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D. A. R. E. Program for Scotch PlainsFanwood Students Leaves Everybody Feeling Good By SUSAN M. DYCKMAN
Specially Written for The Times
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the positive, personal touch that marks most Scotch PlainsFanwood fifthgrade students first upclose experience with a police officer could carry through their whole lives?
Under the direction of Sergeant Steven Freedman of the Scotch Plains Police Department, four officers — three from Scotch Plains and one from Fanwood — deliver the D. A. R. E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Program to more than 375 fifthgrade youngsters in the district.
The D. A. R. E. Program, which consists of 17 weekly lessons, targets 10 and 11year old students because this age group precedes the age when most drug experimentation takes place. It also represents the age where children are beginning
to form social groups and develop psychological identities of themselves.
Not only does D. A. R. E. instruction focus on the dangers, effects and consequences of drug abuse, it offers students tools they can use to resist peer pressure, and say “no” to substance abuse.
Classes address topics such as selfesteem, positive ways of dealing with stress, alternatives to violence, taking an honest look at the influence of the media, decision making and the importance of positive role models.
The program was created by the Los Angeles County Unified School District in 1983. Scotch Plains launched D. A. R. E. in 1990 in collaboration with the Scotch PlainsFanwood Schools Guidance Department. At that time, one officer offered a condensed version of the present 17lesson program to sixth grade students.
In September 1997, the program added a second officer, and in 1998, took on two more. The decision was then made to move the program into the elementary schools.
Every D. A. R. E. officer must attend a twoweek certification program sponsored by the New Jersey State Police.
While the manpower and costs of training are absorbed by the municipalities, the costs of books and certificates are covered by the Board of Education and Municipal Alliance Committee (MAC).
Sergeant Freedman works closely with Liz KnodelGordon, the district’s Substance Awareness Coordinator.
“Without the support of MAC and Liz and Dr. Choye (school superintendent), the program wouldn’t have gotten as far as it has,” stated Ser geant Freedman.
In commenting on the friendly rapport that the officers establish with the students in the classroom and carry forward into the lunchroom and out onto the playground, Sergeant Freedman called it a winwin situation for the children as well as the officers.
“The kids get to see the officer as not just a stern authority figure,” he said. He believes that human side of an officer is important for kids to experience.
Of the D. A. R. E. program at Coles School, one student said, “It’s fun, and it teaches us about drugs and the consequences of using drugs and the effects of drugs.”
Besides that, she added, “Officer (Frank) Marrero is cool.”
“The officer’s being able to relate to students at their level is important,” added Sergeant Freedman. He views D. A. R. E. as an opportunity for police officers to relay their onthestreet experience with the nega
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Borough Council Eyes Further Renovations To Interior of Patricia M. Kuran Center By SUZETTE F. STALKER
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Borough officials are expected to vote at their regular meeting tonight on a resolution that would award a contract to a South River firm for proposed interior renovations to the Patricia M. Kuran Cultural Arts Center on Watson Road in Fanwood.
The company, Dell Tech, installed a new wood shingle roof on the structure in 1998 and has done other work there as well. Built during the midto late 19th century, the building was known as the Carriage House until being renamed last year in memory of Fanwood’s first woman mayor.
Additional renovations eyed for the local landmark include replacement of two doors at the rear of the building; opening one interior door and closing another, and creating an opening in an existing partition in the stage area to improve lavatory
access for disabled visitors. The approximate $5,000 tab would be covered by part of a Community Development Block Grant awarded earlier by Union County for improvements to the Kuran Center.
Originally part of an estate known as The Homestead, which was located on the present site of the Borough Hall complex, the boardandbatten structure first served as a shelter for horses and Victorianera carriages belonging to guests of the estate. It later evolved into a theater for the nowdisbanded Philathalians theater troupe.
It has since become a hub for cultural arts activities in Fanwood, including a poetry reading series and events like the multicultural festival held there last October and a Valentine’s Day program on tap for next Monday.
