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Item 2017-07-24 Westfield - During next weeks July 31 Assembly voting session, Republican Leader Jon Bramnick plans to urge an emergency vote blocking court-imposed high-density housing. I am aggressively moving forward to protect towns and help mayors and councils stop court-mandated high-density housing by urging my colleagues to pass Assemblywoman Holly Schepisis legislative solution, said Bramnick (R-Westfield). With every passing day municipalities are incurring unrecoverable expense from these unnecessary lawsuits. This is a bi-partisan issue that has dire consequences. The legislature should take action now. Bramnick will work to move Schepisis Assembly bill 4666 for an emergency vote, requiring support from 60 legislators to pass.

Item 2017-07-20 Cranford - The Township of Cranford has made an agreement to sell 215-235 Birchwood Avenue for $18.5 million with a developer to build a 225-unit development with a parking garage underneath.

Item 2017-07-20 Cranford - The Cranford planning board set Wednesday, September 6 as the new hearing date for the Hartz application to rezone 750 Walnut Avenue. The location is to be determined, as the committee chambers will be under construction then.

Item 2017-07-19 Scotch Plains - Downtown Redevelopment Committee to Meet at SP-F HS Auditorium on Wed., July 19 at 7 p.m. to Discuss Phase 1 of Redevelopment Plan

Item 2017-07-18 Westfield - The Downtown Westfield 5K & Pizza Extravaganza will be held on Wednesday, July 26, 2017. Over 2,200 runners as well as 6,000 spectators are expected to downtown for this popular event.

Item 2017-07-18 Westfield - Leader/Times Service Announcement: You don't have to shout from your rooftop! Sell by advertising in our low-cost Classified section ... the most convenient way to reach customers! Call 908-232-4407 by 5pm on Tuesday or submit anytime online.

Item 2017-07-18 Westfield - Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick announced two senior leadership changes in the Assembly Republican caucus today. Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco (R-Morris) was named conference leader and Assemblywoman Nancy F. Muoz (R-Union) has been appointed whip. Bucco replaces Dave Rible, who was appointed director of the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control by Gov. Chris Christie.

Item 2017-07-14 Westfield - Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick said today he supports legislation to retroactively pay state employees furloughed during the recent three-day state government shutdown, but adds that legislators salary should be reduced $1,000 this year.

Item 2017-07-14 Garwood - Council Meeting Notes; Subject: Developer Agreement Approved, 5-1 Vote Dreadful. See newspaper report; I and many others consider this a disaster for the residents of Garwood. Essentially, the Mayor and Council proceeded against strong objections from the public and would not even consider an accounting summary showing that this is a very bad deal - Mayor and Council saying only that the impact to the public may be negative but this deal is the best they could negotiate with the developer! The Mayor/Council logic befuddles me. Doing nothing would be superior. Making it a public park would be superior. But what was done essentially dooms the public to a 10% property tax increase (forever) and instantly enriches the developer by tens of millions of $. I was afraid that my analysis may have been wrong - now I'm afraid that my analysis is right. From the figures, there is a shortfall to the public of about $1.5-2.0 million per year. To my knowledge, there is no place at the NJ State or Governor level, at Union County or in the courts for which to contest this matter. In fact the State is driving much of this with the PILOT statutes. Read the report on the grim condition of the NJ finances; reported to be the worst in the nation. Don Quixote: The next battle coming is Cranford Hartz Mountain 900 unit proposal. Horace Corbin, Publisher of the Westfield Leader newspaper. See

Item 2017-07-13 Westfield - Sidewalk Sale Days in Downtown Westfield for three days, Thursday, July 20 through Saturday, July 22 (Sunday July 23 is optional).

Item 2017-07-13 Fanwood - The Fanwood Recreation Department is happy to announce its first annual Couples Movie Night Under the Stars! The Recreation Department will host a free showing of the Academy Award-nominated movie La La Land on Saturday, July 22nd on the Great Lawn of Fanwoods La Grande Park beginning at 8:30 PM. In addition, for those who bring their appetites, food trucks selling a variety of food and dessert items will be parked nearby. Alternatively, people are welcome to bring a picnic dinner or other snacks. Please note that the consumption of alcohol is not allowed in the park. Be sure to bring beach chairs or a blanket and enjoy a wonderful night of stargazing (at the silver screen) under the stars! Bruce Zakarin Recreation Commissioner

Item 2017-07-13 Cranford - The Union County College Foundation is hosting their 2nd Annual Cocktail Reception on July 19 in the Victor M. Richel Student Commons on the Cranford campus. please call (908) 709-7505 or go to

Item 2017-07-13 Area -; Cash is no good at the new Parkway exit ramp that opened Sunday A new exit ramp from the Garden State Parkway south in Sayreville, where drivers can't pay their toll with cash, opened for business Sunday morning. Unlike the cashless tolls at New York MTA bridges and tunnels, drivers who don't have E-ZPass will get a violation notice and be charged a fine in addition to a toll if they use the new exit. The owners of vehicles that use a cashless MTA bridge or tunnel without an E-ZPass are sent a bill for the toll plus an administrative fee.

Item 2017-07-13 Area - A flash flood watch has been posted for the New Jersey counties of Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Passaic and Union, as well as New York City, Long Island, the lower Hudson Valley and southern Connecticut. It is effective from Thursday afternoon through 6 a.m. Friday. A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Sussex and Union counties, effective from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday. The same watch also includes New York City and Long Island.

