CRANFORD FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

CRANFORD FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

Maggie O’Donnell, varsity swimmer “Maggie was the Union County Champion in the 100-yard butterfly and finished second place in the 200-yard freestyle. Cranford has not had a Union County swimming champion since 2015, when Julie Byrne won the event. She has also qualified for the High School Meet of Champions being held on March 2 […]

Linden council moves to investigate Scutari

Linden council moves to investigate Scutari

LINDEN, NJ — Mayor Derek Armstead escalated his political battle with state Sen. Nicholas Scutari on Feb. 19, when the City Council voted to form a committee to investigate whether the legislator had been paid for work he did not perform while a city employee. The council voted 6-4 in favor of the resolution creating […]

Summit to expand kindergarten in $66 million budget

Summit to expand kindergarten in $66 million budget

SUMMIT, NJ — The city’s school district would expand its half-day kindergarten program to a free, full-day operation under a proposed $66 million budget for the next school year, one that exceeds the state-restricted 2-percent cap by $800,000. The $66,171,587 spending plan, introduced by Superintendent of Schools June Chang at the nearly three-hour Feb. 14 […]

UNION GIRL ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

UNION GIRL ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

Gabby Martinez, bowling, freshman “Gabriela, better known as Gabby, is a freshman member of the varsity bowling team. Bowling in a boys division can be tough for some, but Gabby, although young, displays great poise and carries herself strong on the lanes. She has made some great strides this year starting out with a 113 […]

‘Scandal’ inspiration Judy Smith regales Kean audience

‘Scandal’ inspiration Judy Smith regales Kean audience

UNION, NJ — Judy Smith, A former White House deputy press secretary and self-described “crisis manager” who inspired ABC’s seven-season political drama “Scandal,” recalled her “worst internship ever” to an audience composed of mostly students at Kean University on Feb. 6. At the time, Smith was a law clerk for federal district Judge Barrington Parker […]

Summit residents weigh in on Broad Street West

Summit residents weigh in on Broad Street West

SUMMIT, NJ — Residents cast votes for the types of businesses they want included in the redevelopment of the city’s Broad Street West project at a public forum on Feb. 11, and the city planner noted construction could begin as early as next spring. The redevelopment area, designated as an “area in need of redevelopment” […]

At 97, Union World War II vet recalls a devastated Europe

At 97, Union World War II vet recalls a devastated Europe

UNION, NJ — Carl Laggren, a Union resident for more than 50 years, vividly recalls entering Berlin in the summer 1961. As he looked around, he saw dozens and dozens of destroyed buildings and a city that was in total disarray. “I went to the city and just saw an immense amount of destruction,” Laggren […]

Roselle Park pizza maker takes on the world

Roselle Park pizza maker takes on the world

ROSELLE PARK, NJ — The aroma of fresh garlic, simmering marinara sauce and melting cheese wafts through the air inside Joe’s Rotisseria on Westfield Avenue as the afternoon lunch crowd lines up at the counter. One customer is picking up two plain pies; another asks for an order of garlic knots, and the couple behind […]

Union theater to make updates after mayor sends letter

Union theater to make updates after mayor sends letter

UNION, NJ — The movie theater in Union Center will be upgraded after Mayor Michele Delisfort chastised its owners, calling the establishment an “eyesore” and a “blight” on the downtown area in a Jan. 28 letter. “We’re working diligently with the town to bring everything up to standards,” Peter Kafash, chief financial officer of Empire […]