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Karl-Anthony Towns Returns Home to New Jersey, Visits St. Joseph HS

October 14, 2021

METUCHEN, NJ– Karl-Anthony Towns, made a surprise appearance at a St. Joseph High School assembly this week to accept the honor of being inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame. 

Towns, a member of the Class of 2014, was unable to attend the annual Hall of Fame Dinner held several days prior due to his NBA schedule. Instead, Towns arranged to visit his old stomping grounds and ...

Vinny's Pizza & Pasta Cranford Athletes of the Week: Kelly Anderson & Colin Murray

CRANFORD - Congratulations to this week's Vinny's Pizza & Pasta Cranford Athletes of the Week: Kelly Anderson and Colin Murray.

Anderson is a senior on the gymnastics team and was the leading all around gymnast for Cranford High School at the Cougar Invitational. The co-captain helped the Cougars to a third place finish overall. 

Murray, a ...

Cranford PAL Announces Program Sign-Ups and Try-Outs

CRANFORD - The Cranford Police Athletic League (PAL) has announced its Winter 2022 Season is set to launch in November for residents of Cranford and students who attend Cranford Schools.

The PAL Wrestling program is an open program to youth from Kindergarten through 8th grade. The wrestling program is designed to encourage all youth to learn, love and excel in the sport of wrestling.

Tuesday Morning Cranford House Fire Sends Firefighter to Hospital

October 19, 2021

CRANFORD – The Cranford Fire/EMS and Police Departments responded to a residential house fire Tuesday morning on the lower block of Lenhome Drive.

According to the Cranford Fire Department, units were dispatched around 9:47 a.m. and arrived in about four minutes, finding heavy smoke conditions with an active fire in a single-family home upon arrival. The incident escalated to three ...

Cranford Police Promote Detective Nadia Jones to Sergeant and Make History in the Process

CRANFORD - Detective and School Resource Officer Nadia Jones advanced to the rank of Sergeant on Wednesday making her the first female supervisor in Cranford Police Department history. 

Sergeant Jones' advancement comes following the retirement of Sergeant Derek Farbanec. Sergeant Jones is a 1996 graduate of Plainfield High School and 2000 graduate of Rowan University.

Meet the Candidate: Terry Darling for Cranford Board of Education

October 20, 2021

CRANFORD - Terry Darling, Elissa Comer, Maria Loikith, and William Hulse are campaigning for three spots on the Cranford Board of Education.

To help voters learn more about the candidates, TAPinto Cranford asked the same eight questions to each of the four candidates. Here are the questions and how Darling answered:

1. Why are you running for office?

We moved to ...

Meet the Candidate: Maria Loikith for Cranford Board of Education

CRANFORD - Maria Loikith, Terry Darling, William Hulse, and Elissa Comer are campaigning for three spots on the Cranford Board of Education.

To help voters learn more about the candidates, TAPinto Cranford asked the same eight questions to each of the four candidates. Here are the questions and how Loikith answered:

1. Why are you running for office?

I am running for the ...

Meet the Candidate: Kate Rappa, Democratic Candidate for Cranford Township Committee

CRANFORD - On Tuesday, November 2, Cranford voters will choose between Democrat Kate Rappa or Republican Gina Black for a seat on the Cranford Township Committee. 

To help voters learn more about the candidates, TAPinto Cranford asked the same eight questions to both Rappa and Black. Here are the questions and how Rappa answered:

1. Why are you running for office?

I am ...

School Mask Mandate Opponents Rally at the State House

October 19, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Hundreds of New Jerseyans gathered outside the State House Annex Building in Downtown Trenton on Monday to rally against Governor Phil Murphy's executive order which mandates that school employees must receive a COVID-19 vaccination. 

Organizers intentionally planned the rally to be held on the same day that the Governor's Order took effect ...

Union County Sending Prisoners to Hudson for Substance Abuse Treatment, Reentry

October 10, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county has entered into a five-year, $2.6 million contract to send prisoners to Hudson County for substance abuse treatment and reentry program services.

