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Vinny's Pizza & Pasta Cranford Senior Athletes of the Week: Delaney Bertrand & Christian Hulse

May 7, 2021

CRANFORD - Congratulations to this week's Vinny's Pizza & Pasta Cranford Senior Athletes of the Week: Delaney Bertrand and Christian Hulse.

Bertrand leads the girls lacrosse team in goals with 20 to go along with five assists this season. This past week, she scored four goals in Cranford's 13-8 victory over Villa Walsh, and another four goals against ...

Cranford's Will Fries Selected by Colts in NFL Draft, Thanks Community for Support

CRANFORD - From PAL to the NFL - Cranford's Will Fries is headed to the NFL following his selection to the Indianapolis Colts at No. 248 overall. 

Fries began playing football in sixth grade on the Cranford Police Athletic League (PAL) team, and went on to dominate in high school before playing four years at Division I Penn State University. 

Prior to his time at ...

Girls Lacrosse: Cranford Hands Villa Walsh First Loss of Season, Jump to 2nd Place

CRANFORD - Delaney Bertrand and Karena Andreassen combined for seven goals to lead Cranford to a 13-8 victory over Villa Walsh.

Villa Walsh entered Monday's game undefeated, and Cranford head coach Jay Roussey was well aware of what his team needed to do to end their opponent's unbeaten streak. 

"This game was for second place in the conference, so we now have sole ...

Vinny's Pizza & Pasta Cranford Senior Athletes of the Week: Ava Manfra & Jake Chapman

CRANFORD - Congratulations to this week's Vinny's Pizza & Pasta Cranford Senior Athletes of the Week: Ava Manfra and Jake Chapman.

Manfra plays center field for the Cranford softball team that currently has a record of 5-2. On the year, she has four hits (two doubles), an RBI, six runs scored, four walks, and two steals. In her sophomore season (no junior season due ...

Cranford Resident and Millburn Baseball Coach Brian Chapman Wins 200th Career Game

CRANFORD - It's been quite a week for Cranford resident and Millburn head baseball coach Brian Chapman.

On Thursday, the 11th-year head coach of the Millers reached his 200th career victory with a 3-2 decison over West Essex.

That came 24 hours after his son, sophomore Matt Chapman, picked up his second varsity victory in less than a week pitching for Cranford, which is currently ...

Vinny's Pizza & Pasta Cranford Senior Athletes of the Week: Mia Markase & Rob Salvatore

CRANFORD - Congratulations to this week's Vinny's Pizza & Pasta Cranford Senior Athletes of the Week: Mia Markase and Rob Salvatore.

Markase is in her final season on the softball team, which is off to a 3-0 start. She drove in the game-winning run in the season opener against Summit in extra innings, and in Thursday's 17-1 victory over Union Catholic, ...

Baseball: Silva Goes Deep, Salvatore Tosses Shutout as No.1 Cranford Rolls Summit

CRANFORD - Rob Salvatore tossed a five-inning two-hitter as Cranford, No. 1 in the NJ.com Top 20, shutout Summit, 10-0, in the season-opener on Tuesday. 

Salvatore, who tossed a six-inning three-hitter in Cranford's North Region Last Dance World Series Championship victory over Bergen Catholic last year, picked up right where he left off as he stuck-out seven and ...

Vinny's Pizza & Pasta Cranford Senior Athletes of the Week: Morrigan Gardiner & Luke DiGiovanni

CRANFORD - Congratulations to this week's Vinny's Pizza & Pasta Cranford Senior Athletes of the Week: Morrigan Gardiner and Luke DiGiovanni.

Gardiner will begin her senior season on the Cranford softball team next week and will likely be in circle against Summit in the season-opener on Monday. Due to COVID-19, there was no spring sports in 2020, but as ...

Vinny's Pizza & Pasta Cranford Senior Athletes of the Week: Kylie Contreras & Jimmy Gluck

CRANFORD - Congratulations to this week's Vinny's Pizza & Pasta Cranford Senior Athletes of the Week: Kylie Contreras and Jimmy Gluck. 

Contreras primarily played center midfield and completed her final season on the field hockey team back in the fall. Her favorite memory of playing the sport was jamming out to music before games with her ...

Cranford's Luke DiGiovanni Named Union County Conference Wrestler of the Week

CRANFORD - Cranford's Senior Wrestler Luke DiGiovanni has been named the Union County Conference Wrestler of the Week by NJ.com.

