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Summer Fun in Downtown Cranford and a Big Thank You

Dogs of Downtown Photo Contest Entry
Cooler in Cranford

The summer isn’t officially over but we want to take time to thank some people who helped make downtown Cranford pretty special this season and prove it really is “Cooler in Cranford.” Hands down, our colorful public piano was the big hit. Our thanks to the Lafferty Family who donated the piano, CHS students Ben Romero, Rob Zanfordino and Erin Joyce who painted it and people of all ages who sat down to make music to the delight of onlookers. A big thanks to our “Cooler in Cranford” sponsor, Realtor and Cranford resident Sharon Steele. We love seeing kids around town wearing their cool t-shirts and spotting the decals in store windows.

Our parklet, sponsored by Needlepoint Homes, Barbara Zeckman of Cranford Area Happenings and Sharon Steele, offered a special spot to relax with coffee, lunch or just people watch. The parklet is packed up until next Spring but we’ve moved the large flower pots to the North Avenue entrance of the train station so people can continue to enjoy them.

The summer season kicked off with the annual Sip & Stroll organized by the Cranford Woman’s Club and this year’s event drew a record number of shoppers. We were entertained with a Kid’s Cabaret done by the Play Theatre. And inspired at Fit & Funby Sharon Fit Belly Dance & FitnessArthur Murray DanceHilltop BicyclesHot Yoga Revolution and Bella Organici. Our annual LEGO Contest brought out more than 40 children who once again came up with fantastic and impressive creations. And, thanks to our judges Lauren Antolino, children’s Librarian, James DellaVecchia of The DellaVecchia Group and Tom Vigliante of Hilltop Bicycles.

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The dog days of summer were more fun because of the 42 dogs entered in our photo contest. Thanks to their owners for snapping the pictures and sharing them on Facebook. And, thank you to Just 4 Pooches for the doggie gifts for winners and all participants.

This year, more than 200 turned out for the annual Rock the Streets yoga event sponsored by Alluem Yoga. And, we saw many of them later around town and at our restaurants. The summer season will conclude on Saturday, Sept. 16 with the annual Community Paint Out organized by The Artist Framer. But, the fun doesn’t end because the 10th Annual Scarecrow Stroll is coming up on October 25. We have a few more thanks to people who help create a special atmosphere. All the residents and business owners who painted tiles that are displayed in the pedestrian walkway next to Simply, Jessica Dreyer of Dreyer Farms who guides us on all of the flowers and plantings and Rui DeJesus and Will Robinson who water and tend to the flowers and keep downtown clean.

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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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Former Cranford Mayor Endorses Nick Scutari for Democratic Chair

February 18, 2018

Dear Editor:

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.

Union County is made up of urban and suburban communities, that we need to protect. The stronger our communities are, the stronger the diversity and our being connected will be.

Senator ...