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December Adult Programs at the Cranford Library: Movie Night, Crafting, Tech & More

December 2, 2022

CRANFORD, NJ - Cranford Library is chock-full of adult programs this month!

Movie Night - Wednesday, December 7 at 7 p.m.

Every month the library will debut new popular films, as soon as they're available! Join us in the Community Center for this monthly program. No registration required. Please contact the library for film title.

Local Author Panel - ...

Peek at the Weekend in Cranford: HAS Fall Play, Home for the Holidays House Tour, Toy Drive & More

CRANFORD, NJ - The holidays are gearing up! Here's a peek into the activities going on in the Cranford area this weekend.

Cranford's Festival of Trees

Starting December 1, and running the entire month, check out the unique trees that dot local shops in the downtown. Click on the link above for the planned holiday activities for Downtown Cranford.

Hillside Avenue School Fall ...

New CHS Girls Varsity Soccer Coaching Staff Was 'All In' This Fall

December 5, 2022

CRANFORD, NJ - In the early days of the 2022 CHS Girls Varsity Soccer season, first-year head coach Kerry Yorkanis showed us Gian-Paul Gonzalez’s TED Talk. Gonzalez, an inspirational speaker who travels the country speaking to professional sports teams, corporations, and youth, discussed what it means to be “All In.” 

After the talk, Yorkanis revealed that those two ...

Eleven Cranford Senior Athletes Sign National Letters of Intent

CRANFORD, NJ - Eleven Cranford High School seniors will be continuing their athletic careers into college.

The athletes and their families attended "signing day" at CHS last week, where they each signed a National Letter of Intent to play their sport at their chosen college/university.

The athletes are:

Jake Carter, baseball, The College of New Jersey
Sean Woodruff, ...

NJFO’s Holiday Concert in Westfield Next Weekend to Feature Three Holiday Tenors

December 4, 2022

WESTFIELD, NJ — The New Jersey Festival Orchestra’s holiday show, “The Three Holiday Tenors,” returns Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Presbyterian Church in Westfield.

From traditional to pops, choral favorites, renowned tenor fare and Broadway classics, the NJFO’s annual concert is popular with people of all ages.  

“We have one completely fresh ...

Saturdays with Bernie: Cranford Opera Singer

CRANFORD, NJ - In this week's Cranford Radio podcast, Bernie Wagneblast chats with Cranford resident and opera singer Harry Dworchak.

Dworchak has sung in some of the grandest opera houses in the world, including Carnegie Hall, and made his formal debut in Barcelona in 1971. He won the Richard Tucker Award in 1987.

"Someone asked me once why I chose to be a singer," ...

$5 Million in Grant Funding to Provide Training and Education to Expand Pool of NJ Abortion Providers

December 6, 2022

TRENTON, NJ – Approximately $5 million in grant funding is available to protect access to abortion care by ensuring that there is an expansive pool of abortion care providers in New Jersey in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization overturning Roe v. Wade, announced Attorney General Matthew J.

Cranford PD Arrest Two in Grandparent Scam

December 1, 2022

CRANFORD, NJ - A man and woman were arrested after attempting to defraud a Cranford resident in an attempted "grandparent scam" earlier this week. 

On November 29, a Cranford resident received a call from someone who identified themselves as part of the New York Prosecutor's Office The resident was told the Prosecutor's Office had their grandchild in ...

PSE&G Utility Work to Affect Cranford Commuters

CRANFORD, NJ - Cranford Police posted a message early this morning on their social media alerting residents to ongoing utility work that may affect their travels.

From November 29 through December 2, drivers should expect some delays on Hollywood Avenue, Walnut Avenue (between Chestnut St. and Lenhome Dr.), and Burnside Avenue due to PSE&G working in the area.

No Shave November Raises Over $10,000 for Local Families

December 1, 2022

CRANFORD, NJ - It's December, which means the holidays are just around the corner and everyone who took part in "No Shave November" can pick up their razors again.

Cranford PBA took part in the annual fundraiser once again, raising money for two local families who have had difficult years.

As previously reported by TAPinto, the beneficiaries of this year's fundraiser will ...

JCC in Scotch Plains Supports Those in Need in Union County on Giving Tuesday

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Together with Jewish Family Service of Central NJ (JFS), the JCC supported the food insecure and those in need in Union County on Giving Tuesday. 

The JCC community loaded two trucks full of non-perishable food times, toiletries and new toys for children for the holidays. 

A JFS truck was at the JCC from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and again from 5:00 – ...

The JCC of Central NJ Is Pleased to Announce the New Isaac and Helaine Heller Financial Assistance Endowment

December 2, 2022

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – In partnership with the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ (JCF), the Jewish Community Center of Central NJ has been gifted a $2 million endowment from the family of Isaac and Helaine Heller (z''l) to provide ongoing financial assistance to JCC members in need. In recognition of the gift, the JCC has named its scholarship program in memory ...

