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Item 2018-08-16 Westfield - Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick corrected N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo this morning after he heard Cuomo claim that America "was never that great" during a speech on Wednesday. Americas greatness and the bravery of our American soldiers were dealt a serious insult by Governor Cuomo, said Bramnick (R-Union). Whether we were defeating Nazism, or helping rebuild American communities and communities around the world America has been a symbol of freedom and hope for millions around the world. The governor needs a history lesson.

Item 2018-08-14 Union County - Due to the inclement weather forecast for tonight, the decision has been made to postpone the Family Fun & Flix movie this evening. Wonder has been rescheduled for Tuesday, August 28th at Warinanco Park.

Item 2018-08-14 Scotch Plains - the Recreation Commission of the Township of Scotch Plains has changed the date of their September 10, 2018 Meeting. The meeting has been rescheduled as follows: September 10, 2018 has been changed to September 6, 2018. Meeting start time is 7:30 p.m.; Room 202

Item 2018-08-13 Plainfield - Freeholders and the Union County Improvement Authority invites you to the dedication of the Assemblyman Gerald B. Green Plaza at the former Park-Madison Building in Plainfield on Saturday, September 8th at 10 a.m. The building is located at 200 W. Second Street in Plainfield, NJ 07063.

Item 2018-08-10 Fanwood - The National Weather Service has predicted a heat advisory through Friday evening. Fanwood Police Chief Richard Trigo issued the following assistance to help those in need of heat relief: The Chelsea Senior Living Center, located at 295 South Avenue in Fanwood, will be open to use as a cooling station on Wednesday August 8 until Friday evening, August 10th. If you need transportation to the Cooling Station please call the Fanwood Police Department at (908) 322-5000 and they will make arrangements for you. When visiting a relief station, bring any medications and/or specialty items that you may need. Residents and visitors are urged to limit exposure outside, particularly during the hottest part of the day - roughly from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Those who must be outside should take frequent breaks and drink plenty of water. High body temperatures and dehydration will make other medical conditions such as heart and breathing problems much worse. It is very important to stay cool and hydrated when the heat index reaches these dangerous levels. Check on your elderly neighbors, and advise them of the cooling station at the Chelsea and remind them to remain hydrated and to contact the Fanwood Police Department at (908) 322-5000 in the event of an emergency.

Item 2018-08-09 Westfield - I am a resident of Trinity Place and was amazed to read the article in The Leader that the planning board had approved the development at the Pan American site without have had the benefit of reviewing a traffic study. The South Avenue circle is already a nightmare, adding 30 units at the Pan Am site in addition to what will be added with the residential construction at Rahway Ave and West Broad St will certainly add to the traffic problem. The engineer's assertion that because the residents will not have vehicles because they will be close to the railroad station is absurd. I invite the members of the planning board to sit on my front porch on any school day to observe traffic at a stand still from Westfield High to First St and often around First St to Westfield Avenue. You are invite to park in my drive since from about 6:30AM all the parking spaces are taken by students, commuters and residents of Trinity Gardens.

Item 2018-08-09 Charlie Brown's watched their eight-run lead dissolve in the top of the ninth inning when American Legion Post 3 knotted the score 12-12 in Game 3 of the Scotch Plains Men's Softball League semifinals at Jerseyland Field on August 8. But Tony Wargo beat out a leadoff double then after an intentional walk, a force out at second, followed by another intentional walk and a force out at home, Kyle Berwick drew a bases-loaded walk to bring in the winning run for Charlie Brown's. See the entire story of the game in the August 16 issue of The Leader/Times

Item 2018-08-08 - Essex County is severing its relationship with Wells Fargo and pulling $3.8 million from its accounts, citing the bank's "malicious and insensitive" treatment of people and "aggressive" foreclosure practices. "The predatory lending schemes and aggressive foreclosure proceedings practiced by Wells Fargo destabilizes neighborhoods and has a negative impact on families and the community," County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. said in a statement on Wednesday. He said the county began yanking its accounts with Wells Fargo in mid-June.

