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Director of Gallery U Boutique Says They’ll Leave Westfield Over Parking Issues

January 19, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Gallery U Boutique, an art space and boutique on South Avenue in Downtown Westfield, will relocate at the end of the summer due to ongoing parking issues, Executive Director Robert Greco said.

Gallery U is an extension of Universal Institute, a rehabilitation facility that services adults with traumatic brain injuries. Clients from UI work in the gallery and live in the ...

Cranford H.S. Band Performs Winter Concert

CRANFORD, NJ- On Thursday, Jan. 11, the Cranford High School Concert Band, Drum Line, and Jazz Band presented an intimate concert in the CHS auditorium.

The concert featured a mix of slow and fast pieces, including songs like “The Light Eternal,” “King Cotton March,” and, despite the date, “A Christmas Festival.”

A quintet formed just this year performed ...

Cranford H.S. Academy of Performing Arts Presents 'Theatre in the Raw' Showcase

CRANFORD, NJ - Cranford High School’s Acting Academy of Performing Arts performed its annual "Theatre in the Raw" showcase on Friday, Jan. 12. The showcase was a compilation of short monologues and pair acts with two long scenes.

The show, directed by acting coach David Marconi, opened with a series of improvisation performances by the Elements of Acting class.

“I ...

Springfield’s 90 Year Old Bea Slater: From Rock n’ Roll to Online Dating

SPRINGFIELD, NJ – Bea Slater, Springfield’s “Grandmother of Rock n’ Roll” found a new gig.  On the heels of her appearance introducing Steve Van Zandt and the Disciples of Soul at a Staten Island show last September, Bea won a starring role in a poster ad campaign for Jdate.

The opportunity came about when a Springfield neighbor aware of the concert ...

Cranford High School Fine and Performing Arts Departments to Present Three Events in January

CRANFORD, NJ – The Cranford High School Fine and Performing Arts Departments will present three performances and exhibits this month.

On Thursday, Jan. 11, the Fine Arts Department will showcase the work of art, crafts, graphics and photography students during its Winter Art Show in the Cranford High School library. On that same day, the Cranford High School Concert Band and Jazz ...

YESTERcades Arcade Coming to Downtown Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — YESTERcades will open its third arcade in at 151 East Broad St. in Downtown Westfield this spring, the company announced Tuesday. The space was formerly occupied by City Sports.

YESTERcades describes itself as gaming experience straight out of the “golden age of gaming.” They offer a variety of arcade video games, such as Space Invaders, Pac-Man, Street ...

Original 1907 Times Square Ball Has Direct Link to Somerset County

NEW YORK – Walter Fuhrman Palmer, the head electrician at the venerable New York Times newspaper more than 100 years ago, helped to create a legacy shared by tens of millions of people who have jammed Times Square on New Year’s Eve to celebrate the traditional countdown to the New Year.

Palmer, who lived in Warren, NJ, designed the first giant sphere to drop on Times Square, the ...

Cranford H.S. Celebrates Tradition with Winter Orchestra and Choral Concert

CRANFORD, NJ- On Thursday, December 21, the Cranford High School auditorium hosted its annual Winter Orchestra and Choral Concert, warmly welcoming friends and family who were home for the holidays to join in the musical tradition.

At 7:30 pm the show commenced with the orchestra performing the pieces “Simple Gifts” by Robert Kerr, “Gigue from Sonata No. 9” by Arcangelo ...

Broadway Comes to Westfield New Year’s Eve for NJ Festival Orchestra’s ‘Puttin’ on the Ritz’

WESTFIELD, NJ — The New Jersey Festival Orchestra will ring in the New Year Dec. 31 with “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” an American musical revue starring special guest vocalists from Broadway and beyond.

The performance — one of their most popular each year — is scheduled for 7  p.m. at Westfield High School.

“It is the ‘perfect storm’ of ...

Five Family-Friendly Activities in Cranford this Weekend

CRANFORD, NJ – Santa Claus is coming to town for photos and trolley rides this weekend.

On Saturday. Dec. 16, Santa will take photos from 11 a.m. to noon at the corner of Centennial Avenue and Lincoln Avenue. Photos are $3 per person and are sponsored by the Cranford Area Chamber of Commerce.

At 12:30 p.m., Santa will take photos at the gazebo on N. Union Avenue until 1 p.m. Photos ...

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Men of Bronze, Harlem’s Rattlers Featured in Union County Black History Month Celebration

January 17, 2018

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to welcome all residents and visitors to the 2018 Union County Black History Month Celebration event, featuring a screening of Men of Bronze, a rare 1977 documentary about the 369th Regiment in World War I.

Keynote speaker Dr. Jeffery Sammons, Professor of History at New York University, will provide commentary on the film and present his ...