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Item 2018-05-23 Westfield - The board of Ed was told that the district was very concerned about the increased use of e-cigarettes among Westfield students. The newly renamed Student Safety Data System report, which covers the period from September 1 to December 31 2017, gave the number of incidents that contravened the districts code of conduct and required a period of suspension from school. Superintendent Margaret Dolan, Ed.d., said: The majority of those incidents had to do with students having e-cigarettes or utilizing e-cigarettes. We are very concerned about this.

Item 2018-05-23 Westfield - Polling Locations First Ward Location Districts 1, 2, 3, 5 and 7 Roosevelt Intermediate School Gym 301 Clark Street Districts 4 and 6 Westfield Memorial Library Program Room 550 East Broad Street Second Ward Location District 1 County of Union Administrative Building 300 North Avenue *Districts 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 Wilson Elementary School Gym 301 Linden Avenue Third Ward Location *Districts 1, 5, 6, and 7 Westfield Armory Drill Floor (parking and entrance in rear) 500 Rahway Avenue Districts 2, 3 and 4 Edison Intermediate School Gym 800 Rahway Avenue Fourth Ward Location Districts 1 and 2 Edison Intermediate School Gym 800 Rahway Avenue *Districts 3, 4, and 5 Westfield Armory Drill Floor (parking and entrance in rear) 500 Rahway Avenue *Note: On May 8, 2018, the Union County Board of Elections approved the following changes in polling locations: Ward 2-Districts 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6: New location is Wilson Elementary School (previous location Washington Elementary School) Ward 3-District 1: New location is Westfield Armory (previous location Westfield Rescue Squad) Ward 3-Districts 5, 6 and 7: New location is Westfield Armory (previous location Westfield High School) Ward 4-Districts 3, 4, and 5 New location is Westfield Armory (previous location Westfield High School)

Item 2018-05-23 WESTFIELD Detective Dies Suddenly; Ice Rink Passes 6-3 By CHRISTINA M. HINKE Specially Written for The Westfield Leader A moment of silence commenced the council meeting Tuesday in honor of Det. Eric Lieberman of the Westfield Police Department who suddenly died this morning at his home in Roselle Park. Det. Lieberman served on the force for 25 years. The cause of his death is unknown at this time. During the business portion of the meeting, kids who play on local hockey teams lined the pews to hear the councils vote on the outdoor ice hockey rink proposed for Gumbert Park. The supporters and the opposers who spoke were about equal in number.

Item 2018-05-23 Mountainside - BOE; A dietician, two chefs, and a smorgasbord of healthy meals and snacks awaited the members of the Mountainside Board of Education at their May 22, 2018 meeting. In response to the results of a survey of parents and students, the staff from Maschio Food Services, explained the rules and regulations of the United States Department of Agriculture's national school lunch program and presented samples of new menu items including a hummus and pita bread platter, a cheese and fruit box, and a yogurt bowl.

Item 2018-05-23 Millburn - The Millburn Education Association is in a labor dispute with the Millburn Board of Education and has filed for impasse. A state‐appointed mediator has been assigned and the second mediation session between the two parties will take place, May 29, 2018. Members of the Millburn Education Association began rallying before the Millburn Board of Education meeting tonight, May 21, carrying signs and chanting

Item 2018-05-23 Garwood - Mayor Lombardo stated the Casale demolition will not begin until after June 20th, when Lincoln School is scheduled to be closed for the summer. Russo Redevelopment will hold a town hall style meeting on Wednesday, May 30th 2018, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Lincoln School, stated Mayor Lombardo.

Item 2018-05-23 Garwood - Council unanimously passed an ordinance to prohibit retails of certain animals. The ordinance is aimed at eliminating puppy mills; banning future establishments who purchase their dogs from puppy-mill styled breeders. Currently, Garwood does not have any establishments selling dogs.

Item 2018-05-23 Cranford - The township committee on Tuesday unanimously passed a capital bond ordinance of nearly $4.6 million. The bond will provide funding for all our capital needs, said Commissioner Mary OConnor. In other business, the committee approved a resolution ratifying a contract between the municipality and the Patrolmen and Detective Patrolmen bargaining unit, PBA local 52, and the Cranford Police Superior Officers bargaining unit, PBA local 52.

