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Item 2015-11-29 County - Tour the site where NJ began at the Snyder Academy of Elizabethtown, adjacent to the Union County Courthouse in Elizabeth. DISCOVER where NJ was founded in 1664 on the site of the First Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth. EXPLORE the most historic burial grounds in the state, the final resting place of New Jerseys most significant citizens from the colonial era. IMAGINE the former parish house, recently renamed the SNYDER ACADEMY following a multi-million dollar restoration, as a vibrant center for culture, education, history and economic and social advancement, conveniently located in Midtown Elizabeth. NEXT TOUR will be on Wednesday, December 9 at 12:45. Meet in front of the church at 42 Broad Street and following the FREE tour (approximately 20 minutes), a limited number of boxed lunches will be available for purchase to be enjoyed in the beauty of the Snyder Academy event space. Those serving on JURY DUTY are welcomed! Please visit for more information about these tours made available to the public, and other upcoming events at Snyder Academy.

Item 2015-11-28 Region - The Chansonettes of Westfield are in full voice ready to present their winter holiday concert program with upcoming dates through December 16. Their "Sounds of the Season" program will make stops this year at Westfield Senior Housing, Chelsea Warren, Atria of Cranford, Winchester Gardens in Maplewood and the Springfield Presyterian Church. The all female chorus will present the sounds of the holidays including "A Jingle Bell Christmas," "Rockin Around the Christmas Tree," "Hanukah Nagilah," "African Noel" and "Ode to Peace". The Chansonettes, in existence for over 60 years, performs a holiday concert series in December and a spring concert series in May of each year. The women rehearse once a week on Wednesday nights at the Presbyterian Church on Mountain Avenue in Westfield, under the direction of Jean Schork and accompanied by Mel Freda. Anyone needing more information regarding joining the group or booking a future concert may call co-president Amy Herrington at (908) 317-5910.

Item 2015-11-27 County - Check out hunger this holiday season with donations to a Food Drive sponsored by the Libraries of Union County Consortium. From November 30 - December 18, local libraries will accept donations of non-perishable food items for the New Jersey Community Food Bank and local food pantries.
Though our economy is recovering, many New Jersey residents have been left behind: low income families; single parents; the elderly; the unemployed. The New Jersey Community Food Bank supplies food to over 1,500 charities, including food pantries, shelters, after-school programs and senior centers.
You can help by visiting your local library with a donation of non-perishable food. Most urgently needed: canned meat and fish; canned soups and stews; peanut butter (in plastic jars); boxed pasta and rice; powdered milk; infant formula; canned vegetables and fruits.
Participating libraries include: Berkeley Heights, Cranford, Elizabeth, Fanwood, Garwood, Hillside, Kenilworth, Linden, Mountainside, New Providence, Plainfield, Rahway, Roselle, Scotch Plains, Springfield, Summit, Union, and Westfield. For more information, contact your library or visit the Union County Public Libraries web site at

Item 2015-11-25 Westfield - The Franklin School PTO invites all to shop for the holidays and stock up on books for the winter break at the three-day Scholastic "Monster" Book Fair on December 3 to 5. Each dollar collected will purchase a book for a child in need. Scholastic matches monetary donations. Every dollar counts; donations of any size are greatly appreciated! Consider giving the gift of reading this holiday season. Book Fair hours are: Thursday, December 3, 2:00pm-5:00pm; Friday, December 4, 2:00pm-5:00pm; and Saturday, December 5, 10:00am-3:00pm. The school is located at 700 Prospect Street in Westfield.

Item 2015-11-22 Scotch Plains - The Scotch Plains Public Library will host an Hour of Code event on Thursday, December 10 from 11:30am to 6:30pm. Up to 12 people at a time can participate in simple one-hour tutorials that teach the basics of coding with themes such as Star Wars, Minecraft, and Disneys Frozen. No experience is needed, and the tutorials are available in over 40 languages. This all-ages program is free and open to Scotch Plains and Fanwood cardholders. For more information or to register for a one-hour slot in advance, please visit the librarys website: The Scotch Plains Library is located at 1927 Bartle Avenue, one block from Park Avenue in the center of town.

