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Hop to These Events to Meet the Easter Bunny!

It’s almost that magical time again when folks in giant bunny costumes to scare the heck out of innocent children! But seriously, it’s just not Easter without an annual photo of your little ones with the big Bunny, so here is a list of local spots and events in the Cranford Area where your kids can meet the Easter Bunny. Note that some of these events are egg hunts, and I’ve heard a few horror stories about kids crying over not getting enough eggs and parents getting a little aggressive. Please remember to be kind and thankful at these egg hunts, most of which are free and run completely by volunteers. My assistant Christine offered this great suggestion: “Whenever we go to public egg hunts, I pack some extra eggs in my purse in case my kids hardly get any at the hunt!” 


April 1st, 9:30am; 11am

Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Ave., Cranford

Cranford Woman’s Club Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, 2 seatings, 9:30 and 11:00am. Tickets are available for $6 pp at the Library and Periwinkle’s, or $7 pp online at

April 1st, 10am

Hanson Park, Springfield Ave.

Annual Colin Maher Easter Egg Hunt with Easter Bunny. Tickets are $8 per child in advance, $10 per child the day of event; parents free. Includes egg hunt, live entertainment, and games. Proceeds benefit the Friends of Colin charity for pediatric cancer research. Get tickets here:

April 2nd, 7:30am-12pm

Cranford VFW, 479 South Ave., Cranford

Cranford Jaycees Pancake Breakfast with the Easter Bunny. $7 per adult, $5 per child, $25 for whole family.

April 8th, 10am SHARP

Orange Ave School, 901 Orange Ave., Cranford

Cranford Jaycees Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunny. Admission is a non-perishable food donation for Cranford Family Care.

April 8th, 10am-12pm

Garlic Rose Restaurant, 28 North Ave. West, Cranford

Cranford Area Chamber Breakfast with the Easter Bunny. $10 per child, $16 per adult.Call 908-276-5749 to RSVP. Reservations a must.


April 8th, 12pm

Clark Recreation Center, 430 Westfield Ave., Clark

Open to CLARK CHILDREN ONLY: Clark Recreation Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunny, plus games and activities. Free.  


April 8th, 10am SHARP

Forest Road Park, Fanwood

Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunny, plus games and activities, for ages 10 and under. Free.


April 8th, 11am

Augustine Park Village Green, Scotch Plains

Easter Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunny, plus games and activities. Egg hunters must be 8 years old or younger. Free.


April 15th, 2pm

Liberty Hall Museum, 1003 Morris Ave., Union

Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunny. $10 per child (1 free adult per child, add’l adults $5 each). Purchase tickets ASAP (they cap it at 100 kids);

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For Sale! 338 Warren St, Scotch Plains

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Look no further than this 4-bedroom, 2 1/2-bath colonial in Scotch Plains that has the curb appeal, living space, and location you’re looking for! Gorgeous hardwood floors highlight the open floor plan of the first floor, with large living room, updated kitchen with center island and breakfast area, formal dining room, bedroom/office, and powder room. The second floor boasts a spacious master suite with full bath, two additional large bedrooms, and second full bath. The partially finished basement offers exceptional recreation space and laundry room. A parklike backyard, quiet corner lot location, extra deep attached garage, and central air complete this move-in-ready home. Conveniently located close to NYC transportation and within 1 mile of vibrant downtown Scotch Plains!

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23 Herning Ave in Cranford Just Sold With Multiple Offers!

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23 Herning Ave Cranford, NJ sold on 12/19/2016!

This 3-bedroom, 1 1/2 bath classic Cranford tudor colonial with curb appeal in spades just sold quickly and with multiple offers for $468,500. Want to know what YOUR home is worth? Fill out the form  below to find out!



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Spacious and Charming Cranford Home with a View….. Open House 9/25/16 1-4



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Gorgeous 2006 Cranford Colonial For Sale! Open House July 17, 1-4pm

Gorgeous 2006 Cranford Colonial For Sale!  Open House July 17, 1-4pm

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GHOS Training in Westfield NJ

If you resolved to get fit this year, but haven’t been quite lived up to that plan (or even started!), it’s not too late! According to Nasir Pharoah Guest–owner of the new GHOS Training Facility in Westfield–today is the perfect day to start working toward a healthier you.


