Union school district academy reinstated

After fears of cancellation, superintendent reinstates program

UNION — Just as abruptly as it was postponed, the successful Middle and High School Academy was reinstated this week with little fanfare, publicity or explanation. The program began Tuesday with an enrollment of more than 300 students, but the district was tight-lipped about the reversal or what changed since the decision was made to […]

Military park dedication set for Sunday

UNION — On Sunday, Nov. 10, at 12 p.m., Union will host a dedication ceremony for the Tom Mahoney Military Park, located on the corner of Chestnut Street and Globe Avenue; thus celebrating the life of a distinguished citizen of Union, and very honorable U.S. veteran, the late Tom Mahoney was one of New Jersey’s […]

Police add to charges in Union homicide

Prosecutor seeks life in prison without parole

UNION – After portions of April Wyckoff’s mutilated body were found in Newark last week, authorities added additional charges on top of the first degree murder charge against Mercer Avenue resident Matthew Ballister. Prosecutors also more than doubled bail for the Union man and indicated they would be seeking life in prison without parole. According […]

Northfield Bank Foundation donates $10,000 to Union County College Foundation for scholarships

CRANFORD – In support of scholarships for students, the Union County College Foundation was awarded $10,000 recently from the Northfield Bank Foundation to establish the Northfield Bank Annual Scholarship. The funds will be used to award five $2,000 scholarships in the 2013-2014 academic year to full-time students who reside in the Northfield Bank service area. Those communities are […]

Academy ‘held hostage’ by school district fraud concerns

Officials debate the postponement of extra-curricular learning program while parents clamor for more answers

UNION – Parents came out in force last week to demand an explanation for the very popular and growing Middle School and High School Academy being postponed just days before it was to begin. And with the way things ended up at the meeting, it may not begin until spring. Visibly upset at the meeting, […]

Remains of Cranford homicide victim found in Newark

UNION – A woman’s dismembered body found in Newark Sunday, Oct 27, was officially identified by police authorities as the slain body of homicide victim April Wyckoff, 43, from Cranford. “Human remains recovered in Newark on Sunday have been identified as belonging to the Cranford woman who was the victim of a homicide in Union Township […]

Troop 85 in Union has big plans for new Boy Scouts

UNION — What is your son doing this year? He could be camping, swimming, hiking, building a rocket, tying a knot, building a campfire, learning life skills and first aid, pitching a tent, making a friend and helping the community. He could do just about anything he wants in scouting. Troop 85 meets every Thursday during […]

Murder suspect remains in custody as police search for body of Cranford victim

UNION – Suspect Matthew Ballister III remained in the county jail this morning on $2 million bail but has refused to tell police where he dumped the slain body of his Cranford girlfriend, April Wyckoff. According to police sources, more than 100 law enforcement officers along with the Hudson County K-9 Unit, U.S. Park Police […]

Police charge male suspect with murder of Cranford woman

Police charge male suspect with murder of Cranford woman

  UNION – The Union County Sheriff’s Department Canine Unit combed the wooded area at the end of Walton Avenue late this morning, searching for the body of Cranford resident April Wyckoff, who authorities say was murdered by her Mercer Avenue boyfriend. The Union County Prosecutor’s Office said Matthew Ballister, 43, has been charged with Wyckoff’s murder […]

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