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Item 2015-06-30 Summit - Registration is now open for Summer Classes and Workshops for all ages. Sign up today for studio art classes in painting, drawing, ceramics, jewelry design and more! Classes start July 13. Register by July 7 to avoid a late registration fee. 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 07901.

Item 2015-06-30 Summit The City of Summit Department of Community Services has contracted with a new vendor F. Basso Jr. Rubbish Removal Inc. for its Thursday recycling pickup. The new bid award represents a change in vendor and a cost savings for taxpayers. The first pickup by F. Basso Jr. Rubbish Removal Inc. will be on July 2, 2015. Recycling in Summit will continue to be collected each Thursday. In the event that a holiday falls on a Thursday, collection will be scheduled for the next day, Friday. Residents are asked to continue to separate recyclable commingled items such as glass, plastic and aluminum from paper material such as newspaper, magazines, office paper, etc. Both commingled items and paper should be set out separately at the curb. Information on recycling in Summit can be found at Questions about recycling pickup should be directed to the Department of Community Services at 908-273-6404 or F. Basso Jr. Rubbish Removal Inc. at 844-374-2998.

Item 2015-06-25 Summit The Summit Fire Department responded to Overlook Hospital after report that a piece of concrete had fallen from a parking garage on the site at 3:39 PM on Thursday, June 25. Upon inspection, concern was expressed over the structural integrity of concrete floor components. Overlook engineers are on the scene and conducting a full inspection.

Item 2015-06-25 Cranford The Cranford Public Library will institute new overdue fine rates effective Saturday, August 1. The overdue fine for most materials from the adult collection will increase from 10 cents per day to 20 cents per day, and the overdue fine for most materials from the childrens collection will increase from 5 cents per day to 10 cents per day.

Item 2015-06-24 Nation - Letter to Secretary Burnwell, Health and Human Services. This letter and all the back up goes to Secretary Burnwell of Health and Human Services with all the attached back up. Also copied, FDA, NIH and Loretta Lynch, Attorney General. Click link, I made it publicly available on google docs. Please paste the address below into your browser.

Item 2015-06-24 Kenilworth - Seniors will host a trip to the RESORTS CASINO in Atlantic City on the first Thursday of every month. The cost is $30.00 per person and you will receive back $ 30.00 in slot machine dollars. Games will be played on the way down and a movie and a snack on the return trip. The bus departs from the 21st street parking lot at 9:30 a m For further information and reservations call Emily Grimaldi at 908 272 6329.

Item 2015-06-22 Westfield - The deadline for Westfield residents interested in considering a three-year term on the Board of Education is July 27, 2015, at the County Clerk office in Elizabeth. The three members whose terms are expiring on December 31, 2015 from the Westfield Board of Education include Lucy Biegler, Richard Mattessich, and Gretchan Ohlig.

Item 2015-06-13 Fanwood-Scotch Plains - The Fanwood-Scotch Plains Service League Thrift Shop will hold its Bag Sale from Tues., June 23 to Sat., June 27th. Weekday hours 10am to 2:30pm, Sat., 10am to 1pm. at The Thrift Shop, 1741 East Second Street, Scotch Plains. For $5.00 shoppers can purchase a grocery size brown paper bag and fill it with shop items. Please, no overstuffing! For more information during shop hours call 908-322-5420. Visit our website The shop will be closed from June 29-July 6, reopening Tues., July 7 with all new summer merchandise.

Item 2015-06-13 Westfield - Stop & Shop ruling came out Friday upholding Westfield planning board in favor of Stop and Shop expansion. Full story will be in newspaper on Thursday.

Item 2015-06-13 Scotch Plains - A recycling event for electronic equipment will occur on Saturday, June 27, for County residents to get rid of unwanted computers, televisions and other electronic equipment in an environmentally proper manner. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the campus of Union County Vo-Tech Schools located at 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains. All residents of Union County are eligible to participate at no cost. There is a limit of six electronic items per car.

