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Item 2015-01-27 County - The County of Union will be opening its offices on a delay today at 10 a.m. as the travel ban has been lifted.
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Item 2015-01-27 Westfield - 8:30 am; roads are open in most of New Jersey though people are wisely staying home today as road crews clear up the snow. Road crews did a great job working throughout the night. Government advises everyone to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary today. The newspaper office is open with a skeleton crew. Employees are to stay home today. Perhaps 4-6 inches of snow fell last night with only flurries this morning - the blizzard bounced 55 miles off to the ocean and the area got lucky. Long Island and Boston are getting hammered. Air flights are mostly cancelled and just starting to recover. NY-NJ Transit and subways will be getting back on line throughout the day.
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Item 2015-01-27 Westfield - NJ was lucky and dodged most of the blizzard, travel ban has been lifted in much of the state, newspaper office is closed Tuesday.
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Item 2015-01-26 Snow Emergency - the Governor has declared a State of Emergency and has closed state office for today and for tomorrow as well, except for essential employees. NJ Transit will be shut down beginning at 10 p.m. and for tomorrow as well.
*The Union County Courts and Vicinage will be closing at 2 p.m. and for the rest of the day tomorrow.
*Union County Offices remain open, but County Parks facilities at Warinanco Park and Watchung Reservation will close at 2 p.m.
*Both County Golf Courses, Galloping Hill at Kenilworth and Ash Brook in Scotch Plains, will close beginning at 2 p.m. and for tomorrow as well. The Parks Reservation desks in Elizabeth and Westfield will close at 2 p.m. and for tomorrow as well.
*Meals on Wheels will not deliver meals tomorrow, nor will the congregate sites be open. Emergency meals for tomorrow have already been delivered.
*Paratransit will suspend service tomorrow including the Route 22 shuttle. At this time both services are operating normally.
County Police are urging motorists to keep vehicles off of the roadways whenever possible during the storm, allowing plows to clear the roads curb to curb.
Report any issues on municipal roads to the respective municipality. If there are any issues on County roads, please call County Police at 908-654-9800.
Also, to report downed power lines or outages, contact your utility company. PSE&G customers call 1-800-436-7734. JCP&L customers call 1-800-545-7738 or use the automated reporting line at 1-888-544-4877.
For questions about your gas service, call Elizabethtown Gas at 800-492-4009.
Please tell your friends and neighbors about First Alert, and stay informed by visiting the Union County Webpage at www.ucnj.org. Also find us on Facebook and Twitter.
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Item 2015-01-26 State Of Emergency - Gov. Chris Christie has declared a state of emergency in anticipation of a blizzard forecasters say could blanket parts of the state in about two feet of snow by Wednesday. I encourage all New Jerseyans to use every caution as they travel today and to remain off the roads whenever possible so that our first responders and public safety officials can safely respond to any emergency situations," the governor said.
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Item 2015-01-26 Snow Storm - NJ District 21 information: To Report Power Outages Call: FirstEnergy 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877); PSE&G: 1 800-436-PSEG (1-800-436-7734); For urgent and immediate health and safety issues: Dial 911; Downed wires should immediately be called in to your electric company or local police or fire department. Customers should never go near a downed power line.; To Report a Gas Leak Contact your Gas Provider: Elizabethtown Gas:1-800-492-4009; New Jersey Natural Gas: 1-800-427-5325; PSE&G: 1-800-436-7734
Some general tips and items you should have on hand: Charge cell phones; Fill up your cars fuel tank; Keep Flashlights and extra batteries in easy to reach locations; A supply of bottled water and non perishable food items; Battery Powered Radio; Extra Blankets and warm clothing; Extra cash; Prescriptions; Check on neighbors and senior citizens.
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Item 2015-01-26 Snow Emergency - Westfield POLICE EMERGENCY has been declared. Parking will be prohibited on the following streets, or the identified portions thereof, from 3PM Monday until 6AM Wednesday: - Central Ave (entire length); - Clark St (between W Dudley Ave & Edgewood Ave); - E Broad St (between Mountain Ave & N Euclid Ave); - Prospect St (between E Broad St & E Dudley Ave); - W South Ave (between Westfield Ave & Central Ave); - W Broad St (entire length).
The Westfield Police Department WILL enforce these parking restrictions. Any vehicles parked in violation of the above WILL be TICKETED and TOWED at the owner's expense pursuant to emergency police order.
