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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Cougars Win Home Opener vs. SPFW

December 15, 2018

CRANFORD - Lauren Williamson led the way with a game-high 16 points and seven steals as Cranford defeated Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 45-25, on Friday night. 

"I'm really pleased with the way we played," said Cranford head coach Jackie Dyer. "We're kind of like a newer team. We have a lot new players and we've had our ups and downs in the preseason, but ...

SOCCER: Maggie Murray Named Union County Conference Player of the Year

CRANFORD - Following a 14-goal and 16-assist season, Cranford High School junior Maggie Murray has been named the Union County Conference Player of the Year by NJ.com.

Murray's breakout year helped lead Cranford, the Union County Conference Champions, to an 18-4 record (12-0 at home), the second best in the program's history. Though the Cougars didn't bring home a tournament ...

Union County College Women’s Soccer Team Finishes Season Ranked Third in Nation

CRANFORD – The Union County College Women’s Soccer Team traveled to Rockford, IL, to compete in the 2018 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Women’s Soccer National Tournament and finished third in the nation. After winning their first game in the tournament, they fell to #2 Delta College by a score of 2-0. This was the college’s first time at the national ...

Impaired Driving Enforcement Crackdown to be Conducted Locally as Part of Statewide Year-End Campaign

December 17, 2018

CRANFORD — Law enforcement officials from the Cranford Police Department will be cracking down on drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs as part of the annual end of the year “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” statewide campaign.

The crackdown began December 7, and continues through January 1, 2019, local and state law enforcement officials will conduct saturation patrols ...

Cranford Police Officer Helped Deliver Baby Boy on Monday Morning

CRANFORD - Patrolmen Daniel Donnerstag and Nicholas Cook were on patrol around 3:46 a.m. early Monday morning when they were dispatched to a call for a pregnant woman in labor.

Ruth Orozco had gone into labor in her Cranford home. Contractions were only a minute apart and the baby’s head had begun crowning.

Patrolman Donnerstag, an EMT and 5-year veteran of ...

Cranford Police Raise $6,000 for No-Shave November

CRANFORD - Members of the Cranford Police Department, ranging from the rank of Captain to Communications Officer, participated in Cranford PBA Local 52’s No-Shave November in an effort to raise money for those in the fight against cancer.

Beginning in 2009, “No-Shave November” is a national, month-long non-profit fundraising event during which participants ...

Community Access Unlimited to Hold Open Auditions for "Hairspray, Jr." in January

December 12, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - Holy moly, welcome to the '60s! The CAU Community Players, an integrated theater troupe that brings together performers with and without developmental disabilities, is holding open auditions for an upcoming production of “Hairspray, Jr.” Auditions will be held January 22, 24 and 26.

Community Access Unlimited (CAU), a Union County-based human services agency, ...

Addams Tavern in Westfield Reopens After Yearlong Closure

December 14, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ – After a court-mandated closure that lasted about a year, the popular restaurant and bar Addams Tavern has reopened.

A state court had ordered the restaurant shut over safety violations, but on Dec. 3 ruled that those violations were no longer to the extent that the establishment needed to remain closed.

On Thursday, Downtown Westfield, the entity managing the ...

Popular Restaurant Addams Tavern in Westfield Readies to Reopen After Yearlong Closure

WESTFIELD, NJ — A popular restaurant in Downtown Westfield that has been closed for about a year is preparing to reopen with a new menu and staff.

Denise Telerico, a manager at Addams Tavern (part of Harvest Restaurant Group), said on Monday the establishment is tentatively anticipated to open Friday but has some preparations to make after its yearlong closure.

While the interior ...

Judge Gives Addams Tavern in Westfield Green Light to Reopen

WESTFIELD, NJ — Nearly a year after being shut down over building code violations, Addams Tavern has gotten a state court’s approval to reopen.

The popular restaurant has all the government approvals needed to reopen, Town Attorney Thomas Jardim said Friday.

“There appear to be remaining issues as to drainage of rainwater and one issue with respect to ADA ...

Phillips 66 Donates a New Ambulance to Trinitas Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Services Program

December 13, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ – Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery has, once again, come to the rescue of Trinitas Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Services Program, this time, just in time for the holidays. The most recent grant from Phillips 66 in the amount of $81,300 has enabled the purchase of an urgently needed, new ambulance for the Trinitas Emergency Services ...

