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Item 2015-03-16 Green Brook - Celiacs of Central NJ Meetup is holding its first gathering at Carrabbas Italian Grill, 200 US Hwy Route 22, Green Brook, NJ on Tuesday, March 24 at 7:00pm. All gluten-free diners are welcome to join us. Please RSVP at
Item 2015-03-16 Westfield - Tour of Notable Homes in Westfield by the Friends of NJ Festival Orchestra Saturday, May 9th, 2015 - A stylish medley of five residences representing a range of architectural influences and design sensibilities will be open Saturday May 9 from 10am to 3pm to benefit the New Jersey Festival Orchestra. Included in the self-guided tour are musical interludes, plant sale, refreshments, upscale raffles and new this year a classic luxury automobile stationed at each location. Tickets $35 in advance, $40 on tour day. Purchase tickets online at Tickets are also available at Barons Drugs and The Town Bookstore in Westfield; Christoffers in Mountainside; Normans Hallmark in Fanwood; Periwinkles in Cranford. For more information go to
Item 2015-03-11 Cranford - On March 11, 2015 at approximately 4:36am the Cranford Police Department was notified of an attempted ATM (automated teller machine) theft at TD Bank (465 E South Ave). TD Bank security personnel reported multiple suspects on scene attempting to pull the ATM from the building using chains and a pick-up truck. As police units converged on the scene, the suspects abandoned the pick-up truck and fled in a dark colored Jeep which was parked nearby. Cranford police units pursued the Jeep on Centennial and North Avenues to the Garden State Parkway northbound. Due to safety concerns, fog, and wet road conditions, the pursuit was terminated in the area of the Union toll plaza.
Recovered in the bank parking lot was a 2002 Dodge Dakota pick-up truck that had been reported stolen in Old Bridge NJ, as well as the TD Bank ATM which had been pulled away from the front vestibule of the bank. The scene was processed by members of the Cranford Police Department Detective Bureau and the Union County Sheriffs Department.
Anyone with information pertinent to the investigation is asked to contact Det. Sgt. Ryan Greco at 908-709-7339. Witnesses may also text case related information to the Cranford Police Department via Nixle by sending to 888777 and beginning with tip cranfordpd before any message information.
Item 2015-03-10 Union County Now that milder weather is here, road crews will be out in force to repair the many potholes that cropped up this winter.
County roads are identified by their blue route signs, which include the letters CR followed by a three-digit number. To report a pothole or any other issue with a County road, use an online form available through the Union County Department of Public Works and Facilities Management at Persons without Internet access can report potholes on Union County roads by calling 908-789-3660.
For potholes on state highways, call the New Jersey Department of Transportation at 1-800-POTHOLE or use the online form at
For local roads, contact the municipality in which the road is located. Website links for all 21 Union County municipalities are available through the County website,
To plan your commute around major road projects that may disrupt traffic patterns in Union County, visit the Road Construction Update page at
For all mass transit information, visit Union County ConneXions at
Item 2015-02-26 Westfield - The Garden Club of Westfield will sponsor a program on Healthy Cooking at Home on March 10, 2015, 12:00 noon at St. Helens Church Parish House, 1600 Rahway Ave., Westfield (intersection with Lamberts Mill Rd.). Ms. Lindsay Roth, graduate of College of St. Elizabeth in foods and nutrition, is the Retail Dietitian at Shop Rite of Garwood. She will discuss foods that are seasonal, nutritious and delicious. Recipes will be distributed to encourage healthy cooking at home. All are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.
Item 2015-02-26 Summit - The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey and The Film Society of Summit present an evening of contemporary art and documentary film. Art, music, and photography come together in Her Aim is True that tells the story of Jini Dellaccio, the first woman photographer of rock n roll in its early years. Director Karen Whitehead will introduce the film and lead a discussion afterwards. Wine and light refreshments will be served. Tickets: Art Center Members and Film Society Members (Discount Code: VACFSS): $12 Advance: $15, at the door: $20. To purchase tickets visit and click the SmartTix Button.
