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Item 2017-05-23 Westfield - The Genealogical Society of the West Fields invites you to join Newark Public Library's Thomas Ankner on June 8, 2017 for an exciting talk about the library's extensive collection of genealogy and local history materials. The meeting will be held at 1:00 pm in the Westfield Memorial Library located at 550 East Broad Street, Westfield, NJ. The Newark Public Library, New Jersey's largest public library, has been collecting materials related to New Jersey since the early 20th century. Thomas Ankner is a reference librarian in the Charles F. Cummings New Jersey Information Center at the Newark Public Library. He is vice president of the History & Preservation section of the New Jersey Library Association. Tom is also a professional genealogist. He is a past vice president of the New Jersey chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and a past trustee of the Genealogical Society of New Jersey. Light refreshments served after the program

Item 2017-05-23 Westfield - High School Class of 1988 is making plans for their 30th class reunion to be held on Saturday, November 24, 2018 at Shackamaxon Country Club. Please visitClass of 88 reunion website at to catch up, register for the reunion, view photos, and view details of the event. Visit the classmates page and update your own information and provide your current email address. Please also contact anyone from our class that you keep in touch with and direct them to the reunion website in an effort to build a current classmate database to be used for future correspondence about our 30 year reunion.

Item 2017-05-22 Manhattan - Graphic Video of Times Square Mad Man Driver injuring innocent pedestrians - warning graphic content.

Item 2017-05-21 Univ. of N. Carolina - Chloe Bryen, a graduating senior in Psychology and Neuroscience, is the recipient of the 2017 Dashiell-Thurstone Prize, awarded each year for the best senior honors thesis, as judged by a faculty committee.

Item 2017-05-19 Union County - Vote is No Mountain Bikes Allowed in Watchung Reservation. The Union County Freeholders voted 5 to 3, with 1 abstention, to disapprove of mountain bikes in the Watchung Reservation. Chairman Bergen, Vice-chairman Grenados, Freeholders Carter, Kowalski and Wright voted in favor of disapproval.Freeholders Estrada, Hudak and Mirabella voted to allow mountain bikes. Freeholder Jalloh abstained on the basis that he did not have enough information.

Item 2017-05-18 Cranford - Under the new leadership of The Reverend Andy Kruger, Priest-in-Charge, the Vestry of Trinity Episcopal Church, 119 Forest Avenue Cranford, NJ has decided to withdraw its application to expand its off-street church parking lot and redirect the funds for the project to enhancing the facilities and programs of the Trinity Episcopal Day School (TEDS). God calls us to love our neighbors, said Father Andy. It is very clear that our parking lot expansion, though within our rights, has greatly upset some of our neighbors. In light of Gods call, we have chosen to withdraw our parking lot application and to use the funds to enhance and expand the programs at TEDS, our day school. We have been very blessed with the generosity of parishioner Arthur A. Patchett, Ph.D., to make this possible, Father Andy continued. Over the coming months, Father Andy will work together with the Trinity Vestry and TEDS Board to determine the best use of the funds to have the biggest impact on TEDS students and the community. Trinity Episcopal Church is a family church that has been serving the Cranford area families since 1872. Sunday services, celebrated by Reverend Andy Kruger Trinitys Priest-in-Charge, are at 8 AM and 10 AM. For more information about Trinity please call 908-276-4047 or visit Trinity Episcopal Day School (TEDS) is a state licensed facility serving children from 2 1/2 years through Kindergarten, providing a nurturing, learning environment which promotes intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual and physical growth. For more information about TEDS, please cal 908-276-2881 or visit

Item 2017-05-18 Cranford - High School performing arts community is raising money to fight a disease that has taken two young Cranford residents in the last few years. Call for a Cure, a concert started in remembrance of Colin Maher, will be a 7:30pm Tuesday, June 6 at the Cranford High School. The concert, started by Cara Costa five years ago, will feature students and alumni from the talented Cranford community. Admission is $10 at the door; $5 for students. For advance ticket sales, e-mail All the money raised in ticket and bake sales goes to the Friends of Colin, a non-profit formed to raise money specifically to fight Ewings Sarcoma, a pediatric bone cancer that is often fatal. Friends of Colin was formed after the death of Colin Maher. Donations also can be made to Friends of Colin at 365 Retford Ave., Cranford, New Jersey 07016.

