OUR 110th YEAR – ISSUE NO. 45110 FIFTY CENTS (908) 2324407 Thursday, July 13, 2000 USPS 680020 Periodical – Postage Paid at Westfield, N. J. Published Every Thursday
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Town Council Introduces Pension Plan For Westfield Rescue Squad’s Volunteers By PAUL J. PEYTON
Specially Written for The Westfield Leader
The Town Council took action as expected on July 5 to start a pension system for volunteers of the Westfield Rescue Squad.
Based on an eligible membership of 80, the program would cost the town $92,000 annually. The program would provide fixed annual contributions to a deferred income account.
The council needs to take final action by the end of August in order to have a referendum before voters in time for the General Election ballot in November. All Length of Service Awards, commonly referred to by the acronym LOSAP, must be passed by voters to become law.
The ordinance creating the program is expected to be amended when it comes up for a second reading next month. Third Ward Councilman Neil F. Sullivan, Jr. said he had several items which need to be corrected before the ordinance is adopted.
Rescue Squad leaders came before the council on June 27 to formally make a request for a LOSAP. The request was an effort to not only attract new volunteers, but retain longtime squad members as well.
The deferred compensation plan, which would be funded as a line item in the municipal budget, would offer squad members the maximum $1,150 annual benefit if they attain 90 percent attendance during the required monthly duty period. Members would have to be state certified Emergency Medical Technicians for a year to be eligible for the LOSAP.
The ordinance, as drafted, would decrease in benefits as an EMT’s level of attendance drops off. Anyone with 74 percent attendance of their duty assignment would receive
20 percent of the benefit, or $230, for the year.
“The state suggested a points system to be used for LOSAP. Our squad, being an inhouse or resident squad, has designed a plan based on pulling required duty periods. This was done because we do not respond to calls from home via beepers or pagers.
“We pull our assigned weekly duty periods from our rescue squad headquarters, not from home. This allows us to respond to calls immediately,” Squad Vice President Reid S. Edles said in a letter to Mayor Thomas C. Jardim dated February 13.
Second Ward Councilman James J. Gruba, Chairman of the council’s Finance Committee, said the program seems to be “certainly appropriate” for squad members, given the “great service” the rescue squad provides to Westfielders.
Mr. Sullivan, calling the pension plan “a pretty significant piece of legislation,” called on the governing body to take the time and “put the earnest (effort) and heart into it (the ordinance)” to ensure it is done correctly.
He questioned the fact that the draft ordinance does not distinguish between the years of service of a volunteer when it comes to calculating the LOSAP benefit.
“The present value would be $92,000 a year as the intended cost. So we are talking about a benefit in excess of a million dollars over the next 12 to 13 years,” he stated.
Upon a request for a copy of the ordinance, Town Clerk Bernard H. Heeney told The Westfield Leader
that Town Attorney William S. Jeremiah, 2nd was making amendments to the ordinance and therefore was not releasing a copy of the ordinance that was introduced last week.
The Leader, however, was able to garner a copy from another source.
The squad’s proposal included a chart that would reduce the required duty period attendance needed to be eligible for the full pension benefit as a volunteer’s years on the squad increase.
For instance, a volunteer with 45 years of service would be eligible for
the full benefit if they attain 45 percent of their assigned duty period. Mayor Jardim also said squad leaders had discussed with him an incremental approach in terms of how the benefits would be allocated for eligible members.
Holy Symbols On Town Land
Remains Issue By FRED ROSSI
Specially Written for The Westfield Leader
Even though the winter holiday season is several long months away, the dispute in Westfield over the display of religious symbols on town property is continuing and intensifying.
Late last year, questions were raised about the propriety of displaying a donated menorah on townowned property at the north side railroad station, in the wake of an earlier decision by Mayor Thomas C. Jardim and the Town Council to deemphasize the religious aspects of the scalemodel Presbyterian Church that is erected annually on the island in Mindowaskin Park’s lake.
And, recently, Surrey Lane resident Thomas Madaras wrote a letter to the Mayor and council, informing them that some members of the community are interested in contributing toward the purchase of a nativity scene that they would like to see placed next to the menorah. Calls to Mr. Madaras by The Westfield Leader
were not returned. According to East Dudley Street resident Keith Hertell, who first raised the issue in an open letter to the Town Council last December, Mr. Madaras’ communication, and the further political complexities it brings forth, might have been unnecessary if the Mayor and council had settled earlier on some type of policy regarding religious displays.
