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Ice Hockey: Late Goals by Faraone, Otani Help Cranford Defeat Governor Livingston

January 21, 2017

UNION, NJ-  Cranford High School junior co-captain Ryan Faraone scored two goals and junior Ethan Otani added one of his own 11 seconds apart from each other in the third period to lift the Cougars over the Governor Livingston Highlanders by a final score of 5-2 at Union Sports Arena in Union.

When the game started, the Cougars would take initial control of the first period. With ...

Cranford Boys Basketball Defeats Al-Ghazaly

CRANFORD, NJ – Chris Librera scored 18 points to help lead Cranford over Al-Ghazaly 63-39 Friday in Cranford.

Also contributing for the Cougars; Ryan Bakie who netted 10 points, Matt Fonseca scored nine points and Cian Kellet added seven points.

Cranford is in action again on Tuesday Jan. 24 when they travel to Rahway. 

NJSIAA Approves Wardlaw-Hartridge, Union Catholic Boys Lacrosse Partnership

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ – A varsity boys lacrosse team is coming to Wardlaw-Hartridge School and Union Catholic Regional High School.

Following a seven-month fight to create a joint program between the Middlesex and Union County private schools, the NJSIAA Executive Committee voted in overwhelming fashion to allow Wardlaw-Hartridge and Union Catholic to form a co-op program at their monthly ...

New Jersey Lottery Winners Attend Trump Inauguration

January 20, 2017

WASHINGTON - Hundreds of New Jersey residents attended the Presidential Inauguration of Donald J. Trump Friday thanks to a little bit of luck.

Several members of the New Jersey congressional delegation held lottery drawings on their websites through December, with winners notified Jan. 4.

Each winner received two standing room only tickets to view the inauguration on the National Mall, ...

Cranford Police Make Burglary Arrest

January 23, 2017

CRANFORD, NJ – The Cranford Police Department arrested Dawud Ward, 23, of Plainfield on multiple burglary and theft charges on Friday following a nearly month-long investigation.

Ward was observed by an off-duty detective exiting a Locust Drive residence carrying proceeds from the burglary. Detectives stopped Ward in a 2016 Hyundai a short distance from the scene, and apprehended him ...

Pedestrian Killed on Route 22 Friday Morning Identified

UNION, NJ – The person struck and killed by a motor vehicle as he attempted to cross Route 22 this morning has been identified as Edgard Cruz of Union.

According to Union Police, the accident occurred at 9:30 Friday morning near the Point Condos and Chick-fil-A.

Cruz, 67, was attempting to cross three lanes of Route 22 East from the Point Condos to the 7-11 on the center island.  ...

Lance, Pascrell Bill Will Keep ‘Blue Lines’ in Towns

NEW JERSEY --- U.S. Reps. Leonard Lance (NJ-07) and Bill Pascrell (NJ-09) today took up the cause of many New Jersey municipalities and law enforcement groups by proposing the Blue Line Use Exception (BLUE) Act (H.R. 566).  Legislation that will permit ‘blue lines’ to be displayed on roadways. 

“One hundred thirty five police officers died in the line of duty in ...

The Week Ahead in Cranford

January 23, 2017

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

MONDAY Jan. 23:
- Readers’ Forum Book Discussion – Kindred 7 p.m., the library
- CHS Rotate and Drop Parents Night 7-9 p.m.
- Cranford BOE meeting 7 p.m., Lincoln School
- Cranford Township Committee workshop meeting 7:30 p.m.
TUESDAY Jan. 24:
- Varsity boys and girls swimming 3:45 p.m., Memorial Pool
- Varsity ...

JCC of Central New Jersey’s Youth Community Theater Presents Peter Pan Feb. 2-5

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The JCC of Central New Jersey’s Youth Community Theater Group, in its ninth year, will present Peter Pan on Thursday, Feb. 2 at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4 at 7:00 p.m.and on Sunday, Feb. 5 at 2:00 p.m. All performances are at Terrill Middle School, 1301 Terrill Road in Scotch Plains.

See 2nd – ...

