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 […]

Active shooter drill prepares Cranford PD for the real thing

CRANFORD — At approximately 10:10 a.m. on May 21, a faux 9-1-1 call was received at Cranford Police Headquarters reporting an active shooter situation at Cranford Health, a local extended care and skilled nursing facility. Information from the caller was relayed by Communications Officer Kathleen Ditzel to police units in the field. In less than […]

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 […]

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