Cranford Calendar

Mar
21
Thu
2019
St Michael School Dine Out @ The Thirsty Turtle
Mar 21 @ 11:30 am – 11:30 pm
St Michael School Dine Out @ The Thirsty Turtle | Cranford | New Jersey | United States

Please Join Us at
The Thirsty Turtle

Please present this flyer to ensure a portion of your food bill will be donated back to
Saint Michael School of Cranford’s 8th Grade Class

SMS Dine-In at The Thirsty Turtle @ The Thirsty Turtle Cranford
Mar 21 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
SMS Dine-In at The Thirsty Turtle @ The Thirsty Turtle Cranford | Cranford | New Jersey | United States

Join us on Thurs. 3/21 from 5-10pm at The Thirsty Turtle in Cranford. Please be sure to present the flyer to your server to ensure that a portion of your bill will be donated back to St. Michael’s School’s 8th grade.

Mar
23
Sat
2019
Spring Bar Crawl! @ Various Locations in Cranford
Mar 23 @ 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Spring Bar Crawl! @ Various Locations in Cranford

NOW OFFERING LONG SLEEVE T-SHIRTS AND HOODED SWEATSHIRTS ALSO!!

Spring Bar Crawl!

3pm – 5pm: Kilkenny House
4pm – 6pm: Thirsty Turtle
5pm – 7pm: Cranford Hotel
6pm – 8pm: Riverside Inn (“The Dive”)
7pm – 9pm: River & Rail

Stop by Urban Burger and Puff & Stuff anytime for a special discount the day of the crawl!

You will be prompted for your size on the checkout page.

BINGE March Madness Tour @ Kilkenny House
Mar 23 @ 9:30 pm
BINGE March Madness Tour @ Kilkenny House | Cranford | New Jersey | United States

We’re back at Kilkenny 6 days after St. Paddy’s Day and in the midst of the NCAA March Madness games. Come on down to celebrate the start of Spring with good friends, a few pints and your favorite cover band! Plenty of TVs there to watch the games too!

Mar
26
Tue
2019
Raritan Valley Rail Coalition invites public to presentation on Gateway Project @ Cranford Community Center
Mar 26 @ 7:00 pm
Raritan Valley Rail Coalition invites public to presentation on Gateway Project @ Cranford Community Center | Cranford | New Jersey | United States

Jerry Zaro, the New Jersey Trustee to the Gateway Development Program, will discuss and update the public about the project. NJ Transit officials invited

CRANFORD, NJ—-The Raritan Valley Rail Coalition (RVRC), a rail-advocacy group representing 1.7 million residents in four counties along NJ Transit’s Raritan Valley Rail line, will sponsor a free presentation on the Gateway Project, beginning at 7:00 p.m, Tuesday, March 26th at the Cranford Community Center.

“It cannot be understated: the Gateway Project, and related work, which has been long postponed, comprise the most significant economic impact project in the nation. It is urgent to New Jersey, the northeast, and in fact the entire country, that Federal funding be secured and the project proceeds expeditiously,” said Bruce Bergen, a former Union County Freeholder who is the Chairman of the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition. “The regional economy would be dealt a catastrophic blow if one of the two existing tunnels, which have seriously deteriorated, fails or is forced to close for a substantial period of time for repairs.”

All are welcome to attend the free event. The Cranford Community Center is located at 220 Walnut Avenue in Cranford, with onsite parking.

Jerry Zaro, an attorney with Sills, Cummis and Gross P.C. in Newark, serves as Chairman of the Gateway Development Corporation (GDC) and will be the featured speaker. The GDC oversees the Gateway Project, the multibillion-dollar infrastructure initiative to build new rail tunnels under the Hudson River, rehabilitate the already-existing 108-year-old tunnels (which were badly damaged by Superstorm Sandy), build a new Portal Bridge over the Hackensack River, expand New York’s Penn Station, and related projects. It would be the largest current infrastructure project in the United States.

Plainfield Mayor Adrian Mapp noted: “Reliable train service, including a one-seat ride to New York, is key to the continued revitalization of New Jersey’s urban centers, and the economic well-being of our residents and businesses. Funding must be secured to complete these initiatives, rebuild our roads and bridges and keep our cities moving forward.” Plainfield has two train stations on the Raritan Valley Rail line.

Peter Palmer, former Somerset County Freeholder, and current RVRC Trustee said that commuters continue to suffer from delays and cancelations from an over-burdened and antiquated train system in dire need of upgrades. Somerset County has five train stations along the Raritan Valley Rail line.

“Our residents who rely on train service are being pushed to their limits,” said Palmer. “Further delay in making desperately-needed improvements to train service will damage regional economic development. The Rahway Rail Coalition will continue to advocate as strongly as possible on their behalf.

Bette Jane Kowalski, Chair of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and an RVRC Trustee, is promoting Union County’s efforts on the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition this year as part of the Board’s 2019 initiatives. Union County has eight stations on the Raritan Valley line, including one in Cranford, where Freeholder Kowalski resides.

