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The hare is a rodent-like mammal of the genusLepus.Itdiffers fromtherabbitbecause of its longer ears, divided upperlip and longer hindlimbs.Here areseveraletymologiesfrom our Hare Line category of colloquialisms.
The expression, mad as a March hare, referstothehare’s practiceofrunningabout wildly during the rutting (mating) season. He’sreally quitemadatthat timeoftheyear. The hare’s tendency to behave erratically also gave rise to the harebrained idiom, whichmeans“giddy orreckless;behaviorof the male hare, especially in March.”
The word harelip was coined to describe the human birth defect that resembles the cleft lip of the hare.
Our final Hare Line, harrier, has two separatemeanings.Oneis “abreedofhounds used to track hares.” Harrier is also used as a synonym for “a cross country runner.”
But we don’t want you to think that we are splitting “hares” on this point. OnJune8, 1999,theTownshipCoun
cil passed the first Open Space Referendum to be introduced in Union County. The referendum will be on this November’s ballot.
The citizens of the Township of Scotch Plains will vote on the imposition of a two-cent tax to be set aside for theacquisition anddevelopmentofland for recreational uses. This is an important step in our history.
We have in the past 10 years witnessed a great deal of development in our community. The Albert Farm, the Carrey Farm and a piece of the Sevell property became available to developers. Somewonderfulcommunitieshave come into existence in our town.
People have discovered the charm and beauty of Scotch Plains. Many of these new residents are couples with young children. This has put a great strain on our fields and other recreation resources.
Currently, there are 800 children enrolled in baseball leagues. There are also 1,200 enrolled for soccer leagues. Thisnumberis growingeveryyear.The fields we currently possess are overused. We need more field space!
This is not a new need. After researching the Recreation Department files, I learned that this problem has existedforquite sometime...closeto30 years!
We recently entered into an agreement with Union County for the development of the front lot for baseball and soccer usage at the Union County VoTechFacility.They didtheinitialwork, and we will maintain the field and be responsible for all games scheduled at that location. I hope that we can develop more partnerships with Union County.
What will money collected by Open Space Referendum provide for? We will be able to purchase lands when they becomeavailablefordevelopment of recreation facilities within the township.Thesemonieswill alsobeusedfor improvement to currently existing facilities within Scotch Plains. This money will provide us with a base.
We will collect approximately $190,000 per year for 10 years. I also hope that we will be able to enter into some public-private partnerships for development and maintenance of our recreation facilities. But, we cannot do it without you.
Please talk to your neighbors. This is a good thing for the township. We need this money to continue to provide services to our residents. Thank you for yoursupport!
Mother Pleads for Return of Bikes Stolen On June 30 in Scotch Plains
Today my son’s bike was stolen along with his friend’s bike. This was not just a bike — it was a reward for something that this child had worked hard for.
Who out there has raised a child capable of stealing another boy’s bike?Youshould beashamedofyourself and of your child. Don’t you know what your child is doing this summer? I do. Don’t you care?
Three minutes in a store across from the police station and gone! Shame on you! This makes people very mad that we have to work hard for what we want to buy when people like you are out there stealing things and no one cares, to top it off.
These possessions are never found and your child never has to pay the
consequences for it. This incident happened on Wednesday, June 30, around 2 p.m. in Scotch Plains. If you know who might have taken these bikes or have seen them, please contact the Scotch Plains Police Department.
One of these bikes was a BMX stunt bike-all chrome with red letters “Tarantula” and a lot more spokes on the wheels than most bikes. Clear handle bar handles and four black pegs. The other bike was a BMX performer stunt bike. Chrome with blue letters.
Your help will be greatly appreciated. I think it’s time we start wondering where our kids are and what they are doing!
Diane Ellis Scotch Plains Pool Staff, Lifeguards
Lauded for Hard Work
I wanted to thank all of the staff and especially the lifeguards of the Westfield Memorial Pool for the most enjoyable Fourth of July weekend.
As a former guard myself, I can appreciate the fact that while I was in the water trying to beat the heat, you were all sitting in the hot sun keeping a watchful eye on all of us.
You all did a great job at dealing with the heat and the crowds on such a busy weekend! Thanks!
