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Item 2018-10-15 Garwood - The four candidates for Garwood Borough Council will face voters questions tonight, but a similar session for mayoral candidates on Oct. 25 has been cancelled because of one participants health problems. The council candidates Sean Benoit and Michael Ince, Democrats, and Stephanie Bianco and Sal Piarulli, Republicans will appear at 7:30 tonight in the clubhouse at the Pointe, the condominium complex between Maple and Chestnut Streets. All Garwood residents have been invited to attend the session. The mayoral forum has been cancelled because Ileen Cuccaro, the Republican candidate, suffered a heart attack last month and has been ordered by her doctor to avoid stressful situations. A Garwood resident for more than 50 years, she is a member of the borough council and a former member of the planning board. She attended Union County College and has 25 years experience as a real estate agent.
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Item 2018-10-14 The Cranford High School Cougars football team's defense stepped up big time with its best performance of the season to help knock off the previously undefeated Summit Hilltoppers, 25-12, at Memorial Field in Cranford on October 12. Quarterback Connor Katz had a pair of touchdown runs and Jamie Shriner also had a 13-yard touchdown run plus a 68-yard breakaway sprint that set up Katz's second touchdown. Read the complete story in the October 18 edition of The Westfield Leader
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Item 2018-10-14 Scotch Plains - Youth Chess Club to Meet at the Scotch Plains Public Library on October 24 On Wednesday, October 24 from 6:00-7:30 pm, Scotch Plains and Fanwood cardholders ages 10-16 (OR active members of the United States Chess Federation) are invited to participate in the librarys very popular chess club led by instructor Errol Singh. Pre-registration is required for the chess club and is limited to Scotch Plains and Fanwood cardholders. To register, go to https://www.wonderprep.com/chess_manager. Space is limited. For more information, please call 908-322-5007 x 204, email library@scotlib.org, or stop by the Reference Desk. The Scotch Plains Public Library is located at 1927 Bartle Avenue, one block from Park Avenue in the center of town.
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Item 2018-10-12 Westfield - The Westfield Community Concert band will present a Fall Concert on Thursday, November 1st , at 7:30 p.m. at Roosevelt Intermediate School, 301 Clark Street in Westfield. The program will feature a premier performance of Blood Red Roses Overture by composer Michael Valenti and edited by band member Andrew Veiss.
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Item 2018-10-12 Cranford - The College Womens Club of Cranford will be holding its second meeting of the 2018-2019 year on Monday, November 12th. The meeting will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, located at 11 Springfield Avenue, Cranford. It will begin at 7pm with refreshments followed by our guest speaker. The meeting is open to the public. by Janet Collins at 908-653-1452.
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Item 2018-10-11 Westfield - The Westfield High School Girls Volleyball Team is sponsoring its tenth annual volleyball tournament, known as Pink Out on Saturday October 13, 2018, to raise funds and promote public awareness as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month begins in October.
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Item 2018-10-10 Westfield - Parent Teacher Council (PTC) invites the public to attend Candidates Night on Wednesday, October 24 from 7:30-9:00 p.m. in the Westfield High School auditorium. Six Westfield residents are seeking election to three Board of Education positions: Dennis Cariello, Simon Cirasa, Robert Garrison, Gretchan Ohlig, Tara Oporto, and Charles Ostroff. The evening will be moderated by a member of the League of Women Voters and candidates will be asked a variety of questions which will be gathered from the public prior to that evening. Questions may be submitted to ptc@westfieldnjk12.org by October 19. Questions will be compiled and considered on relevance and time allotted. A few questions also will be taken from the floor the night of the event. Each candidate will have 2 minutes to make a brief opening statement and 2 minutes to make a closing statement. Response time for questions will be one and one half minutes. The election for the Westfield Board of Education will take place on Tuesday, November 6. Contact PTC Vice President Donna Kenney at donnakenneyny@gmail.com for further information.
