– Directory to Houses of Worship –
ALL SAINTS’ EPISCOPAL CHURCH 559 Park Avenue, Scotch Plains (908) 3228047
Reverend Robert Griffiths
BETHEL BAPTIST CHURCH 539 Trinity Place, Westfield (908) 2324250
Reverend Kevin Clark
THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTERDAY SAINTS 1781 Raritan Road, Scotch Plains (908) 8895556
Bishop Kirk Bristol
COMMUNITY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Deer Path & Meeting House Lane, Mountainside (908) 2329490
Reverend Christopher R. Belden
CONGREGATION ARI YEHUDA 1251 Terrill Road, Scotch Plains (732) 5414849
(Rear entrance of Assembly of God Church) (Rear entrance of Assembly of God Church) (Rear entrance of Assembly of God Church) (Rear entrance of Assembly of God Church) (Rear entrance of Assembly of God Church)
CONGREGATION BETH ISRAEL 1920 Cliffwood Street, Scotch Plains (908) 8891830
Rabbi George Nudell
ECHO LAKE CHURCH OF CHRIST 419 Springfield Avenue, Westfield (908) 2334946
Dr. Ellis Long
EVANGEL CHURCH 1251 Terrill Road, Scotch Plains (908) 3229300
Reverend Kevin M. Brennan
FANWOOD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Martine Avenue & La Grande Avenue, Fanwood (908) 8898891
Reverend Stephanie MillerMcLane
THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH 170 Elm Street, Westfield (908) 2332278
Dr. Robert L. Harvey
FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST 257 Midway Avenue, Fanwood (908) 3228461
FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST 422 East Broad Street, Westfield (908) 2335029
FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH United Church of Christ 125 Elmer Street, Westfield (908) 2332494
Reverend Harry Taylor Reverend Pamela Gilchrist
FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 1171 Terrill Road, Scotch Plains (908) 3229222
Reverend Sam Chong
FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 1 East Broad Street, Westfield (908) 2334211
Reverend David F. Harwood
GRACE ORTHODOX PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 1100 Boulevard, Westfield (908) 2333938 or (908) 2324403
Reverend Stanford M. Sutton, Jr.
HOLY TRINITY GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH 250 Gallows Hill Road, Westfield (908) 2338533
Reverend Dimitrios Antokas
HOLY TRINITY ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH Westfield Avenue & First Street, Westfield (908) 2328137
Reverend Joseph Masielio
IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY RC CHURCH 1571 South Martine Avenue, Westfield (908) 8892100
Reverend John F. Kennedy
METROPOLITAN BAPTIST CHURCH 823 Jerusalem Road (908) 2332855
Reverend Clement Griffin
MOUNTAINSIDE CHAPEL 1180 Spruce Drive, Mountainside (908) 2323456
Reverend Dr. Gregory Hagg
OUR LADY OF LOURDES RC CHURCH 300 Central Avenue, Mountainside (908) 2321162
Reverend Patrick J. Leonard
THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN WESTFIELD 140 Mountain Avenue (908) 2330301
Reverend Dr. William Ross Forbes
REDEEMER LUTHERAN CHURCH 229 Cowperthwaite Place, Westfield (908) 2321517
Reverend Paul E. Kritsch
ST. BARTHOLOMEW THE APOSTLE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH 2032 Westfield Avenue, Scotch Plains (908) 3225192
Reverend Michael A. Merlucci
ST. HELEN’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH 1600 Rahway Avenue, Westfield (908) 2321214
Reverend Monsignor James A. Burke
ST. JOHN’S BAPTIST CHURCH 2387 Morse Avenue, Scotch Plains (908) 2326972
Reverend Kelmo C. Porter, Jr.
