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Saturdays with Bernie: Haunted Cranford History Tour

September 24, 2022

CRANFORD, NJ - This week Bernie chats with Jane McLaughlin, owner of Haunted History Tours, leading up to the Haunted Cranford History Tours on October 1. (Rain date of October 2.)

"It's a family-friendly show," McLaughlin told Bernie, though she says it will still be a bit creepy. There will be eight stories from Cranford's history, including Fannie Bates. "This is the ...

Peek at the Weekend in Cranford: CVG Music Fest Returns, Pooch Plunge, TBEMC Celebrates the Holiday & More

CRANFORD, NJ - Fall is officially here and so are these special events!

Friday, September 23

Cranford Football - Military Appreciation Night, Memorial Field, 7:00 p.m., Cranford School's permitted items policy is in effect (See photo above), $3 adults, $2 children
Live Music at Vinny's Pizza & Pasta - Frank Nelson & the Hired Hands

Saturday, September ...

Cranford's Andrew Downey Walks "Runway of Dreams" at NY Fashion Week

September 22, 2022

CRANFORD, NJ - Andrew Downey has had his challenges, but on September 12 he got to live out a dream as a part of New York Fashion Week.

The 17-year-old Cranford High School cheerleader is described as a "ball full of sunshine," mom Amy Downey told TAPinto Cranford. "People say they are all the better for meeting him."

Andrew was diagnosed with ...

Bursting with Joy and Talent: Shining Stars Network Grace a Legendary NJ Performing Arts Venue

CRANFORD, NJ -  Stars were shining last Tuesday night, but this isn't about the ones in the sky. The stars on stage shone the brightest at the Shining Stars Network 10th Anniversary Cabaret.

Shining Stars Network is a special needs performance troupe that gives opportunities to for differently-abled people to strut with confidence and sing with heart. The organization ...

Finding Her Voice 10 Years After Finding a New Heart: Cranford's Emma Rothman's Transplant Story is a Top Seller in Three Categories

September 26, 2022

CRANFORD, NJ - When she was 12 years-old, Cranford native Emma Rothman had a heart transplant. That incredible moment saved her life, but also changed its trajectory forever.

In 2011, the typically healthy and active middle-schooler was out of breath and exhausted. "At first I thought I was just tired from a busy weekend." But the fatigue never got better. The ...

Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center Breaks Ground on $225 Million Cancer Center

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The construction of a five-story, 137,000-square-foot cancer center at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center (CBMC) in Livingston is now underway following a groundbreaking ceremony held at the site of the $225-million project on Tuesday night.

The freestanding outpatient facility, which is scheduled for completion in 2025, will serve as the northern hub for the integrated ...

Friday Night 'Flights:' US Air Force to Fly Over Cranford Football Game

September 22, 2022

CRANFORD, NJ - Friday night football in Cranford is about to be airborne. 

A planned fly-over by the US Air Force will happen at Friday's game against St. Thomas Aquinas. The special event has been planned in honor of Military Appreciation Night.

Organized by Cranford VFW and the US Air Force and the Cranford Police Department, a C-17 Globemaster will fly over in ...

NY Giants Ring of Honor Nominee to Celebrate in Cranford

CRANFORD, NJ - Longtime defensive end of the New York Giants Leonard Marshall is celebrating a football career milestone at Cranford's Garlic Rose Bistro on Friday, September 23.

Marshall is a 2022 inductee to the Giants Ring of Honor.

"The beauty of this," Marshall said about the honor, "is that after all the work and all the energy that I put into the ...

Cranford Police Arrest Three on Firearms Charges

September 22, 2022

CRANFORD, NJ - A motor vehicle stop on Tuesday led to the arrests of three people. 

At approximately 10:46 p.m., Officer Antonio Bellomo saw a white Dodge commit multiple violations on North Avenue near the Garden State Parkway ramp, according to a police press release. Bellomo was assisted by Officers Christopher Folinusz and Gianna Ricerca.

