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Item 2019-06-14 Westfield - A Delaware man was apprehended outside a Westfield elementary school when he was found to be in possession of a handgun and numerous rounds of ammunition Thursday afternoon, after classes had let out for the day, acting Union County Prosecutor Jennifer Davenport announced Friday. Thomas J. Wilkie, 46, of Bear, Delaware, is charged with second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon, fourth-degree possession of hollow-point bullets, and fourth-degree trespassing on school grounds. At approximately 3:55 p.m. on Thursday, Westfield Police Department patrol officers and detectives responded to Tamaques Elementary School on a report from the New Castle County Police Department in Delaware that a man later identified as Wilkie was en route to the school and may be armed, according to the preliminary investigation. The school was placed on lockdown as a precautionary measure, and to identify any other potential threats. Arriving officers located Wilkie in the front seat of his vehicle, a 2019 Mitsubishi SUV, parked in the schools parking lot, holding a .45-caliber handgun loaded with hollow-point bullets. Two additional loaded clips of ammunition were recovered from Wilkies person, while 130 additional rounds of ammunition were located in the vehicles trunk. Wilkie was lodged in Union County Jail pending a first appearance and detention hearing scheduled to take place the morning of Wednesday, June 19. Convictions on second-degree criminal charges are commonly punishable by 5 to 10 years in state prison. These criminal charges are mere accusations. Each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
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Item 2019-06-13 Scotch Plains - There will be a 5k race on 6/13/2019 at 7:00 pm which will result in road closures during the race and motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes where possible. Roads will be closing at approx. 630PM. Park Ave, Westfield Road and Henry St will be closed from Westfield Av to Mountain Ave during the race as well as several side streets as listed on the map. Officers will be present to assist traffic. The detour will be E2nd to Terrill Rd for Northbound traffic and Mountain Av to Hunter turn right onto Front St to Terrill for Southbound traffic.
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Item 2019-06-13 Scotch Plains - Best Friend Dog and Animal Adoption will continue their popular 50% off sale from Wed June 19th through Friday June 28th. Most items in the store will be 50% off. Some exceptions apply. The store is located at 1750 E. Second Street, Scotch Plains and is open from 10:00 to 4:00 Wed, Thurs, Fri and Sat. Tuesdays 11-2. We are having a clearance on our clothing merchandise where you can find items for as little as $1, $2 and $3. (applies only to our chart priced clothing) The Best Friend Rescue group is a not for profit organization run solely by volunteers.
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Item 2019-06-12 Westfield - Cocktails and Conversations, Public Hosted by Vote for Rich Bodmer Ward 2 Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 7:00 PM 11:00 PM EDT Stage House Tavern -Mountainside 1099 US Hwy 22 E, Mountainside, New Jersey 07092
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Item 2019-06-12 Rahway - Cory Booker Event Details: Saturday, June 15, 2019 12:00 PM 3:00 PM Rahway River Park St. George Avenue Rahway, New Jersey 07065
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Item 2019-06-11 Westfield - The Westfield Community Concert Band, under the direction of Dr. Thomas Connors, continues its 107th Summer Concert Series with a program celebrating the best of American music from Broadway, film and popular culture on Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in Mindowaskin Park.
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Item 2019-06-08 Scotch Plains - Take the AARP Driver Safety Course at JCC Central of NJ, Scotch Plains on June 14th(Friday) at 9:30am. The Driver Safety Course teaches valuable defensive driving strategies and provides a refresher of the rules of the road by trained volunteer. You may qualify for a multi-year automobile insurance discount by completing the course (check with your auto insurance agent for details) and/or reduce points. Although the course is designed for drivers age 50 or older, all ages are welcomed and will benefit from it! . The 6-hour classroom course costs $15 for AARP members and $20/non-members. Breakfast and light lunch will be co-sponsored by Arbor Terrace Mountainside & JCC Central of NJ. Space is limited, call(908)889-8800 to register.
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Item 2019-06-07 CRANFORD -- The New Jersey Department of Health is warning residents that anyone who visited the AristaCare Health Services Corporate Office, 245 Birchwood Ave, Cranford, on May 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. may have been exposed to measles. Anyone who visited the location should contact a health provider or emergency department immediately. If infected, symptoms could develop as late as Thursday, June 20.
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Item 2019-06-06 Westfield - The Junior Musical Club of Westfield will hold its annual Graduation Recital at the First Baptist Church, 170 Elm Street, Westfield, on Wednesday, June 12th, 2019, at 7:30 pm. The concert is open to the public free of charge. The recital celebrates high school seniors in the club about to leave for college.
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Item 2019-06-06 Summit - 50th Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, June 9th, 2019; New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble (NJDTE) celebrates its 50th Anniversary Season and Artistic Director Nancy Turanos 25th Anniversary. The event will include a studio naming for founding Artistic Director Alfredo Corvino, performances by current dancers, alumni and guest artists, and a garden party reception to honor the brilliant legacy of the past and vision for the future.
