Scotch Plains – Fanwood THE TIMES
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Freeholder Sullivan Questions Impact Of Drug Fair Plan By KIMBERLY A. BROADWELL
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A special meeting which had been scheduled for tonight, Thursday, April 23, as a second public hearing on a proposal regarding the Park Place Restaurant property has been canceled. The owners of Park Place are seeking to expand their restaurant and to build retail on the property at 1900 Raritan Road.
According to Scotch Plains Zoning Board Chairwoman Gail Iammatteo, the special meeting was canceled by Robert Kraus, a Scotch Plains attorney, who is representing the restaurant's owners, Mr. and Mrs. George Filippatos.
"I don't know when the meeting will be rescheduled," commented Ms. Iammatteo. "Our May 7 meeting already has a full agenda, including eight applications. Also, we can't reschedule this public hearing until Mr. Kraus notifies us as to when to go ahead with the meeting."
Mr. and Mrs. Filippatos are seeking approval to expand their restaurant by 6,480 feet, and to add another 12,200 square feet for a proposed Drug Fair pharmacy. The property is located in an R- 1 zone which is designated as residential.
Already, the restaurant is a nonconforming structure in this zone and, as prohibited by township ordinance, cannot be expanded without a variance. Also, retail space in an R1 zone requires that a zoning variance be granted.
The first hearing, which was held on March 5, brought out many concerned residents who voiced their objections to the proposed project. As reported earlier in The Times of Scotch Plains and Fanwood, these
residents had many questions concerning the potential environmental impact of the pharmacy building on the currently barren site, as well as traffic concerns.
As a result of that meeting, the board had required that both an environmental and traffic pattern study be conducted.
Also, voicing concerns over these two issues is Daniel P. Sullivan, Chairman of Union County's Board of Chosen Freeholders. In a memorandum dated April 16, Mr. Sullivan asked Armand A. Fiorletti, Union County's Director of the Department of Operational Services, to look into the impact on traffic and safety of the proposed Park Place expansion.
His memo addresses a particular concern with the intersection of Raritan Road and Martine Avenue, streets which he pointed out are unPLANNING
FOR MOTHER'S DAY… Assembled for a planning meeting of the Fanwood- Scotch Plains Service League, 20 members paused to enjoy the sunshine. Pictured, left to right, are: Mary Graham, Ann Madden, Betty Lindblad, Pat Dillon, Joan Suter, Muriel Jones, Isabel Laterra, Jean Crofton, Ronnie Adams, Helen Ricker, Alice Marks, Dianne Ledder, Becky Goldstein, Olga Bilanin, Peggy Furda and Janet Gardner. Plans were made to re- stock the Thrift Shop for Mother's Day festivities with clothes for the family. The Thrift Shop is located at 1730 East Second Street at the corner of Willow Avenue in Scotch Plains. The shop's 24- hour hot- line is (908) 322- 5420.
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CLEAN UP CREWS… Area residents gather at the south side train station in Fanwood last Saturday to kick off the borough's traditional Earth Day celebration. Volunteers were divided into groups for the annual community cleanup that morning, with refreshments provided by local merchants. Later in the day, members of the public were invited to tour the Fanwood Nature Center on Cray Terrace, which marks its 25th anniversary this year.
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Township Planning Bd. Approves Subdivision at Montague, Grand
By CANDACE WALLER
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The Scotch Plains Planning Board on Monday night approved an application to subdivide one lot, located on the corner of Montague Avenue and Grand Street, into three buildable lots.
Romano DiNizo plans to divide his lot to create two additional properties and build houses on each of the new two lots. One of the new lots will be 5,000 square feet and the other 6,500.
No variances are needed on the subdivision property. A home existing on the original lot, however, will require two variances.
Township zoning codes stipulate that the front yard setback be 30 feet, while the DiNizo application had a 22.23- foot setback. A variance was also needed for the back yard, which is only 28.75 square feet, short of the township guidelines of 30 feet.
The existing home would be in violation of the code even if the application were denied, explained Planning Board Attorney Lawrence A. Woodruff.
"The reason the variance is required is that because of the application, it's considered a new dwelling and, technically, a variance is required," Mr. Woodruff said.
Dominick Gonnella, who lives on Montague, said neighbors were concerned about congestion and the financial aspects of the subdivision.
"Our concerns are pricing of the housing," said Mr. Gonnella, who questioned if the sale listings of the new houses would be in the same range as the other homes on the block.