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Item 2015-01-26 Snow Safety - This week's snowstorm could lead to long power outages with some individuals using portable generators for electricity. New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Mary E. O'Dowd reminds everyone to observe all safety procedures while operating generators.
During 2013, there were approximately 630 New Jersey residents treated for unintentional CO exposure in emergency departments throughout the state. Of those incidents, 44 residents were hospitalized. During 2012, 19 New Jersey residents died from CO exposure.
* Never run a generator in a basement, garage or any enclosed or partially. enclosed structure as this will lead to a dangerous and often fatal. accumulation of carbon monoxide.. * Never position a generator too close to your home's windows and doors.. * Use battery-operated carbon monoxide alarms. Test and change the batteries. at regular intervals. * Never connect a generator directly to your home's wiring unless your home. has been wired for generator use. This can cause backfeeding along power. lines and electrocute anyone coming in contact with them, including. lineworkers making repairs. * Always plug appliances directly into generators. * Use heavy-duty, outdoor-rated extension cords. Make sure extension cords are. free of cuts or tears and the plug has three prongs. * Ensure your generator is properly grounded. * Never overload a generator. A portable generator should only be used when. necessary to power essential equipment or appliances. * Turn off all equipment powered by the generator before shutting it down.. * Keep the generator dry. Operate it on a dry surface under an open structure. * Always have a fully charged fire extinguisher nearby. * Never fuel a generator while it is operating and wait until it is cool to. the touch.
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Item 2015-01-26 Snow Cancelled - Due to inclement weather, Union County College will close at 1:30 p.m. today (Mon., Jan. 26) and all day tomorrow (Tues., Jan. 27). All classes and programs are canceled. For updated information, check www.ucc.edu or call me. Dr. Stephen D. Nacco; Vice President, Administrative Services; Union County College; 1033 Springfield Avenue; Cranford, NJ 07016; 908-709-7005 (office); 908-514-3226 (cell)
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Item 2015-01-26 Snow Storm - Union County Schools will have early dismissal Monday (12:45) or they are closed. Situation is similar throughout the state of New Jersey.
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Item 2015-01-26 Snow Advisory - NJ Transit riders should regularly check the agency's website, NJ Transit.com or call 973-275-5555 and listen to station public address system announcements for information about changing conditions.
Amtrak officials said announcements about service changes will be made as far in advance as possible, but he advised passengers with reservations for travel late Monday and early Tuesday to watch weather conditions and be prepared to make any necessary changes in advance of their scheduled departure.
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Item 2015-01-26 Area - A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for Union County from Monday afternoon to Tuesday evening.; In order for DPW to effectively plow the streets, we strongly encourage all residents to refrain from parking in the street. In the event of an emergency, a parked vehicle can be towed by the Fanwood Police Dept. so the DPW can freely plow the roadways.; Heavy snow, wind gusts up to 50 mph and potential accumulations of 1-2 feet of snow are predicted. Significant amounts of snow are forecast which will make travel very dangerous. Please only travel in an emergency.; * If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, blanket, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.; * To report potentially dangerous situations, contact the Fanwood Police Dept. at (908)322-5000. For a true emergency, please call 911.; * To report downed wires or power outages, call PSE&G's Customer Service line at (800)436-PSEG.; * Reminder - it is prohibited to drive a vehicle that has snow obstructing your view or blow off of your vehicle and cause danger to another driver or pedestrian.; * Please check on your neighbors, especially the elderly.; We strongly encourage all residents to continually monitor the Borough of Fanwood website - www.fanwoodnj.org - and the Fanwood Police Department website - www.fanwoodpolice.org - for updates throughout the storm.; Chief of Police Richard Trigo; Mayor Colleen Mahr; Borough of Fanwood;
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Item 2015-01-19 Uinon Township - Rt. 22 and the Garden State Parkway are closed in both directions in Union due to flooding and icing until further notice. Make alternative driving plans and watch out for icy conditions on the roads.
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Item 2015-01-18 Area - Due to icing conditions, all residents are advised to use EXTREME CAUTION while driving through Fanwood and the area this morning, Sunday, January 18. There are multiple accidents. All surfaces are covered with ice. If you don't have to go out, don't!; Borough of Fanwood
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Item 2015-01-16 Summit - Thursday Night Salon Series February 26 7-9 pm - Join exhibiting artist Lorrie Fredette as she illuminates the process behind her room-sized sculptural installation and explains how her work is heavily steeped in research of epidemiology and social history of disease. $5, free for members. Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, 68 Elm Street, Summit. Call 908-273-9121 or visit www.artcenternj.org.
