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OUR 110th YEAR – ISSUE NO. 29110 FIFTY CENTS (908) 2324407 Thursday, March 23, 2000 USPS 680020 Periodical – Postage Paid at Westfield, N. J. Published Every Thursday

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Progress in ShopRite Case Appears Slow As Parties Await Court Decisions By KIM KINTER

Specially Written for The Westfield Leader

Although there seemed to be a flurry of activity late last year in the languishing project to construct a new ShopRite supermarket on North Avenue in Garwood, the case is now in slow motion.

Two separate cases involving the grocery store are tied up in court, with action not likely on either one for several more months or until early this fall.

On October 14, Superior Court Judge Edward W. Beglin, Jr. ruled that the Garwood Planning Board had been right in granting approval in 1995 to Village Supermarkets of Springfield to construct a grocery store on North Avenue.

One of the attorneys representing Dr. and Mrs. Ulf Dolling of Westfield, however, filed an appeal to the state New Jersey Superior Appellate Division challenging Judge Beglin’s ruling.

Brian Fahey, a Westfield attorney representing the couple, has not returned multiple telephone calls from

The Westfield Leader.

Robert Renaud, a Cranford attorney who serves as Garwood’s counsel, said all the briefs have been filed in the appeal and he does not expect the case to be heard until September at the earliest. Mr. Renaud stated, however, that he does expect a final decision by the Appellate Division

before the end of 2000. Mr. Renaud added that as far as he knows, ShopRite is still interested in pursuing development of the property. ShopRite officials did not return telephone calls.

Meanwhile, ShopRite officials are still in the middle of an appeal, also pending in the New Jersey Superior Appellate Division, over a lawsuit filed by the owner of the North Avenue property where the grocery

chain intends to build the new store. Norman Sevell, the owner of both Sevell Towing of Westfield and the Westfield Lumber and Home Center property on North Avenue, filed a lawsuit last summer claiming that the supermarket chain had not lived up to its promise of making monthly payments to him.

In July, Union County Superior Court Judge Frederick C. Kentz, Jr. ruled that Village Supermarkets

should make back payments totaling $1.6 million, as well as future payments of some $34,000 a month, to Mr. Sevell. Village Supermarkets, however, filed an appeal.

Edwin J. McCreedy, an attorney with McCreedy & Cox of Cranford who is representing Mr. Sevell in the case, said the case is still pending, although he expects a hearing in the next several months.

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Edison Man Is Suspected In Bomb Scare

By SUZETTE F. STALKER

Specially Written for The Westfield Leader

An Edison man allegedly responsible for a bomb scare at Temple EmanuEl in Westfield Thursday morning was undergoing a psychiatric evaluation this week at Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center in Plainfield.

Lieutenant John M. Parizeau of the Westfield Police Department said Dorian Urrego, 27, was discovered by Edison police that night after he was observed wandering nearby their headquarters in a heavy rainstorm.

Urrego is suspected of having placed a 911 call to Westfield police headquarters from a pay telephone near the Westfield train station on South Avenue, West, at approximately 8: 10 a. m., Lieutenant Parizeau said.

He said the caller stated, “I would like all Jewish community centers checked, all of them checked for maybe a bomb or anything.” The lieutenant added that the caller described himself as “a prayer warrior” who said he was sending a fax to the White House.

Police dispatched units to the area where the call had been made, but the individual had already left the scene by the time they arrived, Lieutenant Parizeau said. Authorities subsequently learned similar calls had been made to police headquarters in Garwood and Roselle.

Around the same time the call was made in Westfield, a man asked a police officer taking an accident report on South Avenue if he knew where there was a fax machine and if the officer had a fax machine in his patrol car, Lieutenant Parizeau confirmed.

When the officer told the man he did not have a fax machine in his vehicle, the suspect said he was going to send a fax to the White House asking that police cars be equipped with fax machines, the lieutenant revealed.

Lieutenant Frank Brunelle of the Westfield Police Department stated that although the caller was vague and did not mention Temple Emanu

Ingrid McKinley for The Westfield Leader GEARING UP FOR SPRING... With spring nearly sprung, these youngsters are ready for any showers that may come their way. They are shown here at the bottom of the slide in playground area of Mindowaskin Park.

