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Scotch Plains – Fanwood THE TIMES

OUR 42ND YEAR – ISSUE NO. 3442 Published Every Thursday USPS 485200

Periodical – Postage Paid at Scotch Plains, N. J. Thursday, August 24, 2000

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INDEX

A& E............... Page 17 Business ........ Page 14 Classifieds ..... Page 16

Editorial ........ Page 4 Education ...... Page 8 Obituary ........ Page 7

Social ............ Page 6 Sports ............ Page 11 CONTINUED ON PAGE 10

Boro Emergency Management Team Undergoes Simulated Crisis to Test Response Capabilities By SUZETTE F. STALKER

Specially Written for The Times

Members of the Fanwood Emergency Management Council (FEMC) brainstormed for more than an hour August 10 during a “tabletop drill” to determine the borough’s response capabilities in the face of a “worstcase” disaster.

Held in a conference room at Fanwood police headquarters, the discussion dealt with a hypothetical emergency in which two armed terrorists take 25 parents and students hostage during a program at a local school.

The drill was held simultaneously with a disaster simulation exercise involving the same scenario which was played out at the Orange Avenue School in Cranford.

For that drill, conducted by the Union County Office of Emergency Management, in cooperation with the Township of Cranford, multiple emergency response personnel and vehicles actually traveled to the scene of the “crisis.”

As with the Cranford exercise, the initial situation at the Fanwood school escalated even further with the “release” of the nerve gas sarin by one of the hostage takers. This potentially deadly agent actually was released during an act of terrorism in a subway in Japan several years ago.

Fanwood Police Chief Robert Carboy, who serves as the municipality’s Emergency Management Coordinator, led the exercise at police headquarters, with some dozen participants in attendance.

Among them were Mayor Louis C. Jung and several Borough Council members, as well as representa tives of the police department, the

Fanwood Volunteer Rescue Squad, Public Works, the Fanwood Senior Citizens, The Chelsea at Fanwood, Channel 35 and The Times of Scotch PlainsFanwood.

In conjunction with the onsite Cranford exercise, the county’s Office of Emergency Management had encouraged other area municipalities

to also conduct drills to gauge their readiness to handle situations involving what are defined as “weapons of mass destruction.” These weapons can include nuclear, biological, chemical or radiological agents.

The importance of being prepared to deal with terrorism or other threats has been driven home in recent years by incidents ranging from the bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City to the shootings at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., in addition to disasters outside the United States’ borders.

“We in this county have not experienced this type of thing before,” Chief Carboy remarked to his fellow FEMC members during the drill. “But when you pick up the paper, you find these (types of disasters) occur… every day.”

As Chief Carboy provided updates on the unfolding “emergency” that

evening, FEMC members offered input and recommendations on analyzing the extent of the emergency, determining manpower needs, utilizing assistance from outside agencies, carrying out an evacuation and disseminating information to the public.

FEMC members concurred that, while negotiators communicated with the terrorists, a command post would have to be established to coordinate the efforts of all units in handling the crisis at the school.

Besides police, it was anticipated that the local fire department, rescue squad and Department of Public Works, among others, would be called into service.

With the potential release of the nerve gas, Chief Carboy proposed that residents within four or five blocks of the school would have to be evacuated as a safety precaution.

Several Fanwood buildings have actually been designated as temporary shelter sites in the event of any kind of emergency, FEMC representatives confirmed during the drill. The borough also recently entered into an agreement with the American Red Cross for shelter services.

It was also determined that school gymnasiums or auditoriums, located outside the danger zone, could be used for temporary shelter if a largescale evacuation was warranted.

Chief Carboy additionally revealed that he has an updated list on hand of residents with special needs who would require particular attention if an evacuation were to really take place.

In terms of the sarin threat, Fanwood Rescue Squad Captain Susan Davis advised that the best sources to contact for information would be agencies like the Centers for Disease Control or a poison control center, as well as a biological warfare expert.

Although FEMC members acknowledged that news of such a crisis would likely be picked up within a short time by television networks, Chief Carboy projected that information would also need to be channeled through the local print and cable access media.

Once the “standoff” had ended with the “release” of the sarin, the team discussed methods for treating victims who had been exposed to the nerve gas. Sarin is described in hazardous materials guides as a colorless, odorless, highly volatile agent that can be fatal if inhaled or if it comes into contact with skin or eyes.

