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Item 2016-10-24 Garwood - The Lions Club of Garwood is calling out to all local Ghosts and Ghouls to participate in the Annual Halloween Parade/Costume contest to be held on Halloween Night. Participants are asked to assemble at the intersection of Willow Ave. and Center Street with the parade stepping off at 7:00PM, Monday, October 31. The parade with proceed to the Lincoln School where costumes will be judged and prizes to be awarded to include an adult catagory. Though the Lions are best known for recycling used eyeglasses, this international service organization also sponsors the boroughs annual Halloween parade and many youth activities to include baseball and scouting as well as awarding scholarships. . To learn more about Lionism and obtain information about membership, please call Peggy Briggs at (l908) 654-4977.

Item 2016-10-22 Cranford - Due to inclement weather, the Great Pumpkin Carve Out, scheduled today in Cranford, will be postponed. The new date is Saturday October 29. Thank you in advance for communicating this to your readers/audience

Item 2016-10-21 Scotch Plains - The candidates forum, sponsored by The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times, will take place on Wednesday, October 26 at the municipal building in the council chambers. Scotch Plains TV will broadcast live, and also re-broadcast the program in the weeks leading up to election day on November 8. Start time is 7:00 pm. FORMAT Council candidates. First up will be the two council candidates: Ted Spera and Luisa Bianco. We anticipate that this segment will last 20-25 minutes. Candidates directly answering a question will have up to 2 minutes to respond and then the other candidate will have up to 1 minute to respond/rebut/add their own comments. There will be NO opening statements but each candidate will have up to 3 minutes to deliver a closing statement. Mayoral candidates. The three mayoral candidates: Kevin Glover, Al Smith and Keith Owens. We estimate that the mayoral portion of the program will last 35-45 minutes. Candidates directly answering a question will have up to 2 minutes to respond and then the other candidates will each have up to 1 minute to respond/rebut/add their own comments The program will follow the guidelines of decorum and debate set out by the League of Women Votersthat is, no personal attacks and a sticking to a discussion of the issues, not personalities. by Fred Rossi, Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times

Item 2016-10-20 Westfield - Paul or staff consider Editorial idea - Grants are Government, Political insidious hoax on the taxpayer. public is welcome to send opinions to

Item 2016-10-20 Scotch Plains - The Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary Club is hosting a Veterans Day lunch at their meeting on Wednesday, November 9th at 12pm at the Stage House Restaurant in Scotch Plains. Theyll honor Veterans in the club as well as Veterans in the local community. The Rotary Club is deeply grateful to all men and women who served the United States Armed Forces and will pay tribute to those who served, those who continue to serve and those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Veterans in the towns of Fanwood and Scotch Plains are invited to attend but must register in advance because space is limited. To register for the event, Veterans can contact Julie Murphy at (800) 258-9249 or

Item 2016-10-20 Fanwood - Christina's story on the three way stop sign at Sheelen's and North in Fanwood is incorrect. The ordinance that would create it was only given it's first reading this week. It will be subject to a public hearing and second reading on Nov. 21 before the final vote. While the ordinance "passed" its first reading, the final verdict will come on the 21st. by Tom Kranz

Item 2016-10-19 Tucson - The mens tennis team from Westfield, N.J. representing the USTA Middle States Section, captured the national title at the USTA League Adult 40 & Over 3.0 National Championships held at the Hilton El Conquistador Resort in Tucson, Ariz., Oct. 14-16.
The Westfield team defeated a team from Las Vegas, 3-2 in the Championship match. Earlier in the day, the Westfield team defeated a team from Dallas, 3-2 in the semifinals. They advanced this far by winning their round-robin flight contested Friday and Saturday. The team is captained by Craig Decker (Hightstown) and features Ed Poole (Westfield), Matt Hale (Highland Park), Curtis Tao (Westfield), David Ellner (Cranford), Chris Schabacker (Maplewood), John Manso (Mountainside), Won Hong (Metuchen), Greg Russo (Hoboken) and plays at the Westfield Indoor Tennis Club.

