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 […]

New ISO rating could mean lower insurance premiums

SUMMIT, NJ — The local Fire Department’s new Insurance Services Office rating could mean lower insurance premiums throughout the city, according to fire Chief Eric Evans. At the Jan. 15 Common Council meeting, Evans said the Class 2 Public Protection Classification program rating grade from the ISO is earned by fewer than 2 percent of […]

Celgene to be acquired by Bristol-Myers Squibb

Celgene to be acquired by Bristol-Myers Squibb

SUMMIT, NJ  — Bristol-Myers Squibb will acquire Summit-based Celgene Corp. in a cash and stock purchase for $74 billion, the two firms announced Jan. 3, creating a company with a combined $34 billion in annual pharmaceutical sales. Neither company addressed specifically how the merger would affect employees, although New York-based Bristol-Myers Squibb said in a […]

Summit mulls $17 million for firehouse, police equipment

Summit mulls $17 million for firehouse, police equipment

SUMMIT, NJ — The city is considering more than $17 million in spending requests for capital projects in its 2019 budget, a 200-percent increase from 2018. The original capital budget was projected at $5.5 million, but a new firehouse would raise that figure to more than $17.3 million, according to numbers presented at at a […]

Summit Park Line forum on route turns testy

Summit Park Line forum on route turns testy

SUMMIT, NJ — Concerns about safety and privacy turned a public forum on the Summit Park Line pedestrian walkway into a tense shouting match at times as officials heard from residents regarding the second phase of the park’s construction. At the Dec. 6 workshop meeting hosted by the city, residents on Eggers Court and Henry […]

Summit to erect monument for Medal of Honor recipients

Summit to erect monument for Medal of Honor recipients

SUMMIT, NJ — It’s taken 100 years but a pair of locals will finally get their due. It was near Le Chatelet, France on Sept. 29, 1918, when Sgt. Alan Eggers and Cpl. Thomas O’Shea of Summit, and Sgt. John Latham, of Rutherford, found themselves separated from their platoon. The Battle of San Quentin Canal […]

Mural painted by robot in Downtown Summit

Mural painted by robot in Downtown Summit

SUMMIT, NJ — Don’t expect “Albert” to be confused with Da Vinci, Rembrandt or Van Gogh, although his work is very public. Albert is a robotic spray-printing machine used to beautify downtown Summit in September, creating a dot-matrix mural on the side of a building on Union Place. The building, which houses Pizza Vita on […]