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12U Cranford Gold Wins Softball Tournament

July 15, 2018

CRANFORD - On the weekend of July 6th, Cranford Baseball and Softball League hosted their annual 12U Softball Tournament. Due to a rainstorm, the games on Friday night were canceled and one team dropped out last minute, requiring the 12UA (Cranford Gold) Girls to play four games on Saturday, July 7th. Due to the heat and number of games, they certainly didn’t ...

Cranford Police Blotter: Two Arrests Near GSP 137 Exchange

July 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. 07/10/2018 @ 1148 hrs.

North Avenue East and Garden State Parkway 137 Exchange

Arrested: Katherine Mitchell, 32, Jersey City

Arrested by: Ptl. Ryan ...

Five Arrested, Firearm Seized in Motor Vehicle Traffic Stop

CRANFORD - On July 14, 2018 at 9:52 p.m., Patrolman Brian Trotter stopped a 2001 Mercedes Benz on Raritan Road near the intersection of Coleman Avenue when he observed a seatbelt and brake lamp violation. After an investigation on scene, Patrolman Trotter located a loaded handgun in the rear passenger-side seat pocket of the vehicle.

The firearm, loaded with hollow-point ammunition, was ...

Cranford Police Department to Hold 7th Session of Citizen Academy

CRANFORD - The Cranford Police Department will be holding the 7th session of the Citizens Police Academy in September 2018. The Citizens Academy is part of the ongoing effort for the Cranford Police Department and the community to work together and develop a lasting relationship. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and either live or work in Cranford. Academy students will receive ...

Unique Troupe of Actors Thrilled Audience with Production of "Annie, Jr."

July 10, 2018

RAHWAY, NJ - Nearly one thousand attendees were thrilled with a very special production of "Annie, Jr." staged by the CAU Community Players, a troupe of actors both with and without developmental disabilities performed at the Rahway High School Center for Performing Arts June 29-July 1.

Formed in 2012, the CAU Community Players empowers members with disabilities to perform alongside ...

Estimated Third Quarter Tax Bills Mailed on 6/27

July 4, 2018

CRANFORD - Estimated bills are treated the same as regular bills. Payment is due on the 1st of August with a 10-day grace period. Interest will be applied on all payments received in the tax office after August 10th, and will be calculated back to the 1st of August.

The Tax Office will be open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on August 3rd and August 10th. 

Also, please remember ...

New Restaurant Buys ‘Pocketed’ Westfield Liquor License

July 11, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield’s town council approved the transfer of a liquor license to Westfield Hospitality LLC for its Westfield Fish & Brew Company during the council's meeting Tuesday night. The license had been bought from Jeffrey’s when it closed in 2014 and remained unused, or “pocketed,” by that owner until now.

Though the restaurant does not ...

Local Women Honored at Play for P.I.N.K. Event; $40K Raised for Breast Cancer Research

July 17, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – The annual Play for P.I.N.K. golf fundraiser and luncheon took place at Shackamaxon Country Club last week. More than 210 women – including Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr and Westfield Mayor Shelley Brindle – along with Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith and boxing legend Gerry Cooney participated. 

The event raised more ...

Cranford Baseball & Softball League to Host 2018 Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament

CRANFORD - Cranford Baseball & Softball League, “CBSL,” recently received a $500 grant from the
Investors Foundation at the Memorial Field Baseball Complex. CBSL has been given the opportunity to
host the 9U Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament on July 24 through July 28. The Investors Foundation’s grant will help with much needed ...

“Teens for Teens” Donate Funds for Residents of the Adolescent Psychiatry Specialty Program at Trinitas

ELIZABETH, NJ - Members of Teens for Teens of Union County recently donated $26,000 to provide new furnishings for patient rooms for the teens that live at New Point Specialty, the adolescent psychiatry program at Trinitas Regional Medical Center. 

The donation was presented in the form of a check at Trinitas' 12th annual Academic Awards Program in June. The New Point Specialty is a ...