During its February 2 agenda ses sion, the Borough Council received
an update on the Kuran Center from Bernardsvillebased architect Mark Alan Hewitt, whose report included some recommendations concerning future use of the historic structure.
Mr. Hewitt, who has been under contract with the borough since 1997 for Carriage House projects, opened his discussion last week with an overview of renovations which have already taken place at the historic building.
Besides the roof, these improvements have included door and window replacements; installation of a staircase and banister; a sprinkler fire suppression system and electrical work to repair code violations.
These projects, including an initial study of existing conditions at the Carriage House, were funded through Community Development
Block Grants from the county, according to Borough Administrator Eleanor McGovern.
Mr. Hewitt said the most ideal uses for the building would be small assemblies and certain exhibits, although not the kind requiring a sophisticated climate control system. He added that portable platforms and chairs could temporarily be placed inside it for meetings and programs.
In order to preserve the structural integrity of the building, Mr. Hewitt has recommended that the building no longer be used for theatrical presentations on the level of those which had been staged there by the Philathalians. In addition to their shows, the group had also utilized it for rehearsals and storage.
Deborah Madison for The Times PERFECT HARMONY... Scotch Plains resident Alvin C. Madison, left, rocked Westfield High School’s auditorium with a little help from his new friend and veteran musician, Livingston Taylor, last Saturday. The Westfield Jaycees sponsored the well attended event.
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Ingrid McKinley for The Times DO YOU D. A. R. E.?… Fanwood Police Officer Frank Marrero pays weekly visits to Coles Elementary School in Scotch Plains to discuss the D. A. R. E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program with fifth graders. Pictured above, Officer Marrero casually chats with students during the lunch hour.
David B. Corbin for The Times LOCAL LANDMARK… Additional interior renovations have been proposed for the Patricia M. Kuran Cultural Arts Center on Watson Road in Fanwood. Formerly known as the Carriage House, the boardandbatten building was originally part of a 19th century estate which was located on the current site of the borough’s municipal complex.
Youth in Government Students Handle SP Council Meeting; Governing Body Passes Resolution to Fluoridate Local Water
By FRED ROSSI
Specially Written for The Times
SCOTCH PLAINS — During last year’s annual Youth in Government Day, students from the Scotch PlainsFanwood High School DECA Chapter, an association of marketing students, played the parts of the five members of the Scotch Plains Township Council as well as the Township Attorney, Manager and Clerk.
The students’ roleplaying last March coincided with the introduc tion of the 1999 municipal budget
and recommendation for a six percent tax increase. As a result, the students got an upcloseandpersonal look at partisan politics as Republicans and Democrats on the Council argued vehemently about the proposed tax hike.
When the eight DECA students took part in Tuesday night’s Council meeting, though, matters were much more calm.
The budget won’t be introduced for several weeks, leaving the students,
all juniors in high school, to preside over a meeting devoid of any real partisanship and controversy.
The students taking part were Douglas Gillie, who played the role of Mayor Martin L. Marks; David Bell, who stood in for Councilman William F. McClintock; Andrew Elko, who sat in for Councilman Frank Rossi; Chris Gawryluk, who played Councilwoman Geri M. Samuel’s role; Rob Bugg, who sat in for Coun cilman Tarquin Jay Bromley; James
McClintock, who played the role of Township Attorney Douglas Hansen; Eric Konzelman, who stood in for Township Manager Thomas E. Atkins; and David Larkin, who played Township Clerk Barbara Riepe’s role.
The Council passed a resolution urging Elizabethtown Water Company to provide fluoridation in the water supply delivered to the Township (please see related story, page
1). Despite some concerns raised by two residents about added chemicals in the drinking water, Mayor Marks said the Township Health Department had conducted studies about the issue and, noting his profession
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Adding Fluoride to Water Supply Draws Mixed Responses from Communities By KIM KINTER
Specially Written for The Times
As many municipalities put the business of early year reorganization behind them, they are now ready to deal with a request by the Town of Westfield to consider having fluoride added to the local water supply.
