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OUR 108th YEAR – ISSUE NO. 16-99 FIFTY CENTS 232-4407

The Westfield Leader — Serving the Town Since 1890 —

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Car Vandals are Sought By Westfield Authorities By SUZETTE F. STALKER

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Westfield police are seeking the individuals responsible for vandalizing approximately 20 parked cars over the past two weeks with rocks, fire hydrant caps and other objects apparently thrown from a vehicle.

About a dozen cases were reported just last weekend, Detective Sergeant Robert Compton said Tuesday. He confirmed that vehicles on both the north and south sides of town have been targeted, adding that “no specific pattern” had been observed.

Following one incident, Sergeant Compton said a witness observed a sports utility vehicle with at least two individuals inside pull away from

the scene. He said law enforcement officials believe the same people are involved in all the vandalism incidents.

The latest episodes occurred on Wyoming, Prospect and Clark Streets; Summit, South, Colonial and Highland Avenues; Dudley Court; Sylvania Place and Tuttle Parkway, according to Sergeant Compton.

Although the vandals have typically struck vehicles with rocks or two-inch by four-inch fire hydrant caps, it is believed bricks or other objects may also have been used.

The objects shattered windshields and rear windows, along with other windows on the vehicles, and also

B’nai B’rith Honors Arthur C. Fried For 48 Years of Service to Community By KIMBERLY A. BROADWELL

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Closing in on half a century of civic service, Arthur C. Fried was thanked for his efforts during a testimonial luncheon sponsored by B’nai B’rith last Sunday at L’Affaire in Mountainside.

The branch represents the Westfield, Mountainside and Scotch Plains area.

Guests to honor Mr. Fried included former Mayor H. Emerson Thomas; Mayor Thomas C. Jardim; his daughter, Fourth Ward Councilwoman Janis Fried Weinstein; Fourth Ward Councilman Lawrence A. Goldman, who introduced Mr. Fried; Rabbi Charles Kroloff; Hal Polon, Chairman of the Adult Advisory Board of the Greater New Jersey Region of the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization (BBYO), and Assemblymen Richard H. Bagger and Alan M Augustine, who presented Mr. Fried with a Joint Legislative Resolution concerning his achievements.

The Assemblymen represent the 22nd Legislative District which includes Westfield, Mountainside and Scotch Plains.

Councilman Goldman stated that Mr. Fried “is truly a special person” because he is someone who continues to recruit new young members to area organizations as well as respect the old members.

“I look at Art as a role model because he is a person that can bridge

the gap of the two political parties in Westfield,” he added.

Mr. Fried, a former Westfield Town Councilman and former President of the Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce, also served as a former Union County Freeholder during his 48 years of service to the community.

He served on Westfield’s Board of Adjustment for 16 years and was a member of the Westfield “Y” Board of Directors. Mr. Fried also served as Chairman of its Speaker Bureau.

If that is not enough, he is also one of the originators of the Westfield Foundation, a philanthropic fund now worth over $5 million which helps Westfield area groups and organizations.

He served twice as General Campaign Chairman of the United Fund of Westfield and was President of the American Cancer Society, New Jersey Division.

In 1995, Mr. Fried was the recipient of the Charles P. Bailey Humani

Police Collar Suspect in Sex Attack on Teen


Ms. Puleio, Ms. Gardner Win Re-Election; William Wallace Victorious; Budget Approved


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After the school election on Tuesday, April 20, the sweet smell of success became reality for re-elected Board Members Annmarie Puleio and Arlene Gardner and newcomer, William Wallace. The $48 million school budget tax levy also received a hearty thumbs up.

The grand total revealed that Ms. Gardner captured 1,674 votes, Ms. Puleio received 1,595 votes, and Mr. Wallace was victorious with 1,430 votes. Miss Weber earned 1,332 votes.

In the First Ward, Ms. Puleio carried 431 votes, while Ms. Gardner captured 453 votes. The difference of 35 votes stood between non-incumbents Mr. Wallace and Miss Weber as Mr. Wallace carried 380 votes and Miss Weber earned 345 votes.

