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Item 2017-03-25 Rep. Lance - Greater choice and competition will be the free-market forces that lower health care costs for all Americans. The legislation Congress was considering this week missed that mark and did not meet my goals for an Obamacare replacement plan: greater access for the American people, better options for all patients and lower costs across the health care market. I am hopeful future legislation will achieve these goals and I will work with President Trump, Speaker Ryan and all those who wish to improve the health care system in this country. And that includes my Democratic colleagues. For years Americans have experienced rising premiums, declining insurance options and health care costs that continue to rise. President Obama was reluctant to admit any fault in his signature bill and sign any reforms into law. And despite repeated called by Democrats to fix Obamacare, they put forward no major legislation. Democrats in Congress need to come to the table. They passed Obamacare into law. They need to help with the solution that all our constituents deserve.

Item 2017-03-25 CRANFORDThe 7th annual Colin Maher Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled this year for April 1 at the beautiful on -the-river Hanson Park. The hunt was started by Cranford teens to raise money to fight Ewings Sarcoma, a childhood cancer that took the life of their dear friend and neighbor, Colin Maher. The hunt is open to children 10 years old and younger. Advanced registration can be done at Registration is $10, but early registrants pay $8 before March 24. Any questions can be answered at the website or at

Item 2017-03-24 Newark - NJ TRANSIT is preparing a service plan for the afternoon peak period following an earlier Amtrak derailment at New York Penn Station. NJ TRANSIT will operate limited outbound service from New York Penn Station beginning at 4 p.m. MidTOWN Direct trains will continue to operate in and out of Hoboken Terminal. Cross honoring will remain in effect with NJ TRANSIT bus, private carrier bus, NY Waterway and PATH at Newark, Hoboken and 33rd St. Hoboken services will also be impacted. Customers are asked to be patient and give themselves additional travel time. Please check for updates.

Item 2017-03-23 Union - Sing along with Sandy, Danny and the rest of the Rydell High School gang at the Grease Sing-A-Long, Friday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Wilkins Theatre, located at 1000 Morris Avenue, Union, on the Kean University campus. Don those pink jackets, grease up your hair and dance along to the 1978 hit film. Vintage cars are encouraged. Tickets $10 at (908) 737-7469, or in person at the box office.

Item 2017-03-23 Plainfield On April 22 at 7pm, the Crescent Choral Society, accompanied by professional orchestra, will perform A Baroque Festival, including Bachs Missa Brevis in G major among other works. The concert will be at Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, 716 Watchung Ave. Tickets range from $5-20. For more information, please call (908) 756-2468 or visit

Item 2017-03-22 Summit - The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is hosting an Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 22nd 2017 from 10 AM to 2 PM. The event features an array of workshops, educational booths, food and activities. The Festival will be held in the museum, art studios, and the Sculpture Park. This celebration is an extension of the themes of environment and exploration present in the exhibitions in our galleries. View the exhibitions, participate in hands on art and science workshops, learn about ways to contribute to helping the environment in this area, speak with local naturalists, wildlife specialists, park geologists + more. This event is free and will be engaging for all ages!

Item 2017-03-22 Area - fitness tips to science facts, Scotch Plains, Fanwood and Clark 7th-grade students are focusing their brainpower on health as they compete in the UnitedHealthcare Health Bee at the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA. Since October 2016, students have been preparing for the Health Bee, a Jeopardy-style quiz competition designed to get middle-school students excited about health, fitness and nutrition at a critical time in their development. As part of the annual initiative, UnitedHealthcare awards the winning team $1,000 to support school programs that combat childhood obesity. Parents, teachers, administrators, mascots and seventh-grade students from: Park Middle School, Terrill Middle School-Scotch Plains- Fanwood St. John the Apostle, Kumpf Middle School-Clark Thursday, March 23, 2017 6 to 6:30 p.m.: Registration & Parent Hub 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Competition & Awards Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA 1340 Martine Ave Scotch Plains, NJ 07076

Item 2017-03-21 Westfield - Women to Women Financial Series Thursday, March 30th; Mariella Foley, CFP will speak about polishing up your financial portfolio. Learn WHY it is so important for women to become more involved in their finances. Learn HOW to become more involved in your finances. Walk away with TOOLS to get started right away. Enter a DRAWING to win a free book to help you along your journey. Refreshments will be served with wine. $10.00 Members $15.00 Non-Members REGISTER AT or call 908 233-3021SAVE THE DATES for Part II Unintended Consequences of Not Planning, June 14th with Barbara Frantz Part III A Move in your Future? Now What?

