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Cranford Soccer: Russomanno and Baiada Score, Cougars Shut Out Oak Knoll

October 25, 2020

CRANFORD - Gabby Baiada and Olivia Russomanno each scored a goal to power Cranford to a 2-0 victory over Oak Knoll on Saturday.

Both goals came in the second-half. Russomanno also picked up an assist on Baiada's goal. Cranford goalie Amanda Vath recorded three saves. 

The girls return to action on Tuesday when they travel to Berkeley Heights to take on Governor ...

Soccer: Fitzpatrick Scores in Season Debut, Cranford Shuts Out Hillside

CRANFORD - Liam Fitzpatrick thought he might not play this season for two reasons - 1. a potential season shutdown due to COVID-19, and 2. his injured quad. 

Both of those concerns were to put rest as Fitzpatrick was able to make his season debut and score on Thursday to help power Cranford past Hillside 4-0.  

"It was such a relief," said Fitzpatrick.

Football: Cranford Remains Undefeated With 37-7 Win Over Linden

CRANFORD - Shane Van Dam completed 11-of-18 passes for 152 yards and two touchdowns to lead Cranford past Linden, 37-7, on Saturday. 

Van Dam connected with Will Gallagher on a 14-yard TD pass in the first quarter, then followed up with a 24-yard TD pass to Jake Chapman in the second. Chapman added a 27-yard rushing TD in the second-half.

Cranford's defense accounted for 16 ...

Cranford Police Hosting 'Cider and Doughnuts with a Cop' this Wednesday

October 20, 2020

CRANFORD - In the spirit of Fall, the Cranford Police Department will be hosting "Cider & Doughnuts with a Cop" at the Eastman Street Clock Plaza on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Residents are welcome to stop by from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. to grab a cup of cider and a doughnut, ask questions, share your concerns, and get to know your local Cranford Police ...

Cranford Police Blotter: Failure to Maintain Lane Leads to DWI 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. 10/07/2020 @ 9:54 p.m.

North Avenue West and Orchard Street

Arrested: Jerome Hutchins, 26, Newark; Raequan Kinard, 25, Newark

Arrested by: Ptl.

Cranford Receives Additional Ballot Drop-Off Box Location

October 28, 2020

CRANFORD - Union County Board of Elections Administrator Nicole DiRado announced an additional ballot drop-off box location has been added in Cranford for the November 3 General Election.

The new location is in the Union County College Commons Courtyard near Parking Lot 2 on Springfield Avenue. Cranford's other ballot drop-off box is in front of the Cranford ...

‘Trump Truck Parade’ to Pass Through Cranford Saturday

CRANFORD - Residents might want to allow for some extra drive-time on Saturday morning, as a political truck parade anticipated to draw “high attendance” plans to roll through the town.

Organizers of the “Trump Truck Parade” announced on their website that they will leave from the AMC Mountainside 10 on Route 22 in Mountainside at 10 a.m., before meeting up with ...

Governor Fears Newark’s COVID-19 Rollbacks Are Just the Start

October 26, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Cutting off indoor dining and mandating that all non-essential businesses close their doors at 8 p.m. are part of the measures that will begin in Newark on Tuesday, after the largest city in New Jersey confirmed more cases Sunday (101 total) than all other Essex County towns combined.

Since June 30, the city has reported at least 2,207 coronavirus cases and 42 ...

Murphy Says NJ Will Be Prepared Once A COVID-19 Vaccine Is Available

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey has submitted a draft of a coronavirus vaccine distribution plan to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Gov. Phil Murphy and other state officials announced Monday during a virtual press briefing. 

While a COVID-19 vaccine or therapeutic has not been created, the governor said the “growing reality” is that one or more vaccines ...

$14M in New Covid-Relief Funds to Help NJ Residents Get Back to Work Available

BLACKWOOD, NJ — Over 1.6 million people in New Jersey have filed for unemployment benefits since mid-March when the coronavirus pandemic began to ravage the state.

Looking to help individuals out of work, as well as employers unable to hire more people due to the financial impact of COVID-19, Gov. Phil Murphy announced $14 million of new workforce development funds ...

