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Football: Cranford Wins Big in Home Opener Against Rahway

September 23, 2017

CRANFORD, NJ – Students, parents, graduates and more filled the bleachers Friday night to watch Cranford defeat Rahway, 24-14, in the team’s home opener.

The game was off to a rough start for the Cougars with the score still at 0-0 at the end of the first quarter. Starting in the second quarter, Rahway took control of the ball and gained a steady lead, finishing the first half with ...

Boys Soccer: Cranford Falls to Governor Livingston

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ-  Governor Livingston senior Josiah Crawford continues to lead his team in offensive production and made his presence on the field known throughout the afternoon. He tallied a hat trick to lead the Highlanders over their conference opponent, the Cranford Cougars by a final score of 3-1 Tuesday afternoon in Berkeley Heights.

He now has a total of six goals scored on ...

Cranford Football Team Gears Up for First Home Game of the Season

CRANFORD, NJ – The Cranford High School football team is gearing up for their first home game of the season following two losses against Somerville and Voorhees at the beginning of the season.

The Cougars face a setback due to the large amount of graduated seniors from last year’s team, according to Coach Erik Rosenmeier. Only five players returned overall: two on offense and three ...

Cranford Police Arrest Bike Thief at Train Station

September 21, 2017

CRANFORD, NJ – Cranford Police Detectives Spencer Durkin and Timothy W. O’Brien arrested an Elizabeth man while he tried to steal a locked bycicle from the Cranford Train Station.

Durkin and O’Brien witnessed Richard A. Harrington, 60, attempting to unlock the bicycle with bolt cutters on Monday, Sept. 19. The Cranford Police Department Investigative Division was ...

Hillsborough: Children's Singer/Songwriter Faces Child Pornography Charge

NEWARK, NJ – Eric. S. Komar a township resident, music teacher and singer/songwriter who performs for children at synagogues, Jewish community centers, camps and conventions nationwide was arrested at his home Tuesday and charged with receiving and distributing images of child sexual abuse, according to Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick.

 Komar, 46, was arrested by special ...

Clark Student Offered Ride Home by Stranger, Police Say

CLARK, NJ – Clark Police issued a notice to residents today about a possible attempted luring of a 12 year old girl during her walk home from Kumpf Middle School.   

According to police, the child was near St. Agnes Church on Madison Hill Road when a thin white male with grayish white hair  in his late sixties or seventies approached her in a white, late model ...

CHS Marching Band Looks Ahead Following First-Place Competition Win

September 21, 2017

CRANFORD, NJ – The Cranford High School Marching Band will storm Memorial Field for the first time this season at Friday’s football game.

Last Saturday, Sept. 6, the band took first place in Group III-A at The Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Marching Band Festival. They have two competitions upcoming in October.

“We’re looking forward to all of the football games ...

Westfield Mourns the Loss of Beloved Holiday Icon

WESTFIELD, NJ – The people of Westfield are mourning the loss of Tom Pearson, lovingly known as the town Santa Claus, who died away on Wednesday, Sept. 13. After nearly 20 years in the role of Santa, hundreds of local families had come to cherish their time with him every year.

Pearson was 70 years old.

Sherry Cronin, executive director of the Downtown Westfield ...

The Artist Framer's Third Annual Cranford Community Paint-Out to be Held This Weekend

CRANFORD, NJ – Cranford artists will line the streets this weekend as The Artist Framer holds its third annual paint-out.

The paint-out is an opportunity for Cranford residents to create artistic renditions of places around town.

“We have a great downtown with a happy and creative vibe,” Stefanie Lalor, owner of The Artist Framer, said. “The Cranford Community ...

Wardlaw-Hartridge Students Celebrate Character Day

September 16, 2017

EDISON, NJ -- Lower School students at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison celebrated Character Day, a global movement of over 130,000 events happening in 119 countries across the globe, on Sept. 13.

Silvia Davis of Metuchen, Head of Lower School, shared a special book, Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary Deed, during morning assembly in Lower Snowdon. Mrs. Davis used the book to ...

Wardlaw-Hartridge Begins School Year with 135th Convocation Ceremony

EDISON, NJ -- The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison kicked off its 135th year with the annual Convocation Ceremony in Laidlaw Gym on Thursday, Sept. 7.

Lower and Middle School Students entered the gym with their teachers, smiling and eager to begin the new school year. The Upper School students marched in behind their respective class flags and were accompanied by their ...

Opening Day at Wardlaw-Hartridge School

EDISON, NJ -- Silvia Davis of Metuchen, new Head of Lower School at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison, greets second-grader Julia Marin of Edison on the first day of school.