Item 2015-11-19 Cranford - Trinity Cranford Episcopal Church is hosting a charity jewelry sale on Saturday December 5, 2015 from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM in Witherington Hall at Trinity Church, 119 Forest Avenue, Cranford, NJ. Jewelry sale items include bracelets, earrings, and rings. "Proceeds from the sale will benefit The Good Shepherd Home in Cameroon that cares for children orphaned by HIV/AIDS. The Good Shepherd Home is the brainchild of Sister Jane Mankaa who has dedicated her life to nurturing the orphans of her country. Sister Jane saw a small boy sleeping on the street in Yaounde, the capitol of Cameroon. "I asked why he was sleeping there and he said that's where he lived," she said. "I brought him some rice. When I came back to see him the next morning, there were ten other boys with him." She learned that the street children were all orphans whose parents died of AIDS. "I knew then that caring for these children was what I was called to do."

Item 2015-11-19 Summit SAGE Resale Shop located at 31B Chatham Road in Summit, is looking for donations of items that someone else may be interested in giving as a holiday gift this year. If you have unwanted merchandise that you cannot use, preferably gently used or brand new with a tag still attached, please consider donating it to the store. Items for holiday giving should be brought in as soon as possible. The Resale Shop is participating in Small Business Saturday on November 28 and would like to provide an opportunity for everyone to get an early start on their holiday shopping needs, especially those who have a restricted budget.
The store offers an unusual variety and exceptional quality of goods, along with reasonable prices, which attracts shoppers and collectors in the area. The store regularly sells furniture, housewares, lamps, china, linens, jewelry, clothing, bric-a-brac, collectibles, books, and more!
The store is open Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. For more information, please call 908.273.5564 or visit

Item 2015-11-19 Roselle - You are all invited to our annual T hanksgiving Service of the Interfaith Coucil of Roselle-Roselle Park. It will take place at the Roselle United Methodist Church on Sheridan Ave on Nov.25th at 7pm. Ministers from various churches will be participating in the service as well as their choir members. Those churches will be: Bibleway Deliverance Worship Center, Second Baptist Church, First Presbyterian Church, Roselle United Methodist Church, St.Joseph the Carpenter RC Church, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Heard AME Church, Roselle, Community United Methodist Church, Roselle Park. The guest speaker will be Rev. Gilbert C. Young Jr. of the Bethlehem Baptist Church, Roselle. The offering will be non perishable food to go to the food pantries in Roselle. There will also be a monetary offering. Refreshments will be served following the service. Everyone is welcome to come to join in this Blessed Event and wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Item 2015-11-18 Nation - Airport Workers to Strike. Newark airport workers will hit the picket line at 9pm on November 18th. See the full Union Release here. With the upcoming Thanksgiving travel season expected to be the busiest in recent memory, subcontracted airport workers at Newark Liberty International Airport will walk off the job tonight as part of the first-ever nationwide airport workers strike. In Newark, striking airport workers, their families and supporters will hold a public rally and press conference at Newark Liberty International Airport to call for better treatment and safe working conditions.

Item 2015-11-18 Summit - A Season for Celebrating. NJ Intergenerational Orchestra presents a holiday program on December 20 at 3 pm. It will include selections from Handels Christmas and Hanukkah music. With the Summit Chorale and a musical instrument petting zoo. Free to the public. Temple Sinai, 208 Summit Ave. (908) 603-7691;

Item 2015-11-17 Westfield - Using a pilot program statute approved by the NJ Legislature in 2001, Westfield has chosen to place delinquent property taxes on the Internet whereby an auction is held, available to anyone in the world, whereby winning bidders place a lien on the properties garnering interest rates as high as 18 percent. Town Administrator Jim Gildea said 30 or so towns in New Jersey have joined in this pilot program.
The auction pilot program failed in 2001 as the company went bankrupt. A new company has taken up the auction. The Internet site to bid on liens is based out of Plantation, FL. The auction for liens on these Westfield properties is to begin in December.
The Westfield Leader asked Mr. Gildea, Mayor Andy Skibitsky and Tax Collector Susan Noon why the town is taking this unusual step. We did not receive a clear answer. We expressed our concern that anyone from Hong Kong venture capitalists to ISIS could bid on liens on Westfield properties, potentially leading to serious implications and a real estate sales mess.
The Town collects over $160 million in property taxes each year from 10,000 homes and delinquencies are very low. We obtained this year's list that includes about a hundred items and most are for delinquent sewer taxes of less than $300. We will publish this list soon once a few items are verified on the spreadsheet.
If you think you might be delinquent on your property taxes in Westfield, we suggest you go on the Internet to see if your property is subject to the lien auction. For other questions, we suggest you call the Town.
In our opinion, this Internet auction pilot program entered into by Westfield and other towns is wrong. What do you think?