Voters in the Second Ward awarded 435 votes to Ms. Puleio and 436 votes to Ms. Gardner. The difference of 54 tallies detained the victory of Miss Weber, as she earned 362 votes and Mr. Wallace captured 416 votes.

In the Third Ward, Ms. Puleio took 339 votes and Ms. Gardner achieved 359 votes. The difference of only seven votes separated the non-incumbents as Miss Weber earned 267 tallies and new Board Member Mr. Wallace only captured 260 votes.

Finally, voters in the Fourth Ward awarded 374 votes to Ms. Puleio and 400 votes to Ms. Gardner. Approximately 16 votes stood between the non-incumbents as Miss Weber earned 333 votes and Mr. Wallace received 349 votes.

Westfield voters made no bones about it when it came to the $48 million school tax levy. It passed with a 2 to 1 margin. Approximately 288 votes of approval were received,

while 130 votes rejected the operating spending plan. The total budget is $54 million.

As well-wishers and current Board Members and fellow incumbent, Ms. Puleio, gathered at the home of Ms. Gardner on Carleton Road, the guests anxiously monitored TV-36 for the voting results.

Ms. Gardner’s husband, Edward Israelow, occasionally peeked into

Council Republicans Seek Reelection; Democrats Set Campaign Objectives



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For the second consecutive year, Westfield Democrats have filed a full slate of candidates for the Town Council.

The party won the mayoral race as well as three of the four council races last November, thereby gaining a seat in the process. Republicans have a 5-4 majority on the governing body, but with all four GOP seats up for grabs Democrats need only win one of the races to take control of the council for the first time in the town’s history.

Republicans filing their election petitions for the June Primary are First Ward Councilman Gregory S. McDermott of Lawrence Avenue, Second Ward Councilman Matthew P. Albano of East Broad Street, Third Ward Councilman Neil F. Sullivan, Jr. of Sycamore Street, and Fourth Ward Councilwoman Janis Fried Weinstein of Knollwood Terrace.

Democrats filing are First Ward candidate Marilyn Gulotta of Colonial Avenue; Second Ward challenger Joseph P. Stoner; Claire Lazarowitz, running in the Third Ward; and Fourth Ward candidate Schuyler Quackenbush.

All Democrats are new to elective office accept for Mr. Stoner who lost

to veteran Republican Second Ward Councilman James J. Gruba in November, and Ms. Gulotta, a Westfield Board of Education member 16 years ago.

As for the Republicans, Mr. McDermott, the owner of a commercial printing firm, Drew & Rogers, is the son of former State Senator and current Union County GOP Chairman Frank X. McDermott. He fought off a challenge from Democrat Marc McCabe in 1997 to win elective office for the first time.

Councilman Albano, who was elected in 1995 and 1997 after being unopposed both times, will face his first challenge this November.

Councilman Sullivan was named to the council in January of 1995 to fill an unexpired seat. He was unopposed for election that November and fought off a stiff challenge from Democrat Kenneth Rotter two years ago.

Mrs. Weinstein, the daughter of former Union County Freeholder and Town Councilman Arthur C. Fried, was named to council to fill an unexpired seat in 1996.

She lost to Fourth Ward Councilman Lawrence A. Goldman that November but came back the following year to defeat incumbent Donnell Carr to regain a council seat.

An administrator with a Westfield law firm, she chairs the Parks and Fields Committee of the Westfield Recreation Commission to which she was appointed in 1997.

“With careful planning and prudent allocation of our resources, we can make improvements in our parks by constructing new facilities,” she explained.

Robert W. Cockren, Chairman of the Westfield Town Republican Committee, called the Westfield candidates this year “diverse and reflective of Westfield’s population.”

“We have an attorney, an admin

WHS to Hold Classes On Saturday, April 24

Westfield High School will be open from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 24, for all students in grades 9 through 12.

