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Page 4 Thursday, July 29, 1999 The Westfield Leader and THE TIMES of Scotch Plains – Fanwood A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION


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CANARD Printing an “unfounded, false, or deliberatelymisleadingstory”would not be tolerated today, but at one time, such actions were apparently considered great fun. Such a story is currently known as a canard, originally a French word for a “duck.”

“Brewer’s Book of Phrase and Fable” reveals the following “foul” story that caused the word canard to become a synonym for “a hoax”.

“Cornelissen, to try the gullibility of the public, reported in the papers that he had 20 ducks, one of which he cut up and threw to the 19, who devoured it greedily. He then cut up another, and then a third, and so on until 19 were cut up, and as the 19th wasgobbledup bythesurvivingduck, it followed that this one duck actually ate 19 ducks a wonderful proof of duck voracity.”

This story apparently had the run of all the papers and provided a new meaning to the word canard, as well as the addition of a “ducky” idiom to the English language.

Will LOSAPs End the Age of Volunteerism By Creating Pensions for Non-Paid Persons?


Written by Girl Scouts for Girl Scouts

Westfield Senior Girl Scout Reveals Importance of Scouting

In early spring, graduating Westfield Senior Girl Scouts were requested by the Westfield Girl Scout community to submit an essay of 500 words or less on the subject, “What Girl Scouting Has Meant to Me.”

Specifics to be included were reasons why they stayed in Girl Scouting; who most influenced their desire to do so; and why girls should stay in Girl Scouting.

The following essay was submitted by Kitty Fromtling, a graduating Senior Girl Scout who achieved both the highest award granted to girls in Girl Scouting, the Gold Award, as well as the next highest award, the Silver Award.

In addition, Kitty is a National Merit commended scholar, has received a National Merit Scholarship award from Merck & Co., Inc. has achieved the Presidential Education Award, is a member of the National Honor Society and has been commended as a student of academic distinction.

“In elementary school almost every girlinmyclass wasinGirlScouts. In middle school I was no longer among the majority of the girls in the class as a Girl Scout. As a high school student and a Girl Scout, I am not among the majority, but I am among the elite.

“Now, as a high school senior still active and accomplished in Girl Scouts, people give me respect, not criticism. Both the knowledge that I have been a part of a program as great as Girl Scouts for so long and what I have learned in completing and earning my Silver and Gold awards, give me a great sense of accomplishment.

“I have learned a lot and have met many people throughout my years in Girl Scouts, but the feeling of responsibility, dedication and pride I have from sticking it out for so many years is great. I have been able to keep in touch with my friends from former schools, and the regular meetings gave me time to spend time with them while helping others.”

“As a senior, most of our meeting are directed towards service projects or planning of service projects, or of badges or awards that we are working on. As a Girl Scout, I have given much service to the community.

“Through Girl Scouting, I have helped supply hungry families with food via food drives, I have helped to build houses for those who cannot afford better through Habitat for Humanity and I have helped make quilts for mothers of AIDS babies at Service Day, along with many other services to the community.

“Not only has the Girl Scout program given me the opportunity to give service to the Girl Scout community, it has encouraged me to seek and accept leadership roles in the community as a whole as well. I became an active leader not only in my Girl Scout troop, but also a leader of my church youth group, co-captain of both swim teams that I am on, page editor of the school newspaper and a volunteer lector for my church.

“Many people have influenced me to stay in Girl Scouts, but the one who has influenced me the most, naturally, is my mother. She was a Campfire Girl when she was my age, and so has been through virtually the same thing that I have gone through. She knows the benefits of the experiences you gain through scouts and has encouraged me to stick with it throughout the years, even when I considered quitting.

“With her motivation along with that of others, I stayed in Girl Scouts. But it was not only the motivation of others that kept me in scouts for so long, it was my interest in the subjects that I explored in the process of completing my interest project patches.

“I learned a great deal through my research and process of completing the badges necessary for my Silver and Gold awards. My Gold Award project helped me explore the field of interest in which I would like to someday find a career as well. I am very interested in environmental science, so when the time came for me to choose a Gold Award project, I naturally looked for one that would be of interest to me and that I would enjoy doing. I chose one that allowed me to work with women with jobs similar to the one that I someday hope to have.

