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Item 2014-04-18 Westfield - The Celebrations Singers Youth and Adult choirs will be performing on April 29th in the evening at the Lord & Taylor Fundraising Day. The Youth Choirs will be performing at 6:30 p.m. and the Adult Choir at 7:00 p.m.
See performances also on Friday, May 30th and Saturday, May 31st at 8 pm at Roy Smith Theater, Union County College, Cranford. For more information, please visit our website at
For more information contact Mary Egenton (908) 272-9695 or
Item 2014-04-17 Region - For Earthday and throughout April-May, residents are requested to photograph a bud, flower, tree or other blooming plants. Email the photos to We'll publish them to share with the public. Thank you.
Item 2014-04-17 Westfield - The Westfield Memorial Day Parade Committee invites everyone interested in participating in this years parade to come to the planning meeting at The American Legion, Martin Wallberg, Post #3 (upstairs) on North Avenue at 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 29, 2014.
Organizations interested in marching in this years tribute should have a representative attend this meeting. Participation in the parade can also be made by sponsoring a wreath to be placed at the Monument during opening ceremonies or by financial contributions to help offset the costs of running the parade.
The parade is scheduled for Monday, May 26, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. Any questions, please call Stan Cuba at (908) 233-2767.
Item 2014-04-16 Region New Jersey American Water has resumed the use of chloramines to treat water at its Canal Road and Raritan Millstone Water Treatment Plants. Chloramines have been used in the system for more than 25 years and are an effective method of water disinfection meeting all drinking water standards. In mid-January, as part of its system maintenance program, New Jersey American Water temporarily changed its treatment process to chlorine. The three-month changeover enabled the company to perform maintenance on its chemical feed systems and remove any residual ammonia from the water distribution system. During the transition, some customers may have noticed a slight chlorine taste and odor in their water.
The following municipalities receive service from these Water Treatment Plants: Bedminster, Belle Meade, Bound Brook, Branchburg, Bridgewater, Chester, Clark, Cranbury, Cranford, Dunellen, Elizabeth, Edison, Fanwood, Flemington, Franklin, Garwood, Green Brook, Hillside, Hillsborough, Jamesburg, Kenilworth, Kingston, Lawrence, Linden, Manville, Martinsville, Middlesex, Millstone, Montgomery, Mountainside, North Plainfield, Peapak/Gladstone, Piscataway, Plainfield, Plainsboro, Pottersville, Princeton, Raritan, Roselle, Roselle Park, Readington, Scotch Plains, Skillman, Somerset, Somerville, South Bound Brook, South Brunswick, South Plainfield, Tewksbury, Union, and Warren, Watchung, Westfield, West Windsor, and Whitehouse Station.
Item 2014-04-16 Fanwood - The Fanwood Rescue Squad is once again offering free CPR classes for Fanwood and Scotch Plains residents during EMS Week, beginning Saturday, May 17th, 2014. CPR, with the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED), remains an important tool for citizens to help give unresponsive people a second chance at life. Classes are open only to residents of Fanwood and Scotch Plains and are underwritten by generous local businesses. Here's the schedule: * Saturday, May 17, 8:30 AM; * Monday, May 19, 7:00 PM; * Wednesday, May 21, 7:00 PM
To register (
We ask our business community to help us pay for these classes. If you're interested in sponsoring CPR, please go to and click the DONATE link, or send a check to:
Fanwood Rescue Squad, CPR Classes, 123 Watson Road, Fanwood, NJ 07023
Item 2014-04-16 Westfield - The Westfield Historical Society is hosting an exhibit of handmade one of a kind artsit books beginning April 26 at the Reeve History and Cultural Resource Center, 314 Mountain Ave., Westfield. Nineteen artists are featured from the Book Arts Roundtable.The exhibit is open Friday thru Sunday from 10-3 p.m. and runs until May 18. The public is invited and there is a suggested donation of $5. For more information please call the Society office at 908-654-1794.
Item 2014-04-16 Cranford - Centennial Village Velocity 5K is being held on Sunday June 1st at 9am. Certified 5k race course and great for the whole family. Prizes for top age groups. Please visit or for registration. Pre Registration through May 16th, $20/$15 for 18 and under. If you have any further questions please contact Hope to see you there.