Max & Luna Baby and Kids Store Now Open in Cranford

October 19, 2020

CRANFORD - Max & Luna Baby and Kids officially opened for business on Monday in Cranford.

The store, located at 10 Alden Street, specializes in unique baby and children's clothing, accessories, gifts, and keepsake items. The owner, Cori Ardente, also owns Anthem Style & Gift located next door. 

"My son is 15 months, so once I had him, I started thinking ...

Flag for Cranford and Local Restaurants Partner to Provide Student Lunch Specials

October 16, 2020

CRANFORD - Has lunch been yet another thing you have to think about this year as a parent of a school-aged child? Flag for Cranford and local restaurants have partnered up to help alleviate the problem.  

With Cranford Public Schools operating on a half-day schedule, no lunch is served, creating another strain for parents. To help with this obstacle, while also creating business ...

Cranford COVID-19 Update: 26 Active Cases

October 28, 2020

CRANFORD - 10 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Cranford since October 21, according to the Township of Cranford. Currently, there are 26 active cases in town.

The 10 new positives bring Cranford's total to 593 since the first reported case on March 17. With no new fatalities, the number remains ...

Cranford COVID-19 Update: 22 Active Cases

CRANFORD - 16 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Cranford since October 14, according to the Township of Cranford. Currently, there are 22 active cases in town.

The 16 new positives bring Cranford's total to 583 since the first reported case on March 17. With no new fatalities, the number remains at ...

Transform Your Pumpkin into Green Energy With Union County's Pumpkin Recycling Program in Cranford, Westfield

October 27, 2020

CRANFORD - Union County residents can put their Jack o’ Lanterns to good use after Halloween by participating in Union County’s new Pumpkin Recycling Program.

According to the release, residents can drop off their pumpkins at the County Emergency Services Yard located at 151 Kenilworth Boulevard in Cranford, or at the Westfield Conservation Center located at 1300 Lamberts Mill Road ...

Union County OKs $1.1M in Open Space Grants. Find Out What Cranford Got

CRANFORD - The county will distribute about $1.1 million in open space grants to municipalities for planting trees and funding resources for children’s recreation, including fields, playgrounds, tennis and basketball courts.

Grants will total $1,036,786.04 for the Kids Recreation Trust and $102,250 for the Greening Union County program, officials said. Funding will come ...

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Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Participate in Global Group

Students in Mrs. Nicole Nolan's Global Citizenship class at The Wardlaw + Hartridge School in Edison participated in the first of three hosted student discussions from Global Education Benchmark Group on October 21. This initial discussion was titled, "Our Shared Pandemic Experience." The conversation included students and teacher moderators from China, Russia, India and the United ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Community Embraces Virtual Camp Read-A-Lot

Lower School students, parents and teachers from The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison spent much of last weekend finding creative ways to engage in appreciating their favorite books in the first virtual edition of Camp Read-A-Lot. The event, organized by Silvia Davis, Lower School Head, was designed to motivate children and adults alike to spend time reading over the weekend.

Parents, ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge School Enhances Learning with Owl 360 Camera Systems

The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison enhanced its virtual classroom experience with the installation of Owl 360° cameras in more than 50 classrooms last week. The Technology Department installed Owls in classrooms of all three divisions.

According to the Owl website, “Any classroom becomes a hybrid classroom with the Meeting Owl, the smart conference camera that captures 360° ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Student Earns Eagle Scout Distinction


For Alex Caiola of Westfield, the decision to create a fitness trail at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison for his Eagle Scout project became a no-brainer. The W+H senior considered other options but wound up with several solid reasons to build something useful on the W+H campus.

 “I have been at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School for many years, and I ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge School Receives Top Ranking in Middlesex County

The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, a coeducational, college preparatory day school enrolling 455 students in Prekindergarten through grade 12, earned the No. 1 rating among all Middlesex County private schools in the 2021 Best Schools in America rankings released by Niche. This marks the second consecutive year in which Wardlaw+Hartridge has earned this distinction.

Wardlaw+Hartridge also ...

Wildlife Wednesdays Programs For 2020

The Board of Chosen Freeholders is reminding residents that the popular, free “Wildlife Wednesdays” program will conclude its 2020 programming over the next 2 Wednesdays.

