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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

Item 2016-05-20 Newark - The NJ TRANSIT Police Department (NJTPD) Office of Emergency Management (OEM), together with local partners, will conduct a training exercise on Saturday, May 21 at the Newark Penn Station Light Rail platforms beginning at 8 a.m. The drill, which will gauge responses to a simulated transportation incident, will take about four hours to complete. As a result of the drill, customers should expect to see an increased presence of police and emergency personnel throughout Newark Penn Station. Light rail customers will be accommodated on Platforms 4 and 5 only. Regular operations will resume on additional platforms at the completion of the drill.

Item 2016-05-19 New Providence Summer programs at New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra (NJIO) begin on June 9th with the first of two Chamber Music Workshops. Programs are scheduled on Thursdays, 7-9 pm. 570 Central Avenue, New Providence, NJ. Pre-registration is required. Contact Mary Beth Sweet at or (908) 603-7691 for more information.

Item 2016-05-06 Summit - The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is hosting its Annual Open House on June 12 from 11 am to 3 pm. During this family-friendly event, participants can try their hand at making an art project in one of the Art Centers studios, watch artists demonstrate unique forms, and view Art Center exhibitions. Food vendors will be on hand for a quick lunch. New this year to the Open House is the Fence Show Art Sale! Need a unique gift? Looking for a masterpiece for your home? Buy directly from the artist. For more information, email - call 908.273.9121 - see

Item 2016-05-06 Westfield - High School 2011 graduate, Katie Ponce is traveling to Kampala, Uganda to work with urban refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Sudan, and Somalia to integrate them with their Ugandan peers through education and soccer. Help fundraiser her trip by stopping by at her garage sale on June 5th from 10am-4pm at 408 Grove street, Westfield, NJ. For more information on how you can support Katie email her at

Item 2016-05-05 Westfield - On Thursday, May 12 at 12:00 noon,at St. Helens Church, 1600 Rahway Ave., Westfield, the Garden Club of Westfield invites you to join our members to hear Barbara Mullin, immediate Past President of the Garden Club of New Jersey, present her favorite program - Lilies and Day Lilies. Please join us and be thrilled by the artistic possibilities you can achieve with a few hints from our speaker. Light refreshments will be served.

Item 2016-05-05 Cranford The County and State public health and mosquito control experts will conduct a presentation titled Raising Awareness of Mosquitoes and the Zika Virus: What It Is, How It's Spread, and How To Prevent It on Tuesday, May 10 at the Cranford Recreation Center, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event is designed to share information with public health agencies, health care facilities, and other health professionals that serve Union County residents. Members of the general public are invited to attend. The program includes an update on the state of knowledge about the Zika virus, a presentation on the clinical background of the virus, and a discussion about preventing spread of the virus through mosquito control. For additional details about the event, contact the Union County Office of Health Management, or 908-518-5620.

Item 2016-05-04 TRENTON - Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick called for the Legislative leaders to meet before the Atlantic City takeover vote in the Assembly tomorrow and hammer out a compromise. "People expect their leaders to work together during a crisis, not against each other," said Bramnick (R-Westfield). "I call for the Legislative leaders of both houses to meet tomorrow at 11 a.m. to work out a compromise."

Item 2016-05-04 Union County - has extended the deadline for the new County Means Green Community Garden Grants program. Applications for matching grants of up to $3,000 will be accepted until Sunday, May 15. The program is funded by the taxpayers. The program is designed to help start new community gardens, and to improve existing gardens, throughout Union County. Grants are available to non-profit civic organizations and agencies including historical societies, community centers, senior centers, municipal agencies or departments, and volunteer civic groups such as municipal Environmental Commissions and neighborhood associations. At this time funding is not available to schools or school districts. More details and downloadable application forms are available on the County website, at

Item 2016-05-02 Region - The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders would like to remind you of several free recycling events coming up this month. Union Countys Scrap Metal Recycling continues in May with events on the first Thursday (May 5th ) and Third Saturday (May 21st) 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 a Mobile Paper Shredding Event on May 14th from 9 am to 1 pm at Alcatel Lucent Technologies located at 600 Mountain Avenue in New Providence. Residents can bring up to four bags of confidential documents for shredding. Union County will host a Computer and Electronics Recycling Event on Saturday May 21st April from 9 am to 1 pm at Alcatel Lucent Technologies located at 600 Mountain Avenue in New Providence. Residents can bring computers, televisions, monitors, laptops, fax machines, DVD/VCR players, printers and tablets. No other items will be accepted. Please visit for more information or directions.

