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Item 2016-08-29 Cranford - Recreation and Parks Department announce that a Senior Rummikub club will be held at the Cranford Community Center for all Cranford Seniors. It is a great way to connect with friends together with making new ones. Senior Rummikub Club will be held on Friday afternoons beginning September 16th, 2016 from 1pm-4pm. All participants must provide their own game boards and be a resident of Cranford. For further information please contact Cranford Community Center at (908) 709-7283

Item 2016-08-29 Union County - Parks Department is sponsoring a meeting with interested mountain bikers regarding recommendations from the Watchung Reservation Trails Master Plan that would create a separate trail for bikers. The meeting will be held Thursday, October 20th at 7 p.m. at the Trailside Nature and Science Center at the Watchung Reservation in Mountainside. There is no sign-up or reservation required. Parks representatives and a consultant will present information on the new trail to the group, and answer questions. Please note this meeting is intended for interested bikers only, as the County will hold separate meetings for hiking and equestrian trails later this year.

Item 2016-08-25 Cranford - World Trade Center Committee and the Cranford Clergy Council will be hosting a 9/11 Memorial Service on Sunday, September 11 at 7:00 PM in Cranford's WTC Park at Springfield and No. Union Avenues in Cranford. This event will honor those that lost their lives in the September 11 attacks including family, friends first responders and all that were affected by this tragedy. All are welcome to attend. In case of inclement weather the service will take place at the First Presbyterian Church across the street from the park. For more information, please contact Jerry Dobbins @908 447 2492.

Item 2016-08-24 Scotch Plains - St. Bartholomew will be commemorating 15 years since 9/11 by lighting a Luminary for each person who perished on 9/11 and displaying them on the grounds after a special 5:00pm Mass on Saturday, 9/10. One can sponsor a Luminary for $5 with the proceeds going to the WTC Memorial Gold Club Scholarship which provides college scholarships to those affected by 9/11. For more information on sponsoring a Luminary, go to or contact Elaine Coupe, Community Outreach Director, at 908 322-5192 ext. 141.

Item 2016-08-23 Cranford - Calvary Lutheran Church, 103 Eastman St., Cranford, will host an International Food Court to benefit the Cranford First Aid Squad from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11. Try foods from area restaurants. Ambulance, fire truck and police car will be available for kid tours. Music. Charge $10 per person. For more information call 908-276-2418.

Item 2016-08-17 Westfield The superintendent of schools has named an acting high school principal, even as the district has provided no explanation for the previous principal's now five-month absence. Assistant principal Derrick Nelson will serve in Westfield High School's top position until Feb. 1, Superintendent Margaret Dolan said in a statement. Citing restrictions on disclosing personnel matters, Dolan said she could not comment on the sudden disappearance of principal Peter Renwick, who went on paid leave in early March. Renwick earns $171,949 annually.

Item 2016-08-16 Fanwood - Because of the threatening weather forecasted for later today, the outdoor movie screening of The Good Dinosaur will be postponed until tomorrow, August 17, at 8 p.m. in La Grande Park.

Item 2016-08-12 Region - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is reminding employers to protect their workers from heat illness. Heat illness can be deadly. Three simple words can mean the difference between life and death: Water, Rest and Shade.

Item 2016-08-11 Summit - The City of Summit is announcing a second public workshop meeting for the 2016 Summit Master Plan re:Vision. All interested citizens are invited and encouraged to attend. The session will be held at The Connection on 79 Maple St. at 7:30PM on Tuesday, September 13. The purpose of this second meeting is to continue to gather feedback from key stakeholders to ensure the development of a Master Plan re-examination that most effectively guides the development of the community and its policies. For more information on the Summit re:Vision Master Plan process, go to To participate online go to

Item 2016-08-08 Cranford - The Cranford Police Department will be conducting a D.W.I. Checkpoint within the Township from 9 pm on September 2nd until 3 am on September 3rd, 2016

Item 2016-08-08 Union County - Dispatch Center Adds 911 Texting. The new texting service is intended to provide the public with an alternative means of contact in unusually dangerous circumstances, or in case a relay service for the disabled is unavailable. Texting to 911 may be especially useful in situations where a potential victim is afraid of being overheard, for example if they are trapped in their home or workplace by an intruder.

Item 2016-08-08 World - Delta Air Lines has grounded flights and predicted widespread cancellations Monday after a power outage hit its computer systems globally, disrupting the travel plans of thousands of passengers.