GHOS opened just this December, but the facility already has many members who swear they are now lifers! GHOS stands for Go Hard or Starve, which may sound a little too hardcore for some of us newbies, but there are many facets to the GHOS mission.

Nasir explained, “GHOS is an exclusive Life Balance and Weight Management program. We understand that in order for people to make weight management simple and lasting, a person must first find balance in their life.” GHOS is not simply a gym, and the extensive list of services at GHOS will clue you in to how well-rounded it is:

Nutrition Assessments

Nutrition Guidance Counseling

Meal plans

Meal Prep Service

Detox Cleansing

Fitness Assessment

Personal Training

Small Group Training (2-4 ppl)

Private Group Training

Indoor Cycling / Spinning

Functional Training

Boot Camps

Tactical Athletic Conditioning

And that list is just the beginning! Down the road, GHOS will offer TRX Suspension (Total Body Resistance Training), Monthly Nutrition Work Shops, Quarterly Open Houses, Food Shopping 101 (learning how to grocery shop) and GHOS KIDS ACADEMY. Also in the works is a TCY (Take Care of You) program for stay-at-home moms. Nasir said, “Mothers are so very important to their families, but it’s important that they take time for themselves to nurture their mind, body, and soul. Getting out and being physical is crucial.”

Nasir has an extensive background as a multi-certified fitness trainer and nutrition expert, and he employs four other instructors at the GHOS facility. Of his trainers, Nasir commented: “All our staff members were once GHOS members. They know exactly what it’s like to be a member or client starting from the very beginning working their way through the ranks to become elite. Who better to guide you other then a person who was once in that same spot/position?”

If you’re a novice when it comes to fitness training, or simply haven’t worked out in a very long time, Nasir says not to fret. “GHOS is designed for all fitness levels and body types. We specializes in building up the beginner, a person with no fitness experience or physically challenged.” The community feeling at GHOS helps to bolster everyone, as every class is filled with high-fives and endless encouragement from your classmates and instructors.

GHOS Training Facility is located at 361 South Ave E. in Westfield and can be reached at (732) 762-1954. Follow GHOS on Facebook and Instagram, and visit the website at to view class schedules and learn how to obtain a free guest pass. 

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Some Cranford/Westfield Area Halloween Events 2015

Halloween is a BLAST in our area. Back when I was a kid, you trick-or-treated on Halloween (and maybe got into some mischief the night before). Now there are giant townwide events leading up to Halloween that ensure your kids will get more than one wear out of their darn costumes!

Here are some local events that will will be tons of fun for the whole family.


October 22 through Nov. 1

Downtown Cranford

Is there anything more charming than a downtown filled with handmade scarecrows wearing their own costumes?? Stroll the streets of Cranford and ogle the dozens of impressive creations–and don’t forget to vote for your favorites! Prizes will be awarded in multiple categories. Ballots are mailed to Cranford homes and are also available at the Cranford Library and Community Center (non-residents can vote!).


williams costume contestSaturday, October 24; 2:00 pm

524 Springfield Ave., Westfield

It’s the 23rd annual Costume Contest at Williams, with prizes awarded for kids 5 and under, 6-12 years old, and adults (age disclosure not required–ha!). This will mark the last weekend of the season for hayrides and pumpkin picking at Williams as well.


halloween paradeSunday, October 25; 1:00 pm

Cranford Community Center Parking Lot

Kids and adults of all ages will partake in a costume parade at 2:00 pm, with prizes awarded to multiple age groups and categories (including PETS, so don’t forget Fido’s costume!). At 2:30 pm head over to the town Gazebo behind the Fire Department for the “Pumpkin Chunkin.”



Sunday, October 25; 12:00 pm

Downtown Westfield

Kids can trick-or-treat throughout downtown Westfield from noon to 2 pm–it’s always fun to great the friendly shop owners in costume! At 2:15 pm the Costume Parade will commence on Quimby Street (participants should gather at 2 pm). Sponsored by the Westfield Optimist Club, the parade will be led by the talented Westfield High Marching Band. Members of the Downtown Westfield Corporation will judge the costumes and hand out prizes during and after the parade.


Friday, October 30; 6:00 pm

Gallery U, 439 South Ave., Westfield

A reception celebrating Gallery U’s annual Halloween Exhibit will appeal to the adult set. The exhibit–which runs from October 9th through November 2nd–is titled “Something Wicked This Way Comes: Artwork Celebrating the Gothic and Beautifully Macabre.” Guests of the October 30th reception are encouraged to dress in MASQUERADE!


