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Item 2019-09-20 Winner by a nose was what it was when Kirsten Williams nudged in a throw into the box from Claire Ganley 2:40 in the first overtime to give the No. 12 Cranford High School girls soccer team a 2-1 upset victory over No. 5 Scotch Plains-Fanwood at Memorial Field in Cranford on September 19. Cougar senior Maggie Murray scored in regulation as did Raider sophomore Leah Klurman. See entire story in the September 26 edition of The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times

Item 2019-09-20 Scotch Plains - The Westfield Area AARP Chapter 4137 will meet on Monday, October 7, at 1:00 PM at the Scotch Hills Country Club, located at Plainfield Ave. and Jerusalem Road. Ms. Lori Connell, the client representative from Fellowship Village will be our guest speaker. She will tell us about the many services and programs that are available to all the residents of this facility. Also with her will be the director of rehabilitation who is a licensed physical therapist, and he will talk on preventing falls as well as other topics of interest. The business meeting will follow our program. We are reminded that the Westfield Area Food Pantry is our main charitable endeavor and so you are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to the meeting and it will be delivered to the food pantry. Refreshments and fellowship will follow the business meeting.

Item 2019-09-18 The fourth-ranked Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School girls soccer team scored twice in the second half to overcome the visiting Westfield Blue Devils, 3-1, on September 17. Blue Devil Ellie Sherman and Raider Faith Price scored first-half goals, while Raiders Ashley DeFrancesco and Devon Danielovich scored second-half goals. Read complete story in the September 26 edition of The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times.

Item 2019-09-18 Plainfield - Symphony Orchestra, New Jerseys oldest community symphony, is 100 years old! The Symphony Showcase launches the season each year, and this years gala is a very special event The Centennial Celebration on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at Plainfield Country Club. The black-tie event offers cocktails, dinner, and dancing to the music of Peter Duchin and his Orchestra. The gala will also feature a silent auction and a special live auction with comedian Joey Novick as auctioneer. We look forward to seeing you at PSOs very special celebration! P.O. Box 5093, Plainfield NJ 07061 (908)561-5140

Item 2019-09-18 MOUNTAINSIDE - LIBRARY will hold its Annual Fall Book Sale inOctober. Donations of gently used hardcover and paperback books, DVDs, CDs, audio books, games and puzzles will be accepted beginning Saturday, September 28,from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and then during library hours on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, September 30 through October 2. Please note that yellowed, damaged or moldy books, record albums, reference books or dictionaries cannot be accepted for sale. A preview for Mountainside residents only will be held on Thursday evening, October 3, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The Book Sale will then take place on Friday, October 4, and Saturday, October 5, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Bag day (including a special treat) will be Monday, October 7, from 10:00 5:00 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Mountainside Public Library. The Friends sponsor many childrens and adult programs including the Great Courses lecture series, adult concerts, Pipsqueak Players, Summer Reading programs and more. The recently added new furniture in the Young Adult section of the library, for example, was made possible with funds donated by the Friends. Consider becoming a Friend of the Mountainside Library; stop into the library and pick up an application form.

Item 2019-09-17 Westfield - At their September 17 Special Meeting, the Westfield Town Council approved a resolution authorizing the award of a contract for residential bulk waste pick-up to Republic Services. The cost of the permit remains unchanged from last year, at $185 per 750 pounds of waste, which may be shared among neighbors. Pre-registration by September 27 is required to participate. In the coming days, each household will receive detailed information regarding acceptable items, procedures and registration via mail; this information is also currently available on the Towns website (, including a printable registration form.

Item 2019-09-17 On October 6th, Scotch Plains will offer something for everyone, food, music, games and community outreach and, in honor of the annual National Drive Electric Week (September 14-22nd ) an electric vehicle show where residents can learn all about the benefits of plug-in vehicles. This is the second year the EV Show will be a highlight of Scotch Plains Day! For more information on Scotch Plains Day, please go to

Item 2019-09-16 Westfield - The public is invited to attend a free concert given by The Musical Club of Westfield on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 7:45 p.m. This is the first in a year-long series of events sponsored by the Musical Club and will be held at the First Baptist Church of Westfield located at 170 Elm Street in Westfield, NJ.

Item 2019-09-16 The Griffin Rooney Show made its debut when the Westfield High School football team defeated Linden, 28-14, in the season opener at Gary Kehler Stadium in Westfield on September 14. Quarterback Hank Shapiro passed for two touchdowns and bashed in for another as did running back Tim Alliegro. The Blue Devil defense nearly pitched a shutout. Read complete story in the September 19 edition of The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times.

Item 2019-09-16 Quarterback Connor Katz scored two rushing touchdowns and connected with Tom Korzeneski for another, while nose guard Patrick Blowe recorded three sacks and Kevin Keogh returned an interception for a touchdown in a 31-16 Cranford Cougar victory over Montgomery at Memorial Field in Cranford on September 13. Diar Dautaga booted a 24-yard field goal and connected on all four points after. Read complete story in the September 19 edition of The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times.

