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Cops at Montclair Board meeting, Racism or Not? Parents Weigh-in

February 26, 2020

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Fearful. Intimidation. Racism. These are words used by Montclair parents to describe why they believe the police were called to intimidate them from speaking up during a recent Montclair Board meeting.

Tension hung in the atmosphere all evening during the Wednesday, February 19 Montclair Board of Education meeting. The topic of race and racism began weaving its ...

Paul McCartney is Here, There and Everywhere - In New Jersey

METUCHEN, NJ  - Strawberry Fields? Nope. Abbey Road? Wrong again. Penny Lane? Not even close.

The long and winding road inexplicably led Paul McCartney to this 2.8 square-mile borough that's home to about 14,000 people in the center of Middlesex County.

The residents who happened to be strolling down Main Street on Sunday afternoon were stunned at the sight of the former Beatle, ...

Montclair Board Invites Police to Meeting After Calls for Super to Resign, Disruption Prompts Abrupt Ending

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Calls for Interim Superintendent Nathan Parker's resignation intensified on Wednesday and resulted in the Board going into recess and then ending the meeting early. 

The National Independent Black Parents' Association (NIBPA) disruptions completely shut down the Board of Education meeting, as they came out in full force to confirm their stance on zero ...

Gov. Murphy Unveils Ethics Reforms During Visit to Rutgers

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy said he and his staff have been practically building a shrine around a fine bottle of bourbon he received as a gift.

Here's the sobering truth, though: Murphy and his fellow executive branch employees are exempt by state law from taking one drop, let alone accepting any gifts that are related to their public duties.

"We are in the process of ...

In the Aftermath of a Montclair Community Divided, Many Faiths Gather for Healing and Discussion

MONTCLAIR, NJ - More than a month has passed since Montclair Rabbis challenged comments made by James Harris during a December 31 community meeting. Since then, an interfaith group of leaders have continued the conversation among themselves and their respective congregations.

Pastor Campbell Singleton of Union Baptist Church of Montclair hosted a gathering on Wednesday with nearly 70 people in ...

Food Network TV Show Features Media-Savvy Hillsborough Girl Scout

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Tune in to the Food Network channel Monday night. Feb. 10th at 8 p.m. and you'll see Olivia Altidor, an eighth-grader at Hillsborough Middle School, in front of the camera with other Girl Scouts as bakers whip up desserts made with Girl Scout cookies.

You'll see her working with the contestants, offering advice on how to create a dessert that will appeal to the ...

Advocates Calling for Supt. Parker's Resignation: We Have Zero Tolerance for Racism in Montclair Public Schools

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair's Interim Superintendent Nathan Parker has admitted to and apologized for making a statement regarding racism that has him on the hot seat with parents in Montclair. However, an apology is not enough for a growing group of parents.

The group behind organizing the growing momentum of parents calling for his resignation is the National Independent ...

New Jersey Clean Communities Council Elects New President of the Board of Trustees

TRENTON – Linda Doherty, a long-time member of the Board of Trustees of the non-profit New Jersey Clean Communities Council (NJCCC), has been elected to serve as the board’s president.

Doherty, who had served in recent years as the vice president, is taking over the top spot from Patrick Ryan, who served as president of NJCCC since 2001. Ryan decided to step down last year ...

Governor Murphy Holds Town Hall in Maplewood

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Governor Phil Murphy paid a visit to Maplewood on Jan. 29, for a Town Hall focused on “building a stronger and fairer New Jersey together,” as the promotional materials said.

The event at The Woodland was filled to capacity, with people standing along the walls for lack of seats. The atmosphere was festive, and many times Murphy’s speech was ...

RFK Jr. Praises Holley For Anti-Vax Stance

UNION TOWNSHIP – Assemblyman Jamel Holley (D-20th Dist.) fought hard against a bill that called for the elimination of religious exemptions for vaccinations, calling it government overreach.

That controversial bill, which included an 11th-hour amendment from Republican State Sen. Declan O’Scanlon that created a carve-out for private schools and day care centers, died in ...

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UPDATED: Scotch Plains Chef Joe Murphy Wins Food Network's 'Chopped Sweets' Contest

February 25, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Not unexpectedly, Food Network Chopped Sweets winner Joe Murphy of Scotch Plains says his phone has been constantly ringing since the conclusion of the show, which aired on Monday, Feb. 24. On the other end of the phone were friends calling to congratulate him and to ask about his experiences on the cooking reality show.

“The challenges were under the time ...

Fanwood Mayor Mahr Leads Celebration of 100 Years of Women's Suffrage

UNION, NJ -- Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr and Elizabeth Councilwomen Patricia Perkins-Auguste co-hosted a breakfast attended by 200 women from across Union and Essex Counties to celebrate and acknowledge that women have only had the right to vote in America for 100 years on Saturday, Feb. 8, at Galloping Hill Golf Course.

The event attracted elected officials and their ...