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Four White Officers Sue Black Superior, SP Charges Racism

By MELISSA BETKOWSKI

Specially Written for The Times

Four white Scotch Plains police officers have filed suit in Union County Superior Court, accusing black police Captain Marshall Nelson of racism and creating a hostile work environment.

The four officers, Brian Cheney, Matthew Fugett, Brian Garbinski and Kevin Lonergan, are suing Captain Nelson, Chief Thomas O’Brien, the police department and the township. In addition to race discrimination (“ reverse discrimination”) and creating a hostile work environment, the suit alleges that the officers were the victims of intentional infliction of emotional distress as well as slander, the officers’ attorney, Steven Adler, said.

Township Attorney Douglas Hansen calls the suit frivolous, “with no basis in law or in fact.” He said the town “intends to fight to the end.”

The suit stems from an April 2 motor vehicle stop of a Jeep Cherokee driven by four black men. The vehicle matched the description of

one reported to have been involved in possible gunfire, Township Manager Thomas Atkins said, speaking on behalf of the police department and the township. The men in the vehicle were later released.

According to Mr. Hansen, some time during the stop, weapons were drawn by the officers, but the circumstances were unclear surrounding the incident. Mr. Atkins contended that the officers followed proper procedures.

Mr. Hansen added that any time weapons are drawn, the incident is referred to the chief for review.

He also noted that Chief O’Brien received complaints from the parents of two of the men involved, and that the complaints were reviewed by Captain Nelson. He stated that the “allegations would be investigated irrespective of color.”

Following the investigation, the officers received a verbal reprimand from Captain Nelson, which they felt was unfair. The officers appealed to the chief, who held that the captain had reached the proper decision, Mr. Hansen said.

Mr. Atkins has said, “The chief acted immediately and thoroughly and looked at everything very carefully.”

According to Mr. Atkins, the chief reviewed video and audio tapes from the stop in trying to determine how to handle the situation.

In the suit filed, the officers allege that the township did nothing on this matter, which Mr. Atkins claims is “100 percent false.”

The suit also alleged that “Chief O’Brien indicated that he was going to find the same as Captain Nelson,” Mr. Adler said. “In effect, he was going to rubberstamp Captain Nelson’s decision.”

Mr. Adler also contended that, during Chief O’Brien’s review, he found that Captain Nelson had acted unprofessionally.

Mr. Hansen stated that an offer was made to the officers’ private counsel to see the evidence, but that that offer was refused. He maintained that “the township is not going to be intimidated.” The township may bring a countersuit against the officers, he said.

Fred Rossi for The Times IT’S NEVER TOO HOT FOR THE BLUES… Scotch Plains resident and blues musician Alvin C. Madison performed for interested listeners recently in the front of the Scotch Plains Music Center. Mr. Madison is famous for his blues harmonies and toetapping originals and old time favorites.

Kerrianne Spellman Cort for The Times IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK… This portion of the Deserted Village in Feltville is referred to as the Church Store. Currently, the beautiful building is under restoration. A sign before the structure reads, “Rehabilitation of Church/ Store Building of The Deserted Village at Feltville/ Glenside Park, Watchung Reservation. Made possible by a Grant from The Historic Preservation Bond Program from the New Jersey Historic Trust.” Please see story on Page 3.

Scotch Plainers Pay 18 Percent In Taxes for County Services By FRED ROSSI

Specially Written for The Times Editor’s Note: The following is the second in a threepart series on property taxes in Scotch Plains.

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Scotch Plains homeowners will pay an average of $6,201 in property taxes over the coming year, with $1,100, or slightly less than 18 percent, of that amount going to Union County to help it pay for its services and programs.

After staying flat last year, the tax rate for the county portion of a Scotch Plains property tax bill increased 3.3 percent, from 91 cents to 94 cents per $100 of assessed value this year.

The county’s fiscal health, according to County Manager Michael J. Lapolla, is good.

“We have a tripleA bond rating, the revenue raised through property taxes is less now than it was six years ago. We’re in good financial shape,” he told The Times of Scotch PlainsFanwood

earlier this month. He added that the county has benefited

from the robust national economy. Compared to similarlysized counties elsewhere, Mr. Lapolla said Union County’s debt level is low and “we pay off our debt quickly.”

These factors have allowed the county to amass significant surpluses in recent years. In 1999, the county’s windfall was about $41 million — its largest ever — and this year’s surplus will amount to about $35 million.