Students must attend school during that time to make up for a snow day last month. Students in kindergarten through eighth grade will make up the day on Monday, June 21, the day after high school graduation.

Authorities arrested a 30-yearold Rahway man early Saturday on charges of kidnapping and sexual assault after he allegedly raped a 17-year-old Plainfield girl in his truck on a residential street in Westfield.

Detective Sergeant Robert Compton of the Westfield Police Department’s Detective Bureau stated that Timothy Sapp was arrested by Westfield police on Prospect Street at 1 a.m., less than half an hour after the alleged attack took place.

Sergeant Compton said Sapp picked up the victim and her 23year-old sister from a house in Plainfield and was supposed to take them home. He said the sisters had known Sapp, who works as a carpenter for a contractor in Monmouth Junction, for about a week.

Michelle LePoidevin for The Westfield Leader

TASTING OF VICTORY...Westfield Board of Education members Arlene Gardner and Annemarie Puleio enjoy their victories during a celebration at Ms. Gardner’s home. They were elected to second terms during Tuesday’s school election along with newcomer William Wallace.

David B. Corbin for The Westfield Leader

STILL ACTIVE...Arthur C. Fried, right, of Westfield, was honored Sunday during a testimonial luncheon sponsored by the local B’nai B’rith chapter for his 48 years of civic service. Also pictured are Paul Thau, left, and George Popper, co-chairmen of the event.


Town Council Adopts $23.6 Mil. Municipal Budget; Tax Levy Rises $600,000; Average of $52 Per Home


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With just two people commenting on the Westfield municipal budget at Tuesday night’s public hearing, the Town Council voted 9-0 to adopt a $23.6 million spending plan — a hike of nearly $700,000 over last year.

Last year, two members of the governing body, including Mayor Thomas C. Jardim, voted against the spending plan. This year’s budget includes a tax levy of $11,929,678, an increase of $600,000 over 1998.

The impact to property taxpayers will be a three cent increase per $100 of assessed valuation over last year. This equals $52 for the average Westfield home, assessed at $174,000, thus increasing the municipal portion of residents’ tax bills to $1,484.

Westfield voters approved a school budget of $54 million, with a tax levy of $48 million, during Tuesday’s school election. School taxes for the average Westfield

home will go up $122 to $4,558. The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders introduced a $288.19 million budget, with a tax levy of $150.13 million, last Thursday. While the levy is down from last year, Westfield is among 10 towns in the county which will see an increase in the amount of taxes raised to support county government. Westfield’s proposed allocation is $14,484,749, an increase of $106,537 over 1998.

The county tax dropped 3 points in Westfield last year, thus off-setting a 3 cent hike in the town budget.

Although voting in favor of the budget, freshman First Ward Councilman Carl A. Salisbury said more time needs to be allotted to the revenues side of the spending plan during the budget process.

He noted that since 1982, the municipal tax rate has jumped 180 percent, while for the same period, the cost of living has risen 69 percent.

Spending the majority of the time

David B. Corbin for The Westfield Leader

FLASHBACK…This musical ensemble celebrates the music of the 1950s and 1960s Sunday afternoon during the annual Spring Fling festival sponsored by the Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce. This downtown event, which drew 25,000 people, featured an array of food, entertainment, children’s activities and merchandise for sale.

David B. Corbin for The Westfield Leader

MAKING MUSIC…“The Hungry 5” entertain festival-goers along Quimby Street Sunday afternoon during the Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Spring Fling celebration in the downtown. They were among several musical groups to perform at the event, which also offered visitors the opportunity to shop, enjoy a variety of foods, and learn more about their community.


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· Kim Paster, 45, of Westfield was arrested in the 800 block of Rahway Avenue and charged with driving with a revoked license, according to police. She was held on $1,500 bail.

· A Cornwall Drive resident reported the theft of jewelry valued at approximately $3,250 from her bedroom. There were no signs of forced entry.


· It was reported to police that approximately $240 was stolen from a locker at a local recreation facility.

