Shared-service czars distance themselves from Sweeney

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy’s shared-service czars are distancing themselves from an ad hoc group put together by state Senate President Stephen Sweeney that reportedly discussed tax-restructuring ideas that include consolidating and eliminating towns smaller than 5,000 people. According to the czars, Democrat Jordan Glatt and Republican Nicolas Platt, their goal is to […]

Summit ranked best school district in county

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Summit has the best public schools in Union County and the fourth-best in New Jersey, according to the website Niche in its annual survey of New Jersey’s public education districts. The ranking for 2019 puts Summit one place above last year’s classification. Union County moved two more schools into the top 20: […]

Former Linden police chief installed as undersheriff

ELIZABETH — Former Linden police Chief Jonathan Parham was sworn in as Union County undersheriff on Friday, July 13, filling the spot vacated by state Sen. Joe Cryan. Parham, who took the oath of office from Union County Vicinage Assignment Judge Karen Cassidy, will join undersheriffs Amilcar Colon and Dennis Burke as the executive management […]

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 […]

Invasive beetles less populous this summer

Invasive beetles less populous this summer

UNION COUNTY, NJ — In and around the county residents are quite used to seeing creatures like white-tailed deer, squirrels and fireflies as the temperature warms. One common insect is often overlooked despite its prevalence and pronounced ecological effects; the Japanese beetle. With July upon us, it’s time to start looking for them, according to […]

Restaurant Weeks take over Union County

UNION COUNTY, NJ — As Councilwoman Linda Karlovitch gazed at the families and groups of friends strolling Boulevard and the side streets of Kenilworth, she swelled with pride. This “sleepy town,” as she put it, had been transformed into a dining destination for those hungry for fine fare. “It was lively, that was the vibe,” Karlovitch […]

Cryan decries federal ruling on Waterfront Commission

CLARK, NJ — State Sen. Joseph Cryan said he believes New Jersey should be allowed to sever ties with the bi-state regulatory commission created by New Jersey and New York more than 60 years ago to police several sprawling maritime shipping terminals, including Port Elizabeth. Cryan, who represents Elizabeth, Hillside, Roselle and Union in the […]

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