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Wardlaw + Hartridge Baseball Clinic Features Former MLB Player

November 17, 2017

EDISON, NJ -- Join us for The Wardlaw + Hartridge School Baseball Clinic featuring former MLB player Milt Thompson. The clinic, which is being held Saturday, Dec. 2 at The Wardlaw + Hartridge School at 1295 Inman Avenue in Edison, will include two sessions: one for students in grades 5-8 from 9-11 a.m. and another for students in grades 9-12 from 11:30 ...

Cranford's Shayna Hollander Signs Letter of Intent with Duke University

WATCHUNG, NJ – Cranford student Shayna Hollander is one of six athletes from Mount Saint Mary Academy who signed a letter of intent from their respective colleges/universities during a reception with family, friends and faculty.

Hollander will swim at Duke University next fall, according to a press release from Mount Saint Mary Academy.

“I am very excited to announce my verbal ...

Cranford High School's Gordon Graceffo Signs Letter of Intent with Villanova University

CRANFORD, NJ – Cranford High School senior Gordon Graceffo signed his letter of intent with Villanova University on Monday morning during a small reception with friends, family and staff.

Graceffo will play baseball at the university next fall.

“It feels good to get this weight off my back,” Graceffo said. “I like the culture of Villanova, it’s a really great ...

Murphy convincingly wins NJ governor's campaign that began in Newark

November 8, 2017

The Rev. Ronald Slaughter, pastor of St. James AME Church in Newark, said it best for Democrats in the state's largest city, and around the state of New Jersey, as the winning vote totals rolled in for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy. 

"My prayers have been answered," said Slaughter on Tuesday night inside the Asbury Park Convention Hall as the crowd ...

Cranford Elects Giblin & Maisonneuve

CRANFORD, NJ – The unofficial results are in. Deputy Mayor Patrick Giblin can look forward to another term on the Cranford Township Committee alongside his running mate, newcomer Jean-Albert Maisonneuve. The pair celebrated their election Tuesday night with supporters at Kilkenny House in Downtown Cranford.

Though mail-in ballots have not yet been counted, the results are clear, ...

Cranford Election Results (Unofficial)

CRANFORD, NJ - As of Tuesday evening, unofficial results show that democrats have swept the 2017 Cranford Township Committee election.

The unofficial results are:

Democrats:

Patrick Giblin - 4,157

Jean-Albert Maisonneuve - 3,728

Republicans:

Andis Kalnins - 3,452

Richard Buontempo - 3,435

Board of Education:

Lisa Carbone - 3,634

Rita Della ...

Details Emerge on Fatal Car Crash on Springfield Avenue

November 20, 2017

UNION, NJ – The deadly crash of a shoplifting suspect began at about 4:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon when police were summoned to the Target/Whole Foods stores on Vauxhall Road to assist with a shoplifter resisting arrest.

According to Union police, officers attempted to arrest the suspect, who was violently resisting, shouting he has AIDS.  The suspect bit one of the officers and ...

Clark Police Make Arrest in Connection With Theft at White Diamond Restaurant

CLARK, NJ - Clark Police announced they have made an arrest in connection with the theft of a tip jar from the Clark White Diamond restaurant on Tuesday.  

According to Clark Police Chief Pedro Matos, Andrew Hazuda, 26 of Sweetbriar Drive in Clark has been arrested and charged with theft and released on a ...

Fanwood Police Officer with Law Enforcement Team in Puerto Rico Finds Misery and Optimism

FANWOOD, NJ -- Like many other visitors to post-hurricane Puerto Rico, Fanwood Police Officer Elliott Bernard says the images seen on TV and online simply don’t capture the enormity of the damage, even two months after the storm. Roads with giant fissures, downed utility poles, epic food and water shortages and the lack of power make day to day life exhausting.

“Every day, you ...

Cranford High School to Present "You Can't Take It With You" Nov. 17 & 18

November 9, 2017

CRANFORD, NJ – Cranford High School will present its fall play, “You Can’t Take it With You,” next weekend.

The play will feature eighteen Cranford students take on the roles of extended family members as they navigate through one daughter’s engagement.

“The plot revolves around a ‘real family... that loves and understand each other,’ Anthony ...

