Cranford cops set up school substations

Cranford cops set up school substations

CRANFORD, NJ — Building a relationship between the community and its police department starts at a young age, according to Cranford Police Department Juvenile Supervisor Sgt. Matt Nazzaro, and the school district has found a way to increase law enforcement visibility in schools. With the implementation of three new substations — one each in Cranford […]

Drones included in $99M Union budget

Drones included in $99M Union budget

UNION, NJ — The Township Committee has approved a $99 million budget which includes an average tax increase of $47 per average home and $35,000 for the Union Police Department to purchase aerial drones. Union would become at least the second town in the county to obtain the drones. There will be three purchased, one […]

Emergency crews rescue driver from Parkway crash

Emergency crews rescue driver from Parkway crash

UNION, NJ — Fire and emergency crews work for 15 minutes to extricate the driver from a sport utility vehicle that crashed at the Union Toll Plaza on the Garden State Parkway during morning rush hour Monday, April 15. The vehicle hit the toll booth barrier, flipped onto the driver side and came to rest […]

Elderly woman found dead in fire

Elderly woman found dead in fire

CRANFORD, NJ — A 65-year-old woman was found dead after a fire at 43 Brookdale Place in Cranford on Friday, April 12, the Cranford Police Department said in a recent release. Deborah Meehan was discovered on the first floor, were the fire is believed to have started. Cranford police and fire crews arrived at the […]

Cranford uses technology to reunite people with lost pets

Cranford uses technology to reunite people with lost pets

CRANFORD, NJ — Residents no longer have to resort to the internet or handbills with their pets’ pictures tacked onto utility poles to find lost pets. The Cranford Police Department can now identify lost pets and return them quickly, thanks to the purchase of a microchip reader. The township’s first scanner is an Omni Max […]

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 […]

Planning Board OKs remake of motor lodge, Chuck E. Cheese site

Planning Board OKs remake of motor lodge, Chuck E. Cheese site

UNION, NJ — The local Planning Board unanimously approved site plans at its March 28 meeting to turn a 6.5-acre property along U.S. Route 22 that includes the Garden State Motor Lodge and Chuck E. Cheese into one with a Wawa, Fairfield Inn and fast food restaurant. The property was declared “in need of redevelopment” […]

Local pols tie one-seat ride return with Gateway

Local pols tie one-seat ride return with Gateway

CRANFORD, NJ — If the Hudson River rail tunnel were to partially shut down, more than 500,000 passengers would experience a longer commute along the Raritan Valley Line, according to Jerry Zaro, the director of the Gateway Development Corporation. The message came during a March 26 presentation at the Cranford Community Center by the ad-hoc […]

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 […]