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Oktoberfest Returns to Cranford as a Town-Wide Celebration October 3

September 8, 2020

CRANFORD - The Cranford Jaycees have announced that the annual Cranford Oktoberfest event will be a town-wide celebration this year.

Due to COVID-19, this year’s event looks a little different, but the beer and brats will be just as tasty. Typically held in the parking lot of Union County College, this year the Cranford Jaycees are bringing the party to you. Participants ...

Registered Voters in Cranford to Receive Mail-In Ballots this Week

September 15, 2020

CRANFORD - Registered voters in Cranford will begin to receive their vote-by-mail ballots in the coming days. 

According to the Union County Clerk's Office, ballots will be sent to registered voters in Cranford on September 15. Every registered voter in Union County will automatically receive a Vote-by-Mail ballot for the November General Election with a pre-paid ...

NJ Election 2020: Register to Vote, Track Mail-In Ballots With New Online Portal

NEW JERSEY — Less than two months from Election Day, Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday said a new website will allow New Jersey residents to register to vote and track their mail-in ballot all while on the go or from the comfort of their home.

“This online form is safe and secure, and can be accessed anywhere – whether from a library computer or your smartphone,” Gov. Phil ...

Murphy Denounces Shooting at Cops' Home, Signs Environmental Law, Reports COVID Numbers at Briefing

September 19, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy began Friday’s COVID-19 press briefing on a somber note by expressing his outrage over two gunmen who fired on the home of two Camden County police officers while their newborn baby was inside.

The gunmen shot at the officers’ home in Camden late Tuesday and struck the home at least six times, according to Camden police. The couple were inside ...

Murphy, State Assembly and Senate Leaders Agree to Add ‘Millionaire’s Tax’ in Revised FY2021 Budget

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy, alongside statewide leaders, today announced that the revised Fiscal Year 2021 (FY2021) budget will raise the state’s gross income tax rate on income between $1 million and $5 million per year. 

The rate will increase from the current 8.97% to 10.75% for every dollar earned between $1 million and $5 million annually, bringing it in line with the ...

Gov. Murphy Signs Legislation Aiming to Strengthen New Jersey’s Long-Term Care Industry

TRENTON, NJ -- Saying that residents and staff of long-term care facilities in New Jersey have borne an outsized burden of the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Phil Murphy signed several pieces of legislation on Wednesday to address systemic challenges, mitigate the impact of COVID-19, and strengthen preparedness for future outbreaks.

Of the more than 14,000 New Jersey residents killed by ...

Gabe Bailer Resigns, Search for New Cranford DMC Director Underway

September 16, 2020

CRANFORD - Gabe Bailer has resigned from his position as Director of the Office of Business and Economic Development, the Board of the Downtown Management Corporation (DMC) announced Wednesday afternoon.

According to the release, Bailer, who took over the position in February 2018, has accepted a new opportunity elsewhere. In response, the Board of the Downtown Management ...

Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming Leaving Westfield for Cranford

CRANFORD - Westfield's loss is Cranford's gain.

After operating the past five years at 218 East Broad Street in Westfield, Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming announced it will be moving into the former A La Mode Creamery location at 2 South Avenue East inside the Cranford Crossing.

"We truly appreciate the support we have received over the last 5 years in ...

New Cranford Restaurant "Yumpanadas" Targeting October Opening

September 21, 2020

CRANFORD - Tania Marissa Maranhao is looking to bring a taste of the Caribbean to Cranford.

Maranhao will be opening "Yumpanadas," a gourmet empanada restaurant, at the former Fromage Grillé location, 101 Miln Street, with a target date of early to mid October. Using family recipes from her Haitian and Dominican background, Maranhao has created over 60 different ...

Enjoy a 'Taste of Cranford' this Wednesday

CRANFORD - This Wednesday, Downtown Cranford and Cranford Community Connection present Taste of Cranford. 

From 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., the food stroll will feature 15 restaurants in Downtown Cranford offering small plates and refreshments ranging between $5 and $7. Participating restaurants are Ambeli, Breadsmith, Cake Artist Café, Chez Gelato, Delice Macarons, ...

Oktoberfest Returns to Cranford as a Town-Wide Celebration October 3

CRANFORD - The Cranford Jaycees have announced that the annual Cranford Oktoberfest event will be a town-wide celebration this year.

Due to COVID-19, this year’s event looks a little different, but the beer and brats will be just as tasty. Typically held in the parking lot of Union County College, this year the Cranford Jaycees are bringing the party to you. Participants ...

Cranford Resident Walks Every Street in Town During COVID

September 18, 2020

CRANFORD - Cranford resident Adrienne Petrino calls herself an "explorer by nature."

When COVID-19 lockdowns went into effect, Petrino found herself in front of her computer working remotely for over eight hours a day. Looking to keep her sanity, Petrino began her exploration of her hometown, sparking memories of her childhood.

"I grew up walking in Cranford," said ...

Cranford COVID-19 Update: First New Death Since July

CRANFORD - Three new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and one new fatality have been reported in Cranford since September 9, the Township of Cranford announced on Wednesday. Currently, there are 10 active cases.

All three of the new cases are residents living in the community. None are from a long-term care facility. The three new ...

Where to Get a Free Pack of Opioid Antidote Naloxone Sept. 24-26 in Cranford, Union County

CRANFORD - The state Human Services Department will offer the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone (Narcan) for free to residents at pharmacies throughout New Jersey — including one in Cranford and 12 others within Union County — Sept. 24 through 26, officials said.

Residents can visit participating pharmacies and anonymously obtain naloxone with no prescription and no ...

