WESTFIELD—CONTACT We Care, Inc., a 24-hour caring and crisis hotline, will begin a comprehensive 36-hour volunteer training class on Wednesday, Feb. 17, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 170 Elm Street in Westfield. The class will meet weekly until mid-May.
Thrift Shop Sale • Jan. 22 & 23 from 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Best Friend Dog & Animal Adoption is holding a 50% off sale at their thrift shop, located at 1750 E. Second St., Scotch Plains. Proceeds support animal rescue efforts. Donations of new/lightly used items are accepted. For info, call 1-732-388-8930.
UNION COUNTY – The Union County Senior Softball League seeks players for its competitive slow pitch softball season in both the 50+ Division (birth year of 1960 or earlier) and the 60+ Division (birth year of 1950 or earlier.)
TRENTON — The state Senate rejected — by a vote of 14 to 20, with six senators not voting — a bill sponsored by Sen. Raymond Lesniak aimed at legalizing gay marriage in New Jersey.
WHITEHOUSE STATION – Pharmaceutical giant Merck completed its acquisition of drugmaker Schering-Plough on Tuesday and corporate leadership is evaluating which employees and facilities will be retained by the company.
KENILWORTH—The Joseph Nugent Sr. Association of Union County will hold its 76th annual dance on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 8 p.m. until midnight at the Kenilworth Veterans Center located at 33 South 21st Street in Kenithworth.
KENILWORTH—The Union County Emerald Society is celebrating its 28th anniversary with its annual pub night at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Kenilworth Veterans Center located at 33 South 21st Street in Kenilworth.
CRANFORD—The Cranford and Kenilworth public libraries will partner on a two-part “Meet the Author” series featuring readings by contemporary American authors. Both sessions will be held in the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Avenue in Cranford.
ELIZABETH—Union County’s One-Stop Career Center has moved to a new location in Elizabeth at 921 Elizabeth Avenue. The One-Stop offers free services and training for job seekers every weekday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and remains open until 6 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. English and Spanish are spoken.
Beginning Aug. 21 and running through Sept. 7, a total of 236 local and county law enforcement agencies, as well as the New Jersey State Police, will be cracking down on drivers operating their vehicles and motorcycles while intoxicated.