"Unfortunately, we (the board) have no control over the pricing of homes," said board Subdivision Committee Chairman Fred Webb.
"I'm pretty sure the developers will sell the house for as much money as they can," said board Chairman George Tomkin. "They also have to follow codes (when selling homes)."
Another concern was traffic in the area. There is a stop sign on Grand Street but not on Montague. Mr. Gonnella said a study was done two months ago in the area, and it was
discovered that 90 to 95 percent of the drivers exceeded the 25 mile- per -hour speed limit for the area.
"We have professional review of all applications," Councilman Martin Marks, a member of the board, said. "One of the departments who gave input (on the DiNizo proposal) is the police. The Chief of Police said this application will not cause an increase in traffic in this area. Traffic concerns should be addressed to the Township Council, not the Planning Board."
Installing a four- way stop sign on Montague and Grand Street would be illegal under state law, he further explained.
In other board business, a minor subdivision was approved on Raritan Road. Applicant Manuel Nunes' attorney, James Byrnes, said the property would be subdivided into two conforming lots. A drainage plan was submitted to Township Engineer Dennis Harrington.
"The drainage calculations submitted a week ago were okay," Mr. Harrington said. "I had some concerns with the pump system function. The applicant indicated he will make the necessary changes."
The board approved the application with the stipulation that drainage plans be revised. The board granted final approval to an application that received preliminary approval in April of 1993. The major subdivision, located on Rahway Road, involves four lots.
Traditionally, the applicant applies for an extension three years after preliminary approval is granted by the board, officials indicated.
Property owner Joe Hamrah was applying for and received final approval of his application.
According to Mr. Woodruff, the application falls under a state moratorium to the Permit Extension Act
Lance Porter Jean McAllister
BOARD PRESIDENT DR. SHELDON LOSES BID FOR THIRD TERM
Residents Pass School Budget by 783 Tallies; Mr. Porter, Mrs. McAllister Win Board Seats
By SUSAN M. DYCKMAN
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Voters in Scotch Plains and Fanwood approved a 3.54 percent hike in school taxes to fund a $43,148,449 Board of Education budget for the 1998- 1999 school year. The tax increase will generate $38,226,549 for the general fund portion or the budget.
Also, Scotch Plains residents voted their preference for "new blood" on the Board of Education by electing Jean McAllister and Lance Porter to their first three- year terms, over incumbent and board President Dr. Donald E. Sheldon, and challengers Thomas Randazzo and Norman A. Ross.
Of 14,140 registered voters in Scotch Plains, 2,153, or 15 percent, cast their votes in this year's election. In Fanwood, 749, or 16 percent, of the borough's 4,707 registered voters cast their ballots.
These elections mark the second year in a row that an incumbent, and a board officer, has been defeated at the polls.
Former board Vice President Lillian Dettmar, also of Scotch Plains, lost her bid for reelection last year. Another long- term incumbent, Albert J. Syvertsen of Scotch Plains, did not seek reelection this year.
Mrs. McAllister and Mr. Porter received 1,121 and 1,090 votes, respectively, in the unofficial count released by administrative officials Tuesday night.
In Fanwood, Richard R. Meade, who ran uncontested for his second full term, received 612 votes.
The unofficial number of votes cast in favor of the budget numbered 1,752, or 64 percent of the total votes cast, while 969 voters opposed the spending plan. Approximately 200 less votes were cast in this year's election compared to last year's budget vote.
Fanwood residents will see a 4.01 percent, or $124.50, annual increase in school taxes on an average assessed home of $83,000. In Scotch Plains, school taxes will rise 2.24
percent, or $80.50 annually, on an average assessed home of $115,000.
The 1998- 1999 budget represents a $937,958, or 2.22 percent, increase over the approved 1997- 1998 budget. The plan maintains the Scotch Plains- Fanwood schools' existing instructional and extra- curricular programs, while providing for several instructional improvements that include cyclical review of specific curricula and five new teacher positions.
"I'm very pleased that the community supported the budget," said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Carol B. Choye. "We worked very hard to ensure that pupils would continue to get strong educational programs."
"I'm thrilled," said Mrs. McAllister, "and look forward to working with the board. I did as much as I could to get the word out about what I want to do.
"I touched as many people as possible, and it worked. My message got out, and people responded to it," she concluded.
