News and Events:  2011

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Last updated: 01/25/2012

Cranford Police Department Awarded $6,000 Pedestrian Safety Grant
The Cranford Police Department was recently awarded a pedestrian safety grant funded by the federal government.  The goal of the grant is to lower pedestrian fatalities and injury rates.  The grant includes funding for overtime enforcement at pedestrian safety hot spots and educational outreach throughout the community. 
 
In 2010, 139 pedestrians were killed in New Jersey.  In this state, 25% of crash fatalities involve a pedestrian, well above the national average of 11%.  Furthermore, during the most recent five year period, more than 27,000 pedestrians were injured in traffic crashes in the state.
 
 Chief Eric G. Mason added that pedestrian safety is a continuing priority in the Township of Cranford.  “This campaign will be comprehensive, focusing on education, enforcement, and engineering.”   
 
 The pedestrian safety campaign will take place February 15th through March 21st, 2012.
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Lieutenant Stephen Wilde Completes National Academy

Lieutenant Stephen Wilde of the Cranford Police Department was one of 255 law enforcement officers who graduated from the FBI National Academy at Quantico, Virginia.  Wilde was part of the 246th Session of the National Academy, which consisted of men and women from 46 states, the District of Columbia, 28 foreign countries, and three military organizations. Internationally known for academic excellence, the 10 week academy program offers undergraduate and graduate level courses in law, behavioral sciences, forensic science, leadership development, communications, and health and fitness training for competitively selected officers who have a proven record of professionalism in their agencies.  FBI Academy instructors, special agents, and other staff members who are recognized as experts in their fields provide training for the program.
 
Wilde is a 24 year veteran of the Cranford Police Department.  During his tenure, he has served in the Patrol Division and Investigative Division.  He became a Detective in 1993, was promoted to Sergeant in 1995, and Lieutenant in 1998.  He previously commanded the Investigative Division and currently serves as a watch commander in the Patrol Division.

Following Wilde’s graduation from the FBI National Academy, Cranford Police Chief Eric Mason said, “Lieutenant Wilde’s graduation from the FBI National Academy represents his pursuit of excellence and professionalism in his chosen career of law enforcement.”
 
Lieutenant Wilde joins Chief Mason and Lieutenant Colaneri as the only three active members of the department who have attended the FBI National Academy.  Since its founding in 1935, only six members of the department have been selected to attend the National Academy.  Former members of the department who graduated from the program are Captain Ralph Koury, Lieutenant Lawrence Bonnell, and Detective Sergeant Michael Dean.
Notice to Public Regarding Landfill Debris Removal at 215 Birchwood Avenue

In accordance with state, county and local requirements, Cranford Township has been advised by Cranford Development Associates LLC ("CDA"), a subsidiary of the S. Hekemian Group, that starting Wednesday, January 18, 2012, CDA will begin sorting landfill material at 215 Birchwood Avenue and removing the materials discovered on site, which includes construction materials and other miscellaneous debris previously buried at the property.  

The Township will have an Engineering Department representative on site during all removal activities and will be checking all departing trucks and loads to insure compliance with all permit requirements.  Because of the strict permitting requirements for the removal of such debris from the site and winter weather conditions, the work may take as long as two months to complete.  

No construction permits have been issued and no Department of Environmental Protection permits have been issued other than relating to landfill clean up.  Please remember that the work to be performed is strictly related to the proper disposal of landfill materials in accordance with state law, not the start of any residential construction.


STATEMENT FROM CRANFORD MAYOR DANIEL J. ASCHENBACH ON RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN FLOOD MITIGATION EFFORTS

CRANFORD, NJ – Mayor Daniel J. Aschenbach issued the following statement regarding Cranford’s ongoing efforts to address flooding issues since Hurricane Irene:

Following the devastation our Township sustained after Hurricane Irene, our local governing body continued efforts to address flooding before it has occurred.  It has been our view that we need a comprehensive, regional response to flooding, not piecemeal solutions that fail to address the real problems we face as a community.  In that regard, the Township has made significant investments and worked collaboratively with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management (OEM) to determine what was in the best short and long-term interests of Cranford. 

