Thursday, April 25, 2013
The budget will call for an average increase of $39 per year.
Cranford residents will see an average increase of about $39 per year now that the township committee unanimously passed the 2013 municipal budget on Tuesday evening. The $34.2 million budget represents an increase of 1.69 percent from last year, as announced by Commissioner Andis Kalnins, who serves as the chairman of the Finance Committee at the March 26 township meeting when the budget was first introduced. He added at that meeting that the township hoped to make additional cuts before the budget hearing on the 23rd, but the budget passed on Tuesday was the same as originally introduced. However, at the budget hearing on April 23, Kalnins said the township is anticipating additional savings but since they were not confirmed, they were …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Residents will have an opportunity to voice their concerns regarding the 2013 spending plan during tonight's Township Committee Meeting at 8 p.m.
Residents will have an opportunity this evening to ask questions and voice their concerns regarding the proposed tax increase in the Township Committee's 2013 municipal spending plan. During it's public meeting tonight, the governing body will conduct a public hearing on the municipal budget. When it was introduced on March 26, officials said the $34.2 million municipal spending plan represented a 1.69 percent increase over last year. According to Commissioner Andis Kalnins, who serves as the chairman of the Finance Committee, the original estimated increase would have the average homeowner paying an increase of $39 more per year in taxes. Officials had hoped to further reduce the tax impact prior to the final adoption of the budget. In …
Monday, April 22, 2013
The township has received a $500,000 grant from the state.
Monday, April 22
Cranford Township has received a $500,000 grant from the State of New Jersey to help offset the costs to restore the Municipal Building and Police Headquarters damaged in 2011 during Hurricane Irene. In a press release, Mayor Tom Hannen thanked the Department of Community Affairs for the funds. "This provides some relief for Cranford's taxpayers, who have been working so hard after that devastating storm," said Hannen. “Also, this was a great catch for our Township Administrator Joe Hartnett, who worked to ensure that we received these funds after learning about the program in late February.” The funds came through the state's Community Development Block Grant program, run by the Department of Community Affairs, with assistance from Union …
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States.
Saturday, April 20
The Westfield Regional Health Department in conjunction with Saint Barnabas Medical Center is offering a free high-risk lung cancer screening at 6 pm on Thursday, June 13, 2013. The program is free and registration is requested as seating is limited. To register, please call 1-888-724-7123 or visit www.barnabashealthcalendar.org/sbmc. The screening will take place at the Westfield Municipal Building in the Community Room, 425 East Broad Street. The community room can be entered from East Broad Street. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States. It is most curable when diagnosed at an early stage. The Saint Barnabas Lung Cancer Institute is offering a free low-dose CT screening program for individuals who are…
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The mayor reported that the second half of the project (Raritan Road from Madison Hill Road to Lake Avenue) has now been rescheduled for the summer.
At Monday night's Clark Council meeting, Mayor Sal Bonaccorso addressed the Raritan Road paving project being done by the county, calling it "a nightmare" due to the traffic it has created and adding that the county "will never have my blessing again to pave a major artery in the community unless it's done in the summertime." Paving was supposed to be done on the entirety of the road from Osceola Church through Lake Avenue, but the mayor reported that the second half of the project (from Madison Hill Road to Lake Avenue) has now been rescheduled for the summer. The mayor said Clark traffic in the summer decreases about 50 percent. "I know this is a hot issue," said Bonaccorso. "It's annoying, it's a process to get through and it's a …
The Township Committee will meet to discuss a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant to rebuild from damages suffered as a result of Hurricane Irene.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Environmental New Jersey is calling for efforts to reduce carbon pollution.
On an interactive map of the United States that records the number of extreme weather events that have taken place over the last several years, New Jersey might as well be the black eye. The red, purples and magentas that color each of New Jersey’s 21 counties make up the wrong end of the weather-related disaster spectrum, marking the entire state as a recurring extreme weather target. Should nothing be done to curb pollution and carbon emissions, a recent report from Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center details, expect that trend to continue. Just off of the beach in Long Branch Tuesday, with temperatures coincidentally hovering around an unseasonable 80 degrees, several officials gathered to discuss the new report, called “…
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Executive director James Meehan said he is "in awe" of what the team accomplished.
Sunday, April 7
The Rahway Valley Sewerage Authority (RVSA) has been recognized by the Association of Environmental Authorities of New Jersey (AEA) and awarded for their outstanding efforts and accomplishments during Super Storm Sandy. The RVSA was presented with awards for Mutual Aid and Individual Achievements at the Annual Wave Awards Luncheon held on March 13th during the AEA’s spring conference at the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City. The AEA’s Annual Wave Awards recognize dedication, innovation and talent in New Jersey’s publicly owned/operated water and wastewater utility sector. This year, a total of 20 organizations and individuals were recognized by their peers for excellence. The RVSA was honored with the Mutual Aid Wave Achievement Award for …
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Union County Prosecutor says “We can never understate the importance of safety and never underestimate the intent of some to cause devastating harm.”
Thursday, April 4
In light of recent mass shooting events throughout the country, the Union County Prosecutor’s Office along with County Association of Chiefs of Police have redoubled efforts to ensure that officers are properly trained to respond to an active shooter incident. Since 2005 more than 500 officers have completed a 16-hour training course that gives officers a history of active shooter incidents within the US and selected global cases; teaches the model response policy as determined by the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office. Additional training will be offered later this year. “While we hope the day never comes, this training helps officers prepare for the possibility of a mass shooting in Union County,” said Prosecutor Romankow. With the …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Deputy Mayor Ed O'Malley will not seek re-election.
Two Democrats and two republicans have met the April 1 filing deadline to have their names on the ballot for the June Primary Election. Democratic Incumbent Kevin Campbell will seek re-election to a second term. He will be joined on the uncontested primary ballot by Cranford resident Kelly M. Howard. Republican candidates Mary O’Connor and Robert D’Ambola will also be seeking the two seats on the Township Committee that will be available when the terms of Campbell and Deputy Mayor Ed O'Malley expire at the end of the year. Throughout his residency in Cranford, Campbell has served on various municipal committees including the River Cleanup Committee for more than 15 years and the Zoning Board of Adjustment for more than eight years. …