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Wardlaw-Hartridge Swimmers Named to All-Division Teams

March 20, 2017

EDISON, NJ -- Five varsity swimmers from The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison were named to the Greater Middlesex Conference All-Division teams. Pictured, from left: Armaan Kapoor of Millburn, Zach Brown of South Plainfield, Logan D'Amore of Scotch Plains and Kelly Lawrence of Scotch Plains. (Not pictured: Jason Yin of Scotch Plains.)

Two W-H swim records were set in the pool this ...

Westfield Area Y Flyer Crowned National Champion, Four Named All-Americans

Six athletes from the Westfield Area Y Flyers Track Club were among the more than 1,000 athletes who competed at the USATF Hershey Indoor Championships held March 10-12, 2017 at Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex on Staten Island. 

Grace Endy was crowned National Champion and named an All-American in the 3000 meter Race Walk, Girls 13-14 division.  Melissa Endy was fourth in the 3000m ...

Cranford PAL Seventh-Grade Girls Basketball Takes Championship

CRANFORD, NJ - Cranford PAL seventh-grade girls basketball captured the Jersey Basketball Association (JBA) Championship with a 34-16 win over Long Hill, this past weekend. The girls played strong from tip-off to the final buzzer.  

The team went 16-1 in league play this season. 

Suspect in Israel Detained in Connection with Calls Threatening JCCs in U.S.

March 23, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Multiple news media are reporting today law enforcement officials in Israel have detained a Jewish American teenager in connection with multiple phone threats to Jewish Community Centers across the United States. 

According to the New York Times, an Israeli  judge has ordered the suspect, who has not been charged, to be held until at least March 30 ...

Cranford Police Help Deliver Cranford's Newest Resident

CRANFORD, NJ - Cranford Police Department Communications Officer Kyle McCartney received a 911 call on Monday shortly before 10:30 p.m. from a Hillcrest Avenue man stating that his wife was in labor.

According to Cranford Police, Officer Gregory Federici was the first to arrive on the scene and determined that Gina Petrillo-Medler’s water had broken. With the assistance of ...

Cranford Fire Call Lieutenant Ronald Marotta VFW Fireman of the Year

CRANFORD, NJ – The Cranford VFW Post 335 has announced Call Lieutenant for the Cranford Fire Department, Ronald Marotta will be the recipient of its Fireman of the Year for 2016.

VFW Post Commander Jay Boxwell said, “Today is gives me great please to recognize a longtime resident and active community member Ronald Marotta as Fireman of the Year for 2016.”
Marotta, a member ...

Weekend Happenings in Cranford

March 24, 2017

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

 SATURDAY March 25:
- Yoga at the community center 9 a.m.
- Varsity girls lacrosse vs. Millburn 11 a.m., Memorial Field
- NJ Makers Day at the Cranford Public Library 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
- Varsity Baseball at Bayonne 12:30 p.m.

SUNDAY March 26:
- Trinity Cranford “Clean Water” fundraiser 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Westfield ...

A One Night Jazz Festival To Benefit St. Joseph's Social Service Center

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Fans of Jazz and music enthusiasts everywhere will enjoy “A One Night Jazz Festival,” featuring eight jazz artists, many with worldwide jazz reputations, Saturday, April 29, at Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains.

The event supports the work of St. Joseph’s Social Service Center, a non-profit organization that serves the materially poor and ...

Cranford High School Dance Academy Attends Regional Dance Festival

CRANFORD, NJ - The Cranford High School Dance Academy Program attended the Regional High School Dance Festival in Norfolk, VA, March 15-19.  

The festival is open exclusively to schools with dance programs and features nine live concert dance performances, over 170 master classes, recruitment and scholarship opportunities for summer and college programs. 

Some of ...

CHS Student and Teacher Recognized with the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award

March 22, 2017

The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) holds its Award for Aspirations in Computing each year to honor high school women who are active and interested in computing and technology.  The organization provides a long-term community for female technologists from all over the US and its territories, encouraging them to pursue their passions.  The competition has ...

Cranford High School Dance Academy Attends Regional Dance Festival

CRANFORD, NJ - The Cranford High School Dance Academy Program attended the Regional High School Dance Festival in Norfolk, VA, March 15-19.  

The festival is open exclusively to schools with dance programs and features nine live concert dance performances, over 170 master classes, recruitment and scholarship opportunities for summer and college programs. 

Some of ...

