Cranford Area Chamber of Commerce Member Profile: Barbara Zeckman, Coldwell Banker

Buying or selling a home is one of the biggest transactions you’ll ever make. There are seemingly endless questions; how much to offer, how best to position the house for sale, what’s the neighborhood like? Realtors, such as Barbara Zeckman of Coldwell Banker Westfield East, can help answer those questions and walk you through the process. In this Cranford Area Chamber of Commerce member profile we talk to Barbara about the Cranford real estate market and another project she’s involved in, Cranford Entrepreneurs.

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Barbara Zeckman



Technology Used to Keep Traffic Moving on Garden State Parkway

Heading down the shore, going to work, or just heading out for a drive, each day thousands upon thousands of people pass through Cranford on the Garden State Parkway. The highway is operated by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority and Barry Pelletteri is the agency’s CIO. He spoke with Cranford Radio about the role of technology in keeping all that traffic moving.

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Barry M. Pelletteri



Pride in Cranford Awards Presented

The Cranford Area Chamber of Commerce recognized a number of individuals, organizations and businesses Wednesday night with its “Pride in Cranford” Awards. Cranford Radio attended the event spoke with Barbara Bilger, the co-chair of the program and Todd Sweeney, one of the award recipients.

A full list of the award recipients can be found below the photos.

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Full list of award recipients:

Organizations: Cranford Historical Preservation Board, UCEDC

Individuals: Sally Curci, Kathleen Murray, Todd Sweeney, H. Edward Davenport, Ralph Gregson

Community Development Awards: Alfonso’s Pastry Shop, Ambeli Greek Taverna, Bar Americana, Ciao Bello, Cranford Animal Hospital, Eii Electric, Investors Bank, Just 4 Pooches, Mr. J’s Deli, Pastosa Ravioli, River & Rail Cantina, Starbucks, Subway, The Barker Lounge, Two River Community Bank, Woodmont Station at Cranford


First Amtrak Trains Travel Through Cranford

The old Lehigh Valley Railroad has been part of Cranford since the 1800s. Passenger trains between New York and Buffalo came through town until 1961. This past weekend, for the first time ever, an Amtrak passenger train passed through Cranford on the Conrail tracks as part of Amtrak’s Autumn Express. Cranford Radio was aboard the train and during the trip spoke with Chris Jagodzinski, Amtrak‘s vice president of operations, about the special train.

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Amtrak Autumn Express Passing Lexington Avenue


Chris Jagodzinski (courtesy of John DiPietro)






Walk for Wellness and Recovery in Cranford October 15

Three non-profit organizations are coming together on Saturday, October 15 to sponsor the Walk for Wellness and Recovery at Nomahegan Park. Cranford’s Monarch Housing Associates, along with the Mental Health Association in New Jersey and National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence-New Jersey, will be sponsoring the walk and other events. Cranford Radio spoke with Richard Brown, the CEO of Monarch Housing and Laverne Williams of MHANJ to learn about the event and both organizations.

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Richard W. Brown


Laverne S. Williams, CSW




Cranford Area Chamber of Commerce Member Profile: The Thirsty Turtle

Not too many years ago things got quiet in Downtown Cranford at night. That’s certainly not the case these days. A big part of the change is due to the many restaurants that have opened in town. One of the newest is The Thirsty Turtle at the corner of South and S. Union avenues. We talked with Duane Hand, the manager of the restaurant, to learn a bit about it as well as to find out how he got involved in the business, in the latest Cranford Area Chamber of Commerce member profile.

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Duane Hand


‘Assassins’ Kicks Off New Season at Cranford Dramatic Club

One sign of fall is the start of a new theater season at the Cranford Dramatic Club. The first play on tap for the 2016-2017 season is Stephen Sondheim’s musical, Assassins. Cranford Radio stopped by the Winans Avenue theater to speak with the show’s director, Alan Van Antwerp, as well as cast members Richard Colonna (The Proprietor), Zach Love (Leon Czolgosz) and Matt Burns (Samuel Byck).

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Alan Van Antwerp