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INDEX

A& E............... Page 22 Business ........ Page 18 Classified ...... Page 19

Editorial ........ Page 4 Mountainside Page 3 Obituary ........ Page 10

Religious ....... Page 11 Social ............ Page 6 Sports ............ Page 13

WESTFIELD’S JEFF WARSH OFFERS INSIGHT INTO HIS NEW ROLE IN CHARGE OF TRAINS & BUSES

From State Assemblyman to PR, New Head of NJ Transit Has Always Emphasized Sensitivity to Needs of Customers By DEBORAH MADISON

Specially Written for The Westfield Leader

NJ Transit Executive Director Jeffrey Warsh is a man of many passions.

Besides a lifelong love of trains, Mr. Warsh is also deeply concerned about the environment and many quality of life issues.

Prior to his appointment as NJ Transit’s Executive Director in July of 1999, Mr. Warsh’s extensive career experiences in politics and public relations enabled him to become what he describes as, “customersensitive.”

“I hated law school because it was so book oriented. On the other hand,

I love politics because I prefer to be working directly with people,” he told The Westfield Leader.

While a New Jersey Assemblyman from 1992 to 1996, besides fighting fare increases and securing funding for major projects for NJ Transit, Mr. Warsh fought for several basic quality of life issues. He played an integral role in passing a bill that allowed women to breastfeed in public and another bill relating to what he terms the “potty parody.”

“It’s a welldocumented phenomenon that women take longer in the bathroom than men,” Mr. Warsh explained. As an Assemblyman, he set out to make sure that women’s bath rooms were designed to take such

extra time needed into account. He remarked that the laws against public breast feeding were excessively puritanical and obsolete.

He also supported a drycleaning equity bill that addressed the unfair practice of charging women more than men for drycleaning.

In recognition of his contemporary ideologies, the Women’s Political Caucus awarded him with their 1995 Good Guy of the Year Award.

“When I see something is wrong, I just have to fix it,” he remarked.

Maybe that’s why he loves his new position as NJ Transit’s Executive Director.

“This job requires using all of my knowledge, utilizes all of my skills and challenges me to really make a difference in the quality of life for millions of people,” Mr. Warsh stated.

“Making the commute easier and better for people, while also protecting our environment, is a very big

responsibility,” he reflected. “How much we can attract ridership and reduce car exhaust directly impacts on the quality of the air we breathe.”

Adding new train cars, increasing punctuality and adding comfort are all a part of a customersensitive focus, he added.

“Transportation is not just about moving bodies from one place to another. It’s a quality of life service that affects all aspects of a commuter’s wellbeing,” he explained.

Mr. Warsh said that it is a challenge for him to improve that quality every day.

Under his leadership, NJ Transit distributed and collected over 30,000 customer surveys regarding commuter concerns. Additionally, NJ

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Jeffrey Warsh

Ingrid McKinley for The Westfield Leader A GOOD SENSE OF DIRECTION… Despite the winding streams of traffic flowing throughout the intersection of East Broad Street and Central Avenue, this police officer manages to keep things moving smoothly on a hectic afternoon.

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FUNDING INCREASED FOR MINDOWASKIN OVERLOOK, SIDEWALK PROGRAM

Westfield Town Council Agrees To 3 Cent Hike in Municipal Rate

By PAUL J. PEYTON

Specially Written for The Westfield Leader

After 10 budget meetings, the Westfield Town Council has completed its spending plan for the year. The $24.4 million budget is expected to be introduced next month and adopted in May.

The budget will be supported by a $12.6 million tax levy. The municipal tax rate is this year will by 70 cents per $100 of assessed valuation, or three cents over last year. A penny in the rate equals to $180,000 on the spending side of the budget, or roughly $17.50 to the owner of a home valued at $325,000 and assessed at $175,000.

The increase represents roughly $52 over last year to the average residential property taxpayer.

Municipal property taxes are being offset with the use of $2.35 million in surplus (unspent appropriations last year) and $570,000 in revenue from the sale of municipal land over the years, in addition to permit fees and license fees collected by the town.

The council was notified this week that the billing for fire and police pensions may drop 20 percent this year, or $146,000 under what Westfield officials had anticipated in this year’s municipal spending plan. However, due to the fact the decrease

is reliant on the passage of state legislation, the council opted to stay at a 3cent increase rather than drop the rate to 2.2 cents over 1999. Thus, if the amount does in fact drop to $694,724 for the Police and Fireman’s Retirement System (PFRS), the change will increase the town’s surplus next year.

