Another lawsuit filed regarding Hillside police chief

HILLSIDE, NJ — The township’s police union president has accused the chief of trying to turn the department against him in a newly filed lawsuit against the top cop. Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 82 President Michael Flowers filed a hostile work environment and whistleblower suit against the township and Police Chief Vincent Ricciardi in […]

Hillside school board, teachers union members clash over assignments

HILLSIDE, NJ — Tempers flared at a June 21 school board meeting between a representative from the state’s largest teachers’ union and board members over a decision to move faculty and staff in the district. New Jersey Education Association UniServ Representative Ted Tympanick responded quickly when board member Joi Stanley said it “disturbs” her to […]

Hillside haggling over recent retiree pension issue

HILLSIDE, NJ — A portion of the township’s police union contract affecting retirees that has gone unresolved since the previous administration left office is now being tackled by the new mayor. Superior officers in Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 160 had worked without a contract for about four years until July 2016, union President […]

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 […]

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