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Item 2019-07-17 Scotch Plains - On Tuesday, July 16, 2019, the Township Council endorsed an application by Chillin' Out located at 2006 Route 22 East, Scotch Plains to the State to become a medical marijuana dispensary. I voted in favor of that application, and I support medical marijuana and Chillin' Out's application to the state to dispense medical marijuana at their location in Scotch Plains on Route 22. Cancer patients, people suffering from anxiety and chronic pain, and veterans suffering from PTSD should have access to medical marijuana. I support providing a location in Scotch Plains to support these patients. However, I am opposed and extremely disappointed that the state has decided to impose a sales tax on medical marijuana. Governor Murphy said he will phase out the sales tax on medical marijuana in 2022. But my question is why tax it in the first place? And you know as well as I do that when politicians promise to phase out a tax, it rarely ever happens. Medical marijuana is not covered by any prescription plan or any subsidy. It comes right out of patient's pockets. That means poor people, working people, cancer patients, and veterans who need medical marijuana have to pay more in cash. We don't tax any other legal medicine. It's immoral to tax medical marijuana. The cost of the sales tax could buy patients a day and half more of medicine. My message to the Governor and the Democratic Majority in Trenton is this: stop taxing us, especially our most vulnerable. Where is the compassion in that? I hope Chillin' Out's application is successful and they receive state approval. But I will be lobbying our state legislators to repeal the sales tax on medical marijuana now, not in 2022. Al Smith Scotch Plains Mayor

Item 2019-07-16 Springfield - Unverified, FD and mutual aid units from Summit, Westfield, Hillside and Roselle are on the scene of a fire at the club house of Baltusrol Golf Course. Initial reports indicate the fire is contained to the 3rd floor. No injuries have been reported.

Item 2019-07-16 Fanwood - Accessible Units Open Opportunity for Individuals with Disabilities at Station Square Thanks to Partnership with Borough, Developer and The Arc Union County The newest developments opening up in Fanwood, NJ in 2019, special thanks to a partnership between the Borough of Fanwood, Landmark Companies & The Arc.Construction has been underway at Station Square Fanwood of two beautiful units that will provide accessible residential housing opportunities to individuals experiencing ambulation challenges. These new apartments will have 24-hour staff support services available 365 days a year, to safely accommodate and enhance community integration to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Frank Caragher, Executive Director, Prior to this new affordable housing opportunity, The Arc operated three Group Homes in Fanwood. The Arc has always been very pleased with our partnership with the Municipality of Fanwood. The Arc thanks Mayor Mahr for her initiative and drive for this golden opportunity to expand our long-standing relationship with the Municipality, the Freeholders and Eleanor McGovern. We look forward to building more affordable homes for people with disabilities.

Item 2019-07-16 Cranford Looking for some good reading at bargain prices? The Friends of the Cranford Public Library invite you to visit their one-day used book sale on Wednesday, August 7, 10:00 am to 8:30 pm. Items for sale include more than 10,000 adult and childrens books, as well as CDs, DVDs, and recorded books. Prices range from $.25 to $2.00, except for a few specially marked items. Enter through the side door. These book sales support programming for all ages. For more information about the Friends of the Cranford Public Library, go to and click on Friends of the Library.

Item 2019-07-15 Piscataway - Team up with friends, family and colleagues at Johnson Park in Piscataway, NJ on Sunday, September 15, 2019, for the 13th Annual Walk n Roll - an easy and fun way to raise significant funds and support for the over 37,000 patients treated each year at Childrens Specialized Hospital. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of Johnson Park as you walk or roll a 1-mile or 5K course followed by free carnival fun, great food, and live music!Whether you participate as an individual, create a team, or volunteer, youre making a difference in the lives of patients and families facing special health challenges - from chronic illnesses and complex disabilities like brain and spinal cord injuries, to developmental and behavioral issues like autism and mental health. Be an active partner today and help bring Childrens Specialized Hospital one step closer to achieving their vision - a world where ALL children can reach their full potential.Registration is now open:

Item 2019-07-11 Westfield - The Westfield Neighborhood Council will host its 50th Anniversary Gala & Silent Auction on Friday, October 25th at 7pm at Galloping Hill Caterers. Event will include music, dancing, dinner special honorees and a chance to learn about some of Westfields finest moments. For more information, please email Amy Kover @ vicepresident.wnc@gmail.

Item 2019-07-11 Westfield - Special Board of Ed. Meeting July 18, 2019 Notice is hereby given of a Special Meeting of the Board of Education of the Town of Westfield, in the County of Union, New Jersey, at 8:00 a.m., on the morning of Thursday, July 18, 2019, in the Board Room of the Administration Building, 302 Elm Street, Westfield, New Jersey. The purpose of the meeting is to transact the regular business of the Board and any other business to come properly before the Board.

