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Second Phase of Canadian Goose Control Completed At Mindowaskin Park With Plants, Fencing Added
By BRIAN JOHNSON
Specially Written for The Westfield Leader
The second phase of an effort to reduce the population of Canadian migratory geese at Mindowaskin Park has been completed.
Community and Westfield town employees joined together April 15 to complete work of a plan that began last October.
The project consisted of planting shrubbery, which officials hope will help deter the geese, erecting fences and posting signs warning of the new town ordinance fining people up to $200 for feeding the geese.
Also included in the project was landscaping with mulch and woodchips and bordering the shoreline with rocks.
Acting Somerset/ Union County Urban Conservation Action Partnership President and Westfield Town Engineer Kenneth B. Marsh was granted $12,000 in renovation funds for the Westfield park from the state because it qualified as an “eligible project.” The funds covered some of the expenses for both the work in the fall and the one this spring at the town park.
Assisting in the project were Friends of Mindowaskin, who also received donated funds and various goods from local businesses for the project as well as manpower, the Department of Environmental Protection, who helped pay for materials, and the Department of Public Works, who offered equipment and manpower.
The project also was completed with the guidance of Landscape Architect
Randy Brockway, volunteers and other local groups such as Somerset/ Union Master Gardeners of Union County, The Rake and Hoe Club, The Garden Club of Westfield and the Key Club.
The geese have made Mindowaskin Park a permanent home in the last 510 years, according to town officials. Previously, the geese just came from Canada to winter in Westfield.
Mr. Marsh said the town’s municipal building property was completely desecrated before the planting. He noted the geese especially liked short, newly cut grass.
Nancy Priest of Friends of Mindowaskin said “the object of planting the abundance of shrubbery along with fencing by the water’s edge, deters the geese from habitating the area due to the fear of possible hidden predators. The fences will be removed by the shoreline as soon as the plants are established.”
Fences have only been put up on the side facing the Municipal Building and still must be erected on the portion closest to the Presbyterian Church in Westfield. A fence also is to be erected on the small center island where the geese often nest.
According to Mrs. Priest, the planting plan has been successful to date. Mrs. Priest noted there have been fewer geese in the park since its completion.
She said she has noticed about 4050 total so far this year, compared to hundreds previously.
Established in 1918 by towns people, Mindowaskin Park underwent
a renovation in 1989. Next on the agenda at the park will be the renovation of the overlook to its original design in the 1930’s of granite, according to town officials.
The Friends of Mindowaskin are in the process of raising funds for the park’s overlook. The town has bud geted $177,000 of the $222,000 total
cost, which includes the complete reconstruction of the foundation and the spillway of the overlook. The Friends of Mindowaskin have to raise the $45,000 for the facade portion, which will include the balustrades, railings, piers, lighting and urns.
Four Mondays In June: Community 2000
Civility and Community Participation Tackled at First Community Forum By MELISSA BETKOWSKI
Specially Written for The Westfield Leader
A group of more than 30 Westfield residents gathered in the Council Chamber of the Municipal Building Monday for the first of four community discussions entitled “Four Mondays in June Community 2000” aimed at dissecting current issues that affect the entire town.
The topic for Monday’s discussion was “The Erosion of Civility and Community Participation.”
In a lengthy welcome by Westfield Mayor Thomas C. Jardim, he posed the question “What kind of community do we want to be (in the new millennium)?” He said that the goal of these discussions is to look at ways of strengthening Westfield’s community.
The discussion was moderated by Dr. Lois Richardson of Kean University, home of the Gateway Institute for Regional Development, which also sponsored the discussion series.
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discussion, moderated by Dr. Richardson. On the panel were: Cliff Auchter, Westfield Police Department; William Doyle, Lions Club of Westfield; Reid Edles, Westfield Rescue Squad; James Gruba, Town Councilman; James Hely, former
Town Councilman; Gregory McDermott, Town Councilman; Sara Strohecker, BRAKES (Bikers, Runners And Kids are Entitled to Safety), and Darielle Walsh, Westfield Board of Education President.
The second part of the evening allowed for members of the audience to pose questions to the panel.
Discussions centered on the lack of civility and how it affects the community of Westfield and the challenge in getting participation and volunteer from local residents.
Getting the evening rolling, Dr. Richardson posed the questions “What ever happened to community? To civility?”
