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Girls Swimming: Scotch Plains-Fanwood Wins Fourth Straight County Championship

January 22, 2018

PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Scotch Plains-Fanwood girls swim team won its fourth straight Union County Championship with a dominating performance on Sunday at Rutgers. The girls, who racked up 422 points, easily outpaced rival Westfield, which upset the Raiders on Friday, Dec. 22.

Penn-bound Rachel Maizes set a new meet record in the 100 Breaststroke with a time of 1:04.72, eclipsing the ...

Somerville: Immaculata’s Tashawn Bower (’13) Heads to NFL Conference Final with Vikings teammates

 

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Just five years removed from an outstanding football career at Immaculata High School, defensive end Tashawn Bower and his Minnesota Vikings teammates are one step away from Super Bowl LII, thanks to what has been dubbed the “Minnesota Miracle.”

It was to be the final play of the game; the Vikings were on the short end of a 24-23 score in last ...

U.S. Junior Amateur to be Held at Baltusrol July 16-21

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - The United States Golf Association (USGA) officially announced its 2018 Championship Schedule on Tuesday and can you guess which golf course is back in the USGA mix?

You guessed it: Springfield’s own Baltusrol Golf Club.

The 71st U.S. Junior Amateur Championship will be held on both the Lower and Upper Courses, July 16th-21st.  Both courses will be used ...

More than 1,000 Participate in Westfield’s Women’s March

January 20, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Between 1,500 and 2,000 people — including women, men and children — participated in the Second Annual Women’s March in Westfield Saturday, according to organizers. The event was one of many women’s marches around the country.

“It was beyond all of our expectations,” Lee Schaefer, one of the organizers, said.

The marchers began ...

Giacobbe Sworn in as Interim Rahway Mayor; Will Seek Election to Full Term

RAHWAY, NJ - Raymond A. Giacobbe was sworn in as the interim Rahway Mayor on Monday at the Rahway City Council meeting. He will complete the last year of Samson Steinman, who resigned from the position on Christmas Eve.

Giacobbe will complete the final year of Steinman's term and will seek a full four-year term, according to project director Joe ...

Cranford Police Arrest One Following Robbery Investigation

January 22, 2018

CRANFORD, NJ – The Cranford Police Department arrested one suspect shortly after a reported robbery on Jan. 9.

According to a press release from the CPD, a 28-year-old male victim was attacked that morning by an unkown actor in the parking lot of a business on Winans Avenue. The attacker wore a ski mask and was armed with a hammer.

After a brief struggle, the suspect took the ...

Raccoon Attacks Hillsborough Woman and Dog Outside Residence

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ  - A raccoon attacked a 63-year-old woman and her dog a few steps outside the front door of her residence Tuesday morning, according to police.

Irene Rothschild told police she had walked out the front door of her home at 424 Bigley Road with her dog around 11 a.m. when the raccoon attacked, biting and scratching the dog.

Neighbors on social media say Rothschild went ...

Widespread Power Outages Hit Union County Friday Morning

WESTFIELD, NJ — Customers are reporting widespread power outages Union County Friday morning.

Outages are affecting several towns, including Westfield, Scotch Plains, Clark, Union, Cranford, Garwood, Roselle Park, Rahway and Elizabeth.

According to Scotch Plans police, PSE&G is working on all issues.

TAPinto will provide more information as it becomes available.

Director of Gallery U Boutique Says They’ll Leave Westfield Over Parking Issues

January 19, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Gallery U Boutique, an art space and boutique on South Avenue in Downtown Westfield, will relocate at the end of the summer due to ongoing parking issues, Executive Director Robert Greco said.

Gallery U is an extension of Universal Institute, a rehabilitation facility that services adults with traumatic brain injuries. Clients from UI work in the gallery and live in the ...

Cranford H.S. Band Performs Winter Concert

CRANFORD, NJ- On Thursday, Jan. 11, the Cranford High School Concert Band, Drum Line, and Jazz Band presented an intimate concert in the CHS auditorium.

The concert featured a mix of slow and fast pieces, including songs like “The Light Eternal,” “King Cotton March,” and, despite the date, “A Christmas Festival.”

A quintet formed just this year performed ...

Cranford H.S. Academy of Performing Arts Presents 'Theatre in the Raw' Showcase

CRANFORD, NJ - Cranford High School’s Acting Academy of Performing Arts performed its annual "Theatre in the Raw" showcase on Friday, Jan. 12. The showcase was a compilation of short monologues and pair acts with two long scenes.

The show, directed by acting coach David Marconi, opened with a series of improvisation performances by the Elements of Acting class.

“I ...

Cranford High School Model United Nations Finds Success at Annual Conference

January 16, 2018

HERSHEY, PA  - The Cranford High School Model United Nations (MUN) team, comprised of 100 students and seven teachers, brought home four awards and additional honors at the Annual MUN Conference in early January.

MUN, run through the YMCA, is one of the largest and most active clubs at CHS. Students spend hours and days prior to the conference researching and writing a detailed ...

