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Ad Populos, Non Aditus, Pervenimus

OUR 115th YEAR ISSUE NO. 30-2005

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Thursday, July 28, 2005

Published Every Thursday Since September 3, 1890

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Hearing Begins For Police Officer

With an Unusual Public Forum
Specially Written for The Westfield Leader

WESTFIELD In an unusual public forum, the Westfield Police Department began its disciplinary hearing last Thursday at noon against
Detective Sandra Chambers, supposedly charged with fixing a $20 parking ticket and covering up the matter.
Detective Chambers has been suspended with pay since March. Dur-

for 11 a.m. on Wednesday, August 17.

The hearing was made public at the
insistence of Detective Chambers,
which is within her rights according
to written procedures for departmental disciplinary hearings. Detective
Chambers was the first woman hired
by the department when she joined
the force in 1995.
Held in the Community Room of
the municipal building, approxi-

Don Williams for The Westfield Leader

GETTING ADVICE...Detective Sandra Chambers confers with with a supporter during the disciplinary hearing last Thursday in the Community Room of
the Westfield Municipal Building. The hearing is unusual in that it has been made
public at the option of Detective Chambers, yet no charges have been released to
the public nor have they been discussed during the proceedings. A continuation
of the hearing is scheduled for August 17.

ing the three-hour plus hearing, no

charges pending against Detective
Chambers were mentioned.
Testimony was taken from Police
Detective Lisa Perrotta, who supervises parking ticket operations, and
Parking Director John Morgan. The
hearing was adjourned at the end of
the day for continuation scheduled

mately three-dozen people attended

including police officials, members
of the press plus family and friends of
Detective Chambers. Plainfield Police Captain Siddeeq El-Amin, President of the northern New Jersey chapter of the National Organization of
Black Law Enforcement Executives
also attended in support of detective

Prospect Street Buildings

Demolished for Ward Dev.
Specially Written for The Westfield Leader

WESTFIELD Two commercial

office buildings, located at 111 and
129 Prospect Street and owned by
James Ward, were demolished this
Mr. Ward intends to construct a
35-unit age-restricted facility on the
site. However, construction has been
delayed pending the outcome of litigation filed by another builder.
In order to be in compliance with
the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, Mr. Ward had to remove all asbestos that existed on the
current building, which was previously
occupied by Statistical Research. The
building dates back to the early 20th
century, when it served as the home of
municipal jail and town hall.
The town postponed the demolition, but Mr. Ward pushed to get the
decision acted upon because he feared
that after removing decades of asbestos buildup, the walls might fall on
their own.
At the June 28 agenda meeting, the
Westfield Town Council agreed that
the circumstances surrounding the
demolition of the office buildings
were extraordinary and that the buildings unsafe condition had to be taken
into consideration prior to approving
the demolition permit, knowing that
it may have set a precedent.
Mayor Andrew Skibitsky agreed at
the meeting, noting that the buildings
condition would have attracted ver-

min and mosquitoes. Mold (was)

growing on the walls.
One potential hold up to any site
work is pending litigation against
Ward and ODonnell Property Development Co., Inc. filed by
Newpointe Realty, LLC.
Town Administrator Jim Gildea
said, New Pointe Realty engaged
the town in a lawsuit and claims the
town has given Mr. Ward preferential
treatment and had spot zoned (for the
age-restricted facility.)
We filed for a dismissal of the
lawsuit and there will be a hearing in
the next week or two. We maintain
that there is no spot zoning and the
construction was done for the right
reasons and to increase this housing
stock, said Mr. Gildea. Were looking at a vacant property until the
lawsuit is finalized.
Town Attorney Robert Cockren
said, There was an allegation by the
owners (New Pointe Realty) that the
zoning was invalid. In practical terms,
I doubt that the construction would
be permitted without the resolution
of the lawsuit. If the lawsuit were
successful, Mr. Ward could take his
project before the board of adjustment for a use-variance.
Mr. Ward said he expects to prevail
in the lawsuit.
Its (age-restricted housing) in
great demand from the townspeople.
Im 100 percent sure that we will
prevail and they (New Pointe) is just
doing this to be a nuisance, he said.

The police departments case was
presented by James Plosia, Jr. of the
law firm of Apruzzese, McDermott,
Mastro & Murphy of Liberty Corner,
which represents the town in labor
Attorney Hassan Abdellah of Elizabeth represented Detective Chambers.
James Damato, a Morris County
attorney, conducted the hearing. He
said his role was, to determine what
the facts are and to listen to all of the
evidence. His recommendations are
During the hearing, it was brought
out that Detective Chambers had accused Detective Perrotta of improperly ordering special police officer
Jonathan Pierce, Jr. to void a parking
ticket for her friend.
When Detective Perrotta confronted officer Pierce on the allegation, the officer responded, If anything it was Sandy that made me void
a ticket a ticket for her son.
Officer Pierce is still employed but
can no longer issue parking summons, Mr. Morgan said.
The police department initiated its
case against Detective Chambers by
focusing on this matter a parking
ticket that was voided for Jill Brown,
a secretary at Jefferson Elementary
School. Officer Pierce wrote the ticket
on February 4.
Detective Perrotta, who teaches the
bicycle safety and Stranger-Danger
programs at the school, testified that
she was left a message on her voice
mail at work on February 4 by Ms.
Brown who said she received a ticket
at a meter that was broken at Municipal Lot No. 7.
Detective Perrotta, who was on
vacation in Aruba when the ticket
was issued, testified that the ticket
was voided after it was determined
the meter was broken. Another officer was dispatched to investigate
the matter and a report of the broken
meter was filed.

David Riggs for The Westfield Leader

Regional ........ 2-3
Editorial ........ 4-5
Community ... 6-7

Obituary ........ 8
Real Estate .... 11-18
Education ...... 9, 19-21 A&E .............. 21-22
Sports ............ 11-16

DWC to Use Surplus Funds to Hire

Off-Duty Police Officer for Patrol
Specially Written for The Westfield Leader

WESTFIELD Town Administrator Jim Gildea said the Downtown

Westfield Corporations (DWC) hiring of an off-duty police officer is a
pilot program included in the DWCs
2005 budget that was approved by the
town council.
The DWC initiated the program,
which is aimed at moving groups of
teenagers who congregate on weeknights in the downtown.
Mr. Gildea said the program would
be paid for through DWC surplus
funds, which, he noted, must be spent
this year.
If the initiative is successful, it may
be added as a permanent program
within the towns operational budget.
He described the pilot as a preventive safety program for the town.

Council Tables Cheeburgers

Request for Outdoor Dining
Specially Written for The Westfield Leader

WESTFIELD The town council

discussed the legality of establishing
sidewalk caf dining at Cheeburger
Cheeburger during its Tuesday night
conference meeting.
The restaurant, located at 251 North
Avenue West in the North Avenue
train station lot, suggested, in an April
7 e-mail, the idea of placing seven
tables (with umbrellas) off adjacent
Cheeburger asserted that it would
clean up the small landscaped area
that borders the establishment.
Cheeburger said that the Downtown
Westfield Corporation (DWC) would
remove the existing bench and clean
up the area, while using pavers, which
have been approved by DWC Executive Director Sherry Cronin.
The restaurant, according to owner
Dan Colantuono, would cover the
installation of new landscaping. Mr.

Colantuono said in his e-mail that he

is proposing this location because of
the very narrow sidewalks in front of
our store and due to the fact that these
sidewalks are owned by the town in
which we pay an easement on.
Speaking to building owner Robert
Massa, who was in attendance, Third
Ward Councilman Mark Ciarrocca
said that what Cheeburger suggested
is tantamount to ripping up landscaping and having tables off the sidewalk. I am not comfortable with the
precedent of tearing up a landscaped
area. I would not support it.
First Ward Councilman Peter
Echausse reaffirmed Councilman
Ciarroccas position, saying he was
opposed to the proposed plan but
wondered, If we ripped out the
meters, could they put tables by the
sidewalk area?
After hearing concerns from council members, Town Administrator Jim

Mountainside BOE Discusses

Contract Renewal with GL
Specially Written for The Westfield Leader

AT LONG LASTThe demolition of the old Statistical Research Building,

located at 111 and 129 Prospect Street, finally began earlier this week following
a two-year wait. James Ward, the owner of the building, first needed to remove
asbestos from the walls, and then fought an arduous battle in Town Hall to get a

Don Williams for The Westfield Leader

WESTFIELD SWINGS...Jazz Night in Westfield was moved to Wednesday night last week due to impending rain on
Tuesday. Coupled with the Car Show in town, things were really hopping as shown above on Prospect Street.

meeting of the Mountainside Board
of Education (BOE) Board President
John Perrin announced that the send/
receive agreement with Governor
Livingston High School in Berkeley
Heights is still being discussed.
Mr. Perrin reported that the BOE
received a letter from Berkeley
Heights but did not state what the
letter contained. We are going to put
a meeting together; swit down at the
table and go over the fine points, he
Mr. Perrin stated that the ten-year
send/receive agreement is in its eighth
year. The terms of the agreement require the renewal of the contract to
take place two years prior to its
completion. He stated that if the BOE
signed the agreement without reviewing it, We wouldnt be fulfilling our
responsibility to our residents.
Board member Carmine Venes
added that the BOEs concerns with
the contract are with the terms and
conditions. Its a language thing,
contractual in nature, Mr. Perrin said.

We have issues and we are trying to

keep it on the table.
Mr. Perrin said the meeting with
Berkeley Heights Superintendent of
Schools Judy Ratner will take place
in the near future, but a date has not
yet been determined. He stated that
he expects the issues the BOE has
with the contract to be resolved and
the contract signed by the end of
Anyone wishing to review the terms
and conditions of the send/receive
agreement can obtain a copy from the
board office located in Beechwood
In other business, the BOE rescinded a motion to appoint David
Boff as a sixth grade social studies
teacher. It was determined that his K5 teaching certificate did not make
him eligible to teach sixth grade.
The board approved a motion to
appoint Pamela Isaacs to the position
effective September 1 at a salary of
$47,775. Chief School Administrator
Dr. Richard OMalley reported that
Ms. Isaacs took social studies as a
content area making her highly qualified for the position.

Mr. Gildea said the DWC had

previously requested an officer due
to problems associated with teenagers loitering in the downtown,
especially near the Rialto Theatre
and Starbucks. Although the police
department patrolled the area last
year, the DWC decided to go a step
further after some older citizens
complained of not being able to get
by teenagers gathered on downtown
Noting the town does not have an
ordinance to address loitering, Mr.
Gildea said the goal of the pilot program is to let everybody know we
have a safe downtown.
If anything does happen, we will
have officers on the scene, he said,
adding that the police have responded
to fights involving out-of-town youths
in the past.
He said the DWC believed a constant presence by an off-duty uniformed police officer would help deter teenagers from causing any problems in town.
On another matter, the town is considering a change in Westfields official website, although discussions at
this stage are informal, Mr. Gildea
The town has used the site as its official
website for the past few years. The
town, Mr. Gildea confirmed, is looking at the possibility of utilizing the website as its official site.
The DWC, the management entity

for the towns special improvement

district, manages that site.
We already have a presence in
both places (websites), Mr. Gildea
The administrator stated that the
town was not abandoning its current
official website. He said new Mayor
Andrew Skibitsky has asked officials
to create a more customer-friendly
website and a better Web presence
for the town. The administrator described the DWC-managed site as
very vibrant and one that receives
many visitors on the Internet.
Why create the wheel when we
have the wheel already? asked Mr.
Gildea. And they (DWC) have done
a good job on the website.
The administrator said town
webmaster Darryl Walker has made
some slight changes to the existing
official town website to make it more
informative to residents.
When asked if the DWC would
manage if it becomes the towns official website,
Mr. Gildea replied, not necessarily.
Mr. Gildea said town funds are
the website. He said
the DWC is an entity of the town and
that it is dependent on the town council for funding through the councils
approval of the DWC budget.
He said the DWC is only one option the town is considering.
There are a lot of opportunities for
the town to proceed in (for upgrading
the towns Web presence), he said.

County, Local Towns Work

To Complete Road Projects
Specially Written for The Westfield Leader

AREA Several local streets will

be undergoing renovations over the
next few weeks.
Westfield is having curb replacement done on Dorian Road in front of
Westfield High School and on Elm
Street from Dudley Avenue to Newton Place. While the roads will be
closed, police presence will be available for traffic control. Detours are
set up to alleviate traffic problems
that these projects will cause, and
residents are able to access their properties.
Both projects are required to be
completed by the end of August so as
not to conflict with school openings,
said Assistant Town Engineer Kris
Other construction projects are taking place in August. The south side
train station parking lot (Lot 3) will
be repaved and the parking spots will
be restriped. Both Highland Avenue
between Hillside Avenue and Birch
Place and North Chestnut Avenue
from Broad Street to Mountain Avenue received contracts and construction will begin in the first or second
week of August. There will also be
various road improvements in multiple locations, according to Mr.
This years Westfield municipal
budget also includes projects that will
take place in the spring of 2006.
Scotch Plains will be having a few
curb projects, but most of the work
will include repaving 12 to 24 streets
with a rented paving machine.
The largest project is on Plainfield

Avenue from the Westfield town line

to Beryllium Road. New curbs are
being placed and it will be repaved
due to a state contract. There will be
a detour and the project should last
four to six weeks, officials said.
Garwoods roadwork will not commence until the fall. Lexington Avenue from Hemlock to Hickory and
East Street from Hemlock and
Hickory and Locust to Beech will
receive repaving, draining, sidewalk
renovation and new curbing.
Fanwoods new Director of Public
Works, Clint Dixon, said that bids are
being drawn up for projects that
should be completed at the end of
Union County road projects are
also taking place in the area. In
Westfield, the county will be repaving East Broad Street between Elmer
Street and Springfield Avenue. The
county is will also repaving Lamberts
Mill Road from Jacobs Lane in
Scotch Plains to Rahway Avenue in
Repaving will also take place on
Raritan Road between Old Lake Avenue and Terrill Road in Scotch Plains;
the Martine Avenue Extension from
Raritan Road in Scotch Plains to Cellar Avenue in Clark and Sky Top Dr./
Coles Avenue from Glenside Avenue
to the Trailside Museum in
While roads will be closed during
milling and resurfacing, residents will
be notified of the closings before work
begins, county officials said.
The Union Country projects are
scheduled to be finished by Labor

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Thursday, July 28, 2005

Keith Rothgarn, 24, of High
Bridge was arrested in the 200 block
of Ross Place on charges of possession of a weapon for an unlawful
purpose and unlawful possession
of a weapon.
Responding to a report of a disorderly person, police said they found
Rothgarn to be in possession of a
kitchen knife with an eight-inch blade,
the handle of which they saw sticking
out from his shirt. Rothgarn was released on his own recognizance.
Agatino Tartivita, 63, of Fanwood
was arrested at the Route 28 circle
and charged with driving while intoxicated, refusal to submit to a
breathalyzer test and careless driving. He was released to a responsible individual.
Jarrel Godette, 18, of Scotch
Plains was arrested during a motor
vehicle stop at North and Dudley
Avenues and charged with possession of less than 50 grams of suspected marijuana. He was released
on his own recognizance with a
Corey G. Hewitt, 19, of Plainfield
was arrested at West South Avenue
and Hort Street and charged with
possession of marijuana with intent to distribute; possession of over
50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was

released with summonses.

Someone forcibly entered a business in the 300 block of West Broad
Street and removed $20 to $30 in
change from the cash register.
Following a dispute at a Central
Avenue service station, Glenn
Miller, 45, of Westfield was arrested
on charges of making terroristic
threats, unlawful possession of a
weapon and possession of a weapon
for an unlawful purpose.
After what began as a verbal altercation, Miller is alleged to have
chased an attendant at the station
with a sawed-off axe handle
wrapped in electrical tape. Bail was
set at $500.
A Woodmere Drive resident reported that he was robbed of $105
by a female acquaintance who put
him in a headlock and grabbed his
wallet, then fled to a waiting vehicle. No arrests have been made in
the case.
Kevin Geddes, 26, of Scotch Plains
was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled dangerous
substance after his arrest on Mountain Avenue on an active contempt
of court warrant for $2,500 issued
by the Newark Municipal Court.
Geddes is alleged to have been in
possession of four methadose pills
and 34 Xanax tablets. Bail was set
at $2,500 on the Westfield charge
as well.






The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains Fanwood TIMES

Mayor to Appoint Citizen

Com. for Community Center
Specially Written for The Westfield Leader

GARWOOD- During Tuesday

nights meeting of the mayor and
council, Mayor Dennis McCarthy
announced that he would appoint a
committee of citizens to make recommendations concerning the issues
involved in building a community
center. This is in response to the tremendous outcome and variety of opinion at the June 30 meeting.
Many new ideas were brought out
which are certainly worth exploring before taking any further action, he said.
The mayor would like the committee to
gather information from the public and
various groups to make these recommendations.
Borough Engineer Donald Guarriello
informed the governing body that the
2004 state Department of Transportation (DOR) project is finished, and the
trees have been planted. This completes the reconstruction of three streets
Myrtle, Spruce and East.
Hopefully we will be out for bid in
mid-August on the 2005 DOT
project, said Mr. Guarriello. The

2005 project will involve the reconstruction of various streets, curbing

and sidewalks in the borough.
Mr. Guarriello also said that he has
the bid documents prepared for the
potential cell tower that is to be erected
behind the Hess Station. We are going to offer the use of the property and
they will submit quotes for how much
they are going to pay the borough for
use of the property. Sprint or Verizon
may be potential bidders.
The council presented checks Tuesday night to the Scotch Plains-Fanwood
Board of Education (BOE), the fire
department and the first aid squad. The
money came from negotiations that the
governing body had with Comcast regarding the cable franchise agreement.
John Drone accepted a check for $1,000
on behalf of the first aid squad and Fire
Chief Rich Bonfanti accepted a check for
$1,000. BOE President Adele Lewis and
BOE technology representative Glenn
Stott were presented a check for $13,000.
Due to the summer schedule, the
next council meeting is scheduled for
Tuesday, August 23, at 7:30 p.m. A
workshop session will begin at 7 p.m.

WF Council Tables Burger


Gildea said that the application is

not acceptable in its current sidewalk
sale form and that the business would
have to resubmit its application in
order to be considered. He reminded
the council that construction would
proceed in 2006 on the
reconfiguration of the north side lot
and that that the permit would only be
good from August 2 to November 30.
Before the start of Tuesdays conference meeting, the council conducted a special meeting to introduce
a special ordinance providing for
improvements to parking facilities
and the appropriation of funds for lot
three (south side train station lot).
The project will include milling,
striping, curbing and lighting. Mr.
Gildea said that the amount of the
project, as currently constituted, has
decreased because the town has found
another lighting vendor, who came in
with a bid. The council passed the
ordinance on first reading, 8-0, with
Second Ward Councilman Raphael
Betancourt absent.
During the regular council conference meeting, a bid for various road
projects was discussed after the town
was forced to re-bid when an initial
bid came in too high. Mr. Gildea
noted that it didnt have the normal
contractors pick it (bid specifications) up.
Kris McAloon, assistant town engineer, said that the town opened the

bid on Monday and that the town

would contract with Schifano Construction, who worked on Rahway
Avenue last year.
Mr. McAloon called Schifano a
reputable firm and said they came
in at $370,000, which was $50-70,000
less than the first bid. Mr. Gildea said
that while the town estimated the cost
of the project at $300,000, the town
will pool its road project money together and use surplus from previous
years, making the new road projects
costs well within budget, citing, for
example, the $80,000 leftover for repairs to Elm Street.
Town Engineer Kenneth Marsh
noted that with oil prices at their
current level, bids will only get
The council also noted that Union
County is overseeing various road
projects, one being East Broad Street
between Elmer Street and Springfield Avenue, which will take approximately five days to complete
and begin this Friday.
Councilman Echausse outlined,
under the Finance Committee report,
a plan to upgrade the towns presence on the world wide web. Councilman Echausse presented three preliminary options. The first option
would be to continue on the official website, while other
options include working with the
DWC and Sherry Cronin in conjunction with or creating a brand new .gov website.
Councilman Echausse said that the
idea of working with the DWC was
promising because of a bigger presence and their great layout. They get
65,000 hits a week. He described as a vibrant site
and said that the DWC was an extended arm of the town of Westfield,
making it a promising marriage.
Mayor Andrew Skibitsky said that
the intent is to improve the current
site and provide for better communication to citizens, while emphasizing the idea of cost sharing with the
DWC and managing both their content and the towns.

A Watchung Communications, Inc. Publication

Detective Chambers
Disciplinary Hearing

She explained that she returned Ms.

Browns call on February 14 upon
returning from vacation and asked
her why she did not contact Officer
Pierce regarding the matter. Detective Perrotta continued that Ms.
Brown said in talking with Officer
Pierce at the scene, she asked and was
informed that Detective Perrotta was
Officer Pierces superior officer.
Detective Perrotta said she asked
for and received a copy of the summons dropped off at the police department by Ms. Brown. She said she
had Officer Pierce void Ms. Browns
ticket after it was determined the meter
in question was in fact broken.
Mr. Abdellah said a statement by
Ms. Brown contradicts the Detective
Perrottas statement. The attorney said
Ms. Browns statement indicated that
she spoke to Officer Pierce at the scene
and said the meter would not accept
dimes. She placed dimes into the meter
to show him; however, this time the
meter recorded the time properly.
Detective Perrotta testified that on
February 17, she spoke to Police Chief
Bernard Tracy who asked about the
voiding of Ms. Browns ticket. It was
during this conversation where Detective Perrotta said Chief Tracy notified her of the charges made against
her by Detective Chambers.
At the hearing, Chief Tracy was
facing Detective Perrotta while sitting next to Mr. Plosia. Detective sat
between her attorneys.
Detective Perrotta said she questioned Officer Pierce as to the accusation and asked him if he (Officer
Pierce) had been ordered to take any
illegal actions in voiding Ms. Browns
summons. She said the officer stated
the void of the ticket was conducted
legally and informed her of the alleged ticket fix ordered by Detective
Mr. Abdellah attacked Detective
Perrottas credibility, noting the date
filed for paperwork to void Ms.
Browns was listed as February 4
when she (Detective Perrotta) was on

vacation, instead of February 16, after she returned to work.

Is it part of police procedure to
have the date rigged on voided tickets? Mr. Addellah questioned.
Yes, Detective Perrotta responded.
Detective Perrotta granted, on cross
examination, that Officer Pierce failed
to get a signature to void the ticket
from her or Mr. Morgan.
Detective Perrotta testified that the
parking officer makes the decision to
have a ticket voided, although a superior officers signature is necessary to
properly complete the process. Voided
tickets are turned over to the Westfield
Municipal Court, said Detective
The departments second witness,
Mr. Morgan, testified that the voiding
of Ms. Browns and Detective Chambers tickets (by Officer Pierce) were
illegal due to the fact Officer Pierce
failed to get a superior officers signature (either Captain Morgan or
Detective Perrotta) on either form as
required by the department.
During his testimony, Captain Morgan stated that had Ms. Browns ticket
been submitted to the violations bureau which, he said, should have contacted parking services to have someone sign the voided tickets.
At this point, the hearing was adjourned.
Mr. Plosia told The Westfield Leader
that only half of the case against Detective Chambers has been presented.
On Friday, the following day, The
Westfield Leader formally requested
a copy of the charges pending against
Detective Chambers, according to the
Open Public Records Act (OPRA).
Captain John Parizeau of the
Westfield Police Department said that
this is probably part of Detective
Chambers personnel file and normally is exempt from OPRA. He acknowledged that this hearing has been
made public and that he would find
out how to proceed on the request for
a copy of the charges.

Power Outages Blamed

On High System Demand
Specially Written for The Westfield Leader

AREA Several towns, including

Westfield and Fanwood, lost power on
July 19 due to equipments failure caused
a heat wave.
PSE&G spokeswoman Jennifer
Connell told The Westfield Leader and
The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times that
the outages occurred between 6 and 10
p.m. and also included Plainfield and
The spokeswoman did not have an
actual number of customers who lost
power. She said most power was restored by the time they retired Tuesday
Westfield Police Captain John Parizeau
said the power outage lasted for several
hours and was situated mostly in the northern part of the town. He said the department received some calls from residents
in which, he said the department advised
callers that PSE&G was working on the
He said there were a few other intermittent power failures over the previous
week. In some cases, he said, electrical
power went out for less than a minute
before being restored.
Ms. Connell said the outage on July 19

occurred due to a series of unrelated

equipment failures caused by high temperatures and humidity.
On Tuesday night (July 19) we saw
our highest demand for power of any day
so far this year, said Ms. Connell.
Tuesday was a day that really taxed
the system, Ms. Connell said.
She said customers returning home for
work put on their air conditioners, which
significantly increased demand.
PSE&G has responded to the problems
by conducting what Ms. Connell described
as infrared inspections to identify
trouble spots in the overhead cables.
Its a continuing process, she said of
the inspections.
The July 19 outages in Westfield included East Broad Street from Euclid
Area to Springfield Avenue, as observed
by a reporter from and The Westfield
Scotch Plains Mayor Martin Marks
said an area between Terrill Road and
Martine Avenue, mostly in Fanwood, lost
power overnight on July 19.
In a related incident, crews restored a
traffic signal at East Broad Street and
Euclid Avenue in Westfield after a contractor accidentally struck an underground


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Thursday, July 28, 2005

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Township Working With BOE

To Upgrade TV-34 for Viewers
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townships public access television
channel 34 is undergoing some
changes that will lead to a greater
cooperative effort between the municipal building and Scotch PlainsFanwood High School, along with
some significant technology upgrades.
Mayor Martin Marks confirmed to
The Times last week that Bill
McMeekan, a teacher at the high
school who also oversees the schools
television programming, would become director of what will now be

referred to as Scotch Plains Television.

We already share the station, the
mayor said, so we thought it would
be a natural to share personnel and
equipment in order to provide a better, cost-effective service to citizens
of Scotch Plains.
He added that Mr. McKeekan was
enthusiastic about the upgrade in technology and the opportunities that a
shared services package could provide for the community.
At the township councils July 12
public meeting, personnel from the
high school handled the television
broadcasting responsibilities instead

Cheri Rogowsky for The ScotchPlains-Fanwood Times

Archives May 13, 1999: ON THE SCENE...The crew from TV-34 take a break
during the filming of last weeks National Day of Prayer Service in Scotch Plains.
Pictured, left to right, are: Emmi Rank, Bob Merkle and George Doldourus.

of the volunteers who have manned

the cameras for a number of years.
Its not clear whether those four volunteers will choose to take part in the
new arrangement.
Mayor Marks said he and the council feel strongly that our TV-34 staff
did a remarkable job as volunteers for
the community. We are certainly appreciative of the hundreds of hours
they dedicated to make TV-34 one of
the more preeminent and cutting edge
cable stations in the state.
The council has been investigating
a technology upgrade that would provide for a state of the art bulletin
board scroll on TV-34. Early last
year, representatives from a company
that provides such technology made a
presentation to council members. The
mayor explained that the new technology, can either be provided by an
outside firm or we can purchase the
hardware/software itself and administer it ourselves. Not only would this
give us a better appearance on our
bulletin board but would also afford
us and the board of education the
capability of posting emergency announcements remotely without being present in the municipal building.
There will no doubt be some
bumps in the road during the transition period, the mayor told The Times.
However, once the new technology,
equipment, and full blown shared
services agreement is up and running, we believe we will have a fantastic station.

County, Local Towns Work To

Complete Summer Road Projects
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AREA Several local streets will

be undergoing renovations over the
next few weeks.
Westfield is having curb replacement done on Dorian Road in front of
Westfield High School and on Elm
Street from Dudley Avenue to Newton Place. While the roads will be
closed, police presence will be available for traffic control. Detours are
set up to alleviate traffic problems
that these projects will cause, and
residents are able to access their properties.
Both projects are required to be
completed by the end of August so as
not to conflict with school openings,
said Assistant Town Engineer Kris
Other construction projects are taking place in August. The south side

train station parking lot (Lot 3) will

be repaved and the parking spots will
be restriped. Both Highland Avenue
between Hillside Avenue and Birch
Place and North Chestnut Avenue
from Broad Street to Mountain Avenue received contracts and construction will begin in the first or second
week of August. There will also be
various road improvements in multiple locations, according to Mr.
This years Westfield municipal
budget also includes projects that will
take place in the spring of 2006.
Scotch Plains will be having a few
curb projects, but most of the work
will include repaving 12 to 24 streets
with a rented paving machine.
The largest project is on Plainfield
Avenue from the Westfield town line
to Beryllium Road. New curbs are
being placed and it will be repaved

due to a state contract. There will be

a detour and the project should last
four to six weeks, officials said.
Garwoods roadwork will not commence until the fall. Lexington Avenue from Hemlock to Hickory and
East Street from Hemlock and
Hickory and Locust to Beech will
receive repaving, draining, sidewalk
renovation and new curbing.
Fanwoods new Director of Public
Works, Clint Dixon, said that bids are
being drawn up for projects that
should be completed at the end of
Union County road projects are
also taking place in the area. In
Westfield, the county will be repaving East Broad Street between Elmer
Street and Springfield Avenue. The


Don Williams for The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times

Commerce Bank to Explain

Paver Situation Next Month
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Plains Planning Board expects to hear
from representatives of Commerce
Bank next month about why the bank
installed brick pavers outside its Park
Avenue branch that were not in compliance with township standards, and
whether the site plans that were approved by the board three years ago
included the different colored bricks.
The board was set to discuss the
matter at its meeting on Monday
evening, but when Commerce Bank
attorney Robert Kraus was unable to
attend, the board granted a request by
Eric Tomczak, the architect who drew
the site plans three years ago, to postpone the hearing until September.
This case has some issues, Board
Attorney Dan Bernstein said in urging a postponement. Its not fair for
Commerce Bank not to be represented
by counsel.
Local regulations require red brick
pavers to be installed at new buildings in the downtown business district, but bank representatives said it
was unclear whether those requirements included pavers on a propertys
interior. Commerce Bank installed
the required red pavers at the perimeter of its property at the corner of

Few Local Problems Found

On Access to Public Records
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SUMMER ROAD REPAIRSCrews are replacing curbs on Plainfield Avenue

in front of the Scotch Hills Country Club. A number of road projects are
scheduled for completion by Labor Day throughout the area.

Brooks Crandall for The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times

KIDS HELPING KIDSThe boys and girls of Summer Quest received their certificates of participation on Friday at the
Fanwood Presbyterian Church. They performed parable skits for kids from Childrens Specialized Hospital and later for
friends and family. Shelley Gardner (standing) organized the camp.

AREA Area towns are reporting

few problems in responding to requests per the states Open Public
Records Act (OPRA), which was created in 2002. However, the County of
Union has been put on the Governments Records Council (GRC) matrix watch list per multiple requests
filed by a Cranford resident.
OPRA was implemented to clarify
and simplify the process of requesting government documents and information by the public. Through
OPRA ordinary citizens can now request public information and mandated timely responses to those requests by government entities.
E.J. Miranda, a spokesman for the
GRC, reported that since the GRCs
inception in 2002 to date, 406 OPRA
cases have been adjudicated by the
council. Of those, 147 cases have
been referred to mediation and 92 or
63 percent were resolved.
In 2003, the average number of
cases that came before the council
each month was eight. In 2005, to
date, the average number of cases per
month is 32. The council has taken a
number of steps to expedite the complaint process, he said.
Between 2004 and 2005 there were
360 complaints filed with the GRC
statewide with 11 of those from Union
County. Most of the complaints filed
with the GRC come from private citizens.

