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Item 2019-03-19 Westfield Leader - You are probably already aware of the opposition to PSE&Gs plan to erect an enormous high-voltage transmission line through 31 tree-lined residential streets on the south side of town. My name is Pam Kevelson, and I am coordinating media and communications for the group of residents that has formed to coordinate opposition to the project, which we believe poses a threat to public health and to the character of our town. For more information, I would direct you to our website,, which outlines our concerns. If you would like more information, or would like to speak to our campaign head (my husband, Ed Kevelson), please contact me via this email or directly at 469-540-2125. FYI there already is a tremendous groundswell of town-wide opposition for this project. Our online petition has gathered more than 500 signatures in less than 24 hours. Thanks! Pam

Item 2019-03-19 Westfield - Let Doctors Decide Your Healthcare, Not Insurance Companies Support Bramnick Law A-4613; Paid for by Bramnick for Assembly, Dan Connolly, Treas.

Item 2019-03-18 Westfield - The Westfield Area AARP Chapter 4137 will meet on Monday, April 1 at 1:00 PM at the Scotch Hills Country Club on Jerusalem Rd. and Plainfield Ave. At this meeting we will be having wide open discussions on several topics including future programs, benefits of belonging to the AARP, future direction of our chapter and other subjects that may be brought up by members. Refreshments and fellowship will follow our business meeting. Any questions, call Ilsa at 908-322-1788.

Item 2019-03-18 The Dr. Martin Luther King Association of Westfield is hosting a vigil at MLK Monument on the South Avenue Circle on Tuesday, March 19, at 7 p.m. in support of our Muslim brothers and sisters in Westfield and elsewhere in the aftermath of the attack on the mosques in New Zealand.

Item 2019-03-18 Fanwood - Mayor Colleen Mahr will host a Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, April 2 to discuss the upcoming Revaluation Program that will be underway in the Borough. Fanwood is one of 14 Union County towns, like Westfield and Garwood, and 32 towns in NJ that were identified as in need of updated property valuations. Fanwood was last revaluated 32 years ago. A revaluation of residential and commercial property is done to appraise property to determine its full and fair value and be more in line with market values. Typically, a revaluation will result in an increase of property assessment (value) but not necessarily an increase in property taxes. I encourage Fanwood residents to attend the meeting and ask questions about the purpose of revaluation and the process. Township officials and a representative from Realty Appraisal Company will explain the process and be available to answer questions, said Mayor Mahr. The Town Hall will be held at Forest Road Park at 7 pm.

Item 2019-03-14 Roselle Park - 1st Annual Health Fair The Borough of Roselle Park in partnership with Lions Club MD16, the Union County Office of Health Management, Regional Chronic Disease Coalition of Middlesex & Union Counties and Union County CEED through Hoboken Family Planning presents the First Annual Community Health Fair. The health fair will be held from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 7, at the Michael Mauri Gazebo Park. Chestnut Street, Roselle Park, NJ 07204. It will include health screenings, giveaways, door prizes, and childrens activities. For more information, or to participate please contact Rupen Shah at 908-245-0666 or email **** Rupen Shah

Item 2019-03-13 Scotch Plains - The Fanwood-Scotch Plains Service League Thrift Shop, 1741 East 2nd St. welcomes spring with clothing, housewares and accessories for milder sunnier days. Inside the shop, look through the collection of new items with original price tags. Other items are gently used and a good value. The Thrift Shop has mens, womens and childrens clothing for proms, weddings, communions, confirmations, and graduations. Mother of the Bride and wedding gowns are available. Shoes and accessories are also in stock. Dont forget Mothers and Fathers Day. For gift giving the Thrift Shop features collectibles and jewelry. Currently available are pieces by Royal Crown, Royal Doulton, Schumann, Arzberg, Nuova Capodinonte. A special butterfly jewelry collection is available. All items are researched on Amazon and well below Amazon pricing. Dealers are welcomed. Casual and formal linens and full service tableware is available. The Fanwood-Scotch Plains Service League is an all-volunteer, non- profit organization that has served the local communities since 1974. Since its founding, the League has donated more than $1.3 million for local causes. Anyone interested in learning more about the League or membership is invited to call (908) 322-5420 visit the League's website at or speak to any of the volunteers at the Thrift Shop. Checkout the organization's Facebook page, "Fanwood-Scotch Plains Service League," and give the League a "Like." Shop hours are Tuesday thru Friday, 10 am to 2:30 pm, Saturday, 10 am to 1 pm. Volunteers will gladly accept new and gently used donations during business hours. Volunteers will provide tax receipts. Tax receipts can be used for saleable items.

