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Girls Soccer: Russomanno Scores Twice as Cranford Wins Central East D Title

November 22, 2020

CRANFORD - Third time was the charm for the Cranford girls soccer program. 

Olivia Russomanno scored two goals while Kirsten Williams and Aileen McGovern each added one as fourth-seeded Cranford defeated second-seeded Brick Township, 4-0, for the Central East D championship.

The win ends the program's 20-yard state title drought following back-to-back heart-breaking ...

Soccer: O'Donovan Scores, Savinelli Pitches Shutout as Cranford Advances to Sectional Finals

CRANFORD - Tim O'Donovan scored the lone goal to lead second-seeded Cranford to a 1-0 victory over sixth-seeded Colonia in the semifinal round of the Central, East E tournament on Thursday.

O'Donovan's goal came via penalty kick with 15:56 remaining in the second-half after Pat Ganley was fouled in the box. Colonia's goalie Andrew Lukaszewski read O'Donovan ...

Soccer: Russomanno Scores Twice to Advance Cranford to Semifinals

CRANFORD - Olivia Russomanno scored two goals and assisted one to help power fourth-seeded Cranford past fifth-seeded Jackson Liberty, 7-0, in the quarterfinal round of the Central East D tournament, on Wednesday. 

"With how crazy of a year it's been, we're all very excited to have the opportunity to keep going in the state tournament," said Russomanno.

Due to a ...

Man Charged with MV Theft, Eluding and More After Clark and Cranford Police Join in Chase

November 23, 2020

CLARK, NJ – An Elizabeth man who led Clark and Cranford officers on a chase Saturday afternoon is facing multiple criminal charges, police said.

At approximately 3:00 p.m. Clark Police received a call that someone was trying to burglarize or steal a car at the construction site at the intersection of Westfield and Brant Avenues according to Clark Lieutenant Chris ...

Cranford Police Blotter: Erratic Driving Leads to Heroin Arrest

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. 10/30/2020 @ 7:16 p.m.

Springfield Avenue and Seneca Road

Arrested: Sherley Mora, 21, Linden

Arrested by: Ptl. Courtney Holder

Charges: ...

After Lockdown, A Dream Come True Wedding for Couple with Disabilities

November 18, 2020

ELIZABETH, NJ - After six months of physical separation during COVID-19 lockdown, Megan and Maurice Stephens could not wait to be together and say their vows. 

“COVID-19 wasn’t going to stop our wedding,” Megan said. It was meant to be, according to Maurice.

From the time they met at a Halloween party held by Community Access Unlimited, the two instantly ...

Democrats Win Both Cranford Township Committee Seats, Incumbents Win BOE Races

November 21, 2020

CRANFORD - Democrats Brian Andrews and Jason Gareis were certified by County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi as the winners of the Cranford Township Committee election. 

Andrews and Gareis will fill the seats of Mayor Patrick Giblin (D) and Commissioner Jean-Albert Maisonneuve (D), who did not seek reelection. The final vote tally in the race was:

Brian Andrews (D): ...

Kean Concedes 7th Congressional District Election to Malinowski

State Sen. Tom Kean Jr. has conceded the 7th Congressional District election to Democratic incumbent Tom Malinowski, who will be sworn to a second term in the House of Representatives in January, 2021.

Down by more than 11 percent on Election Night, Kean and his supporters held out hope as the margin narrowed over the past two weeks as the paper ballots were counted by election officials in ...

Poll Finds Mixed Views on Remote Learning in New Jersey

November 22, 2020

A new statewide poll found that New Jersey families want a better remote education experience for their children who have been forced to forego in-person learning as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The poll, conducted by Global Strategy Group on behalf of JerseyCAN and the New Jersey Children’s Foundation, also identified stark racial and income disparities in access to the ...

Cranford to Hold 750 Walnut Avenue Town Hall Tuesday at 7 p.m.

November 17, 2020

CRANFORD - Cranford Mayor Patrick Giblin, along with Deputy Mayor Kathleen Miller Prunty, and Township Attorney Ryan Cooper, will host a Town Hall on Tuesday at 7 p.m. to update residents about negotiations for the Hartz Mountain property, 750 Walnut Avenue.

Back in 2017, Hartz Mountain submitted an application to rezone the 750 Walnut Avenue property to build 905 apartment units ...

Murphy Reinstates Aggressive COVID-19 Gathering Limits in NJ Ahead of Thanksgiving

NEW JERSEY — Indoor gatherings will be subject to new capacity limits in New Jersey starting Tuesday - the most aggressive steps Gov. Phil Murphy has taken in the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. 

