Cranford administrator abruptly resigns

CRANFORD — Four months after being appointed permanently as township administrator, Joe Harnett abruptly resigned last week, leaving both elected officials and employees alike stunned. Late last week Democrat Mayor Tom Hannen, who strongly supported Hartnett taking the position permanently, was closed mouthed about what transpired to elicit such a move by the administrator. He […]

Irene’s brutal impact remembered

Two years after devastating storm, residents continue to repair, mayors still looking for solutions

CRANFORD — On a late August day as summer winds down, Cranford is almost picture perfect with its towering trees along the Rahway River that lazily meanders through town. People walk, bike and jog along the banks and berms of this river that is skirted by lovely homes with manicured lawns. Two years ago today, […]

Cranford plans stiffer penalties for health code violations

CRANFORD — Last week Township Health Officer Megan Avallone strongly suggested it was time to ensure all township restaurants maintain the safest standards by putting in place an ordinance that would fine those failing to comply in a timely manner. Those who have had food poisoning, norovirus or salmonella would agree it is not something […]

Cranford ends efforts to investigate new form of government

CRANFORD — All efforts to change the township’s form of government are over, but the matter may come up again as it has in the past. The issue of whether Cranford’s form of government is working for the township or not fell off the radar at a recent Township Committee meeting when commissioners voted 3-to-2 […]

Cranford readies for National Night Out set for Aug. 6

CRANFORD — The Cranford Police Department will be participating in the 30th annual National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 6, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. near the Township Gazebo at the intersection of North Union and Springfield avenues. This free nationwide event is designed to promote crime prevention awareness and allows the public to […]

Grand slam

CRANFORD — Union County Freeholders Alexander Mirabella, far left, and Bette Jane Kowalski congratulate the Cranford High School Baseball Team on winning the 2013 New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Association State Group 3 Championship.

Legal conflict in Cranford proves to be unfounded

CRANFORD — A possible conflict of interest on the part of the attorney representing the township in the Birchwood Development litigation has hung heavily in the air for months, but a report commissioned by the governing body found no such conflict. Although controversy has surrounded the complex and litigious issue of the Birchwood development project […]

Residents in Cranford not pleased with Westfield

CRANFORD — Yet another builder’s remedy lawsuit, previously settled by Westfield and the developer, brought Cranford’s Nomahegan Court residents to an 11th hour hearing before a Superior Court judge Monday. However, their efforts were for naught because the hearing had nothing to do with the location or density of the project, which Cranford residents said […]

Cranford takes another look at changing their government

CRANFORD — If the township is going to make a move towards changing its current form of government, residents will have to make their voices heard on the issue or forever hold their peace. Last week Mayor Tom Hannen said the township will be repealing a 2012 ordinance approved late last year that would have […]

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