“Let’s put in place a process or a policy,” Mr. Hertell told The Leader, “that says ‘let’s include all symbols’ or ‘let’s exclude all symbols, ’ and if we do include all of them, where do we then put them?”
He said it was important to “have something in place that everyone understands and that applies to everyone.”
The genesis of the dispute, which, he emphasized, is not a religious one, but rather one dealing with fairness for all, goes back to Mr. Jardim’s first election to the Mayor’s office in 1996.
Mr. Hertell said the Mayor was “offended” by the church display at Mindowaskin Park. Shortly thereafter, the Mayor and council agreed that there would not be an exhibition of any religious or cultural symbols on town property; instead of removing the miniature church, a cross was taken off the display.
Mr. Hertell, who served on the Westfield Board of Education from 1995 to 1998, said the menorah that was on display at the North Avenue side of the Westfield train station last December was donated by a local rabbi.
The Mayor, according to Mr. Hertell, “without consulting the council, went to the Public Works Department and told them to put it up” on the townowned tract of land at the bottom of Elm Street.
This action was “a direct violation of the spirit of the agreement between Tom Jardim and the council,” Mr. Hertell stated, “and has caused angst amongst certain groups in town.”
Among the issues Mr. Hertell would like to see addressed are how the town deals with donated gifts, whether there should be size limitations on religious displays on town property and where the town should display them. “Should they all be in one central location or scattered around town?” he asked.
And the town’s leaders, in their formulation of any policies in this regard, also need to include religions and cultures beyond Christianity and Judaism, Mr. Hertell added, pointing to the Ramadan and Kwanzaa observances.
Erecting the menorah last year “sets a dubious and dangerous precedent,” he told The Leader,
again saying that the dispute “is not about religion, but about a process that should be in place” to avoid such controversies in the future.
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Westfield Recreation Commission Continues to Grapple With How to Handle Deteriorating Playing Fields in Town By DEBORAH MADISON
Specially Written for The Westfield Leader
Grappling with a losing battle over playing field deterioration, the Westfield Recreation Commission pondered how it could best utilize limited resources and personnel to remedy the worsening conditions during its Monday night meeting.
“Without a dedicated field maintenance department to attend to the ongoing needs of the ball fields, the town is throwing money down the drain,” said Melvyn Coren, Recreation Commission member, in regards to the deteriorated conditions at Westfield High School’s varsity soccer field.
Michael Kessler, Board of Education liaison to the Recreation Com mission added: “The Town sank
$32,000 into renovations for that field only five years ago.”
Mr. Kessler reported to the Commission that a letter recently published in The Westfield Leader from a coach who was appalled by the “deplorable” conditions of the field.
The town’s main reasons for not keeping up with field maintenance, Mr. Coren told the commission, is the limited amount of money and manpower.
The Westfield Town Council turned down requests three years in a row from the Recreation Commission to fund a separate parks and fields department, citing too many other budgetary obligations.
Currently, the Town’s Department of Public Works (DPW) is responsible for field maintenance.
According to the Recreation Commission, there are only two to three DPW workers dedicated to field
maintenance for the town’s fields. And, although the Board of Education maintains its own fields, “school budgets are capped and the priorities are educational needs,” added Mr. Kessler.
A possible solution offered by Commission Member Deborah Judd is to pool the resources and funds of both the Recreation Commission and the Board of Education in a shared services type of arrangement and hire outside professional maintenance personnel, if possible.
Recreation Commission Chairman Dr. Seymour Koslowsky said that the cost effectiveness of such a move would need to be examined.
A part of the problem, explained Recreation Commission Member Thomas Cusimano, is that the Board of Education and the Recreation Commission need to improve their communication about how to routinely take fields out of use to reno vate them on a consistent basis.
All of the commission members agreed that both agencies need to consistently communicate better in order to coordinate their activities.
Dr. Koslowsky told The Westfield Leader that considerable strides have been made in communication between the Board of Education and the Recreation Commission, but much more is needed to remedy all of the fields’ problems.
Because of the ongoing field deterioration problems, the Recreation Commission decided to invite Robert Berman from the Board of Education’s Administrative Office and DPW representatives to a meeting to discuss sharing responsibilities, resources and improving communications in all areas.
