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Item 2017-09-23 Westfield - Middle School ice hockey registration is open! Boys and girls currently in grades 6th - 8th are eligible to play. Visit for more information and to register. Season begins late October.

Item 2017-09-22 Garwood - Election Forums at the Pointe, the condominium complex between Maple and Chestnut Streets, one partys Borough Council nominees have declined to attend: The Democratic candidates, Russ Graham and Sara Todisco, agreed to appear at the session, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26. But the Republicans, Michael E. Collings and Richard McCormack, rejected their invitation without explanation.

Item 2017-09-21 Garwood Celebrations Committee Seeks New Volunteers Garwood - The Public Celebrations and Events Committee is seeking your help! New volunteers are encouraged to join. This fall and holiday season, the Committee is excited to present a Pumpkin Carving Contest, a Halloween House Decorating Contest, a Tree Lighting, and a Holiday House Decorating Contest. Additionally, luminaries have returned to Garwood last year and will again be for sale this year. The next event is the Pumpkin Carving Contest on October 28th at 4pm at the First Aid Squad Parking lot across from Lincoln School on Second Avenue. The Celebrations Committee also presents the annual Egg Hunt and Memorial Day Remembrance events as well as works in conjunction with local sponsors of Movie Under the Stars. Any resident of Garwood is welcome to join. If you are interested in joining, please contact Mayor Charles Lombardo at or 908-789-0508. You may also reach out to the Committee directly by emailing Please follow us on Facebook at Garwood Celebrations or check out for updates on events and more.

Item 2017-09-19 Westfield - contact Debby Burslem 908-410-3866 2017-09-19 Chalk the Walks! The first pop-up chalk day in Mindowaskin Park
Saturday the 23rd of September 2017 (Rain date 9/24/17) 10 am - 1pm
Come spend a little time in beautiful Mindowaskin Park on Saturday, September 23, 2017. Well be on The Bandstand with chalk, ideas and people to talk to about the park. Its a great opportunity to leave a positive message or pretty drawing for others to discover while walking their dog, reading a book or just enjoying a quite moment in this special place. There is no cost to participate in this fun Park awareness event and you can spend as little or as much time on your project as youd like. There are a few guidelines and will be posted at the venue as well as below. Be respectful. Please chalk responsibility. Many others will see your work. Nothing offensive, controversial or political allowed please* Find or bring an inspiring quote or favorite image to convey Scatter joy, sprinkle smiles, have fun! If you will be bringing a large group we require that you please call us before the event in order to make accommodations. All content is subject to FOMP Board of Directors discretion & removal

Item 2017-09-18 Cranford - World-class musicians perform in Cranford 7pm Friday, Oct. 6 at Trinity Church. Brennan Sweet,associate concertmaster of NJ Symphony Orchestra, joins his cellist wife, Christine, for an evening of classical. Multiple Grammy-nominated Dr. Allison Brewster Franzetti pianist, will also join them. Doors open at 7pm on Friday, Oct. 6 at Trinity hall. Ticket holders will be treated to a light dinner followed by the concert at 8pm. Tickets are $35 for adults and priced at $10 for college, high school and middle school-aged students. This is a family event, and students are encouraged to come with their parents. The money will go to the Friends of Cranford High School Performing Arts band and orchestra funds, with a portion also going to the general fund.
For tickets, go to or contact Chris Hoffman at

Item 2017-09-17 Westfield - Library is going to close on Monday, September 18 to the Thursday, September 21. The first floor is being re-carpeted, thanks in part to a generous donation from the Friends of the Library. You can still download books, music, movies and magazines or research numerous topics by visiting our website at

Item 2017-09-16 Westfield - WHS Football team wins 27th straight game, NJ's best winning streak; 23-7 Friday night at Ridge.

Item 2017-09-16 Plainfield - Crescent Concerts presents Winds Across Time: a concert featuring music from the 16th century up to the present performed by the Crosswinds Trio, a group composed of trumpet, French horn and piano. The concert is Sunday, October 15 at 3pm at Crescent Ave Presbyterian Church, 716 Watchung Ave. For more information, call (908) 756-2468 or visit

Item 2017-09-14 Scotch Plains - The first meeting of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Board of Education to begin the strategic planning process will be held on Tuesday, October 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Evergreen Schools multi-purpose room. Residents will have an opportunity to provide input on the schools future direction as well as current strengths and needs of the district. Participation in any or all of our three meetings will be greatly appreciated. Additional meetings will be held on Monday, October 16 and Thursday, November 2.

Item 2017-09-14 Scotch Plains - Downtown Redevelopment Committee Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, October 4 at 7:00pm at the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School in the auditorium. The public is invited.