Mr. McDermott attributed the lack of civility to a lack of time, saying that people are often in a hurry and need to prioritize what’s important
to themselves. Mr. McDermott also said that it’s important to let volunteers get involved slowly, instead of jumping in immediately.
“Time is our biggest enemy,” Mr. Gruba said. He continued that there is no opportunity for civility until people slow down and think about others instead of only thinking of themselves.
Former Town Councilman Mr. Hely noted that he feels that the tolerance for uncivilized behavior has decreased in the latter part of the 20th century.
But, Mr. Doyle of the Lions Club of Westfield said that the lack of courtesy displayed today can be attributed to the athome training of youth.
Mr. Auchter of the Westfield Police Department said that kids “see what Mom and Dad do, that’s what they’re going to do.” Mr. Auchter also cited other outside influences, such as the media, as having an affect on youth.
Mr. Auchter noted that society has become a “me society” where people often wonder “What’s in it for me, not the community.”
Mr. Doyle added that often an individual who has volunteered has
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Lynn Kolibaba for The Westfield Leader SAVORING VICTORY… Former Fanwood Mayor and Democratic candidate for Congress Maryanne S. Connelly enjoys the sweet taste of victory after receiving the nod from voters in Tuesday’s Primary over fellow Democratic nominees Jeff Golkin, Michael Lapolla and Joel Farley.
Cheri Rogowsky for The Westfield Leader TALLYING VOTES… Theresa Mondella, campaign staff member for Kean for Congress kept a close eye as votes came in Tuesday night. Tom Kean, Jr. was defeated in the Primary by Mike Ferguson for the Republican nomination.
Ingrid McKinley for The Westfield Leader RIDDING MINDOWASKIN OF THE GEESE... The completion of the second phase of an effort to reduce the population of Canadian migratory geese at Mindowaskin Park has taken place.
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CHALLENGER MICHAEL LAPOLLA ASKS FOR RECOUNT OF VOTES
Maryanne Connelly Is Apparent Winner
In Dems’ Primary By SUSAN M. DYCKMAN and
Specially Written for The Westfield Leader
Former Fanwood Mayor Maryanne S. Connelly emerged victorious Tuesday in the contentious Democratic Primary race for the Seventh District seat being vacated by Congressman Bob Franks.
Results showed Mrs. Connelly besting Union County Manager Michael J. Lapolla by less than one percentage point.
With 100 percent of the precincts responding, it was reported that Mrs. Connelly earned 14,590 votes to Mr. Lapolla’s 14,422. The Seventh District includes portions of Essex, Middlesex, Somerset and Union Counties.
Fellow Democratic contenders Jeff Golkin, a Warren Township Committeeman, and civil rights activist Joel Farley placed a distant third and fourth, respectively.
Despite Mr. Lapolla’s strong showing in Union County and a visibly tight race, optimism prevailed at Connelly for Congress headquarters in the Colonial Square Mall in Green Brook.
The mix of people there reflected a broad base of support that included senior citizens and young people, as well as an array of ethnic and social groups.
Supporters held firm to their hopes for a Connelly victory despite predictions from CBS News, Comcast Channel 8 and News 12 New Jersey that Mr. Lapolla would be the likely winner of the close contest.
People lingered at the Connelly camp late into the night. One of the
candidate’s backers telephoned her husband to say, “I’m not coming home. It’s too close. Let the dog out for me.”
In Mountainside, Mr. Lapolla’s supporters gathered enthusiastically at L’Affaire on Route 22 for an anticipated victory celebration. Shortly before 10 p. m., Press Secretary Sarah Dowling expressed confidence that, “we brought our vote out,” despite the dreary Primary Day weather.
However, the party mood slowly dimmed as word filtered through the crowd that the former First Assistant
Prosecutor might not have done well enough in Union County to offset Mrs. Connelly’s strong showing in Somerset County.
At about 11 p. m., a pensive Alexander Mirabella, Union County Freeholder, remarked “It’s close,” after a visit to a back room where election results were coming in from various towns.
At about the same time, Westfield Democrat Joseph A. Ascione indicated there was concern in that same back room that Mr. Lapolla had, in fact, lost Somerset County.
Shortly after midnight, a wornlooking Mr. Lapolla was met at L’Affaire by applause from the decentsized, though by then some
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Ferguson Tops Kean to Win GOP Congressional Primary By PAUL J. PEYTON, SUZETTE STALKER AND BRIAN JOHNSON
Specially Written for The Westfield Leader
One of the most hotly contested Republican Congressional races among the nation’s primaries came to a close Tuesday night, with conservative Michael Ferguson of Warren capturing the GOP nod for the open Seventh District.
