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New Jersey Black Bear Hunt Begins Following Court's Ruling

December 6, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey's black bear hunt began Tuesday afternoon, following a ruling by the Appellate Division of the state Superior Court.

After lasting for three hours on Tuesday, the hunt will be open from 12 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday December 7 through Saturday, December 10.

The hunt was reinstated last month and was then stopped last week following a court ...

New Jersey Black Bear Hunt Halted Following Judge's Ruling

TRENTON, NJ — Just days before it was set to begin, a judge has stopped New Jersey's black bear hunt.

Three animal rights groups, including the Animal Protection League of New Jersey, claimed a loophole was used to reinstate the hunt and went to court.

State Appellate Division Judge Lisa Rose announced the decision Wednesday. In her ruling, bear hunt opponents have until Friday ...

New State Law Requires Schools to Submit Digital Maps to Law Enforcement

TRENTON, NJ — Starting in the 2023-24 school year, all schools in New Jersey will have to submit digital maps of their campuses to law enforcement.

Gov. Phil Murphy signed S-2426 into law Wednesday. It requires the information to be submitted next year and updated regularly with copies given to designated law enforcement.

"We have seen, time and time again, public mass shootings ...

New Jersey to Begin Independent Review of COVID-19 Response

TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy has announced the start of an independent review into New Jersey's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The COVID-19 pandemic was one of the biggest challenges our State — and nation — has ever faced,” Murphy said in a news release.

More than 35,000 people in New Jersey died from COVID-19, according to state ...

New Jersey Residents Invited to Drumthwacket for Holiday Open Houses

PRINCETON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy are inviting New Jersey residents to visit Drumthwacket, the Governor's official residence in Princeton, during the holidays.

The Drumthwacket Foundation has teamed up with a number garden clubs from around the state, for "The Holidays at Drumthwacket." Guests will be able to see each public room in the first ...

New Jersey Reinstates Black Bear Hunt Following Increased Sightings

TRENTON, NJ — The New Jersey Fish and Game Council voted Tuesday to reinstate the state's black bear hunt.

Gov. Phil Murphy, who previously opposed the hunt, says the decision was needed due to a significant increase in bear sightings around the state.

From January to October 2022, compared to the same time last year, bear incidents are up 237% in the state, according to the ...

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Try 4 New Ways to Trim Holiday Waste This Year

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the amount of trash generated by American households can jump an average of 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. Union County residents can help reduce excess waste at home by exploring new opportunities to conserve resources.

“Cutting down on waste at the source is important, and we also want to make sure that ...

A Hotter New Jersey and Heated Politics to Look Forward to?

UNION, NJ — The moderator for a round table about New Jersey’s future issues jokingly put it in perspective when he said the conversation was going to be “a panel of formers talking about the future.”  

But the conference at Kean University sponsored by the state’s largest utility -- Public Service Electric & Gas -- had a lot of “formers” ...

Livid by Patricia Cornwell

Livid: A Scarpetta Novel  by Patricia Cornwell. (Grand Central, 2022).

 

It has been a long time since I thought about Aristotle’s Poetics and his idea that unity of time, place, and action make for the best theatrical drama. But Aristotle’s classic approach to writing superior works popped  into my brain when reading Livid, the 26th installment in the Kay ...

Linden Police Department is Hiring

December 7, 2022

LINDEN, NJ - The Linden Police Department is currently hiring qualified candidates for two positions.

According to police officials, the department is looking for two Public Safety Telecommunicator Trainees

This position is full-time with a salary of $41,000-$80,000 annually and is open to all NJ state residents.

Applications can be obtained from the City Clerk’s office ...

New Jersey Black Bear Hunt Begins Following Court's Ruling

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey's black bear hunt began Tuesday afternoon, following a ruling by the Appellate Division of the state Superior Court.

After lasting for three hours on Tuesday, the hunt will be open from 12 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday December 7 through Saturday, December 10.

The hunt was reinstated last month and was then stopped last week following a court ...

Linden Liquor Store ‘Holdup Man’ Pleads Guilty

WOODBRIDGE, NJ — A Union County man has pleaded guilty to his role in gunpoint robberies at over a dozen liquor stores, including the 2018 holdup at South Wood Discount Liquors in Linden.

Jaime Fontanez, 45, of Elizabeth, pleaded guilty in Newark federal court last week to a slew of conspiracy and robbery charges, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

Among the liquor ...

VFW Post 1397 and American Legion Post 102 Collecting Toys for Tots

LINDEN, NJ - The VFW Post #1397 and the American Legion Post 102 will be collecting for toys for children this year for their annual Toys for Tots event in Linden.

"They would like anyone that wishes to donate toys for this event to bring them down to the American Legion Post," said Marlene Kucmyda- Michalko, VFW Auxiliary President. "The toys will be donated to the ...

Pay Raises Proposed for Union County Department Heads, Elected Officials

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The County Board of Commissioners has proposed pay hikes for both its membership and top county administrators in a measure scheduled for a final vote at the next board meeting.

If the measure is approved, salaries will rise for the fourth consecutive year in January 2023. The proposed increases, however, are lower than last year's.

The board introduced the ...

New Jersey Black Bear Hunt Halted Following Judge's Ruling

TRENTON, NJ — Just days before it was set to begin, a judge has stopped New Jersey's black bear hunt.

Three animal rights groups, including the Animal Protection League of New Jersey, claimed a loophole was used to reinstate the hunt and went to court.

State Appellate Division Judge Lisa Rose announced the decision Wednesday. In her ruling, bear hunt opponents have until Friday ...