Cranford’s Moments in the Spotlight

Far From HeavenThe Plot Against America, a Super Bowl TV commercial. What do they all have in common? All had scenes shot in Cranford. The town is frequently showcased in movies, TV shows and commercials. What is it about Cranford that’s attractive to the creative people behind these productions? Listen as Cranford Radio talks to David W. Schoner, Jr., the Associate Director of the New Jersey Motion Picture and TV Commission.

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David W. Schoner, Jr.

Cranford’s Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety Committee

Cranford has dozens of volunteer committees that deal with everything from sewage to golf. One such committee is the Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety Committee. Anthony Durante is the committee’s chair and he chatted with Cranford Radio about the group’s purpose and what they’re currently working on.

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Anthony Durante

Cranford Township Administrator Jamie Cryan

The township administrator’s role is similar to the chief operating officer’s responsibilities in the business world. Jamie Cryan has been Cranford’s Township Administrator since January 2019. 

In this week’s Cranford Radio podcast he talks about why he decided to work in the public sector, how his previous jobs in West New York, New Jersey led to his current position and what’s involved in the position.

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Jamie Cryan, CPM

Cranford Public Library Plans New Services

There are thousands of books inside the Cranford Public Library on Walnut Avenue but, under a new program coming this year, those books will represent only a fraction of the materials that will be easily available to library patrons. Library Director Michael Maziekien and Head of Reference Services Marissa Lieberman tell us more about the new service as well as other activities taking place. We also discuss some of the changes COVID has brought and how the library might be helping you grow your garden.

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Michael Maziekien
Marissa Lieberman

Talking Photos on the Radio

We’re surrounded by beautiful images but often we take them for granted or don’t notice them. Frank Little, a Cranford photographer, sees many of the same things we pass daily but with a lot of hard work, a bit of luck, and an artist’s eye, he’s able to create beautiful pictures.

Frank’s photos often combine the man-made with celestial spheres and his work has brought him notice far beyond Cranford’s borders. In this week’s Cranford Radio podcast we talk with Frank about his work, how he had his start and get a glimpse into how he creates his magnificent images.

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Frank Little

Pride Shirt Designed by Cranford 7th Grader

Lucy Young, a seventh grade student at Hillside Avenue School, may not go into clothes design when she’s older, but right now her Cranford Pride shirt is being seen around town as Cranford and the nation mark Pride Month. Lucy talked to Cranford Radio about what prompted her to make the design and how funds raised by its sale will benefit The Trevor Project.

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Lucy Young

The Cranford 86 Project

Memorial Day is about much more than backyard barbecues, the first shore weekend or the unofficial start of summer. It’s a day to remember those who gave their lives in service to our nation during its many conflicts.

There have been 86 Cranford men who have died during those wars and Don Sweeney started a project to tell the story of each of those individuals so that their legacy is remembered for generations to come.

In this week’s Cranford Radio podcast, Don talks about the Cranford 86 Project, how it got started and some of the challenges he and his partners have faced in telling those stories. 

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Don Sweeney

Cranford Postmaster Shares What Goes on Behind the Scenes

For many of us, our interactions with the United States Postal Service go no further than mailing a letter, buying stamps and looking through our daily deliveries. There’s a lot more though that has to happen for that card you send to get to where it’s going. 

Walidah Ali is the Cranford Postmaster and she’s responsible for those first steps in sending your mail when it’s dropped off in town and the final steps before it lands in your mailbox. She tells us a bit more about what happens before and after.

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Walidah Ali