Item 2017-03-20 Westfield Earth Week! In partnership with the Town Council and the Mayor's Green Team, a spring clean-up & planting has been scheduled for Mindowaskin Park on Saturday, April 29, 2017, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Volunteers & organizations are encouraged to participate and bring Wheelbarrows, gloves, rakes, and tools to trim shrubs and for planting as we ready for Mindowaskins Centennial in 2018. All volunteers should meet at The Bandstand, located in the center of the park. Planned activities include trash patrol, weeding, planting and spreading of mulch around trees. For more information, please contact us at 908-233-0028 or .

Item 2017-03-20 Westfield - The Westfield High School Rotary Interact Club will be hosting a family movie night outside on the Westfield High School field. We will be showing the film Zootopia at 7:30 PM. All ages are welcome. Admission for children (4-12) will be $5.00 and admission for adults (12+) will be $7.00. In the event of rain, we will show the film in the gymnasium of the Broad Street YMCA at the same time. Food and refreshments will be sold. Tickets will be sold at the door. The fundraiser is being held to benefit our clubs selected charity, Marys Meals. Marys Meals is a charity dedicated to helping hungry kids overseas. For just $20.00, this charity can feed a child for an entire year. As high school students ourselves, we took on the initiative of sponsoring a school in Liberia with 600 kids. We are raising $12,000 to feed these kids for an entire year. We wanted to make a difference and fight hunger both locally and abroad. This initiative is special to us because we never really see hunger situations in a town like Westfield.

Item 2017-03-20 Westfield - TOUR OF NOTABLE HOMES - Saturday May 13th - Save the date for this years Tour of Notable Homes presented by the Friends of Westfield Symphony. A stylish medley of distinguished residences located in Westfield will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 13th, Mothers Day weekend, to benefit New Jersey Festival Orchestra. The festivities include musical interludes, refreshments, door prizes, a luxury basket raffle and local vendor tastings. Tour also features a ticketed raffle Win a Tesla for the Day with drawing to take place at close of tour. Winner need not be present to win. Tour tickets, $35 in advance, $40 on tour day, are available online at For more information go to or visit the Friends of NJFO on Facebook.

Item 2017-03-20 Westfield - Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick seeks transparency after Democrats voted against his amendment Thursday requiring the governor and all state legislators make their tax returns public to qualify for the ballot. If transparency is the issue, then let's have everybody disclose, said Bramnick (R-Union). Legislators, the governor and lieutenant governor should furnish their tax returns so the public can see how much we earn and from what sources.

Item 2017-03-20 Westfield - An informational program on Job and Volunteer Opportunities for People 55+ will take place on Tuesday, March 28th , 11:30 AM at The Senior Resource Center at The Lavy House, 748 E. Broad Street, Westfield, NJ. The presentation by Sheri Brown, Jewish Family Service of Central NJ (JFSCNJ) Career Specialist and Nathalie Garcia, JFS RSVP Project Coordinator (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Union County, NJ) is part of a series of programs that are free and open to the entire community at The Senior Resource Center at The Lavy House. A light lunch will be served. Dietary Laws Observed. Contact (908) 352-8375, or,

