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Item 2018-07-16 Westfield - The Echo Lake Church of Christ at 419 Springfield Avenue in Westfield is sponsoring its annual free Vacation Bible School on Saturday, August 18, 2018 from 9:00 am 3:00 pm at the church. The theme of this one day event is Discovering the Treasures of Jesus; registration accomplished by calling telephone # 908.233.4946 or emailing Final day for registration is Saturday, August 11.

Item 2018-07-13 Union County - Summer Arts Festival concert series continues on Wednesday July 18, with the band 5 Against 1 taking the stage at Echo Lake Park in Mountainside. The free series is presented by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. It is held at Echo Lake Park during July and moves to Oak Ridge Park in Clark during August. We look forward to seeing everyone at Echo Lake Park enjoying another season of great music, said Union County Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados. And please arrive early and participate in UC Get Fit Yoga in the Park, a great way for families to stay healthy together. 5 Against 1 pays tribute to the band Pearl Jam. They have been performing for over two decades, dedicated to the raw rock and roll sounds of the grunge era. While enjoying the music, attendees can purchase refreshments from Benitos Jersey Curbside Eats and Dannys Soft Serve Ice Cream or pack a picnic basket, and bring lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy the music under the stars. Once again UC Get Fit Yoga in the Park, a Union County Freeholder initiative, will be part of the Wednesday night pre-concert schedule, with HOME Power Yoga of Cranford presenting a free community class from 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Bring a mat or beach towel and participate in healthy activities for the entire family before the music begins. The upcoming Summer Arts concerts are (all shows begin at 7:30 p.m.): Echo Lake Park, Mountainside July 18th 5 Against 1 July 25th The Vinnys & Katfish Lucy Oak Ridge Park, Clark August 1st Jobonanno & the Godsons August 8th American Rapture August 15th Brother John Brown Band August 22th Dead on Live Visit for more summertime fun activities.

Item 2018-07-13 Scotch Plains - Rugby Day at Park Middle School on Saturday kicks off at 9am and goes until noon. Union Mudturtle program is made up of teams from Berkeley heights, Cranford, Dunnellen , Rahway, SPF, Union, and Westfield. Teams from Bridgwater, Bayonne and Montclair usually join us also. (We can provide you with a list of the teams that are actually coming Saturday once the schedule gets submitted.) The kids who participate range in age from 5 - 14 and are broken down into the following divisions Owls (5-6 yrs) Falcons (7 - 8) Hawks (9 - 11) Eagles (12 - 14)

Item 2018-07-13 Clark - The NJWA Summer Symphony Orchestra, directed by Janet Lyman, will present a free concert on Thursday, July 26 at Zion Lutheran Church in Clark. The event will take place at Zion Lutheran Church, 559 Raritan Road, Clark, on Thursday, July 26, 2018, at 7:30 pm.

Item 2018-07-12 Union County Mosquito Control will be spraying for adult mosquitoes tonight between 7 p.m. and midnight (weather permitting). Spraying will occur on Raleigh Ave., Wadsworth Terrace, High St., and Hawthorn Rd. in Cranford, Fanwood Pl. in Fanwood, Center St. in Garwood, Creekbed Rd., Central Ave., Mountain Ave. in Mountainside, Cooper Rd., Frank St., Lamberts Mill Rd (behind RWJ) in Scotch Plains and Norwood Dr. in Westfield.

Item 2018-07-12 Cranford - Police Department will be holding the 7th session of the Citizens Police Academy in September 2018. The Citizens Academy is part of the ongoing effort for the Cranford Police Department and the community to work together and develop a lasting relationship. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and either live in or work in Cranford. Academy students will receive classroom lectures and hands on demonstrations in many areas of interest, including traffic enforcement, crime scene investigations, motor vehicle stops, and much more. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a ride along with a Cranford Police Officer. Weekly class sessions are two hours long and have been tentatively scheduled to meet Thursday evenings beginning on September 13th and ending on November 8th. To download an application please visit the Cranford Police Department website look under the forms tab. Applications must be received by September 6th. Instructions on how to submit the applications are on the application. For more information please contact Lieutenant Chris Polito at 908-272-2222 or cpolito@ Contact: D/LT Edward Davenport Cranford Police Department (908) 709-7331 or CITIZEN POLICE ACADEMY