Town Councilwoman and Recreation Commission member Janis Fried Weinstein told the commission that one thing the commission could
do was to properly service the automatic sprinkler systems in order to insure that all of the fields are properly maintained and to replace manuallyoperated sprinklers with automatic ones where necessary.
In other business, Recreation Director Glen Burrell reported that attendance at the town’s summer sports camps are significantly down from previous years.
He suggested that a committee should establish what the goals and mission of the sports camp are in order to better market the camps to the public.
The recent upsurge in competing camps were thought to be a factor in causing the low attendance.
In a related matter, the Exceptional Center Program, a summer program for developmentally disabled youngsters run by the Recreation Commission each year, reported
Ingrid McKinley for The Westfield Leader FABULOUS FLUTIST… Andrea Brachfeld of South Brunswick, a flutist for the Phoenix Rising Latin Jazz Ensemble, participated in the Sweet Sounds Downtown concert in downtown Westfield on Tuesday evening. The event was sponsored by the promotions committee of the Downtown Westfield Corporation and the Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce. The next concert is slated for next Tuesday evening, July 18, from 7 to 9 p. m. in the downtown.
Ingrid McKinley for The Westfield Leader HARRY POTTER CRAZE… The Town Book Store in Westfield hosted a party last Friday evening for fans of the Harry Potter book series who were awaiting the release of J. K. Rowling’s fourth installment, “Goblet of Fire.” The event was a celebration of the novel’s release to book buyers at midnight on Saturday. Approximately 500 books were presold before the event. The participants dressed as characters of the novel. The party included a trivia contest and prizes for the costumed guests. Pictured, left to right, are: Melanie Johnson, Sam Johnson and Ben Hiller.
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Deck Deliberations Fail to Produce Unified Decision
By LYNN KOLIBABA
Specially Written for The Westfield Leader
Westfield’s downtown management plan and the proposed construction of a multitier parking deck were the focus of the Town Council meeting on Tuesday.
Mayor Thomas C. Jardim opened the parking discussion by saying “we would like to reach a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ decision tonight on taking the next step.”
But by the end of the fourhour meeting, no single site was agreed upon, three council members walked out and others made it clear that their agreement to review more data was not necessarily a ‘yes’ vote for a parking deck.
By midnight, however, the council had moved forward, perhaps in unexpected ways.
Rick Rich of Rich and Associates, Inc., the Michiganbased parking consultant hired by the council, was present to answer questions put forth by the council two weeks ago when
build alternatives for a parking deck were narrowed to three.
These are 1) Lot 1 Extended. This site runs parallel to Prospect Street and incorporates a portion of Trader Joe’s parking lot. Development would require an agreement of some sort with the property owner, leaser and subleaser. 2) Lot 1 and Lot 8 Combination. This site runs through the block and along portions of both Prospect and Elm Streets and 3) Lot 5. This site is located behind the Rialto Theater and Central Avenue stores including, Starbuck’s Coffee and Banana Republic.
(Lot 3A, the largest of the structures originally proposed by Rich and Associates on the southside was dropped from the council’s discussion two weeks ago.)
This past Tuesday, Second Ward Councilman James J. Gruba and First Ward Councilman Carl A. Salisbury strongly voiced their opinions that Lot 3A was the best choice. They had no further comments on the other alternatives presented and left the meeting before the final council agreement to continue to collect and review more data on the three parking alternatives.
Concerns voiced by other council members included cost, traffic and impact on pedestrian’s walkways, and not using Westfield tax dollars to subsidize parking for outoftown commuters.
First Ward Councilman Greg S. McDermott and Third Ward Councilman Neil F. Sullivan brought up issues of first utilizing existing resources to their fullest. These in
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gradually phasing in the pension until a volunteer has been a member for five years.
In other business, the council approved a bond ordinance to finance the purchase of police equipment, including a Reverse 911 system.
The system gives law enforcement agencies the technology to quickly contact residents by an automated telephone system in a very specific geographic area and communicate information.
Second Ward Councilman Matthew P. Albano noted that if the town had the system last September, “it would have been a great way to notify the residents” about the water emergency resulting from Tropical Storm Floyd.
He said the system will help ensure that residents are properly notified in the wake of future emergencies.
Town Administrator Thomas P. Shannon said the ordinance appropriates $20,000 to purchase the system, an item which was included in this year’s municipal budget.