The Cranford wrestling team is currently on a four-meet winning streak and DiGiovanni is 4-0 in those meets. DiGiovanni took a 15-5 major decision over Mike Bruno of Wall High School on March 29, an Injury Default victory against Union on March 30, a forfeit win ...

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Wardlaw+Hartridge Student Wins DAR Good Citizen Award

EDISON, NJ-- Taliyah Williams of Rahway, 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 Scholars Deliver Capstone Presentations

EDISON, NJ-- Twelve seniors in the Class of 2021 at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison shared their research and findings on a variety of pertinent topics in last week’s Capstone presentations in the Center for Global Learning. This project, a requirement to graduate with the Global Scholars Program diploma, involves many components including a written paper, action research ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Participate in Read-a-thon

EDISON, NJ-- Lower School students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison capped a three-week read-a-thon in April with some impressive numbers. The students logged 20,438 minutes of total reading. Fourth-grader Josh Culver of Colonia led all students with 1,368 minutes, which is nearly one full day! Total donations reached $4,130 and the proceeds will go toward a fund to diversify Lower ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Enjoy Middle School Spirit Week

EDISON,NJ-- Middle School students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison are celebrating their own divisional Spirit Week from May 3-7. Students are having a blast embracing daily themes to begin the home stretch of this unprecedented school year in style.

The week kicked off with Match a Friend Monday on which students joined up to four friends with matching outfits. Teachers joined the ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Release Butterflies in Garden

EDISON, NJ-- The Junior Kindergarten class at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison concluded its lifecycle unit by releasing their Painted Lady butterflies in the Lower School garden on April 28. Early Childhood students learned about the lifecycles of ladybugs, chickens, frogs and the butterfly. 

“We received our butterflies as caterpillars and watched them form chrysalis as they ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Student Wins Golf Course Design Contest

EDISON, NJ-- Claire Lu of Edison, a freshman at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, captured the essence of her signature sport to win the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) Great Junior Golf Design Challenge of 2021. She designed a par-5 hole and named it hOle. Claire’s design was selected as the best of more than 85 designs sent in, and she is recognized as the top ...

Roseann Walker Named New Cranford Public Schools Director of Human Resources

May 11, 2021

CRANFORD - The Cranford Board of Education on Monday named Roseann Walker as the new Director of Human Resources. She will step into her new role in July. 

Walker earned her Bachelor of Elementary Education and her Masters in Administration and Supervision from Kean University. She also obtained a second Masters in Early Childhood Education from the University of ...

Military Appreciation Month in Union County

May 12, 2021

May is Military Appreciation and the Union County Board of Commissioners is committed to connecting our veterans and military families with helpful services.

Over the past year, we have expanded our outreach with several new programs.

We now have designated parking spaces at of our County facilities, for all Union County Veterans who display a Union County Veterans parking placard in their ...

Union County Expanding Regional Dispatch Center

May 7, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county will expand its Emergency Services Regional Dispatch Center in Westfield, allowing more towns the option to use its services for fire, EMS, mutual aid and first responders. 

At Thursday’s virtual Board of County Commissioners meeting, commissioners awarded a $3.28 million contract to H&S Construction and Mechanical Inc., of Elizabeth, for ...

Westfield Orders Restaurant Shut For 4 Days After Finding Fly-Covered Ribs

WESTFIELD, NJ — A restaurant at the South Avenue Circle has been ordered shut for four days after health inspectors discovered the latest in a series of health code violations.

Principal Health Inspector Helen Mendez told the board of health Monday that an inspector found insect-covered ribs at Sichuan Dynasty along with improper handwashing and other violations April 29.

“She ...

Advocates Call on Justice Department to Investigate Union County Jail Closure

UNION COUNTY, NJ — While Union County enters into a five-year agreement to send the inmates from the county jail in Elizabeth to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark, Elizabeth-based activist Salaam Ismial says the fight to challenge the move is not over.

His organization, the National United Youth Council Inc., submitted a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice and Civil ...

Community Conversations: AFib, Heart Health and Stroke Prevention

People with atrial fibrillation (AFib) are five times more likely to have a stroke than the average person. In this Community Conversation, Atlantic Medical Group cardiologists Timothy Mahoney, MD, and Michael Katz, MD, answer your questions on managing AFib and reducing your risk of stroke. See all of Atlantic Health System's Community Conversations ...

Do or Do Not? Parenting the Star Wars Way

Two very important events occurred in 1977. One, I was born.  Two, Star Wars came out. I’ll let you contemplate which was more important, but I am willing to concede that my birth may not be number one.

