State Senator Tom Kean, Jr.

Cranford is represented in the New Jersey Senate by Tom Kean, Jr. As part of our “Meet Your Elected Officials” series, Cranford Radio spoke with the senator at his Westfield legislative office.

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Senator Thomas H. Kean, Jr.

Cranford Clergy: Rev. Alfred E. Brown, Jr. – First Baptist Church

As we continue our series of profiles of Cranford clergy, we visit with Rev. Alfred E. Brown, Jr., pastor of the First Baptist Church at 100 High Street. Both the church and Reverend Brown have a long history in Cranford, as he shares with us in this interview.

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Rev. Alfred E. Brown, Jr.

Save Our Reservation

One thing almost everyone agrees with is that flooding of the Rahway River is a major problem. The US Army Corps of Engineers will be presenting the results of their economic study of flood mitigation measures on Monday, March 31. One of the alternatives being considered is a dam in the South Mountain Reservation that would contain water along the West Branch of the Rahway River. Save Our Reservation opposes the dam and I spoke with a leader of the group and a former mayor of Maplewood, Fred Profeta, to learn more.

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Fred Profeta

Cranford Band, Nothing Personal, Set to Debut First Album

Six current or former Cranford High School students have come together to form Nothing Personal. The band is already getting positive reviews and will be debuting their first album March 29 at The Crossroads in Garwood. Cranford Radio talked to band members Geddy Warner, Nick Durant, Luke Langone, Vienna Stivala, Oliver Berglas and Alex Codella to learn more about their music and their plans.  We start off by listening to a sample of Along We Go from their debut album, To Whom It May Concern.

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Vote for Nothing Personal on Warped Tours Battle of the Bands

Nothing Personal on Twitter

Nothing Personal on Tumblr

 

UCEDC: A Resource for New Jersey Small Businesses

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

Ellen McHenry, Senior Director of Financial Programs

Erich Peter, Director of Training & Technical Assistance

 

Cranford Business Profile: Vanilla Bean Creamery

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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Ralph Kopelman

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