In the short term, FEMA and OEM offered us two options: apply for funds to acquire homes in flood prone areas, and apply for funds to elevate homes in flood prone areas.  Both options require certain criteria be met before a home can qualify to receive funding from either agency.  Cranford targeted fifty homes for this declaration based funding.  No home in Cranford qualified for a FEMA buy-out. Of those fifty, eleven homes in Cranford qualified for funds to elevate the structures to prevent flooding damage in the future. 

Several factors went into what homes would receive this funding – all dictated by FEMA.  These factors included proximity to the river, the history of loss the home has sustained, and the amount of damage that has occurred.  The Mayor and Township Committee played no role in deciding which homes were selected.  This process was dictated by specific FEMA requirements via the National Flood Insurance Council.  Once the funds are awarded, the Township, in conjunction with the homeowner and professional flood mitigation consultants, will work to relocate the families and elevate the homes in a manner agreeable to all those involved to prevent future flood damage. 

Right now this is our best option to address the needs of those in the most vulnerable positions if another flood were to occur.  Our local government is still working with regional stakeholders to address flooding issues throughout Cranford and adopt techniques that will best mitigate flooding in the future.  In the long-term, we continue to make significant investments in flood mitigation initiatives so that we never sustain Irene-like damage again.




         
 Driving Enforcement Crackdown to be Conducted Locally as Part of Statewide Campaign
 
(CRANFORD, NJ) - Law enforcement officials from the Township of Cranford will be cracking down on drunk drivers as part of the annual holiday season "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" statewide campaign.  Beginning December 5, 2011 and running through January 2, 2012, local and state law enforcement officials will conduct saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated.
A concentrated national effort, the campaign helps to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving through high-visibility enforcement and public education tools, including posters, banners and mobile video display signs. Launched nationally in 1999, the program works to combat drunk driving during some of the busiest travel times of the year.
"This is a critical law enforcement program that can save lives during a time of the year when impaired driving traditionally increases by nearly 10 percent," said Chief Eric G. Mason.  "This initiative brings attention to the serious consequences of drunk driving and the grave danger those who choose to drink and drive pose to all who share the road with them."
Last year in New Jersey, 168 people were killed as a result of alcohol-related crashes. That number represents 30 percent of the 556 traffic fatalities reported in the state in 2010.
Law enforcement agencies participating in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over 2011 Year End Crackdown offer the following advice:
      - Take mass transit, a taxicab, or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
      - Spend the night where the activity is held.
      - Report impaired drivers to law enforcement. In New Jersey, drivers may dial 9-1-1 on their
        cell phones to report a drunk driver.
      - Always buckle-up, every ride.  It's your best defense against an impaired driver.
      - If you're intoxicated and traveling on foot, the safest way to get home is to take a cab or 
         have a sober friend or family member drive or escort you to your doorstep.

 
 CRANFORD JAYCEES DONATE TO CRANFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT
                                   BULLET PROOF VEST FUND
 
 
 
The Cranford Jaycees recently donated two bullet proof vests to the Cranford Police Department.  Pictured left to right: Andis Kalnins, Cranford Jaycees; Ptl. Matthew Nazzaro, Pres. Cranford PBA Local #52; Jeff Sterling, Cranford Jaycees Pres.; Eric G. Mason, Chief of Police.
 
CRANFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT
PATROLMAN
 
The Cranford Police Department is seeking candidates for the position of patrolman.  The position offers a competitive salary and full benefits.  Applications must be picked up in person at Cranford Police Headquarters, 8 Springfield Avenue, Cranford, NJ 07016.
 
Return the completed application with a $25.00 non-refundable certified or cashier's check made payable to the Cranford Police Department.  No cash or personal checks will be accepted.  Deadline for the return of all applications is November 17, 2011 at 4:00 p.m.
 
All prior candidates must submit a new application.
 

FEMA DISASTER RELIEF CENTER CLOSING 11/2/2011

The FEMA Disaster Relief Center located at the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Ave., Cranford NJ, will be closing at the end of the business day on Wednesday, November 2, 2011. 

For those residents who have not yet filed with F.E.M.A. for flood relief or filed for financial relief through the Small Business Administration and are still interested in those programs, please make sure you visit the Center before November 2, 2011.

