CYAN YELLOW MAGENTA BLACK
Hadassah Meeting to Feature Discussion of Gene Therapy
HONORING A PLEDGE… As fellow parishioners look on during “coffee hour,” Jon Philipp, a member of the Fanwood Presbyterian Church’s Mission through Music Committee, hands a check for $15,000 on behalf of the committee to Howard Miller from the Johnsonburg Presbyterian Conference Center in North Jersey. Joining them, pictured left to right, are: the Reverend Robert Snell, committee member George Zhelesnik, Chairman Bill Newell and committee members Barbara Cox and Jon Gardner. The congregation has pledged at least $20,000 to the center as part of its commitment to local, state, and international missions.
Dr. Robert Harvey Retiring As First Baptist Minister
Deuteronomy 28 : 6, 7 The Gospel
Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out. The Lord shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways.
By MARYLOU MORANO
Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times
WESTFIELD — God’s grace and hard work are the two things the Reverend Dr. Robert Harvey attributes to his success as Senior Minister at the First Baptist Church in Westfield.
On Sunday, March 26, Dr. Harvey will conduct his last service and officially retire from a ministry that has spanned almost 23 years at this parish.
The journey which ultimately brought Dr. Harvey to Westfield in 1978 began in Iowa, where he was orphaned at a young age. During the World War II years, he traveled around the country, living with various family members.
Graduating from Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Ill., Dr. Harvey began a career in management. It was while working as Manager of Manufacturing for the Grief Corporation, where he supervised three company plants, that he felt called to enter the ministry.
He was 31 years old, married and the father of a 2yearold daughter and a 5yearold son. His wife, Joan, fully supported him in his decision.
After graduating from seminary at Colgate in Rochester, Dr. Harvey accepted a position as Senior Minister at the Baptist Church in Saline, Mich., a suburb of Ann Arbor. “Joan and I were so thankful for the blessings in our lives that we chose to serve at the church that paid the least and was in the worst financial condition,” he said.
When Dr. Harvey took over the leadership of the Saline church, it had 17 members and was in the process of having its mortgage foreclosed. By the end of his term there six years later, the church was filled to capacity for two services each Sunday; there were 120 youth attending Sunday School each week; the church mortgage was paid off and there were several hundred thousand dollars in a fund designated for new buildings.
Under Dr. Harvey’s pastoral care, the Saline church was recognized as being the fastest growing Baptist church in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio, and Dr. Harvey himself was honored by the American Baptist Church as being one of its 10 outstanding preachers.
When the position of Senior Minister opened up at First Baptist Church in Westfield, Dr. Harvey found himself drawn to the area because of its “alive, vibrant and sophisticated” population.
Oscar Morong, who has been attending the First Baptist Church in Westfield for 40 years, credits Dr. Harvey with having invigorated church programs that provided fellowship for young people in order to attract younger families into the congregation.
“He also ministered strongly to people undergoing illness and other
family challenges,” Mr. Morong said of Dr. Harvey.
The church was seriously troubled in the areas of finances, programs and membership at the time Dr. Harvey took the reins. As he retires, he leaves a legacy of a congregation 450 members strong which is actively involved in ministries to the
homeless, students and singles.
“Because of the high level of trust placed in me by my congregation,” said Dr. Harvey, “wonderful things have happened here through the Grace of God.”
Two ways in which Dr. Harvey has enhanced the spiritual life of the parish are the implementation of daily devotionals by email and the display of Christian art — copied with permission from the National Art Gallery in London — in the church.
His wife of 40 years has remained supportive throughout his ministry. A member of the choir, she looks back on the years her husband has served in Westfield as exciting and extremely rewarding.
Dr. Harvey also credits his “excellent” staff of two fulltime ministers and one parttime minister for contributing to his accomplishments. It is easy to see the respect is mutual. “His influence will be greatly missed,” said Rev. Dr. Darla Dee Turlington, who has served at First Baptist since 1991 and is the present Minister of Christian Education and Evangelism. “Under the leadership of Dr. Harvey, the First Baptist Church has responded to human needs, modeled social equality and become a safe and friendly place for people walking through its doors,” she added.
He additionally paid tribute to other Westfield clergy, with whom he said he has had to “compete.” Dr. Harvey called his fellow clergy “the most dedicated, most competent and of the highest caliber” of any he has ever worked with.