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Item 2015-01-15 Summit - Spring Exhibitions Opening Reception, February 8 2-4 pm. Join the Art Center for the opening reception of Spring Exhibitions featuring Australian artist, Gary Carsley: The Garden of Dr. Con Fabulator on view through May 31; Jose Comacho: Plantation; Lorrie Fredette: Proper Limits, Stair-gazing: Claire Sherman and Youth Mixed Media Students of Vanessa Batista, on view through June 21. Visual Arts Center of New Jersey 68 Elm Street, Summit Call 908-273-9121 or visit www.artcenternj.org.
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Item 2015-01-09 Westfield - The Raritan Valley Rail Coalition (RVRC) Board of Trustees, One Seat Ride Coalition and Coalition of Raritan Valley Line Mayors invites the public to be part of history by riding the first weekday evening off-peak one seat ride train from Raritan Borough to Penn Station NY and from Penn Station NY to High Bridge on Monday January 12, 2015. It will leave from Westfield at 7:11 pm.
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Item 2015-01-08 Union County - With freezing temperatures help is available for those without a warm place to stay. If you happen to witness anyone unattended to or sleeping outdoors, please contact your local police department The following municipalities have notified the County that warming centers are available:
Elizabeth: Second Macedonia Baptist Church: 1251 Fairmount Avenue: After 4:00 p.m.: Elizabeth Police Department: After 4:00 p.m.:
Linden: Library - 31 East Henry Street:: Operating Hours:: Monday and Wednesday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.: Tuesday and Thursday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Friday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.: The library is open on the following Saturdays: January 10, January 24, February 7, February 21, March 7, March 21: The library is closed on Sundays, and it will also be closed on January 17, 19, 31, February 12, 14, 16, 28, and March 14, 28: Multi-Purpose Center - 1025 John Street:: Operating Hours:: Monday, Wednesday, Friday -- 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.: Tuesday, Thursday -- 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.: Closed Saturday and Sunday:
Roselle Park: The Roselle Park Community Casano Center: 314 Chestnut St.: Hours:: Monday - Thursday. 9:00 a.m. 8:00 p.m.: Friday 9:00 5:00 p.m.:
To report downed power lines or outages, contact your utility company. PSE&G customers call 1-800-436-7734. JCP&L customers call 1-800-545-7738 or use the automated reporting line at 1-888-544-4877.
For questions about your gas service, call Elizabethtown Gas at 800-492-4009. Please tell your friends and neighbors about First Alert (to sign up visit ucfirstalert.org), and stay informed by visiting the Union County website at ucnj.org.
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Item 2015-01-08 Summit - Salon Series: Can-Can: Behind the Scenes; January 29, 7 pm - 9 pm; Presented by Mark S. Hoebee, Artistic Director, Paper Mill Playhouse; Take a peek behind the curtain of Paper Mill Playhouses production of the Broadway bound revival of Cole Porters Can-Can. Join Artistic Director Mark S. Hoebee, as he presents the design for the set. His presentation will explore how cast, choreography and plot, paired with the directors and designers concept, all influence the final product.
Members: Free | Non-Members $5; Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, 68 Elm Street, Summit. Call 908-273-9121 or visit www.artcenternj.org.
