PUBLIC NOTICE PUBLIC NOTICE PUBLIC NOTICE
NOTICE OF SALE OF REAL ESTATE FOR NON PAYMENT OF TAXES AND ASSESSMENTS
Public notice is hereby given that the undersigned, The Collector of Taxes of the Town of Westfield, Union County, New Jersey will sell at public auction on the 14th day of October, 1998, in the Tax Collector’s office in the Municipal Building, 425 East Broad Street, Westfield, New Jersey, at two o’clock in the afternoon, the following described lands: The said lands will be sold to make the amount of Municipal liens chargeable against that same on the 14th day of October, 1998 together with interest and cost of sale, exclusive however, of the lien for taxes for the year 1998. The said lands will be sold in fee to such persons as will purchase the same, subject to redemption at the lowest rate of interest, but in no case in excess of eighteen percent (18%) per annum. Payments for the sale shall be made by cash or certified check before conclusion of the sale or the property will be resold. Any parcel of real property for which there shall be no other purchaser will be struck off and sold to the Municipality in fee for redemption at eighteen percent (18%) per annum and the Municipality shall have the right to bar or foreclose the right of redemption. The sale will be made and conducted in accordance with the provisions of Article 4 of chapter 5 of Title 54, Revised Statutes of New Jersey, 1937, and amendments thereto. At any time before the sale the undersigned will receive payment of the amount due on the property, with interest and costs incurred up to the time of payments, by certified check or cash. Industrial properties may be subject to the Spill Compensation and Control Act (N.J.S.A. 58:10-23.11 et seq.), the Water Pollution Control Act (N.J.S.A. 58:10A-1 et seq.), and the Industrial Site Recovery Act (N.J.S.A. 13:1K-6 et seq.). In addition, the municipality is precluded from issuing a tax sale certificate to any prospective purchaser who is or may be in any way connected to the prior owner or operator of the site. The said lands so subject to sale, described in accordance with the tax duplicate, including the name of the owner as shown on the last duplicate and the total amount due thereon respectively on the 14th day of October, 1998, exclusive of the lien for the year 1998 are as listed below:
Susan Noon Collector of Taxes Westfield, New Jersey
Location of Amount Due Property Address Owner Block & Lot October 14, 1998
2. 115 Brightwood Avenue SOUTH AVENUE ASSOC., INC. 708/9 $7,835.88 3. 762 Clark Street SWENSON, Carl and Carolyn 709/6 $6,981.57 4. 605 Short Hills Court DRISCOLL, Myles, Jr. and Margaret 801/30 $27,685.60 5. 462 Channing Avenue O’SHEA, Robert and Charyl 803/5 $7,954.79 7. 1 Bradson Court 725 EAST BROAD STREET CORP. 2211/10.04 $4,903.35 8. 330 Mountain Avenue PIPHER, Franklin 2403/8 $205.43 9. 445 Downer Street JOHNSON, Vanessa 2512/2 $1,361.69 10. 646 Downer Street BARNES, Minnie 2710/21 $4,347.95 11. 120Florence Ave. South PASTER, Kim Qui 2816/33 $21,670.68 13. 200 South Avenue West BUONOPANE, MJ BUONOPANE, E.L., Jr. 3101/8 $4,087.30 14. 109 North Avenue West R.E.D. Realty, LLC 3103/12 $23,631.29 16. 576 North Avenue East RAJ Investments, Inc. 3305/2 $6,346.85 17. 116 Cacciola Place LANTZ, James 4001/3 $1,341.92 18. 248 Windsor Avenue HARRIS, Joan 4001/68 $1,082.77 19. 1010 Seward Avenue ISBRECHT, Richard W. 4604/2 $6,554.93 20. 413 Grove Street West KANDEL, Edwin and Gloria 4704/1.01 $1,446.60 21. 115 Grove Street West KEEN, Virginia 4801/7 $1,004.37 22. 902 Central Avenue MACK, Beverly 4801/23 $1,280.71 25. 1317 Pine Grove Avenue JONES, William and Lois 5009/8 $4,914.03 26. 160 Cottage Place SCHERMERHORN, Peter and Margaret 5109/15 $2,743.17 27. 2 North Wickom Drive O’NEILL, John and Linda 5203/8 $1,620.54 28. 13 Moss Avenue MALINOWSKI, Matthew and Barbara 5510/4 $4,823.42 29. 250 Virginia Street ROSENER, Bruno and Janie 5707/3 $5,534.33 30. 1713 Central Avenue JULIANO, Theresa and JULIANO, John 5710/39 $1,814.79 4 T – 9/17, 9/24, 10/1 & 10/8/98, The Leader Fee: $612.00
