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Item 2020-02-20 The top-seeded Westfield High School girls basketball team earned Head Coach Liz McKeon her 100th career win with a 59-30 triumph over the Jonathan Dayton Bulldogs in the first round of the Union County Tournament in Westfield on February 18. The victory was the 13th straight for the 17-5 Blue Devils and senior Caroline Dwyer had a great evening with a game-leading 21 points. Read entire story in the February 27 edition of The Westfield Leader and The SPF Times.
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Item 2020-02-20 The fifth-seeded Westfield High School boys basketball team received a 29-point performance from Griffin Rooney and a 10-rebound, seven-blocked shots effort from Jack Spellman to roll past Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 56-34, in the first round of the Union County Tournament in Westfield on February 19. Justin Guy, who scored eight points, and Justin Fletcher, who scored six points, led the Raiders with six rebounds each. Read entire story in the February 27 edition of The Westfield Leader and The SPF Times.
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Item 2020-02-20 A huge and enthusiastic crowd witnessed the 14th-seeded Cranford High School boys basketball team eliminate the 19th-seeded AL Johnson Crusaders from the Union County Tournament with a 62-46 victory in Cranford on February 19. Sophomore Liam Kwiatkowski burned the net with 20 points, including four from 3-point range, while Joe Carrea, Arjun Petgrave, Dennis DeMarino and Zion Hammond provided support under the boards and with assists. Read entire story in the February 27 edition of The Westfield Leader and The SPF Times.
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Item 2020-02-19 Scotch Plains-Fanwood - On behalf of myself and the Board of Education, we'd Ijke to thank you for your continued attention to, and interest in, the SPF High School Field Lighting Project. In the spirit of community and continued transparency, we will be holding the first Field Lighting Committee meeting next Friday, February 21, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. at the Board of Education office. 1n order to hear, understand, and respond to your concerns it's recommended that you organize a committee of 8-10 people who can communicate lhe collective concerns of the neighborhood. Please bring this list, in writing, to the meeting. It's our goal that this meeting will provide a focused and collaborative conversation. Light snacks will be provided so please R.S.V.P to my office no later than Wednesday, February 19 at (908) 232-6161 ext. 4001. We look forward 10 partnering with you to provide the best best for our students and our communities. Superintendent of Schools
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Item 2020-02-18 Springfield - Temple Shaarey Shalom, 78 South Springfield Avenue, Springfield, will hold a clothing drive starting on March 8 and ending on March 12. The clothing will be going to a third world country to benefit their needy population. Contributions can include clothes, shoes, toys, linens and CDs/DVDs. Contributions can be dropped off at the temple: March 8 11:30am - 1:00pm; March 9 9:00am - 7:30pm; March 10 9:00am - 5:00pm, 5:30pm - 8:00pm; March 11 9:00am - 5:00pm; March 12 9:00am - 12:00 pm.For more information, including details on the kinds of items that are desired, please call the temple at (973) 379-5387, e-mail office@shaarey.org, Facebook Facebook.com/Shaarey, web site www.shaarey.org.
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Item 2020-02-13 Westfield - Presbyterian Women is hosting this ALL CHURCH FRIENDS AND FAMILY pancake dinner at the Presbyterian Church of Westfield. Please come anytime between 5:30pm and 7:30pm to enjoy fellowship and a hearty breakfast of pancakes, sausage, bacon, and fruit salad for dinner. What does shrove mean? The word shrove is a form of the English word shrive, which means to obtain absolution. There is not charge but donations are accepted RSVP pwwestfieldnj@gmail.com
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Item 2020-02-13 Westfield - On Saturday, February 29th from 5:50-7:20 pm, a group of local kids will host Skating for Smiles at the Westfield Rink at Gumbert Park (650 Fourth Avenue). By supporting the international medical philanthropy, Operation Smile, these middle/high school kids will help kids across the world truly smile for the first time. Started in 1982, OpSmile has been sending volunteers around the globe to operate on children with facial deformities. The surgeries, done primarily to correct cleft lips and palates, have immediate, transformative results. For as little as $240/surgery, donors themselves directly participate in the process of taking a heart-breaking victim who has been an outcast since birth and giving the the first real heart-warming shot at a normal life. Donations: $240 Sponsorships by businesses and individuals (event sponsors will be highlighted on promotional materials at the event).; $24 tickets to skate (includes skate rentals); and the ability to contribute any amount desired on the NewJerseyTeam fund page on the Operation Smile website at: http://support.operationsmile.org/gala/newjerseyteam. Bryce Salvador, former Captain of the NJ Devils, will be a special guest at the event.
