Watchung Reservation trails on the comeback path

Watchung Reservation trails on the comeback path

MOUNTAINSIDE, N.J. — It took years for neglect to eventually take its toll on the trails through the Watchung Reservation. With few staff able to conduct inspections and maintenance, extreme weather eroded the trails and sullied streams, turning a park that was “loved to death” into one that was hostile to hikers and equestrians. But […]

Kean computer science program awarded $1.68 million federal grant

UNION, N.J. — The National Science Foundation has awarded Kean University nearly $1.7 million in research funding to develop a model designed to increase the number of students studying computer science and information technology. According to a recent press release from Kean, Professor Patricia Morreale, executive director of Kean’s School of Computer Science, said the […]

Union BOE reverses decision, strikes deal to keep paras

Union BOE reverses decision, strikes deal to keep paras

UNION, N.J. — Nearly four months of lobbying, showing up at meetings and pleading has paid off for the public schools’ paraprofessionals. The Board of Education reversed its previous decision, voting unanimously at its meeting on Aug. 20 to keep 95 paraprofessionals, aides who assist students with special needs, as district employees. That abandoned its […]

Summit councilman mourned after untimely death

Summit councilman mourned after untimely death

SUMMIT, NJ — Local officials and community leaders expressed their condolences regarding the death of 48-year-old Councilman Matthew Gould, who died unexpectedly on Aug. 13 at Morristown Medical Center from a heart condition. “An amazing human being left us all too soon on Tuesday,” Summit Mayor Nora G. Radest said in a statement released by […]

Springfield facility tests potential Alzheimer’s drug

Springfield facility tests potential Alzheimer’s drug

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — Dr. Michelle Papka isn’t looking to cure Alzheimer’s disease tomorrow. Papka, the principal investigator for a new study for Alzheimer’s at the Cognitive and Research Center in Springfield, is hoping a new approach she is taking will be a step in the right direction. “It is important to explore all approaches,” Papka […]

Cranford bans plastics despite complaints

Cranford bans plastics despite complaints

CRANFORD, NJ — The Township Committee adopted a ban on single-use plastics at its Aug. 13 meeting, voting 4-1 despite objections from several business owners regarding the cost and compliance date. Tom Hannen, the township’s commissioner of building and zoning, was the only committee member to offer any criticism of the ordinance when it was […]