· Kyle Bryan, 28, of Scotch Plains was arrested and charged with robbery in connection with a shoplifting incident which occurred November 10 at a North Avenue department store, authorities said.

The suspect allegedly drove over the foot of a security guard while fleeing the scene in his vehicle, according to police. Bryan was being held on $25,000 bail.


· Police arrested Jamel Wallace, 21, and Oleg Lanada, 20, both of Hillside, on East Broad Street. Lanada, who was charged with driving with a revoked license, was being held on $775 bail. Wallace, who was a passenger in Lanada’s vehicle, was charged with consumption of an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle, as well as numerous warrants, authorities said. He was held on $225 bail.


· Police reported that someone removed the exterior mirrors on a vehicle parked at the rear of a local automobile parts business.

· David DeHope, 29, and Christopher Proudlock, 23, both of Irvington,

were arrested on burglary and theft charges in connection with the March 31 burglary of an East Broad Street residence, in which a leather jacket and a checkbook were reported stolen, police said.

In addition, DeHope was wanted on warrants out of Garwood and Paterson, and Proudlock was wanted on warrants from Garwood, Paterson, Newark, Millburn, Maplewood, Union and the Essex County Sheriff’s Office.

DeHope and Proudlock were held on $2,500 and $5,000 bail, respectively.


· Authorities reported that a fence was knocked down at a South Avenue bank.

· A Wayne resident reported that his wife’s 1997 Toyota Corolla was stolen from a Windsor Avenue driveway. The vehicle was recovered Monday night in Roxbury, police confirmed.


· A resident of Carol Road reported that his house was the target of criminal mischief, including toilet paper thrown in the trees on his property and profanity written on the sidewalk.

· Roger A. Barnett, 52, of Westfield was arrested on Elm Street and charged with disorderly conduct, according to police. He was released on his own recognizance.


· The Presbyterian Church in Westfield on Mountain Avenue reported that 12 headstones were pulled out of the ground and four were broken in half at the Revolutionary Cemetery. Police said they have no suspects in the case at the present time.


Arthur C. Fried Honored For Community Service


Incumbents Re-elected; Wallace Welcomed to BOE

the living room to view the results, while Superintendent of Schools Dr. William J. Foley and now-former Board Member and Finance Chairwoman Susan Jacobson discussed the newly-elected school budget and the benefits of the Foreign Language curriculum on the town’s local cable television, TV 36.

Ms. Puleio, who later arrived with her husband, Dr. Joseph S. Sinisi, and her two children, waited patiently with her family and Ms. Gardner. She was thrilled when the final results arrived via television. The ominous ringing of the Gardner Family telephone also told the good news.

Mr. Israelow delivered a spirited speech upon receiving the results, praising the efforts of the school board and the long-term benefits of the operating budget. Raising a cup of champagne, he also lauded and congratulated the elected members and wished them luck in their future terms.

Enjoying the post-election spotlight, Ms. Gardner told The Westfield Leader,

“I’m particularly delighted about how the budget was passed.”

Ms. Puleio added, “I’m happy that the budget passed. I’m grateful to my colleagues on the board.” She further credited the community for its hearty passages of recent bonds and budgets.

Both re-elected board members reported that they are anxiously anticipating working with their new Board Member, Mr. Wallace, in preserving a maintaining the high standard of excellence in Westfield’s public schools.

As newly re-elected Board Members, Ms. Gardner and Ms. Puleio stated that they are especially pleased that the community has provided them with the opportunity to bring the current projects and plans included in the district’s Strategic Plan and the operating budget to their fruition.

Ms. Gardner has said that she is particularly interested in supporting the professional development of teachers, including further professional training. She also encourages further implementation of bench marks to insure the accomplishments of the current curriculums in the schools.

Ms. Gardner has served as the Chairwoman of the Policies Committee since 1996 and is also a member of the board’s Curriculum Committee.

