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CHS Athletes of the Week: Luke Pachkowski & Sasha Knapp

February 14, 2019

CRANFORD - Congratulations to this week’s CHS Athletes of the Week, Luke Pachkowski and Sasha Knapp. 

Pachkowski, a junior on the varsity ice hockey team, has been having a breakout season with 27 points including 10 goals and 17 assists. His leadership throughout the season helped the Cougars make a run for the Conference title. 

"This year, a ...

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Cranford Wins Overtime Thriller

CRANFORD - Strong 3-point and free throw shooting keeps Cranford alive in the county tournament.

Gianna Toretta scored a season-high 18 points, including four 3-pointers, to lead sixth-seeded Cranford to a 64-58 overtime victory over 11th-seeded Brearley in the first round of the Union County Tournament on Wednesday night. 

It was the fourth quarter where ...

Sofia Ambrosio Commits to St. John's University

CRANFORD - Accompanied by family, friends, and her coaches, Sofia Ambrosio signed her national letter of intent to play soccer at St. John's University in New York.

"They actually emailed me my sophomore year saying they had interest in me but I never really thought anything of it," said Ambrosio. "Then they emailed me again to tell me to come to their camp and I just ...

Cranford Police Blotter: Unclear Plates Lead to Drug Arrest

February 13, 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. 2/05/2019 @ 10:34 p.m.

Lincoln Avenue East and Meeker Avenue

Arrested: Deshawn Claiborne, 26, East Orange

Arrested by: Ptl. Christopher ...

Honorary Cranford Police Officer Raymond Schwartz Passes

CRANFORD - Earlier Tuesday morning, honorary Cranford police officer Raymond Schwartz passed away at the age of 15. 

Son of Stacy & Raymond Schwartz, Raymond, was diagnosed with a very rare form of brain cancer known as Glioblastoma 15 months ago. Unfortunately, it was recently determined by Raymond’s doctors that treatments have been ineffective. Raymond ...

Cranford Police Blotter: Suboxone and Heroin Arrest on Centennial Avenue

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.  1/30/2019 @ 9:02 a.m.

1200 Block of Raritan Road ...

Families Fuming After Union County Vo-Tech Teacher Fired

February 13, 2019

UNION COUNTY – About 40 students at Union County Vocational-Technical High School in Scotch Plains have been diverted from their regular program of study following the firing of the school’s electrical engineering teacher after a classroom dispute with a student.

After families rallied in front of the school this week, the school’s principal, Lisa Tauscher, told parents ...

Raritan Valley Line Mayors Alliance Supports Gateway Project, Pushes for Restoring One-Seat Rides on NJ Transit's Raritan Valley Line

February 11, 2019

NEW JERSEY – The leaders of the Build Gateway Now Coalition announced this week that the Raritan Valley Line (RVL) Mayors Alliance to the Coalition, a bipartisan group formed in 2018 that consists of 30 mayors representing more than 23,500 daily commuters along the RVL, spanning four counties in New Jersey, have joined the coalition.

“We are thrilled to welcome the RVL ...

Gov. Murphy: Minimum Wage to Increase to $15 by 2024 (VIDEO)

ELIZABETH, NJ – New Jersey residents are on their way to making $15 per hour at work.

Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation on Monday that will gradually raise the states’ minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2024.

“For far too long, too many of our fellow New Jerseyans have been struggling to survive on wages that have not kept up with the cost of living,” Murphy ...

Brookside Place School Announces Winner in 2019 "Souper" Bowl

February 11, 2019

CRANFORD – The Los Angeles Rams may have lost by 10 in the lowest scoring "Big Game" in history, but they won by a landslide in the Brookside Place School “Souper” Bowl. 

During the week leading up to the Big Game, students were able to donate cans of soup in honor of their preferred team, either the New England Patriots or the Los Angeles Rams. By ...

GoFundMe Set up For Raymond Schwartz & Family, $13,000 Raised in First 24 Hours

CRANFORD - Most, if not all of Cranford knows who Raymond Schwartz is. Currently, his family is faced with the greatest challenge of their lives. 

Stacy & Raymond Schwartz's oldest son, Raymond, was diagnosed with a very rare form of brain cancer known as Glioblastoma 15 months ago. Raymond is currently a freshman at Cranford High School and just recently ...

Church: 1 Past Cranford Priest Among Clergy Accused of Sex Abuse

February 15, 2019

CRANFORD - The Newark Archdiocese on Wednesday released a list of 63 priests “credibly accused” of sexual abuse. Among those listed on the website for the Archdiocese of Newark is one priest who previously served in Cranford. 

The List of Credibly Accused Clergy included James T. Benedetto. Ordained in 1970, Benedetto served at St. Antoninus ...

