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Item 2019-11-15 Westfield - PSE&G, its 69kV project proposed thru Cranford, Garwood, and Westfield, has been placed on indefinite hold due to ongoing logistical challenges and costs. The analysis performed by PSE&G has shown the preferred Conrail railway route to be cost prohibitive. In addition, with the substation plans for the Hartz building no longer in play, they indicated that there is no viable alternative route to establish at this time.

Item 2019-11-13 Westfield - Reducing Student Stress The Westfield Parent Teacher Council Needs Your Input! The PTC will host a collaborative, ideas-generating workshop to identify ways to help reduce student stress on Wednesday, November 20 from 9:30-11:30am in the Board of Education building. This is an opportunity for the entire community to share ideas based on your own personal experience and knowledge. There are 3 ways to participate: 1. Email your ideas to 2. Submit your ideas anonymously by clicking here 3. Attend the workshop * * All parents are welcome and encouraged to attend. Please RSVP to if you plan to attend. Outcomes will be shared with Dr. Dolan and the Board of Education to identify next steps.

Item 2019-11-12 Fanwood - Volunteer Fire Department will be holding their 2019 Santa Run on December 14 starting at 11 a.m. Packages will be collected before Thanksgiving this year. Wrapped packages should be no larger than a standard shoebox and be clearly marked with the name, address and phone number of the recipient. Packages will be accepted at the Firehouse (on Watson Road behind Borough Hall) over the course of five evenings from Tuesday, November 19 to Saturday, November 23 from 5-9 p.m. Please note that late packages or those larger than a standard shoe box size will be turned away. For updates or questions please visit PACKAGE DROP-OFF DATES Tuesday, Nov 19 from 5-9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov 20 from 5-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov 21 from 5-9 p.m. Friday, Nov 22 from 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov 23 from 5-9 p.m. BOROUGH OF FANWOOD 908-322-8236 |

Item 2019-11-12 Cranford - Police Department is actively investigating a suspicious incident which occurred on Lexington Avenue, near Unami Park, in Cranford. On November 10, 2019 at 6:15 p.m., a 12-year old male juvenile was riding his bicycle along Lexington Avenue when an adult male in a dark-colored sedan stopped in traffic to ask the juvenile for directions and if hed follow him. The juvenile advised the driver he wasnt familiar with the location and continued riding his bicycle towards his home. The driver, described as a heavy-set white male, around 40 years of age and bald, was wearing a green jacket and left the area, in his vehicle, headed northwest towards Garwood. The adult male never exited his vehicle or made physical contact with the juvenile. Of notable significance is a similar incident was reported in early October involving an adult male matching the description provided in this particular case. Cranford Police Detectives are actively attempting to gather video surveillance from the area to aid in the investigation and identify the male. Anyone having information to assist with the investigation is asked to contact Detective Christopher DiFabio at (908) 709-4640 or Detective Michael Dubitsky at (908) 709-7358.

Item 2019-11-11 Berkeley Heights - The Governor Livingston Hilltop Players will be presenting The Incomplete Life and Random Death of Molly Denholtz: Nov 21, 22, and 23 at 7:30pm and also Nov 23 at 2:00pm. Tickets can be purchased online at*This production contains discussions of death, suicide, bullying, and sexuality, and may not be suitable for some children. Parental discretion is advised.

Item 2019-11-10 Westfield - Boy Scout Troop 77s Annual Holiday Wreath Fundraiser on Dec 7th & Dec 8th from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the parking lot of St. Pauls Episcopal Church in Westfield. Boy scouts will be selling live, fresh Fraser fit 20 and 30 holiday wreaths with a red velvet bow, pinecone and holly dcor as well as garland roping and grave blankets. All proceeds go to support troop activities including community service projects and camping trips. Donations also welcome. Please come support the Boy Scouts!

