Union County

Vella Trial Begins Next Week

ELIZABETH—A close political associate of Mayor J. Christian Bollwage will begin a criminal trial in federal court with jury selection starting Monday, Jan. 12 before U.S. District Judge Anne E. Thompson in Trenton. Ray Vella, 32, of Elizabeth, owner of…

Fallen Firefighter Remembered At Funeral

ELIZABETH – More than 1,000 firefighters and law enforcement officers assembled for Monday’s funeral for Elizabeth firefighter Gary Stephens. The 28-year veteran was struck by a fire truck after he responded to an early-morning call on Jan. 2. Firefighters from…

Former PTA Treasurer Charged With Theft

LINDEN – A former Linden PTA treasurer has been charged with stealing approximately $8,000 of the organization’s money, officials from the Union County Prosecutor’s Office say. Dawn Wagner, 38, has been charged with one count of theft and one count…

NJ Is Tops In Taxes

STATE—Seven counties out of the top 10 in the country with the highest property tax rates are in New Jersey. The same tabulation showed that Garden State homeowners paid the highest property taxes in 13 out of the nation’s 20…

International Gymnasts To Compete In Rahway

RAHWAY—The best rhythmic gymnasts from three countries will be competing in the Winter Stars Rhythmic Gymnastics Invitational at the Rahway Recreation Center this weekend. Among participating teams are clubs and junior olympics teams from Russia, Brazil and the United States.…