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Veteran Detectives Promoted At County Prosecutor’s Office SWEARING IN… Three veteran detectives, Lieutenants Gregory Clay and
Blaise Mineo and Sergeant Guy M. Steward have been promoted to key leadership posts at the Union County Prosecutor’s Office. Swearing in nies were held at the courthouse before more than 100 coworkers and municipal
detectives. Pictured, left to right, are: Superior Court Judge Miriam N. Span, who administered the oaths of office, Chief of Investigations David F. Regal, Lieutenant Clay, Lieutenant Mineo, Sergeant Steward and Prosecutor Thomas V. Manahan.
Three veteran detectives in the Union County Prosecutor’s Office have been promoted to key leader shipposts, accordingtoUnionCounty Prosecutor Thomas V. Manahan.
During ceremonies before Supe rior Court Judge Miriam N. Span, the oaths of office were administered to Lieutenants Gregory Clay and Blaise Mineo and Sergeant Guy M. Steward.
“I cannot say how proud I am of these three fine detectives who have proventhemselves overandoverwith records of leadership and perfor mance,” said Prosecutor Manahan.
Each of the three members of the 70person detective bureau has worked in different specialized units in the office after serving different law enforcement agencies.
Prosecutor Manahan said Lieu tenant Clay, 37, began his career with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office in 1985, working in the Grand Jury and Trial and in the Special Enforcement Unit covering orga nized crime before joining the office here five years later.
Since then, his only assignment has been with the Narcotic Strike Force, where he has worked as a squad leader and in his current role as deputy commander.
“He is a consistently solid per former with a high level of expertise who has the complete respect of people who work under him, as well as detectives from outside our agency,” said Captain James Durkin,
commander of the strike force. Lieutenant Clay and his wife, Ursula, are expecting their first child in September.
Lieutenant Mineo, 40, started as a police officer in Westfield in 1980 and came to the Prosecutor’s Office three years later, working in the Nar cotics Strike Force, as assistant to the chief and most recently at the Child Abuse Unit before his recent assign ment to the Major Crimes Unit.
“Heisfrom afinelawenforcement family and he has distinguished him self on many cases,” said Mr. Manahan, noting that his father, Captain Biagio Mineo, was a well known and popular police officer in Scotch Plains for 38 years.
Lieutenant Mineo, who achieved the rank of sergeant in 1990, lives with his wife Deborah and two sons, Stephen, 12, and Patrick, 10.
Sergeant Steward, 44, worked in patrol and as a detective in narcotics with the Elizabeth Police ment for 10 years before joining the
prosecutor’soffice inAugustof1989. He is widely known as an expert in the field of narcotics and has worked on a number of high profile white collar crime investigations.
“Over the years, he has demon strated that he is a wellrounded and highly competent police officer and performs each assignment at a very high level of proficiency,” said Chief of Detectives David F. Regal. He and his wife, Maryann, have a seven yearold son, Darrian Guy Steward.
First of NJ SAVER Rebate Checks are Mailed by State
TRENTON — Acting State Trea surer Roland M. Machold has an nounced that the mailing of New Jersey SAVER rebate checks began Labor Day weekend.
The New Jersey SAVER (School Assessment Valuation Exemption Relief) rebate program is a new pro gram that provides direct property tax relief to qualified New Jersey resident homeowners in the form of annual rebate checks.
GovernorChristineToddWhitman announced the proposal in her State of the State address in January and the State Legislature approved the measure in April. The rebate is based on the amount of school taxes that a homeowner pays on the first $45,000 of equalized property value of their home.
Mr. Machold said, “The rebates will be mailed over several days, starting Labor Day weekend. I want to stress that since school taxes vary among municipalities, NJ SAVER rebate amounts also vary from town to town. While the statewide average is $120, rebates may be higher or lower than that average. When fully phasedin, the rebate amount each homeowner receives will be the
equivalentofapproximatelyonethird of their average school tax bill in their municipality.”
The average rebate check state wide will be $600 when the program is fully phased in tax year 2002.
Those homeowners entitled to re ceive a Homestead Rebate will re ceive a NJ SAVER rebate, but only if it is greater than the Homestead Re bate.
Homeowners and tenants are eli gible for the Homestead Rebate pro gram if they pay property taxes on their principal residence in New Jer sey, either directly or through rent, and providing that there gross come does not exceed $100,000
($ 40,000 for homeowners who are not 65 years of age or disabled.)
Furthermore, some taxpayers may receiveareduced NJSAVERcheckif there are any outstanding debts owed to the state or their town.
