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Family Promise Fall Fling Fundraiser to Honor Founder Olson Nov. 4

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Family Promise will host its annual "Fall Fling" fundraiser Friday, Nov. 4, from 7-11 p.m., at Canoe Brook Country Club. The Summit-based, national non-profit will honor its founder, Karen Olson, who retired earlier this year and will celebrate its vision of a nation in which every child has a home. Civic leader and former Summit Mayor, Janet Whitman, will serve as Honorary Chair for the event.

"Fall Fling" is the most significant fundraiser each year for Family Promise, the nation’s leading nonprofit helping homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence. The evening includes a cocktail buffet and both live and silent auctions to raise funds for the continued support and development of Affiliates nationwide. Last year, more than 175 friends and supporters attended the event, which raised nearly $280,000.

Founded in Summit in 1988 to address homelessness in Union County, Family Promise has grown into a national organization with 202 Affiliates in 42 states. Since then, Family Promise has served more than 700,000 people, the majority of them children. Family Promise Affiliates serve nearly 60,000 people each year by providing shelter, food, and a host of other comprehensive support services.

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Through its unique and innovative model, Family Promise uses existing community resources to resolve a family’s homelessness. It keeps family members together and engages 180,000 volunteers across the country to provide hospitality and hope, and solutions for housing, jobs and more.

Tickets for the Fall Fling are on sale and start at $150 per person. Registration and ticket purchases are available online or by contacting Sandy Rodriguez, Family Promise's Director of Community Engagement, at 908-273-1100, ext. 38 or srodriguez@familypromise.org.

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Athlete of the Week: Ryan Malko & Hanna Capone

February 6, 2018

CRANFORD, NJ – Following leading performances in track and field and ice hockey, Hanna Capone and Ryan Malko are Cranford High School’s Athletes of the Week.

Capone, a junior on the winter track team, recently earned the North II, Group III sectional title in the pole vault with a height of 9 ft. 3 inches, her personal best.

“I’m motivated by my personal ...

Filthy, dangerous conditions, theft and assault alleged at recently-opened Newark shelter

February 13, 2018

Newark, NJ—Antoinette Jackson, Sonya Webb and Andrea Eaddy sit in a McDonald’s on a cold winter morning, not far from the homeless shelter they currently call home.

During the day, they count on places like McDonald's to stay warm. They must leave the shelter at 7 a.m. and can only return after 4 p.m., even when temperatures drop below freezing.

When the ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Senior Signs National Letter of Intent

February 18, 2018

EDISON, NJ -- Mia Reyes of Piscataway, a senior at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, has made it official: she will continue her soccer career at Haverford College next year.

The Wardlaw+Hartridge soccer star signed her official national letter of intent at a press conference with family, friends and coaches in attendance on Feb. 14. Mia, who will graduate with 30 goals and a W+H record ...

Cranford Police Blotter: Shoplifting Arrest & More

February 13, 2018

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. 02/07/2018 12:38 p.m.

6 South Avenue West

Arrested: Earl Ayler, 61, Rahway

Arrested by: Sgt. Frank Williams

Charges: Shoplifting, Hindering Apprehension, ...

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Having Senator Scutari lead the (Democratic) party would certainly put Cranford in a good position for resolving the issues we face such as gun control, flood mitigation and public safety.

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