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Item 2014-11-25 Scotch Plains - The Police Dept will be out in force along with other law enforcement agencies throughout New Jersey and the rest of the nation for the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over crackdown on drunken drivers from December 5th through January 2nd.
Item 2014-11-24 Plainfield - BUF, The Black United Fund (BUF) Health and Human Services on Thanksgiving Day will serve Luncheon for Needy Families. BUF with generous contributions ill be providing complimentary meals to needy, underprivileged families in the Plainfield area. Where: BUFs main offices, located at 403 West 7th Street in Plainfield, NJ; When: November 27, 2014, 12:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
This Thursday, BUF will be hosting a Thanksgiving Day Feast, with the help of its kitchen staff and local volunteers. All families are welcome, and complimentary meals will be provided to all who attend.
Plainfield has a population of nearly 50,000 residents, 19 percent of which live below the poverty level. The census also showed that 11 percent of Plainfield families receive food stamps. Serving the community is one of BUFs core beliefs.
Item 2014-11-22 Fanwood - On Wednesday, December 1, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in the Administration Office on 75 Martine Avenue North in Fanwood, all interested citizens will be given an opportunity to present their opinion regarding which projects the Mayor and Council should submit to the Union County Community Development Revenue Sharing Committee at the above time and place. For further information contact the Borough Clerk at (908) 322-8236.
Item 2014-11-18 Westfield - The Farmers Market, at the South Ave. train station in Westfield, presented by The Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce will have a Special Thanksgiving Market this Saturday, November 22nd from 8:30 until 2:00 pm
Item 2014-11-18 Cranford - The second-prize Mega Millions tickets, soon to expire, was purchased at Krauszer's on Raritan Road in Cranford for the Dec. 17, 2013 drawing, according to state lottery officials.
Item 2014-11-18 Cranford - Charity Jewelry Sale at Trinity Cranford: Saturday December 6, 2014 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM: At Trinity Episcopal Church (Witherington Hall): 119 Forest Avenue, Cranford, NJ: All are Welcome: For more information contact: Marion at (908)245-1892
Item 2014-11-18 Cranford - The Wednesday Morning Club will celebrate the holidays with a Philanthropic Tea/Luncheon on Wednesday, December 10, at 1 p.m. in Il Giardino on Miln Street in Cranford. Co-presidents Dot Conheeney and Barbara Jackson of Westfield will introduce The Madrigal Singers who will perform under the direction of Anthony Rafaniello.
Item 2014-11-17 Garwood - The Annual Christmas Tree Lighting is being held on Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 5:00PM in the parking lot at Borough Hall. The public is invited to come and kick off the Holiday Season and Santa will be arriving for a visit and pictures. Refreshments will be served.
Item 2014-11-17 Be Our Guest => Free, 3-month Trial of the newspaper For new subscribers, mailing in Union County to WESTFIELD, GARWOOD, SCOTCH PLAINS, MOUNTAINSIDE, CRANFORD, FANWOOD, CLARK, SPRINGFIELD, KENILWORTH, SUMMIT, BERKELEY HEIGHTS and NEW PROVIDENCE.
Item 2014-11-17 Westfield - Free Community Event International Human Rights Day Summit - Wednesday, Dec 10, 2014; Roosevelt Intermediate School Auditorium 301 Clark Street, Westfield 7:30 9:00 PM; Sponsored by Roosevelt Intermediate School Girls Learn International *; Featuring Keynote Speaker Suraya Sadeed , author and founder of Help the Afghan Children; Event also will include inspirational speakers, poetry, music and presentations from the Roosevelt Intermediate School & Westfield High School Chapters of Girls Learn International.; *GLI started in Westfield in 2003 and there are now 129 chapters partnered with 47 schools in 12 countries around the world. Our GLI members help girls in Afghanistan and other developing nations in the global movement for girls access to education.; Lorre Korecky; Coordinator, School/Community Relations; Westfield Public Schools; 908-789-4463
Item 2014-11-17 Mountainside - Usher in the holidays with the sights and sounds of the Christmas season at the 31st Annual Holiday Nature Craft Show at Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside; this seasonal craft show and charity drive at Trailside on Sunday, December 8, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The price of admission is an item of dry or canned food or a new, unwrapped toy to be distributed through local charities.
