Cranford attempts to right the ship with 2013 budget

CRANFORD — Taxpayers will pay 1.69 percent more than they did last year under the 2013 spending plan introduced last week, but the good news is the township is getting back on solid footing once again. Although the township had its ups and downs the last few years — administratively and financially — during the […]

Springfield not giving county their fair share

SPRINGFIELD — Even though the county filed a complaint in court last year after the township failed to hand over their share of red-light camera fine revenue, the mayor is standing his ground. The county actually filed the complaint in February 2012 alleging that Springfield violated the state statute by withholding the money that is […]

Birdsall bankruptcy leaves towns guessing

UNION COUNTY — In the wake of the state attorney general seizing the assets of one of the largest engineering firms doing business in Union County, whether or not local municipalities and the county would be left holding the bag for incomplete projects is unknown. One thing is certain, though, municipalities doing business with Birdsall Services […]

Longtime senator faces primary challenger

Sen. Lesniak faces primary challenger from current Roselle Board of Education president Obe

UNION COUNTY — Democrat State Sen. Ray Lesniak, Joe Cryan and Annette Quijano may run as a team, but the state senator is the only one being challenged in the primary. Roselle resident Donna Obe announced yesterday she would be seeking the Democratic nomination for state senate in the 20th legislative district running on the Real […]

Mine sweepers

SPRINGFIELD — Springfield Boy Scout Troop 73 recently spent a weekend at the Sterling Hill Mining Museum in Ogdensburg for a troop outing. While the weather was somewhat cold, the boys were prepared and were able to camp, prepare and have meals outdoors, and also were given extensive tours of the mine grounds and museum. […]

Watchung Stable offering horseback riding as of April 6

UNION COUNTY — Spring is here again and Union County invites residents to get back into nature by visiting the Watchung Stable in Mountainside and taking a guided trail ride through the wooded Watchung Reservation – Union County’s largest park. “Horseback riding is a real treat,” said Union County Freeholder Chairman Linda Carter. “Taking a […]

New administrator, police dept. promotion on Cranford agenda

CRANFORD — After an outside search for a new administrator, the township was expected to announce Tuesday that interim administrator Joseph Hartnett will take the position permanently. But the governing body was also expected to make another appointment, one that may have surprised everyone. In addition to bringing Hartnett aboard, Mayor Tom Hannen, Jr. was […]

Dozens of layoffs likely as budget struggles continue

LINDEN — It looks like the city may have to face the second half of the year without 22 police officers and 32 firemen in order to forestall a financial disaster in 2013. Linden is expected to file a layoff and demotion notice with the state next week, said Mayor Rich Gerbounka. The public safety […]

Report: Jail population down sharply

UNION COUNTY — If the Union County Freeholder Board was looking for a reason not to outsource operations at the jail, they may have found one last week. The board heard an up to date accounting of how the jail is doing from Marie VanNostrand, a project manager with Luminosity, the consulting firm hired by the […]