Mr. Ferguson won a fourman competition for the Congressional seat, which incumbent Bob Franks vacated to run for the United States Senate this year.
Congressman Franks garnered a victory of his own Tuesday, narrowly defeating State Senator Bill Gormley to win his party’s nomination.
Mr. Ferguson, whose hometown is located in Somerset County, earned 41 percent of the vote and a 3,400vote margin of victory. The Seventh includes 34 towns stretched across Union, Essex, Somerset and Middlesex Counties.
Mr. Ferguson, 29, a college professor of political science and American history, won decisive victories in Somerset and Middlesex Counties where he ran on the Republican organizational lines.
According to unofficial results with 100 percent of the districts reporting, Mr. Ferguson garnered 10,520 tallies, or 40.9 percent of the vote, followed by Tom Kean, Jr. of Westfield, the son of former Governor Thomas H. Kean and an exCongressional aide, who picked up 7,125 votes, or 27.7 percent of the vote.
Assemblyman Joel Weingarten of Millburn (R21st), at 5,862 votes, or 22.8 percent of the vote, took third place, followed by Patrick Morrisey of Westfield, a former House Commerce Committee counsel, who garnered 2,214 tallies, or 8.6 percent of the vote.
According to unofficial results in Somerset County, Mr. Ferguson had a total of 4,354 votes; Mr. Kean, 1,665; Mr. Weingarten, 1,146, and Mr. Morrisey, 559.
Unofficial results in Union County, which do not include absentee ballots that were still being counted at presstime, show that Mr. Ferguson received 4,229; Mr. Kean, 4,495; Mr. Weingarten, 3,184, and Mr. Morrisey, 1,282.
In Essex County, unofficial results show Mr. Ferguson received 222
votes; Mr. Kean, 504; Mr. Weingarten, 943, and Mr. Morrisey, 46.
In Middlesex County, unofficial results show that Mr. Ferguson received 1,738 votes; Mr. Kean, 476; Mr. Weingarten, 599, and Mr. Morrisey, 333.
The four candidates battled for months in their quest to win the GOP Seventh District nomination to represent the party on the November General Election ballot.
The seat, long held by Republicans, became open last year when Mr. Franks opted to run for the United States Senate seat being vacated by Frank Lautenberg, who is retiring. The seat is considered a tossup this fall.
Shortly after 11 p. m., Mr. Ferguson entered the ballroom at his election night headquarters at The Willows, a
restaurant in Green Brook, to thunderous applause from enthusiastic supporters.
“I did take a call from the Kean campaign,” Mr. Ferguson said. “Thomas conceded; he’s a gentleman, he ran a good campaign. I’m also appreciative to Joel Weingarten and Pat Morrisey. They were worthy opponents, they ran good campaigns. But I tell you, tonight is our night and we did it, we did it!”
The candidate, who was defeated in a race against Democratic incumbent Congressman Frank Pallone in the Sixth District in the 1998 General Election, noted that his greatgrandparents emigrated to the United States from Ireland and Italy.
Issues he will raise in the fall campaign are the return of more federal dollars to New Jersey’s classrooms; tougher handgun safety measures,
Mike Ferguson 10,520 Tom Kean, Jr. 7,125 Joel M. Weingarten 5,862 Patrick Morrisey 2,214
100 percent reporting (unofficial results)
Maryanne Connelly 14,590 Mike Lapolla 14,422 Jeffrey Golkin 2,663 Joel Farley 561
100 percent reporting (unofficial results)
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had a need and wants to give back to those who helped meet that need.
“The volunteers are there, you just have to find them,” said Mr. Edles, vice president of the Westfield Rescue Squad.
Mr. Hely said that in his time on the Town Council people would make unreasonable demands of the council, and the council had to be able to say that it was unreasonable. Mr. Gruba responded by citing times when members of the council have been threatened, calling this “the height of uncivility.”
About the issue of participation and volunteerism, Darielle Walsh, president of the Westfield Board of Education said that in Westfield people place a high value on their children and on their children’s education, however, she said that the Board of Education’s meetings are not well attended.
Mr. Edles added that most people in Westfield don’t realize that the Rescue Squad is a volunteer organization and that people are there because they want to be there. He called the members dedicated and said that they are “in the business of saving lives.”
