Cranford Calendar

Mar
25
Mon
2019
Vaping: Not Just a Fad @ Cranford High School
Mar 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Vaping: Not Just a Fad @ Cranford High School | Cranford | New Jersey | United States

Please join Pat Aussem, LPC, of Partnership for Drug-Free Kids for an informative evening focused on eCigs, vaping, and JUULing.
Pat Aussem, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor in both New Jersey and New York and is a certified Master Addictions Counselor.

In her work at the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, she is responsible for all clinical content, providing tools and resources to support families who have a child struggling with substance use.

Questions? D/Sgt. Matthew R. Nazzaro at 908-709-4313 / [email protected]

This presentation is made possible due the generosity of the Cranford Knights of Columbus and Cranford Municipal Alliance with support from the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and the Cranford Public Schools.

Mar
26
Tue
2019
A Toute Heure and Dittrick’s Wine Dinner – An Evening with Gabe Conte @ A Toute Heure
Mar 26 @ 6:30 pm
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
WESTFIELD AREA YMCA AND JERSEY MIKE’S SUBS TEAM UP FOR A “DAY OF GIVING”  @ Jersey Mikes
Mar 27 all-day
WESTFIELD AREA YMCA AND JERSEY MIKE’S SUBS TEAM UP FOR A “DAY OF GIVING”  @ Jersey Mikes | Westfield | New Jersey | United States

The Westfield Area YMCA is partnering with Jersey Mike’s Subs on East Broad Street in Westfield for the 9th Annual March “Month of Giving” fundraising campaign. The campaign culminates in the Jersey Mike’s “Day of Giving” on Wednesday, March 27.  On that day, the Westfield Jersey Mike’s will donate 100 percent of the day’s sales to help send a kid in need to camp or child care at the Westfield Area YMCA this year.  “The Y is thankful and appreciative of Jersey Mike’s continued generosity,” stated Bonnie Cohen, Westfield Area YMCA Director of Communications and Development.

Jersey Mike’s is passionate about giving back to its local communities.  “Last year’s nationwide Month of Giving initiative raised more than $6 million for charities making a big difference in their local communities, and this year, we hope to raise even more,” said Peter Cancro, Jersey Mike’s founder and CEO, who started the company when he was only 17 years-old. “From the early days, it’s just kind of what we’ve always done — give to give, as they say. This March, I invite you to visit Jersey Mike’s to help support an important cause in your neighborhood.”

Thanks to the Y’s financial assistance program, no one experiencing a bona fide financial hardship that lives or works in Cranford, Garwood, Mountainside or Westfield is turned away for inability to pay.  The majority of awards enable participation in the Y’s early learning, school age and summer day camp programs.  For more information, please visit www.westfieldynj.org.

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.

Invest In The Future. College Financial Aid Seminar. @ Garretson Financial
Mar 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Invest In The Future. College Financial Aid Seminar. @ Garretson Financial | Kenilworth | New Jersey | United States

This presentation is designed for parents of high school students to assist in understanding the financial aid process.
We explain
• Forms needed to apply and their deadlines
• How income & various factors affect what you will pay
• Impact of parental & student assets on aid eligibility
• The proper way to handle special circumstances
• Comparison of financial aid packages
• Different types of loans and financing options
Space is limited. Please call to reserve your seat, 908.276.9140.

Mar
29
Fri
2019
Temple Sha’arey Shalom Hosts Author Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg @ Temple Sha’arey Shalom
Mar 29 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Temple Sha'arey Shalom Hosts Author Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg @ Temple Sha’arey Shalom | Springfield Township | New Jersey | United States

On Friday evening, March 29 following services at 8:00 pm, Temple Sha’arey Shalom, 78 South Springfield Avenue, Springfield, will host New Jersey native and former Kansas Poet Laureate Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, who will read from and discuss her new novel, Miriam’s Well: A Modern Day Exodus, about finding our purpose, place, and people. The novel speaks to the role of Midrash in our lives, telling the story of a modern-day Miriam who, while seeking her own promised land, discovers how to turn the chaos and despair of our times into music, meals, and miracles. In addition to a reading from the novel, Caryn will talk about Midrash, finding new meaning in our most sacred stories, and what she sees in the story of the Exodus about how we can cultivate more of the promised land in our lives.

Mirriam-Goldberg is the author or over 20 books of poetry, fiction, and memoir. Founder of Transformative Language Arts at Goddard College, where she teaches, she leads writing workshops and presents talks and readings widely. More at http://carynmirriamgoldberg.com/

For additional information call the temple office 973-379-5387; e-mail [email protected]; website www.shaarey.org; Facebook Facebook.com/shaarey.

 

Apr
2
Tue
2019
CRUNCH YOUR WAY TO A HEALTHIER LIFE @ Cranford Community Center
Apr 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
CRUNCH YOUR WAY TO A HEALTHIER LIFE @ Cranford Community Center | Cranford | New Jersey | United States

TO EDUCATE THE COMMUNITY ON THE IMPORTANCE OF EATING HEALTHY FOODS TO AVOID BEING DIAGNOSED WITH TYPE 2 DIABETES AND, ALSO MANAGE YOUR DIET IF YOU ALREADY HAVE TYPE 2 DIABETES.

In Conjunction with the Shoprite Dietician of Garwood. It will be interactive, fun, and sure to be educational.

