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Mayor Skibitsky Discusses Goals, Key Issues Impacting Town in 2014
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Westfield
Planning Board OKs Seneca Subdivision; Medical Office Proposed
DWC OKs Flat Budget; Discusses Girls Night Out
Scotch Plains/Fanwood

Zoo Property Clean-Up Included In Scotch Plains Budget
BOE Hears Parent Concerns Over Brunner’s No Drop-Off Zone
FW Recreation Commission Considers Forest Road Park Upgrades
Mountainside
Attendees Urge ‘Yes’ Vote on $19 Board of Education Bond March 11
Cranford
Town Considers Pay Stations; Budget Meetings Next Week
Town Introduces $775K Bond Ordinance
Planning, Zoning Boards Hold Joint Workshop Meeting
Garwood
Athletic Field Complex Projected For Completion in July
Region
Union County Receives Rock Salt Orders
RVSA Debates Additional Gas Cleaning Design Work
Editorial
The Details of $19-million Mountainside Referendum?

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Sports

READY TO MAKE HIS MOVE...Blue Devil Dave Kane plans to make his move to the basket in the game against the Governor Livingston Highlanders in Westfield. The Blue Devils won in overtime, 48-44, and Kane finished with 15 points.

Arts and Entertainment
First-Person Narrative: Fanwood Memorial Library Celebrates Black History Month With “Paul Robeson’ Visit
Popcorn: “Oscar Saved by the Goldberger Squirrels” - Academy Award Picks
Featured Artist: Karen Gloeggler to Appear At Local Quilt Show
Show Opening:Westfield Community Players Present Butterflies Are Free
Anyone Can Whistle: Westfield High School Brings Back the ’60s 
Education
Prestigious Performance - Westfield High School To Perform At Lincoln Center

Honor Roll - Edison Intermediate School — Second Marking Period

Volunteer Award - Westfield High School Freshman Receives Praise from President Obama
Sing It - Westfield High School Students Selected For Regional Chorus
New Program - Hillcrest Academy Participates in ‘Pathways’
Community

HIGH ROLLERS...An attendee rolls the dice at the Congregation Beth Israel of Scotch Plains’ “Boardwalk Empire” fundraiser featuring gambling and auctions held at the JCC of Central New Jersey in Scotch Plains on Saturday night.

Week in Sports Cougars Win Title, SPF 2nd, WF 4th at D-11 Mat Tournament; Blue Devil Swim Boys Capture 25th State Championship; Blue Devil B’ball Boys Singe Highlanders in UCT OT; Way Back Machine ... To the Summer of 1980; Blue Devil Cagers ‘Buffalo’ Lady Indians in UCT ... Photos

Summary Of Community Posts
See all 2014-03-05 Fanwood - St. Patrick's Day Fundraiser is this Saturday March 8th! This year is going to be bigger and better than ever! Fun activities for the whole family! Face Painters, Balloon Makers, Be Craftful Crafts, Amazing Food and Drink, Irish
See all 2014-03-05 Scotch Plains-Fanwood - The Board of Education invites the residents of Scotch Plains and Fanwood to participate in the Strategic Planning meetings for the schools. The first meeting will take place on April 2 in the New Multi-Purpose
See all 2014-03-05 Westfield - Sen. Tom Kean Jr. and Assembly members Jon Bramnick and Nancy Muoz, all R-Union, Morris and Somerset, are pleased to announce that under Gov. Christie's proposed Fiscal Year 2015 Budget, District 21 schools are scheduled to rec
See all 2014-03-05 Scotch Plains - The Friends of the Scotch Plains Public Library will hold their annual giant book sale, beginning with a children's sale on Sat. March 8 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Monday, March 10 from 1-5 p.m. The giant book sale will then be
See all 2014-03-04 Washington, D.C. - Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today made the following statement in response to President Obama's FY2015 Budget: "I am disappointed that President Obama has once again failed to put forth a serious budget bluepri
See all 2014-03-04 Summit - The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is hosting its annual For Arts Sake Benefit on Saturday May 3, 2014 from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm. Tickets $175 - $300 will be available in March. For more information please visit www.artcenternj.o
See all 2014-03-03 Westfield - All are invited to join the Garden Club of Westfield for the March 11, 2014 meeting at 12:00 PM in the Msgr. Meany Parish Center, St. Helens Church, Westfield, NJ. The church is located at 1600 Rahway Ave. and Lamberts Mill See all 2014-03-03 Region - If you want the weather report for your zip code, follow NOAA at weather.gov http://www.noaa.gov/ ...they have been very accurate with every storm. Example: Westfield: * Today Light snow likely, mainly before 9am. Clou
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Speaking Out For You
It’s Too Late For Us... But You Can Still Save Yourself