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Item 2020-02-13 Teamwork from the second quarter onward paid off as the Cranford High School boys basketball team erased a 17-8 first-quarter deficit to overrun the visiting Governor Livingston Highlanders, 59-45, on February 11. Arjun Petgrave, who had 11 rebounds, and Liam Kwiatkowski both netted 14 points, while Dennis DeMarino put in 13 points and Joey Carrea sank nine points and added three steals. Read complete story in the February 20 edition of The Westfield Leader and the SPF Times.
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Item 2020-02-13 Cranford - Winter Restaurant Week Returns to Downtown Cranford February 23 - 28!The Downtown Cranford Winter Restaurant Week is back this February! From Sunday, February 23 through Friday, February 28, diners can enjoy prix fixe dinner menus at a number of downtown restaurants. There are options for everyones tastes, from casual to fine dining, from Greek cuisine to Irish, Italian, American, Mexican, and more. Diners can look over the menus on Downtown Cranfords website and are encouraged to make reservations.Come see for yourself why Cranford has been named a Union County dining destination!
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Item 2020-02-13 Bonus points assured the top-seeded Westfield High School wrestling team a 44-26 victory over the fourth-seeded Piscataway Chiefs in the semifinal round of the North Jersey, Section 2, Group 5 Tournament in Westfield on February 12. The Blue Devils won eight of the 14 bouts, five by pin, one by technical fall, one by injury default and one by decision. Read entire story in the February 20 edition of The Westfield Leader and The SPF Times.
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Item 2020-02-10 Westfield - The Presbyterian Womens Group of Westfield, NJ invites members of the community to join us on Thursday, March 19 at 9:30 AM to hear our speaker, Walter Choroszewski speak about the Roaring 20s Post-war prosperity, Prohibition and the dramatic social and political changes that shaped the 1920s as it Roared with exuberance. Walter presents an overview of this decadent decade defined by its rejection of Victorian morality and replaced with freewheeling new styles of dance, fashion and art. There is no charge for this event and no need to make a reservation. This event will be held in the Fred Christian Lounge of the Presbyterian Church in Westfield, 140 Mountain Ave. For more information, contact: pwwestfieldnj@gmail.com
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Item 2020-02-10 Westfield - Sunday morning singles discussion group will meet for a lively discussion on a myriad of topics March 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th from 9 am to 10 am at The First Baptist Church (lower level), 170 Elm Street, Westfield. This nondenominational group of people 55 plus, enjoy a Continental breakfast followed by engaging conversation every Sunday. $2 donation. Call 908-686-0563 for more information.
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Item 2020-02-07 TRENTON, N.J. Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick thinks Murphy is out of touch with a majority of New Jerseyans, who struggle to afford the states high taxes. Murphy doesnt get it, said Bramnick (R-Union). He wants to raise taxes and spending again, which is a disaster for the future of New Jersey. Even most Democrats dont agree with him either. A Monmouth poll last year found property taxes were by far the biggest problem for residents, and an NJBIA-Rutgers poll in April found that more than four out of five residents think they pay more in taxes than they get back in services. People are fleeing the state because it is too expensive, continued Bramnick. More spending and more government isnt the solution. Its the problem.
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Item 2020-02-06 The Westfield High School boys basketball team became "Ghostbusters" when they contained the Paterson Eastside Ghosts, 69-47, in Westfield on February 4. Sophomore Logan Howland and junior Jack Spellman ruled under the boards and Jake Walsh led the team in scoring with 24 points. The Blue Devils amassed nearly 50 rebounds. Read entire story in the February 13 edition of The Westfield Leader and The SPF Times.
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Item 2020-02-04 Westfield - The charming 1920 silent movie SUDS will be shown on Friday February 21 at First United Methodist Church of Westfield at 7:30 PM. This silent movie comedy will be accompanied by the talented and creative organist Trent Johnson, who will be accompanying on the churchs mighty Aeolian Skinner pipe organ. This silent movie evening is a fundraiser sponsored by the Oratorio Singers of Westfield and will be sure to delight all ages! Suggested donation of $5.00 for students and $10.00 for adults. First United Methodist Church is located at 1 East Broad Street in Westfield. Access to the parking lot in the rear of the church is on Ferris Place. For more information call 908-656-7418.
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Item 2020-02-04 Westfield - ORATORIO SINGERS TO PRESENT HAYDNS THE CREATION! On Sunday, March 29 at 3 PM the Oratorio Singers will celebrate its 40th year with the performance of the well known and beloved The Creation by Joseph Haydn with full professional orchestra and soloists under the direction of Trent Johnson. In addition, an awesome new work Hallelujah! composed by Mr. Johnson in celebration of Oratorio Singers 40th Anniversary will be premiered for Orchestra and Chorus. There is a suggested donation of $15.00 for Adults and $10.00 for Students and Seniors. For tickets or information call 908-233-4211.
