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Item 2020-01-18 Trenton - By Brent Johnson | NJ Advance Media for Next years race for the Republican nomination for New Jersey governor is starting to take shape. Jon Bramnick, the highest-ranking Republican in the state Assembly, told NJ Advance Media on Friday hes making moves for a possible run at the partys nod. Bramnick said in a phone interview Friday hes been calling Republican county chairs and other leaders to discuss that hes seriously considering running. Whoever wins the Republican primary would likely challenge Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat whos up for re-election in 2021. Theres been chatter around Trenton that Murphy may face a Democratic primary challenge first. In November, the Westfield resident won re-election to the Assembly despite facing a fierce challenge in a suburban district that has become increasingly Democratic and anti-President Donald Trump in recent years.

Item 2020-01-18 County - Poll Worker Positions Available in Union County The Union County Board of Elections is seeking poll workers for the 2020 Presidential Elections. Serving as a Union County Poll Worker is a great way to get involved in this exciting Presidential year while exercising your civic responsibility by serving your community on Election Day, said Nicole DiRado, Administrator of the Union County Board of Elections. The Primary Election is June 2, 2020 and the General Election is November 3, 2020. Poll workers receive a stipend of $200.00 for the day. Poll workers are stationed at each polling place in Union County on Election Day. They are trained to answer questions that voters may have about the voting process, and to ensure everyone who is eligible to vote is afforded the opportunity to do so. 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. New poll workers are required to attend a single-session training course. Returning poll workers take a refresher course every two years. Persons interested in becoming a poll worker are advised to apply now in order to reserve a spot. Copies of the Poll Worker application form are available online for download at the Board of Elections website, To request an application form by mail, call the Board of Elections at 908-527-4120. For more information, follow the Poll Worker Resources link at For all Union County Board of Elections information visit online at

Item 2020-01-17 Everything was going wrong for the home team, while everything was going right for visitors until the Westfield Blue Devils began their magical turnaround with one minute remaining in the first half to chip away at a 17-point deficit en route to a 65-61, overtime victory over the Union Catholic boys basketball team in Westfield on January 16. Read entire story in the January 23 edition of The Westfield Leader and The SPF Times

Item 2020-01-15 The Westfield High School boys swim team and girls swim team defeated the Summit Hilltoppers at Wallace Pool in Westfield on January 14.The win for the boys was special since the Hilltoppers edged the Blue Devils for the Union County Tournament title last year. Read stories in the January 23 edition of The Westfield Leader and the SPF Times.

Item 2020-01-13 Clark - The Union County Baseball Association will induct four new members into the Union County Baseball Hall of Fame at the organizations 84th annual Hot Stove League Dinner on Sunday, February 9, beginning at 1:00 p.m., at The Gran Centurions in Clark, New Jersey. We have a special program planned for this years awards dinner, beginning with our featured speaker, former New York Mets outfielder, Mookie Wilson, said Jim Iozzi, UCBA president. Jim Dietz of Summit, an All-American catcher at Moravian College (and starting quarterback) and minor leaguer with the Philadelphia Phillies, who returned to Summit to teach math and coach baseball and football for more than 30 years; Alexander Mirabella of Fanwood, a Union County Freeholder since 1998 and five-time Chairman of the Board, who has been a longtime advocate for youth baseball leagues and other recreational opportunities throughout Union County; Gene Mirabella of Roselle Park, an outstanding high school wrestler, All-State pitcher, and captain of the football team, whose pitching success at Brookdale College earned him Region 19 Tournament MVP and Pitcher of the Year, and a stint in the minors with the Cleveland Indians; Karen Pedersen, formerly of Berkeley Heights and Scotch Plains, the longtime Secretary of the Union County Baseball Association, who has helped administer the numerous activities of the UCBA for decades. Scholastic athletes from throughout Union County also will be honored at the afternoon awards ceremonies on Feb. 9 for their accomplishments in high school, college and Union County Youth Baseball leagues. Tickets for the 84th annual Hot Stove League awards dinner may be purchased online at or by writing to the Union County Baseball Association, PO Box 176, Fanwood, New Jersey 07023. Sponsored by the Union County Baseball Association, in cooperation with the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Parks and Recreation, the Hot Stove League awards dinner is the primary annual fund-raising effort for the Union County Youth Baseball Leagues. The summer and fall leagues have given more than 40,000 boys and girls an opportunity to participate in an organized baseball program for the past 70 years. For more information call Jim Iozzi, UCBA president, at 908-917-2523.

