Student Life: An Exhibition Celebrating the Talents of Essex, Somerset & Union County High School Students
March 6 - April 6, 2015
Opening reception March 6, 2015 from 6-8 PM. All are welcome.
Please join Gallery U for a special celebration of artwork by high school students. Various high schools in Essex, Somerset and Union Counties are represented in this exhibit which include an assortment of mediums and styles. For all artwork sold, 50% will be paid to the student artist and 50% will be donated to the art department of the high school or organization that the student artist represents. An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, March 6, 2015 from 6-8 pm. All are welcome. Artwork will be on exhibit through April 6, 2015.
High Schools represented in this exhibition include: Arthur L. Johnson High School, Clark; Bridgewater-Raritan High School, Bridgewater; Cranford High School, Cranford; Livingston High School, Livingston; Union County Vocational-Technical School, Scotch Plains; Watchung Hills Regional High School, Warren; and Westfield High School, Westfield.
Student artists include Kaitlyn Atienza (Bridgewater-Raritan High School, Bridgewater), Laura Brink (Cranford High School, Cranford), Thomas Curry (Cranford High School, Cranford), Aleksandra Czyrsznic (Cranford High School, Cranford), Katie Engel (Cranford High School, Cranford), Sara Halat (Arthur L. Johnson High School, Clark), David Jimenez, Stephanie Jung (Westfield High School, Westfield), Justin Juzefyk (Cranford High School, Cranford), Salma Mahmoud (Arthur L. Johnson High School, Clark), Pais Montes (Cranford High School, Cranford), Rae Powers (Cranford High School, Cranford), Alexander Smith (Cranford High School, Cranford), Kate Strazdon (Cranford High School, Cranford), Samantha Tattoli (Livingston High School, Livingston), Mary Rose Thompson (Cranford High School, Cranford), Katie Tiarks (Watchung Hills Regional High School, Warren), Jessica Trinkle (Westfield High School, Westfield), Bella Velez (Union County Vocational-Technical School, Scotch Plains) and Mari Zaman (Bridgewater-Raritan High School, Bridgewater).
Gallery U Boutique is a combination of a fully functional art space and shopping boutique and an extension of Universal Institute, a rehabilitation facility that services adults with traumatic brain injuries (TBI). The venue serves as a vocational training program whose goal is to introduce people with TBI back into the work force and community. Clients at Universal Institute take part in all aspects of running Gallery U. Vocational, occupational and cognitive therapies are conducted in our workrooms. Working at Gallery U provides an opportunity for our TBI clients to rejoin the workforce, engage with the community, learn new skills, and experience the transformative power of art through exposure to outside art and creation of their own artwork. Gallery U Boutique holds monthly art exhibits focusing on local artists, both established and emerging, as well as literary and music events for the community.
Gallery U is located at 438 South Ave. W. 908.232.1859.
Westfield Memorial Library presents "Hotter than a Pepper Sprout"
(February 18, 2015) – On Saturday, March 7 at 2:00 p.m., the Westfield Memorial Library will present “Hotter than a Pepper Sprout” by the musical duo Nina Et cetera. The library is located at 550 East Broad Street.
Nina and Tim of Nina Et cetera will play the music of Johnny Cash, Billie Holiday, Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Peggy Lee, Gershwin and many others. The instrumentation includes guitar, vocals, bass, percussion, harmonica, and much more. They’ll also entertain the audience with a sprinkling of anecdotes, which highlight the diversity and rich history of American Music ranging from jazz, blues, gospel, folk, and rock and roll.
Nina began studying guitar and singing at the age of 7 with her current bass player, Tim. Since then, Nina has studied at Berklee College of Music and has played in numerous bands. Tim studied North Indian vocal music in New Delhi and music theory at Long Island University. In addition to performing, Nina and Tim also teach privately.
When they are not on the road, they are writing and recording in a manner that combines the best of old and new technologies. Nina Et cetera has been performing professionally for the past 10 years in just about every imaginable venue across the Tri-State area, including libraries, street fairs, restaurants, and band shells.
The program is free and open to Westfield Memorial Library and MURAL cardholders. (MURAL cardholders belong to libraries that are part of the Middlesex Union Reciprocal Agreement Libraries. Check with your library to see if your library participates.) To register for the program, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org , click on the Online Calendar, or call 908.789.4090 option 0.
Founded in 1879, the Westfield Memorial Library—the community’s destination for discovery and ideas—engages minds, entertains spirits and facilitates lifelong learning for people of all ages. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.
For more information call 908.789.4090, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, and sign up for the monthly e-newsletter “Library Loop,” or stop by the library at 550 East Broad Street for a copy of the award-winning quarterly newsletter “Take Note.”
NJ Festival Orchestra Performs with Opera at Florham, March 8
Come see the New Jersey Festival Orchestra in collaboration with Opera at Florham as they perform "Love Triangles - Comic AND Deadly", Sunday March 8 at 3pm at Ridge Performing Arts Center in Basking Ridge.
Enjoy MASCAGNI Cavalleria rusticana and SCARMOLIN The Interrupted Serenade, with David Wroe conducting.
Love can inspire the human spirit to soar skyward, but it is the corrosive element of jealousy that plunges it into the depths of darkness. International guest soloists join NJFO and Opera at Florham to present two takes on jealousy: Scarmolin's lighthearted farce in the tradition of a Mozart opera buffa and Mascagni's renowned deadly serious love triangle, where the only resolution is murder.
FREE SEMINAR: How To Appeal NJ Property Taxes -- and Win!!
In 2014 alone, nearly 100,000 homeowners appealed their property taxes in New Jersey – and nearly two-thirds succeeded in having their assessments reduced by $25,000.00 to $75,000.00 – thereby lowering their taxes in many cases by $10,000.00 over 12 years.
