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Item 2016-12-06 Cranford - Hockey Club Mite and Squirt players and families recently cleaned-up Warinanco Park last Saturday as part of the Union County Adopt-a-Park program. Over 80 children and adults turned out to help beautify the stream near Warinanco Skating Rink, home rink for Cranford Hockey Club. They raked leaves to help prepare for the Parks winter seeding project, picked up litter, and removed invasive plants from along the stream. In its 60th year, the Cranford Hockey Club continues to be an outstanding member of the greater Union County community.

Item 2016-12-04 Westfield - wins NJSIAA football finals 15-13 on Saturday, Dec. 3 From MetLife Stadium, North 2, Group 5 Westfield vs. Bridgewater-Raritan, 1 p.m. The Westfield HS football team remains unbeaten for two years, 25-0, the longest streak in New Jersey.

Item 2016-12-01 Westfield - The Imperial Brass presents Holiday Brass on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 7:30 p.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Westfield. The 29-piece ensemble, under the direction of Ronald Waiksnoris, will play an array of unique holiday arrangements, including I Saw Three Ships and the Hallelujah Chorus, Irving Berlins White Christmas and Here Comes Santa Claus. The Imperial Brass repertoire includes a wide variety of styles from brass band classics, contemporary works, classical arrangements and music from Broadway and popular selections. The band appears throughout the metropolitan area,and makes its home at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Westfield. Join Mr. Waiksnoris and the critically acclaimed Imperial Brass for this spectacular evening of holiday brass. The performance will take place in the main sanctuary of Redeemer Lutheran Church which is located at 229 Cowperthwaite Place, Westfield. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors 65 and over and $5 for children. For more information, visit or

Item 2016-12-01 Westfield - Police ASSISTANCE NEEDED: IF YOU TRAVELED WILLOW GROVE RD ON FRI, 11/25 @ APPROX 7PM & HAVE A DASH CAM PLEASE CONTACT WPD. The Westfield Police Department requests that if you traveled on Willow Grove Road in the area of Seward Avenue on Friday, November 25th, at approximately 7PM and observed anyone or anything suspicious in the area, or if you had a recording dash camera in your vehicle, to please contact the Westfield Police Department's Detective Bureau at 908-789-6086. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

Item 2016-11-30 On Wednesday November 23, 2016, at Cranford High School, the Quilting Club hosted their 8th annual Blankets of Love. Every year the blankets are donated to selected hospitals in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. This year the blankets were donated to Saint Barnabas Medical Center in honor of two beloved Cranford High School faculty members. Mrs. Christine Bagniewski was a Physical Education and Health teacher who passed away last spring and Mrs. Nancy Campbell was a Cranford - Guidance Counselor who passed away during the summer. Both faculty members received treatment at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. Two hundred blankets were donated this year. Eight years ago the Quilting Club started Blankets of Love. Over one thousand blankets have been donated so far. The current club members hope that the tradition of Blankets of Love will be continued by future students of Cranford High School. It is hoped that the community of Cranford would help keep this tradition to continue by donating material and monetary donations to purchase needed supplies. For more information please contact Mrs. Barbara Narus at

Item 2016-11-29 Westfield The Impromptu Players will present, What The Dickens? an adaptation of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel of the Presbyterian Church in Westfield, 140 Mountain Avenue, Westfield. This one-hour performance, adapted and directed by Wendy Connolly, is a humorous and heartwarming version of the beloved Christmas story of Ebenezer Scrooges transformation from miserable miser to joyful philanthropist with an old time radio show feel. The program features Ms. Connolly, Sharon McGuire and Lisa Black of Westfield, and Fred Dennehy of Cranbury performing all of the roles. The cost is $10 per person with all of the proceeds from the evening going to the Agape Soup Kitchen in Elizabeth that is operated by the Presbyterian Church in Westfield. Tickets are available at the door only. There is ample parking and the Chapel is handicap accessible. For more information email

Item 2016-11-29 Westfield - The Youth Group of the First Baptist Church of Westfield, 170 Elm St., will present a musical variety concert on Sunday, December 11 at 4:30pm. It will begin in recital format showcasing a variety of solo performers of diverse style and musical development and then proceed into rock concert featuring the bands Sorry in Advance and Jasmine McMorran from the New Jersey Workshop for the Arts Rock Performance Workshop. Food and drink will be available throughout. A free will offering will be taken at the door in to support our Youth Group missions.

