Roselle 5K to honor firefighter who passed away last year

By Paul Greulich, Staff Writer ROSELLE — The borough is preparing to hold a special event to honor a fallen local hero — Fire Capt. Jonathan “Jon” Young, who died last year. The first annual Jon Young Memorial 5K race will honor the popular firefighter, who died suddenly of a heart attack while on duty in […]

Planning Board reviews trailers at Franklin School

By Paul Greulich, Staff Writer SUMMIT — Overcrowding at Franklin Elementary School has necessitated the installation of temporary classroom units, or TCUs, which are expected to be installed sometime this fall. One TCU would serve as a music classroom and one would be an art classroom. At present the school does not have dedicated art and […]

Mayor supercedes council, plans for Schulhafer as chief

LINDEN — Police Capt. James Schulhafer will be assuming the police chief position, provisional or otherwise, at some point. The question of when exactly that will happen still remains up in the air. Last week Mayor Rich Gerbounka received approval from the New Jersey Civil Service Division to appoint Schulhafer as provisional chief, bumping Salvatore […]

Christie’s office addresses Kean probation

By Cheryl Hehl,  Staff Writer It appears Gov. Chris Christie is well aware of the problems facing Kean University. In fact, the office of the Secretary of Higher Education has been quietly working with the board of trustees for several months to ensure this state university does not lose accreditation. According to sources close to […]

Mountainside News Briefs

Free yoga class to be held On Sept. 24, from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., in the Community Room at Borough Hall, Linda Green will give a free, introductory yoga class, specifically designed for active adults age 55 and older. The class will focus on using the breath to calm the mind and increase energy, and […]

Roselle Park News Briefs

Mayor to host final “Cruisin’ Night” Mayor Joseph Accardi and the Roselle Park Borough Council will be host to the final “Cruisin’ Night” Car Show of the season on Sept. 15 from 4 to 7 p.m.; the rain date is Sept. 22. The show will take place on Chestnut Street from Warren Avenue to Grant […]

Dear Middle States, Kean has no standards

By Cheryl Hehl, Staff Writer UNION COUNTY – An 11th hour letter from the commission that holds Kean University’s accreditation in their hands recently raised red flags about three additional standards that have never been called into question before. One of them specifically deals with political intervention in education. This all came to the forefront after […]

Residents clamor at officials for answers to park problems

By Paul Greulich, Staff Writer SPRINGFIELD — Same old complaints, new location. Local officials are receiving reports of unruly crowds of out-of-towners causing trouble at Laurel Park, the last recreation facility featuring a full-court basketball setup. At their Aug. 6 meeting, the Township Committee voted unanimously to direct the public affairs subcommittee, township administrator and police […]

Legal bills mounting as Cranford endures Birchwood saga

By Cheryl Hehl, Staff Writer  CRANFORD — Although the township has been fighting the Birchwood Development for years, in the end taxpayers end up footing the legal bill that grows day by day. However, the township stands strongly behind this effort and does not intend to back down. Regardless of the cost. According to legal bills […]

Father stands guard over son, Rahway cop in coma

By Shira Kipnees, Correspondent RAHWAY — Sometimes in life, even the greatest of heroes can become the victims. John Donofrio Jr. is a man who did his best to protect all those in-need. However, this local hero, a police officer in Rahway, became a victim on June 28 after a serious motorcycle accident left him […]