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

November 6, 2018

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 ...

FOOTBALL: Schork Steps Up in Shriner's Absence, Sends Cranford to Semifinals

CRANFORD - The versatility of Rob Schork was on display once again on Friday night for the Cranford Cougars football team. 

Early in the game, Cranford starting running back Jimmy Shriner exited due to injury and didn't return. The Cougars are deep at running back with the combination of Shriner, Michael Kalnins, and Cole Zuckerman typically seeing action each ...

GIRLS SOCCER: Murray, Williamson Send Cougars to Semifinals

CRANFORD - "Ugly, but we found a way," were the exact words of Cranford girls soccer head coach Andrew Gagliardo after Friday afternoon's victory. 

Maggie Murray and Lauren Williamson each scored a goal to lead second-seeded Cranford past seventh-seeded Mendham, 2-1, in the quarterfinal round of the North Jersey, Section 2, Group 3 ...

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 Recognized For Safe Routes to School

November 12, 2018

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 ...

Cranford Police Blotter: DWI and Possession Charges

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. 10/30/2018 @ 9:37 a.m.

Garden State Parkway 137 Exchange

Arrested: Jenine Parrinello, 44, Edison

Arrested by: Det. Robert Jordan

Charges: ...

Cranford Police Participating in No-Shave November

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, ...

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 ...

Castle Bootery Didn't ‘Lose its Lease,’ Westfield Property Owners Write

November 3, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Andrew Calcagno of Flatiron Realty LLC, the new property owner of 50-52 Elm Street in Downtown Westfield — where Castle Bootery is located — said he was surprised to learn in an email announcement Friday that the 70-year-old children’s shoe store would close at the end of December.

Castle Bootery in Westfield Closing Shop After 70 ...

Castle Bootery in Westfield Closing Shop After 70 Years

WESTFIELD, NJ – A children's shoe store has lost its foothold in on Elm Street.

The Castle Bootery announced Friday it is leaving its location at 52 Elm St., after about 70 years in Downtown Westfield. The announcement said the retailer lost its lease and will be closing on Dec. 30.

Eric Graff, who has owned the shop for the last 28 of the store’s years, said he ...

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, ...

Can YOU be a Match and Save a Life?

November 12, 2018

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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Shoplifters Caught and Charged After Fleeing Marshall's in Clark

November 3, 2018

CLARK, NJ - A shoplifting incident at Marshall's went awry on Tuesday night when two suspects accused of cutting security tags off merchandise were approached by security personnel in the store around 5 p.m.   

According to Clark Police Chief Pedro Matos, a female suspect pushed passed security and ran out of the store with a man suspected of shoplifting with her.  ...

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 ...

Orange Avenue School Faculty Member Arrested For Terroristic Threats

CRANFORD - On Friday, November 2nd, the Cranford Police Department was alerted to an incident involving a threat made by a faculty member of Orange Avenue School. Following an investigation by members of the Cranford Police Department, Matthew Acosta, 33, of Kenilworth was charged with one count of 3rd Degree Terroristic Threats and one count of 4th Degree Risking Widespread Injury or ...

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Leonard Lance Endorsement Letter

November 2, 2018

Dear Editor,


When Hurricane Irene hit in 2011, my basement flooded, damaging my furnace, hot water heater, and washer and dryer beyond repair. Not being in a flood zone, I did not have flood insurance and FEMA would only give me a few hundred dollars to cover thousands of dollars in damage. I went through the appeals process and still no help. The October ice storm came and went ...