Item 2015-02-25 Rahway - The Union County Performing Arts Center is showing the original 1920 silent film The Mark of Zorro starring Douglas Fairbanks and Noah Beery. Shown with live organ accompaniment on UCPACs restored original Wurlitzer organ. Happening on March 21 at 8 pm at 1601 Irving Street. Tickets are $10 ($8 Student/Senior Box Office only) Box Office: (732)499-8226;
Item 2015-02-25 Area - Water main break slows Martine Avenue traffic. An overnight water main break is causing emergency road work on Martine Avenue in front of Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains. The road is open now but with heavy delays. Martine Avenue may close unexpectedly as work continues. Please use Terrill Road or Lamberts Mill Road to go north or south and avoid the area if at all possible. Fanwood Police Chief Richard Trigo
Item 2015-02-24 Summit - All are invited to celebrate the annual For Arts Sake event at The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey. The afternoon event includes hands-on art projects, professional artists demonstrate a variety of media, view current exhibitions, and enjoy food, music and so much more! 12pm to 3pm. Free admission. Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, 68 Elm Street, Summit. Call 908-273-9121 or visit
Item 2015-02-23 Westfield- The First Congregational Churchs MOVING MEDITATION Qigong Program offers classes Monday evenings in March (16th, 23rd, 30th), from 6:30-7:15 in the Patton Auditorium. Learn the ancient Asian practice of slow, relaxed movement from certified Qigong and Tai Chi instructor Laura Berzofsky. Qigong is meant to promote inner peace and enhance wellness. Perfect for beginners! Suggested donation of $15-20 to benefit nonprofit humanitarian organization Heifer International, a leader in fighting world hunger. Directions: Patton Auditorium (125 Elmer Street, Westfield NJ) is the center building in the Church complex. Enter from Elm Street, looking for the door with the sign MOVING MEDITATION Qigong. Call Laura Berzofsky at 908-232-0169.
Item 2015-02-23 Cranford - Purim crafts for the community! Preschoolers to 1st graders, please join us for free crafts on Sunday, March 1 from 11 a.m. to noon. This is followed by a Purim carnival for all ages (nominal fee for tickets/food). The community is welcome. Temple Beth El Mekor Chayim, 338 Walnut Avenue, Cranford, NJ. Details here:
Item 2015-02-22 Rahway - Come join Rahway's AARP for our October 2nd trip to Atlantic City's Caesars Casino. The cost is $25 and you will receive a $30 cash voucher. The bus leaves at 8:30 AM and returns at 6:30 PM. To reserve a spot call Irene at (732) 499-7740.
Item 2015-02-19 Rahway - Blood, Sweat & Tears featuring Bo Bice will be performing at the Union County Performing Arts Center on March 20, 2015 at 8:00pm. Tickets: $30-$75 Tickets may be purchased online, by phone, or in person. Box Office: (732)499-8226;
Item 2015-02-18 Plainfield - The French Connection. Crescent Concerts presents its annual Festival of Organists on March 8 at 3pm, featuring performances by Gail Archer, William Entriken, Ryan Kennedy, and Domecq Smith. The concert will be held at Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, 716 Watchung Ave, Plainfield. There is ample free, secure parking in the church lot (behind the church on 1st Place). Tickets are $5-$20. For more information, please call (908) 756-2468 or visit
Item 2015-02-18 New Providence - Come out and play with New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra on March 5 or 12! The public is always welcome to join one or all of our orchestras during our open house rehearsals. Its the start of a new concert period and the music is new to everyone. Come get the feel of the orchestra and see where you belong! Contact Mary Beth Sweet at 908-603-7691 or so that we have the music waiting for you! At NJYS Music Center, 570 Central Ave, New Providence.
