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Giving Back

May 22, 2022

CRANFORD, NJ – A box in the attic. A scrapbook. That’s how many of the stories start for the Cranford 86 project. Since the town was founded, many Cranford residents have served their country in the military. Eighty-six of them gave their lives. Each year, after Cranford’s traditional ...

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CRANFORD, NJ - Local shelves continue to be sparse as the baby formula shortage continues. In an effort to help, the Cranford Theater has partnered with Cranford Family Care to host a formula drive.  Cranford theater owner Doreen Sayegh, a parent herself, said she felt the need to help. Sayegh ...

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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 ...

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CRANFORD, NJ - Ukraine has been fighting for survival for 76 days, ever since Russia declared war and invaded the country. Local residents Lada Bidiak and Olena Kiyko haven't gone a day since without crying. Those tears, shed for friends, family, beloved towns and cities, and everyone in Ukraine, ...

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CRANFORD, NJ - One lucky veteran was gifted a car from Benner's Auto Body, which has been in Cranford since 1910. Joe O'Neill, Jr. owner of the South Avenue body shop, said giving back to the community has always been a priority for the family-owned business. Veteran causes were always close to ...

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CRANFORD, NJ - When a fire left the Branley family of Cranford without their home and beloved pets, fellow residents rose to the challenge of helping them begin the difficult process of rebuilding their life.  One resident, Jessica Harring, used her creativity to help. Harring crochets small ...

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CRANFORD, NJ - When a fire ravaged the Branley family's home, Cranford organizations and residents jumped at the chance to help the family in many ways.  On the evening of April 11, it took only moments for the fire that was noticed by neighbors to engulf the Orchard Street home. The Branley ...

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CRANFORD, NJ - The Cranford community is once again proving #cranfordstrong is more than just a hashtag. Relief efforts for the family affected by the Orchard Street fire have already begun. FLAG for Cranford and Cranford's Girl Scout Service Unit 48 have put together gift card drives to help ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- One Scotch Plains girl is going on an international mission… and she is doing so one stitch at a time. Ten-year-old Ella Burke wants to spread kindness, and her efforts to do so are going worldwide. The fifth grade Nettingham Middle School student, since learning about the ...

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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 ...

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CRANFORD, NJ - In honor of Passover, Temple Beth-El Mekor Chayim (TBEMC), along with Downtown Cranford, will be sponsoring a food drive Sunday, April 10 at Eastman Plaza. The drive will benefit Jewish Family Service of Central New Jersey (JFSCNJ) in Elizabeth, NJ. JFSCNJ is a non-sectarian ...

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CRANFORD, NJ - In honor of World Autism Month, the Cranford Police Department and Cranford Fire Department have teamed up to host an afternoon of sensory-friendly activities including tours and a movie night at Cranford Theater. The event is also being sponsored by Subology of Cranford, Downtown ...

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CRANFORD, NJ - 'Tis the season for scholarship applications and the Cranford Jaycees recently announced a new program to aid Cranford students who are looking to attend trade/vocational schools post-graduation. Cranford Jaycee Daniel Ghanime owns Brighton Air Corp., a heating, ventilation, and ...

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CRANFORD, NJ -  Spring came early this year at this month’s Cranford Woman’s Club meeting when their members looked ahead to Easter by making baskets for Cranford Family Care. CWC has been assembling baskets for the children of Cranford Family Care for well over 30 years. This year’s committee ...

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CRANFORD, NJ - The Cranford Connection is about connecting our readers to all things Cranford. So far we have introduced you to town leaders in our local government, Board of Education, and even a small bit of Cranford History. The town is lucky to have so many organizations that do good for their ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The ongoing conflict in Ukraine has uprooted families, injured citizens, and left thousands of Ukrainian refugees without access to basic necessities. Over 2.5 million Ukrainians have fled their homes, many leaving behind necessary supplies. To support individuals in need, the ...

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KENILWORTH, NJ - Representatives of the Saint Theresa's Social Concerns Committee, Kenilworth PBA #135, Kenilworth Silvercard Association, VFW Post #2230 and the Kenilworth Fire Department recently honored Marc Corello, owner of the Garlic Rose Bistro in Cranford for his yearly contribution ...

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CRANFORD, NJ - Gina Pachkowski and Karen Gilmour always knew that Alluem Yoga would be more than a yoga studio.  "While it's important to move our bodies and focus on yoga, it's important to us to help the community when someone asks for help," Pachkowski told TAPinto Cranford.  One of Gilmour's ...

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CRANFORD, NJ - With the war in Ukraine growing, Cranford resident Gosia Puma wanted to do her part to help the refugees and the soldiers. "Everyone can help," she told TAPinto Cranford. Puma, who was born in Poland, reached out to a friend there who lives close to the Ukraine border. "I ...

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CRANFORD, NJ - A small home-based business that began during the pandemic and helped raise funds for Cranford’s First Aid Squad, has now turned its sights to the war in Ukraine. Lana Riggins has been a Cranford resident since 2004 and works in NYC as a Knitwear Designer. Like many people who ...

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CRANFORD, NJ - A tradition returns to Cranford High School this year with the Senior Fashion Show Fundraiser for Project Graduation. "This is the first time in 2 years this event has been able to run due to the pandemic, and we're really excited!" said Diane Roussey, secretary for Project ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A native of Ukraine’s capital living in Westfield is rallying support for his home country as it defends itself against Russian military assault. Max Ryvkin said that when he saw a picture of the democratically elected Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko, a former boxer, armed and ready ...

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GARWOOD, NJ — Through the years, the couple has become known as “Mr. and Mrs. Garwood” for their volunteer efforts. But Barbara and Allan Tweedle are themselves in need of support. Barbara Tweedle, 63, has been diagnosed with stage IV liver cancer and the medical bills are mounting, Jennifer ...

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BROOKLYN HEIGHTS, NY - A Plainfield man who was working at a construction site in Brooklyn Heights fell to his death on Friday, Feb. 11. Angel Pilataxi was on the roof of the 10-story building at 124 Columbia Heights. The New York City Department of Buildings has since imposed a stop work order for ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - NJ Sharing Network, a statewide nonprofit organization responsible for aiding in donated organ and tissue donations, is reflecting on some of their organ donor heroes that have gone on to save lives throughout the Garden State for Black History Month. The organization shared the ...

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CRANFORD, NJ - Earlier this week, groundhogs across the country made prognostications about the weather, but here in Cranford we know that a Love Storm is just around the corner. Yarnstormers started in the spring of 2020 "almost accidentally," laughed Theresa Murray, who has been knitting since ...

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CRANFORD, NJ - The Little Free Pantry at the Cranford United Methodist Church was restocked in 24 hours because of the generosity of the Cranford community.  Little Free Pantry, like its predecessor the Little Free Library, is a national program. Started in 2016, the Little Free Pantry "concept ...

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CRANFORD, NJ - Amanda Langner-Hurewitz, wife of Cranford Firefighter Robert Hurewitz, has launched a GoFundMe to save their home after severe medical complications have ended his career. "Being a firefighter was Rob's dream job and he got to live that dream", Amanda told TAPinto Cranford. As a ...

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CRANFORD, NJ - Cranford warmed up this past chilly weekend with the spirit of giving for Downtown Cranford’s "Cocoa for a Cause." The event supported Cranford Family Care, a local nonprofit organization. Patrons brought food to support the Cranford Family Care food pantry and in exchange got to ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the National Day of Service Monday, the Elizabethport Presbyterian Center and TMX Intermodal Trucking Company will be hosting a donation drive to benefit the victims of the Bronx High Rise Fire on January 9.  Fernando Rodrigues, the ...

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