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Item 2019-06-05 Westfield - 300th Anniversary, a year long schedule of events, culminating in a town wide celebration in the early fall. We are in the process of forming a planning committee from the many volunteers. Well be announcing the committee soon, along with a community-wide Anniversary logo contest. In addition, I remain committed to fostering a community culture of inclusion and acceptance as evidenced by the strides weve made with forming a Seniors Council, Adaptive and Inclusivity Council, and a Mental Health Commission. Tonight, Im proud to send a loud message to the LGBTQ community that you too are welcome and accepted here by honoring LGBTQ Pride Month with a proclamation that will be accepted by members of the Westfield High School GSA and Folio. Earlier tonight, I was honored to raise the Pride flag in front of this building for the first time, where it will remain for the month of June. Shelley Brindle, Westfield Mayor
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Item 2019-06-03 TRENTON, N.J. Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick today called for an immediate special session of the Legislature to deal with high-density housing in the state. The courts high-density housing decisions impact schools, infrastructure and taxes in our communities and must be addressed immediately, Bramnick said.
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Item 2019-06-03 MJ Catanzaro tossed a four-hitter, Matt McCIntyre went 4-for-4, Sean Flynn rapped a pair of doubles and singled, and Andrew Caminiti drilled an influential double, while Victor Coustan initiated a key double play, as the Westfield High School baseball team won its second straight North Jersey, Section 2, Group 4 title with a 4-2 victory over Ridge on June 1.Read entire story in the June 6 edition of The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times.
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Item 2019-05-30 Opportunities that were exploited and a number of key defensive plays earned the eighth-seeded Westfield High School baseball team a 3-1 victory over the fourth-seeded Scotch Plains-Fanwood Raiders in the semifinal round of the North Jersey, Section 2, Group 4 Tournament in Scotch Plains on May 29. The Blue Devils' key defensive plays occurred in innings 1, 4 and 6, denying the 18-9 Raiders of any major rally, while they capitalized on Raider miscues to score once in each of innings 4, 6 and 7. Read entire story in the June 6 edition of The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times.
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Item 2019-05-28 TRENTON, N.J. In response to a Bloomberg state-to-state migration study that found New Jersey to be one of the biggest losers of income, Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick issued a warning to Trenton Democrats. To avoid losing more residents, we need to stop these tax-and-spend policies now, said Bramnick (R-Union). People are moving to states with lower costs of living and taking their good salaries with them - leaving the rest of us to hold the bag if this isnt fixed. According to the analysis, New Jerseys annual net income loss was $3.4 billion. It ranked third worst in the nation, just below New York and Illinois.
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Item 2019-05-24 The Somerville Pioneers scored twice in the top of the seventh inning then held on to edge the third-seeded Cranford Cougars, 2-1, in the quarterfinal round of the North Jersey, Section 2, Group 3 Tournament at Memorial Field in Cranford on May 23. The winning run came across on a balk call. The Cougars scored once in the fourth inning on a wild pitch. Read entire story in the May 30 edition of The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times
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Item 2019-05-20 Union County - Residents can learn about the local impacts of the national opioid crisis first-hand from representatives of the Union County Prosecutor, Sheriff, Police Division and other professionals by attending a free public meeting hosted by the Public Safety Committee of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders titled, The Opioid Epidemic: Silently Affecting Our Community. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 21, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the McManus School auditorium, at 300 Edgewood Road in Linden. Admission is free and no pre-registration is required. For more information contact Karen Dinsmore, Assistant Director, Union County Department of Human Services, kdinsmore@ucnj.org or 908-527-4809.
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Item 2019-05-20 Mountainside - Assemblyman Jon Bramnick is holding a Town Hall at Mountainside Borough Hall tonight at 7 p.m. The subject of the meeting is high density housing. The public is invited tonight at city hall in Mountainside at 7 pm
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Item 2019-05-20 Garwood - Street Fair is revving up to for a full day. The sixth annual Garwood Rocks street fair, hosted by the GreaterWestfield Area Chamber of Commerce (GWACC) will take place onSunday, June 2nd, 2019 from 10 AM - 6 PM (rain or shine)in downtown Garwood. This year the event has been extended to 6 pm. Center Street will be closed to traffic from South Avenue to Unami Park beginning at 7 AM.
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Item 2019-05-17 TRENTON, N.J. Gov. Phil Murphy conditionally vetoed the Dark Money bill (S1500) on Monday that would require independent expenditure committees to disclose sources of contributions of $10,000 or more. Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick says he would support an override of the governors conditional veto. This is an important piece of legislation that passed both houses with overwhelming bi-partisan support and would help restore the publics trust in government, said Bramnick (R-Union). I support the legislature overriding the governors conditional veto so we can increase transparency and shed light on who is influencing policy and elections. The Election Law Enforcement Commission reported that these groups spent nearly $50 million trying to influence state legislative and gubernatorial elections in 2017.
