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GOP Freeholder Candidates Seek to Become ‘Watchdog’
ELIZABETH — The Republican candidates for the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders this week called on voters to elect them so that the current allDemocrat board would have a “watchdog” come next year.
“There are nine seats on the Board of Freeholders, which is responsible for a budget of a quarter of a billion dollars,” said Albert Dill of Summit, Richard Revilla of Elizabeth and Wally Shackell of Cranford in a joint press statement. “Invariably, they vote in lockstep unison with their fellow Democrats. The lack of a minority voice deprives the people of Union County of another viewpoint.”
Mr. Dill, who served three terms on the Summit Common Council, said he and his running mates were prepared to offer constructive suggestions aimed at making Union County government more efficient and more economical.
“We believe there ought to be a minority voice because every political majority needs a watchdog,” Mr. Dill declared. “We do not believe in obstructionism or in opposition for its own sake. Rather, we would like to lend our ideas and our voices to the process of governing our county.”
Mr. Revilla, the former Chairman of the Elizabeth Housing Authority, added that oneparty rule is unhealthy because it leads to “closeddoor gov ernment, which is inimical to the
democratic process. There are few strong partisans who would not concede the benefits of twoparty rule. In the past, Union County government has swung back and forth between Republican and Democrat control. The giveandtake between representatives of the two parties made for better government.”
The Democrats, which took over the majority in 1997 after five years of Republican rule, are in their second year with a 90 majority.
Mr. Shackell, who served as mayor of Cranford last year, noted that during his years on his community’s governing body both parties were represented.
“The exchange of ideas and the differences of opinion were healthy for the body politic,” he asserted. “When different points of view are presented, the final decision is often a synthesis of the best ideas of both sides. In Washington and Trenton, both parties are represented, and the people are the better for this bipartisan government.”
The GOP trio stressed that their election would not mean a change in control of county government.
“Democrats would remain in charge,” they concluded, “but there would be a minority voice and a watchdog to keep them on their toes.”
LindaLee Kelly to Face Mr. LaCorte for Surrogate
practicing law for the past 27 years. During his tenure, he observed that he has gained a good deal of experience in the areas of probate law, trusts, estate law and litigation regarding estates.
He estimated that he has drafted
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some 500 wills, in addition to trying some 40 cases. Two of these were murder cases, including one capital case.
Union County Democratic Committee Chairwoman Charlotte DeFilippo said, if elected, Mr. LaCorte would “aspire to her (Mrs. Conti’s) legacy by coupling responsible government with compassion and understanding at the Surrogate’s office.”
Ms. Kelly, who as an attorney also probated wills – including large estates – noted that her teaching experience at both at the elementary and college levels would help her in the Surrogate’s position. She said her background would help her educate county residents on many important issues, such as keeping wills current.
“I think this is the message (as county Surrogate) that you have to take out to the public,” Ms. Kelly explained.
The Surrogate is responsible for probating wills, appointing executors, administrators, guardians and trustees of decedents’ estates.
PASSING THE GAVEL… During a recent meeting, the Westfield Lions Club installed its new officers for the 19992000 year. Pictured accepting the gavel from Immediate Past President William Doyle is incoming President Lois Schembs. Looking on is Past District Governor Nicholas DiCanio from the Lincoln Parks Lions Club, who installed the slate of officers. The International Association of Lions Clubs is the largest service organization in the world. Membership information may be obtained by contacting the club at P. O. Box 572, Westfield, 070910572.
Blood Center of New Jersey Sets Two Local Blood Drives
WESTFIELD – The Blood Center of New Jersey will sponsor a blood drive on Saturday, September 18, at the Scotch Plains Rescue Squad, 1916 Bartle Avenue, Scotch Plains, from 10 a. m. to 2 p. m. and Tuesday, September 28, at the Masonic Atlas Pythagoras Lodge, 1011 Central Avenue, Westfield, from 6 to 9 p. m.
“Blood is needed every day for victims of accidents and trauma, and for the ongoing needs of cancer patients and those with blood disorders,” said Judy Daniels, spokesperson for the Center.
Each pint donated is tested and broken down into components that have different uses. For example, red cells, with a shelf life of 42 days, are used in surgical situations and trauma cases; platelets, with a shelf life of five days, are used for transplant and cancer patients; and plasma, the liquid portion of blood, is used in patients with severe burns.
Donors must be 18 years of age. Seventeen year olds may donate with parental permission. There is no upper age limit for donors provided those over age 65 have donated within the last two years, or have a doctor’s note. Donors should know their social security number and bring a signed form of identification.