Item 2015-06-11 Summit The Broad Street Garage will be closed for repairs on Friday evenings at 7PM, reopening on Mondays at 4 AM from June 19 through September 7. The Parking Services Agency requests that all cars be removed from the Broad Street Garage no later than 7PM on Fridays and that anyone needing to park in Summit later than 7PM on Fridays should plan ahead and park in another lot. Alternate parking lot options include: Broad Street lot (behind Post Office), Middle School lot (Morris at Summit Avenues), Elm Street Lot (between Broad Street and Morris Avenue) and Chestnut Lot (adjacent to Fire House). If a vehicle is left parked in the garage on weekends during construction, it may be towed. A full listing of parking options is available on the City of Summit website. During the construction process, the City has waived the noise ordinance to allow maintenance to be completed in an expeditious manner. Although the majority of work will be conducted during daylight hours on the weekend, some emergency work will be completed during evening hours. Throughout the project, questions should be directed to the Summit Police Department at 908-273-0051 and to Boswell Engineering Firm at 201-954-8821 on the weekend and to the City of Summit Parking Services Agency at 908-522-5100 during the week.

Item 2015-06-04 Area - Kean Universitys Department of Occupational Therapy (OT) invites older drivers to discover their perfect fit with a complimentary CarFit checkup on Wednesday, June 10, on the campus of the Nathan Weiss Graduate College, 215 North Ave., Hillside, N.J. CarFit is a national program that reviews how well senior drivers fit their cars for comfort, safety and mobility on the road. To schedule a 20-minute CarFit appointment between 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., please call (908) 737-5850.
CarFit is an interactive and educational program, developed by AAA, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association, designed to give a quick, yet comprehensive check on how well an older driver and their vehicle work together. Trained OTs complete a 12-point checklist with each driver including: correct position of drivers seat, drivers ability to easily reach pedals, and proper adjustment of mirrors. OTs can also address individual needs and provide local resources on exercise, nutrition and other programs.
For more information about CarFit, visit For more information about Keans OT program, visit or contact Dr. Gardner at or (908) 737-5852

Item 2015-06-02 Cranford - The Friday senior club of Cranford sponsors a trip the second Wednesday of the month to Resorts casino at Atlantic City June 10th. The bus leaves from the Centennial Avenue pool parking lot at 11 a.m. and will return to Cranford 9 p.m. The cost is $28 with a $25 slot play back. For reservations please call Helen (908) 654-1236 Also, the Friday senior club of Cranford sponsors a trip to the Sands Casino, Bethlehem, PA. Sunday June 28th. The bus leaves from the Hillside Avenue school parking lot at 11 a.m. and will return to Cranford 6:30-7 p.m. The cost is $28 with a $20 slot play back. For reservations please call Helen (908) 654-1236

Item 2015-05-31 Kenilworth - Seniors host a bus trip to Atlantic City resorts casino the first Thursday of each month. The cost is $30.00 and the casino will reimburse the $30.00 on arrival. The bus leaves from the 21 street parking lot in Kenilworth @ 9:30 am returns @ 7:30 pm. For further information call Emily Grimaldi @ 908 272 6329

Item 2015-05-27 Cranford Police - Yesterday we posted a video to Facebook. It shows a suspect stealing a change dispenser from the Dunkin Donuts on Raritan Rd. Hoping for a little online exposure for the video if possible. "On 5/20/2015 at approximately 3:00am, the person in the video entered the Dunkin Donuts on Raritan Road and stole the coin dispenser from one of the registers. Anyone that recognizes the suspect or has additional information is asked to contact Det. Spencer Durkin at 908-709-7346. You can also use the "Submit Crime Tip" button on our Facebook page!" Thanks for any help! Det. Sgt. Gerard P. Quinn Cranford (NJ) Police Department 908-709-7337 Direct

