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Item 2018-12-18 Fanwood - The annual Reorganization Meeting for the Mayor and Council will take place January 1, 2019, 12 noon at Council chambers. Newly elected Council member Trisha Walsh will be sworn in, along with Councilwoman Erin McElroy Barker who was re-elected. The public is invited to the ceremony and to a reception following.

Item 2018-12-17 Trenton - Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick is tired of waiting for the Legislature to act on New Jerseyans top concerns prior to the final legislative session of the year. There are seventy-one bills on the agenda today and not one addresses making the state more affordable for the middle class who are leaving our state, said Bramnick (R-Union). New Jersey is too expensive and people continue to make plans to leave. We cannot continue to meet in Trenton and not address the costs of living here.

Item 2018-12-16 Junior Faith Dobosiewicz's steal that led to a driving layup late in the second quarter sparked a third-quarter fire that blazed the Westfield High School girls basketball team to a 57-41 victory over Union Catholic in the home opener on December 14. Dobosiewicz finished with eight steals and a game-leading 12 points, senior Lily Maz had eight points and five assists, and freshman Grace Klag had a team-leading 12 rebounds. See complete story in the December 20 edition of The Westfield Leader.

Item 2018-12-16 Area - The next event of the Newark Flycasting club will have a booth for information at the Garden state outdoor sports show January 10-13 2019 at the NJ convention center in Edison, NJ. Raffle tickets will be available there to purchase to win a fishing trip to canada with lodging as well as other prizes. tickets cost $5. The Newark bait and Flycasting club was founded in 1907 and remains the oldest fishing clubs in the nation. We provide outings to support veterans, adults and children as well as people with disabilities. We provide environmental education,knowledge, and practice through our events. We are always looking for new members, donations, and volunteers if anyone would like to get involved. Some of our events include our second Saturday in April fishing derby at echo lake in mountainside,NJ, our people with disabilities fishing outing at echo lake in mountainside in September. Our tricky tray fundraiser held at the Kenilworth vfw where we also hold our monthly meetings the first Tuesday of each month (except july and august) located at 33 S. 21st Street Kenilworth, NJ.We are listed on Amazon smile and are a recognized 501(c)(3) Check out our website or facebook page for more information.

Item 2018-12-14 Westfield - The Town of Westfield will provide complimentary parking at designated on-street meters and parking lots from December 15, 2018 through January 1, 2019. The meters and the pay stations will be covered during this time, and free parking is available for up to 2 hours at on-street metered spaces and up to 4 hours in the pay station lots. The Town of Westfield is enforcing the time limits. Anyone exceeding the time limits may be ticketed.

Item 2018-12-14 Westfield - First Congregational Church invites visitors to celebrate Christmas week at any of our holiday worship celebrations in the sanctuary at 125 Elmer Street in Westfield. Christmas Eve services on Monday, December 24, will begin with the annual childrens pageant at 5 p.m. At 10 p.m., there will be a traditional candlelight service of scripture, song and story. Christmas morning will be celebrated on Tuesday, December 25 with a 10 a.m. worship service. A family-style worship celebration on Sunday, December 30, at 10 a.m. will feature scripture readings, an old-fashioned Carol Sing and Ask the Minister, a popular feature where the congregation is invited to pose questions directly to the clergy. First Congregational Church, a member of the United Church of Christ, welcomes people of every race, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, physical or psychological ability and theological tradition. The sanctuary is accessible by a wheelchair ramp and offers a hearing loop for the hearing impaired. For additional information, please call (908) 233-2494 or visit

Item 2018-12-14 Scotch Plains - has scheduled their Reorganization Meeting for Tuesday, January 1, 2019. The Reorganization Meeting will begin at 12:00 P.M. This meeting will be held at the Township Municipal Building, 430 Park Avenue, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076.

Item 2018-12-14 Cranford - Patrolmen Daniel Donnerstag and Nicholas Cook were on patrol around 3:46 a.m., early Monday morning, when they were dispatched to a call for a pregnant woman in labor. Ruth Orozco had gone into labor in her Cranford home. Contractions were only a minute apart and the babys head had begun crowning. Patrolman Donnerstag, an EMT and 5-year veteran of the force, quickly arrived on scene and assessed the situation, making a determination that their time was limited and the delivery would need to occur in the home. Patrolman Donnerstag calmly assisted with the delivery of the baby boy, and everyone, including the newborns parents, were relieved when the baby began to cry. Patrolman Cook and two additional officers who responded to the home, Patrolmen Pasternak and McSharry, all took part in comforting the newborn and his parents until the Cranford First Aid Squad arrived on scene. The Cranford First Aid Squad took the baby boy and mother to Overlook Hospital, Summit for evaluation. The proud parents, Steven and Ruth Orozco of Cranford are now home and said, baby Louis is healthy as they expressed their gratitude to the responding officers for their actions.