Mr. Miranda said of the 11 cases

filed in Union County, Tina Renna of
Cranford filed seven. Her husband,
Joe, filed one.
Although Ms. Renna claimed the
county intentionally stonewalled her
on her OPRA requests, the GRC found
that the county did not knowingly
and willfully violate OPRA. Ms.
Renna withdrew one of the cases after the GRC referred the case to the
states Office of Administrative Law.
According to Mr. Miranda, one case
found in favor of the county due to the
information requested having been
found to be proprietary. In the sixth
case the GRC found that the county
should have been more diligent in
handling the request, but it did not
rise to a knowing and willing violation of OPRA. The last two cases are
open and pending a decision.
Sebastian DElia, a spokesman for
the Union County Board of Chosen
Freeholders, said excessive abuses of
the system have been a problem,
which has resulted in time-consuming and costly overruns for the county.
Mr. DElia reported that Ms. Renna
has abused the system with over 200
requests in a three-year period, allegedly costing taxpayers more than
$100,000 in employee overtime, just
to attend to her demands for information.
The Clerk to the Board of Chosen
Freeholders, Nicole Tedeschi, said
Ms. Renna has filed so many legal

Park and Mountain Avenues, but, in

keeping with the banks overall design standards, put gray pavers in the
area outside its building.
In the only other item on its agenda,
the board approved an application by
The PRC Group, which is developing
the age-restricted Heather Glen housing development, for six lot line readjustments and a front yard setback
variance on one lot.
The first of the 52 single-family
homes, which are restricted to those
55 and older, are currently being constructed between Jerusalem Road and
Brightwood Park in Westfield. PRCs
attorney, John Giunco, explained that
the lot line readjustments were needed
to make the lots more radial to the

cul-de-sacs on which they are situated. The lots in question would have
the same dimensions, he added.
Engineer Cyril Kucera called it a
reshuffling of lot lines that, he also
emphasized, would not change the
sizes of any of the lots.
The setback variance for a corner,
wedge-shaped lot was needed, Mr.
Kucera said, to bring the fronts of the
houses on the street into alignment
for streetscaping purposes. The board
was satisfied with the proposals for
the lot line adjustments and the variance and approved both without discussion.
The board has no meetings in August. Its next meeting is set for Monday, September 12.

Power Outage Blamed

On Demand on System
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AREA Several towns, including Westfield and Fanwood, lost

power on July 19 due to equipments
failure caused by a heat wave.
PSE&G spokeswoman Jennifer
Connell told The Westfield Leader
and The Scotch Plains-Fanwood
Times that the outages occurred between 6 and 10 p.m. and also included Plainfield and Kenilworth.
The spokeswoman did not have an
actual number of customers who lost
power. She said most power was
restored by the time they retired Tuesday evening.
Westfield Police Captain John
Parizeau said the power outage lasted
for several hours and was situated
mostly in the northern part of the
town. He said the department received
some calls from residents in which,
he said the department advised callers that PSE&G was working on the
He said there were a few other
intermittent power failures over the
previous week. In some cases, he
said, electrical power went out for
less than a minute before being restored.
Ms. Connell said the outage on
July 19 occurred due to a series of

unrelated equipment failures

caused by high temperatures and
On Tuesday night (July 19) we
saw our highest demand for power of
any day so far this year, said Ms.
Tuesday was a day that really taxed
the system, Ms. Connell said.
She said customers returning home
for work put on their air conditioners,
which significantly increased demand.
PSE&G has responded to the problems by conducting what Ms. Connell
described as infrared inspections
to identify trouble spots in the overhead cables.
Its a continuing prices, she said
of the inspections.
The July 19 outages in Westfield
included East Broad Street from
Euclid Area to Springfield Avenue, as
observed by a reporter from The
Leader and The Times.
Scotch Plains Mayor Martin Marks
said an area between Terrill Road and
Martine Avenue, mostly in Fanwood,
lost power overnight on July 19.
In a related incident, crews restored
a traffic signal at East Broad Street
and Euclid Avenue in Westfield after
a contractor accidentally struck an
underground cable.


Benjamin B. Corbin for The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times

ALMOST THEREThe Union County Engineering building on South Avenue

in Scotch Plains is almost finished. The exterior is complete, but construction is
ongoing for the interior.

Regional ........ 2-3

Editorial ........ 4-5
Community ... 6-7

Obituary ........ 8
Real Estate .... 11-18
Education....... 9,19,20,21 Classified........19
Sports ............ 11-16
A&E .............. 21-22

Benjamin B. Corbin for The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times

TAKING SHAPEThe new Heather Glenn homes off Jerusalem Road are
taking shape as development in the area thrives.

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The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains Fanwood TIMES

Thursday, July 28, 2005

BOE Seeks Applicants

For Unexpired SP Seat
ber 15 from 8 to 10 p.m., then recess
into closed session to discuss the
candidates interviews.
The board will then reconvene in
open session to take a public vote to
select the successor board member.
If there are more candidates than
time allows, the process will be
completed at the Thursday, September 22 business meeting of the
board, according to Ms. Meyer.


Plains-Fanwood Board of Education is seeking applicants interested
in filling the Scotch Plains seat on
the board previously occupied by
Lance Porter. Mr. Porter resigned in
June after seven years on the board
due to a job transfer. The resignation was effective August 1.
The board will have 65 days from
August 1 to appoint a new Scotch
Plains member of the board to serve
until the next school election in
April, 2006, according to district
spokeswoman Kathy Meyer.
At that time, candidates may run
for the one-year unexpired term,
Ms. Meyer said. Any applicants who
intend on running for a full-term to
the seat must be a resident for one
year of Scotch Plains as of April
Its a good opportunity for someone who has been considering (running for the board), Ms. Meyer said.
Scotch Plains residents who are
interested in applying for the open
board seat are invited to submit a
letter of interest, including a brief
biography and their reasons for
wanting to be on the board, to Scotch
Plains-Fanwood Board of Education President Linda Nelson, at the
Board of Education Offices, Evergreen Avenue and Cedar Street,
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076.
The deadline for applications is
Monday, September 12 at 4 p.m. The
board will conduct public interviews
of candidates on Thursday, Septem-

Road Work

county is will also repaving Lamberts

Mill Road from Jacobs Lane in Scotch
Plains to Rahway Avenue in Westfield.
Repaving will also take place on
Raritan Road between Old Lake Avenue and Terrill Road in Scotch Plains;
the Martine Avenue Extension from
Raritan Road in Scotch Plains to Cellar Avenue in Clark and Sky Top Dr./
Coles Avenue from Glenside Avenue
to the Trailside Museum in
While roads will be closed during
milling and resurfacing, residents
will be notified of the closings before work begins, county officials
The Union Country projects are
scheduled to be finished by this
Labor Day.







Angelo D. Tsopelas, 27, of Fords
was arrested on outstanding warrants
as a result of a motor vehicle stop at
Martine and North Avenues.
Jason E. Bennet, 26, of Clark, was arrested at 7:24 p.m. on outstanding warrants.
was arrested at 9 p.m. at the south side
train station on outstanding warrants after
acting in a disorderly manner, police said.
Michael G. Leary, 37, of North
Plainfield, was arrested at 9:35 a.m.
on outstanding warrants as a result of
a motor vehicle stop on King Street.
Justin J. Mojica, 29, of Scotch Plains
was arrested at 9:30 p.m. on outstanding motor vehicle warrants during an
investigation of a call by police.
Vicki Tontodanti, 42, of Plainfield was
arrested on outstanding warrants during
an investigation of a call by police.
Walter L. Chandler, 42, of Plainfield
was arrested at 4:45 p.m. and found to

have multiple outstanding warrants

following a motor vehicle stop at Terrill
Road and LaGrande Avenue.
Julio A. Rosario, 29, of Plainfield was
arrested at 8:45 a.m. on outstanding warrants as a result of a motor vehicle stop at
Terrill Road and Midway Avenue.
John S. Moruczinski, 40, of Fanwood
was arrested at 8:10 a.m. on Midway
Avenue for outstanding warrants.
Cilia I. Mondrahon, 54, of Elizabeth
was arrested on outstanding warrants
and for obstruction of justice after providing false information to police following a motor vehicle stop at 9:44
a.m. at Martine Avenue and Seville
Row, police said.
Wendy F. Williams, 34, of Irvington
was arrested on outstanding warrants as
the result of a motor vehicle stop at 7:37
a.m. at Terrill Road and Midway Avenue.
Cherriki S. Blanchard, 22, of
Plainfield was arrested on outstanding
warrants at 1:19 a.m.

Hearing Begins For

Wfd. Police Detective

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WESTFIELD In an unusual public forum, the Westfield Police Department began its disciplinary hearing last Thursday at noon against
Detective Sandra Chambers, supposedly charged with fixing a $20 parking ticket and covering up the matter.
Detective Chambers has been suspended with pay since March. During the three-hour plus hearing, no
charges pending against Detective
Chambers were mentioned.
Testimony was taken from Police
Detective Lisa Perrotta, who supervises parking ticket operations, and
Parking Director John Morgan. The
hearing was adjourned to 11 a.m. on
Wednesday, August 17.
James Damato, a Morris County
attorney, conducted the hearing. His
recommendations are non-binding.
During the hearing, it was brought
out that Detective Chambers had accused Detective Perrotta of improperly ordering special police officer
Jonathan Pierce, Jr. to void a parking
ticket for her friend, Jefferson Elementary School Secretary Jill Brown.
When Detective Perrotta said she
confronted officer Pierce on the allegation, the officer responded, If anything it was Sandy that made me void
a ticket a ticket for her son.

Mr. Morgan said Officer Pierces action in voiding Ms. Browns ticket was
illegal because he failed to get the signature of himself or Detective Perrotta.
Officer Pierce is still employed but can
no longer issue parking summons.
Detective Perrotta, who was on vacation in Aruba when the ticket was
issued, testified that Ms. Browns ticket
was voided properly after it was determined the meter was broken.
Detective Chambers attorney,
Hassan Abdellah, argued that statements by Detective Perrotta (who said
she spoke to Ms. Brown) and Ms.
Browns statement indicated the meter
worked properly when she inserted
coins as witnessed by officer Pierce.
James Plosia, Jr. of the law firm of
Apruzzese, McDermott, Mastro &
Murphy of Liberty Corner, the towns
labor attorney, represented the police
department. He said only half of the
case has been presented.
The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times
formally requested a copy of the
charges pending against Detective
Chambers, according to the Open
Public Records Act (OPRA).
Westfield Police Captain John
Parizeau said that the charges are part
of Detective Chamberspersonnel file,
and thus he denied the OPRA request.

Horace Corbin for The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times

PISTON LOVERS...Area car show enthusiasts converge in Westfield last Wednesday for the monthly summer spectacle.

Public Records Act

Little Problem Locally

actions that an attorney now reviews

OPRA requests filed by Ms. Renna.
She said this situation is very frustrating, but isolated.
We are aware of our OPRA responsibilities to the public and are always
forthcoming, Ms. Tedeschi said.
By her own account, Ms. Renna
admits that she placed numerous
OPRA requests with the county, but
puts the number closer to 80 requests.
Ms. Renna, a Republican, contends
that the county has violated her OPRA
rights by systematically thwarting her
attempts to gain access to information about the all-Democrat freeholder
board for political reasons.
Some of the information Ms. Renna
requested between 2003 and 2005 included salaries, positions, paid leave
and an accounting of employees on the
county payroll. She claimed the county
intentionally delays and denies requests
until the time-sensitive information requested is no longer valuable.
She also filed nine complaints with
the GRC against the freeholder board
due to their alleged violation of her
OPRA rights. Some of those complaints were dismissed by the GRC in
their final determinations, having
found that although the county was
delinquent in delivering some of the
requested documents, the delays were
not found to be a knowing and willful violation of OPRA.
Several of the complaints that were
referred to the state Office of Administrative Law (OAL), were dropped
by Ms. Renna, because she said she
does not have the time or the money
to pursue a legal battle with the OAL,
the legal arm of the GRC.
Vince Lehotsky, a resident of
Rahway, is a prolific user of the OPRA
throughout Union County. He has
filed dozens of OPRA requests dur-

BIG STRETCH...Kehler Field in Westfield is Turfed Tuesday. The project is

scheduled for completion at the end of August in time for football season.

ing the course of his grassroots activities. Over the years Mr. Lehotsky
has reported information on county
financial disclosures on his website,
Mr. Lehotsky said that most municipal boards and the Union County freeholders were accommodating and efficient, responding to his OPRA requests
in a timely fashion.
But the time frame all depends on
who the clerk is and which board Im
at, he added.
Despite the sometimes-controversial nature of his requests, Mr. Lehotsky
said he was never denied access to
information covered by OPRA.
When Ive gone in to request financial information from the freeholders, I usually have the item in my
hands in 10 minutes, he related.
Mr. Lehotsky said that on occasion, personal and private information that should not have been released under OPRAs exceptions,
were instead accidentally released to
him by the county, such as employees Social Security numbers or the
locations used by the countys witness protection program. He has reported these oversights to the GRC.
He said that he is careful not to
overburden any office with excessive
requests and he is mindful of the types
of information permitted under OPRA.
At the municipal level, OPRA requests are handled by the clerks office.
Westfield Town Clerk Claire Gray
said most requesters are aware of
what information is covered under
OPRA. Ms. Gray said attorneys make
most of the requests that come through
her office, but some are from candidates and private citizens.
Ms. Gray said the public should be
aware of the fees charged for documents due to the time involved in
collating requests. She said that it
could be costly to a government
agency if people do not pick up and
pay for the documents they order and
that requesters need to be specific
about the information that request.
Phil Morin of Cranford, a Union
County lawyer and Chairman of the
Union County Republicans, said local boards have been accommodating in answering his OPRA requests
in a timely fashion.
However, he said. Some government agencies are more accommodating than others.
More information can be found on
OPRA at and the
cases being mediated by the GRC
along with their decisions can be found
on their web site at


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The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains Fanwood TIMES

Thursday, July 28, 2005


Ten Local Vietnam Veterans

To Receive Medals Today
COUNTY The New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans
Affairs (NJDMVA) has announced
that 10 local residents are among 83
Union and Essex County military
veterans scheduled to receive the
states Vietnam Service Medal during a special award ceremony at 11
a.m. today, Thursday, July 28, at the
West Orange National Guard Armory
in West Orange.
Two of the 10 are from Westfield,
including Sergeant Salvatore Alice,
Army and Staff Sergeant William
Gandy, Marine Corps. From Scotch
Plains, the honorees are Lieutenant
Colonel Donald Bishop, Air Force;
Corporal Richard Gallagher, Marine
Corps and Lance Corporal Richard
Sloan, Marine Corps. Specialist Four
George Prunty of Fanwood, Army,
will be recognized as well.
Also receiving medals will be Specialist Five William Ehrhardt of
Mountainside, Army; Staff Sergeant
Dennis Clark of Garwood, Air Force
and Staff Sergeant Leroy Kelsay of
Berkeley Heights, Air Force.
Specialist Four William Tomko, a
Mountainside resident who served in
the Army, will be awarded the medal
The Vietnam Service Medal commemorates the 25th anniversary of
the end of the Vietnam Conflict in
January of 1973.
To be eligible for the Vietnam Service Medal, veterans must meet the
following criteria: Be a current resi-

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County Counter Terrorism

dent of New Jersey; have served in

any branch of the armed forces of the
United States in Vietnam, Thailand,
Laos, Cambodia or the contiguous
waters or airspace thereof on or after
December 31, 1960 and on or before
May 7, 1975; have an honorable discharge or be currently serving in the
Anyone interested in applying for
the NJ Vietnam Service Medal, Distinguished Service Medal or Meritorious Service Medal should send a
request to: NJDMAVA, Attention:
Kathy Burek, P.O. Box 340, Trenton,
or call (800) 624-0508, ext. no. 7.

Miron Re-Appointed
NJ Bar Assoc. Trustee
TRENTON Louis Miron, a
Westfield attorney, has been re-appointed as a trustee of the New Jersey
State Bar Foundation (NJSBF), an
organization dedicated to promoting
law-related education.
Mr. Miron serves on the editorial
board of The Legal Eagle, the
foundations legal newspaper for kids
and chairs the editorial board for Respect newsletter.
He lectures students on legal and
school newspaper issues. He helped
prepare mock trial competitions.
Mr. Miron graduated from Lehigh
University and received his law degree from American University.


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TIME TO REMEMBER...Mountainside dedicates a clock on July 16 in the

memory of Captain Todd Turner who died in an automobile accident in 2003.

Clock Dedicated In Memory

Of Captain Todd Turner
Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times

9:08 a.m. on Saturday, July 16, a
clock in honor of the late Captain
Todd Turner was unveiled in front of
borough hall by Officer Jeffrey
Stinner, President of the Mountainside
Policemens Benevolent Association
(PBA) Local No. 126.
The unveiling marks the second
anniversary of the loss of Captain
Turner, who died in August of 2003.
According to Officer Stinner, the
clock was erected because of the generous donations Mountainside residents had made in his name. He added,
The department hasnt been the same
since he has been gone.
Police Chief James Debbie said,
Todd always made us feel something. He made us laugh and I miss
his sense of humor. He has made us
cry every month for the past two
years. He has added so much to our
lives. When he left us, he took a little
piece of each of our lives with him.
This clock will always remind us of
how precious time is.
Mayor Robert Vigliani presented
Todds parents, Seymour and Kitty
Turner, with a small replica of the
clock and stated that he commended
what Local 126 has done today. He
noted that the clock will affect people
who knew Captain Turner and who
didnt know him, stating that those
who did not know the officer might

wonder what type of man was he

that deserves such an honor as they
pass the clock.
Captain Turner, a life-long resident
of Mountainside, died on August 22,
2003 from injuries sustained in a car
accident. He had been a member of
the Mountainside Police Department
since 1979, starting as a dispatcher,
and leaving for one year to serve on
the Summit Police Department.
It was noted by Chief Debbie that
in 1981 Captain Turner came back to
Mountainside, was promoted to corporal in 1988, to sergeant in 1993, to
lieutenant in 2000 and captain in 2003.
Captain Turner has been honored
by the FBI and the US Postal Inspection Service for exemplary service.
He earned 25 departmental commendations and five lifesaving awards.
He was a member of the
Mountainside Rescue Squad, the
Union County Municipal Investigators Association, the Union County
Terrorism Task Force, the Union
County Domestic Violence Response
Team, the Mountainside Policemens
Benevolent Association (PBA) Local
No. 126 and the Mountainside Elks
Captain Turner is survived by his
parents, Seymour and Kitty Turner of
Mountainside; his brother Keith
Turner, a Mountainside councilman;
; his sister Bonnie Wilfred of Bayville;
his daughter, Sarah Turner of
Flanders; a niece, Dawn Wilfred, two
nephews Dylan Turner and Logan
Turner, and his girlfriend, Kelly
Murphy of Rahway.

COUNTY Announced Tuesday, dential informants who provide inUnion County Prosecutors Office De- formation on possible terrorist cells
tective Paul Han has been named to and corruption.
He is the perfect person for this
be permanent coordinator of the
Union County Counter Terrorism important post, said Chief Buccino,
noting Hans list of training, languages
Task Force.
including Korean,
Detective Han will
Japanese and certilead the countys effications cover sevforts in sensitive and
eral pages and incritical missions of
clude State of New
protecting citizens,
Jersey Police Trainhigh risk areas and
ing Commission
infrastructure sysapproval to provide
tems. Mr. Han left
law enforcement inthe State of New
struction in DefenJerseys Office of
sive Tactics, TerrorCounter-Terrorism
ism and Physical
to come to the
county. He has filled
The assignment
in as acting coordialso includes classinator since Robert
Paul Han
fication of high level
Kramer became ill
terrorism intellilast year.
Pauls leadership, in spearhead- gence data to and from the 25 sepaing a complete network of coopera- rate law enforcement agencies in the
tion and communication with the county and work on improved secuFederal Bureau of Investigations rity measures for the county, major
Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) transportation systems and corporate
and with the state office and each of safety plans.
This is an opportunity and a chalthe municipalities in Union County,
has been spectacular, said Union lenge that I welcome and I am grateCounty Prosecutor Theodore ful for the confidence bestowed by
the chief and the prosecutor, said
Chief of Prosecutors Detectives Han, who is hoping to increase the
Robert Buccino said Han has also amount of information and intelliworked with the international money gence data that is already being shared
laundering unit which tracked secret with the respective agencies.
Detective Han, who also worked in
underground terrorist financial systems and has investigated numerous the Office of the Insurance Fraud
criminal and civil cases including Prosecutor and later with the Bureau
immigration and passport fraud, iden- of Police and Prosecutors at the Ditity theft and document fraud, credit vision of Criminal Justice in Trenton,
card scams and work involving confi- is a graduate of Rutgers University.

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Port Authority Police.
On PATH, searches will be conducted
before travelers reach the fare collection area. Those not wishing to participate will not be allowed to enter.
At the bus terminal, checks will be
made at the passenger gates, and travelers not wishing to participate will

be asked to leave the terminal.

On the AirTrain systems, checks
will be made at the fare gates, and
travelers not wishing to participate
will not be allowed to enter.
The Port Authority strongly encourages users to immediately report
any suspicious activity to its hotline
number, (800) 828-7273.
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Thursday, July 28, 2005

Construction Begins for S.I.

Cargo Freight to Elizabeth
AREA Last week, construction
was initiated on ExpressRail Staten
Island, a $26 million ship-to-rail cargo
transfer facility at the Howland Hook
Marine Terminal. As part of a larger
initiative, freight rail service to and
from Staten Island will be reestablished after a 15-year hiatus.
When completed in the first quarter of 2006, the ship-to-rail terminal
will be able to handle approximately
100,000 containers a year.
ExpressRail Staten Island will be
built by Railroad Construction Co.
Inc. of New Jersey on a 39-acre parcel on the former Procter & Gamble
site. The Port Authority purchased
the property in December 2000.
ExpressRail Staten Island will consist of five tracks that will be linked to
the reactivated Staten Island Railroad. Containers will be loaded onto
double-stack rail cars and transported
via the Staten Island Railroad to the
Conrail Main Line in Elizabeth, which
connects to the nations rail freight
In addition to the construction of
ExpressRail Staten Island, the Arthur
Kill lift bridge is being rehabilitated
and construction is under way on the
reactivation of the eight-mile Staten
Island Railroad, which will provide
direct rail service between the industrial businesses on the Travis Branch
Line, which runs along Staten Islands
western shore, and the national rail
freight network. Construction is expected to be completed in early 2006.
New York Governor George Pataki
said, The Howland Hook Marine
Terminal is the states premier gateway for international cargo, and these
investments will further our efforts to
attract even more shippers and cargo
to this facility. This project will provide good-paying jobs and economic
benefits throughout New York State.
It also will take significant numbers
of trucks off the road, which will
improve air quality.
New York City Mayor Michael
Bloomberg said, This new facility is
a critical link in our efforts to alleviate choking traffic congestion in this
area by moving more freight and
refuse by rail. The simple act of taking a percentage of cargo-hauling tractor-trailers off of the road eases the
burden that drivers, particularly on
Staten Island, must contend with each
day. The benefits to our environment
and to our economy are immeasurable, and this project only serves to
strengthen the terminals strong foothold as a powerhouse in the container
shipping industry not only for the
Port of New York and New Jersey, but
in the United States and world markets as well.
Port Authority Chairman Anthony
Coscia said, Accommodating projected growth at our world-class port
is an important component of our 10year strategic plan. If we are to main-

tain our status as the busiest seaport

on the East Coast, we must continue
to make this an attractive place to do
business. We believe our $450 million investment in rail in New York
and New Jersey will greatly enhance
our ability to handle more cargo.
Port Authority Vice Chairman
Charles Gargano said, The construction of this rail terminal signals the
Port Authoritys commitment to
greatly improve New Yorks port infrastructure to enhance the economic
benefits that it provides. This project,
coupled with the overall redevelopment of this terminal, will add more
than $200 million in economic activity to New York Citys economy by
Port Authority Executive Director
Kenneth Ringler Jr., said, The Port
Authority has maintained a strong
commitment to the Howland Hook
Container Terminal since it reopened
in the mid-1990s. In addition to this
rail terminal project, we also have
invested millions of dollars to expand
the facilitys berths to handle larger
ships, to deepen the harbor channels,
and to provide the electrical infrastructure for the installation of new
post-Panamax cranes.
Staten Island Borough President
James Molinaro said, After years of
effort and support for this project, I
am gratified to see the Staten Island
freight rail link moving forward. This
service will take tens of thousands of
trucks off Staten Islands roads. It
will not only mitigate traffic congestion but also improve local air quality.
Further, the rail link will enhance
Staten Islands economy by lowering
the cost of doing business with the
Howland Hook Marine Terminal, one
of the Islands largest employers.
James Devine, president of New
York Container Terminal Inc., which
operates the Howland Hook facility,
said, As the operator of this facility,
we are thrilled with the commitment
by Governor Pataki and the Port Authority that has allowed us to break
ground for this important project.

Red Cross Chapter

To Hold Blood Drive
WESTFIELD The Westfield/
Mountainside Chapter of the American Red Cross will host a blood drive
on Wednesday, August 3, from 3 to 8
p.m. at the Chapter House, located at
321 Elm Street in Westfield.
Blood donors must be at least 17
years old, weigh more than 110
pounds and be in good general health.
Federal regulations require donors
to wait 56 days between donations.
Donors are asked to bring picture
identification and know their Social
Security number. Also, donors are
asked to eat a regular meal before
donating. For more information,
please call (908) 232-7090.

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21st District News

Gang Violence Affects All

New Jersey Citizens
Assemblyman Jon Bramnick, Westfield

FELLOWSHIP AWARDEDFormer Rotary District Governor Adrienne Bzura

(left) presents Dwight Leeper and Pat Plante with the Paul Harris Fellowship
Award on June 29 at the Pantagis restaurant in Scotch Plains. Paul Harris
founded the Rotary in 1905. The award is given to members who further
understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world.

United Way Board Names

James Horne, Jr. as CEO
COUNTY James Horne, Jr. has
been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the United Way Greater Union
County. Mr. Horne has over 10 years
experience with United Way. He most
recently was President of the United
Way of the Pioneer Valley in Springfield, Mass.
Prior to that, Mr. Horne served as
Executive Vice President for the
United Way of Summit County in
Akron, Ohio, and was Senior Vice
President of Resource Development
for United Way of Eastern Fairfield
County in Bridgeport, Conn.
Jim has exceptional skills and will
provide great leadership to our United
Way and to the entire United Way
system, said Larry Lockhart, United
Way of Greater Union County Board
President. We are confident that Jim
will build upon the strong foundation
created by his predecessors, Elisse
Glennon and Dell Raudelunas.
Mr. Horne is an advocate of the
Community Impact Agenda, which
describes the process of collaborating with the community to develop

action plans that address critical health

and human service issues.
Mr. Horne was selected after a nationwide search that began with 52
candidates over six months ago.
Jims achievements in leading
record-setting fundraising campaigns
and his vast experience in community development will make him a
dynamic leader in our community,
said Joseph Starkey, a United Way
board member and president of the
Schering-Plough Foundation.
His creative energy and firm commitment to United Ways mission will
help make Greater Union County a
better place to live and work, he
Mr. Horne earned his undergraduate degree from the University of
Bridgeport and holds a Master of
Science degree in Human Service
Leadership from Springfield College.
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TRENTON Assemblyman Jon

Bramnick (Westfield, R-21), a member of the Law and Public Safety
Committee, has proposed a bill concerning criminal street gangs. Bill A4351 would increase the degree of the
crime, to the next highest level, if the
act was committed during a gang
initiation ritual.
Street gangs like the Champagne
Posse, the Latin Kings, the Bloods
and the Crips have infiltrated counties that include Essex, Union and
Hudson. State police estimate the
number of gang members to be in
excess of 10,000 and is expected to
increase when the state releases updated figures later this year.
According to a recent article in The
New York Times, state authorities estimate that one in five homicides in
New Jersey are gang-related. The
State Commission of Investigation
also released a study that concludes
that street gangs represent the new
face of organized crime.
Assemblyman Bramnick, a Republican, has joined with Democratic

Assemblyman Peter Barnes (Edison,

D-18), on a bipartisan basis to support this new law. Mr. Bramnick believes the growing problem with gang
violence affects all of the citizens of
New Jersey.

Brown Promoted to
PSEG Corp. Post
WESTFIELD Kieran Brown, an
attorney and resident of Westfield,
has been elected assistant corporate
secretary of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PSEG).
She will provide corporate governance and regulatory compliance support for PSEG and its subsidiaries.
She will assist with meetings of the
board of directors, committees and
the annual shareholders meeting. Ms.
Brown joined PSEG in 1997.
Ms. Brown holds a Bachelor of
Science degree in Business Administration from Seton Hall University
and a J.D. degree from the Seton Hall
University School of Law and is admitted to the New Jersey Bar.

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Should Streets Be Closed to Traffic

For Dining & Entertainment Safety
It seems with each success come new challenges.
This is the case with sidewalk cafs and Jazz Nights
in downtown Westfield.
In the mid 1990s, the Westfield Town Council
passed an ordinance permitting sidewalk cafs in
downtown. The popularity rose quickly, such that
the ordinance had to undergo sweeping revisions in
1997 to manage the expansion.
Jazz Nights Sweet Sound of Downtown started
in 1996 by the cooperative effort of the Westfield
Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Westfield
Corporation (DWC).
In 1997, a special tax then of $227,000 on downtown businesses was implemented to fund the promotional activities of the DWC. That special tax has
grown since, approaching $400,000 annually.
The Tuesday Jazz Nights in Westfield have become a popular summer evening activity of relaxation and outdoor dining. People congregate to the
downtown for the 2-hour events. Attendance, wine
and dinner sales are up. The DWC has arranged a
great line-up of talented musicians for the year.
From the archives of July 1999, the then DWC
Director Michael La Place said, People should plan
to have dinner at one of Westfields fine restaurants,
many offering outdoor dining at their sidewalk cafes, and bring folding chairs if they would like to sit
and enjoy the music. Having music playing throughout the downtown creates a welcoming ambiance for
Well, people are doing just what Mr. La Place
suggested. Because of the popularity and the crowds,
officials are now worried about pedestrian and traffic safety. Unfortunately, people are not as careful as
they should be. Westfield is a safe place in most
ways, except for the traffic on a few of the streets.
Westfield has three busy thoroughfares going
through the heart of downtown North Avenue,
Central Avenue and Broad Street. These roads are
necessary for the public and are county and state
controlled, so the town has no way to stem or
suspend the traffic.
During a nice summer evening, its difficult to
walk on the sidewalks downtown, because all the
restaurants and diners want to be outside. One must
often step between parked cars into the street to get
by diners, servers and tables lining the sidewalks.
Coupled with Tuesdays Jazz Nights, the situation
is amplified. For most, its fun to be part of the

activity even though there is some inconvenience.

However, the preponderance of the evening dining
and pedestrian activity is on Elm, Quimby and
Prospect Streets so, the town could close these
streets to traffic and parking should they deem it to
be in the best interest of the public.
For the few shops that remain open during the
summer evening, as well as shops on adjacent blocks,
this could be a benefit because there could be more
people and fewer cars. It may require training of the
public though, to park at the south side train station
and walk two blocks.
These streets are commonly closed to traffic at
various times of the year for filming of commercials
and movies, car shows, for the 5K Pizza run and the
like. These streets cant be permanently closed though
because of the many delivery trucks requiring access, such as for food, business supplies, novelties,
packages and garbage pickup. The fire department
requires truck turnaround access to the station across
from Prospect Street.
People bring their lawn chairs and sit between
parked cars to listen to the jazz. Crowds gather and
overflow into the streets when a particular jazz group
really starts to ramp it up
Due to the unabated traffic, the most precarious
areas seem to be on North Avenue by the train
station, on Central Avenue and where it intersects
with Broad Street. It would be tragic if a bystander
enjoying the jazz became distracted and stepped
backward off the curb into oncoming traffic.
Perhaps closing Quimby, Elm and Prospect Streets
to traffic and parking to accommodate dining and
entertainment during the summer evenings would be
a good idea or maybe necessary.
The town is looking at optimizing how these existing, successful programs are being run and in
assuring safety. Closing Elm, Quimby and Prospect
Streets could become a viable option in their planning.
If there are plans to expand the entertainment
programs, other areas of town, such as along South
Avenue, should be considered. Increasing the crowds
at current locations doesnt seem feasible unless
automobile traffic concerns are dealt with.
We agree with the public and are in support of the
fun programs in downtown Westfield. The popularity though, may be challenging officials to consider
Yogis admonition, Nobody goes there anymore.
Its too crowded.