As Chairwoman of the board’s Long Range Planning Committee, Ms. Puleio is also a strong supporter of the district’s Strategic Plan. She has said that she hopes to incorporate technology as an enhancement of the teaching process in the schools. Easing the looming enrollment bulge district-wide is another goal for Ms. Puleio.

Mr. Wallace later told The Westfield Leader that he anticipates the completion of the projects necessitated by the $11.7 million school bond passed in December 1998. Now, as a Board Member, he feels he can help make those projects possible.

He also thanked his Campaign Manager, Kimberly Rhodes, and his Treasurer, Elizabeth Wolf, for their valiant contributions to his campaign. He stated that their guidance helped to make his campaign more feasible.

While revealing that he looks forward to working with his fellow board members, Mr. Wallace stated that he regards each of the members as “hardworking, intelligent people.”

Mr. Wallace stated that he believes Miss Weber also ran a viable campaign.

“She is a very impressive young woman with a lot of innovative ideas,” he added.

The new Board Member reported that he is “delighted” that the community overwhelmingly passed the $48 million school tax levy. He noted that the spending plan is vital because it supports the incorporation of technology in the schools and the professional training of teachers.

Ms. Puleio, Ms. Gardner, and Mr. Wallace will all be sworn in at the Westfield Board of Education’s next organizational meeting on Tuesday, April 27, at 8 p.m. in the Administration Building on Elm Street.

Earlier that evening, at approximately 7:30 p.m., Board Members will bid farewell to Mrs. Jacobson, who has served a record 12 years on the school board. The public is invited to attend.

tarian Award from the Rotary Club in Westfield.

While presenting Mr. Fried with a Joint Legislative Resolution, which was also from State Senator Donald T. DiFrancesco, Assemblyman Augustine stated that Mr. Fried “was a cut above the rest and someone that I am proud to call my friend.”

The Assemblymen also presented Mr. Fried with a United States flag on behalf of Congressman Bob Franks. The flag was flown over the United States Capitol Building on June 1, 1998. Included with the flag was a certificate noting the flying of the flag in Mr. Fried’s honor.

Mr. Franks represents the Seventh District which includes Westfield, Mountainside and Scotch Plains.

Co-Chairmen of the luncheon, George and Stephanie Popper and Paul and Carole Thau, stated that Mr. Fried was chosen to be honored at because of his many years of service to Westfield and surrounding communities.

They noted that Mr. Fried also served on the Board of Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside and is a member of Temple Emanu-El, the Old Guard of Westfield, Echo Lake Country Club as well as B’nai B’rith.

Mr. Fried addressed guests by thanking everyone for coming to the luncheon

and by stating that he has enjoyed all of his volunteer work done in Westfield over the years.

He added, “I wish I could continue for the next 20 years.”

According to the members of the selection committee for the luncheon, the B’nai B’rith Chapter has been serving the communities since the 1960s and holds the yearly luncheon to raise money for its youth programs.

These include the BBYO for high school aged members as well as the Hillel Foundations that serves college aged members on over 400 college campuses.

The testimonial luncheon committee members included Ed and Joyce Yanowik, Dave and Roberta Sturm, Peter and Susan Klein, Amold and Rosalie Salkman, Bob and Judy Cantor, Steve and Renee Goldberg, Bill and Vivian Newmark, and Michael and Susan Miller.

Founded in 1843, B’nai B’rith is, according to its members, the world’s largest Jewish organization with 1.5 million members in over 56 countries.

The purpose of the organization is to defend human rights, fight discrimination, sponsor interfaith dialogues and promote democracy and world peace.


Once the three were on the road, Sergeant Compton said Sapp reportedly refused to take the young women home and instead drove them in his 1978 GMC pickup into Scotch Plains.

He reported that the older sister jumped out of the suspect’s vehicle while it was stopped at a red light. Sapp then drove into Westfield, where he allegedly raped the teenager in his truck on Lincoln Road, according to Sergeant Compton.

Police revealed that although Sapp allegedly threatened the victim with a

pry bar, the girl was able to escape and fled to a nearby house. A resident of the home called police, and Sapp was subsequently arrested, Sergeant Compton said.