Weekend Happenings in Cranford

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

FRIDAY Jan. 20:
- Varsity boys basketball vs. Al-Ghazlay 4 p.m., CHS
- LAS Night of Stars 7-9 p.m., CHS
- Varsity wrestling at Union 6 p.m.
- Varsity hockey vs. Governor Livingston 9:10 p.m., Union Sports Arena

SATURDAY Jan. 21:
- Yoga at the community center 9 a.m.
- Varsity wrestling at Tri-Match in Hanover Park HS
- Play ...

Several Cranford Residents Earn Dean's List Recognition

January 22, 2017

CRANFORD, NJ – Several Cranford residents earned Fall 2016 dean’s list recognition at their respective colleges and universities.

BUCKNELL University
Julie Byrne and Gregory Reilly

Champlain College
Matther Mcabee

James Madison University
Dean’s List - Cameron Kutzer, Kristin Leu and Morgan Garofola
President’s List - Kayla Piatkowski and Shannon Daly

Keene ...

Studying Cells at Wardlaw-Hartridge

EDISON, NJ -- Judy Minnium of Scotch Plains and Giavanna Brito of Woodbridge, freshmen at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison, enjoy modeling the four stages of cell division (mitosis) using pipe cleaners and oreos and sprinkles in Dr. Susan Zusman's Biology class. The class is currently focusing on the cell cycle and how its misregulation can cause cancer.

Editor's ...

Union County College President McMenamin Elected Vice Chair of Middle States Commission on Higher Education

CRANFORD – Union County College President, Dr. Margaret M. McMenamin, was elected to serve as Vice Chair of the Executive Committee for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), and began her term in January 2017.  She has been serving as a commissioner with MSCHE since 2014.  As Vice Chair she will provide policy leadership to the organization’s Executive ...

Women’s March in Westfield Attracts Thousands

January 21, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — People of every age, gender and ethnic background from around New Jersey gathered in Westfield Saturday for a “sister” march of the Women’s March on Washington.

Organizer Lydia Kaplan estimated that thousands of people participated.

“It was over and above my expectations,” said Kaplan, who earlier in the week had expected 100 to 200 ...

Lance Statement on the Presidential Inauguration

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) released the following statement on the 58th Presidential Inauguration:

“I congratulate President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence on their inauguration.  Today’s celebration was one of American freedom and the peaceful transfer of power.  It is now important for the two elected branches of government ...

‘Sister’ Women’s March Planned in Westfield Saturday

WESTFIELD, NJ — A march in Westfield Saturday is one of six planned throughout the state in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington, D.C. planned that day. According to organizers, the marches are meant to "send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world, that women's rights are human rights

.”Originally planned to ...

Cranford Community Center Taking Appointments for Senior Tax Counseling

January 21, 2017

CRANFORD, NJ - The Cranford Recreation and Parks Department in conjunction with the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) will be taking appointments for free tax assistance.  Cranford and Garwood taxpayers can call the Recreation and Parks Department at 709-7283 to reserve a time slot time with a tax practitioner.  Hourly appointments are being made on either Mondays or ...

Summer Job Opportunity: Lifeguards Needed at the Ulrich Pool in Rahway River Park for Summer 2017

SPRINGFIELD, NJ – Here is a summer job opportunity.  Lifeguards needed at the Ulrich Pool in Rahway River Park for this coming summer.

The timing of employment for the lifeguards is from mid-June through Labor Day.  A current lifeguard certification is required and working on weekends is mandatory.

A good starting salary will be offered.

If you are interested, please ...

TAPinto Launches Free TAPinto App for iPhone and Android: Download it Today

TAPinto.net launched a free TAPinto App today for iPhone and Android, enabling readers to obtain their local news and events in a fast, easy-to-use application.  With this launch, TAPinto becomes one of the only local news publications in the country to have its own App.

The TAPinto App not only features news and events, but also enables readers to receive push notifications regarding ...

Soup-er Bowl Soup & Chili Fest

January 14, 2017

Souper-Bowl Soup and Chili Festival

Sat., Feb. 4th at Cranford United Methodist Church

The Cranford United Methodist Church will host a Souper-Bowl and Chili Festival on Saturday, February 4, 2017, 11am – 3 pm.

Twelve fabulous homemade soups and chilis will be available for take-out – ready the day before Super Bowl 51.  Order early – these souper-bowl favorites ...

