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Somerset Patriots Re-Sign Left-Handed Pitcher Mike Antonini

February 23, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Patriots have re-signed left-handed pitcher Mike Antonini for the 2018 season.

“Somerset is an organization that expects to win championships,” said Antonini. “I want to help us get back to that point. I look forward to helping out anyway that I can to get the job done and win a championship.”

Antonini enters his second season with the ...

Girls JV Basketball: Cranford H.S. Easily Defeats Kent Place in First Round of County's

CRANFORD, NJ - The Cranford High School Girls Junior Varsity basketball team emerged victorious against Kent Place, 49-23, in the first round of the Union County Tournament.

The Cougars easily beat the Kent Place Dragons on their home turf. They were up by 13 points at the halfway mark, 25-12.

Freshman Liz McCaffery was a key contributor to the game, scoring 18 points.

“I played ...

Women's Basketball: Cranford's Camryn Wichelns Scores Record-Breaking 1,000 Points

CRANFORD, NJ – Camryn Wichelns, a star athlete at Cranford High School, recently joined an elite few as the fourth female in the school’s history to score 1,000 points.

As she went into her record-breaking game against Plainfield, Wichelns knew she was close. However, her focus and concentration took control as she scored the three-point basket that earned her those last ...

Union County Democratic Committee Elects New Chair

February 22, 2018

CLARK, NJ – The vote for the Union County Democratic Committee (UCDC) chairmanship came to a conclusion Wednesday night when 748 committee members from the county’s 21 municipalities descended on the Gran Centurions in Clark to vote for their new party leader.

State Senator Nick Scutari won with a 412-341 victory over Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr in a battle that had become ...

Mahr Calls for Voting Machines at Union County Democratic Committee Meeting on Feb. 21

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Acting Chair of the Union County Democratic Committee (UCDC), Colleen Mahr, is calling for the use of voting machines at the February 21 county committee meeting that will determine the next Chair of the UCDC. 

The February 21 meeting will begin at 7:00 and take place at the Grand Centurion in Clark. Mahr is the Acting Chair of the County Committee and ...

Edison School in Westfield Safe After Lockdown Wednesday Morning, Superintendent Says

February 21, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Students and staff at Edison Intermediate School are going back to their routines after a brief lockdown Wednesday morning, Superintendent Dr. Margaret Dolan said in an email to parents Wednesday afternoon.

“Edison students and staff are safe. Westfield Police are investigating a reported incident,” Dolan wrote. “A brief lockdown was initially ...

Police: 15-Year-Old Westfield Boy Arrested in Strong Arm Robbery, Car Theft

WESTFIELD, NJ — A 15-year-old Westfield boy has been charged in the assault and robbery of another teen and, separately, car theft, according to Westfield police.

The boy, whose name was not released because he is a juvenile, was first arrested Jan. 9, along with a 16-year-old boy from Newark, when the two were caught by police Newark with a stolen Dodge Charger from ...

Emergency Road Closure Between N. Union Avenue and Springfield Avenue

CRANFORD, NJ - North Avenue is closed in both directions between the intersections of N. Union Avenue and Springfield Avenue due to emergency road work, the Cranford Police Department announced via Nixle.

The alert warned for heavy traffic delays in the area.

Scotch Plains Filmmaker Selected for Garden State Film Festival

February 16, 2018

ASBURY PARK, NJ -- Chris Neptune's Magic, directed by Scotch Plains resident Adam Chinoy, will screen at the 2018 Garden State Film Festival in Asbury Park on Saturday, March 24, from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. at Berkeley Hotel Kingsley Ballroom. The 16th annual film festival runs from March 22-25, 2018.

Chinoy, who turns 35 in May, describes ...

Smithereens Bandmates Reunite and Play Show Honoring Scotch Plains Music Legend Pat DiNizio

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Two of the founding members of the Smithereens reunited at New Brunswick's Court Tavern on Saturday, Feb. 3, to pay tribute to the late Pat DiNizio, the band’s lead singer, who died in December.

The concert, titled “Blood & Roses: The Court Tavern Memorial Tribute to Pat DiNizio,” featured 15 of the alternative band’s hits from over the ...

Niche Ranks Cranford No. 65 on 'Safest School Districts in New Jersey' List

February 22, 2018

CRANFORD, NJ- Niche, an online ranking system for towns, cities, schools and more has ranked Cranford as No. 65 on its 2018 “Safest School Districts in New Jersey” list.

The ranking is based on student ratings of health and safety, area crime rates, and rates for expulsion, suspension, and school related arrests, according to the website.

The Cranford Public School district has ...

Edison School in Westfield Safe After Lockdown Wednesday Morning, Superintendent Says

WESTFIELD, NJ — Students and staff at Edison Intermediate School are going back to their routines after a brief lockdown Wednesday morning, Superintendent Dr. Margaret Dolan said in an email to parents Wednesday afternoon.

“Edison students and staff are safe. Westfield Police are investigating a reported incident,” Dolan wrote. “A brief lockdown was initially ...