Item 2014-04-11 Scotch Plains - The Township of Scotch Plains, Department of Public Property will begin pick-ups for leaves, limbs, brush and gumballs beginning the week of April 21st . The Department will be picking up brush, leaves, limbs and gumballs only. Stumps and other materials will not be collected. Branches must be maximum of 3 inches in diameter and maximum of 3 feet in length. Branches and limbs should be separate from leaves, brush and gumballs. For additional information you can call the DPP Hotline at (908) 233-6707, visit the Township's website at , TV-34 or TV-22 or call us at (908) 322-6700, ext. 243.
Item 2014-04-10 Westfield - In honor of Earth Day, Mayor Skibitsky, the Town Council and the Green Team have teamed up to plan for the 3rd Annual Westfield Earth Day clean-up event at select locations around town on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to noon, with a rain date of Sunday, April 27. Volunteers who are willing to give a little time to celebrate Earth Day in this way are asked to bring a pair of gloves (and a rake, if possible) to one of the following locations where a member of the Town Council or Green Team will coordinate clean-up activities:
Brightwood Park; Gumbert Park (next to the basketball courts along North Avenue); Grove Street at Grandview Avenue; Memorial Park; Tamaques Park (in the picnic area); Mindowaskin Park (in partnership with the Friends of Mindowaskin Park).
Boy and Girl Scout troops in need of fulfilling community service requirements are welcome. (Please keep in mind that all minors do need to be supervised by a parent or adult guardian.) Registration by sending your name and what location you plan to help at via e-mail to is requested so that we know how many volunteers to anticipate, but drop-ins will certainly be welcomed too! Thank you for celebrating Earth Day with us!
Item 2014-04-09 Union County - Residents are invited to participate in an online "Health & Well-Being Assessment" survey that will help identify continuing, unmet needs related to Superstorm Sandy and its aftermath.
The survey is available at
In 2012, Super storm Sandy caused unprecedented damage to New Jersey's housing, business, infrastructure, social service, health and environmental sectors. The brief survey asks residents to record the extent to which they were affected by the storm, what resources they used to aid their recovery, and whether they are continuing to experience economic, physical, or mental health impacts.
Item 2014-04-09 Westfield - The Lions Club will hold it's 79th annual Easter Egg Hunt in Mindowaskin Park on Saturday, April 19 at 1 p.m. for Westfield children up to age 7. Participants and their parents are asked to assemble in the playground area of the park by 12:45 p.m. as the hunt will start precisely at 1p.m., weather permitting.
There will be three age appropriate areas set aside for the children, toddler to age 3, 4 and 5 year olds and 6 and 7 year olds. More than 1,200 plastic eggs will be hidden in the playground area next to N. Euclid Avenue.
Immediately after the hunt, complimentary bags containing gourmet jelly beans will be distributed to the children. The Easter Bunny will be available from noon on for pictures with the children.
Item 2014-04-08 WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) will hold his annual "Service Academy Information Fair" for Seventh Congressional District high school students on Saturday, May 31 at Raritan Valley Community College. This allows students to meet with academy officials to learn about the admissions process and how to pursue their interests in serving the Nation.
The Service Academy Information Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 31 at the Raritan Valley Community College (Conference Center) located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg. Representatives from the U.S. Military Academy, the United States Naval Academy, the Air Force Academy, the Merchant Marine Academy and the Coast Guard Academy are expected to participate. Representatives from Lance's congressional staff will be available to answer questions about the nominating process. To receive an appointment to a service academy, students must first receive a nomination from their Congressman, Senator or the Vice President of the United States.
Students with questions should call Nick Bahnsen in Lance's Flemington Office at (908) 788-6900 for more information.
Item 2014-04-08 Mountainside - The third annual Memorial Day parade will commence on Monday, May 26th at 11:30 am at the Veterans flagpole monument on Constitution Plaza (between the Fire House & Library). Upon conclusion of the opening ceremony, Veterans, Scouts, Rescue Squad, Fire Department, Police, Rotary Club and community groups will parade toward Deerfield School. The parade will proceed from Constitution Plaza up to Bridle Path to Wood Valley Road to Central Ave. ending in Deerfield Schools parking lot. It is expected to end @1:00pm. Residents are encouraged to line the streets of Bridle Path, Wood Valley Rd. (between Bridle Path & Central) and Central Ave., (bet. Wood Valley & Deerfield School). Show your appreciation for our Veterans and those brave individuals who were lost as we memorialize them in this way. Spectators are encouraged to car pool and park in the rear of the Fire House, Borough Hall, Pool, Deerfield School and Our Lady of Lourdes church. Please not park on the streets along the parade route. If any Mountainside Veterans wish to march or ride in the parade (vehicles will be provided), please contact Tim McLaughlin, VFW at (908)928-9191. For further information about the parade, please contact Deanna Andre at (908)244-4111.
