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Item 2018-03-23 Westfield - NJFO SEASON FINALE: IN LONDON TOWN David Wroe Music Director and Conductor New Jersey Festival Orchestra The sounds of Big Ben, the colossus of St Pauls Cathedral, the hustle-bustle of Piccadilly Circus, the vast horizons of this mega City all captured in works by British composers and more bring the NJFO 35th anniversary season celebration to a glorious close. Saturday, May 19 at 7pm, The Presbyterian Church in Westfield. Sunday, May 20 at 3pm, The Concert Hall, Drew University, Madison. For tickets ($28-$76, students $15) go to or call 908 232 9400

Item 2018-03-23 Scotch Plains - The Township of Scotch Plains and the Department of Parks and Recreation has announced that it has rescheduled its annual Egg Hunt at Brookside Park (1255 Hatfield Avenue) for Saturday, March 31st at 10:00 a.m. sharp.

Item 2018-03-23 Piscataway - Statewide Adoption Conference to be held on May 5 at Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ. For pre- and post-adoptive parents, foster parents, adult adoptees and social workers. Full conference info and online registration at

Item 2018-03-23 Fanwood - Easter Egg Hunt Postponed! Due to a weather forecast of heavy snow on Wednesday and the potential for hazardous conditions in Forest Road Park over the coming weekend, the Fanwood Easter Egg Hunt is POSTPONED until Saturday, March 31st, 10 AM, Forest Road Park.

Item 2018-03-22; Gov. Phil Murphy has announced that state offices will be open Thursday in New Jersey, a day after he ordered them closed Wednesday because of the winter storm that was set to hit the area. All employees should arrive at their regularly scheduled reporting time, Murphy's office said.

Item 2018-03-22 Westfield - 8 am; Snow is over; less than predicted; about 4 inches of heavy wet snow; roads are plowed and people are digging out - returning to work; seems like the area was lucky.

Item 2018-03-22 Trenton New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) customers are advised that all MVC facilities, including agencies, driver testing sites and inspection stations, will be closed for Good Friday on March 30. All facilities will be open for regular operating hours as of Saturday, March 31.

Item 2018-03-22 Mountainside - Winter Storm Synopsis: Schools are on a 2 hour delayed opening. There are no road closures or power outages in the Boro. Recycling pick-up cancelled on Wed, 3/21 will be picked up on Sat, 3/24. NJ Transit has resumed bus service. The commercial veh travel ban has been lifted.

Item 2018-03-22 Fanwood -- The Fanwood Mayor and Borough Council has scheduled meetings for Monday, March 26 and on Wednesday, March 28, both starting at 7 p.m., to discuss the 2018 municipal budget. Both meetings will be held in the Mayor and Council Chambers of Borough Hall, located at 75 Martine Avenue, North. Official action may be taken at both meetings.

Item 2018-03-22 Elizabeth - Echoes of Freedom Art exhibit to open at Snyder Academy on April 6 At the richly historic grounds of the Snyder Academy of Elizabethtown, the 18th century echoes of Reverend James Caldwells call for freedom are palpable. This April, the Snyder Academy welcomes 13 artists who give voice to that call in 2018. Join us for a remarkable exhibition and celebration of our freedom. The public is invited to an art exhibition opening sale at April 6 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 at the Snyder Academy, 42 Broad Street, Elizabeth, NJ. The event includes a wine and cheese reception, with artists speaking about their work starting at 7:00. Selected works will be available for sale.
Artists represented in the exhibition include Marcelo Dos Santos, Joao Pereira, Jose Carlos Miguel, Kamil Policht, Celia Feliciano, Michelle Greene, Daniel De La Fe, Marco Munoz Jaramillo, Ed DAllesandro, Beth Barber, Ana Peneiro, William Hartz and Roger Gonzalez. Please RSVP to Elliot Dee at by April 1 to attend the opening. After April 6, the exhibition will be open for viewing by appointment arranged through Mr. Dee.

Item 2018-03-21 Westfield - 7 AM; snow flurries starting; area braces for the worst throughout the day. Offices will be closed by noon; read newspaper online; Postmen expected to be snowed out for a day or more; Area loss of electric power possible as branches may fall under the weight of the storm.

Item 2018-03-21 Westfield - 10 am; Event cancellations are being received from around the county due to the impending snow storm. Most businesses and public offices are closed. Situation is calm at the moment and people are staying home. There as an eerie lull in the impending storm.

