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Letters to the Editor
Sometimes it is necessary to dig deeplyforthe originsofcertainwords. The history of grotesque, which cur rently means "outlandish or bizarre," provides a good example of this type of word excavation. Grotesque, in fact, came from a 16th century chaeological dig that occurred at the
ancient Baths of Titus, the ruins of whichcanstillbe seentodayinRome.
What impressed the public of the periodwhen thisdiscoverytookplace was the fantastic art on the walls of the old bath ruins. These drawings depicted the heads of beasts on the bodies of men. They were centaurs, satyrs, tritons and so on. The pictures were first called pittura grottesca, meaning "cave picture."
The comic and bizarre cave tures found in these "digs" resulted in the English version, grotesque, via the French, who added their tinctive -esque (like) ending. Do you
Fanwood Business Association Would Play Vital Role in Strengthening Downtown
Along with its school system and municipal ser vices, a strong business district is what shapes the backbone of a community and attracts people to live, work and shop within its borders. It forms the heart beat of a town, brings people together and helps give a municipality its flavor and uniqueness.
a borough measuring just 1.3 square miles, ismakingasubstantial anddiversifiedeffortto bolster its downtown through infrastructure and aes theticimprovements,eventssuch astheannual"Fanny Wood" Day festival and development of a business and professional association.
In attempting to get the association off the ground, theFanwood DowntownRevitalizationCommitteeis following in the footsteps of merchants in Scotch Plains, who five years ago launched their own busi nessandprofessionalgroup torepresenttheinterests of the downtown.
Begun with just a handful of business people, the Scotch Plains association now boasts approximately 200 members and has become a guiding force in the community.
The association sponsors special events in the downtown throughout the year, such as a Classic Car Show and the Scotch Plains Day/ StreetFest tion; operates a scholarship fund and a township
beautificationprogram, publishesamonthlynewslet ter and contributes funds and volunteer time to vari ous organizations.
Although the idea of an association has generated interestamongmembers ofFanwood'sbusinesscom munity, FDRC representatives have admitted that it willtaketime toseetheproject cometofruition.Word needs to get out. A plan of action and concrete goals needto beset.Inaddition, somebusinessesmayview the concept with a skeptical eye, since several earlier
attempts to form a business association in Fanwood did not pan out.
Lastmonth,an organizationalmeetingdealingwith the formation of the association was held at The Chelsea in Fanwood, and next Tuesday, December 7, asecond meetingisplannedat ATastefulTouchBistro on Martine Avenue in Fanwood from 7 to 9: 30 a. m.
All businesses in the borough are invited to send a representativetothis meeting,whereparticipantswill not only have an opportunity to network but also share mutual concerns that will hopefully form the cornerstone of the association. Attendees are invited to submit membership applications and dues at this time.
We urgeallmembers ofthedowntowncommunity tosupport andnurturetheformation ofabusinessand professionalassociationin Fanwood.Theboroughis home to many dedicated business people who have invested much in the community and are eager to see the downtown grow and prosper in the next millen nium.
An association can strengthen the fabric of the business communityandgiveit aunifiedvoicewhen presenting problems or concerns before the govern ing body. An association can also help members realize common goals and enhance the commercial district's ties to the rest of the community.
We additionally encourage business and profes sionalsnot toloseenthusiasmfor theprojectifthings donotprogress asswiftlyasthey anticipated,orifthe association's agenda fluctuates along the way. Any fledgling organization goes through growing pains, and the inevitable kinks will have to be ironed out. However, we need only look to the Scotch Plains Business and Professional Association to see how successful such an endeavor can be.
A concerned wife writes: I am a happily married 45yearold woman who is living with a 46yearold suc cessful man. "John" built up a dying business that he inherited from his fa ther and is a wonderful father and hus band. Lately, he has withdrawn from
arsome of our friends and questions if he has contributed much in his life. He seems to be in an early midlife crisis; heisnotdepressed, butisseekingsome understanding about the meaning of life and our roles in it. Aside from therapy and/ or medication, is there any advice you would recommend?
Answer: Some individuals seem to be feeling a midlife crisis at earlier ages. It does not necessarily mean that the person is severely depressed; ques tions of "what have I accomplished, and with whom," come to the fore.
picSome question their sense of value, adequacy and significance. If therapy and/ or medication are not being dissidered, it would be helpful to support John to focus on several specific areas: 1) Concentrate on your friends with whom you are involved and who mean a lot to you and vice versa. 2) Think of the movie, It's a Wonderful Life and consider what would not be if you did not exist.Youwillsee thatyoudomake a difference. 3) Evaluate how you can make the future exciting and meaningFanwood, ful. Appreciate what you have and set goals that will elicit positive tions. This could include efforts to help
others, volunteer time, build on your relationships with family and friends and recognize your individuality and the individuality of each of us.
