New county voting machines to get test in Westfield

New county voting machines to get test in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — Voters from throughout the county have a choice between Spiderman, Batman and the Green Hornet — supposed candidates in a demonstration of new voting machines on display at the Union County Annex building. However, Westfield residents will be casting their votes for real candidates in less than two weeks. And there are plans […]

Summit to erect monument for Medal of Honor recipients

Summit to erect monument for Medal of Honor recipients

SUMMIT, NJ — It’s taken 100 years but a pair of locals will finally get their due. It was near Le Chatelet, France on Sept. 29, 1918, when Sgt. Alan Eggers and Cpl. Thomas O’Shea of Summit, and Sgt. John Latham, of Rutherford, found themselves separated from their platoon. The Battle of San Quentin Canal […]

Cranford board, residents grill traffic engineer

Cranford board, residents grill traffic engineer

CRANFORD, NJ — Planning Board members and residents spent much of the Oct. 17 meeting asking an expert for a developer seeking to build a 905-unit apartment complex at 750 Walnut Ave. how much traffic would be too much for the area. They questioned Karl Pehnke, traffic expert for Hartz Mountain industries, in an attempt […]

Ethics charges filed in Linden schools’ primary voting spat

LINDEN, NJ — State ethics charges have been filed against two school board members stemming from the unauthorized release of internal communications that ignited controversy between school officials and Mayor Derek Armstead. Board of Education President Raymond Topoleski confirmed during an Oct. 19 phone interview that charges were filed against Gregory Martucci and Katarzyna Kozak […]

Medical marijuana dispensary coming to Union

Medical marijuana dispensary coming to Union

UNION, NJ — The township will soon be home to one of seven medical marijuana dispensaries in the state after plans for the facility were unanimously approved by the Planning Board during a meeting last month. Compassionate Care Research Institute LLC, operating as Garden State Dispensary, already has a location in Woodbridge and has plans […]

Cranford adds meetings to solicit info on district shakeup

CRANFORD, NJ — School Superintendent Scott Rubin has announced seven more meetings to gather feedback from the community concerning his plans to “reimagine” the school district. Rubin said since he first outlined the addition of free full-day kindergarten, the creation of Cranford Middle School and a variety of other changes to the township’s schools at […]

Roselle Park mayor’s race offers a unique choice

ROSELLE PARK, NJ — Mayor Carl Hokanson, who failed to win the Democratic nomination and is running for re-election as an independent, said he is gaining support from residents tired of “watching the fighting between Democrats and Republicans.” When the mayor did not receive the party nomination in March he quickly announced he would run […]

First lighted church in Roselle celebrates 150th anniversary

First lighted church in Roselle celebrates 150th anniversary

ROSELLE, NJ — Thomas Edison first brought electric light to the village of Roselle back in January 1883, when he was trying to prove that a town could be illuminated by power from a single generating station. Roselle was chosen by Edison because it did not have any gas-powered lighting. Along with installing his incandescent […]