Prelude (Beginning) Ensemble from 4:30 - 5:30 pm
Intermezzo (Intermediate) Orchestra from 5:45 - 7:00 pm
Symphony Orchestra from 7:15 - 9:30 pm
Item 2015-02-11 Morristown - New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra presents its winter concert with the music of Beethoven, Bizet, and Wieniawski on Sunday, March 1 at 3 pm. The concert is at the College of Saint Elizabeth in Dolan Performance Hall, located at 2 Convent Rd in Morristown. Admission is free. This concert features the 2014 NJIO Young Artist Concerto Competition Winner, Elizabeth Hendy, on violin. For more information regarding the concert or to inquire about patron services, please contact Mary Beth Sweet at (908) 603-7691 or
Item 2015-02-02 Summit- Registration is now open for Summer Art Camp for all ages. Sign up today for Kids Art Camp ages 5-12, Teen Art Camp ages 13-15, and the Adult Sip & Sample. Summer Art Camp begins on July 8 and continues through August. Cant wait for summer? The Art Center is also offering Spring Break Art Camp, a five day program during the week of spring break April 6-10 for ages 5 12. Parents can choose from 1 day or a full week during spring break.
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 2015-02-02 Plainfield - Crescent Concerts Showcase for Exceptional Young Artists is on Sunday, February 8th at 3 pm at Crescent Ave Presbyterian Church, located at 716 Watchung Ave. There are five outstanding performers this year hailing from Basking Ridge, Bridgewater, Cranford, New Providence and Summit, ranging in age from 13 to 15. All five of these young people edged out the many who auditioned, so do not miss this opportunity to hear the future of classical music! Tickets are $20 (General), $15 (Seniors), $5 (Students). Ample parking on 1st Place (behind the church). Call 908-756-2468 for more information.
Item 2015-01-31 Westfield - The Garden Club of Westfield will hold the February 10, 2015 meeting at St. Helens church, 1600 Rahway Ave. and Lamberts Mill Rd. The program is Birds at the Feeder. Hollace Hoffman will acquaint us with various birds that we might enjoy. She was educated as a naturalist and is the retired director of the Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside, NJ. She is known for her delightfully informative programs. All are welcome. The meeting begins at 12:00 noon and light refreshments will be served.
Item 2015-01-27 County - The County of Union will be opening its offices on a delay today at 10 a.m. as the travel ban has been lifted.
Item 2015-01-27 Westfield - 8:30 am; roads are open in most of New Jersey though people are wisely staying home today as road crews clear up the snow. Road crews did a great job working throughout the night. Government advises everyone to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary today. The newspaper office is open with a skeleton crew. Employees are to stay home today. Perhaps 4-6 inches of snow fell last night with only flurries this morning - the blizzard bounced 55 miles off to the ocean and the area got lucky. Long Island and Boston are getting hammered. Air flights are mostly cancelled and just starting to recover. NY-NJ Transit and subways will be getting back on line throughout the day.
Item 2015-01-27 Westfield - NJ was lucky and dodged most of the blizzard, travel ban has been lifted in much of the state, newspaper office is closed Tuesday.
Item 2015-01-26 Snow Emergency - the Governor has declared a State of Emergency and has closed state office for today and for tomorrow as well, except for essential employees. NJ Transit will be shut down beginning at 10 p.m. and for tomorrow as well.
*The Union County Courts and Vicinage will be closing at 2 p.m. and for the rest of the day tomorrow.
*Union County Offices remain open, but County Parks facilities at Warinanco Park and Watchung Reservation will close at 2 p.m.
*Both County Golf Courses, Galloping Hill at Kenilworth and Ash Brook in Scotch Plains, will close beginning at 2 p.m. and for tomorrow as well. The Parks Reservation desks in Elizabeth and Westfield will close at 2 p.m. and for tomorrow as well.
*Meals on Wheels will not deliver meals tomorrow, nor will the congregate sites be open. Emergency meals for tomorrow have already been delivered.
*Paratransit will suspend service tomorrow including the Route 22 shuttle. At this time both services are operating normally.
County Police are urging motorists to keep vehicles off of the roadways whenever possible during the storm, allowing plows to clear the roads curb to curb.
Report any issues on municipal roads to the respective municipality. If there are any issues on County roads, please call County Police at 908-654-9800.
Also, to report downed power lines or outages, contact your utility company. PSE&G customers call 1-800-436-7734. JCP&L customers call 1-800-545-7738 or use the automated reporting line at 1-888-544-4877.
For questions about your gas service, call Elizabethtown Gas at 800-492-4009.
Please tell your friends and neighbors about First Alert, and stay informed by visiting the Union County Webpage at Also find us on Facebook and Twitter.
