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Saturdays with Bernie: Meliza Veneracian-Fule and Joseph Fule

May 14, 2022

CRANFORD, NJ - This week Bernie interiews Meliza Veneracian-Fule and Joseph Fule, owners of Labo Refillery about their new-to-Cranford business concept.

Patrons can bring their own bottles and refill household products such as hand soap, dish soap, and laundry detergent, The shop aims to reduce plastic waste by reusing and refilling containers. It also offers eco-friendly ...

Saturdays with Bernie: Lisa Carbone

CRANFORD, NJ - This week Bernie sits down with a woman of many hats, Lisa Carbone. 

Carbone is a mom to two daughters, owns two construction businesses, Timber Ridge Construction and Loft Homes, with her husband Anthony, a new real estate agent and is the vice president of the Cranford Board of Education. 

She fills Bernie in on some of her favorite projects and the ...

Hickory & Hill General Store Under New Ownership

CRANFORD, NJ - A new smile will grace Hickory & Hill General Store. 

Stephanie Kanaval, a Cranford resident and mom of two, has recently bought the local retail shop. "From the moment Kelli opened Hickory and Hill in 2020 I have been in love with the concept and design she created," Kanaval wrote in a social media post.  

Kanaval's love for the shop turned ...

Clark Barnes and Noble Lovers Urged to Suggest New Locations As Store Announces Its Closing

CLARK, NJ - As of June 19, the familiar smell of the in-house café will disappear from the Clark landscape along with a home away from home for some book lovers.  According to staff, the Barnes and Noble on Central Avenue is closing permanently after their almost two-and-a-half-decade tenure. 

In their announcement the Barnes and Noble staff said their lease was not renewed by ...

Shop Sustainably at LABO Refillery in Cranford

CRANFORD, NJ - With Earth week fresh in consumers' minds, a new store in Cranford has a way to shop locally and sustainably.

On April 22, Earth Day, Meliza Veneracian-Fule and Joseph Fule opened LABO Refillery on Walnut Avenue. The purpose, said Meliza and Joseph, is to provide high-quality products for the home, while reducing plastic waste.

The store offers refills on ...

Parklets May Return to Downtown Cranford for the 2022 Season

CRANFORD, NJ - Warm weather is returning, but will the parklets that dotted the streets of downtown Cranford also return? Residents and business owners weighed in at the Township Committee Workshop meeting on Monday. 

Parklets are outdoor dining spaces or small public gathering areas. These temporary Cranford parklets are street or municipal lot parking spaces that are defined by concrete ...

Saturdays with Bernie: Danny Ghanime, Owner of Brighton Air Corp. and the Benefit of Trade Schools

CRANFORD, NJ - This week Bernie chats with Danny Ghanime, owner of Brighton Air Corp. about the importance of trade schools. 

After attending Union County College for a short amount of time, Ghanime found that college wasn't for him. He began working in a neighbor's heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) company and never looked back. He continued his education ...

The Cranford (Historical) Connection: Fannie Bates "The Mother of Cranford"

CRANFORD, NJ - The United States has just closed out Women's History month, but here in Cranford our township history (not to mention the present) is closely linked to some strong women.

One such woman, Fannie E. Bates, was once known as "The Mother of Cranford." Through her civic engagement, Bates had a hand in creating Cranford's library, starting the ...


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 College's Assistant Vice President of Finance Selected as a 2022 NJBIZ Leader in Finance

PRESS RELEASE - Marlene Sousa, Union County College’s Assistant Vice President of Finance, has been named a 2022 NJBIZ Leader in Finance. The Leaders in Finance award celebrates Ms. Sousa as one of New Jersey’s financial executives who contributes to the success of her company as well as her community.

Following an open nomination period, honorees were chosen by a panel of ...

REDCOM Hires New Chief Financial Officer


About Joe

REDCOM Design & Construction announced the addition of Joe Barberi to the Executive Team as the Chief Financial Officer. Joe has an extensive background in managing operations for multiple corporations as well as owning and operating his own business. Additionally, Joe brings with him 20 years of experience in finance as both a consultant and entrepreneur. Joe ...


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NJ Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Supports RWJBarnabas Health Transaction with Saint Peter’s HealthCare System

New Brunswick, NJ – The Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey ("SHCCNJ") threw its support behind the proposed transaction between RWJBarnabas Health (“RWJBH”) and St. Peter's HealthCare System, which will lead to the creation of a premier academic medical center (“premier AMC”) in New Brunswick. 

In a letter to the Federal Trade ...

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 Girls Repeat as State Golf Champs

EDISON, NJ -- Consistency, depth and determination propelled the girls’ golf team at The Wardalw+Hartridge School in Edison to its second straight state team championship at Raritan Valley Country Club on May 16. After falling behind by a few strokes early, the Rams remained steady and did not panic as weather conditions began to deteriorate with a storm coming. Fueled by a balanced ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Student Receives DAR Good Citizen Award

EDISON, NJ -- Gurinder Singh of Carteret, a senior at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, was among three local high school seniors to receive Good Citizen Awards from The Westfield Chapter of The Daughters of The American Revolution (DAR).

Each school selected one Good Citizen from their senior class based on Dependability (truthfulness, loyalty, punctuality), Service (cooperation, ...

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 ...

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 ...

Cranford Girls Track & Field Wins the U.C.C. Mountain Division Championship

May 18, 2022

PRESS RELEASE - The Cranford High School Girls Track and Field team were crowned as the Union County Conference Mountain Division Co-Champions on, of all days, Friday the 13th. Oak Knoll tied with the Cougars for the team championship. The two (2) day meet was held at Governor Livingston High School. 

The team received great performances from several athletes. Senior Zoe Hamilton won the ...

Rahway's Dr. Patricia Camp Named Union County Superintendent of the Year

May 19, 2022

RAHWAY, NJ — Dr. Patricia Camp, the superintendent of the Rahway Public Schools, has just been named the Union County Superintendent of the Year. The announcement was made on Tuesday evening at the Rahway Board of Education meeting.

Camp told TAPinto Rahway that she initially received the news at her regular roundtable meeting of Union County Superintendents on May 6.

"I was very ...

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

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 ...

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.

'Two Minutes with TAPinto' Features South Plainfield Publisher Darlene Tedesco-Cullen

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — This month's "Two Minutes with TAPinto" features TAPinto South Plainfield publisher Darlene Tedesco-Cullen.

When she started TAPinto South Plainfield, she worked full time as Regional Manager/Business Development for a bank. It became so successful that she was able to leave her banking career to focus on TAPinto full-time.

"I say this to all ...

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 ...