TOP LOCAL NEWS

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

February 14, 2018

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 ...

Cranford Collegiate Athletes Honored at 82nd Annual Union County Baseball Association Hot Stove Awards Dinner

CLARK, NJ - Two Cranford athletes were honored during the 82nd Annual Union County Baseball Association Hot Stove Awards Dinner, according to a press release from the county.

Brian Oblachinksi received the Edward R. Cooper Award for outstanding high school baseball player and Katarina Polyviou received the Joseph R. Lombardi Award for outstanding female athlete, according to the ...

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

February 12, 2018

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 ...

At Democrats’ Springfield Candidate Forum, Mandelblatt Endorses Malinkowski and Drops Out of Race

SPRINGFIELD, NJ – At the beginning of the night’s forum, there were seven people running for the opportunity to run as the Democrats’ candidate for District 7 in New Jersey.   It is expected the winner will face the incumbent Congressman Leonard Lance (R) in November.

Half way through the opening statements, candidate Lisa Mandleblatt of Westfield made her opening ...

Wall St. Journal Features Fanwood Mayor Mahr Among Women Reshaping NJ Politics

FANWOOD, NJ -- In an online version of a Wall Street Journal story that will appear in print on Wednesday, reporter Kate King examined the rise of women in New Jersey politics and highlighted Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr's campaign for Union County Democratic Committee (UCDC) chair. against two male candidates.

To get more women elected to state government, they need to tackle a ...

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense Will Meet on Tues, Feb. 20, at LaGrande Park Building

February 18, 2018

FANWOOD, NJ -- Following the mass shooting in Florida this week, the Union County Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 7:00 p.m. at the LaGrande Park Building  in Fanwood.

"Every life cut short by gun violence -- that somehow becomes a statistic -- is tucked away in our hearts, never to be lost," wrote Patti ...

Cranford Ranked 57th Safest 'City' in New Jersey

NEW JERSEY - Cranford ranked No. 57 among the safest cities in New Jersey, according to a recent report published by the National Council for Home Safety and Security, a trade association of security professionals that advocates for safe communities and home safety. 

Cranford is the fourth highest ranked town in Union County and one of only six Union County towns to make ...

Overnight Carjacking at the Scotchwood Diner on Rte. 22 in Scotch Plains

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Police are searching for the suspects who carjacked a vehicle in the parking lot of the Scotchwood Diner (1928 Route 22) in Scotch Plains just before 1:00 a.m. today, according to Breaking News Network (BNN).

Police arrived and were told that two male suspects, who reportedly did not display a weapon, took a white Toyota Camry from the victim and then sped away ...

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 ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Earn Scholarship Finalist Standing

February 16, 2018

EDISON, NJ -- The National Merit Scholarship Program has determined which of the 16,000 semifinalists named in September 2017 have met all requirements to advance to Finalist standing in the competition. All Finalists will be considered for National Merit Scholarships to be offered in 2018.

Wardlaw+Hartridge seniors Jennifer Guo and Suraj Chandran of Edison received their Finalist certificates ...

Brookside Place Educators Honored by NJ Department of Education

CRANFORD, NJ – Two educators from Brookside Place School were named as honorees in the New Jersey Department of Education 2017-2018 Governor’s Educator of the Year Program, according to a press release from BPS.

Jill Pierce, a third-grade teacher at the school for 13 years, was awarded Classroom Teacher of the Year. She attributes her success to the community and collaboration ...

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

February 15, 2018

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 ...

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 ...

Cranford Downtown Management Corp. to Present Strategic Plan Draft

February 14, 2018

CRANFORD, NJ – The Downtown Management Corporation (DMC) Board will present its draft of the strategic plan for Cranford’s downtown business district next week.

Public discussion is encouraged for topics including pedestrian safety, public space improvements, development, re-investment in the downtown, design standards and more, according to a press release from the ...

Third Annual Long Beach Island Job Fair Set for Saturday, March 31

SURF CITY, NJ - Need a job this summer? Look no further..Shore Fire Grille again has teamed up with local businesses in the area for a special summer 2018 Job Fair event. 

The Third Annual LBI Job Fair will take place Saturday, March 31.  pril 15.  Employers will be looking to hire help for the summer season on busy Long Beach Island.  The event will be held at the ...

Cranford H.S. Student Council Donates More than $300 to Charity with Valentine's Carnation Sales

February 15, 2018

CRANFORD, NJ - Cranford High School’s Student Council raised more than $300 in the week before Valentine’s Day through their annual carnation sale.

The annual tradition has taken place for more than 10 years, with this year’s money going towards the New Jersey Association of Student Council’s State Charity, America’s Grow-a-Row.

The charity's mission is to ...

Two Local Non-Profits Seek Support for People with Disabilities and Others Left Homeless by Fire

ELIZABETH/ROSELLE, NJ – Two local non-profit organizations are working together to find housing and other needs for many residents that were left homeless when a fire ripped through their apartment building on 3rd Avenue in Roselle. 

