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Item 2019-01-23 Scotch Plains - NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Township of Scotch Plains has scheduled a Special Meeting for Monday, February 4, 2018 at 4 PM. The purpose of the meeting is: 2019 BUDGET WORKSESSION Formal action may be taken at this meeting. The meeting will be held in the 2nd Floor Council Meeting Room at the Township Municipal Building, 430 Park Avenue, Scotch Plains, New Jersey.

Item 2019-01-22 Trenton - Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick (R-Union) released the following statement commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. Day: We take this day to honor the memory of an outstanding man and recognize the amazing feats he accomplished for racial justice in America. His legacy lives on today as a stark reminder of what it means to want a better tomorrow for all our children.

Item 2019-01-22 Springfield - Saint James the Apostle School, 45 South Springfield Avenue, will hold an open house on Sunday, January 27, 2019 from 1:00 3:00 PM. Call 973-376-5194 or Email for more information.

Item 2019-01-22 Roselle Park - Mayor Sig and the Borough Council invites everyone to attend Borough of Roselle Parks 4th Annual Valentines Day Party on Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Casano Community Center (314 Chestnut Street, Roselle Park, New Jersey 07204). The Borough of Roselle Park presents an opportunity to give your significant other the most romantic Valentine's Day ever! Music by R & B Show the Language of Love will fill the air on this wonderful afternoon with the world's favorite love songs, romantic classical masterworks, and popular favorites! The Casano Community Center will serve free food, dessert and refreshments for you and your special someone. Thanks are extended to the Casano Community Center Association for their donation to this event, and the Roselle Park Education Association for sponsoring refreshments. For more information, please call Rupen Shah at 908-245-0666.

Item 2019-01-19 Trenton - Due to Governor Murphy's declared state of emergency for tomorrow, organizers of the 2019 Women's March on New Jersey have cancelled the event. The march was originally scheduled for 11 a.m., Saturday, at the War Memorial in Trenton. The safety of march participants, organizers, speakers, and volunteers is of the utmost concern. Information regarding future plans will be released as it becomes available. Contact Information: Elizabeth Meyer, Founder 551-804-4596

Item 2019-01-19 Trenton - As the shutdown of the federal government will soon reach into its second month, local federal employees and furloughed workers and their families are seeking food and additional resources at food pantries, food banks and meal sites. See =>

Item 2019-01-19 Scotch Plains - PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a quorum of the members of the Scotch Plains Township Council may be in attendance at the 2019 Meeting Dates of the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee that meet at 6pm; and the Downtown Redevelopment Committee that meets 7pm, on the following dates in 2019 February 13 March 13 April 10 May 8 June 12 July 10 August 14 September 11 October 9 November 13 December 11 No formal action will be taken by the Township Council.

Item 2019-01-18 Westfield - Please take notice that at a public meeting to be held by the Westfield Town Council beginning at 8:00 PM on February 26, 2019, or at any time and place to which such meeting may be adjourned, in Council Chambers of the Westfield Municipal Building, 425 East Broad Street, Westfield, New Jersey 07090, the Town will discuss efforts it has taken to encourage the involvement of non-profits in meeting its unmet affordable housing need, with a goal of providing 20 additional homes, half for families, by December 31, 2025. This discussion is required pursuant to Land Use Ordinance Section 23.01H.3 and the Settlement Agreement by and between the Town and Fair Share Housing Center.