The suspect, who was charged with aggravated sexual assault, kidnapping and possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, was being held in lieu of $500,000 bail at the Union County Jail, authorities said.

The victim was treated at Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center in Plainfield and released to a parent, Sergeant Compton confirmed.

Police Collar Suspect In Sex Attack on Teen


istrator, a businessman and a corporate executive. Each of them brings their talents and unique perspective to the Town Council, yet each is equally committed to the issues important to Westfield residents: parking, public safety, clean parks and streets and quality municipal services,” he added.

Councilman Sullivan, a graduate of Duke University and the Duke School of Business, is a former Vice President in Finance at Midlantic and later PNC Bank before becoming Vice President in Finance for US Water, an environmental services firm.

The councilman is Chairman of the Public Safety Committee this year.

“More than anything else in our town, public safety is a community effort. As Public Safety Chairman, our agenda in 1999 is dedicated to leading those community efforts and achieving measurable results in improving the quality of life in town,” said Councilman Sullivan.

Councilman McDermott is a member of the Union County Improvement Authority and is Chairman of the Town Council’s Solid Waste Committee.

“Clean streets and downtown capital improvements demonstrate that our community is a vibrant one, improving year after year,” said the councilman, noting that he helped secure the purchase of a street sweeper that will be used in the downtown.

He also cited structural improvements that are planned for underneath the Central Avenue overpass as well as the purchase of new benches in the downtown through the Westfield Downtown Corporation.

Councilman Albano, Chairman of Building and Town Property Committee, is a graduate of Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana and Seton Hall School of Law, Newark.

He is a tax attorney in Summit. Councilman Albano said as elected officials, the council must put “public service before politics” while also “maximizing town services at a minimum cost.”

He noted the additional staffing in the Building Department as well as expanded Sunday hours at the Westfield Memorial Library as examples of improved town services.

As for the Democrats, Ms. Gulotta, a 29-year resident, served on the Board of Education from 1977 to 1983. She was Board President from 1981 to 1982 and served on the Board of Directors of the Westfield Symphony Orchestra from 1992 to 1997.

Ms. Gulotta, a senior software system specialist with Prudential Insurance Company of America, has been a Trustee of the United Fund of Westfield since 1990 and is active with the Outreach Committee of the First Baptist Church of Westfield.

When asked why she was running for council Ms. Gulotta explained, “it’s pay back time. The town has been very good to me.”

The town budget process interests her the most, she said, noting that while residents say their property taxes are too high, they want the level of services to remain the same. And, of course, the town must pay the salaries of police, fire and town employees, the candidate explained.

Ms. Gulotta has undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She volunteers on the MIT Education Council, which interviews school applicants to ensure they will be comfortable living at the school for the next four years.

Ms. Lazarowitz, a 10-year resident, is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Westfield Neighborhood Council. She chairs the WNC’s School Committee as

well as serving as the Edison Intermediate School representative to the BRAKES (Bikers, Runners and Kids Are Entitled to Safety) and is active with the ParentTeacher Organization at Tamaques School.

She was a Cub Scout Leader at Tamaques for five years and a member of the Save The Rialto Committee. Ms. Lazarowitz is employed as a fitness instructor and personal exercise trainer and conducts classes for seniors.

“I thought by getting involved I could give something back and serving on the council is a great way of giving back,” she said.

The candidate said one of the key issues she is interested in is public safety. Ms. Lazarowitz also wants to do the traditional door-to-door campaigning to learn the concerns of residents in her ward.

Mr. Quackenbush, a 13-year resident, has been Cub Master of Cub Scout Pack No. 79 for the past seven years at Tamaques and has been the Adult Leader of Boy Scout Troop No. 72 for the past four years at the Presbyterian Church in Westfield.

The candidate is employed with AT&T Laboratories, specializing in methods for sending music over the Internet. He was a volunteer at the Westfield Board of Education’s Net Day a few years ago. He also served as the Tamaques representative to the Parent-Teacher Council.

