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 […]

Municipal pool issues create waves in Hillside

HILLSIDE, NJ — Issues surrounding the opening of the Hillside Municipal Pool have those involved in the latest controversy trying to stay afloat. The pool, which is located on Central Avenue and slated to open around Memorial Day, is at the center of the latest feud between the township’s Pool Commission members and some members of […]

Rank and file show support for embattled police chief

HILLSIDE, NJ — The Hillside Police Department last week held a vote of confidence in Hillside’s acting police Chief Louis Panarese. The vote of confidence comes in the midst of ongoing strife within the department after Panarese was demoted by Hillside Mayor Angela Garretson last month; the mayor replaced Panarese with Lt. Vincent Ricciardi, who […]

In Hillside, quest continues to videotape council meetings

HILLSIDE, NJ — Hillside has not caught up with its neighbors, at least when it comes to recording its town council meetings. Although council members have been asking for years to have meetings videotaped, this has yet to happen. Furthermore, a resolution passed by the council to employ a video company to film the meetings, beginning […]

Hillside lieutenant files appeal to replace chief

HILLSIDE, NJ — The game of musical police chiefs continues in Hillside as police Lt. Vincent Ricciardi is now claiming that he should be the new chief of the Hillside Police Department. Ricciardi was appointed as acting chief after the demotion of Louis Panarese on April 11 by Hillside Mayor Angela Garretson. Panarese filed a complaint […]

At Hillside High’s second annual mixer for seniors and students, all cry ‘Bingo!’

At Hillside High’s second annual mixer for seniors and students, all cry ‘Bingo!’

HILLSIDE, NJ — Hillside’s students and senior community joined forces for an evening of food, friendship and fun at the Bingo Blowout in the Hillside High School Cafeteria on April 28. The event was the brainchild of English teacher Catherine Martins, who is also an adviser for Students Against Destructive Decisions, or SADD, at the school. […]

Hillside’s first black female police captain steps up

Hillside’s first black female police captain steps up

HILLSIDE, NJ — Hillside now has its first female black police captain. Hillside acting Chief of Police Louis Panarese appointed Lashonda Burgess, the first black female in the department, to the position of captain on April 3, securing her place as both the first female and first black police captain in Hillside’s history. Burgess grew up […]

Hillside Fire Department continues to be neglected

HILLSIDE, NJ — Conditions and morale at the Hillside Fire Department continue to spiral downward as broken-down firehouses and apparatus seem to be the norm for the beleaguered department. But a recent fire in the township, during which one of the HFD’s firetrucks broke down while fighting the fire and had to be towed from the […]