Roselle Park gives initial OK to PILOT

ROSELLE PARK, NJ — A proposed mixed-use development for a long-abandoned car dealership on Westfield Avenue would receive a 20-year tax abatement under a proposal introduced by the Borough Council at its May 16 meeting. The council voted 5-1 to introduce the payment in lieu of taxes, or PILOT, for the development to be located […]

Union schools choose new food provider

UNION, NJ — Students in township schools will see new food options in the fall after the local school board approved a new service provider in a unanimous vote at its May 21 meeting. Pomptonian Food Services, located in Fairfield, was one of the four bidders to submit proposals, beating out and replacing the district’s […]

Springfield adopts township record $33 million budget

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — The Township Committee voted unanimously at its May 14 meeting to adopt a $33 million municipal budget, which includes a $69 tax increase for the average homeowner. It was the largest budget in the township’s history, according to Committeeman Alex Keiser, who presented the spending plan at the meeting, exceeding last year’s […]

Citizens get in on sleuthing

CRANFORD, NJ — It’s common for police departments to sift through security footage from a local business to help solve a crime and now, with the recent rise in popularity of private security cameras, local residents can participate and assist police in a whole new way. The Cranford Police Department recently launched the Cranford Civilian […]

Cranford residents denounce 750 Walnut proposal

Cranford residents denounce 750 Walnut proposal

CRANFORD, NJ — Nearly two dozen residents expressed their frustration with a proposed 905-unit apartment complex at 750 Walnut Ave. at the May 15 Planning Board meeting, saying that it will increase traffic and overwhelm the school district. Hartz Mountain Industries’ application to rezone the 30.5-acre site from office and warehouse to a residential area […]

Scutari prevails in Linden council vacancy fight

Scutari prevails in Linden council vacancy fight

LINDEN, NJ — State Sen. Nicholas Scutari has prevailed in his battle with Mayor Derek Armstead for the 8th Ward council seat as Superior Court Judge Katherine Dupuis ruled May 14 that Paul Coates must be seated in the vacant position. After several rounds in court, the decision ends the struggle between the mayor and […]

Kenilworth man charged with armed robbery

KENILWORTH, NJ — A 29-year-old Kenilworth man has been charged with robbing a New Jersey business owner at gunpoint in February, the U.S. Prosecutor’s Office in Newark announced in an April 30 release. Raymond Scura is accused of threatening to kill a man, forcing him to deposit a fraudulent check, withdraw the money from the […]

Summit group presses for plastic bag restrictions

Summit group presses for plastic bag restrictions

SUMMIT, NJ — Some residents of the Hilltop City are pressing local officials to enact more restrictions on plastic bag use, citing a survey conducted by Green Summit, a local activist environmental group. The survey — which took place between March and September of last year — asked Summit residents two questions: what are their […]

Pair of animal lovers raise money for pet identification

UNION, NJ — Police will be able to reunite furry friends with their owners faster than ever before, thanks to two local animal-lovers and donations from residents. Gale Petrecca and Karen Loessel raised more than $300 from a GoFundMe internet campaign needed to purchase a microchip scanner March 29, and within two hours, enough money […]

Planner decries ‘negative impact’ of 750 Walnut

CRANFORD, NJ — A proposed 905-unit apartment complex at 750 Walnut Ave. would have a negative fiscal impact on the township and schools, a professional planner hired by the local Planning Board said at the board’s May 8 special meeting. “In my opinion, the negative impact places a burden on the municipality in respect to […]