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
5
Fri
2019
SMS SPRING MARKET and FISH FRY! @ St Michael's Cafeteria
Apr 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
SMS SPRING MARKET and FISH FRY! @ St Michael's Cafeteria | Cranford | New Jersey | United States

SMS SPRING MARKET and FISH FRY!

Join us at St. Michael School in Cranford for our Spring Market, Book Fair and Fish Fry!

To reserve tickets for the Fish Fry, please email [email protected]

Adults – $20, Children – $10, Pasta Plate – $5

Vendors and crafters, if you would like to reserve a table at the Spring Market, please email saint.michael @verizon.net.

Apr
6
Sat
2019
Breakfast With The Bunny @ Cranford Community Center
Apr 6 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Breakfast With The Bunny @ Cranford Community Center | Cranford | New Jersey | United States

Join The Easter Bunny For A Very Special Breakfast!

There will be bagels, muffins, and donuts for everyone. Children will color easter pictures, make a simple craft, and get their picture taken with the Easter Bunny (please bring your own camera).

Proceeds benefit Cranford and other local charities.

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
8
Mon
2019
Teen Advisory Group @ Cranford Public Library, Teen Zone
Apr 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Teen Advisory Group @ Cranford Public Library, Teen Zone | Cranford | New Jersey | United States

Join us as we share ideas and talk about ways to improve the Teen Zone! Help plan programs, select new materials, and earn community service hours, just for showing up. Bring your friends and make new ones. Snacks will be provided.

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
Homefirst Hosts an Evening of Thanks to Honor Community Philanthropy @ Shackamaxon Country Club
Apr 10 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Homefirst Hosts an Evening of Thanks to Honor Community Philanthropy @ Shackamaxon Country Club | Scotch Plains | New Jersey | United States

Homefirst Hosts an Evening of Thanks to Honor Community Philanthropy

PLAINFIELD, NJ – Homefirst Interfaith Housing and Family Services will host our annual Evening of Thanks on April 10, 2019, 6 PM – 9:30 PM at the Shackamaxon Country Club in Scotch Plains, honoring the contributions of four community philanthropist. This year’s honorees are:

1. Benjamin Serna, Homefirst Hero
2. Armando Guerra, NJ Governor of Lions Club International (District 16J)
3. Annette Quijano, Assemblywoman NJ Legislative District 20
4. Adrian Mapp, Mayor of Plainfield, NJ

“Each year the Homefirst Our Evening of Thanks event recognizes and honors the people, businesses and organizations who have been extremely generous with their time, talent and treasure to enable us to offer the services we provide to nearly 2,000 children, men and women throughout Union County. It’s only with the support of our partners, funders and volunteers that we are able to make a difference in the lives of so many, by giving them a helping hand to a pathway out of poverty,” said Rev. Ron Thomas, Homefirst Board President.

Benjamin Serna continues a family legacy of giving as a Homefirst Hero. Benjamin is recognized this year for organizing a costume drive for kids at the Plainfield Family Support Center. “In my life before this project I had never realized how much of a luxury it is to have the costume you want. This was the important part to me — I didn’t want people to just donate costumes. I wanted these kids to get the new costume they wanted,” said Serna.

Armando Guerra, NJ Governor of Lions Club International is an honoree for his contribution to humanitarian relief. Guerra’s reach has been felt in the community through his efforts with Lions Club International. In addition, Guerra’s philanthropic achievements are complemented by a solid 13 years of real estate experience where he has been helping families turn their houses into homes since 2005.

Champion legislator, Assemblywoman Annette Quijano is honored for her community advocacy. Assemblywoman Quijano serves as Chairperson of the Hispanic Delegations on Racial Equity, and has received recognition for her participation in the State Legislative Leaders Foundation’s 2011 Emerging Leaders Program and Emergency Preparedness Program to provide comprehensive workshops for those affected by “Superstorm Sandy.”

Adrian Mapp, Mayor of Plainfield, accredited for his ‘aggressive agenda focused on rebuilding the city’s economy and ensuring opportunity for all residents’, is among this year’s honorees. His civic duties lead to such initiatives as Plainfield Promise and Healthy Plainfield aimed to promote financial literacy for kindergarteners, create scholarships for high school graduates, as well as, create vocational and job training opportunities.

About Homefirst
Homefirst strives to make it possible for every family to have safe, decent housing they can afford; and to provide family support services to create a home and a future filled with promise. We provide transitional, supportive and permanent housing, homelessness prevention assistance and services to individuals and families. For more information, www.homefirstinc.org, or contact Homefirst Interim Executive Director Karla Spivey at (908) 753-4001 or [email protected].

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

St. Michael School Designer Bag Bingo @ Kenilworth Veterans
Apr 12 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
St. Michael School Designer Bag Bingo @ Kenilworth Veterans | Kenilworth | New Jersey | United States

Please save the date & join us on Friday, April 12, 2019 for St. Michael’s School 4th Annual Designer Bag Bingo & Tricky Tray!

Admission $25/person (Includes 10 Games with 3 Faces/Game)
Coffee & tea included. No outside alcohol. BYO snacks.

Doors Open at 5pm.
Calling Begins at 7pm.

For additional information please e-mail: [email protected] or call 908-276-9425

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.