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Volunteers Continue Tradition as Members Of Scotch Plains Squad
By JEANNE WHITNEY
Specially Written for The Times
Scotch Plains Township's 53-mem- ber volunteer rescue squad answers 1,000 emergency medical calls per year, 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week. It takes 120 hours of training to qualify as a rescue squad member. This dedicated team can save your life.
The squad also begins its annual Fund Drive this week, with the hopes of raising enough money to buy a new ambulance with a $115,000 price tag.
Last week, before nearly 20 squad members, Scotch Plains Mayor Joan Papen proclaimed May to be "Rescue Squad Month" during a televised Township Council meeting.
The Mayor urged residents to give "as generously as possible to this very deserving organization."
President of the squad for the past 10 and a half years, Dan Sullivan demonstrated for television viewers and the Township Council a critical piece of medical equipment — the defibrillator — which he said has saved the lives of at least 10 heart attack victims in the township.
The township squad, Mr. Sullivan said, was one of the first in Union County, in 1993, to provide the life- saving equipment to residents.
Squad member Jean Lozowski is the "Angel of Life," according to Mr. Sullivan, due to her proven skill in administering the life-saving electri- cal charges with the defibrillator.
"This unit (the defibrillator) is only as good as the people who use it," Mr. Sullivan said. Recently, more than half the squad completed up-to-date training on emergency treatment of
children, the squad president added. Earlier this year, Mayor Papen and the council recognized 10 new teen- age "cadet" members, who are eli- gible to train for full Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) status when they turn 18.
Mr. Sullivan said, "It's real posi- tive when 16-year-olds want to take time to save someone else."
More often than not, membership in the squad seems to run in families. Former township Police Chief Harold C. Hill, Sr. started the squad in 1937 and his son, Harold C. "Buddy" Hill, Jr., is a 40-year squad volunteer this year.
The township's first female firefighter, Carolyn Sorge, began her stint on the rescue squad as a teen- ager after her father served as Squad President. Miss Sorge's two brothers also volunteer on the squad.
Other squad members are married couples, like Robert and Joanne Gurske. In the past, two brothers who were medical school students served on the squad.
The squad headquarters, located at 1916 Bartle Avenue, across from the township library, is a building which dates from 1875. New rooms were added by the squad in 1954 and 1974, Mr. Sullivan said. The last addition converted the parking lot into ga- rages for the squad's ambulances.
Photographs and other memora- bilia from the squad's early days line the walls of the headquarters. One notable souvenir is the alarm bell from the first ambulance that the squad owned. The bell looks like one typically found on the handlebars of a tricycle, only bigger — about two
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IN CHARACTER…Alexandra Queripel's second-grade class at McGinn El- ementary School in Scotch Plains dress in costumes relating to the biographies they read. As an incentive to read, the students do weekly book reports through a program entitled "Racing To Read." They have also read chapter books, fairy tales, animal fact books and poetry, among other topics. Pictured, left to right, are: back row, Brian O'Donnell, Lindsay Zuber and Ken Artz, and front row, Alana Bencivengo, Joanna Naugle, Jackie Lenoff and Jane Newcomer. CONTINUED ON PAGE 12
Local Officials Honor Mr. Crosby During Arbor Day Celebration
The Borough of Fanwood cel- ebrated Arbor Day April 24 with the dedication of a newly-planted tree in honor of William L. Crosby, who retired from the borough's Shade Tree Commission this past January after 30 years of service.
ARBOR DAY DEDICATION…Local elected officials gather on the grounds of the Fanwood Rescue Squad April 24 for the annual observance of Arbor Day. A newly-planted Red Spire Callery Pear tree was dedicated in honor of retired Shade Tree Commissioner William L. Crosby, the President of the Rescue Squad. The program also featured music by the Troop No. 729 Junior Girl Scout Band.
The Red Spire Callery Pear tree was planted on the grounds of the Fanwood Rescue Squad building during a program sponsored by the Shade Tree Commission. Mr. Crosby is President of the squad and has been a member of the volunteer orga-
nization for more than 40 years. Over the years, Mr. Crosby helped arrange for the planting of more than 1,000 trees in Fanwood, according to Shade Tree Commission Chairman Steve Falco.
Other members of the commission include Earl Phillips, Bud Colombo, Betty Lafayette, Bob Brennan and Fanwood Borough Council President Bruce H. Walsh. The commission members, all of whom are volun- teers, work to maintain all the trees in the borough.