Item 2016-08-05 Union County Surrogate James LaCorte will host evening hours at the Scotch Plains Township Hall (430 Park Avenue, Room 202) on Monday, August 8 from 5-6 p.m. by appointment only. The Surrogate is responsible for administering the estate of a deceased person and judging the legitimacy of wills. Mr. LaCorte will be available the second Monday of each month throughout 2016 on the following dates: Aug. 8, Sept. 12, Nov. 14 and Dec. 12. Appointments for Scotch Plains can be made by contacting Mr. LaCorte at (908) 527-4280 MondayFriday between 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Residents also have the availability to download the information sheet and instructions at

Item 2016-08-01 Westfield - Advisory: NS TRAIN STATION LOT TO CLOSE AT 1PM TUES, 08/02, FOR NATIONAL NIGHT OUT. USE SS TRAIN FOR COMMUTER PICK-UP. Westfield Police Chief David C. Wayman has announced the Northside Train Station parking lot will close at approximately 1PM on Tuesday, 08/02, to accommodate National Night Out activities. Chief Wayman advises that commuters arriving via westbound trains should arrange to be picked-up at the Southside Train Station instead. The Northside Train Station parking lot will be inaccessible to vehicles.

Item 2016-07-28 Area - The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for Union County from 8 PM EDT this evening through Friday afternoon. Showers and thunderstorms will be moving into the region from the west early this evening and will overspread the region by late tonight. Showers and thunderstorms will continue into Friday morning and begin to taper off from west to east during Friday afternoon. There is the potential for periods of heavy rainfall this evening into Friday afternoon.

Item 2016-07-28 Garwood - Union County Mosquito Control will be spraying for adult mosquitoes tonight, July 28, 2016, 7 PM - 12 AM Garwood - Liberty Ct

Item 2016-07-28 Fanwood - Effective Saturday, July 30, the Borough of Fanwood reminds residents that there will be no more Saturday hours at the Fanwood-Scotch Plains Recycling Center. We thank the dedicated employees and volunteers of the Recycling Association for their service the past 30 years. We welcome those who are assisting us during the transition towards our curbside collection program that begins in September. Here's what residents need to know about recycling in Fanwood: Beginning Wednesday, August 3, the recycling center will be open 2:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Wednesday to accept all recyclables including plastics, glass, aluminum, tin, cardboard, newspapers, mixed paper, electronics, clothing, motor oil, scrap metal and fluorescent bulbs. This Wednesday program will continue until curbside collection begins. There will be no Saturday service at the center. The curbside program will begin in mid-September. Each home will receive a 96-gallon bin to hold all curbside recyclables which can be co-mingled. We will have a schedule established shortly for residents to bring non-curbside items including electronics, motor oil, scrap metal and fluorescent bulbs, to our Public Works facility.

Item 2016-07-28 Garwood - I am spearheading a volunteer group made up of Garwood residents that will be showing our appreciation to the Garwood Police Department. Now more than ever, in light of what's going on in this world, we need to show our support and I'm encouraging our residents to come out on August 1st at 12Noon to Kick-Off Garwood Police Department Appreciation Week and residents are encouraged to bring their items of appreciation; (thank you notes from children and adults / commitment from local establishments donating food / use your imagination and be creative) There is a group on Facebook started by Stefanie Hilarczyk called "Good Deeds by The Heart of Women" posting ways to support NJ Police Departments and I was so taken back by the overwhelming efforts and number of people making time to appreciate and knew immediately I wanted lead a group for Garwood. If you cannot join us Monday, this is a week long effort that residents can stop by the Police Department to express their gratitude or offer a kind gesture. Big "thank you" to Al's Deli (North Ave) Garwood for being the first to step up and offer a donation... a platter of "grab and go" sandwiches for our Garwood force on our first kick-off day. I am looking forward to seeing many Garwood residents on Kick-off Day August 1st at noon, 300 South Avenue Garwood. It's all about "Paying It Forward" Thank you Garwood Kathleen (Kat) Patterson

Item 2016-07-20 Cranford - The Union County Peace Councils 14th annual Peace and World Friendship Arts Fair will be in downtown Cranford Sunday August 7, 1-7 PM at Eastman Plaza Clock Park, located at 2 Eastman St at North Avenue. This is a free family-friendly event. There will be talks on the topics of creating a United states Department of Peace, current Native American issues, and a first-hand report from Syria. The fair will feature displays of artwork by Union County artists, local music performers, an opportunity to learn paper crane origami, and representation by local organizations that foster peace, diplomacy, humanitarianism and an end to nuclear weapons. Donations will be accepted by check that will be mailed to Running Strong for American Indian Youth. There will be free parking. The day will end with a music jam and a drum circle for peace so bring your drum or other percussion instrument. Vendors and artist displays are welcome, $10 donation for a 4 ft. x 6 ft. table space; contact Monica Shimkus at or text or call (908) 884-1262. Please visit for up-to-date musician and weather info. Rain date is August 14.

Item 2016-07-19 Clark - Due to a PGA event, Oak Ridge Park in Clark, will be closed to the public from Saturday, July 23rd through Sunday, July 31st.

Item 2016-07-19 County - The storm has knocked out power to 11,752 PSE&G customers in Union County. The majority of customers are in Linden (1,845), Roselle (2,936) and Westfield (2,750). Estimated time of restoration for all by PSE&G is for tomorrow morning (Tuesday). Crews will first work on restoring critical zones that include hospitals, fire and police. Residents can call in an outage or downed line to PSE&G at 1-800-436-7734. Residents with special needs or requiring shelter should call their local police departments to make any arrangements.

