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Item 2015-10-06 Scotch Plains - The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Board of Education will hold a Candidates Forum with prospective candidates to fill three positions on the board at the November 3 election. This meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in the Administration Bldg., Evergreen Avenue & Cedar Street, Scotch Plains.

Item 2015-10-06 Cranford - The Cranford Board of Education meeting scheduled for Monday, October 12, 2015 indicating a time change. The meeting will begin at 6:30 P.M. and go directly to Executive Session. At approximately 8:00 P.M. the meeting will be opened to the Public.

Item 2015-10-06 Summit The deadline for registered voters to apply for vote by mail ballots for the November 3 election is October 27, 2015. Registered voters may apply in person at the Summit City Clerks Office, the Union County Clerks Election Office in Elizabeth, County Clerks Annex Office in Westfield or online at City Clerks Office is located at 512 Springfield Avenue in Summit and is open from 8:30AM to 4:30PM on Monday to Friday. Union County Clerks Election Office is located on 2 Broad Street in Elizabeth and is open from 8:30AM until 3PM daily. The County Clerk Annex Office is located at 300 North Avenue East in Westfield and is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8AM to 3:30PM, Tuesday and Thursday from 8AM to 7PM and Saturdays through 10/31 from 9AM to 12:45PM.

Item 2015-10-05 Scotch Plains - Thursday, Oct 15th at 8pm will be the annual Scotch Plains-Fanwood Newcomers & Neighbors Club Ladies-Only Fall Meet & Greet at Darby Road 450 Park Avenue in Scotch Plains. The night will include a chance to win fabulous prizes and hear about our varied interest groups and activities. This event is open to all existing, new, and prospective members so bring your friends and neighbors! We will be collecting items for the Community Food Bank of New Jersey Tools 4 School program. While any item is appreciated, the most needed are black permanent markers and glues sticks. Please visit for suggestions. For more information, RSVP by October 8 by email:

Item 2015-10-05 Fanwood - 2016 Fanwood Train Station Parking Permit Information:
Fanwood Residents: Saturday October 17, 2015 from 8 a.m. TO 12 PM Weekdays starting October 19th through November 6th 7:30 a.m. to 4 P.M Evenings October 20, 22, 27 and 29th 5 p.m. TO 8 P.M The cost of a yearly permit will be $370.00
Scotch Plains Residents: Saturday October 24, 2015 from 8 a.m. TO 12 PM Weekdays starting October 26th through November 6th 7:30 a.m. to 4 P.M Evenings October 27th and 29th 5 p.m. TO 8 P.M The cost of a yearly permit will be $665.00
All other municipalities: Monday November 2nd, 2015 7:30 a.m. TO 4 PM. The cost of a yearly permit will be $665.00
Permits can be purchased on the dates above at Fanwood Police Department, 75 North Martine Avenue Fanwood, NJ 07023: Methods of Payment: Checks, Visa and MasterCard, No Amx, No cash.

Item 2015-10-05 Scotch Plains - The Friends of the Scotch Plains Public Library are conducting a membership drive in which those who join with a new membership, or renew an existing one between now and Nov. 9 will be eligible for $250 gift card to The winner will be chosen randomly at the Friends November meeting, scheduled for Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Library. Rates for annual Friends memberships are $10 for senior citizens and students, $15 for individuals, $25 for families, $50 for organizations and $100 for benefactors. The membership drive will help commemorate National Friends of Libraries week Oct. 18-24. The Friends are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization devoted to supporting the programming and development of the library, and has donated more than $157,000 over the past 16 years. Other benefits of a Friends memberships include five free DVD rentals per year, and access to the the members-only preview night to the annual Friends book sale in March. For more information, please contact us at

Item 2015-10-03 Westfield - Rain delay: Applefest is moved to Sunday October 4 12-4 pm. The event is at the Reeve History & Cultural Resource Center on Mountain Avenue in Westfield.

Item 2015-10-03 Scotch Plains - The Amateur Computer Group of NJ. meets Tues Oct 13, 7:30-9:30 PM: Java Group presentation Technical Overview of Amazon Echo by Professor Barry Burd, Drew Univ. Echo is Amazon's entry in the intelligent voice-enabled assistant market. Echo is completely hands-free, so you can talk to Echo the way Captain Picard talks to his ship's computer. For a preview, visit Directions to the Scotch Plains Rescue Squad, 1916 Bartle Ave (2nd Floor), are available on the club site, or call 908-246-0410.

Item 2015-10-02 Summit - Join the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey for a reading and book signing with Jam! On the Vine author, Lashonda Barnett. Her debut novel is an unflinching historical tale that looks at the legacy of Jim Crow in Texas. Its the story of Ivoe Williams and her ambition to start the countrys first female-run African American newspaper. Barnetts book brings to mind the work of Alice Walker and Toni Morrison. Her essay is featured in the Casey Ruble: Everything That Rises exhibition catalogue. 7pm. $5; free for members. Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, 68 Elm Street, Summit. Call 908-273-9121 or visit

Item 2015-10-02 Area - Boy Scouts Patriots Path Council regretfully announced today that its planned 3-day Scouting extravaganza, scheduled for this weekend in Jersey Citys Liberty State Park, has been cancelled due to threatening weather conditions.

