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Republican Committee Enjoys Spring Fling
WESTFIELD — The Westfield Town Republican Committee held its 39th annual spring fundraiser at the Twin Brooks Country Club on May 14.
The traditional spring fund raiser honored Gail S. Vernick, recognizing her long standing services to the Republican Party and her dedication to the Town of Westfield during her years of service as Councilwoman.
CongressmanBobFranksattended and commended Mrs. Vernick for her outstanding contributions to Westfield and presented her with a Certificate of Achievement.
Also in attendance were Assemblyman Richard H. Bagger and Alan M. Augustine who presented Mrs.
Vernick with a joint legislative resolution commending her for her four years of outstanding leadership, service and achievement to the town.
Mrs. Vernick briefly addressed the group, stating in part, “I am gratified tohaveserved Westfieldoverthepast fouryears.Iam proudtohaveworked for my constituents by resolving their problems in a timely way, and to have initiated new ideas for the town to improve our quality of life.”
The evening was a social event raising funds to be used to support this year’s campaign for the Republican candidates. A live auction was enjoyed by approximately 100 attendees who were entertained by Jon Bramnick as the auctioneer.
Fanwood Republican Club To Hold Annual Fundraiser
FANWOOD — On Friday June 4, at 7 p.m., the Fanwood Republican Club will hold its Annual Wine and Cheese Fundraiser at the home of Sophie Kauchak, the club’s president.
The public is invited to taste wines from around the world, while meet
ing Republican candidate for Mayor, Louis C. Jung, and Republican candidates for Council, Stuart S. Kline and Thomas P. Ryan, Jr..
This event is $20 per person. For further details, please contact Ms. Kauchak at (908) 322-3241.
Mr. Jung Cites Record Of Service to Borough Mr. Valentino Promises
Accessible Government By LOUIS C. JUNG
While campaigning recently, I was asked the question, “Why should I choose you as the Republican candidate for mayor in the June 8 primary election?” What follows is the answer to this very important question — a question all Republican voters should be asking.
For Republicans to have the best chance of winning the mayor’s seat in November, they must select a candidate who has a record of service and achievement. They must select a candidate who has shown he is committed to Fanwood.
I have been active in public life for nearly 20 years. I was elected to serve on the Scotch Plains-Fanwood schoolboardfor 12years(fourterms) from 1978 to 1990, and was selected bymyfellow boardmemberstoserve as President for three of those years and Vice President for two years.
I am the senior member of the Fanwood BoroughCouncil.Ascouncilman, I have led Republican efforts to keep the municipal portion of property tax increases to a minimum, resulting in no tax increase in three of the last six years for the borough portion of the property taxes.
For the last five years, I have chaired the Public Works Committee. Fanwood has a reputation as one of the best maintained communities in the county. I also served as Council Liaison to the Library Board three of the last four years, and was integrally involved when crucial decisions were made, such as hiring our new director and computerizing the library.
As senior council member, I have demonstrated leadership ability by working in a bipartisan way for the greater good of Fanwood.
My record is clear: I have worked hard to make Fanwood a great place to live.
In order for me to become mayor — to protect your interests — I must first win the Republican nomination. I have obtained the endorsement of the Fanwood Republican Municipal Committee. But, I cannot win in November unless I have your vote on June 8 in the primary election. This is what I tell those who ask why they should select me as the Republican candidate for Mayor of Fanwood.
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Mr. Jung is currently in his second term as a Fanwood councilman.
By DANIEL P. VALENTINO, 3RD
Due to my involvement with all the various organizations,Ilearnedabout people’s struggles, misfortunes, and various differing beliefs.
However, one thing remains a constant with most: People are tired of elected officials. They are conveyed as self-centered and monetarily oriented. They are viewed as unconcerned, out of touch, and motivated at election time. It is my opinion that these observations are not far from the truth.
All your life you hear promises, but after that, usually nothing seems to materialize. I can only make one promise to you the people: My voice is your voice. I will not stand alone nor will you, as the residents, be left in the dark and be kept from the truth or out of touch. This is what catapulted me into running for Mayor.
Asanofficialsitting ontheBoardof Health, I see things done in an unconscionable and biased fashion. Most things that transpire are a “done deal” before we, the public, hear about it.
For example, the moneys for the Pocket Park were mandated by the county and agreed upon by council before we, the people, were ever even considered. The input of the residents was an afterthought.
To me, this is government working in reverse. No one should ever be discouraged orintimidatedaboutgiving their opinions. Governing decisions should be made by the concerns of the people.
Since I have started my quest for Mayor, I have been insulted, unjustly accused of falsehoods, and most unsettling discredited for my involve
ment in helping others in need. I may not be an elected official, is that a crime? I see it as an advantage. After all, nobody is born an elected official. My main motivating factor to be Mayor is to “Help the People, all People.”
If you’re looking for experience in government and administration, my higher education and my business experience will fit the bill more than adequately. My belief is the Mayor must have concern for the people. Humanistics should always be the key ingredient when contemplating economic and administrative decisions.
I feel that the local government is too arrogant and too removed from the people and their needs. It has been illustrated to myself and numerous other people that the council does not want to hear what you have to say, and they try to discourage the residents from voicing an opinion.
Why is the public portion of the council meetings introduced into the sessions when truly and clearly they do not want to hear our opinions, I thought they were town meetings.
Inclosing,as aresidentofFanwood and a working businessman in New Jersey, I experience the same day-today hardships we all do. Therefore, if elected as Mayor, I will always be available and open to discuss any matters. It is your guidance that will direct me to seek the vision of you, thepeople, keepingmealways“working for the people.”
