Kean restaurant handed a $50K tax bill

UNION — Kean University may have paved the road for Ursino Restaurant to open without anyone having to jump through the usual legal hoops, but not paying taxes? The township was not about to let that happen. Late last fall the township decided the campus gourmet restaurant that opened in 2011 in the Center for […]

Roselle mayor defends salary increase for town council

ROSELLE — The mayor and council unanimously approved a hefty salary increase for themselves last week, but it came after more than a decade of keeping the status quo. Mayor Jamel Holley last week defended the 66 percent increase in salary council approved for themselves, saying it has been ten years since anyone saw a […]

As transparent as it gets

Watchdog, prosecutor sling insults in pre-trial briefs; due in court today

UNION COUNTY — The war of words between blogger Tina Renna and the Union County Prosecutor’s Office intensified last week as both took defensive stands prior to a court hearing today to determine if the blogger has to reveal information she knows to a grand jury. In late November when Renna posted on the Union County […]

The rise and fall — mostly rise — of property taxes in UC

UNION COUNTY — The average homeowner statewide paid $7,870.28 in property taxes last year, up 1.7 percent over 2011. Eight municipalities in Union County, however, saw their taxes increase by more than 3 percent, while five actually saw taxes drop. This was the lowest increase statewide in two decades for one of the highest taxed states […]

Gerbounka looks ahead in state of the city address

LINDEN — In his state of the city address, Mayor Rich Gerbounka had only one hope — that mother nature did not have another surprise up her sleeve for Linden in 2013. “Think about it. In 2010 we had a record 32 inches of snowfall. In 2011 we had Hurricane Irene plus the Halloween storm,” […]

Springfield brings back board of health

SPRINGFIELD — Tuesday the governing body was expected to change the status of the board of health. Again. “I feel that it’s in the best interest of the residents of Springfield for the Board of Health to be made up of public health professionals,” said Deputy Mayor Rich Huber in a statement published on the […]

Amidst feud with mayor, police chief opts to retire

HILLSIDE — Saying he was “sick of allegations by Mayor Joseph Menza that are entirely false,” the township’s top cop decided to retire after ten years leading the force and more than 30 years with the department. “I’ve had quite enough,” Police Chief Robert Quinlan said in an interview Friday with LocalSource, two days after […]

Officer complains of Mason’s intimidation

CRANFORD — Township Police Chief Eric Mason is in hot water with the local police union after allegedly attempting to intimidate a member of the force into recanting an email that Mason did not like. The complaint, filed with the New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission, puts further credence to rumors that have circulated the […]

Report shows demand is high for affordable artist housing

RAHWAY — A group planning to build affordable housing in Rahway for actors, artists and other creative professionals never expected the demand would be so great. Now it appears instead of 69 units, there is a need for up to 242. The proposed plan for affordable artist housing is planned for the former Elizabethtown Gas […]

Young Scholars

The students were recently awarded the 2012-13 Navin Bros. Food Service Scholarship at Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains. Navin Bros., Inc. oversees all food service operations at Union Catholic High School as well as at schools throughout the New York tri-state area. The scholarship was established in memory of Mary Ellen Swinden, a […]