Cranford Riverwalk Restoration Project Resumes Saturday

September 11, 2020

CRANFORD - The Cranford Riverwalk Committee is hosting a Riverwalk Restoration Project this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., and everyone is invited to join.

According to the release, volunteers are advised to bring masks, gloves, rakes, and garden shovels. Social distancing will be enforced to ensure everyone’s safety.

“The Cranford Riverwalk has proven to be a ...

Got Junk? 2020 Cranford Bulk Waste Collection Announced

CRANFORD - The 2020 Cranford Bulk Waste Collection returns in October and extends the same price, terms, and zones as 2019.

HOW THE CLEANUP PROGRAM WORKS

A permit is required at a cost of $120.00.
The amount of material placed at the curbside cannot exceed 750 pounds per permit. More than one permit can be obtained. Registrants should have a general idea of what ...

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Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Resume Tutoring Work

EDISON, NJ -- The global pandemic and the need to work remotely has not stopped The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison’s partnership with Interfaith RISE of Highland Park and the W+H student-to-family tutoring program.  

On Tuesday, Sept. 8, Nicole Nolan of Bridgewater, W+H Director of Global Scholars and Community Outreach, along with Maya Wahrman, R&P Case ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Peer Leadership Retreat Enjoys New Look

EDISON, NJ 00 For three days, the 12 newly appointed senior peer leaders at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison moved the program’s annual opening retreat a little closer to home – right on the W+H campus!

Normally, the kickoff to the Peer Leadership program resides on the wooded property of the Fairview Lakes YMCA in upstate NJ. However, this year our team building and ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Kicks Off School Year with Convocation Ceremony

The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison officially opened the 2020-2021 school year with its 138th Convocation Ceremony. This year’s ceremony was held virtually in a webinar presented to the full W+H community.

The processional included members of the Upper School Student Council carrying their class flags, which were placed on the stage of the Berry Performing Arts Center.

Union County Launches Virtual Wildlife Wednesdays Program

The Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that the popular “Wildlife Wednesdays” program is returning next Wednesday, September 23 with “NJ Natives” a program focusing on wildlife original to the garden state, such as the spotted turtle and garter snake.  New programs will continue to run each Wednesday through the end of October, with a new starting time ...

TAPinto Cranford Readers Share Back-to-School Photos

September 15, 2020

CRANFORD - Monday marked the first time the Cranford Public Schools district held any in-person learning since March.

With Cranford's hybrid model, students in all grades can receive a mix of in-person and online instruction or all online instruction. We asked readers to send in their back-to-school photos. 

Preschool - Grade 5: Schools are open to all ...

Atlantic Health System’s Four ACOs Saved Medicare More Than $21 million, Improved Care for 75,000 Patients in 2019

September 21, 2020

MORRISTOWN, NJ – SEPTEMBER 2020 – Atlantic Health System’s four accountable care organizations saved Medicare a total of more than $21 million through efforts to improve quality and reduce health care costs in 2019, according to recently released performance data from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

The four ACOs - Atlantic ACO, HealthCare Quality Partners ...

Second Summit Middle School Student COVID-19 Case Confirmed

September 14, 2020

SUMMIT, NJ - Summit Superintendent of Schools Scott Hough and Principal Donna Gallo have announced that a second Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School student has tested positive for COVID-19. The announcement, in the form of a letter from Hough and Gallo to the "Summit Public Schools Community," comes just four days after the confirmation of the first case.

The ...

Summit Middle School Student Tests Positive for COVID-19

SUMMIT, NJ - In an emailed communication addressed to the "Summit Community," Superintendent of Schools Scott Hough has announced that a Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School student has tested positive for COVID-19.

According to Hough, the student is "currently self-isolating" and the District is "working closely with public health officials, who are ...

Legal Fees Pile up For Union County — $25K Spent on Top of $85K for Defense

UNION COUNTY — The county freeholders recently allocated tens of thousands of additional dollars to battle two lawsuits, including one suit in which $85,000 has already been spent and another that is one of three complaints filed by women corrections officers in less than 18 months.

At their July meeting, the freeholder board approved paying $15,000 to the law firm of Kologi and ...

Community Conversations: Take Charge of Your Health

September is National Preparedness Month, so now is the time to take charge of your health. On the next Atlantic Health System Community Conversation, Scott Lauter, MD, MBA, FACP, FHM, Chief Medical Officer, Atlantic Medical Group and Faith Goldman, MD, Atlantic Breast Associates - Branchburg share some crucial information and answer your questions about the screenings and examinations you should ...

CentraState Healthcare System and Atlantic Health System Seek Expanded Partnership

Systems sign Letter of Intent to build upon successful clinical affiliation

Building on a history of successful collaboration to improve the health of residents across northern and central New Jersey, CentraState Healthcare System and Atlantic Health System have signed a Letter of Intent to create a unique model for health system co-ownership. Upon completion of this expanded ...

How Sweet! Check Out These NJ Honey Farms During National Honey Month

September 17, 2020

NEW JERSEY — September is widely recognized as National Honey Month. This month typically marks the end of the honey collection season for beekeepers across the US.

You don’t have to be arms deep in a beehive to appreciate the thick, golden stuff that makes everything sweeter. The Garden State has a number of bee and honey farms that produce high-quality, local raw ...

Why the Flu Shot Is More Important Than Ever. Check it off your list.

Between social distancing and mask wearing, we have been taking the necessary precautions to safeguard our health. But there’s one more important item that should be on our to-do lists. It’s the annual flu vaccination, and this year, it’s more important than ever.

The flu and COVID-19 are both highly contagious respiratory illnesses. Although they’re caused by different ...