Audit shows lack of business administrator is a problem

HILLSIDE — Last week the state comptroller released an audit evaluating the personnel and financial practices of three municipalities in the state and Hillside was one of those towns. However, the township did not fare well when it came to several issues. Specifically, the audit found Hillside awarded its employees significant longevity payments that were […]

Hillside looks to redevelop nearly five acres on Central Avenue

HILLSIDE – The township is looking for a partner to serve as a redeveloper for close to five acres of blighted property on Central Avenue. A request for proposals from the township went out at the end of May and although developers interested in partnering with the township had until June 27 to respond, last […]

Hillside man charged with attempted murder in connection with shooting at fraternity house in Hillside

ELIZABETH — A Hillside man has been charged with first-degree attempted murder in connection with a shooting at a fraternity house last month, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace Park announced. Shaquan Landrum, 25, additionally is charged with second- and third-degree weapons offenses, third-degree possession of a controlled dangerous substance which was cocaine, third-degree making terroristic threats, […]

Councilman to resign effective on April 1

Deo to step down, focus on superintendent job

HILLSIDE – It seems to be anyone’s guess as to exactly who will replace councilmember Frank Deo, who announced a few weeks ago he is stepping down after 13 years as a governing body member. Two weeks ago Deo announced at a Hillside Council meeting he would be retiring as of April 1, explaining he […]

Newark man sentenced to 10 years for role in robbery, burglary that led to long chase through 3 towns in Union and Essex counties

UNION COUNTY — An Essex County man has been sentenced to 10 years in state prison for his role in a robbery and burglary that led to a prolonged high-speed car chase through three towns, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace Park announced. Under the terms of New Jersey’s No Early Release Act, Kendell Grimsley, 42, of Newark must […]

Hillside tax preparer pleads guilty to preparing fraudulent tax returns

NEWARK –The owner of KLJ Consultants, Inc., a commercial tax preparation business located in Hillside, pleaded guilty today to willfully preparing false tax returns for clients. Karan Jenkins, 55, entered her plea in federal court before U. S. District Court Judge William Walls. Jenkins pleaded guilty to a one count information that charges her with aiding and assisting in […]

Hillside resident admits to preparing fraudulent tax returns

NEWARK — The owner of KCJ Financial Corporation, located in Irvington, pleaded guilty today to willfully preparing false tax returns for clients. Kellar Covington Jr., a resident of Hillside, entered his plea in federal court before U. S. Magistrate Judge James Clark III. Covington pleaded guilty to a one count information that charges him with […]

Reward offered for help in Saturday’s double murder in Newark

NEWARK – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray and Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura announced today that a reward up to $10,000 is being offered by the Essex County Sheriff’s Crime Stoppers Program for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the murder of Manu Smith, 24, of Hillside and […]

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