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Item 2018-02-21 Union - The annual Yom HaShoah Holocaust Commemoration at Kean University will take place on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 6:45 p.m. at the Wilkins Theatre for the Performing Arts (1000 Morris Avenue in Union). This event is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ and Kean University's Holocaust Resource Center. Educators who attend will receive professional development credits, and sign language interpretation will be provided. For more information and to register, visit

Item 2018-02-21 Scotch Plains - Union County Magnet High School Silent Auction, Friday Feb 23rd, 6:30- 9:30 pm A Great Night Out with Family & Friends for just $10. And we provide dessert and coffee/tea!!! lease come to the Magnet High School PSA Silent Auction on Friday, Feb 23rd, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm at Union County Vocational Technical School in Scotch Plains (West Hall Cafeteria). Tickets are only $10. You can then bid on over $12,000 worth of FABULOUS PRIZES such as: 4 one-day hopper passes to Disney World, Hotel stay at a Disney hotel, Memberships at YMCA & JCC, and gift cards to many wonderful local businesses. There will be a 50/50 drawing and great door prizes. Must be 18 or over to participate. Bring your own food for dinner (no alcoholic beverages) and we will provide desserts and coffee/tea. Form your own pot luck table with family & friends. It will be lots of FUN!!!
This auction will benefit the Union County Magnet High School Project Graduation 2018 event-- an alcohol-free, safe celebration for our seniors the night of their graduation. Questions: Please contact, or Gloria Shih 908-499-7102. Purchase advance tickets at

Item 2018-02-21 Clark -; Superior Court Judge Katherine Dupuis issued a ruling that an open voting process must take be used at tonights scheduled convention to decide the next Union County Democratic Party chairman. Dupuis ruling wont allow for the machines to be used. The chair candidates head into the tonight's hand-vote convention.

Item 2018-02-20 Watchung - On Friday, April 13, 2018, Mount Saint Mary House of Prayer will host its First Annual Designer Pocketbook Bingo Fundraiser and Tricky Tray basket raffle. The event will be held from 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm, at Mount Saint Marys, located at 1645 Route 22 West, in Watchung.

Item 2018-02-20 Trenton - Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick commended the Assembly's bipartisan unity in opposing oil and gas drilling off New Jersey's coast. The Shore-protection resolution was overwhelmingly approved with a 71-2 vote.

Item 2018-02-20 Region - Editor, School Security; Do you think that maybe one of your reporters could put an article together on school security in all of our towns? I think given the conversations going on on social media there is probably a lot of misinformation out there. A Concerned Parent

Item 2018-02-20 Mountainside - Road closure; Motor vehicle accident with a utility pole and wires down. New Providence Road southbound is closed between Deer Path and Central Avenue. Southbound traffic is being detoured on W. R. Tracy Drive or Central Ave. Expect delays in the area.

Item 2018-02-19 Cranford - There will be a presentation at the Community Center Thursday, 2/22, at 7 PM for the Downtown Management strategic plan for the downtown. It includes 4-story high buildings and parking garages. This plan has been included in the North Ave Redevelopment Study on page 37. Click here to read the plan - Further information can be found at Please attend. As far as we know, it will not be televised and, therefore, not available for viewing after the meeting.

Item 2018-02-17 Chatham - The Sierra Club Loantaka Group is pleased to present Kathy OLeary, a member of the Long Valley Residents Association for Responsible Development. She will discuss the concerns about the planned development of over 130 residential units at the Superfund site known to the EPA as the Millington Asbestos Dump and to local residents as Tifa. It is located in the Millington section of Long Hill Township adjacent to the Millington Train Station and the Passaic River. It is a delisted Superfund site that is estimated to contain 90,000 cubic yards of asbestos as well as chemicals associated with the productions of asbestos roofing and siding products. Come learn about the history of the site, the extent of the contamination, and the underlying land use issues. The meeting is Wednesday March 14 from 7:30-9:00pm at Library of the Chathams, 214 Main Street, Chatham, NJ. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, call 908-233-2414.

