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OUR 39th YEAR – ISSUE NO. 4198 Published Every Thursday USPS 485200

Periodical – Postage Paid at Scotch Plains, N. J. Thursday, October 8, 1998

of of of of of

— Serving Scotch Plains and Fanwood Since 1959 —

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Mountainside Page 2 Obituary ........ Page 11 Religious ....... Page 10

Social ............ Page 6 Sports ............ Page 13

Local UNICO’s Charity Changes The Face of Township; Dedication

By JEANNE WHITNEY

Specially Written for The Times

Christopher Columbus discovers Scotch Plains Township.

A threeandahalf ton marble and stainless steel monument to commemorate the voyage of the Italian sailor will run aground in front of the township Municipal Building at 11 a. m., this Monday, October 12 – Columbus Day.

The local chapter of UNICO – an 85member ItalianAmerican service organization – will host an unveiling ceremony for the eightfoot high sculpture of a hand holding a sphere and three sailing ships. It will be on the edge of the Village Green at the sidewalk.

UNICO, area Knights of Columbus and the ItalianAmerican Club of Scotch Plains funded the monument and will donate it to the township.

The design of the monument, by Union County College student Lennox Brown of Newark, was selected from nearly 60 entries. White marble for the sculpture came from the same region near Rome as the marble for Michelangelo’s “Pietà.”

The cost of the monument is estimated at $50,000. It was sculpted earlier this year by an Hungarian artist in Italy, then shipped across the Atlantic Ocean to the United States.

A time capsule will be buried at the monument base several weeks after the dedication of the statue, and then opened in 2050. Current President of UNICO, Rocco L. Cornacchia, said the time capsule may include a video tape of the dedication event, club membership lists, history and photos of the groups.

The Knights of Columbus and the ItalianAmerican Club of Scotch will also contribute to the contents of the time capsule, Mr. Cornacchia said.

UNICO’s motto is “Service Above Self.” The 75yearold national charitable organization started in Waterbury, Connecticut, and currently has 6,000 members.

The acronym UNICO stands for unity, neighborliness, integrity, charity and opportunity.

Township resident and attorney John Appezzato formed the Scotch PlainsFanwood UNICO chapter 25 years ago in October 1973, with his cousin, Robert Santo. Mr. Appezzato

said a member of the South Plainfield UNICO chapter inspired him to action.

Mr. Appezzato was the first president of the Scotch PlainsFanwood chapter. A president usually serves two terms of one year each, beginning in July, he said.

Club members are of Italian heritage, or married to a person of Italian ancestry, and are at least 18 years old, according to Mr. Appezzato. The national organization recently admitted women to its ranks. Membership applications are put to a vote by the whole chapter.

The local group awards a total of $20,000 in scholarships to college bound graduates each year from the Scotch PlainsFanwood High School. The average prize – based on scholarship as well as need – is $1,500.

President Cornacchia confirmed that, “Whatever monies we raise, we

CONTINUED ON PAGE 12 Jeanne Whitney for The Times GETTING HIS COMPOST... Edward Gaweda of Poplar Place in Fanwood is pictured here shoveling compost into the back of his car at the Fanwood Recycling Center on South Avenue. Behind him is a pile of wood chips generated from groundup storm debris that resulted from the severe Labor Day storm which swept through the area. Mr. Gaweda said he intends to use the compost for his flower garden. Fanwood Ever Closer

To Purchase of Clock By KIMBERLY A. BROADWELL

Specially Written for The Times

A fourfaced Victorian street clock for Fanwood’s millennium celebration is closer to becoming a reality, as demonstrated by the success of the third annual Fanny Wood Day celebration on September 27.

Proceeds from Fanny Wood Day – a colorful blend of exhibits, activities and displays by merchants and crafters – go towards the purchase of the Millennium Clock.

According to Fanwood Mayor Maryanne S. Connelly, the clock will be located on the corner of South and Martine Avenues at the train station. The Mayor added that the location of the clock was picked so that it would be visible from all directions.

