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A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION The Westfield Leader and THE TIMES of Scotch Plains - Fanwood Thursday, January 28, 1999 Page 5

CYAN YELLOW MAGENTA BLACK School of Business, Mr. Golkin was

a staff accountant with the New York office of Ernst & Young prior to his graduation with honors from the Hofstra University School of Law.

“My background is that I am a tax attorney, and that I am a professor at two universities. Teachers do as much learning as they do teach. With my real estate expertise and my experience in the private sector, I feel that I am in touch,” added Mr. Golkin.

The issues the candidate will address, he said, are Social Security, Medicare, environmental issues and the Internal Revenue Code.

“I am proposing comprehensive revisions and solid proposals, and the need to reform will capture the vote,” added Mr. Golkin.

In anticipation of receiving the Democratic nomination and running against Congressman Franks, Mr. Golkin remarked that he has “already made history” by being elected to an all-Republican committee” in Warrren Township.

He predicted that he “will once again make history and provide the

missing link to the picture and go on to win and represent my constituents in the Seventh District.”

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Congressman Franks Lauded for Response To Resident’s Inquiries

The office of Congressman Bob Franks has always been responsive to my inquiries and very helpful on more than one occasion.

My telephone calls were answered promptly, and materials I requested were even hand delivered one time. Personally, Bob Franks serves us well.

Florence Levy Westfield

Police Commended For Returned Wallet

During the Christmas holidays, our daughter was visiting from Chicago. Apparently, in front of Ted’s Smoke Shop on Elm Street, she lost her wallet.

Without it, she would have no identification to enable her to board a plane.

Naturally, she was distressed, but within two hours the wallet including the currency was returned to the Westfield Police Department.

I want to congratulate the Police Department and some kind citizen of Westfield for doing such a courteous act.

Samuel A. McCauley, Jr. Westfield Tiny Tim Fund Thanks

Fundraiser Participants

The Tiny Tim Fund Board would like to thank all the people who participated in or made a contribution to our recent fundraiser, Tiny Tim Carol Night.

Your generosity will help your neighbors in Fanwood and Scotch Plains who cannot afford their children’s medical bills.

We wish you and your families a happy and healthy New Year.

Mary Ann Kuhn Corresponding Secretary

Tiny Tim Fund

Letters to the Editor

Mayor to Organize Advisory Board To Improve TV-36

WESTFIELD Westfield Mayor Thomas C. Jardim recently announced the creation of a TV-36 Media Advisory Board as the first step toward improving community programming on TV-36, Westfield’s local access cable channel.

Mayor Jardim said he is seeking “dedicated individuals” who are interested to serve on the seven-member board.

The functions of the board will include:

· Oversight of improved and increased programming content.

· Oversight of Comcast cable contract.

· Oversight of a part-time coordinator.

· Attraction of volunteers. With respect to the plans for hiring a part-time coordinator, Mayor

Jardim has recommended that the Westfield Town Council fund the position out of the revenues the town receives each year as the result of a franchise agreement with Comcast Cable Company.

As part of the goal of improved community programming, TV-36 will televise Westfield Town Council meetings, community concerts, and speaker’s series, and other local events of interest. The channel will also explore highlighting Westfield’s downtown revitalization program.

“Having just renegotiated a 10year franchise agreement with Comcast, it is now the appropriate time to act to improve local programming on TV-36,” Mayor Jardim said.

“If we are able to harness the energy of some of Westfield’s talented residents, we can begin to have a television station we can all be proud of,” Mayor Jardim said.

Members of the public who are interested in serving on Westfield’s Media Advisory Board should submit a letter of interest setting forth related experience, if any, to Media Advisory Board, 425 East Broad Street, Westfield, 07090.

Senator Lautenberg to Join Democratic Celebration

WESTFIELD — United States Senator Frank Lautenberg will attend an event on Sunday, February 7, from 3 to 6 p.m. at Paprika Grille on Elm Street to celebrate November’s Mayoral and council victories by Westfield Democrats and to raise funds for the party.

“We are all very proud that Senator Lautenberg has agreed to come to this event to help us celebrate our historic victory here,” said Mayor Thomas C. Jardim, whose recent win

makes him the first Democrat to be reelected to the Mayor’s post in Westfield history.

“Having him here in Westfield also gives us a chance to show off some of the improvements to our downtown,” the Mayor added.

In the General Election, Mayor Jardim was reelected with a margin of more than 1,600 votes. Democratic Councilmen John J. Walsh and Lawrence A. Goldman also won reelection. Democrat Carl A. Salisbury was named to his first term on the council.