Item 2016-10-19 Plainfield NJ Intergenerational Orchestra opens the season with Bright Lights and Blue Skies, performing music by Borodin, Glazunov, and Mozart. This free concert is on November 13 at 3 pm at Crescent Ave Presbyterian Church, 716 Watchung Ave, Plainfield, NJ 07060. For more information, please call 908-603-7691 or visit

Item 2016-10-18 Cranford - The Rosary Society of St. Michael Church in Cranford, N.J. will meet on Monday, November 7, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Center. The guest speaker will be Ms. Beverly A. Friend, from the N. J. Council for the Humanities. She will give a presentation on Lenape Culture: An Introduction to American Indian Life in New Jersey. Members and guests are invited. For more information, call the Parish Center at 908-276-0360.

Item 2016-10-14 Westfield - The Westfield Parent Teacher Council (PTC) invites the public to attend Candidates Night on Wednesday, November 2nd from 7:30-9:00pm in the Westfield High School auditorium. Four individuals, Michael Bielen, Brendan Galligan, Ginny Leiz and Amy Root are seeking election to three Board of Education positions. The election for the Westfield Board of Education will take place on Tuesday, November 8th.

Item 2016-10-14 Westfield - The Franklin Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is gearing up for its annual Pumpkin Fair to be held on Saturday, October 22, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m on the school grounds located at 700 Prospect Street. The Pumpkin Fair is Franklins annual tradition featuring fun games, an inflatable obstacle course, face painting, glitter tattoos, creepy crafts, and the all-time favorite Giant Cookie Walk. A variety of gift baskets will be raffled off, goldfish will be won, and there will be tons of food to eat including cotton candy, pizza, hot dogs and baked goods. Each year, Franklin holds a student poster contest regarding the event, and this years winning posters are currently displayed throughout downtown Westfield. The winners are: first graders Dylan West and Tyler Altobelli; second graders Maddy Manger and Riley O'Keefe; third graders Mila Montero, Ella Dolling and Elizabeth Heflin; fourth graders Mia Alev and Keegan Murphy; and fifth graders Betheny Swartz and Domenica Allarde. The Pumpkin Fair is the largest fundraiser Franklin School organizes and a kid favorite.

Item 2016-10-14 Westfield - A total of 28 Westfield High School students have been named Commended Students in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. According to the National Merit Scholarship Program, these students place in the top five percent of the students in the country who took the Preliminary SAT/Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test: Alisha B. Asija, Owen S. Bartok, Evan Binder, Eli A. Burk, Loukas L. Carayannopoulos, Soo M. Chung, Stefan T. Crigler, Melissa C. Endy, Spencer R. Fishman, Katherine G. Foley, Olivia C. Hamilton, Michael J. Hauge, Emily Holtzman, Sophie M. Hurwitz, Alistair M. Kapadia, Max Kleiman-Lynch, Rafaela E. Laitamaki, Catherine Li, Julia Li, Amy S. Liang, Ryan N. Murphy, Charlotte B. Perez, Cindy Qiang, Noah K. Reich, Danielle E. Rinaldi, Henry J. Sacco, Nicholas A. Youssef, and Natalia A. Zeller MacLean.

Item 2016-10-13 Cranford - The Garden Club of Cranford will be hosting a tag sale on Saturday, October 29. The sale will be held, rain or shine, at 715 Brookside Place, Cranford from 9am through 3pm. Some key items featured in the sale will be holiday decor, home goods, books, luggage, glassware, antiques, small furniture items and much more. Please, plan to stop by! All proceeds will directly benefit the Garden Club of Cranford Annual Scholarship Fund

Item 2016-10-06 Garwood - The Garwood Public Celebrations will be holding their annual Pumpkin Carving Contest on Saturday, October 29 at 4:00 pm for Garwood residents only. Location is the Garwood First Aid Squad parking lot across from Lincoln School on 2nd Ave. Prizes will be awarded for four age groups; Kindergarten and younger, 1st-2nd grade, 4th-8th grade and 9th grade-Adult. Drop off pumpkins between 4-4:45. Prizes will be awarded at 5:00 pm. In the event of rain the location will be the Garwood Community Recreation Complex at the east end of Myrtle Ave. The Garwood Public Celebrations will be holding their second Halloween House Decorating contest. All Garwood residents must register by emailing by October 17. Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Judging will take place the weekend of October 21-23 and winners will be announced on October 29 at the Pumpkin Carving Contest at 5:00 pm.