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Item 2018-10-09 Westfield - Bonds of Courage and the NJ Cavalry and Armor Association will be hosting the Support Our Troops Casino Night on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 7:00 pm at the Westfield Armory, 500 Rahway Avenue in Westfield. The night will benefit Bonds of Courage and the Family Readiness Groups of the 1st Squadron 102nd Cavalry Regiment, 50th Brigade Combat Team of the New Jersey National Guard. Bonds of Courage is an all volunteer organization that serves to support our troops, veterans, and their families. Tickets are $ 50 per person $ 40 seniorsand veterans. Tickets include $ 60in gaming chips for casino,buffet dinner, BEER and WINE, and music. Please contact Christine Bradley (703) 407-0203, chrisb@bondsofcourage.org For ticket sales and further information, please go to www.bondsofcourage.org
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Item 2018-10-09 Trenton - This audit has left zero doubt that legislative reforms are needed to help New Jersey Transit improve service and increase responsiveness to customer concerns." Sen. Tom Kean
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Item 2018-10-09 Cranford - The Mental Health Association in New Jersey (MHANJ) and its partner, Monarch Housing Associates, invite community organizations, neighbors and friends to participate in their 11th Annual Walk for Wellness and Recovery on Saturday, October 13, 2018. The Walk will take place in beautiful Nomahegan Park on Springfield Avenue in Cranford. Registration for the event is $25 online and $30 on the day of the event. Last years Walk drew participation from 300 walkers. To register for the Walk, please visit mhanj.org.
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Item 2018-10-09 Cranford - The Cranford Historical Society will have its Annual Holiday Boutique/Garage Sale Fundraiser on Saturday, November 17th and Sunday, November 18th at the Hanson House, 38 Springfield Avenue, Cranford. The hours of the boutique are: 10:00am to 4:00pm on Saturday and Sunday. New and gently used holiday merchandise will be available for sale. Any questions, please call the Societys office at 908-276-0082 or visit our website at www.cranfordhistoricalsociety.com.
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Item 2018-10-08 The Westfield High School football team turned what appeared to be a potential rout into a real contest against the hosting Union Farmers on October 5. Trailing 21-0 at the half, the Blue Devils' offense turned on the jets and the defense stopped the Farmers in their tracks in the second half in a 21-7 setback. The Blue Devils also had three additional opportunities to score in the second half but were stopped short. See the entire story in the October 11 edition of The Westfield Leader.
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Item 2018-10-08 Sophomore Corinne Lyght on an assist from senior Stefanie DeVizio scored with 3:01 remaining in the second half to earn the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School girls soccer team a 1-0 victory over the Westfield Blue Devils at Kehler Stadium in Westfield on Senior Day, October 6. The Lady Blue Devils applied pressure most of the game but were unable to find the mark. See entire story in the October 11 edition of The Westfield Leader.
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Item 2018-10-08 Scotch Plains - Condemning the racist, anti-semitic, and vulgar graffiti found at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School on the morning of October 6, 2018: "As the highest ranking elected officials in Scotch Plains and Fanwood, we are absolutely abhorred and strongly condemn the racist, anti-semitic, and vulgar graffiti found at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School on the morning of October 6, 2018. We want to make it clear that this has no place in our communities and does not represent our shared values of a diverse and inclusive Scotch Plains and Fanwood. Our police departments are conducting an investigation into who is responsible, and we support prosecuting those responsible to the fullest extent of the law. Unlike some, we do not believe this incident represents who we are as communities. We are proud of our diversity, and we will continue to embrace it. We will not let this intolerant and racist action define us. We all need to work together as a community to bring this type of repugnant behavior to an end. As Mayors, we stand ready to lead our communities into a discussion on how we can best be the communities we know we are." Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr; Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith
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Item 2018-10-08 Garwood - Candidate Forum Set; Second Session in Doubt; The four candidates for Garwood Borough Council will face voters questions on Thursday, Oct. 18. But a similar session for mayoral candidates on Oct. 25 may be cancelled because of one participants health problems. The council candidates Sean Benoit and Michael Ince, Democrats, and Stephanie Bianco and Sal Piarulli, Republicans will appear at 7:30 p.m. in the clubhouse at the Pointe, the condominium complex between Maple and Chestnut Streets. All Garwood residents have been invited to attend and to send questions for the discussion to PointeForum@gmail.com. The mayoral forum is in question because Ileen Cuccaro, reportedly suffered a heart attack last month. A resident of Garwood for more than 50 years, Ms. Cuccaro is a member of the borough council and a former member of the planning board. Her opponent, Sara Todisco, has been a member of the council since 2011 and is the president of both the Garwood Lions Club and the Education Foundation of Garwood. She is a social studies teacher at the Chatham Middle School and a graduate of Northeastern University. Two of the four council candidates Ms. Bianco and Mr. Benoit are newcomers to local politics. Mr. Piarulli, A Garwood resident for 11 years, he is a member of the Board of Education and the Knights of Columbus and coaches Little League, flag football and soccer. Mr. Ince, is a retired F.B.I. agent. Light refreshments will be served after the forum on Oct. 18. A stairway leads from the Parking lot to the clubhouse. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Bill Connolly (908) 789-0659 onmyword@verizon.net
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Item 2018-10-06 Westfield - Halloween Downtown with Trunk-or-Treating, Costume Contest & Parade Now part of AddamsFest New location: South Ave. Train Station Parking Lot October 28, 1:30-4pm Please note the new time & place!
