Progress: Union County sees many advancements in 2020

Progress: Union County sees many advancements in 2020

UNION COUNTY, NJ — 2020 was packed to the brim with goings-on, from COVID-19 to the census, from the Black Lives Matter movement to the presidential election. While COVID-19 and unrest dominated headlines, there were many infrastructure advancements in Union County. The following is a short recap of some of those improvements; this is by […]

Hillside deals with strife between administration and council

HILLSIDE, NJ — Strife within Hillside has deepened the division between the Township Council and the Hillside administration, due to longstanding budget problems, so much so that the state Department of Local Government Services recently stepped in to address the problem. “We have an administration that does not function,” said Hillside Council President Gerald Pateesh […]

Murphy administration announces $161 million in grants to 543 municipalities

UNION COUNTY, NJ — On Nov. 18, Gov. Phil Murphy announced $161.25 million in municipal aid grants, with 543 cities and towns across the state receiving funds to advance road, bridge, safety and quality-of-life improvements, demonstrating the state Department of Transportation’s commitment to communities. The competitive municipal aid grant program attracted 635 applications from 549 […]

Conflict within Hillside results in emergency meeting

HILLSIDE, NJ — Budget issues forced the Hillside Municipal Council to hold an emergency meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 29. “The budget was due in January,” said Hillside Council President Gerald Pateesh Freedman in an email sent to Union County LocalSource on Sept. 29, before the meeting. “We’ve been stonewalled at every turn by administration to […]

Hillside Fire Department makes child’s day

Hillside Fire Department makes child’s day

HILLSIDE, NJ — When Hillside Councilman George Cook heard that Nicholas Vicidomini and his family were asked to leave Christ the King Church in town because Nicholas, who has autism, was playing and making noise in the church, he recognized the last name as that of someone he worked with. He discovered that his co-worker […]

Hillside denied funds for drug and alcohol program

HILLSIDE, NJ — When Hillside Finance Chairperson Nancy Mondella found out that Union County had pulled the plug on funding for the Municipal Alliance Program for Hillside, she was quick to express her displeasure in a letter to the Hillside administration. “It is so disconcerting that the township will be forced to end a program […]

Remembering the Union County victims of 9/11

Remembering the Union County victims of 9/11

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Nineteen years ago on Sept. 11, 2001, approximately 3,000 people were murdered in terrorist attacks in New York City; Washington, D.C.; and Stonycreek, Pa. May we always remember the victims. Below are the Union County residents who were killed in the terrorist attacks: • Lee Adler, 48, of Springfield • Andrew […]

Ricciardi vindicated of wrongdoing by UCPO

Ricciardi vindicated of wrongdoing by UCPO

HILLSIDE, NJ — Not only did Hillside Police Chief Vincent Ricciardi Jr. win reinstatement to his position from a judge, but the Professional Standards Unit of the Union County Prosecutor’s Office has released the findings of its investigation, stating that it cannot prove any wrongdoing on Ricciardi’s part. Back in June, Hillside Mayor Dahlia Vertreese […]