Dr. Richardson asked a final question of “What can be done to improve civility?”
“Just be nice,” Mr. Gruba said. “Use phrases like please and thank you.”
Mrs. Strohecker, founder of BRAKES, echoed Mr. Gruba, saying, “you are what you do.”
“Little things mean a lot,” Mrs. Walsh said. “Little thoughtful gestures, things like common courtesy. It comes down to respecting people, focusing on issues and not individuals’ ideas.”
“Treat others as you would want to be treated,” Mr. McDermott concluded.
Mr. Edles took the words of former U. S. President John F. Kennedy and reworded them, saying “ask not what your community can do for you, but what you can do for your community.”
Following a break, questions were taken from the audience.
Joe Stoner posed a question about civility during elections. Mr. Hely responded, citing the fact that even
during the primary much of the campaign literature that exists is vicious.
Mr. Gruba added that he is “chagrined with the apparent success of negative campaigns.”
Resident Paula Long observed “the key is involving our youth in the community as much as possible.” Mrs. Long posed a question about requiring community service as part of the Westfield schools’ curriculum.
Mrs. Walsh responded by noting that the idea of requiring community service as a part of the curriculum had been addressed a few years ago, but it was turned down because it would be “imposing others’ values onto the children.”
Attempting to spark more discussion on the issue of civility, Jeffrey Schundler asked the simple question of “Why? Why should we be civil?”
Mrs. Strohecker said “we are civil because it makes us civilized.”
Mr. Auchter responded by saying “we need it to function every day.”
The final question of the evening was asked by Pamela Orbach who asked about civic obligation, such as the responsibility of shoveling sidewalks, and the issue of safety of children walking to school.
Mrs. Strohecker responded by saying that parents could, instead of driving, walk their children to school.
The next meeting in this series will take place on Monday, June 12 at 7 p. m. in the Council Chamber.
The topic will be “Responding as a Community to Citizens in Need.”
Mayor Jardim thanked the Westfield Foundation whose generosity helped fund “Four Mondays in June.”
Dr. Gerald Glasser, the incoming president of the Westfield Foundation explained that the Foundation is a trust fund for Westfield and its residents and the Foundation distributes the returns from that trust fund to improve the quality of life in Westfield. Dr. Glasser noted that the Foundation hopes to distribute roughly $1 million over the next three years.
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A plaque will be installed with the names of those donating more than $500 towards the project. Donations of $100 and above will go toward a brick inscribed with the name of the donor around the overlook walkway.
Since construction will start soon on the overlook, no plantings were done in that area, leaving a temporary possible entrance to the water by the geese.
According to the Canada Goose Damage Management Resource Guide, which is being made available from Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County, Canada geese are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. This new publication provides guidance for groups and municipalities on managing problem Canada geese.
However, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service has authority to issue permits to handle nests and eggs, shoot geese to reinforce harassment, and to capture geese because the State of New Jersey is experiencing major increases in the state’s resident Canada geese population.
Concentrated goose populations impact agricultural production, recreation areas, golf courses, municipal and office parks, schools, and residences.
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Connelly Is Apparent Victor In Democratic Primary
WESTFIELD POLICE BLOTTER TUESDAY, MAY 30
· An incident of mail theft was reported by an individual who said the contents of an envelope was removed at his North Avenue, West business address.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 31
· A wooden bench near the ballfield at Franklin Elementary School and a telephone wire connected to a temporary classroom there were reported damaged. The school is located on Prospect Street.
· A Quimby Street store reported the theft of a bank bag containing an undetermined amount of currency from the area near the cash register. Authorities said two unidentified, Hispanic males, both of medium height, are suspected in
THURSDAY, JUNE 1
·A Piscataway resident reported that about $80 in cash was stolen from her vehicle while it was parked at an Elm Street supermarket.
FRIDAY, JUNE 2
·A Hazel Avenue resident reported the theft of a computer valued at approximately $3,000 from her residence.
·A Madison Avenue resident reported the theft of a cellular telephone, valued at $120, from a vehicle in the rear area of the Fire House on North Avenue.
·A Tremont Avenue resident reported that her fence was damaged.
MONDAY, JUNE 5
· An Elizabeth resident reported that her automobile was damaged outside a local care facility.
Ingrid McKinley for The Westfield Leader A FORUM FOR THE COMMUNITY… Over 30 Westfield residents gathered in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building Monday for the first of four community discussions entitled “Four Mondays in June Community 2000.” The topic for Monday’s discussion was “The Erosion of Civility and Community Participation.”
