Hillside schools to be reconfigured

HILLSIDE, NJ — Three schools will be reconfigured in the fall to include grades two through six, following a 7-1 vote by the Board of Education at its April 11 meeting. Hurden Looker, Calvin Coolidge and George Washington will undergo the change. Angela Menza was the sole vote against the move, and Calvin Lofton was […]

Hillside soccer club pushes for better field conditions

Hillside soccer club pushes for better field conditions

HILLSIDE, NJ — SCP Youth Soccer officials have used leaf blowers and laid fill in order to eliminate puddles at Conant Park, but these measures have had a limited effect. The park, used by the Hillside-based club as a home field, is riddled with holes, bare spots and uneven ground. According to the club’s communications […]

Hillside residents bemoan changes at industrial site

Hillside residents bemoan changes at industrial site

HILLSIDE, NJ — When township resident Justyna Latek had the opportunity to relocate her family from their home on Leslie Street to Pennsylvania a few months ago, she didn’t hesitate. Although she lived in Hillside for more than 13 years, she said the noise produced by the crane company located behind her house made it […]

Hillside mulls reconfiguring schools by grade

Hillside mulls reconfiguring schools by grade

HILLSIDE, NJ — The school district is looking to reconfigure the Hurden Looker, Calvin Coolidge and George Washington schools so that each includes grades two through six in the fall. The Grade Reconfiguration Committee proposed the change to the local Board of Education at its March 21 meeting, saying it would benefit students, teachers and […]

Food bank helping women in need with more than food

Food bank helping women in need with more than food

HILLSIDE, NJ — Limited finances cause many women across the country to make a difficult choice: food or feminine products. The Community FoodBank of New Jersey, the state’s largest anti-hunger and anti-poverty organization located on Evans Terminal Road in Hillside, is looking to combat this overlooked hardship known as “period poverty.” CFBNJ’s “Period Initiative” provides […]

Hillside boy returns to school as hero after surgery

HILLSIDE, NJ — After surgery to move his eyes closer together and reshape his nose, Hillside resident Simao Meco was greeted by his favorite superhero, The Flash, at the hospital. Since then, the third-grader has turned into a superhero of sorts for other children. Other boys and girls about to undergo similar surgeries have receive […]

Hillside OKs temps to address substitute shortage

HILLSIDE, NJ —The school board unanimously approved the use of staffing services at its Feb. 21 meeting to address the district’s shortage of substitute teachers, particularly for special needs students. The move allows the district to seek staffing services through competitive bidding; once a service is selected, a contract will be brought before the board […]

Hillside schools hire two cops, disarms guards

Hillside schools hire two cops, disarms guards

HILLSIDE, NJ — The Board of Education at a special Feb. 7 meeting approved adding two armed borough police officers, who are trained school resource officers, to the district’s schools and also to disarm three security guards. The motion to assign officers Bryan Arrington and Shakeema Wilson, effective Feb. 8 through June 30, passed with […]

Hillside school board suspends super

Hillside school board suspends super

HILLSIDE, NJ — School board members voted 6-2 to suspend Superintendent Antoine Gayles with pay at their Jan. 24 regular meeting. A contract extending Gayles’ employment by three years with salary increases was passed by the previous board during its lame-duck session, and is being contested by the current board. The motion was introduced by […]

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