Cranford Public Schools Announces Registration for Full and Half-Day Kindergarten

CRANFORD, NJ – Cranford Public Schools announced on Tuesday that central registration for both full and half-day kindergarten will be done online and followed by an in-person appointment at the Cranford Board of Education administrative offices. 

The offices are located at 132 Thomas Street, through the rear entrance of the school

First graders new to the district can also ...

More than 1,000 Participate in Westfield’s Women’s March

January 20, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Between 1,500 and 2,000 people — including women, men and children — participated in the Second Annual Women’s March in Westfield Saturday, according to organizers. The event was one of many women’s marches around the country.

“It was beyond all of our expectations,” Lee Schaefer, one of the organizers, said.

The marchers began ...

Assemblywoman Annette Quijano’s Celebrates Annual “Three Kings Day” at Trinitas Regional Medical Center

ELIZABETH, NJ – For the eighth consecutive year, the Annual Three Kings Day Celebration was held at Trinitas Regional Medical Center to support the children of the Child/Adolescent Behavioral Health Programs.

Assemblywoman Annette Quijano’s background inspired her to bring the Three Kings Day tradition to Trinitas eight years ago. Typically celebrated on Jan. 6, but delayed this ...

Giacobbe Sworn in as Interim Rahway Mayor; Will Seek Election to Full Term

RAHWAY, NJ - Raymond A. Giacobbe was sworn in as the interim Rahway Mayor on Monday at the Rahway City Council meeting. He will complete the last year of Samson Steinman, who resigned from the position on Christmas Eve.

Giacobbe will complete the final year of Steinman's term and will seek a full four-year term, according to project director Joe ...

How to Keep Important TAPinto Local News Stories in Your Facebook News Feed

January 22, 2018

CRANFORD, NJ – Facebook recently announced it is changing its news feed and algorithms so that news from legitimate publishers and posts from businesses will seldom appear.

At TAPinto, we believe in serving you with high-quality, objective local news coverage.   To make sure that you continue to see news from us in your Facebook News Feed:

Have TAPinto Cranford's posts ...

Director of Gallery U Boutique Says They’ll Leave Westfield Over Parking Issues

WESTFIELD, NJ — Gallery U Boutique, an art space and boutique on South Avenue in Downtown Westfield, will relocate at the end of the summer due to ongoing parking issues, Executive Director Robert Greco said.

Gallery U is an extension of Universal Institute, a rehabilitation facility that services adults with traumatic brain injuries. Clients from UI work in the gallery and live in the ...

Facebook Changes Its News Feed; How You Can Get Your Local News

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Facebook recently announced it is changing its news feed and algorithms so that news from legitimate publishers and posts from businesses will seldom appear. 

This will be frustrating for people who use Facebook to find news and information relevant to them, said TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro. 

“Relegating legitimate news publishers and ...

Fanwood Grille Soups Voted "Best in NJ" by Foodie Website The Daily Meal

January 19, 2018

Fanwood Grille’s Soups Voted Best in New Jersey by National Food Website The Daily Meal

Ranking lists new eatery with some of the country’s most famous restaurants

FANWOOD, NJ – National food website, The Daily Meal, which has released its list of Best Soups in Every State, has chosen the soups at the Fanwood Grille (34 South Martine Avenue, Fanwood, NJ) as the best ...

Video: Westfield's Temple Emanu-El Welcomes Refugee Families at Saturday Morning Fun Club

January 23, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield residents Alissa Berger and Jenny Tananbaum, along with a rotating group of about 75 volunteers, greet refugee families nearly every Saturday at Temple Emanu-El in Westfield.

What started as a mitzvah project for Berger’s son, Dylan, quickly evolved into a group effort to support refugee families in need.

“We were hearing a lot of news on ...

Assemblywoman Annette Quijano’s Celebrates Annual “Three Kings Day” at Trinitas Regional Medical Center

ELIZABETH, NJ – For the eighth consecutive year, the Annual Three Kings Day Celebration was held at Trinitas Regional Medical Center to support the children of the Child/Adolescent Behavioral Health Programs.

Assemblywoman Annette Quijano’s background inspired her to bring the Three Kings Day tradition to Trinitas eight years ago. Typically celebrated on Jan. 6, but delayed this ...

Emotional Meeting at NJ Sharing Network Bonds Donor Family and Organ Recipient

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — The Rodriguez family anxiously waited to meet Robert Fisher Saturday at the NJ Sharing Network in New Providence. 

When Nolman Vidal Rodriguez of Trenton died in 2016 at the age of 24, his family donated his kidneys, pancreas, liver, both lungs, heart and corneas. Fisher, who lives in Ocean Gate, NJ, was the recipient of ...

Assemblywoman Annette Quijano’s Celebrates Annual “Three Kings Day” at Trinitas Regional Medical Center

January 20, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ – For the eighth consecutive year, the Annual Three Kings Day Celebration was held at Trinitas Regional Medical Center to support the children of the Child/Adolescent Behavioral Health Programs.

Assemblywoman Annette Quijano’s background inspired her to bring the Three Kings Day tradition to Trinitas eight years ago. Typically celebrated on Jan. 6, but delayed this ...