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Item 2015-01-08 Fanwood - The Weather Service has predicted very low temperatures for all day today and into tomorrow. Residents and visitors are urged to limit exposure outside. To help those in need of heat, the Fanwood Police Department has designated the Chelsea Senior Living Center, located at 295 South Ave. in Fanwood, as a warming station. If you need transportation to the warming station, please call the Fanwood Police Department at (908) 322-5000 and we will make arrangements for you. When visiting a relief station, bring any medications and/or specialty items that you may need. Please check on your elderly neighbors and advise them of the warming station at the Chelsea and to contact the Fanwood Police Department in the event of an emergency. Chief Richard Trigo Fanwood Police Department
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Item 2015-01-08 Scotch Plains - The Friends of the Scotch Plains Public Library next week will begin collecting items for its upcoming Book Sale in March. The organization is seeking clean, salable books with no torn or marked pages. Both hardcover and paperbacks will be accepted, as well as books on CD, music CDs and DVDs. The Friends request that donations do not include older or time-sensitive materials such as videotapes, records, magazines and textbooks. The scheduled collection dates and times are as follows
Sat., Jan. 17 - 2 p.m.-4 p.m.: Sun. Jan. 18 - 12 p.m.-3 p.m.: Sat., Jan. 24 - 9 a.m.-12 p.m.: Sun. Jan. 15 - 12 p.m.-3 p.m.: Sat. Jan. 31 - 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Sun. Feb. 1 - 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.: Sat. Feb. 7 - 11 a.m.-4 p.m.: Sun. Feb. 8 - 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.: Sat. Feb. 14 - 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Sun. Feb. 15 - 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.: Sat. Feb. 21 - 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Sun. Feb. 22 - 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.: Sat. Feb. 28 - 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Sun. March 1 - 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Members of the Friends will be available at each of these times to assist with transporting of the books from cars. Volunteers are more than welcome to aid with book sorting during any of above times. For more information, please contact us at spplfriends1@gmail.com.
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Item 2015-01-07 Summit - January 15th from 7 - 9 pm, The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey will present its Thursday Evening Salon Series: Apps Make the Best Art or Art Makes the Best App?. Join art critic, Dan Bischoff, as he explores the relationship between the Internet, smartphones and art in the 21st century. $5; free for Members -- For more information call 908-273-9121 or visit www.artcenternj.org
Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, 68 Elm Street, Summit, NJ 07901
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Item 2015-01-05 Westfield - The Garden Club of Westfield will present a program on herbs and herbal gardening on Tuesday, January 13, 12:00 pm at St. Helens Church, 1600 Rahway Ave., Westfield. All are invited to join us while Louise Hyde of Well-Sweep Herb Farm shares her extensive knowledge and experience with us.
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Item 2015-01-05 Summit - All ages are invited to meet exhibiting artists in the Art Center Galleries as they discuss their artwork, inspirations and the creative process. 2:00 4:00 pm. - Admission: Members: free; Non-members: $5 - Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, 68 Elm Street, Summit. Call 908-273-9121, visit www.artcenternj.org or email info@artcenternj.org for more information. - http://www.artcenternj.org/programs-events/programming-series/exhibition-related-programs/art-afternoon
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Item 2015-01-02 Scotch Plains - The newest church in Scotch Plains, Kingdom Life Cathedral, will hosts its Inaugural Sunday Worship Service on Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 1:00pm. The modest, non-denominational congregation, under the leadership of Bishop Kelvin C. Brooks (a Scotch Plains native), began planting its roots in town in 2012, and since then has been hosting bible studies and participating in different service projects. Kingdom Life Cathedral is happy to call the edifice of First United Methodist of Scotch Plains (1171 Terrill Road) its home. The church expects worshipers from near and far to attend this historic service and remain for refreshments after. For more details visit, www.LivingFinished.com/announcements.html. All are invited and welcome to attend.

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Item 2014-12-30 Fanwood - Mayor Colleen Mahr Invites You and Your Family To Ring in the New Year!, Thursday, January 1st, 2015, 12:00 Noon: Fanwood government reorganization meeting, Council Chambers, featuring swearing-in of Council President Russ Huegel and Councilman Kevin Boris. Come early for seating.; 1:00 PM: Free lunch reception at The Carriage House (parking on Watson Road)
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Item 2014-12-29 Union County --Union County Freeholder Chairman-elect Mohamed S. Jalloh will announce his initiatives for the New Year during County Governments Reorganization at the County Courthouse on Sunday, Jan. 4th. The event begins at 12 p.m.
Those scheduled to be sworn into new terms include: County Surrogate James La Corte, Sheriff Joseph Cryan, Immediate Past Freeholder Chairman Christopher Hudak, and Freeholders Angel G. Estrada and Vernell Wright. Bruce Bergen is expected to be appointed as Freeholder Vice Chairman.
Freeholders will also vote to fill numerous positions on county advisory boards and to adopt the boards 2015 schedule and more.
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Item 2014-12-27 Scotch Plains - The Scotch Plains Duplicate Bridge Club is enjoying more than a decade of lively play at Willow Grove Presbyterian Church in Scotch Plains. The club meets every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons starting at noon, and again on Wednesday evenings starting at 7:30pm. There are 12 tables available, each with a 4-person game, for enthusiasts of the game of Bridge.
