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Item 2017-06-23 Westfield - Union County Republican Committee Chairman Glenn Mortimer issued the following statement asking why Union County Democratic candidates have been silent regarding Jim Devines tweets: Democratic operative Jim Devines tweets are frightening. There is no rationalizing this - Devine is suggesting violence against political opponents and justifies the hunting down of Republicans after last weeks violent attack. Union County Democratic candidates have been silent on this. How long will it take to speak up and denounce Jim Devines hateful rhetoric?"

Item 2017-06-23 Watchung - Sears store on rte 22 in Watchung is among 20 locations the retailer will shut down nationwide in its latest round of closures, according to a published report. It was not immediately clear when the Route 22 Sears would close, but most stores were slated to shut down in September, according to Business Insider.

Item 2017-06-22 Cranford - A Community Meeting is June 27 @ 730pm at the community center. On tap will be a look at HM's current proposal and Cranford's Master Plan and assessment of the best ways to collectively work together so our community is ready to fight this request for a zoning change next month. We also need people to hand out flyers in different neighborhoods this week and we have lawn signs too. The community is doing this on their own. I just saw a lawn sign by Nomahegan park.

Item 2017-06-21 Trenton - In the Paff v. Galloway Township case, for which NJPA intervened as an Amicus Curiae and argued orally before the Supreme Court, today's decision reversed the Appellate Division's earlier reversal of the trial court's ruling. The Appellate Division had ruled that OPRA allows requests to be made for records, but not for information stored electronically. It held that to provide such requested information, the Township would have to create a new government record, which it is not required to do under OPRA. Today's Supreme Court Opinion reversing the Appellate Division's decision is a tremendous victory for open government advocates. NJPA Counsel Thomas J. Cafferty and Lauren James-Weir have provided this memo to explain the outcome in detail.

Item 2017-06-21 Summit - Fire Department was dispatched to a commercial fire alarm at the Celgene West campus on Morris Ave. at 9:20PM. On arrival, the fire department found a smoke condition in a detached building. In investigating the source of the smoke condition, fire was found in electrical equipment in a room on the second floor. The fire was contained to the original equipment and declared under control at 10:26PM. No injuries were reported. The Summit Fire Department was assisted at the scene by the Millburn and New Providence fire departments, and the Summit First Aid Squad.

Item 2017-06-21 County - People with special needs are invited to participate in the first Summer Fishing Derby for People with Special Needs this coming Saturday, June 24, at Echo Lake Park in Mountainside, New Jersey. The event is free of charge and will run from 10 AM until 1 PM. The fishing derby is open to all ages and fishing poles will be provided. The Eastern Central District Elks are co-sponsoring the fishing derby and will be on hand to serve hots dogs and cold drinks to attendees. Prizes will also be awarded to participants. This is a wonderful way to kick off the summer season in our parks and provide a safe and fun venue for both young and old to fish and enjoy the outdoors, said Union County Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen. Those who wish to attend the fishing derby can register on line by visiting or call (908) 527-4781. You can also get more details and learn about other events planned by the Office of the Disabled. Echo Lake Park is located between Springfield Avenue and Mountain Avenue in Mountainside and Westfield New Jersey.

Item 2017-06-16 Trenton - Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick will hold a joint Friday news conference to discuss civility and violence. The press conference is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, June 16 in Room 109 of the Statehouse.

Item 2017-06-15 Scotch Plains - Registration is now active for HackUC II, a high school hackathon at UCVTS, Scotch Plains. Participants can show off their skills with their friends, learn something new in the trendy field of coding and programming, earn prizes, get cool swag and eat free food! Must register to attend. Space is limited. Go to for more information and to register.

Item 2017-06-14 WASHINGTON, DC Earlier this morning, a lone shooter launched an ambush attack at a baseball practice in Alexandria, VA, involving Republican members of Congress who were preparing for an annual Congressional baseball game. Eyewitnesses reported that the gunman was heavily armed with a rifle, handgun and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. As many as 100 shots may have been fired and five people were injured, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, a congressional staffer and two U.S. Capitol Police officers. Our thoughts and prayers are with the survivors of this vicious incident and their families. While few details are available, one fact is certainlaw enforcement professionals saved many lives today. If not for the heroic and immediate response of U.S. Capitol police officers who were part of a protective detail on the scene, along with Alexandria (VA) police officers who responded within three minutes of the attack, many other individuals would have been either seriously injured or killed. This tragic incident is stark evidence of the vital guardian role of law enforcement professionals in our society. It is incidents like todays horrendous attack that spotlight the true value of the law enforcement professionals serving and protecting our nation. Most of their efforts to keep our communities safe go unnoticed, until evil strikes. While the rest of us run from danger, law enforcement professionals confront it head on, sometimes at the cost of their own lives.

