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Item 2017-11-22 Cranford - On the day after Thanksgiving, or Black Friday, people are encouraged to participate by walking or running on local tracks to raise money for different charities. Cranfords Track Friday is hosted by the Cranford Jaycees, who will donate the proceeds to hurricane relief in Puerto Rico and new musical instruments for Cranford Middle Schools. Participants can also create individual fundraisers. For more information about Track Friday visit To learn more about the Cranford Jaycees, visit

Item 2017-11-21 Fanwood - Christmas season officially begins when Santa Claus arrives in town on Sunday, December 3rd, at 3 PM! Everyone is invited to come to the big tent on the lawn in front of the North Avenue Train Station and enjoy an afternoon of seasonal music, holiday crafts, refreshments and a visit with Santaall for free. And children can also enter contests and win prizes. The Celebration concludes at 5 PM when Mayor Mahr lights the Fanwood Christmas tree on the train station lawn. This event is sponsored by the Fanwood Recreation Commission.

Item 2017-11-21 Cranford - The Music Program at St. Michael Church, Cranford, will present its 2017 concert ADVENT and CHRISTMAS SERVICE of LESSONS and CAROLS on Sunday, December 10th at 4:00 PM at 40 Alden Street, Cranford NJ. The excellent acoustics of the magnificent church will ring with the choirs of St. Michael and feature the brilliant sound of the Atlas Brass Quintet for an inspirational concert.

Item 2017-11-20 Westfield - XCross Country girls placed 6th at the MOC today. Mia Melao tied the school record for the course. The top six teams are recognized at the awards ceremony at the end of the meet so the girls earned team medals for the first time since 1995 (they placed 6th in 1995 as well). by Jen Buccino

Item 2017-11-20 Springfield - St. James the Apostle Roman Catholic Church has announced its Mass schedule for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Friday, December 8). Anticipated Mass will be held on Thursday, December 7, at 7 p.m. Masses on December 8 will be at 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., noon, and 7 p.m. All are welcome. St. James Church is located at 45 South Springfield Avenue, Springfield.

Item 2017-11-20 Plainfield Crescent Concerts presents the 46th annual Yuletide by Candlelight on Saturday, December 16 at 5:00 pm at Crescent Ave Presbyterian Church, 716 Watchung Ave in Plainfield. This free concert features the Crescent Singers in holiday anthems and carols. Audience members will be invited to join in many of the carols during this unique Crescent Concerts tradition. Admission is free for all ages. For more information, call (908) 756-2468 or visit

Item 2017-11-20 New Jersey - Football State Championship game; THURSDAY, NOV. 30 AT METLIFE STADIUM; North Jersey, Section 2, Group 5, 8 p.m.; 1-Westfield vs. 3-Bridgewater-Raritan

Item 2017-11-20 Garwood - The Garwood Lions Club will host the annual Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, November 26th from 8am to 12 noon. As in past years, it will be held at The Westwood in Garwood located at 438 North Avenue. Tickets can be purchased at the door for just $7 and children under 6 years old are free. All you can eat pancakes, sausage, and bacon will be served along with juice, coffee, and tea. This year marks the 88th year of service to the community

Item 2017-11-20 Garwood - Green Team will present its first ever Free Family Movie Night on Friday, December 8th at 6:30pm at Lincoln School, 400 Second Avenue, in the all-purpose room. The Green Team is excited to partner with the Garwood PTA for this event. The movie is Over the Hedge, a 2006 movie about what happens when woodland creatures wake up from winters hibernation to discover humans and more have sprung up in the middle of their home. Baked goods and water/soda will be available for purchase. Please follow the Garwood Green Team Facebook as well as Garwood PTA Facebook pages for updates. The Borough of Garwood website,, is also a great resource to find out whats going on in town.

Item 2017-11-20 Cranford - The First Presbyterian Church of Cranford, 11 Springfield Ave., will hold their six-week seminar - Journey to Wholeness- Healing the Grieving Heart on Sunday evenings from January 7- February 11, 2018.

