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Item 2019-05-20 Union County - Residents can learn about the local impacts of the national opioid crisis first-hand from representatives of the Union County Prosecutor, Sheriff, Police Division and other professionals by attending a free public meeting hosted by the Public Safety Committee of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders titled, The Opioid Epidemic: Silently Affecting Our Community. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 21, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the McManus School auditorium, at 300 Edgewood Road in Linden. Admission is free and no pre-registration is required. For more information contact Karen Dinsmore, Assistant Director, Union County Department of Human Services, kdinsmore@ucnj.org or 908-527-4809.
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Item 2019-05-20 Mountainside - Assemblyman Jon Bramnick is holding a Town Hall at Mountainside Borough Hall tonight at 7 p.m. The subject of the meeting is high density housing. The public is invited tonight at city hall in Mountainside at 7 pm
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Item 2019-05-20 Garwood - Street Fair is revving up to for a full day. The sixth annual Garwood Rocks street fair, hosted by the GreaterWestfield Area Chamber of Commerce (GWACC) will take place onSunday, June 2nd, 2019 from 10 AM - 6 PM (rain or shine)in downtown Garwood. This year the event has been extended to 6 pm. Center Street will be closed to traffic from South Avenue to Unami Park beginning at 7 AM.
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Item 2019-05-17 TRENTON, N.J. Gov. Phil Murphy conditionally vetoed the Dark Money bill (S1500) on Monday that would require independent expenditure committees to disclose sources of contributions of $10,000 or more. Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick says he would support an override of the governors conditional veto. This is an important piece of legislation that passed both houses with overwhelming bi-partisan support and would help restore the publics trust in government, said Bramnick (R-Union). I support the legislature overriding the governors conditional veto so we can increase transparency and shed light on who is influencing policy and elections. The Election Law Enforcement Commission reported that these groups spent nearly $50 million trying to influence state legislative and gubernatorial elections in 2017.
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Item 2019-05-16 TRENTON, N.J. The state treasurer announced this week that tax collections exceeded expectations resulting in $484 million in unexpected revenue for the current fiscal year. Today, Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick is calling on the governor to use the surplus to increase funding for NJ Transit by $250 million and return the remainder to New Jerseys taxpayers. We have an opportunity to substantially increase our investment in NJ Transit, improve service for commuters and provide tax relief to our residents, said Bramnick. Governor Murphy should join me by immediately earmarking the surplus for NJ Transit and tax relief.
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Item 2019-05-16 Patrick Cuccurullo pitched six strong innings and received offensive support from Mike Dieu, Dean Kirian, Angelo DiNizo and Josh Canavan as the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School baseball team earned its first Union County Tournament championship in 10 years with a 4-0 shutout over the AL Johnson Crusaders at Kean University in Union on May 15. Read entire story in the May 23 edition of The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times
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Item 2019-05-15 Mountainside - Please join Asm. Jon Bramnick for a discussion on solutions to the court mandated high density housing effecting our community. Monday, May 20th @ 7pm Mountainside Borough Hall 1385 Rt. 22 East Mountainside, NJ 07092
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Item 2019-05-15 Dates of demonstrations for new voting machines: Voters in Westfield and eight other municipalities will use the new machines starting with the Primary Election on June 4, and the remaining 12 municipalities will use them starting with the General Election in November. Demonstrations are being held Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the County Complex at 300 North Avenue East in Westfield. The updated list of one-day demonstrations is as follows: May 14 - Union Township Municipal Building, 1976 Morris Avenue, 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm May 16 - Mountainside Public Library, 1 Constitution Plaza, 3:00 pm - 7:30 pm May 19 - Kenilworth Street Fair, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm May 21 - Winfield Municipal Building, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm May 22 - Union Township Municipal Building, 1976 Morris Avenue 3:00 pm 7:00 pm May 23 - Berkeley Heights Public Library, 110 Roosevelt Avenue, 12:00 pm 8:00 pm May 24 - Garwood Public Library, 411 Third Avenue, 9:00 am -4:00 pm May 30 - Elizabeth Public Library, Elizabethport Branch, 101-110 3rd Street, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm June 1 - Rhythm & Blues by the Brook free public music festival at Cedar Brook Park, Plainfield 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm June 2 - Garwood Rocks (Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce), Center Street, Garwood 10:00 am - 6:00 pm In addition, a demonstration will be held during the annual Union County Women Mean Business seminar and networking event at The Clubhouse at Galloping Hill in Kenilworth on May 22. Registration for the event is required at ucnj.org/ucmb/2019. The new ExpressVote XL voting machines will be rolled out in two stages for the Primary and General elections.