The Scotch Plains Township Council passed a resolution favoring fluoridation of the local water supply at its Tuesday meeting, while Fanwood recently passed a similar measure. The Westfield Council, which has to discuss the issue following endorsement of the plan by the Westfield Regional Health Department, may consider the matter at a late February or early March meeting.
The tap water received by Westfield and 26 surrounding communities does not have fluoride added to it. Westfield Mayor Thomas C. Jardim and the regional health department have been collaborating for the last
year on an investigation of the possibility of fluoridating the water supply.
In early December, the Westfield Regional Health Department unanimously passed a resolution recommending that Westfield’s Mayor and Town Council pursue fluoridation of the town’s water supply.
The resolution was then turned over to the Town Council, which must approve the measure and will probably spearhead the push to have other communities join Westfield in seeking fluoridation of the local water supply.
Currently, the Elizabethtown Water Company provides fluoridation to municipalities west and south of its Bridgewater plant, but not to the 27 municipalities east of the plant, according to Anthony Matarazzo, Manager of Environmental Affairs for Elizabethtown Water.
The distribution system to towns east of Bridgewater is interconnected
and the communities cannot be isolated because they all receive their water supply from the same line. For this reason, all 27 municipalities would have to unanimously agree to fluoridate, according to Mr. Matarazzo.
Mayor Jardim twice wrote letters to all the municipalities during the fall asking for some feedback. Some have replied yes, a few have said no and many have not replied at all. Fresh letters are being sent to new administrations to again explain what Westfield is seeking and details about the plan.
Among the surrounding communities, the Scotch Plains Council, which has a new mayor this year, was given information prepared by Andrew Snyder, a registered environmental health specialist. He is assigned to Scotch Plains as part of an interlocal agreement with the health department in Rahway.
Mr. Snyder said he did not take a stand on the issue, but simply gathered
information, both pro and con, for the council’s consideration.
Despite some concerns raised by two residents about added chemicals in the drinking water, Scotch Plains Mayor Martin L. Marks said Tuesday that the township health department had conducted studies about the issue.
An endodontist, he expressed his opinion that “the benefits far exceed any potential risks,” which would only come into play if fluoride levels in the water were “dozens of times higher” than the standard.
In Fanwood, the Borough Council passed a resolution January 13 requesting that Elizabethtown Water Company fluoridate the water supply, following the endorsement of the proposal by the Fanwood Board of Health.
The recommendation from the Fanwood Board of Health was based on input from dentists, along with
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tive effects of drugs to kids in a way that counts.
“On the road, officers only see the dark side of society,” he explained.
“Going into the schools keeps things in perspective for every officer. You see the innocence of youth. They’re so receptive; you do what you can for them, what’s right for them.”
One proven effective means of answering students’ questions and addressing their problems is the D. A. R. E. box, which is available to students at every class. The presence of the box encourages students to submit questions, make comments and broach problems anonymously.
“There’s real communication that goes back and forth between the kids and the officer,” said Sergeant Freedman, in speaking of the box’s value. “If the issue is sensitive, we try to identify the child and reach out to that child.”
The elementary program culminates in a final “Taking a Stand” lesson. At this time, each student is asked to write an essay specifying what the D. A. R. E. program meant to them, where they plan to take their lives in the future and how they will resist drug abuse.
A winning essay is selected from each class and authors read their essays at the D. A. R. E. graduation ceremony, which is held at the conclusion of the program.
“Every child gets a certificate and teeshirt,” explained Sergeant Freedman, provided they complete the essay.
The officer indicated plans are “in the works” to implement middle school lessons that reinforce what is communicated to the elementary students. The police department is looking at introducing that segment of the program to seventh graders during the 20002001 school year.
There is even a program available for high school students, but that, said Sergeant Freedman, “is only in the talking stages right now.”