Local Women Honored at Play for P.I.N.K. Event; $40K Raised for Breast Cancer Research

July 17, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – The annual Play for P.I.N.K. golf fundraiser and luncheon took place at Shackamaxon Country Club last week. More than 210 women – including Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr and Westfield Mayor Shelley Brindle – along with Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith and boxing legend Gerry Cooney participated. 

The event raised more ...

Mayor Hannen Proclaims September Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

CRANFORD - Prostate Cancer is the number one cancer among men and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths among men in the United States. 

In the United States, over 160,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year, and about 30,000 die from it. Early detection is the key to successful treatment. This awareness period, and the organizations and associations that support ...

Workout, Swim for Free During Westfield Area YMCA’s Summer ‘Wellness Wednesdays’

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Area YMCA is bringing back free Wellness Wednesdays this summer at its main facility, 220 Clark Street in Westfield.

Members of the community are invited to enjoy the Y’s land and water group exercise classes, swim assessments, open gym and open swim times as well as the fitness facilities free of charge on every Wednesday from July 11 ...

10 Years in Prison for Would-Be Edison Drug Distributor

July 10, 2018

TRENTON, N.J. – An Edison man was sentenced today to 120 months in prison for his role in a conspiracy to distribute 140 kilograms of narcotics in New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

The man, Gemal Singleton, 41, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Brian Martinotti to an information charging him with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to ...

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Chlorine Drum Rupture Shuts Down Nomahegan Swim Club in Westfield

July 13, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — A ruptured chlorine drum has forced closure of Nomahegan Swim Club on Springfield Avenue Friday afternoon.

According to a Westfield police officer on the scene, a 1,000-gallon drum of chlorine ruptured.

In addition to the swim club being closed, some area streets around the swim club near the border of Mountainside and Springfield were cordoned off. According ...

Geoffrey the Giraffe Moves In To New Brunswick Children's Hospital

July 11, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Over a stretch of nearly 70 years, Geoffrey the Giraffe at Toys R Us stores was the symbol of happy times for generations of children, and now he may provide those same feelings for children coming to a hospital.

"From this day forward, Geoffrey stands tall in our lobby to encourage our smallest patients to smile when they enter our facilities," said John ...

Union County College Foundation’s 3rd “Close the Gap” Campaign Surpasses Goal

July 17, 2018

CRANFORD – With over 120 guests and volunteers in attendance, the Union County College Foundation surpassed their goal and raised nearly $50,000 at their 3rd Annual Close the Gap Campaign cocktail reception. Held on July 11, in the Richel Student Commons at the College’s Cranford campus, this campaign was developed by a small group of dedicated community volunteers to support the ...

Westfield Area YMCA: Take Swim Lessions This Summer

The Westfield Area YMCA is providing a free one-week guest pass to non-members which will also enable access to purchase a week of swim lessons at full member rates during the summer.  The one-week guest pass includes use of the Y’s fitness facilities, land and water group exercise classes and open gym/swim.

“Our goal is to have people of all ages and skill levels grow to ...

'Servant of Two Masters' exudes foolish fun

‘Servant of Two Masters’ makes for foolish, frivolous fun

By Liz Keill

MADISON, NJ –Carlo Goldoni’s “The Servant of Two Masters,” in a rousing translation and adaptation by Bonnie J. Monte, has the outdoor audience at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey laughing and clapping all the way through.

The yearly production, held at the amphitheatre on the ...

More Traffic, No Solution – Letter to Governor Phil Murphy

July 17, 2018

Dear Governor Phil Murphy,

From the mid-1970’s, when I was age 12, I’ve had this vivid memory of watching my parents participate in a peaceful demonstration against the construction of a 12-story hotel complex just behind our backyard. In fact, on Wednesday, September 29, 1976, the local newspaper ran an article with a photo showing my mother and her protest placard. The memory of ...