Mrs. McAllister has a professional background in investment and pension services.
Mr. Porter, a 1970 Scotch PlainsFanwood High School graduate who is employed as a Supervisor of Engineering at General Motors in Linden, attributed his success to people's awareness of his community efforts and his background as a graduate of the local school system and as a parent of elementary school children.
"It was a dogfight," he said immediately following the receipt of unofficial election returns at board offices. "As late as tonight, we were pulling people out of their homes to vote.
"I had no doubt that I could work with the board if elected," he added. "Now it's time to roll up our sleeves and get to work."
Dr. Choye congratulated the winners. "I wish Mr. Porter and Mrs. McAllister the best of luck as they become members of the board," she
said, "and look forward to working with them."
Dr. Sheldon earned 943 votes in a losing bid for a third term.
"I'm very appreciative of the five years I've had the opportunity to work with Don Sheldon as President of the board," said the superintendent.
"His commitment and dedication to the schools have been outstanding, and he has made a difference in the lives of the children in this district. I wish Don and his wife, Alice,
health and happiness in the years to come," she said.
Dr. Sheldon was followed, in the number of votes received, by Mr. Randazzo, who drew 354 votes, and Mr. Ross, who garnered 226 tallies in his second consecutive bid for a board seat.
The board's reorganization meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 28. At that time, the board will elect a President and Vice President for the coming year by roll call vote.
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Scotch Plains Council Supports Revitalization
Effort for Downtown By JEANNE WHITNEY
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The Scotch Plains Township Council agreed Tuesday to move toward revitalizing the downtown district with plans for at least two dozen streetside banners, nine welcoming signs, a gazebo on the village green and the addition of the name "Centre Boulevard" to two- and- a- half miles of road now known as East Second Street, Westfield Avenue and Plainfield Avenue.
The gazebo foundations are already under construction at the corner of Front Street and Park Avenue. Students from Union County Vocational- Technical Schools in Scotch Plains are donating the construction work.
The wooden gazebo will be raised two feet and will include a handicap ramp. Council members suggested the structure be used for residents' wedding ceremonies and as a viewing stand during parades.
The street signs for newly named "Centre Boulevard" include an image of the captured World War I German cannon that sits at the Liberty Island memorial on Front Street. The cannon was awarded to the township by the Federal government following the first World War, after Scotch Plains residents raised generous amounts of money in war bonds.
Councilman Martin Marks, Liaison to the Downtown Development Committee (DDC), told officials that members of the Scotch Plains Business and Professional Association
were paying half of the $8,000 tab for the utility pole banners that display the words "Enjoy the Hometown Feeling" along with the township name.
Nine wooden welcome signs placed at the borders of the business district will cost a total of $2,500, and are entirely paid for by private sponsors, Councilman Marks said. The road markers will display a new business district logo, or emblem, that notes the township's founding in 1684.
Other DDC suggestions for the business district include adding sidewalk benches, commercial development of a nearly vacant strip of property on Park Avenue next to the Municipal Building parking lot, and the addition of a traditional- style facade to the Municipal Building.
In other business, council members insisted they had no interest in the Union County Utilities Authority's (UCUA) solid waste agreement to lease the county's Resource Recovery Facility in Rahway, more commonly known as the incinerator, to Ogden Martin Systems of Union, Inc. by Monday, June 15, of this year.
As one of the seven Union County communities which leaves the business of contracting for garbage collection to individual residents, Mayor Joan Papen said, "The UCUA wants us to change our whole system."
The UCUA had hoped to get 25- year commitments from county municipalities for dumping garbage at the Rahway facility.
Neighboring Westfield also rejected the UCUA contract proposal earlier this month.
The UCUA notified Scotch Plains last week that any garbage hauled out of the county for disposal will be weighed at designated locations and charged an estimated $19- per- ton Environmental Investment Charge (EIC) toward paying off $283 million worth of debt on the Rahway burner.
The City of Paterson is challenging in court a similar EIC charge proposal by the Passaic County Utilities Authority on trash transported out of Passaic County.
Township officials said Solid Waste Manager Sharon Pachler invited local private garbage haulers to a Tuesday, May 5, public meeting with the Township Council at 7: 30 p. m.
Officials said they are "looking for input from the haulers" over anticipated rate changes as a result of the proposed UCUA lease deal and the deregulation of the hauling industry last year.
