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Cranford Wrestling Sends Six to Atlantic City

February 26, 2017

CRANFORD, NJ – Cranford wrestling saw six wrestlers punch their ticket to Atlantic City at the Region 4 championships, held Saturday in Union.

The Cougars finished the day with two champions; Chris Scorese at 132 lbs. who defeated Chris Fuschetto of ALJ in a ,3-1, Decision along with Alex Esposito at 285 lbs. who won a ,3-0, Decision over Alexander LaGrippo of ...

Cranford Girls JV Basketball Captures Union County Title

CRANFORD, NJ - Cranford girls JV basketball defeated Westfield, 49-35, to capture the Union County Title, Friday at Kean University.

Santarelli Drains a Three for a Cranford Overtime Win

MONTCLAIR, NJ – Lauren Santarelli drained a three-pointer with 3.7 seconds left in overtime to give Cranford the 60-59 win over Montclair, Tuesday in Montclair.

Leading the scoring for the Cougars was Camryn Wichelns with 25 points, six rebounds and five steals. Also contributing were Lauren Williamson with 12 points; Caroline Kelly scored ten and pulled down six rebounds and Olivia ...

Cranford Citizens Police Academy Set to Begin in March

February 15, 2017

CRANFORD, NJ - The Cranford Police Department will host its seventh session of the Citizens Police Academy in March.  

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.

Academy students will receive classroom lectures and hands on demonstrations in many areas of interest, ...

Cranford Detectives Assist Ohio PD in Arrest of Bank Robbery Suspect

CRANFORD, NJ – Detectives from the Cranford Police Department and the Grandview Heights, Ohio Police Department arrested a township man Friday Feb. 10 in connection with a Jan 31 robbery of a PNC Bank in Grandview Heights, Ohio.

Karl Schlenker, 60, of Cranford was taken into custody without incident outside his residence.

Schlenker was processed at Cranford Police Department ...

The Week Ahead in Cranford

February 27, 2017

CRANFORD, NJ – A glimpse of the week ahead in Cranford:

MONDAY Feb. 27:
- Readers’ Forum Book Discussion – “The Boys in the Boat”7 p.m., the community center
- Cranford Board of Education meeting 7 p.m., Lincoln Avenue School
- Cranford Township Committee workshop meeting 7:30 p.m.
TUESDAY Feb. 28:
- Toddler time at the library 10:15 a.m.
- iDiscover coding, ...

Wardlaw-Hartridge Students Present Cinderella March 3-5

EDISON, NJ -- The Wardlaw-Hartridge School is proud to present its spring musical, Cinderella, from March 3-5. The three-performance run includes 7:30 p.m. shows on Friday and Saturday, March 3-4 and a 3 p.m. matinee finale on March 5.

Hannah Yates of Piscataway will play the starring role of Cinderella, with Thomas Borner du Cane of ...

Weekend Happenings in Cranford

CRANFORD, NJ – A glimpse of the weekend in Cranford:

FRIDAY Feb. 24:
- Snap, Share and Win at Downtown Cranford continues
- Varsity boys basketball vs. Roselle 4 p.m., CHS
- Varsity wrestling at Regions 6 p.m., Union HS
- JV girls basketball at Union County Finals 6 p.m., Kean University
- OAS presents “Les Miserables” 7:30 p.m.
 SATURDAY Feb. 25:
-Yoga at the ...

Cranford Recreation Set to Begin Spring Registration March 6

February 23, 2017

MONDAY,  MARCH 6TH

 

CRANFORD, NJ - The Cranford Recreation and Parks Department will begin registration for its Spring 2017 programs on Monday, March 6. 

All class registrations must be done online through Community Pass and are for Cranford residents only.

Details of classes can be found in the brochure which was mailed to all Cranford residents, as well as on ...

Cranford Fund for Educational Excellence to Host "Team Trivia Night"

CRANFORD, NJ - The Cranford Fund For Educational Excellence will hosts its second annual "Team Trivia Night", Saturday Feb. 25, at the Cranford Community Center.

The evening will have approximately 300 teachers, parents, and community members who will test their knowledge and wits about trivia.

