Birchwood builders ask court to force Cranford’s hand

CRANFORD — S. Hekemian might have received court approval last year to build an apartment complex and parking garage on Birchwood Avenue, but the legal wrangling is far from over. In fact, a few weeks ago the developer had to file yet another civil lawsuit to raise the street a foot in order to satisfy […]

ACLU studies mistakes by prosecutors’ offices

Prosecutors across the state made 53 harmful errors during trials throughout the state over a five-year period, according to a report just released by the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey. Four of those mistakes were made by the Union County Prosecutors Office. The report, “Trial and Error: A Comprehensive Study of Prosecutorial Conduct […]

Clark’s 3-term mayor faces experienced challenger

With five weeks left until voters head to the polls, Clark residents have to decide whether they want to keep the mayor they have had since 2001, or opt for a change. For Republican Mayor Sal Bonaccorso being the mayor of Clark is a full-time job. Since 2000 when he first threw his hat in […]

Former Dem. consultant owes $87K in back taxes

Political parties usually try to keep bad press at bay during campaign season, but county Democrats received a blow last week when one of their own former political election consultants admitted in court he failed to file income tax returns for several years. According to court documents, Hiver Ambroise, 36, an Elizabeth resident, failed to […]

Kean University likely to keep accreditation

President's contract extended; Faculty cautiously optimistic

In the wake of news last week that Middle States Commission on Higher Education found Kean University in compliance with the four standards violated, Monday night the Kean Board of Trustees unanimously approved extending university president Dawood Farahi’s contract for five years. Farahi, 63, who earns $293,550 annually, is still eligible for a $200,000 retention […]

Many speak in favor of Kean president at board meeting

Monday at the Kean Board of Trustees meeting, many members of the administration as well as former students, undergraduates and even the president of nearby Union County College, came to speak in support of President Dawood Farahi and the advances made during his decade long tenure. Dr. Margaret McMenamin, president of Union County College, explained […]

County has ‘100 percent’ increase in West Nile virus

At least 111 out of 300 pools test positive, but no cases have been reported in Union County’s human population

By Paul Greulich, Staff Writer A higher-than-normal presence ofWest Nilevirus kept county and local health officials busy this summer, and residents are not quite out of mosquito country yet. While no confirmed cases of the virus in humans or birds have been identified inUnionCounty, there were a record number of pools that were found to contain […]

Kean in compliance with Middle States standards, sources say

Friday morning, Sept. 14, a visiting team from Middle States Commission on Higher Education said Kean University complied with the four standards they violated. However, there still are problems to be worked out and the university is still on probation. At a meeting held Friday morning at 9:30 a.m. in the auditorium of the new multi-million […]

County plans to approve study on privatizing Runnells Hospital

Although two years ago the county was completely against privatizing, leasing or selling Runnells Specialized Hospital of Union County, things have changed significantly. The county, which owns and operates the 100-year-old, 300-bed, long-term facility and 44 in-patient psychiatric facility in Berkeley Heights, recently laid off 80 employees in order to cut costs. But it barely […]