As of Tuesday, no more than 10 people may gather indoors (includes indoor entertainment venues). A 150-person limit will also take effect for outdoor gatherings beginning Nov.

Murphy Reports NJ's Worst COVID Numbers Since Pandemic's Height in the Spring

NEW JERSEY -- Gov. Phil Murphy reported on Sunday that New Jersey has recorded its highest daily COVID-19 case totals since the pandemic began in early March.

Murphy tweeted that the state had 4,540 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, which brings New Jersey's cumulative total to 
279,274 and 18 new confirmed deaths, which brings the state's total to 4,765 total ...

South Plainfield-Based Puleo International Opening November 20

November 19, 2020

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in South Plainfield.

Puleo International, a fourth-generation family-owned manufacturer and distributor of unique handcrafted holiday décor items located on Kennedy Road, will open its doors to the public for their 16th Annual Christmas Sale on Friday, Nov. 20. The warehouse will be open seven days a week ...

Giggles, an Indoor Child Activity Center in Cranford, has Closed

CRANFORD - A "space available" sign hangs in the window of Giggles, an indoor child activity center located at 103 Miln Street.

It is not clear when the store officially closed. Attempts to reach the business owner have been unsuccessful as of Wednesday afternoon. The phone number to Giggles has been disconnected and the website domain is listed as ...

Cranford Restauranteurs Prepare for 10 PM Curfew

November 12, 2020

CRANFORD - If you've got the late night munchies, you'll now have to order in. 

Governor Phil Murphy on Tuesday signed Executive Order No. 194, which restricts seating and hours for restaurants, bars, clubs, and lounges. The EO, which goes into effect on Thursday, Nov. 12, also prohibits interstate indoor youth sports.

"We are devastated by the news, ...

Cranford COVID-19 Update: 1 New Death, 50 Active Cases

November 18, 2020

CRANFORD - 20 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and one new death have been reported in Cranford since November 12, according to the Township of Cranford. Currently, there are 50 active cases in town.

The 20 new positives bring Cranford's total to 648 since the first reported case on March 17. With one new fatality in ...

Cranford COVID-19 Update: 30 New Cases in Past 8 Days, 1 New Death

CRANFORD - 30 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and one new death have been reported in Cranford since November 4, according to the Township of Cranford. Currently, there are 35 active cases in town.

The 30 new positives bring Cranford's total to 628 since the first reported case on March 17. With one new fatality in ...

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Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Explore Aerodynamics 

EDISON-- The Wardlaw+Hartridge School offered abbreviated two-day after school STEM workshops focused on aerodynamics in the first two weeks of November. Under the guidance of Mrs. Andrea Barnett, Middle School science teacher and Science Department Co-Chair, pondered the question of how the program could offer a hands-on STEM program that would be safe during the pandemic and accessible to both ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Excited To Perform Virtual Fall Play

EDISON-- The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison is pleased to present One Stoplight Town as its virtual fall play this year. This full-length play was written by playwright Tracy Wells and the W+H thespians will be the first to produce this new title and premiere the show on Friday, Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m.

One Stoplight Town is a story about people from a town so small that you might drive ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Middle School Receives Introduction To Disc Golf

EDISON, NJ-- Tim Head of Cranford, fifth grade teacher and Middle School coach at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, provided a tutorial on disc golf to sixth and seventh grade students in their physical education class. Mr. Head demonstrated some pointers on throwing and putting techniques and explained how to navigate from tee to tee on the school’s new 9 hole "Gold" ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Fourth Graders Explore and Learn Outdoors

EDISON, NJ-- The fourth-grade classes of Mrs. Ellen Ritz and Mrs. Lisa Greenberg at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison took advantage of the beautiful November weather and ventured outdoors for a day of fall fun and exploration on Nov. 6. Some called it a “Staycation” and others described it as a “Fall Fun Day.”

 It was a day of bonding and informal ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Soccer Standout Signs Letter Of Intent To Wagner College

EDISON, NJ-- Bella Wysocki of Rahway, a senior at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, made it official this afternoon by signing her official National Letter of Intent to attend Wagner College and continue her outstanding soccer career.

The Wardlaw+Hartridge senior is by far the school's all-time leading scorer with 104 goals. She has also distributed 47 assists in 68 career games for ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge School Sets Three Virtual Admission Information Sessions

The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison is holding three Virtual Admission Information Sessions – two on Thursday, Nov. 12 at 9 a.m. or 7 p.m. and one on Saturday, Nov. 14 at 9 a.m. Each session provides an opportunity to meet our Head of School, Division Heads, teachers, students and the Admission Team. 

