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Luke Pachkowski Named George C. Slocum Hockey Scholarship Recipient

June 26, 2020

CRANFORD - Luke Pachkowski has been named the George C. Slocum Hockey Scholarship recipient. 

Pachkowski served as the captain this past year for the Cranford hockey team and was named to the First Team All Conference. He finished the season with eight goals and a team-high 13 assists, helping lead Cranford to a Kelly Cup Championship and a 12-7-4 record. 

"(Pachkowski) ...

Chaz Desimone Awarded Inaugural Anne Salway Dolan Memorial Swimming Scholarship

CRANFORD - Chaz Desimone has been named the first ever 'Anne Salway Dolan Memorial Swimming Scholarship' winner. 

Anne's husband, Aaron, presented the scholarship to Desimone at the Cranford High School Senior Athletes Virtual Award Ceremony held on June 10. Anne was the Cranford Pool and Fitness Center Facility Manager before ...

Cranford Wrestling Alumni Raise over $2,500 for Flag of Cranford

CRANFORD - Members of the Cranford Wrestling Alumni donated a check for $2,581.50 to Flag of Cranford on Friday afternoon. 

"We wanted to raise money as a team and make one solid donation to Flag," said Robert Bulger, found of Cranford Wrestling Alumni. "We're helping our small businesses, our restaurants, our bars, and by helping them who are producing food ...

Murphy, DOE Issue School Guidance for School Reopenings in September

June 26, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy and NJ Department of Education (DOE) Commissioner Dr. Lamont Repollet provided guidance for the reopening of schools in the fall during the governor's daily COVID-19 press briefing in Trenton on Friday, June 25. 

"Today, we're releasing guidance regarding the reopening of schools for the 2020-2021 school year. As we conclude ...

Car Caravan Through Union Protests Kean University Cuts

UNION, NJ – About 75 vehicles and about 120 people participated in a car caravan up Morris Avenue, from Jeanette Avenue to Kean University, on Thursday afternoon organized by Kean Federation of Teachers protesting the university’s cut, suspension, or reorganization of several academic programs and the layoff or furlough of faculty and staff.  The University plans to cut music, ...

Murphy Extends Public Health Emergency Another 30 Days, Raises Limit on Outdoor Gatherings to 500

July 3, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Thursday that he has extended New Jersey's public health emergency another 30 days due to the coronavirus, even though the spread of the disease has slowed significantly by many important measures.

For instance, hospitalizations are down 94% from New Jersey's peak and 12% from June 17, and the ...

Murphy: Casinos, Amusement Parks, Museums, Libraries, Among Businesses Set to Open July 2

TRENTON, NJ -- At his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Wednesday, Gov. Phil Murphy announced the reopening schedule that continues tomorrow – with social distancing and face covering requirements in place – for the following businesses:

Casinos,
Outdoor amusement parks and water parks,
Museums and libraries,
Indoor recreation, and
Gyms/fitness centers (for individualized ...

Demolition Begins on Abandoned House at 112 Park Drive in Cranford

CRANFORD - Demolition of the abandoned house located at 112 Park Drive in Cranford, a property that protrudes into Nomahegan Park, began on Wednesday.

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders acquired the “elbow” of land and a street in November 2019. The .59-acre parcel was purchased through the Union County Open Space, Recreation and Historic Preservation ...

Indoor Dining Delayed, Cranford Restaurants Must Continue to Rely on Outside Seating, Take Out

June 30, 2020

CRANFORD - Indoor dining, which was set to resume in New Jersey on Thursday at 25% capacity, has been postponed, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday.

“We have seen spikes in other states driven, in part, by the return of patrons to indoor dining establishments, where they are seated, and without face coverings,” he said. “We are also moved to take this step because of ...

Pairings Palate + Plate in Cranford Permanently Closes due to COVID-19 Hardships

CRANFORD - Pairings Palate + Plate announced via Instagram Sunday afternoon that the restaurant has permanently closed due to hardships caused by the coronavirus. 

"We have been blessed to have spent the last ten years as a part of the Cranford community where our family of friends has ever increased and become more closely intertwined. We have been honored to serve in the ...

Cranford Goes One Week With No New COVID-19 Cases, Deaths

June 25, 2020

CRANFORD - Cranford has gone a full week with no new COVID-19 cases or deaths, according to the Township of Cranford newsletter. 

According to the newsletter, Cranford's last reported positive test came on June 18. As of June 25, Cranford has had 485 confirmed cases along with 95 fatalities. Of the 95 fatalities, 82 have been residents living in a Cranford long-term care facility ...

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Union County Residents: Make One Change

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is asking county residents to join a global initiative to reduce their plastic waste during the month of July, and hopefully long after.  Plastic Free July is a world-wide movement that encourages people to become part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can all have cleaner streets, oceans and beautiful litter-free ...