Follow this link to my post form a few years ago about the AMAZING Herning Ave Halloween tradition!     Herning Ave Prepares For Halloween

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Foster The Dream Gala hosted by CASA of Union County

image1There are a few events in our area that combine a magical evening with fundraising for a truly worthy cause . . . and the Foster The Dream Gala hosted by CASA of Union County is one such event. The 3rd annual gala is slated for Friday, November 6 at the beautiful Galloping Hill Country Club in Kenilworth, and the cause it supports is one you might not be aware of.

There are currently 542 Union County children in foster care, and the goal of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is to have one advocate for every foster child, and to ensure a permanent, safe environment for every child.

According CASA’s Development and Marketing Coordinator, Gretchen Boger-O’Bryan: “Right now, we serve about 25 percent of the county’s foster children. We all must undergo an extensive training and then be sworn in by a judge, who issues a court order allowing the CASA to access the parties in the youth’s life to ensure their needs are being met. Amazingly, CASAs do this unique and challenging work on a volunteer basis. There really are some great hearts out there.”

Gretchen wears many hats for CASA; she also serves as one of six advocate supervisors who oversee a team of volunteer advocates, while continuing to act as a court advocate herself. Her career in legal journalism shifted course after she began volunteering with CASA years ago. She says: “Given the role adoption plays in my life every day – my daughter and husband were both adopted – advocating for children in need and making them whole again is certainly a top priority.”

The Foster The Dream Gala is the largest annual fundraiser for CASA of Union County. Attendees of the gala will enjoy a cocktail hour, live entertainment, dancing, open bar, and an elegant multi-course dinner. A live and silent auction will feature some highly coveted items, from event tickets to gift certificates to hotel stays and more. If that’s not enough, the evening will be capped off by FIREWORKS that guests can watch from the balcony overlooking the golf course!

To purchase tickets for the gala, visit And for more information on CASA an the many ways to volunteer or support future CASA events, visit

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Beautiful Flowers at the Iconic Rekemeier’s Flower Shop in Cranford NJ







Rekemeir’s Flower Shop has been in its current location on North Ave., believe it or not,  since 1954. The 60+ year old business is currently run by Jack Rekemeier, the grandson of the original owner.   Jack joined the shop in 1971, and works with store manager  Stanley Lapinski, who has been with the company for 43 years.   Jack’s son is also a part of the business,  and manages the shop in  their Summit location.

Don’t think that what you’ll get here is anything like what you can  pick up at a local grocery store.  These people are lifelong experts!  Their arrangements are fresh and unique.  They do a number of weddings, events, and funerals, and even made arrangements for an event at the UN in NYC recently.   And the best part of being in business so long is that the shop has grown along with families.  Many of the weddings they service are for the children of parents whose weddings ALSO featured floral arrangements from Rekemeiers.  They are a much a part of Cranford as Cranford is a part of them.

Want to make a purchase for a special occasion . . . . or, better yet, for “nothing special” day?  Stop into the shop at 116 North Ave West, call (908) 276-4700, or visit the website at and conveniently order online and have the flowers delivered.


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Westfield’s Winter Restaurant Week 2/15-2/26

If you love to dine out in Westfield, then mark your calendar for Winter Restaurant Week–two weeks of specially priced prix fixe meals at your favorite restaurants, from February 15-26.

Participating establishments will offer 2-course lunches and dinners and 3-course dinners with considerable discounts off their normal menu prices. It’s a great way to try a restaurant you’ve never been to before, without dreading a hefty check at the end of the meal.

Did you know that Westfield has more than 50 places to eat? That’s part of what makes its downtown such a popular destination. Roosterspin and Amuse we’re recently named two of the best new restaurants in New Jersey by “NJ Monthly” magazine, and Chez Catherine continues to receive accolades for being one of the finest French restaurants in the state.

How would you like to win $50 just for dining out during Restaurant Week. Simply snap a photo of your meal (must be taken during Restaurant Week!) and post it to Instagram with the hashtag #westfieldrestaurantweek. The person whose photo gets the most likes will receive a $50 gift certificate to the Westfield restaurant of his or her choice!

For a list of restaurants participating in Winter Restaurant Week, visit: Reservations are highly recommended for many of the restaurants during these two weeks.

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