FEMA PRESS RELEASE - 10/24/2011

FEMA EXTENDS NEW JERSEY DEADLINE TO REGISTER FOR DISASTER ASSISTANCE 
 
NEPTUNE, N.J. - At the request of the state, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is extending the registration deadline for renters, homeowners and business owners who suffered damage from Hurricane Irene. 
 
Those affected by the storm and flooding, Aug. 27 - Sept. 5, now have until Nov. 30 to register for disaster assistance. "We've extended the registration deadline for people who - for whatever reason - have not had the opportunity to register for assistance," said William L. Vogel, FEMA's federal coordinating officer. "The goal is to ensure all eligible Irene survivors have the chance to seek assistance." 
 
There are three ways to register - go to www.disasterassistance.gov, m.fema.gov or call FEMA toll-free, 800-621-3362 (FEMA).  Those with access or functional needs and who use a TTY may call 800-462-7585 or use 711 or Video Relay Service to call 800-621-3362. Telephone lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET; multilingual operators are available. 
 
Disaster assistance to individuals could include grants to help pay for temporary housing needs, essential home repairs and other serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance or other sources. Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are also available for homeowners, renters and business owners to repair or replace real or personal property. 
 
To date, FEMA has approved more than $140 million in assistance to disaster survivors, while the SBA has approved more than $48 million in disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and nonprofit organizations. 

Applicants are reminded to keep their FEMA information updated, but not to register more than once. Duplicate registrations will delay processing an application.

New FEMA Disaster Relief Center Hours (effective 9/29/11)

Effective immediately and until further notice, the regional FEMA Disaster Relief Center (DRC) will be available at the Cranford Community Center from Monday to Saturday, 10am-6pm. There will no longer be Sunday hours at the DRC. 


                                                  

                                           
           Cranford Police Department Helps Promote Annual

“Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day”

     (Cranford, NJ) --   Motorists in New Jersey and throughout the nation are asked to join a day-long effort on October 10, 2011, designed to increase awareness about safe driving behaviors and keep the State’s roadways fatality free for one-day.

     Known as Put The Brakes On Fatalities Day, the national initiative was designed to unite the country in moving toward zero fatalities for one full day by encouraging motorists to obey all traffic laws, including buckling up, every ride; driving the posted speed limit; avoiding distractions while driving; and always being safe and sober behind the wheel.

     Last year in New Jersey, 556 individuals lost their lives in motor vehicle-related crashes, down from 583 in 2009.  The decline continues a four-year downward trend in motor vehicle fatalities and marks the lowest number of recorded motor vehicle deaths in the State since the 1940s.

     “Clearly, this effort will go a long way in our continuing efforts to stem the tide of tragedies that occur every day on New Jersey’s roadways,” Chief Eric G. Mason said.  “Shining the spotlight on this one day can help create a groundswell of support for good driving behaviors that can carry over throughout the year.”

     Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day not only raises awareness about the individual responsibility we have for our driving behaviors, but also engages drivers in making positive changes behind-the-wheel every day of the year,” Chief Mason added.  

     Additional information on the “Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day” is available by logging on to www.brakesonfatalities.org .


Chief Eric Mason’s comment on the arrest of Officer Brian Thomas

The arrest of Officer Brian Thomas on Friday, August 19, 2011, is not indicative of the consistently dedicated service and integrity of the men and women of the Cranford Police Department.

The principles of supervisory control and accountability, personal integrity and a system of checks and balances ensures that when officers do not adhere to departmental regulations or statutory requirements in carrying out their duties, violations are detected, investigated and prosecuted.  The case against Officer Thomas illustrates our commitment to the police profession and the entire community.

This case was the result of an internal investigation where our own supervisors and officers did not hesitate to report alleged misconduct.  This resulted in an immediate inquiry by our Professional Standards Unit and the subsequent referral of the case to the Union County Prosecutor’s Office.

Immediately following his arrest, Officer Thomas was suspended without pay pending the outcome of the criminal charges.


 
CRANFORD POLICE REIMPLEMENT NIXLE NOTIFICATION SYSTEM

The Cranford Police Department is pleased to announce the re-implementation of the Nixle Alert System.  In April of this year we sent out a press release stating we were ending our use of Nixle due to a business decision by Nixle to change our free service to a paid service at a cost of $3,000 - $5,000 per year.  We felt this cost was not in the best interest of the taxpayers.  Today we were notified that Nixle has changed their decision regarding costs and will again offer public safety agencies the full use of the Nixle Alert System at NO COST. 