Item 2015-01-26 State Of Emergency - Gov. Chris Christie has declared a state of emergency in anticipation of a blizzard forecasters say could blanket parts of the state in about two feet of snow by Wednesday. I encourage all New Jerseyans to use every caution as they travel today and to remain off the roads whenever possible so that our first responders and public safety officials can safely respond to any emergency situations," the governor said.
Item 2015-01-26 Snow Storm - NJ District 21 information: To Report Power Outages Call: FirstEnergy 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877); PSE&G: 1 800-436-PSEG (1-800-436-7734); For urgent and immediate health and safety issues: Dial 911; Downed wires should immediately be called in to your electric company or local police or fire department. Customers should never go near a downed power line.; To Report a Gas Leak Contact your Gas Provider: Elizabethtown Gas:1-800-492-4009; New Jersey Natural Gas: 1-800-427-5325; PSE&G: 1-800-436-7734
Some general tips and items you should have on hand: Charge cell phones; Fill up your cars fuel tank; Keep Flashlights and extra batteries in easy to reach locations; A supply of bottled water and non perishable food items; Battery Powered Radio; Extra Blankets and warm clothing; Extra cash; Prescriptions; Check on neighbors and senior citizens.
Item 2015-01-26 Snow Emergency - Westfield POLICE EMERGENCY has been declared. Parking will be prohibited on the following streets, or the identified portions thereof, from 3PM Monday until 6AM Wednesday: - Central Ave (entire length); - Clark St (between W Dudley Ave & Edgewood Ave); - E Broad St (between Mountain Ave & N Euclid Ave); - Prospect St (between E Broad St & E Dudley Ave); - W South Ave (between Westfield Ave & Central Ave); - W Broad St (entire length).
The Westfield Police Department WILL enforce these parking restrictions. Any vehicles parked in violation of the above WILL be TICKETED and TOWED at the owner's expense pursuant to emergency police order.
Item 2015-01-26 Snow Safety - This week's snowstorm could lead to long power outages with some individuals using portable generators for electricity. New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Mary E. O'Dowd reminds everyone to observe all safety procedures while operating generators.
During 2013, there were approximately 630 New Jersey residents treated for unintentional CO exposure in emergency departments throughout the state. Of those incidents, 44 residents were hospitalized. During 2012, 19 New Jersey residents died from CO exposure.
* Never run a generator in a basement, garage or any enclosed or partially. enclosed structure as this will lead to a dangerous and often fatal. accumulation of carbon monoxide.. * Never position a generator too close to your home's windows and doors.. * Use battery-operated carbon monoxide alarms. Test and change the batteries. at regular intervals. * Never connect a generator directly to your home's wiring unless your home. has been wired for generator use. This can cause backfeeding along power. lines and electrocute anyone coming in contact with them, including. lineworkers making repairs. * Always plug appliances directly into generators. * Use heavy-duty, outdoor-rated extension cords. Make sure extension cords are. free of cuts or tears and the plug has three prongs. * Ensure your generator is properly grounded. * Never overload a generator. A portable generator should only be used when. necessary to power essential equipment or appliances. * Turn off all equipment powered by the generator before shutting it down.. * Keep the generator dry. Operate it on a dry surface under an open structure. * Always have a fully charged fire extinguisher nearby. * Never fuel a generator while it is operating and wait until it is cool to. the touch.
Item 2015-01-26 Snow Cancelled - Due to inclement weather, Union County College will close at 1:30 p.m. today (Mon., Jan. 26) and all day tomorrow (Tues., Jan. 27). All classes and programs are canceled. For updated information, check or call me. Dr. Stephen D. Nacco; Vice President, Administrative Services; Union County College; 1033 Springfield Avenue; Cranford, NJ 07016; 908-709-7005 (office); 908-514-3226 (cell)
Item 2015-01-26 Snow Storm - Union County Schools will have early dismissal Monday (12:45) or they are closed. Situation is similar throughout the state of New Jersey.
Item 2015-01-26 Snow Advisory - NJ Transit riders should regularly check the agency's website, NJ or call 973-275-5555 and listen to station public address system announcements for information about changing conditions.