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Item 2018-10-05 Westfield - On Thursday, Oct 18th, Westfields Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) continues their Speaker Series with a look through the history of Westfield from 7:00 pm 8:30 pm in the Westfield Municipal Buildings Community Room at 425 East Broad Street. Town Historian Robert Wendel will lead the audience through a discussion that incorporates the lore of the Lenape Indians and battles from early Colonial times through the development of the Central Railroad train line and bringing us into the thriving township of Westfield today. For more information, go to https://www.westfieldnj.gov/historicpreservation or email HPC@westfieldnj.gov
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Item 2018-10-04 Westfield - Come out and join us for a fun day!!!!! For the past 5 years, the Westfield PAL has sponsored a womens flag football tournament where the moms, sisters, aunts, grandmothers, other family members and friends have had a great time playing flag football while raising money for a great cause finding a cure for breast cancer!! It all started a few years back when some of the players moms wanted to get together and learn how to play flag football. Since it was the month of October, we decided to do this in partnership with Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The only experience needed is the desire to come out and have a fun day with your friends. Consider joining a team or creating your own team. Details are below. _____________________________________________________________________________________ What: The annual Westfield PAL Womens Flag Football Tournament When: Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 1:00 PM Where: Tamaques Park, Lamberts Mill Road in Westfield, NJ Cost: Only $ 25.00 per player! Additional donations graciously accepted. Registration: www.westfieldpal.org You will need to login or create a login account. Then go to registration. Questions: Erin Romano, Program Coordinator: etromano77@yahoo.com Cell: 617-833-5016
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Item 2018-10-03 Westfield - what: New recycling OPTIONS unveiled at westfield conservation center WHO: Councilman David Contract, Liaison to the Westfield Green Team Jim Gildea, Town Administrator Kris McAloon, Director of Engineering and Town Recycling Coordinator Greg ONeil, Director of Public Works Tim Van Epp, Co-Chair, Westfield Green Team WHEN: Wednesday, October 3, 5:00pm WHERE: Westfield Conservation Center, 1300 Lamberts Mill Road WHY: Find out more about the recently expanded recycling opportunities for Westfield residents at the Conservation Center, made possible in part by a grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders Recycling Enhancement Grant program. Residents are now able to drop off the following items for recycling, free of charge and without a permit: Stryrofoam Batteries Plastic toys Fluorescent bulbs Plastic bags/film Contact: Kim Forde Public Information Officer, Town of Westfield
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Item 2018-10-03 Region - Parents of Westfield school children and all drivers in all towns. There is a lot of town traffic during morning drop off and afternoon pick up at our schools. A few suggestions: We crossing guards have no rear view mirrors and yes traffic does back up. Please be patiant. I would say 70% of drivers either don't signal or signal at the act of turning. Please use your turn signals to alert the crossing guards by using them about half block away. And when pulling over, leaving less than 50 feet from the corner is a traffic violation. Thank you,
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Item 2018-10-03 Re: Objection of March 1st Kehler Project Start Date and Busing of Track Team; Dr. Elizes, I am writing to acknowledge receipt of your email. Thank you for reaching out. The board is taking all of the track and field athletes and families concerns into consideration. There have been numerous conversations with the WHS administration and the track and field coaching staff over the past week. More information will be released very soon and the topic will be discussed again at our 10/9 meeting and you are welcome to attend, ask questions, and offer opinions. Gretchan Ohlig, BOE Pres.
