The Thornstick Mass will start the day, and be hosted in conjunction with the Elizabeth A.O.H. at St. Patrick’s Church in Elizabeth.
The Reviewing Stand Festivities at Morris and Stuyvesant Avenues in Union begin. Enjoy the “Kid’s Zone”, fun for all ages on Stuyvesant Ave. (just off Morris Ave.)
1:00 PM Sharp
The Parade begins with the Marching units gathered on Morris Avenue and along Commerce and Jeanette Avenues. The parade route proceeds east along Morris Avenue to a turn at the Main Reviewing Stand at Stuyvesant Ave. and ends at Roosevelt Avenue.
The Midway Reviewing Stand at Morris and Caldwell Avenues has parade announcers with details of all of the participants, history and other information. It’s a great place to watch the parade!
BLOOD DRIVE SPONSORED BY: Church of the Assumption & Knights of Columbus SATURDAY, MARCH 23, 2019 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. LOWER CHIEGO CHURCH HALL 113 CHIEGO PLACE ROSELLE PARK, NJ 07204 Appointments are preferred, walk-ins are welcome. All Donors will receive the following free health screenings: Cholesterol, Blood Pressure, Temp, Iron, Pulse & Blood Type Donor Guidelines: * Weigh at least 110 lbs.
NOW OFFERING LONG SLEEVE T-SHIRTS AND HOODED SWEATSHIRTS ALSO!!
Spring Bar Crawl!
3pm – 5pm: Kilkenny House
4pm – 6pm: Thirsty Turtle
5pm – 7pm: Cranford Hotel
6pm – 8pm: Riverside Inn (“The Dive”)
7pm – 9pm: River & Rail
Stop by Urban Burger and Puff & Stuff anytime for a special discount the day of the crawl!
You will be prompted for your size on the checkout page.
he Westfield Area YMCA is proud to host the 4th Annual Pizza Palooza on Sunday, March 24 from 12:00-1:30pm in the gym at the Main Y Facility, 220 Clark Street.
Taste your way through participating Westfield and Garwood pizzerias and pick your favorite to win … everyone ages 4+ has a vote! As of March 7, participating pizzerias are: Buona, Casa di Pizza, Ferraro’s, Gennaro’s, Outta Hand Pizza and Mama’s. Participants will taste and vote from 12:00 – 1:00pm. First, Second and Third Place winners will be announced at 1:15pm. New this year is a 50/50 raffle.
A $12 contribution for adults and children ages 4+ benefits the Y’s Annual Support Campaign, which ensures that no one who is experiencing a bona fide financial hardship and lives or works in Westfield, Cranford, Garwood or Mountainside is turned away for inability to pay for Y programs or memberships. The majority of awards enable participation in the Y’s early learning, school age and summer day camp programs.
Children ages 3 and under are free. Online registration is available at www.westfieldynj.org or you can call or register in person. Advance registration is strongly recommended as this event sold out last year! Please contact Sharon London at 908-301-9622 x253 or [email protected] with any questions.
Please join Pat Aussem, LPC, of Partnership for Drug-Free Kids for an informative evening focused on eCigs, vaping, and JUULing.
Pat Aussem, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor in both New Jersey and New York and is a certified Master Addictions Counselor.
In her work at the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, she is responsible for all clinical content, providing tools and resources to support families who have a child struggling with substance use.
Questions? D/Sgt. Matthew R. Nazzaro at 908-709-4313 / [email protected]
This presentation is made possible due the generosity of the Cranford Knights of Columbus and Cranford Municipal Alliance with support from the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and the Cranford Public Schools.
Jerry Zaro, the New Jersey Trustee to the Gateway Development Program, will discuss and update the public about the project. NJ Transit officials invited
CRANFORD, NJ—-The Raritan Valley Rail Coalition (RVRC), a rail-advocacy group representing 1.7 million residents in four counties along NJ Transit’s Raritan Valley Rail line, will sponsor a free presentation on the Gateway Project, beginning at 7:00 p.m, Tuesday, March 26th at the Cranford Community Center.
