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Item 2015-08-28 Scotch Plains - Beginning September 14, 2015 Union County Surrogate James LaCorte will host evening hours at the Scotch Plains Town Hall, 430 Park Avenue, Room 202. The service will commence the second Monday of each month from 5:00 6:00 by appointment only. Appointments for Scotch Plains can be made by contacting Surrogate James LaCorte at (908) 527-4280 Monday Friday 8:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m. The residents also have the availability to download the information sheet and instructions at

Item 2015-08-28 Cranford - RockNRoll Chorus will kick off the Labor Day Weekend with a performance on Friday, Sept. 4 at Eastman Plaza. Giant board games will be set up on sidewalks around downtown, and there will be temporary tattoo art for the kids. This event is part of Downtown Cranfords Friday Night Live series. The series will conclude on October 23rd with Wild & Crazy Scarecrows as part of the 8thAnnual Scarecrow Stroll. Every event will include music, entertainment, and activities for kids.

Item 2015-08-28 Mountainside - The Restoration Committee will have a huge yard sale to raise funds for the restoration of the historic Hetfield House and Levi Cory House. The Committee is asking the community to donate saleable items for this sale. Donated items can be brought to the Hetfield House on Thursday (9/17) and Friday (9/18) between 9am and 4pm. For further information or to donate funds, please call (908)789-9420; or, go to:

Item 2015-08-27 Westfield - Trinitas Health Foundation hosts its annual Golf Classic and Spa Day on Monday, September 28, at the Echo Lake Country Club, at 515 Springfield Avenue in Westfield. The $650 per-golfer fee covers golf, power cart, buffet brunch, refreshments on the course, cocktail reception, sit-down dinner and a chance for exciting raffle prizes. This years Golf Classic features an 8 am and 1 pm shot gun start to accommodate the preference of golfers. To make your reservations, call the Trinitas Health Foundation at 908-994-8249.

Item 2015-08-27 Westfield - Trinitas Health Foundation hosts its annual Golf Classic and Spa Day on Monday, September 28, at the Echo Lake Country Club, at 515 Springfield Avenue in Westfield. The $650 per-golfer fee covers golf, power cart, buffet brunch, refreshments on the course, cocktail reception, sit-down dinner and a chance for exciting raffle prizes. This years Golf Classic features an 8 am and 1 pm shot gun start to accommodate the preference of golfers. To make your reservations, call the Trinitas Health Foundation at 908-994-8249.

Item 2015-08-27 Summit - The City of Summit will replace handicapped ramps and repair deteriorated sections of sidewalk and curbs in the downtown beginning Monday, August 31. Work will take place throughout the downtown over the next few months. Repairs will begin on the section of Springfield Avenue between Kent Place Boulevard and Woodland Avenue, and take approximately seven days to complete, weather permitting. After work on this section of Springfield Avenue is complete, repairs will continue on Springfield Avenue between Woodland Avenue and Maple Street. Additional information is available on the City website. Residents with any questions or concerns should contact the Engineering Department at 908-273-6404.

Item 2015-08-27 Mountainside - Childrens Specialized Hospital is hosting a fundraiser Brunch for Babies on Sunday, September 20 at the Publick House in Mountainside, 1:30 to 3 p.m. To buy tickets or for more info, Contact Dr. Sharon Burke at

Item 2015-08-26 SUMMIT - The start of a roads microsurfacing project will begin August 27 through September 1, weather permitting. During the microsurfacing process, access to driveways will be prohibited until the application is dry. Residents should park on neighboring side streets before 7:00 AM. The schedule is as follows: Thursday, August 27: Canoe Brook Parkway Friday, August 28: Wade Drive and Butler Parkway Monday August 31: Woodmere Drive, William Street, Doremus Street, Oak Ridge Avenue Tuesday, September 1: Sayre Street, Dayton Road, Colt Road, Mount Vernon Avenue

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Item 2015-08-25 Westfield - Troupe of Friends and the Westfield Recreation Department present free Shakespeare in Mindowaskin Park. This year, the troupe will perform the timeless comedy, The Merchant of Venice. Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, September 3, 4, and 5 at 8pm at the band shell in Mindowaskin. All shows are free, donations are gladly accepted. Bring a picnic blanket or lawn chairs and enjoy an evening of classic theater under the stars. for more info, see

