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

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.

Mar
27
Wed
2019
Neighbors-helping-Neighbors @ Cranford Public Library
Mar 27 @ 6:30 pm
Neighbors-helping-Neighbors @ Cranford Public Library | Cranford | New Jersey | United States

Neighbors-helping-Neighbors is a support group for people who are actively looking for work and/or want to invigorate their job search. The group meets in the library Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome.

Apr
3
Wed
2019
Neighbors-helping-Neighbors @ Cranford Public Library
Apr 3 @ 6:30 pm
Neighbors-helping-Neighbors @ Cranford Public Library | Cranford | New Jersey | United States

Neighbors-helping-Neighbors is a support group for people who are actively looking for work and/or want to invigorate their job search. The group meets in the library Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome.

Apr
7
Sun
2019
Borough of Roselle Park 1st Annual Health Fair @ Michael Mauri Gazebo Park
Apr 7 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Borough of Roselle Park 1st Annual Health Fair @ Michael Mauri Gazebo Park | Roselle Park | New Jersey | United States

The Borough of Roselle Park in partnership with Lions Club MD16, the Union County Office of Health Management, Regional Chronic Disease Coalition of Middlesex & Union Counties and Union County CEED through Hoboken Family Planning presents the First Annual Community Health Fair.

The health fair will be held from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 7, at the Michael Mauri Gazebo Park. Chestnut Street, Roselle Park, NJ 07204.

It will include health screenings, giveaways, door prizes, and children’s activities.

For more information, or to participate please contact Rupen Shah at 908-245-0666 or email [email protected].

Apr
9
Tue
2019
Cranford Area Chamber of Commerce Night Networking @ Investors Bank
Apr 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Cranford Area Chamber of Commerce Night Networking @ Investors Bank | Cranford | New Jersey | United States
No charge for Members / $10 Non-Members (This is a rescheduled event from March 19th).
This event is sponsored by Investors Bank. Refreshments wil be served.
RSVP a must: [email protected] or 908.272.6114.

 

Getting Started with Government Contracting @ UCEDC
Apr 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Getting Started with Government Contracting @ UCEDC | Cranford | New Jersey | United States

We’ll lead you through the registration processes for the federal and state procurement systems, show you exactly where to go to get a clear picture of who’s buying what, and share the secrets to becoming a sub-contractor, among other essential practices.

This is your opportunity to get the clear directions you need to get started in government contracting. No matter what you are selling, somebody in the federal or state government is probably interested in buying it! You’ll start small, but some of our most successful clients started out with contracts worth just a few hundred dollars!

Already registered with the government but need a refresher in making the most of procurement opportunities? Attend this workshop and you’ll come away better prepared to find relevant postings and close the sale!

Apr
10
Wed
2019
Neighbors-helping-Neighbors @ Cranford Public Library
Apr 10 @ 6:30 pm
Neighbors-helping-Neighbors @ Cranford Public Library | Cranford | New Jersey | United States

Neighbors-helping-Neighbors is a support group for people who are actively looking for work and/or want to invigorate their job search. The group meets in the library Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome.

Apr
12
Fri
2019
Cranford Area Chamber Closed Board Meeting @ Cranford Community Center
Apr 12 @ 7:30 am – 8:30 am
Cranford Area Chamber Closed Board Meeting @ Cranford Community Center | Cranford | New Jersey | United States

Cranford Area Chamber of Commerce Closed Board Meeting

Apr
13
Sat
2019
Cranford Area Chamber of Commerce Breakfast with the Easter Bunny @ The Garlic Rose
Apr 13 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Cranford Area Chamber of Commerce Breakfast with the Easter Bunny @ The Garlic Rose | Cranford | New Jersey | United States

Adults:$18/Children:$12. Reservations a must, please call 908.276.5749. Sponsored by Arnold’s Pest Control.