On another matter, the council approved a $9,000 contract with the International Association of Chiefs of Police to facilitate the selection process for the town’s next police chief. The cost covers a detailed evaluation of two candidates for chief.
Chief Anthony J. Scutti, who will reach the state’s mandatory age of 65 for retirement as chief in March 2001, could leave as of Tuesday, August 1, based on his accrued vacation and other benefits.
Mr. Shannon said he hopes to recLocal
Community Forum Followup Being Discussed
Four Mondays In June: Community 2000
By SUSAN M. DYCKMAN
Specially Written for The Westfield Leader
Westfield Mayor Thomas C. Jardim would like to perpetuate the momentum generated by recent roundtable discussions that focused on issues such as: The Erosion of Civility and Community participation; Responding as a Community to Citizens in Need; Raising Children of Tolerance, Values and Purpose; and The Need for Spiritual Fulfillment.
At the fourth and final roundtable on June 26, Mayor Jardim stated, “We’ve gotten a lot of feedback on the program. The question is ‘Where do we go from here? ’”
He indicated the original Planning Committee would reconvene to write up the results of the four discussions that were held.
“They would come up with some strategies, goals and objectives to put a lot of these things into action,” he said. “Stay tuned for that. It’s an idea that continues to evolve, a discussion that continues to evolve.”
Mr. Jardim has also heard from other towns that are interested in
doing similar programs with The Gateway Institute of Kean University in their own towns.
During the course of the fourweek program, there was a noticeable decline in attendance. Numbers peaked at 35 attendees for the first roundtable – “The Erosion of Civility and Community Participation”
— but dropped to about one dozen attendees by the fourth Monday, which focused on spiritual fulfillment. Each roundtable was broadcast live on TV 36.
In a followup call, The Westfield Leader and The Times of Scotch PlainsFanwood
asked Mr. Jardim how he would go about grabbing the attention of more Westfield residents with respect to these issues.
The mayor said there was “untapped potential” among the leaders of the community. Specifically identifying sports league leaders, Mr. Jardim added, “We have to get to the opinion makers like sports people and church leaders” in an effort to make things happen.
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Council Unveils Pension Plan For Rescue Squad’s Volunteers
Cheri Rogowsky for The Westfield Leader ELVIS HAS NOT LEFT THE BUILDING… Jim Barone of Westfield, known as the “Best Elvis in New Jersey,” performed at the Village Green on July 6 as part of the Scotch Plains Cultural Arts Program for the summer. Mr. Barone kept the audience rockin’ and reelin’ with his tributes to the late Elvis Presley.
WESTFIELD POLICE BLOTTER TUESDAY, JUNE 20
· A Norgate resident reported that someone placed a fireworks device on her porch and lit it, causing it to shower the porch with sparks.
· A South Avenue pharmacy reported that two individuals shoplifted approximately $812 worth of nicotine patches from the store.
The suspects were described as one white male and one black male, both six feet tall and weighing 200 pounds. They fled the scene in a red, 1991 Volkswagen, authorities said.
· The owner of a Cumberland Street property reported the unauthorized cutting of a tree at the site.
· The front passenger side window on a car was broken while the vehicle was parked in a driveway in the 1000 block of Prospect Street.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21
· The showroom window of a business on North Avenue, East, was damaged, apparently by a thrown rock.
· John C. Roane, 40, of Cranford was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated and driving with a revoked license in the 700 block of South Avenue, West. Roane posted $500 cash bail and was released.
· A Carleton Road resident reported that his cellular telephone was stolen while he was at a North Avenue eatery.
THURSDAY, JUNE 22
· It was reported to police that unknown individuals spraypainted the exterior of Washington Elementary School on St. Marks Avenue. An empty, 12pack container of beer was also discovered at the scene, authorities said.
FRIDAY, JUNE 23
· A rock was reported thrown through the front window of a Central Avenue
· Joshua Falcone, 18, and Keith Shaffer, 19, both of Westfield, were arrested and charged with defiant trespass and possession of alcohol while underage at the Westfield Memorial Pool. Both were released on their own recognizance.
· A headlight was reported stolen from a vehicle which was parked on Central Avenue.
SATURDAY, JUNE 24
· A bicycle was reported stolen from a store on South Avenue, East.
· Armando Gonzales, 32, of Westfield was arrested and charged with hindering apprehension for allegedly providing a false name after being stopped for a motor vehicle violation. He was released on a summons.