Item 2016-11-29 Westfield - will offer live video feeds, as well as complete on-demand replays, for NJSIAA football finals. The video will be free of charge, Saturday, Dec. 3 From MetLife Stadium, North 2, Group 5 Westfield vs. Bridgewater-Raritan, 1 p.m.

Item 2016-11-28 Elizabeth - NAIOP New Jerseys 2016 Transportation & Logistics Update; Industry Experts to Address Transportation Project Priorities, Mass Transit, Port Performance, and Impact of E-commerce on Commercial Real Estate. The Port of Elizabeth will provide the backdrop for NAIOP New Jerseys annual Transportation & Logistics Update, which will take place on Tuesday, December 6, at the NYSA Training Center in Elizabeth. Registration and networking will begin at 7:45 a.m., followed by the program at 8:30 a.m. To register, or for more information, contact NAIOP New Jersey, the commercial real estate development association, at (732) 729-9900, or visit

Item 2016-11-25 Westfield - On Saturday, December 10th at 7pm at the Presbyterian Church in Westfield, New Jersey Festival Orchestra, under the baton of David Wroe, kicks off the holiday season with a bang and plenty of bling with Home for the Holidays, a family festival of traditional and contemporary songs and music, sing-alongs and more guaranteed to make the season merry. This seasonal stroll of timeless classics and sentimental favorites, sure to bring joy, smiles, and distinctive holiday memories to one and all, has been made possible in part by a Union County Heart (History, Education and Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant and generous support from The Westfield Foundation. Tickets prices range from $28 to $76 for adults and there is a special discount price of only $15 for students K-12. Tickets are also available for NJ Festival Orchestras New Years Eve musical celebration. This years performance, On The Town, promises a superb revue of American musical theater classics from stage and screen and features renowned guest vocalists direct from the Broadway stage and beyond. Special discounts are available for children under 18, making this event (which starts at 7pm and ends at 9pm) a perfect way for the entire family to join together to welcome in the new year. Patrons are advised to purchase tickets well in advance as this concert has been a sell out for the past five years. Tickets for both concerts are available on line at Tickets may also be purchased by calling (908) 232-9400 or visiting the office at 224 E. Broad Street, Westfield. Gift certificates are also available.

Item 2016-11-25 Westfield - Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick (R-Union), the "funniest lawyer in New Jersey," and former Saturday Night Live star Joe Piscopo will team together to help raise funds for the Boys and Girls Club of America. They will perform at the Stress Factory Comedy Club in New Brunswick on Tuesday, December 06, 2016 at 7:30 P.M.

Item 2016-11-22 Westfield - Historical Society Member - Guest Open House Sunday, December 4, from 2-4 pm 314 Mountain Avenue Westfield NJ 07090 The Board of Trustees invites you to join us in a celebration for members of the Westfield Historical Society and their guests. Come and celebrate the season, catch up on each others news and meet new members. Bring your guest(s) and enjoy the Reeve House decorated for the occasion. Appetizers and dessert will be served. Kindly RSVP to Thena Rosahl at this email address, or leave a message on 908 654 1794 by December 1.

Item 2016-11-22 WESTFIELD - Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today announced that his Westfield District Office will host office hours for the Veterans Administration, bringing the expertise of V.A. agents specializing in assisting veterans directly to constituents. Veterans, their families and advocates are encouraged to schedule a time to meet with Lances caseworker managers and the V.A. official to tackle inquires regarding V.A. benefits, compensation, pension, insurance, loan guaranty, vocational rehabilitation and employment and education benefit programs. All inquires are welcome. WHAT: V.A. casework office hours in Westfield WHEN: Thursday, December 8 from 9:30am to 4:00 pm WHERE: Lances Westfield District Office, 425 North Ave. East, Westfield, 07090 Appointments are encouraged. For more information, please call Lances district office at 908-518-7733

Item 2016-11-22 Garwood - The annual Garwood Christmas tree lighting ceremony will be this Saturday, November 26 at 5 pm.