Lisa Becker Named Walnut Avenue School 2019-2020 Educational Services Professional of the Year

July 3, 2020

CRANFORD - Walnut Avenue School (WAS) has announced that Lisa Becker has been selected as the 2019-2020 Educational Services Professional of the Year.

Mrs. Becker has worked in the kindergarten classroom for the past six years. According to Walnut Avenue School Principal Celine McNally, Mrs. Becker’s knowledge of technology benefits both the students and the ...

Robert Tunnell Named Livingston Avenue School 2019-2020 Educator of the Year

CRANFORD - Livingston Avenue School (LAS) has announced that Robert Tunnell has been selected as the 2019-2020 Educator of the Year.

Mr. Tunnell is a fifth grade teacher at Livingston Avenue School. According to LAS Principal Cari Lopez, each year students have their fingers crossed that they will have Mr. Tunnell as their teacher upon entering fifth grade. 

"The first ...

Cranford Board of Education Honors Retiring District Employees

CRANFORD - The Cranford Board of Education honored the 16 district employees who announced they are retiring. 

According to Superintendent Dr. Scott Rubin, the 16 retirees combine for 373 years of working in the school district, an average of 23 years each. Rubin also said that 14 of the 16 served 20 or more years in the district. 

"It's really extraordinary," said ...

Community Access Unlimited Receives $2,000 in Covid-19 Support

July 2, 2020

The Irish Business Association (IBA) of New Jersey has donated $6,000 to four local organizations to support their Covid-19 efforts. The association donated $2,000 to the nonprofits Bridgeway Rehabilitation Services and Community Access Unlimited and $1,000 each to the Trinitas Health Foundation and Saint Barnabas Medical Center.

Community Access Unlimited is an Elizabeth-based statewide ...

Lawsuit Claims Bullying, Sex Assaults Led to Westfield Student’s Suicide

June 27, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — The parents of a Westfield High School sophomore who died in 2018 have filed a lawsuit claiming the school district allowed their son to be subjected to repeated bullying, including sexual assaults and racially explicit slurs, that eventually led to his suicide.

The parents of Carthoris “Carter” Uziel filed the suit in Superior Court in Elizabeth last week.

Westfield Bands Together to Rescue Cat Stuck in Tree for Six Days

WESTFIELD, NJ — Sometimes, it “takes a village.”

For six days, several Westfield families were keeping a watchful eye on a cat that appeared to be stuck in a tree. There were two unsuccessful attempts by the Westfield Fire Department to get her down, with the theory that the noise of the truck frightened her, and she retreated further.

An EMT came by and tried to lure her ...

Crash on Garden State Parkway Sends Victim to Nearby Trauma Center Monday Night

CLARK, NJ – The Clark Fire and Police Departments responded to a crash on the Garden State Parkway at approximately 8:30 p.m. on Monday evening.   The incident occurred on the southbound side of the parkway just beyond the Clark exit at the site of the Westfield Avenue overpass. 

According to Captain Ryan Might of the Clark Fire Department, once at the scene, responders ...

Don’t Let Emotional Investing Cloud Your Judgement

It’s important to maintain a level head in times of market turbulence. But that is often easier said than done, especially in the heat of market volatility. Even with the best intentions, investors can be challenged by their own bias and emotions when it comes to making investment decisions.

Emotional investing may be amplified during periods of market stress. But by understanding your ...

Is Now A Good Time To Refinance?

Interest rates recently hit all-time lows as the Federal Reserve made cuts to mitigate the financial impacts of COVID-19. If you’re a homeowner with a monthly mortgage payment, you might be wondering if now is a good time to refinance. While a lower interest rate may yield a more affordable monthly payment, there are other factors to consider. Here are seven questions, courtesy of Arias ...

Community Conversations: How to Stay Safe this Summer

Is your family ready to enjoy summer – safely? On this Community Conversation, Atlantic Health System’s Christopher Zipp, DO, chair of the Department of Family Medicine at Morristown Medical Center, and a physician with Atlantic Medical Group shares some important tips on summer safety, and why, as we coexist with COVID-19 – if you don’t have a family doctor – you ...

Community Conversations: Important Guidelines for Returning to Sports and Activities

After the last few months it’s understandable we’re itching to restart our old fitness routines or get back to the sports activity we love. But there are some important guidelines to know before hitting the gym or the playing field. During this Community Conversation, Matthew Martinez, MD, Director, Atlantic Health System Sports Cardiology Program, Morristown Medical Center and Damion ...

7 Ways to Enjoy Fresh Mint This Summer

July 3, 2020

Anyone who has ever planted mint knows it can grow like a weed.

If you’ve got oodles of the herb, from your garden or the market, there are plenty of ways to enjoy it. Here are a few of our favorites on hot summer days:

Stir chopped mint into softened cream cheese for a new bagel spread.

Toss it in your pitcher for mint water. You can combine it with fruit, such ...