Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Named GMC Scholar-Athletes

EDISON, NJ -- Zane Lee-Briggs of Avenel and Ariana Di Landro of Elizabeth, seniors at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, were honored at last week's Greater Middlesex Conference Scholar-Athlete Dinner at The Estate at Lake Farrington. The Rams joined representative from all Middlesex County schools at the event, which was attended by parents and athletic directors. W+H athletic director ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Earn Instrumental Accolades

EDISON, NJ -- Shourya Chhabra of Roselle Park and Luke Tan of Edison, students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, recently performed with the Region Jazz Band Dizzy Gillespie Virtual Ensemble. Students who participated in this performance were accepted through a stringent audition process in the spring. Both Shourya and Luke were featured as soloists.

As a result of receiving the top ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Third Graders Share United States Presentations

EDISON, NJ -- States from all over our great nation were on display at last week’s Third Grade States Presentations, held outdoors under the AP Room Tent at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison. Faculty, staff and students visited the displays and learned about many states and their customs and traditions from expert guides who were dressed to represent their state.

The assignment ...

Cranford High School Class of 2021 Graduates (Photos)

June 23, 2021

CRANFORD - On Tuesday, the Cranford High School Class of 2021 Graduation Ceremony was held at Memorial Field. Here are photos submitted by our viewers.

Class of 2021 Valedictorian: Robert Kelly

Class of 2021 Salutatorian: Samuel Sullivan

Kathleen Garguilo Named Walnut Avenue School's 2020-2021 Educational Services Professional of the Year

CRANFORD - Kathleen Garguilo has been named Walnut Avenue School's Educational Services Professional of the Year as part of the 2020-2021 Governor’s Teacher/Educational Services Professional Recognition Program.

Garguilo is a Speech Language Specialist at Walnut Avenue School and has served in the Cranford Public Schools District for 15 years. 

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Kathleen Kloc Named Bloomingdale Avenue School's 2020-2021 Teacher of the Year

CRANFORD - Kathleen Kloc has been named Bloomingdale Avenue School's Teacher of the Year as part of the 2020-2021 Governor's Educator of the Year Program. 

Kloc has served as a first and second grade teacher at Bloomingdale Avenue School. According to Principal Lourdes Murphy, Kloc was overwhelmingly supported during the nomination period back in ...

Community Science Project Invites Union County Residents to Document Biodiversity of Rain Gardens

June 23, 2021

Union County residents of all ages can become community scientists by identifying and photographing butterflies, birds, and other wildlife for the “Rain Gardens of Union County” project. The project is being run through the Rutgers Cooperative Extension program of the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station.

“The Rain Gardens of Union County project is a unique ...

Sticky's Finger Joint Gets Conditional Approval for Addition of Drive-Thru

June 23, 2021

UNION, NJ – A special meeting of Union’s Planning Board took place on June 10 to determine whether to approve a pending application for drive-thru service to an existing business in the Route 22 center island.

A resolution was approval by the Planning Board to allow Sticky’s Finger Joint to move ahead with the installation of a proposed drive-thru. Conditions of the approval ...

Over Two Dozen Bullets Fired This Morning in Elizabeth Leaves One Dead, One Injured

ELIZABETH, NJ - A fatal shooting that took place early Tuesday morning is under investigation, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo, Elizabeth Police Chief Giacomo Sacca and Police Director Earl Graves jointly announced. 

According to a press release sent by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, Elizabeth Police officers responded to a report of gunshots being fired and ...

Former Summit Middle School Drama Teacher, Theater Director Charged with Sexual Contact with a Student

ELIZABETH, NJ - Ronald Wells, 69, who was employed by the Summit Public School District for nearly 25 years as a theater teacher at Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School prior to retiring on June 30, 2018, has been arrested and charged with committing criminal offenses of a sexual nature against a student while on school grounds several years ago, acting Union County Prosecutor ...

Sadness in Dads: It’s a Bigger Problem Than You Think

Did you know that approximately 1 in 7 mothers suffers from a postpartum mental illness, such as postpartum depression (PPD)?

Did you know that approximately 1 in 10 dads suffers the same thing?

And did you know that, if mom is suffering from PPD, 50% of their partners likely will as well?

The Monday after Father’s Day has, for the last few years, been christened International ...

Community Conversations: Living with Scoliosis

Does your child have scoliosis? Do you know what the signs are? Find out on the next Community Conversation where Jason Lowenstein, MD, medical director of Atlantic Health System’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center, shares how it’s diagnosed and explains why early identification is key to treating spinal deformity.

 

Recipe: How to Make No-Churn Vanilla Birthday Cake Ice Cream

June 24, 2021

It only takes four ingredients to make this festive frozen treat! The best part? You don’t even need special equipment.

The trick to getting the right texture without an ice cream maker is folding in fluffy whipped cream.

No-Churn Birthday Cake Ice Cream

Ingredients:

1 tsp. vanilla extract
14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
2 cups cold heavy whipping cream
¼ cup ...