Item 2015-08-24 Westfield - Program for children & their parents; Rainbows is an international non-profit organization fostering emotional healing among children and their parents who are adjusting to a life altering crisis, due to death, divorce, separation, illness, or other painful family transitions. Rainbows is available in Westfield on Monday nights from 6:30pm to 7:45 pm starting September 21 for children ages 5 to 12, teenagers, and adults who have children registered in the program. Rainbows programs are for children from all economic, racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds. The program is FREE for all participants. To register for Fall 2015 visit the Rainbows web site at or alternatively email or call the Westfield Rainbows Coordinators, Mike Mulry at (732) 648 1173 or Anne Koons at 908-233-2555

Item 2015-08-21 Scotch Plains - On Wednesday, Scotch Plains was on the receiving end of a nasty storm, resulting in the floods reminiscent of Hurricane Irene. Many motorists were stuck on Route 22 and Park Avenue, in addition heavy damage done to homes and businesses in the area. The Scotch Plains Police Department, Department of Public Works, Rescue Squad, and Fire Department have been working around the clock to make repairs and respond to ongoing problems around town. Their hard work is indicative of what makes Scotch Plains such a great place to live. To all of the first responders and everyone who has helped the town recover, thank you. If you are still having problems, call the Scotch Plains Police Department at (908) 322-7100 and choose option 7 to report continous flooding or power outages.

Item 2015-08-20 Scotch Plains - All of Route 22 in Scotch Plains has been reopened. The Park Avenue overpass is also open and all traffic lights appear functional. Tonight's car show and live concert in downtown Scotch Plains has been postponed until September 17th. Tomorrow night's movie at Augustine Park is still scheduled.

Item 2015-08-20 Scotch Plains - Route 22, Park Avenue issues continue in Scotch Plains Travel in Scotch Plains is still problematic today after yesterday's freak storm dumped several inches of water on the township. At this time, Scotch Plains advises: Drivers should avoid Route 22 in Scotch Plains today. Though most lanes are reopened, road crews will be out repairing the significant damage done by yesterday's flash floods and delays will be inevitable. The traffic light at the Park Avenue overpass has been temporarily repaired but ongoing issues may take it out of service on and off all day. Again, avoiding the Park Avenue overpass altogether is the best advice for today. Tonight's car show in downtown Scotch Plains has been postponed until September 17th.

Item 2015-08-20 New Providence - New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra welcomes musicians to the organization at its first two Open House rehearsals of the season on September 17 and 24. Rehearsal times: Prelude 4:30-5:30; Intermezzo 5:45-7:00; Symphony 7:15-9:30. Please call 908-603-7691 or email to let us know you are coming! NJIO rehearses at the NJYS Music Center located at 570 Central Ave.

Item 2015-08-19 Scotch Plains - Severe floods are reported in downtown as a result of the deluge this afternoon.

Item 2015-08-19 Cranford - Just last week, sitting Cranford Commissioner Lisa Adubato resigned to become a Superior Court Judge. This will create the need for a special election for the unexpired term which will be part of the Nov. 2015 Election. Two seats are now at stake.

Item 2015-08-18 Summit At a Special Meeting on August 17, 2015, the City of Summit Common Council voted unanimously to take no further legal action to appeal a Superior Court of New Jersey Appellate Division ruling granting Atlantic Health Systems a restricted use helipad license for its Overlook Hospital location. The Council decision was based on the advice of legal counsel for the City, citing the unlikely chances of overturning the decision by further appeal.

Item 2015-08-18 GARWOOD - The public is invited to a Small Business Fall Expo event at The Westwood in Garwood on Wednesday, September 16th from 6 to 8 pm. This event sponsored by The Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce (GWACC) will feature chamber member businesses and nonprofits. Get to know some of the hidden gems in the area that provide quality products and services. For more information, contact the chamber at or at 908-233-3021.

Item 2015-08-15 Westfield - Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick today requested that the media schedule debates for this year's election. "The state assembly plays a vital role as a policy making institution in New Jersey," said Bramnick. "I am requesting that our friends in the media schedule debates between Democratic and Republican leadership." Bramnick suggests the media schedule these debates in various areas of the state to encourage the best access to the public. "Debates should focus on policy issues including pensions, education funding, tax policy, and municipal consolidation," continued Bramnick. "The public deserves the information and the media has the ability to hold these forums."

Item 2015-08-10 Westfield - The Westfield Community Center; the WCC will be sponsoring a block party and flea market, Saturday September 19th 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Vendors are being sought. For more information: call 232-4759

Item 2015-08-10 Summit - The City of Summit has just been notified that with impending inclement weather, the Morris Avenue bridge will remain open tomorrow Tuesday, August 11 and the new date for the closing will be Wednesday, August 12, 2015.

