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 […]


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 […]

Lesniak holds off Obe in primary race

UNION COUNTY — Despite a strong outing by newcomer Donna Obe, Sen. Raymond Lesniak managed to continue his stranglehold on the 20th district with a win in the Democratic primary on Tuesday night. The dragged out, nasty competition saw Lesniak garner 9,281 votes, or 65.87 percent, to Obe’s 4,802, or 34.08 percent, according to unofficial […]

Investor’s Bank to be honored

SPRINGFIELD — Investors Bank, one of the nation’s major financial institutions, will be honored by one of the nation’s major B’nai B’rith lodges on June 19 at Temple Beth Ahm Yisrael, Springfield, NJ. Kevin Cummings, president and chief executive officer of Investors Bancorp and Investors Bank will accept the prestigious annual International Citizenship and Civic Affairs Award […]

Active shooter drill prepares Cranford PD for the real thing

CRANFORD — At approximately 10:10 a.m. on May 21, a faux 9-1-1 call was received at Cranford Police Headquarters reporting an active shooter situation at Cranford Health, a local extended care and skilled nursing facility. Information from the caller was relayed by Communications Officer Kathleen Ditzel to police units in the field. In less than […]

Park officially named as acting Union County Prosecutor

UNION COUNTY — Its official now. Late last week Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa announced that Westfield resident Grace Park will be the new acting Union County prosecutor. Park is replacing longtime prosecutor Theodore Romankow, whose term was over in late January. “I am confident that Grace Park will do an outstanding job of leading the effort […]

Hudak asks why Linden councilman was saved from vote

With more than $128K in back taxes owed, councilman’s delinquent property removed from tax auction at last minute

LINDEN — The Regular Democratic Organization thinks the council pulled a fast one last week when at the 11th hour they saved a council member’s business property from being sold at a tax sale. On May 21 when the city held a tax sale for 40 properties with outstanding taxes, one name was removed from […]

In final weeks, primary race heats up

Lesniak, Obe file complaints, with each alleging illegal campaigning tactics by the other

UNION COUNTY — With just days until residents living in the 20th district head to the polls to decide if Democrat State Sen. Ray Lesniak deserves another two-year term in Trenton, his challenger Donna Obe accused him of violating campaign finance laws and he returned the favor by doing the same. Lesniak, who has served 36 […]