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Item 2014-09-18 WestfieldThe Parent Teacher Council of the Westfield Public Schools invites the public to the Westfield Board of Education Candidates Night on Wednesday, October 15, in the auditorium of Westfield High School from 7:30 - 9:00 PM. The six candidates seeking three open seats on the Westfield Board of Education, are: Michael Biele, Noreen Coleman, Mark Friedman, Christopher Langhart, Margaret (Peggy) Oster, and David Sexton.
A moderator from the League of Women Voters will present questions from the audience as time permits. Questions can be e-mailed in advance to Lisa Wendel, PTC chairperson of the event, at Deadline for submission is Friday, October 10.
The Westfield Board of Education Candidates Night will be taped for airing on WHS-TV36 through November 4 General Election, the day of the School Election.
Item 2014-09-16 Summit - Join the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey for a 3-D screening of animated short films curated by exhibiting artist, Sarah Klein. Red/Cyan 3-D glasses will be provided. Tickets: Non-members: $10; Members and children under 12: $5. Visit or call 908-273-9121 for more information.
Item 2014-09-14 Westfield - The next County mobile paper shredding program for personal documents will be held on Saturday, September 27, at the Westfield Memorial Pool located at 713 Cumberland Street in Westfield from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine.
Item 2014-09-13 New Providence - The New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra has introduced a full symphony for intermediate and advanced beginner players into its offerings. Previously a string chamber orchestra, the NJIO Intermezzo Orchestra is now welcoming brass, woodwind and percussion players of all ages, from students to seniors. The orchestra meets on Thursdays from 5:45-7 pm, at the New Jersey Youth Symphony Music Center located at 570 Central Avenue, New Providence. This new orchestra will play repertoire that includes arrangements of classical pieces. Interested players are encouraged to register to attend free open rehearsal on September 18. To register, please email Mary Beth Sweet at or call (908) 603-7691.
Item 2014-09-12 Westfield - The Festifall Street Fair will be held on Sunday, September 21st in the downtown. Come celebrate Fall with your family, friends and the community - A festive atmosphere with non-stop entertainment starting at 10 am, and the party will last all day.
Item 2014-09-12 Garwood Borough residents will have a chance to hear the candidates for mayor and Borough Council during two October appearances 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 those sessions. Questions may be sent to
The mayoral candidates Salvatore Piarulli, a Republican, and Charles P. Lombardo, a Democrat will appear on Thursday, Oct. 16. The council candidates Carol Kearney and Tina Simitz, Republicans, and Louis Petruzzelli and Sara Todisco, incumbent Democrats will speak on Thursday, Oct. 23. The sessions will begin at 7:30 p.m.
In both cases, the candidates are expected to discuss such issues as taxes, the long-delayed athletic complex, recent flooding and rodent infestations in some parts of the borough and the redevelopment of North and South Avenues.
These meetings are a tradition begun a year 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 could get a clearer picture of whats at stake in the election.
Light refreshments will be served at each event. 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 2014-09-10 Garwood After a summer break Garwood Mayor Patricia Quattrocchi will resume meeting with residents in her office at the Borough Hall, on Saturday, September 20th from 10:00 AM to 12:00 noon. No appointment is necessary and the meetings are private. Residents are urged to stop in and the mayor will answer questions and assist with resolving issues that they may have.Mayors Saturdays are on the third Saturday of each month.
Item 2014-09-08 Mountainside - MOUNTAINSIDE BOARD OF EDUCATION - A special meeting of the Mountainside Board of Education has been scheduled for 8:00 p.m. on Monday, September 8, 2014, at the Beechwood School Susan O. Collier Media Center located at 1497 Woodacres Drive,Mountainside, New Jersey 07092.
Item 2014-09-07 Cranford - Downtown Cranford Sip & Shop event sponsored by the Cranford Junior Woman's Club, Friday, October 10, 2014 6pm-9pm, Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Proceeds benefit Cranford Junior Womans Club Philanthropic & Scholarship Fund. Purchase tickets at Augusta Mae Boutique, Periwinkles, or online at WWW.CRANFORDJWC.COM
Item 2014-09-05 Westfield - The Town of Westfield will observe the 13th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks with a community gathering on Thursday, September 11, 2014, at the September 11th Memorial site on North Avenue at East Broad Street. The commemoration ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. with opening remarks from Mayor Andrew K. Skibitsky. Local clergy will offer prayers of commemoration followed by the presentation of the ceremonial wreath by an honor guard.