Ride, Sally, Ride

On Tuesday morning, the Discovery, STS-114 space shuttle
returned America to space. Space
exploration provides a vision for
mankind not without sacrifice,
though no regrets. The sacrifices:
Columbia, 2003: Rick Husband,
William McCool, Michael Anderson, David Brown, Kalpana Chawla,
Laurel Clark and Ilan Ramon.
Challenger, 1986: Francis
Scobee, Michael Smith, Sharon
Christa McAuliffe, Ronald
McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Judith

Resnik and Gregory Jarvis.

If we die, we want people to
accept it. Were in a risky business, and we hope that if anything
happens to us it will not delay the
program. The conquest of space is
worth the risk of life. Gus
Grissom (John Barbour et al.,
Footprints on the Moon (The Associated Press, 1969), p. 125.).
Apollo I, 1967: Virgil Gus
Grissom, Edward White, II, Roger
Ride, Sally, Ride.

Resident Seeks Clarity

On Tax Bill Submittals
The article for Mountainside regarding
payments to municipal taxes was a timely
one. I made sure some of our neighbors
knew the change. Question, though, since
the late certification of the tax rate was
from the state, does this also apply to
If so, is there a pending adjustment date
for our tax bill submittal here in Westfield?
Was this an omission or didnt the
Westfield Town Council know that the
county/state is late?
P.S. (after your follow-up) I did receive in the mail some sort of notification
but the clarifications for delayed payment
seemed not as clear as Mountainside.
John Runta


Smoking Ban In Cars: As

Ineffective As Cell Phone Ban
Specially Written For The Westfield Leader and The
Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times

It seems that our state legislators want

to make life more difficult for state residents and business people rather than
focus on the important issues like reducing property taxes in New Jersey.
For instance, while its generally agreed
that smoking is bad for ones own health,
and not good for those in the vicinity of a
smoker, some legislators now want to ban
motorists from smoking in their own cars.
This goes well beyond bans on smoking
on in restaurants, airplanes, trains, offices
and elsewhere where the general public
has a right to smoke-free air.
If smoking is bad, shouldnt they ban
the hypocritical revenue business theyve
created on taxing cigarettes?
Late last month, Assemblyman John
McKeon (Essex County) and Assemblywoman Loretta Weinberg (Bergen
County) introduced A-4306, a bill that
would prohibit smoking cigarettes, cigars
and pipes while operating a motor vehicle. This law sounds very familiar to the
ban on hand-held cell phones while operating a motor vehicle.
Like the cell phone law, the no-smoking-in-your-car law would only be enforceable if a driver was stopped by police for another offense, such as speeding
or some other moving violation. So as
long as youre obeying the rules of the
road and your car has valid license plates
and inspection tags and your brake lights
are in working order, youd be free to
smoke to your hearts delight-while chatting on your hand-held cell phone.
Take things an absurd step or two further and imagine what might be next on
the agendas of those who think government should play the role of nanny.
Were figuring the basis for the McKeon/
Weinberg legislation is that smoking in a
car distracts the driver from paying full
attention to the road. So, if smoking and
talking on cell phones interfere with the
safe operation of a car, what about outlawing the reading of hand-written directions while driving? Or applying makeup? Or checking ones appearance in the

rearview mirror? Or setting limits on how

loud a car stereo can be played? Or turning your head to shush unruly kids in the
This ridiculous piece of legislation deserves to be buried and forgotten in committee, much as a related proposal a bill
sponsored by Assemblyman Anthony
Chiappone that would prohibit smoking
in a car when someone under age 16 is a
passenger - has fared since its introduction 14 months ago. Does New Jersey
need another law as irrelevant and toothless as the existing cell phone ban?
Assemblywoman Linda Stender of
Fanwood recently had her legislation to
ban the by-products of crystal meth signed
by Governor Richard Codey. Her bill
requires pharmacists to limit purchases of
large quantities of over-the-county cold
medicines that can be used to manufacture crystal meth. Great, now our pharmacists are supposed to be drug enforcement
Assemblyman Jon Bramnick of
Westfield has been spending his time on
promoting kindness and civility among
people. Is this really the role of an elected
government official?
Assemblyman Eric Munoz of Summit
has a bill that would make it a motor vehicle
offense for failure to remove snow and ice
from a vehicle. Do we really need a law for
that? Isnt it just common sense?
Senator Nicholas Scutari of Linden, who
represents Scotch Plains and Fanwood, has
legislation on the books to ban trucks on
certain roads with steep grades. Isnt it more
important for our police officials to be focusing on unsafe and unlicensed drivers
who are driving large rigs on our highways?
Perhaps some legislator, noting the
negative effects of ill health on business,
productivity and medical costs, will find
the time to propose a law mandating hats
and gloves whenever the temperature
drops below freezing All in the name
of protecting us from ourselves.
Instead, wed urge our legislators to
stop looking out for us via silly legislation
and start focusing on the important things,
like enacting state budgets with less than
a few minutes to spare.

Letters to the Editor

Fellow Resident Lauds Mayor Marks
For His Championing of Tax Reform
I would like to commend Mayor Martin Marks on his hard work and unyielding dedication with regard to the Constitutional Convention issue for tax reform.
I watched the forum last month and have
to admit that although we have often
agreed to disagree on many issues, I am in
his court on this one.
The forum was an excellent exchange
of ideas and all parties had good points to
ponder. It was obviously very hard for
some of the speakers to be bi-partisan,
The Democrats did this and the Republicans did that, but at least they
tried. I think all are in agreement, at least
on camera, that to get anything done,
partisan politics needs to take a backseat.
Is that really possible in this time in which
we live?
A few items struck me, with regard to
spending and tax issues:
Remember many years ago, when it was
brought before the voters of New Jersey to
pass organized gambling within the state,
which would enable the casinos to be built
in Atlantic City? The promise that was
given to the taxpayers was if we voted to
approve gambling, the revenues generated
would go to help fund education throughout the state. Special education was also
touted in the rhetoric over and over. Where
does this money go now? Do these revenues wind up in the large black hole in
Trenton, with only a very small portion
being allocated for special education? Special education should be fully funded by
the state. In addition, all of the associated
mandates handed down from the state and
Federal governments should be funded by
these behemoths.

I also liked the idea that other types of

property be taxed (stocks, bonds, expensive cars, jewelry); however, these
very affluent people and their special
interests will have a media field day attempting to squelch that idea.
As a consultant for a Special Urban
District, I see how some of this funding is
spent, and the built-in waste. A look at
redistributing the states education funds,
more equitable within the state, does need
to be addressed.
Unfortunately, it will be seen as a battle
between the have and the have-not districts, but under the current system, the
haves have not! We in the suburbs are
drowning while our urban neighbors are
spending, spending, spending.
I agree with Mayor Marks that the
Legislature has failed the citizens of this
state, and believe that they cater only to
special interests, large donors and contractors. They should not be allowed to
partake in the convention in any way.
They had their chance.
The delegates of this convention should
actually have the opportunity to deliberate, at least initially, behind closed doors,
then, have final debates and voting open
to the public. In that way, there can be a
fair and open exchange of ideas between
delegates without fear of thoughts being
taken out of context and splashed over the
front page of tomorrows newspapers.
My best to Mayor Marks and his valiant efforts in fighting the spending and
corruption that takes place in Trenton.
Marcia Anderson
Scotch Plains

NJ Residents Are Urged to Train In

EMT and Volunteer Their Service
The quick, well-publicized actions of
New Jersey volunteer emergency medical technician (EMT) Sean Baran during
the July 7 terrorist bombings in London
are a terrific illustration of the value of
our states volunteer emergency medical
services (EMS).
Although Seans training and experience as a member of a volunteer EMS
organization have served his New Jersey
community well, they also prepared him
to respond effectively during emergency
situations anywhere. His skills, invaluable to the victims he assisted in London,
will prove useful to him and those around
him throughout his life. The fact that Sean
obtained those skills in New Jersey speaks
volumes about the quality of our states
volunteer EMS corps.
The nonprofit New Jersey State First
Aid Council, which celebrated its 75th
anniversary last year, represents more
than 20,000 EMS volunteers affiliated
with hundreds of first aid and rescue
squads throughout the state. Each year,

New Jerseys established, reliable volunteer EMS base responds to hundreds of

thousands of calls for assistance all over
the state, saving taxpayers hundreds of
millions of dollars. That same corps of
volunteers demonstrated its critical importance during and following the Sept.
11, 2001 attacks in New York City.
Sean is representative of the thousands
of EMS volunteers in New Jersey who
step in and help whenever and wherever
they are needed. With volunteer rolls ever
shrinking, the Council regularly steps up
recruitment and retention efforts to expand that base.
On the Councils behalf, I ask New
Jerseys residents to consider undertaking EMT training and then volunteering
their services in their communities. The
skills theyll acquire, as well as the rewarding feeling that accompanies helping someone in need, are just two of the
many guaranteed lifetime benefits.
Frederick Steinkopf
President, NJ First Aid Council.

Despite Promises, County Reneges

With Freight Service Re-Activation
The newspapers report that reactivation of freight service in Union County is
moving ahead. It is cited that the County
Economic Development director was
pleased and that some local businesses
expressed interest. Clearly, Gordon Fuller,
the president of the M&E railroad, is very
But then he should be; tens of millions
of dollars of taxpayers money are being
used to restore the line, and the M& E will
profit with little or no investment of its
own money. Articles fail to note that a bill
recently passed the NJ Assembly that
would have held up funding of all such
projects in the state pending review by a
special commission.
Obviously many of our leaders in Trenton realize there is something amiss with
the resurgence of rail freight service in NJ
and are acting in the best interest of the
taxpayers. When the bill came up for a
vote in the State Senate, intervention by
Union County power broker Raymond
Lesniack revised the bill so that funding
for only Union County was to be left

unquestioned by any commission.

Newspaper articles only gloss over the
strong opposition by affected communities and local citizen groups. They fail to
mention that county freeholders had promised local communities there would be no
freight service only to renege on that promise after George Devanney was appointed
County Manager. The freeholders quickly
entered into a sweet heart deal with the
M&E without bids or public hearings.
Finally, there is no mention that Mr.
Devanney is Mr. Lesniaks nephew. Coincidence or business as usual in New Jersey?
The real question is who will actually
benefit the most from the reactivation?
Its not the taxpayers, who are footing the
bill, or the homeowners whose property
values will be lost, or the commuters who
will sit on Route 22 waiting for the train
to cross. Who then is really behind this
and how do they stand to profit? That
would be a far more interesting article for
the paper to publish.
James Neville




Diction Deception
Below are four arcane words, each
with four definitions only one is correct.
The others are made up. Are you sharp
enough to discern this deception of diction?
If you can guess one correctly good
guess. If you get two well-read individual. If you get three word expert. If
you get all four You must have a lot of
free time!
All words and correct definitions
come from the board game Diction
Answers to last weeks arcane words.
1. Yang To cry like a wild goose
2. Fatiferous Deadly; destructive
3. Fantoccini Puppets or marionettes
4. Squantum A picnic
1. The feet and toes
2. A governor or chief magistrate
3. The rump or anal region
4. The last segment of a crustaceans
1. Brushwood and thorns for making
and reparing hedges
2. Cornish for the sludge that comes
from washing tin ore
3. A ewe lamb or ewe mutton
4. Minced chicken or veal, mixed with
eggs and bread crumbs in the shape of a
1. A kingfisher having a serrated yellow beak
2. A soft-shelled river tortoise
3. A grouchy old man; curmudgeon
4. A sand crab of the lower Mississippi
River region
1. A rogue, pirate, or thief
2. A wine cellar or place where wine is
stored or kept
3. A dress with a low cut neckline
bearing the neck and shoulders
4. To fade or erode

Letters to
the Editor
Response to Letter
By Ratner Is Brief
This letter is in response to Robert
Ratners letter that appeared in your 7/21/
05 paper.
Frank Arena

School Board Ignored

Fields Issue for Months
With all due respect, for you (Superintendent Foley) to suggest that Tamaques
5 is a viable alternative to use of the
varsity field is almost as absurd as the
inability for the BOE to address this issue
for almost three months. While it is clear
to me that the interest of our teenage
baseball players was ignored this time,
how about stepping up for the baseball
players of this community and developing (and maintaining) the Roosevelt and
Edison JV fields into baseball fields that
we can all be proud of? Having had the
experience as a member of our WBL
Board, I would think then that you clearly
understand just how poorly our facilities
stack up against comparable (and incomparable) communities.
John Monaghan

What Could Lead To

BOE Closing Ball Field?
The Westfield Board of Education recently voted to abruptly close the varsity
baseball field at Edison Intermediate
School in response to one neighbors complaint that balls were entering his yard
during the games. The players were informed of this decision by Westfield policemen, who arrived during a game to
advise them to move to the junior varsity
field at the other end of the lot.
This field has inadequate conditions
and a treacherous parking situation. Not
only are there no bleachers for the spectators, but there are also no dugouts to
shield the players from the sun. There is a
large group of youngsters who play rugby
on the nearby field during games who are
at risk of being hit by balls or running
players, as there is no fence.
In addition, there is insufficient parking due to the numerous large potholes
and areas of churned-up pavement taking
up most of the lot. If I were a litigious
person, I would advise the Board of my
intent to sue if my son requires medical
attention for heat stroke, sunburn or migraine due to lack of cover, or if I should
break a limb in a pothole or have an
accident due to well, Im sure you get
the idea.
Unfortunately, the opportunities for
lawsuits are numerous and varied at this
While I certainly sympathize with the
neighbors safety concerns, I fail to understand why he didnt foresee this situation when considering purchasing a home
in such proximity to a high school baseball field. Perhaps that is an issue he
should bring up with his realtor. After all,
you cant buy a home near the railroad
tracks and then complain about the noise.
Ironically, as concerned as he is for his
own personal safety and that of his family, he seems to have little regard for the
safety of others.
Its been said that when a ball entered
his yard, he threw it back deliberately and
indiscriminately onto the field during the
game, in apparent retaliation. Fortunately,
it did not hit one of our players, but it very
easily could have.
I would like to know what discussion,
if any, took place before the Board of
Education came to this decision. Are we
to be held hostage to every single complaint in this town due to fear of litigation? Whats next Westfield?
Wake up, members of the BOE; you
were elected to thoughtfully pursue solutions to problems that benefit the community as a whole, not to have a knee-jerk
response to one individuals complaint.
Perhaps the voters of Westfield will have
their own knee-jerk response next election day. I certainly hope so.
Dr. Karen Schulhafer


The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains Fanwood TIMES

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Page 5

Letters to the Editor

Juvenile Detention Center Ills
Have Continued for Years

Horace Corbin for The Westfield Leader and The Times

TAMAQUES BROWNIES Brownies of Tamaques Troop No. 503 visit the

office of The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times July 21 to
learn how newspapers are made. They learned the five Ws of writing: Who, What,
When, Where and Why, plus understood their most important tool is their brain.

Did Honolulu Trip Teach County

Officials About Budgets & Taxes?
Last week, five freeholders, our appointed County Manager, who happens
to be State Senator Raymond Lesniaks
nephew, and our trusty clerk of the board,
who runs the office that wracked up nine
Open Public Records Act (OPRA) complaints and has been placed on the states
Matrix list three times to be watched
closely to make sure the county complies
with the law, traveled to lovely Honolulu,
Hawaii on the taxpayers dime.
Thats a silly saying, isnt it? You cant
even make a phone call for a dime anymore. The sad reality is that this Hawaiian
vacation had to have cost Union County
taxpayers thousands.
I was curious about this trip, since I

Buy & Sell on the Net

hadnt heard or seen a word written about

it up until I read about it in a local paper,
so I checked out the county website to
find some public information about it.
But, there were no press releases regarding the upcoming delegation being sent to
Honolulu; no information as to why they
needed to attend this conference, and no
pictures of freeholders doing the hula
with the locals. I also searched the countys
2004 and 2005 resolutions and found no
official authorization for the trip.
Since our taxes have gone up 50 percent in the past five years and the county
budget has gone over the $400 million
mark, I hope this conference taught these
county officials a thing or two about what
they are doing wrong and how to implement desperately needed changes to fix
the problems, but Mai paa kou hanu. Or
as we say in Union County, dont hold
your breath.
Tina Renna

As early as January 1998 the JJC, Juvenile Justice Commission, had sent a letter
to then County Manager Michael LaPolla
citing the conditions that youth offenders
were being held under at the Union County
Juvenile Detention Center. The letter called
for action to be taken regarding overcrowding, rodent infestation caused by the
children being served meals in their rooms,
and keeping the children locked in their
rooms for extended periods of time, which
was the result of splitting the youths into
groups and allowing them out into the
common area a group at a time.
Six weeks later Frank Guzzo, the Director of the Department of Human Services for Union County, reported in writing that resident meals are served on the
facilitys main floor, steps have been taken
to increase the amount of time youth are
out of their rooms. Mr. Guzzos letter
further stated that the county has a strategic plan in place to construct a new
facility and also a short term plan to
address issues that contribute to overcrowding.
Two-and-a-half years later, in June of
2000, the JJC sent another letter to Frank
Guzzo advising the detention center to
discontinue feeding youths in their rooms
and discontinue the practice of splitting. The letter also required that the
detention center was to notify JJCs Compliance Monitoring Unit of all critical
incidents as required by the Manual of
Standards. It seems that the detention
center had failed to notify JJC of three
suicide attempts between February and
May of 2000.
Over the course of the next three years,
letters between the JJC and the county
went back and forth and back and forth
with the county written a letter by the
New Jersey State Attorney General jointly
with the JJC. Each letter called for the end
of the practice of splitting as well as
serving meals to the children in their
rooms, and each letter from the county
reported that the practices would be discontinued.
One letter to the chairwoman of the

board of freeholders dated January 28,

2003 stated Conditions at the facility
warrant a referral to the Department of
Human Services to determine whether
conditions at the facility meet the abuse/
neglect criteria. The letter from the Acting Attorney General sent on April 3 of
2003 demanded once again that the county
discontinue the practice of splitting,
yet about a month later, when Eddie
Sinclair was admitted to the center on
Mothers Day, May 10, he committed
suicide when left alone in his room. His
roommates were permitted out of the room
when it was time for their split, but Sinclair
had been placed in a 24-hour lock down,
only permitted out of his room for limited
purposes, which was also a violation.
At a recent Freeholder meeting earlier
this month, the board approved the financing of the new Juvenile Detention
Center to be erected in Linden. What
took so long? What didnt these people
understand? Did it take the death of a
teenager and now the lawsuit which is
following to motivate them? Why are the
letter writers, who obviously stretched
the truth about changes at the center, still
employed? Did they take it upon themselves or were they directed to embellish
or misrepresent the improvements at the
center, and if so, by who? It appears
doubtful that anyone will be held accountable for the deplorable conditions
that these children have endured. No
municipality in Union County has been
spared the wrath of drug abuse by teens;
Eddie Sinclair could have been anyones
child. He could have been from Summit,
New Providence, Westfield or Fanwood.
It is time that we acknowledge this fact
and take an interest in how our juvenile
offenders are treated. To read the chronological report from the JJC, please visit and weigh the facts
for yourself.
Patricia Quattrocchi
Garwood, GOP
Freeholder Candidate

Fred Rossi for The Westfield Leader and The Times

PARTY DOLLS The Summer Concert Series, held each Thursday at the
Village Green in Scotch Plains, hosted the Party Dolls last week.

School Supplies Sought For Homeless

WESTFIELD The Greater Union County Association of Realtors is seeking
new and gently-used school supplies for distribution to the homeless or those in need.
The drive extends through August 18. Needed items include pencils, pens, markers,
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zipper pouches and book bags. Recipients of the articles are St. Josephs in Elizabeth,
the Plainfield Area Y, the Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Westfield, the
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Westfield Lions Welcome

Three Members to Club

CHRISTIMAS GIFTThe Westfield Area Ys Mens Club presents a $5,000

check from the clubs 2004 Christmas tree sale to former Westfield resident
Ravenell Williams, 4th of Camp Speers-Eljabar YMCA. Pictured, from left to
right, are: Standing, Mr. Williams, Tim Grom, Club Treasurer Dave Ciarrocca,
presenting check; Steve Murphy, Club Secretary Dave Wright, Frank Gaglioti
and Club President Jay Russell, and seated, Dominic DiGiorgio, Club First Vice
President Bill Scott, Steve Suriano and Paul Zimmerman.

Mens Club Gives Donation

To Camp Speers-Eljabar
WESTFIELD Jay Russell, President of the Westfield Area Ys Mens
Club, presented a $5,000 check this
spring to Camp Speers-EljabarYMCA
(CSE), representing a portion of the
money raised through its 2004 Christmas tree sale. The contribution to the
Dingmans Ferry, Pa. camp fulfills a
portion of a pledge made to CSEs $4
million capital fundraising campaign.
Mr. Russell observed, In the
1960s, a group of our members built
the Ys Men Cabin at the camp, and
over the years we have refurbished
it. The camps Powell Pavilion was
built in honor of the late Ernie
Powell, who was a Westfield Area
Ys Mens Club member for more
than 40 years.
The club first began selling Christ-

mas trees in the late 1940s when CSE

was the summer camp of the Westfield
YMCA. Established in 1948 on 42
acres in Pennsylvanias northeast
Pocono Mountains, it was the first
YMCA camp to accept children of all
ethnic groups, races, economic backgrounds, religions and nationalities.
Nestled around Nichecronk Lake
on 1,100 forested acres, CSE offers
year-long programs that emphasize
the values of caring, honesty, respect
and responsibility. For information
on the CSE summer camp program,
please call (570) 828-2329 or visit
Founded in 1947, the Westfield Area
Ys Mens Club has raised more
than $2 million for community charitable grants since that time.

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WESTFIELD Three new members recently were inducted into the

Westfield Lions Club, including Gregory Ryan, Joseph Keenan, Jr. and
Bethany Broadwell.
Past Council Chairman and New
Jersey Candidate for Lions International Director Robert Moore inducted
Mr. Ryan and Mr. Keenan at the clubs
annual installation of new officers and
awards night, which was held June 14
at B.G. Fields Restaurant in Westfield.
Employed by FEDEX, Mr. Ryan is
a volunteer firefighter in Westfield, as
well as a member of the Knights of
Columbus and a Boy Scout leader,
also in Westfield. His wife, Alberta
Capria-Ryan, sponsored him for membership in the Lions Club.
Mr. Keenan is Director of the Elizabeth Public Library and a member of
the Rotary Club and Masons. The Reverend Lois Schembs was his sponsor.
Past District Governor Douglas
Schembs, Jr. inducted Mrs. Broadwell at
an earlier meeting. A special education

teacher for students with multiple disabilities, she was sponsored by her husband, Jeffrey Broadwell, a Past Region
Chairman and current club treasurer.
Mr. Moore also installed the clubs
officers for the 2005-2006 year. Reverend Lois Schembs was installed as
President; Michael Gordeuk, First Vice
President and Lion Tamer; Alberta
Capria-Ryan, Second Vice President;
Barbara Mellen, Third Vice President;
Douglas Schembs, Jr., Secretary; Jeffrey Broadwell, Treasurer; William
Doyle, Tail Twister, and Carl Villane
and Robert Schwarz, Directors.
A service organization with close to
1.4 million members in 193 countries
and geographic areas, the International
Association of Lions Clubs addresses
needs that challenge communities
around the world. Lions tackle issues
such as blindness, drug abuse prevention and diabetes awareness. For information on membership in the Westfield
Lions Club, please write to the club at
P.O. Box 572, Westfield 07091.

Parents Invited to Attend

FSO Relaxation Evenings
WESTFIELD Parents or
caregivers raising a child with special
emotional and behavioral needs are
invited to enjoy some relaxation time
with the Family Support Organization (FSO) of Union County, located
at 137 Elmer Street in Westfield.
On Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m.
through August 30, parents will have
an opportunity to learn and practice
Mindfulness, a form of meditation.
Beginners and those experienced in
meditation are equally welcome.
Between 7 and 8 p.m., there will be
time for relaxed socializing, iced tea

and support. Parents may attend either or both parts of the evening.
These activities are free, but the
organization requests that individuals call Vickie, Kathy or Gail in
advance at (908) 789-7625 if they
plan to attend.
The FSO is state-contracted to
help families struggling to raise children with special emotional needs,
by way of support, education and
advocacy. Those in need may make
Warmline calls to (908) 789-7625
for information and support during
business hours.

Dr. Kristen Schmaltz to Visit

Redeemer Lutheran Sunday
WESTFIELD This Sunday, July
31, the Redeemer Lutheran Church
and School in Westfield will welcome
back Dr. Kristen Schmaltz, a medical
missionary they sponsor through
LCMS World Missions program
called Together In Mission.
Dr. Schmaltz, who is serving in Guinea,
West Africa, will be with the congregation for both the 8:30 and 10 a.m. services
and will give a special presentation after
the Celebration Potluck Luncheon to be
held in her honor in the church hall
following the latter service.

Born in Lansing, Mich., Dr.

Schmaltz was a member of Redeemer
Lutheran from 1969 to 1981 and also
was confirmed there. She visited the
church last summer as well.
An open invitation is extended to
anyone who would be interested in
meeting Dr. Schmaltz and hearing about
her work, which includes relief work
for refugees, all types of medical service (mobile and setting up a new clinic)
and training and education for national
healthcare workers. The church is located at 229 Cowperthwaite Place.


EXPLORING NEW HORIZONSWestfield Police Explorers Jason Kealy, Joseph Ridings and Megan Valenti, left to right, are pictured at their July 1 graduation
from the one-week Morris County Police Explorer Academy program. Sponsored
locally by the Westfield Police Department, the program is designed to introduce
youth to a career in law enforcement. Shown with them is Westfield Police Officer
Jason Rodger who, with fellow Westfield officer Frank Ricci, serve as advisors.

Bright Beginnings Receives

NAEYC Accreditation
COUNTY The Arc of Union
Countys Bright Beginnings Child Development Center recently earned
accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young
Children (NAEYC) the nations leading organization of early childhood
Were proud to be accredited by
NAEYC, and recognized for our
commitment to reaching the highest
professional standards and providing quality, family-focused services, said Frank Caragher, Executive Director of The Arc of Union
The Arcs Bright Beginnings Center was established in September 1999
in response to the critical need for
quality childcare for young children
with developmental disabilities.
The center brings together children
with disabilities and children without
special needs in order to foster a natural, enriched early learning experience. Children learn through modeling and are motivated by other children.
By integrating children of various
abilities, the center seeks to give all
children a learning advantage toward
their educational and developmental
Bright Beginnings is located in
Cranford and serves children three
months to five years of age throughout Union County. It offers a flexible,
family friendly schedule, with fulland half-day sessions, a summer program and after school opportunities.
We have Bachelor level teachers and a skillful and talented staff
dedicated to promoting positive outcomes for all children, said

Meredith Emery, the centers administrator.

Our physical, occupational and
speech therapists work closely with
the educators to provide consultative and therapeutic services to children as needed. Therapeutic and
early intervention services are also
available for children three years
of age and younger through our
Early Intervention Program, she
The Arc also provides an array of
services and support programs to
over 700 children and adults with
developmental disabilities, including vocational training and employment, education, residential, respite,
recreation, summer camp and adult
day services.
For more information about Bright
Beginnings or to arrange a tour, please
call Meredith Emery, Program Administrator, at (908) 276-6660.

Son, Cooper Laurence,

Welcomed By Daltons
Annalisa and Christopher Dalton
of Basking Ridge have announced
the birth of their son, Cooper
Laurence, on Tuesday, February 22,
at Overlook Hospital in Summit.
The baby weighed 10 pounds and 3
ounces and measured 21 inches in
length at birth.
He joins his sister, Victoria Ada,
age two.
Coopers maternal grandparents are
Renzo Munari of Fayetteville, N.Y.
and the late Ada Munari.
His paternal grandparents are Ann
and John Dalton of Westfield.

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Passive resistance non-violent

protest even in the face of attack. It is
the most illogical means of empowering the powerless and effecting
social change ever devised. So simple
in theory. So difficult to stick with.
Natural responses of self-defense and
revenge work against it. But it has a
genius about it it combines the
Biblical mandate for justice, the prophetic tradition of protest, and one
of the most mysterious and unpopular teachings of Jesus: If someone
strikes you on the right cheek, turn
the other also
How I wish that terrorists who
embrace violence also would follow
the example of passive resistance
rather than turn to acts of destruction
and murder. It is unfortunate, for example, that Eric Rudolph, who acted
as self-proclaimed judge and executioner in his bombing of abortion
clinics, could not have chosen a more
peaceful means of objection.
One remarkable man who did take
seriously non-violent resistance was
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We do
well to hold him and the civil rights
movement he spearheaded in deep
respect. We do well to teach generations who have no memory of him to
understand and admire his commitment to civil disobedience.
It remains one of the only completely honorable means of protest
and social change. Debate in public
forums should precede and accompany it, and education must accom-

pany and follow it, but these three

combined allow a people to dream of
and move toward ideals without leaving anyone behind dead or alive.
Let us continue to honor non-violent protest. You can reflect on its
value by walking over to the recently
landscaped park area on the circle in
Westfield where Broad Street and
South Avenue intersect. The Martin
Luther King, Jr. Memorial erected
there this year and dedicated June 19
is a simple granite stone with a plaque
that reads, He dedicated his life to
the ongoing struggle for racial, social, and economic justice through
passive resistance and non-violent
action. We find it fitting that Dr. King
be paid lasting homage so that his life
and work may continue not only to
inspire us today, but for generations
to come.
You can reflect these values by
attending the interfaith worship service held each January on Martin
Luther King Day. Teachers and parents can help children learn these
values by encouraging them to participate in the essay and art contests
sponsored each fall by the MLK, Jr.
Association. And you can support all
these efforts by donating to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of
Westfield. (Reverend Leon Randall
at St. Luke AME Zion Church, (908)
233-2547 can tell you how).
Reverend Turlington serves as Senior Pastor of the First Baptist
Church of Westfield, located at 170
Elm Street.

Torah Center to Spotlight

Disengagement From Gaza
WESTFIELD On Wednesday,
August 3, the Union County Torah
Center in Westfield will host a lecture
entitled The Disengagement from
Gaza: Long-Term Gain or Prescription for Disaster? at 7:30 p.m. at the
Joseph Puder, a speaker and writer
specializing in Middle Eastern and international affairs, will present the lecture, which will be open to the public.
Mr. Puder has served as a flight
engineer in the Israeli Defense Forces
and taught at the Middle East Studies

First Baptist Reveals

Preaching Series Topics
WESTFIELD The First Baptist
Church of Westfield, located at 170
Elm Street, will continue its summer
preaching series on Jesus Ministry
in Matthew over the next two Sundays with a focus on miracles.
The Reverend Lou Ruprecht, Minister of Adult Education, will preach
on the feeding of the 5000 July 31 and
how Jesus walked on water August 7,
when Communion will be served.
Church member Jane Tsai, on piano,
and her daughter, Kelly Yang, on the
flute, will provide the entire musical
support for these services. In addition,
each week a congregation member will
share a story about a meaningful piece
of Christian music, and congregants
will hear or sing the piece discussed.
Services begin at 10 a.m. and all
are welcome. For more information,
please call (908) 233-2278 or email

Rabbi to Give Lecture

On Jewish Customs
WESTFIELD The second in a
series of four lectures on The Holy
Temples: What They Mean to Us
Today will be offered on Tuesday,
August 2, at 8 p.m. at the Union
County Torah Center in Westfield.
Modern Customs From Temple
Times will be the topic of this installment. Rabbi Mitchell Bomrind
will be the presenter. Participants will
learn customs and traditions practiced today that emanate from the
destruction of the temples, such as
why a glass is broken at a wedding
and why black is a sign of mourning.
The series is part of the summer
session of the centers Jewish Literacy
Program. There is a $10 suggested
donation for each lecture in the series.
The Torah Center is located at 418
Central Avenue. For more information and to confirm plans to attend,
please call the center at (908) 7895252.

Center of Portland State University.

In addition, he served as Executive
Director of Americans for a Safe Israel and of American Jewish Congress Mid-Atlantic Region.
He is the founder of the Interfaith
Taskforce for America and Israel and
currently serves as its Executive Director.
The Union County Torah Center is
located at 418 Central Avenue. Attendees are invited to participate in a
respectful discussion and debate of all
sides of the issue following the presentation. Admission is $5. For more
information, please call the center at
(908) 789-5252.