Ms. Davis is joined by Dana Matthews of Metuchen, the school’s new Associate Director of Admission, Matangi Melpakkam of Piscataway and Gerard Gonnella of Somerset, Director of Admission, in front of the Berry ...

Cranford's Mark Gioioso Receives Eagle Scout Proclamation at Township Committee Meeting

September 18, 2017

CRANFORD, NJ –Mark Gioioso of Boy Scout Troop 75 received a proclamation declaring him an Eagle Scout during last week’s township committee meeting.

The Eagle Scout rank is the highest achievement a Boy Scout can obtain. To earn the Eagle Scout rank, a boy scout is required to complete an Eagle Scout service project that demonstrates the scout’s leadership ability and benefit ...

Cranford 8U Boys Baseball Team Receives Awards & Keys to the City at Township Committee Meeting

CRANFORD, NJ – The Cranford 8U Boys Baseball Team received awards and keys to the city following their victory in the Mid-Atlantic Regionals this summer. The victory followed an undefeated season.

The team is comprised of Cranford boys ages 8 and under who play in the Cranford Baseball Softball Recreation League. The awards and keys were given by Deputy Mayor Patrick Giblin to each ...

Cranford Township Committee Clarifies Affordable Housing Obligations, Will Decide on Hartz Mountain Application at Next Meeting

CRANFORD, NJ – The Cranford Township Committee approved Resolution 2017-10, which clarifies the affordable housing requirements in Cranford, at Tuesday night’s meeting.

Per the resolution, a multi-family or single-family attached residential development with five or more units must require a percentage of residential units set aside for affordable housing. For projects in which the ...

Emma’s Award-Winning Pizza Chef to Open Kenilworth Restaurant

September 21, 2017

KENILWORTH, NJ – Attilio Guarino, pizza chef at Emma’s Brick Oven in Cranford, will bring his talents to Kenilworth this winter when he opens Ava’s Kitchen & Bar, his modern, intimate restaurant.

Ava’s Kitchen & Bar, which will fill the space formerly occupied by Umberto’s, will specialize in brick oven pizza, cheese and charcuterie and small, ...

New Jersey Nutritionist Shares Tips for Healthy School Lunches

ISELIN, NJ – As students get into the swing of school and their days fill with tests, friends, homework and activities, it’s easy to overlook nutrition.

However, many studies link healthy foods to increased mental, physical and social performance. Marilyn Gordon, market medical director for United Healthcare, offers some tips and advice for parents looking to pack a healthy school ...

Donut Connoisseurs Prepare; Duck Donut is Coming to Clark

CLARK, NJ – Duck Donuts is forecasting a spring opening of its’ fifth New Jersey location in the Clark Circle Shopping Plaza according to Kristin Kellum, PR Manager of Duck Donuts.    

The Duck Donut made-to-order experience begins with a hot vanilla caked donut cooked up fresh. What it becomes after it exits the fryer is up to the person preparing to eat ...

Imagine Offers Support Groups for Caregivers

September 22, 2017

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ -- Imagine is offering support groups for adult caregivers under 60 who are living with a family member’s chronic or terminal illness. The groups are safe spaces in which people can express their feelings, and gain support from fellow caregivers. 

The criteria for participation includes: caring for any person with a diagnosis of physical illness, injury or ...

86,000 Missing Veterans: Rolling Thunder Roars Into Advocacy for POW-MIA During the "Ride for Freedom" XXII in Holmdel

HOLMDEL, N.J. - POW - MIA. It stands for Prisoners of War and Missing in Action

Generations of children, young adults even grown men and women need the acronym above spelled out so they can remember the 86,000 men and women who never came home from the battlefields. There are men and women who carry that flag to this day who are here to help educate and inform, however. They are ...

Westfield Mourns the Loss of Beloved Holiday Icon

WESTFIELD, NJ – The people of Westfield are mourning the loss of Tom Pearson, lovingly known as the town Santa Claus, who died away on Wednesday, Sept. 13. After nearly 20 years in the role of Santa, hundreds of local families had come to cherish their time with him every year.

Pearson was 70 years old.

Sherry Cronin, executive director of the Downtown Westfield ...

Fighting Addiction-Prevention Links Receives National Grant to Support Recovery Services

September 22, 2017

Roselle, NJ--A national $600,000 Building Communities of Recovery (BCOR) grant has been secured by Prevention Links to bolster its recovery support efforts. The grant comes through the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act.

In 2016, President Barak Obama signed into law the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act or CARA. This is the first major federal addiction legislation in 40 years ...

Imagine Offers Support Groups for Caregivers

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ -- Imagine is offering support groups for adult caregivers under 60 who are living with a family member’s chronic or terminal illness. The groups are safe spaces in which people can express their feelings, and gain support from fellow caregivers. 

