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Johnny Bush Commits to Campbell University

November 15, 2018

CRANFORD - Wednesday morning, one of the top high school golfers in state, Johnny Bush, signed his national letter of intent to play at Campbell University in North Carolina.

"It's a top golf program," said Bush of his decision to sign with Campbell University. "It's top 50 in the county for Division l and I really like the coaches there."

Bush ...

Mackenzie Butler Commits to Lynn University

CRANFORD - Accompanied by family, friends, and her coaches, Mackenzie Butler signed her national letter of intent to play at Lynn University in Florida. 

"I was really interested in their soccer program, and I also want to study early education," said Butler of her decision to sign with Lynn University. "When we went to visit, I sat in on a class and knew this is ...

GIRLS SOCCER: Hat Trick by Williamson Sends Cougars to Sectional Finals

CRANFORD - Friday's quarterfinal round performance against Mendham was ugly. The weather for Tuesday's semifinal round game was even uglier. Regardless, the Cranford girls soccer team is heading to the sectional finals. 

Lauren Williamson recorded a hat trick to help power second-seeded Cranford past sixth-seeded Millburn, 7-2, in the semifinal round of the North ...

Mayor Hannen Keeps Township Committee Seat, BOE Results

November 7, 2018

CRANFORD - Congratulations to Mayor Thomas Hannen on retaining his Township Committee seat. 

According to unofficial results from the Union County Clerk, Hannen (D) defeated Richard Buontempo (R) 5,861 to 3,793. 

“It was a great night for democracy with turnout exceeding 63%,“ Hannen said. “I am honored and extremely grateful that ...

Cranford Police Department Awarded 2018 Pedestrian Safety Commendation

November 14, 2018

CRANFORD - On November 1, 2018 the Cranford Police Department was the recipient of the AAA Northeast 2018 Pedestrian Safety Commendation awarded for achieving zero pedestrian fatalities in 2017. 

Detective Lieutenant Edward Davenport and Detective Sergeant Eugene Perrotta were on hand to accept the award at a ceremony held in East Hanover, NJ. AAA Northeast offers a variety of ...

Cranford Police Blotter: Man on Bicycle Arrested for Drug Possession

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. 11/07/2018 @ 9:49 a.m.

Walnut Avenue and Lenhome Drive

Arrested: Brian Darling, 41, Cranford

Arrested by: Det. Spencer Durkin

Charges: ...

Cranford Police Department Recognized For Safe Routes to School

CRANFORD - The Cranford Police Department was presented with the Silver Level Recognition for New Jersey Safe Routes to School by EZ Ride at their 35th Anniversary & Annual Recognition Event. 

Annually, EZ Ride recognizes and honors the deserving individuals, municipalities, and corporations who work tirelessly behind the scenes to affect positive change in our ...

Project SEARCH at Overlook Medical Center Holds Open House Dec. 12

November 9, 2018

SUMMIT, NJ - The Project SEARCH program at Overlook Medical Center which, since launching in 2016, has seen 15 out of 18 interns securing competitive employment in the community, will be hosting an open house event for prospective students and families on December 12, from 7 - 8:30 p.m., at the hospital.

Attendees will learn more about one of New ...

Vinny's Pizza & Pasta: A Memorable Family Dining Experience

November 19, 2018

CRANFORD - Some of Chef Vinny Savinelli’s earliest memories are of the kitchen: Watching, helping, and learning as his father, Domenico, an internationally trained chef, regularly worked his culinary magic.

You can say that great food is in Chef Vinny’s blood! “Many of my fondest childhood memories were of being in the restaurant with my parents,” said ...

Union County's New Hot Spot: Ava's Kitchen & Bar

KENILWORTH - Tucked around a cozy corner just off the Boulevard in downtown Kenilworth lies a place that lives to meet all of your quality food and beverage needs

Ava’s Kitchen & Bar features a wood-burning brick oven that churns out thin crackly-crusted pizzas with a flavor and texture that is like no other. Along with its award-winning pizza, Ava's menu features ...

Cranford Police Participating in No-Shave November

November 6, 2018

CRANFORD - Members of the Cranford Police Department, ranging from the rank of Captain to Communications Officer, are participating in Cranford PBA Local 52’s No-Shave November. From November 1st through November 30th, Officers and Civilian employees will be putting down their razors in an effort to raise money for those in the fight against cancer.