Item 2017-11-19 Cranford - Calvary Nursery School & Child Care in Cranford is proud to once again participate in their annual OPERATION GRATITUDE candy collection with the support of their staff, families and students. The program teaches children the value of giving back by donating their excess Halloween Candy, in support of deployed U.S. Troops and First Responders serving here at home. Along with their handwritten letters and cards the children packaged candy, toothbrushes and toothpaste for their heroes. The Cranford Jaycees generously covered the cost of shipping the items. For more information about their upcoming January Open House and Registration for the 2018-19 School Year, contact 908-272-3962 or

Item 2017-11-17 Westfield - The Westfield Service League Thrift Shop, a nonprofit volunteer-based organization, located at 114 Elmer St. in Westfield will hold its huge holiday sale on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, 9 a.m. 4 p.m.
Hundreds of holiday items, including brand new toys, clothing, and decorations, will be available at greatly discounted prices. Merchandise will be replenished throughout the day due to the large volume of merchandise on hand.
In preparation for this sale, both the Thrift Shop and the Consignment Shop will be closed on Friday, Dec.1, 2017. The Thrift shop will also have large discounts on fall/winter merchandise for sale on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, November 28-30, to make room for holiday merchandise.
Visit the Consignment Shop for special prices on holiday gift selections.
The Thrift and Consignment Shops are open Tuesday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call the Thrift Shop at 908-233-2530 or the Consignment Shop at 908-232-1223.
The WSL, celebrating its 85-year history, uses its sale proceeds to donate to various community organizations. To date, the Westfield Service League has donated $2,743,000.

Item 2017-11-17 Fanwood - Mayor Colleen Mahr of Fanwood is the new 1st Vice President of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities. Mayor Mahr, who previously as the Leagues 2nd Vice President, was elected today at the League of Municipalities Annual Business Meeting in Atlantic City.

Item 2017-11-17 Cranford - Trinity Cranford is having its annual Breakfast With Santa event on Saturday December 2nd.

Item 2017-11-16 WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) released the following statement after opposing the tax reform plan that eliminated the state and local tax deduction. I believe tax reform should benefit all Americans and not pick winner states over loser states. Yet the House-passed proposal would negatively affect too many hard-working constituents and small businesses in my congressional district and many other parts of New Jersey. Thats why leading business groups and elected officials across the Garden State oppose this tax reform as currently drafted. We need tax reform that is fair for all Americans including the taxpayers of New Jersey and I will continue to work toward that goal.

Item 2017-11-14 Elizabeth Actors Shakespeare Theater presents A Christmas Carol on Sunday November 26, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at the Snyder Academy of Elizabethtown, 42 Broad Street in Elizabeth. One man, with one trunk, portrays 20 characters in Charles Dickens beloved holiday story. Suggested donation: $10 for adults, $5 for children. For more information: or 609-807-8258, or .

Item 2017-11-13 Summit - High School promo for its fall play Loves Labours Lost by William Shakespeare. Tickets are on sale now and the play is next Thursday, Friday and Saturday. by

Item 2017-11-09 Roselle - by email: The Union County Prosecutors Office is partnering with Roselle Catholic High School, the Roselle Police Department, and the Roselle-based substance abuse prevention nonprofit Prevention Links to host Confronting a Crisis a public forum on the ongoing opioid and heroin abuse epidemic. The forum is scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 16 at the High School, 350 Raritan Road in Roselle... More than 225 people have died due to a drug overdose in Union County since January 2015, and nearly 400 people have received the lifesaving and overdose-reversing drug naloxone from police in that time.

Item 2017-11-07 Westfield Voting Complaint - My wife and I have voted at the same school in Westfield for years. This morning, as we walked to the usual front door entrance at Roosevelt , a woman -not an election or school official- told us that the front door is locked and we had to enter at the rear of the building. There was not one single sign at the curb or at the front door entrance. NOTHING. Why? Was it a surprise that today is election day.? When I asked election officials inside the polling place, they knew nothing and said they couldn't do anything. I said " it's only 10:30, go put out a sign telling voters where to vote." We can't do that we were told. "The school officials wouldn't let us." Obviously, I don't know if that is true, but the entire situation smacks of incompetence or indifference or worse. Please tell me what will be done to insure this does not happen again. by: Marvin Kaplan

