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Calm April 11, 2014 at 05:18 AM
That person has already said not a neighbor but affected by traffic. Hence the unhelpful ramblingRead Moreo n trees. Really not worth anyone's time. We have much bigger fish to fry. If we allow Mcmenamin she will develop every inch of UCC land. Get mobilized neighbors. This non taxing paying entity has already told you they can do what they want.
Monk April 11, 2014 at 07:27 AM
Exactly my point, Calm! The unhelpful ramblings on trees, vis-à-vis flood mitigation, willRead Moregi ve the college an easy argument to blast a hole through. M Buckman, as I already said, in agreement with the letter, air scrubbing, wildlife habitat, charm are all benefits provided by the trees. And I completely agree that increased traffic and noise will detract from the neighborhood. And a proportion of sports fans can be counted upon to commit acts of vandalism or worse crimes. I'm trying to help the neighbors, here, to focus on real issues.
Lisa Weaver April 11, 2014 at 08:33 AM
It takes 100 years to build a tree and those 700 beauties have blessed my eyes for 52 years. Yup,Read MoreI' m a lifer; been here, same house, 52 yrs. My idea is allow UCC parking garage and other academic building permits and allow them use of our South side field and pool. I am Glad my days in this crap tax hole town are winding down.
Linda March 26, 2014 at 12:07 AM
The drainage pipe, which was installed (some years ago), & runs under Springfield Ave., fromRead Morethe college to Nomahegan Park, totally aggravated the flooding situation in the park & the surrounding area. The lake swells faster than ever because of it, and we've had repeated flooding, which I have never seen in the 20+ years I have been living here. Now we have the issue of another field which will make a really bad situation worse! As concerned Cranford residents, my neighbor and I tried to attend the meeting tonight at UCC, but there was standing room only in the hallway! They had a sign-up sheet in the hallway for anyone wanting to express their thoughts, but it didn't make sense because we couldn't hear what was already being said inside. I wish the meeting was televised.
Donna Normann March 26, 2014 at 08:57 PM
Please continue to voice your concerns at the Freeholders Meeting tomorrow, 3/27 at 7pm Read More 10 Elizabethtown Plaza 6th floor in Elizabeth.
John Doe March 27, 2014 at 10:33 PM
We don't play Tetris anymore. We also had as much as a right to be there as you did too.
07016 March 15, 2014 at 04:25 PM
Wow. Seems to me, it was rude for Michelle to tell a stranger to toughen up or see a therapist. IRead Morea gree with Cranford Mama's friend, our charming downtown needs work. Or, you can take her around the corner and show her our quaint new retail development. We have authentic old and made to fit in quaint, your honest friend can take her pick here.
Brian M Kochera March 16, 2014 at 02:26 AM
A former resident and high school friend met me for dinner at the Old City Cafe and Grill. HerRead Morefirs t comment was "Wow! When did Cranford turn into Westfield?" She was referring to all the upscale restaurants and stores on Union Ave on the North Side. Very little of Cranford downtown looks as it did when we went to high school 1965 - 1969. Some of the buildings have gotten face lifts and some are still in need. The biggest eyesore to me is that gaping hole where a building once stood on Union Ave. Somebody should be encouraged to build or the township should buy the plot and make a mini park between the buildings. In the "What were they thinking department are all those apartment buildings across from the train station on South Ave. In the past the word from the township was keeping the small town scale of Cranford. WTF! How do these back to back apartments fit into the "small town scale of Cranford"? They are going to contribute more traffic to South Ave especially during commuting time. They will be a drain on the town's resources with very little in return in the form of property taxes. Somebody dropped the ball on that one! It's very sneaky how it was never publicized very much before hand so that residents could discuss the apartments on South Ave before building permits were issued. There's been all the talk about the development along Birchwood Ave off Orange on the North side but no mention of this set of building blots on the South side.
Cranford Mama March 16, 2014 at 10:59 AM
Brian, the influx of new restaurants is a definite plus for Cranford! And I also agree with 07016Read Moreth at the downtown needs a more congruent feel. It is a bit disjointed now, but nothing that can't be changed with some quick fixes. For example, it's time for Breen's to get a new sign, the exterior of the building that houses Cheese Please could benefit from a new facade or a simple, fresh coat of white paint. Also, the building that houses Back to Nature does look like it's crumbling. Things like new benches are not too expensive but make a big difference. And I agree with you about the empty lot on Union Avenue. Similarly, the first thing you see when you drive into Cranford from the GSP on North Avenue is that abandoned structure where the gas station used to be.
Steve February 23, 2014 at 01:48 PM
Perhaps this should have been posted on Newark Patch.