Retirement plans for Dr. Harvey include photography, fly fishing, golf and tennis. He and Joan, a retired speech pathologist, enjoy traveling and are planning to lead a group on a trip to Israel, Jordan and Petra in February of 2001. As a retirement gift to himself, Dr. Harvey purchased a fire engine red BMW 23.
After his final worship service on Sunday, family, friends and members of the congregation will gather to honor Dr. Harvey and recognize his achievements at a farewell dinner celebration at The Westwood in Garwood.
The Baptist Church Code of Ethics prevents Dr. Harvey from conducting any type of service at First Baptist in Westfield after his retirement, but those who love him know they will still see him often, most likely zipping around Westfield in that red BMW.
Rev. Dr. Robert Harvey
WESTFIELD — Westfield Hadassah will hold a general meeting on Monday, March 27, at 7: 30 p. m. at Temple EmanuEl, 756 East Broad Street in Westfield. Guest speaker Ruth Gerber Cole will present a program on gene therapy.
Mrs. Cole is Chairwoman of the Hadassah College of Technology and a member of the National Board and Executive Committee of Hadassah. She is also a member of the Hadassah Medical Organization Board of Directors and the Cabinet of the Ameri can Zionist Movement.
Since 1973, she has served on the Northern New Jersey Region Board of Hadassah and was its President from 1985 to 1988. Mrs. Cole additionally holds leadership positions in Federation and Jewish Family Services of Bergen County.
A teacher of English as a Second Language in the Ridgewood school system, she is also a professional counselor and has taught effective communication and human relations at Bergen County Community College.
PUBLIC NOTICE TOWN OF WESTFIELD BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT
The Board of Adjustment of the Town of Westfield, New Jersey will meet on Monday, April 10, 2000 in the Council chambers at the Municipal Building, 425 East Broad Street, Westfield, New Jersey to hear and consider the following appeals for variance from the requirements of the Westfield Land Use Ordinance.
1. Gerard F. and Susan Campbell, 89 Fair Hill Drive, seeking permission to remove existing deck; construct new larger deck in sideyard contrary to the requirements of Section 13.02 C 1 and 13.02 C2 of the Land Use Ordinance. Deck location proposed in sideyard. Ordinance requires only in rear yard. Minimum deck in sideyard proposed of ±12 1/ 2 feet. Ordinance requires 15 feet. 2. Paul Nazzaro, 137 St. Paul Street; Applicant is limited by the home occupation
regulations, Section 14.02B, to only resident family members may provide instruction in his music studios. Applicant wishes to utilize a maximum of two non resident teachers to assist him with the condition that only two of the three (including himself) teachers will be active at any time contrary to the requirements of Section 11.20 A of the Land Use Ordinance. 3. Peter and Sharon Coulter, 1605 Boulevard, seeking permission to erect a two story
addition contrary to the requirements of Section 11.09 E6, and 11.09 E 10 of the Land Use Ordinance. Minimum interior sideyard proposed and present of 8.36 feet. Ordinance requires 10 feet. Maximum building coverage proposed of 20.4%. Ordinance requires 20%. 4. William Barton, 731 Warren Street seeking permission to erect a one story addition
and deck in rear yard contrary to the requirements of Section 12.04 F1. Maximum building coverage without deck proposed 25.3%. Ordinance only allows 20%. Maximum building coverage with deck proposed of 28.2%. Ordinance only allows 22%. Note: The above ground pool is equal to 4.1% coverage and is included in figures. 5. William and Rita Villane, 418 West Broad Street seeking permission to erect a two
story addition contrary to the requirements of Section 11.12 E10 of the Land Use Ordinance. Maximum building coverage, not including deck proposed of 21.7%. Ordinance allows 20%. 6. Lynda and Ed Savickas, 746 Clarence Street seeking permission to finish
basement contrary to the requirements of Section 11.08 E9 of the Land Use Ordinance. Maximum floor area ratio proposed of ±42%. Ordinance allows 35%. 7. Ward and O’Donnell Property Development Co., LLC., 12 West Elizabeth Avenue,
