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Item 2016-09-30 Scotch Plains - The SPFHS DECA chapter is hosting a Raider Run on October 22nd at 8 am. This is the morning of SPFHS homecoming. The run will be held behind the football field at the high school. The funds from this event is going to the Marfan Foundation.

Item 2016-09-27 Westfield - The Westfield Parent Teacher Council will be hosting a Westfield Board of Ed Candidates Night on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 7:30pm in the Westfield High School auditorium. The event is an opportunity for candidates to express their views and positions on issues relevant to our school district. The evening will be moderated by a member of the League of Women Voters and each candidate will be asked a variety of questions which will be gathered from the public prior to that evening. Each candidate will have 2 minutes to make a brief opening statement and 2 minutes to make a closing statement. Response time for questions will be one and one half minutes. We hope you can join us for what will hopefully be an informative evening.

Item 2016-09-27 Westfield - The annual Applefest will be held on Saturday October 22nd (12-4 p.m.) and we are, once again, selling mums and kale as a fundraiser. The price is $7 each or 3 for $20. Colors available for the mums are red, yellow, white, lavender, and bronze. Pick up after 4 p.m. (from the Reeve House, 314 Mountain Avenue) on 10/22/2016. Please e-mail Kris Luka or call 908-233-8519 with your order. Many thanks for your ongoing support of this event. Thena Rosahl, Executive Assistant Westfield Historical Society.

Item 2016-09-25 Plainfield - Crescent Concerts presents a concert featuring marimba artist Greg Giannascoli and pianist Ronald Stabinsky on October 9 at 3 pm at Crescent Ave Presbyterian Church, 716 Watchung Ave. Tickets are $5-20. For more information, please call (908) 756-2468 or visit

Item 2016-09-24 Westfield - The Westfield Chapter of UNICO National and the Westfield Italian American Club will hold a Columbus Day ceremony at the WW I Memorial area on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 1pm. After the ceremony there will be a program at the Westfield Italian American Club on Central Ave. in Westfield. Refreshments will be served. All are invited to participate.

Item 2016-09-23 Westfield - The Westfield United Fund will sponsor its third annual Westfield Area Volunteer Expo (WAVE) on Friday, September 30, from 1-4pm in the Community Room of the Westfield Municipal Building at 425 East Broad Street, in partnership with the Westfield Recreation Department. This is an open house for the entire community, with 30 local non-profit organizations offering information about volunteer opportunities. These range from one-time events to ongoing commitments, so there is something for everyone, bot adults and teens. If you are looking for a way to give back and help others in the community, come and check it out. Organizations participating include agencies of the Westfield United Fund, including Caring Contact, Community Access Unlimited, Literacy New Jersey, Homefirst, Jewish Family Service, the Westfield Area Y, the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts, as well as outside organizations such as the College Woman's Club, the Friends of the Library, the Friends of the NJ Festival Orchestra and Imagine. For a complete list, go to

Item 2016-09-23 Cranford - Dear Freeholders Kowalski and Bergen. Do you think you could do something to ensure that the UCC students only park in the appropriate UCC lots and don't use up Nomahegan Parking? It's getting kind of ridiculous and people need to enjoy the park. Thanks for anything you can do!

Item 2016-09-22 Westfield - Memorial Library Friends to Hold Childrens and Teens Book Sale; The Friends of the Westfield Memorial Library are pleased to announce the dates for their upcoming annual sale of books and related media for children and teens. Proceeds of the sale benefit the Westfield Memorial Library. A wide variety of high-quality materials will be offered at rock-bottom prices. We welcome donations of gently used hardcover and softcover books, audio books, and DVDseverything from board books for babies to books and other media suitable for teens. We CANNOT accept videos, magazines, encyclopedias, vinyl records, or damaged or moldy books. Donation Days Tuesday, October 25: 2 PM - 7 PM Wednesday, October 26: 10 AM - 3 PM; Sale Days Thursday, October 27: 11 AM 8 PM; Friday, October 28 (1/2 Price Day): 10 AM 4:30 PM Saturday, October 29 (Bag Day): 10 AM 1 PM For additional information or to volunteer to help out at the sale, contact

Item 2016-09-20 Mountainside - Police are attempting to locate Yehoshua "Josh" Appel, a 93 year old white male who lives in our jurisdiction. He was last seen on 9/18/16 when he was scheduled to go to an auto body shop on Springfield Ave. in Westfield, NJ but never arrived. Mr. Appel operates a silver Buick, NJ Registration YFT92L. According to family members, Mr. Appel has the onset of dementia. Mr. Appel was entered as a Missing Person in the National Crime Information Computer. Anyone coming in contact with this individual please contact the Mountainside Police Department at 908-232-8100.