Item 2016-05-02 Westfield - The public is invited to attend the 32nd annual Westfield Public School Districts Art Show, which will be held in the Westfield High School varsity gymnasium from May 10 12 at 550 Dorian Road. A sampling of hundreds of artwork created by students representing all 10 public schools and grades ranging from kindergarten through twelfth will be on display. On Tuesday, May 10 and Wednesday, May 11 the artwork can be viewed from 9:00 a.m. 9:00 p.m. Visitors are also welcomed on Thursday, May 12, from 9:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. Admission is free. The show has been redesigned to provide each visitor with a true museum experience, explained Linda King, Supervisor of Visual and Performing Arts. Come and enjoy this amazing display and learn about the art education happening throughout the year in Westfield, she added. A new feature this year includes an audio tour of several randomly selected pieces. Visitors are encouraged to come prepared with a QR Reader on a Smartphone and a pair of ear buds to experience this new interactive element. Graphic art, sculptures, ceramics, charcoal and pencil drawings, watercolors, fabric arts, painted furniture and other work of Westfield Public School students will be exhibited.

Item 2016-05-02 Westfield - Join us at JUDE CONNALLY of Westfield on Tuesday, May 3rd from 5:30-7:30pm. WINE AND CHEESE Jude Connally will donate 10% of all their sales (you can purchase during the day and online) to COTA - Childrens Organ Transplant Association COTA In Honor of Elle Haley

Item 2016-04-29 Plainfield - The Crescent Singers sing favorite love songs both sacred and secular for the final Crescent Concerts performance of the season. May 22 at 3pm at Crescent Ave. Presbyterian Church, 716 Watchung Ave. Tickets are $5-20. For more information, call (908) 756-2468 or visit

Item 2016-04-28 Summit - The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is holding a Fence Show art sale on Sunday, June 12 from 10 am to 4 pm in conjunction with its Annual Open House. Artists who wish to sign up to sell their work can visit The event is free and open to the public. For more information about the Open House visit Or call 908.273.9121.

Item 2016-04-28 Westfield - The Westfield Board of Education is seeking applicants who are interested in serving on the Board through December 2016 to fill the 6-month vacancy resulting from the resignation of Mitch Slater. The process for the Board of Education to select a member from the applicant pool is for the Board to interview applicants in a closed, executive session meeting on the evening of June 14, 2016 (time to be determined) in the Board Room at 302 Elm Street. The vote to select a candidate will be done in public on the evening of June 21, 2016. It is anticipated the Board will swear in the new member in early July. Westfield citizens interested in filling the 6-month Board vacancy through December 2016 should submit their resume or letter of intent to Board Secretary Dana Sullivan, Westfield Public Schools, 302 Elm Street, Westfield, NJ 07090 by 4:00 PM on May 31, 2016. Questions relating to the candidate application process can be directed to Dana Sullivan at or 908-789-4402.

Item 2016-04-25 Westfield - Recreation Department is hosting the 26th Annual Run The Park 5K and 1-Mile Road Races on Sunday, May 22 at Tamaques Park, Westfield. Races begin at 9:00am, and Race Check-In starts at 8:00am. Support Westfield Recreation Department programs by participating, volunteering or sponsoring this years event. Contact the recreation department to volunteer or sponsor the event at To Register- Visit:

Item 2016-04-24 Westfield - Edison Intermediate School in Westfield will hold its first Community Service Day on Saturday, April 30, from 10 am to 2 pm come by for as little or as long as you would like. Participants of all ages are invited to this free event. EIS Community Service Day will be a fun filled day with over 15 hands-on community service related projects to get involved in. Projects include making appreciation banners for Westfield Fire and Police Departments writing letters to our troops, assembling a rain barrel, making meals for a homeless shelter, assembling care kits for the homeless, and making dog toys for a local dog rescue. Edison Intermediate School is located at 800 Rahway Avenue in Westfield, NJ. For questions or additional information please contact Stacy Bergerman at or Lisa Blitt at

Item 2016-04-24 Garwood - The Ladies Auxiliary of the Garwood Volunteer Fire Dept. is hosting Friends of Joanne Fundraiser - No One Fights Alone on May 26th from 6 to 11pm at The Westwood, 438 North Ave, Garwood, NJ. Tickets are $35. Price includes food, beer, wine & soda. DJ/Music by Mirage Entertainment. They will be on sale until May 23rd and will not be sold at the door.
Joanne Tharaldsen, an active member of our Auxiliary, was to be honored for her hard fought battle against Liver Cancer & Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD). Sadly, she lost that battle on March 18th of this year. While helping to bring awareness to these illnesses, well be celebrating her life & showing our support for her husband, Michael Tharaldsen. Proceeds from ticket sales will help defray Joannes medical expenses.
For more information, or if you are unable to attend & would like to make a donation, please contact: Barbara Tweedle 908-868-4358 / OR Denise Pelusio 908-789-2394

Item 2016-04-22 Fanwood - Join members of the Fanwood Historic Preservation Commission for an unveiling of Carriage House preservation efforts on Sunday, May 1, from 2 pm to 4 pm adjacent to Fanwood Borough Hall at 75 North Martine Avenue. The Carriage House is on the National Register of Historic Places and dates from the mid-19th century when it served guests at The Homestead hotel, a Victorian resort that drew prominent visitors from New York City. Bring your family, and enjoy a lively and informative spring afternoon immersed in the rich history of the building. Refreshments will be served, and visitors will get a close-up look at the Carriage House through rarely seen photos. Members of the Fanwood Historic Preservation Commission will be on hand to field questions, provide background, and highlight efforts to preserve the historic property.