Item 2017-03-20 Cranford - CHS Student and Teacher Recognized; Cranford High School is proud to announce that senior Marisa Sigas has received The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Award for Aspirations in Computing honor for the second year in a row. Marisa received Honorable Mention for the New Jersey Affiliate Award for 2016 and 2017. Marisa says, It is an honor to be a part of such a wonderful and supportive community of women in STEM fields. Marisas computer science teacher, Richard Bell, is the recipient of the NJ NCWIT Educator Award for his work encouraging women in technology. Mr. Bell has been teaching at Cranford for 14 years, and he has been focusing on building up the computer science program. Mr. Bell said about the progress, It started with word of mouth, but then we incorporated the Hour of Code Event 4 years ago. Our veteran computer science students spoke with the Freshman Seminar classes to let them know what the computer science classes were all about. The CS students even demonstrated their projects and the freshmen were hooked! Both Marisa and Mr. Bell will be honored at the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Awards Ceremony on April 4th at Kean University.

Item 2017-03-19 Scotch Plains - A One Night Jazz Festival to benefit St. Josephs Social Service Center in Elizabeth will be held on Saturday, April 29 at from 8 to 10 pm in the auditorium of Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains. The night of music will feature vocalists Marlene Verplanck, Ben Cassara, Jan Findlay and a lineup of exceptional musicians including Geoff Gallante, Tomoko Ono, Greg Bufford, Rick Crane and Todd Bashore. Tickets for this all-star event are $25. Tickets and information at, search events and enter a one night jazz festival or call 1-800-383-3006 ext. 1.

Item 2017-03-19 Mountainside - There is a Power outage in the Grouse Lane/Ravenswood N/W section of town. PSEG has been notified and is responding.

Item 2017-03-17 Rahway - The annual Friends of the Rahway Public Library Book Sale is happening April 58 at the Rahway Library. Thousands of hardcover and paperback books will be available, as well as CDs and DVDs. Browsers will findbooks, devoted to history, art, politics, crafts, classics, science, and general fiction. We have a large offering of cookbooks as well childrens books. Sale dates are: Wednesday, April 5 from 6-8 pm: Special preview for members of the Friends of the Rahway Library only. However, you can become a member at the door, and enjoy early access to sale items. Thursday, April 6 from 6-8 pm: Open to the public. Friday, April 7 from 10 am4 pm: Open to the public. Saturday, April 8 from 10 am-2 pm: Open to the public. Hardcover books are priced to go at $1 each; paperbacks are $.50 cents. Saturday is Bag Day: buy a Friends bag for $8 and fill it with as many books as you can carry! The Friends Book Sale could not succeed without the generous donations of quality material we receive and the help of volunteers who coordinate and staff the sale. Please have all donations to the library by Saturday, April 1.

Item 2017-03-16 Westfield--Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church at 250 Gallows Hill Rd., Westfield, NJ is hosting NJ GreekFest 2017 on June 1, 2, 3, 4, 2017. Come and enjoy homemade Greek specialties, live Music, kids activities, Greek market, vendors, and much, much more! For more information: or call 908-233-8533.

Item 2017-03-15 Westfield - The Presbyterian Church, NEW JERSEY FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA presents BATTLE OF THE TITANS! TCHAIKOVSKY Variations on a Rococo Theme MAHLER Symphony No.1 Titan David Wroe Music Director and Conductor Sophia Bacelar Cello New Jersey Festival Orchestra Join NJFO for a season finale of dazzling bravura and epic instrumentation! Special guest virtuoso Sophia Bacelar performs Tchaikovskys cheerful and immensely demanding cello showpiece, Variations on a Rococo Theme. Mahlers monumental Symphony No. 1 then brings the NJFO 2016-2017 season to a spell binding and soul-stirring conclusion. Tickets $28-$76, students U18 $15 For tickets and information 908 232 9400

Item 2017-03-13 Westfield -- The Westfield Community Center will offer its Annual Wellness Day, on Thursday, March 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its facility in Westfield at 558 West Broad Street. All services provided will be free to those who have Medicare coverage: all testing will be covered 100% with no co-pay or deductible. Medicare is billed for any testing received on day of the event; no cost to participants. Open to all Medicare subscribers in Westfield and surrounding communities. To sign up, and for further information please see Lenore at the WCC , or call (732) 636-5252. A partial list of services offered: Medicare annual wellness visit; bone density ultrasound; artery disease testing; nerve testing; critical care assessment; vision screening; EKG; glucose screening; glaucoma testing; smoking cessation advice; and many more tests; call the above number for full list. All services provided through Woodbridge Medical Group, P.A., Dr. Robert D. Boyd, D.O. Free brunch, pizza party, and hourly $10 Walgreens Gift Card drawing.