Among the areas of interest to the candidate are the upgrade of Westfield’s public access television station, TV 36, as well as other technology issues including Internet access in the town as well as the town’s web site.

“I’m very interested in seeing if I can push these efforts ahead,” he said, noting that he would like to “build a sense of town” through these available technology resources.

Calling Tamaques Park the “jewel” of the Fourth Ward, Mr. Quackenbush said if elected he would like to take a “special responsibility” to work to ensure that park continues to be enjoyed as a “special place” for residents.

His wife serves on the Executive Board of the Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) at both Tamaques School and Westfield High School. She will serve as President of the WHS PTO for the 1999-2000 term.

“All four candidates have a degree of dedicated involvement in community activity and volunteerism,” said Westfield Democratic Municipal Chairman Lawrence A. Goldman, who represents the Fourth Ward on the Town Council.

Mr. Stoner, a chemical engineer with Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, Inc., is a graduate of Georgia Tech and serves on the General Board of the American Baptist Churches and on the Council of the American Chemical Society.

The candidate, who received 45 percent of the vote against Councilman Gruba this past fall, said he is running on the “bread and butter” issues such as paving of streets, speeding and maintenance of parks within the Second Ward.

“Those are the things people are talking about,” he said.

In addition, he said he hopes the council will move forward on plans to build a parking deck this year.

Mr. Stoner, who has a masters in business administration, from the University of Georgia, has served as Chairman of the New Jersey Cause, an organization which, among other things, is working for political fundraising reform.

He is a member of of the Boards of Directors of the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA. The candidate also serves as Chairman of the North Jersey Section of American Chemical Society.

Westfield Candidates File For Town Council Races


CAN COLLECTORS…First grade students at Washington Elementary School in Westfield celebrated the 100th day of school by combining a math lesson on graphing with a community service. The cans of food the children collected were given to the Westfield Food Pantry. Pictured, left to right, are: Megan Reilly, Adam Sherman, David Fishman, Lindsay Anderson, Meghan Brody, Tyler Cusick, Matthew Hoblitzell and Lizzy Amonette.

United Fund to Elect Trustees, Give Awards at May Meeting

WESTFIELD — Members will be elected to serve on the Board of Trustees of the United Fund of Westfield at the Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation on Thursday, May 20, at 8 p.m. in the Community Room of the Municipal Building, 425 East Broad Street in Westfield.

The names placed in nomination to be newly elected are Susan Jacobson, David Molowa, and Joanne Muldoon.

Nominated for reelection are Sherl Brand, Matt Forstenhausler, Marilyn Gulotta, Alan Gutterman, William Jeremiah, Tina Lesher, Roger Love, Samuel McCaulley, Lynne Pomerantz, and H. Emerson Thomas.

Mr. Gutterman, Board President, will conduct the business meeting and report on the accomplishments of the fund last year, the election of trustees, and any other business.

The United Fund’s newest member agency, Women for Women, will be officially welcomed by the Board of

Trustees. Awards will be presented to outstanding volunteers, and agency accomplishments throughout the past year will be highlighted.

An entertainment program will be included, and refreshments will be served during the social hour following the meeting.

All contributors to the fund are members of the corporation and are entitled to a vote at the meeting.

The session will also mark the election of next year’s officers. The slate includes Mr. Gutterman, President; Bruce Shutts, First Vice President; Mary Brautigam, Second Vice President; Mr. Jeremiah, Secretary, and James Nixon, Treasurer.

caused interior damage, Sergeant Compton said. He confirmed that no particular vehicle models had been singled out by the suspects for vandalism.

Sergeant Compton noted that while this type of criminal activity typically

Council Adopts $23.6 Mil. Budget; Taxes to Rise 3 pts.


occurs during the early morning hours, the recent car vandalism incidents around Westfield have taken place in the early evening.

Anyone with information is asked to call Sergeant Compton at (908) 7894010. All calls will be kept confidential.

