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Softball: Cranford Defeats Nutley 4-0 to Capture N2G3 Sectional Championship

June 12, 2021

CRANFORD - Morrigan Gardiner tossed a three-hit shutout to lead sixth-seeded Cranford past top-seeded Nutley, 4-0, in the final round of the North Jersey, Section 2, Group 3 Tournament. 

Gardiner's only challenge came in the bottom of the fifth when she loaded the bases with just one out, but was able to end the threat with a strikeout and a ground out. Through the four games of ...

Vinny's Pizza & Pasta Cranford Senior Athletes of the Week: Kaylee Szekeres & Pat Benderoth

CRANFORD - Congratulations to this week's Vinny's Pizza & Pasta Cranford Senior Athletes of the Week: Kaylee Szekeres & Pat Benderoth.

Szekeres played two years as a defender on the varsity girls lacrosse team. She is a member of the Student Council and was the team manager for the Varsity Football and Wrestling teams.

Baseball: Cranford Defeats Somerville 7-2 to Set Up Father vs. Sons Sectional Championship

CRANFORD - The Cranford baseball program will look to add another trophy to its display case.

On Wednesday, Will Gallagher tossed six innings and allowed just two runs on eight hits to lead second-seeded Cranford past third-seeded Somerville, 7-2, in the semifinal round of the North Jersey, Section 2, Group 3 tournament. With the win, Cranford advances to take on top-seeded Millburn in ...

Cranford Police Participate in Special Olympics Torch Run

June 14, 2021

CRANFORD - Cranford police officers took part in this year’s Special Olympics Torch Run, a state-wide, day-long marathon along 26 separate routes, involving 3,000 New Jersey police officers. The annual event raises funds and awareness for the Special Olympics.

Joining the Cranford Police was local Olympian and Cranford resident Tommy Wisniewski. Cranford's 1.5 mile-stretch carried ...

Cranford Police Blotter: Newark Man Arrested for Shoplifting on South Avenue West

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. 04/17/2021 @ 9:56 a.m.

Quine Street

Arrested: Donald Trunslow Jr., 52, Lakewood; Anthony Dixon Jr., 37, Manchester

Arrested by: Det. Robert ...

Girl Scouts of Cranford Honor Veterans with Special Video Project

June 3, 2021

CRANFORD - A special video project was shared on Memorial Day to honor those Cranford residents who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country.

The project was a collaboration between the Girl Scouts of Cranford, Cranford VFW Post 335, the Cranford86 Project, the Cranford Recreation and Parks Department, and TV35, Cranford’s local public access channel.

There ...

Cranford Election: Kate Rappa Defeats Incumbent Tom Hannen, Jr. in Democrat Primary

June 9, 2021

CRANFORD - Newcomer Kate Rappa has defeated incumbent Tom Hannen, Jr. in the Democrat Primary for the Township Committee, according to the unofficial results reported by Union County.

According to the unofficial results, Rappa defeated Hannen 1,166 (55.79) to 921 (44.07). Rappa, a Cranford Planning Board Member, professional auditor and real estate professional now advances to take ...

New Jersey Primary Elections will be Taking Place Tuesday, June 8. Here’s What You Need to Know About this Year’s Primaries.

CRANFORD - The 2021 election season is in full swing, with the New Jersey Primary Elections taking place on Tuesday, June 8.  

The New Jersey Division of Elections has an online tool to check if you are registered to vote. The tool will tell you what your registration status, the city and county you are registered to vote in, as well as your voter ID number. 

By the time of ...

Vinny's Pizza & Pasta Cranford Senior Athletes of the Week: Kaylee Szekeres & Pat Benderoth

June 11, 2021

CRANFORD - Congratulations to this week's Vinny's Pizza & Pasta Cranford Senior Athletes of the Week: Kaylee Szekeres & Pat Benderoth.

Szekeres played two years as a defender on the varsity girls lacrosse team. She is a member of the Student Council and was the team manager for the Varsity Football and Wrestling teams.

