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Item 2016-04-29 Plainfield - The Crescent Singers sing favorite love songs both sacred and secular for the final Crescent Concerts performance of the season. May 22 at 3pm at Crescent Ave. Presbyterian Church, 716 Watchung Ave. Tickets are $5-20. For more information, call (908) 756-2468 or visit

Item 2016-04-28 Summit - The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is holding a Fence Show art sale on Sunday, June 12 from 10 am to 4 pm in conjunction with its Annual Open House. Artists who wish to sign up to sell their work can visit The event is free and open to the public. For more information about the Open House visit Or call 908.273.9121.

Item 2016-04-28 Westfield - The Westfield Board of Education is seeking applicants who are interested in serving on the Board through December 2016 to fill the 6-month vacancy resulting from the resignation of Mitch Slater. The process for the Board of Education to select a member from the applicant pool is for the Board to interview applicants in a closed, executive session meeting on the evening of June 14, 2016 (time to be determined) in the Board Room at 302 Elm Street. The vote to select a candidate will be done in public on the evening of June 21, 2016. It is anticipated the Board will swear in the new member in early July. Westfield citizens interested in filling the 6-month Board vacancy through December 2016 should submit their resume or letter of intent to Board Secretary Dana Sullivan, Westfield Public Schools, 302 Elm Street, Westfield, NJ 07090 by 4:00 PM on May 31, 2016. Questions relating to the candidate application process can be directed to Dana Sullivan at or 908-789-4402.

Item 2016-04-25 Westfield - Recreation Department is hosting the 26th Annual Run The Park 5K and 1-Mile Road Races on Sunday, May 22 at Tamaques Park, Westfield. Races begin at 9:00am, and Race Check-In starts at 8:00am. Support Westfield Recreation Department programs by participating, volunteering or sponsoring this years event. Contact the recreation department to volunteer or sponsor the event at To Register- Visit:

Item 2016-04-24 Westfield - Edison Intermediate School in Westfield will hold its first Community Service Day on Saturday, April 30, from 10 am to 2 pm come by for as little or as long as you would like. Participants of all ages are invited to this free event. EIS Community Service Day will be a fun filled day with over 15 hands-on community service related projects to get involved in. Projects include making appreciation banners for Westfield Fire and Police Departments writing letters to our troops, assembling a rain barrel, making meals for a homeless shelter, assembling care kits for the homeless, and making dog toys for a local dog rescue. Edison Intermediate School is located at 800 Rahway Avenue in Westfield, NJ. For questions or additional information please contact Stacy Bergerman at or Lisa Blitt at

Item 2016-04-24 Garwood - The Ladies Auxiliary of the Garwood Volunteer Fire Dept. is hosting Friends of Joanne Fundraiser - No One Fights Alone on May 26th from 6 to 11pm at The Westwood, 438 North Ave, Garwood, NJ. Tickets are $35. Price includes food, beer, wine & soda. DJ/Music by Mirage Entertainment. They will be on sale until May 23rd and will not be sold at the door.
Joanne Tharaldsen, an active member of our Auxiliary, was to be honored for her hard fought battle against Liver Cancer & Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD). Sadly, she lost that battle on March 18th of this year. While helping to bring awareness to these illnesses, well be celebrating her life & showing our support for her husband, Michael Tharaldsen. Proceeds from ticket sales will help defray Joannes medical expenses.
For more information, or if you are unable to attend & would like to make a donation, please contact: Barbara Tweedle 908-868-4358 / OR Denise Pelusio 908-789-2394

Item 2016-04-22 Fanwood - Join members of the Fanwood Historic Preservation Commission for an unveiling of Carriage House preservation efforts on Sunday, May 1, from 2 pm to 4 pm adjacent to Fanwood Borough Hall at 75 North Martine Avenue. The Carriage House is on the National Register of Historic Places and dates from the mid-19th century when it served guests at The Homestead hotel, a Victorian resort that drew prominent visitors from New York City. Bring your family, and enjoy a lively and informative spring afternoon immersed in the rich history of the building. Refreshments will be served, and visitors will get a close-up look at the Carriage House through rarely seen photos. Members of the Fanwood Historic Preservation Commission will be on hand to field questions, provide background, and highlight efforts to preserve the historic property.