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Mr. Valentino, who serves on the Fanwood Board of Health, is making his debut run for elected office.
Memorial Day Observances
Mountainside — The Mountainside Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) will participate in Westfield’s Memorial Day Parade starting at 9 a.m. and concluding with a ceremony at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield. At noon, the Mountainside VFW will hold a ceremony at the Veterans’ Monument on Constitution Plaza, where they will be joined by the Mountainside Elks
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Berkeley Heights — In observance of Memorial Day, the township will hold a parade starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Rescue Squad Building on Snyder Avenue. The parade route will go from Snyder to Springfield Avenue to Plainfield Avenue. A ceremony will be held at Memorial Park next to the war memorial starting at approximately 10:30 a.m. Afterwards, members of the community are invited to the Community Center area, which is attached to Town Hall on Park Avenue, for beverages and food.
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Westfield — The town’s annual Memorial Day Parade will kick off at 9 a.m. at the Monument to World War I Veterans at the intersection of East Broad Street and North Avenue. Following a wreath laying ceremony and speeches, the parade will begin.
The parade will proceed up East Broad Street, turn left onto Elm Street, right onto Orchard Street and take a right onto Mountain Avenue for services at the Colonial Cemetery. The parade will then continue on to Fairview Cemetery, where memorial services will be held.
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Scotch Plains-Fanwood — Memorial Day observances, conducted jointly by the two communities, will begin at 8 a.m. at American Legion Post No. 209 at Park Avenue and Sunset Place in Scotch Plains.At 9 a.m. the laying of wreaths will take place at the Fanwood Memorial Library at Tillotson Road and North Avenue in Fanwood.
Wreaths will be presented at the Veterans Monument at Park Avenue and Front Street in Scotch Plains at 10 a.m.
The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Memorial Day Parade will follow this ceremony. The theme for this year’s parade is “Take Pride in America.”
Starting at 10:30 a.m. from the Municipal Building in Scotch Plains, the parade will proceed along Park Avenue, move down Martine Avenue, and end at LaGrande Park in Fanwood where a special community event will take place.
Mountainside Newcomers Set Upcoming Activities
MOUNTAINSIDE — The Mountainside Newcomers Club has announced the following member activities for the near future.
Saturday, June 12: The Mountainside Newcomers Club Social Committee will hold its Annual June Barbecue for Newcomer Adults at 6:30 p.m. This year’s theme will be Beach Party USA. Food will be catered by Tiffany’s and there will be a Disc Jockey. For more information, please call Heather Pisano at (908) 389-0455.
Tuesday, June 15: Mommy and Me Picnic at the Loop. Pack up the kids and a lunch and join us for a fun time at the loop playground in the Watchung Reservation starting at 11 a.m. RSVP is not needed. For more information, please call Doreen Lane at (908) 789-9717.
Thursday, June 17: There will be a ladies night out/fundraiser featuring Artistry Skin Care and Make-up. For details, please call Margaret DiPalma at (908) 518-0134.
The Mountainside Newcomers Club is a social and charitable organizationaimed atextendingafriendly greeting to newcomers in town, to help them meet other newcomers andtodo everythingpossibletomake
them feel welcome and part of the community.
Membership is open to new residents of Mountainside or established residents who have experienced a change in lifestyle, such as the birth of a child, or a change in employment or marital status.
For membership information, please call Teri Schmedel at (908) 301-0147.
McGinn Student is Winner Of D.A.R.E. Poster Contest
SCOTCH PLAINS — Elise Coker, a fifth-grade student at McGinn Elementary School in Scotch Plains, was selected as the first place winner of the D.A.RE. (Drug and Alcohol Resistance Education) for Scotch Plains.
Her poster on the theme “Look at Me, I’m Drug Free” was then submitted for competition on the county level, where it won fourth place.
Elise’s D.A.R.E. instructor is Officer Brian Cheney of the Scotch Plains Police Department
“I am extremely proud of Elise, and all of our students are proud and hon
ored that her work has won an award on the county level,” said Officer Cheney.
Elisewillreceive a$50UnitedStates Savings Bond and a D.A.R.E. jacket providedby theUnionCountyD.A.R.E. Officers Association.
The D.A.R.E. New Jersey Statewide Poster Contest is sponsored by Fleet Bank and Continental Airlines. Students compete on the local, county and state level.
The first-place winner for the state will receive four round-trip tickets on Continental Airlines for anywhere within the continental United States.
WHS Class of 1944 Plans 55th Reunion
The Westfield High School Class of 1944 is planning a 55th year class reunion at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 9, at L’Affaire in Mountainside.
A multi-class reunion of members of any classes up through 1948 will also beheldthesame daywithabrunch from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at L’Affaire.
Other classes may also attend the evening reunion if they choose.
For further information, or to make reservations, please call Jean (Preussner) Jenkinsat(908)755-4772, or Dick Barker at (908) 232-3311.
Payment of $50 for the dinner, or $30 for the brunch will be required with a reservation.
SALUTED FOR SERVICE...Former Westfield First Ward Councilwoman Gail S. Vernick is recognized for her contributions to the Republican Party and the Town of Westfield at the Westfield Town Republican Committee’s 39th annual spring fundraiser at the Twin Brooks Country Club in Warren on May 14. Assemblymen Richard H. Bagger, left, and Alan M. Augustine presented Mrs. Vernick with a joint legislative resolution commending her leadership, service and achievements.