Item 2018-08-08 Westfield - Join us for A book signing fundraiser To be held at the 16 Prospect Wine and Bistro located at 16 Prospect St. Westfield, NJ on Sunday, September 16, 2018 from 2:30-4:30 Please respond by September 5th to reserve your space at

Item 2018-08-08 Scotch Plains - Downtown Redevelopment Committee Meeting Tonight at 7 p.m. The Scotch Plains Downtown Redevelopment Committee will host the following meeting tonight, which the public is invited to attend. Wednesday, August 8 at 7:00 p.m. -- Monthly Downtown Redevelopment Committee Meeting: Open to the Public Location: (Town Hall 430 Park Ave.)

Item 2018-08-07 TRENTON, N.J. Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick today called on the Murphy administration to respond to delays and cancellations of NJ Transit trains. These cancelations have created nightmares for commuters and residents, said Bramnick (R-Union). The Murphy administration must respond to these problems immediately. Bramnicks district is serviced by the Raritan Valley line which will be shut down in September.

Item 2018-08-07 Scotch Plains - Live Band Karaoke Night has been rescheduled for August 29. Thomas Strowe 1533641662

Item 2018-08-06 SUMMIT, N.J. - The Summit Police Department is participating in Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, a statewide crackdown on impaired driving that will take place from August 16 through September 4, 2018.

Item 2018-08-06 Cranford - The Police Special Needs Registry is specifically designed for those who may be challenged with developmental disabilities such as Autism, Dementia, Down Syndrome, or other special needs. The program was formed to better assist loved ones who might be at a higher risk for wandering from home and getting lost. By voluntarily registering, the Cranford Police Department will have access to personal information should they encounter an individual who has difficulty speaking or identifying themselves. To complete and file a registration form, or for more information, contact; Officer John Rattigan of the Cranford Police Department's Community Policing Unit at 908-272-8989.

Item 2018-08-06 Cranford - Join us for an ice cream social and open house to learn more about the Temple Beth El Mekor Chayim Religious School for pre-K through 7th grades. The event is on August 15 from 6-7:30, with a 6:45 presentation from principal Michael Herman and head of school Rabbi Neil. Kids can do fun crafts and eat ice cream, while making new friends. You can also learn about our new Sustaining Pledge Model, which is lowering the barriers to temple membership. Please come and bring friends! It's at 338 Walnut Avenue, Cranford NJ. Questions? Call 908-276-9231 or email

Item 2018-08-03 Westfield - - NJ Transit will make two major service cuts next month, shutting down the Atlantic City Line for five months and ending Raritan Valley Line direct service to and from New York. off-peak Raritan Valley Line trains will no longer go to and from New York, starting Tuesday, September 4, according to a memo sent Friday from Richard Green Jr., NJ Transit director rail operations and obtained by NJ Advance Media.

Item 2018-08-03 Scotch Plains - Summer Municipal Office Hours (430 Park Ave.) Monday to Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday from 8:30 a.m. to Noon

Item 2018-08-03 In the August 2 Sports Section, it was indicated that Cherry Hill the victors over West Perry, Pa. would compete in the Cal Ripken, Jr. 9U World Series at Branson, Mo. Actually the World Series will be held in Jensen Beach, Florida Sorry for the misinformation

Item 2018-08-02 Westfield - Editor, It might be interesting to ask why the mayor had to confer with the County Prosecutor on a retirement (of the Police Chief). Why did the mayor have to talk to the Labor lawyer? Ask the Mayor what happened to her reference of a police report to the Prosecutor. A Subscriber

Item 2018-08-02 Springield - Union County will celebrate National Night Out this year with Family Fun & Flix, the free summer entertainment and film series, and a display of police and emergency vehicles. The event will take place on Tuesday, August 7 at Meisel Park, off Meisel Avenue in Springfield.