Daniel Biglin and Family
Westfield Candidates Taking Early Plunge Into Fall
Campaigns for Municipal Political Offices
While the calendar says July, the political calendar apparently reads October for some of the candidates seeking local offices that want to start early. This caught us a little bit by surprise, as we’re thinking softball and swimming. We’re receiving campaign rhetoric and releases now, which traditionally start after Labor Day.
Running for office involves a lot of zeal and emotion from the candidates and their committees. It’s important, and The Westfield Leader and The Times of Scotch Plains-Fanwood have a long-standing policy of reporting on the election activities as a service to our readers. Because of the intensity of competition and in support of this essential democratic function, our newspapers put considerable effort into being fair, informative and complete.
We exerciseoureditorialjudgment tofilteroutspin and“disinformation”submittedto us.That’sourjob, althoughsomecampaign activistsbecomeveryfrustrated over their lack of success in maneuvering our journalists.
We recognize too, that it’s their job to try. Still, we suggest that they understand now that we’re unwavering in our policy of being independent in our reporting; using our best professional judgment. We hope thisstatementnowwill minimizemanyhoursof wasted time in the future in debating this issue. The precious hours and resources available to us all should be spent as best as possible in constructive manners.
Lettershave beensenttoall candidatesintheregion to explain our campaign plans and policies. Our policies are summarized as follows: Starting in September, we will print each week, up to the last week beforethe election,apressrelease orletterfromevery candidate (or their representative) which is issueoriented and which does not attack their opponent. If the submission is negative in our view, we will not publish it.
We will not print political endorsement letters for candidates, as we get swamped with nonsense.
If candidates have anything else to publicize in the newspapers, we provide political advertising as part of our business. Candidates can say anything they want in their advertisements, subject to restrictions regarding libel and indecency.
Thelast issueofournewspapers priortotheNovember election will be a wrap-up of the campaign activities and positions of the candidates as prepared by our staff. News releases from candidates will not be included in this issue. Of course, advertising is sought. Thisissuewill besenttoevery householdinourtowns as a public service in support of the elections.
We hope this helps candidates in reaching the voters with their positions. In our view, the public is best served when they are best informed.
For candidates and their supporters, please assist us in helping you and in helping the voters. We encourage communication and hope to minimize frustration as matters heat up.
Judge Recalls Surrogate Ann Conti’s Distinguished Public Service Record
On rare occasions, people attain positions for which they are ideally suited. Ann Conti was such a person. As our Surrogate, she was able to combine her learning as a lawyer with her training in social work, her political skills, her commitment to our profession, and her role as wife and mother.
She did all of this so extraordinarily well that we took her for granted, never giving her full credit for all of her attainments. She served as the Surrogate of
this county since 1983, running one of the most highly regarded and well-respected offices in the state.
Indeed, she was looked upon by her colleagues in the Surrogate community across the state as one of their leaders, to whom they always could come for advice and guidance.
She was the first woman President of the Union County Bar Association, and one of the founders of Women Lawyers of Union County, providing an inspiration to many of its younger members.
She worked tirelessly with advocates in elder law and senior citizen causes, establishing a unique guardian monitoring program in this county that is now being replicated statewide.
She was about to become president of the National College of Probate Judges, an organization to which she had devoted countless years of work in an effort toward bettering probate practices nationwide.
Yet, one cannot think about Ann without thinking about her husband, Ralph, and their five children. Her family was never far from her thoughts and concerns.
Union County has lost a dedicated public servant. We extend our sympathies to her husband and their entire family.
Judge Edward W. Beglin, Jr. Union County Superior Court Scotch Plains Council Should Support
Efforts of Both Anti-Plane Noise Groups
On July 1, Continental Airlines ceased operating its old, noisy, Stage two 727 aircraft out of Newark International Airport. This is good news since most of these noisy antiques were concentrated over Scotch Plains.
TheScotch PlainsAircraftNoiseCommittee Inc. has a sophisticated noise monitoring system supplied by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. This system identifies every aircraft, where its going, its altitude and how much noise it makes.
Over the years, we have compiled an extensive record of air traffic over Scotch Plains. This data indicates that Scotch Plains suffered more old, noisy, Stage Two overflights than surrounding communities, and Continental Airlines was the worst offender.
TheScotch PlainsAircraftNoiseCommittee Inc. has been pressing the airlines for several years to correct this inequity. It is heartening to finally achieve this small victory.