Amtrak officials said announcements about service changes will be made as far in advance as possible, but he advised passengers with reservations for travel late Monday and early Tuesday to watch weather conditions and be prepared to make any necessary changes in advance of their scheduled departure.
Item 2015-01-26 Area - A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for Union County from Monday afternoon to Tuesday evening.; In order for DPW to effectively plow the streets, we strongly encourage all residents to refrain from parking in the street. In the event of an emergency, a parked vehicle can be towed by the Fanwood Police Dept. so the DPW can freely plow the roadways.; Heavy snow, wind gusts up to 50 mph and potential accumulations of 1-2 feet of snow are predicted. Significant amounts of snow are forecast which will make travel very dangerous. Please only travel in an emergency.; * If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, blanket, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.; * To report potentially dangerous situations, contact the Fanwood Police Dept. at (908)322-5000. For a true emergency, please call 911.; * To report downed wires or power outages, call PSE&G's Customer Service line at (800)436-PSEG.; * Reminder - it is prohibited to drive a vehicle that has snow obstructing your view or blow off of your vehicle and cause danger to another driver or pedestrian.; * Please check on your neighbors, especially the elderly.; We strongly encourage all residents to continually monitor the Borough of Fanwood website - - and the Fanwood Police Department website - - for updates throughout the storm.; Chief of Police Richard Trigo; Mayor Colleen Mahr; Borough of Fanwood;
Item 2015-01-19 Uinon Township - Rt. 22 and the Garden State Parkway are closed in both directions in Union due to flooding and icing until further notice. Make alternative driving plans and watch out for icy conditions on the roads.
Item 2015-01-18 Area - Due to icing conditions, all residents are advised to use EXTREME CAUTION while driving through Fanwood and the area this morning, Sunday, January 18. There are multiple accidents. All surfaces are covered with ice. If you don't have to go out, don't!; Borough of Fanwood
Item 2015-01-16 Summit - Thursday Night Salon Series February 26 7-9 pm - Join exhibiting artist Lorrie Fredette as she illuminates the process behind her room-sized sculptural installation and explains how her work is heavily steeped in research of epidemiology and social history of disease. $5, free for members. Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, 68 Elm Street, Summit. Call 908-273-9121 or visit
Item 2015-01-15 Summit - Spring Exhibitions Opening Reception, February 8 2-4 pm. Join the Art Center for the opening reception of Spring Exhibitions featuring Australian artist, Gary Carsley: The Garden of Dr. Con Fabulator on view through May 31; Jose Comacho: Plantation; Lorrie Fredette: Proper Limits, Stair-gazing: Claire Sherman and Youth Mixed Media Students of Vanessa Batista, on view through June 21. Visual Arts Center of New Jersey 68 Elm Street, Summit Call 908-273-9121 or visit
Item 2015-01-09 Westfield - The Raritan Valley Rail Coalition (RVRC) Board of Trustees, One Seat Ride Coalition and Coalition of Raritan Valley Line Mayors invites the public to be part of history by riding the first weekday evening off-peak one seat ride train from Raritan Borough to Penn Station NY and from Penn Station NY to High Bridge on Monday January 12, 2015. It will leave from Westfield at 7:11 pm.
Item 2015-01-08 Union County - With freezing temperatures help is available for those without a warm place to stay. If you happen to witness anyone unattended to or sleeping outdoors, please contact your local police department The following municipalities have notified the County that warming centers are available:
Elizabeth: Second Macedonia Baptist Church: 1251 Fairmount Avenue: After 4:00 p.m.: Elizabeth Police Department: After 4:00 p.m.:
Linden: Library - 31 East Henry Street:: Operating Hours:: Monday and Wednesday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.: Tuesday and Thursday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Friday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.: The library is open on the following Saturdays: January 10, January 24, February 7, February 21, March 7, March 21: The library is closed on Sundays, and it will also be closed on January 17, 19, 31, February 12, 14, 16, 28, and March 14, 28: Multi-Purpose Center - 1025 John Street:: Operating Hours:: Monday, Wednesday, Friday -- 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.: Tuesday, Thursday -- 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.: Closed Saturday and Sunday:
Roselle Park: The Roselle Park Community Casano Center: 314 Chestnut St.: Hours:: Monday - Thursday. 9:00 a.m. 8:00 p.m.: Friday 9:00 5:00 p.m.:
To report downed power lines or outages, contact your utility company. PSE&G customers call 1-800-436-7734. JCP&L customers call 1-800-545-7738 or use the automated reporting line at 1-888-544-4877.