2013-11-21: Only five million people have lost their health care so far because of ObamaCare. Unfortunately, our workers are included in this. This staggering number is actually very low compared to what is coming. The vast number of citizens will not be affected until next year. With political manipulation and to divide and conquer, Obama and his henchmen have postponed having it applied to corporations, unions, government, teachers, police, firefighters and others until after the national elections next year (2014).

It’s evident to those that are bilked now that ObamaCare is fraught with lies, deception and malice. Most of you don’t know how bad it is. You’ll know next year when the “bell tolls for thee.” You still have time to save yourself, though it’s too late for us.

“... Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me (Martin Niemöller, Nazi Germany).” Well, I’m speaking out for you.

You must defeat these “LIZARDS” next year in the national elections. LIZARDS (Liberal Inane Zombies and Radicalized Democrats).

Those calling for  Obama’s resignation have not thought it through. Do they want Biden to become president? What’s hungered for is the resignation of the matched set. Of course they won’t resign. Their egos can’t contemplate such an honorable deed.  Obama will be gone in 2016. Until then, you must minimize the damage.

There is no lobby to stand up for the middle-class American citizen. You must stand up for yourself starting now. I promise all the ink in my barrel and all the gigabytes in my bandwidth to fight this atrocity for you.

Yes, I’m fighting mad. It’s not about the moronic website. For those that disagree with me, don’t take it out on my employees — take it out on me. My name is Horace Corbin, Publisher.

Is Our Healthcare Plan Substandard?

We’ve been asked to explain why we lost our healthcare. The drift of things: Our employees determine the features of their health care plan knowing that the cost comes out of their end of the year profit sharing (which they work hard for and deserve). No one here is of child-bearing age, so they don’t choose to buy maternity leave or pediatric care. There are other items. Obamacare requires them to buy extra things that they don’t need or want. So our group plan is cancelled. They are left with Obama Quotes for each individual. The cost is much higher and unaffordable. It appears they will also be taxed on it if the company helps. Where is that money going? And where is that money to come from?

2013-12-03 Update

* Obama and his RADs (Radicalized Democrats) invoked the "Nuclear Option" in the Senate to stifle debate over his nominations to pack the Supreme Court by voiding the 225-year rule of operation.

* Obama went to the teleprompter for political purposes to tell the public he decided that insurers can continue to offer their existing plans for another year, which is impossible and beyond the legal authority of the President to arbitrarily change laws. Obama is counter attacking his critics and is spending more millions of taxpayer dollars to promote Obamacare.

* Obama extended the date when the big next wave of Obamacare hits the nation (for corporations) until just after elections next year.

* NJ Gov. Chris Christie says Obama should just tell the truth.

* Insurer NJ Horizon Blue Cross/Blue Shield says it's not their fault, to the tens of thousands of customers in the state that are having their policies cancelled on 12/31/2013.

* There is a new website just activated by the insurance industry, www.gohealth.com, that has been authorized to sell health care due to the abysmal failure of Obamacare. It provides cost and options before you need to provide your personal information and buy it. The director of the website said he would never provide his personal information on the Obamacare website. Unfortunately, it is not available in all states due to Federal Banking and Insurance Commission regulations.