Item 2017-06-14 Roselle - Shooting deaths deemed murder-suicide. Two people were found fatally shot outside a home in Roselle Tuesday afternoon in what has been determined to have been a murder-suicide, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Wednesday. The victim and perpetrator have been respectively identified as 22-year-old Anishalee Cortes of Newark and 49-year-old Dominick Richards of Roselle. Roselle Police Department patrol units responding to the 900 block of Chestnut Street at approximately 2:30 p.m. Tuesday found the bodies of Cortes and Richards. They were both pronounced dead at the scene. An investigation involving the Prosecutors Offices Homicide Task Force, Roselle Police Department, Union County Sheriffs Office Crime Scene Unit, and Union County Police Department Ballistics Unit determined that Richards approached Cortes in the driveway of his home and fatally shot her before taking his own life. A handgun was recovered from the scene. Autopsies for the deceased were scheduled for Wednesday.

Item 2017-06-14 Fanwood - invites you to tenth annual Party in the Park! takes place on the first Free Movie Night of the summer, at Fanwood's La Grande Park, Tuesday, June 27th, from 68:30 pm (rain date is Wednesday, June 28th).

Item 2017-06-13 Scotch Plains - The Public Library has planned: On Friday, July 7 at 10:00am, create a natural Mosquito Repellent Mason Jar with essential oils and citrus fruits. Inspired by our Harry Potter day on June 26, we will discuss J.K. Rowlings first novel for adults, The Casual Vacancy, on Wednesday, July 16 at 6:30pm. Registration is required to reserve a copy of the book. Two programs will preview our upcoming WWI series. On Friday, July 21 at 10:00am, we will make chocolate mousse using a recipe sent home from Europe during the war. On Saturday, July 22, a group will meet at the New York Historical Society to view their World War I Beyond the Trenches exhibit. On Monday, July 24 at 7:00pm, learn how to refinish with chalk paint with Marc Desranleau from Uptown Vintage. Due to the materials used, this is strictly an adults-only class. Every Friday in July, we will show a movie based on a book. Titles include The Light Between Oceans, The Girl on the Train, Live by Night, and Inferno. We will harvest from our herb garden and new WWI Victory Garden on Fridays. Samples will be available to the public as they last. Maribeth Fisher, Reference Librarian

Item 2017-06-12 Scotch Plains - Due to the projected high temperatures again tomorrow 6/13, Scotch Plains Fanwood Schools will be on half day schedule again tomorrow

Item 2017-06-12 Mountainside - A black bear has been sighted in the yards west of New Providence Rd. Officers are attempting to direct it back towards the reservation. If you see it please move indoors until the officers can move it away from your location. Do not attempt to take pictures with it behind you.

Item 2017-06-09 Westfield - Ward 4 Candidate Dawn Mackey To Stage campaign event on Sunday June 25 from 12-2 pm at the Westfield Community Center at 558 West Broad Street.

Item 2017-06-09 Scotch Plains - The Township will be hosting its second annual Independence Day Fireworks Celebration on Saturday, July 1. Residents can begin entering the park at 7 p.m. and the fireworks show will start at dusk. * A rain date is in place for Sunday, July 2, in the event of inclement weather.

Item 2017-06-09 Scotch Plains - HackUC II is the first 24 hour high school hackathon in Union County, hosted by the Union County Vocational-Technical Schools, a district composed of five schools spanning a variety of subjects from engineering and computer science to health and performing arts. Located in 1776 Raritan Rd. Scotch Plains, New Jersey. HackUC II is completely free. Anyone who wants to come into the STEM field should have the resources to do so. HackUC aims to teach everyone more about computer programming. The goal is to have the student leaves with more knowledge than he/she comes in with. Students use their skills, learn new ones, and eat free food. All high schoolers are welcome! Date and time: June 22 3pm to June 23 3pm Please visit for more detail and to register.

Item 2017-06-09 Jersey City - The Developers and Jersey City Town Council are crying foul while they rob the whole of the state taxpayers by not paying school taxes.

Item 2017-06-09 Cranford - The application by Hartz Mountain Industries, Inc. to rezone 750 Walnut Avenue in Cranford from commercial to residential was adjourned to the planning board meeting of Wednesday, July 19. Hartz is proposing to build 905 apartments in what is now a commercial zone.

Item 2017-06-08 Westfield - Typo, Letter to Editor Page 4 should read "Stu Carey Has Made A Difference In More Lives Than You Will Ever Know". We regret the error.

