Union BOE OKs preliminary $137M budget

UNION, NJ — A divided Board of Education approved a $137 million preliminary budget for the 2019-20 school year, sending it to the Executive County Superintendent for review, despite the concerns of several board members at the March 19 regular meeting. The spending plan passed 5-3 with one abstention one day before it was due […]

UNION MALE ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

UNION MALE ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

Manny Florestal, Track, Senior “Manny is a returning senior, with a great and tremendous upside. 49.25 in the 400 was his best outdoor time last season. Manny has run some impressive times this winter in hopes for a big spring. 50.45 in the 400 meters was his best this winter. He’s a hard worker and […]

UNION FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

UNION FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

Sarah Ilori, Wrestling, Freshman Ninth-grader Sarah Ilori finished fifth in the 147-pound weight class in the inaugural NJSIAA Girls Wrestling State Championship on March 2 in Atlantic City. In order to qualify, Sarah had to wrestle in the very first Girls Regional Wrestling Tournament at Red Bank Regional High School. To advance to the state […]

Former Union ShopRite site will have new tenant

Former Union ShopRite site will have new tenant

UNION, NJ — The former ShopRite property at the intersection of Morris and Liberty Avenues will be home to a new chain thrift store in the fall. The vacant building, located at 2661 Morris Avenue, has been empty since 2014. When Mayor Michele Delisfort took office in January, she said filling the long-term commercial vacancy […]

UNION GIRL ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

UNION GIRL ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

Gabby Martinez, bowling, freshman “Gabriela, better known as Gabby, is a freshman member of the varsity bowling team. Bowling in a boys division can be tough for some, but Gabby, although young, displays great poise and carries herself strong on the lanes. She has made some great strides this year starting out with a 113 […]

UNION BOY ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

UNION BOY ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

Kevin Oliveira, bowling, senior “Kevin is a senior member of the varsity bowling team, as well as the team captain. He began bowling in his sophomore year and was self taught simply by observing others and watching YouTube videos. In the three years I have had the pleasure of coaching him, Kevin has had some […]

‘Scandal’ inspiration Judy Smith regales Kean audience

‘Scandal’ inspiration Judy Smith regales Kean audience

UNION, NJ — Judy Smith, A former White House deputy press secretary and self-described “crisis manager” who inspired ABC’s seven-season political drama “Scandal,” recalled her “worst internship ever” to an audience composed of mostly students at Kean University on Feb. 6. At the time, Smith was a law clerk for federal district Judge Barrington Parker […]

At 97, Union World War II vet recalls a devastated Europe

At 97, Union World War II vet recalls a devastated Europe

UNION, NJ — Carl Laggren, a Union resident for more than 50 years, vividly recalls entering Berlin in the summer 1961. As he looked around, he saw dozens and dozens of destroyed buildings and a city that was in total disarray. “I went to the city and just saw an immense amount of destruction,” Laggren […]

Union theater to make updates after mayor sends letter

Union theater to make updates after mayor sends letter

UNION, NJ — The movie theater in Union Center will be upgraded after Mayor Michele Delisfort chastised its owners, calling the establishment an “eyesore” and a “blight” on the downtown area in a Jan. 28 letter. “We’re working diligently with the town to bring everything up to standards,” Peter Kafash, chief financial officer of Empire […]

Union OKs variances for five-story apartment building

Union OKs variances for five-story apartment building

UNION, NJ — Zoning Board members have approved several variances to advance a proposal that would replace the Garden Buffet restaurant on Morris Avenue with a five-story apartment building and new restaurant at street level. Board members approved variances for setbacks, parking and paved surface area by a 7-1 vote at their Jan. 23 meeting, […]