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Cranford Treasure Hunters 'Never Say Die!'

August 8, 2022

CRANFORD, NJ - "Hey, you guys!" Have you heard there's a treasure hidden somewhere in Cranford? A Goonies (1985) inspired treasure chest full of over $700 of gift cards and products donated by local businesses is up for grabs.

The way to find this treasure trove of Cranford goodies is not through an old map, but by shopping in Downtown Cranford.

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Cranford Restaurant Week Announces Menus and Deals

CRANFORD, NJ - Downtown Cranford has announced the menus for summer restaurant week, Aug. 7 - 11. Restaurants in town are offering prix fixe meals and special pricing for meals. "This is a great opportunity to try a new restaurant or visit an old favorite," Downtown Cranford said on its website.

Here is a list of participating restaurants with links to their Restaurant Week ...

Cranford Health Officer Weighs in on Monkeypox; Union County Reports 24 Cases

August 9, 2022

CRANFORD, NJ - The NJ Dept. of Health (NJDOH) reports 243 Monkeypox cases in the Garden State. The report, published Aug. 8, 2022, shows an increase of 29 cases since the last report on Fri. Aug. 5. In Union County, there are 24 cases as of Monday morning. 

What Is It?

Monkeypox can affect anyone, according to the state Health Department. It causes flu-like symptoms, swollen ...

It May Feel as Hot as 104 Degrees in Cranford Area Thursday, Weather Service Says

CRANFORD, NJ — With heat index values projected between 95 and 104 degrees Thursday, the National Weather Service has issued both a heat advisory and an air quality alert for the region.

The heat advisory remains in effect from 11 a.m. Thursday to 8 p.m. Friday, and the air quality alert remains in effect from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday, according to the Weather Service. The combination ...

JCC’s Barracudas Swim Team Hosts Meet the Coaches Night Monday, Aug. 8

August 5, 2022

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The JCC of Central New Jersey has three swim programs. The Barracudas Swim Team (ages 5 - 18) is the competitive team; the Mini-Barracudas (ages 5 - 8) introduces children to the swim team program, and the IntraCudas (ages 8 - 18) is the intramural program. The Barracudas are beginning their 22nd season competing in the New Jersey JCC-YMHA Swim League.

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The Cranford Connection: Meet Special Olympic Athlete Brian Curci

CRANFORD, NJ - Brian Curci is a present day renaissance man. The 24-year-old is a gamer, a musical theater performer, a college student, and an athlete in multiple sports. He's even got some shiny gold medals to prove it. In fact, he won his first one at just 10 years old for Track & Field. Since then, he's also won gold medals in volleyball, basketball, tennis, and ...

Cranford Police Reveal Identity of Man in Photo

August 10, 2022

CRANFORD, NJ - On July 26, Cranford Police asked for the public's help identifying a man from surveillance footage taken outside the Cranford Train Station. Within two days, the public had helped the police identify the man.

Christopher Rivero, 30, of Phillipsburg, NJ has been identified as the man in the photo.

According to the Cranford Police Department arrest blotter, at ...

Ewing Man Arrested for Cranford Burglary

CRANFORD, NJ - One month ago, a Washington Place home was burglarized and valuables were stolen. Cranford Police have now made an arrest.

Robert Griffin, 55, of Ewing has been charged with 3rd degree burglary, 3rd degree theft, and 4th degree criminal mischief after a month-long investigation. Griffin was taken into custody at the Union County Jail awaiting his detention hearing. 

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IDENTIFIED: Cranford Police ID Man in Photo

CRANFORD, NJ - Cranford Police Department has identified the man in the photos. 

Around 3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 26, 2022, Cranford Police put a photo of an unidentified man on their social media and asked the public for help to identify him.

In a message to TAPinto Cranford on Thursday morning around 9:30, Cranford Police confirmed that the man in the photo had been identified, ...

Summer Concert Series from the Cranford Library

August 7, 2022

CRANFORD, NJ - Live music is returning to the Cranford Library and Community Center for August and September with five upcoming concerts for the end of summer. The free series will be held at the Cranford Community Center and is sponsored by the Friends of the Cranford Public Library. Registration is recommended.

Schedule:

Karl Latham Trio, Tuesday, August 9 at 7 p.m. 
Magnolia ...

Saturdays with Bernie: What Makes Cranford a Destination for Filming?

CRANFORD, NJ - If you've traveled anywhere in town over the past year, you've probably noticed yellow signs with large arrows pointing towards "set" or "parking." You may also have seen roads closed, homes bustling with people in black masks, cameras, vintage cars, or large trailers. It's all because Hollywood has come to Cranford. 

In the last few ...

Home Got Owned "Breaks the Mold" on Mortgages and Gives Back to the Community

August 4, 2022

CRANFORD, NJ - Getting a mortgage or refinancing can be scary, confusing and time-consuming, even for those who have done it before. HomeGotOwned is out to change the game for the better.

Chris D’Mello had been working for various “big banks” over 15 years and realized how much the banks were making off of their clients when he went to get a mortgage to buy his own home.

