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Cranford Police Department Announces Logo Contest Winner

September 5, 2021

CRANFORD - Ella Seeto's submission as been chosen as the winner of the Cranford Police Department's Logo Contest.

This summer, the Cranford Police Department collaborated with Cougar Headquarters to hold a
Logo Contest for all youth artists in the community. Using the existing Cranford Police Department Logo as inspiration, participants were asked to create their own ...

Seven Cranford Businesses Named Union County Small Business Community Champions

September 15, 2021

​Union County Commissioner Board recognizes the contributions of small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

CRANFORD - The Union County Board of County Commissioners has announced that more than 100 businesses in all 21 municipalities have been nominated for recognition in the Union County Small Business Community Champion program, including seven of Cranford's ...

Girl Scouts of Cranford Recognize Silver Award Recipients

Cranford, NJ - The Girl Scouts of Cranford Service Unit 48 has announced that 24 of its members recently earned the Silver Award, which is the highest honor a Cadette Girl Scout can receive.

According to the release, to achieve the honor, Cadettes identify an issue they care about, research it and take action. Cadettes, who are in sixth, seventh or eighth grade work solo or in small teams ...

Cranford's 9/11 Memorial Service

CRANFORD - The Cranford World Trade Center Memorial Committee and the Cranford Clergy Council will be hosting an in-person 9/11 Memorial on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in Cranford’s World Trade Center Memorial Park.

This event will honor those that lost their lives in the September 11 attacks including family, friends, first responders, and all that ...

Seven Cranford Businesses Named Union County Small Business Community Champions

September 15, 2021

​Union County Commissioner Board recognizes the contributions of small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

CRANFORD - The Union County Board of County Commissioners has announced that more than 100 businesses in all 21 municipalities have been nominated for recognition in the Union County Small Business Community Champion program, including seven of Cranford's ...

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How to Remove Spotted Lanternfly Eggs

What are Spotted Lanternflies?

Spotted Lanternflies were first spotted in the United States in 2014 in Pennsylvania. Since 2014, they have spread to more than seven states, including New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland. Spotted Lanternflies are an invasive species having the potential to cause devastating damage to vegetation and agricultural businesses.

Are You Ready for the Great New Jersey Bag Ban?

On May 4, 2022, shoppers in Union County and throughout New Jersey will be in for a shock when they go to check out their groceries at the supermarket. Not a single-use paper or plastic shopping bag will be in sight.

It’s all part of a new state law aimed at cutting down on waste, litter and pollution. Plastic bags get most of the blame, but single-use paper bags are also notorious for ...

Cranford High School's Sophia Pan Named a National Merit Semifinalist

September 16, 2021

CRANFORD - Cranford High School's Sophia Pan has been named among the 16,000 semifinalists nationwide for the 67th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. About 95% of the semifinalists are expected to attain ...

Cranford Readers Share Their First Day of School 2021 Photos

CRANFORD - Students returned to Cranford Public Schools Thursday to begin the 2021-22 academic year.

Check out the photos submitted by our readers!

Megan Green Named Brookside Place School's 2020-2021 Teacher of the Year

CRANFORD - Megan Green has been named Brookside Place School's Teacher of the Year as part of the 2020-2021 Governor’s Teacher/Educational Services Professional Recognition Program. 

Green is a first grade teacher and spent the past year as an all-remote teacher for Brookside Place School and Hillside Avenue School.

"She jumped into the deep end of ...

Learn How to Understand and Act on Depression, with My Perfect Life

September 18, 2021

The Union County Board of County Commissioners invites residents to attend “Stories over Stigma,” a free webinar featuring Lucas Wolfe, author of My Perfect Life, on Wednesday, September 22, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., on Zoom.

The Zoom link can be accessed by registering online at

“Now more than ever, it is important to be informed ...

'We Can Feel The Love, The Prayers, and The Good Vibes': Mother of Boy Struck by Car in Scotch Plains

September 15, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- An update on the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School student who was hit by a car on Westfield Ave. on Monday: Karina Hathcock, the boy's mom, posted on Facebook to let concerned members of the community know the status of her son.

Our boy is super strong and was able to manage pain like a champ. It was a very long night, but he is in really good hands at Cornell ...

Westfield Man, 22, Among 3 Targeted in Wayne Sports Bar Shooting, Authorities Say

WAYNE, NJ — A detention hearing was scheduled Monday for a man charged in a sports bar shooting that targeted three men including one from Westfield, authorities said.

Two days after the shooting at Mother’s Ale House in Wayne, police arrested Robert Jackson, 33, of South Hackensack, on attempted murder charges in connection with the Sept. 5 incident, authorities ...

