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BOYS BASKETBALL: Cougars Back to .500 With Tuesday's Victory Over Voorhees

February 20, 2019

CRANFORD – A big fourth quarter by Cole Blazek helped power Cranford past Voorhees, 68-56, on Tuesday night.

From the opening whistle to the last, the Cougars never trailed but saw their lead dwindle to two or less points in each of the final three quarters.

Voorhees started the fourth quarter on a 7-2 run which narrowed Cranford’s lead to just two before Blazek hit a 3-pointer ...

CHS Athlete of the Week: Dean Smith

CRANFORD - Congratulations to this week's Cranford High School Athlete of the Week, Dean Smith. 

Smith is a senior captain on the varsity wrestling team who captured the District 14 Championship at the 132 lb weight class this past weekend. He has amassed a 22-7 record this season and advances to wrestle in the upcoming Regions.

"Last year, I couldn't ...

CHS Athletes of the Week: Luke Pachkowski & Sasha Knapp

CRANFORD - Congratulations to this week’s CHS Athletes of the Week, Luke Pachkowski and Sasha Knapp. 

Pachkowski, a junior on the varsity ice hockey team, has been having a breakout season with 27 points including 10 goals and 17 assists. His leadership throughout the season helped the Cougars make a run for the Conference title. 

"This year, a ...

Transformer Fire on Lehigh Valley Line Tracks Wednesday Night Causes Power Outage

February 21, 2019

CRANFORD - A tranformer fire in the area of the Conrail train tracks Wednesday night caused power outages along southern portions of Cranford. 

PSE&G worked during the overnight hours and has since repaired the issue and restored power to those customers affected by this specific incident.

For power outage related questions or to report a power outage, contact PSE&G ...

Cranford Police Blotter: Unlawful Gun Possession, Drug Arrests, D.W.I., and More

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. 2/13/2019 @ 9:56 p.m.

Raritan Road

Arrested: Elaine Kwiatek, 26, Linden

Arrested by: Ptl. Jason D’Agostino

Charges: Possession of Under ...

Cranford Police Blotter: Unclear Plates Lead to Drug Arrest

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. 2/05/2019 @ 10:34 p.m.

Lincoln Avenue East and Meeker Avenue

Arrested: Deshawn Claiborne, 26, East Orange

Arrested by: Ptl. Christopher ...

Families Fuming After Union County Vo-Tech Teacher Fired

February 13, 2019

UNION COUNTY – About 40 students at Union County Vocational-Technical High School in Scotch Plains have been diverted from their regular program of study following the firing of the school’s electrical engineering teacher after a classroom dispute with a student.

After families rallied in front of the school this week, the school’s principal, Lisa Tauscher, told parents ...

Bill to Establish Panel to Facilitate Gateway Construction Projects Approved by Assembly Panel

February 18, 2019

TRENTON, NJ  – Setting the project guidelines in conjunction with the state of New York, legislation creating the Gateway Development Commission -- sponsored by Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin and the Assembly Transportation Chair Daniel Benson -- cleared its first legislative hurdle Thursday.

“The Hudson Tunnel Project is arguably the most important project that will ...

Freeholders Discuss Minimum Wage Increase, Proposed NJ Transit Improvements, New Voting Machines in Union County

ELIZABETH, NJ – The Board of Chosen Freeholders discussed several developments taking place in Union County during their regular meeting Thursday night.

NJ State Minimum Wage Increase

As previously reported, Governor Phil Murphy recently signed legislation in Elizabeth raising the state minimum wage to $15 an hour.

“This is a great thing. Many New Jersey residents struggle ...

Raritan Valley Line Mayors Alliance Supports Gateway Project, Pushes for Restoring One-Seat Rides on NJ Transit's Raritan Valley Line

NEW JERSEY – The leaders of the Build Gateway Now Coalition announced this week that the Raritan Valley Line (RVL) Mayors Alliance to the Coalition, a bipartisan group formed in 2018 that consists of 30 mayors representing more than 23,500 daily commuters along the RVL, spanning four counties in New Jersey, have joined the coalition.

“We are thrilled to welcome the RVL ...

Downtown Cranford's Winter Restaurant Week Participants and Menus

February 17, 2019

CRANFORD - Downtown Cranford's Winter Restaurant Week 2019 is almost here! A number of downtown restaurants will be offering prix fixe dinner menus from February 24 - March 1. This is a great chance to dine at your favorite spot or try someplace new. Check out the menus from participating restaurants below and start planning out your week now!

Participating ...

Downtown Cranford's Winter Restaurant Week Participants and Menus

CRANFORD - Downtown Cranford's Winter Restaurant Week 2019 is almost here! A number of downtown restaurants will be offering prix fixe dinner menus from February 24 - March 1. This is a great chance to dine at your favorite spot or try someplace new. Check out the menus from participating restaurants below and start planning out your week now!