Item 2017-06-07 State - the seven people running in the Nov. 7 general election: DEMOCRAT Phil Murphy, a former U.S. ambassador to Germany REPUBLICAN Kim Guadagno, the state's lieutenant governor LIBERTARIAN Peter Rohrman, an operations director for an internet-service provider GREEN PARTY Seth Kaper-Dale, the pastor of the Reformed Church of Highland Park INDEPENDENTS Gina Genovese, the former mayor of Long Hill in Morris County and a small business owner running under the banner "Reduce Property Taxes" Matthew Riccardi, a Neptune resident running under the banner "Put NJ 1st" Vincent Ross, an Edison resident running under the banner "We the People"

Item 2017-06-07 Mountainside - On Saturday, June 10, the artist Matthew Jensen will lead a group on a walk through the Watchung Reservation. Jensen spent several months investigating four historic northern NJ parks, and his resulting site-specific artwork, the multimedia exhibition Park Wonder, is currently on display in the main gallery of the Art Center. This is the second of three artist-led walks he has planned in conjunction with the exhibition. The final walk will be on June 17 along the Passaic River. The public is invited to join him.
Jensen has an uncanny ability to see things that others miss, and on these walks, he shares his skills for scouring the landscape for artifacts and stories. Each walk will be no more than two hours long, and are free, although limited to 30 participants. Children accompanied by an adult are welcome. To register for the walk, and to get details on where the group will meet up, sign up online at or contact Sarah Walko, Director of Education and Community Engagement via email at

Item 2017-06-06 Cranford - Hartz Mountain Industries proposes to increase Cranford's population by 8 percent, according to its application to build 905 apartments at 750 Walnut Avenue. The Westfield Leader filed an OPRA (Open Public Records Act) request, and subsequently reviewed the traffic study, architectural plans and site plans for the property. pdf files of these details can be found here. Reporter Christina Hinke.

Item 2017-06-05 Westfield - The 2017 Bulk Waste Collection for the 3rd Ward will take place the week of June 26-30. In order to register by mail, your registration form and check must be mailed to the Department of Public Works in an envelope that is postmarked no later than Friday, June 9, 2017. In-person registration will be accepted on weekdays between 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at 959 North Avenue until June 23, 2017. Additional information can be found on the Town's website:

Item 2017-06-03 Westfield - Special Town Council Meeting: BE ADVISED that the Town Council of the Town of Westfield will hold a Special Meeting as follows: Date: June 6, 2017 Time: 6:00 p.m. No action will be taken. The meeting is not open to the public. Purpose: Executive Session regarding COAH litigation The meeting will be held in the Administrative Conference Room, 425 E. Broad Street, Westfield, NJ This notice is given for the purpose of compliance with the notice provisions of the Open Public Meetings Act, NJSA 10:4-6 et seq., and will be posted, mailed and filed in accordance with the said provisions of the said Act at least 48 hours prior to said meeting.

Item 2017-06-02 Trenton - 2 Birdsall execs get jail time in $1M pay-to-play scheme. But to date, no politician who benefited from the scheme has been formally charged with a crime.

Item 2017-06-02 Scotch Plains - The Center for Hope Hospice & Palliative Care will hold its annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction on Sunday, June 11, 2017 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. It will be hosted at 16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro at 16 Prospect Street in Westfield. In gratitude for the care their mother received when she was ill, owners Chris and Tim Boyle have been generous supporters of the Center and its Auxiliary for many years. Proceeds will benefit the Centers Charitable Care Program, which enables everyone who needs hospice or palliative care to receive it, regardless of their ability to pay. The Center for Hope Hospice also operates Peggys House in Scotch Plains. Tickets for the Wine Tasting event are $50. To make a reservation, contact Helga Thomas at (908) 889-6287 or visit the Centers website at For more information about hospice and palliative care offered at the Center for Hope Hospice or to make a donation online, visit or call (908) 889-7780.

Item 2017-06-02 Paris - Quote of the Day - "I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris," President Trump said.

Item 2017-06-01 Westfield -; After reviewing the March death of a Westfield teen who was struck by an off-duty State Trooper in his police car, authorities announced today that the trooper will not face criminal charges. Terry DiFalco, 14, a freshman at Westfield High, was struck and killed on the night of March 4 as she attempted to cross Central Avenue while participating in a scavenger hunt with other students. "A review of the circumstances surrounding the incident in which a teenager was struck and killed by a vehicle being driven by an off-duty New Jersey State Trooper did not reveal a basis for criminal charges," acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park and Westfield Police Chief David Wayman said in a joint statement Wednesday. Authorities have not identified the trooper.

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