Item 2016-04-22 Union County - Transportation Master Plan, the public is invited to get a preview of the final product at an Open House event on Monday, April 25, 5:00 7:00 p.m. at the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Avenue in Cranford. At the Open House, members of the public can view maps, photographs and other documents. Transportation experts will be on hand to answer questions and provide brief presentations. The Open House is a free, drop-in event. No pre-registration is required. For more details visit

Item 2016-04-21 Summit - Intergenerational Orchestra presents free spring concert, Dancing to a New Beat, on May 15 at 3 p.m. at Summit High School, 125 Kent Place Blvd. Featuring noted classical guitarist Joel Perry. For more information, email Mary Beth Sweet at or call (908) 603-7691 or visit

Item 2016-04-21 Westfield - The Presbyterian Church in Westfield (PCW) invites the community to a Fish n Chips Dinner on Friday, May 6, at 5:30-7:15pm. The event will be held in the handicap accessible Assembly Hall, located at 140 Mountain Ave. Famed vendor Argyle Restaurant of Kearny will be serving their renowned Scottish Style Fish 'n Chips complete with malt vinegar and coleslaw. Dine in or drive through pick up are available. Desserts and beverages are available for dine-in only. Also offered are chicken tenders and baked cod. Adult meals are $16 and childrens meals are $8. Proceeds will support the Westfield churchs sister congregation in Livingstone, Zambia. During this dinner four members from the Zambia church will be joining us. Zambian jewelry and handcrafts will be offered for sale during the dinner. Please PRE-ORDER your meals by May 4 with the church office. The order form may be downloaded at or call the church office at 908-233-0301, or stop by the church office at 140 Mountain Ave.

Item 2016-04-21 Scotch Plains-Fanwood - Board of Education will have two full 3-year terms, one 2-year term and one 1-year term open for Scotch Plains and one full 3-year term open for Fanwood in the November 2016 Annual School Election, Mrs. Saridaki, spokesperson for the school board, announced today. Candidates must file a nominating petition with the Office of the Union County Clerk located at 2 Broad Street, Room 113 in Elizabeth to get their name on the ballot for the Annual School Election. The current deadline to submit the nominating petition is Monday, July 25, 2016 before 4:00 pm. The election is scheduled for Tuesday, November 8, 2016.

Item 2016-04-20 Mountainside - Rotary Club will be sponsoring a sewing machine collection for Sewing Peace on Saturday, May 21st. Unwanted and or used sewing machines can be dropped off at the Deerfield School parking lot located at 302 Central Avenue in Mountainside between the hours of 8:30 am to 1:30 pm. For additional information contact: Daniel Falcone, Secretary Mountainside Rotary Club (908) 789-1010

Item 2016-04-15 Union County - is sponsoring Archery Group Safety Lessons at Oak Ridge Park in Clark. Please visit for more details. Pre-registration is required.

Item 2016-04-14 Scotch Plains - American Legion Post 209, located at 237 Park Avenue in Scotch Plains, NJ, will host its second annual TRICKY TRAY AUCTION on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 8:00 pm. This event will be open to the public. Many of the local businesses and residents have already contributed great new prize items, gift certificates and gift baskets to make this a fun and exciting night. All proceeds of this event will go to help our local veterans in need and their families. Tickets will be sold the night of the event at the door at a cost of 15 for $15.00. Parking is located in the rear of the building off Sunset Place. We are a not-for-profit organization that dispenses funds for veterans in need. We send care packages to troops deployed overseas, offer scholarships in local schools, provide aid to disabled veterans and sponsor events at places such as Lyons Veterans Hospital. We also support veterans causes locally and nationally. So, please come out and support this event. If you or your business is interested in donating a prize, a gift certificate or a gift basket, please contact Kim Palmer at 908-322-9845. If you are a veteran or a child of a veteran who would like information on joining Post 209, please contact Richard Kenyon at 908-322-9845. You may also like us as well as contact us on our official Facebook page at AmericanLegionPost209 for all of our events, postings, parties and pictures.

Item 2016-04-14 Area - Reporters Sought. The Westfield Leader and Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times seek community-based reporters and photographers to cover local town council, school board, planning board, zoning board and recreation meetings in the Westfield, Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Cranford, Garwood and Mountainside area. E-mail and call Paul Peyton, 908-232-4407 to stop in and meet us. For our office location, see

Item 2016-04-14 Westfield - Auditions: Beatrix Potter Musical Movie Seeking voice actors for a full-length live-action/animated musical based on the beloved stories of childrens author and illustrator Beatrix Potter. People of all ages are invited to audition. Auditions will take place at The Westfield Community Center (558 W Broad St, Westfield, NJ 07090), from 4:30 to 6:30 on May 16, 18, & 19, 2016. For more information, please visit our website at, or email us at

Item 2016-04-14 County - The Union County Bar Association recently honored Lindabury McCormicks Jack Boyle by presenting him with their Lifetime Achievement Award. This is only the 3rd time that the Nicholas D. Caruso Lifetime Achievement Award has been given. Judge Boyle was recognized for his many years of dedicated service to the Union County Bar Association including serving as the Bar Associations President (1979). Judge Boyle was a sitting Judge in Union County for 25-years; was the Founding President of the Richard J. Hughes Inn of Court and volunteered his time and service to many of the Bar Associations subcommittees.