Arbor Day is an annual observance that celebrates the role of trees in communities and promotes tree plant- ing and care.
Mayor Maryanne S. Connelly read and signed a proclamation urging "all citizens to plant trees to gladden hearts and promote the well being of present and future generations."
Union County Freeholder and former Fanwood Mayor Linda d. Stender was also on hand to present a resolution from the Board of Cho- sen Freeholders which "urges all citi- zens to celebrate Arbor Day and to support efforts to protect our trees and woodlands."
Councilwoman Karen M. Schurtz and Councilman Joel Whitaker were in attendance to show their support as well. Rescue Squad Chaplain Rob- ert Kruthers gave the invocation at the program.
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Township, Borough Awarded Funds As Part of 'Pocket Park' Program
By PAUL J. PEYTON
Specially Written for The Times
All 21 municipalities in Union County should be receiving checks from the county within the next 60 days as part of the county's Project Pocket Park Program. A total of $1,588,750 has been approved in matching dollar grants — moneys that will be used to acquire land to construct pocket parks and to reno- vate existing playgrounds.
In announcing the approval of the grants, Freeholder Chairman Daniel P. Sullivan said the program will result in over $3.1 million in land acquisition and park renovations, an effort by the county to preserve open space.
The grants, which range from $10,000 to $125,000, follow the county's efforts to upgrade its parks
system, according to Freeholder Alexander Mirabella, who serves as Liaison to the Parks Advisory Board. An additional $2 million was spent in 1997 by the county to improve county playgrounds and playing fields.
Among the properties included in the program are the former sites of the Excellent Diner in Westfield and the erstwhile Scotch Plains Zoo, once known as the Terry Lou Zoo, in Scotch Plains.
The two communities will receive $100,000 each for the acquisition of these properties, which local offi- cials hope to convert into parks.
However, there remain some ob- stacles in that regard. In Scotch Plains, the Township Council's plan to condemn the zoo property has met with opposition from officials from Sunrise Assisted Living, which wants to build a facility on the site.
The council, though, has moved ahead with efforts to condemn the property. Just last month, the gov- erning body voted to seize ownership of the property for a public park, claiming "eminent domain."
The council then passed a $570,000 bond ordinance in order to pay "a fair
market price," as required by law, to Sunrise for the 5.87-acre site. The company has indicated it plans to challenge the council's decision in court.
Sunrise purchased the property for $850,000. A local planner has said one-third of the zoo lot lies in a flood plain and thus makes development of the property a potential hazard.
In Westfield, the Town Council last week learned that the owners of the former site of the Excellent Diner, the Honecker family, want to develop a three-story commercial building on the currently vacant site.
Westfield Mayor Thomas C. Jardim said the governing body is prepared to move on its plans in the meantime, noting the site has long been an "eyesore" which the town is now "finally doing something about."
He said the condition of the site, located in the middle of the central business district, is "unacceptable."
"One of the biggest assets in our town is our CBD (central business district), our schools and streets. So we (the town) have got to protect our
By JILL LOEWER
Specially Written for The Times
During the Monday night meeting of the Scotch Plains Planning Board, plans for The Reserve townhouse project were updated for the board and were generally well-received.
In addition to an update on the status of the project, discussions were held concerning dumpster enclo- sures, the allocation of one-bedroom units, and spacing between build- ings, along with a lengthy review of planned parking spaces.
Joe Fleming, the engineering ex- pert for developer K. Hovnanian, the developer who is seeking to buy the 7.7-acre property from its current owners, reviewed the proposed changes to the development as per previous requests by the board.
Specifically, Donato Circle, the roadway at the development entrance, has been reduced from 40 feet to 24 feet to provide a more reasonable grade; the rear retaining walls have been pulled in closer to the build- ings, and an emergency outlet bridge has been designed and added to the plan.
Eight-foot-high wooden fencing had been planned as an enclosure for the dumpsters on the property, but the developer has agreed to comply with the township's ordinance which
Proposals for The Reserve Project Updated To Provide for an Emergency Outlet Bridge
mandates that all fencing be no more than six feet high.
The developer feels, however, that from an aesthetic standpoint, eight- foot-high fencing would be prefer- able.
Robert LaCosta, a member of the Planning Board and the township's Construction Official, suggested con- crete blocks would be a better barrier for these dumpster areas.