Children will be able to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus from noon to 4:30 p.m., and free childrens face-painting will be offered to keep the little ones entertained. The days activities in Trailsides auditorium will include illuminating seasonal lights of the Union County Christmas Tree and menorah at 4:30 p.m.
For additional information about the Holiday Nature Craft Show please call Trailside at 908-789-3670.
Item 2014-11-17 Westfield - The AARP Westfield Area Chapter 4137 will have its holiday luncheon on Monday, December 1 at Giovannas Restaurant at 12 Noon.The cost is $30.00. If you would like to join us, please call Chris Weiss, chairperson, at 908-322-6198 to get information on the menu, to make a reservation, or for any questions you may have.
Item 2014-11-16 Westfield - Last call for tickets for Monday (Nov. 23)'s 11th Westfield Athletic Hall of Fame dinner, 6 p.m., at the Westwood. Tickets, which will be available at the door, can be purchased in advance by contacting Sandy Mamary at the high school's athletic office, or by calling Bill Jordan at (732 535-8047) or (908) 232-6463. In addition to the 11th class of inductees, Monday will mark the 20th anniversary of the first WAHOF induction dinner. Those being honored this year are: Jimmy Byrd, Sam Arbes, Jack Reydel, Don Feeley, Steve McCoy, Eddie Morton, Paul Healy, Andrew Cary, Lynne Cassidy, Erin Allebaugh, Stephen Cheek, Megan Sheehy, Pete Giordano, Maggie McFadden, the 1987-89 girls swim teams, and the 1995 baseball team.
Item 2014-11-13 Cranford - Junior Womans Club announces its 25th annual Home for the Holidays House Tour, will be held on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014. This self-guided tour showcases some of Cranford's loveliest treasures! Through the generosity of five Cranford homeowners and local businesses, organizations, and individuals, the club is showcasing four of the finest homes in Cranford along with a Hospitality House where we offer refreshment and treats. The wonderful Madrigal Choir will be on hand to entertain. Be sure not to miss the event of the season and join us in for a beautiful day in Cranford. Tickets, in advance, are $25 each. They are available at Augusta Mae, Back to Nature Health Foods, the Cranford Public Library, the UPS Store, and Periwinkles, all in Cranford. They are also available on-line at
Item 2014-11-12 Union - Model Railroad Sound and Light Show, Story of New Jersey towns and railroads Friday Nov. 28 Noon-10pm; Fridays, Dec. 5&12: 7-10pm; Saturdays Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 13: 10am-8pm; Sundays Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14: 11am-6pm - Tickets: pre-ordered online or mail: Adults $7.00; Child (3-15) $4.00, 2 and under free; Senior (60 and over) $5.00. Telephone (908)964-8808, Online ( Tickets purchased at the door during event add $1.00ea. -The Model Railroad Club Inc., 295 Jefferson Ave. Off Route 22 East, Union, NJ 07083-1146 (behind The Home Depot)
Item 2014-11-11 Westfield - Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick (R-Westfield) Re: Veterans Day, as the United States honors those who served our country: Today, we honor those who answered the call to serve in defense of our freedom. The sacrifices made by these brave men and women are the reason we continue to enjoy the liberties we hold so dear. We owe all our veterans a debt of gratitude. Thank you for your service and patriotism.
Item 2014-11-10 Westfield - Join us for an escorted, narrated tour of New York City to see the holiday lights in all their glory. It is sure to get you in the mood for the Christmas season. We will see some of the beautiful holiday window displays, stop at Rockefeller Center to see the tree and visit the holiday shops at Bryant Park! Dont miss this great gift idea! Spots are limited. This trip is offered on Tuesday, December 9. Cost: $65 per person. The tour package includes: Bus Transportation, Narrated Tour, Boxed Sandwich Meal for bus ride, and coffee/dessert at a local NYC eatery at the conclusion of the tour. Bus departs 3:30pm and returns approximately 10:00pm from the Memorial Park Pool 713 Cumberland Street, Westfield. Contact the Westfield Recreation Department at 908-789-4080 or for registration information.