Linden, New Jersey for property located at: 159169 East Broad Street seeking permission to use 2nd and 3rd story space, originally approved for use as one apartment, as a catering facility contrary to the requirements of Section 1702 C. 7. s. and 11.25 E. 3 of the Land Use Ordinance. Ordinance requires 111 parking spaces applicant proposes 3 spaces (There are 7 spaces presently). Ordinance requires 35 feet rear yard setback 23.5 feet and 34 feet is existing. 8. Susan and Robert Heffernan, 1912 Boynton Avenue seeking permission to erect
a second story addition over existing first story contrary to the requirements of Section 11.09 E6 of the Land Use Ordinance. Minimum interior sideyard proposed for second story of 7.45 feet. First story interior sideyard present at 7.45 feet. Ordinance requires 10 feet. 9. Alan and Genevieve Shineman, 709 Forest Avenue seeking permission to erect
one story rear building addition contrary to the requirements of Section 11.09 E6 and 11.09 E10 of the Land Use Ordinance. Minimum interior sideyard proposed ±9 feet. Ordinance requires 10 feet. Maximum building coverage, not including deck proposed of 21.6% Ordinance allows 20%. 10. Darin and Suzanne F. Pinto, 1320 Prospect Street seeking permission to erect a
one story addition contrary to the requirements of Section 11.08 E & 12.04 2, 11.08 E5 and 11.08 E7 of the Land Use Ordinance. Maximum building coverage, including deck proposed 22.4%. Ordinance allows 22%. Minimum street sideyard proposed and present 9.76 feet. Ordinance requires 20 feet. Minimum rear yard (principal structure) proposed and present ±24 feet. Ordinance requires 35 feet. 11. Edward and Margaret Williams, 501511 Hillcrest Avenue a/ k/ a 523 South Euclid
Avenue seeking to allow a change is use from the existing cardiology practice to a licensed therapist Company, Health South contrary to the requirements of 11.07 A, B, C, & D of the Land Use Ordinance. Documentation of the above is on file in the Office of the Town Engineer, 959 North Avenue West, Westfield, New Jersey and may be seen Monday through Friday, 8: 30 a. m. to 4; 30 p. m.
Colleen Mayer, Secretary Board of Adjustment 1 T – 3/ 23/ 00, The Leader Fee: $119.34
UNION COUNTY BOARD OF CHOSEN FREEHOLDERS
NOTICE OF CONTRACT AWARD
Date Adopted: March 16, 2000 Public Notice is hereby given that the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders has awarded a contract without competitive bidding as a professional service or extraordinary, unspecifiable service pursuant to N. J. S. A. 40A: 115( 1)( a). This contract and the resolution authorizing it is available for public inspection in the Office of the Clerk of the Board.
RESOLUTION NO.: 3242000 AWARDED TO: Schoor DePalma, 200 State Highway 9, P. O. Box 900, Manalapan, New Jersey.
SERVICES: For the design of a new County Park at the corner of Morris and North Avenues, Union, New Jersey.
COST: Not to exceed $3,000. M. Elizabeth Genievich
Clerk of the Board 1 T – 3/ 23/ 00, The Leader Fee: $21.42
PUBLIC NOTICE TOWN OF WESTFIELD
Public Notice is hereby given that an ordinance as follows was passed and adopted by the Council of the Town of Westfield at a meeting thereof held March 21, 2000.
Bernard A. Heeney Town Clerk
GENERAL ORDINANCE NO. 1756 AN ORDINANCE TO VACATE A PORTION OF BREEZEKNOLL DRIVE
1 T – 3/ 23/ 00, The Leader Fee: $12.75
PUBLIC NOTICE WESTFIELD PLANNING BOARD
The Planning Board of the Town of Westfield, New Jersey will meet on Monday, April 3, 2000 Council Chambers of the Municipal Building, 425 East Broad Street, Westfield, New Jersey at 8: 00 p. m. to hear and consider the following application:
003( V) TOBY TWO REALITY, LLC., 128 SCOTCH PLAINS AVENUE, BLOCK NO. 2818, LOT NO. 6, SEEKING MINOR SUBDIVISION WITH VARIANCES. Applicant seeks to create two lots from a single existing lot. Plans entitled “Minor Subdivision” drawn by Stires Associates, P. A., dated 3/ 3/ 00 (single sheet). Applicant seeks variance from the following:
List of Existing Nonconforming zoning conditions:
Section 11.09 of the Land Use Ordinance. Ordinance requires a front yard setback of 20.3 feet (E. F. Y. D.) — 19.53 feet is existing.
Section 13.01 of the Land Use Ordinance. Ordinance requires a side yard setback of 5 feet for the accessory building — 3.25 feet is existing.
List of New C. 40: 55D70 c. and d. Variances Requested for lot no. 6.01:
Section 11.09 E. 1. of the Land Use Ordinance. Ordinance requires a minimum lot area of 6,000 square feet. — applicant proposes 5,266 square feet.