Item 2017-05-17 Westfield - The Rescue Squad is going to offer an Open House event at the squad house on Memorial Day and we would like to get the word out. Would you be able to promote/publicize the event with our flyer in The Westfield Leader? The open house will consist of a tour of the new ambulance in addition to a tour of our building for those who are interested. This is a free event and is not meant to promote anything other than an interest in the Rescue Squad. Please let me know if you can help. Thanks. Best, David Sloan

Item 2017-05-17 Rosemont, PA Rosemont College celebrated its 94th Commencement on Saturday, May 13, 2017. The constant rain did not stop the 234 graduates of the Schools of Graduate and Professional Studies and Undergraduate College from celebrating the significant milestone in their lives. David Watson (Bryn Mawr, PA) graduated with a M.B.A. with a concentration in strategic leadership. He studied abroad at Oxford University and extends his thanks to Bonnie Watson (mother) and Mark Watson (father). J. Eustace Wolfington served as this years Commencement speaker and was granted an honorary doctoral degree by the Colleges Board of Trustees. Wolfington founded the company Half-a-Car, (HAC Group) in 1980 and, in 1982, introduced the Customer for Life concept to the Ford Motor Company. After selling The HAC Group in 2000, he became President of Cabrini Asset Management in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. The College also granted honorary degrees to two alumnae, Margo Barry Polett, a 1961 graduate of the Undergraduate College, and Ann E. Myhr, a 1997 and 1999 graduate of the Schools of Graduate and Professional Studies.

Item 2017-05-17 Cranford - The residents surrounding Trinity Church on Hamilton Avenue, Arlington Road, Sylvester Street and Forest Avenue need our help and support. Please come to the Cranford Zoning Board meeting on Monday, May 22, at 8 pm in the Municipal Building to offer your support to those against the parking lot. For further details of this issue, please go to Cranford Development

Item 2017-05-16 New Providence - Summer programs at NJ Intergenerational Orchestra begin on June 8th with the first of two Chamber Music Workshops and Flute Choir. These workshops provide the perfect opportunity for music students of all ages and abilities to explore the artistry of chamber music while gaining confidence and skills as a musician. Open to strings, woodwinds, brass, and piano. Call (908) 603-7691, email or visit for more information.

Item 2017-05-15 Fanwood - Police officers will join with police from around the country in cracking down on unbuckled motorists and passengers as part of the national Click it or Ticket campaign. Beginning May 22 and running through June 4, the annual Click It or Ticket national mobilization utilizes high visibility seat belt checkpoints and saturation patrols, in combination with local and national publicity efforts, to reiterate the life-saving value of seat belts. Using a seat belt is the simplest way for a driver and his or her passengers to protect themselves when traveling, said Gary Poedubicky, Acting Director of the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety. "In 2015, it is estimated that 14,000 lives were saved nationally by the proper use of seat belts. Poedubicky added that a key focus of this years campaign is to promote seat belt usage by adults in all seating positions in the vehicle, both front AND rear seats. The front seat belt usage rate in New Jersey currently stands at 93.35%. However, adults riding in rear seats are buckling up at a significantly lower rate. For whatever reason there seems to be a disconnect with people feeling they dont need to buckle up when riding as a passenger in rear seats, and this is a concern, he said. During the 2016 Click it or Ticket campaign, 387 New Jersey police agencies participated in the two-week initiative. As a result of the effort, law enforcement officers issued 26,551 seat belt citations, 5,517 speeding summonses and made 876 impaired driving arrests.

Item 2017-05-12 Westfield - All Parents Encouraged to Attend Workshop: "Getting High Naturally"; science-based approach to substance abuse prevention; When: Monday, May 15, 2017, 7:00 - 8:00 PM; Where : Westfield High School Auditorium; Who: Matt Bellace, Ph.D., has been a youth motivational speaker and stand-up comedian.

Item 2017-05-11 Union County - ( Police in two Union County towns are warning residents about burglars posing as water utility workers to get into homes. Roselle and Rahway police sent out community notices to alert residents to recent burglaries involving a fake water company employee approaching people and telling them there's a problem with their service.