The agreement with the Hudson County Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation was approved at the Sept. 23 Board of County Commissioners meeting for an initial period of Oct. 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022.

Red Crab - Juicy Seafood Restaurant Now Open in Downtown Cranford

October 11, 2021

CRANFORD - Red Crab - Juicy Seafood has officially opened in the former Pairings Palate+Plate location, 10 Walnut Avenue. 

Red Crab - Juicy Seafood offers a wide variety of seafood in a casual setting. The franchise has locations in 16 states, and the Cranford location becomes the second in New Jersey. The location is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, and the hours are as ...

Red Crab - Juicy Seafood Restaurant Now Open in Downtown Cranford

October 11, 2021

CRANFORD - Red Crab - Juicy Seafood has officially opened in the former Pairings Palate+Plate location, 10 Walnut Avenue. 

Red Crab - Juicy Seafood offers a wide variety of seafood in a casual setting. The franchise has locations in 16 states, and the Cranford location becomes the second in New Jersey. The location is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, and the hours are as ...

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NJ TRANSIT’s Mobile App Upgrades: Keeping Riders in the Know

NEW JERSEY – With more and more riders returning to public transportation, NJ TRANSIT’s recent changes to mobile apps literally represent well-timed upgrades.

Smartphone users can readily appreciate the ease of information available at their fingertips. A few swipes on the mobile app replace the need for paper schedules and more.  The mobile app is available on both Google ...

How to Get Rid of Stink Bugs

Have you ever been swarmed by a bug and noticed a strange and unpleasant smell?

You probably encountered a stink bug.

Chances are, if you have a stink bug infestation, your nose will let you know and you'll want to get rid of the problem as soon as possible. 

Keep reading to learn more about how to get rid of stink bugs. 

Understanding Stink Bugs

Whether you already ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Embrace Spirit Week Themes

EDISON -- Students in all three divisions at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison enjoyed a week of daily themes to celebrate Spirit Week from Oct. 4-8.

Upper School students engaged in a week of friendly competition and the seniors prevailed with the class championship in a narrow 160-140 victory over the juniors thanks to solid performances each day. Daily themes included Color Day ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Community Enjoys Return of Fall Fair and Homecoming Day

EDISON -- The community of parents, students, faculty, staff, trustees, alumni and friends at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison enjoyed fun, food and games as Fall Fair and Homecoming Day returned on Oct. 7 after a one-year hiatus.

This year’s event was held outdoors at the back of campus with volunteers from the Parents’ Association, Booster Club and W+H student body ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Student Named National Merit Scholar Semifinalist

EDISON -- The College Counseling Office at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison announced that senior Aarush Dharayan of Edison has been named a semifinalist in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation was presented to Aarush, who is pictured with Dr. Bob Bowman of Scotch Plains, Upper School Head (left) and Andrew Webster of Edison, Head of School.

Aarush ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Upper School Fall Play Announces Cast List

EDISON -- The Performing Arts Department at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison announced the cast list for its fall play – These Shining Lives – with performances set for November 12-13 in the Berry Performing Arts Center.

Leading players include Rose Kassam of Scotch Plains as Catherine Donohue, Naischa Puri of Edison as Charlotte Purcell and Krishna Patel of Edison as ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Senior Earns College Board National Recognition

EDISON -- Feisal Kiiru of Edison, a senior at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, is one of 32,000 students from across the country to earn academic honors from the College Board’s National Recognition Programs! These National Recognition Programs grant underrepresented students with academic honors that can be included on college and scholarship applications and connect students ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Middle School Elects Student Government Officers

EDISON -- The Middle School at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison elected its Student Government Executive Board officers and Homeroom Representatives last week. Congratulations to the following students:

Executive Board: CJ Strauss of Westfield and Braelyn Brandl of Plainfield – Co-Presidents, Alyssa Ji of Edison – Vice President, Duaa Noor of Colonia  – ...

