A blog post on NJ Urban Thinker by new Cranford resident Gabe Bailer gained quite a bit of attention when it was published in December. Bailer, who lived all of his life in New York City and Hudson County before coming to Cranford last year, wrote about what attracted him to the town and how communities, such as Cranford, are not suburbs in the traditional sense but should be in a new category he called a midburb. Cranford Radio spoke with Bailer about his article and what he likes about Cranford.
With two busy rail lines, NJ Transit and Conrail, passing through Cranford, safety is an issue of concern to parents, law enforcement and others. Operation Lifesaver New Jersey provides education to any group requesting it. Tom Jedic serves on the executive board of the organization and also is a special agent for the Norfolk Southern Police. He talked with Cranford Radio‘s Bernie Wagenblast about the issue and what’s being done.
Catherine Felegi was honored this evening by the Cranford Clergy Council and the Interfaith Human Relations Committee with the annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for Human and Civil Right. Catherine was recognized for her work organizing the Operation Warm Heart chapter at the First Presbyterian Church. Operation Warm Heart serves the homeless by providing a warm place to sleep as well as providing meals and other services.
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.
(Photos by Jim Lowney/County of Union)
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.
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.
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.