Item 2019-11-10 Magic transformed a first-half thrashing into a stunning victory by the fourth-seeded Westfield High School football team over the visiting fifth-seeded Bridgewater-Raritan Panthers during the first round of the North Jersey, Section 1, Group 5 Playoffs at Kehler Stadium in Westfield on November 9. Leading 20-0 at the half, the Panthers added field goal in the third quarter and were even on the move once again. But a defensive revival and four unanswered touchdown drives engineered by quarterback Hank Shapiro resulted in a spectacular 27-23 triumph and a trip to face top-seeded Ridgewood on November 15. Read entire story in the November 14 edition of The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times.

Item 2019-11-08 The second-seeded Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School girls soccer team dethroned the Bridgewater-Raritan Panthers, 2-0, to claim the North Jersey, Section 2, Group 4 Championship in Scotch Plains on November 7. Sarah Dill scored the first goal and Leah Klurman added the second goal in the second half. Goalkeeper Maya Kessler made several key saves and Gabby Aloe added key takeaways, while Rachel Schoss' corner kick helped set up the first goal and Corinne Lyght's cross set up the second goal. See entire story in the November 14 edition of The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times.

Item 2019-11-07 The second-seeded Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School boys soccer team defeated the third-seeded Westfield Blue Devils, 1-0, in the semifinal round of the North Jersey, Section 2, Group 4 Tournament in Scotch Plains on November 5. Junior Nick Tittanegro scored the sole goal off a corner kick from co-captain Owen Murphy. The Raiders will face top-seeded Elizabeth on November 8 for the title. See entire story in the November 14 edition of The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times.

Item 2019-11-05 New Jersey - In recognition of Veterans Day, NJSIAA (New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association) will honor U.S. military veterans and active duty service personnel from November 8-11 by waiving attendance fees for any/all high school-level competitions.

Item 2019-11-02 The third-seeded Westfield High School boys soccer team defeated sixth-seeded Piscataway, 2-1, in the quarterfinal round of the North Jersey, Section 2, Group 4 Tournament in Westfield on November 1. Matt Blake and AJ Bertch scored goals for the Blue Devils, while goalkeeper Ryan Friedberg made several outstanding saves. Read entire story in the November 7 edition of The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times

Item 2019-11-02 Area - On Tuesday, Vote for Jon Bramnick and Nancy Munoz to keep our taxes low and our education high.

Item 2019-11-01 Westfield - Calling all choral singers!Are you a local singer wanting to share your love of choral music with a group of like-minded vocalists?On December 8, the acclaimed Festival Chorus at First Congregational Church of Westfield will present John Rutters Magnificat. This joyous work will be performed by the SATB chorus, featuring soprano soloist and instrumental ensemble. Interested singers, age 16 and over, should have basic music reading ability and the desire to make blessed music while in a fun environment! Weekly rehearsals will begin on Thursday, November 7 at 7:30pm in Patton Auditorium at FCC, 125 Elmer Street, Westfield. There will be optional Saturday sectionals where focus will be on the more challenging portions of the work. There is no charge to participate.The Festival Chorus is directed by organist Dr. Barbara Thomson, who has concertized extensively in the United States and Europe, and has been critically acclaimed for her technique, musicianship, and ability to communicate. Dr. Thomson has been the Music Director at First Congregational Church since 1984.If you are interested in joining the Festival Chorus for this musical presentation, please email

Item 2019-11-01 Scotch Plains-Fanwood - High School Presents A Midsummer Nights Dream by William ShakespeareSPFHS is proud to present A Midsummer Nights Dream! One of William Shakespeares most popular and beloved comedies, this production is filled with love, laughter, and enchantment. SPFHS is putting a psychedelic, 1960s spin on this production of A Midsummer Nights Dream, where a world of tie-dye, hippies, rock, and counterculture meets the world of Shakespeare!Performances are on Friday, November 22nd Saturday, November 23rd at 7:30pm in the SPFHS Auditorium: 667 Westfield Road, Scotch Plains. This production involves over 50 students, including the production crew. The cast is under the direction and creative supervision of Mr. Morgan Knight (Director), Mrs. Jan Allen (Producer), Mr. Gary Moore (Set Design and Crew Supervisor), Mrs. Joanne Sprague (Costume Designer) and Mr. Tom Rowe (Lighting Designer). Tickets are available at and at the door. Tickets are $13 for students and senior citizens, $15 for adults.For handicapped seating and senior citizen Gold Card ticket orders, please contact Victoria Fortna at

