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SOCCER: Maggie Murray Named Union County Conference Player of the Year

December 5, 2018

CRANFORD - Following a 14-goal and 16-assist season, Cranford High School junior Maggie Murray has been named the Union County Conference Player of the Year by NJ.com.

Murray's breakout year helped lead Cranford, the Union County Conference Champions, to an 18-4 record (12-0 at home), the second best in the program's history. Though the Cougars didn't bring home a tournament ...

Union County College Women’s Soccer Team Finishes Season Ranked Third in Nation

CRANFORD – The Union County College Women’s Soccer Team traveled to Rockford, IL, to compete in the 2018 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Women’s Soccer National Tournament and finished third in the nation. After winning their first game in the tournament, they fell to #2 Delta College by a score of 2-0. This was the college’s first time at the national ...

HOCKEY: Cougars Score Six and Get Coach Ozolnieks First Career Win

CRANFORD - When the opportunity came for Mike Ozolnieks to become head coach of his high school alma matter, he didn't think twice.

Since its inception in 1992, the Cranford High School hockey team had been coached by one man, Richard Hurley. Hurley announced his retirement following the 2017-18 season, and Ozolnieks is looking to bring prestige back to the ...

Cranford Police Raise $6,000 for No-Shave November

December 12, 2018

CRANFORD - Members of the Cranford Police Department, ranging from the rank of Captain to Communications Officer, participated in Cranford PBA Local 52’s No-Shave November in an effort to raise money for those in the fight against cancer.

Beginning in 2009, “No-Shave November” is a national, month-long non-profit fundraising event during which participants ...

Cranford Police Blotter: 4 Arrested for Shoplifting

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. 12/05/2018 @ 11:08 p.m.

200 Block of South Avenue East

Arrested: Myer Armstrong, 21, Bayonne; Christopher Grullon, 20, Hillside; Marc Greene, 18, ...

Sunday's House Fire Fatality Identified, Cause of Fire Still Under Investigation

CRANFORD - According to a press release from the Cranford Fire Department, Sunday's house fire fatality has been identified as Philip Anter, age 60, of Cranford. Mr. Anter was the owner and sole occupant of the dwelling. 

An investigation into the origin and cause of the fire was initiated after the fire was suppressed. The investigation involves multiple ...

Community Access Unlimited to Hold Open Auditions for "Hairspray, Jr." in January

December 12, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - Holy moly, welcome to the '60s! The CAU Community Players, an integrated theater troupe that brings together performers with and without developmental disabilities, is holding open auditions for an upcoming production of “Hairspray, Jr.” Auditions will be held January 22, 24 and 26.

Community Access Unlimited (CAU), a Union County-based human services agency, ...

Swastikas Found on Bathroom Walls at Summit Middle School

November 30, 2018

SUMMIT, NJ - In a letter e-mailed to Summit School District parents, Superintendent of Schools June Chang has disclosed that Swastikas were found on a bathroom wall at Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School "immediately before the extended Thanksgiving weekend."

Further, Chang details that "additional offensive drawings ...

More Hate Graffiti Found at a Westfield School, Superintendent Says

WESTFIELD, NJ — Hate graffiti has been found again at a Westfield school, parents learned through an email sent by Superintendent Margaret Dolan Thursday afternoon.

“Today we are saddened and angry that one individual in our community has chosen hate,” Dolan wrote. “That student chose to deface school property and attack various groups of people with graffiti. We ...

Victoria’s Secret Westfield Store to Close in January

November 30, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — The lingerie retailer did not return requests for comment for this story, but it’s no longer a secret: Victoria’s Secret Westfield location is slated close.

The principal of 235 Associates LLC, owner of the building at 233 East Broad St., declined to comment this week. However, municipal officials said the lingerie shop at 233 East Broad St. is set to shut its ...

Popular Restaurant Addams Tavern in Westfield Readies to Reopen After Yearlong Closure

December 11, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — A popular restaurant in Downtown Westfield that has been closed for about a year is preparing to reopen with a new menu and staff.

Denise Telerico, a manager at Addams Tavern (part of Harvest Restaurant Group), said on Monday the establishment is tentatively anticipated to open Friday but has some preparations to make after its yearlong closure.

While the interior ...

Judge Gives Addams Tavern in Westfield Green Light to Reopen

WESTFIELD, NJ — Nearly a year after being shut down over building code violations, Addams Tavern has gotten a state court’s approval to reopen.

The popular restaurant has all the government approvals needed to reopen, Town Attorney Thomas Jardim said Friday.

“There appear to be remaining issues as to drainage of rainwater and one issue with respect to ADA ...

Commissioner O'Connor Expresses Concern with Potential New Liquor Licenses

CRANFORD - Momentum is growing around a proposal from Assemblyman John Burzichelli, D-Gloucester, to let restaurants purchase much cheaper permits to serve alcohol. 