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Prosecutor: Westfield Man Had Over 4,000 Child Pornography Files

February 13, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ – Authorities have recovered more than 4,000 files depicting children in sexual acts from a local man’s electronics, the Union County Prosecutor said Wednesday.

Officers arrested Gregory L. Brown at his home in the 300 block of John Street Wednesday morning and charged him with first-degree possession of child pornography with the intent to distribute, second-degree ...

Students' Opinions Divided on “Reimagining Cranford Schools” Plan

February 5, 2019

CRANFORD - Cranford School District administrators have been searching for solutions to several problems raised by community members about the benefits of full-day Kindergarten and the unfair divide between grades in separate schools.

To respond to these concerns, Superintendent Scott Rubin and his colleagues have devised a plan called "Reimagining Cranford Public ...

‘Cooked & Uncorked’ Festival to Showcase NJ Firefighters’ Culinary Talents

February 11, 2019

These firefighters don’t just put out flames — they use them to make duck confit-stuffed ravioli with bacon and English pea puree. That’s how South Orange Local 24 won the gourmet category during last year’s Cooked & Uncorked food and wine festival, which is coming up for the 9th time this month on Feb. 25 in Edison, NJ.

Hosted by the New Jersey Firefighters Mutual ...

Decades from Retirement? How to Handle Market Moves

After one of the longest bull markets in history, stocks experienced some major ups and downs toward the end of 2018. This increased market volatility grabbed headlines and caused some investors to feel anxious about potential losses to their portfolios. While it’s a natural reaction for investors to wonder if and how national and global news may affect their savings, it’s important ...

Financial Gifts for Your Grandchildren that Keep on Giving

You’ve worked hard to accumulate your wealth and now want to share the fruits of your labor with your grandchildren. But what are some thoughtful ways to do so? Here are six ideas for financial gifts with long-term benefits for your grandchildren.

Contribute to charity. Giving to charity on behalf of a loved one can be a powerful way to give back while sharing your values with a future ...

6 Tips to Strengthen Your Financial Foundation in 2019

For many of us, the new year means a fresh start and the chance to set new goals. If your resolutions are money related, here are some ways to strengthen your financial foundation in 2019.


1. Review your financial picture.  As the saying goes, it’s hard to know where you’re going if you don’t know where you’ve been. Review your investments and savings, ...

Single, Divorced or Widowed? Here are Tips for Managing Your Finances as You Get Older

Forty-one percent, or approximately 19.5 million Americans, age 65 and older are single, according to the most recent data available from the U.S. Census Bureau.1 This means a significant number of people are entering or preparing for retirement with a relationship status of single, divorced or widowed. If you are a part of this group – whether it is your choice or the result of unexpected ...

New Tax Laws May Change How You Approach Your 2018 Tax Return

As 2018 winds down, it’s time to think about if and how you may be able to reduce the taxes owed on your next tax return. New tax laws, which generally took effect on January 1 of this year, mean you may need to approach your tax strategy differently than you have in the past. Talk to your tax professional about whether the following five considerations apply to you:


MLB’s Milt Thompson Provides Tips At Wardlaw+Hartridge Baseball Clinic

February 15, 2019

EDISON, NJ -- Former Major League baseball player and batting coach Milt Thompson conducted the second annual Wardlaw+Hartridge Baseball Clinic on Feb. 9 in Laidlaw Gym.

The 2½-hour session, open to players in grades 5-12, included student athletes from W+H and other area schools and towns. W+H varsity head coach Andrew Mulvey and Middle School head coach Tim Head also ...

Westfield Area YMCA Offers Free Friends Week For The Community

WESTFIELD, NJ -- The Westfield Area YMCA is pleased to announce Friends Week. The month of February is American Heart Month!  Show a friend you care about them and their heart by inviting them to join you at the Y.

During the week of  Feb. 17 - 23, members and their friends can use the Main Y Facility and attend classes for free.  Get fit with a friend and enjoy a land or water ...

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Tue, February 19, 4:00 PM

Vinny's Pizza & Pasta, Cranford

Kids Eat Free at Vinny's Pizza & Pasta

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Tue, February 26, 4:00 PM

Vinny's Pizza & Pasta, Cranford

Kids Eat Free at Vinny's Pizza & Pasta

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Fri, March 1, 7:30 PM

First United Methodist Church, Westfield

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Arts & Entertainment

'Little Girl Blue' celebrates Nina Simone

‘Little Girl Blue’ celebrates Nina Simone in words and music

By Liz Keill

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – George Street Playhouse has brought a heartwarming story to the stage in “Little Girl Blue: the Nina Simone Musical.”

Laiona Michelle, who delivered a powerful performance in “American Hero” at George Street, returns in a play she developed that ...