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Item 2019-05-14 Westfield - The New Jersey Table Tennis Club, a non-profit club, will hold the 90th Annual N.J. State Table Tennis Championships this weekend Saturday May 18 and Sunday May 19, 2019 located at 226 North Avenue West, Westfield, N.J. This event is only for N.J. residents. The club has been in Westfield almost 50 years, open 7 days a week to players of all levels & run weekly leagues on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday nights, as well as monthly tournaments & coaching
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Item 2019-05-14 Cranford - The Police Department will be conducting a D.W.I. Checkpoint within the Township from 9pm on June 1st until 3am on June 2, 2019.
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Item 2019-05-13 Westfield - If you're looking for something fun to do, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Westfield is hosting their annual GreekFest. There will be Greek food, Greek dancing, a Greek Market, and lots more. This year admissions proceeds will benefit the Westfield EMTs; the Westfield PBA; and the Orthodox Christian Mission Center. Come visit us from Friday, May 31st at 5pm until Sunday, June 2nd at 2pm at 250 Gallows Hill Road. Come for a great time. And remember, everyone can be Greek for a day at GreekFest! For more info, go to NJGreefest.com thats https://www.njgreekfest.com/. Admission: $2.00
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Item 2019-05-13 Linden - The Public Safety Committee of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites all members of the public, and all community stakeholders, to attend a countywide Town Hall meeting on the opioid epidemic. The meeting, titled The Opioid Epidemic: Silently Affecting Our Community, will be held on Tuesday, May 21, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the McManus School auditorium, at 300 Edgewood Road in Linden. It is designed to provide the public with an open discussion about the scope and nature of opioid abuse in Union County, and an assessment of the tools that are available to fight it. The Public Safety Committee and members of the public will hear reports from Union County law enforcement, public officials and professionals, including representatives from the nonprofit organization Prevention Links and other stakeholders. For more information contact Karen Dinsmore, Assistant Director, Union County Department of Human Services, kdinsmore@ucnj.org or 908-527-4809.
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Item 2019-05-12 Small ball turned big results for the sixth-seeded Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School baseball team in its Union County Tournament semifinal game with the second-seeded Governor Livingston Highlanders at Kean University in Union on May 11. Dallas Lorenzetti's perfectly placed bunt earned him a single and forced the hand of Highlander pitcher John Grill which resulted in an overthrow and two Raiders scuffing home plate in the second inning en route to a 6-2 victory. Senior pitcher Danny Wilkinson limited the GL power machine to just three hits, while striking out 10 batters. Read entire story in the May 16 edition of The Westfield leader and The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times
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Item 2019-05-10 Union County The Public Safety Committee of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites all members of the public, and all community stakeholders, to attend a countywide Town Hall meeting on the opioid epidemic. The meeting, titled The Opioid Epidemic: Silently Affecting Our Community, will be held on Tuesday, May 21, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the McManus School auditorium, at 300 Edgewood Road in Linden. It is designed to provide the public with an open discussion about the scope and nature of opioid abuse in Union County, and an assessment of the tools that are available to fight it. The Public Safety Committee and members of the public will hear reports from Union County law enforcement, public officials and professionals, including representatives from the nonprofit organization Prevention Links and other stakeholders. For more information contact Karen Dinsmore, Assistant Director, Union County Department of Human Services, kdinsmore@ucnj.org or 908-527-4809.
