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Ice Hockey: Cranford Falls to Governor Livingston in 2018 Union County Cup First Round

January 16, 2018

ROSELLE, NJ-  The Governor Livingston Highlanders varsity ice hockey team took to the ice looking to get back on the winning track. Junior co-captain Carson Wahlers and senior Billy Alexander scored goals to lift the fourth-seeded Highlanders past the fifth-seeded Cranford Cougars by a final score of 2-1 in the 2018 Union County Cup First Round Monday night at Warinanco Park in ...

County Champs Once Again: Cranford Wrestling Wins Fourth Consecutive Union County Tournament

UNION, NJ – The Cranford High School Varsity Wrestling Team started the season ready to defend their title as reigning county champs. Last weekend, they went above and beyond to seal their fourth consecutive county win.

The wrestling began at 9:30 a.m. with a fierce battle between the Cougars and Roselle Park. Cranford, seeded no. 1, needed two wins with bonus points to win the ...

Cranford H.S. Varsity Wrestling Seeded No. 1 Going Into Union County Tournament

CRANFORD, NJ – The Cranford High School Varsity Wrestling Team seeks to aim their fourth county title in Saturday’s Union County Tournament.

Cranford currently stands at 5-1 and is seeded no. 1 in the Section 2, Group 3 division.

“The seeding is done and all 14 wrestlers are in great spots to place high individually and help the team stay ahead in the standings,” ...

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

January 13, 2018

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 ...

Hillsborough Democrats Host Forum for 7th Congressional District Candidates

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – Six Democratic candidates determined to defeat longtime Republican Rep. Leonard Lance in New Jersey’s Seventh Congressional District in November’s mid-term elections did their best Wednesday night to convince a group of 75 local Democrats that they have what it takes to get the job done.

But only one of them will get the chance.

A seventh candidate Peter ...

Rahway Mayor Steinman Resigns Due to Personal Matters in Christmas Eve Email

RAHWAY, NJ - Rahway Mayor Samson Steinman reportedly resigned his position in a Dec. 24, 2017 email to the city clerk, citing personal matters, it was reported by NJ.com.

The Rahway Council held its reorganization meeting on Tuesday night, where the council president and vice president were scheduled to be elected.

Steinman's term as mayor runs through 2018. The Democratic ...

Widespread Power Outages Hit Union County Friday Morning

January 12, 2018

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.

Cranford Township Experiencing Widespread Power Outages

CRANFORD, NJ - Cranford Township is experiencing a widespread power outage on Friday morning.

Orange Avenue School, Cranford High School and Bloomingdale Avenue School have lost power, according to updates on social media.

According to Lieutenant Ed Davenport of the CPD, partial power outages are a problem countywide.

Cranford Police are aware of the outage. TAPinto Cranford ...

Extreme Cold Causes 7 Water Main Breaks in Cranford in 1 Week

WESTFIELD, NJ – Seven water main breaks were reported in Cranford between Jan. 1 and Jan. 8, according to New Jersey American Water.

The number is well above average for the town, according to Denise Venuti Free, director of communications and external affairs for NJ American Water. The breaks are caused by freezing temperatures, she said.

“For January, our average number of ...

Springfield’s 90 Year Old Bea Slater: From Rock n’ Roll to Online Dating

January 6, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, NJ – Bea Slater, Springfield’s “Grandmother of Rock n’ Roll” found a new gig.  On the heels of her appearance introducing Steve Van Zandt and the Disciples of Soul at a Staten Island show last September, Bea won a starring role in a poster ad campaign for Jdate.

The opportunity came about when a Springfield neighbor aware of the concert ...

Cranford High School Fine and Performing Arts Departments to Present Three Events in January

CRANFORD, NJ – The Cranford High School Fine and Performing Arts Departments will present three performances and exhibits this month.

On Thursday, Jan. 11, the Fine Arts Department will showcase the work of art, crafts, graphics and photography students during its Winter Art Show in the Cranford High School library. On that same day, the Cranford High School Concert Band and Jazz ...

YESTERcades Arcade Coming to Downtown Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — YESTERcades will open its third arcade in at 151 East Broad St. in Downtown Westfield this spring, the company announced Tuesday. The space was formerly occupied by City Sports.

YESTERcades describes itself as gaming experience straight out of the “golden age of gaming.” They offer a variety of arcade video games, such as Space Invaders, Pac-Man, Street ...

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

January 9, 2018

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 ...

Cranford Rec Department Offers Reading Enrichment with Pipsqueak Players

CRANFORD, NJ – The Cranford Recreation Department offers children between ages four and six the opportunity to enrich their reading with Pipsqueak Players.

Pipsqueak Players is a reading enrichment program that aims to improve reading skills through performance, including improve, repetition, word recognition and character work. The program culminates in a staged reading of a picture ...