Item 2020-01-12 Kenilworth - The Kenilworth Veterans Center and VFW 2230 are hosting a Valentines Oldies Dance on Saturday, February 8, 2020 from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. The party will feature Sounds of the Street, New Jerseys premier oldies/doowop group performing the sounds of the 50's, 60's and 70's. Tickets are $30.00 and include beer, wine and soda. All are invited to bring their own snacks. The Kenilworth Veterans Center is located at 33 South 21st Street, Kenilworth, NJ 07033. For more information and tickets please call 908-337-7152 or 908-276-9769. Tickets are also available at the KVC/VFW lounge.

Item 2020-01-11 Summit - The New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra will showcase various works by masterful composers with its annual winter concert, Masters of the Orchestra on Sunday, February 3, 3:00pm at Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School. The performance will feature performances from all three of NJIOs orchestral ensembles, beginning with Preludes onstage performance, as well as its Flute Choir in the lobby during intermission.NJIO Symphony Orchestra will be performing Maurice Ravels Tzigane and Sergei Prokofievs Symphony No. 7. Intermezzo will be performing Ludwig van Beethovens German Dance No. 1 and movement I of Johann Stamitzs Sinfonia in D major.For more information regarding the concert, the Open House rehearsals, or NJIO as an organization, please contact Mary Beth Sweet at (908) 603-7691,, or visit NJIOs website at or follow us on Facebook.

Item 2020-01-10 Summit - The former assistant director of the City of Summits Department of Community Programs has been criminally charged with fraudulently billing his former employers tens of thousands of dollars, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo announced Friday. James Colucci, 50, of Summit is charged with two counts of third-degree theft by deception via submitting fraudulent invoices and a single count of third-degree theft by deception via assuming a false identity. A joint investigation by the Special Prosecutions Unit of the Prosecutors Office and the Summit Police Department revealed that on various dates from December 2017 into February 2019, Colucci allegedly submitted multiple fraudulent invoices to the City of Summit, using the names of two nonexistent companies, according to Unit Supervisor and Assistant Prosecutor Melissa Spagnoli, who is prosecuting the case. During various dates in that same time, Colucci also allegedly assumed a false identity to file fraudulent paperwork with the City. Colucci allegedly pocketed more than $74,000 by orchestrating the scheme.

Item 2020-01-10 Fanwood Kevin McAlindin, a resident of Fanwood and a member of the class of 2020 has been named to the Deans List at Providence College for the Fall of 2019 semester.

Item 2020-01-09 Kenilworth - The Union County St. Patricks Day Parade Committee will host its annual Celebrity Bartenders fundraiser on Sunday, January 19, 2020 from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Kenilworth Veterans Center located at 33 South 21st Street, Kenilworth, NJ 07033. Entertainment will include the Celtic rock band Bloody Callan and a mass pipes and drums performance. The Elizabeth Police Department Motorcycle Union will be honored during the event. Tickets are $5.00 each and include coffee, tea, cake and hot dogs. Refillable commemorative mugs are $10.00. The Celebrity Bartenders party will benefit the Union County St. Patricks Day Parade which steps off at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, 2020 on Morris Avenue in Union, NJ. For tickets or more information about the Celebrity Bartenders event please call 908-472-0714. Tickets are also available at the door. For more information about the 2020 Union County St. Patricks Day Parade, please visit

