Cranford returns to movies with local’s role in film

Cranford returns to movies with local’s role in film

CRANFORD, NJ — Older Cranford residents may remember when their town was the setting for the 2005 major motion picture “Guess Who?” starring Ashton Kutcher, Bernie Mac and Zoe Saldana — a comedic remake of the 1967 drama “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”. Cranford has made it to Hollywood for the second time in 12 years […]

Given the gift of living a little World War II history

Given the gift of living a little World War II history

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Considering there are only 12 airworthy B-17 bombers still flying in the world, and only eight of those in the United States, this was the opportunity of a lifetime that I couldn’t resist: a ride on the workhorse bomber of the Second World War. It was not a video game nor virtual […]

Elizabeth Arts Council celebrates Women’s History Month

Elizabeth Arts Council celebrates Women’s History Month

ELIZABETH, NJ — To celebrate Women’s History Month, the Elizabeth Arts Council is holding an exhibit throughout the month of March, with an opening reception tonight, March 9, at Elizabeth’s main public library. The works of artists Paula Borenstein, Virginia Mason Pagdon, Suree Minnatee, and Danielle Curia will be on display. Since its inception in 1998, […]

Local author is turning fantasy into a reality

Former Cranford resident finds continued inspiration from his Union County past

CRANFORD, NJ — Author Kevin J. Kessler may always consider himself a “Jersey boy” at heart, but the journalist-turned-adventure fantasy writer expresses little regret about his life-changing decision to relocate to sunny central Florida. Since moving to Orlando less than two years ago, Kessler has accomplished a lifelong dream of becoming an author and releasing his […]

‘Breaking Criminal Traditions’ exhibit calls attention to human rights abuses

An exhibit highlighting human rights abuses around the globe, “The Art of Influence: Breaking Criminal Traditions,” opened this month at Kean University’s Human Rights Institute Gallery. The fine art exhibition, featuring the work of 24 artists from around the country, calls attention to the ongoing ancient rituals that kill or maim millions each year, yet […]

RSVP for Battin High School Class of ’56 reunion

ELIZABETH, NJ — Battin High School in Elizabeth will hold its 60th reunion for the Class of 1956 on Sunday, Oct. 9, at 12:30 p.m. at the APA Hotel, formerly the Woodbridge Hilton, in Metropark, at 120 S. Wood Ave. in Iselin. For more information and cost, contact Arlene Serpico Lospinoso at nonnal@aol.com or 732-671-4897, […]

Maplewood Glee Club to host ‘Open Sing’

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — If you’re a guy who likes to sing, whether seriously or in the shower, the Maplewood Glee Club has an invitation for you. The group is hosting its first-ever “open sing” on Monday, Sept. 12, at 7:45 p.m. at the DeHart Community Center, 120 Burnett St. in Maplewood. “It’s an open invitation. […]

Exhibit explores social justice movements through art

Exhibit explores social justice movements through art

UNION, NJ — HurtJohn, curator of artistic platforms, has partnered with Kean University Galleries to create a compelling and timely exhibit that explores social justice movements like Black Lives Matter. The compelling and interactive exhibit, entitled, “Movement,” depicts stark events that provocatively engage the audience, and HurtJohn creator John Hurtado said that his mission is […]

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