Internal docs show disciplinary past of Hillside police chief

HILLSIDE, NJ — Internal documents provided to LocalSource show a nearly 16-year-old incident that led to a 60-day suspension for the Hillside Police Chief Vincent Ricciardi in 2002, a disclosure that comes as two others are suing the town in connection with the position. The documents included the disciplinary action imposed on Ricciardi in connection to […]

Second officer contests Hillside mayor’s selection for police chief

HILLSIDE, NJ — The fight to determine who will be Hillside’s police chief has intensified with new allegations of retaliation emerging from within the force in the form of a whistleblower lawsuit. Capt. Nicola Lomonte filed the lawsuit July 27 in Superior Court, documenting his contentious working relationship with Hillside Mayor Angela Garretson, a current Democratic […]

Garretson appoints Irvington mayor to Hillside public works department

HILLSIDE, NJ — Irvington Mayor Tony Vauss has been appointed to a supervisory position in the Hillside Public Works Department and Orange Mayor Dwayne Warren has resigned from his position as Hillside’s Urban Enterprize Zone coordinator. The move is the latest in a series of developments within Hillside and particularly in the DPW, which settled a […]

Hillside mayor hit with harassment complaint

HILLSIDE, NJ — Hillside Mayor Angela Garretson has been hit with a harassment complaint by township attorney Farrah Irving, who filed a report with the Hillside Police Department on July 24, soon after the Hillside council’s caucus meeting ended. Garretson allegedly walked into the meeting late and started handing out copies of Hillside’s 2017 employee handbook […]

Police lieutenant saves students from pit bull attack

Police lieutenant saves students from pit bull attack

HILLSIDE, NJ — One of Hillside’s finest is being lauded as a hero. Hillside Police Lt. Matt Cove was recognized at the July 20 Hillside Board of Education meeting by Superintendent of Schools Antoine Gayles and BOE members for coming to the rescue of several middle school students during a pit bull attack that occurred May […]

Civil Service names Hillside police chief, but confusion reigns

HILLSIDE, NJ — Although Hillside Mayor Angela Garretson continues her quest to topple Hillside’s Acting Chief of Police Louis Panarese, Panarese’s attorney, Christopher Gray, has made it clear that the legal battle is far from over. On June 13, Farrah Irving, township attorney for Hillside, filed a motion, a copy of which was obtained by LocalSource, […]

Hillside BOE candidate for BA charged with drunken driving

HILLSIDE, NJ — Out of more than 50 candidates for the Hillside Board of Education’s soon-to-be vacant business administrator’s position, a candidate charged with drunken driving seems to be the top pick. Michael Neves, 60, who is currently the B.A. for the Boonton Board of Education, was charged by Morris County Park Police with drunken driving […]

Hillside Recreation Department keeps youths in line

Hillside Recreation Department keeps youths in line

HILLSIDE, NJ — The Hillside Showtime Strutters has been strutting its way into the hearts of many in Hillside and beyond for years. The drill team and drumline, offered as a program through the Hillside Recreation Department, is composed of approximately 60 drill performers and 25 members on the line. The drill team and drumline were […]

Hillside pool commission almost axed; controversy continues

HILLSIDE, NJ — Controversy continues over Hillside’s community pool, as members of the pool commission continue to clash with some members of the town council. While those on the pool commission say that things are ready to go and the necessary pool personnel are hired, problems between the council and pool commission persist. Things seemed to […]

Helping young women make a fashion statement

HILLSIDE, NJ — With prom and graduation season just around the corner, many students are faced with the stress of what has become a major expense. But Hawaiian Thompson-Epps, a longtime Hillside resident and Hillside Board of Education member, has taken some of the worry out of special occasions for young women throughout the township and […]

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