Free Mobile Document-Shredding Event in Cranford This Saturday

June 8, 2021

CRANFORD - The Union County Board of County Commissioners reminds residents that the next mobile paper shredding event of 2021 will be held in Cranford at Union County College, located at 1033 Springfield Avenueon Saturday, June 12 for free, secure shredding of personal and confidential documents.

“Union County’s free mobile document shredding service helps residents fight ...

Cranford Launches "Food Waste to Energy" Program

CRANFORD - The Township of Cranford has launched a "Food Waste to Energy" program as part of its commitment to support sustainable practices and encourage residents to reuse and recycle.

Residents can bring their food waste to the Conservation Center (210 Birchwood Ave.) during regular open hours and leave in a dedicated bin set up ...

Free Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Event in Cranford This Saturday

CRANFORD - The Union County Board of Commissioners reminds residents that the next free Household Hazardous Waste event will be held this Saturday at Union County College, located at 1033 Springfield Avenue in Cranford.

“The Household Hazardous Waste events provide a free, convenient opportunity for residents to remove unwanted chemicals and other potentially hazardous items from ...

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Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Earn Instrumental Accolades

EDISON, NJ -- Shourya Chhabra of Roselle Park and Luke Tan of Edison, students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, recently performed with the Region Jazz Band Dizzy Gillespie Virtual Ensemble. Students who participated in this performance were accepted through a stringent audition process in the spring. Both Shourya and Luke were featured as soloists.

As a result of receiving the top ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Third Graders Share United States Presentations

EDISON, NJ -- States from all over our great nation were on display at last week’s Third Grade States Presentations, held outdoors under the AP Room Tent at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison. Faculty, staff and students visited the displays and learned about many states and their customs and traditions from expert guides who were dressed to represent their state.

The assignment ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Inducted into Cum Laude Society

EDISON, NJ -- The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison inducted 14 new members into the Cum Laude Society in a ceremony held Friday, June 4 in the Berry Performing Arts Center. Andy Webster, Head of School, Dr. Bob Bowman, Upper School Head, Dr. Corinna Crafton, Middle School Head, Christine Cerminaro, Dean of Students, and Upper School faculty members Nicole Nolan, Don Kluizenaar, Liz Rooney and ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Enjoy Live Return of Field Day

EDISON, NJ -- Students in Grades PreK-5 at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison enjoyed an afternoon filled with fun, games, laughs and friendly competition as the beloved tradition of Field Day returned as a live event on the rear athletic fields. Lee Nicholls, Physical Education Department Chair, orchestrated the event with help from a dedicated group of faculty and student ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Entertain at Cookin' Cabaret

EDISON, NJ -- There’s nothing like live entertainment and Upper School students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison provided plenty of it at last Thursday’s 12th annual Cookin’ Cabaret. A limited audience of students, parents, faculty and staff enjoyed 90 minutes of performances including poetry, vocals, instrumentals and dance. 

This was a special evening indeed, ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Student Earns Prestigious RPI Medal

EDISON, NJ -- Aarush Dharayan of Edison, a junior at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, recently received the Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Medal, a merit scholarship awarded to exemplary high school students. The merit scholarship has a guaranteed value of $120,000 for each medalist who is accepted at RPI. Interest in attending RPI is not part of the selection criteria.

RPI ...

Cranford Public Schools Relax Masking for Remainder of School Year

June 8, 2021

CRANFORD - Superintendent Dr. Scott Rubin announced Monday afternoon that the Cranford Public Schools District is relaxing its masking requirements for the remainder of the school year due to excessive heat.

Dr. Rubin's announcement came shortly after Governor Phil Murphy said school officials are empowered to relax masking among students and staff in their buildings given extreme ...

Union County Volunteers Celebrate National Trails Day with a Restoration Project in the Watchung Reservation

June 14, 2021

Union County celebrated National Trails Day earlier this month with the help of 20 hard-working volunteers who repaired a severely eroded section of trail in the Watchung Reservation. The volunteers were joined by Adopt-a-Trail Stewards to spread fresh soil on the trail and created a rolling grade dip to reduce future erosion.

“We greatly appreciate all of our volunteers who help ...