Item 2014-11-10 Scotch Plains - The Holy Name Society of St. Bartholomew the Apostle Church at 2032 Westfield Ave. Scotch Plains,, New Jersey is sponsoring a frozen turkey and food drive with Community FoodBank of NJ on the weekend of November 22 - 23. Share the joy that a holiday meal can bring, and help feed those in need.; - Frozen Turkeys ( never fresh or thawed); - Canned Soups, Stews; - Canned Vegetables, Fruits; - Instant Potatoes, Rice, Grains, Stuffing Mix; - Other Nonperishable Foods; - No Glass Jars or Bottles Please.; Please bring all your donated food to the Community FoodBank truck on the Church Grounds. Visit the FoodBank website at www.,
Item 2014-11-10 Westfield - The Student Government Association (SGA) at Westfield High School (WHS) is sponsoring their annual Homecoming events on the eve of Thanksgiving (November 26th), and this year is also inputting their first annual Homecoming Dance on December 5th.
Beginning at 1 PM on Wednesday, November 26th, the annual Homecoming parade will march through town, beginning at the South Side of the Westfield Train Station, and enter Kehler Stadium at 1:30 PM to kick off the pep rally, which will also be at Kehler this year. Following this, the Junior and Senior girls will compete in their annual Powderpuff football game. Then, come across to the backfield of Edison Intermediate School (EIS) to watch an exhibition bowl game of the WHS Flag Football League, and cap off the entire day with the annual bonfire, also behind EIS, starting at 5 PM.
If you wish to register your club, organization, or sports team to march in the Westfield Homecoming Parade, please do so via the form on the SGA's website.
The SGA will be hosting their first annual Homecoming Dance for current WHS students on Friday, December 5th, in the WHS cafeterias at 8PM - and will feature dinner, dancing, entertainment, and a professional photo booth. Admission at the door will be ten dollars. Pre-order a ticket for seven dollars, starting on Tuesday, November 11th in the school store, on Tuesdays and Thursdays until December 4th. The attire will be semi-formal.
Item 2014-11-09 Westfield - Presbyterian Women invite you to our November Gathering on Thursday, November 20 at 1:00 p.m. in the Christian Lounge of The Presbyterian Church in Westfield, 140 Mountain Avenue. The program, Secrets of Traditional Chinese Culture -Profound Insight for Modern Life, will consist of a video/slideshow and lecture with Q&A from Shen Yun Promotions International. Our speaker will be Nadia Ghattas.
China has one of the most ancient cultures in the world encompassing 5,000 years of civilization. With its spiritual foundation centering upon the values of honor, etiquette, wisdom, sincerity, and compassion, traditional Chinese culture was heralded as a divine gift. A traditional Chinese culture workshop inspired by Shen Yun, the world premier Chinese classic dance and music company will be presented at the Presbyterian Church in Westfield. Uncover the mystery behind ancient Chinas legendary longevity, creativity and enlightenment. The workshop guides you through an intriguing world of adventure and rare treasures. Explore the inner strength, wisdom and beauty of Chinas 5,000 years of civilization, and draw profound lessons for modern times. All are welcome!
Item 2014-11-09 Plainfield - Crescent Concerts continues its 33rd Season with The Journey to Christmas, which will be presented by the Crescent Choral Society on Saturday November 15, 2014 at 8 pm at the historic Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, 716 Watchung Ave in Plainfield. Artistic Director, F. Allen Artz III, will conduct the choir in a performance of Vivaldis Magnificant, Saint-Saens Oratorio de Noel and Pinkhams Christmas Cantata. These three outstanding choral masterpieces from three different centuries will be the perfect beginning for your own journey into the season of Christmas. General admission is $20, seniors are $15, and students are $5. Call 908-756-2468 or visit for more information about this and upcoming concerts. Ample free, secure parking in Church lot (Entrance on 1ST Place - connected to church by walkway).
Item 2014-11-07 Summit - The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey opens registration for Winter Classes and Workshops on Monday, November 10. Sign up for studio art classes in painting, drawing, ceramics, jewelry design and more! Classes start January 12, 2015. Register by November 30 to receive the Early Registration Discount. Register online at; by phone (908) 273-9121 or fax (908) 273-1457; in person at the front Desk or the Registrar; or by mail to: 68 Elm Street, Summit, NJ 07901.