Item 2019-01-18 The Westfield High School boys basketball team pulled out a thrilling 60-59 victory over the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Raiders witnessed by a capacity, and very enthusiastic, crowd at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School on January 17. Read the entire story in the January 24 edition of The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times (the only newspaper that not only puts the story online but also puts it on actual "paper"

Item 2019-01-18 The Chatham High School girls basketball team took advantage of second and third chances, created steals and sank six 3-pointers to outlast the Westfield Blue Devils, 47-32, in Westfield on January 17. Senior Sam Stravach had nine rebounds for the 8-5 Blue Devils, and freshmen Grace Klag and Chloe Kreusser each netted eight points. See complete story in the January 24 edition of The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times

Item 2019-01-18 Scotch Plains - On Monday, February 11 at 6:30pm, join the Career Networking Group at the Scotch Plains Public Library to find out how to use library resources and mine industry and business databases to maximize your job search research results. Learn how to use library career assessment tools that help you determine your best path and brush up on useful skills. Bring your job search questions and discover how to answer them through methodical research. Our expert in residence is Reference Librarian Robin Stayvas, who has been with the Scotch Plains Public Library since 2009. This program is presented by the Scotch Plains-Mountainside Public Libraries Career Networking Group. It is free and open to all interested participants. Register online at, call 908-322-5007 x204, or e-mail Connect with the librarys Career Networking Group on LinkedIn, Career Networking Group at SPPL. The Scotch Plains Library is located at 1927 Bartle Avenue, one block from Park Avenue in the center of town.

Item 2019-01-17 There is a correction needed with reference to the Union County Tournament wrestling championships held in Union on January 12. The headline indicated that the Cranford High School wrestling team won its fourth straight UCT title. In fact, the Cougars actually won the title in 2015, so that would make it "five UCT titles" in a row. Quite an achievement! Sorry David B. Corbin (Asst. Publisher/Sports Editor)

Item 2019-01-17 The Cranford High School wrestling team defeated the Roselle Park Panthers, 50-17, in Cranford on January 16. AJ Bencivenga continued to rack up another impressive victory, this time against Elvin Guerrero at 152-lbs. Bencivenga pulled off his classic four-point Fireman's takedown-to-back maneuver to defeat Guerrero, 7-3. Ronan Waters had an impressive win at 106-lbs as did Max Nock at 160-lbs. See complete story in the January 24 edition of The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times

Item 2019-01-17 Chatham - The NJ Sierra Club Loantaka Group presents Wendy Mulvi, the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum (CHA) Environmental Educator. She will talk about CHA a historic woodlands garden and educational institution located in Short Hills. Shell discuss about their work with forest restoration, birds and other inhabitants of their ecosystem. She'll also discuss their Citizens Science program. The meeting is Wednesday, February 13 from 7:30 to 9:00 pm at Library of The Chathams, 214 Main St., Chatham, NJ. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 908-233-2414. Calendar Entry Sierra Club Loantaka Group Meeting Cora Hartshorn Arboretum Wednesday, February 13, 2019 7:30 9:00 pm Library of the Chathams 214 Main St. Chatham, NJ Free and Open to the Public 908-233-2414 for more information The NJ Sierra Club Loantaka Group presents Wendy Mulvi, the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum (CHA) Environmental Educator. She will talk about CHA a historic woodlands garden and educational institution located in Short Hills. Shell discuss about their work with forest restoration, birds and other inhabitants of their ecosystem. She'll also discuss their Citizens Science program.

Item 2019-01-16 Westfield - => The Westfield Board of Education is seeking applicants who are interested in serving on the Board through December 2019 to fill the vacancies resulting from the resignations of Lynn Benner and Charles Ostroff. Citing new work-related conflicts, Mr. Ostroff, who was re-elected in November 2018, said he is saddened that he can no longer serve on what he considers a great Board. I am grateful for my time on the Board and for the people who I have met during my tenure, he added. Mr. Ostroffs resignation was effective January 14, 2019. Elected in November 2017, Mrs. Benner stepped down effective January 15, 2019. This was not an easy decision for me to make, she said in a resignation letter. In the past year, I have enjoyed and learned much from the collaboration with my fellow board members and Superintendent Dolan. I have witnessed the dedication and respect with which the board provided the greatest educational rewards to the Westfield community.