Mrs. Connelly reported that the area surrounding the clock would be paved, and benches would be placed at this site.

This year’s Fanny Wood Day celebration brought approximately $3,000 into the clock’s account, according to Neil Schembre, a member of the Fanny Wood Day Committee.

Mr. Schembre said generous donations from three area banks, each

of which pledged $2,000, has helped the fundraiser tremendously.

He revealed that the banks, including United National Bank, First Savings Bank and Statewide Savings Bank, will all be named as significant donors in a “thank you” next to the planned clock.

According to Mayor Connelly, Comcast has also been a significant contributor to the Millennium Clock. She reported that the Fanny Wood Day Committee has raised three quarters of its $20,000 goal from the three festivals held so far, as well as through the bank’s contributions.

Mayor Connelly stated that the clock would enhance the beauty of the downtown area and “would be an attractive area for people to meet.”

Mr. Schembre stated he felt confident that the rest of the money to fund the clock will be raised well before the end of the current millennium, and that the clock will be constructed before the year 2000.

Other members of the Fanny Wood Day Committee include Linda Caminiti, Helen and Jeff Ling, Anthony Parenti, Pam and Peter Sayles, Tricia Scalata and David Wendell.

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Local Welfare Director Cites Continued Need For Municipal Services

By SUSAN M. DYCKMAN

Specially Written for The Times

Welfare rolls may be going down in Scotch Plains and Fanwood as a result of a strong economy, but there is a continuing need for welfare and social service assistance in these two communities.

Just take a glance at the clutter of notes over Welfare Director Maria Santo’s desk in her office at the Scotch Plains Municipal Building.

In providing social services, Mrs. Santo is challenged by finding ways

to assist needy residents — who are mostly senior citizens — with a staggering number of issues such as foreclosure, pending eviction, homelessness, or an inability to pay for important necessities such as rent, medical care, prescriptions, utilities, home maintenance and even burials.

Years ago, the Scotch Plains Ministerial Association created a fund with donations from schools, churches, civic organizations, women’s clubs and others to assist

SP Council Decides on Two Names For Disputed Street: Cliffwd., Shalom

By JEANNE WHITNEY

Specially Written for The Times

The Scotch Plains Township Council agreed Tuesday to revoke a resolution passed in June which changed the name of Cliffwood Street in the township to Shalom Way.

Instead, the street will carry a socalled “dual designation,” with both names being official.

The address of the temple Congregation Beth Israel will be 18 Shalom Way.

The street name change was fiercely opposed by Kramer Manor neighbors ever since June, when, following a public hearing, the council decided in favor of the name change with a 41 vote.

Councilwoman Irene T. Schmidt had urged the governing body to delay a vote on the measure after some residents asked for time to consider a compromise. Other residents outright objected to the proposed name.

Residents pursued the issue throughout successive public council meetings, and neighbors submitted a petition to the governing body asking to eliminate the name Shalom Way altogether from the street.

The dual name designation is seen as a compromise solution and council members agreed to send letters about the revocation to residents and temple members.

The temple is the only address on the short, dead end street located off of Martine Avenue.

Temple members initially requested the street name change in honor of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the nation of Israel following the second world war.

In a separate case, the council agreed to name a new culdesac “Carri’s Farm Circle.” The street is part of a new subdivision at 1711 Rahway Road. Although it is named Greensview Lane in the township’s Master Plan, officials suggested it be renamed when several other streets in the area were found to have the word “greensview” in their names.

The measure would avoid confusion, officials indicated. In other business, the Township Council moved ahead with resolutions urging the state Legislature to dump the requirement that municipalities accept the “lowest responsible bidder” in every project put out for bids.

Mayor Joan Papen agreed to sponsor the measure and asked state League of Municipalities members to do likewise.

The resolution claims that “prices are not necessarily the lowest, and the bidder in practice frequently turns out to be less than responsible.”