Update: Health Authorities Still Investigating Flu Death of Elizabeth Schoolgirl

ELIZABETH, NJ - The New Jersey Department of Health is continuing to investigate the cause of the passing of Daniela Genaro who attended Nicholas LaCorte - Peterstown School No. 3 after it was confirmed that the student had been diagnosed with influenza. Officials say, it "presently remains unclear whether or not the virus was the primary contributing factor to the child's ...

Cranford Commissioner Pledges to Refuse Campaign Funding from Township-Affiliated Businesses in Possible Future Election

CRANFORD, NJ – Commissioner Mary O’Connor announced at Tuesday night’s township committee meeting that she will no longer accept campaign funding from business that work with the township, should she choose to run for re-election.

Her announcement followed a January planning board meeting, at which a resident questioned the ethics of election funding to campaigns for ...

Student Advocate from Elizabeth Receives Email from President Obama

ELIZABETH, NJ - Kason Little, 18, a “student advocate” at John E. Dwyer Technology Academy in Elizabeth received a surprise when he opened his email to find a response from President Barack Obama.

According to Little, he emailed Obama in October to let him know how much he is missed and to thank him for the hardships and sacrifices he made for ...

Dunkin Donuts Approved for Abandoned Checkers Location on Rt.22 in Springfield

February 21, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Longtime Springfield residents Mr. and Mrs. Sailesh Patel of Hillside Avenue were approved for a drive through Dunkin Donuts at 30 Route 22 in Springfield. They are doing business as Soni Realty LLC. 

The site currently has an abandoned Checkers' restaurant on the property. Safety was a concern of Board members at the meeting Tuesday night. The meeting ...

Tax Return Time; Contact Kleespies, Horwitz & Associates

Kleespies, Horwitz & Associates, LLC is currently accepting appointments for personal and corporate 2015 tax returns.  

Don't take chances with do-it-yourself tax programs or pop-up tax-preparers.   Our years of experience will ensure your tax return is thorough, accurate, and tailored to your particular tax circumstances. Entrust your tax and financial ...

Tax Season is Here; Time to Contact Kleespies, Horwitz & Associates

CLARK, NJ - Kleespies, Horwitz & Associates, LLC is accepting appointments for personal and corporate 2017 tax returns.  

Don't take chances with do-it-yourself tax programs or pop-up tax-preparers.   Our years of experience will ensure your tax return is thorough, accurate, and tailored to your particular tax circumstances. Entrust your tax and ...

Taste Your Way Through Local Pizzerias at Westfield Area YMCA’s Pizza Palooza

February 21, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Area YMCA will host its third annual Pizza Palooza on Sunday, March 4, from noon until 1:30 p.m in the gym of its main facility at 220 Clark Street. 

Participants can taste their way through participating Westfield, Garwood and Mountainside pizzerias and vote for their favorite. Participating restaurants will include Buona ...

Rosenfarb Family Spreads Love and Kindness in Parkland

February 22, 2018

PARKLAND, FL - On Sunday, Amanda and Noah Rosenfarb and their two children joined in Parkland's renewal.  The children walked their neighborhood for approximately two hours, handing our cookies with a message "Spread Love and Kindness."

Amanda Rosenfarb said, "Eden wanted to host a lemonade stand and donate all the money to the MSD fund. I said we probably ...

We Hear You Now - Phillips 66 Donates Five New Emergency Radios to Trinitas Regional Medical Center

ELIZABETH, NJ - A recent grant from the Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery has allowed Trinitas Regional Medical Center to purchase five new Motorola APX 6000 portable radios for its Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MICU), 

“Lives will surely be saved,” said Hospital Officials. The radios will be used to communicate with the Union County Police Dispatch Center, which dispatches MICUs and ...

Taste Your Way Through Local Pizzerias at Westfield Area YMCA’s Pizza Palooza

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Area YMCA will host its third annual Pizza Palooza on Sunday, March 4, from noon until 1:30 p.m in the gym of its main facility at 220 Clark Street. 

Participants can taste their way through participating Westfield, Garwood and Mountainside pizzerias and vote for their favorite. Participating restaurants will include Buona ...

Cranford to Sponsor Two Substance Abuse Prevention Events in March

February 21, 2018

CRANFORD, NJ – Cranford families have two upcoming opportunities to learn about substance abuse prevention.

The Cranford Municipal Alliance, in partnership with 13 other alliances in Union County, will present “Getting High Naturally,” a positive, science-based approach to substance abuse prevention, hosted by psychologist comedian Matt Bellace.

“The event is to help ...

We Hear You Now - Phillips 66 Donates Five New Emergency Radios to Trinitas Regional Medical Center

ELIZABETH, NJ - A recent grant from the Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery has allowed Trinitas Regional Medical Center to purchase five new Motorola APX 6000 portable radios for its Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MICU), 

“Lives will surely be saved,” said Hospital Officials. The radios will be used to communicate with the Union County Police Dispatch Center, which dispatches MICUs and ...

Update: Health Authorities Still Investigating Flu Death of Elizabeth Schoolgirl

ELIZABETH, NJ - The New Jersey Department of Health is continuing to investigate the cause of the passing of Daniela Genaro who attended Nicholas LaCorte - Peterstown School No. 3 after it was confirmed that the student had been diagnosed with influenza. Officials say, it "presently remains unclear whether or not the virus was the primary contributing factor to the child's ...