Courtesy of Brandon Beall
HONORING THOSE WHO SERVED… Courtney Beall, 9, stands before the Monument to Veterans of World War I which honors men, like her grandfather, Colonel Michael H. Beall of Poolville, Tex., who served their country. The photograph was taken by Brandon Beall, 13.
Ingrid McKinley for The Westfield Leader PICTURE PERFECT… Westfield resident Linda Kolar spends an afternoon rendering the image of a home on Mountain Avenue in Westfield onto a canvas. Ms. Kolar, a local artist, recently held an art show of her works at the Watchung Arts Center in Watchung. She concentrates on painting scenes in Westfield that are familiar to residents.
what deflated crowd. Looking scornfully at the News 12 New Jersey cameraman, the candidate said only, “It’s too close to call. We’ve asked to have the machines impounded tomorrow morning.... We may be back.”
Further west on Route 22, however, Mrs. Connelly delivered her victory speech at 12: 45 a. m.
“Guess what?” she declared. “The votes are in, and we won. Notice I said ‘we’.... There are so many people that I want to thank, in particular every single person who is here tonight who was there for me when other people turned their backs. You were here. You fought
the fight.” “It’s time now to move forward. We have so much to do. This is really an important race and this is a critical election for all of us and for every single person in this district. We need to win the House of Representatives.”
To a cheering crowd, she reiterated her commitment to shoring up social security, expanding the Medicare program and enacting a patient’s bill of rights.
Mrs. Connelly also called for “common sense gun legislation” that includes licensing, registration and mandatory trigger locks to protect children.
Skip Drum, a longstanding member of the National Organization for Women (NOW), is Program Development Specialist for the Division of AIDS Prevention and Control at the New Jersey Department of Health.
She, like many others, felt strongly that Mrs. Connelly’s impressive showing in her 1998 race against Congressman Franks should have made her a “shooin for her party’s endorsement” this time around.
“She had a larger base (than Lapolla) of strong supporters who would turn out to vote, rain or shine,” stated Larry Lerner of Lerner David Littenberg Krumholz & Mentlik, LLP. Mr. Lerner ran an unsuccessful congressional campaign in 1996 and supported Mrs. Connelly in her bid against Mr. Franks two years ago.
With Mr. Franks’ departure from the House, Democrats are eager to seize what they see as an excellent opportunity to break the Republicans’ 30year stronghold on that Congressional seat.
“I researched the Democratic candidates,” said Dianne Davis, a Plainfield resident, retired teacher and vicepresident exofficio of the Newark Teachers Union, Local No. 481. “Maryanne was the best choice. She is peopleoriented. As a congresswoman, she will be visible to the people.
“Other candidates would not be, especially to us in Plainfield,” she added.
In the Tuesday, November 7 General Election, Mrs. Connelly will square off against Republican candidate Michael Ferguson, a community college professor and former GOP Congressional nominee from the Sixth District.
Her supporters are looking forward to the fight.
DWC Earns Certification With Main Street Program
WESTFIELD — The Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC) has joined 412 other Main Street revitalized programs in being designated as certified nation Main Street communities.
Standards for the program are set by Main Street New Jersey and the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Main Street Center in Washington D. C.
The program annually evaluates downtown revitalization programs based on strict criteria such as: broadbased public support, historic preservation ethic, active board of directors, adequate funding, a paid professional manager and reporting of economic progress by providing sta tistical information.
The program’s performance was evaluated by Main Street New Jersey, which is the statewide coordinating organization for Main Street programs in New Jersey.
“The certification for the Downtown Westfield Corporation reflects a wellrun revitalization initiative, and the citizens of Westfield should be proud of their efforts, and maintain their commitment to revitalizing the downtown area,” said Kennedy Smith, Director of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Main Street Center.
The DWC is the management entity for the Westfield special improvement district.
including trigger locks; strengthening and preserving Social Security and Medicare; election reform, including limiting the influence of special interests groups in Washington, and reforming the federal tax code along with reducing the tax burden on families.
“We need to give our government back to the people. And as a member of Congress, that’s what I plan on fighting to do,” said Mr. Ferguson, a Delbarton School graduate and former teacher in the Bronx.
“More than 100 years ago, my greatgrandparents came to this country from Ireland and Italy. They were seeking a better life. They didn’t really believe that the streets here were paved with gold; rather they knew that the streets here were filled with opportunity.