LOCAL HERONeighbors Alex, Nicholas and Catherine Serratelli welcome

home hero Sean Baran, a Westfield Emergency Medical Technician, who helped
treat injured people following the July 7 bombings in London. They made a
banner to thank him and to show their appreciation.

Westfield Library Reveals

Activities for All Ages
WESTFIELD The Westfield
Memorial Library is offering a variety of free programs for adults and
youth this summer, including weekly
foreign films, professional performances, lectures, computer classes
and childrens programs.
For adults, Puzzled by the Internet
I will be held on Tuesday, August 2,
from 10 to 11:30 a.m. This is a beginners class covering basic skills such as
how to access websites, select a search
engine, browser basic and printing.
Also on August 2, the foreign film
Kitchen Stories will be screened at 1
and 6:30 p.m. This movie follows a
researcher for the Swedish Home Research Institute, charged with studying the kitchen habits of single men,
and his subject, whom he befriends
against the rules of the study.
The Shakespeare Theatre of New
Jersey will present a live performance
of Shakespeares Coriolanus, the examination of a military heros downfall, on Thursday, August 4, at 7 p.m.
The TGIF program will be Eva
Peron: Dont Cry for Me Argentina!
This discussion of the life and times
of one of the 20th centurys most
famous women will take place on
Friday, August 5, at 1:30 p.m.
Several story time programs are
available for children. Preschool
Story Time: 3 to 5 Years Old will
be held on Monday, August 1, from
10 to 10:30 a.m. Children will listen

Caregivers Meeting Set Monday at St. Helens

WESTFIELD A support group
for those caring for elderly or chronically ill loved ones will meet on Monday, August 1, at 8 p.m. in the Parish
Center of St. Helens Roman Catholic Church on Lambertsmill Road in

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Meetings take place on the first
non-holiday Monday of each month.
These are information and sharing
sessions. For more information, please
call Marilyn Ryan at (908) 233-8757.

to stories and do an activity.

Tales from the Middle Ages, for
those four years old and up, will take
place August 2 at 7 p.m. Youngsters
will listen to fairy tales and stories of
knights and princesses and do a related activity.
ABC Bingo, for young children who
know some letters, also will be presented August 2 from 10 to 10:45 a.m.
Mother Goose Group, for walking toddlers up to two-and-a-half
years old with a caregiver, is slated
for Wednesday, August 3, from 10 to
10:20 a.m. Participants will be treated
to rhymes, songs, movement activities and stories.
Tots Story Time, for those twoand-a-half to three-and-a-half years old
and a caregiver, will be featured today,
Thursday, July 28, from 10 to 10:30 a.m.
A book discussion for youngsters
on The Princess Test, by Gail Carson
Levine, will take place August 4 at
7:30 p.m. Participants will have an
opportunity to share their opinions
on the book, have a snack and do an
activity. Children are advised to read
or listen to the book beforehand.
Baby Rhyme Time, for babies not
yet walking with a caregiver, is scheduled for August 5 from 10 to 10:20
a.m. This program features rhymes,
lap bounces, songs and claps.
The library is located at 550 East
Broad Street. For more information
or to register for free adult programs,
please call (908) 789-4090, visit the
librarys website at,
or stop by the library for a copy of its
quarterly newsletter.

started by a Westfield teenager recently
donated $747 to purchase the BAPS
System, a much-needed item on
Childrens Specialized Hospitals wish
list. The system is used for therapy
relating to the lower leg, ankle and foot.
Aptly named eBoy, the charity was
begun by Alex Hodara, a Westfield
High School senior. The Internet-based
charity collected donated items to sell
on eBay. Proceeds from the online
auctions were presented to Childrens
Specialized Hospital (CSH) on July 8,
during a tour of the Mountainside
hospital and a ceremony at which the
check was presented to Childrens Specialized Hospital Foundation representatives.
Accompanying Alex during these
events were fellow Westfield High
School students Jason Anderson, Sal
Esposito and Ariel Mone. It was
really amazing to see how many children had smiles on their faces; it was
truly an unforgettable experience,
said Alex of his tour.
On Saturday, September 10, eBoy
will host a concert along with Z100 at
Mindowaskin Park in Westfield, featuring popular local bands. All proceeds will go to eBoy and be redirected to other charities that need
help. For more information about the

concert, programs or how to donate,

please visit
Other programs that eBoy has begun
involve an affiliation with Dunkin Donuts in Westfield, which allows Alex to
come to the establishment every Saturday to pick up the extra bagels and
muffins left over from the day that would
normally get thrown away.
He then takes the leftover food to the
Plainfield YMCA Homeless Shelter on
Sunday morning, so the people there
can have more food for breakfast. Alex
said, Helping the people out is amazing, because I actually am able to meet
the people that I am helping and see
how happy they are when they get
breakfast every Sunday morning.
CSH provides continuous and comprehensive care to support approximately 15,000 special needs children
and their families each year. Hospital
services include inpatient and outpatient medical, developmental, educational and rehabilitative therapies.
Headquartered in Mountainside,
CSH also has facilities in Fanwood,
Freehold, Hamilton, Newark, Roselle
Park and Toms River. CSH is an affiliate member of the Robert Wood
Johnson Health System. The Foundation is the organization that raises
funds to support programs and services at CSH.

YOUNG PHILANTHROPISTSWestfield High School seniors, representing

eBoy Charity, present a check for $747 to Childrens Specialized Hospital
Foundation employees Sarah Scardilli and Beth Anne Myarick. Pictured, from
left to right, are: Jason Anderson, Ariel Mone, Sal Esposito, Alex Hodara, who
founded the charity; Ms. Scardilli and Ms. Myarick.



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2 & 9 at 10:00 AM Computer Class: Puzzled by the Internet I

2 at 1:00 & 6:30 PM Foreign Film: Kitchen Stories
4 at 7:00 PM
Theater: Coriolanus by William Shakespeare
5 at 1:30 PM
TGIF: Eva Perone
9 at 1:00 & 6:30 PM Foreign Film: Magdalene Sisters
11 at 7:00 PM
Theater: London Assurance
by Dion Boucicault
Aug 12 at 1:30 PM
TGIF: Silent Film Fest
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Aug 1 & 8 at 10:00 AM

Aug 2 & 9 at 7:00 PM
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Aug 3 & 10 at 10:00 AM
Aug 4 & 11 at 10:00 AM
Aug 4 at 7:30 PM
Aug 5 & 9 at 10:00 AM
Aug 12 at 10:00 AM
Aug 13
Aug 17 at 3:00 PM

Preschool Storytime (3-5 yrs)

Tales from the Middle Ages (4 yrs.+)
ABC Bingo (young children)
Mother Goose Group (up to 2)*
Tots Storytime (2-3 yrs.)*
Book Discussion: The Princess Test
Baby Rhyme Time (babies)*
Color and Shape Bingo (young children)
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Thursday, July 28, 2005

Dr. Muriel Ramsden, 85, Was Professor;

Former President of SP-F School Board
Dr. Muriel Holden Ramsden, 85, of
Tinton Falls passed away on Sunday,
July 24.
Born in Pittsfield, Mass., she had
lived in Scotch Plains and Toms River
before moving to Tinton Falls a year
and a half ago.
Dr. Ramsden had worked for
Duponts film division from 1947 to
1953, and also had been a Professor
of chemistry at Union County College from 1968 until retiring in 1990.
A graduate of Holyoke High
School, where she was valedictorian,
Dr. Ramsden received her Bachelor
of Arts degree from Mount Holyoke
College in 1942, her Master of Arts
degree from Wellesley College in
1944 and her Doctoral degree in Organic and Polymer Chemistry from
Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1947.
Dr. Ramsden was a former President of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood
Board of Education. She also was a

member of the American Chemical

Society, Phi Beta Kappa and the
American Association of Retired Persons.
She was a strong supporter of the
Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA, was
active in the Scotch Plains-Fanwood
Scholarship Fund and also was an
avid bridge player.
Surviving are her husband of 59
years, Hugh E. Ramsden; three sons,
Geoffrey Ramsden of Kansas City,
Mo., Douglas Ramsden of Beckley,
W. Va. and Keith Ramsden of
Wyckoff, N.J., and her six grandchildren, Harrison, Taryn, Christopher,
Jennifer, Steven and Emily.
A funeral service was held yesterday, Wednesday, July 27, at the Ely
Funeral Home in Neptune.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the
Scotch Plains-Fanwood Scholarship
Foundation, P.O. Box 123, Fanwood,
N.J. 07023 would be appreciated.
July 28, 2005

Mr. Sherr to Share History

Of Health Department
WESTFIELD Robert Sherr, Director of Health for the Westfield
Regional Health Department, will
be the guest speaker at the First
Wednesday Luncheon of the
Westfield Historical Society at noon
on August 3 at B.G. Fields Restaurant, located at 560 Springfield Avenue in Westfield.
Mr. Sherr will discuss some of the
history (records go back to the early
1800s) of services, regulations and
responsibilities of the Westfield Regional Health Department.
In addition to Westfield, the department presently provides public
health services by contract to the boroughs of Fanwood, Garwood,
Mountainside, Roselle Park and New
Providence and the Township of
Springfield, covering a population of
over 86,000 residents.
In addition to supplementing many
of the services provided by Union
County, as well as following state

Prayer to
The Blessed Virgin
VIRGIN: (Never known to fail)
Oh most beautiful flower of Mount
Carmel, fruitful vine splendor of
heaven. Blessed Mother of the Son
of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist
me in my necessity. Oh, Star of the
Sea, help me show me herein, you
are my mother. Oh Holy Mary,
Mother of God, Queen of Heaven
and Earth! I humbly beseech you
from the bottom of my heart to
succor me in this necessity. There
are none that can withstand your
power. Oh, show me herein you are
my mother. Oh Mary, conceived
without sin, pray for us who have
recourse to thee. Holy Mother, I
place this cause in your hands (3X).
Holy Spirit, you who solve all problems, light all roads so that I can
attain my goal. You who gave me
the divine gift to forgive and forget
all evil against me and that in all
instances in my life you are with
me. I want in this short prayer to
thank you for the things as you
confirm once again that I never
want to be separated from you in
eternal glory. Thank you for your
mercy towards me and mine. The
person must say this prayer three
consecutive days. After three days,
the request will be granted. This
prayer must be published after the
favor is granted. A.M.P.

mandated programs and services, Mr.

Sherr will explain how the health
department cooperates with the towns
and boroughs under contract in providing many local services.
Vital Statistics, adult health services, swimming pool inspections,
blood pressure checks, rabies clinics
for dogs and cats, health education
programs, flu shots and child health
clinics are just a few of the many
services the department offers.
In recent years, the danger of the
West Nile Virus and the threat of bioterrorism have both had a profound
impact on the health department and
municipal services, as they have had
to respond to and investigate numerous calls received by the department.
Regular attendees of the luncheon
will be contacted by a telephone committee of the Society to verify their
reservations. Space permitting, others also may attend. Interested individuals are asked to call (908) 2332930 by noon on Monday, August 1.

Enrichment Ctr. Annex

To Host Comm. School
Plains-Fanwood school board has
designated The Enrichment Center
Annex as the new provider of Community Education for the 2005-2006
school year. The Enrichment Center
Annex is a non-profit company headed
by Elaine Sigal.
All classes will still be offered in
the Scotch Plains-Fanwood schools.
Classes for students in kindergarten
through grade 12 will be taught by
state certified teachers with a maximum class size of eight students. Adult
classes will run in the evenings. Seminars and trips are also planned.
The Community School will increase its offerings greatly both for
children and for adults.
A new program brochure will be
mailed to all residents of Scotch
Plains and Fanwood in August.
Mrs. Sigal is looking for input from
the community. The new website
for the Community School,,
will be up and running by August.
Programming will be offered after
school and during evenings, and
the pricing structure will be similar to 2004-2005 prices.
Please call the new Scotch PlainsFanwood Community School number, (908) 654-8878, to speak with
Mrs. Sigal about courses.

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Herbert Irion, 80, Realtor and Salesman;
Was Active With FUMC and YMCA
Herbert J. Bud Irion, 80, of Ster- birthday in 1943. He served behind
ling, Va. died on Sunday, July 10, at the lines in England, France, Luxhis home.
embourg and Germany.
Born in Stamford, Conn., he had
He received a Master of Business
been a resident of Fanwood and Administration degree from SyraWestfield for 30 years,
cuse University in 1952.
starting in 1942.
Surviving are his wife,
Mr. Irion had worked
Charlotte Epps Irion;
as a salesman for the
three daughters, Susan
Pierce Glass Company of
Irion, Barbara Sawyer
Westfield and as a realtor
and Margaret Brown; a
with Barrett & Crain Inc.
son, Robert Irion, and
of Mountainside. In 1972,
four grandchildren.
he bought a farm supply
Services and interment
and hardware store in
will take place on SaturNorth Ferrisburgh, Vt.,
day, August 20, in North
where he lived until last
Ferrisburgh, Vt.
Arrangements are by
Herbert J. Irion
He was an active memthe Adams-Green Fuber of the First United Methodist neral Home in Herndon, Va.
Church in Westfield and the Westfield
Memorial contributions may be
made to the First United Methodist
Mr. Irion attended Westfield High Church, One East Broad Street,
School and enlisted in the United Westfield 07090.
July 28, 2005
States Army one day after his 18th

More Community/Education

Daisy-Brownie Dance Leads

To Donations For Needy
WESTFIELD Jefferson Elementary School Brownie Troop No. 766
from Westfield recently hosted the
Annual Westfield Daisy-Brownie
Dance at their school for over 240 girls
in kindergarten through third grade.
Featuring the theme Sleepover
Party, the event was designed as a
way for the youngsters to have fun
while helping those less fortunate.
The girls, who came in their pajamas,
decorated pillowcases, had their nails
done and got tattoos applied by older
scouts from Jefferson Junior Troop
No. 697. They also learned dances
while a disk jockey played tunes.
Each troop donated a set of pajamas and slippers, and each girl donated either a new toothbrush or hairbrush. Over 400 items were collected,
including 18 sets of pajamas, 155

hairbrushes, 195 toothbrushes and

various other items.
These items have been donated to
the Ozanam Family Shelter in Edison,
a shelter operated by Catholic Charities, and 14 baby sleepers were donated to Newborns in Need in
The troops in attendance included
Jefferson School Daisy Troop Nos.
473 and 482 and Brownie Troop Nos.
879, 986, 251 and 766; Tamaques
Elementary School Daisy Troop No.
604 and Brownie Troop No. 559;
McKinley Elementary School Daisy
Troop No. 430; Wilson Elementary
School Brownie Troop Nos. 154, 360,
358, 445, 813 and 67; Franklin Elementary School Brownie Troop Nos.
913 and 302, and Washington Brownie
Troop Nos. 769, 656, 803 and 298.

FUN FOR ALLMembers of Jefferson Elementary School Brownie Troop No.

766 of Westfield are pictured at the Annual Westfield Daisy-Brownie Dance that
they hosted. The girls enjoyed fun activities while also donating items for
disadvantaged people.

Red Cross Chapter Warns

Of Severe Blood Shortages
COUNTY The Tri-County Chapter of the American Red Cross, which
serves 22 municipalities including
Fanwood, Scotch Plains and
Garwood, and the Blood Center of
New Jersey are reporting a severe
shortage of blood throughout the
state of New Jersey.
Churches, organizations and companies willing to hold blood drives
are urged to help, and community
members in good health are asked to
donate blood to help meet the
regions needs.
Blood centers throughout the state
report the primary reasons for low

inventories include groups canceling drives and donors missing appointments. There also are fewer
drives during summer because
schools are closed, community
groups dont meet and corporations
plan for a lighter schedule due to
employee vacations. To meet needs,
the state is importing blood from
other areas of the country.
To schedule a blood drive, or to
make an appointment to donate
blood, please contact Victor Webb of
the American Red Cross Tri-County
Chapter at (908) 756-6414 or


Michael Gibson, 60, Was Orchestrator

For Many Stage Shows and Hit Film
Award-winning orchestrator
Michael Gibson, 60, a Scotch Plains
resident known for his three-decade
career of stage and movie work, died
of lung cancer on Friday, July 15, at
Compassionate Care Hospice at St.
Clares Hospital in Dover.
Born and raised in Wilmington,
Del., Mr. Gibson moved to Scotch
Plains in 1992. He attended Harvard
University and the Berklee School of
Music in Boston.
He orchestrated over 100 shows
spanning Broadway, Off-Broadway
and regional theater productions, and
was twice nominated for a Tony
Award. He also earned several Drama
Desk awards and nominations.
His rsum additionally included a
nine-year stint as orchestrator for the
Ringling Brothers and Barnum &
Bailey Circus, as well as other
Mr. Gibsons talents were reflected
in such stage shows as Anything Goes,
The Boy From Oz, Cabaret, Kiss of
the Spider Woman, My One and Only,
Steel Pier, Woman of the Year and
Youre A Good Man, Charlie Brown.
He co-orchestrated the musical All
Shook Up, which is currently on
Mr. Gibson also served as orchestrator of the 1978 film Grease, the
soundtrack of which went platinum.

Known for his collaborations with

the songwriting team of John Kander
and Fred Ebb, Mr. Gibson had been
preparing a program of symphonic
works by the duo at the time of his
death, and also was preparing to orchestrate a project with Chita Rivera.
He had performed with or written
for a legion of stage, screen and music luminaries, including the Andrew
Sisters, Lauren Bacall, Tony Bennett,
B.B. King, the Boston Pops, Cab
Calloway, Carol Channing, Judy Garland, Ethel Merman, Liza Minnelli,
Bernadette Peters, Tito Puente,
Debbie Reynolds, Diana Ross and
John Travolta, among many others.
Surviving are his wife, Ellen
Gibson; a son, Andrew Gibson of
Scotch Plains; his parents, Peg and
Hoot Gibson of Elsmere, Del.; two
sisters, Mary Matterer of Newark,
Del. and Kathy Dougherty of
Wilmington, Del., and a brother,
David Gibson of Wilmington.
A private service has been held for
the family, and a public memorial is
being planned in New York City.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Compassionate Care Hospice at St. Clares
Hospital, in care of St. Clares Foundation, 75 Bloomfield Avenue,
Denville, N.J. 07834.
July 28, 2005

Marlene Kunicky, 66, Was Art Teacher;

Graduated From Newark State College
Marlene K. Habedank Kunicky,
66, of Westfield died on Friday,
July 22, at her home.
Born in Orange, she resided in
Westfield for the last 33 years.
During the 1960s, Mrs. Kunicky
had been an art teacher in the South
Plainfield school system.
She graduated from Newark State
College with a Bachelor of Arts
degree in Fine Arts and Education.
She was predeceased by her husband of 31 years, Stephen J.
Kunicky, on April 27, 1997.
Surviving are a daughter,

Jessalyn Brodie of Scotch Plains,

and a son and daughter-in-law,
Jason and Valerie Kunicky of
Wilmington, Del.
A memorial service was held yesterday, Wednesday, July 27, at the
First Baptist Church of South
Arrangements were under the direction of the Gray Funeral Home,
318 East Broad Street in Westfield.
Memorial donations may be made
to the Westfield Rescue Squad, P.O.
Box 356, Westfield 07091.
July 28, 2005

Vendors, Volunteers Sought

For 10th Fanny Wood Day
FANWOOD The Fanny Wood
Day Committee has announced that
the 10th Annual Fanny Wood Day
celebration will be held on Sunday,
October 2, from noon to 5 p.m.
Chaired by Fanwood Councilwoman
Donna Dolce and Jennifer Ricci, Executive Director of The Chelsea at
Fanwood, the committee includes representatives from the Fanwood Public
Works and police departments, plus a
number of local volunteers, some of
whom have been involved since the
first Fanny Wood Day in 1996.
The committee has been soliciting
various vendors who, along with local
merchants, will have stands featuring
food, crafts and other items along
Martine and South Avenues. Local
nonprofit organizations and professionals also will be on hand to provide
information and services. Vendors interested in reserving a spot should call
(908) 322-2350.
Once again, a special area will be
designated for children, with rides and
entertainment. A disk jockey will provide music and broadcast the results

TV34 to Broadcast
SPFHS Graduation
announced that it will broadcast
the 2005 Scotch Plains-Fanwood
High School commencement at
the following times:
Monday at 10 a.m., 4 p.m. and
8 p.m.; Tuesday at 8 a.m., 4 p.m.,
6 p.m. and 10 p.m.; Wednesday at
10 a.m., 2 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.;
Thursday at 8 a.m., 10 a.m., 4 p.m.
and 6 p.m.; Friday at 8 a.m., 4 p.m.
and 8 p.m.; Saturday at 12 p.m., 2
p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m., and
Sunday at 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 6 p.m.
and 10 p.m.
Copies are available at the high
schools main office at $23 for
VHS and $28 for DVD.

of multiple contests being scheduled

throughout the day.
The Cougar Car Club will host an
exhibition of classic automobiles in the
Fanwood Train Station parking lot along
South Avenue. Anyone wishing to display a car may call (908) 889-1709.
An ad journal with a complete listing of the days events and information
about some of Fanwoods local businesses and supporters will be mailed to
each household in early September. We
encourage everyone to set aside October 2 and join us downtown to honor
Fanwoods legendary first lady, and to
celebrate Fanwoods 110th birthday,
stated Councilwoman Dolce.
Anyone interested in volunteering
at the event may call Ms. Dolce at
(908) 889-6072. The rain date is the
following Sunday, October 9.

Recreation Department
To Sponsor Three Trips
WESTFIELD The Westfield Recreation Department will sponsor three
trips, beginning with one on Wednesday, August 10, to see the New York
Liberty battle the Los Angeles Sparks at
7:30 p.m. at Madison Square Garden.
The bus will depart at 4:30 p.m. The $49
per person cost includes a food voucher.
There will be a trip on Friday, August
12, to Yankee Stadium to see the New
York Yankees play the Texas Rangers.
The bus will depart at 3:30 p.m., with
the game starting at 7:05 p.m. The cost
is $66 per person.
On Thursday, September 1, the department will run a trip to Shea Stadium to see the Mets play the Philadelphia Phillies at 1:05 p.m. The bus will
depart at 11 a.m. and the cost is $56.
All trips will depart from the Westfield
Municipal Building, located at 425 East
Broad Street. Tickets are limited, so
early reservations are encouraged. For
further information, please call the Recreation Department at (908) 789-4080
or visit
recreation on the Internet.


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Concepts & Thought

6th Grade Distinguished:

47 Pupils
Brie Adamczyk
Brendan Farrell
Bria Barnes
Tessa Felegy
Lauren Berk
Elena Haggan
Elle Bernardo
Peter Huether
Micaela Jo Bernardo Emma Kelly
Christina Bobyack
Matthew Kersey
Erin Brown
Richard Krema
Laura Bruce
Kenneth Lee
Meghan Bruckman
Anna Leistikow
Lauren Buckley
Alexa Levy
Santino Butler
Conor Lockier
Micael Canicosa
Brianna Mahoney
Joanna Carroll
Alexandria Nychay
Marianna Caruso-Gilbert Tyler Palkoski
Robert Cerchio
Benjamin Parisi
Rachel Chan
Hyun-Jin Park
Hayley Cornwell
Alexandra Pearl
Jennifer Cua
Stephanie Robak
Meghan Cunningham Danielle Schweizer
Matthew Dapuzzo
Harmeet Sohal
Meredith Davis
Michael Spaeth
Paige Della Badia
Allison Staniec
Rachel Dolan
Rory Szeto
Alyssa Young

6th Grade Regular:

61 Pupils
GROWING GAINS...Westfield High School student Chris Engel participated
in the South Carolina Commissioners School for Agrigulture at Clemson
University in June. The week-long program promotes the scientific world of
agriculture and career possibilities in agriculture and natural resources. Pictured, left to right, are: Dean Calvin Schoulties of Clemson Universitys College
of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences; Chris Engel and SC Agricultural
Commissioner Hugh Weathers.

Page 9

Park School Principal Lisa Rebimbas

Reveals List of Honor Roll Students
SCOTCH PLAINS The Distinguished and Regular Honor Rolls at
Park Middle School in Scotch Plains
have been revealed by Principal Lisa
Rebimbas for the fourth marking period of the 2004-2005 term.
To qualify for the Distinguished
Honor Roll, students must earn As in
all subjects. For the Regular Honor
Roll, pupils must earn As and Bs in
major subjects such as mathematics,
science, social studies, language arts
and reading, and no grade lower than
a C in other subjects.

OH HAPPY DAYLeft to right, Steven B. of Westfield, Matthew S. of

Roselle, Daniel S. of Roselle, Victor H. of Westfield and Tom H. of Westfield
will stay friends forever! They all graduated from The Childrens Institute
of Westfield on June 22.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Kimberley Agbo
Stephanie Bauman
Kyle Berwick
Jerry Bi
Gregory Budis
Toni-Ann Capece
Christophe Cerchio
Elizabeth Churaman
Jacqueline Close
Nicole Danik
Desli Demarscio
Dandra Drewitt
Erik Ekstrand
Marc Henry Estriplet II

Vidhan Malik
David Mandala
Melissa Mckenna
Jake Merlo
Adam Monzella
Folaranmi Ogunfemi
Jennifer Palumbo
Lindsay Payne
David Pinkowski
Miles Pitre
Ananth Rao
Adam Redfield
Nicole Reed
Brittany Reilly

Angelica Ewaska
Kimberly Federico
Morgan Foxton
Benjamin Gecthman
Amanda Hanna
John Howarth
Evan Hubbard
Danya Jacobs
Priyanka Kamath
Gregory Kashmer
Lauren Katz
Sarah Lazarus
Kathleen Leeper
Daniel Lesce
Edward Logie
Taryn Luby

Alissa Ricci
Carl Rosen
Anne Rubin
Brahian Sanchez
Munehiro(Morris) Sato
Kevin Schmidt
Rachel Siegel
Salvatore Spadaro
Shane Squier
Bartosz Stawicki
Sarah-Elis Stein
Elizabeth Tenzer
Connor Thompson
Rose Thompson
James Tsipas

7th Grade Distinguished:

30 Pupils
Stephanie Baier
Nivedita Malik
Stephanie Baliko
Kimberly Many
Andrea Barone
Nicole Ostrowski
Rachel Blom
Renata Pacaja
Alessandri Bubnov
Jason Pearl
Sarah Canfield
Kerry Pierce
Sophie Chou
Morgan Puleo
Charles Cummings, IV Shannon Reimers
Aditya Dahiya
Lauren Rosenthal
Robert Frazee
Stephen Scannell
Jennifer Geoghegan Christopher J. Smith
Melissa Goldberg
Aleksandra Szczuka
Daniel Herczak
Devra Traiman
Lauren Hirschhorn
Andrew Van Haasteren
Kimberly Wenson
Allison Zimmermann

8th Grade Distinguished:

23 Pupils
Kerilyn Bartley
Karthik Krishna Kumar
Kristyn Berger
Thomas Leong
Terry Bustos
Jordan Metsky
Caitlin Campbell
Anne OHalloran
Michelle Carroll
Andrew Pansulla
Elizabeth Chen
Petros Petridis
Michelle Conway
Kathryn Powell
Michael Ferrara
Christine Ruggieri
Nathan Ghabour
Danielle Sette
Emily Katz
Christian Speck
Allison Killeen
Brittney Veeck
Eric Williams

8th Grade Regular:

68 Pupils
Alison Acevedo
Christoph Bauer
Kristin Betau
Arielle Brown
Ryan Brown
Michael Bumiller

Sean Lockier
Valerie Luby
Jenna McGarry
Matthew McQuoid
Liana Messina
Kaitlyn Mills

Michael Buro
Christina Capece
Donald Cejovic
Elaine Chan
Gillian Clark
Thomas Cristiani
Joseph Del Prete
Tyler Della Badia
Kaitlyn Denker
Nicole Desando
Ashley Deshields
John Domanski
Rebecca Dorilus
Alexander Ebeling
Josef Ellis
Gage Flippen
Lila Gallman
David Gigiel
Matthew Graziano
Elisabeth Greenberg
Colin Grimm
Alison Haggan
Kristina Kalkstein
Courtney Kolb
Paul Koprowski
Jonathan Kosenick
Rebecca Lipke
Roger Liu

Nicole Mineo
Lester Nare
Saxony Nielsen
Erin OBrien
Kerry Plante
Brianna Provenzano
Charles Ringel
Matthew Ritsko
Philip Rivera
Christine Rocha
Daniel Rodriguez
Christina Romagnano
Lawrence Rosello
Philip Rosenkrantz
Derek Sands
Sarah Schaible
Samantha Schuster
Alessandra Scott
Kimberly Shelus
Evan Silverman
Jessica Slegowski
Kevin Spaeth
Samuel Stamler
Sara Stanton
Blake Vanbuskirk
Chang Yaramothu
Sarah Yi
Rachel Young

7th Grade Regular:

51 Pupils
Nikki Appezzato
Matthew Greaney
Ulises Barros
Noorene Helm
Charles Beelitz
Madeline Holt
Remy Bernardo
Joseph Kaiser
Jack Bouchakjian
William Kaiserman
Rebecca Brand
Zachary Koch
Karolyn Buckridee
Leigh Kwasny
Colleen Campbell
Michelene Lambros
Timothy Carroll
Erin Lewis
Zaria Combs
Samantha Mannino
Dionysos Curry Jr
Ryan Mcternan
Joseph Dauria
Harrison Millings
Alexander Davis
William Muirhead
Brian Dempsey
Marguerite Murad
Jack Diaz
Richard Murray
Adam Dibattista
Brendon Pierce
Vangelis Dimopoulos Allison Prestridge
Marisa Dolan
Cory Rickmers
Tara Dorilus
Monica Rodriguez
Brian Dunn
Richard Shevlin
Robert Evans
Theres Sigona
Nigel Fung-A-Fat
Courtney Smeltzer
Katrina Gans
Gerard Smithwrick
Adriana Gerritsen
Thomas Strowe
Matthew Glassett
Ashante Taylor-Cox
Adam Terry

Paparatto, Steenberg Graduate

From the Oak Knoll School


Opera Company (LOC) of New Jersey, a division of the New Jersey Workshop
for the Arts (NJWA), presented scholarships to five young women at an
awards ceremony held on June 28 at the NJWA facility at 150-152 East Broad
Street in Westfield. Valerie Pineda, President and co-founder of the LOC,
whose mission is to create new artists and audiences for the art of opera,
presented scholarships to the graduating seniors. These LOC members were
selected for years of participation in fully staged operas, on stage or behind the
scenes. They were also recognized for their devotion to community service.
Pictured above, from left to right, are: Marie Samson, Willa Schaefer, Hillary
Nicoll, Melissa Pantojan, Emily Sheehan and Mrs. Pineda.

