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"Connecting" with Cranford Filmmaker Catherine Anton

May 16, 2022

CRANFORD, NJ - Sitting in the dark theater at the Cranford Film Festival two weekends ago as the first shot of her short film flashed on screen, Cranford High School senior Catherine Anton had a lot on her mind. She described the vulnerability that came with sharing her film, The Connecting Train. “Anytime you make something, it’s a piece of you -  so having people watch ...

NJ Festival Orchestra Mother’s Day Concert Brings Audience to its Feet in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — Music lovers cheered Westfield’s own New Jersey Festival Orchestra Saturday night during its “Roses from the South” performance, a tribute to Mother’s Day featuring Strauss waltzes, Debussy and songs, ballads and serenades sung by famed Irish Tenor Anthony Kearns.

“Tonight is a particularly special one,” said Maestro David Wroe, ...

A "Perfect" Cranford Day for the Arts

CRANFORD, NJ - There was dancing (and singing) in the streets of Cranford on Saturday for the first ever Arts Day celebration.

Co-Sponsored by Cranford Schools Friends of the Performing Arts (CSFOPA), Downtown Cranford, and Julie Murphy, fine arts groups from all corners of Cranford came to the center of town to perform and share their talents with passersby.

Multiple groups from ...

The Cranford Connection: The Voice of Cranford - Bernie Wagenblast

CRANFORD, NJ - TAPinto Cranford is bringing you a full weekend with Bernie! In addition to our weekly Saturday feature, we've turned the tables on the longtime Cranford resident and radio host for this week's Cranford Connection, making the interviewer into the interviewee!

We learned a thing or two about the "Voice of Cranford," like how he used to read the Star ...

NJFO Mother’s Day Concert in Westfield to Feature Irish Tenor, Waltzes & More

WESTFIELD, NJ — Does Mom love live music? On Saturday, May 7, you can take her to the New Jersey Festival Orchestra’s “Roses from the South,” a musical tribute to moms featuring Strauss waltzes, Debussy and serenades just in time for Mother’s Day.

The celebratory program will feature a special guest appearance by renowned Irish tenor Anthony Kearns, founding ...

Cranford Third Grader Encourages Kids to Hide and Hunt for Special Treasure...Books!

CRANFORD, NJ - Spring is in the air and books are hidden around town - it's a perfect reason to get out there and hunt.

Delilah Baginski, a third-grader at Orange Avenue School, loves a good mystery and has always loved to read. In fact, her mom Courtney told TAPinto Cranford that Delilah reads for one hour every morning when she wakes up. 

"I like the suspense," ...

Cranford's Own Film Festival Returns for Second Year

CRANFORD, NJ - Last year's inaugural Cranford Film Festival was completely virtual, but this year's filmmakers and fans will get to watch some of the festival's 45 short films on the big screen.

Cranford Film Festival is sponsored by the Cranford Schools Friends of the Performing Arts.  The idea came from Cranford resident Lew Goldstein, founder of the Nassau Film ...

Saturdays with Bernie: The Cranford Unity Project

CRANFORD, NJ - This week Bernie sits down with three members of the Cranford Unity Project:  Sanjeevanee Vidwans, Karen Bennett and Patricia MacLean.

Cranford Unity Project started in the wake of George Floyd's death. Six women, including Bennet and MacLean, channeled their desire to support people in Cranford who may feel alone and bring the community together, said ...

Celebrating Black Women Through Art & Poetry opens at Overlook Medical Center

SUMMIT, NJ - In honor of Black History, Women’s History and National Poetry Months, Morris Arts and Overlook Medical Center will proudly present Celebrating Black Women Through Art & Poetry, a collaborative program featuring works developed with the guidance of Overlook’s poet-in-residence, Thomas Dooley, and visual artists Rosalind Nzinga Vaughn-Nichol and Martryce ...

Woodbridge: ‘There’ll Be Music in the Air’

WOODBRIDGE — The Mayor’s Free Summer Concert Series will return starting Monday, June 20 with performances five nights-a-week, most of them at the Woodbridge High School football field.

Mayor John McCormac announced a full schedule of upcoming performances for the 2022 season featuring known music artist like the David Bromberg Quintet, The Bongos, The Capris, The B Street Band, ...


