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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

Item 2016-07-05 Scotch Plains - Highland Swim Club in Scotch Plains is hosting a Swim-A-Palooza to benefit RESOLVE Community Counseling Center located in Scotch Plains. RESOLVE is a private, non-profit community mental health center serving children, adults and families of Union County for over 40 years. Swim-A-Palooza is a fundraiser in which participants raise money for RESOLVE by swimming lengths of the pool within a two hour period. This event will take place at Highland Swim Club Sunday, July 24, 2016 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. For more information please go to or participants can register their pledges or to support a swimmer, please go to

Item 2016-06-30 Westfield - The deadline for Westfield residents interested in considering a three-year term (2017-2020) on the Board of Education is July 25, 2016, at the County Clerk office in Elizabeth. The three members on the Westfield Board of Education whose terms are expiring on December 31, 2016 include Brendan Galligan, Ginny Leiz and Amy Root. Mr. Galligan began his term in 2013, Mrs. Leiz has been serving since 2001, and Mrs. Root recently was approved by the Board to fill a vacant seat. All three have declared their intentions to seek election to a 3-year term. To consider becoming a Board of Education member for the 2017-2020 term, candidates must file a petition in person in the Office of the County Clerk at 2 Broad St., Room 113, in Elizabeth on or before 4 PM on July 25, 2016. The actual election will take place on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. Nominating petition forms which must be completed and submitted to the County Clerk -- are available in the Westfield Board Secretarys office, Room 101, at 302 Elm Street, Westfield, and at the County Clerks website (November election) at More information also is available on the New Jersey School Board Associations school board candidacy website at Interested residents may contact any member of the Westfield Board of Education or the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Margaret Dolan, at for more information about service on the Board. Questions regarding the election process can be referred to the Union County Election Supervisor, Lisa Hugelmeyer, at 908-527-4996.

Item 2016-06-26 Westfield, Lifeguards at the Westfield Memorial Pool had to resuscitate a girl Saturday in an incident that remains under investigation, a township official said. A doctor and a nurse who were visiting the pool assisted the lifeguards in reviving the elementary school-age child, Mayor Andrew Skibitsky said in a statement. The girl was pulled from the pool Saturday around 4:20 p.m. The girl was transported to Overlook hospital for further treatment. No details were released on the girl's condition as of Sunday.

Item 2016-06-24 Scotch Plains The Township will host its first-ever fireworks display on Saturday, July 2 (rain date is July 3), at the Scotch Hills Golf Course. The golf course will open at 7 p.m. for spectators to set down chairs and blankets, and the fireworks will begin at dusk. Spectators should wear comfortable shoes no heels permitted on the golf course and alcoholic beverages will not be permitted. There will be several road closures leading up to and during the event. The golf course will be open Saturday for golfers, with the last tee time set for 10 a.m. It will reopen at 10 a.m. Sunday, July 3.

Item 2016-06-24 Westfield - My son Found a photo, see on the ground in front of Westfield High School on 16-06-23 on Dorian Rd. I am holding on to it. Please call 908-391-5305 and ask for Rachel.

Item 2016-06-23 Cranford - A fireworks display will be the highlight of Cranfords Annual Fourth of July Celebration. The day-long community festival will offer something for everyone including canoe races, a one-mile fun run and a four-mile run, plus vendors in the park. There will also be amusement rides and games. The festivities will begin at 8:00am with canoe races scheduled at the Cranford Canoe Club, 250 Springfield Ave., Cranford, NJ. Registration will be immediately before the races at 7:30am on July 4th at the Canoe Club. The Jaycees will conduct their Annual Firecracker Run beginning with a one-mile Fun Run at 8:30am and a four-miler at 9:00am at Nomahegan Park, Springfield Ave., Cranford, NJ. For more info regarding registration and the race go to There will be food vendors in the park offering zeppoles, pork & beef barbecue, sausage and hot dogs, ice cream and assorted drinks from 2:00pm until 10:00pm. The fireworks will begin at 9:15pm at Nomahegan Park, Cranford, NJ. Limited parking will be available at Union County College, 1033 Sprinfield Ave, Cranford, NJ, however, residents are urged to walk if possible. RAIN DATE FOR FIREWORKS ONLY WILL BE ON TUESDAY, JULY 5th. For more information call the Cranford Recreation & Parks Department at 709-7283.

Item 2016-06-23 Union County - Join Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County and the Rahway River Watershed Association on a guided bus excursion to see the benefits of rain gardens, rainwater harvesting, porous surfaces and more. When: Tuesday July 19, 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Where: Bus departs from Trailside Nature & Science Center 452 New Providence Road, Mountainside $20.00 per person -- register at Info: call 732-398-5274 or email *Perfect for municipal agencies, environmental groups and the general public.