Township Teens Are Selected

To Attend Youth Conference
teenagers, Matthew Linensberg and
Devang Patel, will represent New Jersey at the 50th Anniversary March of
Dimes National Youth Conference:
Saving Babies, Building Leaders, to
be held Wednesday through Sunday,
July 27 to 31 in Washington, D.C.
Matthew and Devang are among 10
teens selected to represent the state.
Both Matthew and Devang will be
seniors at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High
School this coming fall and have been
volunteering with the March of Dimes
for three years. The two teens organize
an Annual Bowl-A-Thon as a way to
raise awareness about the March of
Dimes mission and raise funds at the
same time. Over $6,000 has been raised
through the event in the past three years.
The March of Dimes Youth Conference is a three-day dorm experience at
Georgetown University where participants will attend leadership training
sessions, networking opportunities and
educational programs. Seminar topics
include Careers in Not for Profit,
Fundraising 101, Youth on Public
Affairs and Your Body, Your Health,
Your Future.
Students gain valuable experience

FW Student to be Published
In The Apprentice Writer
FANWOOD Gaby Falco of
Fanwood was selected to publish her
work in the 2005 edition of The Apprentice Writer literary magazine.
Now in its 23rd year, The Apprentice
Writer publishes poems, stories, personal essays, photographs and artwork by high school students from 20
states. Some 70 works are chosen
from more than 5,000 submissions.
Dr. Gary Fincke, Director of the
Writers Institute and Professor of
English and creative writing at
Susquehanna University, created The
Apprentice Writer and oversees editorial decisions. The publication is
also edited, in part, by Susquehanna
students majoring in writing. Each
year, 11,000 copies of the magazine
are printed as a public service by The
Daily Item in Sunbury, Pa.
Gaby, the daughter of Steven Falco
and Gail Werthwein of Fanwood,
will publish a poem entitled Come
Back, Little Girl. She submitted her
work under the instruction of
Candace Keller at Scotch PlainsFanwood High School.

on how to inspire others and to serve as

youth leaders in their local communities, exemplifying the remarkable ability that young people have to make a
positive difference in the effort to save
babies, and help families nationwide.
The first March of Dimes youth
program, Teens Against Polio, began in 1955 when student leaders came
together to educate their peers about
the importance of receiving the polio

AREA Domenica Paparatto of

Mountainside and Laura Steenberg
of Westfield are among the 57 recent
graduates of Oak Knoll School of the
Holy Child in Summit.
A member of the Oak Knoll school
community since kindergarten,
Domenica was a member of the concert choir, yearbook, tennis team, and
Conduct Review Board during her
high school years. She held elected
offices that included Class Vice President and Campus Ministry Representative. Domenica also volunteered
with the Community FoodBank of
New Jersey, BRIDGES and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Domenica was also a member
of the Cum Laude Society.
Domenica, the daughter of Vincent
and Rosemary Paparatto, will attend
Drew University in Madison.
Laura was a member of the JV field
hockey team, the varsity softball team,
the Ensemble, a select group of singers, and the concert choir, serving as
Vice President during her senior year.
As a participant in the school musical
productions, she served as a production manager and conducted set building. She was a three-year cast member and two-year crew member.
A Girl Scout Gold and Silver Award
Winner, Laura participated in several
school service projects, which included the Community FoodBank and
Campus Ministry initiatives.
Laura was a member of the National Honor Society and received
college scholarships from Ithaca,

More Education News on Pages 19, 20 & 21

Northeastern, and John Caroll.

The daughter of Russell Steenberg
and Patricia Colbert, Laura will attend Ithaca College in Ithaca, N.Y.

Michelle Regg Receives

SP Lions Scholarship
Regg, a resident of Scotch Plains and
a June graduate of Scotch PlainsFanwood High School (SPFHS), was
recently awarded the $1000 Grausso/
Bendel Memorial Scholarship from
the Scotch Plains Lions Club. The
scholarship is presented in memory of
two leaders of the Scotch Plains Lions
Club, Norm Bendel and Tony Grausso.
The scholarship was awarded to
Michelle at a meeting of the Lions
Club on June 9 and had previously
been announced at the SPFHS
Awards Assembly in May.
This scholarship is awarded annually to a SPFHS senior who plans to
attend college. Preference is given to
a student who has demonstrated involvement in community service, especially those causes dedicated to the
blind and visually impaired.
The Scotch Plains Lions Club is part
of the International Association of Lions Clubs, a service organization with
some 1.4 million active members in
more than 43,000 clubs around the
An honor student at SPFHS,
Michelle also participated in many extracurricular activities. She additionally worked to earn money for college,
while still devoting considerable time
to volunteer and community service
activities. She will attend Boston University in the fall.

OAK KNOLL GRADUATESLocal residents Domenica Paparatto of

Mountainside, front, and Laura Steenberg of Westfield are among the 57 recent
graduates of Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child in Summit.

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Geeks Make the Move, Bring

Down Dunellen Hotel, 20-12
Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times

Sensing dissention amongst the

ranks of A Division leader Dunellen
Hotel midway through the game,
Geeks on Call took advantage of the
situation and scored 13 runs in the
final two innings to topple the Hotel
men, 20-12, in the first game of a
double header in the Scotch Plains

Mens Softball League at Brookside

Park in Scotch Plains on July 20. The
Geeks kept their cool while the Hotel
men were still reeling, and won the
second game to claim the top seed for
the playoffs.
The Geeks, who have several players in the lineup who can blast the ball
out of the ballpark, tapped 20 singles
and three doubles. Dave Eckert went

David B. Corbin for The Westfield Leader and The Times

FIRST INNING INTENSITYDunellen Hotel Captain, Bobby Chez, right,

looks with intensity as Phil Gentile raps a single to right in the first inning.

3-for-3, with a double, scored a run

and racked up five RBI. Bennie
Maranzan punched two singles and a
double, scored three times and had an
RBI. Brian Dayton also ripped two
singles and a double while scoring
twice and recording two RBI. Pete
Poillon poked three singles, had two
RBI and scored once. Mark Nies and
Jerry Waters each singled twice, scored
once and had an RBI. Emidio Monaco
poked a two-run single and scored
twice. Neil Kauffman and Joe DeFabio
each singled and scored twice. Rob
Tumolo and John Pellazullo each
singled, scored once and had an RBI.
Dunellen Hotel tacked up 19 hits,
including a two-run home run from
Anthony Vitelli, Jr. who finished 2for-3. Phil Keenan and Eric Smith
each went 3-for-3 and scored three
times while Tony Vitelli, Sr. went 3for-3 with an RBI. Keith Getz went 2for-2 with three RBI and Greg
McComb yanked a two-run double
while Phil Gentile and Frank Maggio
each contributed two singles and Bob
Chez scored twice.
The Hotel men felt at home at the
plate in the bottom of the first, scoring four runs on five singles and a
throwing error. Feeling the need to
score early, Geek power hitter Nies
called out, Come on guys! Lets hit
the ball down hard.
Monaco added, Lets not go
through the motions. Hit line drives.
Highlighted by Monacos two-run


Westfield Policeman 1 Cuff

Westfield Police Bandits, 9-7
Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times

An anticipated old-fashioned showdown between the Westfield Police

softball forces turned out to be a nail
biter as the visiting Bandits refused to
let an early deficit get them down but
Westfield Blue carried enough ammo
in the seventh to squeeze off a 9-7
victory at Memorial Field in Westfield
on July 20.
Westfield PD1 fired off 13 hits and
sharpshooter Barney Tracy tapped two
hits, including three RBI. Joe Marino,
Steve Voom Peterpaul and Jeff
Johnson went each 2-for 3 with an
RBI. Nick Norton, Dave Wayman
and Mike Smalls banged RBI singles.
Todays game was not our A

game. We did not hit the ball and the

few hits that we got, we couldnt put
them together. We were not making
consistent hits to score runs, said
team captain Frank Padovano. Were
a team that scores 20 runs a game. We
scored nine and thats not going to
win a game. Defensively, we made a
few errors but overall Im happy with
our play. We came out with a win and
thats always good and exciting, but
we need to step it up if we want to be
a contending team again.
Westfield PD2, known as the Bandits, totaled 11 hits and was led by
Mike Duelks, who pounded three hits,
including a double and a triple, with
two RBI. Jeff Battiloro pulled the
trigger for a homerun in the third.

Bob Sawicki smacked an RBI double,

Greg Kasko and Steve DiTrilio each
inflicted a hit with an RBI and Bob
Beaton added an RBI sacrifice.
These are the type of games we
like to see. We came ready to play
today, we played tough and it showed,
said team captain Kasko. Earlier in
the season I dont think we were
ready to play as a team when they
beat us, but that is not an excuse here
today. Theyre good players and they
always come with their A game.
Now, with the end of the season in
sight, you got to start playing towards
the playoffs and that is where it all
counts. Hopefully we will come up
on the winning side of things.

David B. Corbin for The Westfield Leader and The Times

STRETCHING IT A LITTLE TOO FARSt. Joes Jim Parker gets gunned down at third in the first inning against St.
Aloysius. Parker more than made up for that, however, with brilliant defensive plays.


St. Joseph Dodges Bullet, Nips

St. Aloysius Softball Men, 7-6
Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times

With the word out that St. Joseph

recently claimed bragging rights by
defeating St. Marks in the battle of
first-place teams in the St. Barts
Oldtimers Mens Softball League, St.
Aloysius set its sights on toppling the
Masters of their Domain and nearly
did at Brookside Park in Scotch Plains
on July 21. Getting a superb performance from outfielder/infielder Jim
Parker, the Joes managed to maintain
their lofty status with a 7-6 victory.
Parker, who contributed an RBI
single and a run scored, played the
majority of the game in centerfield,
made several fine running grabs and
gunned down a runner attempting to
score in the sixth inning. In the bottom
of the seventh, he relocated to short
and initiated a key double play to
dampen a late St. Aloysius rally. Teammates Rick Wustefeld (third base),
Bill Mirto (second base) and Larry
Shaub (first base) pulled off a brilliant
5-4-3 double play in the third inning.
Aloysius turned in some fine defensive plays as well. Lou Balestriere
performed some magic in centerfield.
Brian Mahoney made two fine plays
while covering third base in the third
inning, then, while covering second,
was on the putout end of a fine gun
down from leftfielder Tom Ulichny in
the fourth. In the first inning, St. Al
gunned down a runner heading to third.
After the second gun down, St. Al
Captain Joe Romash said, Good
D guys! We took out two of their



E X P E R I E N C E , T R U S T, R E L I A B I L I T Y S E RV I C E

Both teams totaled 14 hits with St.
Aloysius ripping two triples and St.
Joe rapping two doubles. Joes Damon
Roth (3-for-3, 2 runs scored, 1 RBI)
whacked both doubles while Al men
Balestriere (3-for-3, 2 runs scored)
and Mahoney (2-for-3, 1 run scored,
1 RBI) each smacked a triple.
St. Joes Kevin Marron had two
singles, two runs scored and an RBI,
George Gracia poked a pair of RBI

singles and Bob Elmi squeaked out

two singles. John Simpson went 2for-3, scored twice and had two RBI
for St. Al, while Mike Michalisin and
Tony Giannaci (1 RBI) each slapped
a pair of singles.
St. Joe combined four singles and
two walks to take a 2-0 lead in the top
of the first, but St. Al answered with
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SPF Baseball 11s Reach Finals

In Cal Ripken Tournament

WE ARE THE CHAMPIONSWestfield Memorial Pool swim coaches, pictured

left to right, Ryan Bartholomew, Dan McGrory, Head Coach Judy Lee and
Chrissy Schwebel enjoy a dip in the pool after being thrown in by team members
to celebrate the Blue Marlins final duel meet of the season last week. The Blue
Marlins have been undefeated since 1984.

The Scotch Plains-Fanwood (SPF)

11s reached the finals in the Cal
Ripken District 12 tournament last
week after winning a close, 5-3, game
against Westfield Blue. In previous
games, SPF defeated Cranford, 10-9
and South Orange Maplewood, 4-2.
SPF pitcher Luke Mineo kept
Westfield at bay with three solid innings. Brett Kovacs and Alex
Markovitz finished the job, holding
Westfield to six hits, with the help of
outstanding defensive plays by Steve
Alleman, Mike Daly, Ian Johnston,
Anthony Krajcsik, Mark Prowe and
Teddy Udelsman.
With Westfield leading 3-0, the SPF
bats came alive at the top of the sixth.
Ryan Henkels worked a walk then
Mineo singled moving Henkels to

second. Runners advanced on a passed

ball, then Markovits doubled to leftcenter scoring two runs and making it
a 3-2 ballgame. Mike Daly laid down
a perfect bunt moving Markovits to
third. Daly tried to get in a run down
between first and second in order to
score Markovits but Westfield would
not oblige. With SPF down to their
last out and runners on second and
third, Daniel Pesin ripped a two-run
double to left-center. Steven Vadas
followed with an RBI single to right.
With the help of a double play by
Daly in the bottom of the sixth,
Markovitz saved the game by striking
out the final batter for the victory. The
win advanced SPF into the District 12
championship games against
Westfield White.

WF Blue Marlins Keep

Winning Streak Alive
Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times

The Westfield Memorial Pool Blue

Marlins finished yet another impressive season this week. The Blue Marlins have been undefeated since 1984.
Head Coach Judy Lee, a teacher at the
Pingry School in Martinsville, completed her 32nd year of coaching with
the help of assistant coaches and former
swimmers Chrissy Schwebel, Ryan
Bartholomew and Dan McGrory. All
three of the assistant coaches spent
many years as Marlins and also were
members of the Westfield High School
varsity swim team.
The Blue Marlins continued their
successful streak this year, winning
all eight meets and winning the division championships despite having
some tough competition from West
Caldwell and New Providence. The
North Jersey Summer Swim League
consists of four divisions and the 12
fastest swimmers in each event go on
to compete in the Meet of Champions. There are traditionally a large
number of Blue Marlins who make
both the division championships and
the Meet of Champions, and this year
was no different.
I remember being eight-years-old
and thinking about how cool it was
that I was on a team helping all the
high school seniors go undefeated.
Now the tables have turned and Im
proud to have helped maintain the
teams invincible record as one of its
oldest members, said Kyle Murray.
Many records were broken due to
the fast times this season. Becky Clapp

broke, and re-broke, the 13-14 50meter backstroke record, as well as

the 13-14 50-meter butterfly record.
Larry Zhang broke the 11-12 50-meter
breaststroke, 50-meter backstroke and
100-meter individual medley records.
Ryan Gajdzisz is the new record
holder for the 9-10 100-meter individual medley. Larry and Ryan, with
the help of Tim Walsh and Nick
Gilligan, shattered the 12-and-under
100-meter freestyle relay.
A new addition to the Marlin program
was the Green team, a group of swimmers who swam at both their own meets
and some of the White team meets.
The Green team gives swimmers
the opportunity to swim more than if
they were just on the White team,
said Coach Lee.
Because they swam in two White
meets this season, Green team members are eligible to swim in the White
team championship meet. Both the
Green and White teams also had successful seasons. The White team
ended the season with a 2-3 record,
defeating Cranford and Manor Park.
The Westfield Memorial Pool swim
program had over 200 swimmers this
summer, with 100 swimming for the
Blue team, 135 for the White team
and 31 swimmers on the Green team.
The annual team party will take place
on August 2 at the Memorial Pool.
I hope everybody had a positive
experience. Based on what they did
this summer, I hope theyll continue
to swim year round and pursue swimming as a lifetime activity, said
Coach Lee.

RIPKEN 11-YEAR-OLD CHAMPSThe Westfield Blue team won the Cal

Ripken District 12, 11-year-old Tournament by defeating Scotch Plains-Fanwood,
3-2. Pictured, left to right, are: Justin Ricardo, Michael Mondon, James ORourke,
Kurt Kowalski, Charlie Scott and bat boy Dylan Elliott; middle row, bat boy Sean
Elliott, Ryan Elliott, Peter Mebane, Matt Varakian and Alex Graf; back row,
Coaches Rick Elliott, John Ricardo, Steve Kowalski and Rosann Mondon.

Westfield White 11s Defeat

SP-F for Ripken District Title

SECOND PLACE IN RIPKEN TOURNEYScotch Plains Fanwood 11-yearold tournament team placed second in the Cal Ripken District 12 Tournament,
losing to Westfield Blue, 3-2, in the finals. Pictured, left to right, are: front row;
John Mineo, Steve Vadas, Steve Alleman, Alex Markovits, Ian Johnston, Dan
Pesin, Mark Prowe and Tim Daly; second row, Teddy Udelsman, Anthony
Krajcsik, Chuck Krajcsik, Luke Mineo, Brett Kovacs, Ryan Henkels and Mike
Daly. Not pictured: Drew Laspe and Bill Johnston.

Westfield White 11s Defeat

Bayonne in States First Round
The Westfield White 11-year-old
baseball team defeated Bayonne, 129, in the Cal Ripken State Tournament in Hazlet on July 23.
Down 7-0 entering the bottom of
the third inning, Westfield scored two
runs. Charlie Scott walked and Justin
Ricardo reached safely on an error.
Matt Varakian and Michael Mondon
each drew walks to score the first run
then Ryan Elliott got hit by a pitch to
bring in the second run.
Westfield held Bayonne scoreless in
the fourth and fifth innings with good
defensive plays by shortstop Ricardo
and second baseman Charlie Scott.
Meanwhile, Westfield scored three runs

in the fourth. Ricardo and James

ORourke drew walks and Varakian
drilled an RBI double to center. Mondon
drove an RBI single to right and Elliott
lined an RBI single up the middle.
Westfield exploded for seven runs
in the fifth to take the lead. Michael
Clancy, Scott, ORourke, Varakian,
Mondon and Elliott all singled to
drive in the runs.
ORourke finished 1-3, Varakian
and Mondon were 2-3, Elliott went 22, Clancy went 2-4 and Scott was 12. Mondon and ORourke shared the
pitching duties. Henry Hershey, Alex
Graf and Peter Mebane also contributed to the victory.

The Westfield White 11-year-old

travel baseball team captured the Cal
Ripken District 12 Championship by
defeating Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 32, on July 11 at Sisselman Field in
North Elizabeth. Westfield White
defeated South Orange-Maplewood
and Westfield Blue to advance to the
Starting pitcher Michael Mondon
was very effective on the mound,
allowing just two hits in three innings
and striking out three batters. Relief
pitcher James ORourke was equally
effective, picking up where Mondon
left off, allowing just one hit in the
remaining three innings and recording three strikeouts for the save.
Offensively, ORourke lead off the
game with a hard hit single to leftfield.
Kurt Kowalski bunted his way on and
ORourke and Kowalski came around
to score on a hard-hit ball by Matt

Varakian. In the third inning,

Kowalski got on with a walk, was
sacrificed over by Mondon and scored
on a rocket hit by Ryan Elliott.
The Blue Devils were also very
effective defensively. With Scotch
Plains-Fanwood threatening in the
third with runners on first and second, shortstop Justin Ricardo snatched
a grounder to get the first out. Charlie
Scott and Henry Hershey made great
plays at second and third, respectfully, to get out of the inning.
With Westfield ahead, 3-2 in the
sixth, Scotch Plains-Fanwood threatened again with runners on second
and third but Westfields solid defense held on for the victory. Peter
Mebane, Alex Graf and Michael
Clancy also contributed defensively.

Cal Ripken Pictures

Available on Website

The Westfield Blue 9-year-old

Travel Team advanced to the
quarterfinals of the North Jersey
All Star Baseball League playoffs
with a 5-4 victory over the team
from Summit on July 21. Westfield
was to play Berkeley Heights in the
quarterfinals on July 23.
Despite the four runs, Michael
Fasciale and Eric Shor combined
for a one-hitter for Westfield. Aaron
Moeckler provided the game-winning hit, with a bases-loaded double
in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Chris Hogge was brilliant at catcher.
Fasciale and Jacob Boyle provided
clutch defense.

Pictures of the Cal Ripken 12year-old baseball tournament are

now available to be viewed on
The Westfield Leader website
Once on the website, click Photos and scroll to the appropriate
list. The Westfield Blue, Westfield
Gray and Scotch Plains-Fanwood
12-year-old teams appear on list
05July20CalRipken12. Photos of
the Westfield and SPF 8s and 9s
can also be located on the photo

WF Blue 9s Advance
In All-Star Playoffs

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Thursday, July 28, 2005

Page 13

Union County Sr. Mens 50+

Softball League Results:
50+ DIVISION 1 (As of July 22):
Antones Pub & Grill
D&K Associates
Linwood Inn





Awnings Galore
Marion/Jaconson Roofing
Northwestern Mutual
The Office
Union Center National Bank
Crest Refrigeration


Creative Industries
Il Giardino Ristorante
L.A. Law
Legg Mason

Jim OConnor ( for The Westfield Leader and The Times

IN ON THE ACTIONRepresenting Union County, Blue Devil Marc Dowling,

No. 33, top, and Raider Justis Evans, No. 51, got into the action at the 12th Snapple
Bowl held at Kean University in Union on July 21. The Union County team
defeated Middlesex County, 21-14. Union County holds a 7-5 edge in the series.




Antones Pub 8, Linwood Inn 5

The explosive bats of Dave Ball
and Bob DMeo made the difference.
Each finished with three hits to lead
Lombardi & Greenkeepers 6, D&K
Associates 5
Dom Deo outlasted Tony Falzone in
a classic pitchers duel. Larry Berra and
Steve Pietrucha led L&G with three
hits apiece. Angelo Corbo and Tony
Williams powered run-scoring triples
and finished with two hits apiece.
Awnings Galore 17, The Office 3
Winning pitcher Tom Pasko helped
his own cause with four hits. Bob
Clark, Bob Grausam, Ray Meigs and
Patrick Sarullo each produced three
hits. Bruce Crawford belted a tworun home run.
Union Center Nat. Bank 11, Crest 9
The Bankers broke a 9-9 tie, in
their final at-bat. Bankers Charles
Geiger, Lionel Genello, Dave
Goodman, Roger Grutzmaher, Sal
LaBella, Len Ladislaw and Al Temple
had multiple hits.
Marion/Jacobson Roofing 17,
Northwestern Mutual 11
Northwestern produced 20 hits.
Steve Falco and George Gonzalez led
Mutual with three hits apiece. Anthony Abaleo, Ed Malko, Ed
McColgan, Wayne Morse, Pete
Osborn and Jim Price each contributed two hits.
D&K Associates 9, Antones Pub 3
D&K pitcher Tony Falzone held
the Pub to fewer than seven runs for
only the second-time this season.
Linwood Inn 9, Lombardi &
Greenkeepers 4
Harry Streep kept L&G off stride
throughout the game. Steve Ferro
slapped three hits for L&G, while
Larry Berra and Frank Pepe each
produced two hits.
Awnings Galore 14, Marion/
Jacobson Roofing 4
Bob Grausam, Patrick Sarullo and
Frank Volpe, each with three hits,
supported winning pitcher Tom Pasko.
Northwestern Mutual 14, Union
Center Nat. Bank 8

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Northwestern exploded for 13 runs

in the first couple of innings. Rich
Polonitza produced three hits, while
Anthony Abaleo, Dennis Baker, Steve
Falco, Rich Grossberg, John Malone,
Ed McColgan, Wayne Morse and Pete
Osborn each collected two hits. Bankers Dave Goodman, Roger
Grutzmaher, Sal LaBella, Steve
Lemanowicz (2-triples) and Al
Temple had multiple hits.
The Office 20, Crest 10
Office men Tom McNulty and
Charles Wischusen led with five hits
and four RBI apiece. Lou Koehler
produced five RBI and Jerry
Permoulie homered.
Creative Industries 15, IL
Giardinos 5; Creative Industries
9, IL Giardinos 5
Dom Deo, backed by solid defense,
silenced the high-scoring IL Giardinos
with a doubleheader sweep. Ray
Cozzarelli, Alan Schulman and Norm
Stumpf each produced five hits, while
Ed Malko and George Merlo contributed four hits.
LA Law 15, Legg Mason 6
The Law exploded for 22 hits. Joe
LaPlaca provided four hits, while
Carmen Coppola and Len Yenish
added three hits apiece.

Fred K. Lecomte for The Westfield Leader and The Times


muscled a leadoff double and scored on Barney Tracys single in the fifth inning.
Blue fired off two rounds in the seventh to grab a 9-7 victory.

Westfield Policemen 1 Cuff

Westfield Police Bandits, 9-7

Westfield Blue immediately put the

Bandits on the defensive with three
runs in the bottom of the first. Padovano
and Marino both singled. Wayman,
Peterpaul and Polito each added RBI
singles. The Bandits immediately re-

SP Charity Cup Set for Saturday, July 30

The Finest vs Bravest Charity Cup softball game between the Scotch Plains
PBA No. 87 and members of the Scotch Plains Fire Department is slated for July
30 at 11 Brookside Park. Food will be provided by Outback Steakhouse.
All food and refreshments are free to the public with a donation of $10.

WF 12U Softball Girls Grab

Three Wins in Pkwy League
The Westfield 12U Girls Softball
team beat three opponents this past
week to improve its Parkway League
record to 8-1. Westfield defeated
North Edison, 11-1, Roselle Park, 76, and Berkeley Heights, 11-5.
Against North Edison, Jacki
LaSpata pitched a five-hitter, striking
out five and allowed only three base
runners after the first inning. Leading
the hitting attack was Katie Esler
with three hits, Maddie DeJohn and
LaSpata with two hits, and Liz
Penczak, Bridget Gallagher, Anne
Knisely and Rosa Graziadei each had
one hit.
At Roselle Park, Penczak knocked
in the deciding runs with a double to
the fence and made a great charging
catch to end the game with the tying
run on base. Joelle Cancelliere pitched
a complete game, striking out eight.
LaSpata led all hitters with two hits.
Esler, Gallagher, DeJohn and
Cancelliere all had one hit apiece.
They really showed a lot of cour-


age against Roselle Park. It was no

easy task to fight off a team that keeps
coming back at you the way they did.
It was a great victory for our team,
said Manager Joe LaSpata.
Against Berkley Heights, Penczak
crushed a bases-loaded three-run
double and eventually scored, sparking Westfield to a 5-1 lead. LaSpata
and Cancelliere split the pitching and
Gallagher went 3-3 with three runs
scored. Knisely made a great sliding
catch in center and Diana Venezia
snagged a hard low liner at short to
end two Berkeley Heights rallies.
Esler and LaSpata had two hits apiece,
while Jess Mondon, Graziadei and
Cancelliere each had a hit.
After the game, the team selected
Cancelliere and Penczak as the two
Westfield representatives for the Parkway Invitational Softball League, 12U
American League Division All Star
Game to be held at the Roselle Park
Little League Fields tomorrow, July
29, at 8:15 p.m.

Spacious Split

sponded with two runs. Battiloro

walked and scored when Duelks
slapped a single to right and DiTrilio
thumped a two-out RBI single.
Westfield Blue added two runs in
the second. Polito drilled a single and
scored on Johnsons RBI single to
left. Tracy singled, scoring Johnson
from third. In the third, the Bandits
tightened the score with two runs.
Battiloro belted a solo homer to right.
Greg Hobson reached safely on an
outfield miscue and scored when
Duelks ripped a double.
The Bandits took a, 6-5 lead in the
fourth. Beaton singled, robbed a bag
and headed home when Sawicki
crunched a double. Kasko tapped an
RBI single. Westfield Blue regained
control with two runs in the fifth.
Padovano banged a leadoff double,
Tracy brought him home and Norton
cracked an RBI single to left. However, the Bandits found the right spots
to hit the ball and added a run to tie the
score when Duelks walloped a triple
and scored on a Beaton sacrifice fly.
Westfield Blue sealed the deal with
two runs in the bottom of the seventh.
Johnson singled, advanced to third
on Padovanos sac fly and scored
when Tracy lofted a fly ball to deep
center. Marino followed with a hot
shot past third and scored on Nortons
sac fly to left.
We need to put our heads together
as a team. I have all the confidence in
the world. Well be ready for the
playoffs. Its just a little rut that were
going through, commented
Padovano. Well put our bats together and be the team that we were
when we won the championship.
Westfield 2
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Thursday, July 28, 2005


Geeks Make the Move, Bring

Down Dunellen Hotel, 20-12

St. Joseph Dodges Bullet, Nips

St. Aloysius Softball Men, 7-6



ground out to second.

After the Als pulled off a 1-2-3
inning in the second, DeCharo smiled
and suggested, Weve got to do something (offensively) when we get innings like that.
Neither team, however, did anything productive at the plate until the
fifth when St. Joe broke out with five
runs to take a 7-1 lead.
Ironically, just before that outburst,
Joes Shaub commented, They have
good pitchers. They throw a lot of
Wustefeld and Tony Blasi both
singled and Jim Kelk reached on a
force out at second. Parker and Marron
each tapped RBI singles Parker
scored when Marrons single slipped
by the centerfielder. Roth drilled an

RBI double and Gracia hopped an

RBI single to left.
St. Al came back with two runs in
the fifth when Simpson singled,
Mahoney thumped an RBI triple and
Giannaci lined an RBI single.
Trailing 7-3 in the seventh, Al leadoff hitter Balestriere belted a single to
right followed by DeCharos single
past short. Simpson wiggled a tworun single over second, Mahoney
singled and Giannaci loaded the bases
with a single. Parker grabbed a
grounder, stepped on second and fired
to first to get a double play while
Simpson scored to make the score 76. Parker then caught a popup to douse
St. Als flame.
St. Joseph
St. Aloysius

200 050 0
100 020 3



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David B. Corbin for The Westfield Leader and The Times

CRAFTY SLAP TO LEFTSt. Aloysius pull hitter Mike Michalisin decides to

go the other way and slaps a single to leftfield in the third inning.

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David B. Corbin for The Westfield Leader and The Times

DOING IT ALL HIMSELFSt. Joe pitcher Tony Blasi, right, fields a grounder
and tags second to make the force out as shortstop Amilcar Monroy gives him room.

St. Barts Oldtimers Mens

Softball League Results:
St. Joseph 7, St. Blaise 6
St. Blaise, with the go ahead run on
base, fell short in a seventh inning bid as
veteran opposing pitcher Tony Blasi
turned a 1-3 double play. Jerry Spitzer
and Gregg Swidersky paced St. Blaise,
each going 3-4. While St. Joes used the
extra base hit to seal the win, clean up
slugger George Gracia led Joes offense with a double, HR and four RBI.
St. Anne 19, St. Anthony 8
Bobby Cihanowyz and Scott Curtis
each went 3-4 to lead St. Annes 19hit attack.
St. Luke 17, St. Aloysius 6
St. Lukes star, Tim Deegan smashed
a grand slam in a nine-run third inning.
Teammate Russ Voorhees had a perfect 3-3 night. St. Als Brian Mahoney
tried to keep them in it, hammering out
a pair of two-run homers.
St. Mark 23, St. Nicholas 6
St. Nick, playing shorthanded, was
given no quarter by hot hitting Karl
Grossmann, who filled out the score
sheet with two HRs and a double,
while collecting 10 RBI. St. Nicks
Angelo Tortorella and Tony Williams
each went 3-3 with a home run.
St. Joseph 7, St. Aloysius 6
See exclusive story. The Joeys
defense once again used a seventhinning double play to end a threat
with the go ahead run on base. St. Als
Lou Balestriere led the late comeback and was 3-for-3.
St. Luke 27, St. Anthony 5
Matt Luke Fuget set the stage
with a first-inning grand slam. Lukes
Scott Smith (5-5, HR, 6 RBI) did his
share to lead the 32-hit onslaught.
St. Mark 15, St. Blaise 6
St. Mark took a 12-3 lead heading

into the third. St. Marks Kevin

Woodring went 4-4, legging out two
doubles, collecting three RBI and
scoring three times. Teammate Marty
Bernstein was 3-4, with a double and
three runs scored.

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Tell Golf Results:
A spokeswoman for the Scotch Hills
Womens Golf Association of Scotch
Plains announced the results of the
Lean on Par for One Worst Hole Tournament held July 12 and the Grandmother Tournament held July 19.
Low Gross: Marge Grimmer 45
Low Net: Grimmer/Drina Erhard 30
Second: Maureen Wetzel/Lucy
Banta/Fil Scuderi 31
Low Gross: Susan Schwarz/Eve
Kennelly/Francie Gibbons 51
Low Net: Kennelly 47
Second: Gibbons 48
Third: Marge Ruff/Jeanette Walker 49
Low Gross: Mary Hughes 55
Low Net: Mary Hughes 27
Second: Dolores Veghte 28
Third: Rose Perone 29
Low Putts: Ruff 13
Chip-in: Martha McCaskie #2,
Rosemary DeWitt/Ruff #5
Low Gross: Lisa Sanguiliano 44
Low Net: Fil Scuderi 31
Second: Margaret Hickey/Carole Katz/
Rosemary DeWitt 32
Low Gross: Alice Yorks 49
Low Net: Yorks 25
Second: Pat Herring 29
Third: Barbara Laguna 30
Low Gross: Dot Rastelli 55
Low Net: Olga Rose 28
Second: Rastelli/Dolores Veghte 30
Low Putts: Alice Yorks 12

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single and Eckerts RBI single, his

team responded with three runs in the
second then, after turning a third-tosecond-to-first double play in the
bottom of the inning, added two runs
in the third to take a 5-4 lead. An
additional run was prevented when
Hotel second baseman Steve Gould
drifted out to shallow center to snag a
difficult popup.
I didnt want to get caught running backwards, so I spun around and
it was there, explained Gould.
Eckert added another RBI single in
the fourth but the Hotel men answered
with three runs, which included
Vitellis two-run homer in the gap in
right-center, to take a 7-6 lead.
Each team added a run in the fifth
but the Hotel men began to quarrel
amongst themselves. Realizing that a
house divided cannot stand, the Geeks
heeded the call and shelled the Hotel
with seven runs on seven hits in the
sixth inning to grab a 14-8 lead.
Sensing that their grasp on first
place may be slipping, the Hotel men
responded with three runs to tighten
the score to 14-11 but the Geeks could
smell the scent of victory and added
six runs on six hits, including a tworun sacrifice fly by Eckert, in the
seventh. In shambles, the Hotel could

only put up one run in the bottom of

the seventh.
Geeks on Call
Dunellen Hotel

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Sc. Pl. Mens Softball

Final Standings:
Geeks on Call
Dunellen Hotel
Investor Savings Bank
Revolution Fitness
Hand 2 Hand
Trinity Electric





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ACI 16, Trinity Electric 9
Revolution Fitness 16, Hand 2 Hand 9
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Sofa Kings 13, T&Js 4
Delasal 16, Family Investors 6

David B. Corbin for The Westfield Leader and The Times

RBI SINGLE PAST SHORTGeek batter Jerry Waters hacks an RBI single
past short to cap a seven-run sixth inning against Dunellen Hotel.