Item 2018-03-21 Union County - Winter Storm Warning from midnight Wednesday through 8:00 pm Thursday. Heavy mixed winter precipitation transitioning to heavy snow is expected. Total snow accumulations of 12 to 16 inches and light ice accumulations are expected. Travel will be very difficult to impossible, including during the evening commute on Wednesday. Expect significant reductions in visibility at times. Use caution when walking, biking, or driving. Public Utility contact and outage links are posted at Please report all power outages directly to your utility company. Before an Outage Charge cell phones Gather supplies Turn refrigerator/freezers to a colder setting During an Outage Stay clear of downed power lines Turn off all appliances Keep refrigerator/freezer doors closed to prevent food spoilage Do not use generators indoors For updates throughout the storm follow the Countys social media and visit their website at All service disruptions, delays and cancellations will be posted on the Countys home page.

Item 2018-03-21 PSE&G - customers should report downed wires or power outages by calling 1-800-436-PSEG. You can also report outages at or by texting OUT to 4PSEG (47734). The website Outage Map is updated every 15 minutes and displays the location & status of outages.

Item 2018-03-21 Cranford - DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER, the second round of auditions for "Into the Woods" has been postponed until Saturday, March 24! Stay safe everyone! Cranford Dramatic Club, 78 Winans Ave, Cranford, NJ 07016

Item 2018-03-21 Area - Winter Storm Warning kicks in at 6:00 AM Wednesday morning and lasts for 24 hours. The National Weather Service calls for 11-15 inches of wet, heavy snow. Governor Murphy has declared a state of emergency in New Jersey, which means anyone who doesn't absolutely have to be out on the roads shouldn't be. Area public schools are closed Wednesday. Please move your cars off the street tonight so plows can start their work first thing in the morning. Cars that block emergency vehicles or otherwise cause a hazard may be towed. Wet heavy snow, coupled with strong winds, will inevitably bring down branches and wires. NEVER TOUCH A DOWNED WIRE! If you see a downed wire, call 911. Residents should ensure that they do NOT shovel or snow blow their snow back into the roadway after it has been plowed as this creates a hazardous condition. ALWAYS CALL 911 IN THE EVENT OF A TRUE EMERGENCY! BOROUGH OF FANWOOD 908-322-8236 |

Item 2018-03-21 Area - Assemblyman Jon Bramnick District 21 Winter Weather Alert Contact our District Office 908-232-2073 Email: In anticipation of the upcoming winter storm, please see the emergency information below: "If you have an immediate emergency dial 911" You can click the links below for the latest information: NJ Office of Emergency Management NJ State Police To Report Power Outages Call: JCP&L/FirstEnergy: 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877) Follow JCP&L on Twitter: @JCP_L Facebook at: PSE&G: 1-800-436-PSEG (1-800-436-7734) Downed wires should immediately be called in to your electric company or local police or fire department. Customers should never go near a downed power line. For urgent and immediate health and safety issues: Dial 911 To Report a Gas Leak Contact your Gas Provider: Elizabethtown Gas: 1-800-492-4009 New Jersey Natural Gas: 1-800-427-5325 PSE&G: 1-800-436-7734

Item 2018-03-20 Westfield - As part of the Westfield Historical Societys First Wednesday Luncheon series Gabrielle Yablonsky will be presenting a talk on art and culture in Bhutan on May 1st, 2018. The event will begin at 11:45 AM at the Echo Lake Country Club, located at 515 Springfield Avenue, Westfield.

Item 2018-03-20 Summit - Curbside storm debris pickup has been suspended indefinitely with forecast for more snow tomorrow. The Transfer Station is open today, Tuesday, March 20, until 3:45PM for residents to dispose of brush and branches but will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, March 21.

Item 2018-03-20 Scotch Plains - On Saturday, April 21 at 1 pm, astronomer Bob Reichman returns to the Scotch Plains Public Library to discuss Our Magnetic Sun. Reichman will start inside to share fun solar facts, discuss sun spots and the Northern Lights, and show 2017 Total Solar Eclipse pics. After the program, join Reichman outside to take a turn at the specialized, h-alpha solar telescope that provides safe views of the Sun and any sunspots or solar prominences that might be visible. Every child will receive a UV-sensitive bead bracelet that magically changes color in sunlight, but not other bright lights. Registration is recommended for this program. For more information or to register, go to, email, call (908) 322-5007 x 204 or stop by the Reference Desk. The Scotch Plains Library is located at 1927 Bartle Avenue, one block from Park Avenue in the center of town.