“That America was a place where everyone had a chance to succeed. That if they worked hard and made sacrifices, they believed that America was a place where dreams could come true,” he told supporters.
He said his grandfather, who had operated a Manville bakery, “taught me and our family the important values that we continue to hold dear. Values like character and integrity and responsibility. Values that we desperately need more of in our government today.”
Mr. Ferguson said his grandfather helped him realize that “the American dream is a principle worth fighting for, and that’s what this campaign for Congress is about.”
Reflecting on his victory, Mr. Ferguson noted that he won Union Township, Berkeley Heights, New Providence and Garwood, while running a close second in Fanwood. He also ran second in Westfield and Scotch Plains to Mr. Kean, with tallies of 787494 and 512382, respectively.
In Union, which is in Mr. Weingarten’s legislative district, Mr. Ferguson posted a surprising victory of 419395 over Mr. Kean. Mr. Weingarten trailed with 360.
“We knew we did not have to win a lot of these towns because we had huge margins coming out of Middlesex and Somerset (counties),” Mr. Ferguson reasoned. In Somerset County, Mr. Ferguson had decisive wins over Mr. Kean, including Bridgewater, 477200; Hillsboro, 705278, and Watchung, 330118.
Meanwhile, at Kean Headquarters at the ItalianAmerican Club in Scotch Plains, the clearly dejected candidate greeted and thanked supporters and campaign volunteers.
He said the “hotly contested” Primary “has made our party stronger and we are in better shape for the fall election.”
“I am proud of the campaign we waged. I am proud that we ran a positive campaign. I am proud that we ran a race that was based on issues, not on personalities, and talked about what we were for, not what we were against,” he said.
He vowed to remain active in the Republican party both locally and
in New Jersey. “I’m a Union County resident. I’m a Union County honoree. Nothing is going to change that. And I look forward to building the party,” he said.
Mr. Weingarten, who set up his headquarters at the Holiday Inn on Route 22, West, in Springfield, delivered his concession speech before a group of supporters shortly after 11 p. m.. He thanked all for the “time, money and commitment” they had invested in his campaign.
“The loss is not in whether you procure the victory; the loss is if you refuse to fight for what you believe in,” he said, noting that he and his supporters had “stood shoulder to shoulder to do what is good for this state and for the people of this state.”
Looking ahead even in the wake of his defeat, Mr. Weingarten remarked, “This is an evening when we may be bowed, but not broken, and we certainly shall be back.”
A former Millburn Township Committeeman, Mr. Weingarten won a third term in the state legislature last November.
Mr. Weingarten won Mountainside, 175166, over Mr. Kean with Mr. Ferguson finishing just four tallies back. Mr. Weingarten also won in Roselle Park, 146110, over Mr. Ferguson with Mr. Kean just a tally back of that.
Mr. Morrisey, who lives and operated a campaign office in Westfield, beat out Mr. Weingarten for third place in the town, 351227.
“I’m very proud of our campaign and what we accomplished. We raised some very important issues that are not traditionally discussed in a Republican primary: health care reform, the need for a comprehensive overhaul of the Medicare system and preserving Social Security for this and future generations,” he stated.
“We ran a campaign with honor and integrity, and hopefully, helped reduce some of the cynicism that lowers participation in the political process. We may not have earned the most votes, but our issue agenda carried the day,” Mr. Morrisey told supporters at the Steak & Ale in Mountainside.
Shavuot Dates Announced; Hebrew School Open House
WESTFIELD — The Union County Torah Center, located at 418 Central Avenue in Westfield, will present a special reading of the Ten Commandments tomorrow, Friday, June 9, the first day of Shavuot.
The program will be held at 6 p. m., followed by an ice cream party for children and a dairy Kiddush. Everyone is welcome and there is no charge.
Shavuot, the twoday festival commemorating the giving of the Ten Commandments and the Torah on Mount Sinai, will commence today, Thursday, June 8, and continue through Friday and Saturday.
The center will also host an open house for its “Talmud Torah” — Hebrew School on Sunday, June 11, from 10: 30 to 11: 30 a. m.
The school offers a complete Hebrew School curriculum for children of all backgrounds from kindergarten through Bar/ Bat Mitzvah. Classes are held once a week on Sunday, from 10 a. m. to noon.
For more information on either the Shavuot celebration or the Hebrew School program, please call the Torah Center at (908) 7895252.
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