A township ordinance calls for spacing of 30 feet between buildings
of this nature. However, since some buildings are spaced only 20 feet apart, Robert Kraus, the Scotch Plains attorney for the Donato family, which
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Jeanne Whitney for The Times
VOLUNTEER SERVICE…Members of the Scotch Plains Volunteer Rescue Squad are pictured inside the newer one of two ambulances which are currently used on emergency calls. The squad is hoping to replace the older model ambulance with a newer one. Pictured, left to right, are: Ernie Hernandez, Tom Cassidy, Harold C. Hill, Jr., Squad President Dan Sullivan, Sue Baldani and Joanne Gurske.
DECISION ON 'CENTRE BOULEVARD' ADDITION POSTPONED
Township Council Meets With Haulers For Update on Garbage Disposal Options
By JEANNE WHITNEY
Specially Written for The Times
The Scotch Plains Township Coun- cil met briefly Tuesday with five lo- cal private garbage haulers in an attempt to size up what lies ahead for residents, since the township is one of seven Union County municipali- ties that rejected a 25-year contract with the Union County Utilities Au- thority (UCUA) for waste disposal at the indebted Rahway Resource Re- covery Facility, otherwise known as the incinerator.
Local hauler Steve Scioscia, work- ing with a national firm called White Brothers, told officials to "Sit back and wait. We, as private haulers, will try to negotiate with the incinerator to keep prices low."
Another hauler, Tom DeCuollo of DeCuollo Disposal, told officials he already uses a Bridgewater dumping facility with lower tipping fees.
Township residents currently con- tract individually with garbage col- lectors, and haulers are now free to dump waste outside the county. The hauling industry was virtually de- regulated last year when Federal courts found that state restrictions on waste disposal violated interstate commerce laws.
The Union County incinerator, as well as similar facilities around the state, scrambled to lock in local mu- nicipalities with dumping contracts following deregulation. The Union County facility carries approximately $283 million in bond debt, and the UCUA has agreed to lease the incin- erator to Ogden Martin Systems in a deal that would cover about 60 per- cent of the debt.
The local haulers rejected the le- gitimacy of a proposed tax, or Envi- ronmental Investment Charge (EIC), that the Utilities Authority has said it will impose on local garbage carried outside the county for dumping. The proposed EIC of $19-a-ton, accord- ing to the UCUA, is necessary to pay down the remaining debt on the in- cinerator. Haulers agreed they would challenge such a tax in court.
Mr. DeCuollo said that he believes Union County taxpayers are not re- sponsible for bond debt on the incin- erator, if the facility were to falter, and argued that this information is in the prospectus for the bond issue to build the plant. This newspaper has not yet seen such a document. Sepa- rately, Mr. DeCuollo said he was part of a lawsuit over rebates last year.
Last month, Mayor Joan Papen said any contract for dumping with
the UCUA would require the town- ship government to take over the business of garbage collection from private haulers. On Tuesday, Town- ship Manager Thomas E. Atkins, said, "We're really not interested in getting into the business. They (the haulers) know the business."
Councilman William F. McClintock, Jr., said, "We wouldn't want to make a 25-year deal, any- way."
Hauler Frank Festa said garbage collection, in general, was going the way of company consolidation and automatic trucks. He said in some areas, companies provide garbage containers that residents place at curbside, and a one-person crew with an "automatic" truck picks up the container and dumps the contents into the truck.
"They won't come to your door, though," he said. Mr. Scioscia added that "Smaller companies will con- tinue to be part of the (hauling) busi- ness, as far as I'm concerned. There's a niche."
Mr. DeCuollo also claimed a rail- road line would be in operation this fall which could cheaply transport garbage south, out of the state.
In other business, the council said it would postpone any action on add- ing the name "Centre Boulevard" to Westfield and Plainfield Avenues and East Second Street until next month, when residents should have received a letter from the council describing the proposal.
Last week, several residents of Westfield Avenue, including Tho- mas and Marie Denitzio told the council they objected to the addition of the name "Centre Boulevard" to the avenue.
Council members said the use of the new name is optional and the streets would still retain their origi- nal names. Councilman Martin Marks said the new name would help identify the area as part of Scotch Plains.
Councilman Marks, Liaison to the Downtown Development Commit- tee, remarked on Tuesday that "Even as relatively innocuous as this is, in retrospect, it probably would have been better to reach out to those who would be affected, directly. So, I have a letter to send out to every address along that corridor."