Programs sponsored by the Fanwood Cultural Arts Committee at the Kuran Center represent much less intense use of the building, Mrs. McGovern noted.
Members of Fanwood’s Historic Preservation Commission, four of whom were in attendance at last week’s council meeting, are hoping to see the Kuran Center included on the national register of historic places.
Although he felt there was a possibility that it could qualify, Mr. Hewitt said the borough would likely have to supply more concrete information about the historical significance of the house, which he said has been “inconclusively documented.”
He also wondered if certain additions to the structure over the years, such as a skylight in the roof, would be considered contradictory to the historic character of the building.
During the agenda meeting, Councilwoman Karen M. Schurtz asked Mr. Hewitt whether it would be practical to insulate the building in an attempt to heat it more efficiently.
Mr. Hewitt responded that while it can be done, he did not recommend it, adding that insulation can compromise the historic quality of a building and invite problems such as moisture being trapped within the walls.
The architect, who called the insulation issue “one of the trickiest problems in working with historic buildings,” suggested the borough instead use the Kuran Center primarily during the spring and summer months as a way to avoid large heating bills or the need for insulation.
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Scotch Plains Resident Proposes Early Morning NYC Bus Service
By PAUL J. PEYTON
Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times
SCOTCH PLAINS — A Scotch Plains resident seeking early morning bus service to Manhattan from the township has asked NJ Transit officials to extend its new early bus stop in Mountainside out to Dunellen, which will add an earlier stop in Scotch Plains.
NJ Transit spokeswoman Nancy Snyder explained that the agency is expanding its service on both its Nos. 114 and 117 bus lines, starting in Bridgewater and Somerville, both of which have service to New York City, which passes through Mountainside.
According to a press release put out by NJ Transit, for weekday New Yorkbound (inbound) passengers, an added No. 114 local trip departing Mountainside at 5: 40 a. m. and a new No. 117 bus leaving Somerville at 7: 06 a. m., departing Mountainside at 7: 45 a. m., was added by the agency at the end of January.
In addition, two new Manhattanbound afternoon trips on the No. 114 bus were added at 4: 15 p. m. and 5: 15 p. m.
Weekday and Saturday afternoon trips between Mountainside and
Bridgewater were also increased, NJ Transit officials said, from once to twice an hour for most time periods.
In addition, some weekday trips are already served by the No. 65 NewarkMountainsideSomerville route.
“These things are adjusted on commuters traveling patterns,” she told
The Westfield Leader and The Times of Scotch PlainsFanwood.
The 114 and 117 lines include Bridgewater, Somervillle, Bound Brook, Dunellen, Plainfield, Scotch Plains, Mountainside, Springfield, Union Hillside and New York. A NJ Transit spokeswoman noted that the lines have a daily combined ridership of 4,120.
Scotch Plains resident Raymond Lo has been in touch with NJ Transit and Scotch Plains officials regarding his proposal.
“I think it would be a great service to the community,” he told The Westfield Leader and The Times of Scotch PlainsFanwood.
Mr. Lo said he is looking for NJ Transit to add a bus that stops at Mountain and Park Avenues off Route 22 in Scotch Plains a half hour earlier than the current service.
Ms. Snyder said NJ Transit bus lines are adjusted four times a year at which time they might be expanded, scaled backed or simply “tweaked” based on overall ridership on a par ticular line.
Mr. Lo said he is looking for NJ Transit to add a bus stop in Dunellen at 5: 02 a. m. which would depart Scotch Plains at 5: 31 a. m. The earliest bus currently in the township leaves at 5: 59 a. m.
The existing service drops commuters at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Terminal in New York City at 6: 33 a. m.
In a letter Mr. Lo has distributed to commuters, he noted that, “if we can generate enough support, the new service can possibly be activated by April.”
Ms. Snyder said before NJ Transit officials would expand the service, “we want to make sure that there is a significant need” among the ridership.
“We are evaluating his (Mr. Lo’s) request,” she told The Leader and
Meanwhile, Mr. Lo said he has gotten a “fairly good” response to his proposal from commuters.