Longtime Friends Spreading the News in Bordentown

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - When longtime friends Elizabeth Meyers and Kristin Antonello saw that the greater Bordentown area was in need of a hyperlocal news outlet, they jumped at the opportunity to bring TAPinto into the community.

The two recognized Bordentown as a community that would benefit from a TAPinto site because there was no publication devoted only to local news.

“There was a ...

Shapiro: "Amid Spike in Local News Initiatives, Franchise Model Remains Only Proven Method to Scale Local News"

Cautionary tales have emerged in recent weeks about the inherent risks of entering the local news industry. Poynter recently called out a few of the pain points that new publishers endure, and Columbia Journalism Review suggested there isn’t enough budget to combat increasing political polarization at the local level.

All these potential pitfalls haven’t stopped ...

Feeling Nutty? Here’s Why You Should Add Nuts To Your Diet

Enjoying a wide variety of nuts has multiple health benefits. The crunchy, delicious snacks are a great source of protein, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, omega-3 fatty acids, and fiber. Nuts are naturally cholesterol-free and pack disease-fighting antioxidants and essential vitamins and minerals like vitamin E and magnesium.

A 2019 study published by the U.S. National Library of ...

No Garden Yet? No Worries: Here’s What You Can Still Plant In June

Getting outside to work in the garden is a wonderful way to be physically active and soak up some natural vitamin D from the sun. If you haven’t planted anything yet or you’re aiming to increase your harvest, don’t worry. There are lots of nutrient-rich vegetables, herbs, and gorgeous flowers you can still plant in June. Here’s a list to help you get ...

From Ponds to Waterfalls: Outdoor Water Features You Can DIY

If you’re daydreaming about the burble of a stream over rocks or the spray of a waterfall right in your backyard, we’ve put together a selection of outdoor water feature ideas to help you make your dream come true!

While water features may sound expensive or out of reach, there are tons of great do-it-yourself options for everything from flower pot fountains to ponds and ...

Sprinkler System on the Fritz? Tips and Tricks for What to Fix and When to Call

Outdoor sprinkler system on the fritz with summer around the corner? Here are seven tips and tricks for fixing it yourself and when to call the pros.

Assess and Adjust Sprinkler Heads
The first clue to any sprinkler system problem is usually a sprinkler head that’s not performing optimally. Maybe it won’t raise or lower, it’s spraying unevenly, or it’s not spraying the ...

Upgrade Your Patio for Under $100

As the weather warms up and we all head outside, you may be envisioning an updated patio space to gather with your friends and family. While some outdoor items can be pricey, many simple updates are budget-friendly while making a big impact. If you’re ready to transform your outdoor space without spending a fortune, here are five of the best ways to get started.

Solar Lights

Adding ...

Tank vs. Tankless: Hot Water Heater Showdown

Purchasing new appliances for your home is a big investment, so make sure that you have all the information before committing. If you’re looking to replace your hot water heater soon, you may have run across models that are “tankless” or “instantaneous/on-demand” alongside the conventional “storage”/”tank” water heaters. Here’s what you ...

Eat the Rainbow: Why Fruits of Every Color Belong on Your Plate

In general, the bold colors found in fruits indicate a large concentration of antioxidants. These vitamins and compounds perform many different functions within the body, but all antioxidants help reduce “free radicals,” or potentially harmful atoms that interfere with normal cell functioning in our bodies. Eating a variety of colors through fruits will help ensure that you’re ...

Fresh Air and Fitness: 4 Outdoor Workouts for Every Level

Fresh air and fitness – a great combination for any wellness routine! As the weather warms up, consider adding some outdoor workouts to your regular exercise regimen. New surroundings can often make the same moves feel more challenging and exciting, so heading out to your backyard is an easy way to refresh any routine that’s starting to feel repetitive. Here are four great outdoor ...

Festive Food: Red, White, and Blue for the Fourth

A Fourth of July gathering is the classic summer event – food, fun, and friends. This year, treat your guests to some festive new dishes highlighting the red, white, and blue we all associate with this special holiday.

Star Confetti Cookies

For a fun, easy dessert that you can pair with any main dish, try these cutout star cookies. The recipe has been tested to ensure that the cookies ...

Citrus, Coral, and Florals: Summer from the Inside Out

As summer swings into high gear outside, bring some of the color and brightness indoors with your home décor. Perfect for setting the mood every day and during special events, summer décor that includes florals, citrus, and coral tones is a great way to transition from the more muted spring hues to the bold colors of the brightest season. Here are five ways to incorporate these ...

Letter: When Will It End?

June 17, 2021

Redevelopment has been one of the most pressing issues in Cranford for many years and will continue to be so as we work to address the Affordable Housing obligations that have been imposed on us by the State. Recent approaches to tackle this issue have taken a wrong turn, allowing corporate developers to exploit these obligations for their profit. We need leadership that will stand up for ...