TOWN OF WESTFIELD BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT
Notice is hereby given that the Westfield Board of Adjustment adopted Resolutions at its September 14, 1998 meeting for the following applications heard at its August 10, 1998 meeting:
1. Raymond and Lee DeRosa, 511 Birch Avenue seeking permission to erect a two (2) story building addition – granted with conditions. 2. Williams-Sonoma, 127 Central Av
enue seeking permission to erect two (2) awning signs, two (2) menu boards, one (1) 2 foot 4 inch medallion over the Central Avenue door, two (2) vinyl backed signs on the windows, and four (4) circular logo signs on the front and rear door leafs – granted as amended with conditions. 3. Paprika Grille, 115 Elm Street seek
ing permission to retain two exterior wall signs – granted as amended with conditions. 4. Jeffrey B. Lower, 122 Harrison Av
enue seeking permission to erect a deck – granted. 5. Jacqueline and Jason Reeves, 749
Marcellus Drive, seeking permission to erect a second story addition and deck – addition granted/Deck – denied. 6. Mitchell F. Rubin and Lisa Berkower,
252 Munsee Way seeking permission to erect an addition – granted as amended. 7. Jeffrey and Linda Leniart, 1306
Pinegrove Avenue seeking permission to erect a first floor addition and second story addition – granted.
Colleen Mayer, Secretary Board of Adjustment 1 T – 9/24/98, The Leader Fee: $37.23
TOWNSHIP OF SCOTCH PLAINS PLANNING BOARD NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that the Planning Board of the Township of Scotch Plains will hold a Public Hearing on Monday, October 5, 1998, at 8:00 p.m., in the Council Chambers, Municipal Building, 430 Park Avenue, Scotch Plains, New Jersey to consider the application for Ralph Iaione Companies, Inc., for 2298 Westfield Avenue, Block No. 3201, Lot No. 24 which proposes to subdivide one lot into two lots, retain the existing home and construct one new home. The following variances are requested:
Section 23-3.4A, Para. H, Col. 4 – Minimum Lot Width
Required: 50 feet Proposed: 42 feet +/by scale
Section 23-4.2a – Front setback Calculations have been provided on the average front yard setback. Average: 47.1 feet Proposed: 61 feet All interested persons may be present and heard. The file pertaining to this application is in the Office of the Planning Board and is available for public inspection during regular office hours.
Barbara Horev Secretary to the Planning Board 1 T – 9/24/98, The Times Fee: $27.54
TOWNSHIP OF SCOTCH PLAINS PLANNING BOARD NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that the Planning Board of the Township of Scotch Plains will continue the Public Hearing for Mr. Ernest Fantini/Better View Homes, Inc. at 8:00 p.m. on October 5, 1998, in the Council Chambers, Municipal Building, 430 Park Avenue, Scotch Plains, New Jersey to consider the application for Preliminary Major Subdivision approval of Block No. 15601, Lot No. 18.01 (Pheasant Lane), for 9 lots with no variances being requested. Part of the land included in this subdivision is located in Plainfield, New Jersey.
All interested persons may be present and heard. The file pertaining to this application is in the Office of the Planning Board and is available for public inspection during regular office hours.
Barbara Horev Secretary to the Planning Board 1 T – 9/24/98, The Times Fee: $20.40
SUPERIOR COURT OF NEW JERSEY, CHANCERY DIVISION, UNION COUNTY, DOCKET NO. F-000195-97.
COLONIAL SAVINGS BANK, SLA, PLAINTIFF vs. CARL J. SWENSON, ET AL., DEFENDANT.
CIVIL ACTION, WRIT OF EXECUTION, DATED JANUARY 14, 1998 FOR SALE OF MORTGAGED PREMISES.
