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Cranford High Student Competes at U.S. Junior Amateur Sectional Qualifier

June 20, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS - Cranford High School soon-to-be senior Johnny Bush took his shot to qualify for a USGA championship on Wednesday.

Bush shot a 6-over-par 76 (38-38) to finish in a five-way tie for 21st place in a U.S. Junior Amateur Sectional Qualifier at the par 70, 6,558-yard Shackamaxon Country Club in nearby Scotch Plains.

65 golfers, including 54 from the Garden ...

Varsity Boys Lacrosse Season in Review

CRANFORD – Going from a 7-11 finish in 2017 to an 11-7 record this season, Cranford High School boys lacrosse head coach Al Reinoso described the season as a surprising, but well deserved turn around.

Last year, it took the Cougars more than half of the season to really find themselves. Through the first nine games, their record was 1-8, and though 12 games it was 2-10. Despite the ...

Cranford Boys Lacrosse Summer Camp

The Cranford boys lacrosse summer camp is scheduled to be held July 16-19, 2018. The camp will be run by Al Reinoso, head coach of CHS boys lacrosse, and is open to boys grades one through nine. 

Outstanding Staff includes:

JJ Hoeffler –   Assistant Coach Cranford High School, Ex-Collegiate Head Coach

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2018 Cranford Primary Election Results

June 6, 2018

CRANFORD - On Tuesday, June 5th, Cranford residents headed to the polls for the 2018 Primaries. 

Thomas H. Hannen, Jr. on the Democratic ticket and Michael Petrucci on the Republican ticket each ran uncontested. Hannen, Jr. received 1,387 votes and Petrucci garnered 711. 

Hannen, Jr. and Petrucci will face off in the general election on Nov. 6 for one three-year ...

Cranford Police Blotter: This Week's Arrests

June 20, 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. 06/14/2018 @ 11:50 a.m.

Centennial Avenue

Arrested: Naheema Faine, 23, Linden

Arrested by: Ptl. Thomas Bell

Charges: Possession of Under 50g (Marijuana); ...

Small Fire Extinguished at Addams Tavern in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — It likely started with a smoldering cigarette, according to Deputy Fire Chief Anthony Tiller.

The fire that started in a flower planter on an outside deck on the second floor of Addams Tavern Wednesday caused a lot of smoke as it spread to the flooring, but only about a three-foot by three-foot area was damaged, Tiller said.

The restaurant at 115 Elm St. is ...

Cranford Police Blotter: Three Arrests This Past Weekend

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. 06/09/2018 @ 4:08 p.m.  

Raritan Road

Arrested: Robert Neglio, 33, Iselin; David Bodine, 36 Newark

Arrested by: Ptl. Matthew Siessel

Charges: ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Class of 2018 Honored at Senior Farewell Dinner

June 10, 2018

EDISON, NJ -- Members of the Class of 2018 at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison joined their parents, family, faculty and staff members and administrators at the annual Senior Farewell Dinner on Monday, June 4, in the AP Room. The event was catered by Sage Dining Services.

Dr. Bob Bowman, Assistant Head of School for Upper School, welcomed the guests and Andrew Webster, Head of School, ...

TAPinto Cranford Journalism Scholarship Winner

CRANFORD – TAPinto Cranford is proud to award the first recipient of the “TAPinto Cranford Journalism Scholarship” to Katherine Ruane.

At Thursday night’s Senior Awards, held in the Cranford High School auditorium, TAPinto Cranford owner, Carlos Arias, and former TAPinto Cranford chief editor, Leah Scalzadonna, were on hand to present Ruane her ...

Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith Attends Gun Safety Bills Signing Ceremony with Gov. Murphy in Trenton

June 13, 2018

TRENTON, NJ -- Mayor Al Smith attended a gun safety package bill signing ceremony at the Richard J. Hughes Justice Complex in Trenton on Wednesday with Governor Phil Murphy. Mayor Smith joined a bipartisan group of local and state elected officials, as well as members of Moms Demand Action of Union County, at the event. 

“As a leader in Sandy Hook Promise, I was happy to accept the ...

Students Lead ‘Die-In’ at Congressman Lance’s Westfield Office; Summit Boy Arrested

WESTFIELD, NJ — Seventeen-year-old Summit High School student Ben Schachter was taken away in handcuffs Tuesday during a gun safety “die-in” protest led by local high school students at Congressman Leonard Lance's Westfield office. Lance was not present at the office at the time.