Each year, the ceremony concludes with a period of silent reflection and show of community support. Mayor Skibitsky explains, The events of 9/11 affected so many people in so many different ways, and continues to do so. It has been my observation that many people do not grieve or reflect the same way each year some reflect on the loss, some reflect on the healing and recovery since, some reflect on the resolve of the American people - it depends on where they are personally in the process. By offering the opportunity for silent reflection, this part of the ceremony allows people to reflect privately but not be alone, and it also affords those who want or need to reach out to others to do so.
The ceremony will be held rain or shine.
Item 2014-09-05 Union County - The community is invited to honor the memory of the 60 Union County residents who perished in the 9/11 attacks by visiting the Union County September 11th Memorial next Thursday, Sept. 11th from the morning hours until 9 p.m. at Echo Lake Park in Mountainside.
Members of the Prosecutor's Office and Sheriff's Office, in conjunction with other law enforcement members throughout the County will provide a uniformed Honor Guard standing watch at the memorial from 6-9 p.m. and the public will be able to light candles in memory of those lost in the attacks.
Item 2014-09-05 Westfield - Westfield High School Boys Varsity Soccer Clinic Fundraiser for 3rd - 8th Grade Boys, Improve your skills, fundamentals of the game, friendly scrimmages in a fun environment.Boys will work with High School Coaches and Varsity Team. When: Friday October 10th 2014 4:00pm - 6:00pm (rain date: Wednesday October 22nd) Where: Tamaques Elementary School (fields in back) Cost: $35 per player, please bring soccer ball, cleats, shin guards and water bottle. Please support WHS Boys Soccer! To register please contact Julie Williams,
Item 2014-09-04 Scotch Plains - The Township of Scotch Plains shall mark the anniversary of the September 11, 2011 terrorist attacks with a remembrance service on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 7:00 pm at the Alan August Village Green.
Item 2014-09-04 Garwood - GOP, Please join us September 13, 2014 from 5-8 pm for a Meet and Greet BBQ with Garwood Mayoral candidate, Sal Piarulli. The event takes place at 55 Fourth Ave, Garwood, NJ and the suggested donation is $25/person or $45/couple or family. Sponsorship is $100. Please make checks payable to: Piarulli for Mayor and send to 55 Fourth Ave, Garwood, NJ 07027 or via PayPal at RSVP by September 6, 2014 to (908)812-1895 or
Item 2014-09-03 Rahway - UC Performing Arts New Jersey Ballet presents PINOCCHIO Venue: Mainstage Sunday October 19, 2014 3:00 PM Tickets: $15, $18, $24 The UCPAC Mainstage 1601 Irving Street Rahway, NJ 07065 UCPAC Box Office (732) 499-8226
Item 2014-09-03 Westfield - Heifer International is holding their Beyond Hunger: Communities of Change family fun event on October 5th from 1-3 p.m. All ages are welcome to come out in celebration of the nonprofits first 70 years of fighting world hunger. Games, crafts, refreshments, and special demonstrations will occur in the Westfield Municipal Buildings Community Room, free of charge. Please visit to register for the event or email
Item 2014-09-03 Westfield - The Garden Club of Westfield announces the first meeting of the season on September 9 at 12:00 noon at St. Helens Church, Rahway Ave. and Lamberts Mill Road, Westfield. All are invited to join us in the Msgr. Meany Parish Center and enjoy a hands-on learning experience. Members (and guests if desired) are asked to bring in a miniature floral design no larger than 5 in length, width or height. Mrs. Janet Kinney returns to critique and share her expertise with everyone. She is, among many credentials, a National Garden Club Accredited Flower Show Master Judge. We look forward to seeing you there.