Item 2015-08-10 Westfield - Registration for the 3rd Annual Gretas Run 5K Run/Walk/Roll is now open! Gretas Run will be held on Sunday, September 13, 2015. Gretas Run was created by Jayne Ruotolo and Ben Nanna, childhood friends of Greta Shoenemann, a Westfield High School freshman who died from injuries sustained on 9/11/02. The inaugural success of Gretas Run was unprecedented, and it has already become one of the largest and most impactful races in the area. Last year, 1008 runners/walkers/rollers and 200 volunteers of all abilities traveled from 14 states to participate on race day. The starting line for Gretas Run will be in front of the Westfield Area Y, 220 Clark Street in Westfield. Registrants by 8/12 are guaranteed race shirts. Awards will be given to overall and age group winners. Participants will have a chance to win major prizes including a BMW Bicycle. Refreshments will be served. Register to run, walk, roll, volunteer, donate or sponsor at the Westfield Area Y Welcome Center or online at: Questions? Contact Ben Nanna, 908-233-2700 x279 or

Item 2015-08-07 Kenilworth - Furniture Assist has been ordered to move! Self Storage Depot has been sold! Therefore the following plans are announced. The last day for Sunday drop-offs will be Sunday August 9th. The last truck pickup will be Wednesday August 12th. The last distribution day for our clients will be Sunday August 23rd. We will resume as soon as a new facility (IN THIS AREA) is located. Visit our web page for the latest information. How can you help. Save your items till we get our new facility, we will need a lot when we begin again. This will be expensive and is not a budgeted item. If you can, we would appreciate your financial donation. Mail a check made out to Furniture Assist to 398 Chestnut Street, Union NJ 07083 or Click the donate now button on our website Thank you for your support and understanding!

Item 2015-08-06 Mountainside - The following job opportunities are available for the Mountainside School District: Part time Paraprofessional - work with a student at a state approved special education school for students with multiple disabilities. Lunch Aides - supervise students during lunch and recess activities. Daily hours are 11:00 - 1:30. If you are interested in applying, please call the Board of Education office at 908-232-3232.

Item 2015-08-06 SUMMIT The City of Summit is announcing closure of the Morris Avenue Bridge on August 11, 2015. See details and Detour Maps. The bridge over the Morris Essex rail line is in need of rehabilitation to improve structural integrity, increase load carrying capacity, and improve traffic, pedestrian and railroad safety. It is being replaced by New Jersey Transit with funding from the State Transportation Trust Fund in a project that is expected to take 18 months from start to completion. While the work is taking place, Morris Avenue between Springfield Avenue and Kent Place Boulevard will be completely closed. Vehicle, pedestrian and bus detours have been established and Summit Police will closely monitor and periodically review detour routes while focusing on traffic calming and pedestrian safety. According to NJ Transit, the construction project will include reconstruction of the bridge abutments; replacement of the steel bridge superstructure and concrete bridge deck; widening of the bridge approaches to improve bridge geometry; construction and rehabilitation of the retaining walls, curbs, sidewalks and ADA ramps; installation of ornamental railings on the bridge and the retaining walls; relocation of the traffic signal pole and the cantilever arm in the Morris Avenue and Kent Place Boulevard intersection; and installation of new traffic signage and striping.

Item 2015-08-04 Scotch Plains - This Saturday, August 8th, from 10 - 11:30 AM, Scotch Plains Councilman Llewellyn Jones will be holding 'mobile office hours' at the Gazebo on the township property next to the municipal building (Alan Augustine Village Green Park) at the corner of Park Avenue and Front St. (Rain location will be Scotch Plains Library, in the music room). Recognizing that the public microphone at council meetings is not a convenient time or venue for everyone, and sometimes a dialogue is better than an email, the councilman invites anyone who has questions or suggestions about municipal issues to stop by and share their views.

Item 2015-08-01 Westfield - The Annual Vintage and Classic Collectibles Sale will be held at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 250 Gallows Hill Road on Thursday, August 20th from 9:30 AM to 6 PM and Friday, August 21st from 9:30 AM to 4 PM. On Friday from opening until 2 PM most items will be half price and after that a $5 bag sale. Admission is free. Vintage items and classic collectibles will feature some new and some slightly used jewelry, scarves, scarves, china, linens, small appliances, small furniture, books and children's toys and games. Sponsored by the Ladies Philoptochos Society, Friends of the Poor, the proceeds will benefit the many charitable commitments of the Society. For more information 908-233-8533.

Item 2015-07-31 Westfield - Bobbi Brown coming to Westfield Fairview about 10AM. Mon, Aug 3, WESTFIELD, NJ PD: E Broad St to close Mon, Aug 3, from Wychwood Rd to Springfield Ave at or about 10AM. Parking restrictions in effect.

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