In this seminar –- hosted by Peter Jordan of Berkshire Hathaway Homes Services NJ Properties — you will learn how to determine if your property value is overassessed and what you need to do in order to successfully challenge your assessment in your township.
In addition, homeowners will learn:
• How individual property assessments and taxes are calculated • Rules for determining if you have a winnable case • How to choose the best comparable sales to defend your value • Common pitfalls and problems that can lead to a permanent dismissal of your case – and how to avoid them!
Special guest speaker:
New Jersey Real Estate Tax Attorney
Special Bonus! Each homeowner who attends will receive a free, complimentary assessment of their current eligibility for a tax appeal.
OPEN DOOR THERAPY OPENS ITS DOORS TO THE COMMUNITY
Free monthly relationship-focused talks and guided discussions
From carving out couples time when you’re busy raising children to the impact of digital living on your closest relationships, award-winning relationship and couples counselor Terri DiMatteo, LPC of Open Door Therapy is now offering free monthly talks to the community in her downtown Westfield office. Free Talks will take place on the third Wednesday of each month at 1pm-2pm. The next one will take place on March 18 at 1pm and is entitled Digital Living and Your Romantic Relationship, Texting Tips & Facebook Management for Relationship Success. Call or visit the website to register. 111 Quimby St., Suite 11. 908.403.9300. www.opendoortherapy.net
Meet Jeff Markowitz, author of Death and White Diamonds at Town Book Store
Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 2:00-4:00 PM, The Town Book Store will be hosting a Meet the Author event for Jeff Markowitz, author of the mystery Death and White Diamonds, the recent winner of the Lovey Award for Best Thriller at Love is Murder the annual gathering of mystery writers and fans in Chicago.
Did you ever have one of those days? You know the kind, when nothing seems to go right? Richie's girlfriend suggests a romantic getaway, promising him a week-end he will never forget. So why can't he remember what happened, when he finds her lifeless body on the beach? Richie is fairly certain that he didn't kill his girlfriend, but his memory is hazy. One thing, however, is clear. When Lorraine's body is found, he's going to be the prime suspect in a murder investigation. If her body is found. Disposing of the body turns out to be harder than Richie could have imagined. Losing it, however, is easy. Did you ever have one of those days? And we haven't even gotten to the bad part yet.
Jeff Markowitz is the author of the darkly comic mystery/thriller, Death and White Diamonds, as well as three books in the Cassie O'Malley mystery series. He loves to write early in the morning. "You can usually find me at my computer at 5:30 in the morning, plotting someone's murder." When he's not out looking for dead bodies, Jeff keeps busy as the founder and Executive Director of a nonprofit agency serving adults with autism.
Meet Jeff Markowitz at The Town Book Store located at 270 East Broad Street in Westfield (corner of East Broad and Elmer Streets). If you are unable to attend this event, feel free to call The Town Book Store at (908) 233-3535 to reserve an autographed copy of Death and White Diamonds.
The Paul Jackson Fund is holding its Giving Hope Gala & Auction, honoring Tom Conheeney, on Saturday, March 28, 2015, 7pm - Midnight. The festivities take place at The Grand Summit Hotel in Summit NJ. Enjoy dinner, wine and beer. $85 per person. RSVP 908.233.6110 or purchase tickets online at www.pauljacksonfund.org.
Shop Smart, Do Good is a special event hosted by Lord & Taylor in support of local non-profit organizations. Participating organizations will sell tickets in advance to friends, family and other supporters for $5 each and in return keep ALL proceeds. Each ticket includes a (1) 15% off storewide savings pass, including cosmetics and fragrance* as well as a (2) 25% off single-item coupon to be used on regular-priced and sale items. Tickets are redeemed on Shop Smart, Do Good event days and offer some of the best savings of the season! Join the Westfield store on March 28 for an exciting day of shopping, discounts, entertainment, demonstrations and more! Tickets will also be sold at the door. In 2014, organizations collectively raised over $600,000! 609 North Ave. W., 908.233.6600. www.lordandtaylor.com
For the first time, Juxtapose Gallery will offer drawing classes! Using his recently published book “Drawing for Everyone”, Westfield’s own famed artist Bruce Waldman will teach simple techniques for the novice or anyone looking to enhance their skills. This 8 week series begins April 9. Call or email to sign up. Space is limited. 908.232.3278 or email@example.com.
Also, Juxtapose Gallery is offering 20% off of custom framing for all artwork participating in the town-wide March exhibit celebrating National Youth Art Month.www.facebook.com/juxtaposegallery
Texas Hold'em Tournament at The Gran Centurions in Clark, NJ on April 11, 2015. Tickets must be purchased in advance unless otherwise approved by CONTACT We Care. Ticket cost includes initial buy-in, food, and beer/wine/soda from the bar. Mixed drinks can be purchased for an additional charge. Players can begin to arrive at 6:00 PM with game play starting promptly at 7:00 PM. Re-buys are permitted in the first 45 minutes of game play.
Ticket costs for non-playing guests include entry to event, food, and beer/wine/soda from the bar.
$3000 Grand Prize will go to the person with the highest chip count by 10:45 PM
$1500 Second Prize will go to the person with the second highest chip count by 10:45 PM
$500 Third Prize will go to the person with the third highest chip count by 10:45 PM.
50/50 Raffle prize will be awarded to a winning raffle ticket holder with prize announced at 10:45 PM
CONTACT We Care is a Crisis and Suicide Hotline that receives over 14,000 calls per year from people in need of support. Please visitwww.contactwecare.org for additional details of our organization. Your support means so much to so many!