Item 2016-06-23 Scotch Plains The Township will host its first-ever fireworks display on Saturday, July 2 (rain date is July 3), at the Scotch Hills Golf Course. The golf course will open at 7 p.m. for spectators to set down chairs and blankets, and the fireworks will begin at dusk. Spectators should wear comfortable shoes no heels permitted on the golf course and alcoholic beverages will not be permitted. There will be several road closures leading up to and during the event. The golf course will be open Saturday for golfers, with the last tee time set for 10 a.m. It will reopen at 10 a.m. Sunday, July 3.

Item 2016-06-20 Union County - The Mobile Paper Shredding Event is coming on Sunday, June 26th from 9 am to 1 pm at the Union County Vo-Tech located at 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains. Residents can bring up to four bags of confidential documents for shredding.

Item 2016-06-14 Rahway - Over 100 Artists, Musicians and Performers Will Showcase Their Talents in Downtown Rahway on Friday, June 17th at the 4th Annual Culture Crawl.

Item 2016-06-14 Fanwood - On Saturday, June 18th Mayor Colleen Mahr will be at Mara's Caf at 250 South Avenue in Fanwood from 10 AM to 12 Noon to meet with residents. She will discuss a wide range of Borough issues as well as being available for specific concerns a resident may have. No appointment is necessary.

Item 2016-06-03 Westfield - High School freshman Alicia Harris and Edison Intermediate School 7th grader Cooper Harris have been selected as the Pediatric Honored Heroes for the Crohns and Colitis Foundation of Americas Take Steps Walk at Liberty State Park in Jersey City on Sunday June 12th (11:00 AM). The siblings, aged 15 and 13, both have Crohns Disease and are being recognized for their support and efforts since being diagnosed (4 years ago for Alicia and a little over a year ago for Coop). They volunteer to talk with and help other kids as they receive the news of their condition. They also do a tremendous job of fund raising for CCFA. Read their stories at It would be great to have large group of friends, family and supporters at the walk, a family-friendly event. Please join Team Harris at the walk and donate in the name of Team Harris to help find a cure! Thank you so much for your support in helping the millions of people suffering with IBDs

Item 2016-06-02 Westfield - Two Day Garage Sale! This Saturday and Sunday there will be a garage sale at 408 Grove Street from 10am till 6pm. All proceeds will go to Soccer Without Borders, (SWB)- Uganda. SWB Uganda works in the Nsambya neighborhood of Kampala. Through soccer and educational programming, the SWB program creates a space for urban refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Sudan, and Somalia to integrate with their Ugandan peers.

Item 2016-06-02 Westfield - The Westfield library is currently showing the art work of Anne Castellano of Cranford nj. The display will run through July 31st and consists of portraits, in pencil, pastel and pen/ink.

Item 2016-05-31 Union County - several free recycling events coming up this month. Scrap Metal Recycling continues in June with events on the first Thursday (June 2nd ) and Third Saturday (June 18th) of each month. There are three (3) locations in Union County for residents to drop off their metal for recycling, one in Cranford, Rahway and Westfield. All locations will be open from 9 am to 12 pm. Residents can drop off old appliances, microwaves, air conditioners, and metal lawn furniture to name a few. Union County will host three (3) Mobile Paper Shredding Events in June from 9 am to 1 pm. The first is on Saturday, June 4th at Union County College located on Springfield Avenue in Cranford; the 2nd will be Wednesday June 8th at Clark DPW located at 315 Westfield Avenue and the third be on Sunday June 26th at the Union County Votech located at 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains. Residents can bring up to four bags of confidential documents for shredding. Household Hazardous Waste Event will be on Saturday June 11th from 9 am to 2 pm at Union County College on Springfield Avenue in Cranford. Car tires will also be accepted (maximum of 8 tires). Please visit for more information or directions.

Item 2016-05-24 Mountainside - On Friday May 27, 2016, the Mountainside Police Department in conjunction with the Union County Police Department will be conducting a D.W.I. checkpoint. The checkpoint will be located along Route 22 East, between the hours of 9:00 pm - 5:00 am. Police Officers will be checking for impaired drivers as well as issuing summons for other motor vehicle violations.

Item 2016-05-20 Westfield - The NJFO season concludes with two maestros and two masterpieces! Shuang Guo conducts Xians Yellow River Cantata, with its famous Ode to the Yellow River, the undisputed champion of choral work in China. David Wroe conducts Dvoraks New World Symphony presenting a magnificent homage to America. Guest soprano Karen Ho performs a selection of songs and arias by Verdi and R. Strauss. Saturday May 21 at 7pm | The Presbyterian Church in Westfield Free pre-concert lecture at 6pm with Maestra Guo; Sunday May 22 at 3pm | The Concert Hall, Drew University, Madison; NEW JERSEY FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA 224 East Broad St | Westfield | 07090

Item 2016-05-20 Garwood - Police advise: Please be aware many people have received phone calls from someone claiming to work for the IRS. Do not give them any personal information or payment this is a phone scam. There has been an increase in this activity over the past 2 days

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