Item 2014-09-02 Westfield - The Youth and Family Counseling Service is starting KIDS-4-KIDS Group again. The New Dates are: Wednesdays 9/24-10/21 4-5 PM
Call (908) 233-2042 to register now! Fee: $100.00 for 6 Sessions
Item 2014-09-02 Scotch Plains - The Junior Womans Club Fall Town Wide Garage Sale will be held on Saturday, September 27, 2014. Trash or treasure? You be the judge. Residents hold their own sale and keep all profits.Registration get participants on a detailed map listing the host home address and items for sale.Maps are distributed for free in Scotch Plains and Fanwood.The event will be publicized via newspapers, local cable TV, signboards and flyers in both towns.
To participate, complete a registration form (available at the clubs website or pick one up at the following locations: Scotch Plains Library, Fanwood Library or Fanwood Bagel and Deli.Send the registration form with a $20 check, payable to SPJWC, to: Scotch Plains Junior Womans Club - Garage Sale, P.O. Box 284, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
Item 2014-08-28 New Providence - Annual Street Fair Sunday, September 7, 2014 10-5 PM Held along Springfield Ave. from South St. to Livingston Ave, New Providence, NJ, 07974
Item 2014-08-27 Fanwood - Police UPDATE: The Fanwood Police Department requests your assistance. The Fanwood Police Department is seeking information regarding a person of interest in the car burglaries occurring in Fanwood on August 26. Please go to and view the photograph. If you recognize the individual in the photograph, please contact Det. Sgt. E. Chin at the Fanwood Police at (908) 322-5000, ext. 119
Item 2014-08-27 Fanwood - The Fanwood Police Department, along with several surrounding departments, is investigating burglaries to unlocked vehicles. Residents are reminded to lock their vehicles and to avoid leaving items in plain view in their vehicles. Residents are asked to immediately report any suspicious people or activities to the Fanwood Police Department at (908) 322-5000 or 9-1-1. Chief Richard Trigo
Item 2014-08-26 Summit - Golf Outing & Tricky Tray to benefit Summit Animal Rescue Association - Sunday September 14th at Royce Brook Golf Club in Hillsborough. Golf is scramble with a shotgun start at 1:00 pm and costs $145 per player which includes dinner, prizes, tricky tray and 2 hours wine and beer. Non-golfers dinner, tricky tray and 2 hours wine and beer is $50 (dinner starts at 5:45). For info or to register please visit, or call or email Dan or Mary at 732-875-3905 or
Item 2014-08-26 Summit - Join the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey for the opening reception on September 28 from 1:00-4:00 of the Fall Exhibitions: Doppler Shift; Gary Petersen: Tilting Point; Stair-Gazing: Valerie Molnar; and Painting Students of Raul Villareal. Event is free and open to the public, refreshments will be served. Exhibitions will remain on view through January 16, 2015.
For more information visit or call 908-273-9121.
Item 2014-08-26 SCOTCH PLAINS - The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Marching Band will host their 16th Annual Marching Band Festival on Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at 5:30pm.
Come to this musical festival at SPFHS Varsity Field and be thrilled by the performances of 16 marching bands including local bands from Westfield, Cranford, Edison, North Plainfield, South Plainfield, West Orange, and East Brunswick.
The admission for adults will be $10.00, $7.00 for students and seniors, and you receive a free program with every paid admission. Food, drinks and 50/50 raffle will be available all evening.
Scotch Plains Fanwood High School is located at 667 Westfield Road, Scotch Plains, NJ. The varsity field is located behind the high school at the rear of the parking lot.
Support your local band and music program while sharing an evening out with your family. Additional information available at
Item 2014-08-10 Kenilworth - Kids Consignment Event in Kenilworth, NJ September 10-13th at the Kenilworth Veterans Center. Register to consign at www.KneesAndElbows.NET and plan to shop: Wed, Sept 10 from 1pm - 5:30 Thu, Sept 11 from 10am - 5:30 Fri, Sept 12 from 11am - 9pm Sat, Sept 13 from 11am - 3pm Half price day Saturday! Early shopping passes for Consignors, Volunteers, Military, Police, Firemen, Nursing, Teachers, and registered limited New Parents on Wed and Half Price Saturday! See website for details!
