Union teacher incorporates meditations into kids’ book

Union teacher incorporates meditations into kids’ book

UNION, NJ — A Franklin Elementary School teacher said she had many of the same experiences growing up in town as the character in her self-published children’s book. “You kind of grow up thinking you’re not good not enough,” said Nikki Gangemi, who now coaches others to combat those feelings with yoga and meditation. “That’s […]

Opioid antidote becoming more common at local schools

Opioid antidote becoming more common at local schools

UNION, NJ — Schools around the county are carrying doses of a medication that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose since teen deaths from drugs like heroin and prescription painkillers have seen a spike in recent years. Nurses at the middle and high schools in Westfield have been carrying Narcan, a brand name version […]

Cranford initiates community policing unit with veteran pair

Cranford initiates community policing unit with veteran pair

CRANFORD, NJ — Two officers are spending time away from their daily patrol routines to interact with residents through the new community policing unit geared toward strengthening the relationship between law enforcement and the community. The unit was introduced by police Chief Ryan Greco during his swearing-in ceremony in October. “Through identifying problem-solving initiatives that […]

Flu-stricken Elizabeth elementary student dies

Flu-stricken Elizabeth elementary student dies

ELIZABETH, NJ — A Nicholas LaCorte-Peterstown School No. 3 student diagnosed with influenza has died, the Elizabeth superintendent said in district-wide letters sent on Feb. 18 and 19. “It is with great sadness that I must report to you that the Elizabeth School District has lost one of its own,” Superintendent Olga Hugelmeyer said in […]

Democratic candidates forum starts with withdrawal

Democratic candidates forum starts with withdrawal

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — The Democrat who had outraised her closest opponent by more than $130,000 in a bid to unseat U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance with $300,000 of her own money withdrew as she faced six foes in her party’s candidates forum on Feb. 7. Springfield native and Westfield resident Lisa Mandelbatt took the microphone as […]

Kenilworth hit with 28 percent sewerage hike

Kenilworth hit with 28 percent sewerage hike

KENILWORTH, NJ — The borough was hit with a 28.5 percent increase in its sewer assessment when the Rahway Valley Sewerage Authority approved its 2018 budget at its January meeting, indicating the municipality will have to raise taxes or cut something from its budget. “There will be an impact,” Richard LoForte, a former RVSA commissioner […]

Roselle BOE hires Bayonne firm to audit finances

Roselle BOE hires Bayonne firm to audit finances

ROSELLE, NJ — The Bayonne firm of Donohue, Gironda, Doria & Tomkins will conduct an audit of the local school district after the business administrator and his secretary were relieved of their duties, the school board attorney said. Jason Jones and his secretary, Jade Wilson, were “relieved of their responsibilities” effective Jan. 30, Roselle Superintendent […]

Estrada to chair transportation planning authority

Estrada to chair transportation planning authority

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority has selected Union County Freeholder Angel Estrada as its chairman, putting him in charge of the group that oversees regional transportation planning and authorizes more than $1 billion in annual federal transportation spending for 13 counties in northern and central New Jersey. “This is a […]

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