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Item 2020-02-04 TUCSON, Ariz. U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a previously convicted sex offender near Rio Rico, on Monday. Tucson Sector agents apprehended 28-year-old Juan Carlos Hernandez-Garcia early Monday morning, after he illegally entered the United States. Records checks revealed Hernandez-Garcia, a citizen of Mexico, was convicted of sexual assault (victim 13-15 years old) in Passaic County, New Jersey, in 2011. He was sentenced to three years in prison. Hernandez-Garcia will face federal prosecution for immigration violations. In fiscal year 2019, Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents arrested 195 illegal aliens with significant criminal histories. The Border Patrol is often the first line of defense against previously deported criminals attempting to reenter the United States. For more details regarding this news release, contact the Tucson Sector Public Affairs Office at TCA-PAO@CBP.DHS.gov or by phone at 520-748-3210. Tucson Sector is also LiveU capable. Contact us to schedule an interview.
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Item 2020-01-31 Westfield - All are welcome to join us on Monday, March 16, as Father Anthony Randazzo dialogues with Rabbi Charles A. Kroloff at Lunch & Learn at Temple Emanu-El, 756 E. Broad St., Westfield. 11:30-12:30, followed by a complimentary lunch. Fr. Randazzo is the happy pastor of Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, Westfield. Inter-religious dialogue is one of his passions. The rabbi and priest will explore the wide range of American religious life, Israel, and contemporary society and will welcome probing questions and comments from the audience.For further information please call 908 232 6770 x117 or www.tewnj.org
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Item 2020-01-31 Scotch Plains - will host a 2020 Census information session and town hall meeting on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 7:00pm at St. Johns Baptist Church (2387 Morse Ave). The event is being organized and run by the Scotch Plains Census Complete Count Committee.The event will help prepare residents in advance of receiving their census questionnaires in mid to late March. Everyonefrom the public is invited to attend. This information session and town hall meeting will provide residents with critical information about the importance of the 2020 Census. Residents will also have the opportunity to ask questions to members of the Scotch Plains Complete Count Committee and U.S. Census Bureau staff.
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Item 2020-01-31 Scotch Plains - Best Friend Dog and Animal Adoption will hold a Valentines Day/ Presidents Day clearance sale the week of Feb 10, 2020 at the thrift store through Saturday February 22. The store is located at 1750 East Second Street, Scotch Plains and is open from 10:30-4:30 Wed -Sat. and Tues 11-2. For information call 908-322-2502.
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Item 2020-01-31 Garwood - Come join your friends and neighbors in the Garwood Democratic Party for a New Hampshire Primary watch party on February 11th! We will be in the private room of The Station Bar & Grill located at 99 Center Street in Garwood beginning at 7pm as we watch the results come in from The Granite State! The Station has a great menu full of delicious food and a full bar with a variety of craft beers. We are asking for a suggested donation of $10 to the Garwood Democratic City Committee. Garwood Mayor Sara Todisco will be there along with your Democratic members of Borough Council. It's sure to be a fun night no matter who you are rooting for in the Primary and we hope to see you there! Paul C. Tarantino Chairman of the Garwood Democratic City Committee
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Item 2020-01-31 GARWOOD - POLICE Date/Time: 01/30/20 6:15 P.M. Incident: Auto-Pedestrian Fatal Collision Operator: (23 YOA) Garwood, N.J. Pedestrian: Clark, Nedra I. (65 YOA) Garwood, N.J. Officers: Captain Douglas Stoffer, Po Jeff Kleinsorgen, PO John Pridy, PO Todd Herz DETAILS: On January 30, 2020 at approximately 6:15 pm officers from the Garwood Police Department responded to Second Ave and Cedar Street for a reported motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian. The investigating officers can confirm that a black Dodge Charger heading west bound on Second Ave stopped at the stop sign at the intersection of Cedar Street to make a left hand turn. Upon proceeding into the intersection the vehicle struck a pedestrian, identified as Nedra I. Clark (65 YOA) from Garwood who was crossing Cedar Street west to east in a marked crosswalk. Ms Clark was treated at the scene and transported by Garwood First Aid Squad to University Hospital in Newark where she succumbed to her injuries overnight. The driver, a 23 year old man, called 911 and remained on scene and is cooperating fully with the ongoing investigation. The preliminary investigation suggests that neither speed nor alcohol were contributing factors.