How to Recycle Right in Union County

Recycling has been subject to statewide rules in New Jersey since 1987, but questions continually arise about recycling. The Union County Bureau of Recycling and Planning wants to help residents learn the rules and “Recycle Right.” Here are answers to four of the most frequently asked questions we receive about recycling in Union County:

Q: What is ACCPTABLE in my curbside ...

Cranford BOE Member William Hulse Completes NJSBA Board Leader Certification

October 12, 2021

CRANFORD - The Cranford Board of Education honored member William B. Hulse at the September 27 meeting for his completion of the New Jersey School Boards Association’s (NJSBA) Board Member Academy and has earned the title of Certified Board Leader (CBL).

According to, a Certified Board Leader is the highest level of individual certification in the Board Member ...

Cranford's 2021 Halloween House Decorating Contest

October 20, 2021

The Cranford Recreation & Parks Department, in collaboration with the Cranford Community Connection are bringing back the fun this Halloween season with the 2nd Annual Halloween House Decorating Contest!

Do you go all out for Halloween? Do you have a spooky house? A truly outrageous and creative concept? Let's see how you stack up against your fellow townies!

Please complete all ...

Suspect Remains At Large in Violent Westfield Home Invasion, Authorities Say

October 20, 2021

Police are seeking security footage that may aid in the investigation.

WESTFIELD, NJ — A suspect wanted in connection with a violent home invasion remains at large, prompting increased police patrols in Westfield, authorities said Wednesday.

The home invasion in the 400 block of Longfellow Avenue left one person injured Tuesday afternoon and led to a sizable law enforcement response ...

Public Storage: Scotch Plains Customers 'Cannot Safely Access This Highly Contaminated Area'

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Two days after Public Storage of Scotch Plains was served with an injunction to stop tossing Scotch Plains resident Mary Jean Murphy's belongings, the company issued a second public statement about the situation. Through its outside p.r. firm, the storage company said its emphasis was on the safety of its customers.

“Keeping our customers safe from ...

Crews Extinguish House Fire in Westfield Wednesday Morning

WESTFIELD, NJ — Crews extinguished a house fire on Sinclair Place Wednesday morning. No one was home at the time the fire began and no one was injured, officials said.

It was 9:28 a.m. when units were dispatched to 247 Sinclair Place, according to officials.

Upon arrival at 9:30 a.m., firefighters could see thick smoke, as well as fire in the rear of the house, the town said in a ...

Healthgrades Recognizes All Atlantic Health System Medical Centers for Hallmark Specialties


All five Atlantic Health System medical centers were honored for delivering high-quality care and superior outcomes across multiple specialties in the Healthgrades 2022 Report to the Nation, released today. Among the national and regional recognitions, Morristown Medical Center became the only hospital in the nation to achieve 2022 Specialty Excellence awards in each of the following ...

New Jersey Date Night: Frighteningly Great Halloween Destinations

October 16, 2021

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

October brings us candy, trick-or-treaters and a great opportunity for our date to hold our hands a little tighter. Halloween is upon us and what better way to celebrate the spooky season than to visit one of New Jersey’s many Haunted Houses? From eerie hayrides to disturbing hallways, a haunted ...

Behind the Headlines: How a Text Message Led a TAPinto Franchisee to Get Answers for His Community

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The text message was straight and to the point.

“Hey they have all of our (expletive) and we can’t get it out.”

That certainly got John Mooney’s attention.

Then the TAPinto Scotch Plains/Fanwood franchisee saw a post on Facebook and started asking some questions.

“They said ‘hey this is going on — we’re going to ...

Email is Key to News Publishers Clawing Back Advertising Dollars from Social Media

Many news publishers are struggling to produce enough advertising dollars to be sustainable, with many now erecting paywalls or going the non-profit route to attempt to stay in business. However, publications would be wise to think about what advantages that they can bring to a potential advertiser that social media cannot offer. One such tool is email.

Any publisher who has stayed on top of ...

How a Change of Plan Led TAPinto's Newest Franchisee to Stay in Princeton

PRINCETON, NJ -- Richard Rein had a 4-month plan.  He was going to work with a Princeton University professor, who was teaching a class on expository writing.  After that, head north.