Item 2019-11-01 Roselle Park - will host its salute to veterans of the United States Armed Forces on Monday, November 11 at 11:00 a.m. Mayor Sig and the Borough Council invite everyone to join together to honor and thank all who served in the United States Armed Forces, living or deceased, and current service members with any length of military service that is active duty, reserve component, or National Guard with any U.S. military branch. The Boroughs annual Veterans Day Ceremony will take place in the front of Roselle Park Veterans Memorial Library located at 404 Chestnut Street, Roselle Park. Casano Community Center will provide free bus service to Roselle Park senior citizens. Residents must call on Friday to arrange for transportation. For more information, please call Casano Community Center at 908-245-0666.

Item 2019-10-31 The Westfield High School boys cross-country team won its fifth straight Union County (UC) Championship at Warinanco Park in Roselle on October 29. The Blue Devil boys have won 10 of the last 11 UC titles with only Summit claiming the title in 2014. Union Catholic won the girls title with Summit placing second and Westfield placing third. Blue Devil senior Will Loggia finished second and Kevin Yucetepe finished third. Read entire story in the November 7 edition of The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times.

Item 2019-10-30 Springfield - A small quantity of depleted uranium, used as a teaching aid by a local educator who inadvertently left it in a meeting room of a Springfield synagogue, has been recovered and secured by a county HAZMAT team that subsequently declared the surrounding area safe this morning, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo, Union County Public Safety Director Andrew Moran, and Springfield Police Chief John Cook jointly announced Tuesday.

Item 2019-10-30 Fanwood - The College Club of Fanwood Scotch Plains will host Jon Bramnick, assemblyman, trial lawyer and comedian on November 18th. Jon Bramnick has served in the New Jersey General Assemble since 2003 representing Union, Somerset and Morris Counties in the 21st District. He also serves as the Assembly Minority Leader. Assemblyman Bramnick holds the title of Funniest Lawyer in New Jersey after winning contests sponsored by the NJ State Bar Association at Rascals Comedy Club. In his book, Why People Dont Like You Mr. Bramnick gives advice on 205 interpersonal skills that he calls rules of the road. These rules are everyday manners that we all need to be reminded of and he does so in a wise and witty manner. This lively and humorous presentation will take place at the Fanwood Presbyterian Church, 74 Martine Avenue, Fanwood (around the back at the McDermott Street entrance). It will begin at 7:30PM.

Item 2019-10-30 Fanwood - Next week Fanwood will proudly join the Fanwood Scotch Plains Veterans Recognition Committee in celebrating "Warrior Week", a week-long recognition of our country's veterans. The week will include a series of events dedicated to sharing military experiences and honoring the contributions of veterans. A summary of events is below, and a full schedule with registration links can be found at 100 percent of the profits go to the Veterans Recognition Committee as well as veteran events held throughout the year. "For the first time Fanwood will dedicate an entire week of activities to honor area veterans. There is something for everyone. Please take the time to attend one or more of these events knowing that you will be directly supporting area veterans!" - Mayor Colleen Mahr

Item 2019-10-29 Westfield - In preparation for this weekends changing the clocks, if you can put some press in from the Westfield Fire Prevention Bureau to change smoke detector batteries when changing the clocks. If they have any questions, they can contact us at (908) 789-4145 or at

Item 2019-10-28 Westfield - Greyhound Friends of NJ is holding their annual Pet & Craft Expo on Saturday and Sunday, November 9th and 10th from 10am - 4pm at the Westfield Armory, 500 Rahway Avenue, Westfield, NJ. Admission is $6.00. Children 12 and under are free. Leashed pets are welcome.