Funds raised by CFEE go directly toward innovative educational grants written ...

Cranford's Nora O'Connell Wins Essay Contest with "The America I Believe In"

CRANFORD, NJ - Students in the eighth-grade Orange Avenue School process writing classes once again participated in the VFW Patriot’s Pen essay contest. Through the writing process students created an essay based on the theme, “The America I Believe In”.

Two students from Orange Avenue School were winners in the VFW District 5 (Union County) level of the Patriot's Pen ...

Mayors Council on Flood Control Urge Washington to Move Forward

February 26, 2017

CRANFORD, NJ –Representatives of the Mayors Council Rahway River Watershed Flood Control visited Washington D.C. Feb. 15 to urge the Congress to complete the Orange Reservoir Dam Integrity Study in early 2017. In addition, a request to have President Trump’s first budget include funds to begin the engineering and pre-construction work on the Rahway River Flood Mitigation ...

Elected Officials Join Dozen of Protesting Trump’s Immigration Policies at Detention Center

ELIZABETH, NJ – Dozens of protesters rallied in front of the Elizabeth Detention Center this morning, Feb.23, in an event that culminated in four arrests in an overall peaceful demonstration sparked by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials’ attempt to arrest an Elizabeth woman, Feb. 17.

The four who were arrested, one of whom had to be carried out, staged a sit down in the ...

Westfield Homeowner Says Official Warned Her ‘Wall of Love’ Must Go

WESTFIELD, NJ — A sign reading “love trumps hate” posted by homeowners Valerie Latona and David Contract on their fence on Rahway Avenue have been ripped down, spray-painted, slashed and shot with what appears to be an Airsoft gun. Now it's in its third iteration since November after damaged signs were replaced, it's accompanied by a “wall ...

Tesla Officially Opens its Doors in Springfield with a Ribbon Cutting

February 25, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, NJ –Tesla in Springfield is officially open.  The ribbon cutting for Springfield’s Tesla Service Plus Location took place Thursday morning.  It followed the monthly Suburban Chamber of Commerce meeting held at the Tesla location for this special event in what is the largest of the four Tesla locations in New Jersey.  It turned out to be a good draw for the ...

Sneak Preview: Hilton Garden Inn Springfield to Open Later Today

SPRINGFIELD, NJ – The Hilton Garden Inn in Springfield at 304 Rt. 22 West is expected to open at 2 p.m. today.  Here are four pictures to give you a sneak preview of what to expect. 

There are over 686 Hilton Garden Inns worldwide.  The website says it is “…the upscale, yet affordable hotel brand”.  There are 21 new locations and 22 upcoming hotels ...

Cranford Chamber of Commerce to Host Breakfast with Mayor Hannen

CRANFORD, NJ –The Cranford Area Chamber of Commerce will host a breakfast with Cranford Mayor Thomas H. Hannen, Jr. at Atria Senior Living, Wednesday Feb 22 from 8-9 a.m...

Mayor Thomas H. Hannen, Jr. will speak on 2017 goals and look back at 2016.

 The cost is $12 for members, $17 for future members.

Westfield Area YMCA to Host 2nd Annual Pizza Palooza

February 15, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — Love pizza? Head to the Westfield Area YMCA’s second annual Pizza Palooza Sunday, March 5, where you can try and vote on slices from some of Westfield and Garwood best-loved pizzerias, including Buona Pizza, Di Farina, Ferraro's, Gennaro's, Randazzo’s, Rudy's,  Mama’s and La Casa. 

The event will take place from 12:30 p.m.

Girls Scouts of Cranford Hosts Fourth Annual Pinewood Derby

February 25, 2017

CRANFORD, NJ - The Girl Scouts of Cranford Cadette Troop 40444 of Hillside Avenue School hosted the fourth annual Pinewood Derby Day Saturday Jan. 28.

The race which was held at the Cranford United Methodist Church saw 184 participants, a record-breaking number. Racers of all ages gathered throughout the day to put their hand-crafted cars to the test, competing for one of the ...

Family Promise Launches 'Pets with a Promise'

Summit-based Family Promise, the nation’s leading nonprofit helping families experiencing homelessness, is proud to announce the launch of Pets with a Promise, which provides direct funding for Family Promise Affiliates nationwide for a variety of services, allowing families to keep their pets while working towards independence in the program. 