Item 2015-10-01 Garwood - Due to the possibility of some real nasty weather, we (GOP) are moving the Fundraiser to Saturday October 10th at Unami Park. Please stay safe this weekend and if you need anything please feel free to reach out.

Item 2015-09-30 Union County - Residents are to prepare for stormy weather this week as Hurricane Joaquin makes its way up the eastern seaboard. The latest weather reports place New Jersey in the projected track for Joaquin, which stretches from Rhode Island to North Carolina. According to the latest estimates, Joaquin could potentially reach New Jersey by Monday. Union County will likely experience some heavy rain and wind throughout the end of the week and into the weekend leading up to next week. Please take this opportunity to check how prepared you are for severe weather events as the hurricane season affects our area.

Item 2015-09-29 Westfield - The Union County Republicans are having their annual Fall fundraiser at Echo Lake on October 14th at 6 PM, For more information, contact Glenn Mortimer at

Item 2015-09-28 Mountainside - A fall workshop, for adults ages 18 and older, will teach participants the basics of digital photography at Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside on Saturday, October 10 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. All workshop registration is now available online at Professional photographer, Joan Pamboukes will bring clarity to such topics as focal length, aperture, shutter speeds, and white balance. This workshop is ideal for any student who hopes to familiarize themselves with their single lens reflex digital camera or sophisticated point and shoot camera with fully manual settings. Composition and basic lighting strategies will also be addressed. Please bring your camera (with a fully charged battery), the manual and a tripod if you have one. By the end of the class, basic camera functions will no longer be a mystery. The fee for this workshop is $45 for residents of Union County and $55 for out-of-county residents. Pre-registration for this program is required; walk-ins will be accommodated as space permit. For more information about Trailside, please call 908-789-3670 or visit Trailside Nature and Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside.

Item 2015-09-28 Westfield - The Genealogical Society of the West Fields cordially invites you to their October 8, 2015, meeting which will be held at Gods Little Acre. In 1742 William Darby donated the land that surrounds the Baptist Church in the West Fields of Elizabethtown, which is now called Scotch Plains, New Jersey. Located on the corner of Park Ave. and Mountain Ave., this cemetery holds the remains of numerous prominent revolutionary war citizens of Union County. We are fortunate to have Pastor Chaz Hutchison as guide to our tour of this interesting cemetery. Pastor Hutchison has devoted years to studying the histories of those buried in Gods Little Acre. He will share his discoveries beginning at 1:00 PM in the Baptist sanctuary followed by a guided tour of the premises.

Item 2015-09-28 Westfield - Free Community Movie Night, Friday Oct. 2, 7 pm at PCW (The Presbyterian Church in Westfield) 140 Mountain ave. Bring a blanket or chair. Free lemonade and popcorn! All are welcome! In case of rain, movie will be held inside of Westminster Hall (white building next to the church). For more information see or call 908-233-0301

Item 2015-09-28 Westfield - The American Legion Auxiliary meets the needs of Veterans and promotes Patriotism. We make visits to the VA Medical Center at Lyons and support various other programs for the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary. We are helping the Red Cross in filling their hygiene bags for the Stand Downs of North Jersey to assist homeless veterans. They have a desperate need of Mens deodorant, 2.8oz to 4.0oz size. If you would like to make a donation of either $1 (or more,) or deodorant, please stop by the Martin Wallberg American Legion Post 3, 1003 North Avenue West, Westfield from 2:00 pm to 7:00pm or you call Sharon (908) 514-1148 or email Auxiliary members include women of all ages whose parents, grandparents, siblings, or spouses served in the U.S. Military and are eligible for American Legion membership. Unit 3 Auxiliary membership is $20 a year. Meetings are the 2nd Wednesday of the month, 7:30 pm at the Post.

Item 2015-09-28 Cranford - Residents are invited Friday October 2nd to a FREE family movie night with Movies Under the Stars, at Hanson Park (38 Springfield Avenue). In the feature film, a lovable misfit from another planet, Boov, lands on Earth and finds himself on the run from his own people. He forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Tip who is on a quest of her own. Through a series of comic adventures they come to understand that being different and making mistakes is all part of being human. Door prizes will be raffled off and freshly popped popcorn/refreshments will be served. The movie will begin at dusk (around 7:00 pm).

Item 2015-09-25 Mountainside - Please join us for the Mountainside Music Parents Association meeting and get involved in Music and Performing Arts programs in our schools. When: Thursday October 1, 2015 Time: 7PM Where: Deerfield School, Room 25 We will be discussing planning for the 2015-16 School Year and opportunities for parents to work with Mr. Wise and Mr. Rosenblum to help grow the Music and Performing Arts programs for our kids in BOTH schools. Look forward to seeing you there! Amy Radick ( and Jenn Doll (

Item 2015-09-25 Garwood - The 11th Annual Clean Communities Litter Cleanup Day will be held in Garwood, Saturday, October, 24, 2015, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., rain or shine. Volunteer Services, neighborhoods, social and school groups as well as individuals are invited to work together to reduce the amount of litter accumulating in various parts of the Borough. Supervision must be provided for all childrens groups and all participants must provide their own transportation to the Municipal Building to get their supplies and site assignments. To sign up: call Borough Hall at 908 789-0710 or e-mail

Item 2015-09-25 Westfield - Annual Street Fair downtown Sunday Sept. 27; 10 am to 5 pm; all are invited, no charge. Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce.