The driver was identified as ...

Gas Line Work to Affect Cranford Streets Through October

CRANFORD, NJ - Commute delays are expected due to a gas main replacement project and residents are being asked to plan accordingly, the Cranford Police Department wrote in an advisory message on Sunday.

The project, which will replace aging gas mains with plastic pipes, will begin near Orchard Street and Ramsgate Road on Monday, September 19th, 2022.
 
Affected streets will ...

Bicyclist Struck on North Ave. in Cranford

CRANFORD, NJ - Lights and sirens filled downtown Cranford as police, fire and EMS rushed to the scene of an accident near the North Avenue and Orchard Street intersection.

A teen male bicyclist was struck crossing mid-block on North Avenue by a Union County woman in a Nissan Rogue, according to Lt. Det. Matthew Nazzaro. The accident occurred around 11:40 a.m.

Both the driver and the young ...

The Bosom Buddies will Paint Cranford Pink in October

September 26, 2022

CRANFORD, NJ -  A group of Cranford women are supporting families who are on the front lines of fighting cancer one basket at a time.

When Kelly Sommers was diagnosed with breast cancer, she was living overseas and looking for support. Through the magic of social media, she reached out to Paula Perrault, a friend of a friend who was already fighting breast cancer. "Paula became a ...

Cranford BOE Hears Presentation on Potential Additions for Full Day K, School Renovations

September 21, 2022

CRANFORD, NJ - LAN Associates, an architectural and engineering firm, presented conceptual plans for potential renovations and/or additions for each of the district's eight schools at the September 19 Cranford Board of Education meeting.

The proposal is part of the possible bond referendum. A bond referendum allows school districts to pay for capital projects that cannot be ...

Cranford BOE Swears in New Member

CRANFORD, NJ - The Cranford Board of Education began its September 12 meeting with a moment of silence to recognize September 11.

It then swore in a new member, Brian McCarthy. McCarthy was one of three candidates interviewed by the BOE to fill the position. He was previously on the Board in 2019 after being elected to a one-year term.

McCarthy will fill the empty seat left ...

Cranford Joins Other Municipalities in COAH Lawsuit Against the Governor

September 15, 2022

CRANFORD, NJ - Cranford has joined 12 other municipalities in a lawsuit against New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy for a failure to appoint members to the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH).

This latest move brings the suit to New Jersey's Appellate Court and aims to "compel the Governor to reconstitute New Jersey’s Council on Affordable Housing," the Township of ...

Cranford's Traffic Engineer Agrees with Lowering Speed Limit, Proposed Aligned Driveways for 750 Walnut

CRANFORD, NJ – Traffic testimony for 750 Walnut Avenue continued at Wednesday's Planning Board meeting. Cross-examination by the public and Board members continued from the previous meeting for Matthew Seckler, a traffic planner from civil engineering firm Stonefield Engineering & Design.  Maurice Rached, the township's traffic engineer from Collier's ...

Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center Breaks Ground on $225 Million Cancer Center

September 22, 2022

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The construction of a five-story, 137,000-square-foot cancer center at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center (CBMC) in Livingston is now underway following a groundbreaking ceremony held at the site of the $225-million project on Tuesday night.

The freestanding outpatient facility, which is scheduled for completion in 2025, will serve as the northern hub for the integrated ...

Baby Boutique Francis Henri Opens in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — Katherine Oyer, an entrepreneur and Cranford mom of three, celebrated her birthday Friday with a unique gift to herself — the grand opening of her first retail shop, children’s clothing boutique Francis Henri, in downtown Westfield.

The shop at 258 East Broad St. (formerly Westfield Creamery) specializes in international clothing for babies and ...

A Sweet Reason to Catch Up: Yummy's Weekend Social Sale is This Weekend

September 23, 2022

GARWOOD, NJ - Is there a better way to spend the weekend than catching up with friends and family over a sweet treat? We don't think so!