Development Committee member Ray Pardon, the owner of Nuts n'
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feet across. The bell rode on the side of the ambulance and had a mechani- cal two-tone ring, run by batteries.
Thenewest ambulanceonthesquad was purchased from an Ohio manu- facturer in January of last year and volunteershopeto orderasecondone by next January.
Mr. Sullivan said the newer ambu- lances provide better access to equip- ment and space to treat a patient on the way to a hospital. The most con- temporary models appear to be as well-equipped as a modern hospital room.
Mr. Sullivan pointed out that 30 years ago, ambulances were often little more than station wagon-style vehicles which provided a ride for medical help, but little treatment en route.
"I remember when the majority of our (emergency) calls were traffic accidents on Route 22," Mr. Sullivan
noted. "Since 1973, when they put up the center dividers on Route 22, there have been far fewer accident calls."
The squad runs three shifts around the clock: 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. and 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Volun- teers have pagers and either respond from home or work during the late night and daytime shifts.
It's called a "scramble" response, the squad president explained. Oth- erwise, members take turns "sitting at the desk" at headquarters, every night of the week.
Calls for help are dispatched through the township police depart- ment.
In the meantime, squad members keepbusyin otherways,Mr.Sullivan said. For example, last summer, the squad provided first aid coverage for a large Boy Scout camping event in Rockaway.
Scotch Plains Rescue Squad Continues Volunteer Tradition
Those present at the Arbor Day Program were treated to musical en- tertainment by the Troop No. 729 Junior Girl Scout Band. Troop lead- ers Denise Bianco and Jane Van Haasteren allowed the troop mem- bers to conduct their own program.
The troop played traditional songs such as "America the Beautiful," and then surprised the audience with a stirringversion oftheAcademyAward- winning song "My Heart Will Go On" from the motion picture Titanic.
The band was conducted by Keila Guzman and Yvonne Chen. Meaghan
KellyandGaby Falcoplayedthesaxo- phone.Mandy LipetzandBrianaFalco played the clarinet. Michelle Dsurney played flute, Marisa Bianco played the French horn and Katie Van Haasteren playedthetrumpet.Melanie Lee was ill and could not attend.
Elected officials and others gath- ered for the occasion acknowledged the long-range importance of Arbor Day observances to a community. In the words of Arbor Day founder J. Sterling Morton, "other holidays re- pose upon the past; Arbor Day pro- poses for the future."
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Mr. Crosby Honored At Arbor Day Celebration
assets," the Mayor stated. He said he has been told the prop- erty could not be developed commer- cially. Debbie Schmidt, Executive Directorof theWestfieldAreaCham- ber of Commerce, added that the number of variances needed by the Honeckers would probably prevent it from being developed.
"I think it would require more vari- ances than the Planning Board would be willing to give them," she stated. "It's an awfully long and narrow property."
"A pocket park would be a nice use for the property," she said, noting that the park would probably be more popular with workers in the down- town than with the residential com- munity — especially on weekdays.
Freeholder Mary Ruotolo, a resi- dent of Westfield, said she will be happy to see the site cleaned up, noting the location will become an "attractive entrance to the town" along North Avenue.
In addition to the $100,000 grant, Westfield will receive $17,500 to renovatethe playgroundoftheformer Lincoln SchoolonWestfieldAvenue. The school is currently leased to the Union County Educational Services Commission as a high school for emotionally disturbed youths.
The Westfield Board of Education is presently involved in negotiations concerning a proposal to lease the playground to the town.
Scotch Plains will receive an addi- tional $25,000 to renovate Green Forest Park. Fanwood and Mountainside willbegranted$25,000 apiece for the creation of a passive park at 130 Watson Road and for the renovation of Sawmill Road Field, respectively.
Freeholder Sullivan said he was not surprised by the number of appli- cations filed with the county, noting that the county "made the program attractive enough that the munici- palities would all participate."
Due to the overwhelming response to the program, Union County Man- ager Michael J. Lapolla, of West- field, said he doubted that additional fundswouldbe availableforasecond budget cycle for the program this year. The original amount the county had appropriated was $1 million.
"The response was overwhelming. We never do anything that gets all 21 towns to respond," he said.
Freeholder Sullivan said that, with the level of participation in the pro-
gram, "it would have been difficult to turn anyone down" had the Free- holders stayed with their original appropriation.
