The church is having a generator installed.
St. Michael's Church will go dark this week, from Tuesday through Wednesday, according to an alert posted on the church's website. "In order to install a new generator, PSE&G will shut down power to the entire Church building," said the message. "If all goes well, power will be restored on Thursday, December 13th." The daily mass schedule will not be altered, but will move to the auditorium at St. Michael's School. Since normal telephone service will be unavailable during the power loss, the church has provided an alternate emergency telephone number on its website: 908-477-3093.
Eighth grade students collect holiday items for residents who lost decorations during Hurricane Irene.
Hurricane Irene wreaked havoc on Cranford, causing power outages, school closings and devastation to property throughout town, including the holiday decorations that many families spent years collecting. Recently, the eighth grade religious education class at the St. Michael’s Parish collected decorations to give to community members who suffered losses during the flood. Jacqueline Karmol, the director of Religious Education at St, Michael's, said she wanted to do something with the students she had never done before. After emailing them about the project, 20 students responded and in late October they put up flyers and placed boxes for donations in schools, churches and the Cranford Community Center. The collection ran from Nov. 14 to 23…