rejected a claim that two Elizabeth school officials used school records to obtain phone numbers for political robo-calls in 2011. In a 35-page opinion issued late last week, the Office of Administrative Law Judge Leslie Z. Celentano dismissed charges brought against an Elizabeth Board of Education Assistant Superintendent of […]

School board president faces an ethics complaint

ELIZABETH — It appears school board President Tony Monteiro has a lot of explaining to do about why he did not disclose certain interests and income to the state, as required by law. Armed with dates, times, places and the paperwork to back up those claims, four residents recently filed ethics complaints against Monteiro with […]

War between city and school board continues

Elizabeth mayor asks state of New Jersey to take control of the search for a new superintendent

ELIZABETH — The war between the city and the Elizabeth School District heated up last week when Mayor Chris Bollwage called on the state to take control of the search for a new schools superintendent. Bollwage is not shedding any tears concerning Superintendent Pablo Munoz leaving the district and heading to Passaic to take a […]

City asks Trenton to deny Elizabeth school budget

ELIZABETH — The city council feels the school district budget is an excessive burden on taxpayers, but the school district did not agree at all. To ensure their point got across, the council passed a non-binding resolution requesting the school district take a closer look at cutting their budget. To ensure they do, the council […]

Congrats !!

ELIZABETH — Members of the Benedictine Academy in Elizabeth, Class of 2013, sang an inspirational Gospel song at the conclusion of commencement exercises in Holy Spirit Church in Union on June 1. The school held commencement ceremonies for its 98th graduating class with members of the Class of 2013 winning numerous academic awards and scholarships […]

Elizabeth BOE member, two attorneys arrested Tuesday

Charges stem from lunch program investigation

UNION COUNTY — Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa announced that Elizabeth Board of Education member Juan Donoso, Board Attorney Kirk Nelson, and outside board counsel Frank Capece were charged Tuesday, April 30, with covering up a false application filed by Donoso’s wife for the federally funded free lunch program. Donoso’s wife, Olga Oviedo-Arevalo, was charged […]

Elizabeth man sentenced for seven bank robberies

A Union County man was recently sentenced to 105 months in prison for robbing seven branch locations of TD Bank throughout New Jersey from September 2011 to December 2011, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. Julio Ferrer, 29, of Elizabeth, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Joel A. Pisano in Trenton federal court to […]

Activist, blogger, journalist, whatever …

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 […]

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 […]

Appeals court overturns verdict, admonishes judge for decision

ELIZABETH — A New Jersey appeals court has thrown out a $1.1 million wrongful discharge lawsuit against the board of education, saying hearsay testimony involving a motive could have prejudiced the jury. The 18-page appellate decision said the alleged statements made out of court by a former board member and admitted in court by Superior […]