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Letters to the Editor
Member of Citizens Group Supports $11.7 Million Bond Referendum
Honesty, Integrity Not Half-Truths Matters
In a town where only one-third of the voters are Republicans, the people have examined the issues, analyzed the facts, and once again voted for the Republican candidates, we rely on the Independents and yeseven Democratsto vote for our local candidates.
An example of the “facts” distorted in a letter to The Star-Ledger
October 18 by Mr. Brociner are the figures quoted when comparing Berkeley Heights to Mountainside. He also “conveniently” forgot to mention that in 1996 and 1997, the Berkeley Heights mayor and council were paid $3,000 and $2,500, respectively, while Mountainside council members donated their time to governing the borough.
As a senior citizen who has spent a lifetime in Mountainside, (as well as 12 years as an elected Councilwoman) I know that scare tactics, creating crises where there are none, and promulgating half-truths do not influence Mountainside voters.
However, honesty and integrity does.
Dr. Marilyn Hart Republican Chairman
Mountainside Donating Blood Gives a “Gift of Life;”
Residents Should Visit Donor Sites
Why you should donate blood. There is a critical shortage at blood banks and hospitals. People with life threatening conditions desperately in need of blood include: those awaiting surgery, cancer patients, accident victims, sufferers of other ailments requiring frequent transfusions including blood disorders such as hemophilia.
Only you and I can save these people because blood cannot be manufactured but must come from live donors.
Although most people are physically able to give this “Gift of Life,” less than 5 percent of those eligible donate. I recently participated in a local blood donor drive where a total of six pints were collected. Unfortunately, this poor turnout is not unusual.
With the outset of the holiday season, blood supplies traditionally become even drier as we get so involved in planning and participating in other activities we don’t find the time to squeeze in a visit to a local blood donor site.
Compounding this problem, many of us who do manage to donate never donate again, despite the fact that the need remains as acute as ever. To save the lives of all our needy residents, New
Contract Settlement Needs to Resume
The following is a letter our organization wrote to the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Board of Education and the Scotch PlainsFanwood Education Association.
As a neutral but concerned party, the PTA Presidents’ Committee of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood PTA Council urges both the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Board of Education and the Scotch PlainsFanwood Education Association to resume teacher contract negotiations immediately. We believe an expedient contract settlement is in the best interests of the children and the entire community.
Signed, PTA Presidents’ Committee Members Diane Cameron, Barbara Cronenberger-Meyer, Marianne Devlin, Diana Fusco, Diane Hartelius, Barbara Leighton, Mary Beth Livolsi, Dorothy Lusk, Sharon Machrone, Janet Mann, Jennifer McGuire, Lisa McNally, Vicky Parker, Amy Painter, Celeste Pober, Janis Simberg.
Sharon F. Machrone Corresponding Secretary
Scotch Plains-Fanwood PTA Council Newspaper Staff
Praised for Reporting
I would like to commend a reporter on your staff, Sonia V. Owchariw, for her coverage of the Dinner-Dance on October 23 for Senator Don DiFrancesco.
It is a pleasure to read an article in which all of the facts are true, all of the quotes really are quotations of what was said, and all of the names are spelled correctly.
In addition, her quiet, unobtrusive way of gathering information was a real compliment to your newspaper.
Thank you, Sonia and The Westfield Leader.
Marilyn Hart Mountainside
Former Westfielder Wants to Return ‘Baby Ring’ to Friend From 1940s
To day I am a 78-year old retired Army Sergeant. I lived in Westfield from 1935 until January 7, 1943, when I left for military service.
I worked for the Robert Treat stores or Quimby Street. I met one of the most beautiful persons I have ever met, and we became good friends.
Her name was Jeanne Stauffer and she lived with her grandmother at 844 South Avenue. Both of Jeannes’ parents had passed away. Grandmother was a little strict with Jeanne, but she liked to take a ride out in the country side once in a while, and would pick me up in her 1937 Ford. I still remember her license plate. There was no hanky panky, just a friendly ride.
Jeanne knew me by my nick name, “Bruzzie.” Well, when the time came for me to leave for military service, Jeanne opened her purse and handed me a little gold baby ring with her initials on it. She As a senior representative on the 26
member Citizens’ Advisory Committee appointed by Westfield Public Schools Superintendent Dr. William J. Foley to review data for the proposed $11,730,000 school bond referendum, I am pleased to endorse passage of this bond for school district improvements.
After visiting several schools with the committee, Dr. Foley and School Business Administrator Robert Berman, and listening to factual discussions of the expanding projected needs of a burgeoning enrollment and after reviewing firsthand many obvious long-needed repairs and then further hearing of the priority for technological infrastructure to expand learning opportunities, I am comJersey routinely imports blood from other
states because it uses more blood than it receives from local donors.