Item 2016-04-22 Union County - Transportation Master Plan, the public is invited to get a preview of the final product at an Open House event on Monday, April 25, 5:00 7:00 p.m. at the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Avenue in Cranford. At the Open House, members of the public can view maps, photographs and other documents. Transportation experts will be on hand to answer questions and provide brief presentations. The Open House is a free, drop-in event. No pre-registration is required. For more details visit

Item 2016-04-21 Summit - Intergenerational Orchestra presents free spring concert, Dancing to a New Beat, on May 15 at 3 p.m. at Summit High School, 125 Kent Place Blvd. Featuring noted classical guitarist Joel Perry. For more information, email Mary Beth Sweet at or call (908) 603-7691 or visit

Item 2016-04-21 Westfield - The Presbyterian Church in Westfield (PCW) invites the community to a Fish n Chips Dinner on Friday, May 6, at 5:30-7:15pm. The event will be held in the handicap accessible Assembly Hall, located at 140 Mountain Ave. Famed vendor Argyle Restaurant of Kearny will be serving their renowned Scottish Style Fish 'n Chips complete with malt vinegar and coleslaw. Dine in or drive through pick up are available. Desserts and beverages are available for dine-in only. Also offered are chicken tenders and baked cod. Adult meals are $16 and childrens meals are $8. Proceeds will support the Westfield churchs sister congregation in Livingstone, Zambia. During this dinner four members from the Zambia church will be joining us. Zambian jewelry and handcrafts will be offered for sale during the dinner. Please PRE-ORDER your meals by May 4 with the church office. The order form may be downloaded at or call the church office at 908-233-0301, or stop by the church office at 140 Mountain Ave.

Item 2016-04-21 Scotch Plains-Fanwood - Board of Education will have two full 3-year terms, one 2-year term and one 1-year term open for Scotch Plains and one full 3-year term open for Fanwood in the November 2016 Annual School Election, Mrs. Saridaki, spokesperson for the school board, announced today. Candidates must file a nominating petition with the Office of the Union County Clerk located at 2 Broad Street, Room 113 in Elizabeth to get their name on the ballot for the Annual School Election. The current deadline to submit the nominating petition is Monday, July 25, 2016 before 4:00 pm. The election is scheduled for Tuesday, November 8, 2016.

Item 2016-04-20 Mountainside - Rotary Club will be sponsoring a sewing machine collection for Sewing Peace on Saturday, May 21st. Unwanted and or used sewing machines can be dropped off at the Deerfield School parking lot located at 302 Central Avenue in Mountainside between the hours of 8:30 am to 1:30 pm. For additional information contact: Daniel Falcone, Secretary Mountainside Rotary Club (908) 789-1010

Item 2016-04-15 Union County - is sponsoring Archery Group Safety Lessons at Oak Ridge Park in Clark. Please visit for more details. Pre-registration is required.

Item 2016-04-14 Scotch Plains - American Legion Post 209, located at 237 Park Avenue in Scotch Plains, NJ, will host its second annual TRICKY TRAY AUCTION on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 8:00 pm. This event will be open to the public. Many of the local businesses and residents have already contributed great new prize items, gift certificates and gift baskets to make this a fun and exciting night. All proceeds of this event will go to help our local veterans in need and their families. Tickets will be sold the night of the event at the door at a cost of 15 for $15.00. Parking is located in the rear of the building off Sunset Place. We are a not-for-profit organization that dispenses funds for veterans in need. We send care packages to troops deployed overseas, offer scholarships in local schools, provide aid to disabled veterans and sponsor events at places such as Lyons Veterans Hospital. We also support veterans causes locally and nationally. So, please come out and support this event. If you or your business is interested in donating a prize, a gift certificate or a gift basket, please contact Kim Palmer at 908-322-9845. If you are a veteran or a child of a veteran who would like information on joining Post 209, please contact Richard Kenyon at 908-322-9845. You may also like us as well as contact us on our official Facebook page at AmericanLegionPost209 for all of our events, postings, parties and pictures.

Item 2016-04-14 Area - Reporters Sought. The Westfield Leader and Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times seek community-based reporters and photographers to cover local town council, school board, planning board, zoning board and recreation meetings in the Westfield, Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Cranford, Garwood and Mountainside area. E-mail and call Paul Peyton, 908-232-4407 to stop in and meet us. For our office location, see

The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times
PO Box 250, 251 North Ave. West, Westfield, NJ 07091
Tel 908 232-4407; fax 908 232-0473