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Item 2016-02-10 Garwood - Center St to be closed from Willow to South on Thursday 2-11-16 from 7am-5pm for Water Co construction. Plan alternate route. Officers on site to assist with school crossings.

Item 2016-02-05 Westfield - Trader Joe's on Elm Street will be demolished beginning around 8 a.m. Friday, Westfield police said. A portion of the street, in the 100 block, will be shut down during the demolition. The roof of the business partly collapsed under the weight of accumulated snow Jan. 23, when a blizzard dumped more than two feet throughout the region. No one was injured, which was closed during the height of the storm.

Item 2016-02-03 Westfield - WHS FUNDRAISER CONCERT Please join us on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 7 p.m. for a fundraiser concert performed by members of the Westfield High School Orchestras. The concert will be held at The First United Methodist Church at 1 East Broad St. in Westfield, NJ. Come with family and friends to enjoy a night of Classical music and to support the WHS Orchestra students. Monies raised from this concert will help with the trip costs to Boston, MA where they will be performing and adjudicated. Tickets may be purchased at the door: $12 for Adults and $8 for Students. A Reception will follow after the concert. For further information or questions, please contact Craig Stanton at In case of inclement weather, please check for concert cancellation information. A decision will be made and posted by 4 p.m. the day of the concert.

Item 2016-02-02 Scotch Plains - Councilman Llewellyn Jones will be holding office hours at the Scotch Plains Municipal building this Saturday, February 6, from 10 a.m. until noon in the council chambers on the first floor. The building can be accessed via the door adjoining the municipal parking lot. Anyone with municipal questions, concerns or suggestions is welcome to stop by.

Item 2016-02-02 Cranford - Clay Courts Club (CCCC), now entering its 25th silver anniversary year, has announced the availability of 2016 membership applications, as well as the schedule for the 2016 Tennis Academy program for both youth and adults. The Club is a neighborhood friendly facility and offers open round robin matches most mornings and Wednesday evenings, league team tennis matches, as well as private and group instruction for all levels of play. Members enjoy a great social atmosphere where fun and fitness can be enjoyed! For more information on the Club or to download a membership application, visit or call 201-394-2870. Registration for the 12th season of the Tennis Academy for both youth and adults is now underway. Adult sessions for Monday evenings in both May and June, have been scheduled to begin on May 2nd. Three two-week youth sessions are scheduled to begin on June 23, 2016. Each youth Academy session offers six lessons over a two- week period, for ages 6-9 and 10-16. Charlie DeNicola, the Academys popular instructor, will return for this seasons Academy classes.


Item 2016-01-28 Westfield - Chamber of Commerce at The Bank of America building where our offices are located is now with power. The Chamber staff will resume normal functions beginning tomorrow. The Chamber would like to thank Jim Gilda and PSEG for their efforts. Jim has been working on our power issue for two days and was instrumental in obtaining all the necessary documentation. PSEG placed three trucks on the project which included running power from the pole that was within a 10 foot perimeter of Trader Joe's. Even though they were cautioned against it, they did so at their own risk. All of us at the Chamber were honored by several of our members reaching out and offering temporary space within their offices. In addition, we have appreciated your patience and words of support.

Item 2016-01-27 Westfield - Chamber of Commerce message - As many of you may have heard, Trade Joe's in the adjacent building received significant damage from this past weekend's storm. This unfortunate circumstance has left our building without power. Though we have tried to resolve the situation in a timely manner, PSEG is restricted from resolving the issue until the Trader Joe's building is demolish. This should occur in the next 14 days. Having said that, we are still in operation and all events will continue as planned. During this time, if you should have questions or are in need of information, the quickest way to reach any of the staff will be through email as we are all working remotely. Our emails are as follows: Gene Jannotti, Executive Director - Etya Novik, Communications Coordinator - Mary Cirillo, Executive Assistant - Heather Bryant, Membership Manager - All calls have been routed to voice mail and will be returned as soon as possible.

Item 2016-01-27 Cranford - The Town is requesting that resident commuters be dropped off or carpool to the Train Station until snow can be removed from all municipal parking lots. In addition, commuters that cannot find a parking spot in the 12 hour permit parking lots may utilize any parking spaces in the parking garage on Thursday without penalty. (This does NOT include the spaces marked for the private residences of Cranford Crossing.) An update will be sent on Thursday evening as to whether this will carry over to Friday. The Cranford DPW continues its focus on clearing snow, and thanks commuters and all residents for their patience during this process.

Item 2016-01-27 Westfield - Both Westfield School Bonds totaling $12.6 million pass Tuesday with 9% voter turnout. See full story in Thursday's newspaper.

