New principal named for Cranford’s Livingston Avenue School

New principal named for Cranford’s Livingston Avenue School

CRANFORD, N.J. — An assistant principal from Edison will take over as principal of Livingston Avenue School, the latest move in administration caused by the retirement of the Hillside Avenue School principal. Cari Lopez, who has been the assistant principal at Martin Luther King and Washington elementary schools in Edison since January, will replace former […]

Cranford bans plastics despite complaints

Cranford bans plastics despite complaints

CRANFORD, NJ — The Township Committee adopted a ban on single-use plastics at its Aug. 13 meeting, voting 4-1 despite objections from several business owners regarding the cost and compliance date. Tom Hannen, the township’s commissioner of building and zoning, was the only committee member to offer any criticism of the ordinance when it was […]

Cranford school board gets strategic plan update

Cranford High School auditorium rigging to cost $112K

Cranford school board gets strategic plan update

CRANFORD, NJ — The school district will expand its classroom bullying prevention lessons to include grades four, six and nine this year, along with peer mediation in the high school as part of its five-year strategic plan, Superintendent Scott Rubin told the local school board at its July 22 meeting. The information came along with […]

Cranford cops look to encourage good behavior

Cranford cops look to encourage good behavior

CRANFORD, NJ — The Police Department is looking to increase bicycle safety and inspire good behavior by giving out “positive summons” to the local youth this summer through two safety initiatives. The summons will be redeemable for a free slice of pizza or a Slurpee. With the department’s bicycle safety reward campaign, children under the […]

County launches opioid addiction hotline program

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Officials have launched a new program — Helping Hands 365 — that features a 24/7 hotline connecting addicts with peers who have achieved sobriety in an effort to reduce opioid-related overdoses in the county. More than 130 county residents died of such overdoses in 2018. Prevention Links, a local nonprofit organization […]

Cranford set to ban plastic bags, utensils

Cranford set to ban plastic bags, utensils

CRANFORD, NJ — The township appears set to become the 17th municipality in New Jersey to bar commercial establishments from distributing single-use plastic utensils and bags under an ordinance introduced at the governing council’s meeting Tuesday, July 9. All five members — four Democrats and one Republican — voted at the meeting to introduce the […]

Berkeley Heights EMS squad asks for LOSAP help

Berkeley Heights EMS squad asks for LOSAP help

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ — The president of the local Volunteer Rescue Squad has asked the Township Council to support a program that would provide its members with tax-deferred income benefits in an effort to retain and reward volunteers for their service to the community. Joe Savino addressed the council at its June 25 regular meeting […]

Hearing on 140-foot cell tower at UCC delayed

Hearing on 140-foot cell tower at UCC delayed

CRANFORD, NJ — A hearing to consider whether three wireless mobile phone companies can erect a 140-foot cell tower on the rear western side of the Union County College campus was postponed July 8 because a group of residents opposed to the structure said it was not prepared. Cranford Zoning Board of Adjustment Chairman Richard […]

Cranford residents leery of ‘reimagining’ plans

Cranford residents leery of ‘reimagining’ plans

CRANFORD, NJ — Detailed results from a survey regarding the potential “reimagining” of the school system revealed that more than 60 percent of residents say the proposed plans do not account for any impact of a potential 905-unit apartment complex at 750 Walnut Ave. The survey was available from April 26 through May 13, and […]

PSE&G plans for high-voltage power lines suspended

CRANFORD, NJ — It could still be several weeks before local residents see a revised PSE&G plan regarding the installation of high-voltage power lines, after Conrail identified conditions that need to be evaluated before the electricity provider can move forward. Mayor Patrick Giblin stated at the June 11 Township Committee meeting that PSE&G is currently […]