Hard to believe it has been 15 years. Today I was away in New York state and away from a computer. So I didn’t have a chance to post until now.

It also let me beg off from a “day of service” project, which I had no interest in doing. Not because I am not for performing service and being part of the community, but a “service day” on September 11th is hollow to me. A distraction or a minimization of what happened.

I don’t want to remember a day of service. I don’t want to forget this:


From My NYC Apartment Window

Coming home tonight I first noticed the lights from downtown NYC shining into the sky a little north of Poughkeepsie. A high cloud ceiling helped. And I could see them as the Thruway and Parkway bent around the curves and around the hills. And I could see them in Cranford without any trouble, provided there is a high enough spot or large enough clearing.


Taken near the Walnut Avenue School 9/11/2016

Been a fun summer, with some of it spent here in town.

With the rain at the July 4th fireworks, my thought was that they didn’t want to make the mistake that they made with the Memorial Day Parade.

Verdict: They are 0-2. We got soaked to the skin. Decent show though but unfortunate that they started early. The next night we went to Clark and had a dry and enjoyable experience. They put on a pretty long show over there and there was plenty of room. Tip: The bridge over the pond on Raritan Road by Madison Hill Road is THE viewing place for those wanting to avoid traffic. There had to be 150 people there.

We have sampled some of the new-ish restaurants. Here are some notes:

River and Rail – Nice atmosphere, meh service bordering on clueless and forgettable food. But it looks like the clientele doesn’t really care as long as they have their Margarita or Coronita in their hands. I don’t understand why the owner is upset about the renovations to the substation, you really can’t see it with the trees lining South Avenue. Maybe he’ll want to be without power for 13 days sometime in order to have the preferred aesthetic.

By the way. RIP to the 1902 trolley station on the PSEG substation property.


Ciao Bello – Doesn’t this mean “Hey Guy” in Italian? Pluses: The eggplant parmesan was floured, not breaded (breaded eggplant parm is a heavy, greasy mess and is a major minus to me when eating Italian). The service was acceptable as was the food. The personal pizza came with a mound of arugula, which was good while being a bit of a surprise for the person ordering it.

Mr. Bin Sushi – They had good quality fish which we enjoyed; they are open surprisingly late. We’ve already been back.

A couple more weeks are left, maybe we’ll hit a few more places before the hordes come back.

So today I get a sponsored post  in Facebook from the Cranford Democrats…nothing wrong with that.


But I thought it really odd that they would use their sponsored ad to tout their (and specifically Kevin Campbell’s)concern over traffic and stormwater runoff. Uh, little late for that.

If they were concerned, why didn’t they raise the concerns at the 2012 and 2013 Clark planning meetings before the project was approved?

The stormwater runoff, unless if affects the drainage on Raritan or Walnut, will be downstream of us, and with the Rahway widening a lot within Clark, will the increased impervious surface be significant enough to be a factor?

I’ll be interested in seeing how much worse the Raritan and Central intersection will be. The widening could help, and if done right it could provide better flow for the left turn signals. It will probably take us a little longer to get to ShopRite, but this also will cut a few trips to Linden, Watchung and Union to do shopping.

I will admit, I was a little disappointed to see all of the big evergreens bordering on Walnut go down. I was surprised that none would/could be saved. It’d be a plus if they plant more trees than your average shopping center, which they may since they also have that cesspool ornamental pond and a gazebo…

The tenants (with some restaurants I didn’t expect):

  • Whole Foods (which will include its own restaurant and pub)
  • Home Goods
  • L.A. Fitness
  • Panera Bread
  • Panda Express
  • Chipotle
  • Applebee’s
  • Noodles & Company
  • Smashburger
  • Blaze Pizza
  • Red Mango
  • Dress Barn
  • Carter’s
  • Oshkosh
  • Petco
  • Michael’s
  • Five Below
  • Modell’s Sporting Goods
  • Party City
  • Sleepy’s
  • Visionworks
  • Ulta
  • Torrid
  • Hallmark
  • Vitamin Shoppe
  • Verizon Wireless
  • PNC Bank

The way they’re slapping this thing up I would bet it is open before August.


Leonard Lance is re-elected, and here are the Town Council results:

Two three-year terms
Brian T. McCarthy (D) – 2,947
Robert V. Salvatore (D) – 2,734
✓ Lisa M. Adubato (R)* – 3,451
✓ Andis Kalnins (R)* – 3,414

Congratulations to the winners.

The Star Ledger hasn’t bothered yet to update the Board of Ed results.

Update: They got around to it:

Three three-year terms
Michael C. Caulfield* – 1,770
✓ JoAnn Boyle* – 1,822
Trevor Shaw* – 1,057
✓ Lisa A. Carbone – 2,509
✓ Daniel DeMarco – 1,868
Jacqueline Carr – 1,516

Back in the 70’s, before sitcoms withering in the ratings basement got started doing “very special” episodes about some disturbing topic, there would almost always be the obligatory “she’s gonna have a baby in the living room now!” episode. Or the elevator. See what I mean?

It was never a plot used in the first season when the writers still had ideas.

Well, in a feel-good story, CPD Officer Nelson Hearns helped a Cranford family do just that for real.

Congratulations. We’re glad everyone is doing well.

It should melt soon.

With 29/30 reporting, the Republicans look like they will have two places on the Township Committee.


Cranford Township Committee (2)
29/30 96.67%
Under Votes 1120
Over Votes 0
Vote Count Percent
Dem – Kevin CAMPBELL 3,253 23.83%
Dem – Kelly M. HOWARD 3,156 23.12%
Rep – Mary O’CONNOR 3,713 27.20%
Rep – Robert D’AMBOLA 3,527 25.84%
Personal Choice 3 0.02%
Total 13,652 100.00%


The Republicans performed better in the Freeholder election than I expected…but the Dems will have full control once again.


411/427 96.25%
Under Votes 56786
Over Votes 0
Vote Count Percent
Dem – Linda CARTER 47,873 18.65%
Dem – Bette Jane KOWALSKI 46,167 17.99%
Dem – Sergio GRANADOS 45,118 17.58%
Rep – Marc A. KRAUSS 39,303 15.31%
Rep – P. Mark MARTINI 39,434 15.37%
Rep – Ira GEIGER 38,708 15.08%
Personal Choice 33 0.01%
Total 256,636 100.00%

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