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Party. Roberta T. Feehan of Elizabeth was honored for her role in education. She holds a Doctorate in Holistic Health and currently teaches at Kean University of New Jersey in Union. She has extensive teaching and clinical experience in oncology, respiratory, emergency/trauma and orthopedic nursing.
Elizabeth resident Hazel H. Garlic was honored for her role in health care. Certified in the areas of gerontology and social work, she is the coordinator of the Engel Senior Day Care Center in Cranford and the founder of its Caregiver Support Group.
State Senator Wynona M. Lipman of Newark, who was unable to attend the dinner, was honored for her role in government. She is the only African-American woman ever elected to the New Jersey State Senate, and has worked for the causes of women, minorities, children and small businesses during her seven Senate terms.
Summit resident Nora Holley MacMillan was honored for her role
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recently donated the book, “The Magic School Bus and the Electric Field Trip,” to the Westfield Memorial Library. In the next few weeks, PSE&G employees will present this book to public libraries throughout New Jersey. Pictured, left to right, are: front row, Daniel Bungerz, Katie Esler and Morgan Bungerz, and back row, Children’s Librarian Carol Ann Wilson, PSE&G employee and Westfield resident Nancy Tucker-Datrio, and Library Director Barbara Thiele. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 2
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in the business community. She is the Vice President and General Manager of Bloomingdale’s in Short Hills, and has had the longest tenure of any manager at the company.
Nancy Terrezza of Union Township was awarded for her role in community service. She serves on the Union Township Senior Citizen Advisory Board and the Executive Board of the Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Church.
She is also very active on the Union Township Board of Health and with the UNICO Ladies Auxiliary.
Sergeant Nancy McKenzie of Rahway was recognized for her role in law enforcement. Sergeant McKenzie manages the Sheriff’s K-9 unit and is currently assigned to a troubleshooting post in the Fugitive Unit.
Finally, Glenda Magloire was honored for her non-profit agency, “NuAttitude,” that she started and directs in the Union County area. The agency offers welfare recipients guidance, support groups and preparation for job interviews.
Revenue Hits Historic High In Union County Clerk Office
estate documents in 1998 compared to 1997; specific filings, such as mortgages and cancellation of mortgages saw a dramatic increase of 35 percent each,” Ms. Rajoppi added, “while deeds saw a 11 percent increase over 1997.”
The County Clerk’s Office is a constitutional office which performs a variety of state and county functions. These functions are divided among the three divisions of the office: Recording, Business and Elections.
In the Recording Division, all real estate transactions within the 21 municipalities of the county are processed. In the Elections Division, the Clerk accepts candidate nomination petitions, prepares School Board, Special, Primary and General Election ballots along with preparation of sample ballots and, lastly, tabulates and certifies elections to the state.
The Business Division of the office processes United States Passport applications, Notary Public applications, County Clerk Identification Cards, Alcohol Beverage Control Identification Cards, Tradenames, and other related documents.
Ms. Rajoppi added that the introduction of two new programs in mid1998, a County Clerk Identification
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Card issued to Union County residents 14 years and older, and a photographic service for passports and identification cards, generated new revenue.
“We introduced both programs in June, 1998,” Ms. Rajoppi said, “and experienced overwhelming acceptance and success with more than 2,500 residents using the services and grossing close to $20,000 in revenue.”
Through initiatives begun in 1996 using non-profit permits for the mailing of election sample ballots, approximately $65,000 in mailing costs was saved in 1998. The County Clerk administered seven elections in 1998 including four special elections, the annual school board election along the with Primary and General Elections.
Increased revenues of more than $9,700 also were realized from the sale of deed and mortgage microfilm and continuation of the customer service map retrieval system.
“The healthy economy, the lowest mortgage rates in decades,” Ms. Rajoppi said, “and introduction of two new programs along with innovative cost-saving procedures, allowed us to generate a record revenue in 1998.”
dardized. State medical boards are linked electronically. National data bases about doctors exist. A reciprocal licensing system permitting practice of telemedicine across state lines is very feasible, will protect New Jersey residents, and will make the benefits of technology available to all.
