‘Yasmina’s Necklace’ morphs from comedy to tragedy

‘Yasmina’s Necklace’ morphs from comedy to tragedy

By Daniel Jackovino Staff Writer UNION, N.J. — “Yasmina’s Necklace,” the current Premiere Stages production at Kean University, begins as a situation comedy about an arranged marriage but develops into a nightmare. Written by Rohina Malik and directed by Kareem Fahmy, the story is set in Chicago, sometime following the 2003 war between America and […]

Cranford gamer gets European immersion

Cranford gamer gets European immersion

CRANFORD, N.J. — Sam Finston considered himself more arts-oriented when he was going to Cranford High School but felt he also did well at math and science. Like many American youth, video games were a staple of his free time. At the 11th-hour suggestion of a teacher, he discovered a way to combine his interests. […]

New principal named for Cranford’s Livingston Avenue School

New principal named for Cranford’s Livingston Avenue School

CRANFORD, N.J. — An assistant principal from Edison will take over as principal of Livingston Avenue School, the latest move in administration caused by the retirement of the Hillside Avenue School principal. Cari Lopez, who has been the assistant principal at Martin Luther King and Washington elementary schools in Edison since January, will replace former […]

Union residents claim rats are increasing, spreading

Union residents claim rats are increasing, spreading

UNION, N.J. — Residents renewed and increased their calls for action at the Union Township Committee’s Aug. 27 meeting regarding what they called a worsening rat problem despite the contention from municipal officials that the situation was little changed from a year ago. Township resident Jeffrey Monge told the committee members he has been hearing […]

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 […]