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Item 2017-01-23 Summit - Please be advised: All after school and evening activities have been canceled by the Summit Public Schools. In the event of high winds causing downed power lines, please call 911. Report all power outages to JCP&L at 888-544-4877. Amy Cairns Chief Communications Officer City of Summit

Item 2017-01-23 Area from - The nor'easter that's been battering the Jersey Shore with powerful winds and pounding surf since Monday morning isn't near finished or even at peak yet for most of the state. That's the word from meteorologists who have been tracking the big coastal storm since it originated down in the southern United States, where it triggered deadly tornadoes and other extreme weather over the weekend. "The rain is just starting to pick up in southern parts of the state, and it should be picking up into the early part of the evening," said Matthew Potter, a meteorologist at the WeatherWorks forecasting company based in Warren County.

Item 2017-01-22 Morristown Audience goers will be moved by the romanticism of Circle of Dvorak at New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestras winter concert on March 5 at 3:00 p.m. at the College of Saint Elizabeth. All four of NJIOs groups (two full orchestras, a string ensemble, and a flute choir) will perform, each consisting of amateur and professional musicians from age 5 to 85. Admission is free. For more information, please contact Mary Beth Sweet at (908) 603-7691,, or visit NJIOs website

Item 2017-01-18 Cranford - New Jersey Blood Services is hosting an Emergency Shortage Blood Drive on Tuesday, January 31st between 2:30pm-8:30pm at Orange Avenue School, 901 Orange Ave. in Cranford. To make an appointment, please visit or call 1-800-933-2566. Walk-ins are welcome!

Item 2017-01-17 Rahway - Lifeguards are needed at the Ulrich pool in Rahway River Park. Lifeguards are needed at the Ulrich pool for the summer from mid-June through Labor Day. Current lifeguard certification required and weekends are mandatory. Good starting salary. If you are interested, please call 908-298-7849 Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm.

Item 2017-01-15 Cranford - United Methodist Church will host a Souper-Bowl and Chili Festival on Saturday, February 4, 2017, 11am 3 pm. Twelve fabulous homemade soups and chilis will be available for take-out ready the day before Super Bowl 51. Order early these souper-bowl favorites will go quickly! Everyone knows the soups at the church's annual Christmas Shoppe and Soup Fest are out of this world. They are gone early in the day even though each year more soup is made. If you missed out or just want more (who doesn't?), why wait until next December? Now is your opportunity to get some of those soups to take home. No cooking, no mess....just enjoy the best soups in town at your super bowl party. Donation Amounts Pints and Quarts of the following soups and chilis will be available for $4 and $8 each: Download the order form from our website: , fill it in, enclose your check payable to CUMC and mail it to: Cranford United Methodist Church, Souper-Bowl Team, 201 Lincoln Ave. East, Cranford, NJ 07016. Pre-paid advance orders will be available for pick up at the event. Pre-paid advance orders must be received by mail or drop off in the church office by Thurs., Feb. 2nd. However, you do not have to order in advance -- walk-ins are welcome too. Orders can be picked up on Sat. Feb. 4, 2017 from 11am to 3pm in the kitchen of the church's education building at 201 Lincoln Avenue, corner of Walnut and Lincoln Avenues, Cranford. There is plenty of free parking. Questions? Please call Marti at (908) 276-0936 or send an email to

Item 2017-01-13 Westfield - per, A woman was taken into custody following a three-hour standoff in which she threatened to shoot a police officer while barricaded in a bedroom of her home, authorities said. The incident began when police got a call at 9 p.m. asking them to check on the welfare of a woman on the 900 block of Grandview Avenue, Chief David Wayman said. When officers arrived, the woman was locked in her bedroom and told police she would shoot through the door if they entered, Wayman said. Police then escorted another resident, a woman, outside the house and secured the area. With the help of a crisis negotiator, police spent the next few hours trying to communicate with the woman using a public address system, Wayman said. When she still refused to come out, police forced their way into the room and took her into custody, Wayman said. A .40-caliber handgun was within her reach when police entered, Wayman said

Item 2017-01-11 Westfield - on the January 4th BOE meeting: Following Private Session, the Board unanimously voted to accept the immediate transfer of Peter Renwick from the High School to the district position of Director of Special Projects, reporting directly to the Superintendent. Furthermore, the Board approved Mr. Renwicks resignation from the district in February 2018. The Westfield High School Principal position will now be posted and we will begin the interview process quickly and efficiently. Dr. Derrick Nelson will continue as Acting Principal at Westfield High School until this position is permanently filled. I appreciate the support of our entire school community who work together to provide a safe, nurturing and motivating environment for our students.