By virtue of the above-stated writ of execution to me directed I shall expose for sale by public vendue, on the 6th Floor of the Union County Court House (Tower) 2 Broad Street, Elizabeth, New Jersey on WEDNESDAY THE 21ST DAY OF OCTOBER A.D., 1998 at two o’clock in the afternoon of said day. All successful bidders must have 20% of their bid available in cash or certified check at the conclusion of the sales.
The judgment amount is $242,138.40. MUNICIPALITY: Westfield. COUNTY: Union, STATE OF NEW JERSEY.
STREET AND STREET NO.: 762 Clark Street.
TAX BLOCK AND LOT: BLOCK NO. 709, LOT NO. 6.
DIMENSIONS OF LOT: 330 feet x 60.77 feet.
NEAREST CROSS STREET: 175.49 feet from the intersection of Effingham Place.
There is due approximately the sum of $249,402.39 together with lawful interest and costs.
There is a full legal description on file in the Union County Sheriff’s Office.
The Sheriff reserves the right to adjourn this sale.
RALPH FROEHLICH SHERIFF WILLIAM M. E. POWERS, JR., Attorney 737 Stokes Road P.O. Box 1088 Medford, New Jersey 08055-9962 CH-753617 (WL) 4 T 9/24, 10/1, 10/8 & 10/15/98 Fee: $165.24
Health Advisory Board to Hold Tenth Annual Health Fair
SCOTCH PLAINS — The Scotch Plains Health Advisory Board will be conducting its 10th Annual Health Fair on Saturday, October 3, from 8 a.m. to noon, at the Scotch Plains Municipal Building. The fair is open to Scotch Plains residents only.
For information on any of the offerings listed below, please call (908) 322-6700, Extension No. 309.
· ·· ·· EYE SCREENING – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — The Scotch Plains Lions Club will be sponsoring free eye screenings for glaucoma, cataracts, diabetes and visual acuity. The screenings will be conducted by a licensed ophthalmologist in the Lions No. 16-E Eye/Ear Mobile Trailer which will be located on Park Avenue in front of the Municipal Building. No appointment is necessary.
· ·· ·· MEDICATION COUNSELING AND CHOLESTEROL SCREENING – 8 a.m. to noon — Rahway Hospital will provide information and counseling regarding medication and/or prescriptions that people are currently taking. Residents who would like to take advantage of this service should bring their medication with them. In addition, a free cholesterol screening will be provided.
· ·· ·· BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING – 8 a.m. to noon – Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center of Union County will provide free blood pressure screening, counseling and a pulmonary function test.
· ·· ·· DIABETES SCREENING – 9 a.m. to noon – Overlook Hospital will provide diabetes screenings. No appointment is necessary and there is no need to fast for this test.
· ·· ·· HEARING SCREENINGS – 8 a.m. to noon – Overlook Audiology Department and Hearing Services will provide free hearing screenings and information and counseling on all aspects of hearing.
· ·· ·· HYPERTENSION CLINIC – 8 a.m. to noon – The Township of Scotch Plains monthly Hypertension (high blood pressure) Clinic will be conducted in conjunction with the Health Fair.
· ·· ·· SKIN CANCER SCREENINGS – 8 a.m. to noon – Dr. Stam Arkoulakis, a plastic surgeon, will offer skin cancer screenings.
· ·· ·· INFLUENZA IMMUNIZATIONS – 8 a.m. to noon – Scotch Plains Health Department will provide free influenza immunizations. Immunization is
recommended for adults age 55 years or older (proof required) and for people with diabetes, heart, lung or kidney disease. Seniors are reminded to bring their Medicare Number/Card with them. Anyone allergic to eggs, chicken feathers, or chicken dander should not receive this vaccine without first contacting their physician. Free immunizations will also be offered on Thursday, October 22, at St. John’s Baptist Church, 2387 Morse Avenue from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
· ·· ·· SCHOOL IMMUNIZATIONS – Students must be accompanied by a parent and present a request slip from the school nurse.
· ·· ·· MEDICAL SCREENINGS – Free medical screenings to detect colon-rectal cancer (home test kit) and hypertension. Free spinal analysis and massage therapy will also be offered.