Item 2016-09-20 Cranford - Livingston Avenue School PTA in Cranford, NJ will be holding our Family-Friendly Haunted House . This event will support the PTA which works directly with Livingston Avenue School to provide everything that students need to be successful. This is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Livingston Avenue School PTA!
Please join us on Friday, October 231st and Saturday, October 22nd. The family-fun will take place from 5:30-9:30, so come on by! The cost is $3 per person. The address is 75 Livingston Avenue, Cranford, NJ.
For more information, please reach out to<

Item 2016-09-19 Union County - Linden police departments have apprehended both the primary and secondary suspects involved in recent bombing attempts in our area; 11:54.

Item 2016-09-19 Westfield - Community Day at Presbyterian Church in Westfield (PCW) on Sunday 9/25. Join us on the front lawn, on the corner of E. Broad and Mountain Ave. 11:00am 1:00pm Picnic, games, bouncy house and more. There will be one church service at 10:00am that day in the Sanctuary. For more information, please call the church office at 908-233-0301.

Item 2016-09-19 NYPD - Seeks bombing suspect. We at the NYPD are asking for your assistance in locating Ahmad Khan Rahami. Rahami is wanted for questioning in connection with an explosion that occurred on September 17, 2016, at approximately 8:30 p.m. in the vicinity of 135 West 23rd Street, New York, New York. Rahami is a 28-year-old United States citizen of Afghan descent born on January 23, 1988, in Afghanistan. His last known address was in Elizabeth, New Jersey. He is about 5' 6" tall and weighs approximately 200 pounds. Rahami has brown hair, brown eyes, and brown facial hair. Subject is considered armed and dangerous, do not approach, if seen dial 911 immediately. Wanted Bombing Suspect

Item 2016-09-19 Elizabeth - FBI bomb investigation; Please be informed that the Union County Division of Youth Services, Tax and Election Boards are closed and inaccessible to the public and employees until further notice due to an ongoing FBI bomb investigation at the Midtown Elizabeth train station.

Item 2016-09-18 Westfield - Rainbows, the local site for Rainbows International, is a non-profit organization offering free peer support groups for children ages 6-12, who are dealing with loss through separation, divorce, death, illness or other painful family transitions. The seven session fall program begins October 17. The organization assists children and their families dealing with life-altering crisis and family disruption. The support groups provide grieving children with an opportunity to deal with and resolve their feelings in a confidential, supportive, accepting environment. They no longer feel alone and are able to communicate and heal among peers. Children from all economic racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds in our region are welcome. Our facilitators are trained, certified volunteers who employ age appropriate curricula for the peer support groups of similarly aged children, using journals and activities the participants. The meetings take place at Holy Trinity School in Westfield on Mondays from 6:15-7:30 Contact person, Anne Koons,MD at 908-233-2555 or email Our website is

Item 2016-09-16 Garwood - 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 Jennifer Blumenstock and Marc Lazarow, Democrats, and James Mathieu and Anthony Morales, Republicans will appear on Thursday, Oct. 20. The session will begin at 7:30 p.m. The candidates are expected to discuss such issues as taxes, redevelopment, shared services and the possibility of a property re-evaluation. These meetings are a tradition begun several years ago, said Christine Spear, the president of the condominiums board. Since our clubhouse provides a suitable room, we decided to make it available so that Garwood voters can get a clearer picture of whats at stake in the election. Light refreshments will be served after the formal discussion. Parking is available in the large lot behind the commercial buildings on North Avenue between Maple and Chestnut Streets. A stairway leads from the lot to the clubhouse.

Item 2016-09-16 Rahway - Artrageous to perform at the Union County Performing Arts Center, Sunday, October 2 at 3:00PM. The excitement of watching a team of artists painting at electric speed right before your eyes is an experience you will never forget. Have it accompanied by amazing vocals, creative choreography, high energy live music and unforgettable audience interaction and you will have enjoyed the journey of a life-time. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased online, by phone, or at the box office. - 732-499-8226 - 1601 Irving Street, Rahway NJ

Item 2016-09-14 Union County - residents and visitors to gather with veterans and their families at the plaza in front of the Union County Courthouse on Friday, September 16 at 11:00 a.m., and join in the annual POW/MIA Remembrance Day ceremony to honor prisoners of war and those missing in action.

Item 2016-09-14 Scotch Plains - Free Fun, Kids Eat Free, Free School Supplies, Free Rides - ARE WELCOME! The Outreach Ministry of St. Johns Baptist Church located at 2387 Morse Ave, Scotch Plains, NJ 0706 is proud to host the 8th Annual Back to School Community Fair. This event is open to children and their families living in the area. The fair will be Saturday, September 17, 2016; from 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM at St. Johns Baptist Church. We want children to have fun, get a free meal and take home a bag of school supplies. Various organizations will provide beneficial youth and family program information to assist participants. There are no fees for the event and you do not have to be affiliated with the church.

