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.
This presentation is designed for parents of high school students to assist in understanding the financial aid process.
• Forms needed to apply and their deadlines
• How income & various factors affect what you will pay
• Impact of parental & student assets on aid eligibility
• The proper way to handle special circumstances
• Comparison of financial aid packages
• Different types of loans and financing options
Space is limited. Please call to reserve your seat, 908.276.9140.
On Friday evening, March 29 following services at 8:00 pm, Temple Sha’arey Shalom, 78 South Springfield Avenue, Springfield, will host New Jersey native and former Kansas Poet Laureate Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, who will read from and discuss her new novel, Miriam’s Well: A Modern Day Exodus, about finding our purpose, place, and people. The novel speaks to the role of Midrash in our lives, telling the story of a modern-day Miriam who, while seeking her own promised land, discovers how to turn the chaos and despair of our times into music, meals, and miracles. In addition to a reading from the novel, Caryn will talk about Midrash, finding new meaning in our most sacred stories, and what she sees in the story of the Exodus about how we can cultivate more of the promised land in our lives.
Mirriam-Goldberg is the author or over 20 books of poetry, fiction, and memoir. Founder of Transformative Language Arts at Goddard College, where she teaches, she leads writing workshops and presents talks and readings widely. More at http://carynmirriamgoldberg.
SMS SPRING MARKET and FISH FRY!
Join us at St. Michael School in Cranford for our Spring Market, Book Fair and Fish Fry!
To reserve tickets for the Fish Fry, please email [email protected]
Adults – $20, Children – $10, Pasta Plate – $5
Vendors and crafters, if you would like to reserve a table at the Spring Market, please email saint.michael @verizon.net.
Join The Easter Bunny For A Very Special Breakfast!
There will be bagels, muffins, and donuts for everyone. Children will color easter pictures, make a simple craft, and get their picture taken with the Easter Bunny (please bring your own camera).
Proceeds benefit Cranford and other local charities.
We’ll lead you through the registration processes for the federal and state procurement systems, show you exactly where to go to get a clear picture of who’s buying what, and share the secrets to becoming a sub-contractor, among other essential practices.
This is your opportunity to get the clear directions you need to get started in government contracting. No matter what you are selling, somebody in the federal or state government is probably interested in buying it! You’ll start small, but some of our most successful clients started out with contracts worth just a few hundred dollars!
Already registered with the government but need a refresher in making the most of procurement opportunities? Attend this workshop and you’ll come away better prepared to find relevant postings and close the sale!
Homefirst Hosts an Evening of Thanks to Honor Community Philanthropy
PLAINFIELD, NJ – Homefirst Interfaith Housing and Family Services will host our annual Evening of Thanks on April 10, 2019, 6 PM – 9:30 PM at the Shackamaxon Country Club in Scotch Plains, honoring the contributions of four community philanthropist. This year’s honorees are:
1. Benjamin Serna, Homefirst Hero
2. Armando Guerra, NJ Governor of Lions Club International (District 16J)
3. Annette Quijano, Assemblywoman NJ Legislative District 20
4. Adrian Mapp, Mayor of Plainfield, NJ
“Each year the Homefirst Our Evening of Thanks event recognizes and honors the people, businesses and organizations who have been extremely generous with their time, talent and treasure to enable us to offer the services we provide to nearly 2,000 children, men and women throughout Union County. It’s only with the support of our partners, funders and volunteers that we are able to make a difference in the lives of so many, by giving them a helping hand to a pathway out of poverty,” said Rev. Ron Thomas, Homefirst Board President.
Benjamin Serna continues a family legacy of giving as a Homefirst Hero. Benjamin is recognized this year for organizing a costume drive for kids at the Plainfield Family Support Center. “In my life before this project I had never realized how much of a luxury it is to have the costume you want. This was the important part to me — I didn’t want people to just donate costumes. I wanted these kids to get the new costume they wanted,” said Serna.
Armando Guerra, NJ Governor of Lions Club International is an honoree for his contribution to humanitarian relief. Guerra’s reach has been felt in the community through his efforts with Lions Club International. In addition, Guerra’s philanthropic achievements are complemented by a solid 13 years of real estate experience where he has been helping families turn their houses into homes since 2005.
Champion legislator, Assemblywoman Annette Quijano is honored for her community advocacy. Assemblywoman Quijano serves as Chairperson of the Hispanic Delegations on Racial Equity, and has received recognition for her participation in the State Legislative Leaders Foundation’s 2011 Emerging Leaders Program and Emergency Preparedness Program to provide comprehensive workshops for those affected by “Superstorm Sandy.”
Adrian Mapp, Mayor of Plainfield, accredited for his ‘aggressive agenda focused on rebuilding the city’s economy and ensuring opportunity for all residents’, is among this year’s honorees. His civic duties lead to such initiatives as Plainfield Promise and Healthy Plainfield aimed to promote financial literacy for kindergarteners, create scholarships for high school graduates, as well as, create vocational and job training opportunities.
Homefirst strives to make it possible for every family to have safe, decent housing they can afford; and to provide family support services to create a home and a future filled with promise. We provide transitional, supportive and permanent housing, homelessness prevention assistance and services to individuals and families. For more information, www.homefirstinc.org, or contact Homefirst Interim Executive Director Karla Spivey at (908) 753-4001 or [email protected].
Please save the date & join us on Friday, April 12, 2019 for St. Michael’s School 4th Annual Designer Bag Bingo & Tricky Tray!
Admission $25/person (Includes 10 Games with 3 Faces/Game)
Coffee & tea included. No outside alcohol. BYO snacks.
Doors Open at 5pm.
Calling Begins at 7pm.
For additional information please e-mail: [email protected] or call 908-276-9425