Clark moves forward with Gypsum rezoning

CLARK — Last week the township moved a step closer to ensuring the former 28-acre U.S. Gypsum plant on Raritan Road stays within the vision they have of a new town center. There were at least 100 residents in the audience the night of the final hearing that ultimately saw the Planning Board unanimously approve […]

A Sensitive Side

SUMMIT — From left: Tyler Mayes and Mason Guida of Summit participated in a sensitivity training program at SAGE Eldercare on March 20. Both boys are fifth grade students at Lincoln-Hubbard Elementary School. This is the fourth year that the organization and school have partnered together for the intergenerational program.

Rahway taxpayers to see average of $116 tax bump

RAHWAY — This year the average taxpayer with a home assessed at $133,000 will see a $116 increase in municipal taxes, but that does not include school or county taxes. Although county taxes are tentatively expected to rise 4.2 percent according to County Manager Al Faella, the school tax has yet to be determined. The […]

Ethics complaint claims Deo can’t serve in dual roles

HILLSIDE — Hillside resident and county Democratic chair Charlotte DeFilippo filed a school ethics complaint against the superintendent of schools last week, saying it is a conflict for him to serve as a local council member at the same time. The school ethics commission complaint, obtained by LocalSource, maintained there are conflicts of interest involved […]

Mayor wants to know the ‘timeline’ on turf field

SPRINGFIELD — Mayor David Amlen thinks a lot has not come to the surface about the land swap deal between the township and school board. The subject of contention is the nine-acre property near the intersection of Tree Top Drive and Skylark Road the school board agreed was a good swap if the township helped […]

‘Jailhouse blues’ no more?

UNION COUNTY — Certainly Union County Jail Director Brian Riordan knew he had a big job ahead of him when he came aboard in 2008. But this former Riker’s Island warden is no stranger to hard work. Nor is he to understanding that getting back to basics often is the answer to solving problems at a […]

Union High School ‘Marching’ band

The Union High School Marching Band was one of many to coast through Union Center for the county’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16. Despite the cold, wet weather, many local residents turned out for the fun and festivities, which included delicious foods, many games, and even some rides for the kids. […]

Republicans aim for District 20 assembly seats with fresh face

UNION COUNTY — Two Union Republicans have thrown their hats in the ring for New Jersey State Assembly seats this year, challenging two incumbent Democrats who carry significant political weight in Union County. Earlier this month the Union County Republicans held a convention in Garwood where, for the first time in years, the committee voted for […]

ACLU amends data given to LocalSource

Editor’s Note: This story is a follow up to “ACLU admits to providing incorrect information” which appeared in LocalSource last week, on March 7. UNION COUNTY — Information released by the American Civil Liberties Union in February made police departments in Union County appear to not be on the ball about police officer complaints from the […]

Hillside mayor has the power

HILLSIDE — Mayor Joe Menza won a major court battle last week, one that should let council members know who has the final word when it comes to layoffs, hiring and firing. The Superior Court of New Jersey Appellate Division made two important findings, including that the mayor can initiate layoffs without the council’s approval, […]