Thirty-five years later when I found out that my wife was pregnant, one of the first things to enter my mind was...what order to show my child the Star Wars movies? I ...

Atlantic Health System Celebrates 25 Years of Building Healthier Communities

25 years after establishing one of the first integrated health care systems in New Jersey, Atlantic Health System has become a nationally recognized leader in the delivery of high-quality, innovative health care.

Founded in 1996 through the merger of Morristown Memorial Hospital, Overlook Hospital, Mountainside Hospital, and soon after, the General Hospital Center at Passaic, Atlantic Health ...

Community Conversations: Vaccine Updates and Variant Testing

Approximately 4 million people in New Jersey have now received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine! On the next Community Conversation, Brian Gragnolati, President and CEO, and Steven Sheris, MD, SVP, Physician Enterprise, Atlantic Health System, discuss New Jersey’s new eligibility guidelines and Atlantic Health System’s vaccine program along with the ability to rapidly screen ...

Find Your Green Thumb: NJ Experts Offer Tips for Starting a Kitchen Garden

May 8, 2021

NEW JERSEY — They don’t call this The Garden State for nothing.

Want to bring out your inner green thumb this season? There’s no better time than now to get started on a kitchen garden.

“There is no mastery of gardening, you just get better at guessing,” said Bloomfield’s L. Be. Sholar, who offers gardening tips on her blog, Farm-Based ...

TAPinto Tips: Intro to SEO

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - If you own a business, you might be familiar with lots of trends in marketing that promise to increase your business: social media and email campaigns, as well as paid and organic ads. One trend that tends to get overlooked is SEO, or search engine optimization. SEO is a proven and necessary tool, but you may ask yourself, “What is it?” and “How can you best ...

Veteran TAPinto Franchisee Launches TAPinto Raritan Bay

SAYREVILLE, NJ - Longtime TAPinto Scotch Plains-Fanwood franchisee John Mooney is taking his talents to the banks of the Raritan. After spending years growing TAPinto Scotch Plains-Fanwood into one of the networks top 5 most-visited sites, Mooney is officially launching TAPinto Raritan Bay, covering Sayreville and South Amboy, N.J.

“Since I am familiar with Sayreville-South Amboy and ...

Fighting Fatigue: How To Sleep Better And Longer

Getting a good night’s sleep plays a vital role in your overall health. Sleeping recharges your body and brain to help prepare and energize you for each new day. On the other hand, sleep deprivation can cause a slew of problems, including memory issues and an increased risk for car accidents.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults aged 26-64 need seven to nine hours of sleep ...

4 Unique and Meaningful Ways to Decorate for Mother’s Day

With Mother’s Day around the corner, it’s time to think about decorations that will brighten up your home as well as show Mom that she’s a unique, valued person in your family. With a few simple touches, it’s easy to create meaningful decorations that highlight the things that she loves best. Here are four great ways to add some color and style to Mom’s favorite ...

Understanding SPF for Healthy Summer Skin

As we head outside to take advantage of the warmer weather, skincare and sun safety should be top priorities. While the sun’s rays provide countless benefits, the ultraviolet (or UV) components of sunlight are damaging to our skin. A sunburn from overexposure isn’t just temporarily painful - the UV rays that cause a burn are doing long-term damage to your skin cells that’s ...

Bringing Spring Inside: Adding Pops of Color in Every Room

As the weather warms up, spring colors are arriving in home décor trends. Whether you’re inviting guests over in person or continuing your distanced Zoom calls, you’ll want to incorporate pops of spring color into every room of your house. Fortunately, adding color doesn’t have to break the bank, and you can easily experiment with the best way to invigorate your spaces ...

Celebrating Mother’s Day: 4 Ways to Make Mom Feel Special

Mother’s Day is a wonderful time to tell the caregivers in your life how special they are. By highlighting Mom’s favorite things in your celebrations, you’ll be able to shine a light on everything unique about her. If you’re looking for interesting ways to host a Mother’s Day celebration for a group, big or small, here are four memorable events that will leave Mom ...

Letter: Now Is the Time to Share Your Vaccine Selfie

May 3, 2021

You can have a major impact to end the COVID-19 pandemic.

Yes, you.

Over the past fourteen months, we’ve witnessed the bravery and selflessness of our medical professionals and first responders. The brightest minds have been working on vaccines, treatments, and preventative measures. We’ve seen countless neighbors helping neighbors, and sacrifices large and small to keep one ...