Item 2015-11-17 WASHINGTON, DC Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today said he will support legislation to suspend President Obamas plan to admit 10,000 Syrian refugees to the United States. As elected officials in Congress our first priority must be to protect our homeland and our citizens from harm. The horrific attacks in Paris warn us yet again that ISIS is not contained as our President has claimed. And with the current conflict raging in the Middle East, we cannot be certain that all individuals seeking refuge from that region pose no threat to the American people. Reliable intelligence is unavailable about refugees from countries like Syria attempting to enter the United States. In fact, the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation has acknowledged gaps remain in the screening process for Syrian refugees attempting to relocate into the U.S. Thats why Congress must act immediately to suspend the Presidents refugee resettlement program until an effective vetting and monitoring process is in place that ensures the safety of the American people. If the President will not act; Congress must, said Lance.

Item 2015-11-17 Fanwood - Nicks 2nd Annual Hoops For Humanity Basketball Tournament for YCS With Boxing Legend Gerry Cooney will be held on Saturday, November 28th 2015, from 9 AM 4 PM at the Newmark Education Gym, 1000 Cellar Ave in Scotch Plains. For more information call (908) 322-8800 or email

Item 2015-11-17 Summit - Art Afternoon: Meet + Make January 10; All ages are invited to meet the fall exhibiting artists and make art inspired by their work. Guests will have an opportunity to speak with the artists and learn more about the meaning and process behind their art. Additionally, visitors can participate in three different hands-on art-making workshops led by Studio School Instructors. All art-making workshops are related to the art on view in theme, medium or style. 2-4pm, $5 (members free). Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, 68 Elm Street, Summit. Call 908-273-9121 or visit

Item 2015-11-13 Fanwood - Starting Monday, Nov.16, and continuing through Wednesday, Nov. 18, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., there will be no parking on the south side of North Avenue between Sheelan's Crossing and Russell Road due to sidewalk repair. Commuters are advised to park on North Avenue, west of Russell Road. Any questions, call the Fanwood Police Department Traffic Bureau at (908) 322-5000 x508.

Item 2015-11-13 Garwood - According to The Leader regarding the Garwood Planning Board,Bruce, Ileen and Corbins won their lawsuit. The judge ruling is here.

Item 2015-11-06 Roselle Park - The Joseph Nugent Sr. Association of Union County will hold a Keep the Tradition Alive Pub Party on Saturday, November 21 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Dowlings Irish Pub and Restaurant located at 117 Chestnut Street in Roselle Park, NJ 07204. The Keep the Tradition Alive Pub Party replaces the Nugent Associations annual dance this year. The Willie Lynch Show Band will provide entertainment. Admission is $25.00 and includes draft beer, wine, soda and light food. There will also be a cash bar. For more information, please call 908-346-6055. Tickets will also be available at the door. Founded by Joseph Nugent Sr. in 1933, the Nugent Association is the oldest independent Irish-American organization in the State of New Jersey.

Item 2015-11-05 Westfield - First Congregational Church MOVING MEDITATION (Qigong) November-December Program: TUESDAY EVENINGS: November 10, November 17, December 1, December 8, and December 15 from 6:30-7:15 PM At First Congregational Church, 125 Elmer Street, Westfield Suggested Donation $15-$20. The classes are a fundraiser for Heifer International, a non-profit, humanitarian organization dedicated to ending world hunger and poverty and caring for the earth. Qigong Program will be led by Laura Berzofsky, a certified Integral Tai Chi and Qigong Instructor with the International Integral Qigong and Tai Chi Institute at Santa Barbara College of Oriental Medicine and a member of the National Qigong Association. Movement is simple, gentle, and graceful. Perfect for beginners. Ordinary Street Clothing is appropriate. Qigong (or Chi Kung) is an ancient Asian practice of slow relaxed movement to promote inner peace and to enhance wellness. All are Welcome. Call Laura Berzofsky at 908-232-0169 for Information.

