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Item 2017-05-27 New Jersey - Moody's warns multi-billion-dollar N.J. deficits are looming. Most thinking New Jerseyans have been warning for a couple of decades that the "sky is falling" and that severe changing of ways is necessary, or that inevitable bankruptcy is the least painful, preferred mode of death to be sought. Looming, having financial death happen sooner than later is the kinder of mercy. Many former residents have taken action to ward off this impending doom - by relocating to Florida and elsewhere. However, many are left behind (and that's exactly where the shaft will be inserted). The cancer is so deep because our leaders are worthless; and have been such for decades; refusing to recognize that the king has no clothes; preferring to reap their ill-gotten gains; self-stroking their egos; turning their heads in the face of fraud; doing only the expedient while hardly giving a passing thought to right and wrong. And so, if you care to, vote June 6 in the Primary election, Democrat or Republican; does it matter? Sometimes one gets frustrated by being powerless? What is it going to take to start getting things fixed? Pitchforks and torches? a wall?

Item 2017-05-26 SCOTCH PLAINS -- Police found more than $60,000 in illegal drugs and arrested two residents in a bust at a township home on Wednesday. At 4 a.m. on May 24, detectives from Scotch Plains Police, the Union County Prosecutor's Office Narcotics Strike Force, and the Union County Special Weapons and Tactics Team executed a search warrant at 518 Forepaugh Avenue link =>

Item 2017-05-26 Area - re:, The Rutgers survey since New Jersey legalized online gambling in 2013 shows the percentage of residents considered to have a "gambling disorder" is now three times what it is elsewhere.

Item 2017-05-25 Westfield - The 7th Annual Sister Pat's Charity Wiffle Ball Tournament this year will be at Tamaques Park this Friday, May 26th at 3:15pm. We expect a great turn out this year, with over 200 players participating. In fact, we have a team which includes Mayor Skibitsky, and Councilmen Della Fera, Donnelly, LoGrippo, and Oliveira. It would be great if The Leader could come and cover this event. Thanks, Michael Birle

Item 2017-05-25 Washington DC - NJ Transit has been awarded a $10 million dollar federal grant from the Positive Train Control Grant Program. Positive Train Control (PTC) is an automated backup safety system to combat human error in operations and improve reliability. by Rep. Lance

Item 2017-05-24 Trenton - Asm. Jon Bramnick (Westfield) said, It is time to stop sending taxpayer dollars to over-funded towns and help other communities with more state dollars. We can only solve the property tax crisis by addressing the school funding issue. Legislators should stay in Trenton until it is done. Time has run out. Republicans are ready to move forward.

Item 2017-05-24 Garwood - The fourth annual Garwood Rocks! street fair, hosted by the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce (GWACC), will take place on Sunday, June 4th, 2017 from 10 AM - 5 PM (rain or shine) in downtown Garwood. Center Street will be closed to traffic from South Avenue to Unami Park.

Item 2017-05-24 Garwood - Take notice that the mayor and council of the Borough of Garwood will hold a special meeting on Monday, June 5, 2017, at 5:00 p.m., council chambers, municipal building, 403 south avenue, garwood, nj. The purpose of meeting is for considering and adopting a resolution for professional engineering services in conjunction with the water infiltration matter at the michael r. Crincoli recreation building located in the garwood sports and recreation complex. Action will be taken.

Item 2017-05-24 Cranford - Misc.: Registration begins Saturday, June 17, for the childrens summer reading program at the Cranford Public Library, Mr. Giblin noted. A public piano donated by the Lafferty family is to be unveiled Friday, June 9, at Eastman Plaza, Mr. Giblin said. May was proclaimed Preeclampsia Month by the committee. Fifteen years ago I almost lost my twin boys and wife to something I should have known about, so please be aware, Commissioner Kalnins said. Signs of preeclampsia include swelling of the hands and face, headache, changes in vision, nausea or vomiting, upper right belly pain, difficulty breathing, gasping, or panting, among other signs. Members of Moms Demand Action, Alice Feahey, Jennifer Gilman and Patti Fico were given a proclamation in recognition of National Gun Violence Awareness Day, which is Friday, June 2, when people are encouraged to wear orange to bring awareness to gun violence. Temple Beth-El Mekor Chayim of Cranford was recognized with a proclamation in celebration of its 100th anniversary.

Item 2017-05-24 Cranford - Mayors Council on the Rahway River Watershed is to hold a meeting in Cranford at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 24,

Item 2017-05-24 Cranford - Hartz Mountain is to be heard for a zoning variance on Walnut Ave--900 units in what is now a commercial zone! This is across the street from the new shopping plaza in Clark.