Item 2017-05-10 Westfield - A Tour of Notable Homes; presented by The Friends of New Jersey Festival Orchestra; Saturday, May 13; 10 am to 3pm. All proceeds to benefit New Jersey Festival Orchestra. Tickets available at Barons Drugs and Town Book Store in Westfield; Christoffers Florist in Mountainside; Normans Hallmark in Fanwood; Periwinkles in Cranford. For more information go to

Item 2017-05-10 Summit - The City of Summit is looking for volunteers to help with light tree trimming. Thank you in advance for sharing this information. Volunteer to help keep Summits tree population strong The Shade Tree Advisory Committee is looking to assemble a small group of volunteers to help with the removal of tree suckers (small branches that grow at the base and on the trunk of trees) from the citys tree population. Volunteers will receive training and can work on their own schedule. No climbing on ladders or use of power tools necessary. Please contact John Kilby, Summit Shade Tree Committee Chair, at

Item 2017-05-10 Scotch Plains - World War II Veterans Named Co-Grand Marshals of Scotch Plains-Fanwood Memorial Day Parade Longtime Fanwood residents Joe Nagy and Ed Miller will serve as co-grand marshals of the Scotch Plains-FanwoodMemorial Day Parade on Monday, May 29. The parade will also honor the service of Alan Ebersole, who had accepted the honor to be a co-grand marshal this year but died in late April at age 94. The parade commemorates the sacrifices of fallen service men and women.

Item 2017-05-10 Cranford - See 9 to 5, The Musical, at CDC Theatre, 78 Winans Ave in Cranford, NJ. Based on the 1980 hit movie with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton this hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era is outrageous, thought-provoking, and even a little romantic. Tickets and information at

Item 2017-05-10 Area - Publishers Note; This weeks edition includes This Is Westfield (45th Annual Edition). It is mailed to every home in Westfield, along with our subscribers in the many towns of the neighborhood and throughout the U.S. We hope you enjoy this edition and become a subscriber. Thank you to all who made this possible. Visit to subscribe, receive news briefs daily, when important things happen and to access the archives of over 100 years. Please stay in touch. Thank you. Horace Corbin, Publisher.

Item 2017-05-09 Westfield - The deadline for Westfield residents interested in considering a three-year term on the Board of Education is July 31 at 4:00 PM when petitions are due at the County Clerk office in Elizabeth. The three members whose terms are expiring on the Westfield Board of Education include Peggy Oster, Mark Friedman and Christopher Langhart. To consider becoming a Board of Education member for the 2017-2020 term, candidates must file a petition in person in the Office of the County Clerk at 2 Broad St., Room 113, in Elizabeth on or before 4 PM on July 31, 2017. The actual election will take place on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. Nominating petition forms which must be completed and submitted to the County Clerk -- are available at the Board of Education office, 302 Elm Street, Westfield and on the Board website. Questions regarding the election process can be referred to the Union County Election Supervisor, Lisa Hugelmeyer, at 908-527-4996. Information is available at the County Clerks website at Interested residents are encouraged to contact any member of the Westfield Board of Education or the Superintendent of Schools, Margaret Dolan, for more information about service on the Board.

Item 2017-05-08 Westfield - The Historical Society will hold its Annual Dinner on Friday, May 12 at the Echo Lake Country Club. The dinner is open to the general public. This years event, themed Education in our Community, will honor members of the Westfield community as well as highlight many of the organizations activities, including the society's extensive historical local archives. Margaret Dolan, Superintendent of the Westfield Public Schools, and the entire Westfield Board of Education will be the recipient of this years Trustees Award. The Presidents Award will be presented to Sam Mahmoud​, a Trustee who is Co-​Chair of the First Wednesday Luncheon Program and a longtime member of the Westfield Historical Society. To reserve your place at the dinner, kindly contact Carol Tener on 908-232-1375.

Item 2017-05-08 Springfield - A mass of the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick will be celebrated at St. James the Apostle Church, 45 South Springfield Avenue, Springfield, on Saturday, May 20, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. For more information, contact the church at (973) 376-3044.

