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Item 2017-02-16 Elizabeth - The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders today announced a set of open public hearing dates in February and March for the review of the soon-to-be released 2017 Executive Budget. The hearings all begin at 5 p.m: Tuesday, Feb.28th: Galloping Hill Clubhouse, Kenilworth---Engineering, Public Works and Facilities; Human Services; Parks and Recreation; Corrections. Thursday, March 9th: Union County Administrative Building, Elizabeth---County Clerk; Prosecutor; Sheriffs Office; Surrogate. Monday, March 13th: Union County Vo-Tech, Scotch Plains---Administrative Services; County Counsel; Economic Development; Election Board, Public Safety. While there are no public comments at these meetings, the public is welcome to attend and listen to the discussion. The Freeholder Board will conduct their review before voting to introducing the budget later this year.

Item 2017-02-09 Westfield - With the arrival of our first significant snowstorm of the season, we wanted to remind you about the township's ordinance that prohibits parking on the street when there is an accumulation of three inches or more of snow. This ordinance is intended to expedite snow removal and facilitate curb-to-curb plowing by our Public Works Department. Ward 3 Councilmen

Item 2017-02-08 Mountainside - A state of emergency is hereby declared to exist within the municipal limits of the borough whenever there shall be a snowfall of three inches or more; and such emergency shall be presumed to continue for a period of 24 hours after the cessation of said snowfall. In order to afford the borough the opportunity to clear its streets and highways of snow and to open the same, during the period of the emergency aforesaid no vehicle, however propelled, except as herein provided, shall be allowed to stand or park, whether attended or not, upon any street or highway of the borough except for pickup or discharging of passengers or for picking up or delivering essential merchandise or other commodities; provided, however, that such emergency shall be terminated as to any street or highway when the snow has been plowed therefrom for the full width of the pavement. Such emergency shall continue beyond the 24 hour period above provided for on those streets or highways of the borough from which the snow has not been removed, and no vehicle shall be allowed to stand or park, whether attended or not, on such street or highway until the snow shall have been cleared therefrom. Notwithstanding any other provision, if the Borough shall have installed permanent signs at the entrances to the Borough which signs set forth the prohibition against parking or standing on snow-covered streets as set forth herein, that prohibition shall be in effect without the need for the Borough to post temporary EMERGENCY NO PARKING signs upon the streets or sections of streets where the prohibition applies.

Item 2017-02-08 Garwood - With the upcoming snow storm please make arrangements to have vehicles off roadways once snowfall reaches 3 inches or more. No parking will be enforced on all borough streets for snow removal.

Item 2017-02-01 DC - U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance: "Neil Gorsuch is a thoughtful and qualified choice to replace the great Justice Antonin Scalia. Judge Gorsuch is mainstream conservative who I am confident will be confirmed by the U.S. Senate to the Nation's highest court."

Item 2017-01-31 Trenton - Sen. Tom Kean (Westfield) praised Senator Allen in response to todays announcement by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) that she will not seek re-election to the New Jersey Senate.

Item 2017-01-30 Linden - New Jersey Blood Services is hosting an Emergency Shortage Blood Drive on Monday, February 6th between 12:30pm - 6:30pm at the Linden Public Library at 31 East Henry Street, Linden. To make an appointment, please call 1-800-933-2566. Walk-ins are welcome!

Item 2017-01-27 Union County - The Countys Workforce Innovation Business Center is recruiting qualified Union County residents to fill 500 full-time positions for employment at Blue Apron in Linden. register online at to secure a spot. Anyone with further questions can call the Innovation Business Center at 908-355-4444.

Item 2017-01-26 Westfield - A writer says, I went to Vine on North Avenue to pick up some groceries Wednesday evening. On the other side of the street were perhaps thirty demonstrator's with signs about Obama Care. Since over half of the "insurance" centers Obama sent up and gave seed money (your and my tax money) to (health care exchanges) that have failed and the other half are at the deaths door (and bleeding money badly), I'm confused as to what their (the demonstrator's) beef is? Something had to be done as the entire system was going belly up. Were they looking for a difference form of government, like socialism or communism where the government pays for everything? Europe and the Soviet Union tried that and failed miserably. Even Margret Thatcher said Socialism is great until you run out of other peoples money

Item 2017-01-26 Topic - Can we define Affordable Housing? Sale Price per unit or at what rent? Taxes? Who pays for it? What about School Costs? Property Taxes? Is this a developers windfall? Is NJ Supreme Court now the Legislative body? Do we need the NJ senate and assembly anymore? Do we need Freeholders and Mayors? Solicit input from whom? (Planning Boards)? seems no one knows anything, just speculation??? What a mess! Court ordering 200,000 units in NJ? => 650,000 more people, from where, citizens? Are they homeless? Should PILOT payments be made illegal? How much legal fees will be going down the drain? What's going to happen to the Real Estate industry? Is there a crime impact? What about property values of current homeowners? How many trees get gutted and plowed under?