Scholarships available for Nursing Students

The Union County School Nurse Association (UCSNA) is sponsoring scholarships for Union County High School seniors who will be attending nursing programs, ( AD/ Diploma or BSN programs) in the Fall of 2017.  Interested persons should speak with their guidance counselors to obtain an application.  Information has been sent to all Union County High Schools.  

UNSNA is an ...

Hikers Meet Mountain Bikers in Public Comment at Union County Freeholders Meeting on March 23

March 24, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Union County Freeholders regular meeting on March 23rd attracted a large crowd who were there to comment on the county’s plan to allow mountain bikes in Watchung Reservation.

Chairman Bruce Bergen gave a short statement before allowing anyone to speak, indicating that in February 2016, the board had adopted a Trails Master Plan to bring up to seven miles of dual use ...

DCA to Host Housing Resource Fair in Union County for Sandy-Impacted Residents

TRENTON, NJ – The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) today announced a free Housing Resource Fair will be held Thursday, March 23, 2017, in the City of Elizabeth, Union County, to provide Sandy-impacted residents with information about helpful housing resources. While applications for grant funds and housing vouchers are no longer being accepted, resources such ...

Union County Reports Roads Are Clear

UNION COUNTY, NJ – The many roads of Union County, including the Turnpike, Newark Airport, the Goethal’s Bridge, the Garden State Parkway, Route 22 and Route 78, are reported to be clear and the storm’s impact “appears to be minimal at this point,” according to Union County spokesperson Sebastian D’Elia.

“Since this storm is mostly during the regular ...

From Typewriters to Smartphones, Arlene Fricke Still Clocks In

March 24, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Arlene Fricke’s shorthand resembles, well, not much of anything.

The writing style, known as Gregg Shorthand, is a relic of days long gone. Fricke learned the trick at the Berkeley Secretarial School, from which she graduated in 1967. Only those in the know can decipher the messages hidden in the code’s squiggles, loops and scratches.

For many years, ...

Cranford Takes No. 1 in Union County and No. 9 in the State - NJ Family's Best Towns for Families 2017

CRANFORD, NJ – In NJ Family’s April issue, New Jersey's Best Towns for Families 2017, Cranford earned the No. 1 spot in Union County and No 9. in the state.

NJ Family looked at more than 500 towns across the state to come up with its rankings. They took into account many factors including: school district quality, crime rates, affordability, commute times, percentage of ...

TAPinto CEO Shapiro goes “One on One” with Steve Adubato

TAPinto.net CEO and Publisher Michael Shapiro appeared on “One on One” with Steve Adubato Thursday night and answered questions about the role of hyperlocal online news media.

The interview was broadcast on WNYY, NJTV and WNET. Adubato closed by saying that “Michael Shapiro, he is on the cutting edge of media.“

Shapiro answered a wide-range of questions about ...

Cranford Second-Graders Create Their Own Ice Cream

March 22, 2017

CRANFORD, NJ – Second-grade classes at Bloomingdale Avenue took their love of ice cream to a new level when they created four new ice cream flavors, as part of a classroom project.

Diane Cruz's class created Cherry Chocolate Champion, Lauren Oricchio's class created Kookie Cookie Dough, Kelly LoGiudice-Alfano's class made Velvet Sensation and Therese Koellner's class made ...

Scenes from the Fanwood Irish Festival

FANWOOD, NJ -- Day 1 of the Fanwood Irish Festival took place at the South Avenue Train Station parking lot..

The event, which continues on Sunday, included Irish music, dancing, food, crafts and lots of fun.

Tickets  are $7 at the event. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Boosters. Sponsors for the event are: ...

A One Night Jazz Festival To Benefit St. Joseph's Social Service Center

March 22, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Fans of Jazz and music enthusiasts everywhere will enjoy “A One Night Jazz Festival,” featuring eight jazz artists, many with worldwide jazz reputations, Saturday, April 29, at Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains.

The event supports the work of St. Joseph’s Social Service Center, a non-profit organization that serves the materially poor and ...

Local Family Making Strides to Raise Awareness of Preeclampsia

The Preeclampsia Foundation is pleased to announce that Larissa Nickson and her family are the Central/Northern NJ Promise Walk for Preeclampsia™ Mission Family. As this year’s face of preeclampsia, the Nicksons will lead the Promise Walk campaign by sharing their difficult childbirth story, and encouraging teams around the city to meet or exceed their fundraising goals.

