Two candidates square off for one seat in Cranford

CRANFORD— With just one seat up for grabs and the political balance on the Township Committee hanging in the balance, the two candidates in the running are entering the final campaigning stretch before the election. However, Democrat Tom Hannen, who ran unsuccessfully last year for a seat on the township committee and Republican Scott Mease, […]

No freeholder debate from League of Women Voters

For decades, the League of Women Voters sponsored the annual freeholder candidates debate in a non-partisan atmosphere. Unfortunately, this year the gavel will be silent. According to county party leaders on both sides of the political fence, as of late last week neither received notification from the league of a forthcoming debate. With the election […]

Upcoming candidate forums in Union County

There is a shortage of candidate forums in around Union County this election year, but following is a list of those that are still available for residents. Springfield Residents will give residents two opportunities, in comfortable non partisan settings, to meet and speak with the four candidates running for two open seats on the local […]

Contested municipal elections in Union County

Asterisks(*) denote incumbents. Only contested election in Union County LocalSource’s coverage area are represented. Union County Freeholders Three 3-year terms Alexander Mirabella-D* Diane Barabas-R Mohamed Jalloh-D* Stephen Kozlovich-R Bruce Bergen-D Krzysztof Chris Nowak-R Clark Mayor — 4-year term Richard Kazanowski-D Salvatore Bonaccorso-R* Councilman-at-large — Three 4-year terms Michael Altmann-D Angel Albanese-R* Michelle Novak-D Alvin Barr-R* […]

Contested board of education elections in Union County

The following is a list of contested board of education elections in Union County LocalSource’s coverage area. This newspaper encourages residents to learn about their candidates prior to voting and to make an informed decision when exercising their right to vote. Some towns are holding candidates nights and forums, which give residents the opportunity to […]

Cranford police investigating possible child luring incident

CRANFORD — The Cranford Police Department is currently investigating a possible child luring incident that occurred on today, Thursday, Oct. 18. An 11-year-old juvenile was approached while walking to school at approximately 7:30 a.m., according to police.  The juvenile was  walking on Brookside Place near the intersection of Waverly Place when the incident occurred. The […]

Email from Lesniak raises red flags

Email to Kean Board of Trustees from senator highlights potential political influence at campus

The war between the Kean University teachers union, president and board of trustees may be over but fallout continues to surface. Earlier this month an email sent by Democrat State Sen. Raymond Lesniak targeted Kean Federation Teachers Union President James Castiglione as an “incorrigible liar,” sending the missive not only to political allies like Democratic […]

Pride in Cranford Awards to highlight Irene Volunteers

CRANFORD — Susanne Capece has devoted 31 years volunteering her time to others, but her quiet selflessness really shined right after Cranford was devastated by Tropical Storm Irene. It was then that this longtime resident went throughout the flood area picking up laundry soaked in muddy floodwater, took it home to wash, fold and return […]

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 […]