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Never Underestimate the Power of Good Food

Food and mood are intricately related so what we eat plays a major role in our emotional regulation.  We all know that foods break down into carbs, fats, and proteins for our body to use as energy.  Food also provides us with an array of vitamins, minerals, plant compounds and antioxidants.  All of these nutrients impact us on a cellular level,  which enables them to all have ...

Why Diet is Much More Effective for Weight-loss than Exercise

It’s January.  Everyone is inspired by the new year and resolutions to get healthier and shed excess pounds.  Previously empty Gyms and fitness centers are bustling to the brim with people exercising.  Many manufactures are advertising sales for in-home exercise equipment in an effort to jump on the new year resolution bandwagon.

While I am a strong proponent of exercise ...

Here are the Ways Cranford is Celebrating Black History Month

February 3, 2023

CRANFORD, NJ - In 1976, President Gerald Ford officially declared February as Black History Month, but the celebration's origins begin in 1915.

Historian Carter G. Woodson and minister Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH) in September of that year to recognize the achievements of Black Americans. The organization is now known ...

Love is in the Air: The Many Ways Cranford is Celebrating Valentine's Day

CRANFORD, NJ - Love is in the air and gnomes are on the ground as Cranford celebrates Valentine's Day.

Yarnstormers Love Storm - The Yarnstormers are at it again! Their knitted heart fundraiser will decorate the gazebo throughout the month. Funds from this year's sale will benefit the Cranford First Aid Squad. Hearts can be purchased here, but act fast because the sale ends ...

Three Cranford Football Players Sign Letters of Intent

February 3, 2023

CRANFORD, NJ - Football is on a lot of minds with the big game just around the corner, but three Cranford football players have it on the brain for a different reason.

Liam Godwin, Ryan Lynskey, and Shane Kanterman have signed letters of intent to continue playing in college. All three athletes were also captains this year.

Godwin was named an Athlete of the Week for his ...

Calling All Filmmakers: Cranford Film Festival is Open for Submissions

January 31, 2023

CRANFORD, NJ - Local filmmakers have a chance to see their work on the big screen this spring. The Cranford Film Festival is returning for the third year in a row and submissions for the festival are now open.

A fundraiser for Cranford Schools Friends of the Performing Arts, the local festival features short films from all around the globe.

"While we accept films from all over the ...

Saturdays with Bernie: Cranford Dramatic Club's 'The Twelfth Night' Takes Shakespeare to the Disco

CRANFORD, NJ -  Cranford Dramatic Club tackles the Bard. 

CDC Theatre's William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" is set in a New York City nightclub in the 1970s, but otherwise follows Shakespeare's prose. According to Zach Mazouat, the costumer for the production, audiences should expect to see a lot of bell-bottoms and shimmery costumes.

To hear more ...

Saturdays with Bernie: CHS Intergenerational Studies Program

February 4, 2023

CRANFORD, NJ - This week Bernie Wagenblast broadcasts from the new podcast studio at Cranford High School to talk about the Intergenerational Studies program.

The program, which is part of the school's sociology offerings, brings together high school students and senior citizens for conversations that bridge the age gap and create bonds. "It's a great exchange," ...

Medical Experts from RWJBarnabas Health Discuss Causes of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

January 25, 2023

NEW JERSEY – Over the past few weeks, the news has been flooded with details and updates about Damar Hamlin, a 24-year-old Buffalo Bills safety who, during a Jan. 2 game, collapsed on the field and went into sudden cardiac arrest. 

Cardiac arrest is the sudden, unexpected loss of heart function, breathing, and consciousness; it can be caused by a heart attack but ...

Cranford Police Chief Makes Statement on the Killing of Tyre Nichols

January 29, 2023

CRANFORD, NJ - Cranford's Chief of Police Ryan Greco has issued an open letter to the community regarding the killing of Tyre Nichols in Memphis, TN.

Read his full statement below:

"As you may have already witnessed, the events that have unfolded at the hands of law enforcement in Memphis are appalling, disgusting, and quite frankly inhumane.  Many of my colleagues around ...

