Giving Back

May 13, 2021

CRANFORD - Cranford's Vikki Drake, Rebecca Morales Tantillo, and Kathleen Ollen are among 55 women who have been recognized with a 2021 Union County SHero Award. The award is administered by the Union County Office on Women, and was created to help raise awareness about the contributions of ...

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CRANFORD - A super slime event helped inspire the families of Brookside Place School (BPS) and the rest of Cranford to raise more than $16,500 for the America Heart Association. This is the second year that the Brookside community has participated in the Kids Heart Challenge, a campaign that ...

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CRANFORD - The “Stand Down” initiative to help veterans who are homeless or are at-risk will continue with a free event in Cranford on Wednesday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Whether veterans are looking for help with permanent and transitional housing, education, employment, health care, ...

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CRANFORD - The Cranford Public Library, in collaboration with the Cranford Unity Project and Downtown Cranford, created a special “Story Walk” in February that focused on themes of race and friendship. The event drew hundreds of “listeners,” including dozens of troops from the Girl Scouts of ...

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CRANFORD - This is a remarkable time for Cranford's Emma Rothman as she will celebrate the 10th anniversary of her life-saving heart transplant on April 1. She is humble and always thankful for her donor who gave her the gift of life and made her achievements possible. “Everything after my heart ...

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CRANFORD - Nine community members, including Cranford's Laurie Litterio, make up the newest class of volunteer child advocates for CASA of Union County. “I wanted to get involved with CASA of Union County to help less fortunate children," said Litterio. "As my four daughters get older and move ...

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CRANFORD - Calvary Nursery School & Child Care (CNSCC) recently hosted a pop-up event in downtown Cranford to thank the township's first responders and recognize the community’s year-long difficult journey. The students marked the passage of the past year’s struggles with a first responder ...

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METUCHEN, NJ - Saint Joseph High School is hosting a 24-hour Giving Day event starting on Friday, March 19, the Feast of Saint Joseph. The event will be an interactive day filled with live broadcasts, video interviews and more according to organizers. Gifts provided on #SJGivingDay support the ...

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CRANFORD - New Jersey Youth Soccer (NJYS) announced Lorraine Schubert as the 2020 NJYS Liesel Krehan Volunteer of the Year. According to the release, The Liesel Krehan Volunteer of the Year Award is presented to an individual who serves as a great role model to the soccer community while also ...

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CRANFORD - Cranford's annual Town-Wide Garage Sale, hosted by Project Home of Cranford, is scheduled to return on Saturday, April 10, rain or shine. This is a great opportunity for residents to clean out items they no longer need and turn them into cash, and most importantly, help support ...

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CRANFORD - If you love wings and have never tried Angel's Wings by Rich Pierce, you should probably get on that.  No, it's not a restaurant - it's just a Cranford resident frying up chicken wings at his house for a good cause. The concept of "Angel's Wings" was created as a nod to his late son, ...

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CRANFORD - Members of the Cranford Police Department, who also volunteer for Cranford Police Athletic League (PAL), received a generous donation on Tuesday from the Cranford Jaycees as part of their fundraising efforts for Track Friday. The Cranford PAL established a memorial scholarship for ...

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CRANFORD - Friends of Cranford resident Mary Ellen O’Neill organized a walk with a finish line to help O'Neill celebrate her last day of chemotherapy this past Wednesday.  O'Neill is also a proud mother of two, and previous survivor of Salivary Gland Cancer. Following a bout with COVID-19 back ...

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CRANFORD - The Cranford Movie Theater has been selected by Downtown New Jersey as the winner of the Early Action/Merchant/Property Owner category for Placemaking awards. Downtown New Jersey (DNJ) recognizes projects, programs, and leaders with Downtown Excellence awards at their annual ...

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CRANFORD - Santa Claus came early to Cranford again this year by way of the Cranford Jaycees’ Santa Deliveries and Toy Drive. Over the course of two nights, Santa made stops at more than 750 homes to deliver a total of 1,664 presents, escorted by flashing lights from a Cranford Police or Fire ...