Some have seen this as opening the door to favoritism in awarding jobs. However, the township has been especially plagued by problems with accepting the “lowest bidder.”

Last year, the owners of a company which had been awarded a $1.7 million sewer pumping station contract

by the township were discovered to be on their way to prison on bidrigging convictions.

Other incidents the council referred to involved housing projects where developers reportedly left landscaping and drainage uncompleted and were found to have declared bankruptcy. The council also okayed a resolution

for next week that will ask the state to regulate the hours of trash pickup to between 6: 30 a. m. and 4: 30 p. m.

Under other business, the Scotch Plains Business & Professional Association offered to donate 14 used

CONTINUED ON PAGE 12 David B. Corbin for The Times DANCE THE DAY AWAY... Students of the Moderne Academie of Fine Arts perform to music on the Village Green stage outside the Municipal Building during Scotch Plains Day last Saturday.

David B. Corbin for The Times A TICKET TO RIDE... Scotch Plains Day in the downtown last Saturday was cloudy and a little cool, but ponies still provided rides to eager young visitors along Front Street at the Village Green.

Jeanne Whitney for The Times A LOT OF BRASS... The brass section of the Scotch PlainsFanwood High School marching band, pictured here, waits for opening moment during Scotch Plains Day. They performed on blockedoff Park Avenue in front of the newly dedicated gazebo on the Village Green in the downtown.

Contract Talks End in Stalemate; FactFinder Set to Hear Testimony

By SUSAN M. DYCKMAN

Specially Written for The Times

Stick a fork in contract negotiations between the Scotch PlainsFanwood Board of Education and the Scotch PlainsFanwood Education Association – they’re done. No settlement.

Following the second of two mediation sessions, nine months of negotiations between the two ended Monday without an agreement.

Given the stalemate, the school board called for a factfinder to hear testimony from both sides and submit a report. In 1996, the last time the board and the teachers union resorted to factfinding to settle their contract dispute, the procedure took six months.

If teachers follow through with job actions set forth in a September 17 memorandum from their negotiating team, the months ahead will likely see members exercising their right to take off Veterans Day and Election Day, November 3 and 11; continuing to picket schools, not putting up bulletin board decorations, and not volunteering their time. A strike remains a possibility.

In an October 6 letter to SPFEA President Barbara McGuane and circulated among staff members regarding their potential absence on No vember 3 and 11, Superintendent of

Schools Dr. Carol B. Choye stated, “As you know, many of the parents of our pupils are absent from their homes during regularly scheduled school days. In the event the SPFEA were to take such action without adequate notice to the parents, it would potentially cause a serious safety problem for youngsters.”

She also asked Mrs. McGuane to make sure that all SPFEA members “understand the instructional implications of losing these days in the fall, and the resulting exchange for two days during the spring recess (April 8 and 9).”

Mrs. McGuane indicated that today’s meeting of the union action team could yield a decision on the November 3 and 11 dates. The board would need to act to close the schools on those days during tonight’s agenda meeting.

Commenting on the impact of picketing at schools before and after school hours (8: 15 a. m. to 3: 15 p. m.), Mrs. McGuane said, “I believe people see us. It’s just to show we’re dissatisfied. Morale is very low.”

Board Vice President Theresa Larkin is frustrated by parents’ reticence to speak out on the contract situation.

“This is my second negotiating session,” she said. “For my tenure on the board, I’ve heard over and over from the community that they can’t state an opinion without facts. The board has taken the trouble to present the facts. Still silence.

“I just don’t get it,” concluded Mrs. Larkin.

What stalled the latest talks? In a written statement distributed

while picketing Back to School Night on Tuesday at Scotch PlainsFanwood High School, the SPFEA claimed, “At our first mediation session of September 2, the board indicated, through the mediator, that it would accept the Association type guides for two years for the teachers and classroom aides.

“The Association was asked to submit salary guides for a third year. The Association submitted all guides and language issues to the board’s representatives on September 11.