Section 11.09 E. 2. of the Land Use Ordinance. Ordinance requires a minimum lot width of 50 feet — applicant proposes 45.68 feet.
Section 11.09 E. 2. of the Land Use Ordinance. Ordinance requires a minimum area of 6,000 square feet in the first 120 feet of depth — applicant proposes 5,266 square feet.
Section 11.09 E. 3 of the Land Use Ordinance. Ordinance requires a minimum frontage of 50 feet — applicant proposes 45.68 feet.
Section 11.09 E. 4. of the Land Use Ordinance. Ordinance requires a minimum depth of 120 feet — applicant proposes 114.90.
List of New C. 40: 55D70 c. and d. Variances Requested for lot no. 6.02:
Section 11.09 E. 6. of the Land Use Ordinance. Minimum interior side yard setback required by ordinance is ±10 feet — applicant proposes 6.59 feet.
Section 11.09 E. 4. of the Land Use Ordinance. Ordinance requires a minimum lot depth of 120 feet — applicant proposes 115.86 feet.
Section 12.04 F. of the Land Use Ordinance. Ordinance allows a maximum building coverage without a deck of 20% — applicant proposes 20.9%. Plans and application are on file in the Office of the Town Engineer, 959 North Avenue, West, Westfield, New Jersey and may be seen Monday through Friday 8: 30 a. m. to 4: 30 p. m.
Kenneth B. Marsh Secretary 1 T – 3/ 23/ 00, The Leader Fee: $74.46
CELEBRATING THE GOSPEL… Winners of the “Gospel of Life Essay Contest,” sponsored by the Westfield Knights of Columbus, were recently honored for their literary efforts. Pictured, left to right, are: Grand Knight Fred Malley, Brian Serzan, Mary Kate Sumanski and Edith Coogan, founder of Raphael’s Life House in Elizabeth. Brian and Mary Kate attend Holy Trinity Elementary School in Westfield, where they are in the seventh and sixth grades, respectively. They each received checks for $100. A check for $200 was also donated in their names to Raphael’s Life House, a transitional home for young women experiencing crisis pregnancies.
Lynn Brennesholtz, Jr., 75, Was Active In Rescue Squad, Old Guard and AARP
Lynn Brennesholtz, Jr., 75, a lifelong resident of Westfield, died on Friday, March 17, at the Westfield Center, Genesis ElderCare Network in Westfield.
Mr. Brennesholtz had worked for Koppers of Westfield for 35 years before retiring in 1985.
He attended Drew University in Madison from 1947 to 1950 and took a job with Koppers as a laboratory technician after finishing school.
He was a 17year volunteer member of the Westfield Rescue Squad and was a member of the Westfield Old Guard and the American Association of Retired Persons.
Mr. Brennesholtz was one of the oldest members of the First Congregational Church in Westfield.
Surviving are his wife, Eleanor Greiss Brennesholtz, and a sister, Amy Habeck of Westfield.
A memorial service was held yesterday, Wednesday, March 22, at the Gray Funeral Home, 318 East Broad Street in Westfield. Interment followed at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield.
March 23, 2000
Esther S. Sensbach, 96, Had Been Active With Presbyterian Church in Westfield
– Obituaries –
Esther S. Sensbach, 96, a former Westfield resident, died on Monday, March 20, at The Barn Hill Care Center in Newton.
Born in Brooklyn, she had lived in Westfield until 1968, when she relocated to Rahway. She moved to Newton 17 years ago.
Mrs. Sensbach was a member of The Madison Avenue Chapel, part of The Presbyterian Church in Westfield. She was also a member of its Women’s Guild.
She was predeceased by her husband, Seibert Sensbach, in 1967. Surviving are four sons, Richard J.
Sensbach of South Carolina, Thomas J. Sensbach of Fayson Lakes, Paul W. Sensbach and William Sensbach, both of Newton; a daughter, Laura M. Wiss of Maplewood; 13 grandchildren and 11 greatgrandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a. m. today, Thursday, March 23, at the Gray Funeral Home, 318 East Broad Street in Westfield, with burial to follow at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield.
Memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside.
March 23, 2000
Festival Chorus To Perform
Lord Nelson Mass Sunday
WESTFIELD – The Festival Chorus of the First Congregational Church, located at 125 Elmer Street, will present Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass this Sunday, March 26, at 10 a. m. as part of the church’s Sunday morning worship service.
