High School Basketball Predictions

By Jim Whelan The 2008-2009 basketball season will tip off on Friday, Dec. 19.  Locally, the Union County heavyweights will square off against some of the state’s premiere teams in the Hoop Group Tip Off Classic.  This will be the…

Visit Of Olympic Proportions

  Visit Of Olympic Proportions—Neil Walker (Olympic gold medalist in medley relay in 2000 and 2004) is flanked by Katie Buchbinder of Scotch Plains and Stephanie Smyczek of Edison at the Breakout! Swim Clinic hosted by the Metuchen-Edison YMCA at…

Carols For Christmas

  Carols For Christmas—Saint John the Apostle School in Clark recently held its annual Christmas concert.   All students in the lower grades and the school choir performed under the direction of Tom Pedas, music teacher at the school. Highlights of…

County Adds Computers To Deal With Increased Unemployment Demand

ELIZABETH—Union County residents seeking to file claims for unemployment insurance online can get help from the county’s One-Stop Career Centers. The One-Stops provide free public access to computers and many other forms of employment assistance. The county has posted a…

Investors Savings Bank Starts Construction On New Edison Branch

EDISON – Groundbreaking for Investors Savings Bank’s second branch in Edison marks an important step in the economic revitalization of the community’s historic Clara Barton District.   Located at the corner of Seventh Street and Amboy Avenue, construction on the…

City To Lose Two Catholic Grade Schools

ELIZABETH – The Newark Archdiocese announced plans last week to close two Catholic schools in Elizabeth and merge them with another school in the city. The move is necessary because of declining enrollments, according to a spokesman for Newark Archbishop…

Toys For Needy Girls And Boys

  Toys For Needy Girls And Boys—This holiday season, the Upper and Lower School students at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison ‘adopted’ families through Plainfield Action Services, Joy of Giving and collected clothing and toys for those families. On Dec.…

Jail Guards Indicted For Assaulting Prisoner

ELIZABETH – Two Union County jail officers who allegedly assaulted a prisoner are now under indictment. Officer Alvin White, 34, is accused of punching Edwin Reyes and breaking the inmate’s jaw on July 15. Sgt. Eric Williams, 41, allegedly slapped…

State Official Encourages Winter Weather Preparedness

WEST TRENTON—Colonel Rick Fuentes, superintendent of the New Jersey State Police and director of the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management, is encouraging all New Jersey residents to prepare for winter weather. As such, New Jerseyans are strongly encouraged to…