Item 2016-01-27 Westfield - Mayor Andy Skibitsky reported that 2 feet of snow fell in approximately 11 hours. He rode in the plow to gauge the conditions and observe the plowing operations firsthand. The DPW worked 35 hours straight and were sent home Sunday to rest and were back to work Monday at 5 a.m. The town utilized the fleet of military vehicles it received at no charge. These vehicles, such as hummers that were used in replace of police vehicles and for medical transport and a tow truck that assisted in extricating stuck snow plows and front end loaders, were helpful in this storm. The town's game plan after Tuesday is to continue to clear sidewalks, and address any roadways or areas that warrant additional attention. Next will be municipal parks and removing snow from the downtown.

Item 2016-01-26 Cranford - Public Schools will be open starting Wednesday, January 27th. Each school will be sending out specialized Honeywell Alerts later today with details about drop off locations and other important information specific to each school. Parking at Cranford High School is extremely limited. Emergency No Parking areas have been posted in addition to the usual restrictions in the area. We recommend dropping off or carpooling with neighbors. Whether dropping off or parking, we ask that common sense prevail - look at the roadway and if your parking will narrow the roadway to where no one can pass, don't park there.

Item 2016-01-26 Westfield - Public Schools will be OPEN and on regular schedules Tuesday, January 26. Please allow extra time and caution to and from school. Students will not be marked late. Polls are open today for the school bond referendum from 7 AM to 9 PM. Ample parking at the polls will be available after 3 PM. Information on the two bond proposals is available by clicking here. Alternate side parking by the town is instituted around Westfield High School -- Dorian, Trinity, Codding, Edgar, Linwood, Rahway, and First. Parents are urged to carpool and may drop off students on the WHS side of the street. No parking or stopping will be permitted on the opposite side of the street. There are fewer parking spaces in the lot due to snow that has been plowed. Please be careful and take your time.

Item 2016-01-25 Westfield - Police Chief David Wayman has announced that any snow covered abandoned vehicle still parked in the roadway shall be ticketed and towed beginning at 8AM on Wednesday, 01/27/16. Any vehicle that has remained snow covered and parked in the roadway for a period of more than 48 hours shall be deemed abandoned pursuant to NJS 39:3-56.5. These vehicles are impeding snow removal and obstructing the flow of traffic. The Westfield Police Department thanks you for your anticipated cooperation.

Item 2016-01-25 Westfield 1-25-2016 2:30 pm - The Northside Train Station lots are plowed and parking is available. Access is now enabled.

Item 2016-01-25 Westfield 1-25-2016 11 am - Work is underway plowing the Northside Train Station lots. Several hours is expected to be required.

Item 2016-01-25 Westfield 1-25-2016 10 am - Southside Train Station lot is plowed and parking spaces are available. Work has not started as of this time on the Northside Train Station lots. Westfield is Snow Locked 1-25-2016 7 am: No place to park downtown: Northside Train Station Lot Is not plowed. Paths exists to walk to train. Newspaper and other employees are urged not to come to work expecting to find parking. It is possible to have someone drive you in and drop you off. Check with your office.

Item 2016-01-25 Cranford - All township offices are closed Monday, January 25th. This includes the Municipal Building, Pool, Library, and Recreation Center. In addition, public schools are closed Monday. Along with the government closure, we continue to request you limit travel to only necessary trips to assist the DPW in the clean up from the Blizzard. Emergency services can also better respond without the unnecessary traffic.

Item 2016-01-22 New Hampshire - "I'm sorry, NH but I gotta go home - we got snow coming," Gov. Christie tweeted.

Item 2016-01-21 Union County Reminds residents that five Union County parks are designated for sledding: Briant Park (Summit) Echo Lake Park (the Summer Arts Hill near Springfield Avenue in Westfield) Lenape Park ( in Cranford, in areas that are not close to waterways) Meisel Park (Springfield, in the detention basin area) Unami Park (Garwood) To avoid tree hazards, sledders in Union County parks are strongly advised to avoid sledding devices that cannot be steered. Downhill skiing is strictly prohibited in all County parks, but cross-country skiing is permitted in the following parks: Ash Brook Golf Course (Scotch Plains) Oak Ridge Golf Course (Clark) Watchung Reservation (Mountainside) Skating on natural waterways in County parks is contingent on the availability of at least four inches of clear ice as measured by Parks officials in accordance with widely accepted safety standards. No waterways have met that standard so far this winter.