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Item 2020-01-31 Cranford - MathCounts at Union County College Smith Theatre Sat. Feb 8 open ~ noon Hi folks! info, call Harry: iPhone 908-327-2251 (generally 9-9)
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Item 2020-01-30 Westfield - This morning at Kean University, the Union County Republican Committee united to support Tom Kean for Congress. "My wife, Rhonda, and I have been standing on the soccer sidelines and raising our family in Union County for almost 20 years," said Senator Kean. "Political analysts might call this portion of the Congressional district Tom Malinowski's stronghold, but I call it home. I am incredibly proud to stand with the UCGOP and I am confident that together, we will deliver victories up and down the ticket." Kean has public endorsements from every Republican elected official in the NJ-7 portion of Union County. Tom Kean is the New Jersey Senate Republican Leader. His campaign for Congress in NJ-7 has been rated a "toss up" by Politico. He has been endorsed by former Speaker Newt Gingrich, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy and hundreds of local New Jersey elected and party officials. Last year, the NRCC released the results of a survey that showed NJ-7 incumbent Tom Malinowski down by two points against Kean. Republicans hold a partisan registration advantage in NJ-7.
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Item 2020-01-30 Key bouts, with the exception of one, went in Westfield's favor which resulted in a 44-22 Blue Devil victory over the Cranford Cougars in a wrestling match that was expected to be much closer at Westfield High School on January 29. The win upped the Blue Devils' record to 13-2 and elevated Head Coach Glen Kurz as WHS's all-time winningest wrestling coach. Read entire story in the February 6 edition of The Westfield Leader and The SPF Times.
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Item 2020-01-29 A very strong effort by the hosting Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School boys basketball team put Westfield on the ropes in the first half but the Blue Devils managed to recover from an eight-point deficit to rally in the second half and earn a 59-51 victory on January 28.Read entire story in the February 6 edition of The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times.
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Item 2020-01-24 Westfield - YOUTH POETRY AND SHORT STORY CONTEST THE WOMANS CLUB OF WESTFIELD INVITES ASPIRING STUDENT POETS AND AUTHORS FROM KINDERGARTEN THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL TO ENTER ITS 2020 YOUTH POETRY AND SHORT CONTEST. POETRY ENTRIES MAY BE ANY STYLE WITH A MINIMUM LENGTH OF EIGHT LINES AND A MAXIMUM LENTH OF 30 LINES. SHORT STORIES ARE LIMITED TO 2,000 WORDS. ENTRIES MUST BE TYPEWRITTEN, DOUBLE SPACED WTH A MINIMUM OF ONE INCH MARGINS ON EACH SIDE OF AN 8 INCH BY 10 INCH PAPER. A STUDENT MAY ENTER ONE SHORT STORY AND / OR POEM. THE AUTHORS NAME, ADDRESS, EMAIL ADDRESS IF AVAILABLE, TELEPHONE NUMBER, STUDENTS GRADE AND SCHOOL, TITLE OF PIECE SHOULD APPEAR IN THE TOP RIGHT HAND CORNER OF EACH PAGE. ALL ENTRIES ARE JUDGED ON CONTENT, ORGANIZATION AND FORM. MATERIAL SHOULD BE SUBMITTED IN DUPLICATE AND MAILED BEFORE SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22ND. MATERIALSHOULD BE SUBMITTTED TO WOMANS CLUB OF WESTFIELD 151 Hamilton Avenue Westfield NJ 07090 WRITING MUST BE THE ORIGINAL, UNPUBLISHED WORK OF THE AUTHOR, WRITTEN DURING THE LAST YEAR. AUTHORS MUST BE AMATEURS WITH EARNING FROM WRITINGS NOT TO EXCEED $500. ANNUALLY. ENTRIES CANNOT BE RETURNED.
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Item 2020-01-23 The Westfield High School wrestling team defeated visiting Rahway, 45-24, on January 22 to earn Head Coach Glen Kurz career victory 239, tying Gary Kehler's wrestling career wins. There were a number of tight bouts pitting some of Rahway's best with the Blue Devils' best. Read story in the January 30 edition of The Westfield Leader and The SPF Times.
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Item 2020-01-23 The Westfield High School boys swim team went right down to the final event to defeat Bergen Catholic, 89-81, in Westfield on January 21. The Blue Devils took first and third in the 400-free relay to secure the victory. For the girls, No. 2 Immaculate Heart Academy was tested but emerged with a 94-76 win. Read both stories in the January 30 edition of The Westfield Leader and The SPF Times.
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