Jim White, a retired engineer, is the coordinator of the Duplicate Bridge Club at Willow Grove Church. He has been playing bridge since he was nine years old. A friend of Jims mother introduced him to the game one rainy summer day, and he has been in love with the game ever since. Jim reflects, It is a continually changing puzzle in many ways. It challenges what you could figure out. Jim compares bridge to a good game of golf; he is always striving for a new best score, it is a personal achievement. He says, I like to see what I could do better.
If you like the game of Clue or working Sudoku puzzles, bridge is a good venture. Although the Scotch Plains Duplicate Bridge Club does not teach the game to novices, if people already know the game, the club welcomes all levels of play. Coffee and light refreshments are served, so players can snack while they play. There is a $10 fee for each daily session. Players can come for any or all of the sessions each week.
For more information about the Scotch Plains Duplicate Bridge Club, visit www.willowgrovechurch.org or call the Willow Grove Presbyterian Church office at 908-232-5678. The group meets at 1961 Raritan Rd. in Scotch Plains off South Martine Avenue near the Southside fire house. Meetings are open to all and drop-ins are welcome. Willow Grove Church is fully handicapped accessible with ample on-site parking.
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Item 2014-12-16 Rahway - New Years Eve concert featuring Lisa Bouchelle with opening act Luke Elliot. Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 8:30 PM at the Hamilton Stage 360 Hamilton Street, Rahway, NJ. Tickets: $25 Advance; $27 Day of Performance. Call the Box Office (732) 499-8226 or visit www.ucpac.org
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Item 2014-12-16 Garwood - The Annual Re-organization Meeting of the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Garwood for year 2015 will be held on Friday, January 2, 2015, at 7:15 p.m., in the Council Chambers, Municipal Building, 403 South Avenue, Garwood, NJ. The public is encouraged to attend.
Additionally, Dog Licenses are due during the month of January in the Borough of Garwood. To obtain or renew your license, visit the Municipal Clerk's office at 403 South Avenue, Garwood, Monday through Friday, between 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Proof of rabies vaccine covering the entire licensing year is necessary. If you have any questions, please call 908-789-0710.
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Item 2014-12-09 Westfield - Announced on Monday, December 8, the winner is third grader Skyler Lipkind of Westfield, NJ for the Everybody Loves Hazel raffle. The raffle took place at Hazels Birthday Party celebrated at Carlos Bakery of Westfield. Skyler has generously donated his signed copy of Everybody Loves Hazel to The Washington Elementary Schools library.
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Item 2014-12-08 Fanwood - Due to the forecast of inclement weather, the Carriage House Poetry Series celebration of its 16th anniversary, scheduled for Tuesday evening, Dec. 9, has been canceled. The series will resume in February.
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Item 2014-12-05 ELIZABETH - The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the County Manager invite you to the 59th annual Christmas Carol Sing-a-long Around the rotunda Christmas Tree on Wednesday, December 24th, at 10:30 a.m. The event will be held in the rotunda of the Union County Courthouse building, 2 Broad Street, Elizabeth, NJ. County Manager Alfred J. Faella is the master of ceremonies. The event includes caroling, musical entertainment from Glen Merritt of the Countys Facilities Management Division, and a visit from Santa.
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Item 2014-12-05 Westfield - Just sharing a quick update regarding the Town of Westfield leaf collection. The Town is more than half way done with the 2nd pass in our Ward and the 2nd pass should be completed by next Friday, December 12th. There will be a 3rd pass as well followed by the street sweeper. Thanks again and have a nice weekend. Mark LoGrippo, David Oliveira, 3rd Ward Councilmen
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Item 2014-12-05 Westfield - High School Choir and Band Christmas Trees Disposal Service set to take place on January 3; Westfield High School Choir and Band will once again be holding its popular Christmas tree pick up fundraiser. Proceeds will go directly to the 2015 choir and band trips to Scotland/England and Austria/Czech Republic. Pick up is scheduled for Saturday, January 3, 2015 with a January 10 snow date; high school music students will remove the tree from curbside and transport to the conservation center. This service is available to Westfield residents at $15 per tree; additional donation is greatly appreciated. Please make checks payable to WHS Music, cash is also accepted. Reservation can be made via email to whschristmastrees@gmail.com, by January 1st. Please include your last name, address and a phone number.