Item 2017-09-14 Cranford - The Cranford Fire Department will be celebrating 125 years of service to the township of Cranford on Sunday October 15, 2017 from 12-5. The event will take place in the parking lot next to fire headquarters at 7 Springfield Ave. Springfield Ave will also be closed off to traffic. This will be an alcohol free family fun event that includes rides, games and various food trucks. The fire departments newest vehicle, Truck 1, will be on display along with other fire department apparatus. Cranford Fire Department 125th apparel will also be available at the event.

Item 2017-09-12 Trenton - Assemblyman Jon Bramnick states: Trenton must act now to solve the high density housing problem that is hurting our towns with expensive, unnecessary lawsuits. Local municipalities are losing control to the courts and must be protected. Local officials not the courts should determine what housing belongs in their towns. Let's have a special session immediately to address this issue.

Item 2017-09-11 Westfield - The 28th year of FestiFall will be Sunday September 24 from 10 am to 5 pm. Businesses and vendor booths will line the streets of the center of Westfield and offer food as well as some bargains.


Item 2017-09-10 Madison - St. Huberts Animal Welfare Center will be welcoming shelter animals from Tampa, Florida, today (Saturday, Sept. 9) to clear space in the Sunshine State for pets displaced by Hurricane Irma. The dogs and cats will be arriving at our Madison Campus around 3:30 pm, following their flight courtesy of Wings of Rescue, arranged by the Humane Society of the United States.

Item 2017-09-09 Fanwood - 22nd Annual Fanny Wood Day Street Festival Sunday, September 17, 2017 10 AM-5 PM Held along South Ave (between 1st & 2nd St.) and South Martine Ave.(between North Ave. & LaGrande Ave.), Fanwood, NJ 07023 Admission: Free Organization Host: The Borough of Fanwood and Fanny Wood Day Committee For information call 201-998-1144 or The Borough of Fanwood is proud to announce our 21st annual Fanny Wood Day. The celebration will take place on Sunday, September 18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Fanwood. South Avenue and Martine Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic.

Item 2017-09-09 Fanwood - 2018 Fanwood train station; Parking permit information; We will be offering a renewal sale period for current permit holders 2017 train station parking permit holders must register your email address and permit information with the fanwood police department Current permit holders must register at: And complete the online form under the tab Current parking permit holders section Email addresses must be provided by September 29, 2017 2018 sale information will be announced in the near future via social media, website and newspapers

Item 2017-09-08 Union County - After four years, Acting Union County Prosecutor Grace Park resigns Effective Sept. 13. She will become Deputy General Counsel and Chief Litigation Counsel for the energy company Public Service Enterprise Group, Inc. (PSEG). Governor Chris Christie and New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino today announced the appointment of Thomas K. Isenhour as acting Union County Prosecutor. Isenhour, a 33-year veteran of the Office, formerly served as First Assistant Prosecutor under Ms. Park. Ms. Park is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and Harvard Law School. She is admitted to the bars of the State of New Jersey, State of New York, the Federal District Court of New Jersey, Southern District of New York, and the U.S. Supreme Court. The first Asian-American county prosecutor in New Jersey history and the first female and minority lead prosecutor in Union Countys 160-year history, Ms. Park was sworn in to office on June 17, 2013. As the chief law enforcement officer in Union County, she oversaw an office of approximately 250 employees and an approximately $22 million annual budget, coordinating the law enforcement efforts of more than 1,500 police officers in 21 municipal police departments, the Union County Sheriffs Office, and the Union County Police Department.

Item 2017-09-07 Westfield - Police Chief David Wayman reports that on Friday August 31, 2017 at approximately 1443 hours the Westfield Community Response Tactical Unit Executed a Superior Court Search Warrant at 11 Stoneleigh Park after a two month long investigation into the illegal distribution of Narcotics by Alexander Mazen 21 of Westfield. During the execution of the Superior Court Search Warrant the Westfield Community Response Tactical Unit recovered over sixty LSD tabs, a bag containing 4 HO MiPT which is a Psychedelic Narcotic, Marijuana, as well as paraphernalia consistent with the Distribution of LSD. Subsequent to these findings and the investigation leading up to the search, Alexander Mazen was placed under arrest and charged with the following: Possession of Suspected LSD with intent to distribute Possession of Suspected CDS/Analog Schedule I, II, III ,IV Possession of Suspected CDS Marijuana under 50g Possession of drug paraphernalia Charges are pending for additional narcotics found on scene. During the search it was also found that Jeffrey Mazen 57 of Westfield and Elisa Mazen 56 of Westfield were in Possession of Marijuana over 50grams and were both charged with the following: Possession of Suspected CDS Marijuana over 50g Possession of Drug paraphernalia

