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  • Fund the flood control project regarding the Rahway River and Informative TV-35 Video Regarding the Flood Efforts

    The Township Committee needs your support to urge the U.S. Congress to fund the flood control project regarding the Rahway River. Please write to your legislators to show your support and ask them to keep the focus on getting this important project built. Here is a link for a sample letter which you can send, […]

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  • U.S. Small Business Administration Hurricane Sandy Federal Disaster Loans Available Again

    On Dec. 2, 2015, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced that federal disaster loans are again available as a result of Hurricane Sandy. These low-interest loans are available to small businesses, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters located in New Jersey, regardless if they applied during the initial Hurricane Sandy disaster declaration or not. To date, SBA has […]

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  • NOTICE TO VENDORS RFP “Merchant Processing Services”

    Sealed Request for Proposals for the provision of Merchant Processing Services in the Township of Cranford will be received by the Township Clerk on February 18, 2016 in room 108 at the Municipal Building, 8 Springfield Avenue, Cranford, New Jersey, at 10:00 a.m. prevailing time. Specifications and proposal forms may be obtained in the Office of the […]

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    Cranford Police Department Issued: Tuesday, January 26, 2016 Important information below on clearing of sidewalks and snow bound vehicles. SIDEWALK CLEARING Residents and businesses are reminded sidewalks must be cleared of snow and ice to allow for safe pedestrian passage. This includes clearing sidewalk openings at a crosswalk/intersection. Today is the third day since the snow stopped […]

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Networking Breakfast with the Mayor @ Atria Senior Living
Feb 11 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am

Join us to hear the Mayor speak in person on:

2015 In Review
New Township Staff – New Faces Leading our Town
Capital Improvements – Largest Capital Program in a Decade
Financial Controls – Lowest Tax Increase in Union County
New Responsive Website – Optimal Viewing & Interactive Experience

2016 Goals
Business Engagement – Growing all of our Businesses
Multi Year Planning – Capital and Financial Planning for Smarter Decisions
New Communications Plans – Communicating in the New World

Baby Story Time @ Cranford Public Library
Feb 11 @ 10:15 am
Baby Story Time @ Cranford Public Library | Cranford | New Jersey | United States

Children ages 3-23 months are invited to join us for this short, lively story time! We’ll be singing songs, sharing a book or two, and learning some fun new rhymes! No registration required, just drop in!

Cranford Community Center Taking Appointments for Tax Counseling @ Cranford Community Center
Feb 12 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The Cranford Recreation and Parks Department in conjunction with the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) will be taking appointments for free tax assistance.  Cranford and Garwood taxpayers can call the Recreation and Parks Department at 709-7283 to reserve a time slot time with a tax practitioner.  Hourly appointments are being made on either Mondays or Fridays beginning Friday, January 29, 2016 from12:00pm, 1:30pm and 3 p.m.  All appointments will be at the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Avenue in Room 204.  The last appointment to receive tax assistance will be Friday, April 15, 2016. No appointments will be made on Friday, February 12, 2016 and Monday, February 15, 2016 (Presidents’ Day) & Friday, March 25, 2016 (Good Friday), as the Community Center will be closed.  This service is for residents of Cranford and Garwood, and is geared to senior citizens and area residents with low to moderate income.  Filing assistance is provided for federal and NJ state income tax returns, and the Property Tax Reimbursement Program (PTR 1&2).  Federal and state returns are filed electronically.


Participants should bring the following information:  copies of Federal & State returns for 2014 along with 2015 wages, interest, dividends, capital gains, social security, etc. (forms 1099, 1099R, 1099B-W2 & SSA), and  Property tax bill (2015).  A form of identification and, if requesting direct deposit or payment, please bring a blank check showing account number and routing number.

Cranford Artisan’s Market Place @ Cranford Community Center
Feb 13 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Cranford Artisan’s Market Place – Food Purveyors, Farmers, Artists, Boutique Items. Every Saturday 10 am to 2 pm.

Family Math, Engineering, and Science Saturday (Family M.E.S.S.) @ Cranford Public Library
Feb 13 @ 10:15 am
Family Math, Engineering, and Science Saturday (Family M.E.S.S.) @ Cranford Public Library | Cranford | New Jersey | United States

It’s time for another installment of Family Math, Engineering, and Science Saturday! Families will attempt hands-on experiments, solve problems, and have fun at this educational program. Registration is required and space is limited, call or stop by the Children’s Department to reserve a spot.

Play Reading by the Theater Project – ‘To the Day of Decision’ by Tylie Shider @ Cranford Community Center
Feb 13 @ 2:00 pm

The Theater Project will be present a staged reading of To the Day of Decision, a new play by Tylie Shider. In To the Day of Decision, Ishmael abandons his family’s faith as the result of irreconcilable differences with his deceased father, while his mother will go to seemingly any lengths to continue her husband’s legacy. Tylie Shider is a rising New Jersey playwright. He is the winner of the Theater Project‘s 2015 Think Fast Short Play Competition (Josiah’s Kidd), and he recently premiered his new Web series, The Miseducation of a First Generation College Student, on his YouTube channel. The Theater Project is an acclaimed, New Jersey-based professional theater group and the winner of two New Jersey Tony Awards. Following the reading, the play will be discussed by the audience, the director, the actors, and Mr. Shider. Admission is free and all are welcome. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Cranford Public Library.

  • About Us - Expand to read more

    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.