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Westfield Man Arrested On Death By Auto Charge
WESTFIELD — A Westfield man has been charged with death by auto in connection with a fatal accident that killed a Cranford man near his home in May.
Members of the Union County Sheriff’s Warrant Squad picked up the suspect, Ayaz A. Baig, 24, at his home on Central Avenue on September 29 and took him to the Cranford Police Department for processing.
“We are alleging that the defendant drank beer at two bars before getting into his 1999 Nissan Sentra and then ran a stop sign and drove his vehicle into the car driven by the victim,” Union County Prosecutor Thomas V. Manahan said, adding that crash reconstruction evidence provided by Sergeant James Rau of the Scotch Plains Police Department and an independent consulting firm also led to the charges.
Authorities have alleged that the victim, Leonard Chandros, 61, was returning from the Pathmark supermarket in Garwood shortly before 1 a.m. on May 25 when his 1999 Malibu was struck by Baig’s vehicle at the blinking light intersection of Lincoln and South Union Avenues in Cranford.
The crash flipped the victim’s car on its roof and caused it to slide some 50 feet before coming to rest on the lawn of a home on South Union Avenue, authorities said.
Published reports indicate that Baig was charged by Cranford police
with driving while intoxicated following the accident. The second-degree charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
Mr. Chandros, described as a popular worker at the Kenilworth Post Office, was a former school board candidate in Cranford.
Assistant Prosecutor Regina Caulfield said his death was caused by the “reckless conduct of the defendant.” He is being held in the Union County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail set by Superior Court Judge John Triarsi.
Westfield Chamber to Honor Virginia and Warren Rorden
WESTFIELD — The Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its 51st Anniversary Dinner and Faith In Westfield Award Ceremony on Monday, October 25, at 6 p.m. at The Primavera in Stirling, which is owned by the Ferraro Family.
“The Chamber is pleased to announce that Virginia and Warren Rorden have been chosen as the Guests of Honor for the evening,” said Darryl Walker, Chamber Chairman.
Mr. Rorden was the President of Rorden Realty, Inc. for 27 years, which was located at the comer of Quimby and Elm Streets in downtown Westfield. A year ago, Rorden Realty merged with Burgdorff ERA Realtors at 600 North Avenue, West, in Westfield.
“The merger has gone beautifully, and we are so pleased to have the Rorden Realty employees working with us,” said Jean Massard, Burgdorff’s Vice-President and Branch Manager.
Mr. Rorden also held the position of President on the Westfield Board of Realtors and the Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce. He serves on the Chamber Board of Directors, and chaired the Beautification Committee for the Chamber for 10 years.
He was the Chairman of the “Stop the Mall” Committee and ran Fam
ily Fun Day at Tamaques Park. Mr. Rorden currently serves on the Board of the American Red Cross, and is a past board member of the Westfield Symphony Orchestra and the Westfield Y. He is an active member of the Rotary Club of Westfield and chairs the organization’s “Pedals for Progress” bicycle collection held in October each year.
Mrs. Rorden was the Vice-President of Rorden Realty, Inc. for 27 years. She is a past board member of the Westfield Day Care Center and the “Little Shop on the Corner,” the fundraising arm of that organization.
She held the positions of nominating Chairperson and Fundraising Chairperson, each for two years.
Mrs. Rorden was also very active in the Westfield Historical Society, serving on its Board of Trustees. She was also a member of its Executive Committee and Chairperson of the Membership Committee.
“If anyone deserves the title of ‘Mr. Westfield,’ it is Warren Rorden,” commented Mr. Walker. “We invite the community to be a part of this gala celebration.”
Tickets are $50 per person, which includes beer and wine, a cocktail hour, dinner and dancing. The dress is business attire, with black tie optional. For dinner reservations, please call the Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce office at (908) 233-3021.
