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OUR 108th YEAR – ISSUE NO. 13-99 FIFTY CENTS 232-4407

The Westfield Leader — Serving the Town Since 1890 —

Thursday, April 1, 1999 USPS 680020 Periodical – Postage Paid at Westfield, N.J.

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Business ........ Page 17 County .......... Page 2 Editorial ........ Page 4

Obituary ........ Page 11 Religious ....... Page 10

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


Former Elm Delicatessen to be Replaced By Another Italian Restaurant in Town


Specially Written for The Westfield Leader

Westfield could have another Ital- ian restaurant in its downtown. Gary Goodman, the owner of the now va- cant storefronts at 37 and 39 Elm Street in downtown Westfield, con- firmed he is negotiating a lease with someone who wants to open an Ital- ian eatery at that location.

Last week, when contacted by The Westfield Leader, Mr. Goodman de- nied reports that an Italian restaurant was opening in the space where the Elm Delicatessen and Backroom Antiques had operated businesses for many years.

While he admitted this week that a party who wanted to open an Italian

restaurant had been talking to him, he pointed out that he still had no signed lease.

Last week while Tim DeRubeis' Elm Street delicatessen was still in operation, someone came in and told Mr. DeRubeis that he had permission from the landlord to look around and do some minor demolition.

But Westfield's Building Depart- ment heard about the work, and Build- ing Inspector Frank Hirsch entered the premises last Thursday to talk to the prospective renter, according to Tony Scelsa, Construction Official.

"He was told that there would be only a small opening in a portion of

a wall so that architects could get a better look at what they would be dealing with," Mr. Scelsa said.

"It seems like the work has ex- ceeded what Mr. Hirsch was told," added Mr. Scelsa, who visited the site Monday morning. Mr. Scelsa has posted a "Stop Work" sign at the site, primarily, he said, to remind every- one involved in the project that much more work would require a building permit.

"Everybody is doing exploration work at this time to assess needs," he said.

The work, Mr. Goodman pointed out, involved the removal of plaster on a center wall dividing the two stores, and removal of part of the

ceiling to determine what types of materials were already there.

Before any new restaurant is opened, the prospective proprietor must appear before the town Plan- ning Board. The Building Depart- ment will not even consider an appli- cation for a construction permit until Planning Board approval is in place.

Mr. Goodman is aware of the town's permit process, but said that a lease can be signed contingent on approval of the necessary permits.

If a new Italian restaurant were to open at the Elm Street location, it would be just two doors from Theresa's, a half block away from Ferraro's and The Brick Oven, and

Bright Lights, Big Cameras, Little City: TV Pilot 'Stuckeyville' Being Shot in Historic Westfield By MICHELLE H. LePOIDEVIN

Specially Written for The Westfield Leader

On Monday, Westfield was ready for its close-up.

The facades and landscapes of Westfield said "cheese" to the big cameras and bright lights as part of a pilot for a CBS one-hour comedy- drama entitled, "Stuckeyville."

Don't let the name fool you. There are several big names behind the production, including the show's writers, producers and creators, John Beckerman and Bob Burnett, who have penned quips for the "David Letterman Show."

James Frawley, who directed the pilot of "Ally McBeal," is also on

board for the "Stuckeyville" pilot. Out of 15 towns which were scouted for the appropriate quaint and cozy backdrop, Westfield was considered to be the cream of the crop. Rockland County, New York was also in the running.

However, Westfield captured the honor because producers were search- ing for a town located outside of New York City with a Midwestern feel.

According to Tom Whelan, Loca- tion Manager for "Stuckeyville," the crew had been driving around New Jersey for an entire day, searching for the perfect atmosphere, when they

came upon Mindowaskin Park while driving down Union County Route No. 509.

"Everyone said, 'Wow, that's re- ally nice,'" recalled Mr. Whelan. He added that crew members were im- pressed by the tall white steeple of The Presbyterian Church in Westfield, and with the configura- tion of Westfield's streets.

After driving through local neigh- borhoods, Mr. Whelan and his col- leagues realized that they had found "Stuckeyville."

