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Golf: Cranford H.S. Varsity Team Stands Strong with 7-1 Record as Season Advances

April 21, 2018

CRANFORD, NJ – The Cranford High School Varsity golf team hopes to improve on last year’s performance as they enter into the difficult part of the tournament season, according to coach William Ray.

The golf team currently stands 7-1, with the only loss to Scotch Plains-Fanwood earlier this week. Last year, the team finished third in Group II in the state sectional ...

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

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

Lance to Host 47th Town Hall; Constituents, Questions Invited

April 25, 2018

PHILLIPSBURG, NJ -- New Jersey Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7th) will host his 47th in-person town hall meeting on Friday, April 27 beginning at 5:30 pm at Phillipsburg High School.

During the town hall meeting, Lance will take questions on the important issues facing Congress and the American people.  Lance will discuss his leadership role on the Gateway Tunnel and ...

Plainfield's Assemblyman Jerry Green Is Dead at Age 79

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 ...

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 ...

Community Access Unlimited honors community partners at 2018 Awards Dinner

April 21, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - Community Access Unlimited (CAU) recently honored a number of key community partners at the agency's 2018 Awards Night Celebration, held April 12 at its headquarters in Elizabeth.

Community Access Unlimited is a statewide Union County-based nonprofit providing support programs and services to adults with disabilities as well as at-risk youth to enable them to live ...

Hope For Lauren Foundation Benefits from MAX Challenge Day of Giving 5K

April 25, 2018

UNION, NJ -  About 125 participants turned out Saturday, April 21, for THE MAX Challenge of Union, New Providence, Cranford, Watchung, Montclair and Madison Day of Giving 5K. The event, both a run and a walk, was a benefit for the Hope For Lauren Foundation. 

Lauren Liu, 14, and a ninth grade student at Kent Place School, died in October 2017, after losing a battle against depression ...

Cranford to Hold 11th Annual Relay for Life Next Month

CRANFORD, NJ - The Township of Cranford will host its 11th annual Relay for Life will be held at Orange Avenue School this year on May 18 from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Last year, Cranford’s event had 58 teams participate and raised $86,000. This year, the committee’s goal is to hit the $100,000 mark.

“Relay for Life brings the Cranford community together to celebrate ...

Cranford Residents Practice Fitness and Mindfulness at "Get Fit Cranford"

CRANFORD, NJ – Cranford residents milled in and out of “Get Fit Cranford!” all day on Sunday.

The event, held in the municipal fire lot, was organized by Ashley Legg, a volunteer for Cranford Community Connection and owner of Legg Day Fitness.

“It’s such a beautiful day,” Legg said. “It’s been a lot of fun because it’s all about ...

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's Kurt Steiner, a Holocaust Survivor, tells Life Story as 106th Birthday Draws Near

April 23, 2018

CRANFORD, NJ – In a quaint white house near the border of Cranford and Garwood, 105-year-old Kurt Steiner sat at his dining room table, surrounded by cabinets that held his collection of Viennese glass and antique Limoge plates. At his table, he had his carefully taped together passport and exit papers from Vienna, Austria, stamped with a large “J” and “Jude,” the ...

Cranford & Kenilworth Youth Group Give Back during Appalachian Mission Trip

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," ...

Northside Kitchen Wins ‘Best Bite’ at Westfield’s Sandwichfest

April 22, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Northside Kitchen’s fried chicken sandwich beat sandwiches from nine other local restaurants to win “Best Bite” by popular vote at Sandwichfest Sunday. Northside Kitchen is located at 760 Prospect St. in Westfield.

More than 400 ticket holders each had a chance to taste 10 sandwiches and vote for their favorite, according to Rory Chadwick, one of ...

Union County Interfaith Coordinating Council hosts Know Your Neighbor Event in Rahway

April 25, 2018

Recognizing the great divide that exists in the nation today, including fear of those who do not look like us, the Union County Interfaith Coordinating Council recently held a Know Your Neighbor event to foster greater familiarity of and friendship with others within the community. The event was held at the Rahway Family Success Center at JFK Community Center in Rahway.

The Know Your Neighbor ...

Cranford Police Blotter: Marijuana-Related Arrests

April 24, 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. 04/19/2018 6:13 p.m.

Raritan Road and Coleman Avenue 

Arrested: Rahman Daley, 22, Brooklyn NY 

Arrested by: Ptl. Daniel ...

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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 ...

Politics IS Government in Union County

April 22, 2018

After Bruce Patrson of Garwood was stopped from speaking at the Union County freeholder meeting of March 22 regarding the politics behind refusing to give the party line to a sitting freeholder I thought this brazen suppression of free speech could not go unanswered. A the the April 19 meeting I answered with these comments.

After ten years of following government in Union County I conclude ...