FEMA meeting leaves many with even more questions

Last week residents impacted by Hurricane Sandy came out to a recovery information meeting with the Federal Emergency Management Administration and private state insurance industry representatives, but in the end there were more questions than answers. The session, held at Union County College’s Cranford campus was spearheaded by Republican Assemblyman Jon Bramnick and the Union […]

PSE&G explains difficulties of restoring power after disaster

Restoration of power is a complex process, according to those at the top of the ladder at Public Service Gas and Electric. So complex that customers have little concept how fragile the entire system actually is when it comes to storms like Hurricane Sandy. “As consumers, we expect to flip on a switch and the […]

Weathering the storm

Opinions on utility companies' responses vary

After more than two weeks since superstorm Sandy slammed into the state leaving 2.7 million New Jersey residents without power for over a week, local elected officials have differing views on how utility companies measured up. The statistics were staggering. The destruction beyond description. But as Union County towns began to slowly come back online, […]

Picking up the pieces

Union County residents share in a mutual hope of a speedy recovery

Although many Union County residents had their power return this week, many others have not been as lucky. For those still struggling without heat or electricity, the only thought as the sun goes down on another day is how to get through the long night without heat. In hard hit Rahway, where winds in excess […]

Three out of four face off at Union debate

UNION — Candidates vying for two seats on the Union Township Committee came together Monday night to voice their opinion on the issues facing the township at the annual League of Women Voters Forum. Unfortunately, one of the four candidates in the running was not able to attend. About 50 people gathered in town hall […]

Email from Lesniak raises red flags

Email to Kean Board of Trustees from senator highlights potential political influence at campus

The war between the Kean University teachers union, president and board of trustees may be over but fallout continues to surface. Earlier this month an email sent by Democrat State Sen. Raymond Lesniak targeted Kean Federation Teachers Union President James Castiglione as an “incorrigible liar,” sending the missive not only to political allies like Democratic […]

ACLU studies mistakes by prosecutors’ offices

Prosecutors across the state made 53 harmful errors during trials throughout the state over a five-year period, according to a report just released by the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey. Four of those mistakes were made by the Union County Prosecutors Office. The report, “Trial and Error: A Comprehensive Study of Prosecutorial Conduct […]

Kean in compliance with Middle States standards, sources say

Friday morning, Sept. 14, a visiting team from Middle States Commission on Higher Education said Kean University complied with the four standards they violated. However, there still are problems to be worked out and the university is still on probation. At a meeting held Friday morning at 9:30 a.m. in the auditorium of the new multi-million […]

County plans to approve study on privatizing Runnells Hospital

Although two years ago the county was completely against privatizing, leasing or selling Runnells Specialized Hospital of Union County, things have changed significantly. The county, which owns and operates the 100-year-old, 300-bed, long-term facility and 44 in-patient psychiatric facility in Berkeley Heights, recently laid off 80 employees in order to cut costs. But it barely […]