This followed yet another fourhour marathon session Saturday morning led by Finance Committee Chairman James J. Gruba.

Among major changes in the budget was an increase in funding for replacement of the concrete overlook at Mindowaskin Park from $125,000 to $222,000, with another $40,000 designated for improvements to Gregory’s Pond in the park. Of the amount for the park, the Friends of Mindowaskin Park, a group dedicated to improving the park, has been asked to raise $50,000 in donations and/ or grants.

The Friends have raised over $250,000 for park improvements including new lampposts, park benches, designed gardens, landscaping, playgrounds equipment and park identification signs. That money was raised during the first phase of the rehabilitation efforts at the park, which occurred in the early 1990s.

While the Friends’ have requested that granite be used, a number of

council members felt that concrete could produce many years of use at a lower cost.

Opponents of South Side Deck, Fluoridation Let Views be Known

By PAUL J. PEYTON

Specially Written for The Westfield Leader

Opponents of a southside parking deck and a proposal to fluoridate Westfield’s water supply – both becoming hotly debated issues among this newspaper’s readership — aired their views to the Town Council Tuesday night.

Officials noted that no final conclusions have been made regarding either issue.

A report issued this month to the town recommends a multitiered deck, with construction costs ranging from $10 to $16 million, based on the number of spaces provided. It has been proposed that the deck be located at the train station’s South Avenue parking lot.

Parking deck opponents echoed a common theme that a deck on the south side of town will do nothing to enhance the parking crunch in the main downtown business area on the north side.

Gerald McMahon of Boulevard was critical of the makeup of the town’s parking steering committee, which includes First Ward Councilman Carl A. Salisbury, Chairman of the Transportation, Parking and Traffic Committee; Second Ward Councilman James J. Gruba, Finance Committee Chairman, and Mayor Tho mas C. Jardim, all north side residents.

Fourth Ward Councilman Lawrence A. Goldman explained that former town administrator Edward A. Gottko, who lives on the southside, served on the panel until he retired at the end of last year.

Also sitting on the committee are Michael La Place, Executive Director of the Downtown Westfield Corporation, Planning Board Chairman Martin Robins and Town Engineer Kenneth B. Marsh.

Mr. McMahon said that a “40foot” high deck at the entrance to the town along South Avenue would not be in keeping with the character of Westfield.

“What people like about Westfield is the charm of its downtown,” he said. He noted that the town “is not a parking mall.”

“I don’t think we should necessarily be encouraging more cars in the downtown,” Mr. McMahon stated.

He noted that shoppers don’t and will not park in the South Avenue train station parking lot, where the deck is proposed, and shops on the north side. He said he preferred to see the town look at alternative north side sites for the deck that are closer to stores.

“It would be a much more reason able, businesslike approach to solving

any parking problems,” Mr. McMahon added. He said the town should be encouraging “a haven” for parkers similar to Metro Park, a major location due to access to Amtrak trains.

Stan Kaplan of Temple Place said a deck on the South Avenue lot would only heighten dangers for school children crossing Summit Avenue, a location where motorists are whizzing by in a rush to catch the train. Four schools, including McKinley and Holy Trinity elementary schools, Edison Intermediate and Westfield High School, are all located in the area.

Eric Metzger of Brightwood Avenue, a northside resident, said any parking deck would be “aesthetically displeasing and I think will be detrimental to the town.”

Garrett Verdone of Boulevard felt the report by Michiganbased Rich and Associates, Inc., the consulting firm hired by the town to develop a comprehensive parking plan for Westfield, lacks documentation on financial projections for the deck, as well as on commuter parking in town.

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was scheduled for February, was canceled, he said, and it remains unclear when the case will be heard.

Mr. McCreedy also said he had every indication that ShopRite continues to want to pursue the project.

A group of residents on the north side of Westfield near the planned store site have organized to discuss ways to deal with the traffic they anticipate could be generated by the project.

A member of the group told The Leader that it has met only once and has not formed any concrete plans.

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 El specifically, authorities determined that he was referring to the synagogue and responded to the site.