Item 2017-01-26 Scotch Plains - The SP-F Public School District will begin accepting preschool applications for the 2017-2018 school year on Wednesday, February 15, 2017. The Preschool Program uses the Creative Curriculum, which fosters childrens learning through exploration and discovery. Preschool classes are comprised of general education students and students with special needs, as determined by a district evaluation. Applicants must be residents of Scotch Plains or Fanwood. The childs age as of October 1, 2017 will determine placement in a 3-year-old or 4-year-old class. Typically, 3-year-olds attend the morning session from 8:3511:20 AM and 4-year-olds attend the afternoon session from 12:203:10 PM. All classes meet five days per week. Tuition for the half-day program will be $325 per month and spaces will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications will be available at all district elementary schools and on the program website ( beginning February 15th. For additional information, contact (908) 889-8600 x3302 or

Item 2017-01-26 Scotch Plains - Mark Ciccotelli has been Board approved as the SP-F Head Coach. Currently, there are no updates for assistant coaches.

Item 2017-01-24 Union County - 2016 Clerk Annual Report for publication. Contact me with any questions at 908-527-4787 or by email at See -

Item 2017-01-24 Union - Annual Sweethearts dance Saturday - Feb. 11th - from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Union Elks Lodge 1583 - 281 Chestnut St. - Union, NJ
$20.00 per person
Roast Beer Dinner - Salad - Dessert DJ Music - Tricky Tray Proceeds Benefits Special Needs Children Call lodge at (908) 686-1583 or e-mail for tickets or information. Thank you.

Item 2017-01-24 Scotch Plains - has scheduled a SPECIAL MEETING for Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 6:00 PM and Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 6:00 P.M. The purpose of the meeting is for: Executive Session Affordable Housing Element and Fair Share Plan. Formal action may be taken at these meetings. The meeting will be held in the 2nd Floor Council Meeting Room at the Township Municipal Building, 430 Park Avenue, Scotch Plains, New Jersey. The Township of Scotch Plains does not discriminate against persons with disabilities. Those individuals requiring auxiliary aids and services must notify the ADA Coordinator of the Township of Scotch Plains as soon as possible in advance of the meeting. BOZENA LACINA, Municipal Clerk

Item 2017-01-24 Plainfield Crescent Concerts presents the Showcase for Exceptional Young Artists on February 26 at 3 pm at Crescent Ave. Presbyterian Church, located at 716 Watchung Ave. This concert features talented young musicians, ages 18 and under, chosen by competitive audition. These young artists will amaze you! This annual Showcase has been one of the most popular offerings by Crescent Concerts over the years. Tickets are $5-20. For more information, please call (908) 756-2468 or visit

Item 2017-01-23 Summit - Please be advised: All after school and evening activities have been canceled by the Summit Public Schools. In the event of high winds causing downed power lines, please call 911. Report all power outages to JCP&L at 888-544-4877. Amy Cairns Chief Communications Officer City of Summit

Item 2017-01-23 Area from - The nor'easter that's been battering the Jersey Shore with powerful winds and pounding surf since Monday morning isn't near finished or even at peak yet for most of the state. That's the word from meteorologists who have been tracking the big coastal storm since it originated down in the southern United States, where it triggered deadly tornadoes and other extreme weather over the weekend. "The rain is just starting to pick up in southern parts of the state, and it should be picking up into the early part of the evening," said Matthew Potter, a meteorologist at the WeatherWorks forecasting company based in Warren County.

Item 2017-01-22 Morristown Audience goers will be moved by the romanticism of Circle of Dvorak at New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestras winter concert on March 5 at 3:00 p.m. at the College of Saint Elizabeth. All four of NJIOs groups (two full orchestras, a string ensemble, and a flute choir) will perform, each consisting of amateur and professional musicians from age 5 to 85. Admission is free. For more information, please contact Mary Beth Sweet at (908) 603-7691,, or visit NJIOs website

Item 2017-01-18 Cranford - New Jersey Blood Services is hosting an Emergency Shortage Blood Drive on Tuesday, January 31st between 2:30pm-8:30pm at Orange Avenue School, 901 Orange Ave. in Cranford. To make an appointment, please visit or call 1-800-933-2566. Walk-ins are welcome!

Item 2017-01-17 Rahway - Lifeguards are needed at the Ulrich pool in Rahway River Park. Lifeguards are needed at the Ulrich pool for the summer from mid-June through Labor Day. Current lifeguard certification required and weekends are mandatory. Good starting salary. If you are interested, please call 908-298-7849 Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm.