Participating ...

Brookside Place P.M. Kindergarten Makes Valentine's Day Gift Bags for Children's Specialized Hospital

February 18, 2019

CRANFORD - Mrs. Francis' P.M. Kindergarten class at Brookside Place School made Valentine’s Day gift bags for the kids and patients at Children’s Specializes Hospital, a RWJBarnabas Health Facility. 

The gift bags were delivered to the hospital to spread love during the month of February. This past month, the students learned about kindness and ways to ...

Brookside Place School Announces Winner in 2019 "Souper" Bowl

CRANFORD – The Los Angeles Rams may have lost by 10 in the lowest scoring "Big Game" in history, but they won by a landslide in the Brookside Place School “Souper” Bowl. 

During the week leading up to the Big Game, students were able to donate cans of soup in honor of their preferred team, either the New England Patriots or the Los Angeles Rams. By ...

Church: 1 Past Cranford Priest Among Clergy Accused of Sex Abuse

February 15, 2019

CRANFORD - The Newark Archdiocese on Wednesday released a list of 63 priests “credibly accused” of sexual abuse. Among those listed on the website for the Archdiocese of Newark is one priest who previously served in Cranford. 

The List of Credibly Accused Clergy included James T. Benedetto. Ordained in 1970, Benedetto served at St. Antoninus ...

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Prosecutor: Westfield Man Had Over 4,000 Child Pornography Files

February 13, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ – Authorities have recovered more than 4,000 files depicting children in sexual acts from a local man’s electronics, the Union County Prosecutor said Wednesday.

Officers arrested Gregory L. Brown at his home in the 300 block of John Street Wednesday morning and charged him with first-degree possession of child pornography with the intent to distribute, second-degree ...

Brookside Place P.M. Kindergarten Makes Valentine's Day Gift Bags for Children's Specialized Hospital

February 18, 2019

CRANFORD - Mrs. Francis' P.M. Kindergarten class at Brookside Place School made Valentine’s Day gift bags for the kids and patients at Children’s Specializes Hospital, a RWJBarnabas Health Facility. 

The gift bags were delivered to the hospital to spread love during the month of February. This past month, the students learned about kindness and ways to ...

Star of ‘Cara’s Cucina’ to Host Groundwork Elizabeth Gala Feb. 27

February 16, 2019

Cara Di Falco, star of “Cara’s Cucina,” will host Groundwork Elizabeth’s WinterGreen gala Feb. 27 at the Hilton Newark Airport Hotel.

A nonprofit founded in Elizabeth in 2003, Groundwork Elizabeth builds sustainable communities in Elizabeth, NJ and in nearby Union County communities with urban agriculture initiatives, youth programing and more.

“So ...

Decades from Retirement? How to Handle Market Moves

After one of the longest bull markets in history, stocks experienced some major ups and downs toward the end of 2018. This increased market volatility grabbed headlines and caused some investors to feel anxious about potential losses to their portfolios. While it’s a natural reaction for investors to wonder if and how national and global news may affect their savings, it’s important ...

Little Red Hats Warm Hearts at Trinitas Regional Medical Center

February 20, 2019

ELIZABETH, NJ - Trinitas Regional Medical Center participated this year in the American Heart Association's Little Hats, Big Hearts program to empower new moms to live heart-healthy while raising awareness of congenital heart defects.

The American Heart Association is raising awareness about family heart health and congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect in the ...

Westfield Area YMCA Offers Free Friends Week For The Community

WESTFIELD, NJ -- The Westfield Area YMCA is pleased to announce Friends Week. The month of February is American Heart Month!  Show a friend you care about them and their heart by inviting them to join you at the Y.

During the week of  Feb. 17 - 23, members and their friends can use the Main Y Facility and attend classes for free.  Get fit with a friend and enjoy a land or water ...

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Tue, February 26, 4:00 PM

Vinny's Pizza & Pasta, Cranford

Kids Eat Free at Vinny's Pizza & Pasta

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Fri, March 1, 7:30 PM

First United Methodist Church, Westfield

Theater Organ - Silent Movie Night - Oratorio ...

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Tue, March 5, 4:00 PM

Vinny's Pizza & Pasta, Cranford

Kids Eat Free at Vinny's Pizza & Pasta

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"My Very Own British Invasion" is short on plot

‘My Very Own British Invasion’ is short on plot, but long on rock

By Liz Keill

MILLBURN, NJ – Paper Mill Playhouse is putting on a rollicking, rock and roll extravaganza in its premier production of  “My Very Own British Invasion.”

We start with a fast and furious tribute to the Beatles, like “I Saw Her Standing There” and move on to ...