Notice Anything Wrong With This Street Sign?

Spellcheck, anyone?

New street signs were recently installed along Springfield Avenue in Cranford at three intersections. The problem is, the word "Springfield" was misspelled in each sign, and instead reads "Sprinfield."

Springfield Avenue is a county road. County Public Works officials could not be reached for comment when this story was posted, but we will continue to follow-up as more information becomes available.

Frank June 14, 2012 at 02:17 PM
This street is not in Cranford!
Michele June 14, 2012 at 04:56 PM
What is even worse is that despite the fact that they obviously need to be corrected and replaced they actually STILL went ahead and INSTALLED them.
Monk June 14, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Your tax dollars at work. I'll bet those signs are way overcharged, too. Toniann, can you find out the cost of the signs? Maybe the misspeller should have the "Sprinfield" signs hung around his or her neck for six months or pay the replacement costs.
Toniann Antonelli (Editor) June 14, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Tom, I'm working to get that info. I believe the signs were installed by the county. I'll post an update as soon as I have the numbers.
Steve June 14, 2012 at 08:07 PM
There are at least two other "official" misspellings around Cranford. The Union County sign for "MacConnell Park" incorrectly reads "McConnell Park." I have posted a picture above, which was taken before the sign was replaced to remove the graffiti. Nevertheless, the misspelling was maintained. And the name of one of the town's former mayors -- William Dana Wood -- is misspelled in the township's municipal building, where a picture gallery of all the former mayors is maintained. The former mayor's name is incorrectly printed as "William W. Wood," as shown in the photo posted above.
Jilliana June 14, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Frank - some of them are. They go from the intersection at Kenilworth Blvd./Springfield Ave. I am sure there are many more they were planning to put up, but maybe someone caught their mistake? This is our county tax dollars at work. What a joke.
Mary Mann June 14, 2012 at 09:41 PM
As an editor, I'm appalled and yet I feel their pain. I live in fear of misspelling "public" and "pantries" — you miss one letter and you can be in a world of trouble!
Monk June 15, 2012 at 11:48 AM
The UC scrap metal recycling webpage doesn't mention mispelled street signs in particular, but I suppose these could still be brought to the Westfield Conservation Center tomorrow. Coincidentally, tomorrow - being the third Saturday of the month - is UC scrap metal recycling day at the Westfield Conservation Center, among other locations. Tomorrow is also a UC Household Special Waste Collection collection day in the back lot of UCC from 9 AM to 2 PM.
Aaron Dolan June 15, 2012 at 12:34 PM
The one at Springfield and Kenilworth Blvd. is and it is spelt wrong, too.
John Q June 16, 2012 at 12:04 AM
Does anyone else find it funny that Aaron Dolan used the word "Spelt"? Spelt is a type of wheat. "Spelled" is what you meant. C'mon!
Steve June 16, 2012 at 03:23 PM
And speaking of misspellings around Cranford, one will likely remain with a town resident through eternity. William Edgar Oakey, a Civil War veteran who resided in the venerable Norris-Oakey house at 1119 Orange Avenue, was buried in nearby Fairview Cemetery. However, his gravestone reads "William E. Oakley." A photo is posted above.
Mary Mann June 18, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Oh my goodness, Steve! This deserves its own story!


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