Item 2016-11-21 New Providence - New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra presents its annual free family holiday concert on December 18 at 3pm at New Providence High School, 35 Pioneer Drive. Children especially will enjoy this interactive concert that includes holiday favorites like Sleigh Ride, and culminates in an instrument petting zoo. Featuring talented young soloist, Sea Yoon, on violin. For more information, please call (908) 603-7691 or email

Item 2016-11-21 Area - Christmas Tree Lightings: Westfield - The annual tree lighting will be held this Sunday, November 27, at 5:30 p.m. at the North Avenue, west train station lawn. Cranford - A full day of activities culminating with lighting of the Christmas tree Christmas tree at North Union and Springfield Avenues at 6 p.m. Scotch Plains - A holiday celebration will be held on Sunday, December 4, between 2 and 5 p.m., on the Alan Augustine Village Green, 430 Park Avenue. Santa will be there from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., at which time he will light the town Christmas tree. Fanwood - The borough's holiday celebration will conclude on Sunday, December 4, on the lawn in front of the North Avenue Train Station when Mayor Colleen Mahr lights the Fanwood Christmas tree at 5 p.m. Mountainside - The borough will hold its Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Saturday, December 3, from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. at New Providence Road and Route 22.

Item 2016-11-18 Summit During the past several weeks, the Summit Police Department has been made aware that some residents are receiving threatening phone calls and text messages during which an unknown caller demands money in exchange for the protection of a family member from harm or public embarrassment. During these phone calls and messages, residents have reported that the caller will claim that they are going to harm family members if large sums of money are not paid. The caller will also send pictures via social media message or text message of the family member or their house, claiming that they know the identity of the person and where they live. These pictures are being downloaded from Facebook accounts and other social media. Others have reported that they received social media messages claiming that their reputation would be publicly ruined if they did not pay money. The Police Departments investigation into these calls has determined that they are scams. Should residents receive any phone calls or messages of a similar nature, the Department is asking them to disconnect the call, ignore the messages, and to report the incident to the Police.

Item 2016-11-17 Westfield - Do you like gift wrapping? or decorating? Would you like to come to Lord & Taylor and wrap gifts during our annual fundraiser for the Westfield Historical Society? We wrap items which L&T customers purchase and then the customers make a donation to the WHS. Volunteering is good for you (and there is lots of research to prove it), the atmosphere is jovial and the people are friendly. Dates available for gift wrapping are: Saturday, December 10th Sunday, December 11th Saturday, December 17th Sunday, December 18th Saturday, December 24th Time: 11 am - 7pm on Saturdays, 12-7 p.m. on Sundays and Thursday any time you are available. Sign up for a 2 hour 'shift' or more. Bring a friend and catch up while you wrap! We also are looking for volunteers to help decorate the Reeve House for the holidays. We will do this on Monday, November 28th starting at 3 p.m. Please email/ring me on 908 654 1794 to sign up for any (or all) of the above. It is fun and people are very appreciative. Thank you and happy holidays, Thena Rosahl WHS Executive Assistant

Item 2016-11-16 Summit - Dec 28 through Dec 30; The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is hosting a four-day art class for adults, teens and kids to be held over the winter holiday break. Sign-up today for a super-condensed mini-session and get a months worth of classes in just a week! Register online at; by phone (908) 273-9121; in person at the front Desk or the Registrar; or by mail to: 68 Elm Street, Summit 07901.

Item 2016-11-16 Rahway - Childrens holiday show, Mooseltoe, to perform at UCPAC. Mooseltoe, the Moose with a Dream, and his friends come to life in this colorful, magical and whimsical musical tale. Follow our hero as he pursues his seemingly impossible dream while learning many valuable lessons along the way - lessons which are important for us all. December 1, 2016 at 7PM. Tickets range from $25-$15. - Box Office at 732-499-8226.
UCPAC 1601 Irving Street, Rahway, NJ 07065

Item 2016-11-16 Plainfield - Crescent Concerts will hold its annual Yuletide by Candlelight on December 11 at 5 pm. The Crescent Singers perform familiar and not so familiar Christmas anthems, carols and songs in the candle lit and beautiful nave of Crescent Ave Presbyterian Church, located at 716 Watchung Ave. This free annual festivity truly brings the spirit of the holidays to its listeners. For more information, please call (908) 756-2468 or visit

Item 2016-11-16 Garwood - Dog Licenses are due during the month of January in the Borough of Garwood. To obtain or renew your license, visit the Municipal Clerk's office at 403 South Avenue, Garwood, Monday through Friday, between 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Proof of rabies vaccine covering the entire licensing year is necessary. If you have any questions, please call 908-789-0710.