“We are organizing this ‘die-in’ at Congressman Lance’s ...

Gov. Murphy Still Pushing a Millionaire's Tax, Won’t Say When He'll Sign Sports Betting, Weed Bills

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - With a showdown on the state budget looming just 22 days away, Gov. Phil Murphy today re-emphasized his call for a tax on the state’s wealthiest households while hoping to avoid another shutdown of state government.

“Do I still want a millionaire’s tax? The answer is ‘yes,’ “ Murphy said at a press conference at the John ...

Peppa Pig Visits Emma's

June 20, 2018

CRANFORD - Following the success of the first ever "Kids Night Out" on June 5th that featured Vampirina, owner Victor Biancamano decided to make the event a regular occurrence. 

Biancamano made a call to Peppa Pig, and despite her busy schedule, she was able to free up some time to enjoy some pizza and take pictures with guests at Emma's Brick Oven on ...

Hot Dog Nation Tour of New Jersey to Stop at Little Buffalo

CRANFORD - Little Buffalo (101 North Avenue West) has been named one of the stops on the 15th annual Hot Dog Nation Tour of New Jersey

Little Buffalo of Cranford, which has been open for about a year, is making its debut on the tour. The eatery features several types of hot dogs, including a "red hot" and a "white hot" that is similar to a ...

Kids Night Out at Emma's Brick Oven a Huge Success

CRANFORD – Locals flooded Emma’s Brick Oven on Tuesday evening for its first ever, “Kids Night Out”.

The event went from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and allowed kids to meet their favorite vampire, Vampirina, and get their face painted. The show, “Vampirina,” debuted on Disney Jr. in late 2017 and has been a hit with kids ever since.

Victor Biancamano, who ...

Garwood First Aid Squad Receives Donation

June 9, 2018

GARWOOD, NJ - The Garwood First Aid Squad held their annual fund drive throughout the month of May.   In a letter to the community the squad reminded citizens that they are 100% reliant on community based donation for their funding and continued work.    During this year of fundraising, the squad indicated they planned to purchase a preowned ambulance, do some repairs on their ...

Springfield’s Jonathan Dayton High School 10th Annual Alumni Hockey Game Honors Memory of Dan Triano

SPRINGFIELD, NJ – On Friday June 8, the 10th Annual JDHS Alumni Hockey Game will be played.  This year the game will be played at Codey Arena in West Orange from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. 

For the second consecutive year, the event will honor the memory of Daniel Triano.  And for the second consecutive year, the event will be run by Jonathan Dayton senior Zoe Frei.

About ...

Family Promise Overnight Host Brings Compassion from First-Hand Experience

SUMMIT, NJ - Leonard Prentice has been the overnight host for Family Promise Union County’s shelter program at Calvary Episcopal Church for about four years, consistently spending the night with families experiencing homelessness. While all the volunteers at Calvary Episcopal Church serve Union County guests with grace and hospitality, Prentice -- as he is known -- ...

June is Cataracts Awareness Month; The Dangers of Leaving Cataracts Untreated

June 18, 2018

CRANFORD – With busy schedules during the summer, it is tempting to neglect important health issues until less hectic times. However, cataracts, which tends to progress, can lead to devastating health issues if left untreated. With nearly 25 million individuals who have cataracts nationwide, it is more important than ever for patients to be able to recognize ...

Union County Mosquito Spraying

CRANFORD - Please be advised that spraying for Adult Mosquitoes will be performed tonight, Thursday, June 14, 2018 (weather permitting) between the hours of 7:00 P.M. and 12:00 A.M. in the area of Arbor St., Locust St., Retford Ave., Stoughton St. and Woodside Ave.

Cranford Resident Rode His Bike Nearly 500 Miles

CRANFORD – Cranford resident Kent Lucas was one of 150 commuters who embraced a more sustainable commute by trading in his car keys for pedals during TransOptions’ annual Bike to Work Challenge.

Through TransOptions’ GoForGood app, riders tracked their bicycle commute trips and miles from May 1st through May 31st. Participants who joined the challenge were entered to win ...

Cranford Resident Rode His Bike Nearly 500 Miles

June 14, 2018

CRANFORD – Cranford resident Kent Lucas was one of 150 commuters who embraced a more sustainable commute by trading in his car keys for pedals during TransOptions’ annual Bike to Work Challenge.