Item 2019-03-11 Garwood - St. Patricks Day Dinner by Garwood Knights of Columbus When: St. Patricks Day March 17th 1:30pm-5pm Where: 37 South Ave Garwood NJ Donation: $25.00 adults $10 children Cash Bar available Menu includes: Corned Beef and Cabbage, Irish soda bread, potatoes, soda and various desserts Music, Irish Dancers, and games. All proceeds go Knights of Columbus Charities.

Item 2019-03-06 Trenton - Assemblyman Anthony Bucco rejected Gov. Phil Murphys second budget for contributing to the states unaffordability problem. The governor continues to peddle expensive programs that sound nice but carry massive price tags that the state has no ability to pay for even as we sit on tens of billions of dollars in unfunded liabilities, said Bucco (R-Morris). This misguided approach is why we continue to hear proposals in Trenton for higher taxes and state spending that will eclipse 11 percent in just two years. Everyone in New Jersey understands that taxes are crippling for families and businesses, except the governor and his political allies in Trenton. Its time to get serious about our fiscal challenges and finally make New Jersey more affordable.

Item 2019-03-06 Mountainside - The Friends of the Mountainside Library Annual Spring Book Sale will take place on Friday and Saturday, March 29-30 from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM at the library. Donations of gently used hardcover and paperback books, music CDs and DVDs will be accepted during library open hours from Friday, March 22 until Wednesday, March 27. The book sale is a great way to recycle gently-used books and other media that you no longer need. It's also a terrific way to support your public library. However, soiled or damaged items and items with mildew cannot be accepted. There will be a preview for Mountainside residents on Thursday, March 28 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM. After the sale, there will be a Bag Day on Monday, April 1 from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM. Every dollar raised will be used to support programs and services at the Mountainside Public Library! Sponsorship of adult and childrens programs, music programs, Summer Reading programs, website sponsorship and Museum Passes are just a few of the ways that the Friends contribute to the library and to the community. The library is located at 1 Constitution Plaza in Mountainside NJ. For information, please call 908-233-0115.

Item 2019-03-05 Westfield - Dear Raritan Valley Rail Line commuters: The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition would like you to know about the upcoming NJ Department of Transportation (DOT) listening tour stop at the Westfield Train station this Wednesday, March 6th beginning at 5 p.m. Representatives from NJ Transit, NJ DOT---including DOT Commissioner Diana Guiterrez-Scaccetti and NJ Transit Executive Director Kevin Corbett---as well as members of the State Assembly will be on hand to listen to public concerns about the Raritan Valley Rail line service. If you are available to go, we encourage you to join us there to make your voice heard in calling for train service improvements---including a One Seat Ride---on the Raritan Valley Rail line. Unfortunately, the tour has been scheduled at a time when many commuters cannot make it. Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski and Raritan Valley Rail Coalition Chairman Bruce Bergen will be on hand with municipal officials to represent you and voice concerns to the state about the restoration of the one-seat ride, and implementation of a full-time one-seat ride.

Item 2019-03-05 Trenton - Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick blasted Gov. Phil Murphy, before his address to the Legislature, for seeking to balance his budget with tax hikes a second consecutive year. Despite Murphys extraordinary-high tax hikes last year, state revenues actually went down, said Bramnick (R-Union). The governors prediction of nearly $2 billion in revenue was way off. Higher taxes are not the answer.

Item 2019-03-05 Scotch Plains - The Friends of the Scotch Plains Public Library will hold in March their annual Giant Book Sale to benefit the library. The sale will begin with a childrens sale on Sat., March 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and continue on Sun., March 10 from noon to 3 p.m. The adult book sale will begin with a members only presale on Wed., March 13 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. New members may join at the door. The open sale will begin on Thurs., March 14 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m, and continue on Fri., March 15 with a half-price sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A bag sale on Sat., March 16 will conclude the sale. The Friends are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization devoted to supporting the programming and development of the library, and have contributed $186,000 to the library since its inception in 1998. Donations of clean, salable books, CDs, and DVDs for the sale can be dropped off at the library through Sun., March 10. The Friends cannot accept cassettes, textbooks, manuals, or encyclopedias.

Item 2019-03-05 ELIZABETH The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders Fiscal Committee will hold public hearings on the 2019 Union County executive budget on Monday, March 11 in Kenilworth and Tuesday, March 12 in Elizabeth, both at 5 p.m., and Monday, March 18 at the Westfield Municipal Building.