Item 2018-07-10 Cranford - II Hispanic Theater Festival at Cranford Dramatic Performing Club introduces Bar Manolo - Written by the French-Spaniard author, Jean-Pierre Martinez, this comedy will entertain an exclusive audience of Spanish speakers based in New Jersey - Showing on July 26 and 27 at 8pm, and July 28 at 2pm and 8pm - Cranford, NJ July 10, 2018: Did Pepe win the lottery just one day before he died? Will Conchi find a new husband out from her Hunting magazine ads? Is Leticia expecting a baby from her philosophy professor? Welcome to Bar Manolo, a play written by French-Spaniard script writer, Jean-Pierre Martinez, now being introduced at Cranford Dramatic Performing Club (CDC) to honor the II Hispanic Theater Festival. The initiative is part of CDC Theatres effort to promote performing arts among Spanish speakers and it is also a continuation of their first ever Hispanic Theater Festival held last year. Despite the fact that there is a large Hispanic population in New Jersey, there are almost no Spanish-language plays being performed around the area. To address this gap, CDC Theatre is featuring Bar Manolo, a funny and intriguing one-act play where nine Spanish speaking actors from New Jersey have been conveying by legendary CDC Theater producer and director, Joel Redmount. Show times are as follows: July 26 and 27 at 8pm, July 28 at 2pm and 8pm. For more information visit

Item 2018-07-09 Westfield - Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick (R-Union) will announce plans for a rally against state-imposed, high-density housing at a town hall meeting tonight in Cranford. The rally will be held on the steps of the Statehouse Annex on Thursday, September 20 at 10 a.m. Tonights meeting will be held at Kilkenny House, 112 South Ave. East, Cranford at 8 p.m.

Item 2018-07-09 Union County - Clerk Joanne Rajoppi reminds Union County residents seeking School Board positions in their municipality that the deadline for filing their nominating petitions is Monday, July 30, before 4:00 p.m. in the Main Office of the County Clerk, at 2 Broad Street in Elizabeth, Room 113. A new law effective July 1, 2018 permits School Board Candidates to circulate petitions jointly and be bracketed together on the ballot if they wish with one or two other candidates. The new law also permits a short non-political slogan not to exceed three words. Candidates are required to file a specific affirmation that they have not been convicted of crimes that would disqualify them from office with their petition. Service on a school board is an enriching experience, said Ms. Rajoppi. As a former board member, I encourage involvement in this important civic duty. Interested applicants should make note of the deadline. For more details about school board petitions, including a downloadable petition, visit the County Clerks elections website online at A petition can also be obtained in person at the Main Office in Elizabeth. Main Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The office may be reached by phone during office hours at 908-527-4996 with any inquiries regarding elections in Union County. For all Union County Clerk programs and services visit

Item 2018-07-07 Westfield - Join us this Tuesday, July 10th, in downtown Quimby Street, as NJFO delivers irresistible big band rhythms and blistering hits from the great American songbook! From Glen Miller and Benny Goodman classics to standards from the Golden Age of Broadway, its going to be all about quintessential American music that we all know and love, said NJFO Music Director David Wroe. NJFO will be joined by Broadway vocalists, Marissa McGowan (A Little Night Music, Les Miserables) and Michael Mendez (Chaplin, Frozen) presenting sizzling numbers from Guys and Dolls and other Broadway favorites. Quimby Street will be closed for this special performance, a part of Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival that takes place on Tuesday evenings throughout the summer.

Item 2018-07-05 Westfield - The Westfield Community Center will be holding a rummage sale on Saturday, July 21 from 9:00AM to 4:00 PM. We invite the community to donate any clothing or items that they do not need to drop them off at the Center on Friday, July 13 from 4:00PM to 7:00PM and on Saturday, July 14 between 9:00AM and 1:00PM. Tables will be available to vendors for rent at $35.00. We are located at 558 W. Broad Street, corner of Palstead Street. For further information, please call the Center at 232-4759.

Item 2018-07-04 Scotch Plains - Due to Independence Day falling on a Wednesday this year, recycling for the Southside of Town has been rescheduled for Saturday, July 7. * As a reminder, please do not use plastic bags for your recyclables.