Public Provides Input as Union County Looks to Ramp Up Access For Disabled

June 14, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — In a series of meetings this week, residents offered feedback about making county facilities — from parks to offices and stables — more accessible to people with disabilities. 

Individuals with accessibility concerns, parents of children with disabilities and staff members from various organizations attended Union County’s virtual public forums ...

Who Will be the New Union County Prosecutor? Gov’s Pick Heads to NJ Senate

Updated on June 12

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The governor’s nomination of a Superior Court judge to be the next Union County prosecutor heads to the state senate for approval.

Gov. Phil Murphy has nominated Judge William A. Daniel to fill the role to be left vacant when Lyndsay V. Ruotolo leaves the post next month to head up the state Division of Criminal Justice.

If approved, ...

NJ Grant to Boost Union County Vaccination Efforts Where Immunizations Lagging

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county will use $450,000 in state funding to expand COVID-19 vaccine programs in Roselle, Plainfield and other areas with low vaccination rates, officials said this week.

The Union County Board of Commissioners on Thursday modified its 2021 budget to accept the state health department ...

Community Conversations: Living with Scoliosis

Does your child have scoliosis? Do you know what the signs are? Find out on the next Community Conversation where Jason Lowenstein, MD, medical director of Atlantic Health System’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center, shares how it’s diagnosed and explains why early identification is key to treating spinal deformity.

 

CLEAR and Atlantic Health System Partner to Empower Patients With Digital Proof of Vaccination

Atlantic Health Patients Now Able to Link Vaccination to CLEAR’s Health Pass

CLEAR and Atlantic Health System have partnered to empower patients with the ability to access and share their proof of COVID-19 vaccination through CLEAR’s digital vaccine card and Health Pass. Using the free CLEAR app, vaccinated patients now have the option to create a digital version of their paper ...

The Heat is On. Your Sun Protection Should Be, Too

The temperatures are up, and I think it’s safe to say, summer’s back – at least in whatever form it exists in 2021.

Truth be told, summertime is not my favorite season. It’s the heat, but more importantly, the sunburns.  The biggest question I get in the office around this time is “what kind of sunscreen works best?”  There’s no ...

Atlantic Health System Welcomes New Trustees and Board Leaders

Atlantic Health is sharing exciting changes to the leadership and composition of its Board of Trustees. The integrated care delivery system, which serves 4.9 million people in 11 counties across New Jersey and Pennsylvania, is pleased to announce its new chair, Robert E. McCracken and vice chair, Gita Rothschild, Esq.  The system also welcomes new trustees: Jeanine D. Liburd, Arthur ...

Restaurants Offer Entertainment, Outdoor Spaces to Bring Back Diners

June 14, 2021

NEW JERSEY — Indoor dining is back at full capacity in restaurants around the Garden State. But while some diners have been eager to get back inside, many have gotten out of the habit, and some still eye gathering maskless indoors with trepidation.

To woo diners back, some restaurants are turning to enhanced outdoor spaces, live entertainment and good old-fashioned fun.

Khris Raina, ...

Candidate Statement: What is Your Vision for Downtown Cranford?

June 4, 2021

Dear Neighbors,

It's no secret that overdevelopment is one of the biggest threats facing our community. Cranford is a great place to live, work and raise a family, so it makes sense that developers want to build here, but we need to be vigilant in making sure all projects are done the right way, keeping with the character of Cranford, and not creating further problems with ...

How To Increase Customer Engagement

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The main goal of any advertising campaign is to engage with customers as effectively and often as possible. You want them to see your business and remember the name while creating a positive relationship with them.  Creating an engagement marketing strategy is how your business can stay at the forefront of your audience’s mind and generate business from them ...

TAPinto's Featured Marketing Partner: Edison Heating and Cooling

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Local communities are TAPinto’s specialty, and when it comes to marketing your business to these small areas, few places are better to partner with.

That’s why Mike Iarrapino, CEO of Edison Heating and Cooling, chose to market with TAPinto and continues to do so nearly seven years later.

“I decided to partner with TAPinto because they reached Edison ...

