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, […]

Finding ‘NEMO’ in Rahway

Last week’s snowstorm, dubbed ‘Winter Storm Nemo,’ created a frenzy of outdoor activity in Rahway where many local residents visited Milton Lake Park for plenty of sledding.

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 […]

Healthy, wealthy and wise in Union County

Individual health departments are becoming a rarity as communities look for shared savings

There was a time when towns in Union County had their own local health departments, but those days are coming to an end. Now municipalities are looking at whether the health needs of their community can be handled just as well by a regional health department. Increasing state-mandated services, reduced state aid, and the high […]

Former freeholder, 82, passed away Dec. 28

RAHWAY — City and county officials alike mourned the death of former Freeholder Chester Holmes, praising his community service and extolling his kind and gentle nature. The former freeholder, 82, who died Dec. 28 at home of natural causes, served eight years as a city councilman prior to being elected to the Union County Freeholder […]

Letters to Santa show lasting effects of Sandy, economy

Santa Claus gets lots of letters, especially from kids in Union County. And there were countless letters this year that Santa’s elves shared with LocalSource, with many mentioning superstorm Sandy. Although taking this major storm in stride, most kids expressed concern that next time a hurricane hits, they would like their families to be better […]

‘Power struggle’ in Union County

Four municipal employees may face penalties for using public generators for personal needs

The Union County Prosecutor’s Office is looking into exactly how many county employees helped themselves to generators immediately following superstorm Sandy. County sources with knowledge of how this unfolded confirmed Monday that there were four public works employees in addition to “at least” one person in the public safety department that took home generators for […]

Cost of Sandy continues to mount

Since superstorm Sandy, FEMA has approved $557 million for homeowners, paying more than $250 million in the past month for rent, emergency home repairs and even money for cash strapped homeowners impacted by floodwaters. But not all FEMA money is going to survivors. A few weeks ago on the site of the former General Motors […]

Linden’s road blocks to recovery

Mayor recalls path of destruction as Sandy's surge devastates residents

LINDEN — Although the city took a major hit from superstorm Sandy, Mayor Rich Gerbounka is counting his blessings and looking toward recovery. The city is slowly rebounding after superstorm Sandy swept through its streets, leaving more than $900 million in damages to private and public sectors. The mayor admitted that after Tropical Storm Irene […]

Sandy deals ‘devastating blow’

Preliminary private, public losses in Union County breach $1 billion

In both private and public losses combined, Superstorm Sandy cost Union County more than $1 billion. The good news is FEMA is supposed to help defray the majority of the costs incurred by municipalities, but not all. The preliminary tolls from each town are now in and the total spent by Union County municipalities for […]