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Varsity Baseball: Cranford's Coach McCaffery Earns 400th Win

April 19, 2018

CRANFORD,  NJ – Dennis McCaffery, head baseball coach at Cranford High School, earned his 400th win last weekend when the Cougars won a double header against West New York and Linden.

A baseball coach for 25 years, McCaffery is beloved among athletes, staff and parents. Although he’s seen an estimated 700 games and has a slew of championship titles under his belt, his biggest ...

Cranford High School's Emily Wilson Signs Letter of Intent with Lafayette College

CRANFORD, NJ - Cranford High School senior Emily Wilson signed her letter of intent to swim at Lafayette College during a small reception at the school on Tuesday, surrounded by family, friends, coacher and teammates.

Wilson swam on the varsity swim team at CHS, where she recorded impressive times at the Union County Championships. She's excited to bring that same drive to ...

Softball: Dayton Beats Cranford 15-9 Saturday

SPRINGFIELD, NJ – The Bulldogs bounced back Saturday with a 15-9 victory against Cranford High School.  The Bulldogs jumped out to an 8-1 lead in the first inning only to see Cranford narrow the lead to one run by the end of the fourth inning. 

At the end of the second inning Dayton led 10-7.  At the end of the fourth inning the score ...

Update: Cranford Under Flash Flood Warning Monday Morning, Police Warn Against Travel

April 16, 2018

CRANFORD, NJ — The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for the area until 11:15 a.m.

A Flash Flood Warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring.

At 9:26 a.m., the Cranford Police cautioned flash flooding on roadways via Nixle. Residents are advised to avoid travel and to avoid driving through standing water.

"Heavy rainfall is causing flash ...

Westfield Firefighters Extinguish Small Blaze at Rock 'n' Joe's

WESTFIELD, NJ - A small electrical fire started at Rock 'n' Joe's on Prospect Street around noon on Saturday.

According to Deputy Chief Anthony Tiller, the fire was caused by an electrical shortage in wires in the ceiling, sending smoke into the neighboring businesses on both sides.

“It created a smoke condition," Tiller said. "Once we located the ...

Cranford Man Dies after Wrong-Way Crash on Route 9

WOODBRIDGE, NJ – A Cranford man died after his car collided with another vehicle on Route 9 on Sunday.

Thomas McHugh, 88, was driving north in the southbound fast lane on Route 9, where he crashed head-on into another vehicle. On impact, one of the cars caught fire, according to Sgt. Jim Chessere of the Woodbridge Police Department.

 McHugh was taken from the scene to Robert ...

Saint Joseph High School to Present “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"

April 7, 2018

METUCHEN, NJ -- Saint Joseph High School Theatre Company presents "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" on the following dates:

Friday, April 13, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 14, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April15, 3:00 p.m.

Tickets are available at the door or online. Students/Seniors $15 - Adults $20. For information visit www.stjoes.org/theatre. For online ...

YESTERcades Opens in Downtown Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — A crowd of families lined up outside of YESTERcades in Downtown Westfield Friday night to be the first to play Pac-Man, Street Fighter, Space Invaders and other classic video and arcade games.

Located at 151 East Broad St. (formerly City Sports), it’s is the company’s third location.

YESTERcades describes itself as gaming experience straight out of the ...

Meet Cranford High School's 2018 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

April 12, 2018

CRANFORD, NJ- Meg Cui and Emily Wilson were recently announced as Cranford High School’s valedictorian and salutatorian for the Class of 2018, respectively. At a quaint breakfast ceremony led by Principal Mark Cantagallo, the students, their families, guidance counselors and administrators gathered to celebrate the prestigious honors.

Cui participates in math, science, history, ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Student Earns Prestigious Award for Chinese Fluency

BOSTON, MA -- Stanislav DeLaurentiis of Plainfield, a junior at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, won the second-place award at The 13th Chinese Bridge Speech Contest for U.S. high school students on March 31 at the Confucius Institute at the University of Massachusetts in Boston.

Contestants were divided into three groups: Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced. Stan was placed in the ...

