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SOFTBALL: Gardiner Tosses No-Hitter With 12 Strikeouts, Cougars Advance to Quarterfinals

May 16, 2019

CRANFORD - Sophomore Morrigan Gardiner tossed a five-inning no-hitter and allowed just one runner via error while striking out 12 to lead seventh-seeded Cranford past 10th-seeded Payne Tech, 10-0, in the first round of the North Jersey Section 2, Group 3 tournament, on Thursday.

Gardiner got off to a red hot start striking out the side on 11 pitches in the first inning. Though the ...

BOYS LACROSSE: Cougars Defeat Roxbury, Advance to Quarterfinals of State Tournament

CRANFORD - For years, the Cranford boys lacrosse program found itself competing in the South Jersey Group 2 bracket of the State Tournament. 

This year, the Cougars have been moved to the North Group 3 bracket. New bracket means new unknown opponents and first on the road to a sectional championship was the Roxbury Gaels.

Regular season records can be deceiving. Strong ...

CHS Athletes of the Week: Miller Schulman & Anna Horne

CRANFORD - Congratulations to this week’s Cranford High School Athletes of the Week, Miller Schulman and Anna Horne.

Schulman serves as a team caption on the boys tennis team and is a four-year varsity player. He currently has a career best 11-4 record.

The boys tennis team was eliminated in the first round of the North Jersey Section 2 Group 3 ...

2019 Cranford Police Department Awards

May 17, 2019

CRANFORD - On Thursday, May 16, 2019 the Cranford Police Department held its awards ceremony. Below are short summaries of the incidents related to the commendations received by the officers.

Patrolman Gregory Federici

On February 28th, 2017 Officer Gregory Federici was on patrol when he observed a gray Chrysler in the area of Centennial Avenue and Cayuga Road being driven in ...

Cranford Police Blotter: Resident Charged With DWI, Leaving Scene of Crash

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. 5/09/2019 @ 11:43 p.m. 

Lincoln Avenue East and Grove Street

Arrested: James Caldwell, 22, Cranford

Arrested by: Ptl. Timothy ...

Cranford Police Receive $5,500 Grant for Click It or Ticket It Campaign Beginning May 20

CRANFORD - Law enforcement officers from the Cranford Police Division will join with police from around the country in cracking down on unbuckled motorists and passengers as part of the national “Click it or Ticket” campaign.

Beginning May 20 and running through June 2, the annual “Click It or Ticket” national mobilization utilizes high visibility seat belt ...

TAPinto Announces Election Policies for Candidates for Public Office

May 13, 2019

CRANFORD - With local elections coming up soon, it is once again time to share TAPinto Cranford election policies. 

Candidate Statements: 

Publication of candidate statements is at the sole discretion of the editor of that town’s site.  No statements will be published from the Sunday before Election Day through Election Day.  Statements must be factually accurate ...

Union County Freeholders Seek Investigation of Power Line Upgrades

May 17, 2019

ELIZABETH, NJ – Residents of Cranford and Westfield turned out in strong numbers at the Union County Freeholders meeting Thursday night to lobby against a plan for taller utility poles and more powerful electric lines slated for their municipalities, something the county officials are calling for an "investigation" of. PSE&G has said, however, it must make the ...

Third PSE&G Plan for Power Pole Upgrades Would Skirt Residential Streets, Officials Say

WESTFIELD, NJ — Municipal officials and advocates have detailed an alternate route for PSE&G to place upgraded power lines. While the officials are optimistic, PSE&G said Tuesday the new plan — the third it is considering for the area — brings with it significant engineering, safety and coordination considerations.

Westfield Mayor Shelley Brindle and Cranford Mayor ...

Al Mirabella Inducted into Freeholder Hall of Fame

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ -- Al Mirabella, a Fanwood resident who has served as a Union County Freeholder since 1997, was among the inaugural New Jersey Association of Counties’ Freeholder Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Atlantic City on Thursday, May 8. Inductees were chosen for their leadership, commitment to county government, and 20 years of public service.

Mirabella, who grew up in ...

Duck Donuts of Clark Hosts Official "Hatching Ceremony"

May 18, 2019

CLARK - They've been open since December, but they wanted to wait for beautiful weather like Saturday's sunny and 75 degree afternoon to officially introduce itself to the Township of Clark.

Duck Donuts, located at 77 Central Ave in the Clark Circle Shopping Plaza, hosted it's official "Hatching Ceremony" where owners Ron Bevan and Kristin ...

Community Access Unlimited Marks 40th Anniversary - Founder Started Organization from his Volkswagen Beetle

May 7, 2019

ELIZABETH, NJ - The statewide nonprofit Community Access Unlimited (CAU) celebrated its 40th anniversary of supporting people with developmental disabilities and at-risk youth on Tuesday. In 1979, CAU’s founder, Sid Blanchard, began operating the agency from his Volkswagen Beetle with a $90,000 grant to remove individuals from state institutions.

Today, CAU has an operating budget ...

"A Little Rain" Did Not Stop Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Runners

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Susan G. Komen North Jersey’s annual 5K is in the books as hundreds of individuals’ cheery spirits shined through the soggy morning.

The 12th Annual Race for the Cure at Liberty State Park held yesterday morning, May 5, included a 5K Timed Race and Fun Run.

Participants weighed-in as they waited for results and awards.

“This is a great race,” ...

