Page 2 Thursday, June 25, 1998 The Westfield Leader and THE TIMES of Scotch Plains – Fanwood A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION
Union County to Acquire 14- Acre Site in Union for $2.82 Million
The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders last week announced that the county will acquire a 14- acre parcel of land on the corner of Morris and North Avenues in Union Township from the Kean family and create a park on the site
The property sits next to the sevenacre Ursino section of the Elizabeth River Park. By combining the two sites, the county will have more than 20 acres of land for recreational purposes.
During his remarks, Freeholder Chairman Daniel P. Sullivan said the site will be used for soccer and Little League fields, a playground and open space for youngsters and kids alike.
Located opposite Kean University, the county will use the land for both active and passive recreational facilities. The county will pay $2.82 million for the plot with closing on the acquisition expected by the end of the year.
The county has also agreed to make annual payments of $75,000 in lieu of taxes on the property to Union Township.
The strip of land extends the Elizabeth River Parkway, an area of green space which runs through three municipalities.
"It (the proposed park) preserves open space for plants and wildlife and protects land along an important waterway — the Elizabeth River," Freeholder Sullivan said.
He noted that Union County is one of the most densely populated counties in the state, "with roads and homes and businesses competing for space."
He noted that the acquisition follows along the county's "Project Pocket Park" program which he launched in January. The county has awarded grants of $1,688,750 for the program. All grant applications submitted by each of the 21 towns in the county were approved by the Freeholder board.
Freeholder Deborah Scanlon, a resident of Union where she serves on the Board of Education, said there is a "great need for more playgrounds and athletic fields in this part of the county."
"Union County is highly- developed, so open space like this is few and far between. We are fortunate to have this opportunity," she added.
"I'm very pleased with this (the park purchase) because it's a strong benefit to kids," adding that the acquisition of the land is "part of im proving the quality of life in Union
County." Eleven acres of the land is located at Morris and North Avenues with an additional 3.5 acres, where a Kean family museum has been proposed, located across the street.
John Kean, who represented his family during the June 16 press conference, said the land had been primarily used as farmland and later as a Little League field.
While a strip mall and garden apartments had been considered on the site, in the end the Kean family decided these uses were not compatible with the area and the Kean University campus, Mr. Kean acknowledged to reporters.
Freeholder Scanlon noted that this year the board is focusing on the parks and open space initiatives. In terms of the parks, she cited the county's Jersey Jazz at the Lake program which will be held in September at Nomahegan Park in Cranford.
Union County Manager Michael J. Lapolla called the land acquisition, "an important addition to the county's parks system."
"It provides more access to athletic fields and playgrounds, preserves green spaces in the county and increases the amount of land in one of the county's crucial 'greenways, '" he stated.
Mr. Kean noted that he was happy to share in the common interest of preserving this green area which, he said, encompasses education, recreation and history.
He concluded his remarks by stating, "We look forward to working closely together as the museum develops across the street."
Union Mayor Anthony Terrezza noted that, "our (Union's) population is growing and we need this addition (of park land)."
The county's Division of Parks and Recreation has created three greenways, described as continuous parklands along rivers, allowing residents to walk through parts of the county without leaving parkland. Greenways also run along the Passaic and Rahway Rivers.
"This is a great use for this land, and it fits closely to the Kean family's wishes that it be used in such a way that it benefits all of the residents of the county," said Freeholder Sullivan.
Once the purchase is complete, the property will become the county's 27th park. The current 26 parks occupy a total of 5,574 acres, the largest
of which is the Watchung Reservation, which takes up 2,002 acres. The smallest one is the Sperry Park in Cranford, which takes up 1.6 acres.
Mr. Carlisle Is Recognized For Work With Area Youth
President Carlisle, Jr. of Hillside recently received a resolution from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders honoring him on his receipt of the 1998 Community Service Award given by the Union County Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Club, Inc.
Mr. Carlisle is Housing Coordinator with the Union County Economic Development Department's Commu
HELPING YOUTH… President Carlisle, Jr. of Hillside, left, Housing Coordinator with the Union County Economic Development Department's Community Development Division, is presented with a resolution by Freeholder Lewis Mingo, Jr. The resolution honored Mr. Carlisle for having been chosen to receive the 1998 Community Service Award of the Union County Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Club, Inc.
nity Development Division, A state- certified social worker, he earned the award for his work on behalf of youths over a 17- year period at the Westfield Community Center.
"This award is presented to those who give unselfishly to others in the community and have contributed to human relations," declared Freeholder Lewis Mingo Jr. "President, a 23- year county employee, has certainly done that."
While growing up in Alabama, Mr. Carlisle picked cotton for $3 a day. He was inspired by figures such as Jackie Robinson, Paul Robeson and Mary McLeod Bethune to serve as a role model for young people himself.
Mr. Carlisle, who was appointed to the Southern Poverty Law Center's Leadership Council, said he tries to pass on the "three R's" — respect, responsibility and positive relationships – to youngsters he works with at the center.