The Nixle Alert System allows the police department to send important, valuable community information directly to residents using the latest technology.  The Nixle Service allows the police department to create and publish messages to be delivered to subscribed residents instantly via cellular phone text message (SMS) and/or e-mail. Notifications can also be accessed online at Nixle’s web site at http://local.nixle.com/cranford-police-department .

Messages may include traffic updates and road closures, Amber Alerts, and emergency storm and flood notifications, as well as other relevant safety and community event information.  According to Cranford Police Chief Eric Mason, “We are pleased to again offer Nixle as a way to communicate with the public in a concise and timely manner.”

The service is reliable and free for governmental use. The messages are generally targeted specifically to residents registered within and immediately near a specific community, giving them the opportunity to receive trustworthy information relevant only to their neighborhood. Residents decide from which local agencies they want to receive information. Additionally, subscribers can choose the way in which alerts are received, whether it is by e-mail, text message, or via the Internet.

There is NO spam and no hidden cost, although standard text messaging rates do apply. Nixle builds on the foundations of other public-to-public communication services and will work in conjunction with the department’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Residents of Cranford Township, and those in neighboring communities, can immediately begin receiving pertinent information via text message, email, and web by registering at www.nixle.com.  

 

 OVER THE LIMIT UNDER ARREST 2011 STATEWIDE CRACKDOWN
 
 
     Law enforcement officers from the Township of Cranford will be cracking down on drunk drivers as part of the summer 2011 "Over the Limit, Under Arrest" campaign.  Beginning August 19 and running through September 5, local and state law enforcement officers will conduct sobriety checkpoints, looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated.
 
     A concentrated national effort, the campaign helps to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving through high-visibility enforcement and public education tools, including posters, banners and mobile video display signs. Launched nationally in 1999, the program works to combat drunk driving during some of the busiest travel times of the year, including the summer months.  "Many people believe that after just a few drinks, they're safe to drive," said Gary Poedubicky, Acting Director of the Division of Highway Traffic Safety.  "Even one drink can impair your judgment and reaction time, putting not only yourself, but everyone on the road, in danger."  As part of the initiative, the Division of Highway Traffic Safety provides grants to local law enforcement agencies throughout the state to run the two-week campaign.
 
     In 2009 in New Jersey, 149 people were killed as a result of alcohol-related crashes. That number represents 25 percent of the 583 traffic fatalities reported in the state that year.  Law enforcement agencies participating in the Over the Limit, Under Arrest 2011 crackdown offer the following advice:

- If you plan to drink, designate a driver, someone who will not drink alcohol, before going out.

- Take mass transit, a taxi or ask a sober friend to drive you home.

- Spend the night where the activity is held.

- Report impaired drivers to law enforcement.  In New Jersey, drivers should dial 9-1-1 to report a

  drunk or aggressive driver.

- Always buckle up, every ride, regardless of your seating position in the vehicle.  It's your best

  defense against an impaired driver.

- If you're intoxicated and traveling on foot, the safest way to get home is to take a cab or have a

  sober friend or family member drive you to your doorstep.
 
 

 Additional Info: Lt. Edward Davenport

                         Cranford Police Traffic Division

                          (908) 709-7334                                                                  


National Night Out
The Cranford Police Department will be participating in the 28th Annual National Night Out on Tuesday, August 2nd from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. near the Gazebo at the intersection of North Union Avenue and Springfield Avenue.  The free nationwide event is designed to promote crime prevention awareness.  It also allows the public to interact with members of the police department and obtain information about the department's many programs.
There will be displays of police vehicles, including a police car, zodiac boat, motorcycle, and emergency service unit.  A DJ, face painter, magician, and balloon animal maker will be on hand to entertain.  Robert Wood Johnson Hospital, the American Red Cross and Project Porchlight will be handing out literature and free giveaways.  For the 3rd year in a row, a blood drive will also be held during National Night Out.  This year the drive is in memory of Lakewood Police officer Christopher Matlosz.  Members of the Cranford PBA #52 will be handing out free Italian ices to all in attendance as well.
 

