Summit ranked second best place to live statewide

Summit ranked second best place to live statewide

Two towns in Union County, including the No. 2 ranked Summit, are among the top 10 “Best Places to Live in New Jersey,” according to New Jersey Monthly magazine’s September edition. The survey, conducted by Leflein Associates, an independent research firm based in Ringwood considered home values, property taxes, crime rate, school performance and a […]

Suspicious fires erupt mile apart

Police probe series of suspicious fires in Linden, Roselle

Suspicious fires erupt mile apart

LINDEN, NJ — Local and county officials are looking into a series of suspicious fires — including one that destroyed a vacant house — that occurred less than 1 mile apart in Linden and Roselle within a matter of hours late Thursday, July 25, and the early morning of Friday, July 26. “While it is […]

County launches opioid addiction hotline program

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Officials have launched a new program — Helping Hands 365 — that features a 24/7 hotline connecting addicts with peers who have achieved sobriety in an effort to reduce opioid-related overdoses in the county. More than 130 county residents died of such overdoses in 2018. Prevention Links, a local nonprofit organization […]

Roselle schools get OK from state in benchmark rating

Roselle schools get OK from state in benchmark rating

ROSELLE, NJ — The local school district has passed the New Jersey Quality Single Accountability Continuum, a statewide benchmark that assesses districts in several key areas. The news, announced at the Jan. 28 Board of Education meeting, included that the district has raised its grade in “instruction and program” from 60 percent in March 2017 […]

Roselle council clashes over appointments, vendors

ROSELLE, NJ — Council members clashed with one another and the mayor regarding a series of appointments that filled the agenda at the Jan. 16 council meeting. The vote to appoint a new municipal prosecutor, the awarding of contracts to new attorneys and the selection of an architectural firm were called “political favors” by some […]

Ousted Roselle school board member announces bid for mayor

Ousted Roselle school board member announces bid for mayor

ROSELLE, NJ — Archange Antoine, a former local school board member who was dismissed for missing meetings and is facing formal ethics complaints with state authorities in unrelated incidents, is running for mayor. Antoine, who was the longest-serving member of the Board of Education at the time he was removed by a 5-4 vote on […]

New Roselle schools chief settles in, has ways to go

New Roselle schools chief settles in, has ways to go

ROSELLE, NJ — James Baker was trained as a paratrooper in the Army in the 1970s. He knew something about jumping into hostile situations long before he accepted the job as the superintendent of the Roselle School District six months ago. “I’ve worked in the field in urban areas for 25 years,” Baker said during […]

Hair stylist seated as newest Roselle school board member

ROSELLE, NJ — Lifelong borough resident Jonathon “Shawon” Spearman has said his connections to the community will be his greatest strength as the newest member of the Board of Education, which he characterized as “a mess.” Spearman was appointed to the board by an 8-0 vote at its Nov. 19 meeting. After being sworn in […]

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