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Drought Warning for Union County

The NJ DEP designated a drought warning for 14 counties including Union County.  Please click below for more details.drought-warning-issued-p102

  • Drought Warning for Union County

    The NJ DEP designated a drought warning for 14 counties including Union County.  Please click below for more details.drought-warning-issued-p102

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  • 2016 Anticipated Paving Schedule – 10-3-16 to 10-31-16

    2016 Municipal Paving – Anticipated Schedule (Dates subject to change due to weather and construction activity) 10-03-16  to  10-12-16      Bloomingdale and Elizabeth                         Handicap Ramps COMPLETE – Milling and Paving COMPLETE 10-03-16  to 10-26-16       Central and Orchard                                     Handicap […]

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  • Notice to Bidders

    Please go the area to the left of our website “I’d Like to..” and click on the link for “Submit an RFP/RFQ/Bid” to see the current Bid Specs.

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  • Columbus Day – Monday, October 10 – Township Offices Closed

    The Township Offices, Community Center and Library will be closed on Monday, October 10th in observance of Columbus Day. The Centennial Ave. Pool will be open on Columbus Day.

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Great Pumpkin Carve Out, Carved Pumpkin Contest @ Hanson House Park
Oct 22 @ 6:00 pm – Nov 21 @ 9:00 pm
Great Pumpkin Carve Out, Carved Pumpkin Contest @ Hanson House Park | Cranford | New Jersey | United States

Drop off your already carved pumpkin with your completed registration form, at Hanson House on Saturday, October 22 from 10 am to 3 pm. Pumpkins go on display that day from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

9th Annual Scarecrow Stroll @ Downtown Cranford
Oct 24 all-day
9th Annual Scarecrow Stroll @ Downtown Cranford

It’s time for the 9th Annual Scarecrow Stroll in downtown Cranford. Don’t miss out on seeing the creative and sometimes crazy creations made by residents, business owners and organizations on display October 19 through October 31.  The popular annual event, with more than 100 scarecrows on display, draws visitors from Union County, North Jersey and even New York City.

Ballots will be mailed to all Cranford residents, and will also be available at participating businesses, the Cranford Library, and Cranford Community Center. Completed ballots can be dropped off in the Scarecrow Stroll mailbox, located in Eastman Plaza by the clock. For a look at some amazing past entries go to

The Scarecrow Stroll is organized by the Downtown Office of Business & Economic Development as a way to bring the community and businesses together. The scarecrows are on display on every downtown street to encourage walking and a chance to discover stores and restaurants.

For more information, contact the Downtown Office at 908-709-7208 or [email protected]. To learn more about Downtown Cranford go to

Union County Teen Arts Display @ Cranford Public Library
Oct 24 all-day
Tween Book Club @ Cranford Public Library
Oct 24 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

3945881871_05a1107fc7_mStarting October 24th, the Cranford Library is starting a brand new Book Club for readers in grades 6-8! No book is assigned- instead, we’ll chat about what we’ve been reading and what we’ll read next.

Light refreshments!

Questions? Please contact Elizabeth!

Readers’ Forum Book Discussion – The Devil in the White City (2003) by Erik Larsen @ Cranford Public Library
Oct 24 @ 7:00 pm

The Readers’ Forum, the Cranford Public Library’s lively, long-running book discussion group, welcomes new members at any time. The group will meet on October 24 to discuss The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America (2003) by Erik Larsen. The Kirkus Review describes the book as a “vivid account of the tragedies and triumphs of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago and the concurrent depravities of America’s first serial killer.” Subsequent titles and dates are: A Man Called Ove (2012) by Fredrik Backman, November 28, 2016; Kindred (1979) by Octavia Butler, December 19, 2016; A Visit from the Goon Squad (2010) by Jennifer Egan, January 23, 2017; The Boys in the Boat (2013) by Daniel James Brown, February 27, 2017; In the Time of the Butterflies (1994) by Julia Alvarez, March 27, 2017; Homegoing (2016) by Yaa Gyasi, April 24, 2017; and Nutshell (2016) by Ian McEwan, May 22, 2017. All dates are Mondays. Sessions start at 7:00 p.m. in the Fridlington Room. Registration is not required.


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    The Township, located in the heart of Union County, was incorporated in 1871 and through the years the business district and neighborhoods sprang up around the train station and the Rahway River. Today, the downtown, the river and the train station remain valued amenities to more than 22,000 residents in the four square mile township.

    By 1885, there were 76 residents commuting daily from Cranford to New York City. Today, close to 1,000 people take the train every day from Cranford’s Train Station.

    Cranford is a close knit community where many of its residents are actively involved in schools, sports, civic and community organizations. The Township is proud of its recreational facilities that include two outdoor pools, an indoor pool and fitness complex, bike path, canoe club, tennis courts, sports fields and parks. Cranford has a first rate K-12 school system.

    The Township operates under a Committee form of government with five commissioners elected at-large for three year terms. The commissioners decide who will serve as mayor and deputy mayor for a one-year terms. Four of the commissioners have oversight assignments for the various departments and municipal operations. The Township is managed on a day-to-day basis by the Township Administrator and department heads.