Produced by Viacom, in coopera- tion with David Letterman's World Wide Pants, "Stuckeyville" might best

be described as the male version of "Ally McBeal," with all of its angst and consequences, yet set in histori- cal Westfield instead of bustling Bos- ton, where "Ally McBeal" is ficti- tiously staged.

Coping with the burdens of the concrete jungle of New York, a wife who is cheating on him, and a pink slip from his employer, a Wall Street stock broker leaves his troubles be- hind to find solace in his hometown of Stuckeyville, Ohio.

Unemployed and unattached, he purchases a bowling alley — scenes of which are to be filmed in Lodi – and looks up his high school sweet- heart, seeking a second chance at love.

Mr. Whelan described the main character as a "man from a small town who goes to New York to get rich, has a wake-up call, and goes back home to re-connect."

With the pilot being shot in

Mayor Appoints Advisory Board To Upgrade TV-36 Programming


Specially Written for The Westfield Leader

Mayor Thomas C. Jardim has ap- pointed 12 residents to an advisory board charged with revamping com- munity programming and operations on TV-36, the town's local access channel.

Mayor Thomas C. Jardim notified the appointees in writing last week about their selection for the TV-36 Media Advisory Board, and told The Westfield Leader he will schedule the group's first meeting in the next few weeks.

"The advisory board is something that I've really wanted to do for a while, but there just wasn't the time or opportunity," the Mayor said.

He admitted that he even asked for volunteers last year for a similar board to look at the town's local access channel, but that "it didn't get off the ground."

This year, however, the town was poised to form the advisory board, Mayor Jardim said. It recently nego- tiated another 15-year contract with Comcast Cable Company, and the Town Council agreed to set aside money to pay the salary of a part-time coordinator to oversee the cable op- eration.

Mayor Jardim said that with the re-negotiation of another contract with Comcast, the cable company gave the Town of Westfield a lump sum of $50,000 to be used for TV-36. That money, he said, will be invested in the station and will be used for such things as the purchase of new equipment.

In addition, each year the cable company gives back to Westfield a percentage of its revenue, which over the past years has amounted to about $40,000 a year, Mayor Jardim said. The town had been putting that

$40,000 in its General Fund, but now will allocate that money to the TV-36 station.

Ten of the people named to the advi- sory board had submitted letters to the Mayor expressing their interest. They include Rita Kessler, who currently works for Thirteen/ WNET, New York City Public Broadcasting Station, where she creates and produces documentaries, among other responsibilities; Dr.


Courtesy of the Brandt Family

THANKS FOR THE SERVICE...Retiring Town Attorney Charles H. Brandt is presented with a joint resolution from state Assemblymen Alan M. Augustine, left, and Richard H. Bagger for his years of service to Westfield. Charlie Brandt's Service to Town

Recalled During Retirement Event By PAUL J. PEYTON

Specially Written for The Westfield Leader

The role of the Westfield Town Attorney has not just to provide legal advice, but opinions in general re- garding what is best for the town's health and welfare.

For two decades, Charles H. Brandt has always been one to speak his mind on matters, while at the same time staying calm and collected.

It is that vision that his town em- ployee colleagues as well as past and present Mayors and Town Council members recalled the most when they honored Mr. Brandt, a life-long Westfielder, during a festive retire- ment dinner last Friday night at the Gran Centurions in neighboring Clark.

Mr. Brandt, who began his long tenure with the town as a councilman representing the Second Ward in the mid-1970s, was honored with reso- lutions presented by state as well as local elected officials.

Assemblyman Richard H. Bagger said he learned a lot about the prac- tice of law from Mr. Brandt when he (Mr. Bagger) was a councilman and later Mayor. Mr. Bagger was in law school at the time.

He referred to Mr. Brandt as a "model for how an attorney should represent a client; offering wise ad- vice and counsel, not strictly focus- ing on the legal matters but repre- senting all the client's interests."

Assemblyman Bagger, jokingly noted that, "The fact of the matter is, for the past 20 years Westfield has had nine council members; two from each ward and Charley Brandt serv- ing at-large."

He noted that as part of the council's deliberations on one issue or another, each council member would offer their opinion around the council table.