“In fact, Holly Hoffman, Director, Trailside Nature and Science Center, and my Gold Award advisor, is a woman with the exact profession that I would most like to have. I had a lot of fun and expanded my understandingofthe environmentandthepeople in it.

“GirlScoutshas helpedmetogrow as a person and I am increasingly glad that I had the determination to remain in it all the way through.”

The Westfield Girl Scout community wishes to congratulate our six graduating Senior Girl Scouts: Maire Abraham, Sara Burnett, Laura Capece, Shannon Darlington, Kitty Fromtling and Elise Tate. We wish them continued success in their upcoming college endeavors and throughout their lives.

They have all achieved much already, and we know the best is yet to come.

This column is written monthly by Westfield Girl Scouts for Westfield Girl Scouts and for the public. This column can be viewed at our Web site: www.goleader/

Town, Westfield Board of Education Both Need to Maintain Playing Fields

Congratulations to The Westfield Leader for focusing attention on the poor condition of our ball fields.

This is not a new problem, but one that has existed for a long time. This reflects poorly on our town and is a discouragement to all who participate.

Is it unreasonable to expect our fields to be in safe playing condition?

This problem is not limited to the town fields only, but extends to the Board of Education fields as well. With the exception of the football field, which is maintained all year round, the junior varsity and varsity baseball field, field hockey and softball fields are neglected.

Last fall I called the Board of Education regarding the grass being too high for the girls varsity field hockey team. I was told they use a standard high setting to cut the whole field. The grass was so high it was difficult

to move the ball toward the goal. Last spring the varsity baseball field was cut for the first time after nine games had been played. Fortunately, the infield grass was cut by the team. During the peak months of use (June and July) nothing is done to maintain these fields. In fact, the garbage cans are filled to capacity with no or infrequent pick up.

The solution is first to recognize the problem, secure the proper equipment to correct the problem and schedule the work to be done. A maintenance fee could be charged to the respective teams that use the fields.

Robert E. Flynn American Legion Coach and former

Director of Westfield Boys Little League, International League and

Pony League Westfield

Democrats Should Stop Playing Politics on Post Office Proposal

In your July 22 issue of The Times of Scotch Plains-Fanwood, you reported on the July 15 Fanwood Borough Council meeting and my comments at the end of that meeting. My comments included a question to the Mayor and Democratic members of the council.

I asked the Democratic members of the council why they would not allow to be placed on the evening’s agenda for a vote on Councilman Louis Jung’s resolution calling for the Postal Service to investigate the feasibility of moving the Post Office to the core commercial area bordered by Martine Avenue, South Avenue, LaGrande AvenueandSecondStreet.

The lease on the site of the current Post Office expires in two years. A move of the Post Office to the core commercial area would be beneficial to the Post Office, which has outgrown its current location, and beneficial to the downtown by acting as an “anchor store” and attracting customers and possibly other retail establishments to the area.

Councilman Jung’s resolution hurts no one and potentially benefits

everyone. On behalf of all of the Democratic members of the council, Mayor Connelly answered my question by stating, “It wasn’t the right time.” I was astounded by the simplicity of this answer. There had to be something more to their reasoning.

So, I asked her if that was their only reason and amazingly she stated again, “Yes, it wasn’t the right time.”

The Mayor articulated absolutely no other reason other than this vague notion that it is not the right time. It is clear why it is not the “right time” – it’s an election year and this idea came from a Republican, Lou Jung, who is also running against a Democrat this year for Mayor.

It is unfortunate that Mayor Connelly, Councilman William E. Populus and the other Democratic members of the council have chosen to play election year politics with the future of Fanwood.

Wilfred P. Coronato Fanwood

All Districts Deserve Kudos for Grants

In Access 2000

I was pleased to see your article the Union CountyFreeholdersAccess2000 Teacher Technology Grants Program. We congratulate all of the more than 350 Union County public school grant applicants as well as the 200 recipients.

More than $187,000 will be distributedin Septemberforclassroomprojects involving the integration of technology and the Internet across the curriculum. Another $20,000 has been awarded for teacher technologytrainingcoursesand workshops.

There are many exciting things happening in the implementation of technology in our schools.

Every public school district in Union County applied and received funding for school-wide or classroom technology projects. While your headline recognized twospecificprojectsmentioned inthepressrelease, togivecreditwhere it is due, Scotch Plains-Fanwood receivedfunding for22projects,Westfield and Mountainside each received six awards.