The criteria for participation includes: caring for any person with a diagnosis of physical illness, injury or ...

Trinitas Regional Medical Center Unveils the New Gary S. Horan Emergency Department

ELIZABETH, NJ – In an opening ceremony held last evening at Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth, a brand new and expanded $18.7 million dollar Emergency Department was unveiled.

The Medical Center’s new department now has 45 rooms for treating emergency visits. It also has a new state-of-the-art scanner which speeds diagnosis and is essential for delivery of patient ...

Cranford Township Committee Clarifies Affordable Housing Obligations, Will Decide on Hartz Mountain Application at Next Meeting

September 13, 2017

CRANFORD, NJ – The Cranford Township Committee approved Resolution 2017-10, which clarifies the affordable housing requirements in Cranford, at Tuesday night’s meeting.

Per the resolution, a multi-family or single-family attached residential development with five or more units must require a percentage of residential units set aside for affordable housing. For projects in which the ...

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Union County Daughters of Ireland Raise More Than $3,500 with Cranford Bar Crawl

September 19, 2017

CRANFORD, NJ – Union County’s women of Irish descent are coming together to build relationships, network and raise money for young women of Irish heritage.

Two Clark women, Kate Mooney and Lori Connolly, teamed up last April to start the Union County Daughters of Ireland. They were inspired by the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, a group of which Mooney’s father is a proud ...

Sabattis Saved: Boy Scouts' Adventure Camp to Remain Open After Patriots’ Paths Council Executive Board Vote

September 22, 2017

CEDAR KNOLLS, NJ -- The Patriots’ Paths Council Executive Board met on Monday, Sept. 18 in a special session to discuss the future operation of Sabattis Adventure Camp, which was threatened with closure.

After thorough and thoughtful discussion, the Board voted to continue Sabbatis camping activities through the end of the 2019 summer camping season. The Board ...

Cranford Historical Society's Moonlight Gala a Success

September 22, 2017

On behalf of myself and the Cranford Historical Society’s Board of Trustees, we would like to thank those of the community and our members who came out to help us celebrate the Cranford Historical Society’s 90th Anniversary in preserving and perpetuating the history of this great town for now and future generations. Our heartfelt thank you to our sponsor PSE&G. For more than 110 ...

Westfield Area YMCA Celebrates International Dot Day in Early Learning Programs

The Westfield Area YMCA Early Learning programs recently celebrated International Dot Day.  During this day of creativity, courage and collaboration, all classes began by reading and discussing the book “The Dot.” The classes then participated in a variety of age-appropriate activities including creating art projects with dot paints, paper circles, and other round items.  ...

Whether You’re Selling Your Home or Want More Peace

Realtors always advise home sellers to eliminate clutter when selling their homes because it makes a remarkable difference. A clutter-free home can look like a new one altogether, and you shouldn’t wait until you sell your home to make it look better. Furthermore, clutter can have adverse effects and cause mental and physical stress. You can take steps to conquer your clutter by breaking ...

Cranford Police Blotter: Four Drug-Related Arrests

September 18, 2017

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.  09/13/2017 4:26 p.m.

Centennial Avenue @ Raritan Road

Arrested: Anthony Lewis, 20, East Orange

Arrested by:  Ptl. Michael ...

Upcoming Events

Sat, September 23, 9:00 AM

Clipper Pavilion, West Orange

4th Annual Heroes for Children 5k and Family Fun ...

Giving Back Health & Wellness

Sun, September 24, 4:00 AM

Columbian Club of Garwood (Knights of Columbus Building), Garwood

Annual Spaghetti Dinner & Tricky Tray

Food & Drink

Sun, September 24, 8:30 AM

Calvary Lutheran Church, Cranford

Sunday School Kick-Off "Welcome to the Breakfast ...

Religions And Spirituality

Sam Shepard's 'Simpatico' takes off

Sam Shepard’s “Simpatico” has a forceful workout at McCarter Theatre.

By Liz Keill

PRINCETON, NJ – If you’re at all familiar with the works of Sam Shepard, you know that he writes about gritty, unforgiving characters in what appear to be hopeless situations.

In “Simpatico,” we learn that Vinnie and Carter are former partners in a race horse ...

Letter to the Editor: Say No to 750 Walnut

September 16, 2017

Dear Mayor Hannen, Deputy Mayor Giblin, and members of the Township Committee,

I have had the pleasure of growing up in Cranford for 16 years before I headed off to College. I returned each break and during the Summer to work in town and lived with my parents. After graduation I resided for a few years out of town and returned to Cranford in 2012, with my husband and eight month old baby ...