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Item 2019-05-10 TRENTON, N.J. Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick today called on PSEG to hold a public hearing before running high voltage electric poles through residential neighborhoods in Cranford. The citizens deserve open discussion on the risks, said Bramnick (R-Union). PSEG needs to be up front with residents and discuss the project in a public hearing.
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Item 2019-05-09 Emma Pietrewicz, Julia Gagliardi and Molly Stogner got the offense rolling for the top-seeded Westfield High School softball team in an 8-5 victory over the fourth-seeded Cranford Cougars in the semifinal round of the Union County Tournament at Kean University in Union on May 8. The Cougars kept battling back and closed the gap to 5-3 when Morgan Heim hammered a two-run home run over the left-centerfield fence in the fifth inning and added two more runs in the sixth to make the score 7-5 before Stogner added the icing with an RBI double in the bottom of the sixth. Read entire story in the May 16 edition of The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times.
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Item 2019-05-08 Westfield - WHS BANDS PRESENTS 8th ANNUAL JAZZ UNDER THE STARS The Westfield High School Bands, in collaboration with Edison Intermediate School and Roosevelt Intermediate School, will present their eighth annual Jazz Under the Stars on Saturday, May 11th, beginning at 6:00 pm in the courtyard of Westfield High School. This event is open to the entire community and will feature performances by the Westfield High School Choraleers as well as six jazz bands.The program for the evening will appeal to listeners of all ages and consists of classic jazz standards as well as newer charts by modern jazz composers . A casual jazz club atmosphere will be set in the WHS Courtyard for this special evening, complete with individual seating closer to the stage and tables for socializing in groups. Patrons are welcomed to bring their own lawn chairs. Appetizers, desserts, soft drinks, and coffee will be served. Tickets are $5 in advance, before Wednesday, May 8th, and $8 at the door. In the event of rain, the program will be held indoors in the WHS Cafeteria B. For ticket reservations and more information, please contact Chris Vitale, Director of Bands, at cvitale@westfieldnjk12.org.
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Item 2019-05-08 TRENTON, N.J. Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz raised the problem of the builders remedy as a means of forcing municipal compliance with affordable housing obligations at an Assembly Budget Committee hearing Monday. The so-called builders remedy allows developers to sue municipalities and force massive residential development with only a small percentage to be used for affordable housing. It forces towns to unnecessarily build four-times more homes than mandated. The builders remedy has been very troubling because it doesnt build enough affordable housing while it creates this high-density suburban sprawl, Munoz (R-Union) said.
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Item 2019-05-07 Scotch Plains - Nominations are now open and everyone is encouraged to nominate a special person or organization to be honored at the Gala on December 6, 2019. The only requirement is that the volunteer work must be done in Scotch Plains. Nomination forms may be obtained from the Scotch Plains Recreation Office, Scotch Plains Municipal Building, 430 Park Avenue, on line at www.scotchplainsnj.gov or at the Scotch Plains Public Library. Nominations are due by June 30.
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Item 2019-05-05 The eighth-seeded Summit Hilltoppers stunned the top-seeded Cranford Cougars, 3-2, in eight innings in the quarterfinal round of the Union County Baseball Tournament held in Cranford on May 4. Trevor Mutolo, who had doubled, eventually scored what would have been the winning run on a bases-loaded walk to Dan Cahill. Hilltopper pitcher Matt Reddy went the distance in the victory. Read entire story in the May 9 edition of The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times.
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Item 2019-05-05 The Westfield High School boys and girls track & field teams both placed second at the Union County Relays held at Hub Stine Field in Plainfield on May 1-2. For the Lady Blue Devils, Sam Stravach recorded the meet's best throws in the discus and javelin events. Blue Devils Jeremy Kronheimer and Griffin Rooney, respectively, had the No. 1 and No.2 top throws in the javelin. For the Cranford Cougar girls, Cielo Tumbokon had the best leap in the long jump followed by SPF Raider Corinne Lyght. Read both stories in the May 9 edition of The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times.
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Item 2019-05-04 WESTFIELD, N.J. Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick is requesting the President and Congress to include the Gateway tunnel project in a $2 trillion federal infrastructure spending plan agreed to earlier this week. The Gateway tunnel is absolutely necessary, said Bramnick (R-Union). This project has national significance and extensive economic impact on the region.