“It cannot be understated: the Gateway Project, and related work, which has been long postponed, comprise the most significant economic impact project in the nation. It is urgent to New Jersey, the northeast, and in fact the entire country, that Federal funding be secured and the project proceeds expeditiously,” said Bruce Bergen, a former Union County Freeholder who is the Chairman of the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition. “The regional economy would be dealt a catastrophic blow if one of the two existing tunnels, which have seriously deteriorated, fails or is forced to close for a substantial period of time for repairs.”
All are welcome to attend the free event. The Cranford Community Center is located at 220 Walnut Avenue in Cranford, with onsite parking.
Jerry Zaro, an attorney with Sills, Cummis and Gross P.C. in Newark, serves as Chairman of the Gateway Development Corporation (GDC) and will be the featured speaker. The GDC oversees the Gateway Project, the multibillion-dollar infrastructure initiative to build new rail tunnels under the Hudson River, rehabilitate the already-existing 108-year-old tunnels (which were badly damaged by Superstorm Sandy), build a new Portal Bridge over the Hackensack River, expand New York’s Penn Station, and related projects. It would be the largest current infrastructure project in the United States.
Plainfield Mayor Adrian Mapp noted: “Reliable train service, including a one-seat ride to New York, is key to the continued revitalization of New Jersey’s urban centers, and the economic well-being of our residents and businesses. Funding must be secured to complete these initiatives, rebuild our roads and bridges and keep our cities moving forward.” Plainfield has two train stations on the Raritan Valley Rail line.
Peter Palmer, former Somerset County Freeholder, and current RVRC Trustee said that commuters continue to suffer from delays and cancelations from an over-burdened and antiquated train system in dire need of upgrades. Somerset County has five train stations along the Raritan Valley Rail line.
“Our residents who rely on train service are being pushed to their limits,” said Palmer. “Further delay in making desperately-needed improvements to train service will damage regional economic development. The Rahway Rail Coalition will continue to advocate as strongly as possible on their behalf.
Bette Jane Kowalski, Chair of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and an RVRC Trustee, is promoting Union County’s efforts on the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition this year as part of the Board’s 2019 initiatives. Union County has eight stations on the Raritan Valley line, including one in Cranford, where Freeholder Kowalski resides.
“We have heard from many residents who have been personally impacted by the delays and cancellations,” said Freeholder Kowalski. “We will continue to make our voices heard for the completion of the Gateway Project and the restoration of the one-seat ride for direct service to New York.”
Hunterdon County Freeholder J. Matthew Holt, an RVRC Trustee, stated: “Both the Gateway Project and restoration of the one-seat ride on the Raritan Valley rail are crucial to the economic vitality of our region. Making these improvements would not only make the commute better, but bring economic benefits to the region—including increased home values, and increased commerce.” There are four train stations along the Raritan Valley rail line in Hunterdon County.
George Ververides, Director of County Planning for Middlesex County, and RVRC Trustee said: “Middlesex County strongly supports the completion of the Gateway Project and the restoration of the one-seat ride on the Raritan Valley Rail line. Transit delays are impacting productivity and the economy. It is also a public safety issue and major quality of life issue as well for residents who commute.”
The Gateway Project improvements are in the heart of the Northeast Corridor, the most heavily used passenger train line in the United States, which accounts for 20 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP). It’s estimated that 10 percent of U.S. GDP depends on transit between New York and New Jersey alone.
The Northeast Corridor carries more than 800,000 passengers in 2,000 trains daily across eight states and Washington D.C. A 2016 Amtrak report found that implementation of the full Gateway project could generate $3.87-worth of economic benefits for every $1 spent.
The Raritan Valley Rail Coalition, which represents Union, Somerset, Middlesex and Hunterdon Counties, was created nearly two decades ago to campaign for a one-seat ride on the Raritan Valley Line, which has 23,500 passengers daily, making it NJ Transit’s third most-used rail line. While track connectivity existed into New York, Raritan Valley riders always had to get off in Newark and switch trains because their diesel engines were not allowed into the tunnels under the Hudson River.