Special thanks to our members who devoted untold hours on this one part of the aircraft noise controversy.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) refuses to meet with individual
communities. Last year former Republican Mayor Joan Papen, and former Republican Councilman Robert Johnston, convinced the FAA to participate in a public meeting in Scotch Plains.
Also attending were representatives from the aviation industry, affording us the chance to directly present our concerns about the concentration of old noisy Stage Two aircraft over Scotch Plains.
Thank you, Mrs. Papen and Mr. Johnston. Mr. Johnston’s expertise as councilliaisonto theaircraftnoisegroups is sorely missed.
There is still much to be done to return Scotch Plains to the aircraft noise free condition we had before June 1989 when the FAA moved air traffic here to provide relief to other areas.
Scotch Plains is fortunate having two organizations working for quieter skies. Our technical expertise is recognized by the FAA, Port Authority and the aviation industry. We have direct access to the important people in all three areas.
The other group operates well in the political arena. Both approaches are equally important.
I have written to Mayor Geri Samuel and attended a Township Council meeting asking her to work with the Scotch Plains Aircraft Noise Committee Inc., to no avail. It appears that she, and the other Democrats think that aircraft noise does not deserve the time required to deal with two different organizations.
We are not going to see ocean routing of aircraft in our lifetime, and air traffic continues to increase. If the Township Council fails to continue its historically strong opposition to the present routes, Scotch Plains will once again become the dumping ground for aircraft noise not wanted elsewhere.
E. Dennis Hardie Chairman Scotch Plains Aircraft Noise
Committee, Inc. Mayor Samuel Stresses Importance
Of Open Space Referendum Vote
FROM THE DESK OF GERI SAMUEL FROM THE DESK OF GERI SAMUEL FROM THE DESK OF GERI SAMUEL FROM THE DESK OF GERI SAMUEL FROM THE DESK OF GERI SAMUEL
– MAYOR OF SCOTCH PLAINS –
Parent-Teacher Council Awards Scholarships
WESTFIELD — Thirteen Westfield High School seniors received one-time grants fromtheParent-TeacherCouncil at Awards Night on June 3 to help cover their college costs this year.
The awards totaled $18,250 and are based on financial need, academic achievement and service to the school and/or community. The amount of each award varies for each student.
Every year, funds for the ParentTeacher Council Scholarship are collected by the Parent Teacher Associations and Parent Teacher Organizations at all Westfield public schools. The money is distributed as scholarships to a broad spectrum of students.
Following are this year’s recipients: Timothy Caprario, a son of Mr. and
Mrs. Rudolph Caprario, will attendtheUniversity of Florida to study physical therapy. Tim is a member of theNationalHonor Society and managing editor for advertising for The Hi’s Eye. He has served as captain of the varsity bowling team and has been a member of the cross country and spring track teams. Tim is a Peer Minister at St. Helen’s Roman Catholic Church, has served as avolunteer basketballcoachandworked at Habitat for Humanity.
John Cognetti, a son of Mr. and Mrs. AnthonyCognetti, willattendtheUniversity of Maryland. He served as captain of the winter track team and is a member of the Italian Club, the Key Club and the Environmental Club. John has coached basketball at St. Helen’s Church and serves as a peer minister.
Brian Dowd will attend Syracuse Universitytostudy architecture. He is a member of the National Honor SocietyandtheArt Club. He also was a member of the cross country and track and field teams. Brian is active in St. Helen’s Youth Ministry and has served as a religious education teacher. He is the son of Patricia Dowd.
Marie Isolda is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Antonio Isolda. She will attend Marist College and study commercial arts and advertising. Marie was vice president of the Holy Trinity Church Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) group and has been involved in many outreach projects, including Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics and the Red Cross.
Alexis Jemal will attend Douglass College to study English and Sociology.Sheispresident of the Class of 1999 and president of the Helping Hands Club. She also was a soloist and drum major in the Westfield High School Marching Band and captain of the step squad. Alexis is the daughter of Brenda Jemal.
Elizabeth McKeon, the daughter of Mr.andMrs.James McKeon, will attendLafayetteCollege. She has been a member of the field hockey, basketball and softball teams at Westfield High School for all four years and servedascaptainof all three teams during her senior year. This year, Elizabeth became the second woman in the high school’s history to
score over 1,000 points during her basketball career. She also is a member of the National HonorSociety.