Item 2018-07-03 Trenton, N.J. It Exists Therefore Its Taxed. Americans for Prosperity-New Jersey (AFP-NJ) responded to the New Jersey state budget, which the legislature passed and the governor signed on Sunday. The $37.4 billion state budget increased income taxes as well as corporate taxes. AFP-NJ opposed the measure. AFP-NJ State Director Erica Jedynak issued the following statement: The way New Jersey lawmakers tax everything youd think theyre purposefully trying to drive everyone out so they can keep the state to themselves. According to Sen. Sweeney and Gov. Murphy, the only thing better than a tax on one thing is a tax on two. But the higher income and corporate taxes will only exacerbate the Garden States already troubling outmigration problem and increase the tax burden on an ever-shrinking population. How long before New Jersey lawmakers start taxing folks in New York or Pennsylvania? That some lawmakers refuse to acknowledge that New Jersey has a spending problem, not a revenue problem, is outrageous. Our elected officials need to recognize that spending on wasteful programs such as corporate welfare is a core driver of increased taxes, which in turn make it harder to live, work, and raise a family in the Garden State.

Item 2018-07-03 Trenton - Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said there were no winners in a fight over tax increases between Governor Phil Murphy and Senate President Steve Sweeney, saying taxpayers are the big losers under a compromise tax plan approved by Democrats yesterday.

Item 2018-07-03 Mountainside - Notice is being sent, for notification purposes, as per the Open Public Meetings Act Requirements, N.J.S.A. 10:4-8 and N.J.S.A. 10:4-18. An executive session meeting of the Governing Body has been scheduled on July 3, 2018 at the Mountainside Municipal Building, 1385 Route 22, Mountainside, NJ at 6:45 P.M. to discuss pending litigation. Martha Lopez Municipal Clerk

Item 2018-07-03 Cranford - As you know, Hartz is scheduled to go before the Planning Board on July 18th. Since last year, Hartz has postponed their meeting numerous times with no pushback that we can see whatsoever from the Planning Board. We are asking the Planning Board to direct the planning board attorney to send Hartzs counsel a letter requiring that they confirm, 10 days prior to the meeting, the proposed witnesses and the witnesses availability for the 7/18 meeting. Absent Hartz confirming the above, the board should instruct Hartzs counsel that due to the great public interest in the hearing process, and the boards concern with board members and residents availability in August, the planning board will set aside one of the September meetings for the hearing. We want the Planning Board to tell Hartz that it must advise which date on or before 7/18 and that it must confirm that their witnesses will all be available to testify on that date. Or Hartz should propose and pay for a special hearing in September. There has to be lead time for these meetings so we can prepare and so we can meet public interest. Re-zoning 750 Walnut in order to build 905 apartments will have a major effect on Cranford and its residents for many years to come. It is inappropriate and unfair to the taxpayers in this town that, like Lucy from Peanuts and her famous football, Hartz keeps setting and adjourning meeting dates in an obvious effort to weaken citizen resistance. We implore you to have the residents best interest in this matter and demand that Hartz complies with giving this town a full and fair opportunity to prepare for the hearing. Signed, Cranford Residents Against Overdevelopment (CRAO)

Item 2018-07-02 Cranford - You are invited to join Assemblyman Jon Bramnick this coming Monday July 9 at 8pm for a Q&A on court-forced overdevelopment and Builder's Remedy lawsuits at The Kilkenny House at 112 South Ave in Cranford. Asm. Bramnick has been fighting overdevelopment in NJ for years. This is your opportunity to discuss how to fight Hartz's plan to build 905 apartments at 750 Walnut. Assembly Minority Leader Bramnick is proposing a constitutional amendment in NJ that would get the courts out of the housing business.

Item 2018-07-02 County - Union County will host two Mobile Paper Shredding Events in July. The first event is scheduled for Thursday, July 12th at Rahway Park in Rahway (off St. Georges Avenue) followed by Saturday, July 21st at the Old Bristol Myers building, located at 1350 Liberty Avenue in Hillside. All events run from 9 am to 1 pm or until the truck(s) get filled. Residents can bring up to four bags of confidential documents for shredding weighing less than 10 lbs. Union Countys Scrap Metal Recycling program also continues in July. These events are the first Thursday and Third Saturday of each month so for July the collections will be on Thursday, July 5th and Saturday, July 21st. There are two (2) locations in Union County for residents to drop off their metal for recycling, one in Cranford and Rahway. All locations will be open from 9 am to 12 pm. Residents can drop off old appliances, microwaves, air conditioners, and metal lawn furniture to name a few. Please visit for more information or directions.

Item 2018-07-01 Trenton - State taxes to rise across multiple Fronts. The Senate and Assembly, controlled by DEMs, voted on the $37.4 billion spending plan and new taxes at 8 a.m. Sunday.

