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Cranford Baseball Champs Receive Keys to the City

August 3, 2020

CRANFORD - The Cranford High School baseball team was honored in a special way for their NJ Last Dance High School World Series Championship win. 

The Cougars paraded from Cranford High School to the front of Town Hall where they were welcomed by a couple hundred Cougar faithful and each player and coach received a key to the city. 

"This is a tremendous honor ...

Cranford Wins NJ Last Dance High School World Series (Updated)

CRANFORD - When Aiden Plick heard the Last Dance Tournament was announced, he told his father that Cranford was winning the whole thing, and he meant every word of that.

222 teams entered the tournament, and the easy money was that one of New Jersey’s powerhouse private schools such as Don Bosco Prep or Bergen Catholic would win it all. But those are just two of the dragons that ...

Baseball: Salvatore Pitches Gem, Cranford Wins North Region Last Dance Championship

CRANFORD - Joe Meola finally got the championship he always wanted. 

Meola went 3-for-4 with five RBI to lead Cranford past Bergen Catholic, 10-0, in the North Region Last Dance World Series Championship on Wednesday at Skylands Stadium. 

"It's been such a journey," said Meola. "I love this team so much. It's been a dream of mine to go to a state ...

Cranford Police Department: Detective Derek Farbanec Promoted to Sergeant

July 30, 2020

CRANFORD - Detective Derek Farbanec is now Sergeant Derek Farbanec. 

Due to COVID-19, the Cranford Police Department held a socially-distant promotion ceremony earlier in the month, which was limited to Farbanec's family, co-workers, and Township officials.

Sergeant Farbanec began his career with the Cranford Police Department in 1994 as a Communications ...

Do the Right Thing - Get a Free Slurpee from the Cranford Police Department

CRANFORD - Kids around Cranford have been getting "ticketed" by the Cranford Police Department, but not for the reasons you may think.

As of this past Tuesday, the Cranford Police Department began “ticketing” kids who are caught in the act of doing good. The "tickets" are actually a voucher for a free medium 7-Eleven Slurpee ...

Girl Scouts of Cranford Junior Troop Shares Important Message with 'Ties that Bind' Project

August 4, 2020

CRANFORD -  The Girl Scouts of Junior Troop 40722 tied hundreds of colorful bows to the bridge railing on Springfield Avenue with a center banner that reads, “TIES THAT BIND” #CRANFORD STRONG.”

The bridge is located across from Girl Scout Park, which is across from the Cranford Canoe Club closest to the intersection of Springfield and Orange Avenues. The idea of the ...

Local Man Runs 900 Miles Over 30 Days for Clean Water

WESTFIELD, NJ — For the past 30 days, James Leitner has been running 30 miles each day in Tamaques Park. On Thursday, he ran his last mile of his latest endurance fundraising effort after surpassing his $30,000 goal to fund a clean water system for the St. Elizabeth’s All-Girls School in Uganda.

The Scotch Plains resident and 27-year-old founder of MissionCleanWater ran a ...

Cranford's 2020 Township Committee Primary Election Official Results

August 5, 2020

CRANFORD - The New Jersey Primary Elections were held on July 7, with most voters statewide using the mail-in ballots that were sent to them several weeks ago. Cranford followed the trend, though some votes were cast at the six polling places open in the Township.

Four candidates, two Democrats and two Republicans, are vying for two seats held by Mayor Patrick Giblin and ...

4 Candidates Vying for 3 Seats on Cranford Board of Education

CRANFORD - Three incumbents and one newcomer are running for three open seats on the Cranford Board of Education in the November election, according to the Union County Clerk’s Office.

The deadline for candidates to file with the Union County Board of Elections was Monday. Board of Education President Kurt Petschow, Vice President Lisa A. Carbone, and school board member ...

Murphy: 'Providing Educational Flexibility to the Kids, That’s What It Is About'

July 25, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – Education was a main focus of Gov. Phil Murphy’s COVID-19 press conference in Trenton on Friday afternoon.

Earlier, he announced that parents who want their children to do online learning only would not be required to send their kids to school.

“This is not going to be a normal school year. It is going to be hard. It will be a challenge to ...

New Jersey's COVID-19 Advertising Campaign Targets 30-something's 'Risky Behaviors'

August 5, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – The state’s new advertising campaign to raise awareness for COVID-19 testing and contact tracing is targeting, among others, the 30-and-under population because of the “risky behaviors” they have exhibited.

Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said the “For Each Other, For Us All” campaign is debuting this week in advertising across TV, radio, ...

NJ Re-Tightens Restrictions on Indoor Gatherings As Transmission Rate Trends Up 

CAMDEN, NJ — With New Jersey’s rate of transmission (Rt) nearly doubling in a month - from 0.87 in early July to 1.48 today — Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday that he will again tighten caps on indoor gatherings.

“We believe that some of this increase is attributable to the number of indoor house parties and other events which we have been seeing across the ...

Despite Zero Deaths Yesterday and Low Positivity Rankings, Murphy Warns 'We Are Not Past COVID-19'

TRENTON, NJ – Despite reporting that there were no in-hospital COVID-19 deaths during the 24-hour period ending 10:30 p.m. last night for the first time since March 10, Gov. Phil Murphy expressed disappointment over the increase in the positivity rate in the state during his COVID-19 press briefing in Trenton on Friday, July 31.