SUNDAY, JUNE 25
· Mark Gregory, 23, of Westfield was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated following a motor vehicle accident which occurred on South Chestnut Street. He was released on his own recognizance.
· Roger Ferreira, 18, and two 17yearold males, all from Union, were arrested and charged with attempted theft of a moped after being stopped at Lenox Avenue. Ferreira was released on his own recognizance with a summons, while the two juveniles were released to the custody of adults.
MONDAY, JUNE 26
· Car rims and tires were reported stolen from a customer’s vehicle at a Springfield Avenue business.
· A cellular telephone belonging to an employee of a local electrical company and valued at $300 was reported stolen from a Prospect Street residence.
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ommend Chief Scutti’s replacement to the governing body by Labor Day.
The council also passed a resolution to approve contracts with Clark and Scotch Plains for participation in Union County’s Sheriff’s Labor Assistance Program, better known as S. L. A. P. Each town will pay $5,175 for six months for the program.
The program utilizes nonviolent prison inmates for manual labor as determined by the municipalities. The cost covers the assignment of a Sheriff’s Officer to monitor a group of about six inmates.
Another resolution was passed by a 42 tally to award a bid for construction of a restroom and storage facility at Gumbert Park.
The $134,500 cost includes $52,000 from the town, $45,000 through grants and $37,500 from the Westfield Baseball League, which plays its games in the park.
Mr. Sullivan noted the project was previously budgeted for $70,000, half of which came from a Union County Pocket Park grant. This grant money has been incorporated into the revised plans for the project.
Mayor Jardim, noting that he believed the project to be pretty simple in nature when first proposed, called the $134,500 expenditure “unwise” in his judgment.
Recreation Director Glenn S. Burrell said in a memorandum dated May 23 that the $95,000 cost of the project in 1998 has escalated due to plan modifications, including extending a sanitary sewer line, removing and relocating a batting cage and demolition of an existing storage building.
William A. Burke for The Westfield Leader ROAD WORK AND DETOURS… Resurfacing and restriping work on a number of area roads recently has caused temporary detours and big headaches for commuters, shoppers and other motorists. This intersection at Springfield Avenue and East Broad Street in Westfield was among roads closed in the last week by the Union County Division of Engineering. See the site this summer: www. goleader. com!
Blood Drive Is Scheduled For July 16 in Westfield
WESTFIELD – The Blood Center of New Jersey will hold a blood drive this Sunday, July 16, from 10 a. m. to 2 p. m. at the Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad headquarters, located at 335 Watterson
Street. While donors of all blood types are encouraged to participate, Judy Daniels, spokeswoman for the Blood Center, reported that there are severe shortages of types O and B.
As a thank you, all donors who give blood between now and Sunday, September 17 will receive a sports/ water bottle in addition to a complimentary cholesterol screening.
Donors must be 18 years old. Seventeenyearolds may donate with parental permission. There is no upper age limit for donors, provided they meet health requirements.
Donors should know their Social Security number and bring a signed or picture form of identification. People with a fever or sore throat should wait until they are feeling better before donating, and there is a 24hour deferral for teeth cleanings and fillings.
Individuals who have traveled outside of the United States recently are asked to call the Blood Center at (973) 6764933, Extension No. 132 for eligibility criteria.
For more information or to sign up for a blood drive, please call the Blood Center at (800) 6525663, Extension No. 140.
Edward Louie Volunteers For Jersey Cares Program
Miss Dickerson Retires From Day Care Center
WESTFIELD — Capitola Dickerson recently retired from the Westfield Day Care Center after more than 22 years of service.
Miss Dickerson, a Summit resident, taught rhythm, movement, songs and an appreciation of music to thousands of children during her long career with the Westfield Day Care Center. WESTFIELD — Jersey Cares volunteer
and Westfield resident Edward Louie recently volunteered to help revitalize the City of Newark during the Second Annual Jersey Cares Day, which is dedicated to volunteerism and community service.
On May 6, Mr. Louie joined volunteers from across the state and employees from local corporate sponsors in community service projects at Newark’s Branch Brook Park, Weequahic Park and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJ PAC).
Volunteers took part in landscaping, removing debris and pruning trees. They additionally helped paint, clean and landscape the city’s Quitman Street School.
