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Cranford High School Athletes of the Week: Makayla Cartnick and Jack McAleavey

October 17, 2018

CRANFORD - Congratulations to this week’s Athletes of the Week, Makayla Cartnick and Jack McAleavey.  

Cartnick, a junior on the varsity volleyball team, had a total of 22 kills this week as an outside hitter, averaging 5.5 per game. Following the high school season, Cartnick will continue playing with the club team.

"I started when I was ...

GIRLS SOCCER: Vath Strong in Net, Murray Hits Game-Winner as Cranford Defeats Scotch Plains-Fanwood

CRANFORD - The Cranford High School girls soccer team entered this season having not beaten either of its two biggest rivals, Westfield and Scotch Plains-Fanwood, since 2015. 

As of Tuesday, Cranford had already swept the season series against Westfield, but not yet faced Scotch Plains-Fanwood due to weather postponements. 

To no surprise, Cranford ...

GIRLS SOCCER: Cranford Rolls GL, Advance to Semifinals

CRANFORD - As the weather gets colder, athletes know the time they spend warming up becomes that much more important.

With a chilly Saturday afternoon matchup hovering near the 50 degree mark, head coach Andrew Gagliardo had his girls going through their usual pre-game warm up routine, but with a little extra due to the temperature and game type.

As the scoreboard hit 0:00 ...

Union County: ‘Hackers’ Won’t Get Westfield, After $1.9M Voting Machine Purchase

October 15, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ – Candidates on the “ballot” Monday included Bruce Wayne, Clark Kent and Swamp Thing, as Union County officials showed residents the workings of a new voting machine at the Town Hall.

But this November, voters casting ballots in this undecided town in the hotly contested Seventh Congressional District race for Rep. Leonard Lance’s seat will pick real ...

New Vote Tabulation System for Union County Announced at Freeholders Meeting in Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, NJ - A resolution for $1.9 million for a new vote tabulation system by ES&S was approved at the first Union County Freeholders mobile meeting on Thursday, held in Plainfield's municipal court.

Nicole DiRado, an administrator from the Office of the Board of Elections, said that although the machines will not be in use in most parts of the county until 2019, they will be used ...

Cranford Police Blotter: DWI and Drug Arrests

October 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. 10/09/2018 @ 3:30 p.m.

North Avenue East and Carpenter Place

Arrested: Pamela Dunne, 53, Westfield

Arrested by: Ptl. Matthew Siessel

Charges: ...

Cranford Police Blotter: Man Arrested For DWI After Crashing Into Tree

CRANFORD - 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. 10/02/2018 @ 2:19 p.m. 

Linden Place and Prospect Avenue

Arrested: Andrew Resetar, 20, Lakewood

Arrested by: Ptl. John ...

POLICE: Jackson Drive Robbery Suspect Arrested

CRANFORD - On Saturday, October 6th at 12:44 a.m., the Cranford Police Department responded to a reported robbery occurring on Jackson Drive in Cranford.

The 25-year-old victim, who was walking near his place of employment, was approached by a black male with a knife demanding all his personal possessions. After the suspect committed the robbery, he fled the area ...

Great Pumpkin Carve Out Returns to Cranford

October 8, 2018

CRANFORD - The Great Pumpkin Carve Out will return to Hanson Park in Cranford on Saturday, October 20th (rain date of October 27th).

The pumpkin carving contest is open to all ages with awards given for funniest, scariest, and most original grouped by ages. Participants can drop off their creatively carved pumpkins from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Hanson Park (38 ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Student Set For Elite Language Competition in China

October 5, 2018

EDISON, NJ -- Stan DeLaurentiis of Plainfield, a senior at The Wardlaw + Hartridge School in Edison, is eager to test his skills at the upcoming Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition, a large-scale international contest sponsored by Confucius Institute Headquarters. The competition is being held in Kunming City of southwest China's Yunnan Province.

This event is well-known in ...

Saint Joseph (Metuchen) Homecoming on Sat., Oct. 6

METUCHEN, NJ -- Saint Joseph High School will celebrate its inaugural Homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

The event will feature food, refreshments, music, games, and a tremendous amount of camaraderie and fun. Additionally, the high school will honor contemporary heroes -- our military, police, fire fighters, and first responders --the men and ...

Emma’s Brick Oven Celebrates a Special Anniversary

October 16, 2018

CRANFORD, NJ – Emma’s Brick Oven in the heart of downtown Cranford is celebrating their one year anniversary under the management and ownership of Victor Biancamano and Andrew Galli.

“It’s been a great year; we have introduced new items to the menus, renovated the space and worked to create an amazing dining experience.  It’s what we think of as Emma’s ...

Chick-fil-A Unconfirmed as Tenant for Sears Site at Route 22 and Terrill Road

WATCHUNG, NJ -- Chick-fil-A restaurant would not confirm reports that it would open a new location at the shopping center being built at the former Sears at the intersection of Route 22 and Terrill Road.