A press release from the Township Manager Thomas E. Atkins' office last month said rates for curbside garbage collection in the township ranged from $14.49 to $30. Councilman Robert Johnston said Tuesday
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der the jurisdiction of the Union County government.
Freeholder Sullivan also questioned Mr. Fiorletti about the land adjacent to the Ash Brook Reservation.
"Since the land is adjacent to the Ash Brook Reservation, countyowned property, what will be the environmental impact on the area?" questioned Freeholder Sullivan in his memorandum.
Raising similar questions about the Ash Brook Reservation wetlands is the Environmental Commission of the Township of Scotch Plains.
In a memorandum dated March 13, the commission requested that an Environmental Impact Statement be produced for the site prior to any approval for the proposed project.
The commission is concerned about increased activity and polluting conditions at the Ash Brook Reservation, which reportedly lies directly adjacent to the development.
The commission stated that the wetlands are vital for many animals raising their young, are needed for
controlling floods and are natural purification systems.
The commission also noted that the Ash Brook Reservation, according to the 1991 Township of Scotch Plains Environmental Resources Inventory, had documentation of turtles, great blue herons and blue- spotted salamanders living in it — all of which are on New Jersey's lists of endangered and threatened wildlife.
It concluded that the site was better suited within its current residential zoning.
The plans presented by Mr. and Mrs. Filippatos and Mr. Kraus at the March 5 meeting included parking provisions and location of current and proposed structures on the lot, as well as tentative landscape concepts.
Mr. Kraus noted that, if the proposed concepts are approved, the plans would have to be more detailed for site plan approval.
During the meeting last month, Mr. Kraus explained to the board, "We are not presenting a complete case with a fully engineered design, but are asking for approval on a concept."
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Freeholder Sullivan Questions Impact of Drug Fair Plan
Women Veterans Are Sought In SP- F Memorial Day Parade
The 1998 Fanwood- Scotch Plains Memorial Day Parade will be held on Monday, May 25. The Parade Committee is planning to honor all women veterans in the communities of Fanwood and Scotch Plains as the collective Grand Marshall for this year's parade.
Last October, the Women in Military Service for America Memorial was dedicated at the gates to Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. This memorial recognizes the sacrifices and contributions made by America's female military personnel during their time in service.
A spokesman said the Parade Com
SPRING HAS SPRUNG… Justin Weissbrod, a student in Bernadette Hoyer's Pre- Kindergarten TIP TOP class at Brunner Elementary School in Scotch Plains, is greeted by the first daffodil to bloom from the bulbs he helped to plant last fall. Children in Margaret Mindnich's and Laura DelGuercio's TIP TOP classes also helped with the garden project. Begun by Mrs. Hoyer last year, it will continue this year with new plants and projects for the children. A grant awarded to Mrs. Hoyer by the Education Enrichment Foundation of Scotch Plains- Fanwood has made this year's projects possible.
mittee feels it is appropriate to honor local women veterans. The committee is looking for all female veterans in our communities to participate in the parade. The invitation is extended to all women veterans, regardless of rank, branch of service, era (World War II through present), duty station (stateside or overseas) or type of service (in peace time or in war).
Those persons who know a woman veteran who might be interested in participating in the parade are asked to contact Carolyn Sorge of the Memorial Day Parade Committee at the Scotch Plains Municipal Building at (908) 322- 6700, Extension No. 314.
Recent Home Sales SCOTCH PLAINS
William J. Hughes to Steven Polak and Pamela Polak, 347 Park View Drive, $170,500.
Laurence Y. Andrews to Jay M. Cohen and Glenna Cohen, 1981 Duncan Drive, $372,000.
Mark A. Toner to Vincent A. Erardi and Deobrah L. Erardi, 1266 Sunnyfield Lane, $310,000.
Helen D. Happel to Dion Natale, 2378 Waldheim Avenue, $50,000.
Richard Rudman to Salvatore Cuoco and Nancy Cuoco, 1833 Chapel Road, $209,000.
Martin S. Zipern to Thomas Genega and Linda Chase Genega, 1509 Ashbrook Drive, $313,000.
Mary K. Bride to Richard Patti and Cheryl Ann Patti, 55 Maddaket, $175,000.
Dorothy M. Neville to William H. Cross and Rita Person- Cross, 9 Yarmouth Court, $188,500.
Charles E. Weirauch to Richard M. Rudman and Debra J. Rudman, 6 Wilshire Run, $370,000.