Item 2019-10-28 Scotch Plains - The College Club of Fanwood-Scotch Plains in cooperation with the Counseling Department of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School will host the 68th Annual College and Career Night. This informative night will take place on Tuesday, November 12th, 2019 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM in the Gyms and Multi-purpose Room of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, 667 Westfield Road, Scotch Plains. All students in10th,11th and 12th grades from Scotch Plains, Fanwood and neighboring private and parochial schools are invited to attend. This event gives students and their parents an opportunity to gather information and speak directly with representatives from colleges, universities, branches of military and technical schools. Additional information about the College Club of Fanwood-Scotch Plains can be found on the clubs website at

Item 2019-10-28 Plainfield - The New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra will take inspiration and return it to the audience with its first concert of the new season on Sunday, November 10th at the Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church. The performance will begin at 3:00 pm, and will feature performances from all three of NJIOs orchestral ensembles, as well as its Flute Choir. The performance will include Barbers Cello Concerto, performed by Bethany Bobbs; Schumanns Symphony No. 4; Ponchiellis Dance of the Hours; and more. Admission is free; donations are gratefully accepted at the door.

Item 2019-10-27 The top-seeded Cranford High School girls soccer team got first-half goals from Kirsten Williams and Laurel Teel thanks to assists from Maggie Murray but the third-seeded Westfield Blue Devils roared back in the second half with goals from Faith Dobosiewicz and Julia Weinstein to force overtime in the Union County Tournament championship in Clark on October 25. After two scoreless overtime periods, the Cougars and the Blue Devils earned a share of the crown.See entire story in the October 31 edition of The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times.

Item 2019-10-27 The Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School football team evened its record to 4-4 with a 21-20 victory over the Plainfield Cardinals in Plainfield on October 26. Hayden Widder scored the first touchdown for the Raiders on a one-yard quarterback sneak. Anthony Robinson scored on a 14-yard run then Widder connected with Shawn Martin on a 32-yard screen pass for a touchdown. See entire story in the October 31 edition of The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times.

Item 2019-10-25 Scotch Plains - Trunk or Treat will be Saturday 10/26 in the downtown area. Park Ave will be closed from 2pm until the event ends at approx 6pm. Plan alternate route. If attending the event, parking in the Municipal lots and walking in is recommended.

Item 2019-10-25 Scotch Plains - Traffic Alert for Saturday 10/26 approx 0830-1130- Union Catholic will be hosting a 5k Race. Martine Ave will be shut down for the race between Cooper Rd and Raritan Rd and cross streets. Local residents will be able to enter and exit their streets. Please be aware of runners on the course and be patient with any delays you may encounter.

Item 2019-10-25 Fanwood - The annual Fanwood Halloween Parade and Costume Contest will begin on the front lawn of the Fanwood Memorial Library at North and Forest Avenues. Children and adults who want to join the parade should assemble in front of the Library by 6 PM because at 6:15 PM the parade will depart for La Grande Park. Once the parade arrives at La Grande Park, at approximately 6:30 PM, the Costume Contest will begin for children of all ages. Anyone who wants to enter a pumpkin in the Jack-o-Lantern Contest should bring his or her carved creation to the park and fill out an entry form by 6:30 PM. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes and the best jack-o-lanterns! Free cider, donuts and coffee will be available to all.

Item 2019-10-24 Cranford - Alzheimers New Jerseyin conjunction with Union County Division on Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) and Union County College will present a free, half-day conference for caregivers on Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. 1:00 p.m. at the Union County College in Cranford. Featuring doctors and an attorney, the conference will take place in Union County Colleges Roy Smith Theatre at 1033 Springfield Avenue in Cranford, NJ 07016. Free Adult Day Care services are also available; for complete details please call (973) 586-4300. Or, to register online, go to

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