The county’s share of the average Scotch Plains property tax bill, which is computed on an average assessed home of $117,000 — about 48 percent of the estimated market value — is the smallest of the three components (municipal government services and the Scotch PlainsFanwood Board of Education being the other two) of the tax bill.

Mr. Lapolla said the county budget for this year is $305.9 million, a 7 percent increase over last year. Slightly less than half of the budget — $150.13 million — is funded

through local property taxes, the first time in county history that property tax contributions have dropped below 50 percent. A recently as 1991, these taxes accounted for 61 percent of county revenues.

Scotch Plains’ county levy this year is $8.82 million, an increase of 3 percent from 1999.

The remaining 51 percent of the county’s budget is funded from its surplus as well as some $41 million in grants from the state and federal governments and nearly twice that amount from additional county revenues.

In speaking to The Times, Mr. Lapolla stressed that the County Tax Board, whose members are appointed by the state, sets the amount of revenue to be raised by each of the towns by using statutory formulas over which local communities and the county have no control.

“The county administrators have nothing to do with it,” he said.

Some of the more significant parts of the county budget include public safety, which includes the county jail, the county police and the county prosecutor’s office. Mr. Lapolla said

“We in this county have not experienced this type of thing before. But when you pick up the paper, you find these (types of disasters) occur… every day.”

-Chief Robert Carboy, Fanwood Police Department

Ingrid McKinley for The Times WE ALL SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM... There is no better way to keep your cool on an August afternoon than a delicious Italian ice or scoop of ice cream from the neighborhood ice cream truck. Children and families in the township savored their favorite flavors recently.

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Representing 18 Percent of SP Taxes, County Taking Action on Economic Development Front

David B. Corbin for The Times LONG TIME, NO BUSINESS… The interior and exterior of the space which once bustled with Bruegger’s Bagels’ patrons will be replaced by Douglas Parfumery, one of the largest cosmetic companies in Germany. The perfume shop is expected to fill the void at 127 Central Avenue in October.

nated with water, but in a way that would not allow the thentainted water to escape into borough pipelines.

She noted that victims might also require medical attention and predicted that affected individuals would be dispersed to hospitals based on the extent of their injuries.

In addition, the rescue squad President, who was joined by squad First Lieutenant Jeffrey Downing at the meeting, said ambulances transporting victims would have to be specially outfitted to prevent the vehicles themselves from becoming contaminated.

Several participants suggested that a crisis of this magnitude would require assistance from beyond Fanwood’s borders, such as from federal and state law enforcement officials; specialized units like a hazmat team, which deals with hazardous materials, or perhaps even the military.

Near the end of the drill, Chief Carboy summed up the importance of having all local units prepared to work cooperatively in the face of a major disaster.

“There’s only one way to survive this (type of) thing and that’s to work together,” he said.

New Stores, Restaurants Moving Into Vacant Spaces In Downtown, Accented by New York Steak House

Mineralogical Society Sets Show for Sept. 9

FANWOOD — The New Jersey Mineralogical Society, Inc. will hold its 29th annual Gem and Mineral Show on Saturday, September 9, from 10 a. m. to 4: 30 p. m. at the Fanwood train station, located at North and North Martine Avenues in Fanwood.

Dealers will feature a large variety of specimens, including fossils and jewelry. Admission is free and the rain date is Sunday, September 10.

For additional information, please call Russell N. Brarens at (732) 4691047.

Scotch Plains Baptist To Present Movie About Jesus for Kids

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SCOTCH PLAINS — The Scotch Plains Baptist Church Evangelism and Discipleship Committee will present the newlyreleased version of “The Story of Jesus for Children” on Saturday, August 26, at 6 p. m.

Based on the Gospel according to Luke, the movie tells the story of Jesus from a child’s perspective, according to the Reverend Chaz Hutchison, Minister of Christian Education at Scotch Plains Baptist.

Snacks and beverages will be served. Scotch Plains Baptist Church is located at 333 Park Avenue in Scotch Plains. For more information, please call (908) 3225487.

the state, “every once in a while,” brings up the idea of taking over the prosecutor’s office, but as a former First Assistant Prosecutor, Mr. Lapolla said he opposes the idea, saying “the autonomy of the office is important.”

In addition, ground will soon be broken for a new county police headquarters on North Avenue in Westfield, which will house the police, emergency management and prosecutor’s lab.

Mr. Lapolla said county administrators are still reviewing plans for a new juvenile detention center in light of figures showing that the number of juveniles being held in the present facility is on the decline.

