Hi, my name is Mark Hrywna. I started this site because I had an interest in Rahway’s redevelopment efforts and didn’t see nearly enough attention paid to it by other local media, or even the public. It’s more of a hobby, and sort of a part-time job; admittedly one that at times I’ve spent far too much time on 😛 but I thought it was important to keep the community aware of ongoing redevelopment efforts. This an independent blog that is not associated or affiliated with the City of Rahway.
As for the name of the blog, it was a suggestion from a friend — big Springsteen fan — and it struck me because it can be viewed different ways. Whether you agree that Rahway’s stature is “rising,” on its way to being the next “it” town or just selling out to developers, there’s no denying that it’s tangibly rising right in front of us (as in a 16-story hotel and other developments).
I lived in downtown Rahway from 2004 to 2013 and still own property here, so I’ve seen the changes firsthand, since before the housing market collapse and after. I’ve kept up with it because the site has attracted a pretty loyal following over the years. In 2014, I started offering advertising, mainly to try to cover the expenses of running the site, like hosting fees and such. But I think it’s also an important avenue to provide local small businesses with an online presence.
My background is in journalism but I like to think this is something any citizen can do since much of what I write can be found by attending public meetings or in public records. In my full-time job, I write for a magazine that covers the nonprofit sector. From 1999 to 2005, I ran nine weekly newspapers in Union County, which included the Rahway Progress.