Given the mild start to the winter, we are statistically bound to get something. The downside this time is that we don’t have Pathmark to go to once the shelves at ShopRite are bare. Unless we go drop some serious cash at WholeFoods.

Good Luck.



One three-year term
✓ Thomas H. Hannen, Jr. (D)* – 2,440
Michael A. Petrucci (R) – 1,669

One unexpired term
Barbara A. Bilger (R)* – 1,940
✓ Patrick F. Giblin (D) – 2,127

Three three-year terms
✓ William B. Hulse – 2,164
✓ Maria Loikith – 2,188

I think it is the revenge of Old Peppy.

The block of Lincoln between North and South Avenues here in Cranford is actually a NJ state highway: Route 59. (The shortest state highway in NJ, in fact.)

It came in at Number 10 for NJ highways that have the most accidents per million miles driven (7.97), more than double Route 1 and Route 9. Being that the highway is one block long and has lots of left turns going on, I would suppose it does have its share.

But since the road is only 1 block long (.15 miles), is it a meaningful statistic when comparing to much longer roads? With two major intersections at each end, it would have more intersections per mile than pretty much anywhere. Route 1 and Route 9 intersections have much greater space between intersections for most of their lengths.

Plus, how many cars would need to traverse in order to get to the million miles driven? It would take about 7 million trips or so to get a million miles driven on that road. So the accident rate of about 8 for 7 million trips sounds pretty low to me. Your chance of an accident is a little less than one in a million.

Take that Routes 1 and 9.

Plus, Route 22 is not in the top 10. Which is surprising. But then, if everyone is moving at three miles an hour most of the day, perhaps there are not that many reportable accidents…just bumper taps.

From my NYC Apartment Window

From my NYC Apartment Window

Recently some of my family members visited the 9/11 memorial and museum.

They said it was well done.

I did not go.

Not yet.


Not enjoying crowds, we did not go to the great “opening celebration” of Clark Commons this past weekend.

But plenty of other people did.

We have gone over a few times during the soft opening that has been going on with some stores since June. The other night we tried Smashburger. The food was okay, but the logistical flow of it was a little odd to me.

Now that the Whole Foods has opened, it will be interesting to watch what ShopRite does to meet the threat. They have already been busily renovating and doing a reset. Will it be enough?

And I am sure that Clark Township already has the increased tax inflows spent on a host of items that have been on their wish lists for some time.

So we have one of the most “challenging” schools.

And they mean it is not challenging in the way of the old Chinese insult, “may you live in interesting times”.

Compared to other schools in NJ and the USA, it is undeniable that Cranford schools are pretty good.

But one thing sticks with me. A while back I spoke with an exchange student from Europe who spent some time in Cranford High as a sophomore. One of her remarks: “I was surprised they were covering material that we did in the seventh grade”.

The latest bankruptcy of A&P will affect folks in Cranford a little, as the Clark and Kenilworth A&P’s will be reopening as Acme Markets and the Pathmark in Linden (which I thought was busy enough to be profitable) is going to close.

The Garwood Pathmark looks like it will go on untouched. Go figure. (Update: Whoops. It didn’t make it. I am expecting to see an “Available” sign on the building for the next 10 years.)

Being from South Jersey, I recall that the proper pronunciation for Acme is “Ak-A-meee”.