"We would go right around to Charlie and he would give his opin- ion, as well," he explained, noting

the attorney "was often the deciding vote. His reason and persuasion led us in the right direction time after time after time."

Mr. Brandt was specifically cited for his efforts in the arena of land use planning and zoning as well as the Mount Laurel litigation regarding low to moderate income housing.

Assemblyman Alan M. Augustine noted that Westfield is looked on as a "standard of excellence" in terms of


Candidates Vying for Three School Board Seats In Westfield Discuss Their Campaign Platforms By KIMBERLY A. BROADWELL

Specially Written for The Westfield Leader

With weeks to go before the Tues- day, April 20, school board elections, Westfield voters are being asked to decide which of the four candidates will fill three available seats, and if they will accept the $47,454,054 tax levy as adopted by board members last month.

The vacancies on the school board this year are currently occupied by Annmarie Puleio, Arlene Gardner and Susan Jacobson. Mrs. Jacobson, who has served 12 years as a board member, announced in January that she would not seek reelection.

Ms. Puleio, who resides on Kimball Turn, is seeking reelection to a sec- ond term on the board. She has served as Chairwoman of the Long Range

Planning Committee for the last three years, and is a strong supporter of the Strategic Plan. The candidate has been a member of the district's Stra- tegic Planning Council.

According to Ms. Puleio, putting together the Strategic Plan was just as important as the implementation process, because it reflected goals and strategies from 230 members of the Westfield community, represent- ing all different backgrounds.

She noted that she and other board members were interested in hearing from people who have not yet had input, to obtain fresh ideas, as well as from those who have had experience working in and for the schools.

According to Ms. Puleio, "the suc- cess of putting together the Strategic Plan came from hearing from a broad

range of people from professionals to first-time home owners to empty nest- ers, as well as parents and teachers of children attending the schools."

Ms. Puleio added that the culmi- nation of ideas from all those who participated in development of the Strategic Plan was important to help build a stronger community.

She also stated that she was a strong advocate for parental involvement, and noted that a good education was built upon "an effective home-school partnership."

Two big issues for Ms. Puleio are the challenges of not just bringing more technology into the school sys- tem, but finding technology to en- hance the teaching process; and to work on solutions for increased en- rollment.

She stated that she did not feel technology should be brought into the classroom just because it is avail- able, but that it should be used to "bring innovative ways of teaching

into the classrooms." The candidate said she was con- cerned about space issues in the high school, because of increased enroll- ment within the next couple of years. She stated that while the effects won't be felt for about three years, the Long Range Planning Committee was ready to put together a citizens com- mittee to help look at viable solutions to the enrollment crunch.

Ms. Puleio is married to Dr. Joseph S. Sinisi, who has a private dental practice in Roselle Park, and has two children, Anne, 11 , and Robert, 7, both of whom attend Wilson Elemen- tary School in Westfield.

She is also a former college admin- istrator for William Paterson College in Wayne, and currently belongs to the Wilson School Parent-Teacher Association, and well as the College Women's Club.

Also seeking a second term on the board is Ms. Gardner, who resides on

David B. Corbin for The Westfield Leader

WELCOME TO STUCKEYVILLE!...Film crews shoot a scene for the CBC television pilot "Stuckeyville" outside of Vivian's Kitchen. The restaurant was turned into a pie shop for the sitcom.

David B. Corbin for The Westfield Leader

THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES...Tim and Angela DeRubeis, long-time owners of the Elm Deli, are thanked by Mayor Thomas C. Jardim following the closing of the Elm Street establishment March 27 after 35 years. Mayor Jardim presented the couple with a resolution in recognition of their many years of service to the downtown community.

YOU COULD BE A WINNER …The grand prize in the Westfield Jaycees' annual raffle dinner-dance will be a 1999 BMW Z-3 2.3 Roadster. The annual event will be held at Temple Emanu-El on Saturday, April 24, at 8 p.m. A maximum of 400 $160 tickets are available for sale. All proceeds will be used to offer college scholarships to local high school students. Pictured around the grand prize, left to right, are: Tom Lutz with his son T.J., Dave Buckman, Larry Engel, Dave Foltz and Charlie Anthony. Please see a story on Page 3.


