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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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