Item 2017-05-08 Scotch Plains The Brunner PTA launched a brick paver sale to fund the revitalization of the Brunner Childrens Garden. Individuals can have a brick paver installed in their name or in honor of someone special. The paver sale will help the garden become a true outdoor classroom, said Deb Lambert, President of Brunner PTA. The Brunner Childrens Garden was established in the 1990s as a dedicated Monarch Waystation by Bernadette Hoyer. Today the garden is intended to serve multiple functions for the school and the community. The revitalized garden will preserve habitat for pollinators, provide a place of visual splendor, and become a learning space that enriches curriculum, said Scott Bortnick, Principal of Brunner Elementary School, where the garden is located.
The paver sale is running from May 1 until September 1, 2017, or until all bricks have been sold. Two sizes are available for purchase: 4 x 8 for $50.00 or 8 x 8 for $125.00. The pavers will be installed in one of three activity areas in the garden.
For more information or to order a paver, please email or visit

Item 2017-05-08 Cranford - The Union County Historical Society will hold its annual Student Awards meeting on Sunday, May 21, 2017. The meeting will be at 2:00 p.m. at the Hanson House, 38 Springfield Ave. in Cranford. As in past years, the Society will be recognizing the achievements of outstanding senior history students selected from applicants from high schools throughout the County. All are invited to this special meeting. Refreshments and social time will follow the meeting.

Item 2017-05-05 Scotch Plains - Council Honors Brigadier General Ed Chrystal, a past grand marshal of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Memorial Day Parade. The general received special recognition from the Scotch Plains Township Council on Tuesday evening in honor of his recent promotion to the rank of brigadier general. It is a senior rank in the U.S. armed forces and comes between the ranks of colonel and major general.

Item 2017-05-05 Garwood - Dear Editor: In the article this week of the Garwood Board of Education, Mr. Watkins was not present. The person you are referring to should read Sal Piarulli.

Item 2017-05-05 Court News - A Staten Island jury has convicted former Linden police officer Pedro Abad on all charges, including aggravated vehicular homicide, in the deaths of the two men in his car when he crashed while driving drunk the wrong way on a highway two years ago. Ohio - Cranford man; Mr. Schlenker case. He has pled guilty to bank robbery and was sentenced this morning to five years in prison. Sgt. Ryan Starns 461 City of Grandview Heights Division of Police 1016 Grandview Ave Columbus, Ohio 43212

Item 2017-05-04 Westfield - (NJDOT) officials today announced a railroad crossing rehabilitation project that will require a week long closure and detour of Rahway Avenue in Westfield, Union County. Beginning at 7 a.m. Monday, May 8, until 7 p.m. Friday, May 12, the two-way traffic on Rahway Avenue in Westfield, which becomes Westfield Avenue in Clark is scheduled to be closed at the railroad crossing between Terminal Avenue in Clark and Lamberts Mill Road in Westfield. The existing railroad crossing will be removed and replaced with a new concrete crossing and asphalt approach. The following detours will remain in place: Westfield Avenue Detour Motorists from Westfield Avenue in Clark will be directed to use Terminal Avenue/LOreal Way Make a left onto Central Avenue Make a left onto West Grove Street in Westfield and follow to Rahway Avenue Rahway Avenue Detour Motorists from Rahway Avenue in Westfield will be directed to use West Grove Street Make a right onto Central Avenue Make a right onto Terminal Avenue/LOreal Way in Clark and follow to Westfield Avenue The traffic detour will be coordinated with the local police. If work is completed earlier, the roadway will be reopened accordingly. In order to provide safer and smoother railroad crossing in Westfield, the existing crossings will be replaced with new asphalt crossings and new asphalt approaches. This federally-funded project is included within NJDOTs railroad grade-crossing safety program which repairs, upgrades, or removes approximately 30 crossings each year, statewide. The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors. Motorists are encouraged to check NJDOTs traffic information website for real-time travel information and for NJDOT news follow us on Twitter @NJDOT_info.

Item 2017-05-04 Scotch Plains - The YMCA and the Scotch-Plains Fanwood PTA Council are hosting United for a Cause 5K and Family 1-Miler. All proceeds raised through United for a Cause will benefit the Scotch Plains-Fanwood PTA Council Health and Wellness Scholarship and the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program. Register online at
Register before May 5 for the early bird rate ($25 for the 5K, $15 student rate for 5K; $12 for the 1-Miler) The race begins at the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA. The course is scenic through the tree lined streets of Scotch Plains. The course is USATF certified. 5K begins at 7:00pm
Family 1-Miler begins at 6:30pm
For more information on the 5K, please contact Sheri Cognetti at the Y at 908-889-8880

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