Item 2017-05-23 Westfield - The Genealogical Society of the West Fields invites you to join Newark Public Library's Thomas Ankner on June 8, 2017 for an exciting talk about the library's extensive collection of genealogy and local history materials. The meeting will be held at 1:00 pm in the Westfield Memorial Library located at 550 East Broad Street, Westfield, NJ. The Newark Public Library, New Jersey's largest public library, has been collecting materials related to New Jersey since the early 20th century. Thomas Ankner is a reference librarian in the Charles F. Cummings New Jersey Information Center at the Newark Public Library. He is vice president of the History & Preservation section of the New Jersey Library Association. Tom is also a professional genealogist. He is a past vice president of the New Jersey chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and a past trustee of the Genealogical Society of New Jersey. Light refreshments served after the program

Item 2017-05-23 Westfield - High School Class of 1988 is making plans for their 30th class reunion to be held on Saturday, November 24, 2018 at Shackamaxon Country Club. Please visitClass of 88 reunion website at to catch up, register for the reunion, view photos, and view details of the event. Visit the classmates page and update your own information and provide your current email address. Please also contact anyone from our class that you keep in touch with and direct them to the reunion website in an effort to build a current classmate database to be used for future correspondence about our 30 year reunion.

Item 2017-05-22 Manhattan - Graphic Video of Times Square Mad Man Driver injuring innocent pedestrians - warning graphic content.

Item 2017-05-21 Univ. of N. Carolina - Chloe Bryen, a graduating senior in Psychology and Neuroscience, is the recipient of the 2017 Dashiell-Thurstone Prize, awarded each year for the best senior honors thesis, as judged by a faculty committee.

Item 2017-05-19 Union County - Vote is No Mountain Bikes Allowed in Watchung Reservation. The Union County Freeholders voted 5 to 3, with 1 abstention, to disapprove of mountain bikes in the Watchung Reservation. Chairman Bergen, Vice-chairman Grenados, Freeholders Carter, Kowalski and Wright voted in favor of disapproval.Freeholders Estrada, Hudak and Mirabella voted to allow mountain bikes. Freeholder Jalloh abstained on the basis that he did not have enough information.

Item 2017-05-18 Cranford - Under the new leadership of The Reverend Andy Kruger, Priest-in-Charge, the Vestry of Trinity Episcopal Church, 119 Forest Avenue Cranford, NJ has decided to withdraw its application to expand its off-street church parking lot and redirect the funds for the project to enhancing the facilities and programs of the Trinity Episcopal Day School (TEDS). God calls us to love our neighbors, said Father Andy. It is very clear that our parking lot expansion, though within our rights, has greatly upset some of our neighbors. In light of Gods call, we have chosen to withdraw our parking lot application and to use the funds to enhance and expand the programs at TEDS, our day school. We have been very blessed with the generosity of parishioner Arthur A. Patchett, Ph.D., to make this possible, Father Andy continued. Over the coming months, Father Andy will work together with the Trinity Vestry and TEDS Board to determine the best use of the funds to have the biggest impact on TEDS students and the community. Trinity Episcopal Church is a family church that has been serving the Cranford area families since 1872. Sunday services, celebrated by Reverend Andy Kruger Trinitys Priest-in-Charge, are at 8 AM and 10 AM. For more information about Trinity please call 908-276-4047 or visit Trinity Episcopal Day School (TEDS) is a state licensed facility serving children from 2 1/2 years through Kindergarten, providing a nurturing, learning environment which promotes intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual and physical growth. For more information about TEDS, please cal 908-276-2881 or visit

Item 2017-05-18 Cranford - High School performing arts community is raising money to fight a disease that has taken two young Cranford residents in the last few years. Call for a Cure, a concert started in remembrance of Colin Maher, will be a 7:30pm Tuesday, June 6 at the Cranford High School. The concert, started by Cara Costa five years ago, will feature students and alumni from the talented Cranford community. Admission is $10 at the door; $5 for students. For advance ticket sales, e-mail All the money raised in ticket and bake sales goes to the Friends of Colin, a non-profit formed to raise money specifically to fight Ewings Sarcoma, a pediatric bone cancer that is often fatal. Friends of Colin was formed after the death of Colin Maher. Donations also can be made to Friends of Colin at 365 Retford Ave., Cranford, New Jersey 07016.

Item 2017-05-17 Westfield - The Rescue Squad is going to offer an Open House event at the squad house on Memorial Day and we would like to get the word out. Would you be able to promote/publicize the event with our flyer in The Westfield Leader? The open house will consist of a tour of the new ambulance in addition to a tour of our building for those who are interested. This is a free event and is not meant to promote anything other than an interest in the Rescue Squad. Please let me know if you can help. Thanks. Best, David Sloan

Item 2017-05-17 Rosemont, PA Rosemont College celebrated its 94th Commencement on Saturday, May 13, 2017. The constant rain did not stop the 234 graduates of the Schools of Graduate and Professional Studies and Undergraduate College from celebrating the significant milestone in their lives. David Watson (Bryn Mawr, PA) graduated with a M.B.A. with a concentration in strategic leadership. He studied abroad at Oxford University and extends his thanks to Bonnie Watson (mother) and Mark Watson (father). J. Eustace Wolfington served as this years Commencement speaker and was granted an honorary doctoral degree by the Colleges Board of Trustees. Wolfington founded the company Half-a-Car, (HAC Group) in 1980 and, in 1982, introduced the Customer for Life concept to the Ford Motor Company. After selling The HAC Group in 2000, he became President of Cabrini Asset Management in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. The College also granted honorary degrees to two alumnae, Margo Barry Polett, a 1961 graduate of the Undergraduate College, and Ann E. Myhr, a 1997 and 1999 graduate of the Schools of Graduate and Professional Studies.