Car Vandals Are Sought By Westfield Authorities

reviewing proposed spending plans from each of the town’s department heads, with little time left over to figure out how to generate more revenues, “makes tax increases inevitable year after year,” he remarked.

Third Ward Councilman Neil F. Sullivan, Jr. said he “stands by the budget wholeheartedly.”

Fourth Ward Councilman Lawrence A. Goldman noted the budget process followed by the council and Town Administrator Edward A. Gottko is an “extraordinary complex process.”

He said Westfield’s process does not include the partisan politics that take place in some surrounding towns, where budgets are formulated without “any sense of rationale.”

This year’s budget includes $948,000 in street improvements, $185,000 for sewer drainage enhancements, and $300,000 in municipal parking upgrades, as well as $235,000 in improvements to town parks and recreation facilities, including $125,000 towards the renovation of the concrete overlook at Mindowaskin Park.

Also included are Sunday hours for 13 weeks at the Westfield Memorial Library beginning in the fall. If successful, the library Board of Trustees is expected to come before the council next year with a proposal for 37 Sunday openings at an estimated cost of $40,000.

The library received its full budget request this year of $1,153,500, plus another $14,000 for Sunday hours. Evening municipal court sessions were added, as well. They began this week.

Also approved Tuesday night was the budget for the Westfield Downtown Corporation (DWC) of $281,000. Included this year is $75,000 for new trash receptacles in the downtown, as well as $25,000 for entrance signs.

DWC Executive Director Michael La Place praised the town budget, noting that it contains funds to help with the revitalization of Westfield’s business district.

The spending plan includes $135,000 for Central Avenue underpass pedestrian improvements, as well as $40,000 for such things as enhanced street lighting; concrete or granite crosswalk pavers; informational signage such as kiosks and directional signs; benches; bike racks,

and other street furniture as recommended by the DWC.

Salaries and wages account for $11.8 million of the budget. Most of that is for the police department, $4.3 million; fire personnel, $2.55 million, and Public Works employees, $2 million.

During the meeting, Michael Ancona and his wife, Monica Felsing, both of Dixon Drive, questioned the council as to whether any funds were allocated in the budget for the expansion of surface parking lots at Tamaques Park. The couple strongly oppose the plan.

While funds were not allocated for the work this year, monies were budgeted a few years ago to add as many as 71 parking spaces at the park by paving over existing greenery. Construction plans were indefinitely postponed following opposition from residents in the area last fall.

Third Ward Councilman John J. Walsh said the Public Works Committee will hold a public meeting at the height of the sports season at Tamaques to generate as much input from residents as to whether the spaces are needed at the park.

Ms. Felsing told The Westfield Leader

that from her conversations with council members, most seem to remain in favor of the project.

“They (some park users) want the convenience (of nearby parking spaces). They don’t want to have to walk,” she said.

Ms. Felsing said if more parking is added, the safety risks to pedestrians in the lots will only be increased.

“I really think we need to change people’s behavior in town, because it is selfish behavior,” she said, referring to individuals who ignore the new speeding and parking restrictions on the park’s oval.

Councilman Goldman later recommended that all governing body members visit the park, particularly at peek use times, to reach their own conclusions as to whether the spaces are needed, “rather than relying on information that we are told by certain people.”

Responding to an inquiry from Mr. Ancona, Mr. Gottko noted that regular police patrols are assigned to the park during the evening and on weekends from Memorial Day through Labor Day, the height of the summer baseball season.

Community Invited To Join Brightwood Cleanup This Sunday

WESTFIELD — Community residents are invited to join members of the Temple Emanu-El and the Roosevelt Intermediate School Environmental Club this Sunday, April 25, to cleanup Brightwood Park.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants should wear work clothes.

Assisting in the cleanup will be Public Works Department crews, who will remove heavy objects such as appliances that have been dumped in the park over the years.

Laying to rest fears that the natural preservation of the park will be upset by the work, Town Engineer and Public Works Director Kenneth B. Marsh noted that the effort is only being done to pick up debris in the park.
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