Item 2018-05-22 Rahway Arts and Business Partnership and the Union County Performing Arts Center. The Culture Crawl Summer Dance Show will have profound Modern dance works directed by Nikola and entertaining, multi genre dance groups organized by the RABP. The UCPAC is not only sharing the beautiful Hamilton Stage theatre, but is also assisting the production to host a meet & greet and an open panel. When: Fri July 6th 7pm, Sat July 7th 2pm & 8pm and Sun 2pm Where: Hamilton Stage 360 Hamilton St. Rahway, NJ 07065

Item 2018-05-22 CRANFORD - Union County College will celebrate two Commencement Ceremonies on Wednesday, May 23, 2018. The ceremonies will be led by the College's President, Dr. Margaret M. McMenamin, in the Harwood Arena on the campus of Kean University in Union, NJ. The first ceremony will begin at 12 p.m. and the Associate in Arts degrees, Associate in Applied Science degrees, Certificates, and Certificates of Achievement will be conferred. At the second ceremony, which will begin at 6 p.m., the Associate in Science degrees will be conferred. The Class of 2018 is one of the largest classes in the history of the College. A tradition during the Commencement Ceremonies is the annual presentation of the Post-Day Memorial Awards and the Alumni Prize Award. The coveted Alumni Prize Award is presented to the graduate who maintained the highest grade-point average at Union County College. This award will be presented at the 6 p.m. ceremony.

Item 2018-05-21 WESTFIELD Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick is deeply concerned about the Murphy administration declining to comment on the lawsuit that may deny local students from staying in their hometown school. We need to know whether Governor Murphy will insure local boards of education will make decisions, said Bramnick (R-Union). Will a student have to enter a lottery to go to their neighborhood school? Trenton or the courts should not run our schools. I want good schools in every district and have always supported reforms in education, concluded Bramnick. That is why I have been a supporter of charter schools and voucher programs that create great alternatives and choice in education.

Item 2018-05-21 Union County, NJ - The Freeholders will fly the rainbow flag at the Union County Courthouse in recognition of June as LGBTQ Pride Month. A public Pride Flag Raising Ceremony is planned for Monday, June 4 at 1:00 P.M. on the steps of the Union County Courthouse on Broad Street in Elizabeth.

Item 2018-05-21 Clark - Mother Seton Regional HS One Valley Rd., Clark, NJ 07066 732-382-1952 Seton Summer Academy July 23-27, 2018 for Girls Grades 5-8 Various Courses & Sessions/Hours from 8:45 a.m. through 3:15 p.m. $275 for Half Day / $400 for Full Day To register, log onto our website or call. Hope to see you in July! Dont Forget! Sports Camps in July-August

Item 2018-05-19 Westfield - Construction Notice: Elm St. Underground Bridge Phase 1 Starting Tuesday, May 22, 2018 Union County is overseeing replacement of the Elm St. and Orchard St. Underground Bridge over a stream. The first phase of this project involves utility work. Please see the notices below from Elizabethtown Gas which were distributed this week to all impacted properties and others within 200 feet of the construction area. The aging natural gas mains will be replaced and upgraded on Elm St. between Stop & Shop and E. Broad Street. This work is to begin on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. We understand that the road will remain open but reduced to a single lane at times. Traffic and parking may be impacted.

Item 2018-05-19 WASHINGTON,D.C. -Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) issued the following statement: "I am filled with grief over the devastating loss of life at Santa Fe High School in Texas. New Jersey and the Nation mourn the victims and grieve with students, faculty and the entire Santa Fe community. Congress must redouble its efforts to pass common-sense solutions to address gun violence. Legislation I support to require background checks for all gun purchases, to strengthen school security, to ban dangerous bump stocks and to prevent violent and dangerous individuals from purchasing weapons continues to languish in both the House and Senate. It's time Congress end the gridlock and enact these bills to make schools safer and keep deadly weapons away from those who wish to do us harm."

Item 2018-05-19 New Jersey - The state's public records law can be used by anyone in the country and is not limited to residents of New Jersey, a narrow argument used in the past several years by public agencies to deny records, according to a new state appellate ruling. The ruling is particularly notable in New Jersey, which has a number of part-time residents who flock to Shore towns in the summer but who may not be considered full-time residents. In addition, it affirms the right of national news organizations and others to request records.