Item 2014-04-07 Westfield - The Recreation Commission and The Westfield Recreation Department are pleased to announce its annual road race: Run The Park. A 5K Run & 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk. The event will be held on Sunday, May 18 at 9:00 am. The event will start and end in beautiful Tamaques Park in Westfield located at 1101 Lamberts Mill Road.
If interested, please contact The Westfield Recreation Department at 908-789-4080 or email at: with any questions.
Item 2014-04-07 Scotch Plains - The Recreation Commission in conjunction with the Scotch Plains Junior Women's Club, are sponsoring an Easter Egg Hunt this Saturday, April 12th . The Egg Hunt will take place beginning at 11 am on the Alan Augustine Village Green, adjacent to the Scotch Plains Municipal Building at 430 Park Avenue in Scotch Plains.
The event will feature a variety of activities including pictures with the Easter Bunny, Face Painting, Temporary Tattoos, Jelly Bean Guess, Bake Sale and of course the Easter Egg Hunt. The Egg Hunt is only for children 8 years and younger but all other activities can be enjoyed by the entire family.
In case of inclement weather, the rain date will be Sunday, April 13th at Noon. Information regarding a rainout will be posted on the Township's Facebook page. For more information, please contact the Scotch Plains Recreation Department at 908-322-6700 x223
Item 2014-04-06 New Providence - Spring String Studio begins May 8 and runs for four consecutive Thursday evenings, 7:15 9:15 p.m. A special discounted fee of $100 is offered for those who sign up by April 30. The fee is $125 after April 30. For more information, call Mary Beth Sweet at (908) 603-7691, email or check out our website, Location: New Jersey Youth Symphony Center, 570 Central Avenue, New Providence, NJ. Participants in the Spring Strings Studio can expect a musically enriching experience for violinists, violists, cellists and bassists. Players will be grouped by instrument, and the camp concludes with a performance. All levels are welcome! Whether you simply enjoy playing new music, are preparing for an upcoming audition or summer festival, want to raise your skill level to a new high, are ready to play a new instrument or are kick-starting an interest in an instrument that you once played, here is your opportunity to make beautiful music. The New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra bridges the generations through music and brings artistic excellence to our communities.
Item 2014-04-06 Rahway - At 3PM on April 27th at the Union County Performing Arts Center (UCPAC) in Rahway, New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra (NJIO) celebrates 20 years of bridging the generations through music with its 20th Anniversary Gala Concert. This Celebration for the Ages includes a program of joyful and celebratory music. Following the concert, a Gala Reception will be held in the UCPAC lobby. Participants at the Anniversary Gala will enjoy eating many decadent delectables, bidding on several items donated to NJIO and listening to chamber music. Concert tickets are available through Ticketmaster, the UCPAC box office (online at or in person) and through NJIO. Adults are $10 and children are free. Gala tickets are available through NJIO online or at 908-603-7691. Adults are $30, students $15 and children age 8 and under free. Recognized across the country as a model for intergenerational programming, NJIO provides education and performance opportunities for people of all ages that would like to be part of an orchestra or ensemble. For more information, email Mary Beth Sweet at or visit
Item 2014-04-06 Westfield In partnership with the Town Council and the Green Team, a spring clean-up has been scheduled for Mindowaskin Park on Saturday, April 26, 2014, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Volunteers & organizations are encouraged to participate and bring gloves, rakes, and tools to clean out gardens and assorted clean-up as we ready for another beautiful spring and summer in the park. All volunteers should meet at The Bandstand, located in the center of the Park. For more information, please call 908-233-0028 or email
Item 2014-04-03 Westfield - New Jersey American Water crews will be cleaning and lining some of Westfield's 80 year-old water mains beginning April 7 through the end of October. More than 18,000 feet of six-inch, unlined, cast iron water mains will be cleaned of the minerals and sediment that have been built up inside the mains over time, and then the inner walls of the mains will be lined with a layer of cement.
By cleaning and lining, New Jersey American Water can extend the life of the water mains. The practice saves the time and expense associated with installing new water mains which would involve excavating roadways, detouring traffic, installing the new mains, and restoring the roadway. Cleaning and lining can be completed in months, whereas water main replacements could take years.
While the $2.8 million project is ongoing, there will be minimal service disruptions for customers. The water services connected to the mains being cleaned and lined will be temporarily relocated to above ground, bypass mains.
