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CHS Athletes of the Week: Jack Korzeneski & Katherine Russell

January 15, 2019

CRANFORD - Congratulations to this week’s Athletes of the Week, Jack Korzeneski and Katherine Russell.

Jack, a senior on the varsity wrestling team entered the Union County Tournament as the eighth seed, beat the ninth seed then knocked off the first and fourth seeds before pinning the third seed in the finals to earn himself ...

BOYS BASKETBALL: Big Second-Half Gives Cougars Victory Over South Plainfield

CRANFORD - Hunter Goff scored 21 points to lead Cranford past South Plainfield, 58-53, on Monday night.

The Cougar offense struggled in the first-half, scoring just 16 points to go into the half down 22-16. Goff, who had seven points in the first 16 minutes, exploded for 12 in the third quarter to give Cranford a two-point lead heading to the final eight minutes. 

"We missed a lot ...

WRESTLING: Cougars Win 5th Straight Union County Tournament Championship

CRANFORD - The Cranford High School wrestling program remains the top dog in Union County. 

13 of 14 Cougar wresters placed on Saturday to lead Cranford to its fifth straight Union County Championship.

138 Jack Korzeneski and 152 AJ Bencivenga took home first place. 2nd place finishers were 145 Connor Halpin, 160 Kyell Roper, and 170 Evan Kanterman. 3rd place ...

Cranford Police Blotter: Two Car Crashes Result in D.W.I. Charges

January 16, 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. 1/8/2019 @ 10:30 p.m.

Garden State Parkway 136 Exchange

Arrested: Tiher Black, 20, Irvington; Ijah Jones, 20 Irvington

Arrested by: ...

Cranford Police Blotter: Driver With Headlights off Arrested for D.W.I.

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. 1/3/2019 @ 2:12 p.m.

Raritan Road and Centennial Avenue

Arrested: Jonathan Rodriguez, 38, Woodland Park

Arrested by: Ptl. Gregory ...

Cranford Police Report Increase in Narcan Deployments for 2018

CRANFORD - The Cranford Police Department is reporting an increase in Nasal Naloxone, or "Narcan" deployments for opioid-based overdoses within the Township of Cranford over the past year.

First Responders deployed Narcan a total of 30 times on 17 victims during 2018. Cranford Police Officers utilized the opioid blocking medication 27 times while the Cranford ...

Train Arrives for Westfield Gingerbread Building Contest Winners

January 4, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ – A representation of a home that made international news is among the winners of a town-wide contest of gingerbread building, but it is not the top vote-getter in the contest whose winners the public picked in an online poll.

Tara and Rob Donnelly along with Brian and Amy Shields, of Westfield, built the gingerbread model of the “Watcher House,” ...

Patrick Giblin Sworn in as Cranford Mayor

January 3, 2019

CRANFORD - 2019 is here and Cranford has a new mayor, Patrick Giblin.

After two years at the helm, Thomas Hannen Jr. has stepped aside and Giblin was sworn in at Wednesday's Reorganization Meeting. Mayors in Cranford are not directly elected by the voters but chosen from among the committee members.

Though no longer mayor, Hannen will remain on the Township ...

New Owner of Rustic Mill Diner Instills Changes

January 16, 2019

CRANFORD - If you've stopped into the Rustic Mill Diner over the past few months, you may have noticed some changes. 

Among those changes include new menu items, the removal of carpet in favor of hardwood floor, and other interior upgrades. Nick Siderias, the new owner of the Rustic Mill said that there are more changes on the horizon. 

"Before I changed it, the menu had ...

Cranford Named a Top Food Town by

CRANFORD - On Wednesday afternoon,'s food writer, Peter Genovese, released a list of 15 great N.J. food towns that no one knows about. 

How Cranford is considered a "food town that no one knows about" despite winning's Best Downtown Competition is perplexing, but residents are still happy with the recognition.

Genovese's description of Cranford ...

Cranford Girl Scouts of Brownie Troop 40967 Assist Others During Holiday Season

January 7, 2019

CRANFORD – The Girl Scouts from Brownie Troop 40967 rang in the New Year by assisting those in need.

During the holiday season they completed several service projects which helped them earn the Philanthropist Badge, a designation that helps Brownies learn about helping others and distinguishing between wants and needs.

Brownie Troop 40967 completed three different service ...