Other communities receiving matching funding include: Berkeley Heights, $13,000 for the renovation of the Columbus Avenue ball fields; Clark, $50,000,forrenovatingBienco and Bartell Parks; Cranford, $125,000, for renovation of tennis courts, Lincoln Park, a soccer field and the Cranford Recreation and Community Center; Elizabeth, $125,000, for renovation of Drotar and Brophy Fields, the Mickey Walker Playground and the North Elizabeth Little League Field.
Also receiving grants are: Garwood, $20,000, for the renova- tion of the Garwood Memorial Little League Field; Hillside, $50,000, for the creation of a pocket park at 211 Hillside Avenue and the renovation of Sanford Park; Kenilworth, $44,250, to renovate the Dimario, 16thStreet, 18thStreetandRoosevelt Avenue Parks; Linden, $125,000, for renovation ofBuchananStreet,Hagel Avenue, Al Kalla, Lexington Avenue and SixthWardParks;Mountainside, $25,000, for the renovation of OakwoodPark;Plainfield,$125,000, for the acquisition and creation of a pocket park at 219-223 East Front Street, and renovation of the MathewsonPlayground,andRahway, $125,000, for the acquisition and creation of a pocket park at the front of the Rahway Train Station, and for the renovation of municipal property opposite the Union County Arts Cen- ter.
Other towns included in the pro- gramare: Roselle,$125,000,toreno- vate Poplar Street, Home Terrace, Grove Street, Cristiani Street and Pine Street Parks; Roselle Park, $10,000, for renovation of Lomonaco/Perry Park; Springfield, $39,000, for renovations at Irwin, Ruby, Denham, Alvin, Chrisholm, Sandmeier, Trivett, Smithfield, Cohn and Laurel Parks; Summit, $120,000, to acquire and upgrade a Glenside Avenue property and for the renovation of the Jefferson Av- enue Playground; Union, $50,000, for the renovation of Teener League and Samuel Rabkin Fields, and WinfieldPark, $12,500,forthereno- vation of park property adjacent to the Winfield Community Center.
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Township, Borough Awarded County Funds for 'Pocket Park'
currently ownstheproperty,proposed making the facing walls in question windowless so that a variance would not be needed. Under township regu- lations, facing buildings which are closer than 30 feet need a variance.
However, Planning Board mem- bers said they were inclined to grant the variance, noting they prefer win- dows on the facing buildings in the proposed development.
Mr. Kraus, along with an attorney for K. Hovnanian, suggested that rather than designating some units as one-bedroom, that all the one- bedrooms bemadeintotwo-bedroom units since these units will have the same square footage, and the two- bedroom units would be more desir- able to potential buyers.
The Planning Board strongly op- posedthisidea, however,asthestate's Council On Affordable Housing (COAH) standards are strict on the designation of one-, two-, and three- bedroom units needed in this townhouse development.
Twenty percent of the units in the development will be designated to satisfy the township's Mount Laurel obligation.
Thecurrentplan callsfor264park- ing spaces for 116 townhouse units. This breaks down into 116 garages, 116 driveways and 32 other spaces available.
Although thesenumbersfallwithin the township's regulations, several board members voiced concern over whattheyfelt maybeanovercrowded parking situation on some occasions, and asked the developer to try and squeeze more spaces out of the site.
Board member Nancy Malool asked Mr. Kraus, "since parking seems to be an issue here, have you considered building less units on this
site?" Mr. Kraus replied that the regula- tions allow 16 units per acre, and the proposed plan, as it stands now, calls for 15 units per acre.
Lawrence A. Woodruff, Board At- torney, responded that, "if they com- ply with the ordinance, the board can't ask them to provide more park- ing spaces."
Scotch Plains-Fanwood Board of Education member Richard R. Meade, a member of the audience, came forward to ask for specific in- formation he could take back to his school board regarding the projected child population of the proposed townhouse development.
He also raised the issue of school bus access to the development.
Earlier in the evening, Mr. Kraus requested that specific engineering details be discussed with the town- ship engineers, rather than taking up the board's time. However, William Butler, a Westfield attorney repre- senting Weldon Materials — which opposes thisdevelopment—objected to any non- Planning Board meeting discussions and wanted all details discussed at the public Planning Board meetings.
George Tomkin, Board Chairman, assured Mr. Butler that "any discus- sions between the developer's engi- neersand thetown'sengineerswould be made part of the public record," and that Mr. Butler was welcome to attend these sessions.