Item 2016-01-21 Union County - In anticipation of the winter storm, please see the information below: To Report Power Outages Call: FirstEnergy: 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877) PSE&G: 1 800-436-PSEG (1-800-436-7734) For urgent and immediate health and safety issues: Dial 911 Downed wires should immediately be called in to your electric company or local police or fire department. Customers should never go near a downed power line. To Report a Gas Leak Contact your Gas Provider: Elizabethtown Gas: 1-800-492-4009 New Jersey Natural Gas: 1-800-427-5325 PSE&G: 1-800-436-7734 Below are some general tips and items you should have on hand: Charge cell phones. Fill up your cars fuel tank. Keep flashlights and extra batteries. Assemblyman Jon Bramnick 908-232-2073

Item 2016-01-21 Westfield - To vote in Tuesday's, 1/26/2016, school board referendum by absentee ballot, one can go to the Union County Clerk's office, satellite on South Avenue in Westfield and complete the ballot and hand it in there up to 3 pm (Monday) the day before the election (Tuesday).

Item 2016-01-20 Summit - Punk Rock or Power Suits? Fashion in the 1980s. March 3 from 7-9 pm.Nancy Deihl, Director of M.A. Program in Costume Studies at New York University, presents fashion in the 1980s highlighting an international roster of designers, fashion icons and the influence of yuppie style. 7pm, $10. Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, 68 Elm Street, Summit. Call 908-273-9121 or visit

Item 2016-01-18 Scotch Plains - The Scotch Plains Police Department is scheduled for an on-site assessment as part of a program to accreditation by verifying it meets professional standards. Administered by the New Jersey Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission in conjunction with the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, the accreditation program requires agencies to comply with standards in five basic areas that represent the best practices in Law Enforcement. The standards address policy, procedures, administration, operations, and support services. Agency employees and the public are also invited to offer comments by calling 908-322-7100 ext. 118 on Sunday January 24, 2016. The accreditation assessors assigned to the on-site assessment will take phone calls from the public between the hours of 10AM and 12PM. Telephone comments are limited to 5 minutes and must address the agencys ability to comply with the accreditation standards.

Item 2016-01-18 Cranford - The Garden Club of Cranford Celebrates 89th Year. As the New Year begins, The Garden Club of Cranford celebrates its 89th year. The Club holds membership in the National Garden Clubs; Garden Club of New Jersey; the Nature Conservancy of New Jersey and the Hanson Park Conservancy.
Our membership is dedicated to promoting a love for the art of gardening and floral design as well as supporting local civic, environmental, educational and charitable efforts.
The Club hosts an informative garden related program at each monthly meeting. Ongoing projects include: fresh floral pieces for the Mobile Meals Program as well as the Jardine Academy Prom; maintenance of plantings at the Cranford Library; decoration of one home on the Cranford Junior Womens Club Holiday House Tour; arrangements for the StreetLight Ministry; floral competitions; field trips; displays showcased in the Cranford Public Library and philanthropic efforts raising monies to fund distribution of an annual scholarship for a Cranford resident pursuing a college degree in a garden related field of study. We are excited to announce our upcoming Spring, 2016 Flower Show! For more information, please contact

Item 2016-01-15 Summit - Artistry of the Theatre: The Bandstand. On March 10 come take a peek behind the curtain of Paper Mill Playhouses productions with Mark Hoebee, Artistic Director. 7pm, $10. Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, 68 Elm Street, Summit. Call 908-273-9121 or visit

Item 2016-01-15 Westfield - Calling all actors! Storybook Studios is holding auditions for our first two productions. The first production will be a live-action musical film based on the classic fairy tale Rumpelstiltskin. The second will be a live-action/animated musical film based on the beloved tales of Beatrix Potter. Auditions will take place at The Westfield Community Center at 558 W Broad Street, Westfield NJ, on January 19th, 2016, for Beatrix Potter, and on January 21st, 2016, for Rumpelstiltskin. Each one will be from 4pm to 6pm. For more information, please email director/producer John Patrick Munley at, or visit our website at

Item 2016-01-13 Mountainside -- Recycling pick up delayed due to mechanical problems with truck. Pick ups are being made this evening and tomorrow morning. Leave your recycling at the curb. Sent by Allan Attanasio to Mountainside, Mountainside Live, Mountainside Work, Mountainside FD, Mountainside PD.

Item 2016-01-13 Westfield - To honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Westfield High School announces that Dr. Michael Fowlin will be presenting to the student body on Thursday, January 21st and performing for the entire Westfield community at 7 pm in the auditorium that evening at WHS 550 Dorian Road. Peter Renwick; Westfield High School Principal; 908-789-4500 ext 4502

Item 2016-01-11 Newark - The New Jersey State Council on the Arts will convene its next public business meeting on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 1:00 pm at the Newark Museum in Newark. The public is invited. In a meeting organized around the theme of the importance of artists to our communities, the main item on the agenda will be the announcement of the 2016 Individual Artist Fellowship Awards in the categories of painting, prose, media/digital and interdisciplinary performance.

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