Wardlaw + Hartridge Students Gain Insight at STEM Workshop

November 17, 2017

EDISON, NJ -- Last week, 20 Middle School students at The Wardlaw + Hartridge School in Edison, with the help of The Stone House Group, set out to understand the promise and limitations of sustainable energy and solar power in an exciting after school STEM workshop.

The week began with students learning the importance of harnessing solar power as a heating and cooking source and the challenges ...

Saint Joseph High School Unveils New Falcon Logo

METUCHEN, NJ --  St. Joseph High School has unveiled its new Falcon logo following a contest open to both current students and alumni.

Participants were asked to design a completely original logo which could be hand-drawn or computer-generated. After a great number of entries the Saint Joseph High School leadership narrowed the search down to four semifinalist designs. Each ...

Cranford's Shayna Hollander Signs Letter of Intent with Duke University

WATCHUNG, NJ – Cranford student Shayna Hollander is one of six athletes from Mount Saint Mary Academy who signed a letter of intent from their respective colleges/universities during a reception with family, friends and faculty.

Hollander will swim at Duke University next fall, according to a press release from Mount Saint Mary Academy.

“I am very excited to announce my verbal ...

Cranford Township Committee Introduces Birchwood Redevelopment Plan

November 14, 2017

CRANFORD, NJ – The Cranford Township Committee introduced an ordinance to approve the redevelopment plan for the Birchwood Avenue site at Monday night’s meeting.

The meeting on Monday night was a combined workshop session and official meeting. A review of the redevelopment plan was presented during the workshop session and put to vote during the official meeting.

A full ...

Annual Christmas Warehouse Sale Open Now through Dec. 8

November 21, 2017

CRANFORD, NJ – Looking for a low-maintenance Christmas tree?

The annual Christmas Warehouse Sale is taking place in Cranford from now through Dec. 8. The sale is open every day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

According to the Warehouse, shoppers can choose from a “huge selection of artificial trees, wreaths and garlands at wholesale prices.”

Additionally, the warehouse sale ...

Hina's Salon Celebrates Grand Opening in Cranford

CRANFORD, NJ – Hina’s Salon celebrated its grand opening at 124 South Avenue E. on Saturday morning with a party and ribbon cutting. The ribbon cutting was attended by numerous family members and employees of the salon.

The salon offers hair styling, facials, henna tattoos and more, but its specialty is eyebrow threading.

“Our main focus is eyebrow threading and there is ...

Cranford Works Celebrates Grand Opening

CRANFORD, NJ – Members of the Cranford business community came together to celebrate the grand opening of Cranford Works on Wednesday evening.

Cranford Works is a coworking space designed to be rented on a semi-permanent basis. The office space is located at 186 North Avenue E., minutes from the train station and the Garden State Parkway.

“I wanted to do a coworking space ...

New Cuban Restaurant Opens in Westfield

November 16, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — New restaurant 1958 Cuban Cuisine is officially open for lunch and dinner. Located at 301 South Ave, on the corner of South Ave and Boulevard, the restaurant offers authentic Cuban cuisine including Ropa Vieja and Churrasco a la Cubana. According to the restaurant’s Cuban owner, Luis Perez, the restaurant is named for the “last great year in Cuba” ...

Perrotti's Quality Meats Honored with Proclamation for 50th Anniversary

CRANFORD, NJ – Perrotti’s Quality Meats, who recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary, were honored with a proclamation by Mayor Thomas Hannen, Jr. during Monday’s Cranford Township Committee meeting,

Perrotti’s, located at 23 S. Union Avenue, was opened on Oct. 18, 1967 by brothers Dave and Mario Perrotti. It is considered by many to be a staple in the Cranford ...

Little Buffalo to Open Thursday in Downtown Cranford

CRANFORD, NJ – A Cranford husband and wife plan to bring the flavors of Buffalo, NY to Cranford with the grand opening of their new restaurant, Little Buffalo.

Michael and Donna Maggio grew up in Buffalo before moving to Cranford in 1995. This year, they decided to bring the tastes of home to Cranford with a menu based on several classic restaurants in western New York.

“We grew ...

Cranford Teen Honored by Homefirst

November 22, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Fifteen-year-old Daniel Serna of Cranford was among the honorees during last week’s Evening of Thanks Award Dinner, held by Homefirst Interfaith Housing & Family Services Inc. at Shackamaxon Country Club.

