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