Four Union County Schools Rank Highly Among Newsweek's Top STEM High Schools in America

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- Four high schools in Union County rank among the Top 500 in Newsweek's 2020 List of Top STEM High Schools in America.

America is a nation of entrepreneurs and innovators, and our economic vitality and national security depend on our sustaining that vibrant culture. Science, technology, engineering, mathematics—these are the fields in which our children need ...

Cops at Montclair Board meeting, Racism or Not? Parents Weigh-in

February 26, 2020

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Fearful. Intimidation. Racism. These are words used by Montclair parents to describe why they believe the police were called to intimidate them from speaking up during a recent Montclair Board meeting.

Tension hung in the atmosphere all evening during the Wednesday, February 19 Montclair Board of Education meeting. The topic of race and racism began weaving its ...

Paul McCartney is Here, There and Everywhere - In New Jersey

METUCHEN, NJ  - Strawberry Fields? Nope. Abbey Road? Wrong again. Penny Lane? Not even close.

The long and winding road inexplicably led Paul McCartney to this 2.8 square-mile borough that's home to about 14,000 people in the center of Middlesex County.

The residents who happened to be strolling down Main Street on Sunday afternoon were stunned at the sight of the former Beatle, ...

Montclair Board Invites Police to Meeting After Calls for Super to Resign, Disruption Prompts Abrupt Ending

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Calls for Interim Superintendent Nathan Parker's resignation intensified on Wednesday and resulted in the Board going into recess and then ending the meeting early. 

The National Independent Black Parents' Association (NIBPA) disruptions completely shut down the Board of Education meeting, as they came out in full force to confirm their stance on zero ...

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Departmental Budget Hearing Dates and Locations Announced for 2020

February 27, 2020

The Fiscal Committee of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders today announced a set of 3 open public hearings in March for the review of the 2020 Executive Budget.

All three hearings will begin at 6 p.m. and are as follows:

Wednesday, March 4th, 2020: Department of Human Services; Department of Parks and Recreation; Sheriff’s Office; and the Election Board, at the Cranford ...

WAYVE Teen Board Announces Grant Availability for Union County Nonprofits

Rachel Simpson and Sean Hazard, co-chairs of the WAYVE Teen Foundation Board announced the Board is accepting requests for proposal that will provide Union County based charities with grant awards for the proposals chosen by the Board. The deadline for submissions is April 14. The grant awards will be announced on May 18.

The Westfield Area Youth Volunteer Experience, (WAYVE) is made possible ...

WAYVE Teen Board Announces Grant for Union County Non-Profits

Rachel Simpson and Sean Hazard, Co-Chairs of the WAYVE Teen Foundation Board announced that the Board is accepting requests for proposal that will provide Union County based charities with grant awards for the proposals chosen by the Board. The deadline for submissions is April 14, 2020. The grant awards will be announced on May 18, 2020.

The Westfield Area Youth Volunteer Experience, (WAYVE) ...

Meet the New Jersey Women Who Won the Right to Vote

In celebration of Women’s History Month, all Union County residents and visitors are invited to attend a presentation of Reclaiming Our Voice: New Jersey’s Role in Woman Suffrage, a first-person historical interpretation that opens a window into the world of women activists who fought for the right to vote, and ultimately won.

The event takes place on Wednesday, March 18 at 6:30 ...

Get Ready for Spring and Witness the Remarkable American Woodcock at Watchung Reservation and Lenape Park

Bird watchers and nature fans are invited to join Pete Axelrod of Wild Birds Unlimited and Friends of The Great Swamp for the annual Woodcock Talk and Walk events. The first will be held in Lenape Park in Cranford on Wednesday, March 18 at 6:15 p.m. and the other will be held at the Watchung Stables off of Summit Avenue in the Watchung Reservation on Wednesday, March 25 at 6:30 ...

Public Invited to Presentation on Community Needs

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites residents to attend a free forum and discussion session on the newly released Union County Community Needs Assessment report, on Wednesday, February 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the STEM Building Auditorium at Kean University, 1075 Morris Avenue in Union Township.

“The Needs Assessment report is a valuable resource for guidance ...

Oil Companies Should be Held Accountable for Climate Change Costs

February 26, 2020

As communities struggle with the costs of rising seas, floods, heat waves, turbocharged storms and other threats made worse by climate change, New Jersey should take action to hold fossil fuel companies accountable for their role in the climate crisis, a group of elected officials and advocates told more than 100 people in Union County on Sunday.

The educational event, “New ...

Elizabeth School to Be Renamed After Long-Time Community Activist

ELIZABETH, NJ - City and school leaders are eager to honor a lifelong Elizabeth resident, Chessie Dentley Roberts, 93, a typing and business education teacher in the school district for 30 years who retired in 1991.

On February 26, at 6:30 p.m., friends and family will gather on Pennsylvania Avenue, when the former Ronald Reagan Academy will be officially renamed Chessie Dently Roberts ...