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Close to 700 Riders Take to the Streets for 15th Annual Tour de Elizabeth

May 22, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - Approximately 700 cyclists of every skill level took to the streets for the 15th annual Tour de Elizabeth that rolled throughout the city on Sunday morning. 

This year’s tour that is open to all ages, was a 15-mile recreational tour of the City of Elizabeth’s historic neighborhoods, beginning and ending at City Hall.

Members of the Elizabeth Police ...

Golf: Wardlaw+Hartridge Clinches Blue Division Crown

EDISON, NJ -- The varsity co-ed golf team at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison swept rival Metuchen High to clinch its third consecutive Greater Middlesex Conference Blue Division championship.

Last week's victories over Metuchen on consecutive days powered the Rams (10-1) to the title. Sydney Kuo of Edison, Mia Sutton of Westfield and Logan D'Amore of Scotch Plains ...

Cranford Fire Department Accepting Call Applications

May 23, 2018

CRANFORD, NJ – The Cranford Fire Department is currently accepting applications for call firefighters.

Call firefighters serve as volunteer firefighters for a one-year term, with an option for re-appointment based on a recommendation by Chief Dan Czeh and the approval of the Cranford Township Committee.

The hired firefighter is required to maintain a 25 percent response percentage to ...

Video Shows Woman Ripping Off Tip Jar at Westfield YESTERcades, Manager Says

WESTFIELD, NJ — Footage from security cameras at YESTERcades of Westfield shows a woman stealing the new game fund/employee tip jar from the counter at 2:10 a.m. (closing time) Sunday morning, according to manager Fred Logue, who shared screenshots of the video.

There was probably about $70 in the jar at the time, according to Logue, who said he reported the theft to Westfield ...

Two Cranford Police Officers Receive Valor Award for Nursing Home Fire Evacuation

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Cranford Police Sergeant Thomas Stiansen and Patrolman Gregory Federici were honored with the Two Hundred Club of Union County’s Valor Award during a ceremony on Friday.

Stainsen and Federici were two of 17 who were honored by the club for going above and beyond the call of duty. The two Cranford honorees were selected for their involvement at a fire at a local ...

Cranford Teen Wins Second Place, Performance Contract in Drug Prevention Concert

May 14, 2018

MENDHAM, NJ – Cranford High School senior Justin Witwick took third place in the 14th Annual New Jersey Shout Down Drugs Prevention Concert for his performance of his original song, “Fade Away.”

The concert tasked students to create and perform songs that promote drug prevention among their peers.

“My inspiration was the fact that some of my friends ...

St. Joseph High School (Metuchen) Holds Commencement Ceremonies for the Class of 2018

May 22, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ -- Saint Joseph High School held its commencement ceremonies, including a baccalaureate mass and graduation, on Sunday, May 20, at The Church of the Sacred Heart in South Plainfield in honor of the Class of 2018.

Brother Louis Couvillon, S.C., a SJHS resident brother, presided over the mass. The Most Rev. James F. Checchio was in attendance and handed out diplomas ...

'Union County Kids Dig In!' Garden Grant Benefits Lincoln School in Cranford

CRANFORD, NJ — The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders has awarded a grant totaling $500 to Lincoln School through the "Union County Kids Dig In!" school garden grant program.

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

Cranford Township Committee Approves Capital Budget

May 23, 2018

CRANFORD, NJ – The Cranford Township Committee approved its capital budget of $4,565,500 at Tuesday night’s meeting.

According to commissioner Patrick Giblin, the budget includes nearly $1 million for a grant application to expand the children’s area at the Cranford Public Library, funds to upgrade the playgrounds at Adams, Buchanan and Johnson Parks, a new fire truck and ...

Congressman Lance To Hold Annual Service Academy Information Fair

FLEMINGTON, NJ – Congressman Leonard Lance, U.S. Representative for New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District, announced he will hold his annual Service Academy Information Fair for high school students.

"I look forward to the Service Academy Information Fair every year and meeting the talented and poised young leaders from our district,” said Congressman Lance.

The ...

Cranford Girl Scouts Recognized at Township Committee Meeting

CRANFORD, NJ – The Cranford Township Committee honored girl scouts who received their Gold and Silver Awards at Tuesday night’s meeting.

Isabella Stoto, Ellen Rokicki and Julia Lachenauer received procalamtions and keys to the township for earning their Gold Awards after completing individual projects.

For her project, Stoto placed an environmentally friendly water station into ...

Cranford's Memorial Day Parade Set for May 28

May 21, 2018

CRANFORD, NJ – The Cranford Memorial Day Parade, hosted by the Cranford Recreation and Parks Department, will be held on Monday, May 28.

According to a press release from the department, line up begins at the Cranford Community Center at 8:30 a.m. and marching begins at 9 a.m., ending in the traditional memorial ceremony at Memorial Park at 10 a.m.

Grand Marshal James Silkensen, ...

