Union BOE, admin clash with teachers over paras

UNION, NJ — Superintendent of Schools Gregory Tatum called upon the local teachers union at the June 18 Board of Education meeting to assemble a counter proposal and “bring it to the table” regarding the outsourcing of 91 paraprofessionals in the district. Administrators revealed at the April 30 BOE budget hearing that paraprofessionals with six […]

PSE&G plans for high-voltage power lines suspended

CRANFORD, NJ — It could still be several weeks before local residents see a revised PSE&G plan regarding the installation of high-voltage power lines, after Conrail identified conditions that need to be evaluated before the electricity provider can move forward. Mayor Patrick Giblin stated at the June 11 Township Committee meeting that PSE&G is currently […]

Scutari remains head of county Dems, replaced in Linden

LINDEN, NJ — Mayor Derek Armstead has replaced state Sen. Nicholas Scutari as the chairman of the local Democratic Committee, ousting the longtime incumbent by seven votes in the latest battleground between the two rivals. Armstead prevailed 39-32 over Scutari in a balloting of Linden Democratic Committee members on June 10, one day before Scutari […]

Book of postcards shows Elizabeth’s history, transformation

Book of postcards shows Elizabeth’s history, transformation

ELIZABETH, NJ — Two local history buffs have produced a book that details the city’s history through historical postcards to shine a light on aspects of the city that have made it a “center of commerce in New Jersey” during the last two centuries. Nayeli Riano, Elizabeth native and graduate of Elizabeth High School, and […]

Deal on old Roselle Park car dealership stalled

Deal on old Roselle Park car dealership stalled

ROSELLE PARK, NJ — Final approval of a 20-year tax abatement for a proposed mixed-use development that would replace a long-vacant car dealership on Westfield Avenue was tabled at the June 6 Borough Council meeting, pending a site plan approval by the local Land Use Board. The motion to table the ordinance, which was up […]

Towns return to Rahway flood drawing board

Towns return to Rahway flood drawing board

RAHWAY, NJ — The group of towns along the Rahway River looking for help mitigating potential flooding has devised its 12th plan to reduce the chances for the waterway overspilling its banks. The previous plan reached the final approval stages before it fell through last year. The previous plan, Alternative 4a, was not approved by […]

County pays nearly $400,000 to settle harassment suit

ELIZABETH, NJ — Two Union County workers who filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against the county and its Department of Human Services will receive $395,000 in a settlement, as approved at the county Board of Chosen Freeholders’ May 23 meeting. The freeholders authorized the settlement to be paid to Cynthia Pisino, a county social worker […]

Freeholders urge PSE&G on higher utility poles

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders has joined with some local municipalities in a fight to keep tall, high-voltage utility poles out of residential areas, urging PSE&G to conduct further investigations before installing the lines throughout Union County. PSE&G is proposing to install 65-foot utility poles along South Avenue in […]

Cranford police to host active shooter training

Cranford police to host active shooter training

CRANFORD, NJ — The local police department has teamed up with a training institute to offer a two-day active shooter-instructor certification course this month to help prepare local organizations for an event they hope never happens. The course will be hosted by the Cranford Police Department, with certification through the ALICE Training Institute on June […]