U.S. Poet Laureate Shares Work With Wardlaw+Hartridge Students

EDISON, NJ -- Tracy K. Smith, the current U.S. Poet Laureate and Director of the Creative Writing Department at Princeton University, spent a few exciting hours at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison reading to and meeting with students on April 4.

At the Berry Performing Arts Center, Ms. Smith read poems from her Pulitzer Prize winner, Life on Mars, as well as new poems from her ...

Plainfield's Assemblyman Jerry Green Is Dead at Age 79

April 19, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Assemblyman Jerry Green (D-22) has died at age 79, according to an email to TAPinto Plainfield from Councilwoman-at-Large Rebecca Williams. (Williams also shared the information on her Facebook page.)

On Jan. 24, Assemblyman Jerry Green (D-22) resigned as Chairman of the Union County Democratic Committee "to focus his energy on recovering from an ...

Cranford's Mayor Hannen Signs Statement of Principles at Union County Mayors Against Illegal Guns Event

RAHWAY, NJ – Cranford Mayor Thomas Hannen, Jr. was among 14 Union County mayors who signed a statement of principles against illegal guns last Wednesday at the Hamilton House. The statement of principles is prescribed by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a gun safety coalition committed to removing illegal guns off the streets.

The event was held by Union County’s Mom’s ...

Cranford Township Committee Adopts 2018 Municipal Budget

CRANFORD, NJ – The Cranford Township Committee passed a resolution to adopt its proposed $37,871,989 municipal budget during Tuesday night’s meeting.

The budget went down about $170,000 from last year.

The average Cranford homeowner will pay the township an additional $32.99 more than last year with this year’s tax rate of 1.392. In comparison, last year’s tax rate ...

Nightmare Commute for Raritan Valley Line Commuters Monday

April 17, 2018

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- Raritan Valley Line commuters spent more than three hours trying to make their way home from New York City on Monday following the breakdown of a train near Union Station during rush hour.

At 9:47 p.m., NJT tweeted:

Raritan Valley Line westbound train service is operating on or close to schedule following an earlier disabled NJ Transit train near Union ...

Cranford's Mayor Hannen Stresses Importance of Working Together during 29th Annual Gateway Chamber of Commerce Mayor's Dinner

NEWARK, NJ – Mayor Thomas Hannen, Jr. spoke about the important of working with other mayors and municipalities during a brief speech at the 29th Annual Gateway Chamber of Commerce Mayor's Dinner at the Renaissance Newark Airport Hotel on Thursday evening.

The dinner included networking and speeches from mayors and administrators in Union County, who spoke about their respective ...

Carlo's Bake Shop Closes Westfield Location

April 10, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ – Carlo’s Bake Shop, known from the TLC network show “Cake Boss,” closed its E. Broad Street storefront this week.

Passerby on the street noticed on Tuesday that the store was closed. A sign in the window reads that the bakery is relocating, but a new location was not specified.

Carlo’s Bake Shop did not return a request for comment in time ...

Saint Joseph High School to Host Car Show and Food Truck Festival

METUCHEN, NJ -- Saint Joseph High School's Father's Club will host a Car Show and Food Truck Festival (featuring live DJ and Beer Garden) on Saturday, April 28, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Admission is $5.00.

 

Food Trucks will include:

Boardwalk Freddy
Bro-Rito
Cousins Maine Lobster
Empanada Monster
Falafull Gourmet
Jerkin' Chicken
Oink and ...

Marjory Stoneman Douglas Students Put Together Uplifting Public Service Announcement to Raise Money for Families

April 8, 2018

PARKLAND, FLA. - Marjory Stoneman Douglas High students have put together a fund-raising public service announcement to raise funds for the victims' families.

Broward County Commissioner Michael Udine said, "The Parkland community steps up," Michael Udine, Broward County Commissioner, said. "You can join via online auction for trips, dinners, etc., to bolster the ...

Cranford Community Connection Aims to Promote Health & Wellness with "Get Fit Cranford"

April 9, 2018

CRANFORD, NJ – Cranford Community Connection is promoting healthy living throughout the community with “Get Fit Cranford.”

The event, open to Cranford residents of all ages, aims to improve overall health and happiness, according to Ashley Legg, a volunteer for Cranford Community Connection and owner of Legg Day Fitness.