The temple, which was evacuated, was searched by officers and dogs from the Union County Sheriff’s Office’s K9 unit. Sergeant John Gillespie, who conducted the search along with Sergeant Ron Malcolm, told The Westfield Leader the twohour search uncovered nothing suspicious. Activities there were nevertheless canceled for the day.

Captain Joseph Protasiewicz of the Scotch Plains Police Department said authorities suspect Urrego is the same man who approached several people in the parking lot of the Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Central New Jersey on South Martine Avenue in Scotch Plains at 8 a. m. Thursday morning and asked if they were Jewish.

The individual was then approached by a custodian from the JCC, with whom he spoke briefly, the captain said. He revealed that the suspect engaged the custodian in a

“frivolous” conversation before leaving the scene in his vehicle. Authorities were able to ascertain the suspect’s identity after a partial license plate number was obtained at the JCC. The suspect was said to be operating a 1987 Honda Civic.

Lieutenant Brunelle said that around noon on Thursday, Urrego stopped at an Elizabeth law firm and asked to use a fax machine there before leaving the premises.

Edison police contacted Westfield authorities that night after spotting the suspect near their headquarters. Lieutenant Brunelle said he picked up Urrego from Edison shortly after 11 p. m. and, after interviewing the suspect, arranged to have him evaluated at Muhlenberg.

Lieutenant Brunelle said Monday that while Urrego has been charged in connection with the incident at Temple EmanuEl, he had not been formally served with a complaint since he was undergoing the evaluation.

Edison Man Suspected In Temple Bomb Scare

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ShopRite Case

Ingrid McKinley for The Westfield Leader FISH ON FRIDAYS – During the Lenten season, fish flies at the Chippery, located on South Avenue in Fanwood. People wait up to 30 minutes to have the freshly prepared fish and chips. Baskets of fish, chips and onion rings are cooked by the bucketful during the Lenten season.

Transit hires people just to ride the trains and buses to report on inadequacies. The information gathered from the surveys and from the testriders is used to implement improvements.

“We are constantly evolving and upgrading. I take the responsibility that I’ve been entrusted with, very seriously, and so does everyone I work with. We actually read all of the letters we get from commuters,” he said.

His longterm goals for NJ Transit, locally, include a oneseat ride into New York City for Raritan Valley Line riders and eventually electrifying the RaritanValley Line to cut down on diesel pollution.

“In conjunction with Governor Whitman’s ‘transitvillage’ concept, we are coordinating with municipal planners to design towns with better access to public transportation,” Mr. Warsh related.

On a daily basis, Mr. Warsh said that he is focused on upgrading the little things that can make a big difference in everyone’s enjoyment of commuting.

“My personal motto, don’t cry over spilt milk, is how I approach problem solving,” Mr. Warsh said.

More seats to eliminate straphangers, singleplatform transfers into Manhattan, more train monitor displays and reinstalling doors to avoid opening into crowds are just a few of the amenities that Mr. Warsh has implemented to improve the commuting experience.

And last but not least, Mr. Warsh relates, “I have always had a passion for trains. My favorite toy as a child was my train set.”

He has a model train that is prominently displayed in his office next to his Good Guy of the Year Award.

Mr. Warsh has resided in Westfield for the past four years, with his wife of five years, Amy, and their threeyear old daughter.

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Jeffrey Warsh Homeless Man Arrested In Connection to Burglaries

By KIM KINTER

Specially Written for The Westfield Leader

WESTFIELD – A 25yearold man who has told police he is homeless was arrested Tuesday in connection with a house burglary that day in Westfield. He may also be charged in connection with two other burglaries on the south side of town during March.

Jeremiah Shoemaker was being held in the Westfield Municipal Jail on one count of burglary and one count of theft, according to Lieutenant John M. Parizeau of the Westfield Police Department. Shoemaker is being held on $20,000 bail.

In addition, Lieutenant Parizeau said Westfield Police Detectives at press time were looking into the possibility that Shoemaker was involved in two other Westfield house burglaries and an attempted home burglary, all of which occurred on the south side of Westfield during March. Goods taken during the house burglaries totaled “a couple thousand dollars,” Lieutenant Parizeau said.

Westfield detectives were in Plainfield yesterday afternoon interviewing a suspect they believed may be a partner with Shoemaker, added Lieutenant Parizeau.

