Lawsuit Claims Union County Police ‘Old Boys Club’ Members Get Pass on Misconduct

August 7, 2022

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Union County Police Department contains an “Old Boys Club” whose white, male members police Chief J. Chris Debbie allows to violate laws, a lawsuit brought by Sgt. Homero Almanzar against the department claims.

Almanzar, a retired U.S. Army disabled combat veteran described as Hispanic/Latino, is experiencing “a significant disparity” in ...

Taxpayer ‘Entitled’ to Summary Judgment in Union County Gov’t Complex Case, Judge Says

ELIZABETH, NJ — Superior Court Judge Thomas J. Walsh appears poised to grant a permanent injunction on the construction of a Union County government complex estimated to cost upwards of $120 million.

At a hearing for motion of summary judgment on the case brought by taxpayer Jose R. Jimenez Jr., attorney Greg Trif argued for permanent restraints on the project while attorneys Kevin J.

Improvement Authority to Lead $20M in Facility Upgrades at Union College

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Union College is slated to get $20 million in improvements to its outdated physical education facility in Cranford as part of a project it has partnered with the Union County Improvement Authority on to complete.

The Authority’s board of commissioners last week approved a shared services agreement with the college under which the Authority ...

Three Atlantic Health System Hospitals Receive Five-Star Rating by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in Updated Hospital Quality Star Rating

August 3, 2022

Atlantic Health System announced Aug. 3 that three of its hospitals recently earned a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the highest ranking offered by the federal agency. Collectively, Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center, and Newton Medical Center account for three of New Jersey’s only four hospitals to achieve this ...

Avoid Heat Exhaustion this Summer

Increased activity in the summer could result in heat exhaustion or heat stroke, a cascading condition that can cause permanent disability or death. 

Older people, those struggling with health issues and young children are most susceptible to heat exhaustion as well as athletes who wear helmets and heavy uniforms during summer practices. But Atlantic Health System sports ...

State Urges Residents and Businesses to Conserve Water as New Jersey Enters Drought Watch

August 10, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — Due to ongoing hot and dry conditions, New Jersey is under a drought watch as of Tuesday. The state's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is asking residents and businesses to conserve water.

New Jersey has a three-stage drought advisory system. A drought watch is the first step. DEP says it's to encourage voluntary conservation measures, and, if ...

Summit Resident Stabbed Multiple Times During Sunday Night Altercation; Suspect Arrested After Brief Chase on Foot

UPDATE as of 1 p.m. August 8: The City of Summit has released information that the hospital is reporting that the victim is out of surgery and is listed in stable condition.

SUMMIT, NJ - A 26-year-old Summit man is currently listed in critical condition after suffering multiple stab wounds during an altercation Sunday night, according to the Summit Police Department. The suspect was ...

New Jersey Extends Outdoor Dining Options Until November 2024

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy signed a new law Wednesday that extends outdoor dining in New Jersey until November 2024.

"There are restaurants and bars and growing numbers of breweries that are still relying on the outdoor dining spaces they were allowed to create to get themselves back financially to where they were pre-pandemic," Murphy said. "We want to see ...