Item 2018-02-16 Westfield - First Congregational Church will host its annual "Souper Sunday" forum this Sunday, February 25, at 11:30 am at 125 Elmer Street in Westfield. This years program will focus on issues surrounding immigration and DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). The event, which includes a soup and salad luncheon, is free and open to the public. Hosted by the churchs Board of Outreach Ministries, Souper Sunday is an annual lunch and learn opportunity focusing on current social issues. This years event will feature two speakers representing both the personal and professional sides of immigration. Attorney Sheila Moreira, Esq., will discuss common myths surrounding the immigration process and the difficulties in obtaining legal status. Ms. Maria Del Cid will speak about her experiences growing up as a so-called Dreamer and the scholarship fund she has created to help students like herself. A good-will offering will benefit the Del Cid Dreamers Scholarship administered by the Union County College Foundation. To register for this Souper Sunday event, please contact the church office at 908-233-2494 or For more information on First Congregational Church, please visit their website at

Item 2018-02-16 Westfield - April 7, attend Edgar Cayces Story of Our Souls with John Van Auken, learn the bigger picture of life & destiny. John takes you on a trek through a universe of influences and experiences both within our hearts and minds and throughout infinity. We are so much more than we realize, and our potential is truly unlimited! 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Presbyterian Church, 140 Mountain Ave, Westfield, NJ 07090. Westfield Leader & Times readers save $5 using code FE183052! Call 800-333-4499 or visit

Item 2018-02-16 State - Government releases education data. -

Item 2018-02-16 Mountainside - A racoon that was found in the vicinity of Wood Valley Road in Mountainside has tested positive for rabies. Anyone coming in contact with racoons or other free roaming animals, including cats, in this vicinity should be aware of the risk of rabies. Immediately report any exposure or bite from wild animals to the Mountainside Police Department at 908-232-8100 and consult with a physician for rabies prophylaxis. Also, be aware of possible exposure to any pets kept outdoors. It is imperative to report any contact with aggressive racoons in the last week. Keep domesticated cats indoors and fully vaccinate all pets for rabies. See below for general rabies prevention information.

Item 2018-02-15 Union County - Democrats battle in court. Five Democrats filed documents in Superior Court over the By Laws and Constitution of the Union County Democratic Committee (UCDC) when it holds its Democratic Convention next week. More than 800 Democratic Committeepeople, representing every election district in the 21 municipalities in Union County, are scheduled to vote for a new Chair at a Convention on Wednesday, February 21 at the Gran Centurions in Clark.

Item 2018-02-15 Scotch Plains - The Fanwood-Scotch Plains Service League Thrift Shop, 1741 East 2nd Street, Scotch Plains will hold its End-of-Season Bag Sale Thursday, March 1, thru Saturday, March 3. Shoppers can purchase a brown paper supermarket bag and fill it for $5.00. Please, no overstuffing. Items which do not fit in a bag, or items sold individually will be 1/2 price. Exceptions may apply. Store hours are Tuesday thru Friday - 10am to 2:30pm, Saturday - 10am to 1:00pm. The shop will open on Tuesday, March 6 with springtime apparel and household goods. Art work will be featured. Remember Easter Sunday is April 1. Be ready with a new look.

Item 2018-02-15 Plainfield - Thursday, March 29, 2018 || 7:00 PM Shiloh Baptist Church 515-521 West Fourth Street Plainfield, NJ 07060 t: (908) 754-3353

Item 2018-02-15 Cranford - Scholar Tea hosted by the College Womens Club of Cranford as a fund raiser for its scholarship fund. Each year the College Womens Club awards thousands of dollars in scholarships to graduating seniors residing in Cranford. One hundred per cent of the proceeds from the Scholar Tea will go toward funding the scholarships awarded each spring. The Scholar Tea will be held on Sunday, March 11, 2018 from 1PM to 3 PM at Bates Hall in the First Presbyterian Church located at 11 Springfield Avenue in Cranford. The Scholar Tea will serve an assortment of teas including herbal, Earl Gray, and English Breakfast. The Cake Artist Cafe of Cranford is catering the tea and will provide an array of tea sandwiches and scones. There will be a dessert tray including brownies, lemon bars, mini cupcakes, and cookies. Entertainment will be provided by Eleni Catanzaro who will perform musical selections on the piano. The cost of the tea is $30. Tickets may be obtained by sending your check to College Womens Club of Cranford, PO Box 1677, Cranford, NJ 07016 or at our website Reservations must be received by Feb. 28.

Item 2018-02-14 Summit - 12th annual Earth Day Clean-Up is on Saturday, April 21 from 9 AM to 12PM. Members of the community, individuals and groups, are encouraged to participate and help beautify Summits parks and open spaces. The clean-Up is sponsored by the City of Summit Environmental Commission and is conducted in partnership with the Washington Area Association. To register a group for participation, please email the Environmental Commission chairperson Beth Lovejoy at Individuals and walk-ins are welcome at Briant Park and Martin's Brook Park. Participants are asked to bring work gloves and a beverage in a reusable container. Bags for collecting trash and recycling will be provided.