Sensory Friendly Cinderella Comes to the Union County Performing Arts Center, May 7

May 2, 2022

PRESS RELEASE - The Union County Board of Commissioners invites residents to enjoy a sensory friendly production of the beloved ballet Cinderella, performed by the New Jersey Ballet at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 7 at the Union County Performing Arts Center, located at 1601 Irving Street in Rahway.

The performance is part of the Sensory Friendly Theatre series sponsored by the Commissioner ...


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African American Chamber of Commerce Supports RWJBH Transaction with St. Peters

New Brunswick, NJ – Access to quality medical care in New Jersey is vital to underserved populations. That's why the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (“AACCNJ”) announced its support for the proposed transaction between RWJBarnabas Health (“RWJBH”) and Saint Peter’s Healthcare System in New Brunswick, which will lead to the creation of New ...

RWJBarnabas Health, Saint Peter’s Healthcare System Vision to Create NJ’s First Premier Academic Medical Center Gets State Approval

New Brunswick, NJ – RWJBarnabas Health (“RWJBH”) and Saint Peter’s Healthcare System (“Saint Peter’s”) announced that the State of New Jersey has approved their transaction to create New Jersey’s first premier academic medical center (“premier AMC”) located in New Brunswick.

“This is a tremendous milestone in a years-long ...

Don’t Forget to B.Y.O. Bag Starting Wednesday, May 4

On Wednesday, May 4, a new state law called the “Bag Ban” goes into effect. When it does, supermarkets will not hand out any free, single-use paper or plastic shopping bags. Customers will have to bring their own shopping bags, or purchase them at the supermarket.

Other retail stores and restaurants can continue to provide free paper shopping bags, but they will not be allowed to ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Seniors Earn GMC Sportsmanship Awards

EDISON, NJ -- Athletes and teams from The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison often receive recognition for outstanding sportsmanship. Earlier this spring, W+H seniors Zain Zaidi of Edison and Izabel Korycki of Colonia represented the school at the 21st Annual Greater Middlesex Conference Sportsmanship Banquet.

Zain and Izabel were selected as the W+H recipients and honored along with ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Girls Repeat as Sectional Golf Champions

EDISON, NJ -- The girls’ golf team at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison continued its march to perfection by repeating as Central Jersey sectional champions Monday at Stanton Ridge Golf and Country Club.

W+H defeated runner-up Bridgewater-Raritan by 24 strokes in the sectionals. Sophomores Sarah Shao of Green Brook and Claire Lu of Edison each shot 77 to finish tied for third ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Student Receives RPI Medal

EDISON, NJ -- Sarah Honan, Co-Director of College Counseling at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, presented the RPI Medal to Loveleen Sindhar of Carteret at the Upper School meeting this week. 

RPI Medal recipients must be ranked within the top 10 percent of their class, excel in advanced math and science courses, have completed chemistry, biology, lab-based physics, and at ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Provide Wonderful Music at Spring Concert

EDISON, NJ -- Students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison provided a wonderful 90 minutes of musical entertainment at last Thursday’s Upper School Spring Concert in the Berry Performing Arts Center. Four ensembles performed a variety of complex pieces, many of which featured vocal and instrumental solos.

The Concert Band and Jazz Band played flawlessly under the direction of ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Seniors Share Research in Capstone Presentations

EDISON, NJ -- Twenty-three seniors at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison recently shared their research and findings on a variety of pertinent topics in Capstone presentations in the Oakwood Room. This project, a requirement to graduate with the Global Scholars Program diploma, involves many components including a written paper, action research and a presentation in front of students and ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Inducted Into World Language Honor Societies

EDISON, NJ -- The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison held its annual World Language Honor Societies induction ceremony on April 28 in the Berry Performing Arts Center. Parents, faculty and friends joined in the festivities, which began with a breakfast in the PAC lobby.

Hua Liu, World Language Department Chair, delivered the welcome, which was followed by the Introduction to the Honor ...

Cranford High Awarded Grant to Grow its Digital Journalism Program

May 13, 2022

CRANFORD, NJ - Cranford High School is among 22 statewide recipients of the second round of grants awarded by the New Jersey Civic Information Consortium (NJCIC). They are the first in Union County and the first public school to be awarded the grant.

“All of our grant recipients have innovative projects that will grow access to local news and information across New Jersey," NJCIC ...

