Candidates take issue with BOE’s choice to fill temporary vacancy

UNION – The board of education unanimously appointed school board candidate Steven Le to fill the unexpired term of Susan Vitali, who resigned her seat recently. The move, however, was not received well by parents or the remaining candidates running in the Nov. 4 election for three expired seats. Le, a newcomer running on the […]

County prepares for next big storm

UNION COUNTY — When Superstorm Sandy struck the county in late October 2012, the storm left unprecedented, devastating damage in its wake. The county wanted to ensure that if a storm of this magnitude ever hit the area again, they would have an emergency blueprint ready and waiting. “The old adage ‘if we fail to plan, […]

Krazy in Kenilworth

KENILWORTH — Juggler Jen Slaw invites an audience volunteer to assist with a juggling activity. The Kenilworth Public Library gave everyone a chance to celebrate their summer reading club accomplishments with their fifth annual LibraryFest event. Participants enjoyed the amazing juggling of  Slaw and much more.

Fate of Cranford’s favorite tree hangs in the balance

Officials debate what to do with ‘Old Peppy’

CRANFORD – The fate of the township’s oldest tree and favorite symbol, “Old Peppy,” continues to be debated, but officials could be close to removing it. The township has been debating what to do with the pepperidge tree located in Lincoln Park, which is on Lincoln Avenue near the corner of Benjamin Street. The massive […]

Car seat check up

UNION COUNTY — From left, Union County Freeholder Chairman Christopher Hudak and freeholders, Vernell Wright and Linda Carter, met with Ron Esposito, from the American Automobile Association New Jersey Automobile Club, and Christine Marcantonio, from the Union County Police Department, at the child safety seat inspection station before the Union County ‘Family Fun and Flix’ drive-in […]

Union is ‘a very good risk’

Township receives ‘excellent’ bond rating from S&P

UNION – Township officials were beaming over the excellent financial rating they received recently, which allowed Union to payback general obligation bonds at a much lower interest rate. Standard and Poor’s Rating Services gave the township an AA+ rating, noting they had a “stable” financial outlook based on “strong budgetary flexibility.” Also cited as strong […]

Foreign delegation

LINDEN — Elroy Delgado, center, a teacher at Linden High School, is teaching on Kean University’s China campus in the Elite English Program. This program is designed to immerse and help improve the English skills of the students in a short amount of time. The students learn vocabulary in context, create authentic conversations based on […]

Honoring our heroes

UNION  — Towns throughout Union County held parades and ceremonies during Memorial Day weekend to honor veterans of all wars, including a service and parade in downtown Union where young residents showed their patriotism and appreciation to all the veterans in town. Families lined the streets and dozens of local organizations marched to show support, including […]

Elizabeth BOE passes $495 million budget

ELIZABETH – Elizabeth taxpayers will not see an increase in the school portion of their tax bill for 2014 because the school board was able to slash $5 million from the budget. The 2014-2015 $495.4 million Elizabeth School District spending plan is $5.3 million less than last year when the budget came in at $500.8 […]

Gateway Chamber names Union County’s mayor of the year

ELIZABETH – Last week the Gateway Chamber of Commerce held its annual Mayors Dinner not only naming the 25th mayor of the year but also doling out a host of awards to the brightest stars in a nonpartisanship atmosphere attended by more than 350 local officials and business owners. Roselle Park Mayor Joseph Accardi took […]