Item 2019-07-09 Linden - The Spray Park at Wheeler Park in Linden will be closed on Thursday July 11, 2019 for maintenance.

Item 2019-07-08 Westfield, NJ - Senator Tom Kean announced today that he raised over $500,000 during the first three months of his campaign for Congress in New Jersey's 7th Congressional District. "I am humbled by the support I have received from so many families in North Jersey," said Senator Kean. "Congress is headed in the wrong direction and it is time we send our New Jersey values to Washington, not accept Washington values in New Jersey. Thank you to all of you who believe in our mission. We have stood together through good and difficult times, and if we continue to stand together we will take back the 7th Congressional District." Senator Tom Kean is the New Jersey Senate Republican Leader. His candidacy makes NJ-7 one of the most competitive races in the country in 2020. His long history of service to New Jersey gives him nearly universal name recognition, and he is a candidate with a proven fundraising ability. As a U.S. Senate candidate in 2006, Kean raised nearly $8 million. Last week, the NRCC released the results of a survey that showed NJ-7 incumbent Tom Malinowski down by two points against a named Republican challenger, most likely Senator Tom Kean. Republicans hold a partisan registration advantage of over 5,000 voters in NJ-7. ### Paid for by Kean for Congress Inc

Item 2019-07-08 Union County - Residents seeking School Board positions in their municipality, the deadline for filing their nominating petitions is Monday, July 29, before 4:00 p.m. in the Main Office of the County Clerk, at 2 Broad Street in Elizabeth, Room 113. Be aware that a state law effective July 1, 2018 permits School Board Candidates to circulate petitions jointly. They may 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 also required to file a specific affirmation that they have not been convicted of crimes that would disqualify them from office with their petition. Visit the Countys elections website online at A petition can also be obtained in person at the Main Office in Elizabeth. 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 programs visit

Item 2019-07-05 Westfield - Sunday Morning Singles Discussion Group meets every Sunday at The First Baptist Church of Westfield (lower level), 170 Elm Street, Westfield July 7th, July 14th, July 21st, and July 28th. This nondenominational group share thoughts 9 am to 10:15 am every Sunday. All are welcome. $2 908-686-0563.

Item 2019-07-05 Union County -, in conjunction with Foodstock NJ and the Community Food Bank of NJ are requesting that residents donate non-perishable food items to assist those in need at the July 10th, Summer Arts Concert Series at Echo Lake Park. Residents may drop off donations of non-perishable food items at any of the following locations from July 8th through July 19th during normal business hours: Administration Building Lobby 10 Elizabethtown Plaza Elizabeth NJ 07207 Public Safety Building Lobby 400 North Avenue East Westfield NJ 07090 Engineering Building Lobby 2325 South Avenue Scotch Plains NJ 07076 For more information contact Nathalie Hernandez, coordinator, Office of Community Engagement and Diversity at or 908-527-4880. For more details on the Summer Arts series and more summer activities in Union County Parks visit or call the Parks Department at 908-527-4900.

Item 2019-07-05 Garwood - North Avenue will be closed in both directions from Lincoln Avenue to Cedar Street due to Emergency Utility Repairs. Please avoid this area and plan alternate routes.

Item 2019-07-04 Scotch Plains - Police; residents should be advised that any Coyote, Fox or other wildlife sightings do not require a 911 or other call to the police department. NJ Fish and Wildlife state they are all considered normal wildlife for this area and are present in over 400 NJ Municipalities. There is no police action to be taken for a normal sighting of these animals. They are out at all hours. If the animal looks visibly sick or is acting aggressively please contact the police department. Please follow the link below to the fish and wildlife website for additional information and proper precautions to take if you are concerned about the wildlife, such as securing your garbage better and not leaving small domestic animals unattended outdoors.

Item 2019-07-03 REGION -- Power is out for more than 500 customers in Garwood and Westfield as a result of the partial collapse of the vacant former Paperboard Factory building on North Avenue, and the road remains partially closed and detoured indefinitely. Union Countys Westfield Offices were also impacted on North Avenue, including the Froehlich and Fraser buildings. Both buildings are operating on generator power. The County Clerks Westfield office is operating with limited service, for an appointment, please call 908-654-9859. Power is not expected to be fully restored until into the evening.

Item 2019-07-03 Garwood -- Mayor Sara Todisco said PSE&G is replacing the three poles that came down as a result of this morning's partial collapse of the vacant Paperboard building. She said estimates are that it will take 12 to 18 hours to fully restore electricity to the businesses that lost power. Some businesses are operating with emergency generators but most are closed.