Cranford VFW Post #335 Annual Blood Drive

CRANFORD - Cranford’s VFW Post #335 has announced it will be holding its annual blood drive on Saturday, January 19th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at its Post Home at 479 South Ave. E. in Cranford.

VFW Chairperson, Joe Del Grippo stressed the need for Cranford residents to take part in this important township event.  “Blood supplies are always at critically low ...

What's Too Much? Westfield Talk to Tackle Overuse of Cell Phones

January 7, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ – Cell phones have become increasingly more powerful devices, with more features than some brains can handle.

This is among the topics set for discussion at an upcoming talk at the Westfield Public Library. The forum, organized by the Fanwood/Scotch/Plains/Westfield Here 2 Help Mental Health Coalition, is entitled “This is Your Brain on Phones: Smartphone ...

First Baby Born at Trinitas in 2019

ELIZABETH, NJ - The first to be born at Trinitas Regional Medical Center in 2019 came into the world at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, January 1.

Elizabeth residents Rosa Serrano De Orellana and Jose Alfredo arrived at Trinitas in Labor and Delivery around 11:30 a.m. after Rosa started experiencing very strong contractions, which began at 5 a.m. Tuesday morning. When she was examined by Shanaya Recalde, ...

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Westfield Pizza Shop Lends a Hand to Families Impacted by Federal Shutdown

January 15, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ – A local pizzeria owner is helping to take the sting out of the partial government shutdown that has stopped federal workers’ pay.

Outta Hand pizzeria owner Burim Regjaj said Monday that after reaching out with an offer on social media, he has provided five families impacted by the shutdown with meals.

“This is the first week that they didn’t get paid ...

Terry Darling and Brian McCarthy Join Cranford Board of Education

January 11, 2019

CRANFORD - Following the departures of Daniel Demarco and Cathy Sheridan, Terry Darling and Brian McCarthy officially took their seats on the Cranford Board of Education at Monday's Reorganization Meeting.

While Darling and McCarthy are new to the Board, William Hulse and Maria Loikith retained their seats in the November election. McCarthy ...

2019-20 Cougar Cubs Program Sign up

CRANFORD - Register your child for the Cougar Cubs program, a part of the Child Development Class held at Cranford High School, for the 2019-2020 school year.

The program is looking for Cranford residents who have children 3-5 years of age (must be potty trained).

This program provides a developmentally appropriate, hands-on learning environment that is not a ...

OAS Teacher Admits to Threat, Surrenders Teacher's License

CRANORD - Matthew Acosta, a special education teacher at Orange Avenue School has admitted to making a perceived general threat against the school where he worked late last year, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced Thursday.

Acosta, 34, of Kenilworth pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, a petty disorderly persons offense during a court hearing ...

Forget Pita: Falafel is in Everything

January 14, 2019

Falafel, that tasty vegetarian Mediterranean street food made from chickpeas, isn’t just for pitas anymore. It’s showing up in sub sandwiches, salads, chips, pizzas – even soup.

Why is it so popular?

“It’s vegetarian and a hearty add on,” said David Delinko, owner of The Salad House of Somerville, where customers can get warm pieces of ...

Musicians with Disabilities Join Kean University Music Majors to Make Beautiful Music

January 16, 2019

ELIZABETH, NJ - The stage at the Wilkins Theater at Kean University was ablaze last week with the energy and Day-Glo tee-shirts of musicians with disabilities from Community Access Unlimited and university music majors at the group's fourth annual collaborative concert.

CAU is a Union County-based, statewide nonprofit that strives to integrate people with disabilities and at-risk youth ...

Upcoming Events


Fri, January 18, 8:00 PM

Union County Performing Arts Center , Rahway

Sal "The Voice" Valentinetti at Union County ...

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Tue, January 22, 4:00 PM

Vinny's Pizza & Pasta, Cranford

Kids Eat Free at Vinny's Pizza & Pasta

Food & Drink


Mon, January 28, 6:30 PM


Craft Beer and Food Pairing

Federal Shutdown Hits and Hurts New Jersey

January 11, 2019

Dear Editor:

New Jersey’s Mayors and local governing bodies don’t always agree on everything. But they know what they need to do to meet the public’s need for essential services. And every year, despite natural disasters, despite fluctuations in the economy, and despite actions taken – and not taken – by other levels of government, they adopt budgets and continue ...