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Roosevelt Teachers FANWOOD – David Trumpp, left, and Wilfred Coronato, Republican candidates for Fanwood Borough Council, showed their support for CONTACT We Care by participating in the organization’s 5K road race on August 22. Mr. Coronato ran the race and Mr. Trumpp assisted as a race marshal for the annual event. Republicans to Kick Off
Campaign for Freeholders; Attack Dems 9-0 Majority
Republican candidates for the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Juan Fernandez, Andrew MacDonald and George Gore, announced this week that they are prepared to officially kick off their campaign on Labor Day, September 7.
Mr. Fernandez of New Providence stated that this year’s campaign would be an important one for the people of Union County.
“We must restore two-party government in the county,” Mr. Fernandez stated. “We need Republicans to check the excesses of the Democrat controlled Board of Freeholders.”
A former Fanwood Borough Council Chairman, Mr. MacDonald agreed with his running-mate.
“The 9-0 Democratic Board of Freeholders runs county government like an employment agency for other Democrats,” Mr. MacDonald said. “There are no checks and balances, no dissenting opinions, no other options, just a steamroller to push through the Democrats’ agenda of creating jobs and contracts for fellow Democrats.”
Mr. Gore, a Plainfield resident and business manager at AT&T, echoed the comments of his running partners.
“The one-party rule by the Democrats will be an important issue this year,” Mr. Gore said. “The Democrats have increased the size of county government without a corresponding increase in services.”
Mr. Fernandez stated that he and his fellow Republican candidates intend to campaign on important is
sues, especially those that the Democrats have managed to keep out of the public eye because of their complete control of the county.
“The Democrats Freeholders can slip their agendas through without any scrutiny or protest because they control the board, 9-0. But Andy, George and I won’t let them off so easily,” he said.
Mr. MacDonald stated that the Republicans will call the Democrats to task for their “blatant disregard for the people of Union County.”
“The Democrats are on a wasteful spending binge that goes unchecked. We need Republicans on the Board of Freeholders to make these excesses public,” Mr. MacDonald stated.
Mr. Gore suggested that this year the Democratic candidates in the Freeholder race, Freeholders Mary Ruotolo of Westfield, Lewis Mingo of Plainfield and Freeholder Chairman Daniel P. Sullivan of Elizabeth, pledge to fulfill their three-year terms if elected in November.
“There seems to be a theme developing where elected Democrat Freeholders decide to move on to greener pastures instead of completing their term of office. Not that it’s wrong to want to move on, but the Democrats do it without telling the electorate until after the election,” Mr. Gore stated.
As an example, Mr. Gore pointed out “even though the Republicans, Democrats and everybody else knew before last year’s election that then Freeholder Carol Cohen was going to step down and become County Counsel, Freeholder Cohen and the Democrats denied everything.”
“By denying this possibility, the Democrats did not have to run someone for Freeholder Cohen’s seat. After the election, they appointed her County Counsel and appointed another Democrat (Mary Ruotolo) to her seat,” he continued.
Mr. Fernandez added that this was another blatant example of the Democrat’s disregard for the people of Union County.
“The people in the county have no voice in county government. It is our pledge to be that voice,” he stated.
Mr. MacDonald stated that after two years of Democrat control it “was time to stop the growth of county government and turn back control of Union County to its residents.”
“We must remind the Democrats that the money they spend is your (taxpayers) money, the hard working people of Union County, and every dollar they take out of your pockets is one less dollar for you to spend on your family, your children, your homes,” he said.
Parks and Fields Committee To Hold Meeting to Discuss How to Use $200,000 in Funds
John J. Walsh, Westfield Third Ward Councilman, has announced that the Ad Hoc Committee appointed by Mayor Thomas C. Jardim to study what to do with the $200,000 now available to improve parks and fields plans to meet with various league officials, park association leaders and neighborhood activists to obtain input on how best to utilize this money.
The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Mayor’s Conference room adjacent to the Town Council Chambers. The Chambers will be available in the event of an overflow crowd.
Mayor Jardim appointed the Ad Hoc Committee when the funds which had been earmarked for the town’s acquisition of the Excellent Diner site became available for other recreational use, after the Planning Board granted all the variances requested by the owners to develop the site.
The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, who had granted $100,000 in a match with Westfield’s $100,000 appropriation, released the county funds for improvements to
the town’s parks and fields as part of its “Project Pocket Park” matching grant program.
Councilman Walsh will chair the Committee whose other members include Councilman Gregory S. McDermott, Recreation Department Director Glenn Burrell and Recreation Commission Vice Chairman Sal Antonelli.
The issue will not be without controversy, according to Councilman Walsh.
“I have already informally spoken with the members of the Committee and there may be disagreement about whether there should be any new projects undertaken with the available extra funds,” Councilman Walsh said.
Both Councilman McDermott and Mr. Burrell preliminarily oppose new projects but have promised to keep an open mind at the meeting, Mr. Walsh noted. He and Commissioner Antonelli believe that the extra funds provide an opportunity to make some improvements to the parks and fields.
The public is invited and encouraged to attend.
Strategic Plan on Tap For Sept. 8 Meeting
Of Westfield BOE
Recommendations made by the Strategic Planning Committees which developed action plans for the Westfield Public Schools will be on the agenda at the Tuesday, September 8, meeting of the Westfield Board of Education.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. William J. Foley will discuss the committees’ reports and make recommendations for setting priorities for the district.
The meeting will take place at 8 p.m. in the Board of Education Meeting Room at 302 Elm Street. Input from the public is invited.
La Leche League Meets on Sept. 17
La Leche League of Westfield, a breastfeeding information and support group, meets on the third Thursday of the month. Meetings are held at the Cranford Public Library, 224 Walnut Avenue, Cranford. The next meeting will be held on September 17 at 10:15 a.m.
For more information, please call (908) 301-1339 or (908) 306-8807. Limited Seats Remain
For Sixty and Better Financial Center Trip
WESTFIELD — There are a limited number of seats remaining for the Westfield “Y”’s trip on Thursday, September 17, for the Sixty and Better Set to the World Financial Center in New York.
The day includes a tour of the New York Stock Exchange and the Federal Reserve Bank, a walking tour of the financial district, and lunch at Fraunces Tavern. There will also be time after lunch to visit the museum at the tavern.
The price of the trip is $75 per person, and includes transportation, all fees, lunch and gratuities.
To register for the trip, please stop at the “Y” at 220 Clark Street in Westfield, or call Karen Simon at (908) 233-2700 for more information.