Monday, June 25, 2012
A fire destroyed the top two floors of a former Springfield First Aid Squad member's home.
On Sunday, June 24, firefighters battled a blaze destroyed the top two floors of a home at 217 North Ave. West, across the street from Dooley Funeral Home in Cranford. Flames could be seen shooting from the roof of the two-and-a-half-story structure at about 6 p.m. as firefighters aimed heavy streams of water at the residence, hoping to bring the fire under control. Across the street, Jeanette Bilson, the owner of the home, sat on a chair next to her family, watching crews from Cranford, Linden, Garwood, Kenilworth, Roselle, Roselle Park and Westfield work to extinguish the blaze. Bilson and her family were not in the home when the fire began to fully engulf the upper floor. According to a post on the Springfield First Aid Squad's facebook…
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Union County Freeholders pull the plug on MusicFest, saving at least 42 county employees from being laid off. From police reports to council decisions, here's a look at the top news for the last week
Faced with at least 42 layoffs and the possibility of additional job cuts, county officials decided to cancel the annual MusicFest held in Clark's Oak Ridge Park."A consensus was reached by the Freeholder Board (March 8) following numerous fiscal committee meetings, union negotiations and departmental meetings," the press release stated. The Board also canceled the Union County Rhythm and Blues by the Brook. County officials say the cuts will save approximately $1.2 million. In other news around the county: BERKELEY HEIGHTS On Saturday, March 11, Berkeley Heights Police Officers responded Ralph Pl., Branko Rd. and Ridge Dr. to investigate three separate residential burglaries. Investigations revealed all three residences were forcibly …
Sunday, February 26, 2012
From Whitney Houston's burial to school-sid figures and other news, here's a glimpse at the past week in local news.
Clark Clark Council passed a resolution on Tuesday night authorizing a letter to State Senators and Assemblymembers asking for their assistance in a massive lawsuit that Clark, Garwood and more than 80 other towns in New Jersey are facing. According to Township Attorney Joseph Triarsi, in 2005 the NJ Department of Environmental Protection filed a suit alleging that three companies involved inNewark’s Diamond Shamrock plant were responsible for polluting Newark Bay with cancer-causing dioxins and other chemicals. Triarsi says three years ago the defendants decided to broaden the scope of the litigation and claim that all the agencies, communities, corporations and businesses that discharge their sewerage into the Passaic River Basin are …
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Patch's weekly wrap-up of news from around the county captures what your friends and neighbors are talking about.
BERKELEY HEIGHTS/MOUNTAINSIDE On a routine patrol through the Watchung Reservation on Thursday, at 5:30 p.m., a Union County police officer spotted an empty alarm-company truck parked near Surprise Lake in the Watchung Reservation. The truck was open, with the driver's personal belongings in full view. Almost three hours later, when the driver had not returned, three officers and the Canine Unit of the Union County Sheriff's department began a search for the driver, who emerged from the woods at 9:30 p.m. stating that he had gone for a walk and got lost in the dark. False alarm. Officer Ed Ammerlaan, an 18-year veteran with the Berkeley Heights Police Department, was officially promoted to the rank of Sergeant at the Berkeley Heights …
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Elections, Veterans Day, big sports wins dominate the story in towns across Union County
Berkeley Heights Jeanne Kingsley, a 15-year resident of the town with a long list of experience working in finance, and incumbent Robert "Bob" Woodruff, former mayor of Berkeley Heights, were both elected Tuesday to fill the two open seats on the Berkeley Heights Township Council, defeating Democrats Stephen Yellin and Jamie Divine Cadavid. Kingsley finished with 1,494 votes, while Woodruff garnered 1,459 votes. Yellin received 819 and Divine Cadavid 569 votes. Woodruff said during his tenure as Mayor and in his current Council position, he has worked productively for the Township’s citizens and feels that his vast experience is important at this time. “These difficult times require steady stewardship from those entrusted with governance…
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Officials and residents from towns along the Rahway River met at Union County College recently to discuss flood remediation.
Officials from Cranford, Union, Springfield, Winfield and Millburn met late last week to discuss possible solutions to flooding issues along the Rahway River Watershed. Although a number of possible remedies were offered, one thing was unanimous: the situation must be addressed from a regional perspective. The Rahway River Watershed Conference on Flood Control was hosted by Cranford at Union County College on Springfield Avenue and began with an address by Mayor Dan Aschenbach, who showed an audience of more than 100 concerned residents pictured of flood damage that occurred in the wake of Hurricane Irene in late August. "It's a regional battle that we need to focus on," Aschenbach said. Leo Coakley, a civil engineer with the firm Hatch …
Thursday, January 14, 2010
The final tally was 97-73.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
This update was provided by Cranford High School's assistant coach Colleen Donnelly. If you see a game we were unable to cover, please feel free to send over the score and photos. The Cranford High School swim team continued their winning streak with a win over Dayton-Brearley Tuesday night 97-73. The team is now 10-0 and is only a few meets away from capturing the first ever Coed Conference Championships in Union County. Cranford head coach Barbara Kolesa said she had to use strategy to win Tuesday's meet. "I wanted to make sure our line-up was pushed to the max, knowing that Dayton-Brearley would be doing the same," she said. The last time Cranford faced Dayton-Brearly, they touched the Cougars out in this event, giving them a four-…