Skate for a Cure with the ‘Blood Curesaders’ at the Villa Roller Rink to benefit LLS

January 30, 2023

STEWARTSVILLE, NJ – Jace Schmalz is a High School student holding a series of events to fundraise for a cure to honor his 8-year-old brother, a B-Cell Leukemia survivor.

In just seven weeks, they want to raise the most funds of any team nationwide. The campaign started January 11, 2023 and runs through March 4, 2023. Read more about how you can help below.

Jace Schmalz is a ...

After Two Hurricanes, Cranford First Aid Squad to be Hit with a 'LoveStorm'

CRANFORD, NJ - Its headquarters was flooded by both Hurricane Irene in 2011 and Hurricane Ida in 2021, but now the Cranford First Aid Squad is about to be hit with a "lovestorm" thanks to a local knitting group known as the Yarnstormers.

In 2020, Teresa Murray "yarn-bombed" her front porch with her artistic creations to spread some love through art at the height of the ...

Cranford Planning Board to Continue Testimony on 201 Walnut Development This Week

January 30, 2023

CRANFORD, NJ - Testimony on the 201 Walnut Avenue portion of the South and Chestnut Redevelopment project is set to continue this week. 

The application seeks preliminary and final site approval for a three-story, multi-family apartment building on the former site of a Wells Fargo drive-in bank. As previously reported in TAPinto Cranford, the building will consist of 34 market-rate ...

The Garrison Says Goodbye, Thanks Cranford Community for Support

January 25, 2023

CRANFORD, NJ - The Garrison has announced it will close at the end of the month.

The craft cocktail bar opened in November 2021 and served beer, wine, and a small selection of cocktails, eventually adding food to its menu. 

"We want to thank you for welcoming us into the community and for your continued support," reads a sign on the front doors of The Garrison. "We have ...

TAPinto Cranford Readers Name Their Favorite Treat from Last Weekend's SOUPerhero Stroll

January 22, 2023

CRANFORD, NJ - Last week, hungry strollers got a taste of a variety of flavors all around Cranford at the SOUPerhero Stroll. After tallying the votes of TAPinto Cranford's Readers' Favorites the winner for best soup - and a feature story on TAPinto - is Garlic Rose Bistro's garlic chowder with 26% of the vote. 

A stroller named Joellen called the soup "hot, creamy, and ...

WSBU 88.3 FM Will Return to Super Bowl Radio Row

For the fifth time in the last six years, WSBU 88.3 FM "The Buzz" will broadcast live from Super Bowl Radio Row and provide coverage for TAPinto Greater Olean.

Six St. Bonaventure University students — Carter Raymond, Tom Seipp, Tyler Smith, Nathan Solomon, Steven Stutz and Jonny Walker — will travel to Phoenix on Sunday, to interview guests and preview ...

Union County Savings Builds a Better Bank to Help Build a Better Elizabeth

The historic building that served as Union County Savings Bank’s first headquarters is the latest in a series of investments the bank is making in the city of Elizabeth.

The $1 million update to 61 Broad St. began in earnest months ago, when the roof was replaced, new technology was installed and the heating, ventilation and cooling system was updated, says Chief Technology Officer Scott ...

Union County Savings Bank Launches Jersey Mike’s Lunch Donations to Area First Responders

The team at Union County Savings Bank has launched a new tradition as part of its community outreach efforts, delivering lunch from Jersey Mike’s to first responders across Union County.

Already, the bank has visited firehouses and police stations in Elizabeth and Cranford with boxes of delicious sandwiches for lunch.

The donations started late in 2022 and have continued into the new ...

Winchester Buries a 3-pointer As Time Expires to Give The Union Catholic Boys a Stunning Win Over Union

SCOTCH PLAINS NJ -- Keyshawn Winchester drained a game-winning long-range three-pointer as time expired to give Union Catholic a wild and stunning 58-57 victory over Union on Wednesday night.

With 3.6 seconds left on the clock, AJ Altobelli's inbound pass was knocked out of bounds by Union. Then on the ensuing inbounds pass with 3.2 seconds left, UC Coach Jim Reagan changed the play ...