· ·· ·· “EXTENSIVE BLOOD SCREENING” —(SMAC-23 CBC) to detect from one sample, abnormalities related to cholesterol and tri-glycerides, which are associated with the increased probability of heart disease. The test is also an indicator for diabetes, various liver disorders and anemia, in addition to being a complete blood workup. The cost for this test is $23. Prepayment and preregistration is necessary. Participants are required to provide their primary care physician information. The test requires 12 hours of fasting (excluding water). Anyone interested in obtaining this test should visit or call the Scotch Plains Health Department to register at (908) 3226700, Extension No. 309.
· ·· ·· RABIES CLINIC FOR CATS AND DOGS – 8 to 10 a.m. – A rabies clinic will be available for cats and dogs at the Northside Firehouse, at the rear of the Municipal Building.
Cats will be vaccinated from 8 to 9 a.m. and must be contained in a cat carrier or a box and accompanied by an adult able to control the animal. Cats require an initial inoculation and revaccination the subsequent year before a 3year cycle begins. 1998 Cat licenses will be available at $5 per cat.
Dogs will be vaccinated from 9 to 10 a.m. and must be accompanied by an adult able to control the animal. Revaccination is not necessary for 3 years unless the dog is aged 3 months to 11 months, thus requiring revaccination the subsequent year. 1998 Dog licenses will be available at the clinic — $6.20 if spayed or neutered; $9.20 if not.
ALL TOGETHER NOW!...The Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Marching Band capped two weeks of band camp with a preview for parents and friends of this year’s band show. Besides showing off their marching prowess and musical abilities, Raider Band members also brought their parents onto the field to teach them how its done. Above, the band’s flute section gets into the swing of things.
Recent Home Sales
FANWOOD Audrey M. Martin to Craig L. Pugh and Denise Pena, 123 Forest Road, $297,000.
SCOTCH PLAINS Frederick Luongo to Pamela R. Colvin, 1460 Terrill Road, $327,000.
Alfredo Galossi to Robert D’Aleo and William Bryan, 316 Jerusalem Road, $185,500.
David R. Prickitt to Steven and Jodi Jenkins, 2317 Belvedere Drive, $210,000.
Dorothy M. Hanigan to Colin and Lisa S. Campbell, 2048 Algonquin Drive, $210,000.
Richard DeMaria to David S. Ho and Jiali B. Chen, 1460 Martine Avenue, $375,000.
Theodore Kestler to George C. and Laura L. Pierson, 1984 Church Street, $154,000.
Joseph E. Bisio to Todd Laffler and Susan I. Oldroyd, 232 Victor Street, $231,000.
Anthony Amabile to John and Ellen Capparulo, 2221 Paff Place, $186,500.
Borough Futzpatrick to Robert Goldsmith, 21 Ravenswood Lane, $42,500.
WESTFIELD R. E. and J. A. Lee to Alexander C. and Andrea E. Helander, 957 Woodmere Drive, $565,000.