Item 2017-03-13 Westfield - Tuesday appears to be a bust where people should stay home. Depending on how much snow, Wednesday is likely to be disrupted. Please get as much done today. Thanks. The Wesfield Leader Subject: Winter Storm Warning Date: Mon, 13 Mar 2017 06:50:39 -0700 (PDT) From: County of Union Union County is currently under a winter storm warning with accumulations starting late Monday night into Tuesday with predictions of 12 to 18 inches of snow, and strong winds. Parts of Eastern Union County are also under a blizzard watch. Prepare ahead and limit travel to emergencies.

Item 2017-03-13 Westfield - All Westfield Public Schools CLOSED tomorrow, Tuesday, March 14, due to impending snow storm. All after school activities on Tuesday are canceled. Board of Education meeting rescheduled to Thursday, March 16, at 6:30 PM.

Item 2017-03-13 Union County Cold temperatures and inclement weather spell extra hardship for "backyard dogs," who often go without adequate food, water, shelter, or veterinary care. PETA is working with law-enforcement officials. Don't illegally leave animals outside to die in the cold. Keep animals indoors. Wipe off your dogs' or cats' legs, feet, and stomachs after they come in from the snow. Salt and other chemicals can make them sick if ingested. Increase animals' food rations during cold weather because they burn more calories in an effort to stay warm. Keep an eye out for stray animals. Take unidentified animals indoors until you can find their guardians, or take them to an animal shelter. If strays are skittish or otherwise unapproachable, provide food and water and call your local humane society for assistance in trapping them and getting them indoors. If you see animals left outside without shelter from the elements, please notify authorities. For information on what constitutes adequate shelter, click here. During extreme cold weather, birds and other animals may have trouble finding food and water. Offer rations to wildlife who are caught in storms or whiteouts by spreading birdseed on the ground. Provide access to liquid water by filling a heavy water bowl and breaking the surface ice twice a day. Remember to remove the food once the weather improves, in order to encourage the animals to move on to warmer areas.

Item 2017-03-13 Scotch Plains - The SPF Public School will be closed tomorrow 3/14 due to the anticipated storm. Recycling for Northside has been cancelled for 3/14 and rescheduled for Sat.3/18

Item 2017-03-13 New Providence - In light of the predicted heavy snow and blizzard conditions in the New Providence area where Summit Old Guard meetings are held, the March 14 meeting has been cancelled.

Item 2017-03-13 Mountainside - Police report that Wyoming Drive between Longview Drive and Short Drive is currently closed due to construction.

Item 2017-03-13 Garwood Police - With the upcoming snow storm please make arrangements to have vehicles off the roadway once the snowfall reaches 3 inches or more. Please contact the Police Desk if you park your vehicle in the Casale Parking lot

Item 2017-03-13 Garwood - North side garbage collection scheduled for Tuesday March 14, 2017 has been canceled due to snow emergency.

Item 2017-03-13 Area - Nearly half of all hypothermia deaths happen to people over age 65. Many of these deaths can occur right in their own homes because seniors dont feel the dip in degrees due to dementia or medication that can affect awareness. If families dont live close enough, they should reach out to a neighbor or a caregiver to check on their elderly loved ones. This simple gesture could make a life or death difference to a senior. Other important information for seniors: Do not try to shovel snow. Seniors can get injured, or worse. It is common for people to experience heart attacks exerting themselves shoveling snow. Seniors also run the risk of slipping and falling on ice which could lead to a broken bone. Seniors should take care not to use an electric generator, camp stove, or similar device indoors since they produce carbon monoxide an odorless, colorless gas that builds up in closed spaces and is deadly.

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