Item 2019-03-05 Cranford - Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick continues his fight against court-mandated high-density housing projects and invites residents to a town hall meeting in Cranford with Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi to discuss how to stop projects like the one at 750 Walnut Ave., which would add 905 new apartment units. Who: Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick and Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi What: Town Hall on stopping court-mandated affordable housing projects Where: Roy Smith Theater at Union County College located at 1033 Springfield Ave. in Cranford When: Tuesday, March 5 at 7 p.m. Bramnick has stressed that this court-mandated overdevelopment will burden a towns infrastructure, overcrowd the schools, and hike up property taxes. He held similar meetings last year on high-density housing in Basking Ridge and Watchung.

Item 2019-03-04 Westfield High School junior CJ Composto placed third in the 126-lb class at the NJSIAA Wrestling Tournament held at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on February 28 through March 2. Composto's only loss was 7-1 to top-seeded Robert Howard of Bergen Catholic, who was ranked second nationally at the time. Blue Devils Luke Hoerle (120-lbs) and Tim Miller (182-lbs), along with Cranford Cougar AJ Bencivenga (152-lb) came up one win short of placing in the top-8. Read entire story in the March 7 edition of The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times

Item 2019-03-04 Westfield - Please join me (Fanwood Mayor Mahr) and other area Mayors in calling for better service on the Raritan Valley Line at the NJ Transit Listening Tour with Dept. of Transportation Commissioner Diana Guiterrez-Scaccetti and NJ Transit Executive Director Kevin Corbett this Wednesday, March 6 at 5pm at the Westfield Train Station. Alongside my fellow Raritan Valley Line Mayors, I will be there advocating for area residents' need for better commuter transportation. We are tired of being the "Forgotten Commuters" with no one-seat ride into New York Penn Station during peak hours. We are also still awaiting the return of the off-peak direct trains that were cancelled last year as well. Unfortunately, this "Listening Tour" has been scheduled while most commuters are still at work or riding the train home.

Item 2019-03-04 Trenton - Assembly Republican leader said he plans to introduce a constitutional amendment that keeps parents in charge of schools, not county politicians. The one-party rule by Democrats is now focused on taking away control of your local schools, said Bramnick (R-Union). Dont be shocked when counties make the decision where our children go to school. This is no different than Trenton deciding how many housing units will be built in your town. This is extreme government when Democrats control both houses of the legislature and the governors office. The states top Democrat has begun a process to have counties take over local schools.

Item 2019-03-02 Westfield - The Westfield Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) is reviving the student portion of its Devlin Awards program with a contest in art and writing on a preservation topic. All Westfield students in middle and senior high school are eligible. The deadline for entries is Monday, April 15, 2019. The student art and writing contest seeks to foster an appreciation of historic preservation in teens and young adults. Students are invited to submit a work of art or creative writing that imagines a favorite place in Westfield as it may have existed in another era. Entrants are encouraged to include specific historic details that help evoke the time period and make it come alive. Any original essay, story, or poem, may be entered in the writing category. Any original drawing, painting or model may be entered for the art category. Prizes will be awarded in each category at the middle and senior high level. Created in 1993 to encourage the use of established historic preservation standards, the Devlin awards are named for Harry Devlin, a prominent local artist and architectural historian. Judges for the student awards are Wende Devlin Gates, local realtor and daughter of Harry and Wende Devlin; Linnea Rhodes, artist; and Barbara Burton, librarian and former HPC member. Artwork may be delivered to HPC c/o Town Administrator, 425 E. Broad Street. Writing entries may be emailed to Please include artist/authors name, grade and contact information. For additional information, please visit

Item 2019-03-01 Westfield - The Genealogical Society of the West Fields invites you to join Beverly Seward Yackel on Thursday, March 14, 2019, who will be talking on How to Organize Your Genealogy. The meeting will be held at 1:00 pm in the Westfield Memorial Library located at 550 East Broad Street, Westfield, NJ.

Item 2019-03-01 Westfield - Community Center has booked the following events:March 18 @ 12:30 pm Irish Singalong with BarbaraMarch 19 @ 10:15 am Movie Day: Florence Foster Jenkins.March 21 @ 12:30 pm Pedestrian Safety Presentation from the Brain injury AllianceMarch 29 @ 7:00 pm Art Exhibition and AuctionWe are located at 558 West Broad Street. Please call 908-232-4759 to register for these workshops.Our Senior Program is in full swing with a daily Coffee Chat and Monthly Movie Days. We also offer Chair Yoga on Monday mornings. We also keep our seniors busy with bingo, puzzles, games galore and trips. Come join us for a good time!