New Jersey residents who owned a home and paid property taxes on their principal residence as of Octo ber 1, 1998 can still file for a rebate until Wednesday, September 15.
Residents can file by calling (877) NJTAX72 (a toll free number) or (609) 8264288.
1998 NJ Saver Rebates Union County Municipality Full Rebate First Year Rebate
Berkeley Heights 529.32 105.86 Clark 622.51 124.50 Cranford 639.71 127.94 Elizabeth 564.03 112.81 Fanwood 731.32 146.26 Garwood 583.19 116.64 Hillside 742.28 148.46 Kenilworth 529.88 105.98 Linden 630.32 126.06 Mountainside 326.01 65.20 New Providence 536.01 107.20 Plainfield 605.91 121.18 Rahway 765.84 153.17 Roselle 921.06 184.21 Roselle Park 898.30 179.66 Scotch Plains 726.29 145.26 Springfield 533.05 106.61 Summit 381.14 76.23 Union 692.64 138.53 Westfield 672.14 134.43 Winfield 873.65 174.73
Franklin School Construction Continues to Make Progress
A TALL ORDER… Franklin Elementary School in Westfield will be brought to new heights in the next few weeks as a secondfloor addition is constructed. Steel beams were erected this week to support the nine new classrooms which were
Departapproved by voters in the December bond referendum. Firstfloor classrooms
affected by the construction will not be occupied until the addition is complete. The entire work area is fenced in to prevent children from entering.
WESTFIELD — The roofline of Franklin Elementary School in Westfieldchanges daily,asmoresteel beams reach skyward through care fullycut andpreciselymeasuredceil ing openings.
Entire steel columns can be seen from the ground up on the outside of the school, where they are bolted to concrete footings.
All the beams have been strategi cally placed to support a second floor deck which will serve as the foundation for nine new classrooms. The new classrooms, which were approved by voters in a special bond inreferendum last December, will help
alleviate overcrowding due to in creased enrollment.
Work on the nineclassroom ad ceremodition is taking place over a current
firstfloor wing at the back of the school where the blacktop play area is located. The entire area is fenced in to prevent children from enter ing.
Since the blacktop will be inacces sible while construction is taking place, arrangements have been made to block off Newton Place to vehicu lar traffic between 11: 30 a. m. and 12: 30 p. m. on school days. School children will be able to use this area
as well as Franklin’s field during this time.
“We are grateful to the town ad ministration, the police department and Franklin neighbors for their co operation during this construction phase,” remarked Westfield Board of Education President Darielle Walsh.
Another provisionbeingmadedur ing the construction period is the temporary relocation of those Franklin School students and teach ers who would normally occupy the first floor wing under construction.
Arrangements have been made for alternate site classrooms in other el ementaryschools,as wellasatEdison Intermediate School.
“All materials and furniture have been delivered to these sites and are set up,” noted Business Administra tor Robert Berman.
According to Superintendent of Schools, Dr. William J. Foley, “We are working with parents and teach ers to make the temporary classroom transition a smooth one. Dr. (Marga ret) Dolan, Franklin School Princi pal, has maintained ongoing com munication with parents through meetings, letters and the Franklin School Web site.”
Fall Meetings of the D. A. R. Resume on September 24
WESTFIELD —Meetings of the Westfield Chapter of the Daughters of theAmericanRevolution(D. A. R.) for the 19992000 year will resume on Friday, September 24, at 11: 30 a. m. at the home of member Council woman Janis Fried Weinstein of Westfield.
A program on “The Original Rebels Amazing Women of New Jersey” will be presented by Sally Rand.
The first Executive Board meeting will be held on Monday, September
13, at the home of member Nancy Johnson of Westfield.
In addition, Martha Canata and Stephanie Mannino are preparing a display to celebrate “Constitution Week,” September 17 to 23. The displays can be seen at the Westfield Memorial Library.
All womenwhoseancestorsserved in the Revolutionary War are eligible to join the D. A. R.
For further information and appli cations, please call Lillian Blauvelt at (908) 2328674.
Reminder: Drought Restrictions Are Still In Effect. Train Commuters Face Midday Delays
Due to Crossway Pl. Bridge Construction
WESTFIELD — NJ Transit officials announced this week that some Raritan Valley trains between Westfield and Raritan may face minor service midday delays due to the Crossway Place Bridge construction near the Westfield Train Station.
The bridge is undergoing $1.4 million renovation which includes the replacement of the current steel structure with one made of concrete.
The Raritan line includes Fanwood, Westfield, Cranford and Garwood.