Item 2016-09-13 Garwood - Police advised the Underpass on Center St between North and South will be closed for road work. Plan alternate route

Item 2016-09-08 Fanwood - is providing a new recycling app to residents, called Recycle Coach. The goal is to make recycling more convenient for residents, while increasing participation. The mobile application can be installed for free on tablets, smartphones and computers, making information and resources available at your fingertips. The app is customized for Fanwood and allows users to: View Fanwood Public Works pickup schedules View County-wide recycling centers and schedules Answer questions on how best to recycle a questionable item; be it bi-weekly curbside pickup, 1st SaturdayRecycling Center Drop-off, Special County Event, Fanwood Fall Bulk Waste pickup or simply toss it in the garbage Report a problem (missed collection, damaged or missing bin, incorrect app info) Communicate with PMUA, Fanwood DPW and app administrator Receive notifications of schedule changes and updates.

Item 2016-09-07 Union County The Union County 4-H Youth Development Program is looking for a volunteer to lead the 4-H Lego Robotics Club for this upcoming club season. The volunteer should have experience building and programming Lego NXT Robots. They will help a group of eight 5th and 6th graders build and program their own robots throughout the year. Club meetings are at the Colleen Fraser Building, 300 North Ave. East in Westfield once a month from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. from October to June. Teaching ideas and materials will be provided and the volunteer will work under the supervision of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development Program of Union County. For more information about this volunteer position contact 4-H Agent James Nichnadowicz at or call him at 908-654-9854. Information about Union County 4-H Clubs can be found at

Item 2016-09-07 New Providence - Intergenerational Orchestra begins the new season with two Open House rehearsals. Players of all ages and abilities are welcome to sit in and play on September 15 and 22 for one or all of NJIOs ensembles. Prelude (beginner) rehearses 4:30-5:30, Intermezzo (intermediate) 5:45-7, and Symphony 7:15-9:30. For more information, call 908-603-7691, email or visit

Item 2016-09-07 Scotch Plains - Amateur Computer Group of NJ. meets Fri Sept 16, 8:00-10:00 PM with Presentation on Business Back to Basics by Roxanne Levinston, and Paul Hatrak. Roxanne Levinston owns a company called It's Business, LLC and it's a business building a company. Paul Hatrak runs a company called Focal Point Coaching Excellence and is a Certified Business Coach. This is a Free event. Directions to the Scotch Plains Rescue Squad, 1916 Bartle Ave (2nd Floor), are available on the club site, or call 908-246-0410.

Item 2016-09-02 Garwood - Union County will be spraying for mosquitoes tonight, 9/1/2016 between the hours of 7PM & 12AM (weather permitting) @Hickory, Myrtle, 4th

Item 2016-09-01 Westfield - Experience the First Baptist Church: Special Service and Open House, September 11th
Founded in December 1866, the congregation is celebrating 150 years of ministry! As part of our yearlong Jubilee celebration, the public is cordially invited to come to an open house on Sunday, September 11, 2016, from 12 to 5 p.m. Get to know the people and the ministries of the church and the many groups who use the facility. Two guided tours of the building will be held at 2 and 4 p.m. A special worship service of Hope and Remembrance will be held at 10:30 a.m., full of beautiful music and readings. This is an event not to be missed - come as you are!

Item 2016-09-01 Fanwood - Mayor Colleen Mahr will be at Maras Cafe in downtown Fanwood on Saturday, September 24 between 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. for Coffee with the Mayor. The event will give Fanwood residents an opportunity to engage in casual discussion about current topics of the day, and learn more about upcoming programs and initiatives in Fanwood. Some of the topics expected for discussion are the new curbside recycling program, the open space tax referendum, and other municipal and community issues. Mara's Cafe is located at 250 South Avenue in Fanwood, NJ. The first Coffee with the Mayor event, held this past June, was well attended and spurred productive discourse on a number of Fanwood issues.

Item 2016-08-31 Country - Corroborating what Judicial Watch uncovered years ago, a U.S. military intelligence report discloses that Muslim terrorists are being smuggled into the country through Mexico. The government calls them Special Interest Aliens (SIA) and Latin American smuggling networks are helping them cross the border, according to information obtained from a U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) Intelligence dispatch. Located in Miami, Florida SOUTHCOM is one of nine unified combat commands in the Department of Defense (DOD). Its responsible for providing contingency planning operations and security cooperation in Central and South America as well as the Caribbean. The internal assessment on SIA smuggling has not been made public, but a conservative Washington D.C. online newspaper obtained key points from the commands J-2 intelligence directorate. A SOUTHCOM Army colonel told the paper that in 2015 more than 30,000 migrants who entered the U.S. through the southwestern border were from countries of terrorist concern.

Item 2016-08-31 Summit - The public is invited to the Street Smart Summit press conference on Tuesday 9/6 at City Hall in Summit on 512 Springfield Avenue. The event will take place (weather permitting) on City Hall property at the intersection of Morris and Springfield Avenues. In the event of rain, the press conference will be held in the lobby of City Hall directly outside Council Chamber.

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