“The ...

Cranford Girl Scout Troop 40856 Gives Back

CRANFORD, NJ - Cranford Girl Scout Troop #40856 teamed up with Fashion First Workshops, a fashion design and sewing educational company, Sunday March 12 to create animal pillows.

The pillows will be donated to different homes for disabled children and teens across the country.

“These amazing pillows will put a smile on their faces as they cuddle their new gift made by this troop, the ...

Local Family Making Strides to Raise Awareness of Preeclampsia

March 22, 2017

The Preeclampsia Foundation is pleased to announce that Larissa Nickson and her family are the Central/Northern NJ Promise Walk for Preeclampsia™ Mission Family. As this year’s face of preeclampsia, the Nicksons will lead the Promise Walk campaign by sharing their difficult childbirth story, and encouraging teams around the city to meet or exceed their fundraising goals.

“The ...

Free ALZ/Dementia 101 Presentation Friday

Jewish Family Service of Central NJ, a non-sectarian health and social service agency, will be hosting an “Alzheimer’s 101”  Program, through Alzheimer’s New Jersey, on Friday, March 17, 2017, at the Presbyterian Church in Westfield, 140 Mountain Ave., Westfield, NJ, from 10 a.m. t o 11 a.m..   

This program provides a comprehensive overview for ...

Union County’s Mobile Document-Shredding Program Will Visit Scotch Plains

March 20, 2017

Elizabeth, NJ - The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders announces that its next mobile paper-shredding program for personal documents will be available on Saturday, April 1st in Scotch Plains.

“Union County’s mobile document-shredding service helps residents fight identity theft by providing a convenient way to shred your confidential documents,” said Freeholder ...

Negative Feedback Regarding Watchung Reservation Bike Trails

To the Editor:

Reflecting on the overwhelming negative feedback on March 7, 2017 at a Union County open meeting to permit mountain biking within the Watchung Reservation, as well as the negative comments at the March 9, 2017 Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders meeting, this feedback would suggest that serious consideration be given to the following:


According to the 49 Union ...

Hikers, Mountain Bikers, Neighbors of Watchung Reservation Continue Debate On Adding Bike Trails

ELIZABETH, NJ - Conflict between supporters and opponents of mountain bike trails at the Watchung Reservation continued Thursday, at the regular meeting of the Union County Freeholders.

More than a dozen people spoke about the Watchung Reservation Trails Master Plan during the Public Comment portion of the meeting, which came just two days after about 300 people packed a room at a public ...

Westfield’s Lederman Family to Appear on ‘George to the Rescue’ Saturday

March 24, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — This Saturday’s episode of NBC’s home improvement show “George to the Rescue” will feature the Lederman family of Westfield. Darren Lederman died after a battle with Leukemia last March, leaving behind his wife, Stacey, and children Emma and Noah.

“George to the Rescue,” starring George Oliphant, provides house renovation ...

Freeholder Board Offers New “Union County Kids Dig In” Garden Grants for Schools

UNION COUNTY, NJ – Young gardeners now can get their hands dirty with the new “Union County Kids Dig In” garden grant program for schools in Union County, sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Schools with students in grades pre-K through 12 are eligible to apply for a Union County Kids Dig In grant, which are funded through the Union County Open Space, ...

Plainfield Man Admits to Killing Infant Son     

March 16, 2017

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- A Plainfield man has admitted to killing his infant son nearly four years ago, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Thursday. Michael Bell, 39, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a single count of aggravated manslaughter.

On May 10, 2013, Plainfield Police Division patrol units traveled to Bell’s home on Lee Place to find 4-month-old Zion Bell ...

Suspect in Israel Detained in Connection with Calls Threatening JCCs in U.S.

March 23, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Multiple news media are reporting today law enforcement officials in Israel have detained a Jewish American teenager in connection with multiple phone threats to Jewish Community Centers across the United States. 

According to the New York Times, an Israeli  judge has ordered the suspect, who has not been charged, to be held until at least March 30 ...

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Weekend Happenings in Cranford

March 24, 2017

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

 SATURDAY March 25:
- Yoga at the community center 9 a.m.
- Varsity girls lacrosse vs. Millburn 11 a.m., Memorial Field
- NJ Makers Day at the Cranford Public Library 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
- Varsity Baseball at Bayonne 12:30 p.m.

SUNDAY March 26:
- Trinity Cranford “Clean Water” fundraiser 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Westfield ...