A.J. Perri Helping Veterans in Need - Again

TINTON FALLS, NJ – A.J. Perri is back helping veterans in need – this time launching a search for veterans and their families through a partnership with ABC-TV.

As part of the A.J. Perri Cares Program, a lucky New Jersey veteran and their family will receive air conditioning/heating relief this summer.

"They fought for our country, and their families sacrificed," said ...

Community Access Unlimited Raises $55,000 for People with Disabilities and at-risk Youth

ELIZABETH, NJ - Local nonprofit Community Access Unlimited (CAU) raised more than $55,000 for programs to serve people with disabilities and at-risk youth last week at its 2018 CAU Golf Classic, held at Suburban Country Club.

With Valley National Bank as the event sponsor and the support of the business community, 100 attendees representing 53 businesses supported the agency and its members ...

Cranford Community Connections to Host Tuff Paddle Run

May 22, 2018

CRANFORD, NJ – The first-ever Cranford Tuff Paddle, sponsored by Cranford Community Connections, will task participants with navigating the streams and trails of the Rahway River.

According to a press release from the organization, participants will race in teams of two as they run, paddle and tackle obstacles in various areas around Cranford.

The total running distance is about one ...

Brookside Place School Nurse Launches "Pedal to School" Campaign

CRANFORD, NJ – Paula O’Hara, a nurse at Brookside Place School, recently started a “Pedal to School” campaign to promote healthy choices and active lifestyles.

Through a grant from Atlantic Healthy System’s Atlantic Healthy Schools A+ Challenge, assistance from the Brookside PTA and a partnership with the Cranford Police Department, O’Hara offered a ...

NJ American Water to Flush Hydrants in Cranford May 24-May 29

May 16, 2018

CRANFORD, NJ – New Jersey American Water will flush Cranford’s fire hydrants between May 24 and May 29.

According to the NJ American Water website, the flushing cleanses the water flow system, clearing any minerals and deposits from the pipes.

“While flushing the system won’t interrupt your water service, when crews are working in your area, you may notice a ...

'Union County Kids Dig In!' Garden Grant Benefits Lincoln School in Cranford

CRANFORD, NJ — The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders has awarded a grant totaling $500 to Lincoln School through the "Union County Kids Dig In!" school garden grant program.

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

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Gumbert Park Ice Rink Gets Green Light from Westfield Town Council

May 23, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — A standing room-only crowd cheered and booed Tuesday night after the town council, with a 6-3 vote, passed a resolution granting Mayor Shelley Brindle the authority to negotiate a lease agreement with Arena Realty Partners for a temporary ice rink at Gumbert Park this winter.

Brindle made her case for testing out the public-private partnership.

“I don’t ...

Suspect Charged in Fatal Hit-and-Run Flees Country

May 22, 2018

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – A 36-year-old suspect charged in the hit-and-run death of a pedestrian May 15th has fled the country, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Charges have been filed against Mario Infante, age 36, of New Street, Plainfield, following an investigation by detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office and North Plainfield ...

310 Centennial Construction Commences

May 23, 2018

For Immediate Release

May 23, 2018

Construction of 20 Unit Mixed-Use Apartment Building at 310 Centennial Avenue Commences

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Cranford, NJ— 5/21/18 — 310 Centennial Avenue, LLC announced today that ground breaking has occurred on the construction of its 20 unit mixed-use apartment building at 310 Centennial Avenue.  The building will consist of 14 two-bedroom ...

Cranford Police Blotter: DWI Arrest & More

May 22, 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. 05/17/2018 @ 2012 hrs.

North Avenue East and the Garden State Parkway 137 Exchange

Arrested: Charles McKoy, 19, North Plainfield

Arrested by: Ptl. James ...

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'Turning Off the Morning News' brings comic twist

‘Turning Off the Morning News’ tackles today’s issues with a comic twist

By Liz Keill

PRINCETON, N J – Despite the late night comics, no one quite captures the insanity of the political/social status world like Christopher Durang.

His latest play, “Turning off the Morning News” hit the ground running.  John Pankow as Jimmy addresses the audience, ...

'To Kill a Mockingbird' Sustains Timeless Appeal

SUMMIT, NJ – The Summit Playhouse provides a stellar production of a much loved classic, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

The Harper Lee novel, later a Gregory Peck film and now a stage production, retains all the warmth, intensity and integrity that made it such an appealing hit in the 1960s. And there will be a new production on Broadway in December with a script by Aaron Sorkin ...

I totally Support Garwood Mayor Lombardo and His Team

May 22, 2018

A lot of people call me the “Voice of Garwood” because I usually have a lot to say. Those who know me know I only say things that I mean and that are truthful. I totally support our current mayor, Charles Lombardo, and his running mates, Jennyfer and Vincent, because I believe in them, and they are truthful. I would appreciate the people of Garwood coming together to re-elect Mayor ...