“On September 14,” the statement continued, “the board rejected the Association’s guides despite the board’s and the Association’s previous indication of acceptance.

“On October 2, the board’s representative sent the Association salary guides for three years. The guides included split increases for teachers at the bubble increments, only 3 percent increases or increments for most employees, and unacceptable low increases. The board’s new guide is actually lower than its first.”

In a press release issued Tuesday, Board President August Ruggiero stated, “On Friday, October 2, the Board Negotiating Team released revised salary guides to the SPFEA (teachers’ union), which restructured the board’s previous offer in order to include continued longevity increases for those employees with 20 and 25 years of service in the district.

“These new guides increased salaries by 3.7 percent, 3.6 percent, and 3.6 percent.”

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SCOTCH PLAINS POLICE BLOTTER

FANWOOD POLICE BLOTTER SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26

· A bicycle owned by a Fanwood resident and valued at $300 was reported stolen from LaGrande Park.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

· A Coriell Avenue resident reported that two sets of golf clubs were stolen from her vehicle while it was parked in the driveway of her home.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1

· Michael Zajacz, 32, of Colonia was charged with harassment after he allegedly followed a female motorist in his car on the Garden State Parkway into Fanwood, where the woman used her cellular telephone to alert authorities to the situation. Police stopped the suspect on Midway Avenue.

The motorist subsequently signed a complaint against the suspect, according to police. Zajacz was released on his own recognizance.

· A 14yearold Fanwood resident was charged with theft after allegedly taking a $20 bill from a car parked behind the stores along Martine Avenue, authorities said. The youth was released to the custody of his parents.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3

· A bicycle valued at $475 was stolen from a residence on North Martine Avenue.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 5

· A Midway Avenue resident reported that her purse was stolen from her home during the early evening hours. The value of the purse and its contents was $175. There was no sign of forced entry.

Police said the purse was recovered Tuesday on the ground a couple of houses away from the victim’s home.

· A bicycle valued at $160 was reported stolen from the northside Fanwood Train Station.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28

· A resident of West Broad Street reported a computer and miscellaneous items missing. It appears that someone entered the victim’s home through an unlocked door sometime Sunday evening.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

· Dwane Smith, 30, and Andre S. Long, 20, both of Newark, and Leonard C. Brown, 29, and Rajohn Hamilton, 28, both of Irvington, were arrested and charged with possession of handguns for unlawful purposes during a motor vehicle stop, according to police.

Authorities said the suspects’ vehicle matched a description broadcast by the Plainfield Police Department in connection with a shooting which occurred in that city. All four suspects were turned over to Plainfield authorities, who were conducting a further investigation.

· Police confirmed that an individual entered the First Community Bank on South Avenue and handed the teller a note demanding money. A handgun was displayed in the suspect’s waistband, authorities said.

The suspect then fled the bank on foot in an unknown direction without further incident, according to police. The FBI responded and assisted in the investigation.

· Jose Carlos Agurto, 20, of Westfield and two juveniles were arrested and charged with burglary of a West Broad Street residence on September 27, authorities said.

The complaint was signed by Detective William Schultz of the Scotch Plains Police Department, who conducted a joint investigation with the Westfield

Police Department involving similar incidents in that town.

Bail was set at $5,000 by Scotch Plains Municipal Judge Joseph Perfilio. Agurto remained in the custody of the Westfield Police Department.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1

· A patron of a Route No. 22 automobile repair business reported that a door on his vehicle was pried open and the stereo system stolen. The vehicle had been left in the lot during the week.

· Two tires on a van were slashed while it was parked overnight in the lot of a Route No. 22 business.

· An 11yearold youth reported that his skateboard was taken by another youth at the Scotch Plains Public Library on Bartle Avenue.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3

· A window on a vehicle on Cooper Road was broken out during an altercation between motorists, authorities said.

· Police received a report of graffiti being spray painted at the Highland Swim Club on Martine Avenue.