Item 2018-12-13 Westfield - The Organization Meeting of the Town Council of the Town of Westfield for the year 2019 will be held on Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 6:30 PM in the Council Chambers of the Westfield Municipal Building, 425 East Broad Street, Westfield, New Jersey.

Item 2018-12-13 Westfield - Sign up early to have your Christmas tree removed by Westfield students is the message from the music department at Westfield High School. The yearly January collection by the Westfield High School Band and Choir students is oversubscribed every year and many residents miss out because they try to register too late. For just $20, the music students will remove your tree from the curbside outside your home on Sunday, January 6 and take it to the Conservation Center. To make a reservation, email Reservations will not be accepted after December 31 and may have to close earlier if too many requests are made. Trees should be placed at the curbside at the front of your home by 9am on January 6 with cash or a check (made out to WHS Music) for $20 attached to the tree or placed in your mailbox. This fundraiser supports over 400 Westfield music students in reaching their musical goals throughout the school year by providing funding for equipment, clinicians and performance trips. If you have questions regarding the collection, email or contact WHS Band Director Chris Vitale at 908-789-4500 x4551.

Item 2018-12-13 Westfield - Notice is hereby given of a Special Meeting of the Board of Education of the Town of Westfield, in the County of Union, New Jersey, at 5:00 p.m., on the evening of Tuesday, December 18, 2018, in the Board Room of the Administration Building, 302 Elm Street, Westfield, New Jersey. The Board will move immediately into private session.

Item 2018-12-13 Westfield - Mayor Shelley Brindle announced that Christopher Battiloro has been named Westfield Chief of Police, effective December 12. After an extensive and thorough search process, Town Administrator Jim Gildea made the recommendation, which received the consent of the Mayor and the unanimous approval of the Town Council. Im honored to accept this role and represent a department of so many exceptional public servants, said Battiloro. I look forward to building further community engagement between the Police Department and the residents of Westfield, and remain committed to the highest standards with which I have been entrusted by the Mayor and Town Council. Battiloro joined the Westfield Police Department in 1997 as a Patrol Officer and, in his 21 years of service, has held a variety of roles, completed a broad range of specialized training, and has received numerous commendations, including two Westfield Police Department Life Saving Awards and four Westfield Police Department Command Citation Awards. Most recently, he served as Captain of Police as the commanding officer of the Administrative Division from 2013 to his August 2018 appointment as Acting Chief of Police. Chief Battiloro is a graduate of Westfield High School and Clemson University, and resides in Cranford with his wife and three children. Chief Battiloro will be formally sworn in at the Towns Annual Reorganization Meeting on January 3 at 6:30pm.

Item 2018-12-13 Trenton - Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick will speak with reporters about why one-party rule is taking New Jersey in the wrong direction immediately following his testimony on the Democrats redistricting proposal. Bramnick will be available outside committee room 11 on the fourth floor of the Statehouse Annex. The hearing begins at 11 a.m.

Item 2018-12-13 The Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School girls swim team nipped the visiting Chatham Cougars, 86-84,at the Fanwood-Scotch Plains "Y" on December 12, while the Raider boys demolished the Cougars, 113-57. A Raider sweep in the 100-breaststroke set the stage for the girls to silence the Cougars. The Raider boys won 10 of the 11 events, including all three relays, to remove the chat from Chatham. The Raider boys also swept the 100-free and the 100-back. See complete stories in the December 20 issue of The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times

Item 2018-12-13 Elizabeth - The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the County Manager invite you to the annual Christmas Carol Sing-a-long Around the Tree on Monday, December 24nd, at 11:00 a.m. The event will be held outside Assignment Judge Karen Cassidys Chambers at the Union County Courthouse building, 2 Broad Street, Elizabeth, NJ. Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados is the master of ceremonies, and County Manager Ed Oatman will deliver welcoming remarks. The event includes caroling, musical entertainment, and a visit from Santa. County employees Bill Lee will sing, and Glenn Merritt will play keyboards. The Raritan Valley Jerseyaires will also perform.