For questions about your gas service, call Elizabethtown Gas at 800-492-4009. Please tell your friends and neighbors about First Alert (to sign up visit, and stay informed by visiting the Union County website at
Item 2015-01-08 Summit - Salon Series: Can-Can: Behind the Scenes; January 29, 7 pm - 9 pm; Presented by Mark S. Hoebee, Artistic Director, Paper Mill Playhouse; Take a peek behind the curtain of Paper Mill Playhouses production of the Broadway bound revival of Cole Porters Can-Can. Join Artistic Director Mark S. Hoebee, as he presents the design for the set. His presentation will explore how cast, choreography and plot, paired with the directors and designers concept, all influence the final product.
Members: Free | Non-Members $5; Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, 68 Elm Street, Summit. Call 908-273-9121 or visit
Item 2015-01-08 Fanwood - The Weather Service has predicted very low temperatures for all day today and into tomorrow. Residents and visitors are urged to limit exposure outside. To help those in need of heat, the Fanwood Police Department has designated the Chelsea Senior Living Center, located at 295 South Ave. in Fanwood, as a warming station. If you need transportation to the warming station, please call the Fanwood Police Department at (908) 322-5000 and we will make arrangements for you. When visiting a relief station, bring any medications and/or specialty items that you may need. Please check on your elderly neighbors and advise them of the warming station at the Chelsea and to contact the Fanwood Police Department in the event of an emergency. Chief Richard Trigo Fanwood Police Department
Item 2015-01-08 Scotch Plains - The Friends of the Scotch Plains Public Library next week will begin collecting items for its upcoming Book Sale in March. The organization is seeking clean, salable books with no torn or marked pages. Both hardcover and paperbacks will be accepted, as well as books on CD, music CDs and DVDs. The Friends request that donations do not include older or time-sensitive materials such as videotapes, records, magazines and textbooks. The scheduled collection dates and times are as follows
Sat., Jan. 17 - 2 p.m.-4 p.m.: Sun. Jan. 18 - 12 p.m.-3 p.m.: Sat., Jan. 24 - 9 a.m.-12 p.m.: Sun. Jan. 15 - 12 p.m.-3 p.m.: Sat. Jan. 31 - 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Sun. Feb. 1 - 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.: Sat. Feb. 7 - 11 a.m.-4 p.m.: Sun. Feb. 8 - 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.: Sat. Feb. 14 - 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Sun. Feb. 15 - 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.: Sat. Feb. 21 - 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Sun. Feb. 22 - 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.: Sat. Feb. 28 - 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Sun. March 1 - 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Members of the Friends will be available at each of these times to assist with transporting of the books from cars. Volunteers are more than welcome to aid with book sorting during any of above times. For more information, please contact us at
Item 2015-01-07 Summit - January 15th from 7 - 9 pm, The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey will present its Thursday Evening Salon Series: Apps Make the Best Art or Art Makes the Best App?. Join art critic, Dan Bischoff, as he explores the relationship between the Internet, smartphones and art in the 21st century. $5; free for Members -- For more information call 908-273-9121 or visit
Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, 68 Elm Street, Summit, NJ 07901
Item 2015-01-05 Westfield - The Garden Club of Westfield will present a program on herbs and herbal gardening on Tuesday, January 13, 12:00 pm at St. Helens Church, 1600 Rahway Ave., Westfield. All are invited to join us while Louise Hyde of Well-Sweep Herb Farm shares her extensive knowledge and experience with us.