· A resident of Country Club Lane reported the theft of a tire from his parked vehicle overnight.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4

· The golf course at Schackamaxon Country Club was reported damaged. One of the greens had been dug up and debris dumped out, according to police.

· Vorbe Alerte, 34, of Elizabeth was arrested and charged with Obstructing the Administration of the Law, according to police.

Alerte allegedly offered false information to police to avoid detection on outstanding warrants during a motor vehicle stop on South Avenue, authorities said.

Local UNICO’s Charity Changes Face of Township

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residents with expenses like those. The fund was renamed the “Donald Denitzio Memorial Fund” in memory of Mrs. Santo’s predecessor. Monetary donations may be directed to the Donald Denitzio Memorial Fund, care of the Welfare Department, 430 Park Avenue, Scotch Plains, 07076.

The welfare director counts the police department, pharmacists, United Parcel Service and utility company employees among her best sources for referrals.

“They keep a watchful eye,” explained Mrs. Santo. For example, she said a UPS delivery person might report that a customer has not picked up mail or newspapers, or the meter reader may notice an elderly resident acting confused, and contact the welfare department.

“There are all kinds of programs out there,” Mrs. Santo said. She cited efforts such as senior citizens’ property tax relief, Lifeline (which reduces electric and gas bills), and pharmaceutical assistance to the aged and disabled which provide flat fees for prescription charges.

“People can start here to get help,” she emphasized.

Although the official township opening of the endoftheyear holiday season is still more than six weeks’ away, Mrs. Santo said her telephone is already ringing with offers to help the local needy in some way.

“I get flooded with calls,” she said. “In Scotch Plains and Fanwood, I found that all you have to do is ask.”

Mrs. Santo acknowledged the efforts of churches like St. Bartholomew the Apostle and Fanwood Presbyterian, as well as the Scotch PlainsFanwood High School DECA marketing program, in helping her fulfill holiday wish lists.

Throughout the year, she maintains a list of county and municipal welfare clients, plus the names of individuals who request social services.

Before the holidays, she contacts these individuals to see if they would benefit from food baskets and toys during the holidays.

The following are five guidelines to practical generosity that local residents may want to consider:

· Stocking the food pantry and replenishing the Donald Denitzio Memorial Fund are not only seasonal needs, they are yearround responsibilities. As Mrs. Santo put it, “I need turkeys in February, too, not just at Thanksgiving and Christmas.”

· Contribute wisely to the food pantry. Donate food items such as canned tuna fish, peanut butter, hearty soups, boxed macaroni and cheese, cereal, rice, jars of spaghetti sauce, pasta, canned vegetables and canned fruit. Paper towels, facial tissue, toilet paper, dish detergent, and personal care products like soap, shampoo and lotion are also needed.

· Consider a monetary donation that will be used where and how it is most needed.

· Trust that all donations to the welfare department will be directed only to

residents of Scotch Plains and Fanwood.

· Respect the privacy of the recipients by allowing the welfare department and affiliated organizations to handle delivery of food baskets and gifts as needed.

Like her social service responsibilities, Mrs. Santo’s welfare duties have evolved over the years.

In 1997, the State of New Jersey called for all municipal welfare departments to merge with county offices. Seven of Union County’s 21 municipalities complied. Others, like Scotch Plains and Fanwood, recognized the value of a “personal touch” when managing the needs of municipal welfare recipients.

The state requires municipal welfare offices to be open five days a week, three hours a day. Because Mrs. Santo did not maintain office hours in Fanwood, the borough struck an interlocal agreement with Scotch Plains in January for the provision of municipal welfare services — a move which enables her to serve both communities from one office.

“The (welfare) rolls have gone down in towns where they kept the municipal welfare program,” Mrs. Santo explained. “Where there used to be 40 to 60 individuals on municipal welfare in this community, there are now approximately 15.