ST. LUKE’S AFRICAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL ZION CHURCH 500 Downer Street, Westfield (908) 2332547
Reverend Leon E. Randall
ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH 414 East Broad Street, Westfield (908) 2328506
Reverend Richard W. Reid
SCOTCH PLAINS BAPTIST CHURCH 333 Park Avenue, Scotch Plains (908) 3225487
Reverend Gary Rothwell
TEMPLE BETH O’R/ BETH TORAH 111 Valley Road, Clark (732) 3818403
Rabbi Shawn B. Zell
TEMPLE EMANUEL 756 East Broad Street, Westfield (908) 2326770
Rabbi Charles A. Kroloff
TERRILL ROAD BAPTIST CHURCH 1340 Terrill Road, Scotch Plains (908) 3227151
Michael C. Seaman
TERRILL ROAD BIBLE CHAPEL 535 Terrill Road, Fanwood (908) 3224055
WILLOW GROVE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 1961 Raritan Road, Scotch Plains (908) 2325678
Reverend Kenneth G. Hetzel
WOODSIDE CHAPEL 5 Morse Avenue, Fanwood (908) 8892375
Rosarians Announce Wine and Cheese Event
Temple Emanu-El Welcomes Families To Special High Holyday Services
open space which are showing the strain of unprecedented use, and public safety. “My schedule allows me to devote considerable time to these issues as well as to deal with the individual con
GOP Freeholder Candidates Criticize UCREHC Dissolution
“The decision this past summer by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders to take over operation of the Union County Regional Environmental Health Commission (UCREHC) was an inappropriate action by a group of Democrats so power hungry they will leave no stone unturned, nor autonomous board untouched by their political influence,” Republican candidates for Union County Freeholder said this week in a joint statement. Freeholder candidates Juan Fernandez of New Providence, Andrew MacDonald of Fanwood and George Gore of Plainfield noted that while the Commission has not charged for its services, there is no guarantee that the newly created Office of Environmental Health will continue this effort. The Republicans said the takeover of the Commission falls in line with what they said is the Democratic majority’s “overt agenda to increase their control and power in the county, no matter what it costs the taxpayer.” “So what’s behind this desire of the freeholders to fix something that isn’t broken? That’s the easy part. The UCEREHC employees and commissioners are not paid by the county, and the freeholders have very little control over the commission’s policies. “By replacing the autonomous UCREHC with Office of Environmental Health (OEH) as a part of the county Bureau of Environmental Affairs, the freeholders could control policy and, more importantly, the
employees would become county employees,” the Republican candidates charged in their weekly campaign release. “That translates into more county jobs for the Democrats to hand to their friends, relatives and campaign contributors. “With the Democrats controlling the board by a unanimous 9-0 count, there is no dissenting voice to point out the obvious negative consequences of their action,” the candidates charged. Mr. Fernandez, Mr. MacDonald and Mr. Gore will face Democratic incumbents Daniel P. Sullivan, board Chairman of Elizabeth, Mary Ruotolo of Westfield and Lewis Mingo, Jr., of Plainfield in the general election thiss November.
Noreen Lund to Begin Door-to-Door Campaign
stituent problems that an effective Town Council member must address on a daily basis,” Ms. Lund explained. Ms. Lund said she is looking forward to the campaign, and meeting as many residents as possible.
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AUSPICIOUS BEGINNING…Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains welcomed more than 200 freshman in the Class of 2002, and nearly 600 upperclass students for the 1998-1999 school year. The Reverend Daniel Berry from Sterling, pictured above, presided over the opening Mass in the school courtyard during the orientation days. Union Catholic, which held its first day of classes for the new year on September 8, will host an open house on its 20-acre campus this Sunday, September 20. Included will be the Laptop Learning Vision program, emphasizing the use of Toshiba laptop computers in all curriculum. For more information, please call (908) 889-1600.
Chancel Choir Resumes Fall Rehearsals at Church
MUSIC OF A DIFFERENT BEAT…Members and guests of the Chancel Choir and the Handbell Choir of The Presbyterian Church in Westfield are pictured enjoying a country line dance lesson at their recent picnic, held at the home of Vanine and Jerry Armstrong.
Campaign Forum ’98
Senior Volunteers Mark Program’s 25th Year
The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Union County, sponsored by Catholic Community Services, will celebrate its 25th anniversary on Sunday, September 27. Begun in Union County in 1973 with a handful of volunteers working in hospitals and nutrition sites, RSVP now has a membership of 900, with over 735 active volunteers contributing approximately 130,000 hours each year. Jo-Ann Croteau, Project Director, stated that for 25 years, RSVP has matched people with problems to be solved. In Union County, volunteer opportunities may include mentoring atrisk youth, making hospital visits, teaching English to immigrants, organizing neighborhood watch groups, or helping people recover from natural disasters, according to Ms. Croteau. For more information, please call the RSVP office at (908) 497-3941.
