Hillside teachers press for new contract, pay hike

Hillside teachers press for new contract, pay hike

HILLSIDE, NJ — Kelly Ronca, a second-grade teacher, doesn’t want to leave the school district over contract negotiations, but she also doesn’t want to work three other jobs to pay her mortgage and other bills. “I don’t want to leave Hillside,” Ronca said at an April 19 meeting. “I love the families. I love my […]

Hillside adds 10 recruits to police force

Hillside adds 10 recruits to police force

HILLSIDE, NJ — Ten police recruits graduated from academy training on April 5, bringing the local force up to 62 officers, police Chief Vincent Ricciardi. Seventeen recruits entered the Essex County Police Academy in November, according to an earlier press release. There, they were instructed in law and protocols, crisis intervention, de-escalation, use of force […]

Hillside teen recognized on national stage as Young Futurist

By Rebecca Panico Staff Writer HILLSIDE — As an author, actor and clothing designer, Essynce Moore has a resume that stacks up against those of most adults. And, she’s only 15 years old. “My mom has always taught me that school comes first,” Moore said, describing how she juggles her activities. “That’s always my first […]

New Hillside mayor makes appointments, more coming

HILLSIDE, NJ — Mayor Dahlia Vertreese has appointed Hanifa Johnson as the township’s new department of public works director. Johnson was hired as the head of the DPW, Hillside spokeswoman Natalie Pineiro said. Johnson previously worked as an assistant deputy borough engineer in Roselle and for Maser Consulting, an engineering firm based in Monmouth County. […]

Unsuccessful candidate drops suit over Hillside mayoral race

HILLSIDE, NJ — The candidate who lost in the December runoff election for mayor has pulled his lawsuit contesting the vote to avoid prolonging uncertainty over who will lead the township. Jorge Batista filed suit in December in Union County Superior Court, alleging there was voter impersonation and miscounts by county officials related to the […]

Hillside gets grant to aid Woodfield Stadium renovations

HILLSIDE, NJ — The school district will receive a $15,000 grant that will be put toward eventually renovating Woodfield Stadium’s athletic field, including replacing the grass with synthetic turf. The Investors Foundation, the charitable arm of Investors Bank, will award the district with the grant at the next school board meeting on March 15, according […]

Hillside school board appoints two new members

HILLSIDE, NJ — A former school board member and the founder of a local nonprofit organization were appointed Feb. 15 to fill two vacancies on the board of education. Joi Stanley-Smith, who founded a women’s empowerment group, and Rayba Watson, who served on the school board for seven years, were chosen by the board from […]

Batista contests Hillside runoff as Vertreese sworn-in as mayor

Batista contests Hillside runoff as Vertreese sworn-in as mayor

HILLSIDE, NJ — The losing mayoral candidate in Hillside has filed a lawsuit contesting the results of the town’s December runoff elections, claiming voter impersonation and miscounts by county officials. Jorge Batista filed suit Dec. 27 in Union County Superior Court and called for an invalidation of the results of the Dec. 5 runoff for both […]

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