Emotional Meeting at NJ Sharing Network Bonds Donor Family and Organ Recipient

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — The Rodriguez family anxiously waited to meet Robert Fisher Saturday at the NJ Sharing Network in New Providence. 

When Nolman Vidal Rodriguez of Trenton died in 2016 at the age of 24, his family donated his kidneys, pancreas, liver, both lungs, heart and corneas. Fisher, who lives in Ocean Gate, NJ, was the recipient of ...

Raccoon Attacks Hillsborough Woman and Dog Outside Residence

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ  - A raccoon attacked a 63-year-old woman and her dog a few steps outside the front door of her residence Tuesday morning, according to police.

Irene Rothschild told police she had walked out the front door of her home at 424 Bigley Road with her dog around 11 a.m. when the raccoon attacked, biting and scratching the dog.

Neighbors on social media say Rothschild went ...

Westfield Businessman, Partner Hope to Save Rain Forests and Improve Lives with Global Ecology Corp.

January 11, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Joe Battiato and Charlie Cacici are on a mission to save the rain forests and improve the lives of people living in developing nations. 

Cacici, a Westfield resident, founded Global Ecology Corp. in 2012 with Battiato, who lives in Woodbridge.

Both men are 63 and have spent 35 years on Wall Street — Cacici with Solomon brothers and American Express and ...

Cranford Planning Board Hears Redevelopment Study for North Avenue East

January 11, 2018

CRANFORD, NJ – Furious residents and business owners filled the municipal chambers on Wednesday evening as the Cranford Planning Board heard a presentation from Harbor Consultants regarding the redevelopment of a portion of North Avenue East.

The redevelopment evaluation spans from Bar Americana to the Riverside Inn and includes the Cranford Fire House, Marino Seafood and more. Some of ...

Cranford Planning Board to Hear Report for Redevelopment of North Avenue East

CRANFORD, NJ – The Cranford Planning Board will hear a presentation of the Preliminary Investigation Report for North Avenue East at Wednesday night’s meeting.

The report and presentation will discuss redeveloping a large portion of North Avenue East as a “condemnation area in need of redevelopment.”

“There’s no action being taken tomorrow,” Deputy ...

Video: Westfield's Temple Emanu-El Welcomes Refugee Families at Saturday Morning Fun Club

January 23, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield residents Alissa Berger and Jenny Tananbaum, along with a rotating group of about 75 volunteers, greet refugee families nearly every Saturday at Temple Emanu-El in Westfield.

What started as a mitzvah project for Berger’s son, Dylan, quickly evolved into a group effort to support refugee families in need.

“We were hearing a lot of news on ...

Cranford Honors Martin Luther King, Jr. with Annual Interfaith Service & Award

CRANFORD, NJ – The Cranford Clergy Council held its annual interfaith service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Thursday evening at Trinity Episcopal Church.

The service featured speakers from Cranford Alliance Church, First Presbyterian Church of Cranford, St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church, Calvary Lutheran Church, Cranford United Methodist Church, St. Mark’s ...

Podcast: Former Cranford Rabbi Was a Freedom Rider, World War II Hero

CRANFORD, NJ - It’s one thing to read history in a book. It’s a whole other thing to have lived it. Rabbi Sidney Shanken served as the rabbi of Temple Beth-El in Cranford from 1957 until 1980 and he took part in two of the biggest historic events of the 20th century; World War II and the civil rights movement. Shanken flew 54 combat missions over Europe as part of the US Army Air ...

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Podcast: Cranford Radio Interviews New Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados

January 11, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders have elected Elizabeth resident Sergio Granados to serve as their chairman for 2018.

At Sunday’s reorganization meeting, Granados outlined his initiatives for the coming year.

On Thursday, he spoke with Cranford Radio to discuss them further.

 

WalletHub Ranks NJ 2nd Worst State to Retire In

January 17, 2018

NJ — If it seems like everyone in New Jersey moves to Florida when it’s time to retire, there’s good reason. In a new study, finance website WalletHub ranks New Jersey the second worst state to retire in. Only Kentucky was ranked lower. Florida, on the other hand, was ranked no. 1.

WalletHub said it compared the 50 US states across 41 key metrics, with a data set ...

Imagine Trains New Volunteer Facilitators

January 22, 2018

 

Imagine peer grief groups are the main source of support for grieving families in Union county and beyond. Support groups are facilitated by trained adult volunteers who attend a 4-day training and quarterly continuing education programs.  Volunteers come from all walks of life and need no special background other than a willingness to listen, a heart inclined to serve, and the ...

Garwood Family Center YMCA Students Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Garwood Family Center YMCA students honored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by learning about his role in history.

The Garwood Family Center YMCA is a branch of the Westfield Area YMCA. To learn more about full-day and half-day early learning programs, summer camp, and before and after school care for Garwood students, contact Director Shannon McGillis Jackson ...

Cranford Police Blotter: Multiple Drug-Related Arrests & More

January 16, 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. 01/10/2018 10:45 a.m.

North Avenue East and Carpenter Place

Arrested: Vasilios Elzahr, 39, Elizabeth

Arrested by: Ptl. Gregory Federici

Charges: ...

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