“As a Cranford resident and volunteer, I ...

Cranford Residents Encouraged to Participate in Annual Rahway River Cleanup

April 18, 2018

CRANFORD, NJ – The Rahway River Watershed Association will conduct its annual Rahway River cleanup in celebration of Earth Day on Saturday, April 21. 

Residents are encouraged to volunteer as they work in teams to clean up and collect debris from sections of the river.

“This is a great way to celebrate Earth Day and if you haven't participated in an event like this ...

Asst. Prosecutor in Wyckoff Murder Trial Receives Union County Prosecutor's Office Gladiator Award

April 11, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ – Scott Peterson, assistant prosecutor in the trial for April Wyckoff’s murder, was honored as part of the county prosecutor’s office’s National Crimes Victims’ Rights Week.

Peterson was honored along with Ted Merced, a veteran detective, and Azucena “Susie” Arias, a victim/witness advocate who handles sensitive matters, according to a ...

Cranford & Kenilworth Youth Group Give Back during Appalachian Mission Trip

April 12, 2018

OSAGE COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA - For six days over spring break, teens and chaperones from Cranford and Kenilworth went on the annual Appalachian Mission Trip, affectionately known as “Appy,” to volunteer at the local community center, The Shack.

The group was comprised of 52 teens and nine chaperones from Saints Michael & Theresa Youth Ministry (STMTYM), as well as 14 teens and ...

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Cranford H.S. Athletes of the Week: Anna Horne & Phil Marotta

April 17, 2018

CRANFORD, NJ - Due to impressive performances as goalies for varsity lacrosse, Anna Horne and Phil Marotta are Cranford High School's Athletes of the Week.

Horne, a junior, has 408 career saves. Her current total for the season is 84 saves as she helped lead the Cougars to victory in games against Montville and Governor Livingston.

"I like the team dynamic of lacrosse," ...

Video: ‘Sandwichfest’ in Westfield this Weekend Will Benefit Local Charities

April 19, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — This Sunday, from noon until 4 p.m., head to The James Ward Mansion in Downtown Westfield to taste sandwiches from some of the area’s best-loved restaurants and vote for your favorites.

Proceeds from the event will go to Greta’s Run (benefiting people with special needs) and A Birthday Wish (benefiting children in foster care).

Participating restaurants ...

High Focus Centers Race for Wellness 5k at Nomahegan Park on June 2

April 20, 2018




SUMMIT, April 18, 2018 – High Focus Centers, New Jersey’s leading provider of outpatient mental health and addiction treatment, will host the Race for Wellness on Saturday, June 2 at 8 AM at Cranford’s Nomahegan Park.

High Focus Centers will donate 100% of proceeds from runner registration to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and the ...

Cranford Police Blotter: DWI Arrest & More

April 17, 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. 04/10/2018 10:11 a.m.

North Avenue East and the Garden State Parkway 137 Exchange

Arrested: Manuel Ramos, 20, Newark

Arrested by: Ptl. Thomas ...

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Sat, April 21, 9:30 AM

Westfield Area YMCA, Westfield

Westfield Area YMCA Camp Open House

Sat, April 21, 10:00 AM

Cranford Community Center, Cranford

"All About Owls" Nature Presentation with The ...

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Sat, April 21, 1:30 PM

Westfield Area YMCA, Westfield

Free Aquatics Healthy Kids Day

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'The Sting' shimmers and shakes at Paper Mill

‘The Sting ‘slithers and shakes at Paper Mill Playhouse

By LIZ KEILL

MILLBURN, NJ – In a premiere production of “The Sting,” Harry Connick Jr. commands the Paper Mill Playhouse stage in Millburn.

Based on the sensational Paul Newman/Robert Redford film in 1973, the 1930s plot centers on a con game and gambling, sometimes on a train between New York and ...

It must be election season in Garwood

April 17, 2018

It must be election season in Garwood, because we have the inevitable "spin" of Bruce Paterson making its appearance on the editorial page.  I will respond, point by point, with actual facts, to last week’s letter.  

 

Sara Todisco is an elected member of the so called “insider committee” elected every two years by registered Garwood Democrats ...