Summit taxpayers to see small increase in budget

SUMMIT — Tuesday the common council will hold a final reading and public hearing for the 2013 $42.4 million budget, which called for a $9.25 increase on the average home assessed at $410,000. The municipal portion of a taxpayer’s bill is just one part of a three part bill which also includes school and county […]

A Sensitive Side

SUMMIT — From left: Tyler Mayes and Mason Guida of Summit participated in a sensitivity training program at SAGE Eldercare on March 20. Both boys are fifth grade students at Lincoln-Hubbard Elementary School. This is the fourth year that the organization and school have partnered together for the intergenerational program.

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Watchdog takes the stand, tries to hide behind Shied law, as prosecutor hammers away

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After two grueling days on the stand, the decision of whether activist and blogger Tina Renna legally deserves protection under the New Jersey Shield Law for newspersons is in the hands of Superior Court Judge Karen Cassidy. The two-day hearing took place after Renna refused multiple times to provide the Union County Prosecutor’s Office with […]

Summit considers school expansion, full-day kindergarten

SUMMIT — Although the board of education has spent considerable time examing the merits of a full-day kindergarten, they still have a way to go before it gets the stamp of approval. In late January the school board held a town hall meeting at Jefferson Primary Center for residents to hear more about what a […]

Mayor talks Sandy, county taxes in state of the city address

SUMMIT — When Mayor Ellen Dickson looked back on the past year, there was little doubt in her mind that Superstorm Sandy presented the greatest challenge to the city. During her State of the City address this year, the mayor said Sandy was a harsh test for the city when Summit lost power for the […]

Healthy, wealthy and wise in Union County

Individual health departments are becoming a rarity as communities look for shared savings

There was a time when towns in Union County had their own local health departments, but those days are coming to an end. Now municipalities are looking at whether the health needs of their community can be handled just as well by a regional health department. Increasing state-mandated services, reduced state aid, and the high […]

Letters to Santa show lasting effects of Sandy, economy

Santa Claus gets lots of letters, especially from kids in Union County. And there were countless letters this year that Santa’s elves shared with LocalSource, with many mentioning superstorm Sandy. Although taking this major storm in stride, most kids expressed concern that next time a hurricane hits, they would like their families to be better […]

Summit holds meeting to discuss storm response

SUMMIT — The city is taking a proactive stance when it comes to any future storms that could leave residents without power for days. But the best lesson, according to the mayor, is being aware of what went right and wrong during and after the storm. The night superstorm Sandy hit, which  was downgraded from […]

‘Power struggle’ in Union County

Four municipal employees may face penalties for using public generators for personal needs

The Union County Prosecutor’s Office is looking into exactly how many county employees helped themselves to generators immediately following superstorm Sandy. County sources with knowledge of how this unfolded confirmed Monday that there were four public works employees in addition to “at least” one person in the public safety department that took home generators for […]

Cost of Sandy continues to mount

Since superstorm Sandy, FEMA has approved $557 million for homeowners, paying more than $250 million in the past month for rent, emergency home repairs and even money for cash strapped homeowners impacted by floodwaters. But not all FEMA money is going to survivors. A few weeks ago on the site of the former General Motors […]