October 21st’s program “Reptiles and Gators” will feature an alligator and lizards, including a blue tongue skink and bearded dragon.  The October 28th’s Halloween-themed Insects and ...

Cranford High School Classes Going Remote Following Positive COVID-19 Test, No Return Date Set

October 19, 2020

CRANFORD - Classes at Cranford High School will go full remote on Monday following a student testing positive for COVID-19, Superintendent Dr. Scott Rubin announced on Sunday.

According to Dr. Rubin, the student is currently self-isolating and contact tracing is underway. The Township's Public Health Office will communicate directly with those individuals who have been within six feet of ...

Union County Residents to Benefit from New, First-in-State COVID-19 Test and other Innovations at Free Drive-Through Test Center

October 28, 2020

New COVID-19/flu test is latest in series of innovations at free Union County Drive-Through COVID-19 Test Center, located at Kean University, which will expand testing hours and add new test beginning November 2nd

Beginning Monday, November 2nd, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is proud to announce that the free Union County Drive-Through COVID-19 Test Center at the Kean University ...

Head of Pantagis Company Apologizes, Confirms Closure of Snuffy's in Scotch Plains

October 28, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Steve Pantagis, who described himself as the director of the Pantagis corporation, contacted TAPintoSPF on Tuesday to confirm that, despite the assertions of Nick Pantagis last week, the iconic Snuffy's Pantagis Renaissance catering hall has closed its doors forever. 

"I'm calling on behalf of my company and eight board members to confirm that ...

Scotch Plains' Iconic Snuffy's Pantagis Wedding Hall Abruptly Closes, Leaves Brides in the Lurch, Owes Township $380,000+, Yet Owner Denies Business Has Closed

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Colonia native Kelli Capurso, 23, was, like any bride, looking forward to her wedding reception. She married her husband, Anthony, in August 2019, but postponed her reception until 2020 until after he returned from his deployment with the Marines. COVID put a wrench into their plans, and the couple had to cancel their celebration at one catering hall and booked instead ...

Clark Police Searching for Vehicle Suspected in Tuesday's Hit-and-Run Death

CLARK, NJ - The Clark Police Department is searching for a red or maroon 1992-2004 Chevy S-10 or GMS Sonoma suspected to have been involved in the hit-and-run death of 82-year-old James Leinbach on Tuesday morning.

According to police officials, the vehicle was spotted during a review of surveillance video in the area. "The vehicle should have damage to the passenger-side ...

Hanging on by a Thread, Some NJ Restaurateurs Fear the Worst This Winter

October 27, 2020

NEW JERSEY — During the typical holiday season, hundreds of thousands of dollars flow through the Rail Yard Tavern in Fairlawn.

From Thanksgiving to New Years, hundreds bustle in and out of the restaurant every weekend. By this time, its 186 seats are reserved months in advance for Christmas parties, one of the most lucrative times of the year. 

But not this year.

“We ...

Graham/Kearney for Transparency & Better Communication

October 15, 2020

A few weeks ago, the Graham/Kearney campaign for Borough Council released our Four Point Plan for a Strong Garwood.  While all four components are critical to effective local government, increasing transparency may be the most essential to make sure our town stays well-informed and avoids the pitfalls of unsubstantiated rumor.  I am extremely proud to have co-founded Garwood LIVE, where ...

Westfield Area YMCA Offers Free One Month Membership to Active Military & Veterans in November

The Westfield Area YMCA is honoring local military members and veterans by inviting them to come and use the Y at no cost during the month of November. The Y will also waive the Joiners Fee for active military, reserve military and veterans who become new Y members at any time of the year.

The Y adheres to all state health and safety regulations. This includes staff and member temperature ...

Letter: Affordable Housing in Cranford

October 26, 2020

To the Editor,

There’s been a lot said about Affordable Housing in Cranford and unfortunately, not a lot is relying on fact.

As a former candidate for Township Committee one of the issues I made a point of learning about was affordable housing and its impact on Cranford.

In the mid 2000s under the Democratic majority of Jorn, McDonough and Aschenbach, the Township Committee refused ...