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Sunday with Bernie: Jay Boxwell, State Commander of the VFW and Cranford Resident

July 3, 2022

CRANFORD, NJ - This holiday weekend, as we celebrate Independence Day, we are bringing you a Sunday with Bernie as he chats with Jay Boxwell, jr., a Cranford resident who has recently been named as the State Commander for the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).

The Boxwell family has a long and storied history with the military, going as far back as the Civil War. Boxwell is a US Navy veteran ...

Patriotic Pictures from Cranford's Independence Celebration

CRANFORD, NJ - Patriotism was on parade as Cranford kicks off it's Independence Day Celebrations this weekend.

Friday morning at the Cranford Gazebo, some of Cranford's youngest residents took part in a patriotic craft that was co-sponsored by Downtown Cranford and Fire Me Up Studio. The Cranford Police and Fire Departments also helped out. Children created a red, white and blue ...

NJSIAA Makes Decision on Cranford, Middletown North Group 3 Championship

June 21, 2022

CRANFORD, NJ - After a 5 - 4 loss in the eighth inning for the Cranford Cougars at last Saturday's Group 3 championship, Cranford High School athletic director Darren Torsone challenged the results due to a pitch count discrepancy.

Originally reported by NJ.com, Cranford challenged the result, alleging that the Middletown North pitcher threw 120 pitches, which exceeded the 110 ...

Four Cranford Girls are Going to the All American Games

CRANFORD, NJ - The Blue and Gold is going Red, White, and Blue at the Softball Youth All-American Games. Four Cranford athletes, Viviana Flores, Mia Andre, Juliana Messinger, and Sofia Messinger, were chosen to represent the Northeast in the Games this year.

The girls were evaluated by All-American scouts and professional athletes and scored. The top scorers from around the country ...

Cranford's The Artist Framer Takes in a New View

June 21, 2022

CRANFORD, NJ - A new purple and yellow building is decorating the streetscape of Cranford. The Artist Framer has moved from its former iconic location on the corner of North Avenue and Alden Street, but the long-standing Cranford business hasn't gone far. 

Stefani Lalor, who opened the shop at its old location in 1999, moved the shop a few blocks down North Avenue to the old ...

VIDEO: Shoplifters Haul $50K in Merchandise from Clark Target

July 2, 2022

CLARK, NJ – The Clark Target store was the scene of a shoplifting haul worth more than $50K this week according to police.

In a release to the public on Friday, the Clark PD said two suspects, a male and female, stayed in the store’s restrooms until after closing on Tuesday night before emerging into the store dressed in vests impersonating overnight employees.

The duo then ...

Saturdays with Bernie: Manga, E-Readers, and Future Services with the Cranford Library

June 25, 2022

CRANFORD, NJ - This week Bernie sat down with Cranford Library Director Michael Maziekien and Marissa Lieberman, Head of Reference Services to talk Manga, the digital circulation growth, library events, and future planned services for the library.

Lieberman is considered an expert on the subject of Manga, comics, and graphic novels and has spoken at Comic-Cons and New Jersey Library ...

Cranford Dramatic Club's A Bronx Tale Found it's "Heart" in It's Vocal Talent

CRANFORD, NJ - As the theater went dark on Friday's opening night performance of Cranford Dramatic Club's A Bronx Tale, the cityscape lights twinkled. A streetlight illuminated the Belmont Avenue sign and a quartet crooned. 

A Bronx Tale is based on Chazz Palminteri's one-man play, which was turned into the Academy Award-winning 1993 movie of the same name ...

Cranford Schools Announces New Principal

June 27, 2022

CRANFORD, NJ - Kristen D'Anna will be the new principal of Bloomingdale Avenue School. D'Anna will be replacing Lourdes Murphy who will be the principal of Orange Avenue School. Her appointment was unanimously confirmed at Monday's Board of Education meeting.

D'Anna was an elementary school teacher in Freehold, NJ and taught first, second, and third grade. In 2015, she ...

Union County College Gets New Name

CRANFORD, NJ – Union County College will soon turn the page on a new chapter.

“Thank you for joining us today, and I’d like to welcome you to Union County College and that’s probably one of the last times that we’ll be saying that,” said Dr. Jaime Segal, the new Union College Executive Director of College Relations. “This is an exciting day for us, and ...

