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Governor Murphy Visits Hackensack, Announces American Rescue Plan Firefighter Grant Program at HFD

May 16, 2022

HACKENSACK, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy visited the Hackensack Fire Department Monday morning to announce the new American Rescue Plan Firefighter Grant Program. The grant will help local and regional fire departments provide first responders with proper protective, cleaning and sanitation equipment, according to a news release from the Governor's office. 

“Confronted by new ...

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 ...

Saturdays with Bernie: Cranford Police 125th Anniversary

CRANFORD, NJ - Bernie is back! This week he sat down with Det. Lt. Matthew Nazzaro and retired Cranford Officer Bob Segear to discuss the history of the Cranford Police Department and the plans to celebrate its 125th Anniversary this year.

Beginning in 1879, the first iteration of the CPD was the Cranford Thief Detecting Society, said Segear, and they would use the church bell of the ...

Cranford Fire Department Urges Residents Take Caution with 'Red Flag Warning'

CRANFORD, NJ — The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for all of New Jersey on Thursday, April 28, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

A Fire Weather Watch will remain in effect on Friday, April 29, from morning to evening, in anticipation of gusty winds and dry conditions.

The alert was issued due to the combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and dry ...

Pedestrian Hit Near Union County College is in Stable Condition

CRANFORD, NJ - The 19-year-old Essex County man who was struck yesterday while waiting to cross the street is out of surgery and in stable condition as of early Tuesday, according to the Cranford Police Department. 

Around 9:00 a.m. on April 25, two cars collided at the intersection of Union County College, sending one off the road and onto the sidewalk where the pedestrian, a Union ...

Pedestrian Hit at UCC Intersection

CRANFORD, NJ - A pedestrian was hit outside of Union County College this morning.

Around 9:00 am on April 25, 2022,Cranford Police Department responded to a two-car crash on Springfield Avenue at the Union County College intersection. The ensuing investigation required a portion of the road to close for nearly four hours.

The two vehicles collided causing one of the cars to veer ...

Summit Police Arrest Pair of Suspects in Attempted Motor Vehicle Theft

SUMMIT, NJ - Two suspects are in custody, arrested for the attempted theft of a motor vehicle in Summit today according to the City of Summit Police Department.

At 4:49 p.m., a resident on Middle Avenue called the Summit Police and reported observing two suspects pulling car door handles on Washington Avenue. The suspects ultimately made entry to a vehicle, but did not take ...

Cranford Ranked No. 35 Safest City in NJ, Moves up 50 Places from Last Year's List

CRANFORD, NJ – This year Cranford has moved up 50 places from 2021 list as one of the Safest City in New Jersey by Safewise, coming to a stop at number 35. 

Across the United States of America, Cranford ranked in the top 100 at number 77. 

Sparta took the top spot this year after being ranked the second-safest New Jersey town in 2021.Sparta was also given the ...

Garwood Police Seek Witnesses to Hit-And-Run

GARWOOD, NJ — Police are seeking witnesses to a hit-and-run that left a 14-year-old bicyclist injured Monday afternoon.

The youth was riding his bicycle westbound on North Avenue when he was hit by the driver of a gray Nissan SUV as the vehicle was leaving the McDonald’s parking lot at 216 North Avenue, police Chief Jim Wright said in a statement. It happened around 2 p.m., Wright ...

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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 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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...