K. S. and T. A. Patsuris to Conrad J. and Tina Wissel, 955 Lawrence Avenue, $565,000.
A. and J. Grasso to 938 Sedgewick Court, LLC, a Limited Liability Company of New Jersey, 938 Sedgewick Court, $128,000.
T. M. and K. McKean to James M. and Jerri A. Tanella, 514 Birch Avenue, $429,000.
F. L. and J. C. Buehler to Mitchell Rubin and Lisa Berkower, 252 Munsee Way, $999,999.
J. Hinman Revocable Trust to Timothy M. and Gail F. Donovan, 206 Munsee Way, $720,000.
R. W. and B. A. Smith to Edward J. and Frances A. Towers, 711 Glen Avenue, $339,900.
D. and E. A. Loland to Jennifer Albaneze-Walker and Matthew J. Walker, 726 Coleman Place, $330,000.
A. J. and V. G. Silveira to Angela Lynn Russell, 451 Edgewood Avenue, $320,000.
M. B. Myers to Richard A. and Loretta C. Wilson, 232 Cowperthwaite Place, $310,000.
S. C. and D. A. Faktor to Kenneth J. and Cynthia T. Wolfe, 527 Dudley Court, $346,000.
V. C. and A. M. Rifici to Brian and Kristy Impellizeri, 433 Mountain Aenue, $200,000.
J. M. and J. A. Tanella to Francis R. and Kimberly B. LaRosa, 628 Kimball Avenue, $289,900.
R. A. and L. C. Wilson to Brian A. and Kelly A. LaFemina, 753 Oak Avenue, $380,000.
C. C. and J. M. Foster to John and Denise Baldwin, 525 Woodland Avenue, $785,000.
M. G. Volpe to Mariano M. and Anne J. Francese, 540 Topping Hill Road, $515,000.
R. and A. Ptachik to John F. and Sherry Cronin, 220 Sunset Avenue, $419,000.
E. R. and J. Nealon to Patrick J. and Judith C. McLevey, 315 Jefferson Avenue, $405,000.
R. and S. A. Bennett to Charles H. and Cheryl Sacra Paden, 224 North Chestnut Street, $410,000.
A. and M. J. Pace to William P. and Ann Sharlow, 633 Maye Street, $308,000.
M. B. and J. M. Keegan to G. Paul Fitzhenry and C. Anne Bristow, 537 St. Marks Avenue, $405,000.
J. B. and J. Loewer to Yair and Louise Frankel, 122 Harrison Avenue, $339,500.
D. Bercovicz to K. and R. South Avenue, LLC, 708 South Avenue West, $162,500.
Y. Arbitsman to K. & R. South Avenue, LLC, 706 South Avenue West, $162,500.
R. N. Tarantino to Jean Avery Lopresti, 466 West Broad Street, $175,000.
M. and A. McMahon to Gerry and Bonnie Miovski, 442 Edgar Road, $198,000.
T. D. and L. P. Walker to Kevin and Kristi Lombardi, 520 Dorian Court, $278,500.
P. and J. C. McLevey to Steven M. and Margaret C. Silverman, 309 Hyslip Avenue, $285,000.
E. S. Doering to Laurie H. Kaneb, 585 Trinity Place, $195,000.
R. D. Tillyer and S. Morris to Gerard Kevin and Jill Kinkle Spellman, 639 Benson Place, $270,000.
S. J. Dondero and S. L. Calia to Edward C. and Mary Marisola Ronk, 724 St. Marks Avenue, $305,000.
P. J. Abitante and Yon G. Han to Terje Lande and Mary L. Zamore, 788 East Broad Street, $245,000.
A. J. and L. S. Federici to Charles E. and Julianne Giaimo, 711 Fairacres Avenue, $320,000.
C. and M. Scariati to John M. and Cynthia M. Paone, 735 St. Marks Avenue, $324,900.
R. C. Paden to Warren and Alexine Tranquada, 208 Myrtle Avenue, $175,000.
A. T. Tyler to David M. and Megan Rocks Jackson, 658 Carleton Road, $367,500.
P. C. and D. E. Miller to Walter and Phyllis Zahorodny, 633 Boulevard, $455,000.
D. Knecht to Scott Rodger and Sheila Hughes, 555 Washington Street, $212,000.
W. F. and C. E. Mueller to Anthony A. and Maureen R. Saglione, 543 Washington Street, $240,000.
M. K. Fahey to Mark A. and Sherri E. Perrelli, 16 Stoneleigh Park, $630,000.
P. and L. M. Morris to Michael and Michele Beaulieu, 62 Westbrook Road, $287,500.
R. J. Macaluso to Irvin M. Field, 52 Normandy Drive, $349,000.
N. Johnson-Velazco to Timothy J. and Christine E. Hartigan, 856 Tice Place, $350,000.
M. and J. M. Labuda to Alec G. Ireland, 835 Tice Place, $265,000.
T. S. Carry and J. E. Manning to Michael L. and Vicki L. Simpson, 825 Tice Place, $246,000.
P. M. and E. Davis to William G. and Christine M. O’Brien, 1002 Columbus Avenue, $220,000.
J. B. and T. M. Marston to Gregory and Tammy Pryor, 1025 Grandview Avenue, $240,000.
P. and P. Adler, Peter Tolias and Mary Konsolacki, 1157 Tice Place, $325,000.
G. T. and E. Ford to Jack Russak and Emily Brown, 882 Village Green, $407,500.
J. Wofsy to Carol A. and Brian J. Noonan, 33 Moss Avenue, $255,000.
K. G. and M. J. Haggerty to Richard Segotta and Christine Baykowski, 1911 Grandview Avenue, $215,000.
J. and S. Cronin to Mario Scollo and Michelle Napoli, 237 Virginia Street, $220,000.
M. Mahoney to Jonathan M. and Nadine D. Kaplan, 237 Maryland Street, $285,000.
L. P. Thorpe to Paul F. and Crocifissa Donohue, 1605 Central Avenue, $163,000.
Arts Workshop Announces Fall Classes for Youngsters
WESTFIELD — The New Jersey Workshop for The Arts (NJWA) has announced the beginning of the fall sessions of “Kids ‘n’ Arts” and “Tots ‘n’ Arts” programs.
