Roselle gets third superintendent since late June

ROSELLE, NJ — James Baker has been selected as the interim superintendent of schools, making him the third man to hold the title in little more than a week. Richard Corbett, who served on an interim basis for about six months before officially being appointed as top administrator in June 2017, announced his resignation in […]

Roselle schools assistant superintendent quits

Roselle schools assistant superintendent quits

ROSELLE, NJ — Assistant Superintendent Shakirah Harrington has resigned from the school district, leaving the top two administrative positions in the borough vacant as an audit indicates district funds were used to purchase two vehicles without the knowledge of the former superintendent. Harrington announced her resignation June 28. Superintendent Richard Corbett announced his resign ation […]

Roselle moves to terminate clerk put on leave six years ago

Roselle moves to terminate clerk put on leave six years ago

ROSELLE, NJ — The borough council at its June 20 meeting voted to seek the termination of a municipal clerk who had been placed on paid administrative leave six years ago. } Rhona Bluestein spoke after a resolution to remove her for “unbecoming conduct, incompetence and other just cause,” was put up for discussion. Although […]

Proposed Roselle budget would increase taxes $15 per home

Proposed Roselle budget would increase taxes $15 per home

ROSELLE, NJ —  The borough council introduced on April 25 a preliminary $32 million budget, which could result in a $15 increase for a local home assessed at $140,000. The proposed tax levy would be a .12 percent increase over last year, said Chief Financial Officer Judith Curran. Overall, the budget rose by about $3,800 […]

Roselle clerk dismisses challenges to primary bids of council incumbents

ROSELLE, NJ — The municipal clerk threw out objections made by a 2nd Ward council candidate’s campaign manager contesting the candidacy petitions of two incumbents running for re-election. Anthony Esposito, campaign manager for Brandon Bernier, filed residency and signature objections against the petitions made by 2nd Ward Councilwoman Carla Walker and 5th Ward Councilman Samuel […]

Ex-Roselle cop gets $1.2 million in race discrimination suit

ROSELLE, NJ — A former police lieutenant has been awarded about $1.2 million by a jury after accusing the borough and its previous police chief of racial discrimination, court documents show. Bradley Downing, who is part African- American and Caucasian, filed suit in December 2015 in Union County Superior Court alleging former Police Chief Gerald […]

Roselle school board OKs disputed firm for audit

ROSELLE, NJ — The school board has voted to appoint the controversial Bayonne-based firm Donohue, Doria & Tomkins to conduct a forensic audit after previously deciding not to use the company. The firm was hired at a March 13 special meeting to conduct a forensic audit for the period of Jan. 1, 2017 to Jan. […]

Roselle business students putting prospective skills to use

Roselle business students putting prospective skills to use

ROSELLE, NJ — Nine high school business students are getting intense on-the-job training in their prospective field as they look to compete in an international career competition. And they’re learning the challenges of many businesses — raising funds. After initially qualifying via the state competition in Atlantic City, members of Abraham Clark High School’s Distributive […]

More chaos erupts at Roselle school board meeting

ROSELLE, NJ — It was a half hour past midnight when school board member Richard Villeda came out of an executive session and told residents to “call the police.” “Everybody … fighting,” the visibly upset Villeda said aloud as he headed toward the exit doors in the Abraham Clark High School auditorium. He eventually took […]

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