The event raised more than $35,000 for Homefirst, which provides transitional, supportive and permanent housing, homelessness prevention assistance and ...

Crane's Ford DAR & Cranford Dramatic Club Team Up to Entertain Veterans

BERNARD TOWNSHIP, NJ – The Crane’s Ford chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently teamed up with the Cranford Dramatic Club Community Theater of Cranford to entertain hospitalized veterans at the VA Lyons Medical Center.

The visit was planned by DAR Veteran Committee chairwoman Alice Birtwistle, Chapter Regent Mary Leonard and Barbara Krause, the leader of ...

Cranford Students Raise $1,000 for American Cancer Society in "Hoops for Hope" Tournament

CRANFORD, NJ - Cranford High School students raised more than $1,000 for the American Cancer Society during Wednesday night’s “Hoops for Hope” fundraiser, organized by students Caroline Kelly and Matthew Fonseca.

The purpose of the tournament was to raise money for cancer research, co-founder Kelly said in a brief speech to kick off the tournament. With a history of cancer in ...

2nd Annual Jingle Bell Jog to Take Place Dec. 2

November 20, 2017

CRANFORD, NJ – Happy Hour Fitness will host its 2nd Annual Jingle Bell Jog to spread holiday spirit.

The event, started by owner Teresa Lyp Gleason, aims to promote fitness while encouraging runners, walkers and joggers to gather jingle bells at each lap.

“The Jingle Bell Jog is a way to just walk or jog at your own pace while rewarding yourself with a little jingle each ...

Trinitas Participates in Ground-Breaking Study-Can Weight Loss Actually Prevent Cancer from Returning?

ELIZABETH, NJ—A new study being undertaken at Trinitas Regional Medical Center could provide important answers about weight loss and how it relates to stage two or three breast cancer.

Trinitas is participating in a potentially ground-breaking study that looks at the impact of weight loss on breast cancer recurrence. The Breast Cancer Weight Loss (BWEL) study is sponsored by ...

Cranford's Track Friday Fundraiser to Focus on Hurricane Relief & New Instruments for Cranford Middle Schools

CRANFORD, NJ – Cranford residents will once again turn Black Friday into Track Friday as they walk or run to raise money for the charities of their choice.

Track Friday is an annual fundraising event founded by Cranford resident Eric Rubinson. On the day after Thanksgiving, people are encouraged to participate by walking or running on local tracks to raise money for different ...

Teens Spruce up Union County’s “Floating Wetlands” in Watchung Reservation

November 16, 2017

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - A group of student volunteers took to the water to help pitch in for the environment. As part of Union County’s Adopt-a-Park Program, earlier this fall the group rowed out to spruce up a “floating wetlands” demonstration project at Surprise Lake in the county’s Watchung Reservation, and they also helped repair a section of trail.

“The wetlands ...

Coalition-Led Ballot Question Approved, Safeguarding Pollution Settlements

NEWARK, NJ -  Voters provided permanent relief to communities harmed by industrial pollution on Tuesday by approving an environmental coalition-led ballot question that prevents money earmarked for environmental restoration from being raided by Trenton lawmakers.

The measure was declared passed with 69 percent support.

“By approving Ballot Question 2, voters created a ‘lock ...

Plainfield Man Indicted for Sexual Assault of a Minor

November 10, 2017

A Union County grand jury has returned a four-count indictment against a Plainfield man charged with repeatedly sexually assaulting a child earlier this year, acting Union County Prosecutor Thomas K. Isenhour announced Thursday. 

Walter Sosa, 33, is charged with first-degree aggravated sexual assault, two counts of second-degree sexual assault, and second-degree endangering the welfare of ...

Cranford Man Admits Conspiracy to Distribute 140 Kilograms of Heroin & Cocaine

TRENTON, NJ – A Cranford man was one of two who admitted to their roles in conspiracy to distribute 140 kilograms of heroin and cocaine, according to a press release from Acting U.S. Attorney William Fitzpatrick.

Sideeq Q. Williams, 39, of Cranford and Gemal Singleton, 27, of Edison each pled guilty in Trenton Federal Court to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute ...

Cranford Township Committee Introduces Birchwood Redevelopment Plan

November 14, 2017

CRANFORD, NJ – The Cranford Township Committee introduced an ordinance to approve the redevelopment plan for the Birchwood Avenue site at Monday night’s meeting.