“The government thinks a central office is the way to go,” continued Mrs. Santo. “We’re proving it isn’t.”

Her long tenure as administrator of the community welfare program, coupled with her onthescene presence in the municipal building, helps Mrs. Santo identify those who are truly needy.

To qualify as a municipal welfare recipient of state funding, applicants must be single, unemployed, childless residents. They are required to work for the money they are awarded ($ 140 per month for an “employable” individual) through community service at a designated work site. Work time ranges from 28 to 40 hours per month.

Under “Work First New Jersey,” a program created as part of Federal welfare reform, training and testing programs are in place to help recipients get off welfare.

Mrs. Santo said she is “encouraged” by the $23.2 million recently earmarked for the state from the Federal WelfaretoWork Program.

According to a news release issued by United States Senator Robert G. Torricelli from New Jersey, $578,764 of those funds are slated for Union County, along with a competitive grant award of $5 million.

“The program includes incentives for companies to hire people on welfare by paying part of their salaries,” explained Mrs. Santo.

Safeguards, such as scheduling recipients for job testing and work site duty help prevent welfare fraud at the municipal level.

“Some people are just barely surviving — the lowincome working poor,” concluded Mrs. Santo. “A lot of BandAids are needed.”

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Local Welfare Director Cites Continued Need

whiskey barrel planters to the township to put around the new gazebo on the Village Green at Park Avenue and Front Street. The value of the planters is about $500, according to the Association.

Earlier this year, residents complained during a public council meeting that the same planters – owned by the township businesses – were illkept.

Council members seem to agree that regular maintenance of plantings by professional gardeners would be the only way to insure the planters would not suffer the same fate on the Village Green.

Councilman William F. McClintock, Jr., remarked that, “If we had flowers in them all the time, it would look really nice, and make the Municipal Complex look a lot nicer.”

Councilwoman Schmidt agreed, “It won’t cost a zillion dollars, either.”

Township officials said they received what looked like a 300page report from Comcast Cablevision,

SP Council Decides on Two Names For Disputed Street

Inc., that provides details of what a contract with the township for service would look like.

The current contract ends by June of next year and the township’s Technology Advisory Committee – chaired by resident Ken Anderson — has advised the council throughout the contract review process.

Councilman McClintock said any contract will be nonexclusive so that rapidly changing technology and other companies will be available to residents in the future.

The township police department received $159,000 in grants for computers from the United States Department of Justice. The township will provide another $53,000 towards purchase of the whole computer system. The current equipment dates from 1984.

Scotch Plains was the only community in the county to receive the Federal funding. Neighboring Watchung and Somervillle also were recipients.

give back to activities in our communities.” UNICO’s major fund raising event for the year is a Labor Day weekend festival with St. Bartholomew’s the Apostle Roman Catholic Church. The two groups share the costs and proceeds.

The well attended fourday fair has been celebrated annually for the past 20 years in the township. Mr. Appezzato said the festival tradition was actually brought to the area by immigrants from a southern Italian mountain town, Montazzoli, who settled in the township at the turn of the this century.

Reportedly, the festival honoring St. Nicholas was celebrated annually in the township up until 1965. The start up of the local UNICO chapter

brought back the celebration in the form of the Labor Day Italian Festival in the late 1970s, Mr. Appezzato said.

Golf tournaments, dances and the sales of “entertainment books” also funds the charity chest.

Some of the area organizations benefiting from UNICO’s generosity are the Center for Hope Hospice, Raphael’s Life House, Boys Town of Italy, Make a Wish, Kidney Fund, ARC, Community Access, the Matheny School and the McAuley’s School.

One thousand dollars is the average donation. “This is a very active chapter,” Mr. Appezzato concluded, “we try to do a lot.”

The chapter meets every fourth Tuesday of the month at a different restaurant.

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ing health and dental benefits. According to the board release, the SPFEA’s proposed salary guides total $150,000 more than the board offered.