Dudas Career Best Day Propels Union Catholic Bowling Team To Victory Over Dayton

LINDEN, NJ -- David Dudas has been waiting all season to have a breakout performance.

The wait ended on Monday when the Union Catholic sophomore struck for a career-high game of 192 and a lifetime the best series of 522 to ignite the Vikings to a 7-0 victory over Dayton at Jersey Lanes.

Led by Dudas, the Vikings rolled up a season-high pin total of 2,044 and improved their record ...

Not Your Grandmother's Cheerleading

MONTVILLE, NJ — Cheerleading has its place I suppose. On the early sidelines of life. Maybe.

I was the oldest of five boys growing up, and we all played sports hoping to be cheered, not to do the cheering.

Then, with my own brood of three sports boys, the same.

My daughter, the youngest, played parochial school basketball, but she also expected to be cheered for, and ...

Harmon Face Values’ Nationwide Closure Deals a Blow to Westfield

January 30, 2023

WESTFIELD, NJ — On Monday morning, the Westfield Harmon Face Values store on South Avenue was among locations listed on the website for its parent company, Bed Bath & Beyond Inc.

By the afternoon, the list of locations —30 of them in New Jersey — was removed and instead a notice on the website advised that Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. is closing the health and beauty aid ...

Warming Center Increases Options For Growing Homeless Population in Union County

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Responding to an increase in the unhoused population, Union County officials approved an Elizabeth church as a warming center as more information is collected on those living without homes within county borders.

There have been more than 55 “Code Blue'' nights in the county this season, Debbie-Ann Anderson, the county’s Director of Human Services, ...

The Lab Restaurant in Kenilworth Set to Close After Five Years

KENILWORTH, NJ - Chef Gacheung “G” Anselme, aka ‘The Mad Scientist' of The Lab Restaurant, recently announced that he will be closing his establishment located at 18 S. Michigan Avenue.

Specializing in Asian BBQ The Lab was a well-known eatery in Kenilworth for five years. 

The following message from Chef G was posted to social media.

"So this ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Musicians Qualify for All-Region Band

On Saturday, January 28, several Middle School students from The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison auditioned for the CJMEA Intermediate Region Music Ensembles at Community Middle School in Plainsboro, NJ. Eighth-grader Anushka Patchigolla of Edison was accepted into Symphonic Band on clarinet, seventh-grader Angel Lu of Westfield was accepted into Symphonic Band on trombone, eighth-grader ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Making an Impact in Plainfield

The Upper School’s Plainfield outreach programs are going strong and growing at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison. The afterschool programs at Barlow Elementary and Jefferson School run Mondays through Thursdays from 2:45-4 p.m. W+H students work with students in the after school programs on homework and skills support. Current participants include Sreeprada Arumilli of Edison, ...

Hersh Children’s Center at Overlook Medical Center marks 1st anniversary

February 3, 2023

SUMMIT, NJ – FEBRUARY 2023 – The Hersh Children’s Center, located at Atlantic Health System’s Overlook Medical Center, marked its first anniversary of providing pediatric emergency and inpatient services in one convenient, family-friendly space.

Following completion in late 2021, the 12,000 square-foot center opened in January 2022, combining the Meri and Sol Barer ...

Kean University Professor Matthew Niepielko Receives Prestigious NSF Award to Support Genetic Research and STEM Education

UNION, NJ - Kean University Assistant Professor Matthew G. Niepielko, Ph.D., has received the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award to fund genetic research while supporting students at the graduate, undergraduate, and high school levels.

As one of the most prestigious NSF awards for faculty members beginning their careers, the CAREER award will provide $829,000 to Niepielko’s ...

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TAPinto Named a 2023 Top Franchise by Franchise Business Review

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — TAPinto was recently named a Top Franchise for 2023 by Franchise Business Review. This is the 18th annual ranking of the 200 best franchise opportunities as rated by franchisees.

"TAPinto is honored to be recognized as one of the top 200 franchises in the United States," TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro said. "The fact that this ...