“Our goal is to forge relationships between volunteers, corporations and community members across New Jersey in order to help create better environments to live, work and play,” remarked Kristi Izzo, Executive Director of Jersey Cares.
The event also served as a fundraiser for Jersey Cares. Volunteers were asked
to collect a minimum pledge of $30 to participate and were provided with breakfast, snacks, a Tshirt and admission to a thank you party at NJ PAC that day. All proceeds benefited Jersey Cares.
For more information about volunteer opportunities or corporate sponsorships with Jersey Cares, please call (973) 6444952. clude reallocating commuter and
employee parking spaces, revamping the commuter parking permit system, implementing the jitney service, and working out agreements with local organizations and churches to utilize additional flat service parking.
Both Mr. McDermott and Mr. Sullivan pointed to the tantamount need for the town to implement an effective Parking Management System.
This resulted in an unanimous agreement to move forward on Mr. Sullivan’s “Parking Principles” (see guest column, The Westfield Leader,
May 25: www. goleader. com/ 00may25/ 4. pdf). While many of these principles involve administrative action only, where ordinances are required, the council agreed to meet inside and outside the committee structure in order to finalize decisions quickly.
When Mayor Jardim called for a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ vote on a parking deck, Second Ward Councilman Matthew P. Albano and Fourth Ward Councilwoman Janis Fried Weinstein and Mr. Sullivan stated they were not prepared to answer based on the inadequacy of the data provided to date. Mrs. Weinstein left, in fact,
soon after stating her opinion. “It would be irresponsible to the residents of this town if we do not discuss the financial implications further,” said Mr. Albano.
Fourth Ward Councilman Lawrence A. Goldman voted ‘yes’ with a preference for the Lot 1 and Lot 8 combination. Councilwoman Claire Lazarowitz voted ‘yes’ with an interest in more data on Lot 1 Extended and the Lot 1 and Lot 8 combination. Mr. McDermott was prepared to vote ‘yes’ with a preference for Lot 5, but only if issues of pedestrian and entrance and exit safety are addressed.
At the end of the evening, the council agreed to review the three build alternatives further.
For a meeting in midAugust, Rick Rich and Associates, working with Town Administrator Thomas P. Shannon, will prepare a pro and con comparison of the three potential sites focusing more closely on cost and tax implications and traffic, pedestrian and neighborhood impact.
The July meeting was scheduled as a regular work session for the Town Council. As such, the meeting started out in the administrator’s conference room at the municipal building instead of the court room where open council meetings are held.
The session soon moved to the court room’s larger space due to the large number of citizens who attended.
Mayor Jardim reminded the audience that the public was invited to attend work sessions, but that their participation was reserved for open meetings.
Prior to the parking discussion, three unanimous resolutions were passed.
The council agreed to extend the contract of the town’s recycling vendor until December 31. They also agreed to move forward on the application of Robert Newell, Planning Board member, to an appointment on the town’s Architectural Review Board.
A motion, presented by Mr. Sullivan, to apply for a grant from the New Jersey Department of Cultural Affairs was also passed.
Mr. Sullivan agreed to prepare and submit the application by the Monday, July 17, deadline. The grant would enable the town to study the viability of creating a High Tech Cyber District within Westfield’s borders.
a drastic drop in attendance, with only five children signed up for this summer.
This decrease in attendance was attributed to the Board of Education establishing a similar program this year for the same children.
The Recreation Commission hired a fulltime coordinator for their program and bus transportation, which will only be used by two of the five participants.
Last year, there was considerable public objections when the Recreation Commission talked of scrapping the program. Commission members cited this unfortunate miscalculation as another example of how the Board of Education and the Recreation Commission need to establish better communication channels in order to coordinate their programs and avoid unnecessary duplication of services.
Dr. Koslowsky also reported to the commission that there was a general consensus among commission members and the public to begin renovations to the town’s Brightwood Park, with the installation of three aerators for the pond.
Other renovations will include cleaning up debris and felled trees. The increasing problem of trash falling out of overflowing trash cans at the town’s various parks was also discussed.
According to Mr. Burrell, the DPW was told that trash collection has been contracted out to a private company and that the DPW was told not to empty the overfilled cans or pick up the surrounding trash on the ground, while the company hired to collect the trash is not picking up the trash that falls out of the overfilled cans either.
Ms. Weinstein advised the Recreation Commission to inform the Town Administrator of the ongoing problem.
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