In other business, an application for a minor subdivision submitted by Antonio Appezzato, for his property at 215 Westfield Road, was left open pending further details by the applicant's project engineer.
Specific questions were raised re- garding the placing of the lot line and details regarding the averaging of the front yard setbacks. Mr. Tomkin stated that it seems the application is complete but added he would like to review these issues with the applicant's engineer who was not present.
Plans submitted propose to subdi- vide an existing lot into two lots, demolish an existing garage and con- struct a detached garage.
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SCOTCH PLAINS POLICE BLOTTER TUESDAY, APRIL 28
· Aresident ofColesAvenuereported his vehicle was keyed sometime during the night.
· A Meadowview Road resident re- ported the theft of a bicycle from the yard.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29
· Richard K. Hopkins, 47, of Union; Jason J. Ciesla, 21, of Woodbridge; and Brenda L. Sorger, 33, of Kenilworth, were arrested for possession of a stolen motor vehicle on Route No. 22.
FRIDAY, MAY 1
· A motorist reported that his vehicle was keyed while parked in the Scotch
Plains-Fanwood High School lot the pre- vious afternoon.
SATURDAY, MAY 2
· A report was received of the theft of a license plate from a vehicle parked at a automobile dealership on Route No. 22.
· Michael C. Rietzke, 18, of Cran- ford, was arrested for possession of alco- hol under the legal age on North Avenue pursuant to a motor vehicle stop.
SUNDAY, MAY 3
· A resident of Briarcliff Drive re- ported the theft of a cellular phone from his vehicle while parked in the driveway overnight.
Junior Woman's Club Helps Grant Fanwood Boy's Wish
TheJunior Woman'sClubofWest- field presented a donation of over $7,000 to Roy Givens of the Make- A-Wish Foundation of New Jersey at the club's April meeting.
The donation will help grant the
A WARM WISH…Patti Esler of the Junior Woman's Club of Westfield presents a donation of over $7,000 to Roy Givens of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Jersey at the club's monthly meeting in April. The funds will help grant the wish of a Fanwood boy as well as those of other youngsters. The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of seriously ill children.
wish of a Fanwood boy as well as those of other local youngsters.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation ex- pressed its appreciation to the Junior Woman's Club, as the donation from the club's Grand Auction exceeded expectations, according to club spokeswoman Marijke Shugrue.
The Junior Woman's Club in turn acknowledged the support of mer- chants who made donations.
The club raises money for various local causes, such as Make-A-Wish and the Holiday Wish Tree, by help- ing families in need through monthly and holiday food donations, and by contributing to many other commu- nity projects.
For more information about the club,pleasecall Ms.Shugrueat(908) 245-5373.
Recent Home Sales Local Postal Carriers To Collect Food Items Saturday for the Needy
Scotch Plains Postmaster Elvoid A. Christmas and Fanwood Postmaster John Alvarez have announced that let- ter carriers will collect non-per- ishable goods along their routes this Saturday, May 9, to help stock local food banks for the needy.
"We need the help of all Scotch Plains and Fanwood residents to make the drive a success," stated Postmasters Christmas and Alvarez.
All residents of Scotch Plains and Fanwood are being asked to place non-perishable food at their mailbox on Saturday for collec- tion by their mail carriers.
The food will be taken to a redistribution point for transport to the local food bank.
The local food drive is being sponsored by NALC Branch Nos. 4102 and 396 in conjunction with the United States Postal Service and AFL-CIO.
Paul J. Aiello to Marc Reisberg and Helena Nash, 63 Montrose Av- enue, $195,000.
Jose G. Florendo to James Thomp- son and Brenda Dater, 379 Midway Avenue, $180,000.
William H. Rohrer to John C. Marvosa and Emile E. Rinaldo, 31 Cray Terrace, $199,500.
Joseph A. Stripling to Stephen and Beth Calefati,239BelvidereAvenue, $215,000.
Suhas Choudhury to Giovanni and Rosemarie Guardascione, 82 Port- land Avenue, $213,000.
Bernard V. Peterson to Michelle A. King and Lois N. Feinberg, 103 North Martine Avenue, $240,000.
Dolores O'Neill to Charles Rego, 143 Hunter Avenue, $20,000.
BarryJ. BerkowitztoMichaelFree- man and Daphne Domb, 11 Stoneleigh Drive, $467,500.
Edward H. Strickland to Alfred Beaumont, 413 Farley Avenue, $126,000.
