Roselle BOE president claims ‘racially assaulted’

ROSELLE, NJ — The white school board president who was told by a black board member during an Aug. 16 board meeting that her “white privilege does not extend to this end of the table” claims it was just the latest episode of being “racially assaulted” by fellow board members. Patricia Fabrizio, the only white […]

Roselle approves schools superintendent, assistant

Roselle approves schools superintendent, assistant

ROSELLE, NJ — The school board approved the contract of the new interim superintendent and announced it has selected a new assistant superintendent, trying to restore stability after a recent succession of resignations, suspensions, firings, investigations and a forensic audit. The board voted to hire James Baker as its interim superintendent at its July 23 […]

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. […]