“We have heard from many residents who have been personally impacted by the delays and cancellations,” said Freeholder Kowalski. “We will continue to make our voices heard for the completion of the Gateway Project and the restoration of the one-seat ride for direct service to New York.”

Hunterdon County Freeholder J. Matthew Holt, an RVRC Trustee, stated: “Both the Gateway Project and restoration of the one-seat ride on the Raritan Valley rail are crucial to the economic vitality of our region. Making these improvements would not only make the commute better, but bring economic benefits to the region—including increased home values, and increased commerce.” There are four train stations along the Raritan Valley rail line in Hunterdon County.

George Ververides, Director of County Planning for Middlesex County, and RVRC Trustee said: “Middlesex County strongly supports the completion of the Gateway Project and the restoration of the one-seat ride on the Raritan Valley Rail line. Transit delays are impacting productivity and the economy. It is also a public safety issue and major quality of life issue as well for residents who commute.”

The Gateway Project improvements are in the heart of the Northeast Corridor, the most heavily used passenger train line in the United States, which accounts for 20 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP). It’s estimated that 10 percent of U.S. GDP depends on transit between New York and New Jersey alone.

The Northeast Corridor carries more than 800,000 passengers in 2,000 trains daily across eight states and Washington D.C. A 2016 Amtrak report found that implementation of the full Gateway project could generate $3.87-worth of economic benefits for every $1 spent.

The Raritan Valley Rail Coalition, which represents Union, Somerset, Middlesex and Hunterdon Counties, was created nearly two decades ago to campaign for a one-seat ride on the Raritan Valley Line, which has 23,500 passengers daily, making it NJ Transit’s third most-used rail line. While track connectivity existed into New York, Raritan Valley riders always had to get off in Newark and switch trains because their diesel engines were not allowed into the tunnels under the Hudson River.

That changed in 2014 when NJ Transit began using dual-mode locomotives that could switch from diesel to electric power, making it possible to have a direct ride into New York City. NJ Transit introduced limited, one-seat ride service during off-peak hours in January 2015, but then suspended it last year.

The Coalition, which also consists of a Mayors’ Alliance and of County and State officials, can be reached on email at [email protected], is on the web at raritanvalleyrail.com/, on Facebook at facebook.com/raritanvalleyrail/, and Twitter at twitter.com/rvrailcoalition.

Apr
23
Tue
2019
The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder with Marta McDowell @ Cranford Community Center
Apr 23 @ 7:00 pm
The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder with Marta McDowell @ Cranford Community Center | Cranford | New Jersey | United States
Please join the Hanson Park Conservancy on Tuesday, April 23rd at 7:00 PM as we welcome Marta McDowell, author of The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Frontier Landscapes that Inspired the Little House Books at the Cranford Community Center.  Garden historian, Marta McDowell will take us on an entertaining journey with the beloved Little House series as we explore Wilder’s deep relationship to the landscape. Throughout, you’ll learn details about Wilder’s life and inspirations, discover how to visit the real places today, and even learn to grow the plants and vegetables featured in the stories. The plants, animals, and landscapes are so integral to the stories, they are practically their own characters. It is a world of prairie, forest, farm and garden. Join us as we explore the natural history, places, and plants of this beloved American children’s author.
 
Marta McDowell lives, writes and gardens in Chatham, NJ.  She teaches landscape history and horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden and has worked as a horticulturist at Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit.  She has been a featured speaker at locations ranging from the Arnold Arboretum to the Philadelphia Flower Show. She also wrote All the Presidents’ Gardens, a New York Times bestseller, and Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life. McDowell’s garden is included in the Smithsonian’s Archive of American Gardens.  
 
The Cranford Community Center is located at 220 Walnut Ave. in Cranford, NJ.  McDowell will have copies of her book available for purchase and signing.  Cash or check only.  This event is sponsored by the Hanson Park Conservancy. The program is free and open to the public.  No registration is required, but seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  For more information please go to our website www.hansonparkconservancy.com.
 
This history program is made possible in part by a HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
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Apr
28
Sun
2019
CRANFORD FAMILY CARE CUT A THON @ THE MANE EVENT SALON
Apr 28 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
CRANFORD FAMILY CARE CUT A THON @ THE MANE EVENT SALON | Cranford | New Jersey | United States

Wash and Cuts are $18.00 donation. All donations 100% go to Cranford Family Care/ Project Home which helps families in need.
Appointments are available and walk-ins are welcome

May
10
Fri
2019
Sip & Shop in Downtown Cranford @ Downtown Cranford
May 10 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Sip & Shop in Downtown Cranford @ Downtown Cranford

Please join us in downtown Cranford for an evening of Sipping and Shopping! There will be refreshments, discounts, goody bags, music, and so much more! Don’t miss this great event and fundraiser! Proceeds to benefit Cranford Woman’s Club philanthropic and scholarship fund.