Redeemer Lutheran To Hold Workshop Saturday Morning
WESTFIELD — Redeemer Lutheran Church, 229 Cowperthwaite Place in Westfield, will sponsor a workshop entitled “3 Cheers for Sunday School” this Saturday, September 19, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the church. The workshop will be presented by a visiting Christian Education specialist from Concordia Publishing House, who will discuss team leadership, child-connected learning, techniques for active teaching, developing outreach programs, and increasing congregation support. The cost is $15 per person, or $50 for a group of four or more. Everyone is invited to attend, including professional teachers as well as volunteers. To register, or for more information, please call Shirley Carpenter at (908) 232-1517.
Mr. Greco Favors Referendum for Deck
In last week’s paper a headline under a story regarding Westfield independent Mayoral candidate Norman N. Greco, incorrectly stated that the candidate favors a parking deck in Westfield. Mr. Greco states that he neither supports or is opposed to a deck. He does support a referendum to go before voters on the issue. A picture which accompanied the story showed Mr. Greco standing in the municipal parking lot next to the former Wyckoff’s restaurant on North Avenue which he said would be the best site for a deck if voters favor such an expenditure.
Senator DiFrancesco Joins Congress Members in Plan To Rid State of HOV Lanes
While serving as Acting Governor earlier this month, Senate President Donald T. DiFrancesco of Scotch Plains, Congressman Rodney P. Frelinghuysen of Morristown and Congresswoman Marge Roukema of Ridgewood announced a two-pronged effort to eliminate HOV (High Occupancy Vehicles) lanes in New Jersey. “With HOV lanes on Routes 287 and 80, Morris County has become the epicenter of public frustration and anger over the efficacy of the controversial Federal program that has fallen far short of reaching its objectives,” said Phil Leary, a spokesman for Senator DiFrancesco. Senator DiFrancesco announced legislative support for Congressman Frelinghuysen’s and Congresswoman Roukema’s attempt to waive the federal requirement that New Jersey pay back $240 million to the federal government if HOV lanes are scrapped and outlined a state legislative plan to expedite the state Department of Transportation (DOT) study to end HOV lanes. “More than anyone else, Morris County commuters know the frustration and inconvenience HOV lanes have caused over the last several years,” said Senator DiFrancesco. “I know because I’ve seen them on I287 and I-80.” “What began as a laudable method of encouraging car pooling to promote cleaner air and to ease congestion on the highways has become a nightmarish Federal boondoggle that has accomplished neither of its purposes,” said Morris County State Senator Bob Martin. “These lanes are also a waste of state resources and a waste of time for the law enforcement community,” added Senator Anthony J. Bucco of Denville. “Surely, the dollars we spend on enforcing HOV restrictions can be spent more efficiently. Certainly state and local police can better spend their time combating road rage and crime.”
Senator Bucco is the co-sponsor of Senate Bill No. 1100 which will prohibit the issuance of driver’s license points for motorists violating HOV rules. That bill passed the Senate on June 29. Representatives Roukema and Frelinghuysen have sponsored an amendment to House of Representatives Bill No. 4328, the transportation funding bill, which would require the Transportation Secretary to waive the payback requirement to New Jersey after the state finds the HOV lanes are not in the public interest. “That’s the first punch,” said Senator DiFrancesco. “At the next Senate voting session, I will post a Senate Resolution, which I sponsored along with Bob Martin and Tony Bucco, memorializing Congress and the President to enact the transportation funding bill with the RoukemaFrelinghuysen amendment, into law.” Senator DiFrancesco has also written letters to Congressional Conference Committee Chairmen, who will have the job of reconciling the differing Senate and House transportation bills, advising them of his support for the Roukema-Frelinghuysen amendment. “The language inserted by our representatives clarifies that should New Jersey’s study of HOV lanes find that they are not in the public interest, the Federal government must waive the $240 million payback requirements.” The second punch, the State Senate President said, is state legislative action. Senator DiFrancesco announced that he will put legislation on the fast track that is sponsored by Senator Martin and Assemblyman Alex DeCroce to require the state DOT to complete its HOV lane study within six months. The deadline is 1999. Senator DiFrancesco indicated the Senate will vote on the measure at its first fall session on Monday, September 28.