Work on $1.45M Union County Gov’t Complex To Continue as Lawsuit Stalls 2nd Phase (Updated)

UNION COUNTY, NJ — A state appellate court ruling is allowing the previously halted first phase of construction on a new $145 million government complex in Elizabeth to proceed, but the next phase is on pause amid a Wayne-based company’s lawsuit claiming the county skirted New Jersey’s public bidding laws.

An attorney for the Union County Improvement Authority said ...

Morristown Medical Center Surgeons 1st in U.S. to Use Minimally Invasive Vertebral Body Tethering (VBT) With Advanced Imaging for Flexible Scoliosis Correction

Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center fellowship-trained scoliosis surgeon Jason E. Lowenstein, MD, leads the only surgical team in New Jersey to use a new, FDA-approved tethering system for minimally invasive scoliosis surgery that provides for flexible spinal deformity correction and faster healing. The team is also the first in the nation to use a new type of portable CT ...

New Jersey Date Night: Make the Grape Escape to Garden State Wineries

September 18, 2021

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

Thoughts of wine typically take your mind straight to Italy, France or Napa Valley. It’s understandable, but if you want to experience a mind-blowing date filled with beauty and flavor you should start thinking about New Jersey vineyards. 

Our state has many wineries from which to choose and most ...

Movement, Meditation, and Nature: 5 Tips to Alleviate Stress

Stress has a negative impact on our mental and physical health. It can cause various physical ailments like headaches, stomachaches, tight muscles, fatigue, and even high blood pressure. Mentally, stress can make it difficult to concentrate or create memory problems.

But in our busy society run by the pressure of work, family, and the need to do more, how do we alleviate stress?

There are ...

Fall Flavors: Cooking With the Season’s Bounty

With spring and summer on their way out, it’s time to start looking ahead to fall, and one of the best parts of this time of year is cooking with all the great seasonal fruits and vegetables that thrive in these cooler months.

If you’re unsure what’s in season in September or don’t know what to do with the piles of produce-lining grocery store shelves, look no further.

How to Ensure Your Furnace Is Ready for Winter’s Cold Nights

The cooler nights of September are the perfect reminder to get your furnace ready for the long winter ahead. Any work on HVAC can be intimidating, and professionals should handle most tasks, but there are steps you can take to keep the heat on this winter.

We’ll look at some ways to prep your furnace for winter and the situations that call for expert help. With some preventive ...

Prep Your Home for Winter With These Easy Fall Tasks

There’s nothing quite like the weather in autumn. With the heat of summer finally breaking, it’s time to start enjoying more time outdoors and keep the windows open. With favorable weather, it’s easy to forget the cold and dark nights of winter looming ahead.

Luckily, there are several steps you can take during the fall to help prepare your home for the harsh conditions of ...

Patchy, Brown Grass? What To Do About Dead Spots In the Yard

Everyone wants a lush green lawn for summer barbecues and romping by children and four-legged friends. So what do you do when your yard starts looking brown or patchy?

Start by identifying the underlying issue behind the dead spots in your grass, and then the repair is pretty straightforward! These lawn care tips will help you recover dead spots and leave your yard looking fresh and ...

7 Tips for Creating a Lasting Fitness Plan

Now that the bulk of the pandemic is behind us, many are looking for ways to get back in their old fitness routine or start a new one. Whether you’re back at the gym or in your home fitness center, here are seven tips for creating a new routine you’ll actually stick to!

Start Slow

When starting a fitness routine, many people make the mistake of taking on more than they are ...

5 Tasty, Healthy Food and Wine Pairings

Light salad or grilled salmon make for delicious dishes perfect for the warm evenings of summer. Plus, those long summer days leave even more time for designing the ideal dinner. The hardest part may not be collecting the recipes or the cooking—and definitely not the eating—but rather finding the perfect wine to drink along with it!

If you’re looking to wow a partner, family, ...

Easy, Crowd-Pleasing, and Seasonal: 5 Side Dish Recipes for Fall

September brings with it a host of fresh produce: grapes, apples, leeks, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, lettuce, mushrooms, parsnips, and so much more! There are tons of delicious, in-season fruits and veggies ripe for whipping up mouth-watering side dishes. If you’re wondering how you’ll incorporate seasonal produce into your fall meals, here are a few of the best recipes for your ...

Say Goodbye to Summer With a Blowout Bash

As summer wraps up, it’s tempting to transition to cozy fall gatherings right away, but don’t move too quickly! Having a “goodbye summer” party is a great way to celebrate the last fresh, vibrant colors, sounds, and flavors of summer with your friends and family. So pull out the last of your summer décor and try these tips for making the most of your final summer ...