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Vinny's Pizza & Pasta Cranford Senior Athletes of the Week: Katie Quinones & Luke Infante

July 18, 2021

CRANFORD - Congratulations to this week's Vinny's Pizza & Pasta Cranford Senior Athletes of the Week: Katie Quinones and Luke Infante.

Quinones played four years on the varsity girls volleyball team. This past season, Quinones finished with 42 kills, 92 digs, 41 service points, and 19 aces. This fall, she will attend Penn State University. 

Infante this ...

Cranford Police Arrest Man on Firearms Charges After Road Rage Incident

July 30, 2021

CRANFORD - Cranford Police arrested Alexander Truzzolino, 37, of Roselle NJ following a report of an individual brandishing a firearm on Thursday.

According to the release, at approximately 8:05 p.m., Sergeants Steven D’Ambola and Thomas Stiansen were on patrol in the area of Springfield Avenue and West End Place when they were flagged down by a township resident reporting that an ...

Cranford PD Suggests Residents Remain Vigilant Amid Increasing Thefts

CRANFORD - Since June 2021, the Cranford Police Department has taken multiple reports of thefts from private properties.

Most commonly, individuals will enter unlocked cars, sheds, or porches to find anything of value. Bicycles in sheds as well as personal belongings in vehicles are commonly targeted. In some cases, vehicles left unlocked with their key-fobs inside become an unintended gift to ...

Cranford Police Blotter: DWI, Theft, Liquid Methadone & More

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. 06/29/2021 @ 10:41 hrs.

Centennial Avenue and Raritan Road

Arrested: Marquis Baker, 29, West Orange

Arrested by: Ptl. Michael ...

New Jersey Is 2021's 3rd Best School System in America: WalletHub Study

July 27, 2021

NEW JERSEY -- New Jersey was ranked as the country's third best school system in the country, according to personal finance website WalletHub's annual list States with the Best and Worst School Systems.

Only Massachusetts (No.1) and Connecticut (No. 2) ranked higher New Jersey. New York (No. 14) and Pennsylvania (No. 24) finished in the top half of ranking while New ...

Governor Murphy Responds to Updated CDC Masking Guidelines

July 28, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Following the recent upsurge in the Delta variant of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on July 27 updated its guidance for people who have been fully vaccinated.

The CDC said that while individuals can resume activities that they did prior to the pandemic to reduce the risk of being infected with the Delta variant and possibly spreading it to others, wearing a mask ...

Edison Heating and Cooling: The Benefits of Routine HVAC Maintenance

July 23, 2021

EDISON, NJ –  Edison Heating and Cooling offers new and existing customers the option to purchase a maintenance contract and, according to owner Mike Iarrapino, there are various benefits for routine HVAC maintenance. 

"Routine check-ups and maintenance are key to ensuring your comfort systems are performing at their best," Iarrapino said, ...

Public Welcome to Enjoy Music, German Food, and Fun at Clark's Deutscher Club 

July 17, 2021

CLARK, NJ –  Throughout the year, the Clark-based Deutscher Club hosts a variety of special events open to the public. 

This month, the Deutscher Club, a private social club on Featherbed Lane, will host a Mercedes Biergarten featuring a mini car show and live music from Bernie's Orchestra on Friday, July 23; the cost is $5 per person. Additionally, on Saturday, ...

Two Cranford Residents Among Newest Graduates from the Trinitas School of Nursing

July 22, 2021

CRANFORD - 69 students, including Natalia Knapp and Eden Musumeci of Cranford, received their nursing diplomas from the Trinitas School of Nursing for what would have been the 166th Convocation Ceremony on June 3.

58 women and 11 men became eligible to sit for the registered nurse licensing exam. The convocation ceremony was a hybrid event of in-person ceremony and taped speeches, with ...

Cranford Sees Haze Due to Canada Wildfires, Weather Service Says

CRANFORD - If you’ve noticed haze in the area Tuesday, you can blame Canada’s wildfires, according to the National Weather Service.

Levels of particulate matter are anticipated to rise to unhealthy levels for sensitive groups due to a “plume of smoke, associated with the Canadian wildfires” moving across the region, the Weather Service said.

The Weather ...

Atlantic Health System, NYU Langone Health Announce Organ Transplantation Partnership

SUMMIT and MORRISTOWN, NJ - New Jersey-based Atlantic Health System and New York-based NYU Langone Health -- two of the leading names in healthcare in the Tri-State region -- are joining together to give patients greater access to heart and liver transplants and the coordinated, high-quality care needed to stay healthy.

