The Week In Cranford
Here's a look back at some of the news that made headlines in Cranford this week.
- On May 12, Cranford Police arrested two men in connection with an alleged sexual assault that took place over the weekend. Taken into custody and charged with first degree aggravated sexual assault were, Marcus Mouzon, 21, of Princeton Road in Linden and Nahjee Faine, 19, of McArthur Court in Linden.
- New state pension guidelines may delay Police Chief Eric Mason's transition from police chief to fulltime township administrator following his planned retirement from the Cranford Police Department on May 31. The confusion involves pension guidelines that could prevent Mason from collecting his full police benefits if he jumps directly from the Cranford Police Department into the role of full-time township administrator.
- The Christie Administration has announced that Cranford has been approved for nearly $4.1 million in FEMA Public Assistance Program funding, as a result of infrastructure and public property damage incurred from Hurricane Irene. Cranford is set to receive over $1.5 million for nearly 30 projects. The township is being reimbursed for the costs of debris clearance, emergency protective measures, road and public building repair. The Cranford Public School District has been approved for more than $2.6 million to offset costs related to 13 projects, mostly repairs from flood damage to school buildings.
- The Cranford Police Department was recently honored after receiving a first place finish in the 46-75 officer category of the New Jersey Law Enforcement Challenge for the fifth year in a row. The Law Enforcement Challenge is a competition between similar sizes and types of law enforcement agencies. It recognizes and rewards the best overall traffic safety programs in the United States. The township of Cranford saw a 32 percent decrease in injury related crashes in 2011.
- The Cranford Historic Murals campaign recently achieved its fundraising goal to pay for the much-needed restoration of four individual panels, each depicting an important chapter of Cranford history. Related scenes portray times as far back as the days when Indian villages existed along the Rahway River, within the borders of today’s Cranford Township. The actual art works were created in and around 1935 by Everett Ward, a local painter, as part of Depression-era art programs.