Item 2018-02-14 Scotch Plains - Patrol units reponded to the Scotchwood Diner located at 1934 Rt. 22 East on a report of a Carjacking. Upon arrival they met the victim, 43 year old male who stated he was approached in the parking lot by two white males who assaulted him. A third male entered his vehicle described as a 2001 Toyota Camry which the victim had running in the parking lot. The suspects who assaulted the victim ran to a tan colored vehicle which was parked on the property next door and fled the area. The victim reported both of the vehicle's fled Rt 22 East. A BOLO was issued to surrounding towns and the victim's vehicle was located on a short time later on Lawrence Ave in Westfield. Union County K-9 was brought in for a track with negative results. The victim suffered minor lacerations to his hands and face. The Scotch Plains rescue squad responded to treat the victim who declined transport to the hospital. This incident is currently under active investigation and anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Det. Mark Lynch at 908 322 7100 Ext 112 or Det/Sgt Donnell Joyce at 908 322 7100 Ext 113.

Item 2018-02-13 Clark - Mother Seton Regional HS One Valley Rd., Clark, NJ Saturday Enrichment Program March 3, 10, 24 Girls: Grades 5-8 For information call 732-382-1952 or contact The Future is Hers

Item 2018-02-07 Summit has approved a resolution establishing the Summit Hometown Heroes program to recognize and honor local veterans. Through the program, the names, images and dates of service of participants will appear on banners displayed along city streets from Memorial Day through July 4. The program will be funded through private donations; there is no fee to participate. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2018.

Item 2018-02-07 Mountainside - and Berkeley Heights schools will be closed today, police department bulletin.

Item 2018-02-07 Mountainside - & Berkeley Heights, From the Police bulletin, District schools will have a two hour delayed opening today.

Item 2018-02-07 Area - The Toys-R-Us stores slated to close in 2018 are: Bridgewater Burlington Cherry Hill East Hanover Elizabeth (Kid's World) Flanders North Brunswick Paramus Philipsburg Union Wayne

Item 2018-02-06 Summit - The New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra will bring concertgoers back to a simpler time with their concert, Musical Traditions in Song and Story, on Sunday, February 18th at the Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School. The performance will begin at 3:00 pm, and will feature performances from all three of NJIOs orchestral ensembles, as well as its Flute Choir and Festival Chorus. Be sure to arrive half an hour early to catch Prelude Ensembles performance in the lobby, and Flute Choirs performance at intermission! Admission is free; donations are gratefully accepted. For more information, contact NJIO at or 908-603-7691.

Item 2018-02-06 NJTV - Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick advocating for no surprise billing at an Assembly Financial Institutions Committee hearing Monday;

Item 2018-02-06 Mountainside - The regular meeting of the Mountainside Board of Education originally scheduled for Tuesday, June 26, 2018, has been rescheduled to Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at 7:00 p.m., at the Beechwood School Susan O. Collier Media Center located at 1497 Woodacres Drive, Mountainside, NJ 07092

Item 2018-02-06 Cranford - On February 5 the Cranford Police Department responded to a reported child-luring attempt on Centennial Avenue. The incident occurred at approximately 3:40 p.m. near the intersection of Buchanan Street. A juvenile female was walking home from school when a unknown male, in his late teens to early twenties, slowed down in traffic and asked the student twice if she wanted a ride home. The child refused and later contacted a family member, who reported the incident to authorities. The driver, described as a thin white male with long black hair and shaved sides, never exited the vehicle or made physical contact with the child. The suspects vehicle was described as an older model white sedan. Cranford Police Detectives are actively attempting to gather video and surveillance from local businesses and residences. Anyone having information to assist with the investigation is asked to contact Det./Sgt. Nazzaro at (908) 709-4313 or Det. Dubitsky at (908) 709-7358.

Item 2018-02-05 Springfield - St. James the Apostle Church has announced its February 14, 2018, Ash Wednesday service schedule. Ashes will be distributed at 7:30 AM Mass, 11:00 AM Liturgy of the Word Service (with St. James School), 3:30 PM Liturgy of the Word Service, and 7:00 PM Mass. St. James Church is located at 45 South Springfield Ave., Springfield.

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