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Item 2019-05-04 Cranford - Residents, As you may be aware, the Cranford School District is asking each household to take a survey. You should have received a postcard with a unique ID in order to access the survey. The survey must be completed by May 13. More info can be found about the plans and postcard at the Cranford School District website How to do the survey? Go to the facebook page Cranford Residents to Preserve Neighborhood Schools to view a video on how to take the survey as well as other pertinent information.
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Item 2019-05-01 The Westfield High School softball team upped its record to 12-0 with an 11-0 shutout of the Cranford Cougars in Cranford on April 30. Blue Devil Julia Gagliardo blasted a three-run home run in the sixth inning and Alivia Macaluso whacked a two-run homer in the seventh inning. Cougar sophomore pitcher Morrigan Gardiner recorded her 100th career strikeout in the third inning. Read the entire story in the May 9 edition of The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times
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Item 2019-05-01 ACLU-NJ - Regarding the decision of Elizabeth Police Director James Cosgrove to resign following an investigation that deemed allegations of racist and sexist slurs credible. New Jerseyans certainly feel relief that Police Director James Cosgrove has stepped down, but it never should have required the Attorney Generals intervention or calls from advocates for Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwage to take action. As soon as the Union County Prosecutor found allegations of racist and sexist slurs credible, Mayor Bollwage should have been compelled to take immediate steps to meet the seriousness of the situation. Instead, we saw a mayor who chose to evade accountability by blocking journalists on social media when asked about the controversy surrounding his police director, antithetical to transparency and the Constitution. Cosgroves resignation speaks to the influence of civil rights advocates across New Jersey, and it also indicates the need to deeply examine police culture in Elizabeth - and statewide - to ensure that the scourge of racism and misogyny are properly addressed at every level.
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Item 2019-04-30 Plainfield - The League of Women Voters New Jersey will hold a 2019 Union County Freeholders Democratic Primary Candidate Forum on Wednesday May 29th 2019. As a candidate for Freeholder you are invited to participate. Held at the duCret School of Art 1030 Central Avenue Plainfield beginning at 6:30PM and ending at 8:00PM. Doors will be opened at 6 PM. Alex Lospinoso Anthony Esposito *Bette Jane Kowalski Jack Molenaar Lorraine McNeil *Rebecca L. Williams *Sergio Granados Sylvia Turnage Wilma G. Campbell The forum will be Moderated by The League of Women New Jersey Questions will be generated with the following sources. LWV of New Jersey Local Leagues & Local News Organization of Union County
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Item 2019-04-25 Cranford - Posted by Mayor Giblin: We have been reaching out to PSE&G to hold a public meeting. They have agreed to hold a community meeting to discuss the proposed substation and power line project on Wednesday, May 8th from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Community Center. Please continue to send questions to administrator@cranfordnj.org. PSE&G will not be at the Township workshop or official meeting next week (4/29 or 4/30). Residents are welcome to attend the township meetings and we will relay questions and concerns to PSE&G.
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Item 2019-04-24 Elizabth - The Union County Prosecutors Office has assumed oversight of the Elizabeth Police Departments internal affairs functions, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced Tuesday. The City of Elizabeth has been notified that the Prosecutors Offices oversight will include comprehensive daily review of all disciplinary investigations and findings in order to ensure that the daily operations of the Departments Internal Affairs Unit are functioning properly. The Prosecutors Office cannot comment on any specific internal affairs investigations.
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Item 2019-04-24 Cranford - I am following up on the correspondence regarding the proposal to Reimagine Cranford Public Schools that I sent on 4/12: Please note that the redesigned Reimagining portion of the District website is now available for viewing at www.cranfordschools.org. Click on the Reimagining Cranford Public Schools link once there. I invite you to familiarize yourself with the information posted there; it will also assist you in making selections when the Reimagining survey comes out on or about Friday, April 26. We thank you for your continued engagement in this conversation! Scott Rubin, Supt. of Schools
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