Now in its fifth year, “Kids ‘n’ Arts” offers art, music, and drama
experiences to preschool children ages 3 to 5. The program meets at 152 East Broad Street in Westfield on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Classes are held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. or from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Ten twohour sessions cost $200.
“Tots ‘n’ Arts” helps provide musical stimulation to children 18 to 36 months old. Adults will learn activities they can use every day to stimulate their child. Each toddler must be accompanied by an adult.
The program is held on Thursdays only from 9:15 to 9:45 a.m., from 10 to 10:30 a.m. or from 10:45 to 11:15 a.m. Ten half-hour sessions cost $90.
The fall sessions of both programs will run through Thursday, December 10. Late registration will be accepted through Wednesday, October 14.
The NJWA has also announced the beginning of the fall session of its Drawing Workshop, which provides visual art instruction in pastels, pencil, and charcoal.
Classes are held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Wednesday classes are open to children in grades 2 and 3. Thursday classes are open to students in grades 4 to 6.
Classes meet both days at 150-152 East Broad Street in Westfield. The 10-class session ends in December and costs $100. Registration will be accepted through October 14.
For more information about the “Kids ‘n’ Arts,” “Tots ‘n’ Arts,” or Drawing Workshop programs, please call (908) 789-9696.
Board Members, Officers Named for SP-F YMCA
SCOTCH PLAINS — The Board of Directors of the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA has announced the election of new officers for 1998-1999.
Ann Flynn of Scotch Plains will serve a second term as President; Jack Dambaugh of Scotch Plains will serve as Treasurer, and Bill Green of Fanwood will serve as Secretary.
Ellen Buckley of Scotch Plains was elected Vice President of Membership; Michael Soriano of South Plainfield will serve as Vice President of Planning; Michael Dudas of Clark will serve as Vice President of Member Service, and Carol Wood of Fanwood will serve as Vice President of Fundraising.
Six new board members were also appointed. Richard Duthie lives in Scotch Plains with his wife, Pamela, and two children. He is employed as a Vice President in commercial insurance.
Jean Kellogg of Scotch Plains is retired from Maxwell House. She has belonged to the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA for over two years.
Patricia Longshore is a YMCA participant in the Wellness Center. She lives in Fanwood with her husband, Richard, and has two grown children. She is employed as a Director of Marketing and Communications.
A Detective Sergeant with the Scotch Plains Police Department, Brian
Mahoney resides in the township with his wife, Suzanne, and their three children. The Mahoneys are YMCA members.
Linda Milteer is a Professor of mathematics at Union County College. She resides in Plainfield and her daughter is a youth member of the YMCA.
Thomas O’Brien resides in Scotch Plains with his wife, JoAnn, and daughter, Colleen. He is Chief of Police in Scotch Plains, as well as a member of the Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary Club and the Municipal Alliance Committee.
The YMCA also recognized several board members who recently stepped down after many years of service. These members, and their terms, are as follow: Sean Duffy, 1994-1998; Charles Hutchison, 1994-1998; Hank Friedrichs, 1990-1998; Barbara Durant, 1989-1998; Jim O’Connor, 1989-1998, and Judy Faraldo, 1983-1998.
Chester Ring, 3rd, who recently stepped down as a member of the YMCA Board of Trustees, was also acknowledged for his contributions over many decades.
Mr. Ring recently co-chaired the organization’s Capital Campaign, which raised funds to build and renovate the YMCA facility.
He is succeeded by Ted Frankenback, an active member of the YMCA.
Lt. Dodd Is Deployed For Marine Training
WESTFIELD — Marine First Lieutenant Michael F. Dodd, the son of James J. and Patricia M. Dodd of Westfield, recently participated in a training exercise in Singapore while on a sixth-month deployment to the Western Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean and Arabian Gulf.