Come on down to Yummy on North Avenue in Garwood and get ice cream for $3 and Italian ice for $2 as part of our Weekend Social event! 

 

Yummy Ice Cream is located at 1 North Ave. in Garwood.

It's a Gooey (Dewey) Kind of Day at Cranford Ice Cream Shop

CRANFORD, NJ - A new flavor is making its big debut today in honor of Library Card Sign-Up Month. 

Gooey Dewey Decimal System is a caramel ice cream with caramel and fudge swirls mixed in and will be featured in Cranford's Vanilla Bean Creamery for a limited time.

Director of Reference Services Marissa Lieberman said that Vanilla Bean owner Ralph Kopelman was on board with the idea ...

Cranford Solely Responsible for Licensing and Inspecting Wonder Trucks

WESTFIELD, NJ — Cranford's health department is solely responsible for registering and inspecting Wonder trucks, according to a neighboring local health department.

Citing the state Health Department, Westfield Regional Health Department Director Megan Avallone said, registration and inspection should only happen at the facility’s hub, which is in Cranford.

“It is ...

TBEMC Begins the Jewish New Year by Coming Together

September 22, 2022

CRANFORD, NJ - Temple Beth-El Mekor Chayim (TBEMC) in Cranford is excited to welcome the Jewish New Year with an array of services for members of the community, including outdoor family musical services, indoor services, and live streaming. 

New members of the community are invited to attend the services as our guests at no charge. Pre-registration is required at ...

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Union Catholic Girls XC Team Rolls, Wischusen Opens Season With Win at Bowdoin Classic

WAPPINGERS FALLS, NY -- The Union Catholic girls, ranked No. 2 in the state, blitzed the competition with a remarkable performance and Jimmy Wischusen opened his season with an impressive victory at Saturday's Bowdoin Park Classic in Wappingers Falls, N.Y.     

Junior Peyton Hollis led the charge for the UC girls in the Division 2 race with a winning time of ...

Union Catholic's Hunsinger and Crotty Attended Space Academy This Summer

Union Catholic juniors Josh Hunsinger and Jasmin Crotty attended the prestigious Advanced Space Academy at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, this summer through a program with the SFIC (Scholarship Fund for Inner-City Children), a partner of the Archdiocese of Newark. They  enjoyed one week of high-level educational and team-building activities, which included ...

Going Through The Mail Bag

NEW JERSEY — With a summer behind us, it seemed like a good time to regroup at TAPinto, and catch up to the more recent reader mail and comments that were piling up.

By far, the reader responses were focused on two separate stories recently written about two former Governors, Democrat Jim McGreevey and Republican Christine Todd Whitman, and what they’ve been up to since ...

Shred and Recycle Your Personal Documents in October, Free of Charge

Union County residents can bring their personal documents and sensitive papers to two free, secure shredding events in October, sponsored by the Union County Board of County Commissioners.

After October, Union County’s paper shredding program will be on winter hiatus. The series of events will resume again next spring.

“We encourage all Union County residents to use our free ...

French Bakery, Fresh Food Franchise, ‘Sugaring’ Studio Coming to Westfield

September 27, 2022

WESTFIELD, NJ — French-inspired baked goods, healthy foods and an alternative type of Brazilian hair removal are headed for downtown Westfield.

The 2,400-square-foot bakery Kirshenbaum Baking Co. at 62 Elm St. has scheduled its grand opening for Wednesday, the company said.

“We are thrilled to call Westfield home and couldn’t be more excited to welcome local ...

Linden High School Football Standout Dies Weeks After Injury During Game

LINDEN, NJ — The Linden community is deeply saddened by the death of a Linden High School (LHS) football running back, who sustained a traumatic brain injury in the September 9 game against Woodbridge High School.

Xavier McClain, a sophomore at LHS, died Wednesday night, according to Linden Mayor Derek Armstead.

McClain had been hospitalized and on life support since he was ...

