Supreme Court rules Kean must disclose meeting minutes ‘promptly’

Kean University must release its meeting minutes to the public promptly, including those of closed sessions, according to a June 21 state Supreme Court ruling. The verdict overturned several aspects of an Appellate court’s decision in a four-year-old case brought by the Kean teachers union regarding votes during a September 2014 Kean Board of Trustees […]

Union Farmers Market makes summer Thursdays fun

UNION, NJ — The Union Farmers Market has returned for another summer of food, fun and festivities. Setting up every Thursday afternoon during the summer months from 3 to 8 p.m., the market is located in front of the Union Municipal Building at the corner of Morris Avenue and Burke Parkway. Local farmers, merchants, food trucks, live […]

Ex-Union teacher settles for suspension over Facebook posts

UNION, NJ — A former local high school teacher who posted comments critical of homosexual people to her personal Facebook account in 2011 reached a $132,500 settlement in June with the school district, records show. Jenye Knox in 2013 filed a civil suit in federal court after she was suspended without pay and later resigned […]

Repairs on Route 22 overpass snarls traffic

Repairs on Route 22 overpass snarls traffic

UNION, NJ — Crews are working on emergency repairs to the underside of a U.S. Route 22 bridge over Chestnut Street, a state Department of Transportation spokeswoman said. The work began June 8 and is expected to last about two weeks if the weather is accommodating, said DOT spokeswoman Judith Drucker. The repairs are not […]

Historic Union house hits real estate market

Historic Union house hits real estate market

UNION, NJ — Joseph Hely grew up in town and was always drawn to a red-and-white colonial house at 1835 Vauxhall Rd. bearing a sign showing it was built in 1763. Hely and his wife, Donna, would eventually purchase the home in 1995. The house, now painted blue and on the market, is believed to […]

Impact of Vermella complex on Union schools unclear

Impact of Vermella complex on Union schools unclear

UNION, NJ — A study commissioned by the local school board last year projected the student population would increase by 63 after the construction of about 450 residential units in the Vermella Union development on Morris Avenue. The study was prepared by EI Associates, a design and engineering firm, and presented in March to the […]

Morris Avenue complex slated for 1,528 apartments

Morris Avenue complex slated for 1,528 apartments

UNION, NJ — Township officials expect little to no effect on local school enrollment after the first phase of a potential 1,528-unit, mixed-use apartment complex and retail space is completed along Morris Avenue. The residential buildout for Vermella Union at 1011 Morris Avenue is expected to include 39,997 square feet of retail and restaurant space, […]

MALE ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

MALE ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

Zach Fernandez, junior, baseball “Zach Fernandez picked up his second shutout of the year when Union defeated West Morris in a 6-0 win over West Morris. This season, he has four complete games of allowing one earned run or less. He is 4-2 with a 1.92 ERA in 43.2 inning pitched. He has 43 strikeouts and just […]

FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

Dominique Gaskins, senior, track and field “Dominique Gaskins is a senior thrower for the Union track and field team. She has been an integral part of the team’s field events with a concentration in the shot and discs for the past four years. Dominique recently won the Watchung Conference Championships in the shot with a personal record […]