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 […]

Moments in the life of an employee at Kean

Moments in the life of an employee at Kean

Former employee: They are not going to keep me quiet By Cheryl Hehl, Staff Writer Mary Roman believes silence means acceptance and there is no way she is keeping quiet about howKeanUniversityofficials treat their employees. Especially when the employee knows too much. Roman began her career at Kean in 2001 as a secretary in the University […]

Board submits ‘last stand’ report

Board of trustees hands over report to Middle States Commission By Cheryl Hehl, Staff Writer With its monitoring report now in the hands of the agency that will determine whether Kean University is worthy of keeping the accreditation it held since 1960, university officials await a critical visit next week that could play heavily into the […]

New chamber located in Roselle Park focuses on helping veterans

By Paul Greulich,  Staff Writer  ROSELLE PARK — Veterans with aspirations in the field of business now have a special resource to help them — the Veteran’s Chamber of Commerce, a new, statewide organization headquartered in Roselle Park. The Veterans’ Chamber of Commerce was started over the summer as a result of collaboration between businessman […]

Chemical leak imperils school in Hillside

By Paul Greulich, Staff Writer HILLSIDE— Just weeks after the discovery of hazardous chemicals below Walter O. Krumbiegel Middle School, officials have declared the building safe for students. While school is opening as planned this week, months of remediation efforts remain ahead in order to remove the contaminants from the site. Testing by the New […]

Board submits ‘last stand’ report

At meeting: ‘Where is the acknowledgement of personal responsibility?’ By Cheryl Hehl,  Staff Writer UNION COUNTY — Although most board meetings during the past year have begun in front of a large, raucous audience that jammed Kean Hall and spilled into the hallways and courtyard beyond, the Aug. 30 meeting was attended by a sparse crowd devoid of […]

Mason gets OK from state to ‘double dip’ in Cranford

By Cheryl Hehl, Staff Writer CRANFORD — After receiving clarification from the state, the township is moving forward this week with selecting a new police chief so Police Chief Eric Mason can retire and permanently assume the administrator’s spot. Monday Deputy Mayor Andis Kalnins confirmed the township was able to clarify the confusion that arose […]

Clark LL team captures District 10 championship

The Clark 12-and-under Little League traveling baseball team captured its ninth district championship and fifth in the last 20 years by winning District 10 honors last month. In double-elimination competition,Clark – with one loss – faced undefeated Sayre Woods South. In order to win the championship,Clark had to defeatSWS twice. Clark posted a 7-5 win […]

Planning Board reviews trailers at Franklin School

By Paul Greulich, Staff Writer SUMMIT — Overcrowding at Franklin Elementary School has necessitated the installation of temporary classroom units, or TCUs, which are expected to be installed sometime this fall. One TCU would serve as a music classroom and one would be an art classroom. At present the school does not have dedicated art and […]