Twenty years ago I met with leagues (over lunch, of course) to cuss the meaning of life. Twenty years later,IconfessI don'tknowtheanswer, but I do take pride that my work has made a difference to others. Each of us must come to grips with his/ her own sense of value and each of us does have value!
A caring daughter writes: I am concerned about my mother. She has been divorced for many years, but has dated a lot of men. I don't feel that they treat her right. I am 16yearsold and Mom and I live together; she works as anurseand frequentlymeetsmenwhere celebrashe works or at dances. I am not ous, but she seems to always get in
volved with guys who tell her what to doandthenbecome angryifshedoesn't listen. She used to have a drinking problem, but has been sober for three years. Some of the men bring beer or liquor home and tell her "It's okay. You can handle the liquor." They always criticize her clothing or hair, and if they see a movie and she disagrees with her date's feelings about it, he says "You don'tknowwhat youaretalkingabout." She had a bad life growing up with my grandfather, who was always criticiz ing the children to do well – and then it was never good enough.
Is thereanythingIcan dotohelpher? I love her but a I am afraid she is going to get into a nasty situation, which will harm her.
Answer: I hope your mom realizes what a loving daughter she has. An individual who grows up with a parent (or parents) who is critical, judgmental and controlling, one who communi cates to the child that it is "never good enough", which means the child is in adequate or a failure, needs to resolve her feelings of poor selfimage if she is to establish a healthy feeling about selfandhave ships with others. If not, the person
grows up with emotions of guilt and selfcriticism and chooses (very often) "significant others" who play into their problems — they reaffirm these equacy feelings by criticizing and tacking(emotionallyand/ orphysically).
all probability, your mother's unre solved difficulties with your grandfa ther has resulted in adult situations of men who carry on her father's message that she has done something wrong andneedsto bereprimandedandtreated like a bad girl.
Please show your mother this col umn. I encourage her to call me or another mental health clinician to seek therapy, which will enable her, mately, to seek gratifying relationships
with individuals who affirm her.
A follower writes:
often speak about life being a journeyfilled withexperiences,andwe shouldtryto governourjourney'spath.
Could you print your recent about the year 2000 and how to create good vibes, and a good ney." Thiswouldbea greatgiftforyour readers who continue to read you into the new millennium.
My pleasure and try to be come an excellent traveler on the road of life. Here is the "ABC's of Life's Journey":
By Milt Faith, Executive Director
Youth and Family Counseling Service
Wife Needs Help Dealith With Husband's Early MidLife Crisis
Appreciate who you are, Be nice to everybody, Choose your own road, Dodge negativity, Envision your destination, Flaunt your fabulousness, Go where your heart leads, Have faith, Investigate life's twists and turns, Jump!, Keep on keepin' on, Laugh lots, Make friends, Never litter, Observe the scenery, Play often, Quit worrying, Relax, Stop and smell the flowers, Take it one step at a time, Unload your excess baggage, Venture into the unknown, Walk a mile in someone else's shoes,
conXpect the best,
Yield to fun, Zone out occasionally – it's good for you!
Article on Aircraft Noise Successful In Handling Complex Subject Matter
The November 25 article "Commu nityBased Citizens Groups Band To gether to Address Increasing Aircraft Noise Concerns" by Deborah Madison in The Westfield Leader and The Times
Scotch PlainsFanwood provided ex cellent coverage of a complex issue. The author objectively and comprehensively presented many facets of the subject.
For more than a decade, aviation pol lution (noise, air, and water) has driven public policy; for example:
• President Bill Clinton has directed the Secretary of Transportation to duce aviation noise pollution by 80 perIn cent by the year 2000.
• Support for Ocean Routing covers the depth and breadth of our elected officials: Congressional, state, and county representatives, the Governor and our town council.
• The use of safe, economical, clean highspeed rail transportation, as an avia tion alternative, is gaining widespread support.
The article was very successful in putting this history into perspective.
Frederick Obrock reScotch Plains
Boys Soccer Director Thanks Coaches
The main objective of Westfield's sports programs is to help shape each child'sskills,develop asenseofgood sportsmanship, guide children to wards playing as a team and, most assuredly, to have fun.
As Director of the Boys Fourth Grade League, I was overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of all the coaches and assistant coaches. These gentleYou men spent 10 weekends instilling the basics and this year's play was tre mendous.
I would like to thank the following coaches for their hard work and paments tience – Frank Calvaruso, Jo Greenaway, Jim Wissel, Paul Clark, Andy MuldoonandChrisFitzpatrick.