The health systems will coordinate transplant ...

Free Scrap Metal Recycling in Cranford on August 5 and August 21

July 24, 2021

CRANFORD - The Union County Board of County Commissioners reminds residents that Union County’s free scrap metal recycling drop-off program continues in August.

A wide variety of metal goods, from household appliances to gutters and sheds, will be accepted at two countywide collection sites in Cranford and Rahway every month from April to November.

“This countywide program helps ...

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Are you preparing to return to work? NJ TRANSIT is ready for you.

NEW JERSEY — The pandemic resulted in a unique work-from-home model for many New Jersey residents, with a “new normal” evolving as infection rates decline.

While some employers may intend to keep remote work options in place, a growing trend reveals many companies transitioning back to in-person workplaces.

Roadways already show evidence of rush-hour congestion as workers ...

What is a Wasp

Every year, around 62 people die from hornet, wasp, or bee stings. These creatures may be little, but they can be very dangerous if you or someone you know has an allergy. 

You may be allergic to a particular insect, which means it's important to know the difference between them.

So what is a wasp? And how can you identify them? We'll discuss these ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Student Earns National, Academic Lacrosse Recognition

Kevin Yan of Plainfield is a quick study whose relentless work ethic continues to pay dividends on the lacrosse field. 

The recent Wardlaw+Hartridge graduate first picked up a lacrosse stick in the spring of his sophomore year. Just over two years later, Kevin has been selected as an Academic All-American and also will be representing the Chinese U-19 national team at the World Lacrosse ...

4 Candidates Vying for 3 Seats on Cranford Board of Education

July 28, 2021

CRANFORD - Three incumbents and one newcomer are running for three open seats on the Cranford Board of Education in the November election, according to the Union County Clerk’s Office.

The deadline for candidates to file with the Union County Board of Elections was Monday, July 26. Current Cranford Board of Education members Maria Loikith, William Hulse, and Terry Darling ...

Nicole Vaccaro Named New Cranford Assistant Principal at Hillside Avenue School

CRANFORD - The Cranford Board of Education announced Nicole Vaccaro has been named the new assistant principal at Hillside Avenue School.  

Vaccaro has taught mathematics in grades 6-8, as well as all financial literacy classes at Hillside Avenue School the past two years. She is also a member of the District Assessment Committee and the District Middle School Scheduling ...

Frances Corsaro Named Orange Avenue School's 2020-2021 Educational Services Professional of the Year

CRANFORD - Frances Corsaro has been named Orange Avenue School's Educational Services Professional of the Year as part of the 2020-2021 Governor’s Teacher/Educational Services Professional Recognition Program.

Corsaro is a classroom assistant at Orange Avenue School. According to Principal Lori Lubieski-Hutmaker, parents say Corsaro goes above and beyond to make sure ...

New COVID-19 Vaccine Pop-Up Clinic Added in Union County

July 30, 2021

Free COVID-19 shots for County residents offered at National Night Out event in Hillside, August 3.

Union County residents seeking free COVID-19 vaccines now have four pop-up vaccination clinics to choose from this week. The newest addition to the schedule is a pop-up clinic on Tuesday, August 3 in Hillside from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. during the National Night Out event at Bristol Myers Park, ...

Court Halts Progress on $145M Union County Gov’t Building Plans in Elizabeth

July 25, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — A state court judge this week ordered progress on a $145 million government complex planned for Elizabeth be stopped amid a Wayne-based construction company’s lawsuit claiming the county skirted New Jersey’s public bidding laws.

While an attorney for the Wayne company Dobco Inc. welcomed the order, a lawyer for the Union County Improvement Authority said ...

Union County Sticks to Virtual Public Meetings as Others Restart In Person

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county Board of Commissioners is not planning to hold in-person public meetings any time soon.

While many local governments in Union County have returned holding their public meetings in-person, the county commissioners are sticking with Zoom meetings, which they also stream live on the county's Facebook page. A spokesperson for the county said the room the ...

With Evictions Looming, Union County to Distribute $16.6M in Federal Rental Aid

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Landlords will be able to apply for federal funds to pay for up to 12 months of their tenants’ unpaid back rent and utilities starting Monday, the county announced.

It comes amid pending legislation in the statehouse that if approved would end New Jersey’s moratorium on evictions this fall.

The first round of CARES Act dollars going to rental relief in ...