When the project is completed, customers will experience increased water pressure, better fire protection and more reliable water service. New Jersey American Water crews will be working Mondays through Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
More information can be found by visiting
Item 2014-04-03 Fanwood - Forest Road Park will host Fanwoods annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 12th, beginning eggs-actly at 10 AM. The rain date is April 19th, same time and place. All children 10 and under are invited to meet the Easter Bunny and join the fun! Over a thousand eggs filled with all sorts of goodiesincluding hundreds of prize ticketswill be hidden around the park. Plus, children can win even more prizes in the guess the number of jellybeans contest, guess the number of chocolate eggs contest, bring your own decorated egg contest, and bring your own bunny drawing contest. For more information, go to or call Fanwood Recreation, (908) 370-7092.
Item 2014-04-02 Garwood - On 3/18/14 at approximately 2205 hours an employee of Crunch Fitness Gym called headquarters stating that an unknown male entered the female shower room and a female member of the gym made a complaint at the front desk. Sgt. David Perrotta and P.O. George Suggs responded and located the suspect and found that he was under the influence of alcohol and took him into custody. The management of Crunch Fitness stated that Carlos Alaban of Kenilworth entered the female locker room and observed females in the shower. Alaban was transported to HQ where he was processed and issued complaints for underage consumption of alcohol and invasion of privacy. Alaban was released pending court.
Item 2014-04-01 Piscataway - New Jersey Health Care Talent Network (NJHCTN) in partnership with New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations, and the states leading, Community Colleges and Universities, invite you to participate in 2nd Annual New Jersey Health Care Industry Week Opening Ceremony
Monday, April 7, 2014
8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Rutgers University Busch Campus Center 604 Bartholomew Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854 See full weeks activities:
Item 2014-03-31 Cranford - Chamber of Commerce will welcome the Easter Bunny for the Annual Breakfast to be held on Saturday, April 19th starting at 9 a.m. at the Garlic Rose Restaurant. After the breakfast, the Bunny will walk to the gazebo at N. Union and Springfield Avenues from 11 a.m. to 12:30 to take pictures with the children. The bunny will then be at Centennial Village for pictures from 12:45 to 2:00 p.m. at the corner of Lincoln and Centennial Avenues. In the event of inclement weather these events will be cancelled. Please call 908-272-6114 for further information.
Item 2014-03-27 Scotch Plains - Union County Academy for Allied Health Sciences will be having a clothing drive on Saturday April 5, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Accepted donations are wearable clothes, shoes, belts, handbags, linens, stuffed toys and hard toys. These items are shipped to developing countries that are in need. Drop off is located at 1776 Raritan Road, Scotch Plains, in front of Baxel Hall. Clean out your closets and support our school. If you have any questions, please call Kathy Romanovich at 908-797-3939
Item 2014-03-26 Fanwood - As part of New Jersey American Water Companys ongoing facilities upgrade and maintenance program, it will be necessary to shut off your water service on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, from approximately 11:00 PM, until approximately 5:00 AM Thursday, March 27, 2014. We suggest that you save water for use during the shut-down period.
Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience work may cause. Should you have any questions concerning this matter, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you.
Brendan D. Devlin, Construction Inspector, New Jersey American Water, 908-307-1526
Item 2014-03-26 Cranford - Downtown businesses are holding special sales and in-store events with Spring It On! sale days Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5. Stores will be offering samples, cooking demonstrations, massages, jazz, and more. Parking is free for both sale days.
Item 2014-03-26 Cranford - Come buy gently used dresses at budget-friendly prices at the Jumble Store, 110 Walnut Ave, Cranford! 25$ each
Friday March 28th - Preview sale from 7:30pm to 9:00pm rsvp at
Saturday, March 29th - dresses on sale all day from 10:00am to 5:00pm
All proceeds benefit the Junior League of Elizabeth-Plainfield, a non-profit organization that provided assitance to women and children in crisis in Union County.
Questions? Contact us at or
Item 2014-03-25 Scotch Plains-Fanwood - Board of Education on Tuesday, March 18th adopted the Tentative 2014-2015 School Budget for submission to the County Department of Education.
The communities of Scotch Plains and Fanwood are invited to learn about the 2014-2015 proposed school budget. There will be two information sessions on the budget. The first session will take place on Wednesday, March 26 at 9:00 a.m. at the PTA Council meeting. This information session is open to the public and will be held at the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Board of Education Office located on Evergreen Avenue and Cedar Street.