Item 2015-09-25 Scotch Plains - On October 4, we will be holding our annual Scotch Plains Day downtown from 11 AM to 5 PM and encourage everyone to come for a day full of family fun. There will be plenty of rides, games, vendors, food, and activities that all ages are bound to enjoy. Live entertainment on the Village Green stage will include: 11:00 AM - Pre-School of Rock; 12:30 PM - NJ Workshop for the Arts; 2:00 PM - Michaela McClain; 3:30 PM - Sam Haiman Band; For more information and to find out how to become a sponsor, call (201) 653-2699 x 251.

Item 2015-09-25 Fanwood - The Fanwood Police Department and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration are teaming up Saturday, Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., to help residents get rid of expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the Police Dept., located in Borough Hall at 75 North Martine Avenue. The service is free and anonymous. The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills or patches.

Item 2015-09-25 Scotch Plains The Terrill Middle School PTA will sponsor the 50th Anniversary Gala on Friday, October 16, from 7:30-11:00 pm at Shackamaxon Country Club. All are invited. The evening will feature a cocktail hour, dinner buffet, open bar for wine and beer, cash bar for cocktails, coffee and dessert. Of course, there will be plenty of entertainment, including musical guests The Neighbors, a Silent Auction, Tricky Tray, Wine Pull and 50/50 raffle. Tickets are being sold in advance for $65 dollars each. There will be no tickets sold at the door. Please RSVP by Thursday, October 1, 2015. Details contact

Item 2015-09-24 New Providence - Angels & Inspiration, An Afternoon Tea to Benefit YoungLives of Central Jersey. Come enjoy a delightful Afternoon Tea on Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church in New Providence, 1307 Springfield Ave. All proceeds will benefit YoungLives - a mentoring program for teen moms in Plainfield and surrounding communities. Join us for a light lunch and be inspired by our guest speakers including an author, illustrator, blogger and vocalist. Lu Ann Schnable Kaldor, author of the childrens book The Angels on My Tree, will be one of our special guests. Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, said, This story reminds us that Christmas is a season of great hope. Even during times of pain and loss, we can discover anew the gift we truly receive when we give to others. Maryann Bouco, author of The Last Stand, a story of hope and redemption, will also be in attendance. Tickets cost $40 each and can be purchased through EventBrite. Go to or Call Lucy Ragoza at 908-789-5043

Item 2015-09-23 Summit - The alleyways between Springfield and DeForest Avenues and Woodland and Summit Avenues will be closed for construction from 11PM on Sunday 9/27 through 7AM on Tuesday 9/29. The closure will permit crews to remove and reinstall concrete aprons at the entrances on Summit Avenue, Beechwood Road and Maple Street. Access to the alleyways will remain open to pedestrians from the shopper parking lots and the alleyway exits on Woodland Avenue, Maple Street, and Beechwood Road. For more information, please contact City Engineer Aaron Schrager at 908-273-6404 or

Item 2015-09-18 Garwood - Oct. 22 at 7:30 Borough residents will have a chance to hear the candidates for Borough Council during an October appearance at the Pointe, the condominium complex between Maple and Chestnut Streets. They will also have an opportunity to propose questions to be asked of the candidates during that session. Questions may be sent to The candidates Ileen Bocchino Cuccaro and Joseph R. Sarno III, Republicans, and Carol Kearney and Bill Nierstedt, Democrats will appear on Thursday, Oct. 22. The session will begin at 7:30 p.m. The candidates are expected to discuss such issues as taxes, the redevelopment of North and South Avenues, shared services and the boroughs policy on social media.

Item 2015-09-17 Summit - The City of Summit is actively seeking volunteers from the community to fill vacancies on several of its committees and commissions. Each November, the Mayor and Common Council begin the annual process of reviewing volunteer applications and appointing new members. Terms vary from one to five years of service with an opportunity for re-appointment. The City keeps applications active for two years. A complete list of Boards and Commissions is posted on the City web site and can also be found on the back of the volunteer application. Applications are also available at the City Clerks Office. Please email completed applications to or mail to the City Clerks Office at 512 Springfield Avenue, Summit, NJ 07901.

Item 2015-09-16 Fanwood - residents: Between the hours of 8 p.m. last night and 9 a.m. this morning, three vehicles were entered, and one was stolen out of the residents driveway, in the northwest quadrant of Fanwood. All three vehicles were left unlocked. At this time, all three incidents are under investigation. Anyone with information, please contact Detective Lt. Eugene Chin at (908) 322-5000 ext. 506.

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