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Restaurant to Replace Former Elm Deli Site

Four BOE Candidates Vie For Three Vacant Seats 'Stuckeyville' TV Pilot

Shot in Historic Westfield

around the corner from Cosimo's Pizza.

The building owner reported last July that a new tenant, the Gymboree children's clothing store chain, would be moving into the spots that the Elm Delicatessen and Backroom Antiques had occupied for years.

The announcement came as a sur- prise to the owners of both businesses. Backroom Antiques, which had been a fixture on Elm Street for 20 years, moved out at the end of the year. It will move into its new location at 26 Prospect Street in May.

Elm Delicatessen owner Mr. DeRubeis, who closed his business for good last Saturday after 35 years, was

told to expand into the other side of the building or lose his lease. Mr. DeRubeis said he considered expanding, but de- cided against it because of the expense and risk involved.

Both tenants had dealt with Mr. Goodman's father, Joel, about rental agreements over the years.

The younger Mr. Goodman defended his action in July by saying that the tenants had either hinted about retiring or asked about shorter leases prior to his decision to take on the children's cloth- ing store.

The deal with Gymboree later fell through, but Mr. Goodman remained committed to the idea of renting both sides of the building to one tenant.

Westfield through Wednesday, April 14, cherished town landmarks will soon be- come familiar to couch potatoes and those who become attached to the "Stuckeyville" story.

Cameras will roll at Cranford High School today, April 1. Among other town locations selected for the pilot have been Tamaques Park, Mindowaskin Park and Westfield High School, as well as the home of a Westfield resident. On Tues- day, "Stuckeyville" cameras were posi- tioned on Saint Marks Avenue.

Vivian's Kitchen, nestled on Prospect Street, was the backdrop for the show on Monday. Proprietor Vivian C. Bucher spent last Sunday baking pies for the production.

"It was really fun," observed Ms. Bucher, who added that her shop has also been utilized for commercials and fash- ion shoots.

Vivian's Kitchen was transformed into a pie shop for the "Stuckeyville" shoot, with authentic pies and plastic pies em-

ployed as props. Ms. Bucher stated that the crew, which loved the shop, was very respectful of her property, putting everything back where it belonged.

According to a letter sent to Detective Sergeant John M. Parizeau of the Westfield Police Department from Viacom Assistant Location Manager Rob Striem, additional police officers were required for the shoot at "$39 per officer per hour, plus a 5 percent administrative fee."

Mr. Whelan revealed that cooperation with the Town of Westfield has been "excellent." When preparing production for Westfield, he had gone through the proper channels by contacting the New Jersey Film Commission and Sergeant Parizeau, who was described as "ex- tremely helpful."

If the pilot receives rave reviews from audiences, Westfield will be considered as the permanent backdrop for the series, according to Mr. Whelan.


Theodore K. Schlosberg, Executive Di- rector of The New Jersey Workshop for the Arts, Inc., and Philip Falcone, who has 30 years of experience in television production, editing and engineering and who has volunteered for several years at TV-36.

Also on the board are Steven Gorelick, a special assistant to the President at the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York and an adjunct professor in the Department of Film and Media Studies at Hunter College of New York City; William McMeekan, Jr., the current studio facili- tator for TV-36; Mitchell Slater, a Vice President and sales manager at Merrill Lynch and the host of a financial radio show on WEVD 1050 AM, and Thomas Repasch, Jr., who has performed in local theater productions and presented film programs to local groups and is a tour guide at Craftsman Farms, a national historic landmark in Parsippany.

Darryl Walker, who is Territory Sales Manager for Comcast's@home Internet service and publisher of the Westfield web site; Darielle Walsh, President of the Westfield Board of Education, and Elan Arbitsman, a Westfield High School senior who has been involved with the current TV-36 programming and who served as an intern with Major Jardim last summer, are also among the advisory board members.

