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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Cougars Drop Heartbreaker

January 23, 2019

CRANFORD - It came down to the final minute, but the Cougars fell just short.

Lauren Williamson and Olivia Speer each scored 15 points as Cranford dropped a 53-48 down to the wire matchup with Roselle Catholic, on Tuesday.

After going into halftime trailing 31-19, the Cougars started the third quarter with a 12-2 run, including seven points by Williamson, to cut the deficit to two.

WRESTLING: Cougars Take Down Rival Roselle Park

CRANFORD - Sweet, sweet revenge. 

Last season, Cranford fell to Roselle Park by a mere eight points. To what Cranford head coach Pat Gorman called "tradition," the Cougars entered Saturday's meet with the Roselle Park Panthers to the sound of bagpipes for an extra adrenaline kick. 

Whether it was the bagpipes or their momentum coming off of Saturday's ...

CHS Athletes of the Week: Jack Korzeneski & Katherine Russell

CRANFORD - Congratulations to this week’s Athletes of the Week, Jack Korzeneski and Katherine Russell.

Jack, a senior on the varsity wrestling team entered the Union County Tournament as the eighth seed, beat the ninth seed then knocked off the first and fourth seeds before pinning the third seed in the finals to earn himself ...

Cranford Police Blotter: Cranford Resident Arrested for Active Warrant

January 23, 2019

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. 1/15/2019 @ 6:58 p.m.

Garden State Parkway 137 Exchange

Arrested: Mario Bonilla, 48, Elizabeth

Arrested by: Ptl. John ...

D.W.I. Arrests in Cranford Decreased in 2018

CRANFORD - After D.W.I. arrests in Cranford rose in 2017, the township saw nearly a 40% decrease in 2018. 

According to the Cranford Police Department, D.W.I. Arrests in Cranford the past three years were: 62 in 2016; 75 in 2017; and 46 in 2018. 

The Cranford Police Department also reported a drop in D.W.I. Arrests Involving a Cranford Resident, ...

Cranford Detective Sergeant Matthew Nazzaro Graduates Command & Leadership Academy

CRANFORD - Detective Sergeant Matthew Nazzaro of the Cranford Police Department graduated Thursday from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) Command and Leadership Academy.

Participation in the prestigious Command and Leadership Academy is based upon the applicant’s successfully completing a competitive selection process.

In recognizing ...

Code Blue in Effect, Union County Looks to Add Shelter in Elizabeth

January 19, 2019

In Union County, the 2018 Point-in-Time Count Found 459 Homeless Persons

ELIZABETH, NJ – With the proposed addition of a shelter to the roster of places the homeless can go during freezing temperatures, Union County government is looking out for its homeless population.

The “Code Blue Emergency Shelter Initiative” is designed to “prevent death and injury among ...

NJ Congressman Tom Malinowski Opens Office in Somerville

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Citing its centralized location, easy access to highways and proximity to the Somerville train station, New Jersey Rep.Tom Malinowski (D-7th) has opened a temporary district office in Somerville at 58 E. Main St. to handle constituent needs.

The flagship District Office will be located at 75-77 N Bridge St. Somerville. The facility is currently undergoing construction which ...

Community Access Unlimited Founder to Step Down from Executive Directorship

January 23, 2019

Sidney Blanchard, one of NJ’s most influential nonprofit change-makers, returns to his community activist roots.

ELIZABETH, NJ - In the 40 years since Sid Blanchard put down his state social work career to launch Community Access Unlimited (CAU), he has secured his place as a founding father of the movement to achieve civil rights for individuals with developmental disabilities. Now, ...

New Owner of Rustic Mill Diner Instills Changes

January 16, 2019

CRANFORD - If you've stopped into the Rustic Mill Diner over the past few months, you may have noticed some changes. 

Among those changes include new menu items, the removal of carpet in favor of hardwood floor, and other interior upgrades. Nick Siderias, the new owner of the Rustic Mill said that there are more changes on the horizon. 

"Before I changed it, the menu had ...

