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Watchung Launches Plan to Save the 'Legend of Watchung' Mural

July 23, 2017

WATCHUNG, NJ - Saving the "Legend of Watchung" mural has taken on a sense of urgency since the timeline for the closing and demolition of the Sears store on Route 22 has been moved up. The Borough Council approved a plan of attack at the last meeting.

The Sears department store is set to close in September and demolition is expected in October. The Historical Committee have been ...

Freeholders Honor Elizabeth Police Officers Who Rescued Boy Struck By Train

ELIZABETH, NJ - Two city police officers who rescued a 13-year-old boy struck by a freight train were honored Thursday night by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Elizabeth Police Officers Eric Santiago Gora and Luciano Nicolas Porto responded to Franklin Street on May 11 to find the boy going into shock with an amputated leg.

“We have to also acknowledge that there are ...

Council Approves Annual Audit Report; Discusses Borough Finances

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – As the Borough Council approved a resolution to certify the annual audit report at its Monday, July 17 meeting a discussion regarding borough finances ensued.

Councilman Michael Gennaro explained that overall the borough’s audit was well received. The borough could accumulate debt up to 3.5 percent based on the equalized property values. The allowable debt ...

Council Approves Additional Improvements on Oakwood Field Area

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The Borough Council discussed Oakwood Field security and approved additional improvements in the area at its Monday, July 17 meeting.

The council approved a purchase of seven security cameras for approximately $45,000. The high definition cameras will be placed at various points at the Oakwood Field complex. Councilman Jim Madden noted that there is already a ...

Mountain Avenue Roadwork in New Providence Begins July 20; Prepare for Nighttime Road Closures

BERKELEY HEIGHTS/NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Roadwork on Mountain Ave from Diamond Hill Road to Division Avenue in New Providence will be under construction beginning July 20, 2017. The work is scheduled to take approximately four nights.

The work being performed will consist of various road improvements, such as milling, paving, and striping of the road. Full road ...

Bridge Repairs Close Springfield Avenue in Berkeley Heights for Two Months, Plan Alternate Route

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Springfield Avenue will be closed between Snyder Avenue and Kuntz Avenue in Berkeley Heights for approximately two months starting Monday, July 17, 2017 for reconstruction of the culvert beneath the roadway. 

The road will be closed 24/7 for the entire length of the project in the area of work. A clearly marked detour route will be marked ...

Assemblyman Jon Bramnick Urges State Legislature to Solve Affordable Housing Issues

TRENTON, NJ – Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick (R-21) is calling for a special state legislature session to solve the issues in communities that are caused by affordable housing laws.

In January, the state Supreme Court ruled that municipalities must include affordable housing. If the municipality is not meeting the affordable housing quota, it can be sued by builders for the ...

Chatham Borough Council Introduces Amendment to Regulate Oil & Hazardous Substance Pipelines

CHATHAM, NJ - An amendment to a code ordinance designed to regulate pipelines and protect Chatham Borough's infrastructure and water supply from oil and hazardous material pipeline leaks was unanimously passed on first reading on Monday night at the Borough of Chatham Council meeting.

The six-page amendment to Chapter 189 of the Borough Code titled "Regulation of Oil ...

NJ Government Shutdown: Local Lawmakers Critical of Christie

TRENTON, NJ - Day Two of the shutdown of New Jersey's government continued Sunday after legislators failed to find a compromise on the 2018 state budget during an emergency meeting at the Statehouse Saturday.

Members of the state Assembly and Senate are not expected to meet again until Monday afternoon, ensuring the shutdown of New Jersey's state beaches, parks and other ...

How Will Government Shutdown Impact Citizens?

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Gov. Chris Christie and the state lawmakers failed to strike an agreement over a piece of health care legislation that was part of this year’s budget.

State law requires that a balanced budget must be passed by June 30. With the budget failing to get enough votes in the State Assembly last night, Gov. Christie ordered a government shutdown.

Some statewide ...

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Freeholder Board Unveils New Union County Transit Map

July 19, 2017

Getting around Union County is about to become a little easier, thanks to a new map offered by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders showing train and bus routes along with other helpful information. 

The map is available free of charge in traditional hard copy format, and by download from the County website atucnj.org/transit.

“When all the routes are laid out ...