People with cold or flu symptoms should wait until they are feeling
better before donating, and there is a 72hour deferral for dental work, including routine teeth cleaning.
For those who have traveled outside of the United States recently, please call the Center for eligibility criteria.
For more information or to sign up for a blood drive, please call the Center at (800) BLOOD NJ or (800) 2566365.
Westfield Adult School Sets Fall Classes, Fundraiser
WESTFIELD — The Westfield Adult School has published its fall catalog, which offers 74 adult school courses and eight trips.
A new major fundraising campaign for the school also is being planned.
Catalogs were mailed recently to residents of Westfield, Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Mountainside, Garwood, Cranford and Clark.
Nine new course offerings this semester include “Web Page Design,” “Nutrition Skills for Parents,” “Woman’s Special Health Issues” and “Bringing Up Brainy Babies,” according to Carol Phelan, executive director.
In observance of the school’s 60th anniversary, a major fundraising campaign is underway, according to Lawrence Pargot, president of the 12member Board of Trustees.
He asserted that because the school is a nonprofit, independent, voluntary community organization that receives no local, state or federal funds, operating costs have increased over the years but the school’s tuition rates have not increased proportionately.
“Thus, we need to appeal to the community for support to keep our school bel1 ringing and to keep offering outstanding adult education courses right here in Westfield,” Mr. Pargot said.
The Adult School will hold a special fundraiser called “Attic Treasures: Antiques and Collectibles” from 10 a. m. to 3 p. m. on Saturday, October 2, at Roosevelt Intermediate School in Westfield.
“Bring your favorite ‘attic treasure’ for identification and evaluation by a highlyqualified professional dealer,” said Mr. Pargot. Advance sale tickets for the event are available at Baron’s Drug Store, Burgdorff Realtors, Betty Gallagher Antiques, Miller Cory House Museum and Westfield Antiques.
Registration is now under way for the Adult School’s fall course offerings,
which run from Monday, September 27, to Monday, November 29. Most courses are offered on Monday nights at Westfield High School for the full semester; however, a number are offered on just one or two nights and some are available at other times.
“All of our new offerings and alternative days and times are efforts to reach out to the community and meets its needs,” said Mrs. Phelan who noted that there were more than 900 registrants for the past spring semester.
Trip offerings, entitled “Classroom on Wheels,” includes five Broadway theater offerings (Fosse:
A Celebration in Song and Dance, Kiss Me Kate, Putting It Together, Death of a Salesman and The Lion King) as well as “A Day at the Opera” (Carmen at New York City Opera) and a special Christmas Pops program at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.
“We are excited about entering our ‘golden age, ’” said Mr. Pargot. “Our expanded and exciting course offerings and our special fundraising event on October 2 are just two of the ways we are celebrating the start of our seventh decade of service to the community.”
Copies of the course catalog are available in public libraries and through the school’s Web site at www. westfield. com/ adultschool.
Contributors who helped support publication of the Adult School catalog include The Town Bank of Westfield, Garden Club of Westfield, Musical Club of Westfield, Westfield Art Association and Westfield Y.
Additional supporters of the Adult School include The Westfield Foundation and The Westfield Service League. A Westfield Foundation grant is underwriting the cost of a townwide mailing and a Westfield Service League grant is underwriting campaign advertising costs.
Atlantic City Trip Set By Area Woman’s Club
SCOTCH PLAINS — The Scotch Plains Woman’s Club will sponsor a bus trip to the Showboat Casino in Atlantic City on Thursday, October 14. The bus will leave the Scotch Plains Library parking lot at 8: 30 a. m. and will return at approximately 7 p. m.
Refreshments will be served on the return trip. The cost of the trip is $23 per person, $18 of which will be turned back to participants in coins.
Proceeds from the trip will benefit the club’s programs, including the Nursing Scholarships.
For reservations, please call (908) 2321226.
Tour of Historic Sites On Tap for October
SCOTCH PLAINS — The Scotch Plains Recreation Department will sponsor a trip to Virginia from Thursday to Sunday, October 14 to 17, for a guided tour of Colonial Williamsburg, the Carter Plantation and Fredricksburg Battlefield.
The costs are $635 for single occupancy and $480 for double occupancy accommodations. Included with deluxe motor coach transportation will be two lunches, three full breakfasts, three dinners and entrance to the plantation.
Interested individuals are asked to make their reservations as soon as possible. For further information or to make reservations for the trip, please call the Recreation Department office at (908) 3226700.
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