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GIRLS SOCCER: Cranford Rolls GL, Advance to Semifinals

October 15, 2018

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 ...

FOOTBALL: Cranford Stuns Summit 25-12

CRANFORD - Coming off a crushing 50-7 loss to Somerville last week, the Cranford Cougars faced another tough matchup in the 5-0 Summit Hilltoppers. 

Averaging just under 42 points per game, Summit had been leaning heavily on the hard-running of Max Jackson, who had eclipsed 100 yards on the ground in every game this season, including two games with over 200. The game ...

BOYS SOCCER: Blazek, Coleman Power Cranford Past Johnson

CRANFORD - Connor Blazek and James Coleman each scored a goal to lead sixth-seeded Cranford past 14th-seeded Johnson, 2-0, in the first round of the Union County Tournament, at Memorial Field on Tuesday. 

It took nearly 61 minutes for the Cougars to get on the board, but the first goal came when Johnson goalie Andrew Kehrle made a diving stop on a Michael ...

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: Man Arrested For DWI After Crashing Into Tree

October 10, 2018

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 ...

Cranford Police Blotter: Two DWI Arrests, One Cranford Resident

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. 09/27/2018 @ 2:05 a.m.

Roselle Avenue and Albany Avenue

Arrested: Peter Bowman, 54, Cranford

Arrested by: Ptl. Brian Trotter

Charges: ...

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 ...

Congressman Leonard Lance Presents Award to St. Michael School

October 3, 2018

CRANFORD - Congressman Leonard Lance visited Saint Michael School in Cranford on Wednesday afternoon to present a Congressional Citation to the principal, faculty, and students on the occasion of the school's 90th Anniversary. 

Introduced by Principal Sandy Miragliotta, Congressman Lance spoke to the students of St. Michael's about ...

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

October 5, 2018

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 ...

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

October 16, 2018

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 ...

Local People with Disabilities Show Value of Employing Workers with Disabilities

ELIZABETH, NJ - Brenda Peguero, manager of Wendy's restaurant in Hillside, hired Robert Capello as a greeter. It was not long before his work ethic and reliability convinced her to increase his responsibilities, she said. Working three hours a day, three days a week, Capello cleans tables, sweeps floors and refills utensils and the ice dispenser.

Capello is an adult with a disability, one ...

Passenger Who Flew to Newark Could Have Exposed Others to Measles: Health Officials

October 4, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - The New Jersey Department of Health said any person who was in Newark Liberty International Airport on Sept. 28, 2018, between 5:30 and 10:30 a.m. may have been exposed to measles.

Someone flying from Tel Aviv in Israel had the highly contagious infection and arrived in Terminal B at the airport, the department said. The person, whose name was not released, may have traveled ...

Video: Gloria Gaynor Performs at Trinitas Regional Medical Centers Opening of 3.4 Million High Tech Breast Center

ELIZABETH, NJ - Trinitas Regional Medical Center held a dedication ceremony and tour of the opening of its new high-tech Breast Center, the Connie Dwyer Breast Center on Monday evening. The 3.4 million Breast Center will provide the latest in screening, diagnosis, and treatment for women, regardless of financial status.  Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women ...

Westfield Conservation Center Taking More Items for Recycling, Reuse, Including Toys for Kids in Need

October 4, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — The town of Westfield unveiled new recycling opportunities at its conservation center Wednesday, including a partnership with Second Chance Toys, which collects plastic toys, cleans them and gives them local to organizations that serve children in need.

New sheds, paid for with a grant from Union County, allow county residents to drop off the following items to be ...

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 ...

Message From The Superintendent - Proposal to Reimagine Cranford Public Schools

October 8, 2018

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.

Union County Residents Advised on Unsolicited Voter Mailings

October 12, 2018

Have you received an unsolicited mailing that contains a Vote-by-Mail application in your name? If you have, Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi has some guidance for you.

“These mailings come from various groups, as a way to encourage registered voters to use Vote-by-Mail ballots,” explained Ms. Rajoppi. “It’s a common practice and is not prohibited by law, though it ...

Westfield Area YMCA Announces Youth-Teen Basketball Leagues, Clinics

The Westfield Area YMCA offers basketball leagues for boys and girls in kindergarten through age 14.  Registration is open and will close when maximum capacity is reached for each league or on the dates below.

PRE-SEASON CLINICS: Five-week pre-season clinics begin Oct. 21 to prepare young athletes for the Winter Basketball League season.  Participants will learn fundamental skills ...

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Sun, October 28, 1:00 PM

Cranford Community Center, Cranford

2018 Cranford Halloween Parade

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Wed, December 5, 5:00 PM

Cranford Public Library, Cranford

Game On! Teen Gaming at the Cranford Public ...

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Fri, January 18, 8:00 PM

Union County Performing Arts Center , Rahway

Sal "The Voice" Valentinetti at Union County ...

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'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 ...

‘Dead and Buried’ explores parent/child loss

‘Dead and Buried’ explores parent/child loss

By Liz Keill

SUMMIT, NJ – Nothing is as it seems and how much is really resolved remains a mystery in the drama “Dead and Buried” by James McLindon.

Three actors keep the play moving, with touches of humor and some emotional outbursts, despite the forlorn cemetery setting. Dreamcatcher Artistic Director Laura ...

Reimagining Cranford Schools Proposal

October 12, 2018

My name is Terry Darling and I’m a candidate for the Cranford Board of Education. Like many of you, the reimagining / rezoning and referendum proposal introduced by Dr. Rubin and the current Board of Education earlier this week is of great interest to me.  

If implemented, this proposal will have an immediate impact on many Cranford families, including mine. I have two children in ...