Susan Pepper Access 2000 Office Office of Union County Manager

Equity Investing is Best For Those Who Can Stand Ups, Downs In Market Prices


Equity investing is very much in the news these days with recent increases in stock market indices.

“Equity” means “ownership interest.” When an investor purchases an equity or “ownership” investment, such as common stock, a growth mutual fund, or a real estate investment trust (REIT), they receive an ownership interest in companies or property.

This means that, instead of earning a guaranteed rate of return like bank certificates of deposit (CDs), equity investment yields are dependent upon the profitability (or lack thereof) of the issuing company and other factors (e.g., interest rates, economic indicators, etc.) that affect market prices in general.

More than four of every 10 Americanhouseholds todayownstock.This includes moneyinvestedinindividual stocks, stock mutual funds and employee-directedretirementplanssuch as 401 (k)s. By contrast, in 1984, stocks comprised only 8 percent of household assets. Thus, when most people talk about being “in the market” today, they are not referring to a grocery store.

There is one very important prerequisite for equity investing: an “investor’s mindset.” This means being able to accept the volatility (ups and downs in market prices) and possibility of loss of principal associated with equities.

If you absolutely can’t stand to see any loss of principal or fluctuation in return, you are probably better off keeping your money in cash or fixedincome assets. You can’t be a successful equity investor with a “CD mentality.” If you buy a CD, you can

expect no loss of principal and a fixed rate of return.

Equity investors, on the other hand, must expect the possibility of loss of principal and unpredictable returns. In exchange for accepting this risk, however, history tells us that equity investors are rewarded with higher returns, especially in time periods of 10 years or more.

According to the Chicago investment research firm Ibbotson Associates, the average annual return on U.S.large companystocksfrom1926 through 1998 was 11.2 percent versus 5.3 percent for long-term government bonds, and 3.8 percent for U.S. Treasury bills.

Equities, particularly stocks and growth mutual funds provide two ways for investor to make money: dividends (which can often be automatically reinvested in additional shares) and capital gains (or losses) due to changes in a stock’s price. Three specific reasons to consider investing in equities are:

·To add diversification to existing cash or bond investments.

·To earn higher returns over time than other asset classes.

·To “grow your money” for longterm goals like retirement.

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This Money 2000 message is sponsored by Rutgers Cooperative Extension. Money 2000 is a program designed to increase the financial well-being of New Jersey residents through increased savings and reduced household debt.

For further information about Money 2000 and other educational programs, please contact Dr. Karen Ensle at (908) 654-9854.

Is volunteerism about to enter a new era — one of paid benefits? In the age of the two-parent working household,ouremergency volunteerservicesarestruggling to maintain the level of membership needed to keepourcommunities safe.Volunteerfiredepartments and rescue squads are under a lot of pressure. But, we wonder if offering pensions is a good idea. The costs might start out to be low, but is this the first step to the endofcommunityvolunteerism?

Lastyear,Governor ChristineToddWhitmansigned into law the Emergency Services Volunteer Length of Service Award Program Act, which provides taxdeferredretirementbenefits toemergencyservicevolunteers. Fanwood is the first town in this newspaper’s coverage area to draft a proposal for a Length of Service Award Program (LOSAP).

If approved by Fanwood voters through a binding referenduminNovember,this initiativewouldcostthe borough $500 per eligible member, or $14,000 annually, for approximately 28 volunteer firefighters and rescuesquadpersonnel.Squad officerssaidaLOSAP, which is aimed at increasing membership ranks, is far less costly than going with a private ambulance service, which could cost as much as $200,000 annually.

Lastweek,the FanwoodBoroughCouncilintroduced an ordinance approving creation of a LOSAP, which must be adopted before Friday, August 20, in order for the proposed program to be included as a public question on the ballot in November. With Mayoral and council races in Fanwood this year, there should be a decent voter turnout. So, the Fanwood voters could be first in our area to judge the concept of paid volunteers.

While we are obviously supportive of a community wanting to maintain its volunteer emergency service units, pensionplansforvolunteers couldbegoingdown a dangerous road. While $14,000 is not a lot of money whenfactoredintoFanwood’s municipalbudgetof$5.6 million, if the goal of the program to increase membership is reached, so will the amount of money invested into the pension program by the borough. The first LOSAP allocation would be part of the 2000 budget.