WF U10 Softball Girls Win

Three of Four in Pkwy League
Westfields U10 softball team won 3
out-of 4 games last week to up its
record to 7-2 in the Parkway Invitational League.
First, Westfield defeated Metuchen,
10-4. Gabby Panarese pitched a complete game and struck out nine. Trailing 4-1 in the fourth inning, Westfield
scored nine times. Ally Faktor received
a walk then Megan Luppino, Colleen
Gallagher and Taylor Barber followed
with hits. Katie DeMasi banged a single
driving in Megan Sheil for the final
Westfield run.
Next, Westfield lost a close, 8-6,
game to New Providence, who jumped
out to an 8-0 lead in the first two
innings. Tara Reardon came on in relief in the third and shut down the
Pioneers, allowing one hit while striking out eight. Westfield scored two
runs in the second on a combination of
hits by Panarese, Sarah Albright, who
went 4-4, and Emily Greenberg.
Westfield scored three more runs in
the fifth on singles by Gallagher,
Panarese and Albright. Reardon singled

to drive in Mads Yeager for the final

Westfield run.
Finally, Westfield swept Union, 1411, and 16-2. In the first game,
Westfield came back from a 10-1 deficit. Westfield scored early as Amanda
Juchnik singled to drive in Demasi.
Westfield scored five in the third to
close the score to 10-6 as Dani
Wirtshafter capped the rally with an
RBI single, scoring Barber. In the
fourth, Westfield scored eight runs
keyed by bases-clearing doubles from
Barber and DeMasi.
In the second game, Albright pitched
superbly for 4 1/3 innings, giving up
two runs on two hits, while striking out
four. Panarese relieved in the fifth,
allowing no hits while striking out
three. Westfield scored two runs in the
first inning on singles by DeMasi, who
went 3-for-3, and Albright. Westfield
kept the pressure on in the third and
fourth as Niki Cruz and Molly Jennings
led off with walks followed by singles
from DeMasi, Panarese, Albright,
Faktor, Gallagher and Luppino.

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Thursday, July 28, 2005

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SPF Youth Assn. 10s Have

Successful Baseball Season
The 10-year-old Scotch PlainsFanwood Youth Baseball Association
Tournament team participated in five

WF 12U Girls Get 3rd

In UC Umpire Tourney


Baseball Association 9-year-old team placed second in the Cal Ripken District 12
Tournament. Pictured, left to right, are: front row; Matthew Ridge, Nicholas
Russoniello, Michael Lettieri, Gene Sisoske and Christine Monroy; middle row,
Tyler Bowman, Ryan DePaul, Matthew Kerr, Joseph Bonaccorso, Andrew
Wheeler and Michael Sangern; back row, Coaches Mike Ridge and Pat Hogan
and Manager Joe Bonaccorso.

Willow Grove Swimmers Top

Highland Swimmers, 284-247
The 3-0 Willow Grove (WG) Barracudas, led by coaches Chris
Swenson, Steve Swenson, Christine
Marino and Kevin Hobson, trounced
Highland, 284-247.
Delivering a 1-2 punch in IM were
9-10 girls Yuen and Leistikow, 11-12
boys Baliko and Dunn and 15-18 girls
Yuen and Gousman. Marino and
Swenson placed 1-3 for 15-18 boys.
Murphy, Ross, Johnson and Favreau
placed third.
In freestyle, (age 7) Banasiak and
McNichol, and Mital and Leistikow
nailed first and second, respectively.
Age 6 boys Auda and Hoerrner, 9-10
boys McKenna and Channoui, 15-18s
Murphy and Gousman and Marino and
Hauptman touched 1-3. Leistikow outtouched Highland for the 9-10 girls.
Napolitano, Kovacs, Dunn and Johnson
took second. Musso, McKenna,
Napolitano and Ross took third.
Bernardo, Marino, Yuen, Murphy,
Baliko, Yuen and Marino placed first
in breaststroke. Jaczko, Leistikow,
McGovern, Napolitano, Baliko,
Gousman and Swenson took second.
Bebout and Dunn took third.
In the backstroke, 9-10 Greaney
and Appezato, McKenna and
Channoui and 15-18 Swenson and
Hauptman placed 1-2. McKenna
(8Us), 11-12 Baliko and 13-14
Johnson took first. McNichol and
Murphy placed second and Jaczko
and Marino took third.
In butterfly 9-10 Yuen, 11-12 Dunn
and 15-18s Murphy and Hauptman
touched first. Marino, McKenna,
Banasiak and Yuen took second.
McKenna, Zazzali, Hoerrner, Dunn,
Koch and Miller took third.
Relay winners included 8Us Braun,
Napolitano, McNichol and Banasiak;

Kovacs, Marino, Jensen and

McKenna; 9-10s Appezato, Greaney,
Leistikow and Yuen; 11-12s Hoerrner,
Mital, McGovern and Ross and Shaub,
Dunn, Napolitano and Baliko; and
15-18s Hauptman, Murphy, Gousman
and Marino.
Nine club records were broken by J.
Yuen, J. Murphy, S. Marino, E. Yuen
and relay teams of Kovacs, Marino,
Jensen and McKenna; and Murphy,
Hauptman, Gousman and Marino.
Also contributing were: AlbaneseDemair, Appezato, Baker, Bamrick,
Bebout, Bernardo, Boyle, Braun,
Broders, Channoui, Coughlan,
Debonis, Deman, Dolan, Dugan,
Favreau, Feury, Fitzgibbons, Frazier,
Garfalo, Gartner, Gentile, Giardello,
Gorski, Hambleton, Harrison,
Hirschorn, Hoerrner, Jensen, Kirby,
Kline, Kovacs, Lenoff, Lenz,
Leistikow, Luce, Magrino, Mains,
Makowski, McClane, McGovern,
McAlindin, Mulligan, Owens,
OLeary, Richmond, Ross, Sebolao,
Seeney, Sheffield, Tannenbaum, Walling, Yorkovich, Van Hastern, Van
Helsing and Veglia.

The Westfield Blue Devil 12U girls

softball team placed third in the Union
County Umpires Tournament July 24 &
25. The Blue Devils swept the competition on July 23, allowing only three runs
in the three games, defeating the Central
Jersey Cyclones 9-2, the Linden Tigers
6-1, and shutting out the Clifton Cobras
2-0 to earn the No. 1 seed for the single
elimination playoff round.
On July 24, Westfield shut out the
Lincoln Park Angels 7-0 but, unfortunately, was defeated, 9-0, by Clifton in
the semifinals. Participating in the tournament were: Joelle Cancelliere,
Maddie DeJohn, Katie Esler, Bridget
Gallagher, Rosa Graziadei, Anne
Knisely, Jacki LaSpata, Melissa
Littman, Jessica Mondon, Liz Penczak,
and Diana Venezia. Manager Joe
LaSpata, Coaches Mitch Aronson and
Kim Graziadei.

highly competitive All Star Tournaments, including South Plainfield,

Roselle Park, Edison Boys, Union and
the 10-year-old Cal Ripken Districts.
SPF finished third in South
Plainfield and was competitive in all
events. In the South Plainfield Tournament, Kevin Raszka recorded a win
as pitcher and hit a home run, clearing the 210' fence, versus Iselin. Jordan Milo, Andrew Leischner, John
Murphy and John Lenart also recorded
wins as pitchers during the course of
the Summer Tournament season.
Defensively, Dylan Sands was
strong at catcher, Brad Alleman
played first base, John Lenart was at
second base, Andrew Leischner and
Kevin Raszka shared time at shortstop and Jordan Milo played the hot
corner at third base. John Murphy,
Jason Breit, Cody Lyman, Scott
Flanzman and Mike Colineri were all
steady in the outfield.

SUCCESSFUL SEASONThe Scotch Plains-Fanwood Youth Baseball Association 10-year-old team had a successful season. Pictured, left to right, are: front
row; Andrew Breit, John Lenart, Andrew Leischner and Scott Flanzman; middle
row, Cody Lyman, Kevin Raszka, Brad Alleman, John Murphy, Dylan Sands and
Jordan Milo; back row, Coach Ray Raszka, Manager John Lenart and Coach
Jordan Milo. Missing: Coach Mike Colineri, Sr. and player Mike Colineri, Jr.

WF Softball U12 Rap

Roselle Park, 12-9
The Westfield 12 National League
girls traveling softball team bounced
back from a 9-1 second-inning deficit
to knock off Roselle Park, 18-11, this
past week. Becky Daaleman gave up
only three runs in six innings to earn
the win.
Emily Ronk banged a double to the
wall and Emma Crossland had three
hits to spark the offense. Elizabeth
Kiefer, Jill Meola and Nicole
Schmeider provided clutch hits. Liz
Connolly, Emma Shor, Colleen
McCabe, Daaleman, Schmeider, Kiefer
and Crossland pulled off great fielding
plays. Helen Delpopolo and Caroline
Snizek both had great games at catcher.
Snizek provided the key offensive
spark, making it to first on a dropped
third strike with two outs. That play
started a seven-run rally that put the team
ahead for good. Annie Ferro and Megan
Ramage provided speed on the base
paths, each with multiple stolen bases.

Westfield Jr. Legion Receive Top Seed in UCT

The Westfield Junior Legion baseball team, as of July 20 with a record
of 16-2, was awarded the No. 1 seed
in the Union County Tournament.
David Duelks and Brian Ciemniecki,
former WHS grads, are the coaches.
The players are: Peter Antonelli,
Nick Barba, Brian Davidson, Danny
Dickson, Zach Deegan, Sean Ferro,
Kevin Hennessey, Danny Melillo,
Danny Nuber, Santo Nardi, Kevin
ORourke, Ricky Passananti, Joe
Schurig, Jimmy Thayer, Joe Vall-

Llobera, Michael Venezia and Kyle

Zeitounian. Vall-Llobera and
Zeitounian were selected to play in
the leagues All-Star Game.
Duelks was selected as the Union
County American Legion Coach of
the Year. He is currently going into
his eighth year as Physical Education
Teacher at Edison Intermediate
School and also coaches the Edison
Intermediate School baseball team
and is an assistant on the Westfield
High School Football team.

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Recreation Department Events

by: Traci Kastner
(908) 789-4080

Weic he r t

EDISON TOURNAMENT CHAMPSThe Scotch Plains-Fanwood Youth Baseball Association 8-year-old team recently won the Edison Tournament Championship by defeating the South Brunswick Vikings, 13-3, in the title game.

SP-F Baseball 8s Capture

Edison Tournament Title
The Scotch Plains-Fanwood (SPF) 8-year old Raiders captured their
third tournament of the summer with
a 13-3 victory over the South
Brunswick Vikings in the Edison
In the preliminary round, SP-F finished 3-0-1 to gain the top seed in
their bracket. The Raiders beat Merrill
Park, 9-2, North Bergen, 29-0 and
South Brunswick, 20-2, and tied
Hillsborough, 4-4.
Against Hillsborough, it marked
the first time all season that SP-F
played from behind. Trailing 4-1 in
the bottom of the fifth inning, SP-F
staged a dramatic two-out rally to tie
the game. Zach Lipshitz, Kevin Maxwell and Ryan Jensen all worked out
walks to load the bases. Christian
Isolda rapped an RBI single and Ryan
McSherry followed with a clutch tworun single.
In the semifinals, SP-F crunched
Woodbridge, 15-2. Jeffrey Rodgers
(3 innings) and Isolda (1 inning)
handled the pitching duties. SP-F

scored two runs in the first inning as

Jensen blasted a triple to knock in
Lipshitz and Maxwell. In the second
inning, the Raiders scored four more
times with the key hits being Isoldas
triple and a single by Danny Babis.
SPF finished their scoring with nine
runs in the third inning as Garret Zito
doubled and Danny Harcourt, Maxwell, Jensen and Babis all provided
singles that were sandwiched around
several walks.
SP-F took on South Brunswick in
the finals and tucked the game away
with a 10-run fourth inning. The game
was scoreless until the bottom of the
third when the Raiders pushed across
three runs. Zito singled and Tyler
Kovacs walked. Connor Danik drilled
an RBI single. Johnny DelSordi
knocked in the second run with a
fielders choice.
In the fourth inning, JT Beirnes
two-run single was a key hit. Jensen,
McSherry, Matt Marino, Isolda,
Babis, VJ Makris, Zito, Kovacs, Danik
and Rodgers all scored.

Weic he r t


Weic he r t


Club Mid includes:
x Sports
x Snack
x Homework Time
x Fitness
x Computers
x Art Activities
x Available 2, 3, 4
or 5 days/
week until 6:00

Club Mid participants

will be bused twice a
week to the new East
Broad Street Family
Branch to use the
Pre-Teen/Teen Cardio
Arcade and Computer
Learning Center

Main Facility
220 Clark Street
East Broad Street Family Branch
422 E. Broad Street

908-233-2700 x 273 *

Serving Cranford, Garwood, Mountainside & Westfield since 1923.

Abrakadoodle Art Class, In this

program, children are introduced to
art materials, artists, and various techniques. August 22 to August 24. Ages
18 to 36 months, 9:30 to 10:15 a.m;
ages three to five years, 10:30 to
11:15 a.m., and grades 1 to 6, from 1
p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Call for fees.
Bowling Camp, for ages five to
12. This program will be held on
Wednesdays at 10 a.m. at Linden
Lanes. The weekly cost of $6 is
payable to Linden Lanes.
Golf Camp, ages 8 to 14, Tuesday
through Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or
1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Oak Ridge
golf course in Clark. The cost is $88
per child.
Wrestling Camp, Monday through
Friday, August 1 to 5 (ages seven to
ten), or August 8 to 12 (ages ten to
13), Westfield High School wrestling gym. The fee is $65 per week.
Sports Squirts Camp, ages 3 to 5,
Monday, August 29 through Friday,
September 2 from 4:30 to 6 p.m., at
Tamaques Park. The fee is $99 per
Multi-Sports Camp, Monday
through Friday, August 29 through
September 2, ages five to seven, (9
a.m. to 1 p.m.), $147 per child, and
ages seven to 14 (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.),
$169 per child. The camp will be held
at Tamaques Park.
USA Soccer Camp, ages three to
seven, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., $99
per child, and ages five to 14, from

9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at a cost of $155.

The camp will be held at Tamaques
Park from Monday through Friday,
August 15 to 19.
Roller Hockey, for children six to
12 years old. This program will be
held 10:30 a.m. to noon for 10 to 12
year-olds. The fee is $60 per student.
Tennis, This beginner camp is offered for children ages eight to 14,
Monday through Thursday, from 9
a.m. to noon. The program will be
offered the week August 8.
Summer Playground Program.
Parents need to register their children for the playground program at
the recreation department. Every
camper must bring in a report card to
register. The Junior Playground Program for grades kindergarten through
grade 5, Teen Scene for grades 6 to 8,
and C.I.T. program for ninth grade
students. The programs will be held
through Thursday, August 11.
Yankee Game, Friday, August 12,
7:05 p.m. vs. Texas Rangers. The
bus will depart at 3:30 p.m. The fee
is $66 per student.
Mets Game, Thursday, September
1 at 1:05 p.m. vs. Philadelphia Phillies.
The bus will depart at 11 a.m. The fee
is $56 per student.
NY Liberty Game, Wednesday, August 10 at 7:30 p.m. vs. Sparks. The
bus will depart at 4:30 p.m. The fee
will is $49 per person. The cost includes transportation and food

Westfield Blue Marlins Stop

New Providence, W. Caldwell
The Westfield Blue Marlins swim
team continued its winning ways with
wins over New Providence (318-127)
at home and West Caldwell (267178) away. At the two meets 14-yearold Becky Clapp once again beat her
own team record in the 50M-butterfly, with a time of 31.31 seconds.
Leading the Blue Marlins to victories at the two meets, four swimmers
took first place in the maximum four
separate individual events, including
(9-10) Matt Daniel, (11-12) Jill
DeLaFuente and (15-18) Patrick
Daurio, as well as (11-12) Larry
Zhang who garnered three first places.
New York SMSA Limited Partnership, d/
b/a Verizon Wireless, is proposing to locate new wireless telecommunications
antennas on an 150 feet tall monopole to
be located at 1910 Raritan Road, Scotch
Plains, Essex County, New Jersey. The
new facilities will consist of 12 antennas
mounted at a height of 152 feet (measured
to the top of the antennas), a 9 feet 6 inch
x 19 feet equipment room within a proposed addition to the existing fire station at
said address. Any interested party wishing to submit comments regarding the
potential effects the proposed facility may
have on any historic property may do so by
sending such comments to:
Suzanne B. Derrick
Richard Grubb & Associates, Inc.
PO Box 434
Cranbury, New Jersey 08512
or by electronic mail to:
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They were followed closely by the

following Marlins who took two first
places at the two meets: (8U) Erika
Daniel, (9-10) Ryan Gajdzisz, (1112) Kate Heffernan, Nick Gilligan,
(13-14) Kyle Higgins and Matt
Single individual event winners
included (8U) Sophie Bass, Johanna
Mermer, Ryan Daniel, Jordan
Hickman, Stephen Husch, Jack Rose,
(9-10) Amanda Sovany, Tim Walsh,
(11-12) Olivia Scrofani, (13-14)
Stephanie Albright, Lauren Ross,
Becky Clapp, Matt Meserole, (1518) Megan Rauch, Brittany Reyes,
Lisa Rauch, Kirsten Selert, Jackie
DeLaFuente and Sean Hager.
Blue Marlins who scored valuable
second and third place finishes were:
(8U) Brandon Leuthold, Ben Bass,
(9-10) Becky Zhang, Kim Hoffman,
Cari Jenkins, Maeve Maloney, Nick
Constantine, Luke McGrory, Connor
Moore, Dan Myers, (11-12) Allison
Rose, Jillian Ceasrine, Megan
Kaveney, Kelsey Wilson, Ryan
Hobson, Jack Leahy, Mike Blutfield,
Sean Clark, Adam Metz, (13-14)
Megan Boersig, Kelly Gajdzisz,
Cassie Green, Alice Li, Mike Oster,
Max Blum, Matt Gelmetti, Brian Hart,
James Kazazis, Justin Lo, (15-18)
Philip Anton, Matt Green, Dan
McGrory and Kyle Murray.
The Blue Marlins swim in Division
4 of the North Jersey Summer Swim
League, competing against Berkeley
Heights, Livingston, New Providence
and West Caldwell.


Board of Education held an awards night and reception in June in honor
of district students achieving recognition in the area, state and nation for
academics, student activities and athletics. Pictured at the reception are
district Athletic Director Rob Harmer, left, with Scotch Plains-Fanwood
High Schools designated scholar-athletes for the 2004-05 school year.
Left to right are Liz Elko (for NJSIAA), Sean Smith (for Watchung
Conference), Jenny Burke (for Watchung Conference) and Marc Fabiano
(for Union County). Absent when the photo was taken was Mary Shashaty,
also named a Union County Scholar-Athlete.

SPF BOE Honors Senior

Athletes for 2004-2005
graduated in the top 4 percent of her
class and holds 10 varsity letters in
cross-country and indoor and outdoor
track, has received the Iron Raider
award for participating in three consecutive seasons of varsity sports. She
also won this award in 2003.
A member of Scotch PlainsFanwood High Schools (SPFHS)
National Honor and Spanish National
Honor Societies, Liz has also been
active in DECA where she has received national recognition. She has
also participated in the Student Leadership Conference, The Fanscotian
newspaper and the Student Movement
Against Cancer (SMAC). She will attend the University of Virginia in the
Sean Smith has been a stellar football and track athlete for four years. In
football he was named 3rd Team AllConference by the Star-Ledger and in
track, he was a three-time MVP with
seven varsity letters, achieving many
top finishes in the triple jump, high
jump, hurdles and medley relays. Over
the years he qualified to compete in
the Adidas National Outdoor Track
and Field Championship twice. At the
high school, he has also been active in
Jenny Burke was the womens basketball point guard for all four of her
years at SPFHS. Jenny has received
recognition across the state from influential newspapers, coaches and athletic groups, including being named
among the top five point guards in
New Jersey in 2004 and one of the top
15 juniors in 2004. Jenny, who was her
teams co-MVP in 2005 and holds the
all-time assist record at the high school,
was recruited by Yale University for
basketball and will attend the university in the fall.
When not on the court or working to
develop young players, she was also
active in the SPFHS Future Business
Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter,
in the National and Italian National
Honor Societies and in REBEL, an
anti-smoking organization.
Marc Fabiano, who ranked in the
top 20 in his class, achieved outstanding records in football, wrestling and
spring track. In his senior year in football, Marc was named First Team All-

Area, First Team Watchung Conference, First Team All-Union county

and Second Team All-Group III. He
was selected to play in the NorthSouth All-Star Football Classic. In
wrestling, he placed first at the John
Goles Christmas Tournament and the
Union County Tournament, placed
second at the District 11 Tournament
and at the Region 3 Tournament and
placed eighth at the New Jersey State
Tournament. He was also selected to
wrestle at Senior Nationals. In addition to his athletic schedule, Marc also
found time to participate in FBLA,
SMAC, the Italian National Honor
Society and Italian Club and DECA.
Mary Shashaty was designated a
scholar-athlete for completing her high
school career in the top academic decile
of her class and with 12 varsity letters,
having received the schools Iron
Raider designation for all four years
of high school.
A team captain and MVP in crosscountry, Mary was named to the First
Team All-Union County and the Courier-News Second Team All-Area in
her senior year. In track, she participated in the NJSIAA Meet of Champions in the 3200, the Eastern States
Championship in the 3200, and in the
National Scholastic Indoor Championship in the 4-mile relay. She holds
school records in the distance medley
relay, 2-mile run, and the 4-mile relay.
Mary, too, was active in other areas at
the high school, including the National Honor Society, Math League
and SMAC.
The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Board
of Education and community members attending the spring reception
congratulated students for their academic and athletic achievements, and
also recognized the entire SPFHS athletic program for achieving a combined sports record of 410 wins and 12
ties during the past year, one of the
best overall records in school history.
The board also recognized and congratulated district athletes who won
Watchung Conference titles in girls
cross-country, boys soccer, girls soccer, wrestling, boys spring track and
girls spring track, and who won Union
County Championships in girls crosscountry, boys soccer, girls basketball,
girls swimming and girls spring track.

Kimberley A. Haley
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Thursday, July 28, 2005

Harry Potter Scavenger Hunt

Contest Winners Announced

Dog and Cat Adoptions

On Tap This Weekend
AREA People for Animals will
sponsor pet adoption events this Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31.
Cats and kittens will be available
from noon to 4 p.m. at the
PETsMART store in the Watchung
Square Mall on Route 22 and at the
PETsMART store in Bridgewaters
Promenade Mall at the intersection
of Routes 28 and 287.
Dogs will be available only on
Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
at the Bridgewater PETsMART store.
Among the prospective adoptees
will be Willie, a six-month-old
German shepherd that appears to be
a purebred. Described as lanky and
good-natured, he could stand to gain
some weight but is otherwise healthy.
He is neutered and current with his


To adopt or for other information,
please call (908) 964-6887, extension no. 306 for dogs and 307 for cats,
and leave a message. Other pets for
adoption can be seen on the Internet

Local Artists Displayed

At duCret Art School
AREA A multi-media showcase of works by 22 young awardwinning artists selected from the
Annual Juried Student Exhibit at
the duCret School of Art will be the
summer exhibit, August 6 through
August 26, at Swain Galleries in
On view will be pastels, watercolors, oils, stained glass and more.
The duCret school is in Plainfield.
Locally, artists from Westfield and
Fanwood will have their work showcased. Westfield resident Linda
Kolars oil painting, titled Wanda
in a Fleece Jacket, will be on display. Fanwoods Paula Pearl will
have a pastel painting, Lake George
Region, and a watercolor, Windy
Trees, at the exhibit. Jeanne Smith,
also from Fanwood, will have two
pastels on display, titled Leaving
Childhood, which won the Furman
and Mildred Finck Award, and
Fonte al Sole.
Regular hours are Tuesday
through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30
p.m. and Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 4
p.m. at Swain Galleries, a 137-yearold family business in Plainfield
featuring fine art, custom framing
and specialty gifts at 703 Watchung
Avenue. For more details, please
call (908) 756-1707.

Open House: Sun. 7/31 1-4pm

Horace R. Corbin for The Westfield Leader and The Times

ENJOYING THE CAR SHOWWestfield residents Norm and Carol Greco and
family enjoy the Westfield Chamber of Commerce car show while dining on
Quimby Street on July 20.

Public Is Invited to Attend

Annual Civil War Weekend
AREA The Robert E. Lee Civil
War Round Table of Central New
Jersey will sponsor its Ninth Annual
Civil War Living History Weekend
from Friday through Sunday, August
5 to 7, at Parker Press Park, located at
Rahway Avenue and Main Street in
The event will be open to the general
public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, rain or shine. Senior
Citizens and Summer Campers Day
will be Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Admission and parking will be free.
Highlights will include a Civil War
medical demonstration and display; a
weapons and clothing display; Civil
War photographer John Bernaski; living historians discussing their characters from the Civil War; civilian impressions and wartime displays; a Civil

War miniatures display, a Civil War

library book sale and period items for
sale. The weekend event, which will
include visitor participation activities,
will be hosted by the 7th Virginia
Cavalry, Co. A and the 2nd Rhode
Island Volunteer Infantry, Co. D.
The non-partisan Robert E. Lee
Civil War Round Table of Central
New Jersey meets monthly on the
second Monday at 7 p.m. at the
Woodbridge Township Main Library,
George Frederick Plaza, Route 35,


Childrens Place, Lancaster Ltd.,

Manhattan Bagel, KaBloom, Planet
Smoothie, Westfield Hair Company,
Embroidery! Baby, B. Kubrick Opticians, Northfork Bank, Interiors,
Adlers Jewelers, Michael Kohn Jewelers, Stop & Shop, Trader Joes, KnitA-Bit, Douglas Cosmetics, Jays
Cycle Shop, J. Winthrop & Company, eBabe & eDude, Cheeburger
Cheeburger, The Leader Store, New
Jersey Workshop for the Arts, Castle
Bootery, Inc., Xocolatz, and Windmill for participating in the event.

Cranford Chamber
Posts Car Show Dates
CRANFORD The Cranford
Chamber of Commerce will sponsor
car shows on Thursdays, July 28,
August 25 and September 22, from
5:30 to 9 p.m., at Eastman Plaza and
North Union Avenue in Cranford.
Called Classic Cruiser Nites, the
free events include music and food.
All are welcome to bring a car or just
stop by. Interested persons are asked
to call Bob Hoeffler at (908) 2726114 (daytime) or Bill Mackey at
(908) 400-7348 (cell).

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WESTFIELD The 29 winners of

the Harry Potter Scavenger Hunt contest are Mary Kennedy-Moore,
Courtney Han, Rose Parker, Jack
Naughton, Ian Knapp, Jordan Livolsi,
Tara Sciortino, Sam Miskani, Laura
Streaman, Brett Carter, Caroline Williams, Henry Resnikoff, Elaine Anderson, Sam Sarokin, Dali Gao, Ciara
Collins, Chris Sabatino, Elena
Schermak (all of Westfield), Cate
Cole, Philip Tice, Elise McTamaney,
Lyndsay, Shannon Lenahan, Dillon
Noone (all of Scotch Plains), Joseph
Politano, Nicole Brink, Tyler Welsh,
Maddison Franklin (all of Cranford),
and Julia Mascianano.
The Scavenger Hunt took place
July 1 to 16 and was sponsored by the
Downtown Westfield Corporation and
the Town Book Store in anticipation
of the sixth Harry Potter book, Harry
Potter and the Half Blood Prince.
Promotions Coordinator Courtney
Nemec said, This was a true community event as many businesses generously donated prizes for our contest winners. The businesses were
happy to have the participants visiting their stores in search of their next
answer and appreciated the excitement that they brought to the event.
Intern Laura Pietruszki created
colorful and imaginative posters to
hang in the participating businesses.
The DWC and the Town Book Store
would like to thank PNC Bank, Unlimited Communications, The

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rooms include a family room, den, and large recreation room. Many recent
improvements including new roof, granite countertops in the eat-in kitchen, and
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Office: 908-233-5555
Direct Dial: 908-233-1859

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Direct Dial: 908-301-2029

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A Picturesque Victorian
2279 Elizabeth Avenue
Scotch Plains
Youre invited to stop in and see this refreshing home. A rare
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brimming with appeal. The front porch evokes images of the
serenity of days gone by. A warm Living Room introduces
this enchanting home, followed by the formal Dining Room,
where one can access the custom tiered backyard deck through
the attractive tandem French doors. An eat in kitchen is
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The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains Fanwood TIMES

NJPIRG Brings Campaign

Against Diesel Soot to SP

Local Boy Scouts Enjoy

The Wilderness, Camp
COUNTY Imagine having no
planes, no cell phones, no cars and
not a single luxury. This is how
over 400 boys and adult leaders
from the Patriots Path Council are
living for a week at a time, learning
how to enjoy nature, living in tents
and using latrines.
The boys, ages 11-17, are roughing it in the 1250- acre Sabattis
Adventure Camp located in the central Adirondacks about 14 miles
from Long Lake, New York. The
only electricity in camp is provided
by a generator and is solely for the
staff buildings and refrigeration.
The only phone is an emergency
phone in the camp office, and there
is no cell phone service for at least
seven miles.
The camp does have a commissary to distribute food, although no
food can remain in campsites, and
the boys learn to clean up everything to avoid any un-wanted visits
by local bears. The scouts learn to
cook on propane stoves as well as
open fires. They get around at night
with lanterns and flashlights. Many
scouts see stars like never before

because there are no towns or light

pollution to block their view.
Almost daily, the boys can hear
and see loons on the 150-acre Bear
Pond, the camp lake. Sailing, swimming, rowing, canoeing and more
are available during their stay. The
scouts also get a chance to advance
with daily Merit Badge classes including Archery, Climbing/
Rappelling, Ecology, Conservation,
Leave no Trace, Mountain Biking,
Scoutcraft, Shooting Sports and
more. Some of these are for fun
while others are required to advance to the rank of Eagle Scout.
Some troops come in for the
weeklong trek. The trek is a trip out
of camp through the Adirondacks
from Monday through Friday that
can be 20-100 miles in length, and
includes hiking, canoeing or a combination. The boys and adults must
carry everything including food,
clothes, tents, water purification
equipment and canoes.
Troops from Morris, Somerset,
Sussex and Union Counties, as well
as troops from outside the local council all enjoy the wilderness and camp.

ITS A FACTMembers of Roosevelt Intermediate Schools Club FACT (Fighting Against Cancer Together) include, left to right, Tina McIntosh, Meghan
Sullivan, Sabrina Telsey, Dara Silverman, Priyanka Nayer, Amanda Chang,
Amanda Garfinkel, Charli Herrington, Julia Harbaugh, Ellie Tanji, Hannah
Rubin, Meghan Dunn, Jo-Ann Khadaran, Emily Chan, Nicole Cruikshank and
Kay Leavy.