Former US Postal Service Employee from Rahway Pleads Guilty to Accepting Bribes to Deliver Narcotics Packages

February 13, 2018

RAHWAY, NJ - Leonard Gresham, a 50-year-old Rahway resident, pleaded guilty in federal court on Tuesday to intercepting and delivering packages containing illegal narcotics in exchange for cash bribes, it was announced by U.S. Attorney Craig Carpentino.

Gresham pleaded guilty U.S. District Judge Esther D. Salas in Newark federal court, where he was charged with one count of ...

Rahway's Rayford Charged with Distributing Fentanyl-laced Crack Cocaine that Killed 3 Rahway Residents

RAHWAY, NJ - George Rayford, 38 of Rahway, has been arrested and charged with distributing crack cocaine that led to the death of three people and sent others to the hospital, it was announced Friday by Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan.

“Considering the high levels of purity found in illegal drugs being sold throughout Union County and New Jersey, as well as the potential ...

Applications for 750 Walnut Avenue and Birchwood Avenue Adjourned to Later Dates

February 16, 2018

CRANFORD, NJ – Applications for the redevelopment of 750 Walnut Avenue and 215-235 Birchwood Avenue will not be reviewed at the next planning board meeting, multiple sources told TAPinto Cranford.

Hartz’s application will be adjourned until May 16, according to James Rhatican of Hartz Mountain Industries. The adjournment was also confirmed by Deputy Mayor Ann Dooley, who sits on ...

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Union County Democratic Committee Elects New Chair

February 22, 2018

CLARK, NJ – The vote for the Union County Democratic Committee (UCDC) chairmanship came to a conclusion Wednesday night when 748 committee members from the county’s 21 municipalities descended on the Gran Centurions in Clark to vote for their new party leader.

State Senator Nick Scutari won with a 412-341 victory over Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr in a battle that had become ...

Filthy, dangerous conditions, theft and assault alleged at recently-opened Newark shelter

February 13, 2018

Newark, NJ—Antoinette Jackson, Sonya Webb and Andrea Eaddy sit in a McDonald’s on a cold winter morning, not far from the homeless shelter they currently call home.

During the day, they count on places like McDonald's to stay warm. They must leave the shelter at 7 a.m. and can only return after 4 p.m., even when temperatures drop below freezing.

When the ...

Clark's CityMD Urgent Care Shares Flu Survey

CLARK, NJ - As flu season is in full gear and the probability of catching the flu is a real concern, a majority of Americans admit to taking actions that may contribute to the spread of this highly contagious virus.  According to a recent survey, roughly three out of five Americans who have had the flu or flu-like symptoms (61%) admitted to being out and about the last time they ...

Cranford Endorses Colleen Mahr

February 19, 2018

Mayor Colleen Mahr has been a valuable friend to the Township of Cranford. Whether it’s offering advice and assistance during devastating flood cleanup, supporting the Mayor's Council on the Rahway River, or her insight and assistance in meeting our affordable housing obligations--Mayor Mahr is always there for Cranford.

Colleen’s fairness and integrity is beyond reproach.

Reminder: Free Wellness Program for Union County Military Women

February 23, 2018

All Union County women with military service – veterans, active duty and reserve – are invited to join “Boots 2 Heels,” a free event designed to foster wellness and connect women with resources and guidance for empowerment. Boots 2 Heels will be held on Saturday, February 24 at the Westfield Armory, located at 500 Rahway Avenue in Westfield.

The event is free but ...

Cranford Police Blotter: Multiple Drug-Related Arrests & More

February 20, 2018

The information provided does not represent the total scope of police activity. Individuals charged as a result of police investigations are merely an accusation. All defendants should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

1. 02/14/2018 @ 2226 hrs.

Raritan Road and Coleman Avenue

Arrested: Kevin Johnson, 60, Plainfield

Arrested by: Jason D’Agostino

Charges: Possession of ...

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Sat, February 24, 1:00 PM

Westfield Area YMCA, Westfield

Free Kids Expo and Water Safety Event

Arts & Entertainment Health & Wellness

Sun, February 25, 11:15 AM

Trinity Episcopal Church (Sherlock Hall), Cranford

Seamen’s Church Institute Fundraiser & Collection ...

Food & Drink Giving Back Religions And Spirituality

Thu, March 1, 1:15 PM

Calvary Lutheran Church, Cranford

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'What Stays' exposes family secrets and lies

‘What Stays’ exposes family secrets, resentment and lies

By Liz Keill

SUMMIT, NJ – In an original play by Laura Ekstrand and Jason Szamreta, the Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre has provided an enlightening, funny and heart-felt view of family foibles.

Ekstrand has said that the germ of the play came from conversations with the ensemble members of the troupe, based on ...

The Definition of Insanity

February 21, 2018

Dear Editor:

There is a quote, attributed to various people, including Albert Einstein that states, “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result”, that is fitting for our current election for Union County Democratic Committee (UCDC) chair.

There is no shortage of polling data related to the functioning of our Federal, ...