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Boys Golf Season Preview: Bush Headlines Senior-Laden Cranford Squad

March 21, 2019

CRANFORD - Campbell-bound senior Johnny Bush headlines a senior-laden class of eight for the Cranford boys golf team as the season gets in full swing Tuesday, April 1 against Union Catholic.

Cranford begins its 2019 campaign coming off a very successful 15-3 season a year ago as it posted a third-place finish in the NJSIAA North Jersey, Group 2 state tournament at Bowling Green Golf Club in ...

Union County College Women’s Basketball Team Qualifies for National Championship

CRANFORD –The Union County College Women’s Basketball Team is heading to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship Tournament from March 19 to 23, 2019 in Harrison, Arkansas.

On March 10, the team competed in the NJCAA Women’s Basketball District N Championship Tournament defeating Lackawanna College by ...

Boys Tennis Season Preview: Experience, Improvement Keys to Success

CRANFORD - The Cranford High School boys tennis team looks to improve and gain valuable experience as it opens its 2019 campaign at home against neighbor Dayton on Tuesday, April 2.

Last season, Dayton swept the season series from Cranford: 4-1 on the road on April 10 and 3-2 at home in the last match of the year on May 18.

Coming off a 3-12 season a year ago, the Cougars return two of ...

Cranford Police Blotter: Business Charged With Selling E-Cigarette Product to a Minor

March 13, 2019

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. 03/05/2019 @ 10:10 p.m.

North Avenue East and Garden State Parkway 137 Exchange

Arrested: Reginald Durham, 24, New York City, New York

Arrested by: ...

Interested in Running for Cranford Township Committee? Deadline is April 1

March 16, 2019

CRANFORD - The deadline for filing a petition to run in a June Primary Election is Monday, April 1.

Candidates who are interested, should contact the Township Clerk, Patricia Donahue, at 908-709-7210 for the Nominating Petition for the June 4th Primary election. Nominating petitions must be received by the Clerk by Monday, April 1st at 4:00pm. Approximately 50 registered voter signatures ...

Meet the Leaders: Township Commissioner Jean-Albert Maisonneuve

March 19, 2019

CRANFORD - Bernie Wagenblast of Cranford Radio conducted an interview with Cranford Township Committee member and Commissioner of Public Works and Engineering, Jean-Albert Maisonneuve.

Maisonneuve has served on the Cranford Township Committee since January 2018. Like each of the members of the committee, he brings a unique set of skills and experiences to the position. In ...

County Manager’s Political PR Side Work a Non-Issue For Union Freeholders

ELIZABETH, NJ – The Union County Freeholders this week disputed allegations that the county manager’s work with a political consulting firm promoting local candidates presents a conflict of interest with his government duties.

The freeholders had named Edward Oatman to the position of county manager in January of last year. Oatman earned a $150,800 salary from the county in 2018, ...

Riders Rail Against NJ Transit at Stop in Westfield, But More Pain Predicted

WESTFIELD, NJ — NJ Transit riders and transportation advocacy groups brought a bevy of concerns to NJ Transit leaders who visited the South Avenue train station Wednesday, only to be told there is going to be more discomfort for commuters down the line.

The riders, joined by county, state and local legislators, lobbied for the faster return of direct train service to Manhattan, ...

Groupon Makes Good on Deal for Shuttered Westfield Restaurant

March 12, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Italian restaurant on Elm Street announced its final closure last Tuesday, but seven days later, Groupon hadn’t gotten the message.

As of Tuesday morning, the e-commerce marketplace was still selling Groupon deals to the restaurant. The deal: $33 for $50 worth of food, marked down from an initial offering of $35, the website stated.

By Tuesday afternoon, and ...

Homefirst to Award Cranford Resident for Community Philanthropy

March 19, 2019

CRANFORD - Homefirst Interfaith Housing and Family Services will host its annual Evening of Thanks on Wednesday, April 10 from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Shackamaxon Country Club in Scotch Plains to honor the contributions of four community philanthropists. This year’s honorees are:

1.  Benjamin Serna, Homefirst Hero, ...

Tackling Homelessness: Cranford State Farm Agent Denis Dankosky Supports Services for Union County’s Vulnerable Families

CRANFORD - In Union County, nearly 350 households are experiencing homelessness and more than 160 children under the age of 18 are homeless.  Fifty-eight percent of those children are under the age of six.

Family Promise of Union County (FPUC), based in Elizabeth, offers emergency shelter and services to homeless/at risk of homelessness families and individuals in Union County, through a ...