The county has a $28 million capital budget, with $15 million of that earmarked for road and bridge improvements. “We always have an aggressive road repair plan to improve traffic flow in the county,” Mr. Lapolla told The Times.

Another $4.3 million will be used to make improvements at Union County College, with an added $1.1 million going to the Union County VocationalTechnical Schools.

The parks and recreation portion of the budget consists mainly of salaries and equipment expenditures. Close to half of the county budget goes toward the salaries of the county’s 2,700 employees, a workforce level that, Mr. Lapolla noted, has remained flat for nearly 20 years.

Another $350,000 in this year’s budget will be used to continue the restoration and dredging of county lakes. Additional improvements are also in the works for the Ash Brook Country Club in Scotch Plains and a new roof on the Watchung Stables in Mountainside.

The county has decided to put a renewed focus on the county’s senior citizen residents this year, with the introduction or renewal of several grant

programs. The Senior Focus initiative is aimed at expanding existing senior centers or creating new ones through grants to municipalities.

The $400,000 Seniors in Motion program will provide vehicles to towns in Union County to enhance transportation service for senior citizens. And the Senior Scholars program offers older residents a chance to continue their education.

Other grant programs include the Newark Museum Connection, in which the county will work to have the Newark Museum open its facilities and collections to students in Union County; the Freeholders Scholars Program, now in its second year, which funds a twoyear degree for qualifying county residents at Union County College; and the Heart, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands (HEART) program, which makes grants available to county artists, musicians, actors and historians.

“The county’s economy is doing great,” Mr. Lapolla said in commenting about the county’s efforts to foster economic development. He noted the positive changes, especially in Elizabeth, with last year’s opening of Jersey Gardens Mall as well as plans for a new hotel and retail development nearby. Further south, construction has already begun near the Linden Airport on a hotel, retail and movie theater complex on Routes 19.

While saying that the general feeling is that Union County missed the last economic boom, Mr. Lapolla said the county “has adapted to the new economy” this time around.

There is some possible good news in the longterm for local residents irked at the lack of a direct rail link to Newark Airport. Mr. Lapolla said $5 million in state funding will be used for engineering studies of a crosscounty rail link that will connect Elizabeth with the Port of Elizabeth, the waterfront and Newark Airport. Eventually, the hope is to also extend the connection to Cranford, so people headed to the air port can take the train to the Cranford

train station, disembark and then catch the link directly to the airport.

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Sponsors Sought for Benches In Scotch Plains Towne Centre

SCOTCH PLAINS — As part of the Streetscape Improvement Plan being implemented this year in Scotch Plains Towne Centre, the Scotch Plains Downtown Task Force is offering the opportunity for any interested individuals, families, businesses or local organizations to sponsor a bench.

The cost of sponsorship is $500 and the sponsor’s name will be displayed on a plaque on the bench.

The benches will be made of durable recycled materials with dark green

Summer Park Program Wraps For Season in Scotch Plains

SCOTCH PLAINS — Children attending the Scotch Plains Summer Park Program traveled to Keansburg Amusement Park as a windup event for the season, where they enjoyed the water park and other rides.

That same week, the annual Pepsi Hot Shot Contest was held at Brookside Park. This is a test of speed and skill – shooting from five “hot spots” on the court in a oneminute time period.

The easiest shot – layups – counted for only two points, while the furthest in midcourt counted for five points. Brian Chukuka, in the 9to

12yearold category, was first with a total score of 49 for two rounds. He attended Farley Park this summer but came to Brookside for the event.

The secondplace winner in the 9to12 age group was Aswahn Thompson, with a score of 29. Lamont Hunt, also from Farley, placed first in the 13to15 year age group with his score of 38, while Kevin Chukuka, with a score of 25, took second in the same category. Kevin attended Farley with his brother Brian.

For the first time ever, there were no girls participating in the Pepsi Hot Shot Contest.

Milton J. Gonzalez, Jr. Ends Basic Training

SCOTCH PLAINS – Marine Corps Private Milton J. Gonzalez, Jr., the son of Mr. and Mrs. Milton G. Gonzalez of Scotch Plains, recently completed basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Parris Island, S. C.

Private Gonzalez successfully ended 12 weeks of training designed to challenge new Marine recruits both physically and mentally.