Hikers Meet Mountain Bikers in Public Comment at Union County Freeholders Meeting on March 23

March 24, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Union County Freeholders regular meeting on March 23rd attracted a large crowd who were there to comment on the county’s plan to allow mountain bikes in Watchung Reservation.

Chairman Bruce Bergen gave a short statement before allowing anyone to speak, indicating that in February 2016, the board had adopted a Trails Master Plan to bring up to seven miles of dual use ...

Cranford Second-Graders Create Their Own Ice Cream

March 22, 2017

CRANFORD, NJ – Second-grade classes at Bloomingdale Avenue took their love of ice cream to a new level when they created four new ice cream flavors, as part of a classroom project.

Diane Cruz's class created Cherry Chocolate Champion, Lauren Oricchio's class created Kookie Cookie Dough, Kelly LoGiudice-Alfano's class made Velvet Sensation and Therese Koellner's class made ...

Cranford Public Schools Have Delayed Opening Wednesday

CRANFORD, NJ - The Cranford Public Schools have announced all schools will have a delayed opening Wednesday, March 15. 

Visit www.cranfordschools.org for an updated schedule of start times.

 

In addition The Cranford Municipal Offices, Library, Community Center, and Pool are open tomorrow, March 15.  The Conservation Center will be closed.

 

Advisory: Governor Christie Declares State Of Emergency Ahead Of Winter Storm Stella

March 13, 2017

NEW JERSEY - Gov. Chris Christie has declared a State of Emergency in anticipation of the Storm Stella, authorizing the State Director of Emergency Management to activate and coordinate the preparation, response and recovery efforts for the storm with all county and municipal emergency operations and governmental agencies. Commuters are asked to use extreme caution while traveling across the ...

Clark's Kleespies and Horwitz Offers Smart And Fun Ways To Use Your Tax Return

You may already have big plans for spending your tax refund. Many think of this extra money in black and white terms — you either do something responsible with it or you frivolously spend every last cent of it. Here are a few suggestions for making the most of your tax refund while still having a little fun.

Pay off consumer debt. This is generally one of the best uses for extra cash.

Cranford Superintendent of Schools Bimonthly Report - Meeting of March 13

CRANFORD, NJ –Meeting of March 13, 2017

STUDENTS:
Cam Hay, a senior at Cranford High School (CHS), has recently been accepted into the United States Military Academy at West Point.   Anna Kalafatis, a student writer for TAP into Cranford through the Junior Internship Program at CHS wrote an article about Cam.  You can read the entire article at ...

Westfield Area YMCA Offers Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

The Westfield Area YMCA recognizes that stress, anxiety and depression are conditions that occur in all of us, including our youth. To help build awareness and understanding, a mental health first aid training is being offered to members and non-members at the Main Y Facility, 220 Clark Street in Westfield.  Training is scheduled for Monday, April 24, and Tuesday, April ...

Home Staging Tips for a Successful Sale

First impressions are lasting. So it makes sense that to get the best value when selling your home, you should start with its curb appeal to entice potential buyers to come inside your home. When likely buyers enter the front door, you want them to realize this is the home for them to create new memories.

A Realtor can help you to identify small household changes, both outside and in, that ...

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From Typewriters to Smartphones, Arlene Fricke Still Clocks In

March 24, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Arlene Fricke’s shorthand resembles, well, not much of anything.

The writing style, known as Gregg Shorthand, is a relic of days long gone. Fricke learned the trick at the Berkeley Secretarial School, from which she graduated in 1967. Only those in the know can decipher the messages hidden in the code’s squiggles, loops and scratches.

For many years, ...

Murder on the Orient Express

‘Murder on the Orient Express’ streams along in sizzling suspense

By Liz Keill

PRINCETON, NJ – Agatha Christie’s murder mystery, “Murder on the Orient Express,” has received a terrific stage adaptation by Ken Ludwig. He’s taken a few liberties with the numerous characters, but has tightened the story line so that it all works seamlessly.

Ludwig ...

Police and Firefighters Must Manage their Own Pension Systems

March 23, 2017

The people of New Jersey need to hear the facts as to why Police and Fire labor leaders in New Jersey are pursuing a separation of the Police and Fire Retirement System (PFRS) from State control.

With all due respect to the current administration, and their predecessors, there has been much said that does not fit the facts and, unfortunately, little acceptance of responsibility for the current ...