"The spot positivity rate for tests from July ...

Murphy Adds $15M to New Jersey's Small Business Grant Program

July 28, 2020

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – April Scelsa’s story mirrors those of thousands of small business owners whose nail salons, coffee houses and nutrition supplement boutiques wouldn’t have been able to re-open in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic without a little help.

Scelsa used money she got from the New Jersey Economic Development Agency (NJEDA) to purchase masks, gloves, ...

Cranford COVID-19 Update: 8 New Cases Since Last Wednesday, No New Deaths

August 5, 2020

CRANFORD - Eight new confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Cranford since Wednesday, July 29, according to the Township of Cranford newsletter.

All eight of the new cases were residents livings in the community. No new cases of residents living in a Cranford long-term care facility were reported. The eight new cases now bring Cranford's total to ...

JCC Director Is Optimistic Despite Fiscal Woes Caused by COVID; 'I'm a Glass Half-Full Kind of Guy'

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – The Jewish Community Center (JCC)’s Camp Yachad has been a staple for the kids and families it served, as well as the most important revenue producer for the organization. For several months, it looked as if the camp might be canceled, but as JCC director Mike Goldstein said, after an “involved and thoughtful process,” the JCC found out that the ...

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Virtual or In-Person? Cranford Schools Need Parents' Decision by August 7

July 31, 2020

CRANFORD - Parents and guardians of Cranford Public Schools students have been notified to decide if their child will be attending school in-person or all remote by Friday, August 7. 

According to the letter to the community from Superintendent Dr. Scott Rubin, the District needs a decision by August 7 to plan in advance for scheduling purposes and ensure social distancing ...

Cranford Board of Education Names Zakiya Atkinson Supervisor of Fine and Performing Arts

CRANFORD - The Cranford Board of Education has named Zakiya Atkinson the new Supervisor of Fine and Performing Arts. Atkinson replaces Anthony Rafaniello, who resigned on July 1.

Accordint to the release, Ms. Atkinson was selected after an extensive search process which included multiple interviews with the selection committee, reviews of work samples, and a ...

Survey Results Say Majority Plan on Sending Their Kids Back to Cranford Public Schools in September

CRANFORD - The results of the survey issued last week to parents and guardians on plans to reopen Cranford Public Schools in September were released on Thursday by Superintendent Dr. Scott Rubin.

Survey Results


2,689 participants completed the survey.


84.27% plan on sending their child to school for in-person instruction as outlined in Plan A (using current ...

Expanded, Modernized Valerie Fund Children’s Center Opens at Atlantic Health System’s Goryeb Children’s Hospital

August 1, 2020

Morristown – To meet demand for the comprehensive medical care needed for children and adolescents with cancer and blood disorders, Atlantic Health System’s Goryeb Children’s Hospital today announced the opening of its expanded Valerie Fund Children’s Center.

The new Valerie Fund Children’s Center at Goryeb Children’s Hospital includes eight open and ...

Union County Law Enforcement Leaders Discuss Use of Force Amid Calls for Reform

August 4, 2020

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Police use of force, deescalation training and law enforcement officers’ broader roles in communities they serve are part of a local dialogue that comes amid national calls for reform in policing.

At a virtual panel discussion on July 29, Union County law enforcement experts answered pre-submitted questions on use of force policies and discussed how to ...

Fall and Winter Deer Bow Hunts Returning to Cranford

CRANFORD - The county's annual deer hunt will return to Cranford and 13 other towns following the freeholder board's approval of $19,515 for the purpose.

The deer management program, which the freeholders authorized last month, will have volunteer hunters execute both shotgun and bow hunts at county parks and certain municipal properties located in 14 Union County ...

Union County Freeholders OK Plan for Organic Waste Recycling Plant at Tremley Point

ELIZABETH, NJ — Union County is one step closer to having a new recycling facility located at Tremley Point in Linden. The proposed facility will turn organic waste into natural gas along with other organic recycled material including liquid fertilizer.

The Union County Freeholders on Thursday approved an amendment to the county's recycling plan that will pave the way for Linden ...

Libby’s Lunch: Foodies Flock From Near and Far for One Last Bite

August 1, 2020

PATERSON, NJ — Some 30 cars filled to capacity the two parking lots that surround Libby’s Lunch on McBride Avenue.

Word was out Monday evening that Libby’s Lunch — a restaurant long known for its chili dogs — would be closed permanently by the end of the week. Customers had come for one last chance to say goodbye to Libby’s.

“The food is what makes ...

Westfield Area YMCA Wallace Pool Now Open for Lane Reservations

Group Swim Classes Begin Aug. 1.

Whether you’re an experienced lap swimmer or are just looking for a supplemental form of exercise, the YMCA is offering lane reservations in the 25-yard Wallace Pool. Hours (subject to change) are Monday – Friday, 5:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 5 – 8 p.m. and Saturday 6:30 – 9:30 ...

Letter: Principles for Cranford’s Economic Recovery and Business Development Task Force

July 23, 2020

We welcome the Cranford Township Committee’s creation of a Task Force devoted to our town’s economic recovery and business development. COVID-19 continued to have a profound impacts on our lives, local businesses, and community. As the Task Force prepares to start its work, we believe seven principles should guide its priorities and decision-making.

1. Keep the Virus Contained: ...