He joined fellow recruits at 5 a. m., running three miles and performing calisthenics. In addition to the physical conditioning program, Private Gonzalez spent numerous hours in classroom and field assignments which included learning first aid, uniform regulations, combat water survival, marksmanship, handto hand combat and assorted weapons

training. He performed close order drill and operated as a small infantry unit with the other recruits during field training.

Private Gonzalez and fellow recruits also received instruction on the Marine Corps’ core values – honor, courage and commitment, and what the words mean in guiding personal and professional conduct.

He ended his training phase with The Crucible, a 54hour team effort, problem solving evolution which culminated with a ceremony in which he was presented the Marine Corps Emblem and addressed as a Marine for the first time since boot camp commenced. metal arms which will match the new

pedestrian streetlights and trash receptacles that will be installed later this year.

The number of benches will depend upon the response the Task Force gets from local sponsors, although there will probably be no more than about 12 benches available for sponsorship.

Interested individuals may call Jo Ford, Task Force Secretary, at (908) 3226700, Extension No. 1306, by Thursday, August 31.

By MELISSA BETKOWSKI

Specially Written for The Times

The search for a successor to outgoing Westfield Police Chief Anthony J. Scutti is nearing completion, according to Town Administrator Thomas Shannon.

Mr. Shannon has said he is pleased with the overall search process. This process involves five stages designed to help him to select Chief Scutti’s successor, picking either Captain Cliff Auchter or Captain Bernard Tracy.

These stages include an assessment of the candidates’ command capabilities (conducted by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, headquartered in Alexandria, Va.), a psychological evaluation, an assessment of the candidates’ management and command qualities, a background investigation and interviews. In the final stage, Mr. Shannon will meet with Chief Scutti to get his recommendation.

Mr. Shannon said the selection process has proved useful. It “should help us make a very good choice,” he said.

He hopes to make an official rec ommendation to Mayor Thomas C.

Jardim and Town Council by next week. He noted that the Mayor and council must approve his appointment of a new chief.

“It is my intention that we go through the approval in a timely manner,” Mr. Shannon said.

Third Ward Councilman Neil F. Sullivan said, “I fully expect that he will make a recommendation to us and we will be able to make a decision soon.”

Mr. Sullivan, who chairs the council’s Public Safety Committee, noted that the next regularly scheduled meeting of the council is set for Tuesday, September 5.

Mr. Shannon had said he wanted to have a recommendation for the Town Council by Labor Day.

The new police chief will take control of a 59person department with an annual operating budget of over $4.2 million.

Chief Scutti is retiring after 14 years as Chief and 41 years with the department. While his mandatory last day is not until March of 2001, his accrued vacation time and other benefits enable him to leave this summer.

By DEBORAH MADISON

Specially Written for The Times

Several new stores will open in downtown Westfield in the next several months.

A “New York Citystyle” steakhouse will occupy the 75yearold bank building at 1 Elm Street, with the opening scheduled for the spring of 2001. Owners Harold Rosenbaum and Nino Tambourin will remove the old building’s drop ceiling tiles to reveal a 30foot cathedral ceiling. The plan calls for the addition of balconies as part of the planned 8,000 square foot interior.

The massive vault door and metal bars will remain intact as a part of the restaurant’s oldworld charm. The new restaurant acquired its liquor license from Galato’s for an undisclosed amount, according to real estate broker Anthony Schilling.

Hobbytown, USA, the country’s largest hobbyshop franchise, will open at 139 East Broad Street in the former store front of Mc Ewen Flowers Inc. by midOctober. Owner Greg Gradel, who also owns Motophoto in Westfield, said that Hobbytown USA has 125 other locations in 40 states.

Another nationally famous chain, Platypus, a homefurnishings store, will open in September at 125 Elm Street, the former location of Taylor Hardware.

Several store owners on Elm Street expressed their hope that Platypus will bring increased foot traffic and customers to this quieter section of Elm Street.

Omaha Steaks, a food chain which carries highquality frozen meats and other partycatering specialty foods, will also be coming to East Broad Street in the fall. It will occupy the former quarters of Temptations.

Joseph A. Bank Clothiers, a national chain for men’s business wear, will open at 121 Quimby Street, the previous location of Rafter’s.

At 127 Central Avenue, Bruegger’s Bagels, a national chain which declared bankruptcy, will be replaced by a franchise of Douglas Parfumery, one of the largest cosmetic firms in Germany. The expected opening for the store is October, after renovations are completed.

Mother and Child, which carries a line of women and children’s clothing, opened last week at the previous location of The Music Staff.