Sidney Cohen to David Jaxheimer, 1340 Cushing Road, $259,040.
Charles E. Childs, 3rd, to Domingo O. Bello, 163 Russell Road, $210,000.
Kenneth Smith, Jr. to Monty L. Forrest and Michele Forrest, 156 North Martine Avenue, $253,000.
CLEAN- UP PROCEDURES… During "Environment Day, 1998" at Terrill Middle School in Scotch Plains, Michael Kaskiw, background, demonstrated to sixth- grade students just how difficult it is to clean up oil spells. Students donned the protective suits used in cleanups and, utilizing maps of the Exxon Refinery and cleanup materials, proceeded to "clean up" an imaginary spill in the school cafeteria.
The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) of Coles Elementary School in Scotch Plains recently sponsored its first Mini Health Fair.
PTA Chairwomen Doris Chabus and Donna D'Annunzio recruited members of the community to come to Coles for "an informative and entertaining family event," according to PTA spokeswoman Maura Berger.
Members of the Scotch Plains Police Department, Scotch Plains Fire Department, and Scotch Plains Rescue Squad occupied stations at the event to speak to the children about safety.
A 911 simulator was set up so that the children could call in a mock emergency and respond to the 911 operators' instructions.
Daniel Shefrin, a pharmacist from JFK Medical Center in Edison, was on hand to speak and demonstrate about the forms and dosage of medications.
Dr. Timothy McCabe spoke to the
Coles Elementary School Holds Mini Health Fair
children about dental health and let them "fill cavities" on a set of teeth. Dr. Frank Besson was on hand to discuss orthodontia.
A healthy snack station offered nutritious choices for children. Donna Peart, a registered dietitian, helped guide the parents and students in their choices, and spoke about the "food pyramid," which illustrates the basic food groups.
The highlight for many of the students was the Beanie Baby Clinic, where the staff of Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center in Plainfield were on hand to "assess," "diagnose" and "treat" the Beanie Babies brought in by the students.
The students and their "babies" received certificates from the nursing staff saying they were seen with a recommendation for follow- up treatment.
Irma's Hallmark of Fanwood donated Beanie Babies that were given away as door prizes.
HEALTHY BEANIES… Students visit the Beanie Baby Clinic during the recent Mini Health Fair at Coles Elementary School in Scotch Plains. Pictured, left to right, are: Alex Bernhard, Justin Berger and Alina Chabus with nurses from Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center in Plainfield.
which regulates municipal land use laws.
Mr. Hamrah's application falls under the regulations of the law, which froze the permit process for applications which had received preliminary approval, so that time would not run
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out on the applications. This stipulation was in effect from 1989 to 1996. "The state memorialized preliminary approvals from 1989 to 1996. Mr. Hamrah did not use the three years up because there was a freeze," explained Mr. Woodruff.
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that his own trash hauler recently reduced his rate (for back door pickup) from $37 to $28.
On a separate issue, Mayor Papen said the results of residents' cable television survey are complete. Mayor Papen said she wanted resident input before signing another franchising contract with Comcast for cable services. One last public hearing on the action will be held in June, officials said.
A majority of the 600 or so people responding to the CATV survey indicated overall satisfaction with the present service. About 40 percent of those who responded said they tuned in to local station TV- 34 once in two weeks.
When some of those surveyed complained of high prices for cable services, Mayor Papen responded, "We have no control over that."
Additionally, most residents who answered the survey said they would not pay more for Internet access or electronic mail services through their cable television connection.
On an entirely separate issue, Mr. Atkins said an attorney for the Suburban Municipal Joint Insurance Fund, of which Scotch Plains is a member, told employee members that New Jersey's standard test for sexual harassment is markedly different from that of Arkansas, where Paula
Jones' sexual harassment suit against President Bill Clinton was recently dismissed.
The lawyer, Mr. Atkins reported, claimed it was unlikely that the Jones lawsuit would have been dismissed under New Jersey standards.
On another matter, Township Fire Chief Jonathan P. Ellis asked the council to raise the fire inspection fee to $35 from $29, for a Type 1 permit. He said there had been no increase since 1987.
Township Council Supports Downtown Revitalization Child's Play Touring Theater
Visits McGinn Elementary
The Chicago- based "Child's Play Touring Theater" recently visited McGinn Elementary School in Scotch Plains for the second time this year in a long- term project designed to motivate students as readers and authors.