Through TransOptions’ GoForGood app, riders tracked their bicycle commute trips and miles from May 1st through May 31st. Participants who joined the challenge were entered to win ...

Union County Prosecutor's Office: Rahway man sentenced to 47 years for killing girlfriend

June 9, 2018

A Rahway resident who strangled his girlfriend in 2015, killing her, has been sentenced to 47 years in state prison for the crime, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced Friday.

Ignacio Ortiz Vasquez, 42, was ordered to serve a minimum of 85 percent of a 40-year sentence for murder before beginning a seven-year sentence for endangering the welfare of a child under the ...

Subdivision Set for 126 New Street

June 12, 2018

CRANFORD – JGR Investment Group’s application to subdivide 126 New Street was approved at last week’s Planning Board meeting.

The property is currently 10,895 square feet, and the plan is to create two lots, with lot 1.01 being 5,771 sq. ft., and lot 1.02 being 5,124 sq. ft.

Gerald Grillo of JGR, who is also a real estate agent in Cranford, raised the point of ...

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Video: ‘Westfield 6’ Arrested at ‘Clean Dream Act’ Protest Hold Press Conference

June 20, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ —  Six people, including four clergy members, who were arrested at a sit-in to support “dreamers” Feb. 6  at Congressman Leonard Lance’s Westfield office continue to wait for their day in court. A trial that was expected to take place Tuesday was put off until a future date at the prosecutor’s request.

Rev. Ann Ralosky ...

Cranford High Senior Prom

June 16, 2018

CRANFORD - Cranford High School held its Senior Prom on Friday at the Birchwood Manor in Whippany. Check out the photos our readers submitted. 

Spring Art Show Displays Students' Creativity

CRANFORD - The Cranford High School Spring Art Show was held at the Cranford Public Library, on Tuesday. 

From 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., artwork from classes such as crafts, graphic design, photography, and drawing was on display for the public to promote the creative and unique projects done by students throughout the school year. 

Senior Awards Recipients

CRANFORD - On Thursday, June 7th, Cranford High School held its annual Senior Awards Ceremony. Here is a full list of the awards and winners. 

 

Cranford High School Award for Outstanding Achievement

Top 5% of the Class of 2018

Recipient: Jack Callan, Alannah Clarke, Meg Cui, Caroline Kelly, Julia Kelly, Nicholas Macchi, Katherine Ruane, Layla Serna, Katherine Stochel, ...

Sports Betting Is Off And Running in New Jersey

June 14, 2018

OCEANPORT, NJ — Governor Phil Murphy officially ushered in sports betting in New Jersey when he made the initial wager at Monmouth Park  on June 14.

Governor Murphy, an avid soccer fan who has called ESPN’s “Sportscenter” his favorite show, placed the first bet  — $20 on Germany to win the World Cup. He also bet $20 on the N.J. Devils to ...

Libraries Rock! Summer Reading Kick-Off Dance Party

June 20, 2018

Put on your dancing shoes and join us at the Clark Public Library for the kick-off of our annual Summer Reading Program!  The Dance Party will run from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm with SuperSounds DJs playing your favorite songs. Kids can register for the summer reading challenge, get their face painted or a temporary tattoo, and make a craft.  We will also have raffles for prizes ...

Healthy U Spring Symposium Marks 10 Years of Community Impact

WESTFIELD, NJ — More than 100 Healthy U champions and partners from YMCAs and schools from all over the state gathered at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford on May 18 to celebrate 10 years of community impact. Healthy U was also formally presented with the 2017 CATCH® Award for Excellence in State Health. 

CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) is the ...

Summer Water Safety Tips

Summer is a great time for parents to ensure their children are equipped with essential water safety skills. The Westfield Area YMCA offers weekly swim lessons all summer long and in Monday-Thursday weekly sessions.

Drowning is the second leading cause of death for children ages 5-14. Remember these tips to ensure the water is an enjoyable and safe place to ...

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Get Empowered to Help Prevent Suicide

June 9, 2018

Dear Editor:

Over the past week social media and the news have been filled with stories and articles encouraging people to seek help if they’re in emotional distress. There have been countless articles about the need to break the silence around the topic of mental health and suicide, and I am encouraged by the support people are extending to others.

Often, the death by suicide by ...