Cranford Public Schools Closed Thursday, Jan. 4

CRANFORD, NJ – Cranford Public Schools will be closed on Thursday, Jan. 4 due to inclement weather.

According to the National Weather Service, two to five inches of snow are expected between 1 a.m. on Thursday and 1 a.m. on Friday. Winds gusting as high as 40 miles per hour will cause areas of blowing and drifting snow.

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

January 13, 2018

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 ...

Mayor Announces Career Fair Aimed At Employing Displaced Sam's Club Employees

LINDEN, NJ –  Mayor Derek Armstead announced employment assistance to 187 employees laid off today from Linden Sam’s Club, 1900 E. Linden Avenue, Linden, NJ. 

“It is with great saddest that we are losing one of our box clubs in the area as well as the displacement of so many employees,” said Mayor Armstead.  “To address this issue we will be ...

2nd Annual Women’s March in Westfield Planned for Jan. 20

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Second Annual Women’s March in Westfield is planned for Jan. 20, organizers have announced.

“Our chief purpose in having the march in town again this year is to inspire and empower our children, to teach them to have a voice and to use it to inspire change,” said Jessica Golden Cortes, who is organizing the event with Lee McDermott Schaefer. Both are ...

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

January 16, 2018

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 ...

Mayor Announces Career Fair Aimed At Employing Displaced Sam's Club Employees

LINDEN, NJ –  Mayor Derek Armstead announced employment assistance to 187 employees laid off today from Linden Sam’s Club, 1900 E. Linden Avenue, Linden, NJ. 

“It is with great saddest that we are losing one of our box clubs in the area as well as the displacement of so many employees,” said Mayor Armstead.  “To address this issue we will be ...

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

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 ...

Westfield Area Teen Foundation Board Created to Teach Philanthropy to Young Adults

January 16, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Area Youth Volunteer Experience program is currently seeking applicants to join its first Teen Foundation Board.

“We are looking for the next generation of leaders in our community,” Vicki Simpson, assistant program director of WAYVE, said.

The board will be made up of 15 teens who will participate in allocating foundation grants to ...

Cranford's Kevin Mahoney to Receive Cranford Clergy Council's Martin Luther King, Jr. Award

CRANFORD, NJ – The Cranford Clergy Council and Interfaith Human Relations Committee will present the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for Civil and Human Rights to Cranford resident Kevin Mahoney for his activism and volunteer work, according to a press release from the group.

Mahoney was nominated for the award by Linda Flores-Tober, executive director of the Elizabeth Coalition ...

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

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 ...

State Unveils $786K Grant to Local Opioid Recovery Center

January 4, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Solutions to the state’s opioid crisis have landed in the lap of The Center for Great Expectations, an outpatient drug rehab center which operates in New Brunswick and across Middlesex, Somerset and Hunterdon counties.

The center is being armed with a $786,524 grant to provide treatment services for opioid-dependent pregnant and postpartum women and older adults, NJ ...

Warming Centers Open in Union County

UNION COUNTY, NJ--Due to the freezing weather, the Union County Freeholder Board is announcing that the County of Union, through the efforts of the Department of Human Services, Sheriff’s Office and County Police, will be opening up warming centers in the lobbies at the following locations:

The Union County Division of Social Services in ...

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 ...

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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.

 

Public Asked to Help Twelve Dogs Rescued From Abandoned Home

January 11, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- The Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge is caring for 12 dogs found in an empty home in the city on Tuesday.

According to a post on the organization’s Facebook page, the dogs were “the most seriously matted and neglected” they had ever seen.

All 12 of the dogs are in need of medical care and extensive grooming, and some are unable to walk due to the sever ...

“Olmsted By Design!” Free First-Person, Dramatic Presentation

January 15, 2018

Please join the Hanson Park Conservancy on Tuesday, February 27th at 7:00 PM at the Cranford Community Center, for a first-person, dramatic presentation, “Olmsted By Design!” with Kirk R. Brown costumed and acting as Frederick Law Olmsted, father of landscape architecture.  Olmsted created cities out of the American wilderness and began a conservation movement still challenging ...

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 ...

Westfield Area YMCA Recommends Reframing Resolutions to Reach Success

There’s a bit of a thrill in the promise of a new year full of potential. Many of us seize January as the opportunity to start fresh and make resolutions that will help strengthen spirit, mind and body. If you tend to throw out resolutions along with the holiday decorations, realize that it happens to the best of us.  

Starting a new year with promises of sweeping changes to diets ...

The New Tax Plan: When It Comes To Real Estate, There are Still Winners

Let’s see who wins and who may lose.

We have all heard a lot about the new tax plan. Depending on your individual financial situation, you may have a positive or negative take on the tax bill. But how does it impact real estate? That also depends on a few things, like where you are buying a house, how much money you have, and what you intend to do with it.

The new tax plan has had a ...

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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