Item 2014-08-07 Westfield - I'm sure you've heard by now that a bear is running around town. I just called police desk to get an update, they said latest sighting is on N.,Euclid around Mindowaskin. I live on Jefferson Ave and the police instructed me to either get in my car or go back in the house around 8:00 am. The bear was in the bushes in my neighbor's back yard at that time. I'm out of town for rest of day. I asked the front desk at police HQs what if anything they will do to notify citizens with a status update. The guy on front desk said he didn't now, that he couldn't talk because "we're very busy right now." I called Chief Wayman's office and the woman, who was extremely courteous, said to either watch the news, or call the front desk again later on.
Item 2014-08-07 MOUNTAINSIDE - The Mountainside Police Department is continuing to receive reports of a full size black bear and a cub in the Mountain Ave area along the Westfield boarder. N.J. Fish, Game & Wildlife officials have been notified and our officers are monitoring the area. If you encounter the animals use caution by remaining indoors or inside your vehicle. Do not attempt to feed the animals or take photographs of them behind you. If sighted please notify the Mountainside Police Department at 908-232-8100.
Item 2014-08-06 Union County - Sheriff's general election ballot will be drawn on Monday, Aug. 11 according to statute. All political parties have to Sept 10 to select sheriff candidates. Yes independents can run.
Item 2014-08-06 Mountainside - Bear sighting in the New Prov. Rd/Summit La area of Mountainside. Do not attempt to approach the animal. Sent by Allan Attanasio to Mountainside, Mountainside Live, Mountainside Work, Mountainside FD, Mountainside PD (e-mail accounts, pagers, Cell phones) through UC First Alert
Item 2014-08-02 Westfield - Lost dog, Please help. My name is Gina Lalla. Our dog is Lulu, a Mini Goldendoodle 1 yr old. She weighs 14 lbs. She is a spayed female and has tags and a microchip. When she was last seen she had a red harness on and a white bandana around her neck. She went missing on Embree Crescent in Westfield on 7/31/14 at 6 pm. There is a reward. Thank you for your help!! email
Item 2014-07-24 Summit - The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey has opened registration for Fall 2014 Classes and Workshops. Register before July 27 to receive the early registration discount. For more information visit or call (908) 273-9121.
Item 2014-07-15 Westfield - The Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce is conducting a network luncheon on July 22, 2014, 12 noon, at the 16 Prospect Avenue Wine Bar and Bistro featuring Assemblyman Jon Bramnick. Mr. Bramnick will speak on the current issues in Trenton that concern the business community. This event is open to current members of the GWACC at a cost of $10 and prospective members for $15, but seating is limited. To reserve your place, please contact the GWACC at 908-233-3021.
Item 2014-07-08 Scotch Plains Police - Would you like a chance to meet a Scotch Plains Police Officer? If youre speeding in Scotch Plains, chances are you will. In response to countless complaints from residents about speeding on our streets, Scotch Plains Police Chief Brian Mahoney has instructed his Patrol Division as well as his Traffic Bureau to make speeding, and careless driving, a top priority. Our police vehicles are equipped with state of the art radar units and officers that are trained to use them, said Chief Mahoney. The new initiative is called, Slow Down or Pay Up. Slow Down or Pay Up is not a two-week crack down. Speeding and careless driving near our schools, on our narrow residential roads, and on our primary roadways, will simply no longer be tolerated. There are no quick fixes to combat speeders. The plan is simple, said the Chief. Slow Down or Pay Up.
Item 2014-07-03 Cranford - Just got a call from Cranford parks & rec to tell me tomorrow's canoe race was cancelled due to weather. The firecracker 4 mile race however will run rain or shine.
Item 2014-07-02 Westfield - Collegewise of Westfield is holding a free seminar on the Secrets of Admissions with former MIT Admissions Officer, Christopher LaBounty on Monday, July 21 from 6:30-8pm at the Main Building at LaGrande Park in Fanwood. Parents and students are invited - there is no charge but RSVP is required - email or RSVP online at:
Item 2014-07-02 Summit - The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey will host Shakespeare in the Garden on July 23 and 28 from 7:00 to 8:15pm. Tickets will be sold at door and are $8 for Members and $12 non-members. For more information please visit or call 908-273-9121.
