Aschenbach appeals to courts

‘Overdevelopment that will only harm residents is not justice. There is no getting away from this fact.’

CRANFORD — Anyone who knows former mayor Dan Aschenbach will attest to the fact he is dedicated to finding a solution to the township’s flooding woes. That path, while full of fits and starts over the years, has not altered his focus at all. In the fall of 1999 when Tropical Storm Floyd hit the […]

Mason to retire as Cranford police chief

Outgoing chief appointed as director of Union County's John H. Stamler Police Academy

CRANFORD – Police Chief Eric Mason will be retiring to take over as head of the John H .Stamler Police Academy in March. Yesterday acting Prosecutor Grace Park confirmed she appointed Mason as director of the academy, which is under the authority of the prosecutor’s office in cooperation with the Union County Police Chiefs Association. According to […]

Residents share concerns with DEP

Big turnout overflows council chambers as few defend Birchwood developer

CRANFORD – Township residents came out in force to a public hearing last week to try and stop the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection from issuing permits to a developer trying to build an apartment complex adjacent to a flood hazard area on Birchwood Avenue. Several hundred residents and officials jammed council chambers, and […]

Armed robbery investigation leads to arrest of Clark resident

CRANFORD — Yesterday, Cranford Police detectives arrested William Black, 24 of Clark, and charged him with robbery and weapons possession in connection with an incident that occurred the previous evening. On Jan. 14, at approximately 8:07 p.m., Cranford Police responded to a report of an armed robbery at H & B Shell, 1170 Raritan Road. According to a gas […]

Birchwood meeting expected to draw big crowd at town hall

CRANFORD – Those objecting to the Birchwood development will have the chance to voice their opinion tonight at a New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection public hearing held at town hall. The township received notice about the non-advertised special hearing in mid-December, and since then word spread quickly about the event which begins at 6 […]

Legal oversight stops Cranford in its tracks

Township keeps same contract with Westfield after learning layoff of employees was illegal

CRANFORD — It appears the township failed to do their homework completely before informing the two remaining Health Department employees they would be losing their jobs at the end of 2013. When former township administrator Joe Hartnett told full-time health inspector Monica Koscova Jencik and part-time deputy registrar of vital statistics Joan Holler in November […]

Cranford swears in new mayor at Jan. 1 meeting

CRANFORD — Changing political winds swept in a new governing body regime to Cranford on New Year’s Day. At the New Year’s Day reorganization meeting, Republican Andy Kalnins, now in the third year of his first three-year term on the governing body, was nominated as chairman of the governing body, and was unanimously elected by […]

Disbarred Cranford-based attorney admits to stealing from clients

ELIZABETH –A West Orange man who once managed a Cranford-based law practice has admitted to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from half a dozen clients, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace Park announced Tuesday. Appearing Monday before state Superior Court Judge Robert Mega, 41-year-old Sergio Pastor pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree theft by failure to make […]

‘Healthiest Show on Earth’ featured at Community Center on Jan. 11

CRANFORD — Children and their families are invited to join Muscle Man Mike and Soccer Sue in the “Healthiest Show on Earth” on Saturday, Jan. 11, at 3:30 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center. The Community Center is located at 220 Walnut Ave. This Fit4Kids program features instruction, laughter, fun, and exercise, as children are encouraged to keep their […]

Bail reduction denied for Cranford ‘firestarter’

CRANFORD — The husband of the Cranford mom arrested for attempting to kill the couple’s twins by setting fire to their car on the Garden State Parkway tried to get her bail reduced last week, but failed. Ron Zuber, on leave from his job as the director of the Union County Department of Parks and Community […]

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