United Way Of Greater Union County Launches a New Video

January 23, 2017

United Way of Greater Union County (UWGUC), a non-profit organization that aims to provide health and human service resources for residents throughout Union County, North and South Plainfield, launches its latest video entitled, "We Are United Way of Greater Union County".
 
Released digitally in January, the video offers viewers a brief, but telling and compelling opportunity to ...

Kent Lucas Receives Life Membership Award

CRANFORD, NJ - Union County Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski presents a resolution to Kent Lucas of Cranford congratulations him on receiving a Life Membership Award from the Cranford First Aid Squad during the squad's annual dinner. They are joined by Cranford First Aid Squad President Kailyn Grant. (Photo by Jim Lowney/County of Union)

 

Project Home of Cranford Announces Annual Ladies Night Out

Project Home of Cranford is happy to announce that our annual Ladies' Night Out will be held on Wednesday March 22, 2017 at 6:30 pm at the Westwood, 438 North Ave, Garwood.  The evening includes a sit-down dinner (including wine), a tricky tray auction with a large variety of items and an overall great evening of socializing. All the profits from this event will go to help Cranford ...

United Way Of Greater Union County Launches a New Video

January 23, 2017

United Way of Greater Union County (UWGUC), a non-profit organization that aims to provide health and human service resources for residents throughout Union County, North and South Plainfield, launches its latest video entitled, "We Are United Way of Greater Union County".
 
Released digitally in January, the video offers viewers a brief, but telling and compelling opportunity to ...

Crisis Listening Line to Offer Suicide Prevention Training and Volunteering Opportunities

Are you a good listener? Do you want to make a difference in the life of someone in crisis?

Crisis listening line Caring Contact will be offering Excellence in Listening training beginning March 20 at the First Baptist Church at 170 Elm Street in Westfield. Classes run for three hours one night a week, plus one full weekend, ending June 12.

This award-winning training enables graduates to ...

Doing Too Much for Our Children

As parents, we all have that innate desire to protect and provide for our kids. Yet, at some point we must ask ourselves, Are we doing too much for them? 

We are all guilty of mild and extreme acts of over-protectiveness and over- parenting that can be very damaging to our children. Many parents are willing to overextend themselves in catering to their children and excessively ...

It's January - Feel the Need to De-clutter? Go to Green Drop and Help Others

January 9, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - If you are looking for an easy way to donate unwanted clothing, toys, kitchen items, etc. - go to Green Drop, they can help. Green Drop is a charitable organization that services Philadelphia, Delaware, Baltimore, Washington DC and parts of Virginia.  The New Jersey locations are Springfield and Metuchen.

Green Drop’s Springfield location is a free standing ...

Volunteers Brave Icy Blast to Build Home for Butterflies

A group of Union County Adopt-a-Park volunteers went far, far beyond the call of duty last weekend, when they came together in freezing cold weather to work on a new butterfly meadow in the County’s Watchung Reservation.

The large, half-acre site is located near the grounds of the Trailside Nature and Science Center, at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside.

“Every year ...

Temple Sha'arey Shalom Students Create Wimpels

January 23, 2017

Michelle Goldman and her son Nate Goldman of Springfield work together to create a Torah binder or "wimpel" at Temple Sha'arey Shalom, Springfield, Religious School's annual fourth grade Wimpel Workshop. The children, working with their parents, create wimpels that are customized for them, including their Hebrew names, Jewish symbols and blessings and symbols of their current ...

Mother Seton Faculty Become Seton Associates

Three Mother Seton faculty members became Seton Associates of the Sisters of Charity at a liturgy honoring Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton at Convent Station on Saturday, Jan. 7. Seton Associates are women and men who, following their own particular vocation in life, seek to deepen their relationship with God and to share in the mission and ministry of the sisters. They live out the charism of ...

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The Week Ahead in Cranford

January 23, 2017

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

MONDAY Jan. 23:
- Readers’ Forum Book Discussion – Kindred 7 p.m., the library
- CHS Rotate and Drop Parents Night 7-9 p.m.
- Cranford BOE meeting 7 p.m., Lincoln School
- Cranford Township Committee workshop meeting 7:30 p.m.
TUESDAY Jan. 24:
- Varsity boys and girls swimming 3:45 p.m., Memorial Pool
- Varsity ...

