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Dam Repair in Lenape Park to Help Mitigate Cranford Flooding

May 7, 2021

CRANFORD, NJ — A partial closure of the eastern section of Lenape Park will happen in June due to repairing the dam, The Union County Board of Commissioners and the Union County Parks Department announced jointly this week.

The purpose of the dam is to regulate the flow of water into Cranford during heavy rain events. The eastern section of Lenape Park, beginning from the ...

Union County Expanding Regional Dispatch Center in Westfield

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 ...

Cranford Man Admits to Receiving Images of Child Sexual Abuse

CRANFORD, NJ — A 41-year-old Cranford man admitted on Tuesday to receiving images of child sexual abuse, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.

Joseph Hinksmon of Cranford downloaded and received videos and images of child sexual abuse to his personal hard drive from July 10 through July 24 of 2019, according to documents filed in this ...

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 prisoners 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 ...

Saint Bart's Festival, a Highlight of the Scotch Plains Calendar, Will Return for Labor Day 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — Things are tutto bene in Scotch Plains with the announcement Tuesday that the Saint Bart's Festival will return for Labor Day Weekend 2021.

Paul Raphael, president of the Scotch Plains chapter of UNICO, the Italian-American service organization, and a member of the festival steering committee, told TAPintoSPF that plans are in the beginning stages for ...

Cranford Makes Plea for Approval of Pedestrian Plaza on Eastman Street

CRANFORD, NJ — Despite the success of last year's pedestrian plaza on Eastman Street, there is no guarantee of its return.

The uncertainty stems from the need for state approval for street closures within 50 feet of a state highway, in this case North Avenue (Route 28). But Cranford isn't giving up without a fight.

At Tuesday's Township Committee meeting, a resolution ...

Official: Springfield MVC Agency Will Move to Route 22 by September

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — The Motor Vehicle Commission's Springfield Agency is planning to move out of its present location on Center Street into a new space on Route 22.

Springfield Township Administrator John Bussiculo made the announcement during his report at last week's Township Committee meeting, revealing that Springfield had received a change of tenancy application to move ...

Essex County Ends Contract with ICE, ‘Zero’ Detainees Will be Left by August

NEWARK, NJ — Essex County is ending its contract to house federal immigration detainees for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, officials announced.

The move to eliminate ICE detainees from the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark came after it entered into a Memorandum of Agreement last week with Union County to house inmates from that county's jail in Elizabeth.

As Legal Costs Rise, Union County Will Borrow Up To $120M for New Gov't Complex

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county will be borrowing up to $120 million for the planning, design and building of a new county government complex in Elizabeth.

Officials have said the new complex at 61-99 West Grand St. will save money on rent the county pays for existing office space, but legal representation fees are growing for the county’s defense in a lawsuit that challenges the ...

Fanwood Pharmacy Sells $10,000 Winning Mega Millions Lottery Ticket

FANWOOD, NJ — The Fanwood Pharmacy sold one of four third-tier prizewinning tickets sold for the Friday, April 23, drawing that matched four of the five white balls and the Gold Mega Ball drawn winning the $10,000 prize.

“That's a shocker,” said Fanwood Pharmacy owner Mit Patel when he discovered that he had sold a winning ...

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Dam Repair in Lenape Park to Help Mitigate Cranford Flooding

May 7, 2021

CRANFORD, NJ — A partial closure of the eastern section of Lenape Park will happen in June due to repairing the dam, The Union County Board of Commissioners and the Union County Parks Department announced jointly this week.

The purpose of the dam is to regulate the flow of water into Cranford during heavy rain events. The eastern section of Lenape Park, beginning from the ...

Letter: Support Mike Dardia for Westfield Town Council

May 8, 2021

We were thrilled when we heard that Councilman Dardia was seeking another term as Ward 2 council person. Mike has worked tirelessly in his role on Town Council to creatively solve complex and meaningful issues to improve the quality of life for his constituents and the town at large.

He has been out connecting and collaborating with residents, town employees, businesses and area officials to ...

Candidate Statement: A Matter of Safety, Time to Leverage Interagency Partnerships

May 7, 2021

The recent spate of break-ins and car thefts is having a profound effect on the psyche of our town. After being told for months to lock our cars and hide our valuables, that message seemed to be sinking in. However, brazen thieves are now entering homes — sometimes forcibly — and helping themselves to those coveted key fobs, along with residents’ wallets and other ...

Upcoming Events

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Tue, May 11, 7:00 PM

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Sun, May 16, 12:00 AM

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Greta's Run

Giving Back Health & Wellness Other Sports

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Free Drive-Up Movie 'Black Panther' for Union County Residents

May 10, 2021

COVID-19 safety rules apply at this event.