Item 2014-11-05 Election Congress 7th Dist; Janice Kovach (D); Leonard Lance (R, winner) see Thursday newspaper for complete results.
Item 2014-11-05 Election Congress 12th Dist; Bonnie Watson Coleman (D, winner); Alieta Eck (R) see Thursday newspaper for complete results.
Item 2014-11-05 Election Scotch Plains Council (3); Mickey Marcus (R, 3359); William Vastine (R, 3212); Llewellyn Jones (R, winner, 3484); John Del Sordi, Jr. (D, winner, 3415); Rose Checchio (D, winner, 3444); Luisa Bianco (D, 3378)
Item 2014-11-04 Election Union County Sheriff; Joe Cryan (D, winner); Michael Ince (R) see Thursday newspaper for complete results.
Item 2014-11-04 Election Union County Freeholders (3); Angel Estrada (D, winner); Chris Hudak (D, winner); Vernell Wright (D, winner); P. Mark Martini (R) see Thursday newspaper for complete results.
Item 2014-11-04 Election Scotch Plains Council (3); Mickey Marcus (R); William Vastine (R); Llewellyn Jones (R, winner); John Del Sordi, Jr. (D, winner); Rose Checchio (D, winner); Luisa Bianco (D)
Item 2014-11-04 Election Westfield BOE (3); Mark Friedman (winner ); David Sexton ( ); Michael Bielen ( ); Margaret Oster (winner ); Chris Langhart (winner ) see Thursday newspaper for complete results.
Item 2014-11-04 Election Garwood Council (2); Lou Petruzzelli (D, winner 594); Sara Todisco (D, winner 689); Carol Kearney (R, 583); Tina Simitz (R, 563) see Thursday newspaper for complete results.
Item 2014-11-04 Election Garwood Mayor; Charles Lombardo (D, winner 631); Sal Piarulli (R, 605) see Thursday newspaper for complete results.
Item 2014-11-04 Election Cranford Council (2); Andis Kalnins (R, winner, 3412); Lisa Adubato (R, winner, 3452); Brian McCarthy (D, 2921); Robert Salvatore (D, 2734) see Thursday newspaper for complete results.
Item 2014-11-04 Election U.S. Senator; Cory Booker (D, winner); Jeff Bell (R); Projected - see newspaper for detailed results.
Item 2014-11-04 Election Mountainside BOE (1, 3yr, uncontested); Dante Gioia ( ); see Thursday newspaper for complete results.
Item 2014-11-04 Election Garwood BOE (3, 3yr, uncontested); Aaron Watkins ( ); Christine Guerriero ( ); Linda Koenig ( );
(1, 2yr, uncontested); Kimberly Ficarra ( ); see Thursday newspaper for complete results.
Item 2014-11-04 Election Fanwood BOE (1, uncontested); Jeanne Cleary; see Thursday newspaper for complete results.
Item 2014-11-04 Election Fanwood Council (2); uncontested (D winners); Russell Huegel; Kevin Boris; see Thursday newspaper for complete results.
Item 2014-11-04 Election Mountainside Council (2); uncontested (R winners); Keith Turner; Deanna Andre; see Thursday newspaper for complete results.
Item 2014-11-04 Election Union County Surrogate (uncontested); Jim LaCorte (D, winner); see Thursday newspaper for complete results.
Item 2014-11-04 Region - Election Day 2014 Union County, NJ; From Tina Renna; Registered Union County Voters:; Unaffiliated 134,341; Democrat 126,775; Republican 43,269; Libertarian 105; Green Party 40; Conservative Party 28; Reform Party 1; U.S. Constitution Party 7; Total 304,566; Source: Union County Board of Elections 2014.