The second presentation will also be held at the Scotch Plains Fanwood Board of Education Office on Monday, April 7^th at 7:30 p.m.
There will NOT be a public vote on the school budget pursuant to Public Law 2011.
Join School Superintendent Margaret Hayes and members of the BOE to hear the proposals that will highlight the district's operating budget, including enrollment and staffing needs, educational initiatives supported by the budget, facilities projects and the tax impact of the 2014-2015 school budget. A copy of the budget presentation is available at
The BOE will meet on April 24 at 8:00 p.m. for the final Public Hearing on the 2014-2015 proposed school budget and budget adoption.
Item 2014-03-25 Summit - Join the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey for the opening reception for their spring exhibitions on Friday, May 9, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Event is free and open to the public, refreshments will be served. For more information visit or call 908-273-9121.
Item 2014-03-25 Westfield - If deer are a problem in your garden, don't miss the Tuesday, April 8 meeting of the Garden Club of Westfield. The presenter will be Christopher Markam, BS from Cook College, Rutgers. He is a wildlife specialist with a concentration in deer control. Mr. Markham has developed and patented a deer repellent and formed his own company with two friends. He will also share a comprehensive list of deer resistant plants that will thrive in your garden and will offer a free deer repellent application to all attendees. Refreshments will be served. We look forward to meeting you. Facebook: Garden Club of Westfield or
Item 2014-03-25 Garwood - CORRECTION Please join us for the annual Garwood Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 12 Noon. Rain date is Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 12 Noon. The Easter Egg Hunt will be held this year at Hartman Park. The park is located on the 400 block of Second Ave, Garwood. A special appearance by the Easter Bunny is planned! Come, join us!
Item 2014-03-23 Fanwood - Utility construction will close Martine Avenue from South Avenue to LaGrande Avenue every night this week, Sunday, March 23rd, through Thursday, March 26th, from 9:00 PM until 5:00 AM the following morning. In subsequent weeks Martine will be closed a block at a time during the same hours until the main is replaced all they way south to Trenton Avenue. NJ American Water is replacing water mains around Fanwood in two phases. This first phase replaces the main under Martine Avenue from South to Trenton Avenues, along with other replacements on LaGrande, Saville Row and Trenton Avenue. The next phase, beginning in mid-April, will replace mains under many streets in the southeast and southwest quadrants through September. This work will be done during the day. More info ( . Representatives of NJ American Water will be on site to address any concerns. Please use caution while driving through construction areas.
Item 2014-03-20 Westfield - UCPC Behavioral Healthcare is hosting a Tricky Tray Fundraiser featuring many premium items on Sat., April 26th from 3-7 PM at the Westfield High School Cafeteria.
Proceeds will be used to expand programs and services for our communities and clients. Advance tickets can be purchased online:, or by calling Richard Rodgers at(908)756-6870 for more information.
Item 2014-03-17 Fanwood Scotch Plains - Memorial Day Parade Committee announced its annual concert and parade will be held on Sunday May 25th and Monday May 26th. The theme of Memorial Day events will be D-Day NORMANDY BEACH 70TH ANNIVERSARY. We honor the 6000+ American casualties on D-DAY of June 6th, the 70th anniversary of the invasion. The concert will take place on Sunday May 25th at the Fanwood train station beginning at 6:30 pm. The Westfield Community Band will play patriotic melodies and traditional marches. The Memorial Day parade, held on Monday May 26th, is funded by Scotch Plains and Fanwood. The concert is provided through the generosity of local donors. Please help. Checks should be made payable to Township of Scotch Plains, c/o Toni Rollis Scotch Plains Municipal Building, 430 Park Ave, Scotch Plains, N.J.07076. Ms. Rollis can be reached at 908-322-6700 x 314.
Item 2014-03-16 Scotch Plains - Joan Papen the former mayor in SP died today. Lovely woman. Was on council for much of the 1980s and 1990s.
Item 2014-03-13 Westfield - 8am - Just got a call - Fire trucks all around Westfield High School - can't get near it to park...and all personnel are standing outside. Doubt it's a drill on this very cold morning. Anyone know what's going on?
Item 2014-03-13 Region - Raritan Valley Commuter Trains in Westfield and region are not running. Buses at train station northside are provided. Tanker Crash In Newark Delays NJ TRANSIT Trains.Some rail commuters are facing delays following a tanker crash Thursday morning in Newark. The tanker burst into flames after colliding with a car on McCarter Highway adjacent to Amtraks Northeast Corridor rail line at about 1:45 a.m.That caused problems for Amtraks signals and overhead wires. Amtrak service is running with minor delays.NJ TRANSIT spokesman John Durso Jr. says Raritan Valley Line service faces delays up to an hour.