Item 2017-01-09 Cranford - Board of Education will hold Special Meetings on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 and Wednesday, January 18, 2017 beginning at 5:45 P.M. in the Board Room at Lincoln School, 132 Thomas Street, Cranford, New Jersey The purpose of these meetings is for the Board to interview candidates for the position of Superintendent of Schools for the Cranford Public School District. No action will be taken at these meetings. The meetings will be opened in Public and the Board will go directly into Executive Session.

Item 2017-01-08 Union County - Re Snow and roads (~2 inches); saw lots of cars parked on the street. Couldn't tell if anyone was ticketed. And just between us, looks like they plowed late at night after the roads were packed down. So back roads are not good.

Item 2017-01-05 Westfield -, Watcher' house demolition rejected, infamous home called 'magnificent'. A plan to demolish the stigmatized and infamous "Watcher" house that was targeted by a mysterious stalker was soundly defeated by township officials Wednesday night. Planning board members unanimously rejected a plan to raze the home on the Boulevard, sub-divide the nearly half acre lot and build two new houses. Board members said the proposal went against the township's master plan and would damage the neighborhood on the 600 block of the street. "We should be particularly vigilant in protecting this beautiful block," said board member Francis Smith, whose comments were echoed by other board members. The vote to reject the application came about 11:35 p.m., more than four hours after the meeting started.

Item 2017-01-05 Fanwood-Scotch Plains - Rotary Club will be holding its Annual Wine Tasting on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at Giovannas Restaurant in Plainfield, NJ. The cost is $85 per person paid in advance or $95 at the door. The wine tasting event will run from 7pm until 10pm. This year, the evening will include a 3 course dinner with a sampling of wines for each course and will feature renowned wine expert Tom Jackson. Whether you're a wine expert or would like to learn more about wines, this evening will be a fun and informative event. Make checks payable to: Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary, P.O. Box 426, Fanwood NJ 07023. For information, please call Neil Schembre at 908-405-8941 Proceeds will support the local and international efforts of the Fanwood-Scotch Plain Rotary Club. To learn more about the club and to request information about becoming a member, go to

Item 2017-01-04 Westfield - Asm. Jon Bramnick says he is not running for N.J. Governor. Bramnick, a Westfield resident, said he's waiting to see how the GOP field shakes out before endorsing a candidate.

Item 2017-01-03 Kenilworth - The Union County St. Patricks Day Parade Committee will host its annual Celebrity Bartenders fundraiser on Sunday, January 15, 2017 from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Kenilworth Veterans Center located at 33 South 21st Street, Kenilworth, NJ 07033. Entertainment will include the Celtic rock band Bloody Callan and a mass pipes and drums performance. Tickets are $5.00 each and include coffee, tea, cake and hot dogs. Refillable commemorative mugs are $10.00. The Celebrity Bartenders party will benefit the 21st Union County St. Patricks Day Parade which steps off at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 11, 2017 on Morris Avenue in Union, NJ. For tickets or more information about the Celebrity Bartenders event please contact Kathy Noonan at 908-906-4622 or Marc Dowling at 908-967-0740. Tickets are also available at the door. For more information about the 2017 Union County St. Patricks Day Parade, please visit

Item 2017-01-02 Westfield - The Holy Trinity Senior Social Club will meet on Monday, Janurary 9, 2017 in the Parish Center @ 1:30, in the afternoon. Please join us, bring a friend or family member. Refreshments will be served.

Item 2016-12-28 Union County --Union County Government will hold its annual reorganization at the County Courthouse on Sunday, Jan. 8th, which begins at 12 p.m. Those scheduled to be sworn into new terms include: Freeholders Linda Carter, Bette Jane Kowalski and Sergio Granados. Freeholder Bruce Bergen is expected to be appointed Chairman for a second-straight year, and Freeholder Granados is expected to be appointed, also for a second-straight year, as Vice Chairman. Freeholders will also vote to fill numerous positions on county advisory boards and to adopt the boards 2017 schedule and more.

Item 2016-12-19 Trenton - We're leaving Trenton Legislature now to come home. Newspaper vengeance Bill is reportedly dead.

Item 2016-12-19 Trenton - There's a lot of division and anger within New Jersey legislative ranks about the politics behind the newspaper vengeance bill. Both houses are still in caucus (4 pm). We will report in as soon as there's more.

Item 2016-12-17 Westfield - Snow fall accumulation is generally less than 2 inches in Union County, NJ. By noon, much of it is beginning to melt. Short term, intermittent power failures are occurring around noon.

Item 2016-12-17 Santa Parade IS ON! Fanwood - The Fanwood Santa Parade is on for today, 12/17, commencing at 1pm. Please listen for the sirens and please have your children waiting at the curb for Santa. Be careful... it's a little messy outside! Borough of Fanwood

Item 2016-12-15 Westfield - Community LiftUp Presents the Holiday Gift Marketplace at the Westfield Community Center at 558 W Broad Street on Saturday December 17th from 10 am - 2 pm. Free entry, free gift bag, free raffle ticket! Enjoy local vendors, tricky tray and a raffle to win a vacation package for 2! For more information, please contact - call 646-299-1366 - see

Item 2016-12-14 Scotch Plains - Township of Scotch Plains has scheduled a SPECIAL MEETING for Thursday, December 22, 2016 at 9:30 AM. The purpose of the meeting is for: Executive Session Contract Negotiations 2017 Professional Services RFP Review Formal action may be taken at this meeting.