Daffodils and Art Honor Holocaust Victims at Cranford Community Day of Remembrance

CRANFORD, NJ - Cranford's Eleventh Annual Holocaust Remembrance Day returned in person this year to honor the memory of the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust. The commemoration is a combined effort from the Cranford Clergy Council, Cranford Interfaith Human Relations Committee, St. Michael's School and Cranford Public Schools. 

“It is really illustrative of ...

Branch Out Offices Reimagine the Urban-Suburban Workplace with New Co-Working Space in Area

May 17, 2022

PRESS RELEASE - Branch Out Offices announce the opening of a modern co-working space in Mountainside, NJ. This unique workplace for medium and small-sized businesses, local professionals and solopreneurs offers state-of-the-art amenities in a flexible, affordable work environment. Branch Out Offices is conveniently located at 1136 US Rt 22 at the epicenter of Mountainside, Summit, Westfield, and ...

Union County Approves 2022 Budget. See Tax Impact in Your Town

May 13, 2022

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county Board of Commissioners following a public hearing Thursday adopted a $​​513.7 million budget, which does not increase the county-wide tax levy.

While the spending plan comes with an average tax decrease of $28 for county homeowners, the impact varies by municipality with the average homeowner in Union County slated to pay $2,066 in county taxes this year. In ...

Thick Smoke From Tuesday Fifth-Alarm Fire at Elizabeth Waste Management Facility Seen Across North Jersey, NYC

ELIZABETH, NJ - A Fifth-Alarm Fire at the Waste Management facility on Julia Street Tuesday sent thick smoke throughout North Jersey and could even be viewed in New York City. 

The City of Elizabeth reports receiving a phone call about the fire at approximately 2:00 p.m. Tuesday. The fire is believed to be started by machinery at the plant. 

The homes surrounding the plant were ...

Elizabeth Man Charged with Three Cranford Burglaries

CRANFORD, NJ - An Elizabeth man was taken into custody on May 5, 2022 for multiple burglary charges, including three separate business burglaries in Cranford, Cranford Police Department announced in a press release earlier today.

Antoni Kuhl, 52 of Elizabeth, was arrested on three counts of third degree burglary, two counts of third degree theft and three counts of fourth degrree criminal ...

Facing the unknown – What parents can tell kids when answers fail

A wise therapist once told me, “David, no matter how much you think you can, no one can predict the future. So stop trying and making yourself crazy in the process.” Excellent advice, especially considering my future predictions tend to veer into sometimes frightening territory.

Predictions are like opinions, everyone has one. When I signed on for parenthood, I tried to anticipate ...

Finding the Middle Ground

May 16, 2022

Like many of you, I have mixed feelings about the development in and around Cranford. We are all aware of the massive development in our neighboring towns and the impact it is already having on our quality of life.

This is not about affordable housing. This is about profit. This is about creating extremes where you have a handful of affordable units that are vastly outnumbered by luxury units.

Drawing the Line Between News and Content Marketing is Key to Publisher Credibility and Success

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — Publishers invest significant time and financial resources in building their audience. No one has the right to have their content placed in front of the audience you’ve built. Public relations firms and others say their content is newsworthy and they get paid a lot of money to try to make that case to publishers every day.

Drawing the line between news and ...

TAPinto CEO Michael Shapiro Discusses Local Marketing in a Digital World

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro was a recent guest on Sergeant Marketing's Milestone Mindset Live speaking about Local Marketing in a Digital World. The series helps viewers attract and retain clients and donors.

Shapiro and host Nancy Sergeant talked about a number of topics, including the value of local marketing in the post-pandemic economy, how ...

TAPinto Publisher Bobbie Peer Receives Boy Scouts of America Patriots' Path Council Tribute to Women Award

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ — Bobbie Peer is a business owner, a networker, a marketer and a survivor.

"I am a single mother and I made it," Peer said. "I work hard, I'm passionate about what I do and I form relationships. I am a success."

Peer, the publisher of five TAPinto sites, recently received a Boy Scouts of America Patriots' Path Council Tribute to ...

TAPinto CEO Michael Shapiro Discusses Future of Local News

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro was a recent guest on the "What Works - The Future of Local News" Podcast from Northeastern University’s School of Journalism.

Shapiro talked about how TAPinto was formed, the current successes the company is seeing and plans for the future.

You can hear the discussion here.

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