Cranford Girl Scout Sets Sights on Helping Seniors with Silver Award Project

CRANFORD, NJ - When Cranford Girl Scout Troop 40196 painted rocks with the senior citizens at Cranford Park Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, Girl Scout Alivia Boone saw a problem, and she wanted to help. 

"The garden was all dirt and I wanted to help make it better," the rising ninth grader told TAPinto Cranford during a phone interview. That fateful day became the ...

MUJC Cuts the Ribbon for an E-sports Arena at Warren’s Developmental Learning Center

August 9, 2022

WARREN, NJ — What started with a generous donation, an idea, and an immediate response of,” let’s do it!,” turned into a state of the art E-Sports arena at the Morris Union Jointure Commission’s (MUJC) Developmental Learning Center(DLC) in Warren. 

And on Wednesday, the ribbon was officially cut to open the arena.

The donation came from Robert “ ...

Cranford Board of Education Honors Former Superintendent

CRANFORD, NJ - Cranford Board of Education honored former superintendent, Larry Feinsod, Ed.D., at its meeting on Monday, July 25. 

Feinsod has been an educator for over 40 years, starting his career as a special education teacher in Linden. He eventually became the superintendent for Madison, Mount Arlington and Cranford, serving the latter for seven and a half years. He then became the ...

Rat Sightings in Residential Neighborhoods Lead to a New Composting Ordinance in Cranford

August 11, 2022

CRANFORD, NJ - A composting ordinance has passed for a first reading in Cranford as a result of an uptick in calls about rats and other rodents in residential areas. 

Four complaints of rat sightings have been reported to the Cranford Health Department in the past year, according to Monika Koscova-Jencik, the Registered Environmental Health Specialist for ...

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TAPinto Reader Mail Bag: Not Shy About Speaking Up!

NEW JERSEY — TAPinto's News Around New Jersey readers had a lot to say recently about our recent stories focusing on guns, red-light-running and the money perks for those running the most powerful union in New Jersey.

The biggest response was about a foundation report on what the top officials of the New Jersey Education Association were earning in salaries and from a separate ...

New Jersey’s Disabled Community Feels Inflation the Most

Whether we push a shopping cart down the supermarket aisle or order through a delivery app, all New Jerseyans are noticing that grocery prices are on the rise. 

The cost of buying food has increased by 9.1% over the past year, according to government data released last month. Combined with fluctuating gas prices, rising rents as well as interest rates, inflation is forcing many of us to ...

Kean University’s T. Itunu Balogun Named to 2022 Emerging Education Leaders Program

August 11, 2022

UNION, NJ - Kean University Deputy Chief of Staff T. Itunu Balogun has been named an Emerging Leader by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and will be participating in the organization’s Emerging Leaders Program.

Balogun, who works in the office of Kean President Lamont O. Repollet, Ed.D., is one of 36 mid-career academic and administrative leaders from ...

Clark's ‘Good Tidings’ Is An Answered Prayer to Erika Dent's Business

August 9, 2022

CLARK, NJ  – A township-based company has pledged its time, expertise, and resources to ‘answer the prayers’ of a fellow Clark business struggling to keep its doors open.  

Last month, David McKenna, owner of Good Tidings, stepped up to help fellow Clark business owner Erika Dent after learning that she was considering closing Erika’s Cucina, ...

Summit Resident Stabbed Multiple Times During Sunday Night Altercation; Suspect Arrested After Brief Chase on Foot

SUMMIT, NJ - A 26-year-old Summit man was in critical condition after suffering multiple stab wounds during an altercation Sunday night, according to the Summit Police Department. The suspect was later captured and arrested after a brief foot chase.

The Summit Police Department, responding at 11:20 p.m. Sunday night (Aug. 7) to a report of a fight in progress outside ...

Lawsuit Claims Union County Police ‘Old Boys Club’ Members Get Pass on Misconduct

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Union County Police Department contains an “Old Boys Club” whose white, male members police Chief J. Chris Debbie allows to violate laws, a lawsuit brought by Sgt. Homero Almanzar against the department claims.

Almanzar, a retired U.S. Army disabled combat veteran described as Hispanic/Latino, is experiencing “a significant disparity” in ...

Avoid Heat Exhaustion this Summer

Increased activity in the summer could result in heat exhaustion or heat stroke, a cascading condition that can cause permanent disability or death. 

Older people, those struggling with health issues and young children are most susceptible to heat exhaustion as well as athletes who wear helmets and heavy uniforms during summer practices. But Atlantic Health System sports ...

TAPinto South Plainfield Publisher Darlene Tedesco-Cullen Named Grand Marshal of Labor Day Parade

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — When Darlene Tedesco-Cullen received a call from South Plainfield Councilwoman Christine Faustini to talk about the borough's annual Labor Day parade, Tedesco-Cullen thought she knew what it was about.

"Usually I help judge the floats, so I figured she was going to ask me if I was going to be around Labor Day to judge again," Tedesco-Cullen, the ...