After accepting his resolution from Freeholder Mingo, Mr. Carlisle thanked Robert O'Leary, Executive Assistant Prosecutor/ Public Information Officer of the Union County Prosecutor's Office, as well as Judges James J. Walsh, David J. Issenman and Rudolph N. Hawkins, Jr.
He also recognized the Department of Human Services, especially the Division of Youth Services' Juvenile Detention Center, for working with him to keep youngsters from being sent to the detention center.
Mr. Carlisle also thanked the late Union County Prosecutor, Andrew K. Ruotolo, Jr., for having supported his goals for the center.
UCC Course Designed To Teach Adolescents About Journalism Field
For young people in grades 6 through 12, Union County College will introduce a new, non- credit course entitled "News and Amuse" to familiarize participants with the field of journalism using a practical, hands- on approach.
During the two- week course, students will learn to enhance their writing skills through the development of headline news stories, editorials, sports commentaries, comics, and display and classified advertisements.
Selected commentaries from the class will be published in a newspaper produced during the workshop.
The course will be conducted from 9 a. m. to noon on Mondays through Thursdays, August 3 through 13 at the college's Cranford campus.
Those interested in further information may call the college's Division of Continuing Education and Community Services at (908) 709- 7600.
Golf Outing to Benefit Arc of Union County
Marking 10 years since the first annual Arc of Union County Golf Outing, Co- Chairmen Robert Gregory of Merck and Calvin Sprung of the Visiting Nurse Association recently stated that this year's event is on track to break previous records in both participation and donations.
Sponsored by Merck, the event will be held at the Shackamaxon Golf and Country Club in Scotch Plains on Monday, July 27.
All are invited to participate in this fundraiser to benefit people with developmental disabilities who are served by The Arc of Union County, according to Arc spokeswoman Maria Denk.
A tax- deductible donation of $250 includes lunch, 18 holes of shotgun golf complete with golf cart and midcourse refreshments, a cocktail hour, gourmet dinner, prizes and awards.
A contribution of $1,100 covers a golf foursome plus a tee sponsor.
The first golfer to sink a hole- inone at the 17th hole will be awarded a 1998 Jeep Cherokee from Autoland. A 50- 50 raffle will also be held. Only 100 tickets will be sold at $50 each.
Registration will begin at 11 a. m., followed by lunch. Tee time is 12: 30 p. m. For more information or to register, please call The Arc of Union County at (908) 754- 7826.
A LIFE MEMBER... Maureen Basta, Scotch Plains- Fanwood High School Guidance Counselor, displays an Honorary Life Membership Award presented to her by high school DECA student, junior Jeffrey Wagner. The award was given to Mrs. Basta, a former English teacher at the high school, for her many years of assisting DECA students in their state competitions. Also, Mrs. Basta working with DECA, spearheaded an effort for students in the entire senior class to create individualized portfolios to enhance their college admittance capabilities. On behalf of DECA, Jeffrey stated, "Mrs. Basta is an outstanding Counselor who really cares about all the students; we're really proud to present with our highest honor." DECA is an association of marketing students.
Lions Club Installs Officers for 1998- 99
The Westfield Lions International Club recently installed new officers for the 1998- 1999 year. Lion Norman Bendel of the Scotch Plains Lions Club performed the ceremony.
The new officers are as follows: President is William Doyle; First Vice President is Lois Schembs; Second Vice President is William Barton; Third Vice President is Barbara Mellen; Secretary is Douglas Schembs; Treasurer is Michael Gordeuk; Tail Twister is Robert Broadwell, and Lion Tamer is Edward Renfree.
Lions International Clubs service the blind and visually handicapped people and deaf people with special trailers that provide free eye and hearing examinations locally and throughout the state.
Westfield Lions collect eye glasses and hearing aids in a yellow mailbox for the needy at the corner of Elm and East Broad Street in Westfield.
For information on joining the Westfield Lions, please contact Bill Doyle at (908) 233- 0143 (daytime) or (908) 654- 5416 (evening).
UCC to Sponsor Program for Kids To Study Medicine
Union County College will host a presentation of the Discovery Channel's Pre+ Med program entitled "Voyager," for youngsters in kindergarten through grade 6, as a new offering under its "College for Kids" non- credit course banner.
Presented by "A National Education Initiative," the four- week program explores the intricacies of the human body using a practical approach featuring a wide variety of projects, according to UCC spokeswoman Georgia Hartnett.
"Voyager" is intended to increase students' knowledge base and to build an interest in learning, while they experience a fun- filled summer adventure, the spokeswoman said.
Newly introduced this summer, the course will enable students, through Discovery Channel's resources, to examine the mysteries of their bones, observe an operation, and discover the power of the brain.
They will grow bacteria, set a broken chicken bone, discover the origins of disease, and determine how food serves as fuel for the body.
The course will also teach students about the circulatory system, the nature of cells, and vital human organs. In addition, students will learn about wellness and preventive medicine, and discover ways to stay healthy.
The college will conduct the course from 8: 30 a. m. to 12: 30 p. m. on Monday through Thursday, June 29 through July 23, at its Cranford campus.
For further information, please call the college's Division of Continuing Education and Community Services, at (908) 709- 7600.