Springfield Republicans ask for election recount

SPRINGFIELD — Residents will have to wait a little longer to find out whether the  Democrats actually won the election this year by a five-vote margin or if there could have been an error by the board of elections. On Friday, the Republican party decided to file for a recount in Superior Court, hoping this […]

County continues to ‘award’ Birdsall

Despite ongoing investigation and a guilty plea, county gives contracts to consulting firm

The former marketing director of an engineering consulting firm that has ongoing lucrative contracts with the county pleaded guilty recently for his role in a pay-to-play scheme to circumvent state campaign finance laws. Phillip Angarone, 40, who previously worked for Birdsall Services Group, admitted that from the time he joined the firm in 2008, he […]

Mayor asks for input on uses for defunct industrial site

CLARK— In 1947 when the U.S. Gypsum plant on Raritan Road opened for business it was during the boom industrial years when men were coming back from fighting World War II and looking for steady, good paying jobs. They found those jobs at the new paper manufacturing plant and across the street at the General […]

Cranford seeks dismissal of Birchwood special master

Township alleges biased opinions should bring new trial

CRANFORD — Although the court has been on the side of the Birchwood developers, the township recently filed a motion with the court calling the special master assigned to the case “biased” because she admitted in an email that she supported affordable housing. The township is asking that the special master be disqualified and a […]

New disaster recovery center opens in Linden

A new disaster recovery center is open in Union County. Visit from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily until further notice. If you were affected by hurricane sandy, meet with recovery officials at the Gregorio Recreation Center, 330 Helen St., linden. A second Union County center is open daily at the Plainfield senior citizen’s service […]

‘Nothing really has changed at Kean’

By cutting credit hours, Kean effectively lays off hundreds of adjunct professors

Last week 210 adjunct professors at Kean University had their workloads reduced and will be forced to head to the unemployment office just weeks before Christmas. The adjunct union claims the university violated their contract with the union because they were never notified in writing or designated an official to consult with the AFT concerning […]

Union High School students display their Christmas spirit

UNION— Students at Union High School are showing the true spirit of Christmas this year by hosting a holiday bazaar that will benefit fellow students. Tuesday the public will get a firsthand opportunity to kick off their holiday spirit and support a worthy cause by attending the “first ever” Holiday Bazaar put on by the […]

Christie expands SNAP for statewide disaster relief

On Friday, Nov. 9, Gov. Chris Christie announced federal waivers had been approved that would make food assistance available to recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. The newly expanded program was dubbed Disaster SNAP or D-SNAP. State officials said the replacement SNAP and prepared food benefits are administered by the U.S. Department […]

‘Power struggle’ in Union County

Four municipal employees may face penalties for using public generators for personal needs

The Union County Prosecutor’s Office is looking into exactly how many county employees helped themselves to generators immediately following superstorm Sandy. County sources with knowledge of how this unfolded confirmed Monday that there were four public works employees in addition to “at least” one person in the public safety department that took home generators for […]

Cost of Sandy continues to mount

Since superstorm Sandy, FEMA has approved $557 million for homeowners, paying more than $250 million in the past month for rent, emergency home repairs and even money for cash strapped homeowners impacted by floodwaters. But not all FEMA money is going to survivors. A few weeks ago on the site of the former General Motors […]