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Vinny's Pizza & Pasta Cranford Senior Athletes of the Week: Olivia Merriman & Christian Wilde

February 19, 2021

CRANFORD - Congratulations to this week's Vinny's Pizza & Pasta Cranford Senior Athletes of the Week: Olivia Merriman and Christian Wilde.

Merriman is a guard on the girls basketball team. She scored 14 points, including two three-pointers, in Monday's matchup with Roselle Catholic, powering Cranford to a 53-38 victory. In Wednesday's loss against ...

Basketball: Daughter Defeats Dad as Cranford Rolls Roselle Catholic on Senior Night

CRANFORD - Amanda Vath scored 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead Cranford to a 53-38 Senior Night victory over Roselle Catholic on Monday.

The Cougars' six seniors - Kirsten Williams, Elizabeth McCaffery, Caroline Bush, Amanda Vath, Natalia Kruk, and Olivia Merriman - were honored during the pregame for their contributions to the program over the ...

Vinny's Pizza & Pasta Cranford Senior Athletes of the Week: Maeve Hanlon & Dennis DeMarino

CRANFORD - Congratulations to this week's Vinny's Pizza & Pasta Cranford Senior Athletes of the Week: Maeve Hanlon and Dennis DeMarino.

Hanlon recently completed her senior season on the field hockey team that finished with a 4-6 record. She served as one of the four senior captains along with Leah Filimonczuk, Katie Dolan, and Mackenna Heesters, and ...

Cranford Native Takes Oath as Springfield’s First Female Firefighter

February 24, 2021

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — Cranford's Stephanie Bagniewski made history on Wednesday becoming the first female firefighter that the Springfield Fire Department has ever had.

With her history-making appointment and swearing-in, Bagniewski becomes the 82nd career firefighter in the department. The Springfield Fire Department has been organized as a career fire department since ...

Cranford's Annual Town-Wide Garage Sale Announced for April 10

February 22, 2021

CRANFORD - Cranford's annual Town-Wide Garage Sale, hosted by Project Home of Cranford, is scheduled to return on Saturday, April 10, rain or shine.

This is a great opportunity for residents to clean out items they no longer need and turn them into cash, and most importantly, help support township residents in need. Winter is the perfect time to start your spring-cleaning early ...

Cranford's "Wingman" Rich Pierce Raises Nearly $3,000 for Local Causes

CRANFORD - If you love wings and have never tried Angel's Wings by Rich Pierce, you should probably get on that. 

No, it's not a restaurant - it's just a Cranford resident frying up chicken wings at his house for a good cause. The concept of "Angel's Wings" was created as a nod to his late son, Nicholas, who passed away roughly 20 years ago when ...

Cranford Jaycees Raise Over $2,800 for Will DeGregorio Memorial Scholarship

CRANFORD - Members of the Cranford Police Department, who also volunteer for Cranford Police Athletic League (PAL), received a generous donation on Tuesday from the Cranford Jaycees as part of their fundraising efforts for Track Friday.

The Cranford PAL established a memorial scholarship for Will DeGregorio this year after his courageous battle with ...

Cranford's Dianne Mancheno Elected to Latino Medical Student Leadership Position

February 23, 2021

CRANFORD - Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine student Dianne Mancheno (DO ‘23) has been elected to the Latino Medical Student Association’s (LMSA) Northeast Region Leadership Board.

According to the release, Mancheno will serve as Chief Development Officer and will lead the organization’s new chapter development, as well as serve as a mentor ...

Murphy Unveils $44.8 Billion Fiscal Year 2022 Budget

February 25, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy delivered his annual budget address on Tuesday by outlining a Fiscal Year 2022 Budget (FY2022) that includes investments to help New Jersey emerge from the pandemic stronger, fairer, and more resilient.

The governor said that he was proud to unveil this budget, which makes a full pension payment for the first time in more than a quarter of a ...

NJ Easing Restrictions for Religious Gatherings, Live Sports, Entertainment Venues

NEW JERSEY — “Good trends,” as Gov. Phil Murphy put it Monday, will allow New Jersey to expand its COVID-19 gathering limits.

The changes go into effect immediately. Religious services at churches, mosques and other houses of worship will be allowed to run at 50% capacity.

Also in effect, two parents/guardians will be allowed to attend indoor and outdoor college ...

Puff, Puff, Passed! Murphy Signs Bills to Legalize Marijuana in NJ

NEW JERSEY — Around midday Monday, Gov. Phil Murphy signed three bills to legalize recreational marijuana-use and establish a regulated cannabis market within the next six months.