Item 2019-07-03 Garwood - Construction collapse at Old Paper mill site happening now. Police closed North Ave. 10 am between Lincoln and Oak, power out in the area lines down. Traffic diverted to South Avenue. Public is warned to stay away to avoid possible harm.

Item 2019-07-02 Westfield, NJ (July 2019) The August Symphony Orchestra (TASO) will perform its annual concert on Sunday, July 28 at 3:00 pm at the Presbyterian Church in Westfield, presenting engaging music with a summer theme. The Overture to The Magic Flute K. 620 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is one of the supreme orchestral works of the 18th century Samuel Barbers Knoxville: Summer of 1915 for voice and orchestra is a lush, richly textured work that paints a dreamy, nostalgic scene of a summer long past. It is based on James Agees autobiographical poetic essay of the same title, reflecting a childhood memory of idyllic summers spent with his family at their home in Tennessee. Performing the soprano solo is Stacia Thiel, an accomplished, classically trained singer and songwriter known for her expressive vocal emotions and storytelling through music. Dvořk composed the symphony, depict a summer's day, with the rustling of leaves in a gentle breeze. Showing a remarkable variety of themes, the symphony presents a colorful sequence of pastoral images, from dance and march temperaments to passages of heightened drama, culminating in an energetic finale. This is the fourth season the orchestra will be conducted by Michael Avagliano, who serves as music director of the Central Jersey Symphony and the Summit Symphony and is on the faculty of Drew University as director of the University Orchestra and violin professor. As a violinist and violist, Mr. Avagliano has appeared with the New Jersey Symphony, the Singapore Symphony, the Strauss Symphony of America, and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and is an active performer in the New York area.

Item 2019-07-02 Union County The County announces a new program to help combat substance use, reduce overdose deaths and reduce relapses in Union County. Called Union County Helping Hands 365 (UCHH365), the program is designed to improve access to treatment and support services by connecting addicts with peers who have achieved sobriety and are trained to help others. The program will serve at least 250 Union County residents by the end of 2019. Any Union County resident over the age of 18 is eligible to seek help through UCHH365. To reach the UCHH365 Hotline or to contact Prevention Links for more details about the program, call Prevention Links at1-855-825-3275

Item 2019-07-01 WESTFIELD Assembly Republican Leader John Bramnick questioned the more than $80 million of last-minute spending items kept in the $38.7 billion budget bill Gov. Phil Murphy signed yesterday. What the state needs to do is cut spending, cut taxes, and reform the way we do things to save money, said Bramnick (R-Union). The governor did not cut any of the pork he continually criticized. Its time for Trenton to stop being so generous with taxpayers money and actually provide people with relief.

Item 2019-07-01 Trenton - Re: NJ State budget - NJBIA was pleased the budget had no broad-based tax increases, but President and CEO Michele Siekerka noted that spending increased 11% since FY2018.

Item 2019-07-01 TRENTON, N.J. Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick criticized the spending increase in the budget Gov. Phil Murphy signed Sunday, which was sent to him by the Democratic-controlled Legislature. This budget still increases state spending by $4 billion over two years, said Bramnick (R-Union). How many people have received an almost 12 percent increase over the last two years? These spending increases are driving our residents to low tax states. Real reform is needed; and Republicans are ready to pass those reforms that would bring spending down.

Item 2019-06-30 Scotch Plains - Storm Update; The following roads have live wires down and should avoided at all cost -Unami Ln, 2294 Coles Av, 315 Warren St, Cooper between Fenimore and Terrill Rd, Sunnyfield ln, Arrowwood rd, Balfour Ln, Argyll Ct,Kevin rd at Terrill. The following streets have trees/limb blocking them completely:Chapel rd, Wood Rd, Prospect Av,West Ct, 2000 Raritan Rd SP DPW are out clearing trees that are declared safe and PSE&G are also working in the area. Please respect all police closures and taped off areas.

