Union High School ‘Marching’ band

The Union High School Marching Band was one of many to coast through Union Center for the county’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16. Despite the cold, wet weather, many local residents turned out for the fun and festivities, which included delicious foods, many games, and even some rides for the kids. […]

Activist, blogger, journalist, whatever …

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

Activist, blogger, journalist, whatever …

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 […]

Grant offsets cost of new turf soccer field in Union

UNION — Budding soccer players are going to get an opportunity to play on a turf field come the end of May thanks to an upgrade at Volunteer Park that was much needed. If you happen to pass by Volunteer Field and notice the area buzzing with construction activity, it is just a sign that […]

Grab and Go breakfast off to a good start

UNION — Students at Burnet Middle School had their first opportunity last week to choose a “grab and go” nutritious breakfast and it proved to be quite a success. Superintendent of Schools Patrick Martin is always looking for a better way to do things. Be it increased opportunity for students to learn, improved testing or […]

Scanlon hired by county one month after retiring

UNION — Former Freeholder Deborah Scanlon was only out of office for a month before the county created a position for her in the Human Services department. According to information obtained using the Open Public Records Act, the position was crafted for Scanlon, a resident of Union, who will be paid $74,900 for the administrative position […]

Kean restaurant handed a $50K tax bill

UNION — Kean University may have paved the road for Ursino Restaurant to open without anyone having to jump through the usual legal hoops, but not paying taxes? The township was not about to let that happen. Late last fall the township decided the campus gourmet restaurant that opened in 2011 in the Center for […]

Watchdog: You’re barking up the wrong tree

Prosecutor’s Office asks UCWA to throw them a bone; refusal leads to subpoena

UNION — After weeks and months of lambasting the county and the prosecutor’s office for dragging their feet on an investigation into misused generators, a county watchdog has refused to help when asked, even though she claims to have all the answers. The prosecutor’s office is hoping activist and blogger Tina Renna gives them the names […]

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 […]

Firefighter from Union involved in extortion case

UNION — A township fireman’s job is on the line early next year once an FBI case involving him wraps up. Last May a federal grand jury charged John Balsamo, 48, of West Long Branch, with conspiring to collect a debt using extortion and threats of harm. Timothy Kelly, 36, a Union firefighter, teamed up […]

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 […]