Currently, towns can create one license per 3,000-population. Many of the best restaurants in New Jersey don’t have a liquor license, but rather are bring-your-own-bottles (BYOBs).

Cranford Police Raise $6,000 for No-Shave November

December 12, 2018

CRANFORD - Members of the Cranford Police Department, ranging from the rank of Captain to Communications Officer, participated in Cranford PBA Local 52’s No-Shave November in an effort to raise money for those in the fight against cancer.

Beginning in 2009, “No-Shave November” is a national, month-long non-profit fundraising event during which participants ...

Santa to Deliver Gifts With the Help of Cranford's Police and Fire Departments

CRANFORD - Interested in having Santa deliver a toy to your child before Christmas?

Donate an unwrapped gift for Toys 4 Tots and Santa will deliver your wrapped gifts to your home with help from the Cranford Fire & Police Departments!

First, sign up here where you can choose if you want Santa to deliver the gift on Friday, December 12 starting at 6 p.m. or on Sunday, ...

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Duck Donuts Set to Open in Clark Friday

December 7, 2018

CLARK, NJ – After a long wait and much anticipation, Duck Donuts is opening its doors to the public on Friday, December 7. The Clark store is the fifth location in New Jersey.

Duck Donuts starts with a warm made-to-order vanilla cake donut. After leaving the fryer, donut enthusiasts get to create their own donut combination by choosing from a variety of glazes, toppings ...

Cranford to Continue Tuition-Based Full-Day Kindergarten For 2019-20 School Year

December 12, 2018

CRANFORD - The Cranford Board of Education will continue to hold two tuition-based full-day kindergartens for the 2019-2020 school year, pending sufficient enrollment. In anticipation of high interest in the program, your child’s participation will be based on a lottery.

Children who will be five years old by October 1, 2019, and are Cranford residents are eligible for the ...

JCC Offered Free Cancer Recovery Fitness Program Thanks to Westfield-Based Charity, Stad’s Crabfest Foundation

December 12, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- With a $1,000 grant from the Westfield-based Stad’s Crabfest Foundation, the JCC of Central NJ in Scotch Plains offered its eight-week Cancer Recovery Class to six qualified individuals.

Stad’s Crabfest, which began as an annual gathering for family and friends and evolved into a foundation, is devoted to raising awareness and enhancing the quality of ...

Westfield Area YMCA Men's Club Tree Lot Enters Final Weeks

WESTFIELD, NJ — Christmas is almost here and the Y Men’s Tree Lot still has trees available to beautify your home or office this season while helping the community.

All proceeds benefit local organizations. Proceeds benefit the financial assistance program at the Westfield Area YMCA as well as the Achievers Program for minority youth.

Other organizations that benefit ...

Westfield Area YMCA Announces Winter Registration

WESTFIELD, NJ — Registration for the Westfield Area YMCA Winter program session begins at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6 for Full Members and at 7:30 a.m., Monday, Dec. 10, for Basic and Non-Members.  The session runs Jan. 2 — Feb. 23. A printable version of the Winter Session Guide is available at www.westfieldynj.org.

Kick off the New Year at the Y and enjoy programs ...

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Sun, December 16, 1:00 PM

Westfield Area YMCA, Westfield

Swim with Santa

Giving Back

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Sat, December 22, 10:00 AM

Cranford Community Center, Cranford

Cranford Elks Hoop Shoot

‘The Winter’s Tale’ makes sweeping shifts from drama to froth at Shakespeare Theatre

‘The Winter’s Tale’ makes sweeping shifts from drama to froth at Shakespeare Theatre

By Liz Keill

MADISON, NJ – From the chilly winter in Sicilia to the warmth and summer joys of Bohemia, the scene and tenor shift halfway through “The Winter’s Tale,”

This convoluted plot involving  Leontes, King of Sicilia and Archidamus, a Bohemian Lord, ...

‘A Doll’s House, Parts 2’ explores marriage, identity and compromise

‘A Doll’s House, Parts 2’ explores marriage, identity and compromise

By Liz Keill

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Leave it to George Street Playhouse to produce a play that works on so many levels. We have the familiar slamming-the-door exit of Nora Helmut, who abruptly leaves her secure life with Torvald for parts unknown

This play by Lucas Hnath received a successful run on ...

‘Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn’ shimmers and shines at Paper Mill

‘Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn’ shimmers and shines at Paper Mill

By LIZ KEILL

MILLBURN, NJ – What could be more enticing than the rapturous music and lyrics of “Irving’ Berlin’s Holiday Inn” to sweep us into a festive mood for the holidays? The show, based on the 1940’s film of the same name, is a perfect choice… and one that keeps ...