Starting and running a small business is a challenge, fortunately there are places businesspeople can turn to for information, financing and more. The UCEDC is a Cranford-based non-profit economic development corporation that’s been helping small businesses since 1977. Cranford Radio spoke with Ellen McHenry and Erich Peter of the UCEDC to learn more about the organization and what it offers.
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Ellen McHenry, Senior Director of Financial Programs
Erich Peter, Director of Training & Technical Assistance
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.
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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.
Interview with Shannon McGillis
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.
Interview with Jo Ann Boyle
Jo Ann Boyle
In the second part of our series profiling the clergy from Cranford’s house of worship we visit with Clem Salerno, the senior pastor of Calvary Tabernacle located at 69 Myrtle Street.
Interview with Pastor Clem
Pastors Connie & Clem Salerno
It was an historic moment for Cranford and towns all along NJ Transit‘s Raritan Valley Line on Monday as direct on-seat service began to New York City.
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First direct train from Cranford to New York City arriving at the Cranford Station on March 3, 2014
The trainboard at Penn Station-New York announces the first Raritan Valley Line train to run direct from Manhattan
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.
More about the Cranford Historic Preservation Advisory Board
Dedication of Roosevelt School fireplace in the Community Center
Left to right: Ed O’Malley (2013 Township Liaison), Maureen McDougall, Alice Bellante, Teresa Montani, Carolyn Youngs. Vic Bary, Maureen Strazdon, Bill King, Ron Meeks and Loretta Smith. Not pictured are Myron Borden, Kinney Clark, Matt Cohen, Lori Hoffner and Michael Mason.
The Artist Framer
New Jersey Property Tax Records