Mayor’s Council on flooding making slow, but determined progress

CRANFORD — Things are moving along in the effort to alleviate flooding along the Rahway River. Last week the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers agreed to complete the next stage of the evaluation needed to find alternative flood mitigation measures for towns that live along this waterway. Although Cranford Mayor Tom Hannen is just one of […]

Cranford works to get financial house in order

CRANFORD — Last week Cranford took the first step to getting back on sound financial operational footing by hiring an assistant certified financial officer and account clerk. The township committee appointed Lavona Patterson, the former assistant treasurer in Montclair, as the new assistant chief financial officer along with an account clerk that was unnamed. Late […]

Cranford attempts to right the ship with 2013 budget

CRANFORD — Taxpayers will pay 1.69 percent more than they did last year under the 2013 spending plan introduced last week, but the good news is the township is getting back on solid footing once again. Although the township had its ups and downs the last few years — administratively and financially — during the […]

New administrator, police dept. promotion on Cranford agenda

CRANFORD — After an outside search for a new administrator, the township was expected to announce Tuesday that interim administrator Joseph Hartnett will take the position permanently. But the governing body was also expected to make another appointment, one that may have surprised everyone. In addition to bringing Hartnett aboard, Mayor Tom Hannen, Jr. was […]

Activist, blogger, journalist, whatever …

Watchdog takes the stand, tries to hide behind Shied law, as prosecutor hammers away

Activist, blogger, journalist, whatever …

After two grueling days on the stand, the decision of whether activist and blogger Tina Renna legally deserves protection under the New Jersey Shield Law for newspersons is in the hands of Superior Court Judge Karen Cassidy. The two-day hearing took place after Renna refused multiple times to provide the Union County Prosecutor’s Office with […]

Confusion over conflict arises with Birchwood

CRANFORD — Tuesday night at the Township Committee Workshop meeting resident Liz Sweeney brought out information that could indicate there was a conflict of interest involving builder remedy lawsuits the town has been fighting for years. Thirty-four years after the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled on a Mt. Laurel case involving affordable housing, the township […]

Backyard Composting training courses to begin in Cranford

CRANFORD — My Green Cranford in conjunction with the Cranford Recycling Department has been awarded a $2,000 Sustainable Jersey Grant. The grant allocations will be used to start a Backyard Composting Program. The new program will be called My Green Gardens, and slotted to begin in spring 2013. Training courses will be offered to Cranford […]

Another blow to township in Birchwood battleground

CRANFORD — Efforts to fight the Birchwood development took another step backward last week when the court gave its nod to the developer’s requests. At a special hearing Feb. 5 Judge Lisa Chrystal approved the recommendations of special hearing officer Douglas Wolfson to approve Cranford Development Associates’ site plan, shooting down the township’s efforts yet […]

Officer complains of Mason’s intimidation

CRANFORD — Township Police Chief Eric Mason is in hot water with the local police union after allegedly attempting to intimidate a member of the force into recanting an email that Mason did not like. The complaint, filed with the New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission, puts further credence to rumors that have circulated the […]

Healthy, wealthy and wise in Union County

Individual health departments are becoming a rarity as communities look for shared savings

There was a time when towns in Union County had their own local health departments, but those days are coming to an end. Now municipalities are looking at whether the health needs of their community can be handled just as well by a regional health department. Increasing state-mandated services, reduced state aid, and the high […]

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