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Mountainside, GW See Red Over Proposed Municipal Aid Cuts

dot.jpg (865 bytes) Bd. Asks Homeowner To Consider Alternatives
dot.jpg (865 bytes) Council Addresses 'Failure of Gov.'s '09 Budget'
dot.jpg (865 bytes) Downed Lines, Trees From Storm
Scotch Plains/Fanwood:
dot.jpg (865 bytes) BOE Discusses 'Illegal' Students
dot.jpg (865 bytes) Zoning Bd. Approves SP's First B&B
dot.jpg (865 bytes) Mahr: FW Needs to Raise Taxes or Merge
dot.jpg (865 bytes) SP OKs Expanded Surveillance For Town Hall
dot.jpg (865 bytes) Council Prepares to Fight Any Mergers
dot.jpg (865 bytes) Swim Club Cell Tower Hearing Moves On
dot.jpg (865 bytes) Mayor: 'No Immediate Plans to Merge'
dot.jpg (865 bytes) Live from Iraq, Col. Thanks Community
dot.jpg (865 bytes) Freeholders Comment On Closing of Muhlenberg

ON A ROLL...Fanwood Councilwoman Donna Dolce (center) looks for a lucky roll of the bones on March 7 during the Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary Club's casino night at Scotch Hills Country Club. The event was held as a fundraiser for the Frazee House Museum renovations.

Editorial: Should New Jersey Receive A Consulting Fee for 'Do-Overs'?...Tongue-in-cheek commentary: In that New Jersey has the experience in "do-overs," we understand that it might seem fitting by some for Governor Jon Corzine to offer to help Hillary, et. al., with their "do-over" initiative for another Florida and Michigan Democratic Presidential primary election.

Editorial: No One's Giving an Inch...Yet...Municipal governments, counties and school boards are frantic over Governor Jon Corzine's current directives for managing budgets - and restrictions imposed on property tax increases combined with withdrawal of traditional state aid to local entities.


ATTEMPTING TO SHED A CRAB RIDE...Blue Devil junior John Barnes, front, attempts to release himself from a crab ride during his 125-lb preliminary round bout with High Point's Tyler Forbeck.

Sports: Barnes, Kania, Cannon Fall In NJSIAA Mat Tournament; Raiders Leap to Group Finals, Rip Wayne Valley Boys; Blue Devils Mark End of Era, Begin Another in Girls Hoops: Photos

Madame Butterfly Spreads Its Wings

"Listening to Cio-Cio San...": Little Opera Company Performs Madame Butterfly
Raising the Bar:
Cranford Designer Speaks About Wine Cellar Construction
Storm Washes Out Urinetown: SPFHS Cancels Performance, Sets Saturday Matinee
Hero and Monster Inc.: Davson Shows Mixed-Media Art Form
All In The Family: Westfield Family Displays Talent at NJWA
Junior Circuit: Jr. Music Club Prepares for Annual Ensemble
The Other Boleyn Girl: Tale of Two Sisters a Royal Pain

HEAVILY ARMED IN IRAQ...LTC Tim Whalen (right) is accompanied by a heavily armed companion (nametag Patter) while walking in Iraq. The colonel provided his thank you to citizens in the Westfield area for their letters during a phone call from Baghdad to the newspaper last Friday.

Devil's Den: Zelig, Gump Imitator Discovered in Westfield!

Government Reform Thought: Governor Corzine has decided to balance the state budget on the backs of small towns with populations of under 10,000. This includes Fanwood, Garwood and Mountainside. We believe this is a short-sighted approach as these towns are already sharing costs such as school districts and board of health services. More must be done to reign in state costs such as salaries over six figures and the chopping of additional departments ie: public advocate's office.  See Year-to-date Reform Thoughts.

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