Lucien JohnCirincionetoAnthony and Lorena E. Capece, 2322 Gales Court, $176,000.
Mark Wratten to David B. and Nancy N. Murray, 220 Watchung Terrace, $168,000.
Philip Weiseman to Steven J. and Rachelle R. Cohen, 4 Judy Lane, $235,000.
Richard F. Kirchner to William H. and Susan Rohrer, 1242 Sunnyfield Lane, $312,000.
Memorial Day Plans Underway in Fanwood
Plans continue to be made for the Memorial Day celebration on Mon- day, May 25, at LaGrande Park in Fanwood, which organizers have described as an "all-American fam- ily day."
The event will begin after the pa- rade and will continue until 4 p.m.
Everyone is invited to enjoy food and beverages, participate in games and events and stroll through the craft fair. There will also be many activitiesfor children,suchasgames, rides, face-painting, balloon anima- tors, as well as the moonwalk and the dunk tank.
Several local merchants have al- ready donated food, beverages and prizes for the event, including Tricia Scarlata of Florida Fruit Shoppe, Helen Ling of Enchant- ments and John's Meat Market of Scotch Plains.
Any other businesses wishing to participate may call Pam at (908) 889-9384. All proceeds will go to- ward Fanwood's parks.
A few spaces for crafters are still available, with a reserved space cost- ing $25 and an additional space cost- ing $15.
Crafters wishing further informa- tion and a dealers agreement may call Laurie at (908) 322-4962.
Volunteers are still needed, and interested individualsmaycallLinda at (908) 889-4935.
Proposals for The Reserve Updated to Include Bridge
Plenty, noted in a recent letter to the council that the dual designation of the roadways as "Centre Boulevard" was reported in local newspapers as far back as last year, and in various community newsletters this spring.
In response to other resident com- plaints last week about the down- town, the Scotch Plains Business and Professional Association has ar- ranged for planters in the business district to hold flowers, and to re- place holly bushes.
On another issue, the council said it was continuing to look into legisla- tion that would require fees from non-profit organizations and public utilities or authorities for use of the
township's sanitary sewer system. Engineers will meet with the coun- cil for a public fact-finding session on Monday, May 11. The township sewers are currently undergoing a $1.2 million upgrade to handle in- creased flow.
The council indicated it was work- ing on a deal with Union County to use the front portion of property at the Union County Vocational-Tech- nical Schools in Scotch Plains for an athletic field. The township will pay $5,000 to fix up the spot and issue permits for its use. Mr. Atkins said the field was probably best suited for younger athletic teams due of the size of the property.
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Township Council Meets Haulers For Updated on Disposal Options
HANDS ON SCIENCE...Guest scientist Dr. Theresa Perney recently conducted a hands-on lesson about germs and antibiotics with the second graders in Patricia Arnao's class at McGinn Elementary School in Scotch Plains. The children grew bacteria from clean and dirty hands in petri dishes, observed cultures under a microscope and kept records of results in their own science logs. Pictured is Dr. Perney with the class. Area Students Named
To Rider Dean's List
The deans of Rider University's College of Business Administration, Continuing Studies and Liberal Arts, Education, and Sciences in Lawrenceville have announced the names of more than 1,000 under- graduate students who have been placed on the Dean's List for aca- demic excellence for the fall 1997 semester.
Among them are Anthony Giordano and Kenneth Erxleben, both of Scotch Plains, and Susan Federici of Westfield. Anthony is a biology major at the College of Lib- eral Arts and Sciences. Kenneth and Susan are both Liberal Studies ma- jors at the College of Continuing Studies.
In a front-page article in last week's paper concerning the "Cen- tre Boulevard" proposal before the Scotch Plains Township Council, the name of Westfield Avenue resi- dents Thomas and Marie Denitzio was spelled incorrectly. We apolo- gize for the error.
Hats is Theme of School One Fair
School One Elementary School in Scotch Plains will be holding its annual Daisy Fair on Saturday, May 16, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. Admission is free.
The theme of this year's Daisy Fair is hats. Free painters' hats will be given to the first 100 people to visit the fair and these lucky recipients will be able to decorate their hats at a special table at the fair.
All are encouraged to wear their own favorite or funny hat to the fair. Activities at the fair will include games, rides, prizes, crafts, a "white elephant" sale, and a bake sale. School One is located on Willow Avenue in Scotch Plains. For information, please call Jill Betau at (908) 322-6429.
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