Wonder Announces its First Ever Student of the Year Awards

Wonder, a new home dining experience serving 22 towns in New Jersey, has announced its first ever Student of the Year awards. The company is currently accepting nominations for 2022 high school graduates that exemplify Wonder’s core values of mastery, compassion, and courage.

"These communities have been so welcoming to us,” Wonder Senior Director of Marketing, Raina ...

Cranford to Get $1.8M from NJ Budget for Stormwater Mitigation Project

June 30, 2022

CRANFORD, NJ - New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed the $50.6 billion fiscal year 2023 state budget at Cranford High School on Thursday, where it was also announced that Cranford would receive $1.8 million for flood mitigation procedures.

According to a press release from Cranford's Mayor, Kathleen Miller Prunty, the $1.8 has been slated for the Southside Stormwater Improvement ...

Gas Prices in New Jersey Drop Slightly Heading into Holiday Weekend

July 1, 2022

NEW JERSEY — The price of gas in New Jersey is heading down as the Fourth of July weekend gets closer.

The average price of a gallon of unleaded is $4.85, according to AAA. That's down 2 cents from yesterday and 9 cents from last week. Drivers are paying $1.71 more than this time last year.

AAA says the Energy Information Administration reported the demand for gas decreased ...

Westfield Frozen Yogurt Shop, Café Bohemian Raspberry to Close for Final Time

WESTFIELD, NJ — A frozen yogurt shop and café on Westfield’s south side is singing its swan song.

Bohemian Raspberry on Wednesday announced that it must close its doors and vacate the shop by Aug. 1 as its landlord will not renew the lease. It follows the establishment’s nearly 10-year-long run.

“The outpouring of support has been humbling and ...

Wonder Announces its First Ever Student of the Year Awards

June 24, 2022

Wonder, a new home dining experience serving 22 towns in New Jersey, has announced its first ever Student of the Year awards. The company is currently accepting nominations for 2022 high school graduates that exemplify Wonder’s core values of mastery, compassion, and courage.

"These communities have been so welcoming to us,” Wonder Senior Director of Marketing, Raina ...

Westfield Frozen Yogurt Shop, Café Bohemian Raspberry to Close for Final Time

WESTFIELD, NJ — A frozen yogurt shop and café on Westfield’s south side is singing its swan song.

Bohemian Raspberry on Wednesday announced that it must close its doors and vacate the shop by Aug. 1 as its landlord will not renew the lease. It follows the establishment’s nearly 10-year-long run.

“The outpouring of support has been humbling and ...

Top Surgery Patients Find a “Second Chance” at Cranford’s Lost and Found

June 30, 2022

CRANFORD, NJ - Max Masure lived most of their life with imposter syndrome, a persistent belief that a person is inadequate no matter their accomplishments. “I was not feeling empowered in the body I was living in,” Masure told TAPinto Cranford.

After burning out of work and trying figure out why, Masure, who is currently an author, motivational speaker, and inclusion ...

Air Quality Advisory Issued for Cranford Area

CRANFORD, NJ - The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has issued an air quality alert for Saturday until 11 p.m. 

The Ground Level Ozone "may approach or exceed unhealthy standards," states an alert sent out by the Cranford Police Department. According to AirNow.org, the region will be in the orange zone, which is defined as "unhealthy for sensitive ...

NJ Department Of Health Announces First Case Of Monkeypox in Jersey City Resident

TRENTON, NJ – The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) announced on Monday the first possible case of monkeypox in the state. A PCR test conducted by the Department’s Public Health and Environmental Laboratories confirmed the presence of orthopoxvirus in a Jersey City individual on June 18. A confirmatory test for the monkeypox virus, one of the viruses associated with the ...

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Can Lame Ducks Still Fly?

TRENTON, NJ — Things have never looked better for the Democrats who rule Trenton these days. Flush with federal cash. Democratic majorities in the Assembly and Senate. A Governor re-elected as a Democrat last November for the first time in four decades. 

It’s a real bubbly bonhomie in the state’s capital as they tie up the last loose strings of the state’s $50 ...

Meet Shannon Della Fortuna: A Top Cranford Real Estate Agent

CRANFORD, NJ - When you combine a passionate mom, with a driven teacher and add in a healthy dash of “home matchmaking” skills, you get Shannon DellaFortuna!  After finding her calling as a Sales Associate in 2015, she quickly became adept at meeting her clients’ needs for homeownership, with a flair for generosity.  As a Top Producing Agent and lifelong ...

