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April 19, 2019

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The looming changes to the borough due to the affordable housing mandate keeps unnerving residents, including council members. Meanwhile the Borough Council is working on a resolution urging action against court-imposed high-density housing. The purpose of the proposed ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Mayor Al Morgan and council members do not see eye to eye when it comes to borough branding. Morgan and council members discussed a suggested new logo at the Monday, April 15 council meeting. Councilman Robert Munoz explained that the Communications Committee had agreed to ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The Borough Council declared April as National Donate Life Month at its Monday, April 15 meeting. Mayor Al Morgan read a proclamation highlighting the importance of organ donations as there is an urgent need for organ and tissue donors nationwide. He also praised the NJ Sharing ...

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NEW BRUSWICK and MADISON, NJ – When it comes to likeability, New Jersey’s current and former elected officials leave a lot to be desired, Garden State residents say. The inaugural joint survey from the polling units at Rutgers University’s Eagleton Institute of Politics and Fairleigh Dickinson ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ – The Union County Freeholders’ 2019 budget is anticipated to include a 1.75 percent tax levy increase, reduced from an initial proposal to hike taxes by 2 percent, the board’s finance committee chairman said. As the freeholders formally introduced the spending plan on Thursday, ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The Borough Council introduced an ordinance to amend some zoning regulations at its Monday, March 25 meeting. The Planning Board has prepared the proposed zoning changes. The proposed zoning changes will allow a ranch type house to cover 25 percent of the lot, up from 20 ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The Borough Council accepted a written retirement resignation from Municipal Judge Donald P. Bogosian at its Monday, March 25 meeting. Bogosian will retire as of May 1, 2019. Councilman Robert Robinson explained that Bogosian honorably served as the municipal judge for ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The Borough Council introduced its 2019 municipal budget at its Monday, March 25 meeting. The budget features a 0.46 percent tax increase compared to last year. This translates into a tax increase of $12.51 for an average borough home assessed at $282,000. The 0.972 ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The Borough Council discussed what actions the borough should take in order to express its concern regarding the affordable housing mandate at the Monday, March 25 meeting. Councilman Robert Robinson pondered whether the council should pen a resolution to Trenton in order to ...

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WASHINGTON - New Jersey Rep.Tom Malinowski, (D-7th) who represents tens of thousands of commuters living in towns along the NJ Transit Raritan Valley line, testifed before a Congressional panel Tuesday on the need for funding of the long-stalled Gateway Project which would build new rail tunnels ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Girl Scout Troop 45063 representing 26 first graders from Allen W. Roberts School and their leader Mary Housel attended the Monday, March 25 council meeting to tell the council members about their recent project. The troop had researched all borough parks and found some ...

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CRANFORD – In celebration of Women’s History Month, Union County College hosted a “Women in Government” panel comprised of six women serving as elected officials Union County at the state, county, and municipal level. Participating on the panel were Union County Freeholder Chair Bette Jane ...

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TRENTON, NJ – State Senate President Steve Sweeney called off Monday’s votes on a bill that if passed, would have legalized recreational marijuana in New Jersey for those 21 and older. Both the Assembly and Senate were poised to vote on the controversial measure. The bill also would have ...

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CRANFORD, NJ - While on the campaign trail in 2018 for New Jersey's 7th Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, Tom Malinowski promised that if elected, he would host events where he could hear from his fellow constituents. On Saturday, Malinowski did just that when he ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The Borough Council held a special meeting regarding the affordable housing settlement on Monday, March 18, and New Providence residents took the opportunity to ask questions, vent their frustration and express their concerns regarding the impact of the upcoming zoning changes.

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Tall Oaks resident Allen Swanson attended the Monday, March 11 Borough Council meeting to express his annoyance with the way the council had handled the discussion regarding three New Providence properties with suspected soil contamination. At the Feb. 25 council meeting ...

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Union County's first mobile paper-shredding events of 2019 will be on Saturday, March 30 and Sunday, March 31 in Scotch Plains. These events are free and open to all Union County residents. “Union County’s mobile document-shredding events help residents fight identity theft by providing a ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The Borough Council recognized the American Red Cross at its Monday, March 11 meeting. Mayor Al Morgan read a proclamation in the organization’s honor and proclaimed March 2019 as Red Cross Month. The American Red Cross was founded more than 137 years ago as a humanitarian ...

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Borough of New Providence Affordable Housing Q & A 1. Briefly, what does the affordable housing settlement agreement provide? The settlement provides for a rezoning of certain areas in New Providence to allow for higher density housing which will include an affordable housing component.

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ELIZABETH, NJ — Union County residents will have the opportunity to try out new voting machines before the primary election. As reported previously, the county will receive updated election machines in all municipalities this year. It will need to purchase approximately $100,000 worth of ...

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Department-specific budget talks will be held in Kenilworth, Elizabeth and Westfield. ELIZABETH, NJ — Union County government is compiling a spending plan that benefits from the recent closure of the county’s juvenile detention center. The proposal would finance a turf field in Scotch Plains ...

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The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded $4,321,987 to the County from the federal Continuum of Care program. The funding will support 19 service projects to help the homeless. “The Continuum of Care ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The Borough Council approved the resolution authorizing the borough’s settlement agreement in the affordable housing declaratory judgment action at its Monday, Feb. 25 meeting. The subsequent zoning changes may lead to drastic changes in the borough’s character and drain its ...

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NEW JERSEY -- The average American household spends $2,279 on property taxes for their homes each year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In light of this, it’s little surprise that more than $14 billion in property taxes go unpaid each year, according to the National Tax Lien Association. To ...

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  SOMERVILLE, NJ - With tax season upon us, and residents of New Jersey's 7th Congressional District feeling the sting of lower than expected tax refunds, Congress is poised to take action, according to Rep. Tom Malinowski, D-7th. On Saturday, Feb. 23, Malinowski, whose district office is ...

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TRENTON, NJ  – Setting the project guidelines in conjunction with the state of New York, legislation creating the Gateway Development Commission -- sponsored by Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin and the Assembly Transportation Chair Daniel Benson -- cleared its first legislative hurdle ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ – The Board of Chosen Freeholders discussed several developments taking place in Union County during their regular meeting Thursday night. NJ State Minimum Wage Increase As previously reported, Governor Phil Murphy recently signed legislation in Elizabeth raising the state ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ – Union County Director of Administrative Services Michael Yuska is leaving his position after 20 years with the county. “We wish to congratulate Director of Administrative Services Michael Yuska on his retirement, and commend him for his many years of outstanding service and ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The Borough Council spent some time discussing both traffic safety and crime prevention at its Monday, Feb. 11 meeting. Several residents also came forward to express their concerns regarding recent burglaries in the borough. The discussion was prompted by Mayor Al Morgan as ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ –The Borough Council recognized the New Providence High School Marching Band for its successful season at the Monday, Feb. 11 meeting. Mayor Al Morgan read the proclamation in the band’s honor. The band has 137 student members in grades 9 through 12 and two managers. “On ...

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