While no written information has been submitted to Scotch Plains officials to date, Township Manager Thomas E. Atkins observed that NJ Transit officials would consider an early morning bus stop if they deem it as “economically viable” to the agency.
Ms. Snyder said, “if there is enough interest we would certainly consider it.”
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Cheri Rogowsky for The Westfield Leader and The Times A SUPER TURNOUT... Joey Gruber and his father, Paul Gruber of Hillside,
along with Robyn and Joseph Bier of Warren, man the phone lines during the annual Jewish Federation of Central New Jersey’s Super Sunday fundraiser held February 7 at the Jewish Community Center in Scotch Plains. This year’s event was supported by 475 volunteers, the largest turnout to date, producing $420,000 of this year’s campaign goal of a half million dollars. Mr. Bier served this year as General Campaign Chairman for Super Sunday. The Federation provides services to Jewish people locally, in Israel and around the world.
POSITIVE IDENTIFICATION… Students at School One Elementary in Scotch Plains recently participated in a 20th century “Who’s Who Contest.” The pupils were asked to identify 38 famous faces from research material used in the fifth grade millennium project. Awarded for their efforts and pictured, left to right, are: Colin Campbell, Stacey Tanguy, Brooke Lubin, Amanda Makowski and Marissa Lowe.
as an endodontist, expressed his opinion that “the benefits far exceed any potential risks,” which would only come into play if fluoride levels in the water were “dozens of times higher” than the standard.
All towns served by Elizabethtown Water have to be unanimous in their call for fluoridation, something that Mayor Marks said may take quite a while to happen.
Separately, Mr. Bugg, speaking for Councilman Bromley, said School Superintendent Dr. Carol B. Choye will be delivering her recommendations on the school overpopulation problem on Thursday to members of the Board of Education, which will make decisions on the issue at its February 28 meeting.
There will also be a public hearing on Dr. Choye’s decisions at Park Middle School on Wednesday, February 16, at 7: 30 a. m.
On another matter, the Council approved an application by the Scotch Plains Business and Professional Association to hold a farmers’ market in the parking lot next to the municipal building.
Ray Pardon, the Association’s President, said the market, now in its seventh year, would likely begin in midJune and be held on Saturdays from 8 a. m. to 2 p. m.
Mr. Konzelman, speaking for Township Manager Atkins, told the Council that, regarding the annual residential spring cleanup, the state is now requiring solid waste to be brought to a site in North Arlington for processing. Given the expense involved in transporting solid waste such a long distance, the township is actively seeking alternative sites.
Mr. Bell, speaking for Councilman McClintock, released the results of the Township Recreation Commission’s 1999 report, which found that township recreation facilities and programs were used by 133,966 people last year.
In addition, the Council also approved a resolution to continue the township’s agreement with Resolve Inc. of Scotch Plains to provide an Employee Assistance Program to Township employees at a cost of $3,700 for the year.
An ordinance was also introduced on Tuesday night that revises and codifies a number of New Jersey Transit bus stops within Scotch Plains.
Most of the stops are already in use; the proposed ordinance simply recognizes this fact and makes them official bus stops.
The public hearing on the ordinance will be held at the Council’s next regular meeting on Tuesday, February 22.
Youth in Government Pupils Handle SP Council Meeting
Fluoridation Question Draws Mixed Reactions
medical and newspaper articles, according to Councilwoman Katherine Mitchell, who serves as governing body Liaison to the board.
Mountainside, which is served by the Westfield Regional Health Department, has not considered the matter yet.
Mayor Robert Viglianti of Mountainside said that he was unaware of the issue and had not seen any correspondence yet from Mayor Jardim about the matter, but that he would be looking into the issue.
Robert M. Sherr, Health Officer with the Westfield Regional Health Department, said he has had some municipal administrators indicate that they would make no decision until the Westfield Town Council had passed a resolution seeking the fluoridation.