Item 2020-01-08 Westfield - Washington School proudly presents The Wizard of West Bizarre, an original production, loosely based on the Classic film Wizard of Oz. The Wizard of West Bizarre reminds us not to take for granted all of the wonderful things we find in our home communities like Westfield where Dorothy Boyd and her pal Toto were born and raised. In this take on Frank Baums classic, Dorothy and Toto try to make their way home to Westfield after experiencing a very different learning environment at West Bizarre Elementary. Since 1948, the Washington School Show is an annual tradition written, directed, produced and, apart from one teachers number, performed solely by parents. Performances are January 24 at 8:00 p.m. and January 25 at 1:30 and 7:00 p.m. at Roosevelt Intermediate School. Tickets are $14.50 and can be purchased from

Item 2020-01-08 Westfield - Mostly Music chamber music concerts on Sunday afternoons, March 1, April 5 and May 31, 2020, at 3:30 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El, 756 East Broad St., Westfield. $40 at the door. For concert programs and other information go to or call 908-789-8578.

Item 2020-01-07 TRENTON, N.J. Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick says recent IRS data shows New Jerseys outmigration problem is getting worse. Recently released data by the IRS shows the state lost a net $3.2 billion of adjusted gross income in 2017 and 2018. It looks like New Jersey is losing people, and billions of tax dollars, said Bramnick (R-Union). Nearly half of the people moving are going to our neighbor states. We need to lower taxes to become more competitive and stop outmigration. New Jersey has lost $28 billion in net adjusted gross income since 2004-2005, according to the New Jersey Business and Industry Association.

Item 2019-12-27 Mobile Meals of Westfield has partnered with Acme Give Where It Counts program at the Clark, New Jersey location on Raritan Avenue. For the month of January, for every reusable bag from the Raritan store location sold for $3, a donation of $1 to Mobile Meals of Westfield will be provided. Mobile Meals of Westfield is a non-profit organization which has provided lunches and dinners for those individuals who are unable to provide meals for themselves since 1968. The reusable bags made from 95% recycled materials follow the strictest employment and production standards. For shoppers interested in supporting Mobile Meals of Westfield, the bag purchase program is an easy way to support the organization. For the month of January, shop at the ACME store on Raritan Ave. in Clark and follow these easy steps to secure the donation: Look for the Mobile Meals of Westfield sign posted on the reusable bag rack. Purchase the bag for $3. $1 will be donated to Mobile Meals of Westfield.

Item 2019-12-24 New Vernon - Choral Art Society of New Jersey will present AMERICANA, A Concert of American Music Treasures at 7:00 PM, Friday, January 24, 2020, at the First Presbyterian Church of New Vernon, 2 Lees Hill Road, New Vernon, NJ, and at 3:00 PM, Sunday, January 26, 2020, at the New Providence United Methodist Church, 1441 Springfield Avenue, New Providence, NJ. The performances, led by Choral Art Society Director Martin Sedek with Mary Beth McFall at the piano, will feature selections that appeal to a wide range of musical tastes, including works by Randall Thompson, Bob Dylan, and Aaron Copland. Tickets, which are $25 and $20 for seniors, may be purchased at the door or online at There is no admission fee for those younger than 18, and group rates are available. Featured will be one of Randall Thompsons best-known choral works, Frostiana, The non-profit Choral Art Society of New Jersey, which was established in 1963, includes members from Union, Bergen, Morris, Essex, and Middlesex counties. The group presents concerts in January and May. Funding of Choral Art Society of New Jersey has been made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through a grant administered by the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs. For more information, call 201-916-1476.

Item 2019-12-23 Westfield - the Union County Regional Dispatch Center will now manage police, fire, and emergency medical service calls for the Township of Berkeley Heights, under a contract approved by the Freeholder Board during the regular meeting on December 19. In addition to providing emergency dispatch services for the Union County Police and other countywide first responders, the Dispatch Center serves a growing number of municipalities and other entities in the county including 911 calls for police, fire, and EMS. With the addition of Berkeley Heights, the Dispatch Center now serves 14 of Union Countys 21 municipalities and handles a total list of 27 first responder agencies.