New Mom’s Get a Special Gift - Panasonic Donates 500 Baby Monitors to Trinitas' Maternity Patients

May 11, 2019

ELIZABETH, NJ --- Panasonic Corporation of North America has donated 500 baby monitors to Trinitas Regional Medical Center Maternity Patients in honor of Mother's Day.

"We are completely humbled and honored to receive such a generous gift from Panasonic. As our fellow servants in the Newark community, this is a true testament of an institution giving back to its local community," ...

Third PSE&G Plan for Power Pole Upgrades Would Skirt Residential Streets, Officials Say

May 14, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ — Municipal officials and advocates have detailed an alternate route for PSE&G to place upgraded power lines. While the officials are optimistic, PSE&G said Tuesday the new plan — the third it is considering for the area — brings with it significant engineering, safety and coordination considerations.

Westfield Mayor Shelley Brindle and Cranford Mayor ...

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Union County Freeholders Call for NJ Transit Reforms, Boost in State Funding

May 18, 2019

UNION COUNTY, NJ – The Union County Freeholder Board is supporting reforms at NJ Transit and a proposed increase in funding for the state's transportation agency.

On Thursday night, the freeholder board unanimously approved a resolution “supporting an increase in funding for NJ Transit in this year’s New Jersey State budget to implement both the recommendations ...

VIDEO: Rep. Tom Malinowski (NJ, D-7) Takes to House Floor in Washington to Advocate for One-Seat Rides on Raritan Valley Line

May 15, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC -- Congressman Tom Malinowski (NJ, D-7) spoke on the House Floor in Washington on Wednesday, May 15, to highlight the lack of one-seat ride access on NJ TRANSIT's Raritan Valley Line into New York City. (Video below.)

Madam Speaker, today I rise to highlight the struggle that rail commuters in New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District face each day.

Public ...

New Jersey Date Night: Ice Cream, You Smile

May 18, 2019

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

Frankie and Annette went on one, as did Gidget and Moondoggie. Archie was known to enjoy one with Betty and sometimes with Veronica, too.  Even Samantha and both Darrins got into the act. If we take a page from the retro dating handbook, you might just want to join the crowd and take your sweetie on ...

Once You Turn 70 ½ This Tax Requirement May Apply to You. Here’s What You Need to Know.

If your retirement plan includes tax-advantaged accounts, there is a particular tax rule you should know about: required minimum distributions, or RMDs. This tax rule can be complicated, but the following commonly-asked questions can help you understand how it works and how it may apply to you.


Q: What are RMDs?

A: Required minimum distributions are retirement account withdrawals ...

Sample Ballots for June Primary Election Now Available on Union County Clerk Elections Website and App

May 19, 2019

Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi announces that sample ballots for the June 4 Primary Election are now available on the Union County Votes mobile app for Apple and Android devices, and on the County Clerk’s election website at

“My office will begin mailing sample ballots by U.S. Mail on Tuesday, May 21st to each voter. The online posting is an additional ...

Free Lunchtime Lecture At Westfield Area Y: Latest Therapies For Parkinson’s Disease

The Westfield Area YMCA hosts Dr. Antonios Mammis, Functional Neurosurgeon at University Hospital Newark and Dr. Erin Feinstein, Movement Disorder Specialist at University Hospital Newark for a free lunchtime lecture 12:30 - 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29. Learn about the latest therapies for Parkinson’s Disease. Topics include medication management, diet/exercise, and surgical options.

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JCC of Central New Jersey, Scotch Plains

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Vinny's Pizza & Pasta, Cranford

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Saint Joseph High School Crew Team Excelled at Mid-Atlantic Youth Championships

The Youth Double (Trent Tighelaar, Ian Hedin) came home with a gold medal and a qualification for the Youth National Championships in Sarasota, Florida marking the first time Saint Joe's has qualified in the program’s history. Only the top three boats of the event within the region receive a coveted spot at Youth Nationals which is held on June 6th.

The Youth Quad (Keaton ...

‘Skylight’ Takes Emotional Leap for Two Mismatched Lovers

PRINCETON, NJ – Kyra is living on the edge in an upstairs flat in north-west London. When her former employer, and lover, Tom, comes to see her, he is horrified that she will put up with such a sad, paint-peeling habitat.

But we learn, in David Hare’s fascinating “Skylight,” she is making a statement as well as finding fulfillment in teaching poor children in a rundown ...

‘She Loves Me’ sparkles and shines at Summit Playhouse

SUMMIT, NJ – With only one more weekend to see this charming musical at The Summit Playhouse, it’s well worth your time to seek out “She Loves Me” on May 17 or 18 at 8 p.m. or Sunday, May 19, at 2 p.m.

The play, set in 1937, has a long history, first as “The Perfumerie,” set in Budapest, by Hungarian playwright Mikos Laszio. Then there was a film version ...

‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ makes for delightful bon-bon at Chatham Playhouse

CHATHAM, NJ – There’s no one quite like Oscar Wilde to take a somewhat jaundiced view of the byways of the upper crust in staid London society.

“The Importance of Being Earnest,” an Edwardian farce, was perhaps Wilde’s most popular play and still seems to amuse and entertain today’s audience. Director Tom Frascatore has assembled a talented cast to add ...

Reckless proposal to run high voltage power lines down Union County’s residential streets must be stopped

May 16, 2019

(Bryn Lloyd-Bollard resides in Cranford, NJ, with his wife Jesse and their 19-month-old son Owen)

Union County, NJ, is the third most densely-populated county in the most densely-populated state in the nation.  Concerns related to over-development, lack of green space, traffic congestion, the quality and safety of our schools, and property values are among the many 21st century ...