“In only a few years, the residents of Westfield have come to see that Democrats offer a strong alternative to ‘business as usual’ in town,” said Councilman Goldman.

“We have offered residents new ideas on downtown revitalization, parking, road repairs, property taxes and parks improvements.”

Last year, Senator Robert G. Torricelli attended a similar event hosted by the Democratic Committee.

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Library Trustees Board Postpones Regular Mtg.

WESTFIELD – The Board of Trustees of the Westfield Memorial Library has postponed its regularly scheduled meeting of today, Thursday, January 28, to Wednesday, February 3, at 8 p.m.

The board will meet in the second floor conference room of the library at 550 East Broad Street. The public is invited to attend.

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Transportation Summit Focuses on Rt. 22 Safety

WHS Library Offers Access To Internet Monday Nights

WESTFIELD – The Westfield High School Library will be open for Internet access every Monday evening through June 7, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., with the exceptions of February 15 and April 5.

A librarian who is trained and experienced in Internet use will be available during those hours to assist the public.

Children below the ninth grade must be accompanied by an adult. There will be 10 available computers.

This service was made possible by a state grant from the Technology Literacy Challenge Fund, which was applied for by Darlene Nowak, Westfield’s Director of Technology.

Instead of a light, Mr. Rachad suggested reducing the number of access points, including driveways and Uturns, on Route 22, saying this would make the highway safer as well as more efficient. Also, store identification signs would be made more visible to motorists.

Officials also suggested combining driveways to reduce the number of access points by vehicles.

Pedestrian overpasses were also recommended by municipal officials.

A preliminary report by the DOT suggested widening the highway. However, Peter Kenny, a DOT engineer, said that effort could result in the loss of some businesses along the highway.

The news was not all bad, however, as Union County Prosecutor Thomas V. Manahan, a Westfield resident, spotlighted the continuing efforts of the Essex-Union Auto Task Force, a unit started eight years ago to combat the alarming rate of automobile thefts in the two counties.

When the task force first began, four communities in the region it covered, in fact, were among the top 10 nationally for the number of car thefts.

That is no longer the case, the Prosecutor stated.

Mr. Manahan said the Task Force has “made thousands of arrests; has recovered thousands of vehicles.”

Previous reports have indicated that the highway was a hot spot for motor vehicle thefts since it links Plainfield and Newark, where many stolen cars have been found.

The Prosecutor noted that juvenile arrests pertaining to automobile thefts are declining due to tougher state legislation and longer jail sentences imposed by judges.

Since motor vehicle thefts often are linked to drug-related crimes and house burglaries, Mr. Manahan noted that the stepped-up efforts of the Task Force have reduced crime overall.

Daniel Ryan, representing the Connecticut Farms Civic Association, attended the function to represent the interests of customers of the highway’s businesses.

He listed a number of quality-oflife concerns, including traffic, noise, litter, pollution and potholes, which he said goes “beyond what is acceptable” to county residents.

Mr. Ryan said officials must begin to look at Route 22 as a shopping mall, and no longer as just a highway. He emphasized to DOT representatives that the highway’s safety issues “cannot wait any longer.”

“Whatever is going to be done should be started immediately,” he said.

“It is very, very important for all of us to work together to address the problems on Route 22,” emphasized Susan Jacobson, Executive Director of the Route 22 Chamber of Commerce. She noted that “there are strengths in numbers” to put pressure on state and Federal officials.

Charles M. Collette, Co-Chairman of the Transportation Summit and owner of CMC Printing Graphics Communications in Union, a business that has been situated on the highway next to L’Affaire since 1982, called the Route 22 Chamber the “perfect vehicle” to address safety concerns on the highway. He noted its link between elected officials and emergency services representatives.

“Our main component is the business interests along this highway,” he stated.

John Shubeck, of E&J Graphics on the highway, told the audience, “We have to focus on the people who drive it (Route 22). If we solve their problems, we’ll solve our problems.”

He said his customers access his business via side streets in order to avoid the highway. Mr. Shubeck said businesses need safe access to the highway for their customers.

The Route 22 Chamber started a year ago as a separate entity of the Union County Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Collette noted that the group was started “after it became apparent that there was no one voice” for the highway.

The Chamber will be forming a committee, represented by each of the towns along the highway, to meet with DOT and NJ Transit officials to move projects forward.

Jeff Golkin Announces Bid For 7th Congressional Seat

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