Joseph Spector, owner of The Leader Store on East Broad Street, and Horace Corbin, Publisher of The Westfield Leader

and The Times of Scotch Plains-Fanwood,

also were appointed to the board. Al- though Mr. Spector and Mr. Corbin did not submit letters of interest to Mayor Jardim, the Mayor appointed them be- cause of their roles in spearheading a plan to revamp TV-36's programming and operations.

"Horace Corbin and Joe Spector have been very eager to get something going to take a look at our local access station, and have talked to me many times about their ideas," Mayor Jardim said.

When the public access TV-36 chan- nel was given to the town, after a contract was first negotiated with Comcast years ago, Westfield leaders gave responsibil-

ity for the station to the Westfield Board of Education. The station, housed inside the high school, has been run by the school board — with no financial support from the town — ever since.

Programming has consisted primarily of school board meetings and school- related events.

"They're doing a fine job," said Mr. Spector. "But there is a lot more that can be done. There are basic events in the community that are not on TV. In my mind, that is what community access is all about."

Mr. Spector said he would like to see programming expanded to include Town Council meetings and various local sports events. Mr. Spector, who is also active in downtown Westfield development and is Chairman of the Downtown Westfield Corporation, added that he is "interested in programs promoting downtown Westfield."

Similarly, Mr. Corbin said he also wants to see TV-36 programming ex- panded and upgraded to include happen- ings throughout the community.

"It (TV-36) should have a credibility with the public," he commented. "We should aim to uplift the quality and focus so that we as a town can have a TV station to be proud of."

Both Mr. Corbin and Mr. Spector cited the Labor Day storm last year as an example of how TV-36 could have been better used, as a way to bring local infor- mation to the community in a timely fashion.

The publisher added that he hoped for a "synergy" between The Westfield Leader

and TV-36, such as the newspaper's sponsorship of roundtable discussions about key issues affecting the commu- nity.

Mr. Corbin said the group's first duty is to come up with a vision about how the station should work and use that as a springboard to a discussion of other is- sues with which the group will have to grapple.

The Mayor said his plan is to have the board begin meeting in order to establish a set of goals by Thursday, July 1, with noticeable on-air changes anticipated by early September.

Committee Set to Revamp Local Access Channel


· The manager of an East Broad Street restaurant reported that approxi- mately $200 in cash was missing from the store register, and that a case of steaks was also unaccounted for. There are currently no suspects, according to police.


· A Lyndhurst resident told police that someone scratched the passenger side of her 1998 Toyota Camry while it was parked at Westfield High School on Dorian Road. Authorities believe a key was used to damage the car.


· A four-foot by three-foot sign was taken from an apartment complex on Mountain Avenue, according to police.


· A Birch Avenue resident reported the theft of a Motorola cellular telephone which she had left in her unlocked ve- hicle that was parked in front of her residence.

· Shayne Spaziani, 33, of Westfield was arrested in the 1100 block of Central

Avenue and charged with operating a vehicle with a revoked license. Police said it was his fourth offense. Spaziani posted $1,000 bail.


· Police revealed that someone smashed the rear window of a 1987 Mercury in the 500 block of First Street. It is believed that a hand-held radio, found in three pieces on the ground near the car, was used to do the damage.

· A Westfield resident reported the theft of a cellular telephone and a car adapter from her vehicle while it was parked on Dorian Road.

· A Welch Way resident reported that a four-foot pine tree valued at $100 was stolen from his front yard.


· An 18-speed mountain bicycle val- ued at $120 was reported stolen from the laundry room of a Central Avenue apart- ment complex. The individual or sus- pects responsible for the theft cut a cable lock to remove the bicycle, police said.

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its government, part of which is from the efforts of town officials like the retiring town attorney.

Mr. Brandt was cited in a resolution from the state Assembly as a "highly esteemed" member of the community who "served with distinction" during his years of service.

The resolution, presented by As- semblymen Bagger and Augustine, also took note of Mr. Brandt's "ener- getic style of leadership and abiding sense of commitment."

The resolution, which was read by Assemblyman Bagger, noted that Mr. Brandt "has earned the respect and admiration of all who know him and has set a standard of excellence where others might stride."

Mayor Thomas C. Jardim said he questioned to himself about what Mr. Brandt would do with his new spare time, assuming that perhaps he would play golf or go sailing.