Item 2015-05-27 Westfield - Auditions: the Merchant of Venice
Trilogy Repertory and Troupe of Friends announce auditions for Shakespeares The Merchant of Venice. Sunday, May 31st from 1-3pm at the gazebo in Mindowaskin Park, E. Broad St., Westfield, NJ. and Monday, June 1, 7-9pm at the Community Room, 425 E. Broad Street, Westfield. Auditions will also be held on Wednesday, June 3rd at The Bernards Township Community Center, 289 South Maple Avenue, Basking Ridge from 7-9 PM. All roles are open. Sides from the script will be provided. Production dates will be Aug 27, 28, 29 at Pleasant Valley Park in Basking Ridge and Sep 3,4, 5 at Mindowaskin Park in Westfield. Rehearsals will be in June, July and late August. Vacations will be considered and worked around. For more information contact Joe Penczak, Director, at 917-299-5102 or

Item 2015-05-20 Cranford - annual Memorial Day Parade will take place on Monday, May 25th. Line up begins at the Community Center, 220 Walnut Ave in Cranford at 8:30 a.m. and marching commences at 9:00 a.m. ending with a traditional memorial ceremony at Memorial Park on Springfield Avenue between Riverside Drive and Central Avenue at 10:00 a.m. For further information, call the Recreation & Parks Department at 709-7283.

Item 2015-05-14 Garwood - will hold its 19th Annual Town Wide Yard Sale on Saturday & Sunday, June 13th & June 14th, between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. To participate, you must register at Borough Hall by June 12th, in person or by calling 789-0710 or email A list of participating households will be available at Borough Hall on the morning of the yard sale.

Item 2015-05-08 Westfield - On June 6, The Education Fund of Westfield is sponsoring The Amazing Race for children from kindergarten through fifth grade. You are invited to bring your family to Kehler Stadium on Saturday morning, June 6. Have you ever tried to catch water balloons in a colander? Have you been Cerealously Puzzled? Are you Tarp Sharp? You have two options. The first session begins at 9:00 a.m. and the second begins at 11:30 a.m. The entrance fee is $25 per family. If you register ahead of time, your child will receive an Amazing Race t-shirt. The Education Fund funds teacher grants. Over the past 25 years, the Ed Fund supported them $350,000 in grants. Ken Miller and Barbara Piatkowski, physical education teachers, will be present to encourage each family as it races along the track to complete each fun task.

Item 2015-05-06 Westfield - May 12, 2015 at St. Helens Church, 1600 Rahway Ave., Westfield, 12;00 NOON: The Garden Club of Westfield will hold its May meeting. Mrs. Rosemary Shire will present a slide show that merges great art and gardens of Italy. Rosemary is an art enthusiast with a great loveof gardening. She is a Master Gardner of Union County and a former President of the Garden Club of Westfield. All are invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

Item 2015-04-30 Westfield - Police Department is looking for a missing man, 75-year-old James Flynn of Westfield. James Flynn was reported missing from his residence on the 400 block of West Broad Street in Westfield late on Wednesday, April 29. Mr. Flynns daughter spoke with him at 5:30 p.m. that day and planned to meet him at his residence, but when she arrived he was missing and he has not been heard from since. Mr. Flynn is described as an approximately 5-foot-7, 150-pound white male with brown eyes, gray hair, and a gray beard. Mr. Flynn suffers from dementia and may not know how to get back home. He was last known to be driving a gray 2010 two-door Hyundai bearing NJ license plate T27CBU. Some possible destinations may be Liverpool, Pa. and/or Duncannon, Pa. Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Mr. Flynn is being asked to call the Westfield Police Department at (908)-789-4000.