Fanwood is not alone in the shortage of available volunteers. This problem reached the crisis stage in

Mountainside just last summer. A successful campaignwasmadein Mountainsidetoincreasemembership on the rescue squad by utilizing trained Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT’s) and paramedics from the Police Department and Borough Hall.

Mountainside hasadoptedanew codeforaclothing allowanceforfiredepartment members.Inadditionto anincreasedclothingallowance forrespondingtofire calls, firemenwillalsoreceive anallotmentforattending fire drills. We believe this is a more sensible approachthanestablishing apensionfund.Volunteers should not have to pay for clothing or training.

Starting a pension plan for “non-paid” personnel is definitely the beginning of a new era in the borough. Also, will other towns be forced to start their own LOSAPsjusttocompete withFanwoodformembers?

An annual donation, which was done this past year, is a better method of helping the squad. More of an effort should be made to seek out senior citizens, college students,medicalstudentsin thelocalareaand even members of the downtown business community to offer their time to the squad.

Why not include information on becoming a squad volunteer in quarterly property tax bills? Perhaps ScotchPlains-FanwoodHigh Schoolwouldbewilling to offercoursecreditsfor upperclassmeninterestedin joiningthesquad.Local hospitalssuchasMuhlenberg and Overlook could require their nurses or doctors who are completing their residencies to volunteer several hours a week. Inter-local agreements with surrounding towns is yet another possibility to ensure Fanwood is safely covered for emergency services. Theborough mayalsowantto considerhavingatleast one paid person on duty at all times should the lack of members reach the crisis stage.

While we have nothing against the wonderful job ourvolunteeremergencyservice peoplehavedonefor their communities, the impact on property taxes now and in the future must be taken into consideration.

Only whenallavenuesof optionshavebeenexhausted should towns begin to start “paying” volunteers.

Letters to the Editor

Time Has Come for Cease Fire In War Over Commuter Tax

By Congressman Bob Franks


Seventh Congressional District New Jersey commuters who work in New York City have become the innocent victims of a border war over commuter taxes.

It began in May when New York Governor George Pataki repealed the New York City commuter tax — but only for residents of his state. Commuters who live in New Jersey were still required to pay the tax.

Last month, a New York Supreme Court judge ruled that the limited repeal of the commuter tax was unconstitutional. As a result of his ruling, the tax was supposed to be eliminated for all commuters -including New Jersey residents who work in New York City.

Just when it looked like the issue was settled, New York decided to escalate the commuter tax war by appealing the ruling.

For the State of New York to continue to pursue this legal battle is counterproductive. Nothing will be gained from prolonging this fight. And while it continues, New Jersey residents who work in New York City are being forced to continue to pay the commuter tax.

Every year, 240,000 New Jersey commuters pay some $110 million in commuter taxes to the City of New York.

I have called on Governor Pataki to drop his state’s appeal and stop forcing New York City employers to deduct commuter taxes from the paychecks of New Jersey residents.

New York’s latest court challenge underscores the need for Congress to step in and send a definitive message that tax wars between neighboring states will no longer be tolerated.

All commuters — whether they live in Rockland County, New York;

Union County, New Jersey; or Fairfield County,Connecticut—rely equally on the services and transportation infrastructure provided by the CityofNewYork. Theyshouldnotbe taxed differentlysimplybecausethey live in a state other than New York.

Late last month, the House of Representativespassedlegislation,which I sponsored, that is aimed at ending the commuter tax war between the states. Specifically, the legislation would prohibit states -including New York -from taxing the income earned by citizens of other states at a higher rate than they tax their own residents.

Iwillbe workingwithUnitedStates Senator Robert G. Torricelli in an effort to convince the Senate to follow the lead of the House and promptly pass legislation.

Our legislative efforts would impose a permanent cease fire in the battle over commuter taxes by making it clear that taxes imposed by one state cannot discriminate against outof-state residents.

And, furthermore, it would prevent politicians from ever again using the threat of a commuter tax to score political points at home at the expense of its neighbors and the economic well being of the region.

It’s time to put the tax war behind us and work together to meet the challenges facing our region from promoting economicgrowthandnew jobcreation tomodernizingourtransportation network.

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BobFranks (R-7th)ofBerkeleyHeights represents the Seventh Congressional District in the House of Representatives.
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