Union County Freeholder Chairman Talks About His Priorities for 2017

Freeholder Bruce Bergen was elected by his fellow Union County Freeholders as their chairman for 2017 at the freeholders’ reorganization meeting on January 8. At the same meeting Cranford resident Bette Jane Kowalski was sworn in to her new term as a freeholder. After his election, Cranford Radio spoke with Chairman Bergen to discuss the year ahead for the freeholders.

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Remarks of Chairman Bergen at reorganization meeting


Assemblyman Jerry Green administering oath of office to Freeholder Bruce Bergen. Also pictured (left to right) Stefanie, Ross & Jodi Bergen


Assemblyman Jerry Green administering oath of office to Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski. Also pictured (left to right) John Kowalski, Jonathan & Hannah Rose Kerman, Andy Lanset. 

(Photos by Jim Lowney/County of Union)

Cranford Mayor Tom Hannen Discusses 2017 Priorities

Tom Hannen was selected as Cranford’s mayor at the annual township committee reorganization meeting Tuesday night. Hannen is joined on the committee by Patrick Giblin, who will serve as deputy mayor, as well as commissioners Andis Kalnins, Mary O’Connor and newly-elected commissioner Ann Dooley.

Mayor Hannen spoke with Cranford Radio‘s Bernie Wagenblast about his priorities for the coming year.

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Cranford Mayor Tom Hannen

Cranford Area Chamber of Commerce Member Profile: Robin & Chris Hoy, PuroClean Restoration Services of Cranford

Why does it seem home disasters always seem to occur late at night, on weekends or holidays? While there’s never a convenient time for a fire or water emergency, PuroClean Restoration Services of Cranford is there to help get your home back to normal. The business is owned by Chris and Robin Hoy and they spoke with Cranford Radio‘s Bernie Wagenblast about their company in this Cranford Area Chamber of Commerce member profile.

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Robin & Chris Hoy


Pastor Chris Kile, First Presbyterian Church of Cranford

Perhaps one of Cranford’s most notable landmarks is found at the intersection of Springfield and N. Union avenues. The First Presbyterian Church has occupied that plot of land since 1869, with the current building on the site since the mid-1890s. Rev. Chris Kile is the current pastor and he talks with Cranford Radio about the church, its people and its ministries.

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Rev. John Christian Kile


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