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 […]

Teachers, students left in the dark after last minute class cancellations by Kean Univ.

UNION COUNTY — Kean University abruptly canceled 500 classes, and then reinstated 130, leaving students and professors scrambling to figure out what to do before the term begins next week. The class cancelations are not only an 11th-hour hitch that complicates the spring semester, but also could result in some Kean students not being able […]

Mayor talks Sandy, county taxes in state of the city address

SUMMIT — When Mayor Ellen Dickson looked back on the past year, there was little doubt in her mind that Superstorm Sandy presented the greatest challenge to the city. During her State of the City address this year, the mayor said Sandy was a harsh test for the city when Summit lost power for the […]

Watchdog: You’re barking up the wrong tree

Prosecutor’s Office asks UCWA to throw them a bone; refusal leads to subpoena

UNION — After weeks and months of lambasting the county and the prosecutor’s office for dragging their feet on an investigation into misused generators, a county watchdog has refused to help when asked, even though she claims to have all the answers. The prosecutor’s office is hoping activist and blogger Tina Renna gives them the names […]

Carter takes the reigns as freeholder chairwoman

Linda Carter became the first African-American woman chairman of the Union County Freeholder Board Sunday, announcing her focus this year will be helping families and empowering women. Highlighting a series of five initiatives designed to jump start economic growth and help businesses, provide job training, improve public safety, encourage green practices and assist women, Carter, […]

New Jersey Opens First State-Owned ATV Park

 TRENTON – The State of New Jersey on Sunday, Jan. 13 will hold a special public preview to mark the opening of the first state-owned all-terrain vehicle park, a mostly wooded tract in Woodbine, Cape May County, that once served as a sand mine and later as a private motocross track. The Christie Administration is inviting […]

Healthy, wealthy and wise in Union County

Individual health departments are becoming a rarity as communities look for shared savings

There was a time when towns in Union County had their own local health departments, but those days are coming to an end. Now municipalities are looking at whether the health needs of their community can be handled just as well by a regional health department. Increasing state-mandated services, reduced state aid, and the high […]

Former freeholder, 82, passed away Dec. 28

RAHWAY — City and county officials alike mourned the death of former Freeholder Chester Holmes, praising his community service and extolling his kind and gentle nature. The former freeholder, 82, who died Dec. 28 at home of natural causes, served eight years as a city councilman prior to being elected to the Union County Freeholder […]

UCIA loses legal battle with local developer

A Supreme Court jury recently returned a quarter million dollar judgement in favor of a local developer who claimed the Union County Improvement Authority breached a contract for a $16 million Linden redevelopment project that has been on the back burner for more than ten years. When the city launched the project more than a […]

Mayor battles police chief on over-budgeted payroll

HILLSIDE — The mayor lashed out at the police chief last week for a $220,000 shortfall in the 2012 budget, threatening to  file charges with the state attorney general over the matter. Mayor Joseph Menza claimed Police Chief Robert Quinlan deliberately went over his $7.7 million annual budget for department salaries, but the attorney representing […]