Item 2018-07-01 Trenton - State Senator Nicholas Scutari (DEM) released the following statement on the budget agreement reached today: I am pleased that the Legislature and the governor found common ground and averted a government shutdown. Budgets are often about compromise but what was never on the table this year was the Legislatures commitment to restore core Democratic values into the budget. This is a good budget and a good day for New Jersey.

Item 2018-06-30 Trenton Comment - In the end they will raise taxes (but by a bit less) on both and all. They will claim, its not what we both wanted...but we compromised. The taxpayers will get nothing but an IOU. Next year when they need another $2B in taxes...and the pension and healthcare debt grows. Trenton Comment - I agree with Murphy, we need to tax the rich. Hopefully they will move the hell out of this state. After all, they are much harder to control than poor people. Trenton Comment - Now the Democrats have no one to blame but themselves. Trenton Coment - 5,754,862 to registered votes for the election. Murphy got 1,158,974 or 20.139% of the total vote. Pathetic 20% voted. What happen to the other 80%, could not get off the couch. Only 20% hated CC enough to get out and vote.

Item 2018-06-30 N.J. Shutdown deadline almost here ( as Phil Murphy and top Dems still can't get budget deal. Comment; Shut it Down, Layoff the elected officials.

Item 2018-06-29 Scotch Plains - PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Township Council of the Township of Scotch Plains has changed the date of their July 17, 2018 Conference/Business Meeting. The previously scheduled meetings of: July 17, 2018 has been changed to July 24, 2018. Meeting start time is 7:00 p.m.; Council Chambers The meetings will be held in the Council Chambers of the Scotch Plains Municipal Building, 430 Park Avenue, Scotch Plains, NJ.

Item 2018-06-28 WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) issued the following statement after passage of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act: This budget ensures our military has the resources to defeat our adversaries, facilitate efforts of peace like the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and deliver the biggest pay raise for our service members in nine years. Global powers like China and Russia do not share American interests and this bill increases our competitive advantage to confront these threats in cyber warfare and other 21st Century challenges. A strong and ready military is a deterrent against bad actors and best positioned to respond to man-made or natural disasters. I urge passage in the U.S. Senate and for the measure to reach President Trumps desk promptly.

Item 2018-06-28 Trenton - N.J. DEMs offer tax on shore rentals, tax on home sales, tax on this, and tax on that in budget showdown. Many taxpayers just want the state government to shut down and go out of business.

Item 2018-06-28 Trenton - Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick issued the following statement today. We learned from the last shutdown that project delays caused by state government can result in financial penalties. Since almost all transportation projects are completed by private contractors, state inspectors should be deemed essential personnel for safety and financial reasons. Bramnick will introduce legislation and will call the speaker and senate president to ask for emergency passage.

Item 2018-06-27 Trenton - DEMs disagree over which taxes to raise to balance the budget. Reducing spending is not discussed or the DEM way. Gov. proposal would raise the state's sales, income, and business taxes. State government shutdown looms as taxpayers shudder.

Item 2018-06-27 Summit - Bridges Needs Sustainable Lunches and Toiletry Items Summer is when the donations decrease, but our street friends still depend on us. We are in desperate need of sustainable lunches and toiletry kits for our runs to NYC, Newark, Irvington, and for distribution at Project Connect in Newark. Donations can be brought to: 120 Morris Avenue Summit, NJ 07901 Oakes Center (entrance on Russell Place) Tuesdays, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Fridays, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. SUSTAINABLE LUNCHES This meal contains a tuna or chicken salad package* (not a can of tuna or chicken), fruit cup with spoon, individually packaged goldfish or pretzels, granola bar and water bottle.

Item 2018-06-27 New Providence - The speaker at the Summit Old Guards July 10th meeting is Dr. James Millspaugh. Since his retirement from Bell Labs and Telecordia in 2008 he has travelled widely in Asia, Africa and South America teaching English as a second language very often in poor communities. He currently volunteers his time teaching ESL at the Connection in Summit. His first trip to Asia was financed by the Army. After three years in the Army, one of which was in Viet Nam, he attended Ball State University and received a BS in psychology. He then attended Iowa State University where he earned his M.S. and PhD in experimental psychology. Dr. Millspaugh will talk about the rewarding experiences of his travels plus some pitfalls thereof. The Summit Old Guard meets in the New Providence Boro Council Chambers at 10 am. Every Tuesday.

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