Union police shooting range faces lawsuit for distressing pets at nearby animal shelter

Union police shooting range faces lawsuit for distressing pets at nearby animal shelter

UNION, NJ — A Kenilworth resident who is suing Union, claims that an outdoor shooting range used by the police department is causing noise pollution, possible lead contamination and upsetting the animals at a nearby shelter. Michael Klein filed suit in state Superior Court in June regarding the shooting range at 990 Jefferson Ave., which […]

New proposal for Kennedy Reservation park draws fire

New proposal for Kennedy Reservation park draws fire

UNION, NJ — Union residents knocked down the township’s plans to utilize parts of Kennedy Reservation for a recreation area six months ago, and now designs for a county park there are also receiving heat. Union spokeswoman Natalie Pineiro said the township pulled its Green Acres funding application after receiving pushback from residents on the Green […]

First phase of ‘complete overhaul’ for Union Center’s Stuyvesant Avenue set course for completion in autumn

First phase of ‘complete overhaul’ for Union Center’s Stuyvesant Avenue set course for completion in autumn

UNION, NJ — Union will witness a series of infrastructure and developmental projects this year, with the Stuyvesant Avenue Streetscape Project and the rise of several mixed-use buildings set for various completion dates. The streetscape project is meant to enhance and further develop the main downtown area through a collaborative effort of the township and its […]

Local volunteer art house celebrates 10 years in Townley Presbyterian church basement

Local volunteer art house celebrates 10 years in Townley Presbyterian church basement

UNION, NJ — The basement of Townley Presbyterian Church, located on Salem Road in Union, transforms into the hub of Northern New Jersey culture on the second Saturday of every month, when the crossroads of music, art and gourmet coffee collide. Mayor Cavadas honored and congratulated volunteers of the Salem Roadhouse Cafe for its 10-year anniversary […]

Rodents spark concern in Putnam Manor

UNION, NJ — The Union Health Department issued an advisory Aug. 22, alerting residents to take precautions to reduce the presence of rodents, an issue that was subject of social media posts and point of discussion at a Township Committee meeting later that day. One resident who addressed the committee blamed a foreclosed home located on […]

Apartment/retail complex unveiled for old Merck site

Apartment/retail complex unveiled for old Merck site

UNION, NJ — Developers envision a 462-apartment complex, with a 40,000-square-foot retail center, pool, parking deck, basketball court and dog park for the 42-acre site on Morris Avenue that was formerly home to the Merck pharmaceutical headquarters, according to plans presented at the Aug. 24 Union Planning Board meeting. The meeting to discuss the preliminary concept […]

Union school board factions clash over surplus

Union school board factions clash over surplus

UNION, NJ — A clash between two factions fighting for control of the Union school board heightened at its Aug. 10 special meeting with one former member accusing the opposing faction of misusing $5 million in unspent funds and the other side charging that their foes were threatening to delay the opening of school. Former member […]

Union man sentenced to 10 years for fraud scheme

UNION, NJ — A Union man has been sentenced to 10 years in state prison after his conviction for being the ringleader of an identity theft and mortgage fraud ring that stole nearly $1 million from various lending institutions, the state attorney general’s office announced Aug. 11. Artis Hunter, 50, was sentenced by Superior Court […]

Nine arrested for Union High School burglary

UNION, NJ — Nine suspects — including at least six recent graduates — have been charged in connection with the June 29 burglary of approximately $26,000 in cash from a secretary’s desk and other items from Union High School, police said. Among the suspects was Nicholas Zuena, son of Union Board of Education Vice President Nancy […]