It noted, “At the October 5 mediation session, the SPFEA insisted that

Contract Talks are Stymied; FactFinder Set to Intervene

the board accept the SPFEA’s guides for the first two years, with a possibility of some change in the third year. The board’s Negotiating Team felt that this demand was unreasonable and asked that a factfinder be brought in as quickly as possible.”

Reception Planned For College Club

SCOTCH PLAINSFANWOOD — The College Club of FanwoodScotch Plains, which is celebrating its 65th anniversary, will hold a reception at the Scotch Hills Country Club on Sunday, November 15, from 4 p. m. to 7 p. m.

Invitations are now being mailed to past College Club members and scholarship recipients, as well as local public officials, advertisers and friends of the College Club.

Senator Donald T. DiFrancesco will be the keynote speaker. All past presidents of the College Club will be recognized for their contributions to furthering women’s education.

There will be an auction at the conclusion of the program to benefit the club’s scholarship fund. Music will be provided by Skip Ungar.

Tickets cost $25. Two additional levels of participation include Sponsor, for $200, or Patron for $150; both include two tickets.

For ticket information, please call Jeanne Pauly at (908) 8891839, or any club member. For those unable to attend, donations are tax deductible and may be sent to P. O. Box 32, Fanwood, 07023.

College Club Community Calendars for 19981999 will be available for purchase at Back to School Nights.

SEA WORLD STUDENT… Cheryl Wagner, right, a sophomore at Scotch PlainsFanwood High School, learns about penguins from an aviculturist at SeaWorld San Antonio’s Careers Camp, one of the SeaWorld Adventure Camps and the only marine sciences education program of its kind for high school students. Cheryl and other students from across the nation resided in onsite dormitories and accompanied SeaWorld’s zoological staff as they cared for a variety of marine life. For more information, please call the SeaWorld San Antonio Education Department tollfree at (800) 7007786.

Annual CROP Walk Planned To Help Alleviate Hunger

SCOTCH PLAINS — The annual Scotch PlainsFanwood community CROP Walk will take place on Sunday, October 25, at 1 p. m. to raise money to relieve hunger. The walk will take place rain or shine.

The sixkilometer event, sponsored by the Scotch PlainsFanwood Ministerium, will begin at the Scotch Plains Baptist Church, 333 Park Avenue in Scotch Plains. There will be rest stops at area houses of worship.

To raise money to combat hunger, CROP walkers will be recruiting sponsors. Money collected will be presented at the annual Community Thanksgiving Service. It will then be distributed either locally or through

the relief agencies of the sponsoring religious organizations.

To obtain a sponsor envelope, individuals are advised to contact the coordinator in their congregation.

Any organizations wishing to obtain a set of materials or to donate refreshments may call CROP Walk Coordinators Bonnie Ruggiero at (908) 2328510 during the day or Maryjane Finne at (908) 3226859 in the evening.

Naval Petty Officer Departs for Mission

In the Middle East

FANWOOD – United States Navy Petty Officer First Class Paul D. Faulkner, the son of Carmel Cox of Fanwood, recently departed on a sixmonth deployment to Middle East Forces Pacific aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Paul Hamilton.

Home ported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Petty Officer Faulkner is scheduled to become part of the multinational interception force in the Arabian Gulf to support United Nations sanctions levied against Iraq after the 1991 Gulf War.

The computerbased AEGIS weapons system aboard the USS Paul Hamilton is the heart of the ship’s warfighting capability. It centers around a powerful radar that enables the crew to detect, track and fire on more than 100 targets at a time.

Petty Officer Faulkner is a 1979 graduate of Scotch PlainsFanwood High School. He joined the Navy in February of 1984.

Joanna B. Marsh for The Times TO MARKET WE GO… Visitors to the Scotch Plains Day/ Street Fest ’98 celebration last Saturday look over “Jerseyfresh” vegetables at the Farmers’ Market. The market was one of many attractions and activities at the event, as a way to promote community spirit and spotlight the downtown.

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