"And then suddenly I turn around and there he is at a Planning Board meeting" representing a client before the board, the Mayor recalled.

Mayor Jardim, who served two years with Mr. Brandt, said he was in "awe" of the many years Mr. Brandt has served in government.

This included time on the Westfield Recreation Commission, as well as his duties as attorney to the Rahway City Council, the Fanwood Board of Adjustment and Planning Board.

"Now, just retire. Don't come back to the Planning Board," Mayor Jardim said to Mr. Brandt with a smile on his face.

Second Ward Councilman James J. Gruba, the senior member of the coun- cil, served seven years with Mr. Brandt.

He recalled the numerous times the council appeared to be headed to a certain conclusion on an issue.

"A agreement seemed to be rolling in a certain direction and then it would come to Charlie" for his legal advice, said Councilman Gruba. "And he would say, 'you can do that; you'll

probably be sued; and you'll lose." He said Mr. Brandt "hasn't bur- dened us with voluminous citations of the law," he added, noting the matter- of-fact legal advice the attorney has offered over his tenure.

Town Administrator Edward A. Gottko recalled his first meeting with Mr. Brandt in 1979. Mr. Gottko had just come on board as the new Town Engineer and was invited to a lun- cheon with now retired Town Admin- istrator Jack Malloy and Mr. Brandt.

"I remember coming away from that meeting (with Mr. Brandt) say- ing, 'no one can be this happy all the time,'" Mr. Gottko recalled. "For 20 years he always had that smile on his face and always took things with good humor."

The following Tuesday night Mr. Gottko attended his first Town Coun- cil meeting.

He cited Mr. Brandt's regular shop- ping trips prior to the council meet- ings where he would pickup various types of fruit, cookies and other treats for council members to munch on.

"Charlie supplied the nourishment and the sugar highs that we needed to get through some of those nights and went to one or two o'clock in the morning," Mr. Gottko explained.

Recalling this tradition, Mr. Brandt was presented with his very own bag of groceries. On a more serious note, Mr. Brandt received a specially en- graved chair from the town for his many years if service.

Mr. Brandt's daughter, Susan, said that her brothers and sisters – all six of them – grew up with a rich history of municipal government as Westfield residents.

"My dad is someone who instilled in all of us a very strong work ethic and a appreciation for the law and for education and history," she said.

In conclusion, Mr. Brandt said he considered the position of Town At- torney as "as one of the best you could ever have. It's a chance to provide real community service to the town and actually get paid for doing it."

Former Town Attorney Honored By Colleagues

Carleton Road. The candidate said she feels a very strong commitment to "main- tain and improve the quality of education in Westfield."

In order to achieve this, she stated that the district must have a good system for teacher selection and retention, curricu- lum review, professional development and bench marks for accessing what chil- dren have learned.

Ms. Gardner described bench marks, which are accountability measures, as a very valuable concept to make sure that all children are learning. She noted that there are currently bench marks in place for kindergarten through grade 5 in the area of Language Arts, adding she hoped to see more in other areas of study.

She went on to state that her own two children, who are two years apart in school, have had "two incredibly differ- ent experiences," and that having these measures of accountability was impor- tant to make sure that all students ac- quire the skills they need.

Ms. Gardner is also a supporter of professional development for teachers. She noted that next January, a state man- date will go into effect requiring 100 hours every five years for each teacher. She also mentioned the importance of the new mathematics curriculum that was implemented last year at the middle school level.

Ms. Gardner is the full-time Director of the New Jersey Center for Law-Re- lated Education, a non-profit agency at Seton Hall University in South Orange aimed at providing professional develop- ment in civics and law.

In 1990, she had a book published by the Rutgers University Press entitled "School Partnerships: A Handbook for School & Community Leaders."

She earned a Bachelor of Arts De- gree in Political Science from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, and a Juris Doctor Degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. She has lived in Westfield for 14 years with her husband, Edward Israelow, and her two children, who currently attend Edison Intermediate and Westfield High School.