I'd also like to thank all the assisAnswer: tant coaches and parents who were so supportive of the boys throughout the season.
What better way to teach workthanbythe examplesetforthby so many. My heartfelt thanks to one and all.
Bob Cascone Westfield Soccer Division 5A Boys Mr. Ratner Expands His Accusations,
Charges GOP of 'Conspiracy Fantasy'
When I originally reported my obser vations of Westfield Fourth Ward poll ing place irregularities to the Union County Board of Elections, I was fully aware that neither the purported victor of the election nor those who failed to properly administer it would be particu larly overjoyed at those revelations.
Indeed, the Board of Elections has, quite predictably, conducted a cursory and hasty "investigation" without ad dressing the specifics of the serious charges of electoral misconduct.
While some disappointment at the resulting inconclusive electoral results is only to be expected, I would never have even imagined the incredible ve nality, mystifying stupidity and shock ingly reckless disregard for the truth evinced by the statements of Robert Cochran, the local Republican Party leader.
If reported accurately, Mr. Cochran has stated his bizarre theory that my reporting the election day irregularities to the responsible authorities was actu ally part of a conspiracy which was intended to discredit his party. In fact, if this monstrous lie typifies the local Re publican organization, then it is abun dantly clear that Mr. Cochran certainly does not require my assistance to bury his party in disgrace and shame.
set the record straight: standing Mr. Cochran's fertile conspiracyfantasyiscompletely unrelated to reality and truth. I reported the failure of the electoral authorities to conduct an accurate election because the grave improprieties and procedural aberrations which I observed at the poll ing place call the accuracy of the results into serious question.
My correspondence speaks for itself [I would be pleased to email copies of my letters to anyone who contacts me at: genlcounsl@ aol. com]. While the publican candidate was, perhaps, vertently benefited by these unfortunate
events, my report clearly stated that, "I to emphasize that I am not alleging that the 'victorious' candidates played
any conscious role in this electoral farce."
Thus, while I did not vote for his party's candidate, my concern had ab solutely nothing to do with the identi ties or parties of the individual candi dates.
This revelation may come as a rather rude shock to Mr. Cochran, but express ing support for free and accurate elec tions is not a partisan political act. Rather, it is a declaration of reverence for a right which is fundamental to American democracy. In spinning his poisonous little tale, Mr. Cochran has not only slandered me, but has defiled the memory of every American who fought and died to preserve and protect our precious legacy of electoral free dom. Mr. Cochran, shame on you! As Robert N. Welch, special counsel for the American military at the 1954 Army McCarthy hearings, stated to another equallyinaccurate Republican politi cian, "Have you no decency, sir, at long last? Have you no decency?"
In conclusion, I call upon Mr. Cochran to publicly withdraw his slanderous, imbecilic and unfounded drivel and to apologize for what I truly hope was not more than a momentary lapse of de cency and reason.
Robert J. Ratner NotwithWestfield Donald Bishop Advances
To Senior Foreign Service
SCOTCH PLAINS – Donald M. Bishop, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert herBishop of Scotch Plains, has been ad fulfilling,lovingrelationvanced to the Senior Foreign Service of
the United States in the grade of Coun selor.
Following the recommendation of the Foreign Service promotion panel, Presi inaddent Clinton has sent his name to the
atSenate for confirmation.
Members of the Senior Foreign Ser vice (SFS) are the senior foreign affairs executives in the Department of State, the United States Information Agency and other agencies.
The SFS is equivalent to the Senior Executive Service and flag rank in the armed forces.
Mr. Bishop is Deputy Public Affairs Officer at the American Embassy in Beijing, China. The press and culture
section manages the embassy's infor mation, cultural and educational exof change programs.
After joining the Foreign Service in 1979, Mr. Bishop served in Hong Kong, Korea, and Taiwan. In 1991, he was a foreign affairs Congressional Fellow on the staff of Congressman Chris Smith of New Jersey, before directing the train ing program for new Foreign Service officers of the United States Informa tion Agency in Washington.
He was Country Public Affairs Of ficer in Dhaka, Bangladesh, prior to the assignment to China.
A 1963 graduate of Scotch Plains Fanwood High School, Mr. Bishop holds degrees from Trinity College and Ohio State University. As an Air Force officer, he served in Vietnam and Ko rea. He and his wife, Jemma, have three
Mairen Priestley Competes In Scholarship Program
comWESTFIELD – Mairen Priestley, a
Westfield High School senior, was nomi nated to compete in the national "jourPrincipal's Leadership Award scholar
ship program (PLA), sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).
