Cranford Radio Headlines for Weekend of January 19

The past week was marked by remembrances of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Two highlights were Cranford’s sixth annual Day of Service which took place at the First Presbyterian Church on Monday and Thursday’s interfaith service at Trinity Episcopal Church. At that gathering, Kevin Mahoney was recognized with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for his work with the homeless.

It was a notable week for the CHS wrestlers, who won their fourth consecutive Union County Tournament last weekend. A number of CHS teams will be competing this weekend.

The weekend weather forecast looks promising.

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Kevin Mahoney Presented 2018 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award

Cranford clergy members, township officials and members of the community gathered Thursday evening at Trinity Episcopal Church for the annual Cranford Community Interfaith Service. A highlight of the event was the presentation of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award to Kevin Mahoney of St. Michael Church. Kevin was recognized by the Cranford Clergy Council for his volunteer work with the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless, St. Joseph Social Service Center and Family Promise.

Following the service, Cranford Radio spoke with Mr. Mahoney about his work.

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Kevin Mahoney (photo: St. Michael Church)

Former Cranford Rabbi Was a Freedom Rider, World War II Hero

It’s one thing to read history in a book. It’s a whole other thing to have lived it. Rabbi Sidney Shanken served as the rabbi of Temple Beth-El in Cranford from 1957 until 1980 and he took part in two of the biggest historic events of the 20th century; World War II and the civil rights movement. Shanken flew 54 combat missions over Europe as part of the US Army Air Corps. After being wounded he returned to the States.

This was not the only time, though, he served his country. In the early 1960s, as legal segregation and discrimination were being fought, he again felt called. He traveled to the South and became a Freedom Rider and marched with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Alabama.

Cranford Radio had the honor of speaking with Rabbi Shanken as he recounted some of his experiences.

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Service Fair Honors the Work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dozens of volunteers turned out to assemble personal care kits and other items for the homeless on Martin Luther King Day at the First Presbyterian Church. Two of the organizers of the event, Janice Grevious and Cindy Hannen, spoke with Cranford Radio about the event what else will be happening this week.

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Cindy Hannen & Janice Grevious (photo TAPinto Cranford)

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Cranford Radio Headlines for Weekend of January 12

A draft report on potential redevelopment of a section of North Avenue East in Downtown Cranford is the top story on Cranford Radio headlines this week. You’ll also hear about the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

It’s a busy weekend for Cranford sports and the forecast shows early spring-like temperatures on Friday followed by a quick return of winter weather.

Among the events this weekend, you can pick up a used book at a great price at the Cranford Library. On Monday, make Martin Luther King Day a day to give back.

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