A century ago, the average life expectancy in New Jersey was 49. Medical science has added nearly 30 years to life expectancy since then. A system to license doctors invented at the dawn of the 20th century needs to be improved as the 21st century dawns. Change is inevitable. It will come whether we like it or not.
NJ Should Strongly Consider Licensing Telemedicine MDs
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When Galileo published his findings on the universe, the Inquisition ordered him to recant or face torture. With torture imminent, he recanted, but was heard to mutter “Eppur si muove” “but it still moves.” The Inquisition could not command scientific progress to halt.
We cannot command –nor should we—that the status quo remain intact. What we must do is embrace the benefit technology brings to us, but embrace it on our terms.
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Assembly Richard H. Bagger represents the 22nd Legislative District which includes Westfield, Mountainside, Scotch Plains and Fanwood.
Older Women’s League Slates Lecture, Meeting
“How Retirees Decide When and Where To Move” will be discussed by Adele Gilman, Director of Cranford Senior Housing, at the Saturday, March 20, meeting of the Older Women’s League (OWL) of Central New Jersey.
The meeting, which is free and open to the public, will be held at Senior Quarters, 10 Jackson Drive, Cranford, starting at 9:30 am. with coffee and refreshments.
For further information, call (908) 272-5671.
Ms. Gilman is involved on a daily basis helping seniors decide whether to stay put or whether to move to more supportive and perhaps more affordable housing during their later years.
“It is a critical decision, especially for women,” said Miriam Dickman, program chair for the chapter. “They live longer, usually widowed or divorced, and have to stretch their income. The decision to move is usually directly related to a decline in physical or mental functioning or the loss of a spouse.”
Residents from Cranford Senior Housing and Senior Quarters, an assisted living retirement community, including a special needs program, will join Ms. Gilman to tell their personal stories.
OWL is a national grassroots organization that advocates and educates the public and legislation on issues that improve the lives of women as they age.
Women For Women Slates Separation, Divorce Lecture
In the continuing education workshop series offered by Women for Women of Union County, Dr. Edwin Rosenberg, psychologist, will present “Surviving Separation and Divorce: A Crash Course,” on Thursday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m., at the Westfield Municipal Building.
This workshop will include topics such as how to help children through parental disputes, custody and visitation issues, as well as how to survive in the post-divorce stage.
Dr. Rosenberg holds a doctoral degree from Hofstra University and
has practiced in the state since 1973. He has specialized training in the areas of psycho-diagnostics, child and adult therapy, family and couples therapy, divorce therapy and divorce mediation.
Women for Women is a non-profit organization providing support services to the women of Union County. Admission is free.
For further information, call the Women for Women offices at (908) 232-5787.
Assemblyman Bagger Sets Tax Program Deadline
WESTFIELD – The deadline for filing applications for the Property Tax Reimbursement Program has been extended to Thursday, April 15, according to Assemblyman Richard H. Bagger.
Applications for the new program were sent to all enrollees in the Pharmaceutical Assistance for the Aged and Disabled (PAAD) program, starting on January 21 of this year.
The program “freezes” property taxes by reimbursing eligible lowincome senior and disabled citizens for increases in their property taxes that occur after 1997.
Homeowners who are 65 or older or receiving federal social security disability benefits, and who also satisfy certain income and residency requirements are eligible for the program.
“By sending PAAD enrollees applications for this new program, we have directly targeted many of our senior citizens who are most in need of property tax relief, and who otherwise might be unaware of the new program,” said Assemblyman Bagger.
Applications for the program are available through local public libraries or by calling the Reimbursement Hotline at 1-800-882-6597.
Lauren Porter Plays, Performs in Concert
At United Nations
SCOTCH PLAINS – Lauren Porter, a student at the Union County Magnet High School for Science, Mathematics and Technology in Scotch Plains, recently performed at the United Nations with the New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra.
The event celebrated the “International Year of Older Persons Toward a Society for All Ages.” The Orchestra, which is conducted by Lorraine Marks, consists of musicians between the ages of 6 and 87.
The concert was broadcast within the United Nations complex and throughout the world. The group was also given a tour of the United Nations.
Lauren, who plays the flute, is a resident of Plainfield and a freshman honor student at the school.
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