Item 2019-09-13 Westfield - The Haunt Your House contest is back! The contest is open to all Westfield residents and encourages everyone to get in the spirit of the Halloween season to help kick off AddamsFest. Participants must register their homes online between September 13 and October 4. The first 13 entrants will receive early access to the online ticketing site for Charlies Ale Garden. information can be found at # # #

Item 2019-09-13 Westfield - FestiFall is Sunday September 22 from 10 am to 5 pm, rain or shine. The following streets will be closed to vehicular traffic on Sunday morning starting at 6 a.m.: East Broad Street from North Avenue to Central Avenue, Quimby Street, Elm Street from North Avenue to the municipal parking lot, and Prospect Street from North Avenue to the Savannah. Parking is prohibited on the streets in the FestiFall area all day Sunday.

Item 2019-09-13 Sophomore attacker Nkem Okorie brought the ball down the right side late in the second half and hooked a shot into sophomore Ethan Koseoglu, who scored the only goal to give the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School boys soccer team a 1-0 victory over the Westfield Blue Devils at Kehler Stadium in Westfield on September 12. The game also had three goals negated due to offside penalties, two by the Blue Devils and one by the Raiders. Read the entire story in the September 19 edition of The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times.

Item 2019-09-13 Scotch Plains - Police There is a large scale power outage on the southside of Scotch Plains in the Rahway Rd area also near the Edison border. PSE&G is aware of the situation and is currently working on the problem. The duration of the outage is unknown at this time.

Item 2019-09-13 Cranford -- The reexamination of the Cranford Master Plan report is scheduled for Wednesday, September 18, at 8 p.m. At that time, the public can appear and ask questions or give comments to the planning board. Formal action may be taken at that meeting.

Item 2019-09-12 Westfield - The Children's and Teens' Book Sale is just the place to find those books. Come to the Westfield Memorial Library from September 25 to September 28 for prices ranging from .50 to $2.00 per books and other media for the children and teen audience. You'll find baby board books, easy readers, chapter books, picture books and young adult fiction. Our inventory comes from the community and all donations are tax deductible. We graciously accept gently used hardcovers, paperbacks, DVDs and CDs. We do not take damaged or moldy books, VHS tapes, encyclopedias or records. You can drop off donations at the library on: Sunday, 9/22 from 1 to 4:30 PM, Monday, 9/23 from 10 AM to 8:30 PM and Tuesday, 9/24 from 10 AM to 3:30 PM. Come shop and check out our specials every day. The sale runs Wednesday, 9/25 & Thursday, 9/26 from 10 AM to 8:30 PM, Friday, 9/27 from 10 AM to 4:30 PM and Saturday, 9/28 from 10 AM - 1PM. While parents and caregivers shop, children can enjoy a Story Hour at 11 AM on Wednesday and Color-A-Bookmark throughout the sale. Teachers receive 50% off sale prices on Wednesday and Thursday. All shoppers can benefit from Half Price day on Friday and Bag Day on Saturday. For Bag Day, purchase a bag for $8, additional bags for $3, and fill it with books. The sale is sponsored by the Friends of the Westfield Memorial Library. To learn more about the sale go to All proceeds from the sale go towards Friends-funded children's programs at the Library.

Item 2019-09-12 Westfield - Join the Westfield Historical Societys Program Consultant and Educator, Meg Wastie, at the Reeve House on Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 1:00-3:00pm. Learn how books are made and go home with a variety of creative books that you will make at the workshop.

Item 2019-09-12 Union, NJ Visitors can come to Open House events at the Model Railroad Center in Union Township every Saturday afternoon in September from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., and experience the sights and sounds of an enormous HO scale train layout along with other displays. The Railroad Center is run by The Model Railroad Club, a nonprofit organization dedicated to researching the history of railroads and industries in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania while sharing the art, craft and science of model railroading. In addition to viewing model trains and educational displays, Railroad Center visitors can enjoy a snack bar, toddler rest area, and railroad-themed gift shop. For complete details about public events, admission prices, advance ticket sales, directions, and other information about the Railroad Center visit The Model Railroad Club online at

Item 2019-09-12 Union County, NJ The County Board of Elections is seeking bilingual poll workers for Election Day on Tuesday, November 5. In addition to receiving a stipend of $200 for the day, poll workers perform a valuable civic service by helping to ensure that every eligible voter can exercise their right to vote on Election Day. Poll workers are available at each polling place in Union County on Election Day. They are trained to answer basic questions that voters may have about the voting process. Any Union County resident who is 18 years or older, and registered to vote in Union County, can qualify to become a poll worker. No experience is needed. Before Election Day, each poll worker attends a single-session training course. Persons interested in becoming a poll worker are advised to apply now in order to reserve a spot. For more information and to obtain an application form, visit the Poll Worker Resources page at the Board of Elections website,, and download the application at the District Board Member Application for Appointment link. To request an application form by mail, call the Board of Elections at 908-527-4123. For all Union County Board of Elections information visit online at

Item 2019-09-12 Senior goalkeeper Erin Harris recorded her first shutout as the Westfield High School girls soccer team defeated the Oak Knoll Royals, 2-0, at Kehler Stadium in Westfield on September 10. Sophomore Ellie Sherman on an assist from freshman Alyssa Martinez, scored the first goal just before halftime then Martinez on an assist from junior Jane Sullivan, scored in the second half. See complete story in the September 19 edition of The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times.

