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Lectures on Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones

Credits: Leah Scalzadonna

The Friends of the Cranford Public Library are very pleased to welcome back rock historian Vincent Bruno for two lectures: “The Sixties: Bob Dylan Revisited” on Wednesday, December 6, and the “The Sixties: The Rolling Stones” on Monday, December 11. Both programs start at 7:00 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center. The Cranford Community Center is located at 220 Walnut Avenue. Each lecture is two-hours long and will include slides and audio clips. Admission is free and all are welcome. In addition to his work as a rock historian, Mr. Bruno has taught in a number of settings for more than 35 years, including stints at LaGuardia Community College, Empire State College, and Union County College. The Dylan and Rolling Stones programs mark Mr. Bruno’s sixth and seventh visits to the Cranford Community Center, where he has also lectured on the Beatles, the Beatles as solo artists, the Beatles film A Hard Day’s Night, the British Invasion, and American pop/rock music of the 1960s. To see additional upcoming programs sponsored by the Friends of the Cranford Public Library, visit the Cranford Public Library Web page at cranfordlibrary.org.

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Criminals Go High Tech; Scotch Plains Police Warn Apps Help Thieves Steal Cars

November 14, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — The Scotch Plains police department is warning the public about how thieves are increasingly using technology to steal motor vehicle thefts in the township:

The bad guys have figured out a way to use an app that finds key fobs that are left inside vehicles. Then, the criminals test the doors of the cars to see if they are unlocked. If the keys are ...

Hub City Native, Longtime Boxer, Facing Off for Global Title in Atlantic City This Weekend

November 18, 2017

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ — New Brunswick native and legendary boxer Jorge “King” Diaz has certainly had his ups and downs over the years, and in some ways, he’s epitomized the rags to riches story.

Diaz was born in New Brunswick and throughout his youth, moved around to Puerto Rico, Franklin Township and North Brunswick, before finally settling down in Somerset some years ...

Homefirst Raises $35K at Annual Evening of Thanks; Recognizes 2 Teens, 2 Organizations for Exemplary Service

November 19, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ – Homefirst Interfaith Housing & Family Services, Inc. raised more than $35,000 at its Evening of Thanks awards dinner last week at Shackamaxon Country Club in Scotch Plains.  At the dinner, two local teenagers received the Homefirst Hero Award and two organizations were recognized as leaders in the fight to end homelessness in Union County.

“Our Evening of ...

Westfield Area Y Men’s Club Annual Tree Sale About to Begin

For over 65 years, the Westfield Area Y Men's Club has held its annual Christmas Tree Sale at the Elm Street field. All proceeds are donated to local charities and non-profit organizations. The event is run by club members from Westfield, Scotch Plains, Mountainside and Cranford, along with many volunteers from area organizations and local youth.

The trees will be delivered and lot ...

Great Places to Take Holiday Photos in the Westfield Area

’Tis the season to cajole your family to wear matching outfits, bribe the kiddos with candy canes and chocolates, and somehow balance reindeer antler onto your pet’s head. What to do for your holiday photos this year? Why not take advantage of all of the great outdoor backdrops in our quaint towns and parks? Local businesses and townships also have some photo ops scheduled that will ...

Cranford Police Blotter: Multiple Drug-Related Arrests & More

November 17, 2017

The information provided does not represent the total scope of police activity.  Individuals charged as a result of police investigations are merely an accusation.  All defendants should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

1. 11/09/2017 11:19 p.m.

Centennial Avenue at Winans Avenue

Arrested: Kenneth Meier, 25, Cranford

Arrested by: Ptl Ryan Gerrity

Charges: ...

Parting Advice from Four Decades on the Front Lines of Local News

November 12, 2017

In February 1978 I walked into the office of The Rahway News-Record and Clark Patriot to begin what I thought was to be a short-term job stepping stone. 

Instead, it turned out to be a nearly 40-year odyssey in local journalism—including the last eight—overwhelmingly great—years with The Alternative Press (TapInto.Net).

I have decided it is time to spend more time in ...