Item 2018-05-19 NJ Assembly GOP Week in Review for May 18, 2018; Schepisi slams Murphy for cutting affordable housing funding Bramnick calls out Murphy on affordable housing nightmare Thomson advocates for legislative solution to affordable housing crisis Munoz and Clifton press DCA commissioner over Murphy's flat funding for municipalities and property-tax relief

Item 2018-05-18 Westfield Blue Devil Mia Melao put on a spectacular kick to win the 1,600 with a personal-record time of 5:09.05 at the Union County Track & Field Championships on May 17. Blue Devil Sarah Hacker took top honors in the 3,200 and SPF Raider Trinity Hart won the long jump with a leap of 18-1.75. For the boys, Cranford Cougar Josiah Cadet won the 400 hurdles with a personal-record time of 54.01. Raider Jacob Leigh won the 200 with a time of 22.11 and Ben Fleischer won the 3,200 at 936.7. See complete stories in the May 24 edition of The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Timnes

Item 2018-05-18 Westfield - Rotary Club Foundation, the non-profit fundraising arm of the town's 97-year-old Rotary club, announced this week that it will be hosting a Gala Art Exhibition and Auction on Saturday evening, June 9 at the First Congregational Church of Westfield. Proceeds from the event will go to the club's local initiatives: Project Hunger, community grants and college scholarships.

Item 2018-05-18 Roselle Park - The Borough of Roselle Park will be holding its Annual Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 28, 2018, at 10 a.m. from the Sherman Elementary School.

Item 2018-05-18 Mountainside - The recent complaint filed against the Borough of Mountainside, asserts allegations that, if true, we can all agree are most disturbing. The nature of the allegations dictates that we, the residents of Mountainside, take them seriously and ensure that they are carefully investigated. Our sworn officers and dedicated employees should never be subject to the types of behavior that are alleged, especially in our great town. Moreover, the residents of Mountainside are now at risk as those accused of enabling the behavior continue to be employed by the Borough. We need to ask the tough questions, press for action and demand full transparency. We need to understand as a community -- who knew what and when they knew it? How much money has and will be spent, investigating and defending this lawsuit? Have we spent yet more in settlements or payments to make the problem go away? We need leaders who will put the tax paying residents of Mountainside first. We need leadership who will stand by our brave men and women of the Mountainside Police Department. We need change. In solidarity, Anjali Mehrotra, Candidate for Boro Council

Item 2018-05-18 Mountainside - By Christina M. Hinke Specially Written for The Westfield Leader A lawsuit has been filed against the borough in the Superior Court of New Jersey by five members of the Mountainside Police Department and one female employee, according to a statement posted on the boroughs website. Read the full story in this week's edition of the newspaper. Download a copy of the lawsuit at =>

Item 2018-05-18 Fanwood - The 7th Annual Memorial Day Concert will be taking place on the northside lawn at the Fanwood Train Station, beginning at 6:30 p.m., on Sunday, May 27. All are encouraged to bring a chair and enjoy the night, which will conclude with speeches from our local dignitaries, veterans and family members. On Memorial Day, Monday, May 28th, all are invited to the Fanwood War Memorial in front of the library, for the Annual Memorial Day Ceremony of Remembrance beginning at 9 a.m., followed by the annual Memorial Day Parade beginning at 10:45 a.m. and makes its way south on Park and Martine Ave through Fanwood, ending on LaGrande Avenue. The parade will be led by Marine Corps Colonel Konstantine E. Zoganas, this years Grand Marshal, and will be accompanied by Ed Miller and Joe Nagy of Fanwood, the 2017 Grand Marshals who unfortunately did not get to ride in the parade due to inclement weather last year.