“We are always evaluating potential new locations in the hopes of serving existing and new customers great food with remarkable service," said Jackie Jags, a spokesperson ...

After Years of Adversity, Elizabeth Man Overcomes Road Bumps to Achieve Career Goals

October 18, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - For Stephen Soares, two things have remained constant throughout his 30 years: a love of cars, and a dream to drive a truck. 

“All my life, I wanted to be a truck driver,” he said. “I wanted to do something that was going to make a good living and earn enough money to make things better in my life.”

Soares is a person with a developmental ...

Friends of Colin to Host 5K Turkey Trot For Pediatric Cancer

CRANFORD - Friends of Colin is gearing up to hold its 4th annual Turkey Trot, scheduled for the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, Nov. 23, to raise money to fight pediatric cancer.

Friends of Colin formed after the death of 16-year-old Cranford resident Colin Maher. Colin died after a fight with Ewings Sarcoma, an aggressive bone cancer. His neighborhood ...

Cranford Girl Scout Cadettes Earn Silver Award and Support Local Pets

CRANFORD – Four reusable pet oxygen mask kits were donated to the Cranford Fire Department by the Cadettes of Girl Scout Troop 42870. The masks will be kept onboard the fire department’s first responder vehicles to help Cranford’s pet community in the event of an emergency.

“The Cranford Fire Department is most appreciative of the work and support that Girl Scouts ...

Hundreds Gather for Fifth Annual Union County Day of Prayer

October 15, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - Hundreds gathered at St. Bartholomew of the Apostle Church in Scotch Plains Tuesday evening for the fifth annual Union County Day of Prayer, which featured speakers from the Sikh and Hindu faiths for the first time in the event’s history.

With the theme "Striving to Make a Beloved Community," the evening delivered a variety of messages centering on unity, ...

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Vulgar, Racist and Anti-Semitic Graffiti Spray-Painted onto Scotch Plains Fanwood High School

October 7, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Members of the local community are expressing their outrage over racist, anti-Semitic and vulgar graffiti that was spray-painted on the outside of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School sometime before the weekend began. 

Pictures of the offensive messages spread rapidly over social media, and members of the Jewish community were quick to condemn the ...

Superintendent Announces Individual School Meetings for Re-imagining Cranford Schools Proposal

October 18, 2018

CRANFORD - On Thursday, Dr. Scott Rubin, Superintendent of Cranford Schools, announced that along with the three community meetings being held at Cranford High School on October 30, November 28, and December 17 on the proposal to reimagine Cranford Public Schools, there will now be an additional seven individual school meetings held to "afford a greater ...

Message From The Superintendent - Proposal to Reimagine Cranford Public Schools

CRANFORD - On Monday, parents and guardians of the students of the Cranford School District received an email from Dr. Scott Rubin, Superintendent of Cranford Schools, about possible changes coming to the district.

Though Dr. Rubin described the district as "high performing," he mentioned that the goal is to always continue to "work collaboratively to find ways to ...

Prosecutor: Hillsborough Teacher, 29, Sent Nude Photos Online to Montgomery HS Student

October 10, 2018

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - A Montgomery High School teacher who lives in Hillsborough has been arrested and faces charges of sending nude photos of herself and sexually-explicit messages via social media to a Montgomery High School student over a period of several months.

Michelina Aichele, 29 of Capricorn Drive in Hillsborough, has been charged with 2nd degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

Weekend Specials at Emma's Brick Oven

October 19, 2018

The weekend is here at Emma's Brick Oven. Stop on by to check out the newly remodeled dining room and enjoy some delicious modern Italian dishes! Enjoy our fall specials such as Fall Kale Cannellini Pizza featuring a roasted garlic cannellini puree with sundried tomatoes, smoked mozzarella, asiago, and roasted kale tossed in a sherry wine apple reduction. Not in the mood for pizza? Start ...

'Other Desert Cities' unfolds with family secrets

‘Other Desert Cities’ unfolds with family secrets at Chatham Playhouse


CHATHAM, NJ – “Other Desert Cities,” the stirring drama by Jon Robin Baitz, revolves around a family’s loyalties and deceptions in a tony Palm Springs household. “Other Desert Cities” refers to the signs along the exit ramps on the California freeway.

The ...

‘The Color Purple’ flashes by with verve at Paper Mill

‘The Color Purple’ flashes by with verve at Paper Mill

By Liz Keill

MILLBURN, NJ – This Tony-award winning musical caught audiences up in its stunning story of African American life in the deep south over a 40 year period, from 1909 until 1949.

Based in the novel by Alice Walker and a screen adaptation several years ago, the story centers on Celie (Adrianna Hicks), who ...

How Social Media Antagonizes Anger and Political Division

October 18, 2018

Dear Editor:

Can our democracy survive technology?

Democracy is beginning to crack under the weight of tribal politics and fictitious news. The causes of these fissures are the result of many considerable causes; political partisanship on the national, state and local level, TV networks and radio stations that are designed only to appease a particular political tribe, and most portentously, ...