Item 2015-11-03 Scotch Plains - A Special Council Work Session will be held on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 5:30 oclock PM. The purpose of the meeting is to review two Proposals submitted for Professional Planning Services as Business District Consultant. Formal action will not be taken at this portion of the meeting. The meeting will be held in the Council Chamber at the Township Municipal Building, 430 Park Avenue, Scotch Plains, New Jersey.

Item 2015-11-03 Region - Please vote today. See now for the region candidates and after 9:30 p.m. for the results. The polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Item 2015-11-02 Cranford - The Cranford Police Department will be conducting a D.W.I. Checkpoint within the Township of Cranford from 9 pm on November 20th to 3 am November 21st, 2015

Item 2015-11-01 Plainfield - The Crescent Choral Society presents Divine Dvorak, an all-Dvorak program for choir and organ on November 14 at 7 p.m. at Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church. Tickets are $5-20. Featuring soloists Kaitlyn Bonsell and James Cuff. For more information, call (908) 756-2468 or visit

Item 2015-11-01 Plainfield - NJ Intergenerational Orchestra debuts the season with a concert entitled From Tragedy to Triumph on Sunday, November 15 at 3 p.m. at Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church. Free admission. Featuring 13-year-old cellist Heechan Ku, a winner of NJIOs annual concerto competition. For more information, email, call (908) 603-7691 or visit

Item 2015-10-30 Mountainside - This is a reminder that November 2, 3 and 4 (Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday) are early dismissal days next week due to Parent Conferences. Deerfield dismissal time is 12:50 PM. Beechwood dismissal time is 1:00 PM. The district will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday, November 5 and 6 because of Teachers' Convention.

Item 2015-10-29 Cranford - The PTC Annual Christmas Wreath Sale; Brighten your home with a 24 inch balsam wreath beautifully hand-decorated with berries, ornaments, snow-tipped pine cones and your choice of bow color: winter white, red with gold trim, silver, gold, red & green plaid or burgundy. Wreath pick-up is Thursday, December 3rd in the Lincoln Gymnasium at 132 Thomas Street (District Office), 11:30am-5:30pm. Each wreath is only $26. All proceeds go toward college scholarships for Cranford High School Seniors who show a financial need. Visit the Cranford PTC website and easily pay online through our webstore at or print out and return the order form and a check made payable to Cranford PTC. The order form and instructions are available on the PTC website or you can email Lisa Salway at for information. The Parent Teacher Council (PTC), which is a 30 plus year old town-wide organization, thanks you for your continual support!

Item 2015-10-29 Westfield - Sunday Serenades in the Chapel at The Presbyterian Church in Westfield (PCW); Come enjoy a free concert! Open to the public. PCWs own soloist and pianist will perform in the Chapel at 1pm. Concerts held on Nov. 1, 15 and 22! For more information call the Church office at 908-233-0301 or visit

Item 2015-10-27 Summit - Get festive with the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey for the second annual Holiday Party. All are invited to celebrate the season with a hearty buffet, festive punch, art projects and more! 12pm. $25 adults, $15 members, $5 children 6-12, children under 5 free. Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, 68 Elm Street, Summit. Call 908-273-9121 or visit

Item 2015-10-23 Garwood - The 400 Block of Second Ave will be closed 10/24/15 between 4pm and 6pm for the annual Trunk or Treat and Pumpkin Carving Contest. Residents will have access to the block from Maple St. Please use caution in the area, watch for pedestrians crossing.

Item 2015-10-22 Westfield - Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce, GWACC, will be celebrating their 400th member in a short ceremony and presentation to be held at the Westwood, October 28th at 6 pm during their Women to Women Networking event. The GWACC Professional Womens Committee is sponsoring this unique event. Also, note that our 400th member is a woman owned business from Scotch Plains.

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