Item 2019-01-16 Westfield - Property Tax Reassessment, Realty Appraisal has provided Westfield Residents with a quick worksheet to quickly see if their Taxes will go up / down, once they receive letter with new assessment of their property. Link:

Item 2019-01-16 Westfield - Panel to discuss Bramnick bill ending insurance company pre-approvals for cancer treatment A bill sponsored by Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick prohibiting insurance companies from requiring pre-approvals for medical tests, treatments and prescriptions for cancer patients will be discussed in committee Thursday. Over the last decade patient healthcare has been taken away from doctors and put in the hands of insurance companies. That is absolutely shocking, said Bramnick (R-Union). The pre-approval process is obstructionist policy that needs to end. Bramnicks bill (A4724) bans insurance carriers, third party administrators and pharmacy benefits managers from using pre-approvals to prevent cancer patients from getting testing, care or pharmaceuticals. At an October 2018 press conference on the topic, Bramnick introduced a woman with Stage 4 cancer who had to wait more than a year to get pre-approval for an MRI. A cancer diagnosis is difficult enough, concluded Bramnick. People should not have to go through hoops to get the care they need. An American Medical Association survey of 1,000 doctors in 2016 showed that, on average, 20 percent of patients waited five days for pre-approval decisions from carriers and 6 percent waited even longer. Following tomorrows discussion, Bramnick said he hopes the Assembly Health Committee will post his bill for a vote. Assemblyman Jon Bramnick | 251 North Avenue West, Westfield, NJ 07090

Item 2019-01-16 Westfield - MAYORS UPDATE (Shelley Brindle, Westfield) TOWN COUNCIL OPENING REMARKS JANUARY 15, 2019 - See => Good evening everyone. I hope your new year is off to a great start. We are diving right into the new year and I would like to give you an update on a few initiatives.

Item 2019-01-16 For the second time this season, the Westfield High School girls basketball team defeated the Roselle Catholic Lions. This time the 8-4 Blue Devils nipped the Lady Lions, 50-47, in Westfield on January 15. Grace Klag rolled in 13 points and grabbed six rebounds. Sam Stravach had 11 points and three blocks. Caroline Dwyer hit trip 3-pointers, Ali Lisanti had seven points and four assists, and Chloe Kreusser had six points, seven rebounds and three assists.

Item 2019-01-15 Westfield - The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Westfield, New Jersey invites everyone to an interfaith service on Monday at 1pm at the First Congregational Church of Westfield on 125 Elmer St. in honor of Dr. King. You are also invited to join us beforehand for the 2019 MLK March as we march from the MLK Monument to the church starting at 12:30pm. Please bring a non-perishable good for the Westfield pantry collection.

Item 2019-01-15 TRENTON, N.J. Immediately following Gov. Phil Murphys State of the State message, Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick will provide the Republican reaction to the governors speech in room 209 of the Statehouse.

Item 2019-01-14 Westfield - Community Center has booked the following events:January 17 @ 12:30pm K-9 unit Demonstration for the County Sheriffs Dept.January 21 @ 8;30AM Pancake Breakfast Celebrating Dr.Martin Luther king Jr.January 31 @ 12:30pm Pedestrian Safety by the Brain Injury AllianceWe are located at 558 W. Broad St. Please call 908-232-4759 to register for allOur Seniors Program is in full swing with daily Coffee Chats and monthly Movie Days. We also offer Chair Yoga, bingo, puzzles, trips and games galore! Come join us for a good time!