Item 2019-06-29 Union County The dates for the Summer Arts Concert series and Family Fun & Flix film series. The fun begins on July 9 at 7:30 p.m. at Wheeler Park in Linden, Immediately after at dusk the movie A Dogs Way Home will begin. The following is a list of Family, Fun, and Flix movies throughout the summer at Union County Parks: July 9 A Dogs Way Home at Wheeler Park, Linden July 16 Hotel Transylvania 3 at Warinanco Park, Elizabeth July 23 Lego Movie 2 at Warinanco Park, Elizabeth July 29 Hotel Transylvania 3 at Rutgers Ave. Park, Hillside July 30 Spiderman-Into the Spider-Verse at Warinanco Park, Elizabeth August 6 Ralph Breaks the Internet at Meisel Park, Springfield (with NNO) August 12 Incredibles 2 at Tamaques Park, Westfield August 13 Incredibles 2 at Warinanco Park, Elizabeth On July 10th the Summer Arts Concert Series; The concert will begin promptly at 7:30. The following is a list of the Summer Arts Concert Series dates and locations throughout the summer at Union County Parks: Echo Lake Park, Mountainside Wednesdays July 10 Radio Petty (The Best of Tom Petty) July 17 Verdict July 24 Black Dog (The Led Zeppelin Tribute) July 31 Marc Mullers Grateful Jamband (Grateful Dead) Oak Ridge Park, Clark Wednesdays Aug 7 American Rapture Aug 14 Rob Paparozzi Juke Joint Aug 21 Hey Bulldog (Tribute to the Beatles) Aug 28 We May Be Right (The Billy Joel Experience) For more details visit or call the Parks Department at 908-527-4900.

Item 2019-06-28 Westfield - The Downtown Music will begin next week and takes place every Tuesday evening during July and August, from 7pm to 9pm. Raindates are the following evening, Wednesday, each week.

Item 2019-06-28 Trenton - To explore how New Jersey can best reuse and recycle aging solar panels, legislation (A-4011) to establish the New Jersey Solar Panel Recycling Commission received final legislative approval on Thursday, passing the full Senate, 37-0. It was approved by the full Assembly last week, 75-0. Solar technologies will play a vital role in New Jerseys energy future, said Pinkin (D-Middlesex). Weve been seeing an increasing shift to renewable energy sources since the early 2000s, when more people began choosing solar panels to power their homes for the enormous environmental benefits and cheaper electricity bills. However, the 30-year lifespan of many of these early solar panels will be here before we know it. This Commission will help us find ways to effectively recycle this valuable material so we can get another 30 years of clean, renewable energy from it. Under the bill, the commission will investigate options for recycling and other end-of life management methods for photovoltaic (PV) and other solar energy generation structures, and develop recommendations for legislative, administrative, or private sector action. The commission will be comprised of nine members; the Commissioner of Environmental Protection, or a designee, to serve as the ex-officio chairperson; the Commission of Community Affairs, or a designee, to serve as the ex-officio vice-chairperson; two members of the States business community with expertise, knowledge, or experience in Class D recycling and disposal of consumer electronics; one representative of a non-profit organization that promotes recycling in the State; two members who are currently employed in the solar power industry; and two members representing the States academic community with expertise in recycling issues.

Item 2019-06-28 Scotch Plains - The Scotch Plains fireworks will be tomorrow Saturday 6/29 at dusk on the Scotch Hills Golf Course/ Jerusalem Road will be closed at approx. 630pm/ Plainfield Av will also close as it gets closer to the start of the event/ Please plan parking accordingly and expect traffic.

Item 2019-06-27 Summit - Police Department is implementing increased security measures to ensure the safety of pedestrians and everyone attending the July 4, 2019 fireworks celebration at Soldier's Memorial Field. Beginning at approximately 7PM on Thursday, July 4, several roadways around Memorial Field will be fully closed to vehicular traffic until the completion of the fireworks display. Residents living on the streets that will be closed at 7PM are asked to plan ahead if expecting guests or if needing to use a vehicle to leave a residence after 7PM. All vehicles attempting to enter or leave the restricted area after 7PM will be prohibited from doing so with NO EXCEPTIONS. Emergency vehicles will have access, if necessary. Roadways affected by the mandatory closures include: Tulip Street between Ashland Road and Watchung Place Myrtle Avenue between Larned Road and Tulip Street Larned Road between Mountain Avenue and Myrtle Avenue Parkview Terrace between Larned Road and Clearview Drive Clearview Drive between Parkview Terrace at the 90 bend We thank you for your patience and wish you a happy and safe Independence Day. Amy Cairns Chief Communications Officer City of Summit 512 Springfield Ave. Summit, NJ 07901 908-277-9418 (office)

Item 2019-06-27 CRANFORD Join the Union County College Foundation on July 17, 2019 at the Galloping Hill Golf Course in Kenilworth to celebrate the 4th Annual Close the Gap Cocktail Reception being held to support the Colleges strategic initiative to increase graduation rates among African American students. This year Frank A. Bolden, Esq. will be honored for his years of service as the former Vice Chair of the Union County College Board of Trustees and as an avid supporter of the Close the Gap campaign.

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