The legislation will allow for adults to legally possess as much as six ounces of marijuana and mean relief for anyone previously subject to arrest for petty marijuana possession.

“As of this moment, ...

Raritan Valley Line Mayors’ Alliance Applauds Changes for Gateway Hudson River Tunnel Project Funding

February 23, 2021

RARITAN VALLEY, NJ -- The Raritan Valley Line Mayors’ Alliance is cheering the news from Washington about the long-delayed Gateway Hudson River tunnel project. 

The Biden Administration has reversed a policy by former President Trump that did not allow either New York or New Jersey to use loans borrowed from the federal government as part of each state’s funding commitment to ...

New Jersey Will Not Tax PPP Loans to Small Businesses

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced that loans received through the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will not be subject to state taxes and that all expenses paid through PPP funds will be tax-deductible.

"This is another layer of protection our business owners need to help them get through this pandemic," Murphy said during his press briefing via ZOOM on ...

Cranford COVID-19 Update: 106th Resident Passes

February 24, 2021

CRANFORD - 27 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Cranford since February 17, according to the Township of Cranford. Currently, there are 53 active cases in town.

The 27 new positives bring Cranford's total to 1,217 since the first reported case on March 17. With one new fatality (in the ...

Cranford COVID-19 Update: 5th Consecutive Week Active Cases Decline

CRANFORD - 26 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Cranford since February 11, according to the Township of Cranford. Currently, there are 53 active cases in town.

Five weeks ago, active cases in Cranford were at 125. The following three weeks, active case numbers were 93, 65, and 59. 

The 26 new ...

99-Year-Old WWII Veteran and Cranford Resident Receives Second COVID-19 Vaccine Dose

CRANFORD - As a World War II veteran, Peter Klein knows a thing or two about fighting back.

He persevered through the Battle of the Bulge, at Omaha Beach in Normandy, and in the forests of Germany. This time, however, he’s waging a war on something considerably smaller and far more deadly: the coronavirus. The 99-year-old Cranford resident is determined to live his ...

Over $130M Dedicated to Clean Transportation in NJ's Fight Against Climate Change

February 18, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — Months after signing expansive environmental justice legislative, Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday vowed New Jersey would put its money where its mouth is - investing over $130 million in clean transportation projects.

Murphy, who spoke about more green initiatives during a press conference this morning, also signed an executive order creating a climate action office and the New ...

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Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Celebrate Lunar New Year

EDISON, NJ-- This year’s Lunar New Year festivities at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison took on a different look but retained the festive atmosphere of the annual school tradition. The event took place Friday, Feb. 12 in the Berry Performing Arts Center in front of a small socially distanced audience but was viewed by others at school on a livestream.

Juniors and seniors entered ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Second Graders Provide Valentine’s Cheer to Seniors

EDISON, NJ-- The students in Miss Ellen Colandrea’s second grade class wanted to share some love with the residents of the Complete Care Woodlands senior facility in Plainfield for Valentine’s Day. Following guidelines outlined by Ms. Terry Miller, Director of Therapeutic Recreation, the children created Valentine bear bags and filled them with candy and positive messages written ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Boys Off To Fast Start in Gold Division

EDISON, NJ-- The boys’ varsity basketball team at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison has opened the 2021 season with five consecutive victories and is off to a 6-1 start overall, including 6-0 in the GMC Gold Division. Last week’s 60-57 triumph over Timothy Christian was the closest margin for the Rams, who lost at Pennington before bouncing back with a 63-31 rout of East ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Model UN Team Excels at Bergen County Conference

EDISON, NJ-- The W+H Model UN Team had a successful showing at last week’s AMUN XXII Conference hosted by Bergen County Academies. A coalition of 31 W+H students represented individuals and countries from around the world. Club advisor Cristian Fernandez saluted his students for their preparation and called the event “a wonderful success.”

Delegates participated in debates ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Report Weather in Spanish

EDISON, NJ-- Lower School Spanish students in the second, fourth and fifth grade classes were assigned to report the local weather as an opportunity to use their Spanish in a real life situation and for them to review what they had studied in previous years. 

The young weather reporters embraced this new opportunity to provide information including the day, season, temperature and weather ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge First Graders Zoom with Meteorologists

EDISON, NJ-- First-grade students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison culminated their recent study unit on weather with a virtual field trip and Zoom session with meteorologists Stephen Shiveley and Trent Davis from the National Weather Service Tampa office. 

The professional meteorologists shared a presentation about extreme weather. They talked about hurricanes, blizzards and ...

Put “Choose to Reuse” on your 2021 To-Do List

Union County residents who are seeking ways to help the environment this year can start by bringing reusable grocery bags to the supermarket, and skipping single-use bags.

