Union residents assured on drinking water safety

UNION, N.J. — New Jersey American Water Company administrators gathered with state and local officials to assure residents at an Oct. 15 town hall-style meeting that their tap water is safe to drink, stating that local water sources have tested below state limits for lead. State Sen. Joseph Cryan, whose 20th Legislative District comprises Union, […]

Rahway River flood study faces more roadblocks

Rahway River flood study faces more roadblocks

Ongoing work to mitigate flooding in municipalities along the Rahway River has hit yet another dam, forcing proponents to reach out to politicians and government agencies in an attempt to get the plan moving again. On Oct. 4, mayors from communities along the Rahway River, as well as county officials, met with officials from the […]

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 […]

Springfield facility tests potential Alzheimer’s drug

Springfield facility tests potential Alzheimer’s drug

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — Dr. Michelle Papka isn’t looking to cure Alzheimer’s disease tomorrow. Papka, the principal investigator for a new study for Alzheimer’s at the Cognitive and Research Center in Springfield, is hoping a new approach she is taking will be a step in the right direction. “It is important to explore all approaches,” Papka […]

It’s a twister

It’s a twister

SPRINGFIELD, NJ  — A funnel cloud reaches toward the ground in Springfield in the vicinity of U.S. Route 22 and Springfield Avenue on July 7 at about 2:45 p.m. The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado touched down in the township as heavy weather, which moved through the area during the afternoon and early evening, […]

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 […]

Springfield OKs developer fee for sewage

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — The local Township Committee unanimously voted to charge developers a $1.45 per gallon fee for sewage flow for new construction projects in an effort to offset costs for the township. The fee approved at the June 25 meeting is similar to the rate Springfield is charge to purchase flow rights form Garwood. […]

Springfield adopts township record $33 million budget

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — The Township Committee voted unanimously at its May 14 meeting to adopt a $33 million municipal budget, which includes a $69 tax increase for the average homeowner. It was the largest budget in the township’s history, according to Committeeman Alex Keiser, who presented the spending plan at the meeting, exceeding last year’s […]

Saks redevelopment plan gets OK

Saks redevelopment plan gets OK

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — The Township Committee unanimously adopted a redevelopment plan for the former Saks Fifth Avenue site at a special meeting on May 7, clearing the way for the decaying site to be transformed into residential, retail and dining units. The 9.7-acre site located at 90 Millburn Ave. has been vacant for nearly three […]