The program launched with the ...

Rutgers Football Players Assist at Operation Shoebox New Jersey Packing

 

MANVILLE, NJ  - More than 300 volunteers helped Operation Shoebox New Jersey commemorate its 12th anniversary Saturday by packing  1.200 personal care packages that will be shipped to United States military personnel stationed around the world.

Several members of the Rutgers football team came to help, as did several other groups, including the Boy Scouts, Troop 193; Girl ...

Westfield Chamber of Commerce First Hosts Health Expo, Sponsored by Trinitas Regional Medical Center

February 27, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — The Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce presented the Trinitas Regional Medical Center Health and Wellness Expo at Snuffy's in Scotch Plains Sunday.

Hundreds of visitors met exhibitors from a variety of health modalities and medical practices, including chiropractic, acupuncture, rehab therapy, nutrition, exercise, meditation, personal ...

Trader Joe’s Recalls Applesauce Due to Possible Presence of Glass Pieces

WESTFIELD, NJ — Trader Joe’s announced Sunday that the company was voluntarily recalling the following unsweetened apple sauces in all stores because of the potential presence of glass pieces in the product:

Trader Joe's First Crush Unsweetened Gravenstein Apple Sauce barcode 00015905, all codes through “Best before Aug. 8, 2018.”
Trader Joe's Organic ...

Free Yoga and Wellness Class Offered in Celebration of Women’s History Month

In recognition of Women’s History Month, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders through the Department of Human Services Union County Office on Women the is presenting a free yoga class and wellness event, “Empowering Union County Women to Go Out and Make History” on Friday evening, March 3, at Maskers Barn in the historic Deserted Village of Feltville. The event is open ...

Public Invited to Spot a “Mesmerizing” Bird in Union County Parks

February 16, 2017

Bird watchers and nature fans of all kinds can try their hand at spotting an unusual and elusive bird in Union County parks next month, during the annual “Woodcock Walk.” The free event will be held in the Watchung Reservation on March 14, and in Lenape Park on March 22. Both events begin at 6:15 p.m.

“Among other distinctive traits the American Woodcock is known as harbinger ...

Union County Prosecutor's Office Seeks Public’s Assistance Sought in 2016 Rahway Homicide

February 24, 2017

Sunday will mark exactly one year since a local entrepreneur was shot and killed in his own Rahway sneaker store, and authorities are again requesting assistance from the public in an effort to solve the crime, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Friday.

The Prosecutor’s Office today is re-releasing video clips pulled from surveillance footage recorded just before the ...

Clark's ERA Village Green Welcomes ERA Meeker To Their Ranks

February 21, 2017

CLARK, NJ  - ERA Village Green Realtors has joined ranks with ERA Meeker Realtors, combining operations under one roof at their Brant Avenue location in Clark.  A “Meet, Greet and Eat” celebration was held recently to give members of both organizations an opportunity to get to know each other in a festive and casual way.

“We are looking forward to working together ...

Family Promise Launches 'Pets with a Promise'

February 23, 2017

Summit-based Family Promise, the nation’s leading nonprofit helping families experiencing homelessness, is proud to announce the launch of Pets with a Promise, which provides direct funding for Family Promise Affiliates nationwide for a variety of services, allowing families to keep their pets while working towards independence in the program. 

The program launched with the ...

PetroGrass to Perform at Temple Beth O’r-Beth Torah

CLARK – The public is invited to come out and enjoy the lively music of PetroGrass on Saturday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m. at Temple Beth O’r-Beth Torah.

The band will perform a collection of bluegrass, country, folk and Celtic music. Coffee and cake will be served. The cost for the evening is $5 per person.

Band members include: Ed Majeski of Garwood on banjo and vocals; Russ Kelner ...

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The Week Ahead in Cranford

February 27, 2017

CRANFORD, NJ – A glimpse of the week ahead in Cranford:

MONDAY Feb. 27:
- Readers’ Forum Book Discussion – “The Boys in the Boat”7 p.m., the community center
- Cranford Board of Education meeting 7 p.m., Lincoln Avenue School
- Cranford Township Committee workshop meeting 7:30 p.m.
TUESDAY Feb. 28:
- Toddler time at the library 10:15 a.m.
- iDiscover coding, ...

