Elizabeth BOE member, two attorneys arrested Tuesday

Charges stem from lunch program investigation

UNION COUNTY — Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa announced that Elizabeth Board of Education member Juan Donoso, Board Attorney Kirk Nelson, and outside board counsel Frank Capece were charged Tuesday, April 30, with covering up a false application filed by Donoso’s wife for the federally funded free lunch program. Donoso’s wife, Olga Oviedo-Arevalo, was charged […]

County sheriff faces challenger in primary

UNION COUNTY — Sheriff Ralph Froehlich may have served 12 terms but if his challenger in the primary has anything to say, it will be his last. Although Froehlich has easily returned to his elected seat every election since 1977 when he was first elected, Union County Police Lt. Richard Puschel thinks it’s time for a […]

UCIA continues to answer questions from ‘Local’ critic

UNION COUNTY — Local Finance Board Chairman Tom Neff is not happy with Union County Improvement Authority Executive Director Charlotte DeFilippo and he is not backing down. However, UCIA Legal Council Jonathan Williams extended an olive branch last week in an attempt to smooth out any roadblocks that could stall a $20 million project at Union […]

County cuts $4.2 million from budget

UNION COUNTY — The county managed to shave $4.2 million off the 2013 budget, dropping the average increase to property owners from $120 to approximately $97. Last week the Union County Freeholder Board approved two amendments to the budget, reducing the $494.4 million number to $493.7 and the amount to be raised by taxes, previously $321.7 […]

UCIA’s DeFillipo under fire from state’s Local Finance Board

UNION COUNTY — The New Jersey Local Finance Board chairman blasted Union County Democratic Chairwoman Charlotte DeFilippo for the “outrageous” $160,000-a-year salary she draws as head of the Union County Improvement Authority. Chairman Tom Neff’s harsh words about DeFilippo came when the UCIA legal counsel, Jonathan Williams, appeared before the Local Finance Board asking for approval […]

County watchdog quashes subpoena

Judge rules Tina Renna a journalist, subject to protection under New Jersey Shield Law

UNION COUNTY — Last Friday, April 12, Union County Watchdog president, activist and blogger Tina Renna was effectively given the title of journalist by Union County Superior Court Judge Karen Cassidy. The 21-page decision legally gave Renna all the protective benefits provided by the New Jersey Newspersons Shield Law, one of the strongest of its kind […]

Summit taxpayers to see small increase in budget

SUMMIT — Tuesday the common council will hold a final reading and public hearing for the 2013 $42.4 million budget, which called for a $9.25 increase on the average home assessed at $410,000. The municipal portion of a taxpayer’s bill is just one part of a three part bill which also includes school and county […]

Kean library ‘worst situation’ association has seen

UNION — A report ordered by Kean University showed the library may be a nice looking building from the outside but has a serious security problem and lacks the fundamental requirements college students require. The fact that the building lacked security, though, was one of the most alarming deficiencies at the Kean library, and the […]

Hail to the Chief

LINDEN — On Wed, March 27, Cadet/Petty Officer Cristian Checo was promoted to the prestigious rank of Cadet/Chief Petty Officer of the Linden High School NJROTC. Naval Science Instructor Chief Petty Officer Mark Velez, USN (Ret.), pins the CPO collar device on the unit’s newest Chief.

‘Indecisive’ Linden still looking for budget answers

LINDEN — Long after employees have left for the day and the parking lot empties out, the lights in the mayor’s office continue to burn. It’s budget time and that is never an easy time for municipalities. Especially Linden. Last week it appeared that even though the city took drastic measures to reduce the budget […]