Beginning in 2009, ...

Trinitas Emergency Department Doctor Receives 2018 Outstanding EMS Physician Award

November 19, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ – Dr. Matthew Letizia, DO, FACOEP, doesn’t sit still. That’s partly why his job in the Emergency Department at Trinitas Regional Medical Center has been such a good fit for him since 2007. His energy and desire to do more have made him the winner of the 2018 Outstanding EMS Physician Award by the NJ State Department of Health EMS Council.

“In the world of ...

Can YOU be a Match and Save a Life?

ELIZABETH, NJ - Help is needed! Learn how you can help save a life. Be the Match Bone Marrow Registry Drive - sponsored by will be held at 11 a.m. this Wednesday, November 14, at the Trinitas Regional Medical Center Café, located at 255 Williamson St., Elizabeth.

Brandon Dillagard, an 8-year-old New Jersey resident, is one of many local patients searching for a ...

Caring Contact Trains Cranford Library Staff in Mental Health First Aid

CRANFORD - On October 12th and 19th, the Cranford Public Library closed its doors from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. to train its staff in Mental Health First Aid.

The Library partnered with Caring Contact to conduct the training. Public libraries are “open spaces” where all individuals are welcome, including those in distress. Michael Maziekien, the Director of the Cranford Public ...

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Ever Wanted to Own Your Own Amusement Park? Bowcraft Rides Are for Sale

November 18, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Ever wanted to own your own amusement park like Michael Jackson? Now you can, and your don't have to wait on line for tickets!

Bowcraft, the scene of countless local children's birthday parties and decades of summer fun in Union County, has closed forever, but thanks to an online liquidation sale, you can purchase rides such as the Galleon, the Scrambler or ...

Arrested OAS Faculty Member Said He Would "Shoot up the Place"

November 8, 2018

CRANFORD - In a report obtained by TAPinto Cranford from the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, some disturbing details on the arrest of Orange Avenue School faculty member Matthew Acosta, 33, of Kenilworth, have been released. 

Certain portions have been partially redacted to omit personal identifying information. Detectives wrote in the ...

Arrested OAS Faculty Member to Undergo Mental Health Screening

CRANFORD - On Thursday afternoon, Mark Spivey, the Director of Communications for the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, released a statement on Matthew Acosta, a faculty member of Orange Avenue School who was arrested last Friday. 

"State Superior Court Judge Daniel R. Lindemann today granted the State's motion to remand defendant Acosta pending a mental ...

Wardlaw + Hartridge School Celebrates World Language Day 

November 18, 2018

EDISON, NJ -- Students in all three divisions at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison performed during two 90-minute shows to celebrate World Language Day on Nov. 9 in the Berry Performing Arts Center.

Esther Faus, World Language Department Chair, opened the program with a welcome and introduced a dozen performers who represented Lower, Middle and Upper School and all languages studied ...

Westfield Area YMCA Participates in Giving Tuesday

WESTFIELD, NJ – We have two days for getting deals – Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  On Giving Tuesday, we have a day for giving back.

Your gift to the Westfield Area YMCA on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 27 will support special needs programs at the Y such as the Dragonfly Program, which provides physical, recreational and social programs for young adults and teens with special needs ...

Upcoming Events


Wed, November 21, 5:00 PM

Ava's Kitch & Bar, Kenilworth

Thanksgiving Eve at Ava's Kitchen & Bar


Wed, December 5, 5:00 PM

Cranford Public Library, Cranford

Game On! Teen Gaming at the Cranford Public ...

Arts & Entertainment


Sat, December 8, 10:00 AM

Oh' Brian's on the Green , Clark

Brunch with Santa at Oh' Brian's on the Green

Food & Drink

Saint Joseph HS Students Learn CPR

METUCHEN, NJ - A crisis can occur at any moment, and precarious situations exist all around us. One emergency that can happen to anyone without warning is going into cardiac arrest, an unforeseen loss of consciousness and heart function.

A group of eleven students at Saint Joseph High School trained under the instruction of Christopher Martin on for two days in November to become ...