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Item 2019-05-16 TRENTON, N.J. The state treasurer announced this week that tax collections exceeded expectations resulting in $484 million in unexpected revenue for the current fiscal year. Today, Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick is calling on the governor to use the surplus to increase funding for NJ Transit by $250 million and return the remainder to New Jerseys taxpayers. We have an opportunity to substantially increase our investment in NJ Transit, improve service for commuters and provide tax relief to our residents, said Bramnick. Governor Murphy should join me by immediately earmarking the surplus for NJ Transit and tax relief.
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Item 2019-05-16 Patrick Cuccurullo pitched six strong innings and received offensive support from Mike Dieu, Dean Kirian, Angelo DiNizo and Josh Canavan as the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School baseball team earned its first Union County Tournament championship in 10 years with a 4-0 shutout over the AL Johnson Crusaders at Kean University in Union on May 15. Read entire story in the May 23 edition of The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times
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Item 2019-05-15 Mountainside - Please join Asm. Jon Bramnick for a discussion on solutions to the court mandated high density housing effecting our community. Monday, May 20th @ 7pm Mountainside Borough Hall 1385 Rt. 22 East Mountainside, NJ 07092
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Item 2019-05-15 Dates of demonstrations for new voting machines: Voters in Westfield and eight other municipalities will use the new machines starting with the Primary Election on June 4, and the remaining 12 municipalities will use them starting with the General Election in November. Demonstrations are being held Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the County Complex at 300 North Avenue East in Westfield. The updated list of one-day demonstrations is as follows: May 14 - Union Township Municipal Building, 1976 Morris Avenue, 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm May 16 - Mountainside Public Library, 1 Constitution Plaza, 3:00 pm - 7:30 pm May 19 - Kenilworth Street Fair, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm May 21 - Winfield Municipal Building, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm May 22 - Union Township Municipal Building, 1976 Morris Avenue 3:00 pm 7:00 pm May 23 - Berkeley Heights Public Library, 110 Roosevelt Avenue, 12:00 pm 8:00 pm May 24 - Garwood Public Library, 411 Third Avenue, 9:00 am -4:00 pm May 30 - Elizabeth Public Library, Elizabethport Branch, 101-110 3rd Street, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm June 1 - Rhythm & Blues by the Brook free public music festival at Cedar Brook Park, Plainfield 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm June 2 - Garwood Rocks (Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce), Center Street, Garwood 10:00 am - 6:00 pm In addition, a demonstration will be held during the annual Union County Women Mean Business seminar and networking event at The Clubhouse at Galloping Hill in Kenilworth on May 22. Registration for the event is required at ucnj.org/ucmb/2019. The new ExpressVote XL voting machines will be rolled out in two stages for the Primary and General elections.
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Item 2019-05-14 Westfield - The New Jersey Table Tennis Club, a non-profit club, will hold the 90th Annual N.J. State Table Tennis Championships this weekend Saturday May 18 and Sunday May 19, 2019 located at 226 North Avenue West, Westfield, N.J. This event is only for N.J. residents. The club has been in Westfield almost 50 years, open 7 days a week to players of all levels & run weekly leagues on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday nights, as well as monthly tournaments & coaching
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Item 2019-05-14 Cranford - The Police Department will be conducting a D.W.I. Checkpoint within the Township from 9pm on June 1st until 3am on June 2, 2019.
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Item 2019-05-13 Westfield - If you're looking for something fun to do, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Westfield is hosting their annual GreekFest. There will be Greek food, Greek dancing, a Greek Market, and lots more. This year admissions proceeds will benefit the Westfield EMTs; the Westfield PBA; and the Orthodox Christian Mission Center. Come visit us from Friday, May 31st at 5pm until Sunday, June 2nd at 2pm at 250 Gallows Hill Road. Come for a great time. And remember, everyone can be Greek for a day at GreekFest! For more info, go to NJGreefest.com thats https://www.njgreekfest.com/. Admission: $2.00
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Item 2019-05-13 Linden - The Public Safety Committee of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites all members of the public, and all community stakeholders, to attend a countywide Town Hall meeting on the opioid epidemic. The meeting, titled The Opioid Epidemic: Silently Affecting Our Community, will be held on Tuesday, May 21, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the McManus School auditorium, at 300 Edgewood Road in Linden. It is designed to provide the public with an open discussion about the scope and nature of opioid abuse in Union County, and an assessment of the tools that are available to fight it. The Public Safety Committee and members of the public will hear reports from Union County law enforcement, public officials and professionals, including representatives from the nonprofit organization Prevention Links and other stakeholders. For more information contact Karen Dinsmore, Assistant Director, Union County Department of Human Services, kdinsmore@ucnj.org or 908-527-4809.
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Item 2019-05-12 Small ball turned big results for the sixth-seeded Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School baseball team in its Union County Tournament semifinal game with the second-seeded Governor Livingston Highlanders at Kean University in Union on May 11. Dallas Lorenzetti's perfectly placed bunt earned him a single and forced the hand of Highlander pitcher John Grill which resulted in an overthrow and two Raiders scuffing home plate in the second inning en route to a 6-2 victory. Senior pitcher Danny Wilkinson limited the GL power machine to just three hits, while striking out 10 batters. Read entire story in the May 16 edition of The Westfield leader and The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times
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