5 Cool Tips to Prevent Heat-Related Illness

You’re finishing up your afternoon walk on a scorching 90-degree day when you feel a little dizzy. You check your pulse. It’s faster than normal. You’re sweating, and you feel a cramp in your left leg. Should you head indoors?

Yes, says Alexander Sarenac, MD, an emergency medicine physician with Atlantic AdvancED Urgent Care. “These are all signs of a health condition ...

In Season: The Best Ways to Cook NJ Sweet Corn

July 28, 2021

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey sweet corn is in season until the beginning of September. Take advantage of this local summer veggie by eating it as soon as possible after it’s picked — the sugar turns to starch as it ages.

For storage, keep fresh corn on the cob in the husk in the fridge. Once you’re ready to enjoy your corn, remove the husk and silk, wash it and try one of ...

TAPinto Denville Franchisee Joins Senior Team of African American Chamber of Commerce of NJ

DENVILLE, NJ -- The African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) announced the addition of Ferlanda Fox Nixon, Esq. -- franchisee, publisher, and editor of TAPinto Denville -- as chief of policy and government affairs. 

AACCNJ is a proactive advocacy group that provides a platform for New Jersey’s African-American business leaders to speak with a ...

Lifelong Journalist Finds Way To Keep News Passion Alive By Launching TAPinto Chatham

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - To reporters, news is more than a job, it’s a passion. For Ed Barmakian, news is his whole life. And when he saw his passion was in danger, he found a way to evolve to meet the times rather than lose what he loves. 

Barmakian launched TAPinto Chatham in July of 2013. He had recently retired from the Star Ledger after 33 as a sports journalist and editor. His ...

Summer Ad Trends That Help Your Business Beat The Heat And The Competition

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Summer is back and so are customers! With the worst of COVID-19 hopefully behind us, people are more excited than ever to get outside and enjoy the warm weather. For your business, this could be a huge opportunity to draw in new customers and gain additional revenue you may have lost during last year’s lockdown. 

With consumers looking to shop locally now more ...

Shapiro: The Foxes are Winning: Partisan Local News Sites are Getting the Upperhand

Back in October, I wrote about the launch of partisan local news sites and how they were filling the void in local news in towns across the country. Since then, the amount of such sites has grown from a few hundred to more than 1,000. While some high-quality objective local news sites have launched since then, they are being dwarfed in size and scale by the partisan sites.

One ...

5 Minute Intervals Or 30 Minutes At Once: Which Is Better?

Squeezing in time to exercise can be challenging, especially if you juggle a hectic schedule. But staying physically active is one of the most important things you can do for your health as you age.

Given the increasing popularity of 5-minute interval workouts (or High-Intensity Interval Training – HIIT), swapping short bursts of moderately intense and vigorous aerobic exercise followed ...

8 Simple Activities To Enjoy With Your Grandkids

Spending quality time with your grandkids (and kids) adds joy and laughter to any given day. Just basking in a child’s boundless energy and carefree silliness can boost your mood and make you smile. But joining in the fun also keeps you physically and mentally active – and research shows that multigenerational interaction is good for older adults and kids.


If you’re ...

Bring the Sunshine Indoors With These 4 Simple Décor Ideas

As summer approaches, everyone is eager to spend more time outside enjoying the sun. It’s also the perfect time to transition your home décor to reflect the added daylight and brightness outside. If you’re ready to bring more of the sunshine inside this season, here are four great ways to easily update your décor for a lighter and brighter feeling.

Clean and ...

How to Incorporate Chalk Paint Into Your Next Project

Chalk paint is all the rage for that cozy richness it gives to furniture, décor, and even walls. The matte finish adds a softness to bold colors and a thickness that covers even the most worn down surfaces.


Home decorating moguls love chalk paint, and now you can, too - here’s the lowdown on why, where, and how to use chalk paint for your next DIY decorating ...

Tile, Wood, or Laminate — What’s Your Flooring Match?

If your wood floors are discolored and scratched, your tile chipped, or your laminate worn, you may need an upgrade! But what’s the best flooring option? That all depends on the purpose of the area to be refinished, your budget, and your style.

The following sections will outline some of the key differences between wood, tile, and laminate.

Since there are pros and cons to each type ...

DIY or Hire a Pro? Backyard Fencing and Wall Ideas for Privacy and Style

Your backyard is where you go to relax, get some fresh air, and still feel at home. You want to be able to enjoy the outdoors and maintain some privacy with your family or guests. If your fencing isn’t offering you the privacy, or the style you need, here are a few ideas for upgrading your outdoor space.


These fencing and wall options range from simple and classic to modern and ...