Item 2016-10-05 Fanwood - Curbside recycling arrives in Fanwood this Thursday, October 6. Please make sure your blue container is at the curb by 7 a.m.. We recommend you set it out the night before so you don't forget. The diagram on the lid reminds you which way to face it (little metal bar faces the street) and what items you can place in it - household plastics #1-7, tin cans, aluminum cans, newspaper, mixed paper, cardboard, books and magazines. You can also stack books and newspapers in boxes or bags next to the container. Please do not place loose plastic grocery bags in the bin--they clog the machinery in New Brunswick. You may bunch them together and tie them together into a ball. Shredded paper has to be placed in clear plastic bags and set next to the bin. Our plan is for the entire town's recycling to be collected all in one day, then every other Thursday. If for some reason the PMUA misses your house or you have another complaint or problem, you can push the CONTACT button on your Recycle Coach smart phone app and send a message. You can also call the PMUA directly at (908) 226-2518 or send them an email at Remember, this is a first for all of us, so your patience will be appreciated. On Saturday, from 8 a.m.- 11 a.m., you can bring your electronics, scrap metal, fluorescent bulbs and motor oil to the North Avenue recycling center. Then starting in November, you can do so the first Saturday of every month, 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. ONLY FANWOOD RESIDENTS MAY USE THE RECYCLING CENTER.

Item 2016-10-04 Fanwood - Recreation hosts running event and this year, all runners are invited to reveal their true selves and come dressed as their favorite super hero! The Fanwood 5K Super Hero Run & Family Fun Run returns on Sunday, October 16th, at La Grande Park in Fanwood. The 5K Run will begin at 9:30 AM. Before that, the one-mile Family Fun Run will begin at 9 AM in La Grande Park, and, of course, all children are also welcome to dress up as their favorite costumed characters. Plus, all participating Fun Run children will receive a super hero cape and mask,and automatically be entered in a raffle for gift cards. And free refreshments will await all finishers. Pre-registered runners who want to avoid the lines the morning of the 16th will be able to pick up their numbers and t-shirts the day before, from 45:30 PM at the La Grande Park building. The entry fee for the 5K is $25, $20 for USATF members and $30 after October 13th. The entry fee for the Family Fun Run is $10 with a t-shirt and $5 without. You can download a race application or register online at The race is fully sanctioned by the United States of America Track and Field (USATF) and is part of the New Jersey Grand Prix as a 500 point race. All proceeds from the event go to the Fanwood Recreation Department, and will help to purchase new playground equipment, build new recreational facilities and expand recreational programs for local residents. or contact Joe Valente at (201) 725-2032 for more information.

Item 2016-09-30 Scotch Plains - The SPFHS DECA chapter is hosting a Raider Run on October 22nd at 8 am. This is the morning of SPFHS homecoming. The run will be held behind the football field at the high school. The funds from this event is going to the Marfan Foundation.

Item 2016-09-27 Westfield - The annual Applefest will be held on Saturday October 22nd (12-4 p.m.) and we are, once again, selling mums and kale as a fundraiser. The price is $7 each or 3 for $20. Colors available for the mums are red, yellow, white, lavender, and bronze. Pick up after 4 p.m. (from the Reeve House, 314 Mountain Avenue) on 10/22/2016. Please e-mail Kris Luka or call 908-233-8519 with your order. Many thanks for your ongoing support of this event. Thena Rosahl, Executive Assistant Westfield Historical Society.