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Item 2014-12-05 Westfield - Youre cordially invited to Winter Wonderland, a magical adventure full of creative crafts, fun games and yummy treats! Saturday, December 13th 10am to 2pm in the cafeteria at Westfield High School (enter through the back lot). Hosted by Westfield High Schools Key Club to benefit the UNICEF Eliminate Project. Tickets $12 for children. Perfect for children 3 to 11.
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Item 2014-12-05 Plainfield - Share the joy of the holidays with family and friends at a special family concert featuring festive music of the season. The childrens matinee concert of Toys and Other Magic will be performed by the New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra (NJIO) on Sunday, December 14th at 3 pm at St. Bernard and St. Stanislaus Church, 1235 George Street in Plainfield. The program will be performed without an intermission and includes family-friendly music, a childrens play-along piece, and post-concert interactive instrument petting zoo, where kids try out several different orchestral musical instruments under the guidance of one of the intergenerational musicians of the orchestra. Admission is free. Handicap access from Sumner Ave. entrance. For more information regarding this concert or patron services, please contact Mary Beth Sweet, info@njio.org or (908) 603-7691. NJIO is committed to ensuring that its programs and events are accessible to all.
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Item 2014-12-04 Scotch Plains - The Fanwood Scotch Plains Rotary is still collecting food for our Annual Food Drive thru Dec 10th. Food will be donated to the Hillside Community Food Bank. Food can be dropped off the Scotch Plains YMCA and Newmark School in Scotch Plains. Last year we collected approx 900 lbs of food. Please NO Cellophane bags, water or baby food.
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Item 2014-12-04 Scotch Plains - The Six Annual SPF Leadership Training Conference to be held February 7, 2015 at SPFHS The Educational Enrichment Foundation of SPF and the SPF School District will co-sponsor a leadership training conference for middle school students on Saturday, 2/7/15 at SPFHS. SPF LTC 100 will train over 130 new student leaders from grades 5-8.
SPF LTC 100 takes some of the best features of the New Jersey Association of Student Councils (NJASC) four-day Leadership Training Conference held in the summer and condenses them into one day.
Please find a link to the NJASC LTC:
http://www.njasc.org/ltc/index.html
SPF LTC 100, under the leadership of Phyllis Mirabella (EEF of SPF), is in its sixth year. It will teach leadership skills to over 120 Delegates. After the 2015 conference, the program will have trained over 700 students to become leaders in their schools and communities. The program is possible due to the efforts of over 70 volunteers. The volunteers include Junior Counselors (JCs) and Senior Counselors (SCs).
Parents of 5-8 graders from Park and Terrill Middle Schools and St. Bartholomews Academy should contact their Guidance Department if they would like additional information on the program.
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Item 2014-12-03 Westfield - The Westfield Recreation Department will host its 24th Annual Holiday Concert featuring the Westfield Community Concert Band and the Edison Intermediate School Broadway Singers on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at Edison Intermediate School in Westfield. This free public concert culminates a year-long series of performances by the Westfield Community Concert Band in celebration of the bands 102nd anniversary concert season. For more information, contact Barry Rosenberg, band president; 908-337-9073; barryrosenberg@optonline.net
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Item 2014-12-02 Cranford - Santa will make a second appearance in Cranford on December 20th. His first stop will be at Centennial Village from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the corner of Lincoln and Centennial Avenues. He will then return to the gazebo on the corner of N. Union and Springfield Avenues from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for his Annual Holiday Trolley rides around Cranford. All these events are open to the public and are free of charge.
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Item 2014-12-02 Westfield - A combined chorus of The Choral Art Society of New Jersey and The Presbyterian Church in Westfield choirs will lead a Messiah Community Sing, with soloists, and organist Ed Alstrom, in The Presbyterian Church in Westfield at 3:00 PM, Sunday, December 14, 2014. Martin Sedek, Musical Director, will conduct the beloved Handel oratorio.
The Messiah Community Sing is a Westfield area tradition, and an ideal way to kick off the holiday season. Audience members are invited to bring scores, or borrow one of ours at the door, and join in the singing of choruses, or simply come to listen. Come as you are, and prepare to have a grand time making a big joyful noise! Admission is $10 at the door.