Cranford High School Athletes of the Week - Lauren Williamson and Thomas DiGiovanni

January 18, 2017

 

CRANFORD, NJ - Congratulations to this week’s athletes of the week Lauren Williamson and Thomas DiGiovanni.

Williamson, a sophomore on the varsity basketball team, scored 18 points with three rebounds to lead the Cougars to a, 71-56, victory over Governor Livingston on Saturday. 

Playing basketball since the third grade, Williamson said, “I love the team aspect of ...

Linden Resident Sentenced to Five Years on Child Pornography Charges

January 23, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ - A Linden man Robert Wood, 35, was sentenced Jan.20 by state Superior Court Judge John M. Deitcheen to five years in state prison for possessing hundreds of images depicting acts of child pornography, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Jan. 23.

An investigation into Wood’s actions by the Prosecutor’s Office’s Special Prosecutions Unit was ...

Cranford OAS Teachers Honor Martin Luther King Jr.

January 18, 2017

CRANFORD, NJ – Teachers from Orange Avenue School worked together on a service project honoring Martin Luther King Jr., Tuesday Jan. 17., following the school day.

The teachers brought in donations and assembled 150 sandwiches, which will be donated to St. Joseph’s Social Service Center in Elizabeth.

The goal of the event was to promote unity amongst the staff in support of a ...

Niche Ranks Cranford Public Schools No. 40 in NJ for 2017

CRANFORD, NJ -  National educational research and rankings firm Niche recently ranked Cranford Public Schools No. 40 in the state and gave them an overall A+ in its new 2017 list of Best School Districts.

Niche gave Cranford Public Schools an A+ in Academics, Teachers, College Readiness and Health & Safety, but a C in Diversity.

Of the 242 schools Niche ranked, Cranford ...

Cranford Public Schools - Registration Procedures for New Kindergarten and New First-Grade Students

CRANFORD, NJ – The Cranford Public School District has announced central registration for kindergarten and first-graders new to the district for the 2017-2018 school year will be done online followed by an in-person appointment at Lincoln School (Lincoln Avenue entrance) between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 6 through Friday, Feb. 10 with ...

Cranford Bimonthly Report - Meeting of November 28

CRANFORD, NJ – Superintendent’s Report for the meeting of Nov. 28.

STUDENTS:
The following CHS Glamour Gals, under the guidance of Barbara Carroll, assistant principal of academic affairs, visited the Atria nursing home on  November 19 to spend time with the senior citizens and provide make-up and manicures to the female population: Kerry Pollock, student leader;  Julia ...

Westfield Area YMCA Offers Programs for Children and Young Adults with Special Needs

The Westfield Area YMCA is pleased to offer programs for children and young adults with special needs. 

The Dragonfly program for young adults 18-26 with special/adaptive needs offers physical, recreational and social programs free with membership. Classes include:

Strength & Conditioning:  Ambulatory participants learn about muscle ...

A Winning Real Estate Strategy

If you’ve been thinking of selling your home, consider this …

Interest rates are still historically low and home prices are at record highs.  With predictions that interest rates will adjust upwards in 2017, there is presently an abundance of buyers looking to capitalize on these low rates.  Low interest rates mean more buying power.

We are in the hottest selling ...

Upcoming Events

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Mon, January 23, 1:30 PM

Westfield Area YMCA, Westfield

Free Ageless Grace Class

Sat, January 28, 9:30 AM

Scotch Plains

Congregation Beth Israel's Sisterhood Shabbat ...

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Tue, January 31, 2:30 PM

Orange Avenue School, Cranford

Cranford Community Blood Drive

Education Giving Back Health & Wellness

Cranford Seniors get Moving

January 23, 2017

CRANFORD, NJ – Cranford Recreation and Parks Department offers Senior Brainercise class.

Brainercise takes place on Wednesdays, 10:15-11:15 a.m.. The class is for Cranford residents only.

Where's the Replacement?

January 17, 2017

To the Editor:

As a chair of the Rare Disease Congressional Caucus, Congressman Leonard Lance has been a strong advocate for those who have been stricken with uncommon health issues and last year helped to pass the 21st Century Cures Act. Yet on Friday, Congressman Lance voted to take away the health insurance of those very souls he claims to be on the side of.

The Affordable Care Act makes ...