The meeting on Monday night was a combined workshop session and official meeting. A review of the redevelopment plan was presented during the workshop session and put to vote during the official meeting.

A full ...

Hillsborough: Landmark Water Tower Along Route 206 Torn Down and Dismantled

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – Looming over the former GSA complex along Route 206 since World War II, the water storage tower had grown obsolete years ago.

It had always been a roost for pigeons, hawks and other birds of prey, affording an expansive view of the township, nearby Manville and beyond. In more recent years, it had sprouted an odd assortment of satellite dishes and repeaters used by ...

Temple Beth-El Mekor Chaym to Host Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

November 14, 2017

CRANFORD, NJ – Temple Beth-El Mekor Chayim will host an interfaith Thanksgiving service next Monday, sponsored by the Cranford Clergy Council and the Interfaith Human Relations Committee.

The service will feature a pledge of allegiance by Cranford boy and girl scouts, words from the Clergy Council and Mayor Thomas Hannen Jr., songs and inspirational readings, according to Rabbi Neil ...

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Details Emerge on Fatal Car Crash on Springfield Avenue

November 20, 2017

UNION, NJ – The deadly crash of a shoplifting suspect began at about 4:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon when police were summoned to the Target/Whole Foods stores on Vauxhall Road to assist with a shoplifter resisting arrest.

According to Union police, officers attempted to arrest the suspect, who was violently resisting, shouting he has AIDS.  The suspect bit one of the officers and ...

Hub City Native, Longtime Boxer, Facing Off for Global Title in Atlantic City This Weekend

November 18, 2017

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ — New Brunswick native and legendary boxer Jorge “King” Diaz has certainly had his ups and downs over the years, and in some ways, he’s epitomized the rags to riches story.

Diaz was born in New Brunswick and throughout his youth, moved around to Puerto Rico, Franklin Township and North Brunswick, before finally settling down in Somerset some years ...

A Flavorful Thanksgiving Vegetarian Choice & More

November 21, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Enjoy a vegetarian option for your thanksgiving feast, compliments of Passion for Spices. This recipe is credited to the Indian Cuisine: Diabetes Cookbook authored by May Fridel and published by the American Diabetes Association.

Roasted Acorn Squash with Farro Tahiri

Tahiri is a traditional Indian one-pot meal from the Uttar Pradesh in northern India. It is aromatic, rice ...

Garwood Family Center YMCA After School Students Enjoy Fall Leaves

The Garwood Family Center YMCA provides full-day and half-day early learning programs for 2½ year olds - preschoolers as well asbefore and after school experiences for Garwood students in grades K-5.  Activities include sports, recreation, arts & crafts, homework time and much more!  A healthy snack is provided and the Healthy U program is incorporated into the ...

Great Places to Take Holiday Photos in the Westfield Area

’Tis the season to cajole your family to wear matching outfits, bribe the kiddos with candy canes and chocolates, and somehow balance reindeer antler onto your pet’s head. What to do for your holiday photos this year? Why not take advantage of all of the great outdoor backdrops in our quaint towns and parks? Local businesses and townships also have some photo ops scheduled that will ...

Cranford Police Blotter: Multiple Drug-Related Arrests & More

November 17, 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. 11/09/2017 11:19 p.m.

Centennial Avenue at Winans Avenue

Arrested: Kenneth Meier, 25, Cranford

Arrested by: Ptl Ryan Gerrity

Charges: ...

Upcoming Events

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Wed, November 22, 5:00 AM

Westfield Area YMCA, Westfield

Free Wellness Wednesday at Westfield Area YMCA

Wed, November 22, 6:30 PM

Cranford United Methodist Church, Cranford

Wednesday Nights at Cranford United Methodist ...

Religions And Spirituality

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Sat, November 25, 10:00 AM

Roselle Park Knights of Columbus #3240 at the Church of the Assumption, Roselle Park

Blood Drive in Roselle Park

Parting Advice from Four Decades on the Front Lines of Local News

November 12, 2017

In February 1978 I walked into the office of The Rahway News-Record and Clark Patriot to begin what I thought was to be a short-term job stepping stone. 

Instead, it turned out to be a nearly 40-year odyssey in local journalism—including the last eight—overwhelmingly great—years with The Alternative Press (TapInto.Net).

I have decided it is time to spend more time in ...