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Vinny's Pizza & Pasta Cranford Senior Athletes of the Week: Shannon Berry & Rob Stevens

January 9, 2021

CRANFORD - Congratulations to this week's Vinny's Pizza & Pasta Cranford Senior Athletes of the Week: Shannon Berry and Rob Stevens.

Berry finished her season and the Cougar's third leading scorer with three goals to go along with two assists. In her junior year, Berry scored the game-winning goal to give Cranford a 2-1 victory over Newark Academy on Senior ...

Vinny's Pizza & Pasta Cranford Senior Athletes of the Week: Sophia Montague and Ryan Dooley

CRANFORD - Congratulations to this week's Vinny's Pizza & Pasta Cranford Senior Athletes of the Week: Sophia Montague and Ryan Dooley.

Montague served as a senior captain for the girls soccer team this past season. She finished the year with two goals and six assists as the Cougars went on to win the Central East D Championship. Montague played a pivotal role in the ...

Cranford Police Officer Delivers Baby Boy

January 14, 2021

CRANFORD - On December 20, 2020 at 8:33 a.m., Patrolmen Thomas Bell and James Knight of the Cranford Police Department were dispatched to a 9-1-1 call for a pregnant woman in labor.

According to the release, Cranford resident Gina Chaves had gone into labor in her Cranford home when her water suddenly broke and the baby’s head had begun crowning. Patrolman Bell, ...

Two Incidents of Hate Messages Under Investigation in Cranford

CRANFORD - The Cranford Police Department is currently investigating two "bias incidents" that occurred in the township last week. 

According to the department, on Wednesday, January 6, "God is Gay" was found spray painted on a commercial building along South Avenue across from Cranford Alliance Church. The next day, Thursday, January 7, a Cranford resident ...

Cranford Police Investigating Three Car Thefts Over Holiday Weekend

CRANFORD - Three motor vehicles have been stolen over the past four days in Cranford, police said on Monday. 

According to the release, the two vehicles were stolen on December 31 from Iroquois Rd and Edgebrook Place, while the third was stolen on January 2 from Broad Street. In two of the three incidents, a car key was left inside the vehicle.

On December 31, 2020 the ...

Ciattarelli Opponent in GOP Gubernatorial Primary Race Drops Out

January 13, 2021

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Doug Steinhardt, chairman of the New Jersey Republican Party and candidate in the 2021 GOP Gubernatorial Primary, has dropped out of the race just one month after launching his campaign.

The abrupt announcement boosts the likelihood that Jack Ciattarelli, a Hillsborough resident and former state Assemblyman who kicked off his campaign one year ago, will win the GOP ...

This Year Teachers, HS Seniors Will Not Be Evaluated the Same in New Jersey

January 13, 2021

NEW JERSEY — A new executive order will mean sweeping changes for the way teachers and students are evaluated for the 2020-2021 school year.

Gov. Phil Murphy, who has long said this isn’t a normal school year due to COVID-19, announced the changes during a Monday press conference on pandemic updates.

As part of the order, high school seniors won’t have to pass an exit ...

Smokers Deemed Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine in Stage 1B Rollout

January 15, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy and the NJ Department of Health are taking heat for putting smokers in the 1B category for people registering to receive the coronavirus vaccine. 

On Wednesday, the governor announced that all residents over age 65, not just those in long-term care facilities, would be the next in line to get the vaccine, along with people who have conditions that ...

Gov. Murphy Says Trenton is Prepared Following Threat of State Capitol Protests

NEW JERSEY — The threat of Trenton protests on Jan. 17 looms, following a massive insurrection at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. last week.

Gov. Phil Murphy and Colonel Pat Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, said Monday that NJ authorities are prepared and on high alert.

“We need to bat 1,000 every day. To the governor's point [we] will be ...

Murphy Orders U.S. and NJ Flags to Be Flown at Half-Staff on Jan 11 in Honor of Officer Brian Sicknick

NEW JERSEY -- Gov. Phil Murphy has ordered that all U.S. and New Jersey flags be flown at half-staff on Monday, Jan 11, 2021, in honor of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick of South River, who died following injuries sustained while defending the U.S. Capitol when it was under siege on Jan. 6.

In a statement, Murphy said: 

“United States Capitol Police Officer ...

Hamsa Dance and Fitness Opens in Cranford

January 15, 2021

CRANFORD - Hamsa Dance and Fitness, located at 29 Alden Street (formerly SharonFit Studio), opened in Cranford on Friday. 

The dance studio is now owned by Maria Richardson who was an instructor at SharonFit for the past few years. When the owner of SharonFit decided she was leaving, Richardson jumped at the opportunity to take over the studio. 

"I really ...

New Cranford Restaurant 'Agave' Now Open

CRANFORD - Agave Mexican Restaurant, located at 117 North Union Avenue (formerly Lidia's Cuban Kitchen), officially opened for business this past Tuesday.

The Mexican restaurant is owned by Jose Villanueva who has been in the restaurant industry for 15 years. He was born in Mexico City and wanted to open a restaurant that serves traditional Mexican dishes from the northern ...