Item 2016-04-13 FLEMINGTON, N.J. Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today announced he will hold his annual Service Academy Information Fair for Seventh Congressional District high school students on Saturday, May 21 at Raritan Valley Community College. Lances annual event allows students to meet with academy officials to learn more about the admissions process and how to pursue their interests in serving the Nation. WHAT: Congressman Lances 2016 Service Academy Information Fair WHERE: Raritan Valley Community College (Conference Center) 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg WHEN: 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 21 Students with questions should call John Malone in Lances Westfield Office at (908) 518-7733 for more information.

Item 2016-04-12 Fanwood - On Friday April 29th The Fanwood Shade Tree Commission will hold its annual Arbor Day Program. The event will take place at 4:00 PM in Carriage House Park on Watson Road. The Carriage House Arbor Day Poetry Prizes will be announced. The Park Middle School Environmental Club will give a presentation about the Emerald Ash Borer. Cub Scout Pack 273 from Tamaques School in Westfield will also be on hand to help with a free tree giveaway. And longtime Shade Tree Commissioner Earl Phillips will be honored. The public is invited!

Item 2016-04-12 Mountainside - Downed power line on Rt. 22 E. One lane closed E/B. PSE&G notified. Expect power outages and traffic delays. Sent by Allan Attanasio

Item 2016-04-11 Scotch Plains - A Household Special Waste Collection event will occur on Saturday, April 23, so Union County residents can get rid of outdated or unwanted household chemicals, mercury thermostats, propane tanks, and automobile tires in an environmentally safe manner. The household hazardous waste collection will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Union County Vocational-Technical Schools campus, 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains, near the John H. Stamler Police Academy. This is paid for by your tax money to the County.

Item 2016-04-09 Garwood - Baseball League Opening Day Parade and Ceremonies scheduled for 04/09/16 has been cancelled by the League due to weather forecast Sent by John Drone to Garwood, Garwood Live, GARWOOD VOICE (e-mail accounts, pagers, Cell phones) through UC First Alert

Item 2016-04-08 Cranford Hockey Club will be hosting tryouts for the upcoming 2016-17 season at Union Sports Arena. Tryouts will be held April 19th-21st for Mites through Midgets. Registration through the Cranford Hockey website should be done for each player prior to tryouts (except Mite Developmental players). Mite Developmental Players register for sign-up via the website in the Fall.

Item 2016-04-08 Scotch Plains - Earth Day Celebration will be held on Saturday, April 23rd from 9am-11am at the Frazee House/Terry Lou Zoo property, 1451 Raritan Road, Scotch Plains. The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Community Garden will host the commemoration. Volunteers will have an opportunity to clean up the space in preparation for the Community Garden and the new walking trail to be installed later this spring. To register please call 908-322-6700 or email

Item 2016-04-07 Fanwood - This shopping event will be held outside at the Train Station April 17, 2016 10 AM-5 PM. Enjoy shopping for antiques & vintage items from different vendors. There will be 75+ tables with vintage items, antiques, collectibles and more. Appraisals by the Collector's Shop- Vic LoBue, Free Appraisals - find out the value of your items: Coins - Stamps - Currency - Toys - Sport Cards We will entertainment all day. Some of the performers are James Dalton, Zeke Carey and Shoresydeduo. Delicious Food will also be served all day.

Item 2016-04-07 Westfield - Memorial Library's 43rd annual used book, dvd and cd sale will accept donations on April 21 (10-3), 22 (10-3) and 22 (10-1). Good condition books, dvds or cds are needed, but not encyclopedias, textbooks, manuals or tapes. The book sale financially supports the Library and such expensive Friends activities as the Children's Programs and the Museum Guest Passes.

Item 2016-04-07 Westfield - NAMI/National Alliance on Mental Illness; Senator Richard Codey will be the speaker at the April 26th meeting which is held at the American Legion Post in Westfield. questions:

Item 2016-04-06 Scotch Plains - Shackamaxon Country Club Names Mark Mazzola Director of Golf. Shackamaxon has an 18-hole A.W. Tillinghast designed golf course that features one of the architects first island greens. Mazzola will supervise golf operation including managing set-up and operations for outings, special events and tournaments; staffing; and purchasing for the clubs golf shop. Additionally, Mazzola will work alongside head golf professional Joe Bush to continue the clubs junior golf instructional programs and camps. A Class A PGA member, Mazzola comes to Shackamaxon from Forsgate Country Club in Monroe, where he served as head golf professional since 2010.

Item 2016-04-06 Westfield - On Tuesday, April 26, the Board will hold a public hearing on the 2016-2017 school district budget. The public is welcome to attend. A complete agenda of the meeting will be available on the Board of Education website and in the Board Secretarys Office at 302 Elm Street on Friday, April 22. Information on the proposed budget, which was tentatively approved by the Board of Education on March 15, also is available on the school districts website. Questions or comments can be addressed to the Westfield Board of Education at . All general Board meetings are taped and televised on Blue Devils TV36 on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:00 AM and 7:00 PM; Saturdays at 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM; and Sundays at 10:00 AM. Videos of meetings also can be viewed on the Board of Education video page of the districts website.

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