Saturday, July 13, 2013
Is the Suburban News Relevant to the Borough of Garwood?
Its horridly branded 'ZONE ONE' edition covers Garwood and other Central Union County towns, including its home-base in Clark. Cranford, Fanwood, Kenilworth, Mountainside, New Providence, Rahway, Roselle Park, Scotch Plains, Springfield, Union and Westfield round out the paper's awkward coverage area, which online is referred to as Southern Union County (check out your nearest map to see why that's geographically unsound at best).
The paper is owned by the Flemington Based NJN Publishing-
Penn Jersey Advance, Inc. It was established 1948, and nowadays focuses heavily on 'feature' stories. Its current mantra is: 'Find out about Clark, New Jersey's nightlife and restaurants, events, search for real estate, get local opinions.' It 'powers' (supplies headlines and links) nj.com like many of its local sister products like the Cranford Chronicle. According to the New Jersey Press Association it boasts 55,283 in circulation. It publishes on Wednesdays.
While it claims a strong Garwood presence, its list of headlines in the print and online editions rarely mentions the Industrial Center of Union County. Since Garwood 365 started publishing in 2009 the newspaper has rarely netted interesting tidbits or stories (unlike the Westfield Leader, the Clark-Garwood Patch, the Cranford Chronicle and the Garwood T.R.E.E.).
Is this paper a legit Garwood source for the borough?