Westfield School Club Raises

Money for Cancer Awareness
WESTFIELD Club FACT (Fighting Against Cancer Together), which
was recognized by the American Cancer Society for its spirit, ended its
second school year at Roosevelt Intermediate School (RIS) in Westfield.
The clubs founders, teachers Tina
McIntosh and Kay Leavy, began the
club in 2003 to provide an outlet for
students touched by cancer, to educate others about cancer and to
fundraise in the fight against cancer.
This past school year, FACT ran
various fundraisers such as bake sales,
flower sales, ribbon sales and a car
wash to raise money for an event
called Relay for Life. Relay for Life
is a national event run by the American Cancer Society in which teams of
10 or more people raise money and
relay around a track for up to 24
At the Union County Relay held at

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Kean University, team members took

turns walking from 5 p.m. on Friday,
June 3, to about 8 a.m. Saturday, June
4. The students endured 15 hours of
steady rainfall and very chilly conditions. A special FACT Chorus, led by
Vocal Music teacher Kay Leavy,
complimented the emotional luminary ceremony. This last fundraising
event of the school year culminated
with a contribution by Club FACT of
$5,940 for cancer research and an
award from the American Cancer
Society for being the most spirited
team throughout the night.

WF Students Earn
Honors at Skidmore
WESTFIELD Tyler Deieso and
Samantha Hooper-Hamersley of
Westfield, both students in the class
of 2008 at Skidmore College,
earned honors for the spring semester.
Tyler, a 2004 graduate of
Delbarton School, is the son of
Gregory and Sasha Deieso of Lincoln Road.
Samantha, a 2004 graduate of
Westfield High School, is the
daughter of Andrew and Rosamond
Hamersley of St. Paul Street.
Honors are awarded for a grade
point ratio of 3.3 to 3.6 from a
possible 4.0. Highest honors are
awarded for a grade point ratio of
3.67 or higher.
Founded in 1903, Skidmore College is a coeducational, liberal arts
college that enrolls approximately
2,200 students. The college grants
both the bachelor of arts and the
bachelor of science degree, as well as
a masters degree in liberal studies.


Public Interest Research Group
(NJPIRG) Citizen Lobby will be
launching a door-to-door campaign
in Scotch Plans to build support
among residents for a campaign to
improve public health by reducing
soot pollution from diesel trucks.
Legislation passed in Trenton on
June 27 when the first step of a diesel
clean-up program was passed decisively, targeting over 30,000 diesel
vehicles, like school buses, all transit buses, garbage trucks and other
public diesel vehicles. There are over
110,000 on-road diesel vehicles in
the state, according to NJPIRG.
The proposed clean-up plan (S1759/A-3182) is the most comprehensive statewide plan in the nation,
according to NJPIRG. Targeting multiple sectors as well as enforcing
idling restrictions, the legislation will
reduce over 400 tons annually of
diesel soot pollution, or 10 percent
of the total.
New Jerseys health has been compromised by diesel pollution for far
too long, said Jeremy Andrew Gross,
NJPIRGs Campaign Coordinator.
The Legislature took a great step to
clean up our school buses, transit
buses and garbage trucks. Now, we
need Governor Codey to sign this bill
into law and to build public support
for the fall ballot initiative.
NJPIRG Citizen Lobby kicked off
its summer campaign to clean up
dirty diesel nine weeks ago, opening
up the New Brunswick canvass office. Over 48,000 households will be
visited as part of a door-to-door campaign in 40 towns in Essex,
Middlesex, Union, Bergen, Morris
and Passaic counties.
NJPIRG plans to present state legislators with 10,000 postcards from
residents all across the state to urge
they take strong stands on cleaning
up the dirtiest diesel vehicles, including the rest of the fleet of over

100,000 on road diesel vehicles.

New Jerseys job to clean diesel
soot pollution is not done, said Mr.
Gross. Too many counties still exceed EPA health standards. Thats
why it is so critical to build public
support to clean up the dirtiest trucks
that drive on our roads and highways.
According to NJPIRG, diesel
emissions also have a direct annual
health impact on county residents,
with 65 premature deaths, 107 heart
attacks and 1,448 asthma attacks.
School buses especially pose a
threat to childrens health because
school children spend an average of
over an hour on the bus each day, and
the bus cabins act as diesel exhaust
incubators, as soot pollution from
the exhaust and the engine floods
inside at each bus stop.
According to the EPA, nearly one
in 13 school-aged children now has
asthma nationally, as opposed to one
in 20 in 1998.

Chelsea Invites Public

To Medicare Program
FANWOOD The Chelsea at
Fanwood, located at 295 South Avenue, will host an informational session on understanding Medicare on
Wednesday, August 17, led by Ada
Figueroa from Empire Medical Services.
The event will include breakfast at
9:30 a.m. and the presentation at 10
a.m. Topics will include Medicare
prescription drug discount cards,
Medicare Part A and Part B and Medicare statements.
This program is open to the public
and offered free of charge. Interested
persons are asked to call Eileen Weller,
Community Relations Director at The
Chelsea at Fanwood, at (908) 6545200, extension no. 511 by Wednesday, August 10.

Donations of School Supplies

Sought For Shelter Children
AREA Once again this year,
BRIDGES will deliver new backpacks
and various school supplies to school
age children living in shelters in Newark and Irvington.
Donations may be brought to
BRIDGES, located on the Springfield Avenue side of the Christ Church,
561 Springfield Avenue in Summit,
on Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For other drop off arrangements,

please call (908) 273-0176.
BRIDGES hopes to distribute the
backpacks and school supplies before Labor Day, but will accept donations through Tuesday, September 27.
A Summit-based nonprofit organization, BRIDGES reaches out to
homeless individuals in lower Manhattan, Newark and Irvington on a
weekly basis.

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The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains Fanwood TIMES

SP-F Foundation Elects

Trustees at Annual Meeting
Plains-Fanwood Scholarship Foundation Board of Trustees elected five
trustees to continue on the board serving additional three-year terms during its annual meeting held June 14 at
the Fanwood Train Station.
These members include: Patricia
DeFrancesco, Jonathan Gardner,
Myrna Gordon, Richard Lorber and
Lee Stein. The additional members
of the board of trustees include:
Flossie Bostwick, Alan Campell,

Education News

Mary Ball Cappio, Susan Citrano,

Roseann Fleming, David Hambleton,
Ellie Kramps, Joseph Nagy, Fred
Ritter and Janis Simberg. Scotch
Plains-Fanwood High School Principal Dr. David Heisey, and Miss Karen
McDermott, Supervisor of Counseling Services, represent Scotch PlainsFanwood High School on the Board
of Trustees.
Any member of the community who
has not had a recent opportunity to
make a tax deductible donation to the
Dollars for Students Fund and anyone
who would like to do so may send their
contribution to the Scotch PlainsFanwood Scholarship Foundation, P.O.
Box 123, Fanwood, NJ 07023.

Edison School Announces

Lamp of Learning Awards
WESTFIELD The following
Edison Intermediate School students,
who will be entering high school in
the fall, were awarded the schools
Lamp of Learning Award for their
academic achievement, reflecting
their presence on the Distinguished
Honor Roll 12 times; every marking
period during the sixth, seventh and
eighth grade.
To achieve this honor, students
need As in all academic subjects
and not less than a B in all nonacademic subjects.
The class of 1962 established a
precedent for students achieving the

highest academic average during their

intermediate school careers by having their names inscribed on the Class
of 1962 plaque which is prominently
displayed in the main lobby of the
Edison Principal, Cheryl OBrien, announced this years award winners are:
Caroline Albanese
Alexis Constantine
Anthony DiIorio
Jennifer Dilzell
Sophia Geskin
Aileen Grogan
Bridget Grogan
James Hughes
Michael Irving
Kathryn Kiefer
Jenna Leopold

Alice Li
Jason Lipschutz
Justin Lo
Ezra Margolin
Alyson Moskowitz
Marisa Stotter
Dean Thompson
Keegan Wallace
Jennifer Weidman
Amy Weiss
Danielle Zamarelli

Wilson Visits London, Wales

With Mount Holyoke Glee Club
WESTFIELD Nathalie Wilson,
formerly of Westfield, recently traveled to London and Wales on a concert
tour with other Mount Holyoke College Glee Club alumnae during the
month of July. Ms. Wilson is an alumna of
Mount Holyoke College, class of 1988.
As a member of the Glee Club
alumnae choir, Wilson, along with 68
other women, ages 20-77, drawn from
29 states, gathered at Mount Holyoke
College in South Hadley, Mass. on
June 30 to begin rehearsing for only
two days with conductor Catharine
Melhorn. The groups first public
concert was held at the college on
July 2, and the following day the
choir departed for London.
While in Great Britain, two concerts followed one at Londons
Grosvenor Chapel, Mayfair, and one

in collaboration with a male voice

choir in the village of Chepstow,
Wales. The group also traveled to
Llangollen, Wales to compete in the
female choirs division of the worldfamous Llangollen International
Music Eisteddfod, and was invited to
represent the USA in the final festival
concert on July 9.
These alumnae singers, representing a wide variety of professions and
class years, each have in common
participation in the Mount Holyoke
College Glee Club, an ensemble
founded in 1875. Although the student Glee Club has participated in
numerous tours and festivals, including Harvard Universitys Festival of
Womens Choruses, this is the first
time an alumnae choir has assembled
for a tour.

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Queen mattress set, Visco Elastic

Memory Foam, new in plastic,
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Value $1300, sell $495.
(732) 259-6690

7 pcs. English Cherry wood

sleigh bed, dresser & mirror and
2 night stands. New still in box.
Value $4500 sell $1450.
(732) 259-6690

Beautiful cherry wood set, double

pedestal table, lighted hutch &
buffet, 8 padded chairs. Still in
boxes, list $5200, sell $2500.
Can deliver (732) 259-6690

Thursday, July 28, 2005



2 Bedroom Apartment, Second
Story, Completely Refurbished,
New Kitchen w/plenty of Storage,
Central Heat and Air Conditioning,
Washer/Dryer, Refurbished Wood
Floors, Free Hi-speed Wireless
Internet Access, Off-Street
Parking, Walk to Train, Busses,
Downtown Fanwood and Scotch
Plains $1,750/mo + Utilities.
221 North Martine Avenue
Call (908) 322-8440

92 Toyota 4-Runner
Grey - Good Condition!
Best Offer
(908) 665-2527 eve
Day (908) 232-4407 (Fred)

1994 Nissan Maxima GXE.

One owner. Good Condition.
Reliable. 107K. $2,750.
(908) 518-1999



Pillow top. Name brand with

warranty, new in plastic.
sell Queen, $150, King $265.
Can Deliver
(732) 259-6690

Westfield, Northside. Quiet,

attractive duplex. Close to town &
NYC Trans. CAC, W/D, DW,
HdWdFlrs. $1600 + Utils. Avail.
Oct 1. No Fee. (908) 322-1238

1991 Saab 900S 4dr sdn,

Auto trans, 4 new tires
new battery, AM/FM Stereo,
Cassette, 90,000 miles.
Good condition. Price $2,750
Mike (908) 233-8422




Westfield - 3 bedroom 2 bath in

elegant Victorian. 1/2 block to
train, W/D, Diswasher, Pkg,
$1650 + Urils, 1.5 Security
No Fee. Avail. Aug 1.
(908) 230-3170

Priced to Sell!
95 Pontiac Grand AM
4-Door, Green, Excellent
Condition. Best Offer
(908) 665-2527 eve
Day (908) 232-4407 (Fred)

Red Maple, Hardman Peck - Spinet

Piano, bench included - $900
Walnut Dining Room Set - Table
w/6 chairs, 2 leaves, buffet & hutch.
Excellent Condition. - $1250
(908) 654-3897


Emergency Services Director

Flexible hours approximately 15
hours weekly. Job requires
Current CPR/First Aid /AED,
record reporting, attending
meetings, train and recruit
community. Call for further details
(908) 232-7090
Strong, detail-oriented writers
with professional demeanor
needed to cover council,
county and other town
meetings. Must be able to
meet deadlines, know how to
write a lead, and take an active
interest in their beats in order
to develop news stories.
Please email resume and clips
Companion for elderly woman.
Live-in six days, Drivers license,
English speaking. 8 months in
New Jersey. 4 months in Arizona.
Call (908) 232-1946




Saturday July 30, 9-1PM

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Tons of baby items, bedding,
boys & girls clothing, toys, small
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Scotch Plains: 2 bedroom,

finished basement, fenced yard,
garage, W/D, A/C, no pets.
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1/2 Block to Train
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REAL ESTATE, Agents at

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stove, walk to town, very
private, on-street prkg, elderly
single woman only, $800+gas.
(908) 233-3069 ask for Vinnie

Seeking a responsible, caring

babysitter for one child, age 7, in
Westfield home. M-F 3pm-4:30pm.
Refs. & own transportation req.
(908) 232-5257

Real Estate: Thinking of making a

change? Prudential NJ Properties
is now interviewing for full time
real estate agent positions,
Westfield Office. Call Margie
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Experienced Mom to care for

your child in my Westfield home.
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Certified Home Healthcare Aid

available to care for elderly.
Companion or Housekeeper. Avail
everyday including weekends.
Good References. (973) 280-8139

Large attractive psychotherapy

office. Good parking. Available 3
days per week in Westfield.
$600/mo Contact Dr. Parsons
(908) 233-2626.



Looking for fixed, solid 20-lb, 30lb, 65-lb, 70-lb, dumbells.

Please call Dave Corbin at:
(908) 232-4407

European women looking for a job

as an elderlycare giver/companion
for live out position only. 11 years
exper., great references, car.
Please call: (908) 499-5124

Seeking college student to care

for our 2 children (6 & 9) after
school in our Westfield home.
Mon-Fri, 3pm-6:30pm. Car and
valid drivers license are needed.
Please call (908) 654-3350.



If you dont have time to clean

your home, apt or office, I will
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Certified/licensed professional
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school available for tutoring.
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Part-time assist. or LPN needed

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The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains Fanwood TIMES

Thursday, July 28, 2005


More Education News


SP Teen Realizes Dream Being

Selected for Governors School

ALL IN THE MOOD FOR A MELODY... Piano Explorer Magazine, a national

magazine for piano students, recently awarded Alison Acevedo (left), a piano
student of Karen Young (right), Honorable Mention in a national composition
contest at the Paul Nazzaro Music Studio in Westfield.

Nazzaros Alison Acevedo

Wins Composition Award
WESTFIELD Piano Explorer
Magazine, a national magazine for
piano students, recently awarded
Alison Acevedo, a piano student of
Karen Young, Honorable Mention in
a national composition contest at the
Paul Nazzaro Music Studio in
The Honorable Mention Award
(4th Place) was out of 454 compositions submitted to the national magazine, which thousands of piano students around the country get every
month. Her solo piano piece, A Walk
In Ireland, will be published in the
September issue of the magazine.
Alison will be a freshman in high
school this fall and resides in Scotch
The Piano Explorer Magazine
theme for the contest this year was
Around The World. Alison said
she was inspired by a recent trip she
had in Ireland.
Alisons piece can be heard online
at, where
every student has a web page with all
their own music they record at the
studio at their piano lessons. There
is a link at the top of the home page
to listen to Alisons piece, and all the
students recordings.
Alison also received a CD of her
original piece, along with the others
she has recorded during the course
Please take notice that on August 15,
2005 at 7:30 PM at the Fanwood Borough
Hall, located at 75 North Martine Avenue,
Fanwood, New Jersey, the Planning Board
will hold a hearing on the application of the
undersigned. The property in question is
located at: 213 Burns Way, Fanwood,
New Jersey, also known as Block 89 Lot 8,
as shown on the Fanwood Tax Map, owned
by John & Grace Doll.
The applicant requests 2nd story addition above existing 1st floor, which is in
violation of:
Section 184-110 E9 of the Fanwood
Land Use Code. Variance Requested:
Building Coverage; Permitted: 25%;
Present: 27.13%; Proposed: 28.12%.
Section 184-110 E10 of the Fanwood
Land Use Code. Variance Requested:
Impervious Coverage; Permitted: 35%;
Present: 43.19%; Proposed: 44.18%.
The applicant will also seek such other
relief as may be determined necessary at
the public hearing based upon review of
the application or amendment(s) to the
The file pertaining to this application
is available for public inspection during
normal business hours (9 AM - 2 PM) from
the Secretary of the Planning Board at the
Administration Office of the Borough of
Fanwood at 75 North Martine Avenue,
Fanwood, New Jersey.
Any interested party may appear at
said hearing and participate therein in
accordance with the rules of the Fanwood
Planning Board.
John & Grace Doll
213 Burns Way
Fanwood, New Jersey 07023
1 T - 7/28/05, The Times
Fee: $37.23

Wednesday, August 24, 2005, at 7:30
P.M. in the lower level meeting room of the
Fanwood Borough Hall, located at 75 North
Martine Avenue, Fanwood, New Jersey,
the Planning Board will hold a Public Hearing on the application of the undersigned.
The property in question is located at 54
Stewart Place, Fanwood, New Jersey, also
known as Block 48, Lots 18 and 18.01, as
shown on the Fanwood Tax Map. The
property is owned by Chi Chung Lee and
Fang Jen Lee, h/w.
The applicants are applying to the Borough of Fanwood for approval to subdivide the property into two lots. The applicants plan to demolish the existing house
and build two new houses on the proposed lots.
There are two variances requested, one
for the size of the proposed lots (lot area)
and the other for the width of the proposed
lots. The required lot area is 7,500 square
feet. The proposed lot areas are 5,789.36
square feet and 5,686.14 square feet. The
required lot width is 75 feet. The proposed
lot widths are 61.31 feet and 58.22 feet.
The applicants are also seeking a parking
The applicants will also seek such other
relief as may be determined necessary at
the public hearing based upon review of
the application.
The file pertaining to this application is
available for public inspection during normal business hours (Tues. - Thurs., 9 AM
- 2 PM) from the Secretary of the Planning
Board at the Administration Office of the
Borough of Fanwood at 75 North Martine
Avenue, Fanwood, New Jersey.
Any interested party may appear at said
hearing and participate therein in accordance with the rules of the Fanwood Planning Board.
Chi Chung Lee and Fang Jen Lee, h/w
54 Stewart Place
Fanwood, New Jersey 07023
Attorney for Applicant:
Robert H. Kraus, Esq.
Leib, Kraus, Grispin & Roth
328 Park Avenue, PO Box 310
Scotch Plains, New Jersey 07076
1 T - 7/28/05, The Times
Fee: $46.41

of the year. All students at the studio

get a professionally mastered CD of
all the music they record simply by
taking lessons at the studio.
The students at the Paul Nazzaro
Music Studio submit their original
compositions for the annual contest
each year, as well as submit their
compositions for the Music Corner
column of the magazine which features student original piano pieces
each month. This is the second time
a student of Mrs. Young has been
published in the magazine in the past
three years.
Alison and all the students at the
studio are taught compositional techniques and theory by the teachers at
the studio along with traditional piano lessons on acoustic pianos. Students are then able to use the studios
professional music notation software
Finale to print and publish their own
original pieces using Yamaha
Clavinova digital pianos, virtual software instruments, and keyboards,
and the advanced music technology
software available at the studio.
There is a special Adult Student
Program at the studio, including repertoire parties and CDs for adult
students. Academic Year Lessons and
Summer Session lessons are available. Call anytime for availability.
For more information about piano
lessons or music technology, contact Paul Nazzaro at (908)232-3310,
email, or
sealed bids will be received by the Board
of Education of the Town of Westfield,
New Jersey, in the Board of Education
office, 302 Elm Street, Westfield, New
Jersey 07090, at 10:30 AM (Prevailing
Time) on August 10, 2005 at which time
bids will be publicly opened and read aloud
Plans and Specifications will be available on July 29, 2005.
Plans, specifications, form of bid, contract and bond for the proposed work and
other contract documents thereto, as prepared by M. Disko Associates, are on file
in their offices at 151 Sumner Avenue,
Kenilworth, New Jersey 07033, and may
be examined at the office of M. Disko
Associates during normal business hours.
Bidders will be furnished with a copy of
the Plans and Specifications by the Engineer, upon proper notice and payment of
a check for One- hundred ($ 100.00 )
Dollars for each set, payable to M. DISKO
ASSOCIATES, said cost being the reproduction price of the documents and is not
Proposal forms (as contained in the
Specifications) provide for the awarding of
all the work to the lowest qualified bidder
under a single contract.
The guaranty accompanying the bid shall
be given in the amount of ten percent
(10%) of the bid and may be given at the
option of the bidder by a Certified Check or
Bid Bond from a reputable insurance company.
If the bid exceeds $20,000.00, bibbers
must be prequalified by the New Jersey
Department of the treasury, Division of
Building and Construction, prior to the
date bids are received. Any bid submitted
under the terms of the New Jersey statues
not including a copy of a valid and active
Prequalification/Classification Certificate
will be rejected as being nonresponsive to
bid requirements.
All bidders must be prequalified in accordance with Chapter 105, Laws of 1962,
as amended by Chapter 188, Laws of
1968 as set forth in Instructions to Bidders.
Labor in connection with the project shall
be paid not less than wages as listed in
Prevailing Wage Rate Determination pursuant to Chapter 150 of the New Jersey
Laws of 1963, or the U. S. Department of
Labor Wage Determinations, whichever
are higher for each class of labor.
Bidding shall be in conformance with the
applicable requirements of N.S.J.A.
18A:18A-1 et seq., pertaining to the Public School Contracts Law.
Bidders are required to comply with the
requirements of Affirmative Action Regulation P.L. 1975, Chapter 127 (NJAC
Bids may be held by the Board of Education for a period not to exceed sixty (60)
days from the date of the opening of Bids
for the purpose of reviewing the bids and
investigating the qualifi-cations of bidders,
prior to awarding of the Contract.
This project is being funded in part by
funds from the Economic Development
Authority (EDA) pursuant to the terms of
an Agreement between the School District
and the EDA. All contractors and subcontractors engaged by the Board of Education to work on this project agree to be
bound by the terms of this Agreement.
The Board of Education reserves the
right to reject any or all bids or to waive
informality in the bidding if in its judgment
the School Board and public interest will
be served by so doing.
By order of the Board of Education,
Westfield, New Jersey.
Robert Berman
Business Administrator
1 T - 7/28/05, The Leader
Fee: $81.09

SCOTCH PLAINS Back in November 2004, teenager Walter Trosin

III of Scotch Plains had a dream to
be accepted into the Governors
School of Public Issues and the Future of New Jersey to be held at
Monmouth University during the
summer of 2005. After writing his
essays, going through piles of paperwork this past fall and waiting for
the final word, the senior at The
Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison
is now living his dream.
I first realized how interested I
was in law and government shortly
after the tragic and heroic events of
September 11 and the war with Iraq
that followed, a time which hit home
to me how much government actions
matter to the people they govern, he
said in one of his essays.
All of my personal and school
experiences gave me an inside
glimpse of the workings of the system, he continued. However, this
also piqued my interest and whetted
my appetite for more: when I was
fortunate enough to be recommended
for a thorough four-week emersion
in considering and discussing the
issues that matter to todays and
tomorrows citizens, I had only one
choice: go for it.
And go for it he did. He is now at
Monmouth University with other
students with the same political propensity and having quite a time. His
mother, Donna Trosin, said he has
called to say that the lectures are
great, the kids pretty cool. The
activities of the state sponsored Gov-

ernors School will run through August 6.

It is evident from Walters school
record at The Wardlaw-Hartridge
School just how interested in politics and government he really is. A
symposium held for all Upper School
students at the Edison school explored the effect of the Patriot Act on
our Civil Rights. As part of the student body, Walter was able to participate in debates and discussions
on the pros and cons of this controversial issue.
His involvement in a myriad of
other activities has helped him be
the well-rounded individual he is
today as a senior at the independent
school. As a sophomore, he was
president of the Class of 2006 and is
now the student body president. As
president of his class, he initiated
numerous events to unite the class
such as a lock-in, a movie night and
other special activities.
In his freshman year, he helped
start the independent schools first
filmmaking club called Patriot Pictures.
He also has earned a black belt in
Taekwando since taking up the sport
11 years ago. Other outside activities include playing the piano for 14
Additionally, he has volunteered
with his local congressman and has
been a part of summer programs on
national and world issues.
Walter Trosin might just be one of
the political or moral leaders of tomorrow.

Westfield Teachers to Attend

Institute at Princeton Univ.
WESTFIELD Westfield teachers
Renata Brenner, Aimee Burgoyne,
Shawn Cherewich and Karen Goller
will be among sixty teachers from
area independent public schools to
attend The Teachers as Scholars Summer Institute at Princeton University
from July 11 to July 22.
The objective of the seminars,
which are sponsored by the Program
in Teacher Preparation, is to provide
teachers with scholarly and intellectually engaging opportunities to
study topics of their choosing with
learned professors and peers. The
Westfield High School PTSO paid
NOTICE is hereby given that at a meeting of the Township Council of the Township of Scotch Plains, held in the Council
Chambers in the Municipal Building of
said Township on Tuesday, July 12, 2005,
there was introduced, read for the first
time, and passed on such first reading, the
following ordinance:
A public hearing for same will be held on
Tuesday, August 9, 2005 at 8:00 p.m. in
the Council Chambers of the Municipal
Building, or any time and place to which a
meeting for the further consideration of
such ordinance shall from time to time be
adjourned, and all persons interested will
be given an opportunity to be heard concerning such ordinance.
A copy of same may be obtained from
the office of the Township Clerk, 430 Park
Avenue, Scotch Plains, New Jersey, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Monday through Friday by any member of
the general public who wants a copy of
same without cost.
Township Clerk
1 T - 7/28/05, The Times
Fee: $32.64

sealed bids will be received by the Board
of Education of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood
School District, Evergreen Avenue and
Cedar Street, Scotch Plains, Union County,
New Jersey, 07076 on Thursday, August
18, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. prevailing time.
Bids will be received for:
and will be publicly opened and read
immediately thereafter.
Bids must be made on the proposal
forms in the manner designated, enclosed
in a separate sealed envelope with the
name and address of bidder and work bid
upon noted on the outside, and must be
delivered to the Secretary of the Board of
Education, or the Boards designated representative at the above place on or before the hour named. The Board of Education assumes no responsibility for bids
mailed or misdirected in delivery.
No bid may be withdrawn for a period of
sixty (60) days after the date set for the
opening thereof.
The right is reserved to reject any or all
bids or waive informality in the bidding if it
is in the interest of the Board of Education
to do so.
Bidding shall be in conformance wit the
applicable requirements of N.J.S.A.
18A:18A-1 et seq., pertaining to the Public School Contracts Law.
All bidders are placed on notice that they
are required to comply with the requirements of P.L. 1975, Chapter 127.
Specifications and full information may
be obtained upon request at the Business
Office of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Board
of Education, Evergreen Avenue & Cedar
Street, Scotch Plains, New Jersey 07076.
Anthony Del Sordi
Board Secretary
1 T - 7/28/05, The Times
Fee: $46.41

for the teachers trip to the institute.

Seminar topics include, Linguistics, Language Acquisition, and Language Policy with Professor Marguerite Browning of the Council of
the Humanities and the Program in
Linguistics; From Romanticism to
Post-Impressionism: Painting in the
Nineteenth Century with Caroline
Cassells, Curator of Education at the
Princeton University Art Museum;
Laughing at Love: Shakespeares
Comedies with Hank Dobin, Associate Dean of the College at
Princeton; Geoffrey Chaucers Canterbury Tales with Professor John
V. Fleming of the Department of
English and Technology in American Life with Professor Michael S.
Mahoney of the Department of History at Princeton.
Teachers of grades kindergarten
through 12 from 26 schools are enrolled. Special features of the Summer Institute include a morning seminar and an afternoon practicum featuring the use of Firestone Library
for guided research, small group
work in various locations at the University, and selected field trips appropriate to the topics. Contact Helen
Martinson, Program Administrator,
for more information at 609-2583336 or
Planning Board Meeting of the Township
of Scotch Plains held on July 25, 2005, the
Board adopted the following Resolutions:
Romano Dinizo, for 2031 Prospect
Avenue, Block 2802, Lot 1 for minor
subdivision approval of one lot into two
conforming lots.
223 Katherine Street, LLC, for 1615 &
1641 Ramapo Way, Block 11701, Lots
7.01 and 8 for minor subdivision approval
and a lot width variance.
The file pertaining to this application is in
the Office of the Planning Board and available for public inspection during regular
office hours.
Barbara Horev
Secretary to the Planning Board
1 T - 7/28/05, The Times
Fee: $19.89

FILE NO. 99-CVD-1137
A pleading seeking relief against you
has been filed in the above-entitled action
and notice of service of process by publication began on July 28, 2005.
The nature of the relief being sought is
as follows: Foreclosure on tax parcel
4525-20-9003-67, more completely described in the Complaint, to collect delinquent ad valorem taxes (assessments).
Plaintiff seeks to extinguish any and all
claim or interest that you may have in said
You are required to make defense to
such pleading not later than forty (40) days
after the date of the first publication of
notice stated above, exclusive of such
date, being forty (40) days after July 28,
2005, or by September 6, 2005, and upon
your failure to do so, the party seeking
service of process by publication will apply
to the Court for relief sought.
This the 13th day of July, 2005.
Attorney for Plaintiff
102 East Lakeview Drive
PO Box 25
Trenton, North Carolina 28585
(252) 448-4541
3 T - 7/28/05, 8/4/05
& 8/11/05, The Leader
Fee: $120.87

MOVIN ON UPScotch Plains resident Karalyn Lepri and Westfield resident

Hannah Purdy are recent sixth grade graduates of Oak Knoll School of the Holy
Child in Summit. Karalyn is the daughter of Daniel and Maura Lepri. Hannah is
the daughter of Thomas Purdy and Mary Hall Gregg. The class of 36 students
graduated from the Lower School on June 9.

TSUNAMI RELIEFStudents from School One in Scotch Plains proudly

display a copy of the check they presented to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF
to help the people of Southeast Asia whose lives were devastated by the
December tsunami. From mid-April through June of this year, students
in each grade level were involved in child-centered and meaningful
activities to raise money for the disaster relief and help them focus on
caring for others in need. Kindergarten and first-grade students used
kindness coupons developed by their teachers to perform good deeds or
helpful tasks at home or in their neighborhoods in exchange for donations
to the cause. Second-grade students participated in a read-a-thon to raise
money. Third graders participated in the Quarter Chore Project in
which they performed myriad chores for 25 each, such as walking their
dog without being told, watering plants, or pulling weeds, and then added
their coins to their class collection jars. Fourth grade students created
elephant bookmarks, because elephants never forget, and sold them in
the schools media center. As a result of the students efforts, they raised
$3,211.41 for UNICEF, with the request that the organization do their
best to ensure that the money be used to provide direct assistance to
children and schools in the area hit hard by the tsunami.



a maximum building coverage of 20%.

Proposed is 21%. Ordinance requires
F.A.R. of 35% (3200 square feet.) Proposed is 39.86% (1993 square feet.)
Deemed complete July 21, 2005.