Item 2016-09-27 Westfield - The Westfield Parent Teacher Council will be hosting a Westfield Board of Ed Candidates Night on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 7:30pm in the Westfield High School auditorium. The event is an opportunity for candidates to express their views and positions on issues relevant to our school district. The evening will be moderated by a member of the League of Women Voters and each candidate will be asked a variety of questions which will be gathered from the public prior to that evening. Each candidate will have 2 minutes to make a brief opening statement and 2 minutes to make a closing statement. Response time for questions will be one and one half minutes. We hope you can join us for what will hopefully be an informative evening.

Item 2016-09-25 Plainfield - Crescent Concerts presents a concert featuring marimba artist Greg Giannascoli and pianist Ronald Stabinsky on October 9 at 3 pm at Crescent Ave Presbyterian Church, 716 Watchung Ave. Tickets are $5-20. For more information, please call (908) 756-2468 or visit

Item 2016-09-24 Westfield - The Westfield Chapter of UNICO National and the Westfield Italian American Club will hold a Columbus Day ceremony at the WW I Memorial area on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 1pm. After the ceremony there will be a program at the Westfield Italian American Club on Central Ave. in Westfield. Refreshments will be served. All are invited to participate.

Item 2016-09-23 Westfield - The Westfield United Fund will sponsor its third annual Westfield Area Volunteer Expo (WAVE) on Friday, September 30, from 1-4pm in the Community Room of the Westfield Municipal Building at 425 East Broad Street, in partnership with the Westfield Recreation Department. This is an open house for the entire community, with 30 local non-profit organizations offering information about volunteer opportunities. These range from one-time events to ongoing commitments, so there is something for everyone, bot adults and teens. If you are looking for a way to give back and help others in the community, come and check it out. Organizations participating include agencies of the Westfield United Fund, including Caring Contact, Community Access Unlimited, Literacy New Jersey, Homefirst, Jewish Family Service, the Westfield Area Y, the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts, as well as outside organizations such as the College Woman's Club, the Friends of the Library, the Friends of the NJ Festival Orchestra and Imagine. For a complete list, go to

Item 2016-09-22 Westfield - Memorial Library Friends to Hold Childrens and Teens Book Sale; The Friends of the Westfield Memorial Library are pleased to announce the dates for their upcoming annual sale of books and related media for children and teens. Proceeds of the sale benefit the Westfield Memorial Library. A wide variety of high-quality materials will be offered at rock-bottom prices. We welcome donations of gently used hardcover and softcover books, audio books, and DVDseverything from board books for babies to books and other media suitable for teens. We CANNOT accept videos, magazines, encyclopedias, vinyl records, or damaged or moldy books. Donation Days Tuesday, October 25: 2 PM - 7 PM Wednesday, October 26: 10 AM - 3 PM; Sale Days Thursday, October 27: 11 AM 8 PM; Friday, October 28 (1/2 Price Day): 10 AM 4:30 PM Saturday, October 29 (Bag Day): 10 AM 1 PM For additional information or to volunteer to help out at the sale, contact

Item 2016-09-20 Mountainside - Police are attempting to locate Yehoshua "Josh" Appel, a 93 year old white male who lives in our jurisdiction. He was last seen on 9/18/16 when he was scheduled to go to an auto body shop on Springfield Ave. in Westfield, NJ but never arrived. Mr. Appel operates a silver Buick, NJ Registration YFT92L. According to family members, Mr. Appel has the onset of dementia. Mr. Appel was entered as a Missing Person in the National Crime Information Computer. Anyone coming in contact with this individual please contact the Mountainside Police Department at 908-232-8100.

Item 2016-09-20 Cranford - Livingston Avenue School PTA in Cranford, NJ will be holding our Family-Friendly Haunted House . This event will support the PTA which works directly with Livingston Avenue School to provide everything that students need to be successful. This is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Livingston Avenue School PTA!
Please join us on Friday, October 231st and Saturday, October 22nd. The family-fun will take place from 5:30-9:30, so come on by! The cost is $3 per person. The address is 75 Livingston Avenue, Cranford, NJ.
For more information, please reach out to<

The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times
PO Box 250, 251 North Ave. West, Westfield, NJ 07091
Tel 908 232-4407; fax 908 232-0473