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 […]

Hillside police chief demoted, reinstated … again

HILLSIDE, NJ — It was a case of “Play it again, Sam,” last week in the Township of Hillside as Mayor Angela Garretson took another turn at bat and demoted Hillside’s acting Chief of Police Louis Panarese for the second time. Garretson demoted Panarese for the first time in March 2016. The April 11 demotion came […]

Hillside mayor drops case against town council, police chief

HILLSIDE, NJ — Hillside Mayor Angela Garretson has dropped her lawsuit against the Hillside town council for its reinstatement of Hillside acting Chief of Police Louis Panarese after almost a year of ongoing litigation. The suit, which was filed by Garretson in June, went after the council for passing a resolution to reinstate Panarese, overturning Garretson’s […]

Questions surround Hillside’s Clean Team

Questions surround Hillside’s Clean Team

HILLSIDE, NJ — There may be a Clean Team in Hillside, but some council members and residents say that Hillside is not any cleaner. In addition, questions still remain as to how much the Clean Team is getting paid, under whose auspices they fall, whether the team has provided liability insurance to the township, and why […]