Item 2016-07-19 Hillside - Katie Zimmermann with the Mountainside Ambassador Girl Scout Troop 40851 has chosen collecting books for the 5th Grade students at George Washington School in Hillside as her Girl Scout Gold Award Project. "Super Storm Sandy in 2012 flooded Hillside's Public Library, which has still not fully recovered, and students in the school are urged to share books with their neighbors because they are scarce. The public is asked to assist. For more information, please contact her via email at

Item 2016-07-18 Scotch Plains - The County will sponsor a Household Special Waste Collection event on Saturday, August 6, so Union County residents can get rid of outdated or unwanted household chemicals, mercury thermostats, propane tanks, and automobile tires in an environmentally safe manner. The household hazardous waste collection will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Union County Vocational-Technical Schools campus in Scotch Plains, located at 1776 Raritan Road. All that residents need to do is drive to the site with their household special waste, propane tanks, automobile tires, and mercury thermostats. Workers at the site will unload the vehicles. Household special waste includes oil-based paint and varnish, antifreeze, aerosol cans, pool chemicals, corrosives, pesticides, herbicides, solvents, thinners, fire extinguishers, motor oil and oil filters, gasoline, batteries, thermostats, fluorescent bulbs (unbroken), blood pressure devices, and mercury switches. Only materials in original or labeled containers will be accepted. No containers larger than five gallons will be accepted. Latex (water-based) paint and empty cans will not be accepted. A complete list of the materials that will be accepted on August 6 is available at the Union County Bureau of Recycling and Planning web site: . The next scheduled household hazardous waste collection will be on October 15 at Nokia Bell Labs, 600 Mountain Avenue in New Providence For more information, please call the Recycling Hotline at 908-654-9889.

Item 2016-07-17 Westfield - Westfield High School Class of 1981; 5th Reunion Date: Saturday October 1, 2016 Time: 7:00- 11:00 Place: The Westwood, 438 North Ave., Garwood Cost: $85 pp, includes heavy hors doeuvres and open bar Payment due September 1. No payment at door Pay by credit card: Pay by check: Brenda Acanfora 314 Landsdowne Ave Westfield, NJ 07090 make check payable to Brenda Acanfora or Cash) Questions:

Item 2016-07-15 Scotch Plains - The Scotch Plains Fire Department will be hosting a Wetdown for their newest apparatus, Engine 1684, on Saturday, July 23, 12:00-4:00pm in the Scotch Plains Municipal Lot. A wetdown is a dedication/celebration of a new fire vehicle. Fire departments from nearby towns come and wetdown the new vehicle by spraying it with water from their engines or trucks. It is a wonderful opportunity for local residents to come out and see the new engine, as well as meet and speak with members of the SPFD. Live music will be performed by local band Wolf Creek, there will be bounce houses for the children and food and beverages available. There is a $15 entrance fee which includes all of the above as well as a plastic Engine 1684 Wetdown mug.

Item 2016-07-14 Clark - Union County residents are invited to the 2016 Choose Your Cover program to help reduce the risk of skin cancer on Saturday, August 6 at the Gran Centurions Pool, 440 Madison Hill Road, Clark, on Saturday, August 6, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The first 40 attendees will receive a gift bag with skin cancer promotional materials. Attendees will also qualify to enter a drawing for a gift basket. Gifts are provided courtesy of the Clark Township Health Department. For more information call Health Management at 908-518-5620.

Item 2016-07-13 Summit - Friday, July 22 the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey will open its newest exhibition, Jill Kerwick: Lipstick and Other Stories. Jill Kerwicks ingenius digital collages resemble film stillspart fantasy, part science fiction, and part fairy talefeaturing strangely serene female characters and giant animals in bucolic landscapes or domestic spaces. An opening reception will be held on Friday, July 22 from 6:00 pm 8:00 pm for Jill Kerwick: Lipstick and Other Stories as well as the Marylou Hillyer Members Show Juried Exhibition. The reception is a free event open to all. On view through September 11, 2016.
Visit for more information. Gallery Hours: Monday Wednesday and Friday: 10:00 am 5:00 pm; Thursday 10:00am 8pm; and Saturday & Sunday 11am 4pm. Please call 908-273-9121 to confirm holiday hours.

Item 2016-07-11 Fanwood - The Fanwood Police Department invites the community to Coffee with a Cop on Thursday, July 14th from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Maras Caf on South Avenue in Fanwood. Coffee with a Cop brings police officers and the community members they serve together over coffeeto discuss issues, learn more about each other, and strengthen community ties. In attendance at the meeting will be Chief Richard Trigo, Lt. Francisco Marrero and Lt. Eugene Chin. Residents are invited to discuss any law enforcement or policing issues at the local, regional or national level. The Fanwood Police Department will provide coffee.

Item 2016-07-05 Cranford - The Cranford Chamber of Commerce monthly networking events are open to members and all future members. If you are interested in attending, please call 908 272 6114 or contact us at

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