Seven Democrats Hope To Be Plainfield Mayor

 UNION COUNTY – Six Democrats are challenging incumbent Plainfield Mayor Sharon Robinson-Briggs in the June primary as she pursues a second term. She became the first woman to serve as Plainfield’s chief executive after defeating Robert Ferraro in 2005. Two-term…

Analysis Says Corzine Budget Leaves NJ $100M Short

 STATE – Gov. Jon Corzine’s $29.8 billion budget proposal relies on revenue projections that are too optimistic, according to a consensus of economic reports used by the non-partisan Office of Legislative Services to analyze it. David Rosen, the office’s budget…

Good Samaritan Detains Alleged Mugger

 LINDEN – At least three teens mugged a man on East Curtis Street last week, but a good Samaritan helped police capture one of them, authorities said. The victim, a 31-year-old man, was walking on the street’s 500 block shortly…

Union Protests Planned Merck Job Cuts

RAHWAY—Members of the U.S. Steelworkers, Local 4-575, staged a protest outside Merck’s Rahway facility in opposition against the company’s plans to cut as many as 178 jobs held by union members. The union is currently negotiating a new contract with…

Board Approves Superintendent’s Contract

 LINDEN – The Board of Education unanimously approved a four-year contract for Superintendent of Schools Rocco Tomazic on Monday. Tomazic will earn $182,000 this year, rising to $202,758 by the fourth year of the deal. Since mid-March, school board members…

Wisniewski Launches Fire Safety Education Initiative

SAYREVILLE–Following a March 30 roundtable discussion with education and fire safety experts, Assemblyman John S. Wisniewski stressed the need for improvements in the way New Jersey educates students about the dangers associated with fire on Monday. “Every year, hundreds of…

Couple Celebrating 65 Years Of Love

LINDEN—On April 9, William and Louise Forster will be celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary, which is known as a ‘Blue Sapphire’ Anniversary. William Forster, Jr. was born in Elizabeth in 1913 and graduated from Jefferson High School. He pursued a…