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 […]

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 […]

Instructor for 1,600 cops stepping down

Instructor for 1,600 cops stepping down

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — Working for the John H. Stamler Police Academy has always been more than a job for Detective Ed Hanewald, and after 19 years, he will now be hanging up his drill sergeant hat. Hanewald, better known as “senior drill” to his recruits, has been the lead training instructor for almost two […]

Scotch Plains native Pat DiNizio is fondly remembered

Scotch Plains native Pat DiNizio is fondly remembered

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — Smithereens fan Jeff Christian was a frequent patron of Crossroads in Garwood, at least when Pat DiNizio was there playing his solo acoustic shows. “These concerts were more intimate, in a bar setting,” Christian said in a Dec. 15 phone interview. “He would cover his favorites of The Beatles, The Smithereens, all in […]

Four years after Galloping Hill rebuild, Ash Brook golf course gets its turn

Four years after Galloping Hill rebuild, Ash Brook golf course gets its turn

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ  — Ash Brook Golf Course in Scotch Plains will be undergoing a massive rebuild, with an Oct. 10 groundbreaking marking the latest phase of the $8.9 million project slated for completion in September 2018. The old clubhouse will be replaced by a new 21,000-square-foot building off Raritan Road that will include a full-service […]

Local fourth-grader steps into spotlight at U.S. Open

Local fourth-grader steps into spotlight at U.S. Open

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — The distance between Scotch Plains and Flushing Meadows is a lot shorter than the leap from the fourth grade to a crowd of 24,000 at the U.S. Open Tennis Championships. Nine-year-old Dan Kaznowski is ready to make both. After being selected from more than 200 YouTube auditioners, Dan is preparing to sing […]

CITIZENS OF NEW JERSEY A CALL TO ACTION BY MONDAY A.M.

 WHAT IS GOVERNOR CHRISTIE TRYING TO HIDE? For over 100 years, governments and businesses in the U.S. have been required to inform the public about vital matters like government contract bids, variance applications, sub-division variance applications, foreclosures, sales of government property, government contract bids, and municipal tax sales. But this week, Gov. Chris Christie and […]

Scotch Plains salary questioned by council

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — The Aug. 30 meeting of the Scotch Plains Town Council was business as usual — until Councilman Llewellyn Jones dropped a bombshell. According to the lone Republican on the council, during a mid-year budget review he came across a salary increase awarded to Al Mirabella, the town manager, by Scotch Plains Mayor […]

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