Cranford Police Department Youth Academy Graduation - Class #5 

  
The fifth class of the Cranford Police Department Youth Police Academy graduated on Friday, July 1st after completing a one-week course designed to expose them to the functions of the police department.

The academy program, designed to bridge the gap between the members of the police department and the youth of Cranford, included 20 cadets from Cranford between the ages of 11 and 14.  “The primary goal of the Youth Police Academy is to encourage open communication between Cranford youth and the members of the Cranford Police Department” said Cranford Police Chief Eric Mason.

Each academy day started with one hour of physical fitness and military drill practice led by Patrolman Joseph Stulpin followed by classroom lectures and demonstrations.  Detective Robert Montague and Patrolman Steven D’Ambola coordinated training sessions designed to familiarize the cadets with the roles of Cranford police officers, as well as the functions of various county and state law enforcement agencies.  During the week, cadets received classroom lectures and practical exercises on police department structure, patrol operations, motor vehicle stops, investigative techniques, DWI, first aid/CPR, firearms safety, gang awareness, and traffic investigations.

Demonstrations were presented by the Cranford Police Department’s Emergency Medical Services, Water Rescue Unit, Firearms Unit, Investigative Division, Traffic Division, and Juvenile Bureau.  Additional presentations were made by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, Union County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit, New Jersey State Police Northstar Medivac, New Jersey State Police Gang Unit, Union County Bomb Squad, Union County SWAT/UCERT, Union County Homicide Task Force, and Union County Gangs, Guns, Drugs, and Violent Crime Task Force.

Family and friends of the cadets attended the graduation ceremony held at the Cranford Community Center.  Captain Joseph Van Bergen and academy instructor Patrolman Steven D’Ambola, led the graduation ceremonies.  During the ceremony, family and friends were given an overview of the Youth Academy Program.  The highlight of the graduation was a video and slide show depicting the weeklong training experience.  All graduating cadets received certificates for their participation in the program.


Youth Academy Session Now Accepting Applications 

The Cranford Police Department is proud to announce they will be hosting the Fifth Annual Cranford Police Youth Academy.   The Academy will begin Monday, June 27th and conclude Friday, July 1st.  Classes are run daily from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  This law enforcement educational experience is for students graduating grades 6-8.  The primary goal of the Cranford Police Youth Academy is to encourage open communication between the youth of Cranford and members of the Cranford Police Department.    The program gives Cranford youth the opportunity to see some of the aspects of the Cranford Police Department.  Applications for the Cranford Police Department Youth Academy can be found at the front desk of Police Headquarters or by clicking the following link Youth Academy Application.  The deadline for applications is Friday, June 17th at 3:00 p.m.   There is a $40 registration fee.  Please contact D/Sgt. Chris Polito with any questions (908) 709-7346. 


Cranford Police Department Earns New Jersey Law Enforcement Challenge Awards

The Cranford Police Department was recently honored after receiving a first place finish in the 46-75 officer category of the New Jersey Law Enforcement Challenge for the fourth consecutive year.  The Law Enforcement Challenge is a competition between similar sizes and types of law enforcement agencies.  It recognizes and rewards the best overall traffic safety programs in the United States.  The areas of concentration include efforts to enforce laws and educate the public about occupant protection, impaired driving, and speeding.  The wining safety programs are those that combine officer training, public information, and enforcement to reduce crashes and injuries within its jurisdiction.

For placing first, the department received a Doppler radar unit from MPH Industries, Inc. valued at $2,500.  Unlike traditional radar units, this unit allows officers to isolate traffic from only one lane, while disregarding other lanes and directions.  The radar unit will be used for speed enforcement on a daily basis.

The Law Enforcement Challenge is financed through a grant awarded to the International Association of Chief’s of Police (IACP) by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  Both of these organizations believe an increase in traffic enforcement in a community results in a decrease in motor vehicle crashes, injuries, and fatalities.  The New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police has established its own state Challenge program along with the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety.



CRANFORD POLICE SEEKING CANDIDATES FOR COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER

The Cranford Police Department is currently seeking candidates for the position of Communications Officer.  Responsibilities include call-taking and dispatching for police, fire and E.M.S. services.

Candidates must have successfully completed Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).  Emergency Medical Dispatching (EMD) and Basic Telecommunications - 911 certification is preferred as well as experience in emergency services dispatching.