Cranford Police Raise $6,000 for No-Shave November

CRANFORD - Members of the Cranford Police Department, ranging from the rank of Captain to Communications Officer, participated in Cranford PBA Local 52’s No-Shave November in an effort to raise money for those in the fight against cancer.

Beginning in 2009, “No-Shave November” is a national, month-long non-profit fundraising event during which participants ...

Phillips 66 Donates a New Ambulance to Trinitas Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Services Program

December 13, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ – Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery has, once again, come to the rescue of Trinitas Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Services Program, this time, just in time for the holidays. The most recent grant from Phillips 66 in the amount of $81,300 has enabled the purchase of an urgently needed, new ambulance for the Trinitas Emergency Services ...

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Duck Donuts Set to Open in Clark Friday

December 7, 2018

CLARK, NJ – After a long wait and much anticipation, Duck Donuts is opening its doors to the public on Friday, December 7. The Clark store is the fifth location in New Jersey.

Duck Donuts starts with a warm made-to-order vanilla cake donut. After leaving the fryer, donut enthusiasts get to create their own donut combination by choosing from a variety of glazes, toppings ...

Cranford to Continue Tuition-Based Full-Day Kindergarten For 2019-20 School Year

December 12, 2018

CRANFORD - The Cranford Board of Education will continue to hold two tuition-based full-day kindergartens for the 2019-2020 school year, pending sufficient enrollment. In anticipation of high interest in the program, your child’s participation will be based on a lottery.

Children who will be five years old by October 1, 2019, and are Cranford residents are eligible for the ...

New Study Reveals Half of NJ residents Diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease Do Not Receive Referrals to Support Services

December 17, 2018

ROSELAND – A recent survey conducted by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind on behalf of Alzheimer’s New Jersey® found that an overwhelming majority of New Jersey residents with memory loss concerns (89%) visited a doctor to seek diagnosis. However, only about half (54%) of the physicians seen suggested support programs to assist those with the disease and their ...

Westfield Area YMCA Men's Club Tree Lot Enters Final Weeks

WESTFIELD, NJ — Christmas is almost here and the Y Men’s Tree Lot still has trees available to beautify your home or office this season while helping the community.

All proceeds benefit local organizations. Proceeds benefit the financial assistance program at the Westfield Area YMCA as well as the Achievers Program for minority youth.

Other organizations that benefit ...

Upcoming Events

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Sat, December 22, 10:00 AM

Cranford Community Center, Cranford

Cranford Elks Hoop Shoot

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Fri, January 18, 8:00 PM

Union County Performing Arts Center , Rahway

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Arts & Entertainment

‘The Winter’s Tale’ makes sweeping shifts from drama to froth at Shakespeare Theatre

‘The Winter’s Tale’ makes sweeping shifts from drama to froth at Shakespeare Theatre

By Liz Keill

MADISON, NJ – From the chilly winter in Sicilia to the warmth and summer joys of Bohemia, the scene and tenor shift halfway through “The Winter’s Tale,”

This convoluted plot involving Leontes, King of Sicilia and King Polixenes of Bohemia, circles ...

Chatham Players’ “A Christmas Carol’ starts the holiday season in style

Chatham Players’ “A Christmas Carol’ starts the holiday season in style

By Liz Keill

CHATHAM, NJ – Charles Dickens’ beloved “Christmas Carol” creates a cheerful glow at The Chatham Playhouse.

This musical version of the familiar tale features the author himself narrating, and sometimes taking part, in the story. Chip Prestera as Dickens once ...

‘The Winter’s Tale’ makes sweeping shifts from drama to froth at Shakespeare Theatre

‘The Winter’s Tale’ makes sweeping shifts from drama to froth at Shakespeare Theatre

By Liz Keill

MADISON, NJ – From the chilly winter in Sicilia to the warmth and summer joys of Bohemia, the scene and tenor shift halfway through “The Winter’s Tale,”

This convoluted plot involving  Leontes, King of Sicilia and Archidamus, a Bohemian Lord, ...

‘A Doll’s House, Parts 2’ explores marriage, identity and compromise

‘A Doll’s House, Parts 2’ explores marriage, identity and compromise

By Liz Keill

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Leave it to George Street Playhouse to produce a play that works on so many levels. We have the familiar slamming-the-door exit of Nora Helmut, who abruptly leaves her secure life with Torvald for parts unknown

This play by Lucas Hnath received a successful run on ...