Westfield Lord & Taylor Redevelopment Plans Include Offices, Housing, Retail

WESTFIELD, NJ — Offices, apartments and two parking garages are proposed as part of a plan to redevelop the shuttered Lord & Taylor building on North Avenue and build on the town’s two train station parking lots.

Executives for Streetworks Development, the real estate development arm of Hudson’s Bay Company, on Tuesday detailed the plans for a 731,000-square-foot ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Eighth Graders Visit Museum of Natural History

Eighth graders at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, accompanied by Ms. Noreen Jafri, Mr. Ian McElroy, Ms. Dorri Ramati, and Ms. Tanda Tucker, spent the day at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City on Friday, September 16.

Before the trip, students began studying plate tectonics and plate boundaries. In the Gottesman Hall of Planet Earth, students selected rocks that ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge School Students Observe Hispanic Heritage Month

The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison kicked off its observance of Hispanic Heritage Month with a series of activities and presentations in the Berry Performing Arts Center.

The Upper School’s Hispanic Latinx Alliance (HLA) group shared a presentation hosted by Brianna DiLandro of Elizabeth and Nate Bravo of Plainfield, who provided facts about the month-long celebration. They ...

Union Catholic Girls XC Team Rolls, Wischusen Opens Season With Win At Bowdoin Classic

September 26, 2022

WAPPINGERS FALLS, NY -- The Union Catholic girls, ranked No. 2 in the state, blitzed the competition with a remarkable performance and Jimmy Wischusen opened his season with an impressive victory at Saturday's Bowdoin Park Classic in Wappingers Falls, N.Y.     

Junior Peyton Hollis led the charge for the UC girls in the Division 2 race with a winning time of ...

Last Day for BAS/OAS 5k & Fun Run Sponsorships

CRANFORD, NJ - Sunday, September 25 is the last day for sponsorships for the BAS/OAS 5k and Fun Run!

On Sunday, October 16, 2022 our PTAs will host the fall 5k and Fun Run to not only raise money for our two schools, but also bring together our community to promote health and wellness. The event will be offered in person and virtual and your sponsorship will help provide additional resources ...

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Tue, September 27, 6:30 PM

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Township Committee Combined Workshop and Official ...

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Wed, September 28, 7:00 PM

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HAS Middle School Open House (Events)

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BPS Back to School Night (Events)

TAPinto Wayne Celebrates 1 Million Pageviews and Counting in 2022

WAYNE, NJ — TAPinto Wayne and its owner/publisher Jon “Ferris” Meredith are celebrating a milestone — 1 million pageviews, and counting, in 2022.

It’s the second time the local news and digital marketing platform, which launched three years ago, passed the 1 million pageview mark in a calendar year. The other time was in 2020, the first full year it was ...

Tips for Small Businesses to Get Media Exposure

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — Small business owners have faced unprecedented challenges during the last two years. Many have had to rethink their whole business model altogether. Communicating with customers and clients is more important now than it’s ever been.

The pandemic has changed the way we conduct our daily lives. Protecting public health meant changing how many businesses ...

Benefits of Owning a TAPinto Local News & Digital Marketing Platform

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — TAPinto owner/publishers own their own business while building equity. They make money, while making their own schedules and achieving work/life balance.

“It’s on my terms, it’s on my timetable,” Bobbie Peer, owner/publisher of TAPinto Berkeley Heights, TAPinto Basking Ridge, TAPinto New Providence, TAPinto ...

TAPinto Owners and Publishers Featured in 'Two Minutes with TAPinto'

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — You can learn more about TAPinto owners and publishers in their own words, in "Two Minutes with TAPinto."

September featured Jackie Lieberman, owner/publisher of TAPinto Westfield.

August featured Bruno Tedeschi, co-owner/publisher of TAPinto Newark and TAPinto Camden.

Both tell their TAPinto story and unique background in two minutes.

In all, ...