Item 2019-01-14 Fanwood - Scotch Plains Rotary is teaming up with Rise Against Hunger for MLK Day of Service! Over 10,000 meals will be purchased and packaged through Rise Against Hungers meal packaging program. The setup and packaging will take place at the Scotch Plains-Fanwood YMCA. The assembly process combines rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a flavoring mix including 23 essential vitamins and minerals into small meal packages. These meal packages are shipped around the world to support school feeding programs and crisis relief. The food stores easily, transports quickly and has a shelf-life of two years. Rise Against Hunger is driven by the vision of a world without hunger. Their mission is to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-changing aid to the worlds most vulnerable and creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources. Members of the community can volunteer to set up for the event from 11am to 1pm or can package meals from 1pm-3pm. Donations are also being accepted to help pay for the meals. All participants must be 18 years of age or older. For further information and to sign up, please go to

Item 2019-01-14 Cranford - The College Womens Club of Cranford will be holding its first meeting of the New Year on Monday, February 11th 2019. The meeting will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, located at 11 Springfield Avenue, Cranford. It will begin at 7pm with refreshments followed by our guest speaker. The meeting is open to the public. All Cranford women, who are graduates of a four year college or university, are invited to join the club. Meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of each month. For more information about becoming a member, call Janet Collins at 908-653-1452 or by email at or check out at our website at

Item 2019-01-13 Cranford - St. Clares Homes for Children Fundraiser at Trinity Cranford Sunday January 27th 11AM Trinity Episcopal Church, 119 Forest Avenue, Cranford, New Jersey will have a bake sale fundraiser benefiting St. Clares Homes for Children on Sunday January 27, 2019 in Sherlock Hall from 11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon. The St. Clares Homes for Children offer transitional care for medically fragile children who would otherwise board in hospitals or live at-risk in the community. We invite everyone to support such a worthy cause, said Rev Andy Kruger, Trinitys Priest-in-charge. Donations checks made out to Trinity Episcopal Church with St. Clares Homes for Children on the memo line can be mailed to the church. For additional information call 908.276.4047.

Item 2019-01-13 Come tournament time, the Cranford High School wrestling team seemed to figure it all out. The Cougars put it all together to win their fourth straight Union County Tournament Championship at Union on January 12. The Cougars claimed two champions and 13 of their 14 wrestlers placed in the top-5. The Westfield Blue Devils entered 10 wrestlers and finished second, claiming three champions and placed all 10 of their wrestlers in the top-5. There were two stunning upsets which included either a Blue Devil or a Cougar. See complete story in the January 17 edition of The Westfield Leader and The Times

Item 2019-01-12 Berkeley Heights - Assembly GOP Leaders Jon Bramnick and Nancy Munoz to Announce Re-Election Campaign at Kick-Off Rally WESTFIELD, N.J. - Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick and Assembly Republican Whip Nancy F. Munoz are kicking-off their campaign to represent the 21st Legislative District. WHEN: Monday, January 14 at 6:30 p.m. WHERE: Mt. Carmel Hall, 56 River Road, Berkeley Heights, 07922

Item 2019-01-11 Westfield - The 6th Annual Palooza Contest finalists will be recognized on Wednesday, January 23 at 7 PM at the student center at Westfield High School. Westfield students, in grades 1-12, created posters, poetry, and PSAs themed Westfield, We Have Better Things To Do: Healthy Choices, Everyday Choices., for substance abuse prevention. The night of recognition is opened to the community and light refreshments will be served, sponsored by the Westfield Municipal Alliance. The Alliance Community Connections meeting will take place at the same location following the Palooza recognitions. For more information, please contact Louise DeDea at or Kerri Oligino at

Item 2019-01-11 Washington, DC - Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) and State Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker issued the following statements in response to a planned rally of white supremacists on Saturday in Princeton. The freedom of speech that protects you and me unfortunately protects the right of those who have planned a white supremacist rally in our community this weekend. While they may come to spout hate and division, Im confident they will quickly learn that our neighborhoods offer few sympathetic ears. I am proud of those in Princeton who reject this kind of bigotry and inhumanity, choosing to respond with love and inclusivity. I know many in Princeton will want to confront hate and stand up for their friends, classmates and colleagues. If you do I implore you to protest peacefully. Dont let their hate poison your own heart. Show them that Princeton rejects hate and violence. - Congresswoman Watson Coleman

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