Protesters Rally at Congressman Lance’s Westfield Office Against Trump’s Immigration Policies

February 23, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — About 50 people gathered in front of Congressman Leonard Lance’s Westfield office for 45 minutes Thursday to protest President Trump’s immigration policies. Among them were members of immigrants’ rights organization Make the Road, Roselle Mayor Christine Dansereau and New York City Councilman Carlos Menchaca.

Demonstrators chanted “No hate, no ...

Cranford's Nora O'Connell Wins Essay Contest with "The America I Believe In"

February 21, 2017

CRANFORD, NJ - Students in the eighth-grade Orange Avenue School process writing classes once again participated in the VFW Patriot’s Pen essay contest. Through the writing process students created an essay based on the theme, “The America I Believe In”.

Two students from Orange Avenue School were winners in the VFW District 5 (Union County) level of the Patriot's Pen ...

Spirito’s in Elizabeth Ranked Nationally as One of the Top Italian Restaurants

February 27, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ - Landmark restaurant Spirito's made MSN's national listing of the top Italian eateries, ranked as 18 out of 50.

As described on MSN, “If you’re from a certain part of northern New Jersey, there’s about a 100 percent chance that you’ve heard of Spirito’s, and an equally good chance that you’ve been there.”

Established in 1932, ...

Cranford Bimonthly Report - Meeting of February 13

CRANFORD, NJ - Superintendent’s Report - Meeting of February 13, 2017
 

STUDENTS:
The following CHS World Language students represented the high school Japanese program with their teachers for incoming ninth graders and their parents/guardians:  Josh Lawrence, Sarah Roberts, Meg Cui, Jessie Heyburn, Steve O'Donnell, Renee Draper, Charlie Bernstein, Makayla Cartnick, and ...

Westfield Area YMCA Kindergarteners Celebrate 100th Day of School

The Westfield Area YMCA’s full-day Kindergarten class located at the Bauer Branch recently celebrated the 100th day of school!

 

Kindergarteners had fun with various learning projects such as building a wall of 100 cups, running laps for 100 seconds, making pictures out of 100 stickers,  reading 100th day books, making 100th day hats and writing about ...

Let’s Get Ready for the Spring Market to Sell Your Home With Susan Massa Broker

Let’s Get Ready for the Spring Market to sell your Home. Here are a few Ideas to Spruce up your Front Entryway.  www.NJHomeshowcase.com. Watch our video: http://753austin.com/

Spring is just around the corner and it’s the perfect time to spruce up your home and renew it out of its cold winters look especially if you plan on selling your home this spring. Though there is a ...

Upcoming Events

Wed, March 1, 7:30 PM

Cranford Community Center, Cranford

"Making a Good Impressionism" - A Lecture & Slide ...

Arts & Entertainment

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Thu, March 2, 8:00 PM

Molly Maguires Irish Pub and Restaurant, Clark

Open Mic Night @ Molly Maguires in Clark

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink

Fri, March 3, 5:30 PM

Mother Seton Regional High School, Clark

Mother Seton Parents' Guild "Tea Time" Gift ...

Education Food & Drink Giving Back

Union County Prosecutor’s Office Launches Twitter Account

February 27, 2017

In an effort to better connect and engage with the local public and news media, the Union County Prosecutor’s Office today is launching an official Twitter account, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Monday.

The account, @UCPONJ, is live now, and will be managed by Prosecutor’s Office Director of Communications Mark Spivey.

“Transparency and ...

‘Moon over Buffalo’ Makes for Slash-Dash Fun at Chatham Playhouse

CHATHAM, NJ – Once again, playwright Ken Ludwig is having a New Jersey moment. His fast-paced comedy "Moon Over Buffalo" from 1995 is receiving a rip roaring production by the Chatham Players.

The plot centers on a theatrical couple, George and Charlotte Hay, who spend most of their careers touring smaller cities throughout the area. So we hear references to Rochester and ...