A Christmas Gift Worth Waiting For

CRANFORD, NJ – The members of First Presbyterian Church of Cranford got an early Christmas gift this year - a new Pastor!   After a two-year period without a permanent minister, the church is pleased to announce its new Pastor/Head of Staff, Reverend Jin Bae. 

Ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA) in November 1998, Rev. Bae joins us most recently from Bethany United ...

Cranford Author Laura Sassi's 'Happy Birthday, Christmas Child' Aims to Help Children and Caregivers Delight in Slowing Down This Holiday Season

CRANFORD, NJ - It's time to deck the halls and hang the stockings with care. With the hustle of the holiday season in full swing, Cranford author Laura Sassi has a book to help the littlest merry-makers remember the reason for the season.

Sassi was inspired to write "Happy Birthday, Christmas Child," her seventh published book, by the memories of Christmases gone by.

See How Cranford School District Ranked on Niche.com's List this Year

December 7, 2022

CRANFORD, NJ - In its 2023 rankings of the Best School Districts in New Jersey, Niche.com ranked Cranford Public Schools as number 48 out of 243 districts statewide. That's four spots higher than its 2022 ranking.

Nearby Millburn snagged the top spot this year. Northern Valley Regional (Demarest, NJ), Princeton Public Schools, West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional, Ridgewood Public ...

Saturdays with Bernie: Cranford Fund for Educational Excellence & CHS Podcast Studio

CRANFORD, NJ - In this week's Cranford Radio podcast, Bernie Wagenblast sat down in the new Cranford High School podcast studio to chat with Tara O'Connor, president of the Cranford Fund for Educational Excellence. 

The Cranford Fund for Educational Excellence (CFEE) provides grants for the Cranford Public Schools "to support innovative educational initiatives in the Cranford ...

Expanding Costa Do Sol Agency Moves to Modern, Renovated Space in Roselle Park

December 2, 2022

ROSELLE PARK, NJ – The team at Costa Do Sol Agency celebrated their move from Elizabeth, New Jersey to a new, modern space at 225 West Westfield Avenue in Roselle Park recently.

On Friday, October 7, Mayor Joseph Signorello joined the Costa family for a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting event to inaugurate and welcome Costa Do Sol Agency to the Roselle Park ...

Free Parking in Cranford for the Holiday Weekend, Plus a Deal Round-up

CRANFORD, NJ -In addition to its weekly free Sunday parking, Cranford shoppers can park in town for free on Friday and Saturday, too. 

This holiday weekend is one of the biggest shopping times of the year and some of our local shops are offering deals. Don't forget to save your receipts for a chance to win Downtown Cranford's prize baskets, totaling over $3,000 worth of ...

Nineteen-Year-Old Entrepreneur Opens Craft Protein Bar in Cranford

December 4, 2022

CRANFORD, NJ - A young entrepreneur is bringing healthy options to Cranford just in time for the holidays.

Nineteen-year-old Kamily Flores, owner of Craft Protein Bar, cut the ribbon on her new business on Friday. The full-time Union College student is proud to carry on her parent's legacy as an entrepreneur. 

Flores' parents came to the United States when they were 19 to chase ...

Union Catholic's Andrew Benvenuto and Aria Hicks Signed Their NLI's on Tuesday

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union Catholic's Andrew Benvenuto and Aria Hicks signed their National Letters of Intent during a special ceremony at the school on Tuesday.

Benvenuto, a lefty pitcher, signed with Moravian University, and Hicks, a soccer star, signed with George Mason University.   

Benvenuto is coming off a sensational junior season. 

Mixing a sharp breaking ...

Union Catholic Bowling Team Opens Season With Victory Over Roselle Catholic

LINDEN, NJ -- The Union Catholic bowling team, which received a career-high game from Nick Grippo and a team-high series from David Dudas, opened its season with a dominating victory over Roselle Catholic on Monday at Jersey Lanes.

The Vikings swept all three games and had the most total pins to earn a 7-0 victory.

Grippo, a sophomore, rolled a career high 174 in the third ...

A Hotter New Jersey and Heated Politics to Look Forward to?

UNION, NJ — The moderator for a round table about New Jersey’s future issues jokingly put it in perspective when he said the conversation was going to be “a panel of formers talking about the future.”  

But the conference at Kean University sponsored by the state’s largest utility -- Public Service Electric & Gas -- had a lot of “formers” ...

Try 4 New Ways to Trim Holiday Waste This Year

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the amount of trash generated by American households can jump an average of 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. Union County residents can help reduce excess waste at home by exploring new opportunities to conserve resources.

“Cutting down on waste at the source is important, and we also want to make sure that ...

Avenel Liquor Store ‘Holdup Man’ Pleads Guilty

December 4, 2022

WOODBRIDGE, NJ — A Union County man has pleaded guilty to his role in gunpoint robberies at over a dozen liquor stores, including the 2018 holdup at the Wine Chateau in Avenel.