Item 2016-11-11 Rahway - Vanessa Williams to perform at the Union County Performing Arts Center, November 25, 2016 at 8:00PM. Vanessa Williams is one of the most respected and multi-faceted performers in the entertainment industry today. Having sold over 7 million records worldwide, Vanessa has also scored numerous #1 and Top 10 hits on various Billboard Album and Singles charts: Pop, Dance, R&B, Adult Contemporary, Holiday, Latin, Gospel and Jazz. Her critically acclaimed work in film, television, recordings and the Broadway stage has been recognized by every major industry award affiliation. Ticket prices range from $95-$55. Box Office: 732-499-8226 -
UCPAC 1601 Irving Street, Rahway, NJ 07065

Item 2016-11-09 Summit - The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is hosting a four-day art class for adults, teens and kids to be held over the winter holiday break. Sign-up today for a super-condensed mini-session and get a months worth of classes in just a week! Register online at; by phone (908) 273-9121; in person at the front Desk or the Registrar; or by mail to: 68 Elm Street, Summit 07901.

Item 2016-11-08 Region - Early voting turnout is reported to be very high, according to several phone calls to the newspaper.

Item 2016-11-04 Westfield - The statement printed under my name is factually inaccurate. I never provided your publication with any statement that could possibly be contorted to convey the information you published. If that wasn't bad enough, the article fails to mention any of the contributions I have made to the board during my tenure nor any of the leadership positions I have held, all of which were plainly spelled out in my letters and are also public record and plainly listed on the Board of Education webpage. BOE Candidate J. Brendan Galligan

Item 2016-11-03 Westfield - The video of the Board of Education Candidates Night which took place on November 2 in the Westfield High School auditorium is posted in its entirety on the Westfield School District Website at​. It also will be aired on WHS-TV36 on Saturday, November 5 & Tuesday, November 8 at 9:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm, 5:00pm, 8:00pm, and 10:00pm; and on Sunday, November 6 at 11:00am and 1:00 pm. The four candidates running for the three 3-year terms (2017-2020) on the Westfield Board of Education election on November 8 are Michael Bielen, Brendan Galligan, Ginny Leiz and Amy Root.

Item 2016-11-02 Mountainside - Potters Guild Hosts Annual Holiday Pottery Festival The Potters Guild of New Jersey will host its annual holiday sale of functional and sculptural ceramics at the Community Presbyterian Church, at 1459 Deer Path in Mountainside (corner of Deer Path and Meeting House Lane) on Saturday, November12 from 11am to 5pm and Sunday, November 13 from noon to 5pm. Admission is free and credit cards are accepted. This increasingly popular event draws hundreds of customers from throughout New Jersey and even out of state. The show is the perfect place to find a unique holiday gift or a special item or present for any occasion. There will be more than 35 potters from the area exhibiting their work at this event.

Item 2016-11-02 Cranford - VFW Post 335 has announced that the keynote speaker at its annual Veterans Breakfast will be Brigadier General Michael L. Cunniff, the Adjutant General of New Jersey, leader of the New Jersey Army and Air National Guard. The annual breakfast, which is open to all area veterans, will be held at VFW Post 335 at 479 South Avenue, Cranford, on Sunday, November 6, at 9 a.m. A full sit-down breakfast will be provided free of charge to all attendees. General Cunniff is a highly decorated combat pilot, flying F-4s and KC-135s, in over 52 combat sorties which totaled over 336 combat hours serving in Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, among many others. This annual Veterans Breakfast, in addition to the keynote speaker, will include local officials and students participating in honoring all veterans. No reservations required. For further information, call the VFW at (908) 276-9730.

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