Daniel Moore will attend Penn State University and major in business. A member of theNationalHonor Society,hehasbeen acountryleader andyouthsecretariatin
Model United Nations, and chairpersonandlegislator inYouthandGovernment. He also has been active in theater and has appeared in Cabaret, Diviners and Two Gentlemen of Verona at the high school. Dan also was a youth facilitator in the Diversity Club. He is the son of Paula and John Moore.
Caitlin Nish will attend the University of Michigan to study political
science. Caitlin has served as trieditor of The Hi’s Eye and vice president of the student council. She also was on the Student Council Executive Board prior to being elected vice president. Caitlin has also been active in Connection, the WHS peer mentoring program, and was vice president of the Interact Club and secretary of the French Club. Active in peer ministry at St. Helen’s Church, she has been a retreat coordinator and Eucharistic minister. She also served as volunteer editor of PANDA, the townwide newsletter published to promote drug awareness and prevent drug abuse. Caitlin is a daughter of Jeanne Colucci and Wayne Nish.
Mark Rotondo will attend the Culinary Institute of America to pursue an Associate Degree in baking. He has worked in Bovella’s Bakery for four years and hasattendedUnion County Vo-Tech for the past two years where he has studied baking. He also has served as an acolyte at Redeemer Lutheran Church Vacation Bible School.
Claire Tafelski will attend Syracuse University’s six-yearprogramtoobtain a bachelor’s degree in political science and a law degree. A member of the National Honor Society, Claire has received varsity letters in cross country, winter and spring track. She also is a
member of the National Latin Honor Society and has served as vice president of the Latin Club. She is a peer minister at St. Helen’s Church. Claire is the daughter of Gwen Otto and Thomas Tafelski.
Corrinne Talley will attend Clark Atlanta College in Atlanta, Georgia to study physicaltherapy.Corrinneearned a varsity letter for serving as the student athletictrainerduring the past year. She also was a member of the track and field teams for three years. She served asvicepresidentof theAfricanAwareness Club and secretaryoftheBethel Baptist Church Choir. Corrinne also has studied dance and has participated in benefit dance recitals. She is the daughter of Charlene Talley.
Nicole Tyminski will attend Rutgers Universityand majorinelementaryedu
cation. She is a member of the National Honor Societyandplayedsoccer and lacrosse, serving as Junior Varsity captain of the lacrosse team. Nicole also was a member of the Spanish Club and the Italian Club. Active in CYO at Holy Trinity Church, she was elected secretary in her senior year and has helped run weekly meetings and retreats as a member of the Core team. Nicole is a daughter of Theresa and Charles Tyminski.
Soyoung Yang will attend Wellesley College. She has served as president of the International Club and has been a member of the Spanish, Asian and German Clubs. Soyoung also has volunteered at Children’s Specialized Hospital, the Neighborhood Council and the American Red Cross. She has served as the president of the youth group at her church and as the church pianist.
Local Residents Receive Diplomas, Honors at Pingry
WESTFIELD —BrettIrish,David Kotch and Vanessa Svoboda, all of Westfield, were among the 136 students graduated from The Pingry School during its 138th commencement ceremonies held on June 13 on the Martinsville Campus.
Brett, the son of Mr. and Mrs. CharlesB.Irish, planstoattendColby College in the fall.
David, who is the winner of the Special Director’s Award in Technical Theatre, is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Michael J. Kotch. David plans to attend Lehigh University.
Vanessa, a National Merit Commended Scholar, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Larry J. Svoboda. Vanessa plans to attend Stanford University in the fall.
Sean Callahan Named National Award Winner
For Efforts in English
WESTFIELD — The United States Achievement Academy recently announced that Sean Callahan of Westfield has been named a United States National Award Winner in English.
The Academy recognizes fewer than 10 percent of all American high school students.
Sean, who attends Edison Intermediate School, was nominated for this national award by Noah Tenant, a Language Arts teacher at the school. Sean will appear in the United States Achievement AcademyOfficialYearbook,which is published nationally.
Sean is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Callahan of Westfield.
TimothyCaprario John Cognetti BrianDowd
Marie Isolda Alexis Jemal
Elizabeth McKeon Daniel Moore
CaitlinNish Mark Rotondo ClaireTafelski
Corrinne Talley NicoleTyminski