Lieutenant Parizeau said that the detective bureau had been on

burglary patrol the last few weeks in response to the house burglaries.

Scotch Plains police also were looking into whether Shoemaker had any involvement in three house burglaries on the south side of Scotch Plains during the last month and a half, said Captain Joseph Protasiewicz of the Scotch Plains Police Department.

Lieutenant Parizeau said that on Tuesday about 3 p. m. a Westfield Avenue resident called Westfield police to report that as she drove into her driveway a man backed away from her front door.

The woman told police that when she questioned the man he used a name other than Jeremiah Shoemaker and said he was looking for his lost dog. She later discovered that small pieces of jewelry were missing from her home. No sign of forced entry was immediately found.

The resident gave the police a description of the man.

A short time later Westfield police spotted a man fitting the description walking near the Westfield train station toward Scotch Plains. Property said to be that taken from the Westfield Avenue home was found in his possession, Lieutenant Parizeau said.

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 In the end, the cost of granite was factored in the line item for the project. The overlook structure dates back to 1930. The town has spent $29,000 thus far in consulting fees for construction specifications for the project. The $222,000 in the budget this year includes last year’s unspent appropriation of $125,0000.

Town Engineer Kenneth B. Marsh said the town should be ready to seek bids on the project within two weeks.

Another area debated by council was the purchase of a second fire pumper at a cost of around $350,000. The council opted against the purchase this year.

Fire officials had sought two trucks last year, but were granted only one that was purchased through the Union County Improvement Authority’s capital leasing program.

Of those in attendance, Second Ward Matthew P. Albano, First Ward Councilman Gregory S. McDermott and Councilman Sullivan supported funding a new fire pumper while Councilman Gruba, Third Ward Councilwoman Claire Lazarowitz and First Ward Councilman Carl A. Salisbury opted against the purchase.

Another vote held by council members Tuesday included negative votes from Mayor Thomas C. Jardim and Fourth Ward Councilman Lawrence A. Goldman. Fourth Ward Councilwoman Janis Fried Weinstein voted in favor of the pumper.

Former Town Administrator Edward A. Gottko, who has been working through the budget process with new Town Administrator Thomas Shannon and the council, said the cost would be between $35,000 and $40,000 a year over the next 10 years if the council were to purchase another truck through the UCIA’s annual program.

Mr. Sullivan, who chairs the Public Safety Committee, said it was “critical” for the town to have four operating fire pumpers to cover the town. Once the town receives the new truck this summer, the department will have three operational pumpers with a fourth truck said to be on its last legs.

The council agreed to reduce funding from $200,000 to $80,000 for the Tamaques Park restoration project. Officials said the money will be used for a consultant to develop plan specifications, including specific cost estimates. At Saturday’s meeting, council members learned that cost estimates place the project between $300,000 and $800,000.

Councilman Sullivan told The Westfield Leader that the disparity in cost estimates are based on disposal cost projections of the materials to be dredged from the pond.

Mr. Marsh has said the town needs to complete restoration before the pond turns into a swamp in the next few years.

The council also reduced funding from $35,000 to $15,000 for improvements to the Public Works Center and from $178,000 to $75,000 for the refurnishing of the police department. The project will be spread out over the next three years.

Among the areas to be enhanced are the Records, Traffic, Juvenile and Detective bureaus.

The budget line item for repairs to the fire department headquarters on North Avenue was reduced from $97,000 to $80,000 at the recommendation of Mr. Shannon.

Mr. Shannon, who toured the circa 1910 fire headquarters, recently, urged the council to move ahead

with the bulk of the repairs including the replacement of the roof, whose condition he described as an “abomination.” The fire house last underwent extensive renovations in 1985.

The roof replacement is estimated at $25,000. Mr. Shannon said the disrepair of the roof has lead to water damage inside the building.

Councilman Salisbury said he favors creating a capital inventory list of municipalowned operations to identify when equipment has been purchased, was last repaired and is ready to be replaced or repaired.

The governing body agreed to bump up funding for the town’s new sidewalk replacement program from $100,000 to $220,000. Included in that amount are improvements around the World War I monument plaza.

The town will out source the preparation work in order to get the program underway. Under the program, the town and residents split the cost of replacements and/ or repair of their sidewalks. The first round of repairs is expected to begin this spring and be completed by summer. Over 150 people have applied for the program to date.

