Benedictine Academy closing in June

Benedictine Academy closing in June

ELIZABETH, NJ — This June, the city of Elizabeth will bid farewell to an institution that has been a pillar of the community for more than a century. Benedictine Academy is permanently closing its doors. The academy, an all-girl’s Catholic high school founded in 1915, made the announcement on Feb. 24 in a letter posted […]

CRANFORD ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

CRANFORD ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

Maggie O’Donnell, varsity swimming ‘She is the Union County champion in the 200-yard freestyle and third-place finisher in the 100-yard butterfly. Maggie also broke her own school record in the 200-free, as well as breaking the school record in the 100-yard breaststroke. She has been a fierce competitor in her four years swimming for Cranford […]

UNION MALE ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

UNION MALE ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

Liam Grahl Senior, Wrestling How has your wrestling career been so far? I have been wrestling since eighth grade and am now at the end of my senior season. Throughout my five years of wrestling, I was lucky enough to win the Most Dedicated Wrestler Award in eighth grade and the Tom Duffy Award, the […]

Following in his father’s footsteps, activist Martin Luther King III gives speech at Kean University

Following in his father’s footsteps, activist Martin Luther King III gives speech at Kean University

UNION, NJ — Speaking at the Kean University campus where his father delivered an address almost 60 years earlier, human rights activist Martin Luther King III said young people and others must use their votes to “make America what it ought to be.” King energized the crowd of students, faculty and community members who filled […]

Illegal puppy mill in Scotch Plains dismantled; more than 130 animals rescued and given to UC shelters

Illegal puppy mill in Scotch Plains dismantled; more than 130 animals rescued and given to UC shelters

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Investigators recently dismantled an illegal Scotch Plains puppy mill run out of a private residence, rescuing more than 130 animals and transferring them to more than a dozen local shelters, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Scotch Plains Police Chief Ted Conley jointly announced on Feb. 19. Ten fourth-degree […]

Bus catches fire on Union highway

Bus catches fire on Union highway

UNION, NJ — Early in morning on Thursday, Feb. 20, the passengers of a charter bus on I–78 escaped just moments before the bus suddenly burst into flames. The fire broke out just before 7 a.m. on the eastbound express lanes of the highway, in the vicinity of Exit 50 near Springfield Avenue. Video footage […]

Fire ravages historic church

Fire ravages historic church

ELIZABETH, NJ — An early-morning fire ravaged a historic church on Sunday, Feb. 16, leaving the 141-year-old structure a shadow of itself. The inferno, which was reported to police just after 3 a.m., broke out at the Shiloh Baptist Church at 95 Murray St. Firefighters arrived within minutes and found the church engulfed in flames. […]