That changed in 2014 when NJ Transit began using dual-mode locomotives that could switch from diesel to electric power, making it possible to have a direct ride into New York City. NJ Transit introduced limited, one-seat ride service during off-peak hours in January 2015, but then suspended it last year.
The Coalition, which also consists of a Mayors’ Alliance and of County and State officials, can be reached on email at [email protected], is on the web at raritanvalleyrail.com/, on Facebook at facebook.com/raritanvalleyrail/, and Twitter at twitter.com/rvrailcoalition.
The Westfield Area YMCA is partnering with Jersey Mike’s Subs on East Broad Street in Westfield for the 9th Annual March “Month of Giving” fundraising campaign. The campaign culminates in the Jersey Mike’s “Day of Giving” on Wednesday, March 27. On that day, the Westfield Jersey Mike’s will donate 100 percent of the day’s sales to help send a kid in need to camp or child care at the Westfield Area YMCA this year. “The Y is thankful and appreciative of Jersey Mike’s continued generosity,” stated Bonnie Cohen, Westfield Area YMCA Director of Communications and Development.
Jersey Mike’s is passionate about giving back to its local communities. “Last year’s nationwide Month of Giving initiative raised more than $6 million for charities making a big difference in their local communities, and this year, we hope to raise even more,” said Peter Cancro, Jersey Mike’s founder and CEO, who started the company when he was only 17 years-old. “From the early days, it’s just kind of what we’ve always done — give to give, as they say. This March, I invite you to visit Jersey Mike’s to help support an important cause in your neighborhood.”
Thanks to the Y’s financial assistance program, no one experiencing a bona fide financial hardship that lives or works in Cranford, Garwood, Mountainside or Westfield is turned away for inability to pay. The majority of awards enable participation in the Y’s early learning, school age and summer day camp programs. For more information, please visit www.westfieldynj.org.
The Cranford Clay Courts Club, located on Springfield Avenue in Cranford, is currently accepting new members for the 2019 Season.
The Club offers a long outdoor tennis season, with the courts usually open from April into December in recent years, depending upon weather conditions.
In addition, the club enjoys the distinction of being the only outdoor tennis club in the area with a lighting system for night play on the Club’s well-maintained three har-tru (soft) courts.
The culture and communal aspect of the club offers members the somewhat unique opportunity to “find a game” without needing to bring a partner, particularly on weekday and weekend mornings. There are several social events throughout the season, Monday night open mixed doubles and clinics on Sunday afternoons at 4pm.
Membership in the Cranford Clay Courts Club is open to both resident and
non-residents. For more information in joining or participating in Team Tennis,
Dr. Daisy Century: Wisdom of Sojourner Truth
Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Avenue, Cranford, NJ 07016
Dr. Daisy Century, a historical interpreter, educator, actor, author and singer, brings to life one of the world’s most influential and accomplished women. Escaping the brutality of slavery in 1826, Isabella Baumfree took on the name Sojourner Truth and began her travels as a preacher. Believing the causes of women’s rights and abolition to be intertwined and equally important, Truth spoke publicly on suffrage, and gave her most significant speech, “Ain’t I a Woman?” at the Ohio Women’s Rights Convention in 1851. Don’t miss Dr. Century’s commanding performance as an American icon.
Dr. Century performs historical interpretations of the lives of brilliant and influential women, including Harriet Tubman, Bessie Coleman and Madam C.J. Walker. She holds a B.A. in Biology from Claflin University, a Masters in Science Education from South Carolina State University and an Ed.D from Temple University. A natural teacher and talented actor, Dr. Century has inspired students in the Philadelphia School System for over twenty years with her historically accurate performances. She also writes under the name Emily Nelson, and has published two books: Belle and Ms. Emmaline’s Little Book of Wit and Wisdom.
No registration is required for this free event.