The former site of the Excellent Diner at 222 North Avenue is now under construction, with retail space planned for the first floor and office

space on the second story being planned for that site.

Mr. Schilling explained that the demographics of a town, plus the value of its homes and major anchor stores, are some factors that go into determining the sale price of real estate in the business district. Many of the stores coming to Westfield have franchises located in other upscale towns, such as Princeton, Ridgewood and Upper Montclair.

Princeton carries the highest commercial rents, $40 to $45 per square foot, according to Mr. Schilling. Ridgewood weighs in at approximately

$38 per square foot, and Upper Montclair at about $40 per square foot. Westfield and Summit are comparable at approximately $25 to $35 per square foot.

Scotch Plains and Fanwood, as well as Cranford, are usually in the high teens for each square foot of retail space, according to Mr. Schilling.

In Westfield, between Central Avenue and Elm Street, retail properties go for approximately $35 per square foot, while stores off the main street cost anywhere from $20 to $30 per square foot, depending on location.

The currently complicated task of marketing Westfield falls on the shoulders of the Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC), the management entity for the town’s special improvement district. The DWC has been working with the town on renovating and upgrading different corridors of the central

business district (CBD) in order to make the downtown more attractive.

New benches, planters and lighting have already been installed in some areas, funded by grants, and decorative brick pavers for the CBD’s main intersection at Elm Street and Broad Street will soon be installed, making the intersection more pedestrianfriendly.

According to DWC Executive Director Director Michael LaPlace, the DWC is conducting a regional ad campaign to market Westfield as a prime location to national stores

and Westfield is gaining a good reputation as a successful business district.

“The DWC has also been renovating and upgrading different corridors of the CBD in order to make the downtown more attractive,” Mr. LaPlace pointed out.

“We are making Westfield an attractive and inviting place to shop,” he remarked.

Randy Aronoff, owner of Randall’s Shoes, which has been on the corner of Elm and Broad since 1958, said that upgrading and renovating the overall look of the downtown is important to attracting shoppers.

“You have to draw people to something more special than what the malls have to offer,”

Mr. Aronoff said. “Westfield has to take a cue from other towns with thriving downtowns.”

Mr. Aronoff believes that bringing more restaurants and food shops is the key to making the downtown a success as well as sprucing up the whole, overall look with landscaping and lighting.

Both Mr. Schilling and Mr. Aronoff, as well as many of the other store owners agreed that solving the downtown’s parking problem is also a major goal in insuring downtown Westfield’s future success. Recently, Mr. Schilling noted, major chains have expressed their concerns regarding Westfield’s parking problems.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 15

· A bicycle valued at $350 was reported stolen from a garage in the 60 block of Midway Avenue, according to police.

MONDAY, AUGUST 21

· A bicycle was reported stolen from Forest Road Park, authorities said. The bicycle, valued at $350, was loaned by one individual to another and then not returned.

Course Offerings Remain At Union County VoTech

SCOTCH PLAINS – Space remains for fulltime, parttime, day and evening courses offered by Union County VocationalTechnical Schools (UCVTS) in Scotch Plains for the fall semester which will begin on Wednesday, September 6. Adult Evening Division courses will commence on Monday, September 18.

Several of the course offerings provide special certification, including the Automotive Technology Program, Culinary Arts Program, The Air Conditioning, Heat and Refrigeration Technology Program, The Computer Aided Drafting and Design Program, he Electromagnetical Technology Program and the Telecommunications Technology program.

Daytime program offerings are open to adults and high school students. The adult programs are all certified by the Veterans Administration, JTRA, TRA and Workforce Development programs. Federal financial aid and Stafford student loans are available to qualifying students.

The Adult Evening Session offer ings include Adult Cosmetology,

Auto Technology courses, New Jersey Licensing preparation classes, Computer Repair and Computer Instruction.

Day session registration is held daily from 9 a. m. to 4 p. m. in West Hall on the UCVTS campus, 1776 Raritan Road, Scotch Plains.

For full details, please call the Admissions Office at (908) 8892999. Registration for Adult Evening courses will be held from 10 a. m. to 3 p. m. on August 28, 29, 30, 31 and September 1 and again from 6: 30 to 8 p. m. on September 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13 and 14.

Registration can also be completed by fax or email. The UCVTS Adult Education Bulletin contains full details. To be placed on the mailing list or to obtain more information, please call the Adult Education Office at (908) 8892922.

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