Item 2018-03-20 Fanwood - Due to a weather forecast of heavy snow on Wednesday, March 21 and the potential for hazardous conditions in Forest Road Park over the coming weekend, 
the Fanwood 
Easter Egg Hunt, originally scheduled for March 24, is POSTPONED until Saturday, 
March 31st, 10 AM, Forest Road Park.

Item 2018-03-20 Editor - If you have the opportunity to talk to any of the politicians at the March 24 Meeting, please ask them what has been done since the Florida shooting. Florida passed a law! What has NJ done? The gov. Said we will build a research center! We have a crisis on our hands and NJ could be next!

Item 2018-03-20 Cranford - Residents, Please attend the Birchwood final site plan presentation on Wednesday, March 21, at 8 PM, in the Municipal Building. Check the Cranford website for updates--due to the incoming storm this may be cancelled. For the history of the Birchwood property, go to (scroll down on the right) or concerned citizens of Cranford Application #PBA-18-00003 Birchwood Developers Associates, LLC 215 & 235 Birchwood Avenue Block 292 Lot 2, & Block 291 Lot 15.01, IMR Zone The applicant in this matter is seeking preliminary and final site plan approval for a proposed multi-family residential redevelopment with no variances and one design waiver.

Item 2018-03-18 Elizabeth - Authorities are seeking information from any eyewitnesses to a shooting that took place on a busy stretch of a major highway in Elizabeth early Saturday morning. At sometime between 5:15 and 5:45 a.m. on Saturday morning, gunfire coming from a dark-colored SUV or pickup truck struck an occupant of a white BMW SUV on U.S. Routes 1&9 near McClellan Street close to the Newark-Elizabeth border, according to the preliminary investigation. The driver of the vehicle struck by gunfire transported the victim to get emergency medical treatment. Anyone with information about this matter is being urged to contact Union County Prosecutors Office Detective Nicholas Falcicchio at 908-721-8186 or Elizabeth Police Department Detectives Luis Demondo or Jose Martinez at 908-558-2052. The Union County Crime Stoppers are also offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case; tips can be given anonymously by phone at 908-654-TIPS (8477) or online at

Item 2018-03-16 Scotch Plains - will host its annual Egg Hunt at Brookside Park (1255 Hatfield Avenue) on Saturday, March 24th at 10:00 a.m. sharp. Please bring your own basket as they will not be supplied.

Item 2018-03-16 Garwood - The Planning Board approved a Wendy's restaurant for the former Burger King located at 257 North Avenue. Construction is projected to commence this May with an August finish date, stated Wendys regional construction manager Ken Shaw.

Item 2018-03-15 Westfield - High School senior Greta Frontero has been named 2018 New Jersey High School Journalist of the Year by the Garden State Scholastic Press Association. With this honor comes the 2018 Bernard Kilgore Memorial Scholarship, a $5,000 scholarship award from the New Jersey Press Foundation. As the New Jersey High School Journalist of the Year, Greta is automatically entered in a competition for the 2018 National High School Journalist of the Year, sponsored by the Journalism Education Association.

Item 2018-03-15 Union County NAMI/National Alliance on Mental Illness holds support meetings for caregivers of a loved one who struggles with a mental illness diagnosis. They take place on the third Tuesday of every month, from 7:30 to 9 p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church of Cranford, 11 Springfield Avenue, Cranford. Peer-led group meetings offer insight and support from others facing similar challenges. The next meeting will be on March 20. For more information, call (908) 233-1628 or e-mail

Item 2018-03-15 Cranford - On Saturday, April 28 from 9:00AM-2:00PM, the Floraphile Garden Club will be hosting a garage sale fundraiser at 469 Brookside Ct. in Cranford. Come on out to find a great selection of household goods, plants, clothes, toys, books, etc. Proceeds from this fundraiser support the Floraphile Garden Club and their involvement in numerous community service projects, beautification programs, charitable donations and horticultural therapy. Founded in 1950, Floraphile has been an active and integral part of the Cranford community for over 65 years.

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