Community Access Unlimited Founder to Step Down from Executive Directorship

January 23, 2019

Sidney Blanchard, one of NJ’s most influential nonprofit change-makers, returns to his community activist roots.

ELIZABETH, NJ - In the 40 years since Sid Blanchard put down his state social work career to launch Community Access Unlimited (CAU), he has secured his place as a founding father of the movement to achieve civil rights for individuals with developmental disabilities. Now, ...

Ladies Night Out Benefitting Project Home of Cranford

CRANFORD - Project Home of Cranford is happy to announce that its annual Ladies' Night Out will be held on Wednesday, March 13 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Westwood, 438 North Ave in Garwood. 

The evening includes a sit-down dinner with wine, a tricky tray auction with a large variety of items, and an evening of socializing and catching up with friends. All the profits ...

Three Kings Day Celebrated at Trinitas Regional Medical Center

ELIZABETH, NJ - Residents of the Child/Adolescent Behavioral Health Programs chose gifts from under the Christmas tree at Trinitas Regional Medical Center during the ninth Annual Three Kings Day Celebration organized by Assemblywoman Annette Quijano (D-Union) earlier this month at Trinitas.

The day commemorates the Three Wise Men who gave the baby Jesus gifts during the height of the Christmas ...

Trinitas School of Nursing - Class of January 2019 Graduates 112 Students

January 17, 2019

CRANFORD – One hundred and twelve students received their nursing diplomas at the Trinitas School of Nursing’s 161st Convocation Ceremony held at St. Michael’s Church in Cranford. 

Surrounded by family, friends, and staff that supported their efforts every step of the way, 99 women and 13 men accepted their pins and diplomas. They also became eligible ...

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Union County: When do I Take out Recycling? There’s an App for Knowing That

January 21, 2019

UNION COUNTY, NJ – All 21 municipalities in the county have submitted information to a cell phone application that tells homeowners when to take out the recycling, the county’s public works director said.

Roll out of the cell phone application, the Recycle Coach app, was among the topics discussed at the Union County Freeholder Board’s meeting on Thursday, its first ...

Terry Darling and Brian McCarthy Join Cranford Board of Education

January 11, 2019

CRANFORD - Following the departures of Daniel Demarco and Cathy Sheridan, Terry Darling and Brian McCarthy officially took their seats on the Cranford Board of Education at Monday's Reorganization Meeting.

While Darling and McCarthy are new to the Board, William Hulse and Maria Loikith retained their seats in the November election. McCarthy ...

Brooklyn Restaurateurs Bring New Flavors to South Orange

January 23, 2019

Two new restaurants recently opened near each other in South Orange, NJ, both with Brooklyn roots.

Owners of the upscale American The Fox & Falcon and Latin street food specialists Miti Miti were drawn to the area first for their families, seeking more space in the New Jersey suburbs than they could find in Brooklyn. It wasn’t long before their culinary roots came ...

Caring Contact Crisis Hotline Training

January 23, 2019

Have you ever been told you are a good listener? Do you have a yearning to really make a difference?  Caring Contact will be offering its 95th volunteer listening training March 12 through June 18. Training will run once a week from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., plus one full weekend, June 8 and 9, and will be held at the Temple Beth Or, 111 Valley Road, Clark, NJ.

Participants ...

Upcoming Events

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Mon, January 28, 6:30 PM

Kenilworth

Craft Beer and Food Pairing

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Tue, January 29, 4:00 PM

Vinny's Pizza & Pasta, Cranford

Kids Eat Free at Vinny's Pizza & Pasta

Food & Drink

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Tue, February 5, 7:00 PM

Cranford Community Center, Cranford

Author Visit - Lockey Maisonneuve

Arts & Entertainment

Federal Shutdown Hits and Hurts New Jersey

January 11, 2019

Dear Editor:

New Jersey’s Mayors and local governing bodies don’t always agree on everything. But they know what they need to do to meet the public’s need for essential services. And every year, despite natural disasters, despite fluctuations in the economy, and despite actions taken – and not taken – by other levels of government, they adopt budgets and continue ...