Jaime Fontanez, 45, of Elizabeth, pleaded guilty in Newark federal court last week to a slew of conspiracy and robbery charges, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

Among the liquor stores hit was Wine ...

Pay Raises Proposed for Union County Department Heads, Elected Officials

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The County Board of Commissioners has proposed pay hikes for both its membership and top county administrators in a measure scheduled for a final vote at the next board meeting.

If the measure is approved, salaries will rise for the fourth consecutive year in January 2023. The proposed increases, however, are lower than last year's.

The board introduced the ...

Springfield Board of Adjustment Denies Chick-fil-A Bid

SPRINGFIELD, NJ -- After more than a year of testimonies, revisions and delays, the Springfield Board of Adjustment Tuesday night unanimously denied an application to build a Chick-fil-A Restaurant at the corner of Hillside Avenue and Route 22 West.

All seven members of the Board of Adjustment voted to deny the bid for the drive-thru chain establishment at the location that has ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Visit the United Nations

Students enrolled in the Global Scholars Program at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison visited the United Nations on Nov. 17. After a train commute from Metro Park to NYC, the students and chaperones Nicole Nolan and Jason Murphy completed the security check-in and began to explore the UN.

Guided tours took the students to many different exhibits, including portraits of worldwide events, ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Excel at Model UN Conference

Six delegates from the Model United Nations team at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison represented the school at Empire MUN, a national level conference hosted by New York University in New York City from Nov. 17-20. Accompanied by club advisor Cristian Fernandez, the students intensely debated topics from pharmaceuticals to Hawaiian Annexation, and it was an enjoyable experience for everyone ...

Two Atlantic Health System Hospitals Earn 2022 Leapfrog Top Hospital Award for Outstanding Quality and Safety

December 6, 2022

NEW JERSEY - Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, two Atlantic Health System hospitals were named Top Hospitals nationally by The Leapfrog Group. Morristown Medical Center was named a Top Teaching Hospital, and Chilton Medical Center was named a Top General Hospital.

Announced today, the Leapfrog Top Hospital award is well-known ...

Kean University Is First in NJ to Join National Moon Shot for Equity Partnership

UNION, NJ - As part of a longstanding commitment to diversity and equity in higher education, Kean University announced it is the first university in New Jersey to join Moon Shot for Equity, a national network of colleges and universities committed to eliminating equity gaps in higher education by 2030.

Facilitated by EAB, a Washington D.C.-based education firm, Moon Shot for Equity promotes ...

Upcoming Events

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Wed, December 07
07:00 PM — 08:30 PM

Cranford

HAS ES Winter Concert (Events)

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Wed, December 07
07:30 PM — 07:30 PM

Cranford

Planning Board Meeting

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Thu, December 08
05:00 PM — 05:30 PM

Martin's Jewelers , CRANFORD

Martin Jewelers & Cranford Knights of ...

Hospital, Arts Organization and Community Gather to Share Life and Cultural Experiences

There was a stuffed bear named Pinky, won at a boardwalk game as a child, and a small handmade bowl - both filled with memories of loved ones more than anything else.

There were items of celebration and tragedy – a bandhej saree that a breast cancer survivor has used to tie her memories to one another; and a wooden panel from the door of a synagogue in Slovakia, that now sits on a home ...

TAPinto CEO Michael Shapiro Participates in Downtown New Jersey Panel

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro recently took part in a panel discussion at Downtown New Jersey's annual conference, called "Destination Downtown." The panel focused on local news and public relations and how both impact local businesses.

Shapiro and other professionals discussed how to implement a public relations campaign to promote ...

How TAPinto’s Email Marketing Opportunities Can Help You Reach a Large Local Audience

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Email marketing is the tried-and-true strategy of sending emails to engage with your business’s prospects and customers.

It’s the most direct and effective way of connecting with your audience and converting them into customers.

According to Constant Contact, the average return on investment (ROI) on email marketing is $36 for every $1 spent.

In fact, ...

TAPinto Showcases Industry-Leading Support System for Owner/Publishers

WESTFIELD, NJ — Jackie Lieberman was one of TAPinto's first owner/publishers and in the 10 plus years since she first became part of the TAPinto family, local news and digital marketing have evolved considerably, but one crucial aspect has stayed the same: the industry-leading support provided by TAPinto to its owner/publishers.

TAPinto Westfield is part of a network of ...

Letter to the Editor: Protect the Berm on Walnut

December 5, 2022

On Wednesday, December 7, 2022 the public will have a chance to comment on the Hartz Mountain application for 250 residential units on 15 acres and two commercial warehousing facilities on the other 15 acres.  There are a few issues that relate to the berm that runs the length of the property on Walnut Avenue and has served to screen the neighborhood and in general residents from ...