At the request of Mr. Shannon, an appropriation of $100,000 was placed in the budget for repairs to the municipal building. Officials had originally budgeted $20,000 for improvements to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.

Mr. Shannon is currently conducting a review of the municipal complex to generate an inventory of improvements needed. He expects that he will find the need for “some serious capital needs” in the building.

Other increases in the municipal spending plan include a hike from $85,000 to $125,000 for professional services for the improvement project at Memorial Park, $10,000 for tree plantings in town and $10,000 for the proposed Paul Robeson Park. Private donations from the Holy Trinity School community are said to be in the $15,000 range to honor the singer, actor, civil rights activist and onetime Westfield Avenue resident. The town budgeted $10,000 for the project last year.

Mr. Shannon anticipates that the town could bid out the Memorial project next March.

The council decided to stay with an appropriation of $40,000 to begin a jitney service for senior citizens in the town starting in the fall. Mr. Sullivan sought additional funding to provide service for commuters to the train station. He suggested that funding obtained through an increase in parking permits in 1998 be used to fund the program.

Vehicles for transportation of senior citizens will be made available this year through the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders’ “Seniors in Motion” program. Towns will supply the cost of the driver.

Council members rejected a proposal by Mr. Sullivan to increase the jitney line item in the operational side of the spending plan to $110,000 in order to expand the service to commuters. Officials said the proposal would have raised taxes another half a point.

The council did agree to appropriate $70,000 to purchase a bus. That purchase, however, is not likely until late in the year at the earliest.

The council did agree, however, to fund another parking violations person at $10,000 in the budget, also at Mr. Sullivan’s request.

Town Council Agrees to 3 Cent Hike in Municipal Tax Rate

WESTFIELD POLICE BLOTTER SATURDAY, MARCH 11

· A Central Avenue resident reported the theft of numerous items from the basement of her apartment.

SUNDAY, MARCH 12

· A Springfield Avenue resident reported that the driver of a black, fourdoor van sideswiped her mailbox, breaking it off. The individual then drove away, police said.

MONDAY, MARCH 13

· Nyking Hill, 18, of Franklin was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and possession of an alcoholic beverage at Centennial High School on Westfield Avenue. He was released on his own recognizance.

· The owner of a Summit Court residence reported that cash and jewelry valued at $22,800 was taken from the home during a burglary.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15

· A Normandy Drive resident reported that her husband’s AT& T

wireless telephone, valued at $100, was stolen from their vehicle while it was parked in their driveway.

FRIDAY, MARCH 17

· Four thefts were reported from the Westfield High School cafeteria. The missing items included $105 in cash taken from a bag, a camera worth $50, gift certificates valued at $60, $50 worth of clothing and a pocketbook with $50 in cash and a cellular telephone.

Police believe the thefts occurred while the owners of the property were attending an event in another part of the high school.

SATURDAY, MARCH 18

· A resident of Rodger Avenue reported discovering a stranger in his home, who then fled out a garage door. There was no description of the suspect.

· Richard Perna, 33, of Westfield was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes following an alWESTFIELD

FIRE BLOTTER MONDAY, MARCH 13

· Three hundred block of South Avenue Arcing electrical equipment.

· Four hundred block of East Broad Street – Alarm malfunction.

· Two hundred block of Woodland Avenue – Smoke condition.

· One hundred block of North Euclid Avenue – Arcing electrical equipment.

TUESDAY, MARCH 14

· Five hundred block of North Avenue West – Assist police.

· One hundred block of Azalea Terrace – Smoke scare.

· Eight hundred block of Lenape Trail – Smoke condition.

· Four hundred block of North Avenue – Emergency medical call.

· Four hundred block of Boulevard – Alarm malfunction.

· Eleven hundred block of Irving Avenue – Arcing electrical equipment.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15

· Eight hundred block of Central Avenue – Electrical hazard.

· Four hundred block of Baker Avenue – Alarm malfunction.

· Six hundred block of Baker Avenue – Hazardous condition.

· One hundred block of East Broad Street – Unintentional alarm.

THURSDAY, MARCH 16

· One hundred block of East Broad Street – Alarm malfunction.

· Seven hundred block of Oak Avenue – Arcing electrical equipment.

· Seven hundred block of Summit Avenue —Hazardous condition.

