Trinity Episcopal Church Closes Out 150th Anniversary Year

Since 1875, Trinity Episcopal Church has been a landmark on the corner of North and Forest avenues in Cranford. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the founding of the parish. Tom Kaercher is the junior warden of the church and its unofficial historian. He joins me to talk about the church’s history and some of the interesting stories from its century and a half existence.

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Tom Kaercher

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Cranford Toy Inventor Gets Ready To Roll Out His Latest Creation

When you’re a kid, there are few things more exciting than getting a new toy. When you’re an adult, the toys get to be a bit more sophisticated and expensive. But what if you’re an adult who creates new toys for kids to play with?

Robert Schott is just such a person and he joins Cranford Radio to talk about SprawlyWalls. Learn about the toy and how it came to be in this week’s episode.

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Robert Schott

What’s Happening at the Cranford Recreation & Parks Department

Commissioner Gina Black and Steve Robertazzi, Director of Recreation and Parks, join us on a joint production of TV35 and Cranford Radio. We take a look back at the summer playground season and a look ahead at the fall plans. We’ll also chat about the new recreation building at 375 Centennial Avenue and how residents can get involved.

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Gina Black

Steve Robertazzi

Cranford Dramatic Club Kicks Off New Season with Once on This Island

This is opening weekend for the musical, Once on This Island at the Cranford Dramatic Club. The show is based on The Little Mermaid but takes place on a Caribbean island.

We’re joined on this episode by Roxie Billups (TiMoune), Karen Carratura (Asaka), Jordan Owens (Agwe), Tiffany Johnson (Erzulie), David Rivera, Jr. (Papa Ge) and the director, Howard Whitmore.

The show runs on weekends through October 22 and tickets can be purchased online.

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Marketspace Vendor Events: Bringing Makers, Venues and Customers Together

While there have always been independent businesspeople who create unique products, it’s sometimes been difficult for them to connect with potential customers. A Cranford-based company, Marketspace Vendor Events, not only helps to bridge that gap, it also finds fun venues for both to come together. Kim and Kevin Kraemer join Cranford Radio this week to talk about their business and how it came to be.

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Kim & Kevin Kraemer

Ghosts from Cranford’s Past Visiting October 1st

Meet some personalities from Cranford’s past next month when the Haunted Cranford History Tour takes place downtown. This is a rare opportunity because all of these visitors departed this earthly realm long ago.

The woman responsible for gathering this cast of ghostly characters is Jane McLaughlin, the owner of Haunted History Productions. She’s been organizing these tours for 14 years and this will be the first time the event is held in town. We talk about what visitors will see and how she brings the spirits back to life.

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Jane McLaughlin

Former Cranford Resident Looks at Ethics From a Police Perspective

Robert D’Ambola worked as a cop for 28 years in Summit. He later served on the Cranford Township Committee. During much of this time he also was an instructor at the Union County Police Academy and taught recruits about ethics. In his latest book, The True Test Is When No One Sees, D’Ambola gives numerous real-life examples of ethical quandaries that law enforcement officers, and others, faced. In this week’s podcast we talk about his experiences in police work and how the book came to be.

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Robert D’Ambola

Cranford Local

A new Cranford media outlet made its debut this year. Cranford Local is a monthly magazine mailed to all Cranford homes and it features stories about Cranford businesses and families. Shawn McDonald is the editor and she spoke with Cranford Radio about the publication. She also gives her perspective on the newest generation of journalists that she’s teaching in her full-time job as a journalism educator at Westfield High School as well as her role as an advisor to the student publications, including the school newspaper, Hi’s Eye.

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Project Home of Cranford Helping Those With a Housing Crisis

Health problems, a job loss, a death; just a few of the ways someone can suffer a financial emergency.  When these events result in difficulties paying rent or a mortgage, Project Home of Cranford can help. In this week’s episode we talk with Lisa Orrico, the president of Project Home and Maggie Feeney, the vice president to learn how the organization can help and how they work with Cranford Family Care to help those in need.

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Lisa Orrico (left) and Maggie Feeney (right)

What’s Happening In Downtown Cranford?

Art, music, movies, sales. Just a few of the many offerings and events happening year-round in Downtown Cranford. Two of the people charged with making it all happen are Caren Demyen, the Director of Downtown Cranford and Michelle Stavrou, the Social Media Coordinator. On this week’s podcast I talk to them about the various events that take place and what else goes into making Downtown Cranford a two-time winner of the Best Downtown in New Jersey.

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Caren Demyen
Michelle Stavrou