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Relay for Life Returns to Cranford, in Person, This Friday

May 17, 2022

CRANFORD, NJ - It's time to lace up your walking shoes and wear whatever purple you have because Relay for Life of Cranford is back in person this year for the first time since 2019.

This Friday, May 20, cancer survivors, caretakers, loved ones, and friends will honor those who have survived, those who are fighting, and those they have lost. This is the 15th Relay for Life of ...

Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out these events in the area!

CRANFORD, NJ - For those wishing to get out and explore this weekend, here are a few options nearby.

Saturday, May 14

Plainfield - Wally Zavy's Annual Classic Custom & Car Bike and Truck Fundraiser Event for Autism Awareness 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., duCret School of Art 1030 Central Ave, Plainfield

Westfield - Rally for Reproductive Rights, Mindowaskin Park ...

CHS Baseball Team Surprises Young Boy Before His Eighth Surgery

CRANFORD, NJ - Monday night, Fin O'Neill got to stay up a bit past his bedtime, wear a Cougar head and go for a ride in the blue and gold truck, all thanks to the Cranford High School Baseball team.

Fin has FATCO syndrome, a rare, genetic, congenital limb malformation syndrome. All four of Fin's extremities are affected, which his mother says is an even rarer form of the ...

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 ...

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 ...

It's a Busy Weekend in Cranford

CRANFORD, NJ - There's a lot to do in and around Cranford this weekend. 

Saturday, April 30:

Town-Wide Garage Sale, benefiting Project Home of Cranford, all across Cranford from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) National Takeback Day - CPD Headquarters, 8 Springfield Ave. from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Arts Day - sponsored by Cranford Schools ...

Cranford Memorial Day Parade Returns; Grand Marshall Announced

CRANFORD, NJ - Cranford's annual Memorial Day Parade returns in full this year, stated the Cranford Recreation and Parks Department in a press release.

The 2020 parade had to be canceled and last year's commemoration was limited due to COVID-19.

The annual event will be held on Monday, May 30, 2022.  Marching begins at 9:00 a.m. ending with a traditional memorial ceremony ...

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 ...

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 ...

Scenes from Cranford Jaycees Egg Hunt

CRANFORD, NJ - A certain Bunny was all over Cranford last weekend, taking pictures and hiding eggs. In a welcome return, the Cranford Jaycees Easter Egg Hunt returned after a two-year hiatus due to COVID. 

More than 10,000 eggs were packed and hidden behind Orange Avenue School by Jaycees volunteers and Girl Scout troops 40035, 40222, and 40015. Also around to lend a helping hand ...

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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 ...