Seeking election for the first time is William Wallace of Warren Street. Mr. Wallace, a 10-year resident of Westfield, stated that he felt the town's educational system was of a very high quality, re- marking that it was "the crown jewel of the community."

He also stated that he was pursuing a seat on the board to help maintain the level of excellence that local schools have achieved. Mr. Wallace additionally commented that he wanted to serve on the board to ensure that "the projects (to be funded through the new $11.7 million bond passed by voters last December 15) are brought to completion."

Mr. Wallace was appointed to serve on the Citizens Advisory Committee on Capital Projects, which worked with the school board in researching district-wide projects. The projects were included in the education bond.

He stated that he also worked with a small informal group to help promote passage of the bond, and to inform resi- dents of some of the projects included in the bond.

Some of these projects include exten- sion of Franklin and McKinley Elemen- tary Schools, updating computer tech- nology and installation of wiring to handle the upgrades, and new windows for the high school.

Mr. Wallace stated that because of his experience in the area of finance, he felt that he would be an ideal candidate to succeed Mrs. Jacobson, who served as Chairwoman of the board's Finance Com- mittee.

When asked about his candidacy, Mr. Wallace stated that he would pledge his time, his business experience, and his willingness to keep an open mind on all issues brought to the board.

Mr. Wallace has worked for Chapdelaine & Company for the last 15

years as a broker and service dealer for the community on Wall Street in the trading of municipal securities. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from Brooklyn College, and earned a Master of Business Administration De- gree in International Finance from Long Island University.

He and his wife, Beth, have two daugh- ters, Dylan, a third grader, and Keegan, who is in the second grade, at McKinley Elementary School.

Also in the running for a seat on the board is Genevieve Weber of Barchester Way, a 20-year resident of Westfield. A 1994 graduate of Westfield High School, Miss Weber spent 10 years within the Westfield school system, excluding her fifth- and sixth-grade studies because of time spent in Japan.

Miss Weber noted that her candidacy differs from the others because she does not have children within the school sys- tem, but rather has personally benefited from the district. She stated that her election would bring "a new generation to the board."

The candidate also noted that be- cause she wasn't a parent, she was going into the community to meet informally with groups of parents to "get in touch with what is important to them."

She stated she was very interested in having upgraded technology in the schools, maintaining that global tech- nology demands students be computer literate and have a working knowledge of the Internet.

Miss Weber said she wanted to en- sure Westfield students have the skills necessary to compete with the rest of the world for placement in higher education institutions.

The candidate is also an advocate for foreign language programs within the schools, stating she was very pleased with the introduction of foreign lan- guages at the elementary and middle school levels in Westfield.

She noted that early language instruc- tion "will improve conversational abil- ity and encourage international ex- change."

Miss Weber stated that the summer before her senior year in high school, she participated in an exchange pro- gram to Japan, which influenced her decision to major in Japanese in college.

During college, she spent a year study- ing at Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan. The experience, she said, has benefited her in her job at Lucent Tech- nologies, where she is a Sales Planning Manager for data networking products, specifically in the Asia Pacific and China regions.

Miss Weber graduated from Georgetown University in 1998 with a degree in Japanese. She is currently a member of the Georgetown Alumni Ad- missions Program and a Regional Coor- dinator for Youth for Understanding International Exchange.

During the School Election, Westfield residents will vote either for or against the proposed 1999-2000 school budget of $54,610,623, of which $46,548,649 will be raised through taxes for the General Fund. Under the proposed bud- get, residents would witness a 2.8 per- cent increase over last year in the school portion of their tax bills.

With the average home assessed at $174,000, Westfield taxpayers would be responsible for $122 toward the bud- get this year, or $10 per month.

A recent article in The Westfield Leader

revealed that the budget includes new computers for the fourth and fifth grades, computer labs for Language Arts in the intermediate schools, new textbooks for World Language, health, fine arts, so- cial studies and Language Arts, and 11 new teaching and/or support positions based on increasing enrollment.

Polls will be open April 20 from 2 to 9 p.m. Voters may mail absentee ballots between Tuesday, April 13, and the day of the elections.

Inspection Stations' Hours Shift to Increase Efficiency

Beginning April 5, there will be a shift in the hours of operation for the state vehicle inspection lanes to better handle peak traffic hours. All state stations will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., four days a week.