Item 2018-08-01 Westfield Effective immediately, Police Chief David Wayman will be retiring from the department and Captain Chris Battiloro will be appointed Acting Chief of Police. This action comes after consultation with the Union County Prosecutors office and the Towns labor counsel. Mayor Brindle indicated that Town Administrator Jim Gildea will discuss the details of the search process for a new permanent Chief of Police in the coming weeks with the Town Council. As with any personnel change of this magnitude, its critical that we complete a thorough search for a Police Chief who will lead by example and instill a culture of trust and accountability, said Brindle. I am committed to a process that is worthy of the outstanding and dedicated members of our Police Department, as well as the residents they serve. The Town remains fully compliant in terms of the amount of information it is able to release on this topic, and it intends to provide additional details at the appropriate time. The immediate focus is informing Westfield residents of this important change and moving forward with the critical process of identifying a new Chief.

Item 2018-08-01 45th Reunion Westfield High School Class of '73 Update WHS '73 reunion details: 11/10/18 at 7PM at the Hilton Garden Inn, Springfield, NJ. Cost is $99/person for dinner with a live band and cash bar. Guests are welcome. Send checks Payable To Cathy Guarino at 11 Green Hill Road, Springfield, NJ 07081 and include your name, cell phone, email address and name(s) of guests. Thanks to so many of you who have sent your payments already. We have extended the payment deadline to August 31st and if you haven't already, we encourage you to send your payment ASAP to confirm your attendance. The reunion is 14 weeks away! You may be wondering why we are asking for your payments now. Our initial Evite invitation resulted in about 60 people responding yes to their attendance so we have opted to reserve the venue's smaller room which accommodates up to 80 people. But at such time that we receive payments from 75 people we will reserve a larger room, if it is still available, so that many more of our classmates can attend. See you then!

Item 2018-07-31 Trenton - On July 25th The Assembly Housing and Community Development received testimony from invited guests and the public concerning the affordable housing needs of the State. "My goal is to give the power back to the local elected officials NOT the Courts. The Legislature must act to avoid overcrowding of schools, serious traffic issues and higher property taxes that result when the Courts order thousands of units to be built" - Jon Bramnick

Item 2018-07-30 Westfield - The National Night Out events will be held in the north side train station beginning at 6pm on August 7. We will have representatives from the Westfield Police, Fire, Rescue Squad and DPW in attendance. some additional details of the National Night Out activities: Meet and Greet Officers View Police Equipment Parking Div. Tutorials/Demonstrations Explorer Recruitment for ages 14-20 Bicycle Registration Alarm Registration Kids' fingerprints

Item 2018-07-30 Westfield - The Historical Society's 2018 Apple Fest, which will take place on Saturday Sep 29, 2018. Apple Fest which will be held, this year, on Saturday, September 29 from 12-4pm. David Polonitza Dave Polonitza Westfield Historical Society

Item 2018-07-29 Cranford - 905 Apartments proposed for Walnut Avenue Residents, Please attend the Planning Board meeting on Wednesday, August 1, 8 PM, in the Cranford Municipal Building. It is a continuation of the proposal to build 905 apartments on Walnut Avenue. This project will affect our schools (now at capacity), infrastructure, traffic, increase the need for additional emergency personnel and equipment and a resulting increase in taxes. This article explains the New Jersey affordable housing regulations which are affecting many of our communities.

Item 2018-07-28 CLARK - The Union County Summer Arts Festival concert series shifts to Oak Ridge Park in Clark on Wednesday, August 1, with Jobonanno & the Godsons taking the stage at 7:30 p.m. The Union County Office of Veterans Services will also be on hand with information for veterans as part of Military Appreciation Night. The free concert series is presented by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Parks and Recreation.

Item 2018-07-27 WESTFIELD - AREA YMCA FALL 1 REGISTRATION ANNOUNCED Registration for the Westfield Area YMCA Fall 1 program session begins at 6:00pm on Thursday, August 9 for Full Members and at 7:30am, Monday, August 13 for Basic and Non-Members. The session runs September 4-October 27.

Item 2018-07-27 Fanwood - Mailing of tax bills for the August 2018 tax period has been delayed. There will be an extension to the grace period for payment. If you would like to pay the August quarter prior to receiving your paper bill, the amount due will be posted by July 30th on our website,, under the TAX LOOKUP AND PAYMENT button in the right sidebar. You can make your payment online, in person or by mailing a check to 75 N. Martine Avenue, Fanwood NJ 07023. Colleen M. Huehn Tax Collector

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