“My original plan was to move to New York City where the action was,” Rein said.

That was nearly 4 decades ago.  He never left.

Today, Rein is still in ...

How Exercise Can Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer

Though preventing breast cancer entirely is not possible, there are many steps you can take to reduce your risk of development. Perhaps the biggest thing you can do that studies show correlates to preventing breast cancer is exercise. And thankfully, there are plenty of things you can do to get moving and live an active lifestyle.

Regular physical activity regulates hormones including estrogen ...

How to Support Your Mental Health as the Seasons Change

As the days get shorter and colder and we welcome the festivities of fall, many older adults notice that they experience a change in energy levels and mood that feels like depression. If you’ve noticed a decline in your mental health when the seasons change, you’re not alone. Here’s a basic guide to understanding seasonal depression, its symptoms, and most importantly, how to ...

Tips to Stretch Your Food Budget This Fall

When it comes to budgeting, living on a fixed income can be tricky—from monthly bills to healthcare to necessities (and leaving a little wiggle room for fun and social activities). Luckily, a few simple changes could make shopping for groceries less of a hassle each month.

Here are eight tips for stretching your food budget this fall.


How to Shop for Groceries on a ...

How to Clean and Care for Your Gutters

Being a homeowner means weekends doing chores or finding reliable service companies to take on tasks for you. Gutters play an important role in protecting your home and should be added to your bi-annual home maintenance schedule.

Cleaning gutters yourself is typically not difficult, depending on the size of your home, your physical ability to climb ladders, and the current condition of your ...

5 Benefits of Video Doorbells (and 5 Buzzworthy Brands!)

There’s arguably no better use of smart home technology than keeping your family and valuables safe, and a video doorbell offers a variety of home security benefits.

This small yet powerful surveillance equipment records video footage as visitors arrive—great for security whether you are home or away. Plus, the device’s sleek design hides its impressive functionality in an ...

How to Paint the Perfect Accent Wall

Accent walls are all the rage, and that’s because they really are a fantastic way to add color and personality to your living space. Rather than hanging up a painting or incorporating more furniture into your living space, accent walls add a unique touch to your home.

They also don’t take as long as many other DIY painting projects and can easily be completed on a weekend. However, ...

Elevate Your Space with These 10 Quick Decorating Ideas

Feeling like your home’s interior decorating needs an upgrade, but not ready to commit a lot of time and money? There are plenty of simple additions or replacements that make a significant impact on the look and feel of the most-used rooms in your house.

Here’s a list of inexpensive items you can use to elevate your indoor space and tips on how they affect your home’s ...

Steps to Minimize Your Chances of Developing Breast Cancer

Breast cancer has affected millions of women worldwide, and chances are you or someone you know has been impacted by this disease.

Though there is no known way to prevent or cure breast cancer, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk, especially if you take action while you’re younger and healthier. Here is a list of things you can do and lifestyle changes that could reduce the ...

It’s Pumpkin Season! 5 Healthy Fall Recipes You’ll Love

Hello, pumpkin season!

Pumpkin is not only tasty, it’s also a superfood because it is high in Vitamins C and A, which help with eye health, boosting immunity, heart health, and more! Below is a list of five creative and tasty recipes that include this delicious and nutritional fall produce.

Pumpkin Muffin

Who doesn’t love a muffin on a crisp fall morning? These muffins are ...

Top Halloween Costumes for 2021

Halloween is just around the corner, so it’s time to start planning costumes for the whole family! Whether you’re trying a DIY look for your crew, hosting a party for friends, or trying to win the office costume contest, knowing this year’s hottest looks will give you the edge. Here are some of the costumes sure to be popular for kids and adults this year.

Space Jam: A New ...

Add These Spooktacular Sides to Elevate Your Halloween Party

Fall brings yearnings for warm and cozy gatherings with friends and family. If hosting a Halloween party is on your agenda this year, you are in luck! From alarming appetizers and devilish dips to spooktacular salads, we have gathered some of the most delicious and fun recipes for creepy fun.



Set the mood for your party right from the start with Halloween-themed ...