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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.
Boris Chechev February 21, 2014 at 10:45 PM
Better drive carefully. The deer population can't grow much more, which means that cars, notRead Morehunter s, will be doing the killing.
Steve February 23, 2014 at 07:27 AM
For those folks who care about the objective facts, what follows is an abridged excerpt from theRead Moredef initive deer-management guide jointly written by state, federal and academic wildlife scientists throughout the United States and Canada, including at our own Rutgers, regarding relocation of deer: "Trap-and-transfer efforts are complex and expensive operations. Attempts to capture deer require substantial financial and logistic commitments in trained personnel and equipment to ensure safety of people and deer. Capture and relocation programs have recorded costs ranging from $400 to $3200 per deer (5, 12, 17). Deer are susceptible to traumatic injury during handling. Trauma losses average approximately four percent during trap-and-transfer efforts. Capture myopathy, a stress-related disease that results in delayed mortality of captured deer, is thought to be an important (and often overlooked) mortality factor. Delayed mortality as high as 26 percent has been reported (39). Survival rates of relocated deer are frequently low. The poor physical condition of deer from an overpopulated range predisposes them to starvation. Trap-and-transfer efforts in California, New Mexico and Florida resulted in losses of 85, 55 and 58 percent, respectively, from 4 to 15 months following relocation (36). A six-year study of translocated deer from the Chicago metropolitan area showed a higher annual survival rate of resident adults than for those translocated deer. Deer-vehicle accidents were the largest source of mortality among the translocated does and presumably resulted from unfamiliarity with the release site (18). An additional concern associated with relocation of deer, especially from an overpopulated range, is the potential for spreading disease. The presence of Chronic Wasting Disease, Lyme Disease, Tuberculosis and other communicable diseases in some areas of North America makes this an important consideration (http://www.aphis.usda.gov/vs/nahps/cwd/) and possibly an illegal activity depending on state or provincial regulations. In conclusion, trap-and-transfer options are generally impractical and prohibitively expensive and have limited value in management of free-ranging deer."
Doug Kabak February 23, 2014 at 10:32 PM
I have to agree with Phil. As a jogger, I see more & more deer each year. They come outRead Moreearlier each day & generally have no fear of humans. The likelihood of serious injury or death from automobile collisions grows with the increase in the number of deer. I have seen at least one deer lying on the side of the road in obvious agony after begin hit by a car. A good friend of mine was involved in such a crash while driving her infant son. The deer went right through the driver's side window near decapitating itself. My friend, though safe, was a bloody mess and frightened out of her mind. These types of incidents could be and should be drastically reduced
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