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 […]

AG, DEP file suits against alleged polluters

AG, DEP file suits against alleged polluters

HILLSIDE / ELIZABETH, NJ — Attorney General Gurbir Grewal and Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine McCabe announced Aug. 27 the filing of 12 new environmental enforcement actions targeting polluters across New Jersey whose actions threaten the health and safety of residents in minority and lower-income communities in Newark, Orange, South Orange, Paterson, Jersey City, […]

Hillside Clean Team program a hit with teenagers

Hillside Clean Team program a hit with teenagers

HILLSIDE — A clean community is a more attractive community. It often takes the next generation to remind residents of that fact. Spearheading a program in which high school teenagers are paid to clean up the township of Hillside, Mayor Dahlia Vertreese takes advantage of the opportunity to connect with the town’s youth. Funded through […]

Tropical Storm Isaias causes trouble in Union County

Tropical Storm Isaias causes trouble in Union County

UNION COUNTY — Barreling through New Jersey early last week, Tropical Storm Isaias arrived in Union County with powerful winds, roaring thunder and drenching rain. The storm, which first made landfall as a hurricane, knocked over trees and tugged down power lines, causing power outages across the county. PSEG spokesperson Lauren Ugorji gave an update […]

Hillside renames two schools to honor local women

Hillside renames two schools to honor local women

HILLSIDE, NJ — Many people see superheroes in comic books, movies and television shows but fail to recognize the superheroes who live among them in real life. Remembering two influential women who’ve made a difference within the Hillside School District as well as their respective schools, the Hillside Board of Education voted unanimously July 23 […]

UCPO to implement body-worn camera performance review pilot

UCPO to implement body-worn camera performance review pilot

UNION COUNTY, NJ — In collaboration with local law enforcement executives, and in her continued efforts to implement progressive policing policy to improve officer safety, promote transparency in policing and address specific training needs of officers in the field, acting Prosecutor Lyndsay Ruotolo is introducing the Union County Body Worn Camera Performance Review Pilot Program. […]

Nine new lawsuits filed against Archdiocese of Newark

Nine new lawsuits filed against Archdiocese of Newark

UNION COUNTY, NJ — On July 13, attorneys from the law firms of Jeff Anderson & Associates and Gianforcaro Law, on behalf of numerous plaintiffs, filed nine lawsuits for childhood sexual abuse within the Archdiocese of Newark. The cases, brought under the New Jersey Child Sexual Abuse Act / New Jersey Victims’ Rights Bill, identify […]

State officials express support for retiring ‘freeholder’ title

State officials express support for retiring ‘freeholder’ title

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy announced July 9 that he supports legislation that would change the name of county elected officials from “freeholder” to “county commissioner,” abolishing the title that is both referencing a time when only white male landowners could hold public office and confusing. New Jersey is the only state that […]

Hillside Council votes no confidence 5-2 in CFO

HILLSIDE, NJ — The Township Council of Hillside passed a resolution on June 23 that declared it has “no confidence” in Glynn Jones, the town’s chief financial officer, claiming that he displayed a severe dereliction of duty in the performance of responsibilities mandated for the proper and accurate preparation and maintenance of records relating to […]