HONORED GUESTS…Virginia and Warren Rorden will be Guests of Honor at the Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce Anniversary Dinner and Faith In Westfield Awards Ceremony on Monday, October 25. For dinner reservations, please call the Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce office at (908) 233-3021.
Halloween Painting Contest Set by Business Association
SCOTCH PLAINS — The Scotch Plains Business & Professional Association will sponsor the 6th annual Halloween Window Painting Contest in Scotch Plains Towne Centre.
The event is open to all 6th, 7th and 8th graders in Park Middle School, Terrill Middle School and St. Bartholomew’s School.
Teams may have up to four individuals all from the same grade. Paintings will be done on paper and then hung on the store windows. Painting will be done in town beginning on Monday, October 18, and must be completed by Monday, October 25.
Windows to be used will be assigned to the teams at Apple Blossom Flower Shop on Park Avenue in Scotch Plains, where paper and paint will also be available.
Students must supply there own brushes, drop clothes and plastic containers for paint and they must work neatly and clean up afterward. No adult participation is allowed.
Paintings will be judged by Township Council members and a cash prize of $40 will be awarded for the best painting in each grade category as well as “Funniest,” “Scariest” and “Most Original.” No team can win more then one prize.
All participants will receive a $1 coupon from Nuts n’ Plenty. Winning teams will also be recognized at a council meeting in November.
If the team wants to keep its painting after the contest, a team member must tell the store to save it for them.
Registration forms are available from the schools’ art teacher or by calling Lisa Mohn at Apple Blossom Flower Shop, (908) 322-4999.
Dedication Ceremony For Vietnam Memorial
October 15 at SPFHS
SCOTCH PLAINS – The Mayors of Scotch Plains and Fanwood along with members of the Vietnam Veterans Association, Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) and the American Legion will celebrate the dedication of the Vietnam Memorial at Scotch Plains-Fanwood on Friday, October 15, at 7 p.m. in cafeteria at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School (SPFHS).
Students in David Bellow’s history classes at the high school initiated, planned, researched and financed the development of the memorial. The project, which began during the 19981999 school year, honors three Fanwood residents who were killed in the Vietnam War.
Those veterans to be honored on the memorial are United States Army Captain C. Stuart Burns, 3rd, a SPFHS Class of 1958 graduate, killed in an airplane crash on September 28, 1966; United States Air Force Staff Sergeant Eugene W. Hendricks, a Holy Trinity High School Class of 1964, killed in a plane crash on October 21, 1968, and United States Army Specialist Fourth Class Edward M. Klaniecki, a 1966 SPFHS graduate, killed by enemy small arms fire.
Kathleen L. Meyer, Public Information Coordinator for the Scotch PlainsFanwood School District, noted that student research revealed that no residents of Scotch Plains were killed in Vietnam.
Thrift Shop to Hold Coat Sale on Tuesday
WESTFIELD — The Westfield Service League Thrift Shop will hold a coat sale starting on Tuesday, October 12.
The shop will offer men’s, women’s and children’s fall and winter coats. Patrons may also purchase fall and winter apparel, along with jewelry, shoes and accessories to complement their wardrobe.
All profits are donated to local charities. The Thrift Shop is located at 114 Elmer Street and is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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MOUNTAINSIDE —In the September 30 issue of The Westfield Leader and The Times, a set of numbers regarding the Grade Eight Proficiency Assessment (GEPA) test taken by Deerfield students in Mountainside was printed incorrectly.
In connection with the Language Arts Literacy portion of the test, 40 students, or 80 percent, were proficient. Ten students, or 20 percent, were determined to be advanced proficient.
William A. Burke for The Westfield Leader and The Times
GIVING BACK TO WESTFIELD...Town Bank of Westfield President and Chief Operating Officer Robert W. Downs, Sr., left, and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Ron Frigerio, right, present a check for $550 to Linda Maggio, Executive Director of the United Fund of Westfield, as part of the bank’s oneyear anniversary celebration held last Saturday. The bank is a member of the
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