Item 2017-09-07 Scotch Plains - Saturday, September 23, 2017 is the Annual Scotch Plains-Fanwood FALL Town Wide-Garage Sale, being sponsored by the Scotch Plains Junior Womans Club. Residents hold their own sale and keep all profits. Registration get participants on a detailed map listing the host home address and items for sale. Maps are distributed for FREE in Scotch Plains and Fanwood. The event will be heavily publicized via newspapers, social media, local cable TV, signboards and flyers in both towns. To Participate: Complete a registration form which can be found at Registration Forms are also available at The Scotch Plains Library, The Fanwood Library or Fanwood Bagel and Deli. You may register and pay on line at or send the registration form with a $20 check made payable to SPJWC, to: Scotch Plains Fanwood Womens Club - Garage Sale P.O. Box 284 Scotch Plains, NJ 07076

Item 2017-09-07 Cranford - The Cranford World Trade Center Memorial Committee and the Cranford Clergy Council will be hosting a 9/11 Memorial Service on Monday, September 11th at 6:30pm in Cranfords WTC Park at Springfield and North Union Avenues in Cranford. This event will honor those that lost their lives in the September 11th attacks including family, friends, first responders and all that were affected by this tragedy. All are welcome. In case of inclement weather, the service will take place at the First Presbyterian Church across the street from the park. For more information, please contact Jerry Dobbins @908 447 2492.

Item 2017-09-06 Union County, NJ Union County will sponsor a free recycling event for electronic equipment on Saturday, September 16, to help Union County residents safely dispose of electronic equipment that cannot be placed in regular household garbage. The special E-cycling event will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Nokia, located at 600 Mountain Avenue in New Providence. All residents of Union County are eligible to participate at no cost. There is a limit of six electronic items per car.

Item 2017-09-05 Mountainside - Rotary in cooperation with the Mountainside Recreation Department will be hosting its first annual Pickleball tournament. Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in America. It is a combination of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. The tournament will be preceded by a Learn to Play clinic. The tournament itself will have multiple flights of players based upon skill level. If you are new to the sport join the fun in the beginner bracket. If you are an experienced and competitive player sign up for our competitive bracket. The Mountainside Rotary is a local service organization that helps charitable causes around the world and right here in Mountainside. Some of the notable local projects include: the refurbishment of the Borough Hall Bus Stop, Dictionaries and Thesauri distributed to Deerfield students, and an annual scholarship program at both the High School and Grade School level. The cost is $20 per person. The event will be held on Friday, October 6th at 7PM, with the clinic starting at 6:30. The location is the Mountainside Tennis Courts(behind Borough Hall). Please call 908-967-7066 or email for more information.

Item 2017-09-04 Westfield - The Health Bd. Meeting will Start at 5 on Sept. 11. Thank you for publishing my letter in your August 17, 2017 edition. Unfortunately I made a mistake in the letter; the next meeting will be on September 11, 2017 at 5 p.m., not 5:30 as stated in the letter. A correction would be appreciated. Thomas K. ONeill, President Westfield Board of Health

Item 2017-09-04 Mountainside - Firefighters & Police Officers will be at Boro Hall today from 8:30 to 6pm accepting donations for the Help for Houston relief effort. Supplies such as non-perishable food items, new dry clothing, blankets, towels, and baby diapers/wipes are needed. Please come to make a donation and meet the members of Mountainside's emergency services. Donations can also be dropped off in the lobby through 9/6. Thank you to everyone who has already made generous donations.

Item 2017-09-01 Westfield - This week a terrible error was made in publishing an advertisement that is insensitive and out of line. I deeply regret this and apologize to the community, our readers and the Tooley family. I ask for your forgiveness. I am revamping our procedures to prevent future such mistakes. This will not occur again. Horace R. Corbin, Publisher, The Westfield Leader

Item 2017-08-28 Westfield - Firefighters battled an early morning fire Monday morning in the 1200 block of Prospect Street that resulted in the fatality of a person male in his upper teens. Fire Chief David Kelly told The Westfield Leader when firefighters arrived after receiving the call at 2:45 a.m. they encountered heavy fire conditions." The three-alarm fire took two hours to bring under control, Chief Kelly said. According to news reports, the blaze began in the living room. Chief Kelly said two persons managed to escape while firefighters attempted a rescue when told a third person was still trapped inside the home.

Item 2017-08-23 Trenton NJ - Bramnick, Bucco discuss the dangers of raising taxes. Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick and Assemblyman Anthony Bucco discuss the dangers of raising taxes in the already most unaffordable state in the nation, at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 24 in room 209 of the Statehouse in Trenton.

Item 2017-08-23 Scotch Plains - Though this may be late notice for publication, please note that the meeting of the Scotch Plains Downtown Redevelopment Committee is cancelled for Thursday, August 24, 2017. We have a tentative reschedule date of September 7 and will advise. Thank you and we apologize for any inconvenience.

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