Defeated Elizabeth BOE candidates plan ethics complaint

ELIZABETH, NJ — A group of former candidates for the school board plans to file an ethics complaint after the board of education promoted a city councilman to a $180,000 job in the school district. Sima Farid, Ricky Castaneda, Christina Cunha-Moreira and retired Elizabeth teacher Patti Gallante are alleging a conflict of interest in the […]

Santa, elves, lights brighten Elizabeth tree lighting

Santa, elves, lights brighten Elizabeth tree lighting

ELIZABETH, NJ — More than a hundred people lined up inside the Elizabethport Community Center for a chance to see Santa Claus at the fifth annual 1st Ward tree-lighting ceremony Wednesday, Dec. 13. “I’m truly blessed and I just want to bless the children,” said 1st Ward Councilman Carlos Torres, who helped arrange the event. “It’s […]

Quijano to reintroduce driver’s license bill for undocumented immigrants

State Assemblywoman Annette Quijano plans to reintroduce a bill that would provide driver’s licenses for people who live in New Jersey but cannot prove lawful presence in the United States. Her current bill already is catching the attention of some of her constituents. Cosecha, a grassroots activist group whose name translates to “Harvest,” held an […]

Trinitas seeks trauma center designation from state

Trinitas seeks trauma center designation from state

ELIZABETH, NJ — Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth is seeking designation as a Level II trauma center, which the hospital has said is important in an area that has previously been the target of terrorist activity. A Level II trauma center offers 24-hour care by general surgeons and provides orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, anesthesiology, emergency medicine […]

Linden pays $575,000 to settle suit by Elizabeth men against municipal judge

LINDEN, NJ — Linden will pay $575,000 to two Elizabeth men who accused a municipal judge of depriving them due process rights by sentencing them to an “excessive” jail term. The settlement stems from a 2012 federal civil suit filed by cousins Wendell and Anthony Kirkland against the city and former municipal judge Louis DiLeo. The […]

Third Family Justice Center in N.J. opens in Elizabeth

ELIZABETH, NJ — A new center in Elizabeth will streamline services for domestic violence victims throughout the county, helping them to navigate prosecution of their attackers or remove them from an abusive situation. The Family Justice Center, located in the newly constructed Union County Courthouse Cherry Street Annex, which opened Wednesday, Sept. 13, centralizes counseling, legal […]

Dead murder suspect identified 24 years after crime

ELIZABETH, NJ — Police have learned that a man they’ve been seeking for more than two decades in the murder of his girlfriend died the same week he is suspected of killing her. “This means this case is now closed,” Union County Prosecutor’s Office spokesman Mark Spivey told LocalSource on Aug. 22. Fingerprints of an unidentified […]