Summit-based filmmaker celebrates Emmy for documentary

SUMMIT, NJ — Frank Guastella never imagined himself as a documentary filmmaker, let alone an Emmy Award-winning one. Guastella’s first documentary, “I Can’t, I Have Rehearsal” which features six New Jersey high schools — including Summit, Union, Rahway — and their productions of “Mary Poppins” opened his eyes to the world of filmmaking. The film […]

Summit preps for kindergarten within day of budget OK

SUMMIT, NJ — Registration has already begun for the city’s new full-day kindergarten, with the district alerting parents and the public at large less than a day after the Board of School Estimate approved a nearly $66 million budget to expand the program. The budget was approved in a 3-1 vote at the March 25 […]

Summit sidewalk plan calls for revisiting school walking routes

SUMMIT, NJ — The city’s updated sidewalk master plan calls for re-evaluating the elementary schools’ walking routes, which are about a decade old. The city’s engineer, Aaron Schrager, updated and presented the Summit Common Council with recommendations for updates at the March 5 meeting regarding the city’s sidewalk installation and maintenance plan. Schrager said that […]

Summit makes public smoking ban visible

Summit makes public smoking ban visible

SUMMIT, NJ — The city is sending a message to would-be smokers in its parks and athletic facilities. No smoking signs were installed at Soldiers Memorial Field, Investors Bank Field, Wilson Park, Long Field, Glenside Field, Mabie Memorial Playground and the Summit Village Green, the city announced in a March 14 press release. The smoking […]

Summit BOE OKs $65M budget, full-day kindergarten

SUMMIT, NJ — The school board approved a budget of more than $65 million for next academic year in a 6-1 non-binding vote at the March 7 meeting, with more than $1.5 million allocated for expanding the district’s kindergarten program to full day. The Board of School Estimate will have final approval at its March […]

Summit to expand kindergarten in $66 million budget

Summit to expand kindergarten in $66 million budget

SUMMIT, NJ — The city’s school district would expand its half-day kindergarten program to a free, full-day operation under a proposed $66 million budget for the next school year, one that exceeds the state-restricted 2-percent cap by $800,000. The $66,171,587 spending plan, introduced by Superintendent of Schools June Chang at the nearly three-hour Feb. 14 […]

Summit residents weigh in on Broad Street West

Summit residents weigh in on Broad Street West

SUMMIT, NJ — Residents cast votes for the types of businesses they want included in the redevelopment of the city’s Broad Street West project at a public forum on Feb. 11, and the city planner noted construction could begin as early as next spring. The redevelopment area, designated as an “area in need of redevelopment” […]

Summit official expresses satisfaction with the skies

SUMMIT, NJ — John Nicholas reminded residents that it’s not just a coincidence that skies are quiet over Hilltop City. The Summit resident serves as vice president of the Union County Air Traffic Noise Advisory Board and spoke at the Feb. 5 Common Council meeting about the organization, which advocates for reducing noise levels in […]

Summit mulls impact of possible full-day kindergarten

Summit mulls impact of possible full-day kindergarten

SUMMIT, NJ — School administrators discussed the estimated budget impact of expanding school district’s universal half-day kindergarten into a free full-day program next year at their Jan. 17 meeting, drawing mixed reactions from residents. Talk of adding full-day kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year began last year and, according to Superintendent June Chang, the January […]