· Three hundred block of Windsor Avenue – Spill investigation.

· Five hundred block of Bradford Avenue — Lockout.

· Seven hundred block of Knollwood Terrace – Hazardous condition.

· Eleven hundred block of Lawrence Avenue – Smoke condition.

FRIDAY, MARCH 17

· One hundred block of East Broad Street – Alarm malfunction.

· Four hundred block of Poets Place – Smoke condition.

· Two hundred block of Lynn Lane – Electrical hazard.

· Two hundred block of North Avenue East – Good intent call.

· One hundred block of Floral Court – Smoke condition.

· Thirteen hundred block of Central Avenue – Water condition.

· One hundred block of Elm Street – Spill investigation.

SATURDAY, MARCH 18

· Cranford – Mutual aid to assist Cranford Fire Department at structure fire.

SUNDAY, MARCH 19

· Eight hundred block of Rahway Avenue – Structure fire.

· Two hundred block of Sinclair Place – Service call.

· One hundred block Stoneleigh Park – Structure fire.

· Four hundred block of Longfellow Avenue Lockout.

tercation with two other individuals in the 700 block of Central Avenue, according to police.

Authorities said Perna allegedly stabbed each of the victims in the forearm area with a knife. The two were treated at University Hospital in Newark and released. The suspect, who sustained abrasions and contusions during the incident, was released after posting $22,000 bail.

· A Lincoln Road male reported the theft of a Trek bicycle from his garage.

· Police reported that an individual ripped all but one of the branches off of a flowering cherry tree in the front yard of a residence in the 700 block of Oak Avenue.

SUNDAY, MARCH 19

· Authorities confirmed that someone had entered a Cayuga Way home and searched it, although it was unknown at press time what items, if any, were missing.

MONDAY, MARCH 20

· An automobile repair business reported the theft of a pile of scrap metal from the property.

· Police reported that fire extinguishers were removed from two busses at Centennial High School and that the side mirror was broken off of a third bus.

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posed) $16 million parking project,” he said.

He said the impact, if any, of the rise and fall of the New York Stock Market over the past few years should be analyzed in terms of the increased number of residents on waiting lists for the town’s commuter parking permits. Also, he said, the town should seek NJ Transit data on the home towns of its ridership.

He mentioned that the agency’s project to provide oneseat rides to Manhattan at some 50 additional stations in New Jersey may lessen the popularity of Westfield as a rail commuter town.

Mr. Salisbury emphasized that the steering committee held countless meetings with the consultant during which extensive work was done in preparation of the report.

He noted that he has developed an email newsletter for constituents in which his views on the parking deck are included. Third Ward Councilman Neil F. Sullivan suggested that all questions from and answers to the public be posted in some form of a community bulletin board. He said he would be happy to facilitate such an effort.

Noting that “perception is real,” Boulevard resident and commuter Charles Weidman said it is not “credible” to suggest that a South Avenue parking facility would be utilized by downtown shoppers. He said credibility would be needed on the issue in order to garner public support.

On the fluoride issue, Robert Haviland of Dorian Court noted that, as a byproduct of aluminum, fluoride is a “highly toxic and highly dangerous poison.”

He said too much fluoride puts people, and particularly children, at a high risk “for a wide variety of health problems, including Downs Syndrome, brain damage, sterility

and hip fractures. “It seems that the risks associated with fluoridating the water supply far outweigh any type of benefit, so why do it?” he questioned. He also asked if there has been a high level of cavities among Westfield’s youth.

Nancy Coleman, President of New Jersey Citizens Opposing Forced Fluoridation, a statewide organization founded in 1956, submitted information to the council concerning what the group claims are health risks associated with fluoride. These include the group’s claims that a link exists between fluoride and cancer, genetic damage, neurological damage and bone pathology.

Upon receiving input from a resident who questioned why Westfield’s water supply was not fluoridated, Mayor Jardim said he asked the town’s Board of Health to look into the issue.

The board later favored recommended fluoridating Westfield’s water. However, to accomplish that goal, Westfield must gain the support of the other 27 towns which utilize the same water supply provided by Elizabethtown Water. Elizabeth and Linden have already strongly indicated their opposition to the proposal.

The Board of Health is expected to make a presentation on the pros and cons of fluoridation to the council in the spring.

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