She was nominated by Westfield High School Principal Dr. Robert Petix.
Principals in high schools through out the country could nominate one of teamtheir student leaders. Nominees are
selected based on their leadership skills, participation in service organizations and clubs, achievements in the arts and sciences, employment experience and academic record.
After being nominated, Mairen filled out an application and wrote an accom panying essay that Dr. Petix submitted
to the NAASP. The NAASP will choose 150 PLA winners from throughout the country this spring to receive $1,000 college scholarships.
While at Westfield High School, Mairen has been the Treasurer of the Class of 2000 for four years. She is the President of the Investment Club, the Student Council Treasurer and the Trea surer of the New Jersey Association of Student Councils (NJASC).
She is a National Merit Semifinalist, a member of the National Honor Society, a Senior Girl Scout and a dispatcher at the Westfield Rescue Squad. Mairen will also represent Westfield High School at Presidential Classroom in Washington D. C. this winter and is the high school's nominee for the U. S. Senate Youth pro gram. motivaCouncil
President. Mr. Biunno added that while serv ing in these positions, the Harts were also involved in many other commu nity activities, especially with their three children. Mr. Hart was a Scout colmaster
for Troop No. 78 for four disyears,while
alsovolunteeringforLittle League and being a member of the Mountainside Music Association.
Dr. Hart was a Cub Scout den mother, manager of the girls softball program in Mountainside, a member of the Parent Teacher Association, a GirlScout leader,asubstituteteacher and Chairwoman for the March of Dimes for one year.
David, Marilyn Hart Receive Mountainside Civic Award
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In addition to their children, the Harts also have six grandchildren, Mr. Biunno observed.
In thanking the committee for the award and addressing borough resi dents, Dr. Hart stated that, "Mabel Young set the pace for being a good neighbor in our borough. We have a small town atmosphere here and having that prevail is a credit to our community."
Mr. Hart added, "I love living in Mountainside. I have raised three children here and they have always been treated royally by our commu nity. It has been fun working for the benefit of Mountainside."
School Closing Info Available at Variety
Of Area Sources
WESTFIELD – In the event of unexpected school closings or deLet's layed openings in the Westfield Pub imaginalicSchools, informationwillbeavailtion,his
able through the following sources: NewJersey 101.5FM,ComcastCable Channel 36, News 12 New Jersey (Channel 42) and www. westfieldnj. com. elecElementary and intermediate
school students' homes will be phoned by PTA and PTO parents to advise them of closings or delayed openings. Parents of Westfield High inadSchool students may call any of the
school's PTO board members. The Westfield Public Schools will no longer have school closings an nounced on WOR or WJDM radio.
Tree Lighting and Town Decorating jealPlanned Throughout the Area
Thursday, December 2, at 6: 30 p. m. – MRNJOpen MRI of Westfield will sponsor its Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in front of their office on the corner of South and Central Avenues. The ceremony will include caroling and a visit with Santa Claus and former New York Giants Super Bowl Hero and Senior Vice President of Paine Webber.
Friday, December 3, at 6: 30 p. m. – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders will host the county's annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony and Charity Drive at the Watchung Stable in Mountainside. The event will include a visit with Santa Claus. Participants are asked to bring an item of canned or dried food or an unwrapped toy for the drive.
Sunday, December 5, from 2 to 5 p. m. – The Fanwood Cultural Arts Committee and its Winter Decorating Committee will conduct a family winter celebration to decorate the downtown. Fanwood Mayor Maryanne S. Connelly will light the Christmas tree. Reindeer rides and photos with Santa Claus will be included.
December 5 from noon to 5 p. m. – "Old Fashioned Holiday Fun" will be held in Scotch Plains Towne Centre. The event will feature horseClassifieds drawn carriage rides, live entertainment, pony rides, tree lighting, a visit with Santa Claus and caroling.
James P. Roughneen Ends Pilot Training Program
MOUNTAINSIDE – Air Force Cap tain James P. Roughneen has graduated from Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training (SUPT) at Columbus Air Force
The pilots earned silver wings and received an aeronautical rating of pilot in the Air Force. ReEach training phase of the 52week
SUPT program includes extensive hours of ground events, flight simulator, fly ing, and flight related instruction. Ad ditional instruction is received on flight formation, navigation, lowlevel navi gation flying, visual and instrument tran
sition, radar cell forma tion, and simulated refu eling and airdrop mistoral sions.
Captain Roughneen is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Roughneen of Mountainside.
He graduated in 1988 from Jonathan Dayton High School, Springwish field, and received a bachelor's degree in 1992 from Rutgers University in New Brunswick.
Captain J. P. Roughneen
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