The fire broke out in the early morning hours of Feb. 3 on the third floor of the apartment complex and quickly spread throughout the building. 14 ...

Cranford Teen Raises Money for Liam's Room One Lollipop at a Time

CRANFORD, NJ – Four years ago, Cranford’s Audrey McMahon received a chocolate melter and chocolate molds as a Christmas gift. Unbeknownst to all involved, that gift would soon help many other children and their families.

McMahon, 13, decided to put her chocolate equipment to good use by making and selling chocolate lollipops. Her first year, she donated the proceeds to St.

Overlook Medical Center Awarded Perinatal Care Certification from The Joint Commission

February 18, 2018

SUMMIT, NJ -  Overlook Medical Center, part of Atlantic Health System, recently earned the Perinatal Care Certification from The Joint Commission, a certification program which recognizes hospitals that are committed to achieving integrated, coordinated and patient-centered care for mothers and their newborns.

Established in 2015, Perinatal Care Certification is awarded for a two-year ...

Trinitas Hospital Issues New Visiting Guidelines During Flu Season

ELIZABETH, NJ –Trinitas Regional Medical Center has issued new visiting guidelines due to the heightened flu activity this season. 

Visitor restrictions are in place based on the following guidelines:

Anyone with fever/flu-like symptoms should not visit.
Children under the age of 12 years old, who are not receiving services from the hospital, are restricted from ...

As Flu Hits Westfield Area, Urgent Care Beefs Up Staff, Pharmacists Find Solution to Tamiflu Shortage

WESTFIELD, NJ — The New Jersey Department of Health has reached out to local schools to inform administrators and teachers of the severity of this year’s flu virus. According to Laura Scanlon, the public health nursing supervisor at the Westfield Regional Health Department, the message from the DOH was clear: “It’s serious and in some cases can cause ...

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 ...

Six Arrested, Including Clergy, at ‘Clean Dream’ Sit-In at Congressman Lance’s Westfield Office

February 6, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Six protesters, including four clergy members, who were holding a sit-in at Congressman Leonard Lance’s office in Westfield to support “Dreamers” were arrested Monday, according to Westfield police.

The Rev. Ann Ralosky and Rev. John Rogers of First Congregational Church in Montclair, Rabbi Elliott Tepperman of B’nai Keshet in Montclair, Rabbi ...

TAP Into Another Town's News:

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Cranford

Athlete of the Week: Ryan Malko & Hanna Capone

February 6, 2018

CRANFORD, NJ – Following leading performances in track and field and ice hockey, Hanna Capone and Ryan Malko are Cranford High School’s Athletes of the Week.

Capone, a junior on the winter track team, recently earned the North II, Group III sectional title in the pole vault with a height of 9 ft. 3 inches, her personal best.

“I’m motivated by my personal ...

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 ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Senior Signs National Letter of Intent

February 18, 2018

EDISON, NJ -- Mia Reyes of Piscataway, a senior at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, has made it official: she will continue her soccer career at Haverford College next year.

The Wardlaw+Hartridge soccer star signed her official national letter of intent at a press conference with family, friends and coaches in attendance on Feb. 14. Mia, who will graduate with 30 goals and a W+H record ...

Cranford Police Blotter: Shoplifting Arrest & More

February 13, 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. 02/07/2018 12:38 p.m.

6 South Avenue West

Arrested: Earl Ayler, 61, Rahway

Arrested by: Sgt. Frank Williams

Charges: Shoplifting, Hindering Apprehension, ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_324736565a1e77afd508_inflatbles

Mon, February 19, 11:00 AM

Westfield Area YMCA, Westfield

President's Day Jump

Giving Back Health & Wellness

Wed, February 21, 7:00 PM

The Cranford Hotel (hosted by Calvary Lutheran Church), Cranford

Beer & Bible

Religions And Spirituality

Thu, February 22, 1:15 PM

Calvary Lutheran Church, Cranford

Calvary Lutheran Church Invites You to Mid-Week ...

Religions And Spirituality

'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 ...

'American Hero' explores with powerful performances

‘American Hero’ pulses with tension, clashing emotions at George Street

By Liz Keill

NEW BRUNWICK – The issue of social injustice makes its way into “American Hero,” the second play in a trilogy by Christopher Demo-Brown.

Armand Schultz as Rob is to receive a medal of honor for his heroic actions during the Iraq war. Although he lost the use of his legs, he ...

Former Cranford Mayor Endorses Nick Scutari for Democratic Chair

February 18, 2018

Dear Editor:

Having Senator Scutari lead the (Democratic) party would certainly put Cranford in a good position for resolving the issues we face such as gun control, flood mitigation and public safety.

Union County is made up of urban and suburban communities, that we need to protect. The stronger our communities are, the stronger the diversity and our being connected will be.

Senator ...