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The Cranford Connection: Meet Special Olympics Athlete Brian McAuliffe

May 15, 2022

CRANFORD, NJ - Brian McAuliffe, 24, has personality for days. Ask him about his medals for the Special Olympics, and proudly grin while talking about basketball. Ask him about the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) and he'll flex his muscles like many of his heroes. "I can talk about it [WWE] to death," he said. 

McAuliffe has been playing sports with the Special ...

Hickory & Hill General Store Hosts Grand Reopening: New Owner Debuts New Products

May 21, 2022

CRANFORD, NJ - The moment the doors of Hickory & Hill General Store opened, Cranford resident Stephanie Kanaval was a dedicated customer. She loved the concept and products so much, she got a job there. "I would think of things I'd want to do if I ever opened a store like it," she told TAPinto Cranford, "but I never dreamed this would actually be my ...

Linden Police Seeks Help to Locate Missing Person Last Seen on Sunday, May 22

May 23, 2022

LINDEN, NJ - The Linden Police Department is looking to the community for assistance in locating a missing/endangered person last seen Sunday evening in the city.

According to police, Keyara Hollman was last seen at approximately 9:30 p.m. Sunday evening at Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Memorial Park, also known as Fourth Ward Park, located at McCandless Street and Dill Avenue in ...

Fatal Crash on Route 24 Involved Tractor Trailer, Five Vehicles

SUMMIT, NJ - One person has died, and another victim was flown by Medevac helicopter to an area trauma center after a mid-afternoon crash on Eastbound Route 24 near Milemarker 9, according to the City of Summit Fire Department (SFD).

The SFD, at approximately 2 p.m. today, responded to a report of a multiple vehicle accident on Route 24 East near Milemarker 9.

Major Crash Results in Closure of Eastbound Route 24 in Union County

SUMMIT, NJ - The City of Summit Police Department (SPD) has notified residents that Eastbound Route 24 is closed "for the next several hours" due to a major crash that involved a tractor trailer and an unknown number of vehicles which occurred just after 2 p.m. at mile marker 9.

The full SPD Nixle message, sent at 3:23 p.m., states:

"SUMMIT POLICE DEPT: ...

The Little Lemonade Stand That Could: Cranford Fourth Graders Raise $ for Charity

May 23, 2022

CRANFORD, NJ - The heat this past Saturday didn't stop a group of Orange Avenue School students from raising money for a favorite charity.

Annabelle, Caroline, Lyla, Riley, Scarlett, Ciara and Delilah, fourth graders in Ms. Blanche's class at OAS, along with Annabelle's 6th grade sister Abigail, set up a lemonade and treat stand. The girls wanted to raise money for St. Jude ...

The Cranford Connection: The Cranford 86 Project

CRANFORD, NJ – A box in the attic. A scrapbook. That’s how many of the stories start for the Cranford 86 project.

Since the town was founded, many Cranford residents have served their country in the military. Eighty-six of them gave their lives.

Each year, after Cranford’s traditional Memorial Day parade is over the names of these 86 men are read aloud at ...

Local Effort Underway in Cranford to Collect Formula Amidst Nationwide Shortage

CRANFORD, NJ - Local shelves continue to be sparse as the baby formula shortage continues. In an effort to help, the Cranford Theater has partnered with Cranford Family Care to host a formula drive. 

Cranford theater owner Doreen Sayegh, a parent herself, said she felt the need to help. Sayegh told TAPinto Cranford that she has been in contact with other parents through social ...

Max & Luna is on the Move: Grand Reopening this Weekend

May 20, 2022

CRANFORD, NJ - Children's clothing and gift shop, Max & Luna, has moved to 102A North Union Avenue. The boutique, which opened in 2020, is still next to it's "parent" store, Anthem style + gift, just around the corner from its original location on Alden Street. 

Owner Cori Ardente told TAPinto Cranford that the space took about a month to turn around.

Register to Vote by Tuesday, May 17 to Participate in the 2022 Primary Election

May 16, 2022

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Union County residents who are not registered to vote are reminded that they have until Tuesday, May 17 to register in time to vote in the upcoming Primary Election on Tuesday, June 7.