Item 2019-03-01 Trenton - Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick wants the School Development Authority to provide a side-by-side comparison of salaries for its fired state employees compared with political hires and how long the state employees fired were with the state. It is important for the public to know the depth of the patronage that occurred within the SDA, said Bramnick (R-Union). Governor Murphy needs to respond and the public deserves the truth.

Item 2019-02-28 Mountainside - 2019 summer camps at Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside. Online registration begins March 2nd at 9:00AM for Union County residents. In-person registration is welcome at the Trailside Visitor Center on March 2nd from 9:00AM 4:00PM (cash and credit cards only). Non-county residents may register online Monday, March 4 at 9:00AM. This years camp and program offerings include: Pre-first Grade Camps Half/Full-Day Camps, Grade 1 6 Full-Day Camp Grades 7 - 9 Family Programs Campfires & Skits Family Campout for Beginners Evening Programs Sensory Friendly Special Needs Camps For registration and detailed program information, please visit If you do not have an account, please create one prior to Saturday, March 2nd and make sure to include all family members. When registering please have emergency contact and childs physician information available. Please read all general and cancellation policies.

Item 2019-02-27 Westfield - FUMC Westfield seeks to affirm that our church is open and welcome to all LGBTQIA people following the decision of the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference of the United Methodist Church. We believe that all of us are fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of our Almighty God, who loves us all completely. We believe that everyone deserves the right to love and to serve the church, and we grieve for the decision that was made and for those who were wounded by it. The motto of the United Methodist Church is Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors. FUMC Westfield stands behind this sentiment, and promises not only to be a congregation grounded in love for all of Gods people, but a congregation that will stand and fight for what is right. We believe in the power of the United Methodist Church to do great things for the Kingdom of God, but we first believe in the Greatest Commandment that Jesus set before us:Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. - Matthew 22:37-39

Item 2019-02-27 Cranford - The Raritan Valley Rail Coalition (RVRC), a rail-advocacy group representing 1.7 million residents in four counties along NJ Transits Raritan Valley Rail line, will sponsor a free presentation on the Gateway Project, beginning at 7:00 p.m, Tuesday, March 26th at the Cranford Community Center.

Item 2019-02-27 Cranford - Assemblyman Bramnick to Host Town Hall to discuss court mandated high-density housing You are invited to attend a town hall on court mandated high-density housing and discuss legislative solutions being considered to address: property taxes, schools, emergency services and infrastructure. When: Tuesday March 5th Time: 7pm (doors open 6:45pm) Where: Roy Smith Theater at Union County College, 1033 Springfield Avenue in Cranford For more information please call my office at: 908 232 2073

Item 2019-02-26 Westfield - Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick released the following statement after reports of the Schools Development Authority firing 26 veteran employees to hire 38 new people, many of whom have personal relationships with Gov. Phil Murphy's top staff. "This is another example of the Murphy administration's nepotistic culture. Time and again it becomes evident that personal relationships are more important than anything else.

Item 2019-02-26 Trenton - Legislature passes tax on people who park in states largest cities New Jerseys six largest cities may be allowed to charge people a 3.5 percent tax for parking within their borders. The state Assembly took the first step today, but not quietly as Republicans stood against the additional tax hike. This is the eighth tax passed by the state Assembly since Speaker Craig Coughlin joined Senate President Steve Sweeney in a pledge of no new taxes. Assembly GOP Leader Jon Bramnick posed questions to the sponsor of the bill about the need for the tax, asking what the process was to determine if there were other sources of income that could be used instead of levying an extra tax on people who just want to park their car.

Item 2019-02-25 Westfield Blue Devils CJ Composto (126-lbs) and Luke Hoerle (120-lbs) won individual titles at the Region 4 Wrestling Tournament in Union on February 23. It was Composto's third region title and Hoerle's second region title. Additionally, Composto and Hoerle became the first juniors in WHS history to achieve their 100th career victories. Composto achieved his in the quarterfinal round and Hoerle achieved his in the final. Also qualifying for the NJSIAA Tournament at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City were Blue Devils Tim Miller (2nd at 182-lbs) and Quinn Gimblette (4th at 113-lbs), Cranford Cougars AJ Bencivenga (3rd at 152-lbs) and Conor Halpin (4th at 145-lbs), and Scotch Plains-Fanwood Raider Brandon Bowles (3rd at 113-lbs). Read entire story in the February 28 edition of The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times

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