Applications are available at the Cranford Police Department Communications Center.  The deadline for the return of applications is Friday, May 20, 2011 at 3:00pm.



2011 CLICK IT OR TICKET CAMPAIGN
May 23 - June 5, 2011
 
Law enforcement officers from the Cranford Police Department will be cracking down on unbuckled motorists and their passengers as part of the nationwide “Click It or Ticket” campaign.  Beginning May 23 and running through June 5, the annual initiative includes high visibility law enforcement seat belt checkpoints and saturation patrols, as well as local and national publicity designed to ensure that drivers and passengers recognize the life-saving value of seat belts.  
    
“Using a seat belt is the simplest way for a driver and his or her passengers to protect themselves when traveling,” said Cranford Police Chief Eric Mason.  “Motor vehicle occupants who buckle-up increase their chances of surviving a crash by as much as 75 percent.”  Last year, the front seatbelt usage rate in New Jersey rose for the 14th consecutive year to 93.73%.  Chief Mason noted that while front seatbelt usage rates continue to increase in New Jersey, law enforcement and safety officials want to ultimately see a 100% compliance rate.  “New Jersey has a strong front seatbelt usage rate, but there is still work to do,” he said.  “To meet our goal, we must continue both enforcement and public outreach efforts that educate all motor vehicle occupants about the importance of buckling up, every ride.” 

Chief Mason added that the campaign will also focus on rear seat passengers as well.  Legislation requiring adult rear seat passengers to buckle up became law last year.  Currently, adult back seat belt use stands at only 27 percent.  During the 2010 “Click it or Ticket” campaign, 406 police agencies participated in the two-week initiative.  As a result of the effort, law enforcement officers issued 35,671 seatbelt citations, 5,832 speeding summonses and made 592 drunk driving arrests.
  

CRANFORD POLICE TO PARTICIPATE IN STATEWIDE PRESCRIPTION DRUG DISPOSAL PROGRAM

 The Cranford Police Department, will be hosting an Operation Take Back New Jersey local collection site as part of the Operation Take Back NJ medicine disposal day.  The event will take place at the Cranford Municipal Building, Room #7, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, 2011.  This initiative, open to all residents, was organized to encourage local community residents to properly dispose of their unused, unwanted and expired medicine.

This statewide effort, with the majority of New Jersey police departments participating, is being spearheaded by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) New Jersey Division, the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, the NY/NJ HIDTA, and the New Jersey National Guard.  Cranford residents looking for information on the program and local collection sites should visit www.operationtakebacknj.com.  

Last year, in September 2010, Operation Take Back New Jersey collected an outstanding 14,436 pounds of medications in New Jersey alone.  

Eric G. Mason, Cranford Police Chief stated, “The abuse of prescription and over the counter drugs is too often overlooked as a public safety and community health issue, through our participation in operation take back New Jersey we are encouraging residents to properly dispose of their unwanted or expired medicines, and we are bringing this important issue to light.”

According to recent studies by Monitoring the Future, University of Michigan, between 1997 and 2007, treatment admissions for prescription painkillers increased more than 400 percent.[1]  In addition, between 2004 and 2008, the number of visits to hospital emergency departments involving the non-medical use of narcotic painkillers increased 111 percent.[2]  The proper disposal of unwanted medication will help reduce the potential for pharmaceutical diversion.


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RESPONSE TEAMS

Come and be a part of a unique volunteer program with the Cranford Police Department and the YWCA Eastern Union County.  Volunteers will be trained to provide crisis response to the survivors of domestic violence at their police departments.  Volunteers will be assisting the police officers by providing safety planning, emotional support, referrals, and domestic violence information to the survivors.

 Applications can be requested by calling:

Leslie Contreras

908-355-1500 Ext. 18  or  Lcontreras@ywcaeuc.org

http://www.ywca-euc.org

 A mandatory 40 hour training will be provided by YWCA Eastern Union County professionals

All applications must be returned to the YWCA-EUC



Alive at 25 Parent Program Announced for April 
 
The Cranford Police Department is pleased to announce another session of the “Alive at 25® Parent Program” in Cranford.  The program was developed by the National Safety Council to supplement their “Alive at 25®” driving course for teenagers.