Item 2018-05-18 Cranford - The public is invited on Saturday, June 23rd for Bee Day at Hanson Park! At 2:00 PM Grant Stiles from Stiles Honey will be sharing his knowledge of bees with his presentation, Fundamentals of Beekeeping and the Importance of Honey Bees in Our Society. Bring your blankets and chairs and enjoy the beautiful surroundings as Mr. Stiles answers all of your questions about these important pollinators. He is a Certified Master Beekeeper and owns one of the most successful apiaries in the New York/New Jersey area, with Stiles Honey currently managing well-over 4,000 honeybee colonies a year. Mr. Stiles will also be selling his honey. Then at 3:15 PM its Story Time at the Park. We will continue the theme with books about bees. This is a free event and recommended for ages 8 and under, but anyone is welcome to stay and enjoy a story. No need to register, just show up! At 3:45 PM we will be making a bee craft. Get ready to have some fun with pipe cleaners and clothespins, and take home a little bee of your own! Hanson Park is located at 38 Springfield Ave. in Cranford, NJ. Bee Day is free and open to the public. In the event of inclement weather, we will be relocating to the Cranford Community Center at 220 Walnut Ave. Bee Day is sponsored by the Hanson Park Conservancy, a non-profit group dedicated to developing and maintaining Hanson Park and providing the community with educational programs and workshops. To learn more, please visit our website,

Item 2018-05-18 Cranford - The Recreation and Parks Department is pleased to announce its annual Memorial Day Parade will take place on Monday, May 28th. Line up begins at the Community Center, 220 Walnut Ave in Cranford at 8:30 a.m. and marching commences at 9:00 a.m. ending with a traditional memorial ceremony at Memorial Park on Springfield Avenue between Riverside Drive and Central Avenue at 10:00 a.m.

Item 2018-05-17 Westfield - Emergency Executive Session-May 17,2018 In accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act (N.J.S.A. 10:4-9 et seq.), please accept this memorandum as official notification that the Town Council of the Town of Westfield will hold an Emergency Executive Session on May 17,2018 at 6:00 PM in the Administrative Conference Room, 425 East Broad Street, Westfield, New Jersey 07090 to discuss Mount Laurel compliance. A Mount Laurel Compliance Hearing on the Town of Westfield's Housing Element and Fair Share Plan, along with the implementation of ordinances for the Third Round Affordable Housing Period, is scheduled for Monday, May 21, 2018. This emergency executive session is necessary, as unforeseen revisions to General Ordinance No. 2101 related to the Town's Third Round Affordable Housing obligations require Town Council review with the Town's special affordable housing counsel prior to the Mount Laurel Compliance Hearing, and such review must be undertaken in closed session because the special affordable housing counsel needs to render attorney client privileged legal advice and confidentiality is required in order for the attorney to exercise his ethical duties as a lawyer. A delay in a meeting of the Town Council would jeopardize the Town's compliance with its affordable housing obligation. Formal action will not be taken at this meeting.

Item 2018-05-17 WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today backed the VA MISSION Act of 2018 legislation to provide reforms to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical system, including allowing veterans the choice to opt-in for community care. Four years ago, news reports of hundreds of veterans being put on secret waitlists at VA facilities shocked the Nation, Lance said. Congress then quickly passed the Veterans Choice Program (VCP) to ensure those veterans suffering from substandard care at the VA had timely access to care in their local communities. Today Congress moved to fund fully and permanently reform the VCP to deliver high quality health care to veterans of all eras. The VA MISSION Act seeks to give greater decision-making power to our veterans and provide clarity regarding eligibility standards for veterans to receive health care in at non-VA facilities. The legislation also improves reimbursement and record-sharing systems for community providers while also mandating that the VA conduct a much-needed assessment of its outdated medical infrastructure. A separate bill, voted along with the MISSION Act, would expand Agent Orange benefits and care to an estimated 90,000 Blue Water Navy veterans of Vietnam. The most respected veterans and military service organizations -- including the American Legion, the Disabled American Veterans, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Paralyzed Veterans of America support this historic legislation.

Item 2018-05-17 Scotch Plains - The public is invited to the 3rd annual Fireworks Show on Saturday, June 30 - this year, the celebration features a live concert with the Scotch Plainsmen. Please contact with any questions: Margaret Heisey, Township of Scotch Plains; 908-322-6700 ext. 314

Item 2018-05-17 Recycling - For county residents; Mobile Paper Shredding Saturday, May 19th at Nokia /*located at 600 Mountain Avenue in New Providence; 9-1.; May 19, Scrap metal disposal, Cranford and Rahway locations, 9-12; Please visit for more information or directions

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