Application for Wawa on Cranford/Roselle Park Border Approved

March 14, 2019

CRANFORD - Third time was the charm as the Zoning board approved a site plan application that allows WaWa to come to North Avenue East by the Garden State Parkway where Horan Lumber was located.

The property being built on contains two lots, one of which is located in Cranford and the other in Roselle Park, separated by a rail spur.

In 2016, a site plan ...

Former NJ Priest Accused of Sex Abuse Shot Dead, Authorities Say

March 12, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ — A 70-year-old man who served as a priest in Westfield and was later accused of sex abuse was found shot dead at his home in Nevada, authorities said.

Officers found John Capparelli with a gunshot wound to his neck at his residence in Henderson, Nevada, on Saturday, a spokesperson for the Clark County Coroner-Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed on ...

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Man Charged With Manslaughter in Hit-and-Run That Led to Fanwood Resident Meghan Crilly's Death

March 20, 2019

LINDEN, NJ -- A Linden man is in custody and charged with multiple serious crimes in connection with the hit-and-run killing of  a pedestrian on Jan. 20, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan and Linden Police Chief David Hart jointly announced at a press conference held Wednesday afternoon. 

Ibn Collins, 39, is charged with first-degree aggravated manslaughter, ...

Mrs. Gormely Named Walnut Avenue Teacher of the Year

March 12, 2019

CRANFORD - Mrs. Valerie Gormely has been named the Walnut Avenue School Teacher of the Year. 

Mrs. Gormely has worked for Cranford Public Schools for the last 7 years and has worked with children with exceptional learning needs in a variety of capacities over the last 12 years. She worked as a paraprofessional and a home-based ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) therapist before ...

In Westfield, NJ, a Dream to Help People Live Better Through Food at Fettle + Fare

March 17, 2019

Opening a new restaurant is rarely an easy task, and for Fettle + Fare owner Amanda Vargas, who has multiple sclerosis and is legally blind, the journey to create her shop in Westfield, NJ, was extra challenging. 

It was here that she created a space that is more to her than a place to find tasty, nutritious food. It’s a symbol of growth and helping others ...

How to Pay for College: Answers to Your Pressing Questions

Figuring out how to pay for college is like putting together a puzzle. At first, it can feel like all the pieces are jumbled in the box. The final picture is unclear, and it can be overwhelming to know where to start. But gradually, different pieces fit together in different combinations until the puzzle is complete. If you are thinking about how the puzzle pieces of your child’s tuition ...

Seven Ways to Clean Your Financial House This Spring

Spring is on the way. For many of us, the increasingly longer days and warmer weather signify a chance to tidy up and start fresh. If you enjoy the ritual of spring cleaning, why not take time to spruce up your finances as well? The following list is a great place to start:


Your goals. If you set New Year’s financial resolutions, now is a good time to evaluate your progress. If ...

Retired? Here’s What to Do When the Market Swings

For several years leading up to 2018, the stock market was abnormally calm. Stocks had some ups and downs, but generally continued to march higher without much disruption. Then, in the fall of last year, we started to see a spike in market volatility. More sizable drops in the prices of stocks – even when quickly erased by gains the next day – generated unease for investors who had ...

Lady Owls Win First Game at National Championship Tournament to Advance

March 21, 2019

CRANFORD – This past Tuesday, the Union County College Women’s Basketball team competed in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Championship tournament and won their first game against South Suburban College in Illinois by a score of 67-55.

Jessica Washington led the way for the Lady Owls with 23 points while shooting 7-of-10 from 3-point ...

Two Cranford Schools Launch Healthy U Program With The Westfield Area YMCA

The Westfield Area YMCA is proud to announce that Cranford’s Orange Avenue School and Hillside Avenue School are offering the Healthy U program as part of the curriculum this school year.

The Healthy U program is a collaboration between The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey and the New Jersey YMCA State Alliance. Healthy U’s goal is to promote healthy behaviors and to prevent ...

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Why Your Teen Should Join Private School Clubs

A private school education gives students the knowledge and skills they need to excel in college, but your child could be gaining even more from their secondary school career. By joining clubs and after-school activities, your son will enrich his learning with a variety of new experiences. 

Here are some of the many benefits of getting involved in ...

How to Prevent Deafness and Hearing Loss

March 14, 2019

Dear Editor:

March 3 was recognized as World Hearing Day, raising awareness on how to prevent deafness and hearing loss. 

Members of the New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NJSHA) can think of no month more appropriate for Gov. Phil Murphy to sign a law that would increase ...