The performance, under the direction of the church’s Director of Music, Dr. Barbara Thomson, will feature soloists Meredith HoffmannThomson, soprano; Sandra Rains West, mezzosoprano; Jason Tramm, tenor and Richard Lissemore, baritone.
The work, composed in 1798, was nicknamed “The Lord Nelson Mass” because it was performed for the British war hero on his visit to Haydn’s employer, Prince Esterhazy, in 1800.
Ms. HoffmannThomson has per formed several times with the Congregational
Church’s Festival Chorus, as well as with the Westfield Men’s Glee Club and the Westfield Woman’s Club. She was the 1999 Men’s Glee Club scholarship winner.
Ms. West, whose musical background includes oratorio, recital, and opera, recently took part as a soloist in the Westfield Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
She has also performed at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and at Lincoln Center, as well as with various orchestras.
Mr. Tramm has performed with a number of regional opera companies, as well as oratorio and solo appearances. He is Choral Director at Summit High School and conducts the Maplewood Glee Club.
Mr. Lissemore, who has sung many times with the church’s Festival Chorus, is also experienced in opera, musical theater and concert repertoire.
He has appeared in many opera venues in the Eastern United States and has toured with musical theater companies in this country and in Japan.
The program is open to the public and visitors are invited to attend.
Share Garden Offers Available Garden Plots
WESTFIELD — Westfield Share Garden, Inc. has announced that a limited number of garden plots are available for the 2000 garden season.
Westfield Share Garden, Inc. is an organic garden coop which has been serving the Westfield area for over 25 years. A plot consists of a parcel of land measuring 25 feet by 25 feet, plus water.
Anyone interested in a plot is asked to call either Jim Forges at (908) 2326365 or Warren Rorden at (908) 2330065 for information.
Resolve Workshops to Focus On Family Communication
Township Synagogue To Present Program Tonight on Eldercare
SCOTCH PLAINS — Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains will present a panel discussion for caregivers of elderly loved ones entitled “Making Choices About Care and Living Arrangements,” tonight, Thursday, March 23, at 7: 30 p. m.
The program, which will focus on residential options and resources in the community, is free and open to the public. It will be held at the temple, located at 1920 Cliffwood Street (Shalom Way) in Scotch Plains.
Scheduled to appear are Judy Bartlett, Adult Day Care Director, and registered nurse Susan Karcher, Director of Home Care, both from Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center in Plainfield, along with Marjorie Deas, Director of Community Relations for The Chelsea at Fanwood.
Other panelists will include Sally Ali, Director of Social Services at the Central New Jersey Home for the Aged, and registered nurse Pam Bonning of Haven Hospice of the JFK Medical Center in Edison.
A question and answer period will follow the presentation and light refreshments will be served. The discussion is the final segment of a threepart Caregiver Education Series sponsored by the temple’s Social Action Committee.
To reserve a place, please call the temple office at (908) 8891830.
African Violet Society Plans Show and Sale
SCOTCH PLAINS – The African Violet Society of America will hold the annual African Violet Show/ Plant Sale at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 559 Park Avenue in Scotch Plains, on Friday, March 31, from 6 to 9 p. m. and on Saturday, April 1, from 10 a. m. to 4 p. m. SCOTCH PLAINS — Resolve Community
Counseling Center, Inc. will offer workshops designed to foster better communication between parents and children on Wednesdays, March 29 and April 12, at its headquarters at 1830 Front Street in Scotch Plains. The program will begin at 7 p. m. both evenings.
The workshops will help families air their feelings on issues such as homework, curfews and time spent watching television or playing video games in a neutral setting with the help of professional counselors.
At the start of the evening, children and parents will separate, and each group will speak independently with a Resolve counselor, who will help them develop the issues they most wish to
discuss with one another. The two groups will then come together to explore the issues they have identified.
These evenings are designed to help adults and children improve their communications skills by examining difficult issues in a relaxed, calm manner, according to Dr. Lidia Abrams, Executive Director of Resolve Community Counseling Center, Inc.
The Scotch PlainsFanwood Municipal Alliance Committee is sponsoring the workshops, which are funded by the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse through the Union County Department of Human Services, Planning Division.
To reserve a space for either the March 29 or April 12 workshops, or for both programs, please call (908) 3229180.
Covering Fanwood, Mountainside, Scotch Plains and Westfield, Union County, New Jersey (NJ)