Being an Independent Bookstore In the Age of Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Cranford resident Joe Leo has seen a lot in the quarter century he’s owned an independent book store in Downtown Union. Despite the challenges, Here’s The Story has more than survived. In this episode of Cranford Radio, Joe talks about what sets his bookstore apart from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. We also talk about Joe’s other role as the president of the Cranford Dramatic Club and how the CDC has also had to adapt. 

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Joe Leo

Cranford High Senior Makes Her Mark In Sports and More

Catarina Guimaraes is a world-ranked adaptive athlete, the author of two novels and a motivational speaker. In this Cranford Radio episode, she talks about why she became involved in sports, some of her adventures competing on the international stage and what she hopes to do after graduation in June.

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Catarina Guimaraes

Celebrating Cranford – A Conversation with Maureen Strazdon

Cranford is just wrapping up its 150th anniversary. One of the ways the community marked the milestone was the publication of the book, Celebrating Cranford. Maureen Strazdon authored the book which includes a look at how the township marked each of its 25 year increment anniversaries. In today’s podcast we not only talk about the book but we discuss some of her research, some of the surprises she learned, and what future Cranford historians might do when they look back to our present day. 

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Maureen E. Strazdon

TAPinto Cranford Has New Owners

Jen Glackin, Rebecca Tantillo and Caren Demyen have been the owners of the TAPinto Cranford since the start of 2022. In addition to their previous involvement in Cranford, each brings unique experiences to the online news franchise.

To learn a bit more about their backgrounds and what they have planned for TAPinto Cranford, the four of us gathered via Zoom to chat.

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Jen Glackin
Caren Demyen
Rebecca Tantillo

Cranford’s Jack the Ripper?

Did Jack the Ripper once live in Cranford? A real 19th century murder led some to ask that question. The case was largely forgotten by the 21st century but author Luke Jerod Kummer took a fresh look at it in a work of historical fiction he wrote for an Audible Original audiobook, Takers Mad

In this Cranford Radio interview we talk about some of the interesting facts he uncovered and how present day Cranford folks helped him to see what the town was like in the early 1900s.

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Luke Jerod Kummer

Author Robyn Gigl To Launch Book In Cranford

The Cranford Unity Project and the Cranford Public Library will be hosting an appearance by New Jersey author Robyn Gigl on Saturday, February 5 at 2 pm in the Cranford Community Center (rescheduled from January 29 due to snow). Gigl will be speaking about the two books she has authored, By Way of Sorrow and Survivor’s Guilt.

Registration is required to attend. Signed copies of Robyn’s two books will be available for purchase courtesy of Here’s The Story, owned by Joe Leo of Cranford. 

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Robyn Gigl

Cranford Dramatic Club Presents Frosted

An original play, Frosted, is being performed by the Cranford Dramatic Club December 10 through 12. The family-friendly, interactive show is a parody loosely-based on The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen. The two writers, Mike Burdick and Sean Lough join co-directors Mary and Ken Webb to talk about the show and some of what you’ll experience in this interview with Cranford Radio.

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Cranford Radio Headlines for the Week of November 12

A concession is made in the race for the Cranford Township Committee and a building owner is hit with a violation for spray-painted messages on a downtown building. More on those stories as well as an update on the CHS football team’s progress in the state playoffs, a check of the weekend forecast and a look ahead at some weekend events in this week’s Cranford Radio headlines.

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Hope Heals, Helping Cancer Patients in Union County

We all know that cancer is an unwelcome visitor to any family. Along with the uncertainty it brings, there are the day-to-day concerns of how to get back and forth to treatment or combatting the loneliness that can come with the disease. Hope Heals is a service offered by Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Westfield to provide help with some of those concerns. Cranford Radio spoke with Patricia Martin, director of Hope Heals, as well as Deacon Keith Gibbons, the assistant director, about what Hope Heals is all about.

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Patricia Martin and Deacon Keith Gibbons