Wardlaw+Hartridge is a coeducational, college preparatory day school enrolling ...

Union County Freeholders Remind Residents of Free Mobile App to Connect Residents with Recycling Information

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders urges residents to download Recycle Coach to get reminded of their curbside recycling schedule, learn about upcoming county recycling events, get advised of any changes or interruptions to service and learn the best ways to recycle.  The free app is designed to help make recycling and solid waste information more accessible to County residents and ...

Cranford Public Schools to Transition to Full Remote Learning for 2 Weeks Following Thanksgiving

November 20, 2020

CRANFORD - Superintendent of Cranford Public Schools Dr. Scott Rubin announced Friday afternoon that the District will transition to full remote learning after the Thanksgiving holiday starting Monday, November 30, through Friday, December 11.

According to Dr. Rubin, the District plans to return to its current system of hybrid in-person instruction following the two-week ...

Cranford's Orange Avenue School Transitioning to Full Remote Learning for 14 Days

CRANFORD - Superintendent of Cranford Public Schools Dr. Scott Rubin announced on Wednesday that a third individual in the past four days at Orange Avenue School has tested positive for COVID-19.

Due to the outbreak, Orange Avenue School will transition to full remote learning for 14 days starting Thursday, November 12. As 14 days will bring the school calendar right up to ...

Freeholder Board Announces New “Rest Easy Caregivers Grant Program”

November 22, 2020

New grant program authorizes Federal CARES Act funding to assist families of children with disabilities & special needs.

The Union County Freeholder Board is pleased to announce the new “Rest Easy Caregivers” grant opportunities for families in need of assistance in caring for children with disabilities and special needs during the COVID-19 outbreak. Approximately $1 million of ...

Two Stabbing Victims at Clark's CityMD after Assault Tuesday Evening

November 18, 2020

CLARK, NJ – CityMD employees called for emergency responders after two individuals entered the facility with stab wounds on Tuesday evening according to police.

Officials said an adult male and a juvenile male arrived at the walk-in clinic just before 7:00 p.m. with non-life-threatening injuries to their extremities after an assault on the Clark Commons’ property.   Both ...

Suit Settlement, Bridges, Special Needs Care: What Union County Freeholders OK’d Thursday

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The freeholders on Thursday approved a jail guard's settlement, assistance for caregivers of special needs children and authorized grant applications for building bridges.

Here are some key takeaways from the freeholder board's meeting:

Lawsuit Settlement: The freeholders settled a lawsuit for $80,000, from a case involving a jail guard, ...

Differing Narratives Emerge on Restaurant Group's Handling of Summit Roots Steakhouse COVID-19 Outbreak

SUMMIT, NJ - Harvest Restaurant Group of Morris Plains -- which operates 14 dining establishments in New Jersey, including Roots Steakhouse in Summit -- is getting grilled on social media over the way some claim it has handled a COVID-19 outbreak that caused the two-week closure of four of their restaurants. Shuttered for a fortnight are Roots Steakhouse and the ...

Worried about Memory Decline? Screening Can Ease Your Mind

Memory loss can be scary. People often ignore worrisome changes in thinking and behavior as they age, but it’s important to find out what is causing the changes. If you are among the 10% of seniors who develop Alzheimer’s disease, you can learn about treatments to slow its progression and manage symptoms.

As a cognitive neurologist who helped develop Atlantic Health ...

NJ Restaurants Look to ‘Bubbles’ to Stay Afloat This Winter

November 22, 2020

In a normal winter, Mhairi Robertson tries to fill the seats inside Bistro La Source, a swanky French restaurant in Jersey City. This year, she’s trying to fill bubbles.

Robertson, the manager of the restaurant, says the six plastic dining bubbles situated in the restaurant’s parking lot is an essential part of their business plan, as indoor dining is currently capped at 12 ...

Westfield Area Y Men's Club Tree Lot Opens Saturday, Nov. 28

For over 70 years the Westfield Area Y Men's Club has held its annual Christmas Tree Sale at the Elm Street field. All proceeds are donated to local charities and non-profit organizations. The event is run by club members from Westfield, Scotch Plains, Mountainside and Cranford, along with many volunteers from area organizations and local youth.

The trees will be delivered and lot set ...

Letter: Join the NJ Liquor License Reform Alliance to Boost Our Economy

November 14, 2020

Dear Editor:

It’s no secret that New Jersey has some of the most archaic liquor license laws in the nation. Our liquor license laws (over 60 years old) are holding back our state economy and efforts to revitalize downtowns across our state. Utah is the only other state that has liquor license laws like New Jersey.  

The current liquor license formula caps liquor licenses based on ...