Item 2014-03-07 Cranford - Saturday, April 5, Join the Easter Bunny for an extra special breakfast. Sponsored by the Cranford Junior Woman's Club Fundraiser for the Scholarship Fund & General Philanthropic, there will be bagels, muffins and donuts for everyone! Children will color Easter pictures, make a simple craft and get their picture taken with the guest of honor, the Easter Bunny (please bring your own camera).
Two seatings at 9:30 am & 11:00 am at the Cranford Community Center. Tickets are available on line at ($7 per person) or $6 at the Cranford Library and Periwinkles.
Item 2014-03-06 Summit - The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is hosting an Art Afternoon: Gallery Walk & Talk on Sunday, March 30 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. For more information please visit or call 908-273-9121.
Item 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 Dancers, SPF Raider Music Department is going to preform, Bagpipers, Irish Coffee and Hot Toddy Station, Brian Kennedy is opening for Bloody Callan (one of the best Irish rock bands ever), 50/50, Silent auction, Door Prizes, and Raffles.
We are still looking for more Silent Auction donations so please contact me with anything cool that you think could raise money for this worthy cause. Volunteers are always needed, we have simple but very important jobs available the entire day. Doors open at 12:30! email to
Item 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 Room, Evergreen School (enter via Cedar Street). You will have an opportunity to provide input on future direction as well as current strengths and needs of the district. Additional meetings will be held on April 29 and May 15,2014.
Item 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 receive a 2.3 percent increase in school aid compared to last year. Overall, the governor has budgeted $13 billion in total state aid for education which is the highest level in state history.
Item 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 begin with a member's preview on Wed. March 12 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. New members may join the Friends at the door to gain access to the special preview. The sale continues on Thur., March 13 from 9 a.m.-8 p.m, a half-price day on Fri., March 14 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and then a $7 bag sale on Sat., March 15 from 9 a.m-3 p.m. The Friends are a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization supporting the programming at SPPL, and this annual book sale is its largest fundraiser, raising more than $132,000 to date to support the library. Further questions regarding the upcoming book sale can be directed to
Item 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 blueprint that makes the tough choices necessary to get our fiscal house in order. Instead of building upon the bipartisan deficit reduction agreements recently enacted by Congress, the President has chosen to abandon fiscal restraint altogether. His budget increases spending, adds more complexity to the U.S. tax code and lacks any reforms to lower our deficits and protect and preserve Social Security and Medicare for our Nation's senior citizens and future generations. The Obama Administration proposal spends too much, borrows too much and taxes too much to be considered a serious budget blueprint for the Nation."
"In the coming weeks, congressional Republicans will produce a real and responsible budget that balances, promotes job creations, reforms our tax code, protects our critical safety net programs and places our Nation on a glide path toward fiscal responsibility."
Item 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 or call 908-273-9121.
Item 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
Rd. The program will be presented by Mrs. Janet Kinney, who, among many impressive credentials, is a National Garden Club Flower Show Judge. Everyone may bring a small bouquet to be judged. It should be no larger than 8x8x8. Or you may just watch and listen. It will be great fun to wow your friends with you original arrangements. Refreshments will be served.
Item 2014-03-03 Region - If you want the weather report for your zip code, follow NOAA at ...they have been very accurate with every storm.
Example: Westfield:
* Today Light snow likely, mainly before 9am. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 24. North wind 11 to 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
* Tonight Mostly clear, with a low around 6. Wind chill values as low as -1. North wind 5 to 10 mph.
* Tuesday Increasing clouds, with a high near 26. Wind chill values as low as -3. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the afternoon.
* Tuesday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 15. Light and variable wind.
* Wednesday A slight chance of snow before 10am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38. East wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Item 2014-03-03 State - Governor Chris Christie Declares State of Emergency In Preparation For Winter Storm Titan. Governor Closes State Offices Monday For All Non-Essential Workers.
The storm is expected to continue through Monday, bringing heavy snow, freezing temperatures and mixed precipitation, as well as dangerous and icy conditions that will affect travel throughout the state for several days. A potential mixture of fallen trees, power outages and flooding is anticipated.
Item 2014-03-02 Region - Daylight Saving Time starts in the United States at most locations. Clocks "spring forward" one hour on Sunday, March 9. Daylight Saving Time ends, Sunday, November 2 where clocks "fall back" one hour.

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