Item 2014-06-25 Trenton- Ruling from state Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson:
Governor Christie: "This was one of the hard choices the people of New Jersey expect me to make, and I am pleased the court recognized the necessity and urgency of this decision so that we can provide key funding for our schools, our colleges, our hospitals and other essential services. For our state's families who are already overburdened by high taxes, raising taxes even further would not solve a problem created by decades of neglect and irresponsibility."
Senate President Steve Sweeney issued the following statement today regarding Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson's ruling on the state's pension payment:
"We are disappointed in the ruling and certainly disagree with the outcome. Still, Democrats put forward a budget that keeps our commitments to retirees and middle class New Jersey families regardless of the governor turning his back on them. That is what our budget does and we will not be swayed by the governor's continued commitment to the wealthy few.
Item 2014-06-25 Westfield - Chief David Wayman of the Westfield Police Department announces the arrest of a juvenile, age 15 of the Bronx, New York, for aggravated assault, carjacking, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, credit card theft, and receiving stolen property. A second juvenile, age 17 of the Bronx, New York, was also arrested and charged with hindering apprehension. The arrests took place on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at approximately 1:30 am, when a resident of Fanwood, New Jersey reported that he was the victim of assault and carjacking while at the Westfield Train Station on South Avenue. Westfield Police Officers responded to the Train Station upon hearing an audible carhorn, and found the victim seatedin his vehicle, having been sprayed with chemical mace. The victim reported that he had given a ride totwo black males to the Westfield train station from Cumberland Street, Westfield, and that upon arriving at the train station one of the suspects sprayed him in the face with chemical mace, and then attempted to enter the vehicle drivers side door, at which time the victim began repeatedly honking the vehicle horn. The suspects then fled on foot. Westfield Police Officers immediately began searching the area, and the suspects were located and arrested in the 500 block of East North Avenue. Both Juveniles were transferred to Union County Juvenile Detention. Chief Wayman commends the diligence and fast action of the officers of the Westfield Police Department.
Item 2014-06-25 Westfield - Please join Gallery U on July 10, 2014 from 6-8 for the opening reception of their annual exhibition FOTOGRAPHIA: The Art of Photography. This exhibition includes various styles and themes of photography by local artists, both established and emerging. Participating artists include Luis Alves, Millicent K. Brody, Richard Earl, Michael Endy, Jada Fabrizio, Dawn Gilmore, Roseann Grasso, Harriet Kushins, Robert P. Langdon, Eduardo Lara, Christopher Mariano, Michelle Ovalle and others. A reception, open to the public, is scheduled for Thursday, July 10, 2014, from 6-8 PM. All are welcome. Artwork will be on exhibit until August 4, 2014. Gallery U is located at 439 South Avenue in Westfield, NJ. (908) 232-1895.
Item 2014-06-25 Summit - The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is holding an opening reception for its annual Members Show and Sale on Friday, July 18 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Free and open to all. For more information, please contact (908) 273-9121 or visit
Item 2014-06-25 Westfield - The Raritan Valley Rail Coalition (RVRC) will present results of their meeting with NJ TRANSIT regarding the "one seat" ride into NY Penn Station at their quarterly meeting on Monday, June 30 at 8:30 am in the Westfield Council Chambers, 425 East Broad Street. "It is important for local residents to come to these meetings to not only stay informed, but to use the forum to make their voices heard," said UC Freeholder Kowalski.
Item 2014-06-25 Westfield - The Westfield PAL is offering free Yankees tickets to 2 Yankees games, Wednesday, July 23rd, at 7 PM vs the Rangers, and Monday, August 4th, at 7 PM vs the Tigers. Buses will leave from the Westfield High School parking lot promptly at 4:30 PM. There is a service charge of $22 per person to cover the cost of the bus, parking, and refreshments. Checks to the Westfield PAL must be received ahead of time. For information call or contact: Allen Chin Bus. Tel: 212-732-2800 Cell: 908-247-3487 E-mail:

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