Item 2017-11-07 Westfield - I would like to express my appreciation to Westfield residents for their cooperation on Election Day. As Im sure you would agree, it is of paramount importance that security is enforced at the entrances of our schools and within our buildings to safeguard our students and staff during the school day. Limiting the entrance and exit points is necessary for us to ensure this safety while also providing legal access for voting. The gyms in four of our Westfield Public Schools are designated by the County as polling locations. I continue to request that locations other than our schools be considered and hope that this can be accomplished. Thank you for your understanding. Sincerely, Margaret Dolan, Ed.D. Superintendent, Westfield Public Schools

Item 2017-11-07 Westfield - Bonds of Courage and the 117th Cavalry Association will be hosting a Support Our Troops Casino Night and Auction on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 7:00 pm at the Westfield Armory, 500 Rahway Avenue in Westfield. The night will benefit Bonds of Courage and the Family Readiness Groups of the 1st Squadron 102nd Cavalry Regiment, 50th Brigade Combat Team of the New Jersey National Guard.

Item 2017-11-07 - polling experts say they're bracing for gale-force apathy. "I think we're going to see record-low turnout Tuesday," said Ashley Koning, director of the Rutgers Eagleton poll, who blames a mix of hyper-partisan rhetoric emanating from Washington D.C. and homegrown disgust with outgoing Gov. Chris Christie. "There is an abysmal outlook on the state right now, and voters seem to think it's not going to get better with an election," said Koning

Item 2017-11-07 Mountainside - On Thursday, 11/9/17 road construction on South Springfield Ave between Mill Lane and Cardinal Drive in Mountainside will reduce the road to one lane in each direction. The construction will begin at 8:30am. Please plan alternate routes for the morning commute.

Item 2017-11-04 Westfield - Find out your voting location: - submitted by

Item 2017-11-03 Westfield - Puttin On The Ritz
A superb review of Broadway classics for the entire family presented in glorious symphonic splendor. Features guest soloists direct from the Broadway stage and beyond. December 31, 2017 at 7pm Westfield High School Tickets $42-$70 Special discount: Kids under 18 only $15

Item 2017-11-02 Westfield - This year is a highly contested general election and every vote will matter. If you will be away for Election Day, Tuesday, November 7th, you can vote early in person and all you need is your driver's license. Westfield Location: 300 North Avenue East, Westfield, NJ 07090 (Across the Street from The Westfield Diner) Hours: Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 8:00am-4:00pm Tuesday & Thursday: 8:00am-7:30pm Saturday: 9:00am-1:00 pm ** The last day for In-person, early voting is Monday 11/6, at 3pm Paid for by Bramnick for Assembly, Dan Connolly Treasurer, 279 Watchung Fork, Westfield, NJ 07090

Item 2017-11-02 Washington DC - House Republicans on Thursday unveiled their long-awaited tax bill which preserves the popular 401K retirement account, lowers rates for many individual households but trims deductions for state and local taxes. A summary of the plan, which was made available to reporters ahead of its public release, would also reduce the cap on the popular deduction to interest on mortgages to $500,000 for newly purchased homes. The current cap is $1 million. The plan also limits the deductibility of local property taxes to $10,000 while eliminating the deduction for state income taxes. Republicans in high-tax states such as New York and New Jersey had come out strongly against it.

Item 2017-11-02 State - The New York City bike path attack that killed eight people and left at least 11 injured Tuesday occurred a week before voters in New Jersey head to the polls in the race to succeed Gov. Chris Christie. Sayfullo Saipov, a 29-year-old Uzbekistan native who lived in Paterson, is accused of driving a Home Depot truck along a bike path near the World Trade Center. He immigrated to the United States in 2010. Immigration has been a topic of the gubernatorial race especially in recent weeks with Republican nominee Kim Guadagno assailing her Democratic rival, Phil Murphy, for saying he would make New Jersey a "sanctuary state" to protect some undocumented immigrants.

Item 2017-10-31 Westfield - SALUTE TO SOLDIERS November 4, Ceremony at 1:45 pm, Gary Kehler Stadium, 800 Rahway Ave, Westfield Prior to the football game against Scotch Plains High School, veterans will be honored during the National Anthem. All veterans are welcomed to attend in uniform or civilian attire for a special dedication for service.

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