Controversial Trump billboard comes down after brief run

Controversial Trump billboard comes down after brief run

UNION, NJ — A billboard at the center of the township that became the center of a nationwide controversy has been taken down seemingly as suddenly as it went up. For eight days, a billboard sporting a photo of President Trump and the phrase “Our Leader The Idiot” greeted motorists and pedestrians on the eastbound […]

Union Center Streetscape project nears completion

Union Center Streetscape project nears completion

UNION, NJ — A $2.2 million project to improve the sidewalks and streets along a portion of Stuyvesant Avenue is expected to finish on schedule and on budget, and the town is planning to mark the completion with a ceremony. Phase 2 of the Union Center Stuyvesant Avenue Streetscape Project should be done by the […]

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 […]

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