Take Time To Get Lost In A Story: 5 Book Genres For You To Enjoy

Just as exercising is good for physical health, flexing your mental muscles is vital - especially as you age. Reading daily is a wonderful way to give your brain a workout. It stimulates your imagination, engages your concentration and memory, and allows you to learn something new.

Whether you prefer holding a book, using a tablet, or listening to audiobooks, diving into stories you enjoy is ...

Recipe Swaps: 6 Healthier Versions of Classic Cakes

Incorporating healthier meal choices into our daily lives is a great way to stay committed to overall wellness. These healthy options aren’t only available for your main course - desserts like indulgent cakes can easily retain all of the flavors while focusing on healthy ingredients. If you’re eager to swap some traditional ingredients like refined sugar and flour, fats, and added ...

Sprinkler System on the Fritz? Tips and Tricks for What to Fix and When to Call

Outdoor sprinkler system on the fritz with summer around the corner? Here are seven tips and tricks for fixing it yourself and when to call the pros.

Assess and Adjust Sprinkler Heads
The first clue to any sprinkler system problem is usually a sprinkler head that’s not performing optimally. Maybe it won’t raise or lower, it’s spraying unevenly, or it’s not spraying the ...

Upgrade Your Patio for Under $100

As the weather warms up and we all head outside, you may be envisioning an updated patio space to gather with your friends and family. While some outdoor items can be pricey, many simple updates are budget-friendly while making a big impact. If you’re ready to transform your outdoor space without spending a fortune, here are five of the best ways to get started.

Solar Lights

Adding ...

Tank vs. Tankless: Hot Water Heater Showdown

Purchasing new appliances for your home is a big investment, so make sure that you have all the information before committing. If you’re looking to replace your hot water heater soon, you may have run across models that are “tankless” or “instantaneous/on-demand” alongside the conventional “storage”/”tank” water heaters. Here’s what you ...

Get More Out of Your Backyard with These 6 Easy Upgrades

Now that the weather is getting warmer, we're bound to spend more time outside. Luckily, it’s easy to transform your backyard (or front yard) into a beautiful oasis without spending a ton of money! Here are some tips and tricks for backyard additions that will turn your outdoor space into a sanctuary.

 

These family-approved additions to your backyard, including ideas for DIY ...

Fresh Air and Fitness: 4 Outdoor Workouts for Every Level

Fresh air and fitness – a great combination for any wellness routine! As the weather warms up, consider adding some outdoor workouts to your regular exercise regimen. New surroundings can often make the same moves feel more challenging and exciting, so heading out to your backyard is an easy way to refresh any routine that’s starting to feel repetitive. Here are four great outdoor ...

Spa Day at Home: How to Choose the Best Face Mask for Your Skin

More than ever, home skincare routines are the best way to take advantage of spa-quality products to give you clear, glowing, refreshed skin. Face masks are a great addition to any skincare routine, and regular use (2-3 times per week), can make a noticeable impact on your skin’s health. For everything you need to know when choosing a face mask, read on!

Tubes and Creams Vs. Single-Use ...

Celebrate Dad with These 4 Fun Ideas

With Father’s Day fast approaching and the possibility of gatherings and parties becoming more likely in many areas, the time is perfect for a celebration that highlights Dad’s favorites and creates a lasting memory for family and friends. If you’re eager to plan something special, here are four ways to celebrate Dad that your guests won’t soon forget!

Crawfish ...

Shop Your Home for Living Room Décor Updates

Planning to host an event includes prepping your spaces - cleaning, decorating, designing - if it’s not in the cards to overhaul your living room décor this year, you don’t have to give up on a new look entirely. Shop your home for items that need a new life in your living room; sometimes, a change of location is all that you need to highlight beloved treasures by pulling them ...

Letter: Issues at Hand and How to Make Sure Your Vote Counts on Tuesday

June 6, 2021

Cranford Neighbors,

We have a choice in Cranford’s future, and your vote is your voice. For the first time in recent memory, we have a contested local Democratic Primary Election, with two candidates competing for the single seat on Township Committee which I currently hold. The support I have received from voters as I go door to door, online or when I see people ...