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CRANFORD - The Cranford Jaycees’ Oktoberfest event has become a favorite tradition in the community, and it serves as a major source of fundraising for the Cranford First Aid Squad. The all-volunteer organization relies on this annual event to provide up to 25% of its annual funding. With the ...

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CRANFORD - Just a few days before Thanksgiving, Jon and Jasmine Cueto, along with their two young sons, Gian Marco and Joshua, lost their home and most of their possessions due to a fire. Lieutenant Christopher Polito was on scene for the fire, and according to Cranford PBA Local #52 President ...

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UNION, NJ – Connecticut Farms Presbyterian Church’s Mission Committee continued their pursuit of giving by putting together 125 Blessing (hygiene) Bags for the holiday food/clothing distribution being done by the Cranford Elmora Soup Kitchen of the First Presbyterian Church of Cranford. Deanna ...

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CRANFORD – The Girl Scouts of Cranford Junior Troop recently completed a project to support local senior citizens.  According to the release, the project sprung from a desire to build a greater connection with the Cranford senior citizen community and grew into a successful collaboration that ...

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CRANFORD, N.J. – Girl Scouts of Cranford honored veterans in their hometown and those serving all over the world with two different initiatives. According to the release, Daisy Troop 40901 made homemade cards of gratitude and delivered them in person to members of the Cranford Police Department ...

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CRANFORD - During the month of November, the Cranford Police Department and members of Cranford PBA Local 52 grew their beards to raise cancer awareness. This year, the money raised was donated to two courageous women and mothers in the Cranford community, Mary Ellen O’Neill and Nadia Vizueta ...

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CRANFORD - The Cranford Jaycees will launch their annual Santa’s Toy Donation & Delivery this week in conjunction with the Cranford Police Department and Cranford Fire Department. Parents or guardians can deliver a wrapped gift for their child, along with an unwrapped children’s gift for ...

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CRANFORD - Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Union County has welcomed five new child advocates to its team, including Melissa Andrade of Cranford. The newly trained volunteers were sworn in just before Thanksgiving by Judge James Hely via Zoom. According to the release, Andrade, her ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - After six months of physical separation during COVID-19 lockdown, Megan and Maurice Stephens could not wait to be together and say their vows.  “COVID-19 wasn’t going to stop our wedding,” Megan said. It was meant to be, according to Maurice. From the time they met at a ...

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CRANFORD - One of the few positive things to arise from the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 has been orchestrated by Cranford residents Pat and Amanda Hogan. An idea that originated from Pat's mind late last year started to bear fruit in the spring and fully materialized in early October with the ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – With the current healthcare crisis affecting so many families in one way or another, Puleo International has been working to spread some pre-holiday cheer throughout the Garden State. Over the past two months, the South Plainfield-based Christmas tree company has ...

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CRANFORD - Project Home of Cranford's annual Monster Dash 5K and Fun Run returns for 2020, but due to COVID-19, it will go virtual. According to the release, participants can either run a 5K or walk or run one mile anytime from October 22 through October 25, then load their results to the race ...

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CRANFORD - The Cranford Jaycees have announced that the annual Cranford Oktoberfest event will be a town-wide celebration this year. Due to COVID-19, this year’s event looks a little different, but the beer and brats will be just as tasty. Typically held in the parking lot of Union County ...

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CRANFORD - The Cranford World Trade Center Memorial Committee and the Cranford Clergy Council will be hosting an in-person 9/11 Memorial Service on Friday, September 11 at 7 p.m. in Cranford’s World Trade Center Memorial Park. This event will honor those that lost their lives in the September ...

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CRANFORD - On Friday, September 11 at 8 p.m., Cranford residents are encouraged to “Light up the Night” as a tribute to those lost during the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  Residents are invited to light a candle on the sidewalk, turn on their porch light, place a light in the window, or even turn on ...

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