* Obama says the website is working much better now. Critics say the website is insecure and wide open for hackers to collect personal data of those that apply. Insurance companies say the Obamacare website is giving them incorrect forms for applicants and policies are falling through the cracks. Commentary: "Fixing the ObamaCare website is like greasing the guillotine."

* As of 12/01/13, approximately 800,000 in New Jersey have lost their health care policies with little idea of what to do.

* Update 12/10/13: People seeking insurance on the ObamaCare exchanges are finding the plans limit access to some of the best-ranked hospitals and cancer centers in the country. Former top health care adviser for the White House reveals, that's how the program was designed. Obamacare architect Ezekiel Emanuel claimed Obama did not mislead. Emanuel added: "If you want to pay more for an insurance company that covers your doctor, you can do that."

* 12/11/2013: There are 21 ObamaCare US Senators (Dems) up for re-election in 2014 with more than half of those being vulnerable. To respond for having your health care being cancelled (or soon to be cancelled), use your voice at the ballot box and make sure they don't get reelected.

* 12/14/2013: 2013's "Lie of the Year." Obama's oft-repeated promise that people who liked their insurance could keep under ObamaCare it was a "lie." PolitiFact, a political fact-checking website deemed the claim 2013's "Lie of the Year."
What a mess. Jan 1, hundreds of thousands in NJ will not be able to have found alternate to cancelled plans; millions in the country. Obama fiddles while Rome burns.
The latest deadline delay for the Affordable Care Act could lead to even more enrollment problems and place a bigger burden on insurance companies, experts say.
The Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday it would require insurance companies to accept premium payments for plans that start on Jan. 1 up until Dec. 31-eight days from the already once delayed date of Dec. 23.
"This will kill insurance companies," says Devon Herrick, senior analyst at the National Center for Policy Analysis, of the latest deadline extension. "I don't think insurance companies will be there on New Year's Day figuring out what they owe, who they need to bill and who has legitimate coverage. You can see what a mess this is---I can't imagine insurance companies can solve this in one day, especially when that day is a holiday."

* 12/20/2013: In the spirit of Christmas, further updates are suspended until next year. Merry Christmas.

* 01/10/2014: The Obamacare Time Bomb is in limbo at the moment as the impact of the first wave is unmeasured and confusion abounds. Many that are impacted by this first wave don't know if they have health care or not, or if their doctors will treat them should they become ill. The issues are being ignored by the federal government and the politicians have gone underground. Obamacare supporters are desperately searching for issues to distract the public. This coming November will be a tsunami as the Obamacare Law, however it happens to be decreed and interpreted, hits the major part of the nation. Employers are working hard to deal with that which is impending, unfortunately searching for means to reduce employees such as investing in automation and moving operations off shore. The U.S. Senate elections in November will determine the direction and speed of this pendulum.

* 01/09/2014 Letter to the editor - "Dark Ages With Obama, Be Brave and Fix the Outrageous Destruction"

* 01/10/2014 The Obama administration has cut ties with CGI Federal for its work as the main contractor on the Obamacare website, a source familiar with the decision told CNN.

* AFL-CIO... saying that the "highly disruptive" implementation of ObamaCare will drive up the costs of union-sponsored health plans to the point that workers and employers are forced to abandon them.

* 01/31/2014: CNN, 'The imperial presidency?'

* 02/10/2014:  Obama Administration announces another delay in ObamaCare employer mandate; by decree? Hoping to delude the public to forestall their doom for the upcoming Senate election?

* 02/11/2014: Businesses with 50 to 99 employees will be required to certify to the IRS – under penalty of perjury – that ObamaCare was not a motivating factor in their staffing decisions.

* 02/25/2014: Re Obamacare: There are about 900,000 uninsured people in New Jersey who are eligible (required?) to sign up but only about 89,000 people had enrolled through early February, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Profound problems with the federal government's design of the health exchange website, healthcare.gov, hobbled enrollment from October through most of November. NJ Democratic lawmakers (11 total) have offered to help promote the program and use their staffs to walk people through the enrollment process, according to Get Covered America New Jersey Director Justine Ceserano.

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