Item 2016-12-06 Cranford - Hockey Club Mite and Squirt players and families recently cleaned-up Warinanco Park last Saturday as part of the Union County Adopt-a-Park program. Over 80 children and adults turned out to help beautify the stream near Warinanco Skating Rink, home rink for Cranford Hockey Club. They raked leaves to help prepare for the Parks winter seeding project, picked up litter, and removed invasive plants from along the stream. In its 60th year, the Cranford Hockey Club continues to be an outstanding member of the greater Union County community.

Item 2016-12-04 Westfield - wins NJSIAA football finals 15-13 on Saturday, Dec. 3 From MetLife Stadium, North 2, Group 5 Westfield vs. Bridgewater-Raritan, 1 p.m. The Westfield HS football team remains unbeaten for two years, 25-0, the longest streak in New Jersey.

Item 2016-12-01 Westfield - The Imperial Brass presents Holiday Brass on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 7:30 p.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Westfield. The 29-piece ensemble, under the direction of Ronald Waiksnoris, will play an array of unique holiday arrangements, including I Saw Three Ships and the Hallelujah Chorus, Irving Berlins White Christmas and Here Comes Santa Claus. The Imperial Brass repertoire includes a wide variety of styles from brass band classics, contemporary works, classical arrangements and music from Broadway and popular selections. The band appears throughout the metropolitan area,and makes its home at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Westfield. Join Mr. Waiksnoris and the critically acclaimed Imperial Brass for this spectacular evening of holiday brass. The performance will take place in the main sanctuary of Redeemer Lutheran Church which is located at 229 Cowperthwaite Place, Westfield. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors 65 and over and $5 for children. For more information, visit or

Item 2016-12-01 Westfield - Police ASSISTANCE NEEDED: IF YOU TRAVELED WILLOW GROVE RD ON FRI, 11/25 @ APPROX 7PM & HAVE A DASH CAM PLEASE CONTACT WPD. The Westfield Police Department requests that if you traveled on Willow Grove Road in the area of Seward Avenue on Friday, November 25th, at approximately 7PM and observed anyone or anything suspicious in the area, or if you had a recording dash camera in your vehicle, to please contact the Westfield Police Department's Detective Bureau at 908-789-6086. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

Item 2016-11-30 On Wednesday November 23, 2016, at Cranford High School, the Quilting Club hosted their 8th annual Blankets of Love. Every year the blankets are donated to selected hospitals in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. This year the blankets were donated to Saint Barnabas Medical Center in honor of two beloved Cranford High School faculty members. Mrs. Christine Bagniewski was a Physical Education and Health teacher who passed away last spring and Mrs. Nancy Campbell was a Cranford - Guidance Counselor who passed away during the summer. Both faculty members received treatment at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. Two hundred blankets were donated this year. Eight years ago the Quilting Club started Blankets of Love. Over one thousand blankets have been donated so far. The current club members hope that the tradition of Blankets of Love will be continued by future students of Cranford High School. It is hoped that the community of Cranford would help keep this tradition to continue by donating material and monetary donations to purchase needed supplies. For more information please contact Mrs. Barbara Narus at

Item 2016-11-29 Westfield The Impromptu Players will present, What The Dickens? an adaptation of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel of the Presbyterian Church in Westfield, 140 Mountain Avenue, Westfield. This one-hour performance, adapted and directed by Wendy Connolly, is a humorous and heartwarming version of the beloved Christmas story of Ebenezer Scrooges transformation from miserable miser to joyful philanthropist with an old time radio show feel. The program features Ms. Connolly, Sharon McGuire and Lisa Black of Westfield, and Fred Dennehy of Cranbury performing all of the roles. The cost is $10 per person with all of the proceeds from the evening going to the Agape Soup Kitchen in Elizabeth that is operated by the Presbyterian Church in Westfield. Tickets are available at the door only. There is ample parking and the Chapel is handicap accessible. For more information email

Item 2016-11-29 Westfield - The Youth Group of the First Baptist Church of Westfield, 170 Elm St., will present a musical variety concert on Sunday, December 11 at 4:30pm. It will begin in recital format showcasing a variety of solo performers of diverse style and musical development and then proceed into rock concert featuring the bands Sorry in Advance and Jasmine McMorran from the New Jersey Workshop for the Arts Rock Performance Workshop. Food and drink will be available throughout. A free will offering will be taken at the door in to support our Youth Group missions.

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