WESTFIELD — Temple EmanuEl of Westfield has invited all area families, whether Temple members or not, to attend High Holyday Family Services as our guests. The Rosh Hashanah Family Service will be Monday, September 21 at 3 p.m. and the Yom Kippur Family Service will be Wednesday, September 30 at 1:45 p.m. These afternoon services are designed for children, their parents and grandparents, and will be conducted by Rabbis Charles A. Kroloff and Renee Goldberg with assistance from their Student Cantor, Rosalie Will. This worship is intended as a family experience with liturgy, stories, and music that transcends all ages. Please call Executive Director, Carolyn Shone of Temple Emanu-El with any questions at (908) 232-6770.
WESTFIELD — Fall rehearsals for the Chancel Choir at The Presbyterian Church in Westfield, 140 Mountain Avenue, have resumed on Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. at the church. The group will perform its first concert, Felix Mendelssohn’s
“Elijah,” on Sunday, November 8, at 7 p.m. Singers interested in performing in this concert are invited to join the group. For information regarding the rehearsal schedule, please call James Simms, Director of Music, at (908) 233-0301.
WESTFIELD — The Rosary Altar Society of the Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Westfield, and St. Helen’s Roman Catholic Church in Westfield, will hold its annual “Wine and Cheese” gathering next Thursday, September 24, at 7:30 p.m. The event, at which new members will be inducted, will take place at the Parish Council Room on Watterson Street. Donations for Raphael House will be accepted. Tickets, which cost $15 per person, will be available for the annual Communion Breakfast, scheduled for Sunday, October 11, at The Westwood in Garwood, after the 9 a.m. Mass at the Holy Trinity Church. The Reverend William Morris will be the speaker for the event. All are invited to attend. For tickets, please call Rose Aiello at (908) 232-6460.
Fanwood Memorial Library To Hold Book Sale Fundraiser
FANWOOD — The Friends of the Fanwood Memorial Library will hold their major fundraiser on Saturday, September 26, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The rain date will be on September 27. Proceeds from this popular local event will benefit programming and technology at the library. Previous sale moneys have been given to the library for such programs as “Touch of Nature,” and to purchase equipment such as the computer work stations and a fax machine. The Friends also donated funds necessary to begin the children’s video collection. Donations for the book sale may be dropped off at the library at anytime. The Friends are accepting used
books in sellable condition and especially seek recent publications, paperbacks, children’s books, games, and toys. They will also take used, commercially-produced videos, CDs, and cassettes. They will not accept old textbooks, mildewed or damaged books, or magazines. This is a great time of year to clear crowded books shelves and box up those unwanted items. If you would like to help with the sale, by sorting books, setting up, or cleaning up, please call the library at (908) 322-6400 or sign up the next time you visit the library. The Friends especially need strong arms at the beginning and end of the sale.
UCC Foundation to Hold Annual Gala on October 24
The Union County College (UCC) Foundation will conduct its sixth annual Gala featuring a dinner-dance and raffle on Saturday, October 24, in The Commons of the college’s Cranford Campus beginning at 6:30 p.m. This is the foundation’s major fundraiser to benefit students and programs. During the program, the Foundation will honor the Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, based in East Hanover, for its contributions to the college. Preceded by a cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres, the program will be followed by a full-course gourmet dinner. An eight-piece band will provide music for dancing, with additional entertainment e of four will also offer entertainment. Twenty-four raffle tickets will be drawn for prizes such as a vacation for two, a color television and video
cassette recorder, a woman’s gold and steel watch, an original framed and matted Currier & Ives lithograph, a half-day sailing cruise for six, and tickets to Broadway, Medieval Times in Lyndhurst and the circus at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Reservations for the Gala and tickets for the raffle are currently on sale through the college’s Development Office. Since Gala reservations and raffle tickets are sold separately, individuals who do not plan to attend the Gala can still participate in the raffle. Opportunities to participate as corporate and/or individual sponsors are still available, according to UCC spokeswoman Georgia Hartnett. For further information, please call either Nadine Brechner, the college’s Executive Director of business and college development, or Joy Appelbaum, UCC’s special events coordinator, at (908) 709-7505.