"We encourage all eligible residents to register to vote. Registered Democrats and Republicans are eligible to vote in a Primary Election. Also, unaffiliated voters will chose their party ...

"Connecting" with Cranford Filmmaker Catherine Anton

May 16, 2022

CRANFORD, NJ - Sitting in the dark theater at the Cranford Film Festival two weekends ago as the first shot of her short film flashed on screen, Cranford High School senior Catherine Anton had a lot on her mind. She described the vulnerability that came with sharing her film, The Connecting Train. “Anytime you make something, it’s a piece of you -  so having people watch ...

Cranford Teens Get a Taste of (Simulated) Reality and the Dangers of Driving Under the Influence

May 17, 2022

CRANFORD, NJ -  Since 2015, the Cranford Police Department Juvenile Bureau has brought the Pennsylvania DUI Association’s “Safety Simulator” to Cranford High School juniors and seniors prior to prom and graduation season to demonstrate the negative effects of drug, alcohol, and distraction on teen drivers. 

According to the Pennsylvania DUI Association, ...

Saturdays with Bernie: Cranford's Postmaster

May 21, 2022

CRANFORD, NJ - Over 20,000 pieces of mail go out for delivery in Cranford each day and with 28 routes around town, the Cranford Post Office is a busy place. This week Bernie chats with Cranford Postmaster, Walidah Ali, about the daily steps and challenges of delivering cards, catalogs, letters and packages to Cranford homes and businesses. 

Ali is a third generation postal worker and ...

North Avenue Roadwork May Affect Cranford Commuters

CRANFORD, NJ - A busy morning commute may get trickier as a road resurfacing project continues on North Avenue in Cranford.

On May 17, New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials announced daytime shoulder closures on Route 28 (North Ave.) for a resurfacing project. The shoulder will be closed between Hetfield Avenue in Scotch Plains and Grove Street in Cranford. No ...

Cranford Township Committee Passes North Avenue Redevelopment Plan with Split Vote

CRANFORD, NJ - The North Avenue Gateway redevelopment project passed for a first reading on April 12, 2022, with a 4 - 1 vote, but the second reading, which passed May 10, 2022, will move forward with a vote of 3 - 2.

"I have rarely changed my vote on something," said Commissioner Mary O'Connor. O'Connor and Commissioner Gina Black, who was the lone dissenting ...

Saturdays with Bernie: Meliza Veneracian-Fule and Joseph Fule

May 14, 2022

CRANFORD, NJ - This week Bernie interiews Meliza Veneracian-Fule and Joseph Fule, owners of Labo Refillery about their new-to-Cranford business concept.

Patrons can bring their own bottles and refill household products such as hand soap, dish soap, and laundry detergent, The shop aims to reduce plastic waste by reusing and refilling containers. It also offers eco-friendly ...

Taste of Cranford: A Self-Guided Culinary Journey Through Town

May 24, 2022

CRANFORD, NJ - Get your taste buds ready, Cranford because Taste of Cranford returns in one week.

An annual fundraiser for Project Home of Cranford, which in conjunction with Downtown Cranford, is a self-guided tasting tour of Cranford restaurants. Project Home is a non-profit organization that helps local families through difficult times through their donations to Cranford Family ...

Cranford Under Heat Advisory Saturday; Tips to Stay Cool and Safe

May 20, 2022

CRANFORD, NJ — The heat is on.

With temperatures expected to soar, Cranford will be under a heat advisory Saturday from noon until 8 p.m., the National Weather Service said.

Heat index values of up to 100 degrees are expected, it said.

The National Weather Service offers the following tips to beat the heat:

Slow down: Reduce, eliminate or reschedule strenuous activities ...

Governor Murphy Activates Price Gouging Laws Amid National Baby Formula Shortage

TRENTON, NJ - Due to the ongoing national shortage of baby formula, Governor Phil Murphy has declared a State of Emergency which allows him to activate State price gouging laws. Executive Order No. 296 is consistent with President Biden's actions at the federal level.

The order also coordinates relief efforts and enables State agencies to take any emergency measures necessary to ...

