In Elizabeth, politics pays incredibly well

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The highest-paid mayor in Union County may be looking at another raise of his already-sizeable salary. The Office of Elizabeth Mayor J. Christian Bollwage, which brings in a higher salary than the mayors of all 22 municipalities and cities in Union County, has been collectively allotted a $10,000 increase, according to the […]

St Joseph’s provides for a memorable Thanksgiving

ELIZABETH, NJ — At Elizabeth’s St. Joseph’s Social Service center, Thanksgiving is truly about giving. On Monday, St. Joseph’s made the holidays a little brighter for many local families, as volunteers gathered at the center to help hand out turkeys and all the trimmings for families in need in the area. More than 800 turkeys and […]

The usual suspects: another lawsuit against Bollwage, EPD

ELIZABETH, NJ — Three Elizabeth police officers have filed a lawsuit against Elizabeth Mayor J. Christian Bollwage, Police Director James Cosgrove, the Elizabeth Police Department, and several top brass at the EPD, including EPD Chief Patrick Shannon and EPD Deputy Chief Tyrone Torner. The suit, filed Nov. 3 in Union County Superior Court by police sergeants […]

Elizabeth’s heroes receive well-deserved recognition

ELIZABETH, NJ — Elizabeth’s very own homegrown heroes were awarded for their bravery last week at a ceremony at the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless. Lee Parker and Ivan White, the two Elizabeth men who discovered the bomb-filled backpack on an Elizabeth street last month — allegedly placed there by Ahmad Khan Rahami, now known […]

Elizabeth may soon issue ID cards to underserved

ELIZABETH, NJ — Elizabeth is soon to become one of several municipalities in New Jersey to offer photo identification cards for the undocumented immigrant population, along with other underserved members of the community such as the homeless, elderly, foster youth and formerly incarcerated individuals. Last week, Elizabeth city council members voted unanimously to approve a city […]

Elizabeth landlord faces discrimination charges

ELIZABETH, NJ — An Elizabeth landlord is being charged with five counts of discrimination after he allegedly refused to rent an apartment to a Muslim woman. Fatma Farghaly responded to a Craigslist ad in February for a one-bedroom apartment in Elizabeth posted on the site by the landlord, and was told to come check it out […]

Elizabeth schools on lead, transparency

ELIZABETH, NJ — The Elizabeth School District is firing back at parents in the district who continue to criticize the district’s handling of elevated water lead levels in most of the district’s 41 schools. Lead testing results from the district’s 41 schools show that 37 of those schools have elevated levels of lead in water sources […]

Ethics complaints filed against Elizabeth BOE

ELIZABETH, NJ — Several members of the Elizabeth Board of Education have been hit with two separate ethics complaints. Elizabeth BOE members Jose Rodriguez, Daniel Nina, Maria Carvalho and Stanley Neron have been called out by former assistant board secretary Donald Goncalves, who was terminated in January, and Maria Lorenz, a parent-advocate and BOE candidate in […]

Lots of lead, no transparency in Elizabeth schools

ELIZABETH, NJ — Elizabeth School District has, according to many parents, done too little too late when it comes to lead testing. Lead testing results from the district’s 41 schools show that 37 of those schools have elevated levels of lead in water sources throughout the schools, with several having alarmingly high levels. The state-regulated limit […]

RSVP for Battin High School Class of ’56 reunion

ELIZABETH, NJ — Battin High School in Elizabeth will hold its 60th reunion for the Class of 1956 on Sunday, Oct. 9, at 12:30 p.m. at the APA Hotel, formerly the Woodbridge Hilton, in Metropark, at 120 S. Wood Ave. in Iselin. For more information and cost, contact Arlene Serpico Lospinoso at or 732-671-4897, […]

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