“Switching to reusable grocery bags is a simple but effective way for everyone to help cut down on waste and litter pollution, and start getting into the ‘Choose to Reuse’ habit,” said Union County ...

Cranford Public Schools Going Fully Remote Thursday Due to Impending Winter Storm

February 17, 2021

CRANFORD - Superintendent Dr. Scott Rubin announced Wednesday evening that all Cranford Public Schools will be on fully remote learning on Thursday, February 18 due to the impending winter storm. 

According to the announcement, all afternoon sessions and activities are canceled.

The Weather Service issued a winter storm watch Tuesday. It said 4 to 8 inches of snow ...

Free Guided Nature Walks for Seniors at Union County’s Trailside Nature and Science Center

February 25, 2021

Popular series returns to Watchung Reservation in March; masks and social distance required for COVID-19 prevention.

Weather permitting, Union County’s free series of guided nature walks for seniors age 55 and up will resume beginning at 11:00 on Wednesday, March 3, at the Trailside Nature and Science Center in the Watchung Reservation, located at 452 New Providence Road in ...

Westfield Student Breaks World Record to Take a Stand Against Bullying

February 24, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — Jordan Mirrione is strong — world record-breaking strong.

There was cause for celebration when the Westfield High School freshman broke his father’s record for the most jump squats in one minute, 87, on Sunday in Manhattan. His dad’s record stood for a mere seven months.

“I can’t describe the joy I have for breaking my dad's world ...

‘I Never Knew This Was Possible’ Says Clark Native Joe DiMeo of Face and Hand Transplant

CLARK, NJ - In his free time, 22-year-old Clark native Joe DiMeo likes to work out, play with his dog, hang with some of his lifelong friends from town and play pool.  All of these things might seem pretty average for a man of his age, but DiMeo can be described as anything but ordinary these days.  

Lately DiMeo has been described more like a miracle of science after a ...

Union County COVID Test Center Changes Hours. 2 Cases of Variant in County

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county announced Sunday that its COVID-19 drive-through test center at Kean University is modifying its hours this week.

The test center will be open Monday, 9 a.m. — 2 p.m. It will also be open Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m. — noon. Persons who cannot make the new hours must reschedule, officials said. They can do so at this link.

Anyone who has an ...

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With Options for In-person PT Limited by the Pandemic, this New Jersey Rehabilitation Provider Used an App to Help Patients Find What They Needed

As the COVID-19 virus began to arise in communities throughout New Jersey, Atlantic Health System worked quickly to adapt and implement new methods in order to continue to deliver safe, exceptional care to patients.

While the health system was able to deploy telemedicine alternatives for many situations, there were many settings that still relied on in-person care – rehabilitation ...

Community Conversations: COVID-19 and Communities of Color

Every community has felt the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, but none more so than communities of color. On the latest Community Conversation from Atlantic Health System, Dr. Christina Johnson, a family medicine physician with Atlantic Medical Group and community health advocate, shared some of the ways communities of color have been disproportionally impacted by COVID-19 and what viewers need ...

NJ Cookbook Author Shares Her Favorite Hamantaschen Cookie Recipe for Purim

February 21, 2021

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The Jewish festival of Purim is almost here, which means it’s time for hamantaschen! 

The traditional triangle-shaped cookies have a reputation of being a little dry, but Shannon Sarna, cookbook author and editor of The Nosher, swears by the recipe below.

The South Orange mom of three said her children love getting creative while helping ...

‘All News Is Local’ is More Applicable than Ever Before

There’s a famous saying that “All politics Is local.” As politics has become nationalized and even local candidates are now being forced to follow or defend the pronouncements of the national political parties, the adage is seemingly less accurate.  Meanwhile, COVID-19 has caused the news industry to be turned on its head as all news is becoming local.

For instance, when ...

What Is Content Marketing, And How Can It Benefit Your Business?

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Having an online presence is a crucial aspect of boosting your business, but a website alone is often not enough to drive engagement and convert leads to customers. In order to effectively market your business, a business needs to invest in content marketing. 

Content marketing is creating and distributing meaningful content, including text, photos and video, that ...

Jeanne Wall Expands Her TAPinto Network With TAPinto Hazlet/Keyport

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - From Fortune 500 communications professional to owning her own local news business, TAPinto franchise owner Jeanne Wall has seen it all. 

Now, after experiencing success in her first two TAPinto franchise locations in Holmdel/Colts Neck and Middletown, Wall is moving forward again, launching TAPinto Hazlet/Keyport, her third TAPinto Franchise in Monmouth County, ...