Item 2014-10-31 Scotch Plains - Benefit concert at All Saints Episcopal Church in Scotch Plains NJ on Nov 15 @ 8PM; The tickets for sale up on Eventbrite. Tickets are $20; - To Benefit Graces Kitchen in Plainfield.- - The Artist is Vance Gilbert. A great entertainer! -

Item 2014-10-31 REPORTERS NEEDED - The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times has current openings for reporters to cover town council, BOE, and recreation commission meetings. We seek community minded, detail-oriented writers with professional demeanor. Must be able to meet deadlines, know how to write a lead, and take an active interest in a regular beat in order to develop news stories. Great for stay-at-home moms, a second income or for those who love to write. E-mail resume and clips to:
Item 2014-10-30 Rahway - Hamilton Stage presents A CHRISTMAS CAROL; A one-man spin on Dickens holiday classic - accompanied by live music!; Venue: Hamilton Stage; Sunday November 30, 2014 3:00 PM; BuyTickTicket Price: $18 General Admission
Item 2014-10-30 Region - Volunteer drivers are needed to assist EZ Rides Community Cars program, which provides low-cost, safe and reliable transportation services to those who can no longer drive themselves.
As New Jerseys aging population rapidly increases, we have a greater need than ever to ensure our seniors maintain their quality of life, said Krishna Murthy, Meadowlink Executive Director. Being able to get to doctors appointments, the grocery store, a friends house -- these are things we take for granted, when we can drive. For those who cannot drive, our Community Cars program will get them where they want to go, whenever they need.
Volunteer drivers are needed throughout Northern New Jersey. EZ Ride provides various incentives for its volunteers, including free rides. To find out more about becoming a volunteer driver, visit or call Kinga Skora at 201-939-4242. You may also email her at Meadowlink is a nonprofit, public-private partnership that was created to improve access to affordable transportation, reduce traffic congestion and promote economic growth.
Item 2014-10-30 Mountainside - Halloween Road Closure - Mountainside Due to the large volume of pedestrians in the past, the following roads will be closed on October 31st from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Old Tote Road from Wood Valley Road to Cedar Avenue Birch Hill Road from Indian Trail to Old Tote Road Knollwood Road from Old Tote Road to Timber Line Road Residents of the closed roads are ask to limit their use of the closed sections and are urged to drive with caution. All residents are urged to use caution and be alert for children Trick-Or-Treating on the local roads. See our Facebook page for a map of the closed roads and suggested alternate routes.
Item 2014-10-30 Union County - Residents are invited to attend a free public talk on black bears hosted by Azure Masada Lodge #22 and conducted by the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife on Monday, November 17, 8:00 10:00 p.m. Azure Masada Lodge #22 is located at 478 South Avenue East in Cranford.
The will cover the natural history and biology of the black bear, practical information about coexisting with bears, and how to handle a bear encounter. The experts are here to help you clear your property of items that are attractive to bears, such as improperly stored garbage, and they will give you their recommendations for protecting yourself when you do see a bear.
For more information about Azure Masada Lodge #22 and the black bear talk, visit or contact John F. Dziedzic, W.M., 908-377-2376 or
For more information on black bears in New Jersey visit the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife at
Item 2014-10-29 Garwood - You missed some classic political posturing last night at the council meeting. They said the contractor just told them yesterday the field will be done so it will be interesting today to see if any letters to the editor hit that were submitted before this supposed meeting congratulating themselves.
Item 2014-10-28 Westfield - On Tuesday, November 4, Westfield residents can choose among five candidates to fill three seats on the Board of Education. The candidates seeking election are: Michael Bielen, Mark Friedman (incumbent), Christopher Langhart, Margaret (Peggy) Oster, and David Sexton. There will actually be seven names on the ballot, however, since Noreen Coleman and Anastasia Harrison withdrew their candidacy after the county deadline for the ballot printing.
The public may view the Westfield Board of Education Candidates Night, which was hosted by the Parent Teacher Council of the Westfield Public Schools, on WHS-TV36 and on the school districts website at
Item 2014-10-27 Scotch Plains - The Westfield Weavers Guild Annual Exhibit and Holiday Sale, Saturday, Nov. 1st, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Scotch Plains Rescue Squad Building, 1916 Bartle Avenue, 2nd Floor, Scotch Plains. Free parking and admission. Weaving and Spinning Demonstrations ongoing throughout the day. Try your hand at weaving!! On display and for sale will be one-of-a-kind hand-crafted, handwoven and hand-knitted Wearables, Accessories, and Gift Items, including Scarves, Socks and Mittens, Jackets, Baskets, Table Linens, Baby Garments, Blankets and Toys, Jewelry, Wall Hangings, Holiday Ornaments, and More! Credit Cards Accepted. For more information call 908-397-8130 or visit

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