Union County Celebrates Plastic Free July by Asking Residents to "Take the Challenge"

The Union County Board of County Commissioners and Union County Clean Communities would like to encourage residents to celebrate and participate in Plastic Free July!

"Finding ways to go plastic free is easier than you think and residents can certainly do a lot on a personal level to help save the environment,” said Commissioner Chair Rebecca Williams. “The information ...

Cranford Schools Announces New Principal

June 27, 2022

CRANFORD, NJ - Kristen D'Anna will be the new principal of Bloomingdale Avenue School. D'Anna will be replacing Lourdes Murphy who will be the principal of Orange Avenue School. Her appointment was unanimously confirmed at Monday's Board of Education meeting.

D'Anna was an elementary school teacher in Freehold, NJ and taught first, second, and third grade. In 2015, she ...

The Cranford Connection: Meet Abby Bacall, CHS Class of 2022 Valedictorian

CRANFORD, NJ - Graduation is the end of one story and the beginning of another. Cranford High School Class of 2022 valedictorian Abby Bacall knows a thing or two about stories. As the editor of CHS' literary magazine and an online one filled with pieces from around the world, her passion for words has also inspired her future plans. 

TiC: Tell us about your family.

AB: I ...

Cranford's Graduation Round-Up: Kindergarten

CRANFORD, NJ - Congratulations to all the kindergartners on their way to first grade next year! 

 

Send us more photos of those kindergarten stepping ups! Email photos to jglackin@tapinto.net

Cranford Knights of Columbus Donation to the Ulaky Family

July 3, 2022

PRESS RELEASE - After hearing about Cranford resident Jim Ulaky and his unfortunate accident, the Cranford Knights of Columbus wanted to help Jim and his family during this challenging time. After a two-year postponement due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the Council was able to hold our annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance at St. Michael’s School gym on March 26th. Our dance ...

Westfield Firefighters Rescue Ducklings Trapped in Pond Spillway

July 2, 2022

WESTFIELD, NJ — Ducklings trapped in the spillway for the Mindowaskin Park pond found their way back to their mother with some help from the fire department Tuesday evening, according to the chief.

Firefighters dispatched to the park found multiple ducklings trapped in the lower part of the pond's spillway, Chief Michael Duelks said.

“Firefighters positioned a ...

Rahway Police Department Becomes First in Union County to Open On-Site Jiu-Jitsu Training Room

RAHWAY, NJ — The Rahway Police Department is once again at the forefront of internal training methods for its officers. Rahway is the first department in Union County to open dedicated space for a matted training room within its headquarters. The department recently began implementing the new state-approved Brazilian jiu-jitsu training course in the beginning of ...

Union County OKs $95K to Settle Suit Claiming Prisoner Denied Prayer, Harassed

ELIZABETH, NJ — The Union County Board of County Commissioners has authorized $95,000 to resolve claims that a prisoner at the county’s since closed jail was kept from exercising his faith and harassed because of his Muslim religion.

Last week, the commissioners approved the settlement on the advice of the county counsel, who disputed the claims lodged in the complaint and ...

Sign Up for July TAPinto Ownership Opportunities Webinar

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro will be holding an informational webinar on July 13, 2022, at 12:30 p.m. for anyone who may be interested in owning/operating a TAPinto local news and digital marketing platform.

"TAPinto has become the dominant player in the local news and digital marketing space," Shapiro said. "I look forward to our July ...

Veteran Journalist James McQueeny Joins TAPinto as News Around New Jersey Managing Editor and Columnist

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — TAPinto is announcing veteran New Jersey journalist James McQueeny is joining TAPinto as News Around New Jersey Managing Editor and Columnist.

"We are thrilled to welcome veteran journalist and public policy analyst James McQueeny to the TAPinto family. Jim brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to TAPinto," TAPinto Founder and CEO ...

TAPinto Owners and Publishers Attend Networking Event

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ — TAPinto's franchise owners gathered in person for the first time in more than two years in Berkeley Heights on June 6, 2022, at a networking event. For some TAPinto owners, it's the first time they were able to see one another in person.

The publishers had a chance to catch up and hear from TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro. Sen. Jon Bramnick, a ...