Union County’s seasonal series of drive-up movies continues on Friday, May 28 with a screening of "The Black Panther" at the Union County Vocational-Technical Schools campus at 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains. This event is free and open to Union County residents only. Pre-registration is required in order to reserve a spot.

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23 Homes Sold May 2 - May 9 in Westfield Area

Information provided by Susan Massa Broker Associate, Keller Williams Realty Westfield, NJ, 908-400-0778.

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Sayreville's Brandon Bielak, Saint Joseph HS Grad, Pitches Against the Yankees

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- Brandon Bielak, a Sayreville native who played his high school baseball at St. Joseph High School (Metuchen), took the mound for the Houston Astros against the Yankees Tuesday evening in a hostile Yankee Stadium, where fans released their anger over Houston's sign-stealing scandal became public following the 2019 ALCS.

Bielak had the thrill of ...

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 ...

529 Educational Distributions -- How to Break Open the Piggybank

Congratulations -- you and your child have both done your parts. You’ve saved diligently in a 529 account, building tax-free money to pay for education.  Your child has studied hard and been accepted to a school where she’ll thrive. Now what? How do you connect the dots between that 529 account and paying the cost of your child’s education with tax-free ...

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 ...

Holy Trinity School Students Win State Award for National Handwriting Contest

WESTFIELD, NJ -- Students in Holy Trinity start learning to write in cursive in the second half of second grade. As they progress through each grade level, cursive writing is used more than printing.  This year students from grades 3 to 8 participated in the 30th anniversary year of the Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest.

Holy Trinity is proud to have two state winners, ...

Mothers and Young Adult Daughters

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ-- A mother/daughter relationship is one of the most important ties each will have in her lifetime.  Many women have difficult relationships with their mothers and daughters, even when they want good relationships.  A mother may wish her daughters happiness, yet --- from the point of view of her daughter, she acts quite opposite.  A mother may describe her ...

CWI.Design Hosts Watercolor Fundraising Event for Connie Dwyer Breast Center Foundation

Children have not been the only people learning online during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Social media is full of photos and stories about how-to classes that people have taken during the past 13 months — knitting, wine-making, canning and painting come to mind. The group experience is still there and the students are safe, at a remote location. 

Recently a group of novice watercolor ...

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 ...

Five Apps That Can Be Helpful While Grieving

Although nothing can replace the love and support of friends or family, sometimes you need to grieve on your own.

Here, we take a look at five grief apps that may help you understand death and the emotions you’re experiencing when adapting to life after the loss of a loved one. We have even featured a few apps that can help children handle their grief.

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Westfield Financial Planning Offers a Primer on Bitcoin

“All that glitters is not gold.”  — William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

Bitcoin — A Primer

“Fiat” is a term derived from the Latin meaning “Let it be done.” The US Dollar, like all major global currencies, is a fiat currency. This means the US government merely declared the dollar is legal tender as opposed to the previous ...

Westfield Police Department Blotter: Home Burglary, Stolen Property, Theft & More

May 4, 2021

4/27/2021 at 4:03 a.m. — Home burglary, Vehicle Theft

A resident in the 300 block of Hillside Avenue reports unknown person(s) committed criminal mischief by breaking the glass portion of a door to their residence. Actor(s) then committed a burglary to their residence by unlocking the door in question and entering the home. Person(s) then stole keys from inside the home, which were for a ...

Westfield First Graders Explore Life Cycle of Plants

As the nation celebrated Earth Day on April 22, first-graders in the Westfield Public Schools are studying seeds and plants as part of a Life Sciences unit that has youngsters planting seeds and observing the germination process in the classroom before transplanting the healthy seedlings — some in school gardens.

First graders in Alison Schreier’s class at Wilson School recently ...

How Are We to View Jews by Choice?

Are converts looked down upon in Judaism? Is conversion to our faith frowned upon? To be sure, I have been privy to plenty of disparaging remarks over the years—ironically, often made by people who themselves are far from religiously observant. “A leopard doesn’t change its spots” is one of the milder ones I’ve heard. But, never mind what certain individual Jews may ...

Obituaries

- Feb 28, 2021
Robert F. Barrett, 82, lived a rich life. His early years were filled with formal training as a ...
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Missing NJ Baby Found After Amber Alert Issued, State Police Say

May 10, 2021

Updated at 3:51 p.m.

NEW JERSEY — Following an Amber alert issued Monday, authorities have found an infant reported missing, state police said.

"Chinna Payne, a 2-week-old baby girl, of East Orange, N.J. has been safely located," state police said in a Facebook post.

Police had said the child last seen in East Orange with a 27-year-old man.

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