"Child's Play" first visited McGinn in November and conducted writing classes for all students. They taught the children how to find story ideas and introduced a method for organizing story concepts. Their fall workshop culminated with the audience helping write a group generated story that the company then performed.
Since the assembly, teachers have used the group's techniques to motivate their students to read and write more extensively.
Early this year, McGinn students in Kindergarten through fifth grade submitted about 90 original stories, poems, plays, and songs to "Child's Play" for review and four pieces were selected by the group for a staged
NURTURING YOUNG TALENT... Four members of the Child's Play Touring Theater get together with Jane Lawlor, right, and Robert Currie, second from right, at the conclusion of their recent performance at McGinn School in Scotch Plains. Mrs. Lawlor arranged the writing workshops and performances presented by the group using funds she received as recipient of the 1997 Joan Vagelos Currie Award for Excellence in Teaching and from a district minigrant. Mr. Currie, Joan Currie's husband, was McGinn's special guest at the group's March performance.
professional production at a March assembly.
The original works that were performed to the great delight of all the students were "A Prince Meets an Orphan" by third grader Lauryn Alyward; "When Spring Comes" by Victoria Fosdal, fourth grade; "The Contest Winners," a story about plagiarism written by fourth graders Meryl Coker, Stephanie Ricca, and Alexa Knox; and "Coconut Saves the Day" by Donna Katz's afternoon Kindergarten class.
Every student who submitted work received a certificate of participation.
The project was arranged by McGinn teacher Jane Lawlor using funds she was awarded as recipient of the 1997 Joan Vagelos Currie Award for Excellence in Teaching and also a district mini- grant.
A special guest at "Child Play's" March performance was Robert Currie, Joan Currie's husband.
Recreation Department Sponsoring Bus Trip to Indian Pow Wow
The Scotch Plains Recreation Department of Parks will sponsor a bus trip to Kennedy Park, Sayreville, on Saturday, May 16, to help celebrate the 13th anniversary of the Indigenous People in the United States.
The Pow Wow will- be held rain or shine, according to Bob White, Eagle Master of Ceremonies.
The bus will leave from the Municipal Building, located at Park Avenue in Scotch Plains, at 9: 30 a. m., and return by 4 p. m. Mr. White said those who take the trip are promised an "enlightening and entertaining spectacle," with traditional songs and dances of various tribes from all over the United States.
Trip- goers are invited to "mingle with the Indigenous People" and see the diversity of Native American foods, crafts, pottery, etc. The cost of $10 for adults, $8 for Senior Citizens and $8 for children 5 through 12 includes entrance to the Pow Wow, as well as bus transportation.
Registrations are being accepted in the Scotch Plains Recreation Department Office. For further information, please call (908) 322- 6700.
Miss Paynter Receives Scott- Ellis Scholarship
Vaneisha Camille Paynter, of Scotch Plains, recently received the Scott- Ellis Scholarship and the Administrative Scholarship from Campbell University, Buies Creek, North Carolina.
Miss Paynter is an honor roll student and a member of the Spanish Club and student government. She has also been listed in Who's Who Among American High School Students.
She is a member of the Faith Fellowship Ministries in Edison where she is a volunteer in the children's ministry. She is a graduate of Scotch Plains- Fanwood High School.
Miss Paynter is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Aldwyn Paynter of Scotch Plains.
BABY BUNDLES… Annie Smith and Barbie Slaugh, second grade Brownies from McGinn Elementary School in Scotch Plains, prepare to load up the van with boxes of baby items for delivery to Good Beginnings in Plainfield. The "Baby Bundle" items were collected on "Be Your Best," Night recently held during Girl Scout week at McGinn, where over 130 Girl Scouts participated in a concert of "Songs from Stage and Screen," collecting the baby goods as the price of admission. Good Beginnings helps new mothers and mothers- to- be in caring for their babies with classes, programs and supplies. SAYONARA, MY FRIENDS… Hiroko Sanada, a student at Terrill Middle
School for the past three years, is returning to Tokyo, Japan, where her father is reassigned. Hiroko, who developed many friendships with students and staff members, had a very difficult time saying good bye. Pictured, left to right, are: kneeling, Kim Testa and Caroline Francoulon and, standing, Leslee Schrader, Christine Perrotta, Maura Loughrey, Hiroko, Katie Testa, Lauren Vasnelis and Leanne Kacsur.