‘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, […]

Plan to redevelop Chuck E. Cheese site gets preliminary OK

Plan to redevelop Chuck E. Cheese site gets preliminary OK

UNION, NJ — The Planning Board unanimously voted Jan. 24 to send redevelopment plans to the Township Committee that would turn a 6.5-acre property along U.S. Route 22 that includes the Garden State Motor Lodge and Chuck E. Cheese into one with a Wendy’s, Wawa and Fairfield Inn. A vacant service station and an office […]

UNION FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

UNION FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

Krizia Aponte, senior, girls basketball “Krizia has been a member of the Union girls’ basketball program since her freshman year. She has steadily improved her points and rebounding totals and is currently one of our leaders in both categories. Her hard work over the past summer has resulted in a noticeable improvement with her skills […]

PSE&G work, Union road program to remove numerous trees

PSE&G work, Union road program to remove numerous trees

UNION, NJ — Township residents will soon see a significant number of trees removed from along sidewalks and roads under PSE&G’s electrical upgrade program and the municipality’s 2019 road program. PSE&G has proposed routes for connecting the three electrical substations in the township using aboveground and buried 69 kilovolt power lines; the initial phase involves […]

Survey results jolt Union schools officials

Survey results jolt Union schools officials

UNION, NJ — Cleanliness, quality of extracurricular activities and student behavior all need improvement, according to the results of a districtwide survey of students, parents and staff in the township’s schools. The Culture and Climate survey was distributed to four groups — school staff, elementary students, middle-high school students and parents — at the end […]

Union OKs apartments for old University Diner property

Union OKs apartments for old University Diner property

UNION, NJ — Plans for a 24-unit apartment building were approved for the half-acre property at 580 North Ave. on the corner of Lynmar Way that was long home to the University Diner, at the Zoning Board of Adjustment’s Jan. 9 meeting, despite residents’ concerns. The plan passed 7-1 with member James DiGiovanni being the […]