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NJ Legislative Leaders Urge Approval of RWJBarnabas Health Transaction with Saint Peter’s HealthCare System

New Brunswick, NJ –The leaders of New Jersey’s State Legislature, Senate President Nicholas Scutari and Assembly Speaker Craig J. Coughlin, are backing the transaction between Saint Peter’s HealthCare System (“Saint Peter’s”) and RWJBarnabas Health (“RWJBH”), which will lead to the creation of a premier academic medical center (“premier ...

New Brunswick Mayor Cahill Urges Approval of RWJBarnabas Health Transaction with Saint Peter’s HealthCare System

New Brunswick, NJ – New Brunswick Mayor James M. Cahill has thrown his support behind the transaction between Saint Peter’s HealthCare System (“Saint Peter’s”) and RWJBarnabas Health (“RWJBH”), which will lead to the creation of a premier academic medical center (“premier AMC”) in New Brunswick.

“Today, New Brunswick residents in need ...

NJ Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Supports RWJBarnabas Health Transaction with Saint Peter’s HealthCare System

New Brunswick, NJ – The Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey ("SHCCNJ") threw its support behind the proposed transaction between RWJBarnabas Health (“RWJBH”) and St. Peter's HealthCare System, which will lead to the creation of a premier academic medical center (“premier AMC”) in New Brunswick. 

In a letter to the Federal Trade ...

African American Chamber of Commerce Supports RWJBH Transaction with St. Peters

New Brunswick, NJ – Access to quality medical care in New Jersey is vital to underserved populations. That's why the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (“AACCNJ”) announced its support for the proposed transaction between RWJBarnabas Health (“RWJBH”) and Saint Peter’s Healthcare System in New Brunswick, which will lead to the creation of New ...

Don’t Forget to B.Y.O. Bag Starting Wednesday, May 4

On Wednesday, May 4, a new state law called the “Bag Ban” goes into effect. When it does, supermarkets will not hand out any free, single-use paper or plastic shopping bags. Customers will have to bring their own shopping bags, or purchase them at the supermarket.

Other retail stores and restaurants can continue to provide free paper shopping bags, but they will not be allowed to ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Present Middle School Art Show

EDISON, NJ --Sixth, seventh and eighth grade students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison created a wonderful array of art to display at last week’s first in-person Middle School Art Show since 2019. 

Miss Tanda Tucker’s students presented a variety of works, including Illuminate Letters, Zentangle Shadow Portraits, Quote 1/2 Portrait Paintings, Cubist Self-Portraits, ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Announces Class Officers for 2022-2023

EDISON, NJ -- Annie Gu of Edison, a junior at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, will lead the student body as senior class president in the 2022-2023 school year after winning the Student Council election. Annie, who took over the leadership from outgoing president Shiv Tickoo of Scotch Plains earlier this month, will be joined by Gbemi Olarewaju of Piscataway and Adam Eisdorfer of ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Shine at Middle School Spring Concert

EDISON, NJ -- Middle School students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison provided more than 90 minutes of musical entertainment at last week’s Spring Concert in the Berry Performing Arts Center. Nine ensembles performed under the direction of Choir Director Sharon Byrne, Performing Arts Department Chair, and Band Director Rick Fontaine.

Highlights of the show included the ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Girls Repeat as State Golf Champs

EDISON, NJ -- Consistency, depth and determination propelled the girls’ golf team at The Wardalw+Hartridge School in Edison to its second straight state team championship at Raritan Valley Country Club on May 16. After falling behind by a few strokes early, the Rams remained steady and did not panic as weather conditions began to deteriorate with a storm coming. Fueled by a balanced ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Young Students Lead Entertaining Journey at Concert

EDISON, NJ -- Students in Pre-K through Grade 1 at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison took the audience on a safari, through a book and to a farm during Tuesday’s entertaining Early Childhood Spring Concert. 

Lower School music teacher Shannon Sari’s students shared stories and songs about animals through performances of Pole, Pole by Ella Jenkins, assorted ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Student Receives DAR Good Citizen Award

EDISON, NJ -- Gurinder Singh of Carteret, a senior at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, was among three local high school seniors to receive Good Citizen Awards from The Westfield Chapter of The Daughters of The American Revolution (DAR).

