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OUR 108th YEAR – ISSUE NO. 30-99 FIFTY CENTS 232-4407

The Westfield Leader — Serving the Town Since 1890 —

Thursday, July 29, 1999 USPS 680020 Periodical – Postage Paid at Westfield, N.J.

Published Every Thursday

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Arts................Page 19 County .......... Page 2 Editorial ........ Page 4

Mountainside Page 3 Obituary ........ Page 9 Religious ....... Page 8

School ........... Page 6 Social ............ Page 6 Sports ............ Page 11

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Classrooms Being Built At Franklin

By MICHELLE H. LePOIDEVIN

Specially Written for The Westfield Leader

Nine brand new classrooms are currently being constructed as a means of helping with an enrollment crunch at Franklin Elementary School. The project was made possible due to the school bond which was approved in December.

The Westfield Board of Education received approval from the state on June 29 to go ahead with the project, which is estimated to cost $2,552.

Power Failures Plague Residents

On Boulevard By DEBORAH MADISON

Specially Written for The Westfield Leader

Westfield residents of the 600 block of Boulevard want some answers from PSE&G.

They want to know why the electric power for their section of Boulevard between Park Avenue and Grove Street seems to go out more often and stay out longer than any other section of town.

Black outs and brown outs have plagued Boulevard, even when sur

rounding blocks have had power and even during nice weather, according to Boulevard residents.

Many of the residents are exasperated trying to contact PSE&G about the problem.

According to several Boulevard residents, during power outages, they can only get through to a taped message that states that the problem is being addressed or they must hold the line for more than 20 minutes to get through to someone.

Boulevard resident Jay Hershey reported that in October of 1998, there was a power surge that caused his lights to flare very brightly and that destroyed a lot of his electronic equipment.

Lisa Dumont, another Boulevard resident, said that she was stuck at home many times because their electric garage door could not be opened during these frequent black outs.

Another Boulevard resident, Tom Higgins, related that he cannot remember how many times he’s had to discard a freezer-full of food due to lengthy power outages.

“At least a dozen times a year, I wake up and the clock is blinking 12:00, making me late for work,” Mr. Higgins added.

Fed up with pre-recorded messages, Boulevard residents Jay Hershey and Lisa Karter drafted a letter, dated July 11, to PSE&G’s administrators regarding the frequent power failures.

Other residents of Boulevard also signed individual copies of the letter and sent them, with their home ad

Franklin Elementary School

The breakdown of the classroom addition includes $1,097,800 for general contracting from DKD Construction in Dayton; steel construction from EDMA Steel of Paterson at a cost of $248,000; plumbing at $73,500 by A-Mech of Clark; air conditioning upgrade from AMCO of Union at a cost of $174,500; electrical work from Electro-Jet of Scotch Plains at a price tag of $156,028 and construction of casework (built-in equipment such as shelving) by Wood Metal Industries of Old Bridge for $25,000.

The school board has estimated the timeline of this project to run through July 2000.

Lavatory renovation for the second floor of Franklin School is estimated to cost $150,000. The project will be bid on in April 2000. Board officials estimate that the construction will begin in July 2000 and end in September 2000.

Elcom Services Group, which maintains corporate offices in Pennsylvania and local offices in Edison, will be in charge of computer cabling and integration in the classrooms for 188 workstations. This project will take place in January and February 2000. The project was estimated to cost $102,800, but now totals $74,214.

Stonewalk Passes Through Local Towns Enroute To Arlington

By MELISSA A. BETKOWSKI

Specially Written for The Westfield Leader

Accompanied by the sounds of “War,” “Aquarius” and other antiwar anthems, representatives from the Peace Abbey and Life Experience School of Sherborn, MA., passed through the communities of Westfield, Scotch Plains and Fanwood on July 20 as part of Stonewalk.

Stonewalk is a grassroots effort by volunteers from national peace-promoting organizations to move, by foot, a one-ton memorial stone dedicated to “Unknown Civilians Killed

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in Wars” from Sherborn to Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA.

Stonewalk began on July 4 and is scheduled to arrive in Arlington on Friday, August 6, the 154th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima.

The walkers received quite a reaction upon reaching the area, Stonewalk volunteer Earl Standberry said. Mr. Standberry, a Marine veteran who served in Operation Desert Storm, said that roughly a half-dozen people joined in with the Stonewalkers in their efforts to move the stone.

New Playground Equipment Stirs Dust, Noise and Anger of Neighbors

By KIM KINTER

Specially Written for The Westfield Leader

New playground equipment at the former Lincoln Elementary School on Westfield Avenue is up, but not everyone is happy.

Since the new playground equipment was erected on June 28, children have flocked to the park from early in the morning to late into the evening, prompting some neighbors to complain about the noise and dust.

As reported in the June 15 issue of

The Westfield Leader, some neighbors adjacent to the park, in particular, are asking for some type of relief.

Terrence Scanlan, a Westfield Avenue resident whose back yard abuts the park and who spoke at the Recreation Commission’s most recent meeting on July 12, asked the town to remove the equipment.

Contacted by The Westfield Leader,

Mr. Scanlan said he is upset by the lack of notification by the town that the small park was being upgraded.

Previously there were swings and a jungle gym in the spot.

“I didn’t even know it was happening,” he said. “Back in April, the

beginning of May was when I first heard about it.”

Mr. Scanlan said he has lived in his house for two years and had no

idea that any plan to change the park was in the works.