Depending on the station, there will be one extended night per week, with the station open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

On Saturdays, the schedule has been extended by two hours from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Under the states' management, motor vehicle lanes operated 51 hours a week. With Parsons, which was awarded the contract to oversee New Jersey's vehicle inspection program, the schedule shift will result in the lanes operating 55 hours a week.

Extending the Saturday hours and keep- ing the stations fully staffed during peak hours will keep inspections moving and help maintain short wait times for motor- ists at the lanes. In the first 90 days of Parsons' operations of New Jersey's mo- tor vehicle inspection and maintenance program, more than 500,000 vehicles have been inspected with the average wait times approximately four minutes state- wide.

"This shift will result in more efficient service for New Jersey motorists be- cause all of the states' 35 vehicle inspec-

tion stations will be fully staffed at times when most people take their vehicles for inspections," said Larry Sherwood, gen- eral manager of the inspection program for Parsons Infrastructure & Technology Group in Princeton.

According to representatives of the New Jersey Department of Transporta- tion, Division of Motor Vehicle Ser- vices, the department agrees with Par- sons that the shift in the hours of opera- tion will result in a more efficient motor vehicle inspection program while still meeting contract requirements for hours of operation.

The new contract calls for Parsons also to institute a new emissions testing program to help bring the state into compliance with the Federal Clean Air Act of 1990. Statewide installation and acceptance of the new emissions testing equipment at state and private inspec- tion facilities is required to be com- pleted by December of this year.

Consumers in New Jersey can call, toll-free, 1-888-NJMOTOR with ques- tions about the new inspection program, or visit Other ques- tions about license and titles should still be directed to the current New Jersey Motor Vehicle Services' toll free number, (888) 486-3339.

DAMAGE CHECK…Senate President Donald T. DiFrancesco, second from left, presents a check for $92,004 to Westfield Town Administrator Edward A. Gottko, second from right, for damages sustained during last year's Labor Day storm. Senator DiFrancesco and his 22nd District colleagues, Richard H. Bagger, left, and Alan M. Augustine, far right, led the effort to secure additional state aid for storm repairs. This additional funding means the state, not local taxpayers, will pick up most of the tab for the storm damages.

Wilson Elementary Scouts Celebrate 'Thinking Day'

WESTFIELD — Daisy and Brownie troops of Wilson Elementary School in Westfield celebrated Think- ing Day on February 22 with a pizza dinner and international games.

Seventy-seven girls attended the event along with parent chaperones.

Thinking Day is the birthday of both Lord Baden-Powell and Lady Baden- Powell, the World Chief Guide. Think- ing Day is the day that Girl Scouts and Girl Guides around the world "think about" each other.

The girls demonstrate the spirit of Girl Scouting and Girl Guiding that brings together all the members of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in international friendship.

Traveling mascots (stuffed animals) visited from troops in Massachusetts,

California, and New Zealand. The mas- cots set up on a special display created by Troop No. 498, brought along maps, photos, and journals showing where the mascots originated from and the troops that sent them to the party.

A special guest, Malin Haraldsson who is a Swedish Girl Guide, led the girls in games she played as a child in Sweden.

During the event, a special mural was created of the 77 girls attending. The girls were all traced onto paper and then colored in by the respective girl scout. The mural will be hung in the gymnasium of the school.

The girls earned customized Wilson School Thinking Day patches. The Thinking Day event was coordinated by Kim Friedman and Laura Hughes.

The Westfield Leader:

Fanwood TV-35 Weekly Schedule Thursday, April 1, 7:00 P.M.

Freeholder's Forum

Thursday, April 1, 8:00 P.M.

"Fallen Flags" a history of railroading in Union County produced by Channel 35

Monday, April 5, 8:00 P.M.

"FYI – Fanwood" the Mayor's Show.

Monday, April 5, 9:00 P.M.

"Cops TV" a joint project of the Fanwood-Scotch Plains Police Departments.

Wednesday, April 7, 7:30 P.M.

Paintings and Photos at an exhibition.
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