It is sadly ironic that as our aging population increases the need for blood, the number of donors is decreasing. We can reverse this trend starting right now. Healthy people can donate safely every eight weeks. Helping each other in time of need is a gratuitous form of sharing, especially with the less fortunate, (I believe) one of our main missions in life.
For information about donating this precious “Gift of Life,” please phone 1800-256-6365 (Blood Center of New Jersey), 1-888-BLOOD88 (New Jersey Hospital Association), (908) 353-2500 (American Red Cross), (732) 220-7070 or 220-7000(New Jersey Blood Services) or your local hospital.
Maurice Fenichel Fanwood
mitted to the passage of this bond referendum.
The financial projections were also logically itemized and self-explanatory.
On a personal note, since meeting with Dr. Foley on several occasions, I have developed a sincere confidence and trust in his directness and considerate approach to any financial expenditures. Although I no longer have any children attending our schools, I feel that Westfield is most fortunate in having such a highly principled individual as our superintendent.
Faye DeGoff Westfield
said “take this for good luck.” Well I made the military a career, retiring in the middle 1960s. This little ring has been across the ocean several times and back. No one knows this ring is still in my wallet except me.
After I retired from the Army, I came back to Westfield but could not locate Jeanne. Finally, I found one person who said she thought Jeanne married a man and moved to Georgia.
Before the good Lord calls for me, there is nothing I would rather do, than to return this ring to this beautiful person. I am sure she would get a kick out of it after all these long years.
Ernest Ingram Clarksville, Tennessee
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The Westfield Leader has an address and telephone number should anyone wish to contact Mr. Ingram.
HOLIDAY HOUSE…This Stoneleigh Park home will be decorated by members of the Rake and Hoe Garden Club of Westfield as a “Cranberry Christmas” for the club’s holiday house tour on Saturday, December 5. The turn-of-the-century architecture will be highlighted with natural plant materials, including grape vine trees accented with white pine, pine cones and cranberries. Tickets for the “Deck the Halls” tour of four Westfield homes and a holiday boutique are available from Rake and Hoe members and at Rorden Realty, Periwinkle’s Fine Gifts, Lancaster, Ltd. and Clyne & Murphy. ENGLISH COTTAGE…On Saturday, December 5, the Rake and Hoe
Garden Club of Westfield will include this 1930s English Cottage in its Holiday Home Tour. The house will feature floral designs, gift wrapping tricks and other ideas inspired by the classic holiday story “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.” A garden “trompe l’oeil” (trick of the eye) tree will be included in the display. Westfield Lions Schedule
Doll, Toy and Train Show
WESTFIELD — The Lions Club of Westfield will hold its third Annual Antique and Collectible Doll, Toy and Train Show on Saturday, November 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Scotch Hills Country Club, located at the corner of Jerusalem Road and Plainfield Avenue in Scotch Plains.
Adult admission will be $2, and children ages 4 to 12 accompanied by an adult will be admitted for 50 cents. Due to space constrictions, no strollers will be allowed inside the show rooms.
Special attractions for this year will be Alice’s Doll Hospital, retired and hard-to-find Beanie Babies, and scale replicas of local police cars. Seventeen dealers with 37 sale tables, along with club sale tables and numerous raffle items, will be featured at the show.
Dealers are also available as contact persons for items not available at the show but desired by collectors, according to the Reverend Lois Schembs, spokeswoman for the Westfield Lions Club.
Danish pastries, hamburgers, hot dogs, coffee and tea, hot chocolate and soda will be available for purchase during the show.
The Westfield Lions Club, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary of service this year, is part of Lions International. All moneys raised by the show, after covering expenses, will go to support Lions’ charities.
For further information, please call Reverend Schembs at (908) 2328551.
Scotch Plains-Fanwood Rotary to Present Art Show and Auction
SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD — The Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary will hold an Art Show and Auction tomorrow Friday, November 13, at 7 p.m. at the Scotch Hills Country Club, located at Plainfield Avenue and Jerusalem Road in Scotch Plains.
Works of art by more than 20 artists will be featured at the event. The public is invited to attend.
The Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary is a service organization which supports various charitable agencies in the community.
For more information or reservations, please call Andy Calamaras at (908) 322-2350.
SP-F School District Sets Scholar’s Seminar
SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD The Scotch Plains-Fanwood School District will sponsor a Scholar’s Seminar on Wednesday, November 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Board Room at the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Board of Education Offices located at Cedar Street and Evergreen Avenue in Scotch Plains.
The subject matter is “Educational Issues of Early Adolescence.” The seminar will discuss how to gain a better understanding of a child’s development as he/she experiences middle school; how ability grouping or leveling affects children; and what are the age appropriate groupings in a middle school facility.
The program will be presented by Dr. Joanne Cote-Bonanno of Montclair State University.