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Item 2020-03-04 Westfield - Mental Health Free Workshop, Sunday, March 15, 12:30-2pm. Day to day challenges of living with psychiatric disabilities. Light lunch provided. Pre-registration not required but encouraged. Location:First Baptist Church of Westfield, 170 Elm St. Call 908-233-2278 or email

Item 2020-03-03 Westfield - From Assemblyman Jon Bramnick Stay informed on the Coronavirus See the important information below: 24-Hour Public Hotline: 1-800-222-1222 New Jersey has set up a hotline staffed by the States poison control center. Trained healthcare professionals are standing by to answer questions about coronavirus. The call is free and available 24-hours/day. For additional guidance and resources see below from the New Jersey State Department of Health and the CDC-Centers for Disease Control and Prevention;

Item 2020-03-02 Westfield - Mental Health Workshop, Sunday, March 15, 12:30-2pm. Day to day challenges of living with psychiatric disabilities. Light lunch provided. Pre-registration not required but encouraged. Location: First Baptist Church of Westfield, 170 Elm St. Call 908-233-2278 or email

Item 2020-02-28 Westfield - Mayor Shelley Brindle & the Downtown Westfield Corporation Invite You to a Meeting for Downtown Property & Business Owners Thursday, March 5 6 to 8 pm Community Room in Westfield Town Hall This is an opportunity to hear more about the recommendations from the recent Master Plan Reexamination on land uses, parking, density, design standards and a great deal more. Mayor Brindle will discuss actions to implement some of the recommendations of the Plan, which is the Towns long range planning tool, and future initiatives under consideration by the Mayor and Council. 

Item 2020-02-28 Senior Cole Blazek got it all started with a steal in the final minute that allowed the Cranford High School boys basketball team overcome a 56-53 deficit to emerge with a 62-58 victory over Jonathan Dayton on Senior Night in Cranford on February 27. Read entire story in the March 5 edition of The Westfield Leader and The SPF Times.

Item 2020-02-28 Led by an all-senior starting five, the Westfield High School boys basketball team really took it to the Chatham Cougars, seizing an 18-4, first-quarter lead then cruised to a 60-43 victory on Senior Day in Westfield on February 27. The Blue Devils upped their record to 19-6 and were looking forward to their first-round match-up with North Hunterdon in the state sectional tournament. Read entire story in the March 5 edition of The Westfield Leader and The SPF Times.

Item 2020-02-27 Fanwood - The Fanwood Presbyterian Thrift Shop is open every Wednesday from 10 -4. The shop is located in the education building behind the church on MacDermott Place. Our racks are full of warm winter clothes for all ages. Right now we are having a half price sale on all merchandise. This includes shoes, linens, material, yarn, housewares, knick knacks, and books. All proceeds are given to local organizations. Please pay us a visit.

Item 2020-02-26 Trenton - GOP leaders blast Murphys fiscal 2021 budget message This governor and the Democratic Legislature is about to raise taxes over a three-year period that includes a budget that is an 18 percent growth over three years. Thats 6 percent a year over three years. One of the taxes is a corporate responsibility tax. What about a taxpayer responsibility program? asked Bramnick (R-Union). There was no discussion at all about any reforms. There was not one iota of any evidence that he believes any reforms need to be made in government. With the exodus in this state, how do you not address the tax climate? Theres no resident or citizen whose budget goes up 18 percent in a three year period. This is a state where everyone has to work just to survive and multiple family members have to work. Your labor force participation rate is high because everybody has to work in order to afford the high cost of living, said Wirths (R-Sussex). Before we do anything, we should be paying our debt. I look forward to working with the administration and my friends on the other side of the aisle to come up with a more fiscally conservative budget.

Item 2020-02-26 Intensity on the court kept spectators on the edge of their seats until the final seconds in the Union County Tournament semifinal game between the top-seeded Westfield High School girls basketball team and fourth-seeded Oak Knoll in Rahway on February 25. In the end, the Blue Devils overcame a three-point deficit to nip the Royals, 40-36, to advance to the championship game to face the Governor Livingston Highlanders. Read entire story in the March 5 edition of The Westfield Leader and The SPF Times.

Item 2020-02-26 Cranford - The First Presbyterian Church of Cranford (FPCC) (11 Springfield Ave, Cranford) announces the hiring of Daniel A. Velez-Acevedo as the new full-time Director of Children, Youth and Families. His responsibilities include planning and leading a full range of Christian educational and service opportunities for children and youth from pre-school through high school, active supervision of Sunday School, organizing youth participation in charitable events and overnight mission trips, and presenting the childrens sermon at Sunday worship services. He will also evaluate the overall effectiveness of children, youth and family ministries of the church and make recommendations for continuous improvement.

Item 2020-02-25 TRENTON, N.J. Assembly Republican leader Jon Bramnick responded to progressive advocates demands for $3 billion in new taxes at a press conference in Trenton Monday. He said Murphy has adopted these groups, and his budget will reflect their radical proposals. Once the election was over in November, once the campaign ceased, what you see is the reality of the Democratic control of this legislature, said Bramnick (R-Union). Causing more tax increases, more pain on working families, more concerns of the job creators, and tomorrow you will see this governor embrace all of those concepts.

Item 2020-02-24 Kenilworth - Kids Fishing seminar hosted by the Newark Bait and Flycasting Club. March 3 7:oopm. Cub, Boy and Girl Scouts attend and earn toward merit badges. Snacks are Provided, prizes awarded and a guest speaker. Learn the basics of fly tying, knot tying, safety, and Fish identification. the event is free. For more information or contact Bob Jones (908)272-3545.

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.

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.

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.

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

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, Facebook, web site

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

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: Bryce Salvador, former Captain of the NJ Devils, will be a special guest at the event.

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.

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!

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.

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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 or by phone at 520-748-3210. Tucson Sector is also LiveU capable. Contact us to schedule an interview.

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