Union superintendent touts teacher rehires

UNION, NJ — Superintendent of Schools Gregory Tatum drew applause at the Aug. 21 school board meeting when he announced that “a huge number” of nontenured teachers who had received reduction-in-force notices in the spring have been hired back. In an Aug. 24 phone interview Tatum said the number of teachers who have not been […]

Union man takes Frisbee on a different course

Union man takes Frisbee on a different course

UNION, NJ — Chris Costleigh reached back, uncoiled his body and launched his disc toward the basket at No. 11. The disc, however, had other ideas. Instead of bending around some trees, it veered off and left him with no choice but to blurt out disc golf’s dirty four-letter word. “Fore!” he yelled as his disc […]

Union man pays homage to national pastime’s past

Union man pays homage to national pastime’s past

UNION, NJ — Craig Combs was tested in his first game with his new baseball team when he was forced to sprint, slide and stretch to snare a sinking line drive. He used instincts, hustle and athleticism to make the highlight-reel catch. He didn’t, however, use a glove. Combs is the centerfielder, pitcher and one […]

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 […]

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