Item 2019-12-22 Westfield - Last Thursday was the College Mens Club of Westfield Scholarship Awards night! So proud of these young men who the CMCW have had the pleasure of assisting through their college journey. It was lovely to check in and hear the wonderful experiences from these gentlemen (I have a photo of the young men ready to submit)

Item 2019-12-18 Westfield - Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean commended the New Jersey General Assembly for passing his legislation that would require NJ Transit to study the restoration of the Raritan Valley Lines full-time direct rail service to New York Penn Station.

Item 2019-12-18 Area - To place your Christmas greeting in the Leader newspaper, go to => There is no charge. Wish your friends and customers Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Item 2019-12-16 Westfield - First Congregational Church welcomes all to celebrate Christmas at any of its worship celebrations. Sunday, 12/22 SILENT NIGHTS 7pm A time of reflection for those struggling to find joy at Christmas due to recent or lingering difficulty with loss, or for those who would appreciate a meditative break from the busyness of the season. Tuesday, 12/24 CHRISTMAS EVE 5pm; 10pm We recall Gods coming into the world through Jesus with our annual Youth Pageant (5pm), and our traditional Candlelight Celebration of Scripture, carols and story (10pm).Wednesday, 12/25 CHRISTMAS DAY - 10amA time of Scripture, song, and reflection on this day when we welcome our brother, teacher, and leader, Jesus. Sunday, 12/29 Ask the Minister & Music Director 10amCome with your biblical, spiritual, and music questions and Rev. Joy Mounts and Dr. Barbara Thomson will field as many as possible.First Congregational Church is a congregation of welcoming and open-hearted people who have discovered the joy a faith life offers. The sanctuary is located at 125 Elmer Street in Westfield. For additional information, please call (908) 233-2494 or visit

Item 2019-12-16 Scotch Plains - Police Department is extending its annual Toy Drive until Friday December 20th. Please give a gift to a family in need this holiday season. Drop off at the Scotch Plains Police Department lobby. Please bring all gifts unwrapped. Thank you and Happy Holidays

Item 2019-12-16 Cranford - CELL TOWER ZONING BOARD MEETING on DECEMBER 16th at 7:30 PM Verizon has filed an application with the Cranford Zoning Board to install a 148 foot cell tower on the Union County College campus in Cranford and will be presenting at the Cranford Zoning Board meeting on Monday, 12/16 at 7:30 pm. You may ask questions of Verizon in protest! Your Voice Counts! PLEASE ATTEND THE MEETING. BRING FAMILY, FRIENDS, & NEIGHBORS! Let Verizon, UCC and the Zoning Board know that cell towers do not belong in residential neighborhoods! For more information please visit or email UCRU, Inc. would like to extend appreciation to all those who have made a donation to support this cause (legal fees are mounting quickly) and those 1,647+ concerned neighbors who have signed the petition. Please continue to show your support in the following ways: 1. Please ask friends, neighbors and family members to sign the petition. 2. Please donate for legal expenses so that UCRU, Inc. may continue to battle UCC / Verizon. o Donation checks can be made payable to Union County Residents United, Inc. and mailed to UCRU, Inc. PO Box 321 Cranford, NJ 07016. o Make a donation to order a lawn sign to place on your property (send your donation / place your order via the PO Box above). o Alternatively, you may contribute via GoFundMe. 3. Please attend the Zoning Board Meeting on Monday, 12/16 at 7:30 pm at the Cranford Municipal Building 8 Springfield Avenue. Room 107

Item 2019-12-15 WESTFIELD, N.J. Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick wants to know when Democrats will address the most important issues facing New Jersey. While polls have consistently shown for years that people are most concerned about high taxes, the majority has a different agenda. The Democrats are avoiding the most important issues altogether and instead have posted bills giving criminals voting rights and financial aid, drivers licenses for undocumented immigrants, and making independent contractors jobless, said Bramnick (R-Union). Whether you support these new laws or not, they certainly demonstrate the Democrats are moving far left and are not the Democratic Party of the past. Bramnick and Republicans have continually advocated for addressing the top concerns in New Jersey, such as lowering property taxes, improving New Jerseys business environment, stopping high-density housing mandates, and making the state affordable for all. Lowering property taxes should be our number one priority. We have bills ready for discussion and ready for votes, continued Bramnick. Every day people should be asking the Democratic leadership why they haven't posted these bills."