The program is being offered on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Avenue.  The parents’ program is offered at no cost to parents and guardians of new or soon to be new teen drivers.  Those interested should contact Lieutenant Edward Davenport at 908-709-7334 or by e-mail er-davenport@cranfordnj.org in order to register for this session or to be placed on a list for future sessions.

The “Alive at 25® Parent Program” helps decode the Graduated Driver Licensing system and urges parents to assume a greater role in seeing their children are safe on the road.  It also encourages parents to take a look at their own driving behavior and how they can be better role models on the road.

The parent course addresses the following topics:

  • Readiness to assist your teen in the learn-to-drive process
  • Risks and hazards
  • Defensive driving
  • Preventable collisions
  • Elements of the Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) System
  • GDL and other motor vehicle laws
  • The purpose and components of an effective Parent/Teen agreement
  • The relationship between driving restrictions and consequences for violations

 

A copy of the registration form can be found by clicking the folling link: Alive at 25 Brochure.


 

Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk This St. Patrick’s Day
Don’t Depend on Dumb Luck—Designate a Sober Driver Before the Party Begins
 
For many Americans, St. Patrick’s Day has become a popular night out to celebrate with friends and family.  Unfortunately, due to the large number of drunk drivers, the night out has also become very dangerous.
 
On St. Patrick’s Day 2009, 37 percent of the drivers and motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or above, according to statistics by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 
 
“Whether you are meeting a few friends at the local pub after work or attending a party, if you plan on using alcohol, never drive while impaired—and never let your friends drive if you think they are impaired.”  “Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk.” Said Chief Eric Mason.
 
Additional NHTSA statistics show that in 2009, there were 103 crash fatalities on St. Patrick’s Day.  Out of that number, 47 people were killed in traffic crashes that involved at least one driver or motorcyclist with a BAC of .08% or higher. 

Chief Mason recommends the following easy steps, for a safe St. Patrick’s Day.

    • Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin;
    • Before drinking,  please designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home;
    • If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation so you are sure to get home safely;
    • If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact your local law enforcement;
    • And remember, if you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

“Driving impaired is simply not worth the risk,” said Chief Mason. “Not only do you risk killing yourself or someone else, but the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for driving while impaired can be really significant. Don’t depend on dumb luck this St. Patrick’s Day. Designate your sober driver before the party begins.”

For more information, visit http://www.stopimpaireddriving.com/.


 
 
NEW JERSEY AMERICAN WATER PIPELINE MAINTENANCE ALERT 

As part of our annual distribution system (pipeline) maintenance program, New Jersey American Water will be temporarily changing its water treatment process at the Raritan-Millstone and Canal Road surface water treatment plants from a chloramine (combined) residual to a free chlorine residual. The change will take place beginning Monday, February 14, 2011 and will continue until mid-April. During this time period, customers may notice an increase in the taste and smell of chlorine in the water. This is normal and will only be temporary while we complete this annual system maintenance. As always, we will continue to monitor the water quality to ensure the service we deliver meets or is better than federal and state drinking water standards. Below is a short Q&A on the temporary switch.

Thank you for your patience while we complete this important annual maintenance program. Please feel free to reach out to me should you have any questions.

When will the change take place?
The change will take place beginning Monday, February 14, 2011 and will continue until mid-April. When completed, we will transition back to chloramines. We will post an update to our website (select Alerts on the homepage) when we transition the treatment process back to chloramines.

How often do you perform this system maintenance program?
This program is performed annually.

Is this an approved method of treatment?
Yes. Both are approved methods of disinfection by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection.

Will I notice a change in my water service?
When we transition the disinfection process from chloramines to chlorine, some customers may notice an increase in the taste and smell of chlorine in the water. This will only be temporary while we complete this annual system maintenance.

Is the water safe to drink?
Yes. We perform this distribution system maintenance program every year as an added measure to further disinfect the pipelines in our distribution system. As always, we will continue to monitor the water quality to ensure that we meet all federal and state drinking water standards.

Why is the treatment change needed?
This periodic, scheduled change in disinfectant is a standard water treatment practice. We perform this distribution system maintenance program every year as an added measure to further disinfect the pipelines in our distribution system. It also allows us to perform necessary maintenance on our chemical feed systems.

What communities do these plants serve?
The Raritan-Millstone and Canal Road Surface Water Treatment plants serve our customers in the following counties: Essex, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset and Union.