Item 2019-09-12 Cranford - The Friends of the Cranford Public Library invite you to their used book sale in the Librarys Book Cellar on Wednesday, October 9, 4:00 pm to 8:30 pm, Thursday, October 10, 10:00 am to 8:30 pm, Friday, October 11, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm, and Saturday, October 12, 10:00 am to 3:30 pm. Items for sale include more than 10,000 adult and childrens books, as well as CDs, DVDs, and recorded books. Prices range from $.25 to $2.00, except for a few specially marked items. Saturday is Bag Day; fill a bag with books for just $8.00. The library is located at 224 Walnut Avenue. The sale is wheelchair accessible. Proceeds benefit the library. For more information go to

Item 2019-09-11 Trenton => => Assembly GOP Leader calls for unity and service in honor of 9/11 TRENTON, N.J. In honor of the 18th anniversary of September 11, 2001, Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick released a video urging unity in recognition of the National Day of Service and Remembrance. WATCH: Bramnick calls for unity and service in honor of September 11 Shortly after the vicious and horrific attacks we came together as one America a unified America. We recognize September 11th as a day of service. It is a tribute to those who died and were injured in 9/11. I ask all of you to join with me to pay service to our country, our community and our state. Lets work together as one America, said Bramnick (R-Union). September 11, 2019 marks the 18th anniversary of the attacks in which nearly 3,000 people, including more than 700 New Jerseyans, lost their lives. In tribute to those who were lost and injured in the attacks, and those who have risen in service to defend freedom, Americans observe a National Day of Service and Remembrance by volunteering, observing a moment of silence, and participating in memorial events.

Item 2019-09-11 Springfield - Hello, my name is Eric Nierstedt. I used to work at the Westfield Leader as a reporter, and I had some news you might be interested in, I'm currently an author, and I will be doing an Indie Author Day at the Springfield Public Library on Oct 12th. Surprisingly, I found another former staff member, Linda Condrillo, is also taking part in the event. The Library has been reaching out to local newspapers to help promote the event, and we were hoping the Leader would be able to help. Ideally, we were hoping for an interview piece with the two of us, discussing our books and the event. If that's not possible, any mention of the event would be great. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks so much for your time. =>

Item 2019-09-11 Cranford - Hanson Park Conservancys 9th Annual Rubber Ducky Derby is scheduled once again for Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 4 pm. On race day, over one-thousand individually numbered rubber ducks will be released in the Rahway River at Sperry Park, Cranford NJ and tumble over the falls racing to the finish line at the North Union Ave Bridge. Numerous prizes for the fastest lucky duckies will be awarded. The top prize is a $250.00 gift card. Ducks can be purchased at two locations: Periwinkles, on North Union Avenue downtown Cranford, or the Cranford Canoe Club on Springfield Ave. Purchase a single Duck for $5.00 or a flock of 5 ducks for $20.00. Please secure your tickets early as ducks are limited, and the race has been known to sell out. Ducks will be sold at both Cranford Downtown Street Fair on Sunday August 25, 2019. All proceeds benefit Hanson Park maintenance and educational programs. If you have not yet walked through this lovely little park, please visit this hidden gem located at 38 Springfield Ave.

Item 2019-09-11 America - Sept. 11; In memory of those who lost their lives and the brave heroes who tried to save and respond I will not be sending any other messages until Thursday. Let's never forget; I haven't and won't! Please say a prayer or two.

Item 2019-09-10 Westfield - Students now have the chance to display their own Addams-inspired cartoon alongside some Addams originals. AddamsFest is a town-wide celebration, honoring Westfield native Charles Addams and his penchant for the macabre. The deadline for entries is September 27. For rules, submission instructions, and additional details, visit

Item 2019-09-09 The Westfield girls tennis team defeated the Cranford Cougars in a very competitive match in Cranford on September 4. Blue Devil Sophia Montero and Cougar Molly Gardiner had a long, tight match at first singles and both doubles matches went to three sets. See complete story in the September 12 edition of The Westfield Leader and The Times

Item 2019-09-09 The Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School girls soccer team swatted the Bayonne Bees, 4-0, in Scotch Plains on September 6. Holly Nelson, Rachel Schoss, Corinne Lyght and Leah Klurman each scored a goal for the Raiders. See entire story in the September 12 edition of The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times

Item 2019-09-09 The Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School football team jumped to a 21-0 lead midway through the third quarter in its home opener against Holy Cross on September 7 but the Lancers rallied to pull off a 30-21 come-from-behind victory. Raider Shawn Martin had two huge TD runs and QB Hayden Widder threw a 10-yard TD strike to Camden Ricci. Jack Manville, Alex Werkheiser and Isaiah Nathaniel recorded sacks. Lanre Shoyoyo recorded two sacks. See entire story in the September 12 edition of The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times

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