Item 2017-01-15 Cranford - United Methodist Church will host a Souper-Bowl and Chili Festival on Saturday, February 4, 2017, 11am 3 pm. Twelve fabulous homemade soups and chilis will be available for take-out ready the day before Super Bowl 51. Order early these souper-bowl favorites will go quickly! Everyone knows the soups at the church's annual Christmas Shoppe and Soup Fest are out of this world. They are gone early in the day even though each year more soup is made. If you missed out or just want more (who doesn't?), why wait until next December? Now is your opportunity to get some of those soups to take home. No cooking, no mess....just enjoy the best soups in town at your super bowl party. Donation Amounts Pints and Quarts of the following soups and chilis will be available for $4 and $8 each: Download the order form from our website: , fill it in, enclose your check payable to CUMC and mail it to: Cranford United Methodist Church, Souper-Bowl Team, 201 Lincoln Ave. East, Cranford, NJ 07016. Pre-paid advance orders will be available for pick up at the event. Pre-paid advance orders must be received by mail or drop off in the church office by Thurs., Feb. 2nd. However, you do not have to order in advance -- walk-ins are welcome too. Orders can be picked up on Sat. Feb. 4, 2017 from 11am to 3pm in the kitchen of the church's education building at 201 Lincoln Avenue, corner of Walnut and Lincoln Avenues, Cranford. There is plenty of free parking. Questions? Please call Marti at (908) 276-0936 or send an email to

Item 2017-01-13 Westfield - per, A woman was taken into custody following a three-hour standoff in which she threatened to shoot a police officer while barricaded in a bedroom of her home, authorities said. The incident began when police got a call at 9 p.m. asking them to check on the welfare of a woman on the 900 block of Grandview Avenue, Chief David Wayman said. When officers arrived, the woman was locked in her bedroom and told police she would shoot through the door if they entered, Wayman said. Police then escorted another resident, a woman, outside the house and secured the area. With the help of a crisis negotiator, police spent the next few hours trying to communicate with the woman using a public address system, Wayman said. When she still refused to come out, police forced their way into the room and took her into custody, Wayman said. A .40-caliber handgun was within her reach when police entered, Wayman said

Item 2017-01-11 Westfield - on the January 4th BOE meeting: Following Private Session, the Board unanimously voted to accept the immediate transfer of Peter Renwick from the High School to the district position of Director of Special Projects, reporting directly to the Superintendent. Furthermore, the Board approved Mr. Renwicks resignation from the district in February 2018. The Westfield High School Principal position will now be posted and we will begin the interview process quickly and efficiently. Dr. Derrick Nelson will continue as Acting Principal at Westfield High School until this position is permanently filled. I appreciate the support of our entire school community who work together to provide a safe, nurturing and motivating environment for our students.

Item 2017-01-09 Cranford - Board of Education will hold Special Meetings on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 and Wednesday, January 18, 2017 beginning at 5:45 P.M. in the Board Room at Lincoln School, 132 Thomas Street, Cranford, New Jersey The purpose of these meetings is for the Board to interview candidates for the position of Superintendent of Schools for the Cranford Public School District. No action will be taken at these meetings. The meetings will be opened in Public and the Board will go directly into Executive Session.

Item 2017-01-08 Union County - Re Snow and roads (~2 inches); saw lots of cars parked on the street. Couldn't tell if anyone was ticketed. And just between us, looks like they plowed late at night after the roads were packed down. So back roads are not good.

Item 2017-01-05 Westfield -, Watcher' house demolition rejected, infamous home called 'magnificent'. A plan to demolish the stigmatized and infamous "Watcher" house that was targeted by a mysterious stalker was soundly defeated by township officials Wednesday night. Planning board members unanimously rejected a plan to raze the home on the Boulevard, sub-divide the nearly half acre lot and build two new houses. Board members said the proposal went against the township's master plan and would damage the neighborhood on the 600 block of the street. "We should be particularly vigilant in protecting this beautiful block," said board member Francis Smith, whose comments were echoed by other board members. The vote to reject the application came about 11:35 p.m., more than four hours after the meeting started.

Item 2017-01-05 Fanwood-Scotch Plains - Rotary Club will be holding its Annual Wine Tasting on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at Giovannas Restaurant in Plainfield, NJ. The cost is $85 per person paid in advance or $95 at the door. The wine tasting event will run from 7pm until 10pm. This year, the evening will include a 3 course dinner with a sampling of wines for each course and will feature renowned wine expert Tom Jackson. Whether you're a wine expert or would like to learn more about wines, this evening will be a fun and informative event. Make checks payable to: Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary, P.O. Box 426, Fanwood NJ 07023. For information, please call Neil Schembre at 908-405-8941 Proceeds will support the local and international efforts of the Fanwood-Scotch Plain Rotary Club. To learn more about the club and to request information about becoming a member, go to

Item 2017-01-04 Westfield - Asm. Jon Bramnick says he is not running for N.J. Governor. Bramnick, a Westfield resident, said he's waiting to see how the GOP field shakes out before endorsing a candidate.

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