New Cranford Restaurant 'Agave' Now Open

January 14, 2021

CRANFORD - Agave Mexican Restaurant, located at 117 North Union Avenue (formerly Lidia's Cuban Kitchen), officially opened for business this past Tuesday.

The Mexican restaurant is owned by Jose Villanueva who has been in the restaurant industry for 15 years. He was born in Mexico City and wanted to open a restaurant that serves traditional Mexican dishes from the northern ...

With 65 New Positives in Past 7 Days, Cranford Surpasses 1,000 COVID-19 Cases

January 13, 2021

CRANFORD - 65 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Cranford since January 6, according to the Township of Cranford. Currently, there are 108 active cases in town.

The 65 new positives bring Cranford's total to 1,012 since the first reported case on March 17. With no new deaths, the total ...

NJ Using Honor System at Coronavirus Vaccine Sites Meant to Prioritize Frontline Workers

NEW JERSEY — Be sure to remember scout’s honor when seeking a COVID-19 vaccine in New Jersey.

Roughly 300 locations, including as many as six mega-sites, will rely on the honesty and goodwill of residents in its mission to vaccinate the 1A priority group: frontline healthcare workers, law enforcement and firefighters.

“We are trusting the integrity of all of ...

COVID-19 Testing Sites Expand to Handle Post-Holiday Rush | Video

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State health leaders say it’s still too early to know if there will be a spike in COVID-19 infections from holiday parties because we’re not yet outside the 14-day incubation ...

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Wardlaw+Hartridge Running Food Drive for MLK Day

EDISON-- In celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison is holding a food drive. Although the pandemic has prevented the school from hosting its fourth annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on campus, the school remains committed to supporting his dreams of friendship, peace, love, equal opportunity and unity.

W+H families will ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Winter Teams Begin Practice

EDISON-- The basketball and cheer teams at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison began practice on Tuesday, Jan. 12. Middle School basketball players worked out in Plumeri Gym from 3:15-4:15, with Upper School athletes taking the courts afterward. Cheer teams in both divisions conducted their practice sessions on the stage in the Berry Performing Arts Center. All athletes wore masks ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Young Alumni Share Experiences on College Day

EDISON--Seven recent graduates from The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison participated in a virtual panel discussion on Zoom and answered questions about the college process and their transition from high school on Young Alumni College Day. Separate discussions with W+H juniors and seniors were moderated by Chris Teare, Director of College Counseling, and Sarah Honan, Associate Director of ...

Cranford BOE: Petschow, Carbone, and Mallon Begin New Terms

January 11, 2021

CRANFORD - Kurt Petschow, Jr., Lisa A. Carbone, and Kristen Mallon were sworn into new three-year terms on the Cranford Board of Education at the Jan. 4 virtual reorganization meeting.

Certified vote totals from the 2020 election for the three were as follows:

Kristen Mallon - 9,715
Lisa A. Carbone - 9,646
Kurt Petschow, Jr. - 9,047

The board also nominated ...

Union County Offers Online Activities for Residents with Disabilities and Special Needs

January 15, 2021

Classes are available for children, teens and adults.

The Union County Board of County Commissioners is pleased to announce a new schedule of online classes for Union County residents this winter, hosted by the Union County Office for Persons with Disabilities & Special Needs. The schedule currently includes yoga, karate, and arts-and-crafts.

“The virtual classes are a fun way to ...

Union County Opens COVID-19 Vaccine Registration Portal

January 14, 2021

Only those eligible to receive the vaccine are being permitted to register on the county site, officials said.

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county opened its online registration system for the COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday, one day before the vaccines are being made available to residents 65 and older and certain people with chronic medical conditions.

Union County ...

Deer Hunt Opponents Protest at Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Organized by the Animal Initiative Committee, a group of concerned residents gathered at the entrance to Cedar Brook Park Sunday to sign a petition and protest a deer hunt that is currently underway in Plainfield.

In 2018, the last time a hunt was conducted at the Cushing Road Retention Basis, hunters took ten deer.

Then, at a council meeting in September 2019, ...

COVID-19: Union County to Start Vaccinating Eligible Healthcare Workers Thursday

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county will begin vaccinating healthcare workers Thursday, officials said.

Health care personnel eligible under the state’s guidelines to receive the vaccine must make their appointments through the county’s registration webpage starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday, officials said in a press release.

“As more supplies become available, we will announce ...

New Jersey Date Night: Get Comfortable at These Good Old-Fashioned Diners

January 14, 2021

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

A new year is upon us and optimistically one may believe that the possibilities are endless. Granted we just came off a year so horrific that it makes Divorce Court look better than Disneyland, so it’s reasonable to be a little trepidatious. But then again, aiming for the positive is a mindset that ...

Westfield Area YMCA Announces Summer Camp January Early Bird Registration

Bring back the fun this summer! The Westfield Area YMCA provides a safe, engaging, and meaningful camp experience with enriching activities, fitness, fun, social and emotional learning, and much more. The camp curriculum promotes teamwork, enhances self-esteem and builds skills while incorporating the Y core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Camp registration is now ...