Those communities saying yes to the measure to date include Fanwood, Garwood, Green Brook, Middlesex, North Plainfield, Plainfield, Roselle Park and Watchung, Mr. Sherr said.
Communities which have had a change in their administrations and
received new letters about the fluoridation issue include Bound Brook, Cranford, Roselle, Scotch Plains, Franklin and Union Township.
Those saying no to the plan include Linden, Hillside and Elizabeth, he said. Piscataway has responded, but it is unclear in the letter whether the municipality is undecided or has said no, Mr. Sherr added.
Some municipalities continue to ask for more information or have yet to respond, according to the Health Officer.
Mr. Sherr observed that there has been talk informally at the Board of Health level that the Union County Dental Society may be called upon to talk with those towns that are undecided or have said no to fluoridation.
Reporter Fred Rossi contributed to this story.
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FANWOOD POLICE BLOTTER TUESDAY, JANUARY 11 · Police reported that someone broke into a motor vehicle which was parked behind stores on Martine Avenue and removed a CD player and 35 CDs worth a total of $725.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 13
· A car window was smashed in the 50 block of Madison Avenue but nothing was reported missing from the vehicle.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 16
· An attempted burglary to a home in the 200 block of South Avenue was reported. Part of a window frame was broken off and pry marks were found on a rear door, although entry was not gained.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19
· A business in the 200 block of South Avenue was burglarized but nothing was reported missing.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 20
· A Martine Avenue convenience store reported the theft of two bundles of newspapers valued at $70 which had been delivered to the business.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 21
· Authorities reported that someone attempted to burglarize a garage in the
100 block of Watson Road by cutting a window screen on the structure. They said the person did not gain entry, however.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 1
· Christine Graham, 45, of Fanwood was charged with driving while intoxicated following a motor vehicle accident on South and Hetfield Avenues, according to police. She was released on her own recognizance.
· A Fanwood resident reported that, while he was ill, someone falsely claimed to have bought his business and received checks for work previously done by the company. No charges had been filed at press time.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 2
· A Second Street resident reported that someone fraudulently used her identity at several credit card companies. The matter remained under investigation this week.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 7
· An unsuccessful attempt was made to remove the radio from a 1996 Audi which was parked in the south side lot of the Fanwood train station.
Woodside Chapel Invites Community To Sunday Services
FANWOOD — Woodside Chapel, located at 5 Morse Avenue in Fanwood, has invited all members of the community to attend its weekly Family Bible Hour and Sunday School at 11 a. m. and Sunday evening service at 6 p. m.
This Sunday, February 13, the featured speaker at 11 a. m. will be John Schetelich. During the 6 p. m. service, congregates will continue studying the series “Truth Matters.” The series will run through February 27.
A nursery is provided at both meetings. For further information, please call Gene Graber at (908) 8895462 or Dave Brooks at (908) 7890796.
Florist Manager is Speaker At Woman’s Club Meeting GUEST SPEAKER WELCOMED… Edith Czeropski, Program Chairwoman,
left, and Hostess Chairwoman Ida Church welcome Richard Blauvelt, Manager of the Berkeley Florist and Garden Center in Berkeley Heights, who was a guest speaker at the January meeting of the Scotch Plains Woman’s Club.
SCOTCH PLAINS — The Scotch Plains Woman’s Club, a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, held its monthly meeting on January 12,
at the Scotch Hills Country Club. Marianne Muoio, President, presided at the event. Hostesses for the luncheon included Ida Church (Chairwoman), Judy Marks, Jane Ellis, Shirley Ballantyne and Carole Ortlepp.
Edith Czeropski, Program Chairwoman, introduced Richard Blauvelt, Manager of the Berkeley Florist and Garden Center in Berkeley Heights, who demonstrated flower arranging.
Mr. Blauvelt has been in the floral business for 25 years. In the past, he helped decorate the White House for Christmas and was involved with flower arrangements for the Rose Bowl Parade.
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