Linden budget woes continue

Shortfall brings city closer and closer to layoffs of many police officers

LINDEN — The city and Police PBA have yet to come to a meeting of the minds in order to avoid layoffs. Bottom line: If the council and police union cannot strike some kind of deal in the next few weeks, 31 police officers, or less, depending on the number of officers retiring this year, […]

Broken gas meter leads to huge unpaid bill

UNION — The cost of everything seems to be going up. But for one Elizabethtown Gas Company customer who opened her bill a few months back, it was shocking to see what she owed and how the charges came about. Like most people, when Gayle Caffarelli opened up her usual monthly bill from Elizabethtown Gas […]

‘Brain bowlers’

RAHWAY — From left: Brian Alicea, Izabella Komperda, Lola Wong, Darryl Ansah, Jayson Echavarria, Jazshua Andes, Lourdes Torres, and Nicole Moncada, 3rd-grade gifted and talented students from Roosevelt School in Rahway, attended the Union County Brain Bowl on May 30. This convocation was sponsored by the Union County Gifted and Talented Association. After teams were formed, […]

Big Swing

CLARK — Candice Sot hits one into the outfield during Clark Recreation’s recently started 10-week women’s softball league. This noncompetitive league has fun playing softball once a week at the recreation  center. Clark Recreation also recently completed its three week Field Hockey Clinic held at the high school on Sunday mornings. Varsity Field Hockey Coach […]

Congrats !!

ELIZABETH — Members of the Benedictine Academy in Elizabeth, Class of 2013, sang an inspirational Gospel song at the conclusion of commencement exercises in Holy Spirit Church in Union on June 1. The school held commencement ceremonies for its 98th graduating class with members of the Class of 2013 winning numerous academic awards and scholarships […]

On the move

The Kenilworth Historical Society has owned the Oswald J. Nitschke House since 2003, when the then-threatened building was donated to the Historical Society by Dr. Jerome Forman and was moved to land acquired with the help of the Kenilworth Veterans Center and a New Jersey DEP Green Acres grant. The Historical Society has since raised […]

For county sheriff, it’s all in the numbers

UNION COUNTY — Although his challengers think after 12 terms it is time for Union County Sheriff Ralph Froehlich to hand over his badge and call it a day, he begs to differ. Despite a struggling economy and tighter budgets, Froehlich said in 2012 his office maintained the certification required to stay compliant with the state. […]

Cranford takes another look at changing their government

CRANFORD — If the township is going to make a move towards changing its current form of government, residents will have to make their voices heard on the issue or forever hold their peace. Last week Mayor Tom Hannen said the township will be repealing a 2012 ordinance approved late last year that would have […]

County officials react to secession possibilities

BERKELEY HEIGHTS — The fact that one of the 21 municipalities in the county is looking into seceding is a topic that raised the ire of county officials, especially freeholders. It is not as if no one has tried to withdraw from county government before. As recent as ten years ago, six towns in Essex […]

Congrats!

Mother Seton Regional High School, located in Clark, held commencement exercises on May 30. The principal, Sister Regina Martin, awarded diplomas to the graduating class. The class of 2013 has achieved in excess of $13 million in academic scholarships and awards as of May 29, according to the school. In her congratulatory remarks, Sister Regina […]