County disputes health savings claim

UNION COUNTY — Freeholder Daniel Sullivan flatly disputed claims made in LocalSource last week that the county could have saved $5.8 million in health benefit costs by going with the State Health Benefits Plan. At last week’s freeholder board meeting the topic of LocalSource’s article on the county insurance broker steering the board toward a more […]

Just the tip of the iceberg

RAHWAY — Students in Mrs. Rubino’s 3rd grade Gifted and Talented class at Roosevelt School in Rahway recently completed a mini unit on the Titanic. The tragic sinking of the Titanic in April 1912 has created an enduring fascination and interest in the ship and the fate of the people aboard. After researching about the ship, […]

Backyard Composting training courses to begin in Cranford

CRANFORD — My Green Cranford in conjunction with the Cranford Recycling Department has been awarded a $2,000 Sustainable Jersey Grant. The grant allocations will be used to start a Backyard Composting Program. The new program will be called My Green Gardens, and slotted to begin in spring 2013. Training courses will be offered to Cranford […]

Dedicated team helps to put ‘Roselle First’

ROSELLE — When Mayor Jamel Holley was elected more than a year ago, one of his first initiatives was to jump start a program that would provide opportunity, training, jobs and success to residents in need of these services. He not only realized that goal with Roselle First, but managed to help more than 200 […]

ACLU report: police depts. ‘internally’ flawed

UNION COUNTY — If an average citizen in Union County wanted to lodge a complaint against a local police officer over the phone … well … good luck. In fact, the majority of those attempting to lodge a complaint against a police officer throughout the state would most likely encounter hostility, misinformation or other obstacles from […]

Off to the races

Off to the races

CLARK — Recently, the Cub Scouts of Pack 145 of Clark held their annual Pinewood Derby. Above: The winners of the races pose with their various awards. Right, a set of cars wait for the ‘starting gun’ and a race to begin. Cub Scouts, with the help of parents, build their own cars from wood, […]

County loses out on $5 million in savings

Documents show broker failed to recommend most affordable health benefits plan to county

UNION COUNTY — The freeholder board could have saved as much as $5 million in health benefit costs last year, but several representatives of county employee unions discovered a county-contracted broker appears to have steered the freeholders to a more expensive plan. Tonight at the freeholder meeting, representatives of the local Communications Workers of America and […]

Union County College offers photography course

UNION COUNTY — If you enjoy taking pictures, learn how you can turn your passion into an income-generating business through a new non-credit certificate program at Union County College. Even if you just take pictures as a hobby, there are important techniques you can learn to improve your picture-taking abilities to get started. The class […]

Union County Colleges offers classes on preparing to sell your home

UNION COUNTY — If you are considering putting your home on the market this year, get a jump-start on the process by learning what works from a professional home stager. According to studies by Department of Housing and Urban Development, a “staged home” will sell in about half the time and for 17 percent more […]

YMCA Dance Company member receives grant

SCOTCH PLAINS — Amy Walejewsky, a member of the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA Dance Company, received a workshop scholarship from the Associated Dance Teachers of New Jersey on Sunday, Jan. 20. This scholarship is awarded to only 12 students at every workshop based on positive attitude, active participation in the class, dance etiquette, enthusiasm for the work […]