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Item 2018-10-02 Trenton - Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said that legislative efforts are needed to ensure that New Jerseys microbrewery success story can continue following new rules imposed by the states Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control that would stifle the burgeoning industry: Ive worked closely with our microbreweries for the past decade to eliminate Prohibition-era laws that prevented this innovative industry from growing in New Jersey as it has in so many other states. Our efforts to modernize the states brewery laws have been successful beyond belief, leading to an economic success story that few could have imagined when we started. We shouldnt allow a State regulatory body to turn back the clock after everything weve accomplished. I look forward to working with the Governor and the bipartisan legislative leadership to enact a solution that will allow New Jerseys microbrewery industry to continue growing and prospering.
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Item 2018-10-02 TRENTON, N.J. Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick responded to a proposal by Gov. Phil Murphy to invest in start-up companies that locate in New Jersey. There is not a single element to Murphys economic plan that budges New Jerseys solid ranking as the worst state to do business, said Bramnick (R-Union). When other states have much lower tax rates, you cannot raise taxes over a billion dollars and give a little back with targeted incentives and expect businesses to return. We need fundamental tax reform if our state is ever going to become the economic engine of the northeast again.
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Item 2018-10-02 Springfield - Temple Shaarey Shalom, 78 South Springfield Avenue, Springfield, will offer stimulating and informative speakers in October. First, on Friday, October 19, Dr. Karen Gaffney, Professor of English at Raritan Valley Community College and author of Dismantling the Racism Machine, will trace the history of race relations in America starting in Colonial times and provide specific action steps for combating racism. On Friday, October 26, Khadijah White, Professor at Rutgers and television journalist, will speak on race, gender and politics in the media. Professor Whites articles and commentary have appeared in publications including The Atlantic and the New York Times. The topics will be presented as part of Friday evening services at 8:00 pm. Everyone is welcome and no tickets are required. For more information, please call the Temple office at (973) 379-5387; e-mail office@shaarey.org; web site www.shaarey.org
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Item 2018-10-01 Trenton - Bramnick Discusses Wrestling Control of High-Density Housing from Courts Assemblyman Bramnick joined Jill Horner on Comcasts Newsmakers to discuss how political leaders can work together to tackle affordable housing policy and take the issue out of the courts. The system now is a mess, Bramnick told Horner, Its expensive and run by courts. Thats wrong. Hundreds of municipalities are involved in court battles over the number of affordable homes and apartments they need to build, in the wake of a 2015 New Jersey Supreme Court ruling that ordered more than 285,000 new units over the next seven years. In response to the litigation, Bramnick has introduced a bill package to reform how the state meets its affordable housing obligations, including a constitutional amendment that requires that all affordable housing decisions are made by the Legislature, rather than the courts.
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Item 2018-09-30 Chatham - hello, my name is Patricia Turse and I am the publicity chair person for the Metropolitan Orchestra of NJ. I would like to list that we are having a free concert on November 18th at 3 pm at the Chatham Middle School. Could you please help me with that? Thank you. Patricia Turse Metropolitan Orchestra of NJ 908-722-9757
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Item 2018-09-28 Spectacular performances by the defense and especially from sophomore Abby Ahern, who successfully warded off the attacks of Royal Yasia Ngoma, held up, then with 6:46 remaining in the game, senior attacking midfielder Lauren Williamson sprinted into the box, took a cross from junior attacker Maggie Murray and tapped it in for the goal to earn a 1-0 victory for the Cranford Cougars over the Oak Knoll girls soccer team at Memorial Field in Cranford on September 27. See complete story in the October 4 issue of The Westfield Leader
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Item 2018-09-28 Spectacular performances by the defense and especially from sophomore Abby Ahern, who successfully warded off the attacks of Royal Yasia Ngoma, held up, then with 6:46 remaining in the game, senior attacking midfielder Lauren Williamson sprinted into the box, took a cross from junior attacker Maggie Murray and tapped it in for the goal to earn a 1-0 victory for the Cranford Cougars over the Oak Knoll girls soccer team at Memorial Field in Cranford on September 27. See complete story in the October 4 edition of The Westfield Leader
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Item 2018-09-27 Westfield - Dear Neighbor, Did you know over the past several years the Town of Westfield has planted close to 2,000 trees? If you would like a town tree planted in front of your home, please email me your name and address and I will add you to the list maintained by the Department of Public Works. Most likely planting would be next Spring. Thanks again, Councilman Mark LoGrippo
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