Item 2017-07-12 Trenton - Customers who typically visit the Springfield Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) Agency are advised that this site will be temporarily closed on Thursday, July 20, 2017 due to necessary electrical upgrades being performed by PSE&G. The Springfield Agency is scheduled to reopen the following day on Friday, July 21, 2017.

Item 2017-07-12 Springfield - St. James the Apostle Church in Springfield is celebrating the feast of its namesake, St. James, with a Bi-lingual (Spanish and English) Mass on July 25, 2017 at 7 p.m. A tailgate party will follow on the church grounds. Attendees are asked to bring their own food, beverages, tables and chairs. Desserts and music will be provided. St. James is located at 45 South Springfield Avenue, Springfield. For more information, contact the parish office at (973) 376-3044.

Item 2017-07-11 Westfield - Leader/Times Service Announcement: It's so economical! Leader/Times Classified Ads are the biggest bargain in town - cost so little, bring big returns. Call 908-232-4407 by 5pm on Tuesday or submit anytime online.

Item 2017-07-11 Scotch Plains - Parking: Effective July 6, 2017 The Scotch Plains Police will strictly enforce all parking ordinances in the downtown business area of Scotch Plains. One and two hour parking will be enforced in accordance with Township Ordinance 7-3.6. Overnight parking will be enforced in accordance with Township Ordinance 7-3.8. Local residence and business owners who park overnight in the municipal lots will need permits which can be obtained at the Scotch Plains Police Department records bureau.

Item 2017-07-11 Cranford - Dear Mr. Rothman Esq., we Hartz Mountain write to request an adjournment of the July 19 Planning Board hearing on the above-referenced application. Hartz is scheduled to make a presentation to the Cranford Township Committee on July 18 regarding possible redevelopment designation of the project site and, as long as we are proceeding with that process, we do not wish to burden the Planning Board with the rezoning application. Following the redevelopment hearing on July 18. we will advise whether an additional adjournment of the Planning Board rezoning application is warranted. To facilitate this request, we consent to a sixty (60) day adjournment of the Planning Board's separate time periods to hold a hearing and to act on the rezoning application. To avoid the need to re-notice, we ask that you please announce the new meeting date at the July 19 hearing. Thank you for your assistance. Hartz Mountain Ind.

Item 2017-07-10 Union County - People seeking School Board positions in their municipality: the deadline for filing their nominating petitions is Monday, July 31, before 4:00 p.m. in the Office of the Union County Clerk, 2 Broad Street, Room 113, Elizabeth, NJ 07207. A petition can be obtained by calling 908-527-4996 or in person at the County Clerks Office, 2 Broad Street, Room 113, Elizabeth, NJ 07207. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Inquiries may also be submitted by email to For complete details about school board petitions, including a downloadable Candidate Kit from the New Jersey School Boards Association, visit the County Clerk online at

Item 2017-07-10 Cranford - Hartz Mtn. Development is to present its redevelopment plan to Cranford township committee on Tues., July 18 and its rezoning application to the planning board on Wednesday, July 19.

Item 2017-07-07 NYC - An NJ Transit spokeswoman said Thursday night it was too early in the crash investigation to say whether the derailment would impact Friday morning's commute. Riders were already girding themselves for headaches, however, with the anticipated start of track repairs at Penn next week, which will cause significant disruptions in service over the next several weeks that have been dubbed the "summer of hell."

Item 2017-07-07 Cranford - Hartz Mountain announced the public meeting scheduled for July 13th will be held in the former Bank of America office space located at 750 Walnut Avenue, Cranford. Representatives from Hartz Mountain and members of the project development team will be on-hand to present details of the companys proposed plan. Subject matter experts in the fields of engineering, architecture and traffic will present their topics from 7:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. Following the presentation, the floor will be open to questions. Hartz Mountain is a developer of luxury rental properties with communities in Jersey City, Weehawken, and Secaucus among other locales.

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Item 2017-07-05 Region - The American Red Cross is issuing an emergency call for blood and platelet donors after about 61,000 fewer donations were given during the last two months, causing a significant draw down of the Red Cross blood supply. Donations are critically needed now so that patients can continue to receive lifesaving treatments.

Item 2017-07-05 New Jersey - Motorists whose licenses, learner's permits, registrations or inspections expired on Friday, before the state was thrown into a three-day government shutdown, will get a two-day reprieve.

Item 2017-07-04 Trenton - The three-day state government shutdown has ended; it drew outrage for shuttering government offices, courts parks and beaches, while earning Governor unwanted attention for lounging on the very shoreline he ordered closed. "Operations will go back to normal on Wednesday morning, with the opening of state business," Christie said late Monday.

Item 2017-07-04 Trenton - Senator Nicholas Scutari said today he will introduce legislation that will keep state parks and beaches open for seven days in the event of a government closure. Casinos in New Jersey currently remain open for seven days after a government closure under state law

Item 2017-07-03 Trenton -; "It's beyond words. If I were governor, I sure wouldn't be sitting on the beach if taxpayers didn't have access to state beaches," Guadagno said in a statement issued by her campaign. "We need to end the shutdown now. It's hurting small businesses and ordinary New Jerseyans," she said. "Instead of political games, Governor Christie, Speaker (Vincent) Prieto and Senate President (Stephen) Sweeney should pass a budget that delivers property tax relief and puts taxpayers first."

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