The Westfield Board of Adjustment will

meet on August 8, 2005 at 7:30 p.m. in
Council Chambers in the Westfield Municipal Building, 425 East Broad Street,
Westfield, New Jersey to hear and consider the following applications:
Mr. & Mrs. Ray Mattes, 423 Birch
Place, 5-23-05, seeking permission to
erect an addition contrary to the requirements of Section 11.08.E.6 of the Land
Use Ordinance. Ordinance requires a minimum side yard setback of 10 feet. Proposed is 8 feet. Deemed complete on
June 24, 2005.
Mr. & Mrs. Michael Cash, 251 East
Dudley Avenue, 5-25-05 seeking permission to erect an addition contrary to the
requirements of Section: 12.04G of the
Land Use Ordinance. Ordinance allows a
maximum all improvements coverage of
20%. Proposed is 24.54%. Applicant seeks
to retain 2,928 square feet of driveway that
otherwise was required to be removed in
order to allow the addition to the house
that is currently being constructed.
Deemed complete on June 24, 2005.
Richard & Laura Brockway, 127 North
Euclid Avenue, 06-02-05 seeking permission to erect a front porch contrary to
the requirements of Sections 12.03D and
11.08E6 of the Land Use Ordinance. Ordinance requires a front yard setback of 32
feet (E.F.Y.D.) Proposed is 30 feet. Ordinance requires a minimum side yard setback of 10 feet. Proposed is 8 feet. Deemed
complete July 18, 2005.
Barbara Melson & Joseph Ganz, 657
St. Marks Avenue, 06-13-05 Seeking permission to erect an addition and a 20
square foot portico addition at the side
door contrary to the requirements of Section 11.07E5 of the Land Use Ordinance.
Ordinance requires street side yard setback of 20 feet. Proposed is 15 feet.
Deemed complete July 18, 2005.
Bruno & Elizabeth Tedeschi, 738
Mountain Avenue, seeking permission to
erect an addition contrary to the requirements of Section 13.01B of the Land Use
Ordinance. Ordinance requires accessory
buildings be a minimum distance equal to
the height of the accessory structure. 13
feet is required. 10 feet is proposed.
Deemed complete July 19, 2005.
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Schwartz, 41 Doris
Parkway, 06-17-05 Seeking permission
to erect an addition contrary to the requirements of sections 11.09E.6, 11.09E.7,
12.04.F and 12.04.E of the Land Use
Ordinance. Ordinance requires a minimum side yard setback of 10 feet. Proposed is 8.53 feet. Ordinance requires a
minimum rear yard setback of 35 feet.
Proposed is 32.8 feet. Ordinance requires

Kim & Joe Manning, 123 Lincoln Road,

06-20-05 Seeking permission to demolish
a detached garage and construct a new
detached garage and construct a two story
addition to the rear of the home contrary to
the requirements of Sections 11.07E7,
13.01B, 13.01G1b, 13.01G1b. Deemed
complete July 19, 2005. Applicant seeks
variances from the following: List of New
C40:55D-70c Variance Requested:
Section 11.07E7 of the Land Use Ordinance. Ordinance requires a minimum rear
yard setback of 35 feet. Proposed is 20.5
Section 13.01B of the Land Use Ordinance. Ordinance requires a minimum
setback of accessory structure from principal structure of 15 feet. Proposed is 5.67
Section 13.01G1b of the Land Use Ordinance. Ordinance requires a minimum
setback for accessory structure to rear
property line of 5 feet. Proposed is 1.3 feet.
Section 13.01G1b of the Land Use Ordinance. Ordinance requires a minimum
setback for accessory structure to side
yard property line of 5 feet. Proposed is
2.67 feet.
Brian & Rarita Quinn, 415 Birch Place,
06-20-05 Seeking permission to erect a
first and second floor addition contrary to
the requirements of sections 11.08E6 and
11.08E10 of the Land Use Ordinance.
Ordinance requires a minimum side yard
setback of 10 feet. Proposed is 8 feet.
Deemed complete July 21, 2005.
Samuel Younger, 402 North Chestnut
Street, 06-23-05 Seeking permission to
erect an addition contrary to the requirements of section 11.09E5 of the Land Use
Ordinance. Ordinance requires a minimum
street side yard setback of 20 feet. Proposed is 11.92 feet. Deemed complete
July 21, 2005.
John & Sabrina Mizerek, 109 Belmar
Terrace, 06-22-05 Seeking permission to
erect an addition contrary to the requirements of section 10.09E6 of the Land Use
Ordinance. Ordinance requires a minimum
side yard setback of 10 feet. Proposed is
7.34 feet.
Variances, waivers or exception from
certain site plan details or relief from requirements ma be sought as appropriate.
Plans and applications are on file in the
office of the Town Engineer, 959 North
Avenue West, Westfield, New Jersey and
may be seen Monday through Friday 8:30
a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Laura Keleher
Acting Board of Adjustment Secretary
1 T - 7/28/05, The Leader Fee: $112.71


The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains Fanwood TIMES

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Get Outta
The House


Horace Corbin for The Westfield Leader and The Times

JAZZY CARS...A good time was had by all, even Muppets, at the Car
Show held in downtown Westfield on Wednesday, July 20. Due to
inclement weather, the Jazz Night, typically held every Tuesday night,
was postponed and held at the same time as the Car Show. For more car
and jazz photos, see

More Education News


Local Student Garners

Merit Scholarship
2,200 additional winners of Merit
Scholarship awards financed by colleges and universities have been announced by the National Merit Scholarship Foundation. These Merit
Scholar designees join about 2,400
other college-sponsored award recipients who were announced in late May.
Officials of each sponsor college
selected winners from among Finalists in the National Merit Scholarship
Program who will attend their institution. College-sponsored awards
provide between $500 and $2,000
annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution
financing the scholarship.
Rachel M. Goor of Scotch Plains
was one of these new winners. She
will be attending Tufts University in
the fall and is a graduate of Scotch
Plains- Fanwood High School.

Gates Awarded Ian

Oliu Hero Scholarship
Kyle Gates, a recent graduate of
Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School,
has been awarded the Ian Oliu Unsung Hero scholarship for his behind the scenes contributions and assistance to his high school community.
Ian Oliu was a member of the graduating class of 2002 at Cherry Hill
High School East, and this scholarship was established in loving
memory of him. Ian found his own
joy in giving of himself, and was to be
presented with the Unsung Hero
award in June of 2002 for his assistance in the many clubs and activities
at Cherry Hill East.
Ians family has asked that each
year, a student with similar characteristics be selected for this scholarship. Kyle will attend Johnson and
Wales in the fall.

Car Show and Jazz

Night A Success
Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The

Dubrowski of Clark received her Masters of Arts in Educational Administration with the option of Principal and
Supervisor from Kean University in May.
Ms. Dubrowski, who is a second grade
teacher in the Scotch Plains/Fanwood
School District, was the only student in
her program in three years to be awarded
with a Master in Educational Administration with Distinction for earning a
4.00 grade point average and a commendation on her comprehensive exams.

Residents Receive BA
Degrees From Vanderbilt
SCOTCH PLAINS Approximately
2,500 students completed requirements
for degrees at Vanderbilt University
during the past year. Chancellor Gordon Gee conferred all degrees during
the May 13 commencement exercises,
which marked the completion of the
130th year of classes at Vanderbilt.
The undergraduate students were
awarded bachelors degrees from the
College of Arts and Science, Blair
School of Music, School of Engineering and Peabody College of education and human development.
Scotch Plains Resident Elizabeth
Grausso graduated from the Blair
School of Music with a Bachelor of
Music, and a double major in Musical
Arts and German. She is the daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Grausso.

Philly Funk Authority Will

Play Free Echo Lake Show
Countys free Summer Arts Festival
concert series continues on Wednesday, August 3, with a performance by
The Philadelphia Funk Authority, a
group of dedicated musicians ready to
party the night away. The Union County
Board of Chosen Freeholders invites
the public to attend this outdoor
concert, which
begins at 7:30
p.m. in Echo Lake
Park, on the border
and Westfield.
This brassy,
soulful, high energy band combines excellent
with an infectious
sense of fun, said
Freeholder Chairman Rick Proctor. The Philadelphia
Funk Authority has polished its act in
New York, Atlantic City, at the Super
Bowl in Houston, and in the City of
Brotherly Love. Now they bring the fun
to Echo Lake Park.
Before the music begins, representatives from the Union County Division of Police will be near the bandstand with information about family
protective programs, emergency services, child car safety seat clinics,
traffic enforcement, and other services of the County Police.
All Summer Arts Festival concerts
are held on Wednesday evenings at
7:30 p.m. at the Springfield Avenue
end of Echo Lake Park in
Mountainside. Lawn chairs, blankets

placed on the inside of a clear drumhead. The graphics are vivid and there
is virtually no change in sound quality.
In a very real sense, it was the type
of challenge I regularly faced in the
corporate environment, said Mr.
Preucil. This time, however, the impact of successfully developing a solution ran a bit deeper. Ive always enjoyed the personal and professional satisfaction that accrues from taking ownership of a problem and its solution.
Now I also own the results.
SignSources innovative process has
been so successful that it has now
completed heads for not only the Union
County Police & Fire Pipes and Drums,
but the Leathernecks, St. Columcille,
Saffron United Pipe Band, the
Middlesex County Police & Fire Pipes
& Drums and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local No.
164 Pipes & Drums as well.
I was a little skeptical at first as to
how this was going to come out, said
Mr. Dooley, but I was blown away by
the graphics and the tremendous sound
coming out of the drum. Nothing is
sacrificed. And, because the graphics
are on the inside of the drum head, the
most common reasons for graphics failure moisture, weather extremes, the
abrasion from constantly being hit are
all but eliminated.
This is a process that can be useful for
any band that felt it had to choose between image quality and sound quality,
said Mr. Preucil. No more paint flaking,
no peeling decals, no dulled sound.
Mr. Preucil said that hes begun to
get calls from bands in other states as
well, which he can handle via the
Internet. This turn in his career may be
a bit unexpected, but it shouldnt be a
complete surprise. He did see the signs.

and picnic baskets are encouraged. A

refreshment stand will be available at
approximately 6:30 p.m.
In case of rain, concerts in the series
move to Cranford High School, on
West End Place off Springfield Avenue in Cranford. For up-to-date concert and rain information call the Department of
Parks, Recreation and
Fa c i l i t i e s
hotline at
(908) 3528410 after 3
p.m. on the
day of the
At the
August 17
Concert, the
will host a Party in the Park dinner
as a fundraiser for Runnells Specialized Hospital of Union County. The
dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. in a tent
at the top of the Summer Arts Festival
hill. The $35 admission charge includes dinner, beverages and preferred
parking. For tickets and sponsorship
information, call (908) 771-5858. In
case of rain on August 17, the Party
in the Park featuring the Ed Palermo
Big Band with Rob Paparozzi will
reschedule fundraiser to August 24th
during the concert.
For other concert information, or
to find out about recreational activities, call the Union County Department of Parks, Recreation and Facilities at (908) 527-4900.

Philadelphia Funk Authority

WESTFIELD - Last Wednesday,

while the Westfield Area Chamber
of Commerce (WACC) held its Car
Show, the Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival, sponsored by
the Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC), also attracted a large
crowd to the center of town. The
Jazz Festival, originally scheduled
for Tuesday night, was re-scheduled
when an inclement weather advisory threatened to impede the event.
Rain dates for this popular event
were instituted last year.
In anticipation for any nights when
the Car Show and the Jazz Festival
might conflict, the DWC and the
WACC have an agreement to prevent having music from the two
events competing with each other.
Allison OHara of the WACC said
that they had a record number of
cars, and the event was extremely
orderly. She stated that the leadership at the WACC is pleased with
how the car show transpired. Sherry
Cronin of the DWC echoed Ms.
OHara, saying that the sheer volume of attendees indicated that the
event was successful.

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HAWAIIAN TIMES...The second annual Hawaiian Luau / Family Night

at Westfield Memorial Pool was held Friday, July 15 for pool members
and guests. Foods offered included a Roast Pig, teriyaki chicken and
various salads. A DJ provided music and ran contests for the kids,
including a Hula Hoop contest, Freeze Dance contest, YMCA dancing,
limbo and a Conga line dance.

The SStudent
tudent Vie
The weekly column written by local high school students

Wizard of Adolescence:
Tackles Teenage Issues
Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times

CRANFORD - At midnight on July

16th, Harry Potter fans around the
world gathered for the release of the
sixth Harry Potter book, Harry Potter
and the Half Blood Prince. Selling
6.9 million copies within the first 24
hours, the sixth installment in the
series raced off the shelves as children and adults eagerly awaited their
next voyage from the Muggle
world, to a world of magic wands,
Quidditch and He-Who-Must-NotBe-Named.
As we open Harry Potter and the
Half Blood Prince, we realize that
this story will be different from the
other five novels. Voldemort, or, HeWho-Must-Not-Be-Named, has indeed returned, just as The Prophecy
in the fifth book predicted. He has
upturned not only

Harry stopped Voldemort. The sudden fear that has overcome the witches
and wizards shows Voldemorts impact upon the wizarding world. As
the reader, I was finally able to understand the importance of Harry Potter,
and how happy the wizards must have
felt in Harry Potter and the Sorcerers
Stone, when Voldemort was finally
In Harry Potter and the Half Blood
Prince, Harry and his friends are finally growing up. They begin to deal
with teenage issues, like love, strong
friendships and evil. Harry, Ron and
Hermione also become involved in
different romantic sagas throughout
the novel. Like all friends, they continue to fight, try to make each other
jealous and look out for each other all
at the same time, which makes them
seem like normal teenagers, except
for the fact that when they get angry
at their friends, they can turn their
legs into jelly, or

t h e
wizarding world, but the
Muggle world as well. Not only that,
but Severus Snape has begun to make
deals with those on the Dark Side. It
has become so unsafe that Harry is
taken to The Burrow to live with the
The return of Voldemort has caused
everyone to live as they had before

Summer Workshop Displays

Highest Caliber Instructors
WESTFIELD -- The Westfield ous structures. They design their own
Summer Workshop, a division of the buildings, creating floor plans and
New Jersey Workshop for the Arts, a elevation drawings. The Carving
non-profit organization, believes in course teaches students patience, conproviding the most professional in- trol and safety. They explore the relastruction for all its students. Its fac- tionship of objects in space using a
ulty members are teachers or profes- variety of materials. In Studio Art,
sionals who are proficient in their Dorian instructs students in a variety
respective fields.
of mediums.
Class members
this high caliber of
draw, paint,
instructors working
sculpt and creat the Westfield
ate illustrations.
Summer WorkDorian, one
shop, art educator
of 14 art teachIan Dorian brings
ers on the WSW
experience, enthustaff, said, I do
siasm and excitenot want to limit
ment to the courses
these students
he teaches.
because of their
Dorian, a proage. They are
fessional artist,
fast learners beholds a Bachelor
cause they are
of Fine Arts degree
so open-minded
from Kean Uniand should be
versity and a Masexposed to as
ter of Fine Arts
much art as posdegree from the
sible. I dont
Maryland Institute
want to restrict
College of Art. An
them, so I keep
adjunct professor SUPPORTS SYSTEMWestfield a very high level
at Kean Univer- Summer Workshop art instructor Ian of expectation.
sity, Dorian has Dorian demonstrates the basic types of Creativity is a
also taught at architectural supports to the students very important
Brookdale Com- in his Architecture class.
part of child demunity College
and the Maryland
Students at
Institute College of Art. He has had the Westfield Summer Workshop have
his own works exhibited in shows an opportunity to study with artists,
throughout New Jersey, Washington, teachers and theater professionals in a
DC and Maryland.
variety of artistic forums in nearly 80
This summer, the versatile artist is separate classes. For more informateaching courses in specialized areas tion on the Westfield Summer Workof art. In Architecture, the students shop, call (908) 518-1551. Informastudy environment and scale, and tion on all NJWA programs is availlearn about materials that man has able
used throughout history to build vari-

cause their
friend to freeze.
Harry also continues to discover
magical history inside Hogwarts. This
time he has discovered an old potions
book, which is able to help him in
class and when dueling disliked students, like Draco Malfoy.
Harry also matures tremendously
in this novel. As he and Dumbledore
begin to work together to defeat
Voldemorts Horcrux (An object
where a person has concealed a part
of his or her soul, which Voldemort
used in order to achieve immortality),
he becomes more of Dumbledores
equal, rather than just a student.
However, the most noticeable difference in Harry Potter and the Half
Blood Prince is its unusual darkness.
Readers are used to a happy ending:
Gryffindor wins the Quidditch Cup,
Harry, Ron and Hermione have
friendly visits with Hagrid, and Harry
defeats Voldemort. Yet Voldemorts
strength has become too powerful.
This leads to another tragic death and
an ominous ending. The death of
Albus Dumbledore, the only wizard
that Voldemort is truly afraid of, left
me feeling vulnerable, like a child
who loses his or her mother in a
supermarket. People who care about
Harry the most are slowly leaving
him alone. First his parents are killed,
then his godfather, Sirius Black, and
finally Dumbledore, leaving Harry to
ultimately fight Voldemort by himself. The thought of Harry continuing
without Dumbledore causes me to
wonder if Harry can survive such a
task, whether or not Dumbledore is
really dead and if good will prevail
over evil in the seventh and final book
of this brilliantly imaginative and engrossing series.

The Metuchen ArtWorks Gallery,

15 Station Place, will be home to The
w, with 12" x 12" or
iniaturee SSho
smaller contributions from all 15
members. Media will include painting, sculpture, photography, pottery,
pen & ink, three dimensional and
more. All art will be cash and carry,
both during the reception on Saturday, August 6 at 7 p.m. and throughout the month of August. For more
information contact the gallery office
at (732)603-9299 or visit the website
On the 60th anniversary of the
atomic bombing of HiroshimaAugust 6Union County Peace Council and the Hiroshima/Nagasaki Remembrance Day Committee will host
their second annual World P
and F
riendship D
ay in downtown
Cranford. The event will run from
noon until 6 p.m. at the Clock Park at
North Union and North Avenues. A
variety of speakers, performers, and
artists will be there all day, providing
educational materials, demonstrations, and entertainment, most of all,
Leon Russell, yes the same Leon
Russell from the 70s, will perform
at Duke Island Park in Bridgewater
on Sunday, July 31, from 7 8:30
p.m. This legends influence has
spanned over four decades as an
exceptionally talented songwriter,
producer, and performer. The concert is part of the Free Concert
Series. The Park is located on Old
York Road. For information call
(908) 722-1200.
Saturday, July 30, marks the 28th
Annual SSummit
ummit SSummer
ummer F
air. Itll
take place downtown on Springfield
and Beechwood Avenues from 10 a.m.
until 5 p.m. Check out the juried fine
arts and crafts, kids activities, live
entertainment throughout the day,

sidewalk sales and food. The rain

date is August 6.
The Meet the Writers series at
Barnes & Noble on Route 22 in Springfield will host a book signing for the
fictional work: Robert Kaplow: Me
& Orson Welles on Saturday, July 30,
at 4 p.m. Kaplow has been described
as a gifted storyteller, with what critics call his comic coming-of-age novel
set against the background of the
twenty-two-year-old Orson Welless
debut production at the Mercury Theatre on Broadway. It just may be the
book to bring on vacation.


of the Westfield Summer Workshop
Theater are performing My Fair Lady
on July 27 and 28 at the Roosevelt
Intermediate School in Westfield. Performances are at 1 p.m. and 7:30p.m.
Cast members pictured are (top row):
Colleen Cleary, Sarah Szollar and
Gabriella Napoli, who share the role of
Eliza Doolittle, Michael Rosin, who
plays Professor Henry Higgins, Kyle
Aslin and (bottom row) Joseph
DeCristofaro, who both portray Freddy
Eynsford Hill, Michael Eilbacher, who
is Colonel Pickering and Daniel
Berman, who is cast as Alfred Doolittle.
For tickets, please call (908) 518-1551.


Infants Toddlers Preschoolers Parents & Caregivers

Come to our

Registration Celebration!
Saturday, August 6th, 12-3pm at

Play Away Studio

2395 Mountain Ave., Scotch Plains
Demo classes, sing alongs & lots of silly fun!
Westfield, Scotch Plains, Springfield

908-490-1330 Fiona Murray


people brought lawn chairs to watch the free production of Coriolanus by William
Shakespeare, a presentation of the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, at the first
of the Mountainside Public Librarys Shakespeare in the parking lot series. The
traveling troupe, Second Stage Theatre, will return to the Mountainside Public
Library on Friday, August 5, with a light-hearted comedy, Dion Boucicaults
London Assurance. The play is free.

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CRANFORD-- Memory can play
funny tricks especially when it comes to
recalling our American heroes and icons.
Forget larger than life; as time evolves, a
figure can become gargantuan.
Just look at Jackie: An American
Life, The Theater Projects summer
show running through this
weekend at Union County College
in Cranford. As the name of the play
by Gip Hoppe suggests, the world
depersonalized Jackie Kennedy to
be an experience in our lives, almost like a thrill adventure of youth,
remembered fondly and glamorized
with each passing year.
The show Jackie isnt a Discovery/History Channel show or even
an Inside Edition episode. It is
more of a comic reality show spoof
of what the American public and
media do to its celebrities and public figures.
Flipping through this scrapbook
of memories evokes intoxicatingly
wonderful flashes for baby boomers
and senior citizens alike who thought
they knew the famous woman called
by just her first name.
In a series of vignettes, or snapshots
if you will, of the famous first ladys life

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mon kitchen soaps, disinfectants and a

single rubber glove go for three million
dollars. Such is the lunacy of the American public and its idolization of her.
There are great glimpses of her childhood, stuffy boarding school days and
being pursued by Ivy Leaguer suitors.
Artistic Director Mark Spina cleverly stages layer upon layer of ingenious
moments the motor scooter scene
in France, a hilarious Frank Sinatra bit,
Marilyn Monroes famous skirt scene,
Jackie being named Debutante of the
Year and her later involvement with
Onassis and his daughter. The over the
top portrayal of Joe Kennedy as an aweinspiring Wizard of Oz megalomaniac
figure is great fun with the Kennedy
family members bowing and groveling to him.
The cast is first rate, as usual. An
ensemble piece, this show relies on
the assumption that seven actors
can change accents, clothes and characters in a split second. They can
and they do. As a group, they recreate famous news headlines that anyone over 50 can recall in detail.
Rick Delaney as JFK is top notch
with a broad, dyed-in-the-wool New
England accent. He combines the
Michael Pollack for The Westfield Leader and The Times

THE FABRIC OF OUR TOWNOn day three of shooting, Moxie Pictures, a

production company based in New York City, under the direction of Frank
Todaro, filmed a commercial for American Cotton (Cotton Inc.) in downtown
Westfield. Moxie Pictures temporarily remodeled several Elm Street storefront
facades to promote clothing stores for the shoot. In the commercial, actress
Michelle Donovan (lower picture) walks by the new storefronts to window shop.
Producer Matt OShea said that the commercial could be seen as early as the
MTV Video Music Awards in a month.

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A ROCKY START...But do you love me? questions Jackie Bouvier (Harriett

Trangucci) of JFK (Rick Delaney) in The Theater Projects Jackie: An American
Life. The not-to-be-missed comedy runs through Sunday, July 31 at Union
County Colleges Professional Theater Company in Cranford.

prior to becoming a Kennedy, during

and afterwards, playwright Hoppe
weaves a satiric cloth of reality, recreated memories and myth.
The show begins like Phantom with
an auction of supposed items of the late
Jackie Kennedy Onassis. Her com-


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right amount of swagger with panache to evoke the charisma with

which Kennedy mesmerized the
country in the Camelot years.
Likewise, Gary Glor, as adaptable
as a chameleon, shines in all his roles
but especially as Black Jack Bouvier
and also as a boorish collegiate who
tries to date Jackie.
Brian J. Kennedy does an admirable job of using physicality as well
as vocal variations for characters like
Hugh Auchincloss Jackies stepfather and a number of other roles.
Also noteworthy are Daaimalh
Talley, Shauna Miles and Carla
Francischetti, who play multiple
roles with energy, efficiency and talent. Its amazing how simple cloaks
and their imaginations can morph
the actresses from midwestern voters to members of a Greek chorus.
Jackie, wonderfully played by
Harriett Trangucci, captures the
spirit of that nebulous figure. Her
delicate voice has the right inflection and pitch to successfully play
the woman who was hounded by
the media like a doe being chased by
yapping dogs.
In her monologues, Jackie warns
the audience not to believe that we
know her. Just because you know
some details about a persons life,
she says, does not mean you actually know the person.
Hurrah to the cast and crew and
imaginative playwright who capture an idealized memory of the
queen of a time and place known, in
our minds anyway, as Camelot.


WESTFIELD You might say Dave

Preucil saw the signs that would
change his life. Now the Union
County Police & Fire Pipes and
Drums and many other bands in the
state are looking all the better for it.
After spending nearly 20 years in
corporate finance with mid-sized entrepreneurial driven companies, Mr.
Preucil, 45, and a resident of
Westfield, decided, I just didnt want
to do it for someone else anymore.
Taking a page out of his own book, he
investigated a variety of businesses
and became intrigued by the sign
industry and how he could apply his
business experience to an arena that
is usually considered pretty straightforward.
The result was the opening of
SignSource in July of last year in
Clark, specializing in eyeball catching custom signs and graphics.
Enter Joe Dooley and Bill Gehringer,
members of the Union County Police
& Fire Pipes and Drum Band, a popular staple of local Memorial Day parades, graduations and the Bristol Independence Day parade, the oldest in
the nation. They had heard of this
new guy who was getting a reputation
for thinking outside the box. So Mr.
Dooley and Mr. Gehringer approached
Mr. Preucil with a problem common
to all bands whether pipe, marching,
or entertainment.
I and many of my fellow drum-

mers have gotten frustrated that

our best advertising the logo image
on our bass drums could cost us
sound quality, said Mr. Gehringer,
who serves as bass drummer for Union
County as well as Leatherneck Pipes
& Drums and St. Columcilles United
Gaelic Pipe Band. Some of our best
advertising opportunities playing
in parades help fund our projects
and travel for the year. But competition against other pipe and drum bands
is also important, so were very sensitive to sound quality. Until now, we
have had to choose between image
and sound because the traditional
methods of applying an image to the
drum head painting it on, for example have altered the sound. Sacrificing either is not desirable.
So Mr. Gehringer and Mr. Dooley
issued the new guy a challenge:
figure out a way to create a colorful
drumhead that would advertise the
band and elevate its image, but not
sacrifice sound quality.
Mr. Preucil and his graphic artist,
Doug Marzigliano, teamed their
graphics knowledge and research with
Mr. Dooley and Mr. Gehringers
knowledge of drums and, over the
course of a couple of months, developed an entirely new method of graphics application that can be used on
any bass drum. They developed a
process whereby a bands logo is

Director Walter Salless Dark Water,

a remake of Hideo Nakatas Honogurai
Mizu No Soko Kara (2002), is a horror
movie in search of an identity. Telling
the frantic story of recently separated
Dahlia Williams (Jennifer Connelly),
a struggling mom with a new apartment and a new job, it isnt quite sure
just how its going to scare viewers. So
it decides to annoy us with its inconsistencies instead.
Switching from mystery tale to supernatural yarn each time it paints
itself into an illogical corner, Mr. Salles
film also poses as psychological thriller
to its purposes. Heavy doses of dark
and dreary dont help the confusion.
The only thing that isnt wrapped in
murkiness is the plot itself, a variation
on one of the oldest fright flick themes
in the book. There are no surprises in
this department. Trying to find happiness despite a broken marriage, Mom
and childs entrenchment in strange new
digs is meant to represent a fresh start.
But of course said residence quickly
sets out to punish Dahlia for what
surely must be her domestic failure,
concurrently suggesting that there are
worse things than continuing in an
unhappy marriage. Like living in a
haunted house.
Actually, in this case its a tawdry
apartment in a really rundown hi-rise
on NYCs Roosevelt Island. Thats all
Dahlia, played well enough by Jennifer
Connelly, can afford right now. Sad,
sad, sad.
At least its close to work. More important, the local grammar school is
within walking distance. The slimy
rental agent, portrayed with notable
aplomb by John C. Reilly, is quick to
point out these benefits. We dont trust
him from the get-go.
Even more suspicious and unsavory
is Pete Postlethwaite as Veeck, the janitor who sees all, knows all, and doesnt
fix a thing. Especially the leak in the
ceiling, a mounting source of concern
for Dahlia. Drip, drip, drip.
Mind you, this isnt plain old water
spilling down into her apartment. As the
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Dark Water, rated PG-13, is a

Buena Vista Pictures release directed
by Walter Salles and stars Jennifer
Connelly, John C. Reilly and Ariel
Gade. Running time: 105 minutes

FEELING NOSTALGIC... The Westfield Community Swing Band Nostalgia,

under the direction of Sal Melillo will return to Mindowaskin Park for their fifth
season tonight, Thursday, July 28 , at 7:30 p.m.

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DRUM TRIO Pictured, left to right are: Bill Gehringer, Dave Preucil and Joe
Dooley. Gehringer and Dooley are members of the Union County Police and Fire
Pipes and Drums.

liquid. Were sure its loaded with disease.

The odd thing is, Veeck says no ones
living in the apartment above Dahlia
and her daughter Ceci, portrayed by
Ariel Gade. Still, things up there have
been going bump in the night, and day.
Weve heard it. Add a little spooky
music when the useless custodian informs hes not a plumber and its all a
gal at the center of a horror movie
needs to go investigating on her own.
Nodont go, dont go!
Other troubles abound, at first all
seemingly disconnected. Then paranoia sets in. But maybe not.
Dahlias estranged spouse, Kyle,
played by Dougray Scott, is unhappy
with the distance he has to travel to
pick Ceci up for daytrips or weekend
custody. Pretty soon the lawyers are
dragged in. Now thats horror. The
usual skullduggery ensues. Tim Roth
fashions an interesting persona as Jeff
Platzer, an oddball attorney who tries
to come to Dahlias aid. Or does he?
Meanwhile, back at the film and
much to Moms chagrin, little Ceci
deals with the multiple anxieties by
conjuring an imaginary friend.
HeyId do the same, only my pal
would be a plumber.
In any case, unhappiness abounds.
The director fails to counterpoint any
of this gloom with comedy relief. The
only levity offered is when it is further
exampled just what kind of shameless
charlatans Mr. Murray and Veeck are.
Hence there is no balance, no contrast
to truly heighten the dread. So the
despair just permeates. Resultantly, the
film develops a bad case of the blues.
True aficionados of this genre arent
interested in all that jazz. They plunk
their money down with the expectation that theyll be frightened to death
by reels end. Yet one is rarely lifted
from his seat by the ceaselessly sad and
hassling goings-on that director Salles
purveys. About the best Dark Water
can do is drown you in its sorrow.

WESTFIELD At a young age,

Greg Colvin of Westfield fell in love
with music. While he has always had
an appreciation for it, Greg didnt participate in any bands or projects until
he moved to San Francisco five years
ago. He lived in a warehouse with
several other artists and musicians,
and he soon joined a group called the
The Phenomenauts consists of
Commander Angel Nova and Corporal Joe Bot, both vocals and guitar;
Major Jimmy Boom on drums; Captain Chreehos on the stand-up bass
and Greg, who goes by the moniker
Professor Greg Arius, on keyboards
and arsenal. They have been hugely
successful since Greg joined the band
five years ago, producing two CDs and
touring twice with the Warped Tour,
which showcases top punk and rock
They are currently on a nationwide
tour, and have already sold out shows
in most of the major venues. They
hope to return to the New Jersey area
sometime in late August, during the
second half of their tour.
The Phenomenauts recently played
to a nearly sold out crowd at the B.B.
King Club in New York City, with the
Aquabats and the Epoxies, and sold
out venues in Pomona, Calif. and Albuquerque, N.M.
Our music is a fusion of rockabilly,
new wave, surf and general rock and
roll, said Greg of the groups rocket
roll style, which has been influenced
by bands such as Devo and The Stray
What makes this band unique is its
stage performance. Members of the
band use special effects including fog
and flashing lights to enhance the

space rock feel of the music. Crowd

involvement is an important part of
the shows for them, and the
Phenomenauts always try to keep fans
Theyre great. Im really impressed
by how hard they work. They put
themselves into this 100 percent of
the time, and theyre finally getting
breaks, said Gregs father, Jim Colvin.
Two years ago, in an attempt to
publicize the band, members snuck in
to the first few shows of the Warped
Tour and began cooking breakfast for
the other bands. There is a catering
service, but our drummer (Jimmy
Boom) realized that there is no hot
breakfast, said Greg. They were soon
recognized for their efforts and invited to stay and perform for the
duration of the tour. They returned
on the bill for last years Warped Tour,
manning their own Space Station
Stage, where friends played in between sets from the Phenomenauts
themselves. Their song Mission is
featured on this years Warped Tour
Compilation CD.
Gregs most memorable experience
so far was playing with Reverend
Horton Heat. Theyre one of my
favorite bands and they loved us, which
was cool, said Greg.
Phenomenauts members have spent
time with Green Day drummer Trey
Cool, who has talked about them at
interviews. Though it isnt confirmed
yet, a few tracks on Green Days new
CD are rumored to be about the
I love a lot of things, and music
happens to be one of the main ones.
The energy involved and the direct
interaction is an interesting way to
communicate with people. Its kind of
a gut feeling, said Greg.