Item 2018-12-13 Eighteen Westfield High School student musicians have been selected to perform with the Central Jersey Music Educators Association (CJMEA) Region II orchestra and chorus, after rigorous auditions that included the top musical talent from high schools in Hunterdon, Monmouth, Mercer, Somerset, Middlesex and Union counties. Senior Kevin Li (violin), sophomore Kelly Eagan (bass) and freshman Amy Xiao (violin) will perform with the CJMEA Region II Orchestra at a concert on January 6, 2019. Selected to perform with the CJMEA Region II Chorus are the following student vocalists: Seniors Charlotte Geary, Joseph Maldonado who scored 1st in the Tenor 2 Section, and Matthew Siroty who scored 1st in the Tenor 1 Section and tied for the highest score overall. Juniors Daniel Andrade, Roselyne Garabete, Vincent Mora and Rachel Seiden who scored 4th in the Alto 2 Section. Sophomores Russell Cohen, Sam Horvath, Zaria Katz, Matthew Meixner who scored 4th in the Tenor 1 Section, and Aishik Palit. Freshmen Anna DAngelo, Kayla Louison, and Joshua Madera who scored 2nd in the Tenor 2 Section.

Item 2018-12-12 Westfield - Join Rabbi Lila Kagedan, the first female Rabbi hired by an Orthodox synagogue, for a special evening where she will speak about her personal journey to the rabbinate, as well as the halachic basis supporting women in the rabbinate. The evening will be a combination of text, personal narrative and Q&A.This event will take place at Temple Emanu-El located at 756 East Broad Street, Westfield NJ 07090 on January 13 at 7:30 PM. For more information, please go to:

Item 2018-12-11 Garwood - Joseph Gola from Garwood. Our church, St. Annes of Garwood is having a Nativity lighting on Saturday Dec 15th, at 5:30 pm. I was wondering if it would be possible for a photographer and possibly a reporter to come and take a picture to put in the next issue of your newspaper. Our pastor, Monsignor Ronald Marczewski has done so much for our parish since coming here 2 1/2 years ago, I thought this would be something special for him. Our town hall has a menorah and Christmas tree, but no nativity. I can be reached at my cell most times @ 908-451-3586. Thanking you in advance for your consideration on this. Happy Holidays Joe Gola

Item 2018-12-11 Cranford - There is a meeting of Cranford cell tower opponents with Assemblyman Jon Bramnick? It is tonight at 7:30 pm at Cranford Community Ctr.

Item 2018-12-10 Cranford - Postal Employee Commended for Thwarting Two Fraud Cases The Cranford Police Department would like to officially thank Cranford Post Office employee, Jennifer Goodwin, for her efforts in preventing two separate fraud cases within the Township of Cranford. Within a two-week span, Mrs. Goodwin intercepted two elderly Cranford residents, at the Cranford Post Office, who were sending cash through the mail for activity linked to scams. Mrs. Goodwin, suspicious of the circumstances she was confronted with, quickly alerted the Cranford Police Department and in doing so, prevented these residents from becoming victims of these common scams and fraud schemes aimed at the elderly population. Chief Ryan Greco of the Cranford Police Department was thankful for Mrs. Goodwins actions stating, her involvement in these fraud cases was exemplary and she should be commended for her actions. Mrs. Goodwin is a resident of Cranford and a 20-year veteran of the Cranford Post Office.

Item 2018-12-07 Westfield - The 8th Annual Children and Teen book sale hosted by the Friends of the Westfield Memorial Library was a big hit this year. The sale generated almost $2,900, all of which will go toward funding programs at the library. The wonderful selection of books and media created a great place for readers to shop thanks to the communitys generous donations. The sale began on Halloween and to begin the holiday festivities, a librarian visited our Story Time Corner and read Halloween stories to our youngest readers. In addition, children visiting the sale in costume were permitted to choose a free book to take home. Throughout the sale, volunteers read to children in our Story Time Corner, providing parents and guardians time to shop at their leisure. A heartfelt thank you to the 35 volunteers who truly made the book sale happen. Their efforts were appreciated by the sale organizers and by the parents and children who used the talents of the volunteers to help them find exactly what they were looking for, from a favorite board book to a Caldecott or Newbery award-winning classic. We look forward to their dedication and energy during the spring sale from April 24 - May 4. A special thank you goes out to the Board of Education and the Westfield Public Library for their logistical support and Trader Joe's for their donations for Bag Day. For more information on the Friends of the Westfield Memorial Library or to volunteer during the spring sale please contact the Friends at

Item 2018-12-07 Cranford - The Thursday Cranford Senior group is seeking new members. The group offers many fun activities such as trips, luncheons, bingo etc.! Spend time with old friends, build new friendships and socialize within the Cranford Community. Please contact Lori-Ann Donnelly, Senior Citizen Program Coordinator at (908) 709-7283.

Item 2018-12-06 Scotch Plains - St. Bartholomew Church in Scotch Plains, NJ is proud to present the 16th Annual Parish Christmas Concert on Saturday, December 15 at 7:00pm. The adult and childrens choirs will perform with a chamber orchestra, a contemporary band, and special guests in the beautiful acoustics of the church. Local bluegrass group Dollr Hollr will play prelude music beginning at 6:30pm and the main concert will begin at 7:00pm. Concert-goers can enjoy old, familiar carols, contemporary holiday tunes, and unexpected arrangements of traditional songs, as well as a sing-along portion. Admission is free, but a suggested $10 donation supports to the music ministry.

