Kean land grab upsets local, county officials

UNION – The township and the county are about to lose the Merck property on Morris Avenue to Kean University, which means they will have to kiss goodbye more than $1 million in taxes. Union officials and Union County officials are deeply concerned that Kean University has begun the process of exercising their right of […]

Parents riled over academy’s end

UNION – It appears the very popular and successful Union School District Middle and High School Academy started by Superintendent Patrick Martin four years ago will not be coming back. Although parents waged and won a valiant fight last fall to have the Academy reinstated, recently their pleas fell on deaf ears. In fact, the […]

Union superintendent announces resignation

UNION — After four years as Superintendent of Schools, on Tuesday Patrick Martin announced he will be leaving the Union School District at the end of June. Tuesday morning Martin, 56, sent an email blast to the school community, alerting them of his decision, but did not go into any detail other than to say […]

Man who admitted to murdering Union woman in 2010 sentenced to 30 years in state prison

UNION — The man who earlier this year admitted to the brutal 2010 murder of Union resident Diane Zaleski has been sentenced to 30 years in state prison without parole, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace Park announced. Arnell Yearwood, 28, was sentenced this morning before state Superior Court Judge Joseph Donohue, who summarized the long term as necessary “to […]

Union Residents Forum aims to give pulpit to local voices

UNION – There is a new group in town that is giving residents a voice and opportunity to keep each other informed. The Union NJ Residents Forum may only be a year old, but the group that began on Facebook has grown by leaps and bounds in recent months to more than 440 online members. […]

Union man indicted for murder, dismemberment of girlfriend

ELIZABETH — A grand jury has returned a nine-count indictment against the Union man charged with killing and dismembering his girlfriend last autumn, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace Park has announced. Matthew Ballister III, 44, was indicted on charges of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree desecration of human remains, two counts of third-degree hindering apprehension, third-degree […]

Newark man sentenced to 10 years for role in robbery, burglary that led to long chase through 3 towns in Union and Essex counties

UNION COUNTY — An Essex County man has been sentenced to 10 years in state prison for his role in a robbery and burglary that led to a prolonged high-speed car chase through three towns, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace Park announced. Under the terms of New Jersey’s No Early Release Act, Kendell Grimsley, 42, of Newark must […]

Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County Aquatics Program spring season is open

UNION – Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County Aquatics Program is underway at the Union Club. Members are learning important skills in water safety and swimming, which will impact them throughout their lives. Additionally, their Tidal Wave Swim Team in busy training for meets throughout the spring season. The next Tuesday/Thursday Swim Session begins March 20 through […]

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