Item 2017-05-17 Cranford - The residents surrounding Trinity Church on Hamilton Avenue, Arlington Road, Sylvester Street and Forest Avenue need our help and support. Please come to the Cranford Zoning Board meeting on Monday, May 22, at 8 pm in the Municipal Building to offer your support to those against the parking lot. For further details of this issue, please go to Cranford Development

Item 2017-05-16 New Providence - Summer programs at NJ Intergenerational Orchestra begin on June 8th with the first of two Chamber Music Workshops and Flute Choir. These workshops provide the perfect opportunity for music students of all ages and abilities to explore the artistry of chamber music while gaining confidence and skills as a musician. Open to strings, woodwinds, brass, and piano. Call (908) 603-7691, email or visit for more information.

Item 2017-05-15 Fanwood - Police officers will join with police from around the country in cracking down on unbuckled motorists and passengers as part of the national Click it or Ticket campaign. Beginning May 22 and running through June 4, the annual Click It or Ticket national mobilization utilizes high visibility seat belt checkpoints and saturation patrols, in combination with local and national publicity efforts, to reiterate the life-saving value of seat belts. Using a seat belt is the simplest way for a driver and his or her passengers to protect themselves when traveling, said Gary Poedubicky, Acting Director of the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety. "In 2015, it is estimated that 14,000 lives were saved nationally by the proper use of seat belts. Poedubicky added that a key focus of this years campaign is to promote seat belt usage by adults in all seating positions in the vehicle, both front AND rear seats. The front seat belt usage rate in New Jersey currently stands at 93.35%. However, adults riding in rear seats are buckling up at a significantly lower rate. For whatever reason there seems to be a disconnect with people feeling they dont need to buckle up when riding as a passenger in rear seats, and this is a concern, he said. During the 2016 Click it or Ticket campaign, 387 New Jersey police agencies participated in the two-week initiative. As a result of the effort, law enforcement officers issued 26,551 seat belt citations, 5,517 speeding summonses and made 876 impaired driving arrests.

Item 2017-05-12 Westfield - All Parents Encouraged to Attend Workshop: "Getting High Naturally"; science-based approach to substance abuse prevention; When: Monday, May 15, 2017, 7:00 - 8:00 PM; Where : Westfield High School Auditorium; Who: Matt Bellace, Ph.D., has been a youth motivational speaker and stand-up comedian.

Item 2017-05-11 Union County - ( Police in two Union County towns are warning residents about burglars posing as water utility workers to get into homes. Roselle and Rahway police sent out community notices to alert residents to recent burglaries involving a fake water company employee approaching people and telling them there's a problem with their service.

Item 2017-05-10 Westfield - A Tour of Notable Homes; presented by The Friends of New Jersey Festival Orchestra; Saturday, May 13; 10 am to 3pm. All proceeds to benefit New Jersey Festival Orchestra. Tickets available at Barons Drugs and Town Book Store in Westfield; Christoffers Florist in Mountainside; Normans Hallmark in Fanwood; Periwinkles in Cranford. For more information go to

Item 2017-05-10 Summit - The City of Summit is looking for volunteers to help with light tree trimming. Thank you in advance for sharing this information. Volunteer to help keep Summits tree population strong The Shade Tree Advisory Committee is looking to assemble a small group of volunteers to help with the removal of tree suckers (small branches that grow at the base and on the trunk of trees) from the citys tree population. Volunteers will receive training and can work on their own schedule. No climbing on ladders or use of power tools necessary. Please contact John Kilby, Summit Shade Tree Committee Chair, at

Item 2017-05-10 Scotch Plains - World War II Veterans Named Co-Grand Marshals of Scotch Plains-Fanwood Memorial Day Parade Longtime Fanwood residents Joe Nagy and Ed Miller will serve as co-grand marshals of the Scotch Plains-FanwoodMemorial Day Parade on Monday, May 29. The parade will also honor the service of Alan Ebersole, who had accepted the honor to be a co-grand marshal this year but died in late April at age 94. The parade commemorates the sacrifices of fallen service men and women.

Item 2017-05-10 Cranford - See 9 to 5, The Musical, at CDC Theatre, 78 Winans Ave in Cranford, NJ. Based on the 1980 hit movie with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton this hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era is outrageous, thought-provoking, and even a little romantic. Tickets and information at

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