Item 2018-12-06 Hoboken - Santa Train; WHEN: Friday, December 7 at 9:15 a.m. 10:15 a.m. Train departs WHERE: Hoboken Terminal 1 Hudson Pl. Hoboken, NJ The Santa Train will begin and end its day at Hoboken Terminal

Item 2018-12-04 Westfield - The Westfield Historical Society will set up as gift wrappers for Lord & Taylor, Westfield shoppers. Gift wrapping dates are scheduled for Dec. 15, 16, 22, 23 & 24 from 10am-6pm (more, if we have volunteers). This is a fund raiser for the Westfield Historical Society and we count on our volunteers to do the gift-wrapping. Wrapping paper and supplies are provided. The WHS gift-wrap tables are usually set up near the Kiehl's cosmetics counter. Sign-up slots are for 2 hours. Please sign up for as many as you wish. Thank you, in advance, for any time you can give in helping.

Item 2018-12-04 Westfield - Ice Skating Rink, The "Listening Session" between the Gumbert Neighborhood residents and the rink owner (and town administrator) is scheduled for tomorrow at 7:30pm in the Town Council Chambers. There are dozens of people from the area planning to attend. I hope that The Leader can be there.

Item 2018-12-04 Nation - President George Herbert Walker Bush will always represent the best America has to offer. Class, dignity, public service, civility and statesmanship will live on in America. There is no force on earth strong enough to rob our American culture of theses important qualities. Asm. Jon Bramnick

Item 2018-12-04 Jersey City - James C. DeAngelo, 85, Principal of Saint Peters Prep in Jersey City, has announced that the following local residents earned honor roll status for the first marking period of 2018-2019: Cranford: James Anderson, '19, Patrick Keenaghan, '19, Jacob Quinones, '19, Andrew Schmutter, '20, John Scheurer, '21, Ryan Cotter, '22, Charles Dino, '22, and Alexander Puhak, '22 earned First Honors. Timothy Garcia, '19, Andre Carcamo, '21, Patrick O'Shea, '21, and Brian Kealey, '22 earned Second Honors. Honorable Mention was attained by Owen Kealey, '19, James McGann, '19, Liam Concannon, '20, and Michael Scheurer, '21. Fanwood: Aidan Christman, '20 earned First Honors. Honorable Mention was attained by Patrick Corrao, '20, Connor McElroy Barker, '21, and Russ StaRosa, '22. Mountainside: Kyle Hess, '19 earned First Honors and Jay Post, '20 earned Second Honors. Scotch Plains: Ethan MacMillan, '20 earned First Honors and Aidan Guarnuccio, '20 earned an Honorable Mention. Westfield: Patrick Johnston, '29, Aidan Lezynski, '29, Salvatore Imbornone, '20, Brian Mikovits, '20, Jack Riley, '20, Kevin Tierney, '20, Ryan Della Rocco, '21, and John Thorburn, '21 earned First Honors. John Pettit, '19, William Pikus, '19, Colin Elliott, '20, Colin Brancatella, '21, Henry Brown, '21, and Cyril Maliakal, '22 earned Second Honors. Honorable Mention was attained by Christian Della Rocco, '19, Christopher Larkin, '20, and Liam Mooney, '21. First Honors is awarded to students with an average of A or higher (4.0) and no grade lower than a C. Second Honors is awarded to students with an average at or above the midpoint between A and B+ (3.7) and no grade lower than a C. Honorable Mention is awarded to students with an average of B+ or higher (3.5) and no grade lower than a C.

Item 2018-12-04 Garwood - The Garwood Knights of Columbus are conducting a Toy Drive through December. Donations of brand new, unwrapped toys on behalf of St. Joseph's Social Services Center in Elizabeth can be dropped off from 4:00-6:00 pm, weekdays, Sundays after 1:00 pm at the Council Hall, 37 South Ave. Garwood. Parking is available behind the building off Willow Avenue (Turn at Pet Supplies Plus). Use side door entrance. Monetary donations make payable to "The Garwood KofC Toy Drive, Att: Keith Gallagher. Please, No toys depicting violence, guns, dolls exploiting women, or old stuffed animals donated, respectfully. For information, call the Knights at 908-789-9809 after 4:00 pm or Keith Gallagher at 908-789-0931 For more information on St. Joseph's Social Services Center go to Youtube "Homeless in Elizabeth," parts one and two, or visit

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