UNION — Brazilian composer Dr. João Guilherme Ripper is Kean University’s 2011-2012 Concert Artist Composer-in-Residence, program director Dr. Anthony Scelba announced.
SCOTCH PLAINS — New Jersey Blood Services (NJBS), a division of the New York Blood Center (NYBC) calls all negative blood types to donate at the Scotch Plains donor room at 2279 South Ave. on Monday, Jan. 17 from 2 to 8:30 p.m. All donors will receive unique positively negative T-shirts after donating.
STATE – Two local retailers sold winning tickets in Jersey Cash 5 drawings this week.
WESTFIELD – State Sen. Tom Kean, Assemblyman Jon Bramnick and Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz will host a discussion with local business owners on Wednesday, Jan. 19 from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. at Rockin’ Joes, 20 Prospect Street in Westfield.
CRANBURY — The Reverend Dr. Gordon Graham will give the first in a series of talks on “The Celtic Saints,” at St. David’s Episcopal Church, Cranbury, at 8:50 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 16.
Shana Feste’s “Country Strong,” starring Gwyneth Paltrow as the latest entertainer to suffer the clichéd immiscibility of love and fame, asks the question: Is there anyone left in Hollywood who has not yet played a country western singer?
STATE – To benefit the Community FoodBank of New Jersey (CFBNJ), The Provident Bank will once again host a “Deposit $1 of Hope” fundraising drive at each of its 80 plus branches. The fundraiser begins Friday, Jan. 14 and will run through Monday, Feb. 28.
WOODBRIDGE – The Woodbridge Interfaith Clergy Council, along with township students and the choir from First Baptist Church of Woodbridge will honor the memory and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Woodbridge Community Center.
FAYETTVILLE, N.C. — Army Command Sgt. Maj. Nicolino Parisi assumed responsibilities as command sergeant major and commandant of the XVIII Airborne Noncommissioned Officer Academy at Fort Bragg, Fayetteville, N.C.