After a winter like the one we’ve been going through it seems almost everyone is looking forward to warmer temperatures. As the snow continues to melt thoughts of ice cream dance in our heads and that means visits to the Cranford Vanilla Bean Creamery. April 14 will mark the fourth anniversary the store at 22 North Avenue, West in Downtown Cranford has been owned by Ralph Kopelman. Cranford Radio’s Don Smith took advantage of slower winter patronage to sit down with Ralph and talk about the store and ice cream making.
Cranford parents looking for after-school programs for their children have a new option. The Westfield Area Y is now providing two new services at the Garwood Family Center Y at 500 East Street with busing from the Walnut Avenue, Livingston Avenue, Hillside Avenue and Brookside Place schools. Shannon McGillis is the director of the Garwood facility and she told Cranford Radio about the new services.
The days of a simple benefits package are long gone and the biggest change in recent memory is the start of the Affordable Care Act. Cranford resident Jo Ann Boyle has been answering questions from small employers through her company, Access Benefit Consulting, about what the act means to them and their employees and she sat down with Cranford Radio at the Rustic Mill Diner to talk about some of the issues they’re facing.
A stroll around town gives you an idea of the wealth of beautiful homes and architecture we have in Cranford. To help maintain all we have and to develop a deeper appreciation for that history, the Cranford Historic Preservation Advisory Board was created. Two of the members are Maureen Strazdon and Vic Bary and they provided some background on the board and reviewed some of the highlights of the past year.
Dr. Gayle Carrick is coming up on her sixth anniversary as superintendent of the Cranford Public Schools. Much has happened during those years including adoption of Common Core Standards. Dr. Carrick sat down this morning in her Lincoln School office to talk to Cranford Radio and tell us a little about her background and some of the highlights and challenges faced by Cranford’s public schools.