Item 2019-12-14 Summit - The Madrigal Singers will present their Our Annual "Last Chance at Christmas" Concert, A Child is Born, on Sunday, January 5, 2020 at the United Methodist Church, 17 Kent Place Boulevard, Summit, New Jersey at 4:00 p.m. General admission, available at the door, is $15; admission for students and seniors is $10. The program will feature music by Melchior Franck, Jean Mouton, Tomas Luis de Victoria and many others, along with traditional favorites and Christmas Readings. The Madrigal Singers are an a capella choral group specializing in Mediaeval and Renaissance music. The group, founded in 1948, is currently under the direction of John Sichel, and is comprised of sopranos Martha Desmond and Amy Wechsler; altos Donna Brumbaugh, Roberta Lichtenberg, Jennifer Melick, Holly Hartline and Sarah Riffel; tenors Richard DeVany, Christopher Ferro and Thom Reese; basses Greg Hartline, Scott Hobson, Kirk Robbins and Gordon Rowan. Kirk Robbins will perform the readings and flutes will be played by Eugenia Cline and Clarissa Nolde.

Item 2019-12-13 Fanwood - The annual reorganization meeting is Sunday, January 5 at noon. We will be saying goodbye to long standing public servant, Business Administration Eleanor McGovern, as well as Councilman Tom Kranz. We will also be welcoming new Councilwoman Francine Glaser in the new year. I encourage everyone to attend and be a part of this important civic event.

Item 2019-12-12 Garwood - Reorganization Meeting of the Mayor and Council for 2020 Public Notice is hereby given that the Annual Re-organization Meeting of the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Garwood for year 2020 will be held on Monday, January 6, 2020 at 6:00 p.m., in the Council Chambers, Municipal Building, 403 South Avenue, Garwood, NJ. The public is encouraged to attend.

Item 2019-12-11 Westfield - Town CounciloftheTownofWestfield willholditsannual Organization MeetingonTuesday,January7,2020at6:30PM.inCouncilChambersoftheWestfieldMunicipalBuilding,425EastBroadStreet,Westfield,NewJersey.Officialactionwillbetakenatthismeeting.

Item 2019-12-11 Garwood - Menorah Lighting in Garwood at Borough Hall. Monday, December 23 at 6pm Join the Garwood Celebrations Committee for a menorah lighting event. This year will include music, cider, donuts a magic show and fun for friends and family. Dress warm, this is an outdoor event.

Item 2019-12-10 FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ During the month of December, the Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary club will sell Luminaries at the Fanwood Department of Public Works on Manfra Way off of North Avenue (across from the Fanwood Public Library). The sale dates are December 14-15, December 21-22 from 9AM to 3PM and December 24 - 9am to12pm. The luminary kits cost 75 cents apiece in all quantities and include paper bags, candles and sand. Customers are encouraged to bring buckets, boxes or plastic bags to transport the sand. The kits can be purchased in any quantity and payments can be made by cash or check. Quantities over 100 can also be purchased online by credit card. See the Rotary Facebook page for additional information regarding online purchases: Luminaries are traditionally used to illuminate the streets on Christmas Eve. A candle is nestled in sand at the bottom of a paper bag and placed along sidewalks to create a beautiful walkway. The candles are then lit at dusk on Christmas Eve. Some neighborhoods in the area get together and buy hundreds of kits to create an amazing display. All proceeds from the sale will be used to fund the various charitable and humanitarian projects that Rotary supports, both locally and internationally.

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