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Glenn Mortimer Takes Seat on Mountainside Council; Two New Police Officers Join Borough Police Force
CONTINUED ON PAGE 8 Kimberly A. Broadwell for The Westfield Leader and The Times JOINING THE COUNCIL... Glenn Mortimer is administered the oath of office for his threeyear term on the Mountainside Borough Council by Borough Attorney John Post as his grandmother, Florence MortimerWesp, holds the Holy Bible. By KIMBERLY A. BROADWELL
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The Borough of Mountainside held its 103rd reorganizational meeting Tuesday night, during which time new Councilman Glenn Mortimer and veteran Councilman Werner Schon were sworn in for threeyear terms.
Also, a plaque honoring the “hard work and dedication” of David Hart was given as the C o u n c i l m a n who had served six years made his final comments to the audience, which overcrowded the council chambers.
Mr. Hart addressed the community he served by saying, “It has been my pleasure to serve the people of Mountainside. It has been a challenge working on the issues that effect my family and yours.”
The governing body unanimously approved Councilman Thomas Perrotta to serve as Council President, and attorney John Post was reappointed as the Borough Attorney, a position he has held for 27 years. Councilman Perotta has served on council for three years.
Mayor Robert F. Viglianti paused for a brief moment during the appointments to reflect on the work of Mr. Post.
“John Post is a very compassionate and dedicated employee to the borough whose actions go above and beyond his actual job responsibilities because of his love for our community,” he stated.
Other appointments included Frank Sahaj as the Municipal Pros ecutor and Rocco DiPaola, as Public
Defender. Also, Richard Antonacci and Jeffery Stinner were sworn in as the new members of the Mountainside Police Department.
Chief James Debbie presented awards for superior police achievements made within the last year.
Recipients included Corporal Thomas Murphy and P a t r o l m a n R i c h a r d Huber for their arrest of two violent c r i m i n a l s ; Corporal Andrew Sullivan and Patrolman Thomas Norton for the arrest of a drug dealer.
Also honored were Pat r o l m a n M i c h a e l Jackson for the arrest of a burglar; Corporal Richard Latargia for the recovery of $3,000, m a r i j u a n a and a seized vehicle; Detective Sergeant Todd Turner and Detective Lieutenant Richard Osieja for their recovery of $1 million and five seized vehicles and finally to Corporal Sullivan, Sergeant Joseph Giannuzzi and Patrolman Thomas Norton for their efforts in the widely reported shootout late November of
a suspect wanted for a bank robbery in Fanwood and for shooting two Plainfield police officers. The individual, who was killed, was also wanted for a murder in Maryland.
Chief Debbie stated that behind each of these men was a team of good police officers.
Mayor Viglianti stated that the people of Mountainside “can be very proud of your police department from the two men that were just sworn in and to Sergeant Richard Weigele, who has served for 25 years.”
Sergeant Weigele was given a watch in appreciation for his many years of service to the Mountainside community. Mayor Viglianti and Chief Debbie congratulated Sergeant Weigele for his achievement.
In his remarks, Mayor Viglianti addressed the audience by providing
an overview of events that happened in 1998 and what residents could look forward to in the upcoming year.
The Mayor talked about the importance of the borough becoming a member of the Rahway Valley Sewerage Authority which, he said, gives the borough an “active voice” on the Authority. The Mayor stated that since 1951, the borough has had limited flow rights since it was not a full member.
Mayor Viglianti also talked about the major positive changes in the appearance of the downtown area as well as the improvements made to the police, fire and rescue squad buildings as well as the borough’s library.
He also stated that the addition of
Kimberly A. Broadwell for The Westfield Leader and The Times A JOB WELL DONE... Mountainside Mayor Robert F. Viglianti thanks former Councilman David Hart upon his retirement from the government body. Mr. Hart holds up the plaque that was presented to him for his service on the council. Middle School, High School
To Welcome New Principals By SUSAN M. DYCKMAN
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In February, the Administration and Board of Education of the Scotch PlainsFanwood school system will welcome two new principals to the district.
Succeeding retired Scotch PlainsFanwood High School (SPFHS) Principal Dr. Terry K. Reigel will be Dr. David Heisey, who is currently Principal of Donegal High School in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Riegel served as principal of SPFHS for 26 years prior to his retirement in June. He has continued in the district as a consultant during the search for his successor.
Rocco A. Collucci, principal of MacKinnon Middle School in Wharton, will replace outgoing Principal of Park Middle School, Chester Janusz. Mr. Janusz is retiring from the district after more than 30 years of service, nearly 25 years as Park’s Pincipal.
In her recommendation to the board, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Carol B. Choye called Dr. Heisey “a visible leader, a fair, honest, and humane person who cares about the wellbeing of all his students, one who has been extensively involved in establishing programs which meet their individuals needs.”
She also recognized the administrator’s ability “to identify and solve problems by involving his teachers, staff, and others in a total team effort.”
Dr. Heisey served five years as principal at Donegal, which has a population of 800 students across grades 9 through
He was attracted to the Scotch PlainsFanwood school system by the “overall quality of the education” in the district. He commented on the number of awards which the district and individual student organizations have received.
In addition, Dr. Heisey was “greatly impressed with the people” he met throughout the interview process, namely Dr. Choye and Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Dr. John R. Crews.
In the coming year, Dr. Heisey will focus on “getting to know the high school community.”
“I enjoy interacting with people,” he said, “especially young people. I think (the community) will find me open to suggestions and willing to listen to people.”
“I’m really excited to get started,” concluded Dr. Heisey, who plans to relocate to the community. He and his wife are looking at homes in Scotch
Plains and Fanwood. Dr. Choye called Mr. Collucci “an educational leader with both vision and heart who is committed to middle school children and building the strongest possible program to meet their needs.”
Mr. Collucci presently oversees a middle school student body of 215 within the context of Wharton’s kindergarten through grade 8 school district.
A resident of Westfield, he is familiar with the reputations of area schools. “I consider it a great honor to have the opportunity” to be part of the Scotch PlainsFanwood system, he said.
Calling himself a “team player,” the incoming principal said, “While I like to bring things to closure, I get input from my constituents (in the process) — kids, staff and parents.”
He emphasized the need “to put kids first by giving them the best academically, the best extracurricular and the best athletic (programs).”
“It’s a great time for this district, and I hope to build on what’s already in place,” he added, acknowledging the efforts of his predecessor.
Dr. Heisey received his doctorate in education from Widener University in Pennsylvania; a Master of Education, Administration Degree from Frostburg State University in Maryland, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Prior to taking the helm at Donegal, Dr. Heisey spent three years as Assistant Principal at Cocalico High School in Pennsylvania. He began his career in education teaching high school American history and world cultures, and coaching wrestling and football.
Mr. Collucci holds a master’s degree in educational administration and supervision from Kean College in Union, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from Montclair State College in Upper Montclair.
Before being named Principal at MacKinnon, Mr. Collucci served as Vice Principal and Child Study Team Coordinator in the Wharton public schools, and as Vice Principal of Franklin School in Rahway. He began his career teaching social studies to high school and middle school students.