Item 2015-04-30 Westfield - Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today announced he will hold a town hall meeting on Monday, May 4 in Berkeley Heights his 33rd in-person town hall meeting. Congressman Lance is expected to give an update on the first 100 days of the 114th Congress. The Seventh District lawmaker will also address current issues of the day and take questions from the audience. Additionally, members of Lances staff will be available to assist residents who are experiencing difficulties with federal agencies such as the IRS, Social Security Administration, Veterans Affairs, the State Department or any other federal agency. WHAT: Berkeley Heights Town Hall Meeting with Congressman Leonard Lance WHEN: Monday, May 4 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm WHERE: Berkeley Heights Council Chambers located at 29 Park Avenue, Berkeley Heights 07922 - The event is free and open to the public. Area residents are encouraged to attend. For more information, please call Lances Westfield District Office at 908-518-7733.

Item 2015-04-28 Fanwood Gas station fire causes road, bridge closures. Due to a fire at a gas station, North Avenue, between Westfield Road and Seneca Place, and the Hetfield Avenue Bridge are closed. Chief Richard Trigo

Item 2015-04-27 Plainfield - On May 17 at 3 pm, Crescent Concerts presents spring concert, All Creatures Great and Small, featuring music by Haydn, Mendelssohn, Copland, Rutter, and more! Crescent Ave Presbyterian Church, 716 Watchung Ave. Tickets are $5 to $20. Please call (908) 756-2468 or visit for more information.

Item 2015-04-23 SUMMIT - Marylou Hillyer Members Show & Sale 2015 - Join the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey on Friday, June 26 for the Opening Reception of the Members Show & Sale. This annual exhibition features the artwork of up to 200 of our talented artist members, and remains on view through August 30, 2015. Participation in the Members Show & Sale is open to all current adult members. Entry deadline is May 22, 2015. Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, 68 Elm Street, Summit. Call 908-273-9121 or visit

Item 2015-04-21 Summit - This Saturday at 11am, New Jersey Internet Radio will webcast the boys Lacrosse game between Westfield High School and Summit High School. Two of the best teams in the state square off in Summit. The radio Play by Play will be handled by NYC radio and TV veteran Joe Nolan. Listen beginning at 10:40 with the pregame show. Westfield at Summit, 11am Saturday morning on

Item 2015-04-15 Westfield - Start off your Memorial Day weekend with a blast and help a good cause. Join together with your friends or family, and consider forming a team of 5 to 8 players to participate in the 5th Annual Charity Wiffle Ball Tournament benefiting Sr. Pats Kids Camp. Sr. Pats Kids Camp is a week-long summer camp experience in upstate New York for underprivileged children with cancer. Last year, over 300 players registered to play, helping us raise over $10,000 for the camp. The Tournament will be held on Friday, May 22nd, starting at 11 am at Tamaques Park in Westfield. Westfield public schools are closed that day! The cost is a $15 donation per player. All profits will go directly to Sr. Pats Kids Camp. Throughout the event, food and drinks from local stores will be available for sale. To volunteer or if you have any questions, please email Katie Sullivan at . To register for the tournament, please visit and download the sign-up sheet under the Fundraising Events Tab.

Item 2015-04-14 Fanwood - On Friday April 24th The Fanwood Shade Tree Commission will hold its annual Arbor Day Program. The event will take place at 4:00 PM in Carriage House Park on Watson Road. The program will feature the Park Middle School Environmental Club which will give a tree identification demonstration. There will also be a free tree giveaway. The public is invited!

Item 2015-04-13 Summit - The Childrens Specialized Hospital Friends, formerly known as the Auxiliary, are hosting a Literary Luncheon on Thursday, April 30 at the Canoe Brook Country Club in Summit. Come out and enjoy lunch and readings from well-known authors including: Marta McDowell, Beatrix Potters Gardening Life; TJ OConner, Dying to Know; Jerry Parr with Carolyn Parr, Inside the Secret Service and Jennifer Smith, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. Tickets are $50 and all proceeds from the event will support Childrens Specialized Hospitals Friday Night Fever program is a monthly social and recreational program for teens with disabilities. The program provides opportunities for teens to make friends, socialize, participate in activities, and access a variety of community facilities.
For more information, please contact 908-301-5521 or

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