Gerbounka looks ahead in state of the city address

LINDEN — In his state of the city address, Mayor Rich Gerbounka had only one hope — that mother nature did not have another surprise up her sleeve for Linden in 2013. “Think about it. In 2010 we had a record 32 inches of snowfall. In 2011 we had Hurricane Irene plus the Halloween storm,” […]

Springfield brings back board of health

SPRINGFIELD — Tuesday the governing body was expected to change the status of the board of health. Again. “I feel that it’s in the best interest of the residents of Springfield for the Board of Health to be made up of public health professionals,” said Deputy Mayor Rich Huber in a statement published on the […]

Amidst feud with mayor, police chief opts to retire

HILLSIDE — Saying he was “sick of allegations by Mayor Joseph Menza that are entirely false,” the township’s top cop decided to retire after ten years leading the force and more than 30 years with the department. “I’ve had quite enough,” Police Chief Robert Quinlan said in an interview Friday with LocalSource, two days after […]

Officer complains of Mason’s intimidation

CRANFORD — Township Police Chief Eric Mason is in hot water with the local police union after allegedly attempting to intimidate a member of the force into recanting an email that Mason did not like. The complaint, filed with the New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission, puts further credence to rumors that have circulated the […]

Report shows demand is high for affordable artist housing

RAHWAY — A group planning to build affordable housing in Rahway for actors, artists and other creative professionals never expected the demand would be so great. Now it appears instead of 69 units, there is a need for up to 242. The proposed plan for affordable artist housing is planned for the former Elizabethtown Gas […]

Young Scholars

The students were recently awarded the 2012-13 Navin Bros. Food Service Scholarship at Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains. Navin Bros., Inc. oversees all food service operations at Union Catholic High School as well as at schools throughout the New York tri-state area. The scholarship was established in memory of Mary Ellen Swinden, a […]

Teachers, students left in the dark after last minute class cancellations by Kean Univ.

UNION COUNTY — Kean University abruptly canceled 500 classes, and then reinstated 130, leaving students and professors scrambling to figure out what to do before the term begins next week. The class cancelations are not only an 11th-hour hitch that complicates the spring semester, but also could result in some Kean students not being able […]

Mayor talks Sandy, county taxes in state of the city address

SUMMIT — When Mayor Ellen Dickson looked back on the past year, there was little doubt in her mind that Superstorm Sandy presented the greatest challenge to the city. During her State of the City address this year, the mayor said Sandy was a harsh test for the city when Summit lost power for the […]

Watchdog: You’re barking up the wrong tree

Prosecutor’s Office asks UCWA to throw them a bone; refusal leads to subpoena

UNION — After weeks and months of lambasting the county and the prosecutor’s office for dragging their feet on an investigation into misused generators, a county watchdog has refused to help when asked, even though she claims to have all the answers. The prosecutor’s office is hoping activist and blogger Tina Renna gives them the names […]

Carter takes the reigns as freeholder chairwoman

Linda Carter became the first African-American woman chairman of the Union County Freeholder Board Sunday, announcing her focus this year will be helping families and empowering women. Highlighting a series of five initiatives designed to jump start economic growth and help businesses, provide job training, improve public safety, encourage green practices and assist women, Carter, […]