Lieutenant Dodd was deployed with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Special Operations Capable, embarked aboard the ships of the USS Essex Amphibious Ready Group.
During the exercise, Lieutenant Dodd received training in urban warfare techniques, rope rappelling, close-quarter battle, weapons and small unit fighting. The training was designed to sharpen the skills of the MEU.
Home based at Camp Pendleton in California, Lieutenant Dodd’s unit is an expeditionary intervention force with the ability to rapidly organize for combat operations in virtually any environment.
In addition, the 15th MEU can evacuate civilians, rescue downed pilots, conduct reconnaissance and serve as an initial landing force ashore.
A 1989 graduate of Westfield High School, Lieutenant Dodd joined the Marine Corps in September of that year. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. in 1994.
Jewish Education Leader Joins Hot Line Volunteers
WESTFIELD — She was born in Baghdad, Iraq, raised outside of Tel Aviv, Israel, and has called the United States home for most of her adult life. For Tamara Ruben, Director of Education at Temple Emanu-El in Westfield, her Sephardic Jewish background is central to her identity and goals in life.
But the expert in the old testament, Jewish history, and Jewish holidays and culture has joined the originally Christian-based group, CONTACT We Care, the 24-hour telephone hotline and crisis intervention service, because “it’s an organization that is totally peoplebased.”
“I like to be involved with interfaith projects,” said Ms. Ruben, the mother of two grown daughters. “I think there is a crucial need for all faiths to learn about each other, to celebrate what is common, and learn to tolerate what is different.”
As a CONTACT telephone volunteer, Ms. Ruben answers calls from individuals who are lonely, depressed or in crisis. After attending CONTACT’s 50-hour training program, she said she is able to actively listen and deal with a broad range of human needs.
“People feel less threatened and more open to say what they want on the phone,” she explained. “I listen to them and tune in to what makes each person feel special and elaborate on that with them.”
A member and Past President of the Westfield-Mountainside Ministerium Associates, Ms. Ruben works along
with clergy and representatives of social groups to learn about each other and coordinate interfaith events within the community.
A founding member of N’shamah, a Jewish renewal group, she also lectures at public and private schools throughout the area on such topics as prejudice, tolerance and the Holocaust.
Ms. Ruben noted that because of CONTACT We Care’s flexible scheduling, she is able to do her v o l u n t e e r work in the early morning hours before she goes to work.
A n y o n e interested in becoming a telephone v o l u n t e e r may call CONTACT We Care at (908) 889-4140. The next volunteer training session begins on Monday, September 28, and runs weekly through Monday, December 14.
Dramatic Club to Hold
Snow White Auditions
The Cranford Dramatic Club’s Children Theater at 78 Winans Avenue in Cranford will hold a new open casting for their musical production of Snow White Goes West today, Thursday, September 24, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, September 27, at 1 p.m. The musical will be directed by Madge Wittel.
According to Casting Chairwoman, Linda Guiditta, the cast includes the part of the Narrator, a male baritone or tenor. An actor who can play the guitar or banjo would be beneficial, but is not essential to the role.
Queenie, Snow White’s vain and domineering stepmother is a character comedienne role. The raucous, dance hall queen part requires a mezzo, lusty belt quality, according to Ms. Giuditta.
The Dwarf Brothers are seven comedic gold mining characters. Hank, Jake, Mike, Chuck, Pete, Slim and Shorty, require vocal combination of tenor, bari
tone and bass voices. The role of Shorty needs to be at least 6 feet or over. All other actors should be as “vertically challenged” as possible, said Ms. Guiditta.
Joe Prince, the hero of the story, requires a lyric baritone and Snow White is a soprano ingenue. Mr. White needs a bass or baritone character actor and can double as Sneaky Sam, Queenie’s henchman. Sneaky Sam is a male, farcical, character actor. A baritone, the part must be played with swift, comedic, sneaky movements, outrageous facial expressions and enthusiastic delivery of lines, according to Ms. Guiditta.
Snow White Goes West will be performed over two weekends on Saturday and Sunday, December 5, 6, 12 and 13.
For more information, please call Ms. Wittel at (908) 233-1034 or Ms. Giuditta at (908) 232-8934. For tickets, please call the theater at (908) 276-7611.