Item 2015-01-05 Summit - All ages are invited to meet exhibiting artists in the Art Center Galleries as they discuss their artwork, inspirations and the creative process. 2:00 4:00 pm. - Admission: Members: free; Non-members: $5 - Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, 68 Elm Street, Summit. Call 908-273-9121, visit or email for more information. -
Item 2015-01-02 Scotch Plains - The newest church in Scotch Plains, Kingdom Life Cathedral, will hosts its Inaugural Sunday Worship Service on Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 1:00pm. The modest, non-denominational congregation, under the leadership of Bishop Kelvin C. Brooks (a Scotch Plains native), began planting its roots in town in 2012, and since then has been hosting bible studies and participating in different service projects. Kingdom Life Cathedral is happy to call the edifice of First United Methodist of Scotch Plains (1171 Terrill Road) its home. The church expects worshipers from near and far to attend this historic service and remain for refreshments after. For more details visit, All are invited and welcome to attend.

Item 2014-12-30 Fanwood - Mayor Colleen Mahr Invites You and Your Family To Ring in the New Year!, Thursday, January 1st, 2015, 12:00 Noon: Fanwood government reorganization meeting, Council Chambers, featuring swearing-in of Council President Russ Huegel and Councilman Kevin Boris. Come early for seating.; 1:00 PM: Free lunch reception at The Carriage House (parking on Watson Road)
Item 2014-12-29 Union County --Union County Freeholder Chairman-elect Mohamed S. Jalloh will announce his initiatives for the New Year during County Governments Reorganization at the County Courthouse on Sunday, Jan. 4th. The event begins at 12 p.m.
Those scheduled to be sworn into new terms include: County Surrogate James La Corte, Sheriff Joseph Cryan, Immediate Past Freeholder Chairman Christopher Hudak, and Freeholders Angel G. Estrada and Vernell Wright. Bruce Bergen is expected to be appointed as Freeholder Vice Chairman.
Freeholders will also vote to fill numerous positions on county advisory boards and to adopt the boards 2015 schedule and more.
Item 2014-12-27 Scotch Plains - The Scotch Plains Duplicate Bridge Club is enjoying more than a decade of lively play at Willow Grove Presbyterian Church in Scotch Plains. The club meets every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons starting at noon, and again on Wednesday evenings starting at 7:30pm. There are 12 tables available, each with a 4-person game, for enthusiasts of the game of Bridge.
Jim White, a retired engineer, is the coordinator of the Duplicate Bridge Club at Willow Grove Church. He has been playing bridge since he was nine years old. A friend of Jims mother introduced him to the game one rainy summer day, and he has been in love with the game ever since. Jim reflects, It is a continually changing puzzle in many ways. It challenges what you could figure out. Jim compares bridge to a good game of golf; he is always striving for a new best score, it is a personal achievement. He says, I like to see what I could do better.
If you like the game of Clue or working Sudoku puzzles, bridge is a good venture. Although the Scotch Plains Duplicate Bridge Club does not teach the game to novices, if people already know the game, the club welcomes all levels of play. Coffee and light refreshments are served, so players can snack while they play. There is a $10 fee for each daily session. Players can come for any or all of the sessions each week.
For more information about the Scotch Plains Duplicate Bridge Club, visit or call the Willow Grove Presbyterian Church office at 908-232-5678. The group meets at 1961 Raritan Rd. in Scotch Plains off South Martine Avenue near the Southside fire house. Meetings are open to all and drop-ins are welcome. Willow Grove Church is fully handicapped accessible with ample on-site parking.
Item 2014-12-16 Rahway - New Years Eve concert featuring Lisa Bouchelle with opening act Luke Elliot. Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 8:30 PM at the Hamilton Stage 360 Hamilton Street, Rahway, NJ. Tickets: $25 Advance; $27 Day of Performance. Call the Box Office (732) 499-8226 or visit
Item 2014-12-16 Garwood - The Annual Re-organization Meeting of the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Garwood for year 2015 will be held on Friday, January 2, 2015, at 7:15 p.m., in the Council Chambers, Municipal Building, 403 South Avenue, Garwood, NJ. The public is encouraged to attend.
Additionally, Dog Licenses are due during the month of January in the Borough of Garwood. To obtain or renew your license, visit the Municipal Clerk's office at 403 South Avenue, Garwood, Monday through Friday, between 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Proof of rabies vaccine covering the entire licensing year is necessary. If you have any questions, please call 908-789-0710.

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