For information about the Choral Art Society of New Jersey, visit website www.casofnj.org or call 908-654-5737.
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Item 2014-11-29 Westfield Holy Trinity Interparochial Schools Drama Club will present Christmas Eve Chaos, a light comedy of errors written by Angela Tomaselli and directed by Paul OConnor. The show opens with a mother and her young children, all filled with Christmas excitement, ready to set out for some quick and easy last-minute errands on Christmas Eve. Or so they think. Over the course of the day, they're forced to confront disgruntled employees, a post-office brawl, a sour Santa, a toy store stampede, and more. Will they ever make it home safely, and with their Christmas spirit intact? Christmas Eve Chaos is a humorous look at a hectic holiday. The main cast includes students in grades 4 through 6, with a supporting cast of second- and third-graders. Tickets are $10 at the door. Come experience a little holiday mayhem on Friday, Dec. 12 or Saturday, Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. on the Pollard Hall stage at Our Lady of Lourdes, 300 Central Ave., Mountainside.
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Item 2014-11-29 Cranford - The Union County Historical Society will hold its special Holiday meeting on Sunday, December 14, 2:00 p.m. at the Hanson House, 38 Springfield Ave. in Cranford. The featured speaker will be Joe Renna, publisher of the popular newspaper, "Around About Peterstown."
The meeting is open to the public. For further information, visit www.unioncountyhistoricalsocietynj.org.
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Item 2014-11-29 Westfield - With the holiday season in full swing, The Chansonettes of Westfield are getting ready for their "Holiday Harmony" winter concert tour. The all women's singing group will perform their holiday concert series over the next few weeks at Chelsea Fanwood, Sunrise of Westfield, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, The Springfield Presbyterian Church and Runnells Specialized Hospital. The choral program will feature songs celebrating the harmony of the holiday season including including "Celebrate This Day Together","Are You Ready for Christmas?", "Rock of Ages" and "Let There Be Peace on Earth."
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.
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Item 2014-11-28 Plainfield - The Crescent Singers present the forty-second annual Yuletide by Candelight on December 14 at 5 p.m. at the historic Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church in Plainfield. Bring friends and family to this free concert and enjoy Christmas music from every age. Ample free, secure parking in Church lot (Entrance on 1st Place - connected to church by walkway). Call 908-756-2468 or visit www.crescentconcerts.org for more information about this and upcoming concerts.
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Item 2014-11-26 Clark - Holiday Flea Market & Gift Show; Saturday, December 13, 2014 9-5 PM Indoors & Outdoors; Arthur L. Johnson High School, 365 Westfield Ave. (off Raritan Road), Clark, NJ 07066; Admission: Free; Sponsor: Clark UNICO; For information call 201-998-1144 or events@jcpromotions.info; There will be 50+ exhibitors displaying quality merchandise such as oil & incense, handbags, sports collectibles, jewelry, clothing, dollar items, gift items, gloves & scarves, toys, perfumes, antiques & collectibles, garage/tag sale items.; There will be delicious food served.; JC Promotions is coordinating this event, offering 4 free spaces to any school organization that would like to participate. Support Clark UNICO and do your shopping with us.
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Item 2014-11-26 Trenton, NJ With Winter Storm Cato expected to impede transportation and travel throughout New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie today declared a State of Emergency, authorizing the State Director of Emergency Management to activate and coordinate the preparation, response and recovery efforts for the storm with all county and municipal emergency operations and governmental agencies. Commuters are asked to use extreme caution while traveling across the state. Todays storm is expected to produce travel hazards and potentially cause power outages throughout the state, said Governor Christie. Ive authorized state officials to take all necessary action to prepare, and my Administration will continue monitoring conditions throughout the remainder of the storm. With higher than normal traffic volume due to the Thanksgiving holiday, I strongly encourage all New Jerseyans to drive carefully so that they and their families arrive safely at their destinations. Already affecting parts of the state, Winter Storm Cato is expected to continue into the evening, bringing rain, snow, mixed precipitation, and strong winds.
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Item 2014-11-26 Scotch Plains - Temple Sholom Holiday Boutique; December 7th, 2014 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm; 1925 Lake Avenue; Scotch Plains; Nearly two dozen vendors will be in attendance selling a variety of goods and services including jewelry, soaps, candles, food and cooking items, hand knitted/crocheted scarves and accessories, and handbags.; All are welcome to come in to browse and buy!
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