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June 9: Local schools close, or close early, today and tomorrow to deal with heat wave. Contact school districts and check websites for details as policies vary.

Stender and Lance to Face Off in November for Congress, NJ 7th District

County Taxes to Rise 5.5 Percent In $438 Million Spending Plan

Westfield: - Property Tax Video
dot.jpg (865 bytes) Xocolatz Approved to Open Restaurant on Elmer
dot.jpg (865 bytes) BOE Appoints New WHS Guidance Director
dot.jpg (865 bytes) Doctors Receive Civic Award; Pool Opens 6/14
dot.jpg (865 bytes) Skibitsky Interviews Corzine for TV-36 Show
dot.jpg (865 bytes) Former WF Resident, WWII Vet Graduates at 82
Scotch Plains/Fanwood:
dot.jpg (865 bytes) FW Boards Recommend More Residential Units
dot.jpg (865 bytes) Mahr and Council Not Ready to Act On Changes
dot.jpg (865 bytes) UC Unveils Vo-Tech Field To bid Ponderosa Next
dot.jpg (865 bytes) Borough Considers Regulating Portable Storage
dot.jpg (865 bytes) Lance Wins Nomination, To Face Stender in Fall
dot.jpg (865 bytes) County Buys Hungarian Club Property for $625K
dot.jpg (865 bytes) Man On The Street: Spending Stimulus Checks


LET’S GET THE PARTY STARTED...Westfield students, all dressed up for the Senior Prom, fill a bus Saturday evening at the pre-Prom party on Massachusetts Avenue in Westfield and head to the dance at Pines Manor in Edison. For more Prom photos, see

Editorial: Will State Budget Process Be a Slowdown, Letdown or Meltdown?...Here it is 2008, and the state still faces dismal financial numbers. More desperate taxing schemes have been proposed such as taxing drinking water, mortgaging the tolls and expanding lotteries. None of the basic ills have been corrected involving corruption, over-spending and abuse. Yes, spending cuts are being proposed, but not against the abuse, but for important social programs such as aid to hospitals and municipalities.

DIVING SAFELY BACK INTO FIRST...Blue Devil Evan Einstein gets a face full of dirt as he dives safely back to first against the Red Raiders.
Week In Sports: Alleman Breaks Shot Record At Group Track & Field Meet; Blue Devils Stop Red Raiders In Baseball Season Finale; SP-F Raiders Erupt, Topple Linden Baseball Nine; Lady Farmer Softballers Nip Blue Devils in Ninth - Photos

'A Round of Applause'

Health With Live Music: 
Smithereens Rock Benefit Concert
Talented Young Actors Highlighted in Original HS Play
Gaining Perspective: 
Photographers Work on Display at UCC
Spring is Here: 
PGNJ Show Highlights New Styles of Pottery
Unique Wares:
Artisans Display Work at Nomahegan Park
Indiana Jones...Crystal Skull
- Tough to Dig this Archaeologist
Food 4 Thought:

Block Parties – A WF Tradition

A TOWNSHIP FIRST...The weather cooperated for the first annual Scotch Plains Volunteer Picnic on Sunday, held at Brookside Park. Volunteer firemen, members of the rescue squad, members of the township’s boards and commissions their families, Scotch Plains council members and a host of other town residents attended the event.

Devils Den:
Devil(s) of the Year: Simply the Best Ever


Government Reform Thought:  Perhaps it's time for the state and the teachers' union to step aside and allow qualified teachers and management to work without being forced to join the union. In this way, competition may bring about reform of contract abuses.    See Year-to-date Reform Thoughts.

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