Each school selected one Good Citizen from their senior class based on Dependability (truthfulness, loyalty, punctuality), Service (cooperation, ...

Cranford High Awarded Grant to Grow its Digital Journalism Program

May 13, 2022

CRANFORD, NJ - Cranford High School is among 22 statewide recipients of the second round of grants awarded by the New Jersey Civic Information Consortium (NJCIC). They are the first in Union County and the first public school to be awarded the grant.

“All of our grant recipients have innovative projects that will grow access to local news and information across New Jersey," NJCIC ...

Union County College to Host First In-Person Commencement in Over Two Years

May 23, 2022

PRESS RELEASE - Union County College is hosting spring commencement on Wednesday, May 25. This year’s ceremony is special as it will be held at Union’s Cranford Campus for the first time in over a decade, and it is also the first in-person ceremony since January 2020. College President Dr. Margaret M. McMenamin will lead both ceremonies.

The first ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m., ...

Union County’s Rhythm & Blues by the Brook Outdoor Music Festival Returns to Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield

May 21, 2022

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Rhythm & Blues by the Brook, a full afternoon of free music and activities at Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield, returns on Saturday, June 4 from noon to 6:00 p.m. to kick off summer.

“We are delighted to bring Rhythm & Blues by the Brook back to Union County this year,” said Union County Commissioner Chair Rebecca Williams. “Cedar Brook Park is ...

UPDATE: Meadowbrook Court Incident Resolved Safely; Summit Police Say Victim Has Been Taken to Hospital

SUMMIT, NJ - The tense afternoon situation that involved a woman barricading herself inside a Meadowbrook Court residence with a firearm yesterday was resolved safely.

A May 18, Summit Police Department Nixle Alert at 3:53 p.m. stated, "Situation on Meadowbrook Court is now resolved. Victim is being transported to hospital. No injuries."

“I am pleased with the professional ...

Rahway's Dr. Patricia Camp Named Union County Superintendent of the Year

RAHWAY, NJ — Dr. Patricia Camp, the superintendent of the Rahway Public Schools, has just been named the Union County Superintendent of the Year. The announcement was made on Tuesday evening at the Rahway Board of Education meeting.

Camp told TAPinto Rahway that she initially received the news at her regular roundtable meeting of Union County Superintendents on May 6.

"I was very ...

Community Conversations: Stepping into Summer!

Warmer weather is here, and for many people that means exercising outside, playing sports and enjoying family time. But if your winter was a quiet one, returning to activity too quickly can lead to injuries. So how can you tell the difference between a sprained ankle and something that requires a trip to a specialist? In this Community Conversation, James C. Wittig, MD, Chairman of the Department ...

Finding the Middle Ground

May 16, 2022

Like many of you, I have mixed feelings about the development in and around Cranford. We are all aware of the massive development in our neighboring towns and the impact it is already having on our quality of life.

This is not about affordable housing. This is about profit. This is about creating extremes where you have a handful of affordable units that are vastly outnumbered by luxury units.

'Two Minutes with TAPinto' Features South Plainfield Publisher Darlene Tedesco-Cullen

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — This month's "Two Minutes with TAPinto" features TAPinto South Plainfield publisher Darlene Tedesco-Cullen.

When she started TAPinto South Plainfield, she worked full time as Regional Manager/Business Development for a bank. It became so successful that she was able to leave her banking career to focus on TAPinto full-time.

"I say this to all ...

Drawing the Line Between News and Content Marketing is Key to Publisher Credibility and Success

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — Publishers invest significant time and financial resources in building their audience. No one has the right to have their content placed in front of the audience you’ve built. Public relations firms and others say their content is newsworthy and they get paid a lot of money to try to make that case to publishers every day.

Drawing the line between news and ...

TAPinto CEO Michael Shapiro Discusses Local Marketing in a Digital World

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro was a recent guest on Sergeant Marketing's Milestone Mindset Live speaking about Local Marketing in a Digital World. The series helps viewers attract and retain clients and donors.

Shapiro and host Nancy Sergeant talked about a number of topics, including the value of local marketing in the post-pandemic economy, how ...