Are there other ways to remove the chlorine taste or smell from my water?

To remove the taste of chlorine, follow these three helpful tips:

§        Place water in a glass container in the refrigerator overnight uncovered. This will allow the chlorine to dissipate at a faster pace.

§        Bring your water to a rolling boil for five minutes and allow the water to cool.
This should reduce the chlorine taste and smell in the water.

§        Add a lemon slice or a few drops of lemon juice to a glass of drinking water.


FANS DON’T LET FANS DRIVE DRUNK

Super Bowl XLV® Fans Rewarded for Responsible Decision to Always Have a Designated Driver

 

Chief Eric Mason of the Cranford Police Department is reminding football fans that if your Super Bowl celebration includes alcohol, make the right decision before kickoff and always have a designated driver. This local message complements that national Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk message supported by the National Football League (NFL), the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), the HERO Campaign and Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management (TEAM) Coalition.

“We’re reminding everyone that real Super Bowl Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk,” said Chief Mason. “If your postseason game plan includes alcohol, make sure you have a designated driver in your starting line-up. We are asking all party hosts and bar owners to take extra good care of designated drivers this year. Designated drivers make sure everyone gets home safely. For taking on such an important responsibility, they should be rewarded.” 

The Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk message supports the league-wide designated-driver campaign called Responsibility Has Its Rewards.  Celebrating its eighth season in 2010, the campaign encourages fans to participate in designated-driver programs supported by beer and concessionaire companies at every NFL stadium nationwide.  Throughout the season at all 31 NFL stadiums, more than 170,000 fans made the responsible decision by pledging to be designated drivers this season. Those fans now have a chance to earn the ultimate reward – a trip to Super Bowl XLV® in North Texas at Cowboys Stadium.

The Responsibility Has Its Rewards Super Bowl XLV winners will be the Designated Drivers for the Season from the AFC Champion and NFC Champion teams.  And the Designated Driver for the Season will attend the 2011 Pro Bowl in Honolulu, HI.  

“We want everyone to make the right decision for Super Bowl,” said Chief Mason. “Having a designated driver should be an obvious call in everyone’s play book. Making sure designated drivers know how much we appreciate their responsible decision is what will make this year’s celebration extra special – and extra safe.”

If you are hosting a Super Bowl party:

  • Make sure all of your guests designate their sober drivers before kick-off or help arrange ride-sharing with other sober drivers
  • Find unique ways to recognize the designated drivers at your party

 

o     Give them a great spot to watch the game

o   Whatever non-alcoholic beverage they are drinking, make sure their glass is always full

o   Let them have the first pass at the buffet table

o   Make sure their cars are easy to access when it is time to start driving people home

  • Serve plenty of food
  • Offer a variety of non-alcoholic choices like soft drinks, juice, and water
  • Serve one drink at a time and serve measured drinks
  • Only serve alcohol to guests over 21 years of age
  • Determine ahead of time when you’ll stop serving alcohol, such as one hour before the end of the party or at the end of the third quarter of the game (just like NFL stadiums) and begin serving coffee and dessert
  • Add the numbers of local cab companies into your phone so they are just one touch away
  • Take appropriate steps to prevent anyone from driving while impaired
  • Be prepared for guests to spend the night if an alternative way home is not available

 If you are attending a Super Bowl party or watching at a sports bar or restaurant:

  • Designate your sober driver before the party begins and leave your car keys at home if you plan to drink 
  • Find unique ways to recognize the designated drivers when you are out at a bar or restaurant

o   Offer to be the designated driver the next time you go out

o   Cover the cost for parking or even pay for a tank of gas

o   Whatever non-alcoholic beverage they are drinking, make sure their glass is always full

o   Pick up the tab for their food and drink

  • Before you go out, add the numbers for local cab companies in your cell phone so if you find yourself in need of a ride, it is just one touch away
  • Avoid drinking too much alcohol too fast. Pace yourself—eat enough food, take breaks and alternate with non-alcoholic drinks.
  • Take appropriate steps to prevent anyone from driving while impaired. Remember, Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.
  • Always buckle up – it’s your best defense on the road

For more information, please visit www.FansDontLetFansDriveDrunk.org or http://www.nhtsa.gov/Impaired.


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