He added that he was told by the town at the Recreation Commission

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Cheri Rogowsky for The Westfield Leader

ONE MORE TIME...A crowd applauds Jonathan Dinklage as he leads the One More Once jazz band on electric violin during the final Sweet Sounds Downtown summer jazz festival on July 20. Other band members are: Ed Iglewski on bass, at left, Tom Cottone on drums, and keyboard player, Robert Stephens.

Cheri Rogowsky for The Westfield Leader

SWEET SOUND OF JAZZ...The Jazz De Ville Trio entertains in front of the Rorden Building on Elm Street last Tuesday. The performance marked the final week of the summer Sweet Sounds Downtown summer jazz series sponsored by the Downtown Westfield Corporation. Pictured, left to right, are: Timo Elliston on keyboard; Cedric Jensen on drums and Rick Jarusiewicz on bass.

Cheri Rogowsky for The Westfield Leader

POPULAR WITH THE KIDS.....Positive Rhythmic Force was popular with these youngsters during last week’s live jazz event in the downtown. Pictured are band members Jason Berg on trumpet, Sunny Jain on drums (in back) and Noah Baerman on piano.

Central Avenue to Get Facelift as Part of Grant

From County of Union By PAUL J. PEYTON

Specially Written for The Westfield Leader

Long considered a vital artery for Westfield, the Central Avenue corridor will be receiving a facelift courtesy of a $450,000 grant recently awarded to the town from Union County.

As documented in the Downtown Improvement Plan created by the Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC), improvements will include new sidewalks, crosswalks, lighting, signage and shade trees.

“This project spans the north and south sides of town and will be a direct benefit to adjoining neighborhoods,” according to a description of the project as reported by county officials.

The grant will fund improvements on Central from North to South Avenues and on Cacciola Place.

Westfield, which had applied for $1.2 million as part of the “Downtown Union County” grant program, was one of 14 municipalities that will share a grant pot of $5 million to be distributed sometime in September.

Town Administrator Edward A. Gottko said the town’s goal is to go out to bid on the whole project by late fall with construction beginning late this year or in the spring.

Michael La Place, Executive Director of the Downtown Westfield Corporation, described Central Avenue as “a very important gateway to Westfield.”

The Central Avenue corridor project, from North Avenue to Sus

sex Street, has a proposed price tag of $536,000. The grant falls $80,000 short of the original Central Avenue improvement plan estimate.

“This (project) would be done by outside consultants. That is what Ken (Town Engineer Kenneth B. Marsh) and I will be proposing to the Town Council next week,” Mr. Gottko said.

He noted the sheer volume of the various street construction and paving projects, along with work at Sycamore Field, has put a major strain on Public Works Department manpower. The department supervises all road projects.

The DWC has asked Maser Consulting of Toms River to submit engineering cost estimates for the project. The company previously prepared the construction estimates for the project, which were used in the grant

William A. Burke for The Westfield Leader

ANYONE WANT TO PLAY?...A child gets some help while playing on the new playground equipment recently installed behind the former Lincoln School building on Westfield Avenue. The equipment was paid for through a 1998 Union County Pocket Park matching grant.

Tax Office Open Late Monday

The office of the Westfield Tax Collector will be open from 7 to 9 p.m. this Monday, August 2, in addition to the regular office hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for residents who wish to pay their property taxes in person.

Quarterly taxes are due August 2. Tax Collector Tax Collector Susan Noon said that interest will be charged on late taxes beginning Friday, August 6.

David B. Corbin for The Westfield Leader

ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!…This Torch Red 1934 Ford Roadster which appeared at the Westfield Chamber of Commerce Classic Car Show on July 27 contains a 350 Chevy, 300 Horse Power Engine. It has a Corvette rear end, automatic transmission and a tilt-column steering wheel. The Red Machine, which was bought on the Internet, is owned by Harry Olgartz of Gillette.

David B. Corbin for The Westfield Leader

MOTORING IN STYLE!…Mickey Venezia of Westfield, who just completed tooting the horn, rides high in his Black 1925 Model T Ford touring car which he brought up from Chile. Riding in style in the back seat are eight-year old Marci Wood, left, and six-year old Jillian Ceasrine. This marvel of the past made its appearance at the Westfield Chamber of Commerce Classic Car Show on July 27. Bread Co.

Eyes Storefront on Elm Street

By KIM KINTER

Specially Written for The Westfield Leader

A proposal to turn the former Auster’s appliance store at 143 East Broad Street into a Panera Bread Company franchise is scheduled to be considered by the Westfield Planning Board this Monday, August 2.

The plan is being developed by The Fenwick Group of Princeton, which has development and management rights to open 40 of the franchises in northern and central New Jersey, said Jim Nawn, a business partner in the group.

Panera Bread Co. franchises feature fresh breads and baked goods for sale, but also offer sandwiches made from the baked goods and accompanying salads and soups

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Page 10 Thursday, July 29, 1999 The Westfield Leader and THE TIMES of Scotch Plains – Fanwood A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION

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WESTFIELD FIRE BLOTTER

WESTFIELD POLICE BLOTTER

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MONDAY, JULY 19

· Twelve hundred block of Boulevard – assist police.

· Three hundred block of South Avenue, East – unintentional alarm.

· Two hundred block of Windsor Avenue – wire down.

· Six hundred block of St. Marks Avenue – wire down.

· Four hundred block of North Avenue – system malfunction.

· Two hundred block of Linden Avenue – system malfunction.

· Springfield Avenue and East Broad Street – auto accident.

TUESDAY, JULY 20

· Fifteen hundred block of Lamberts Mill Road – unintentional alarm.

· Two hundred block of Watchung Fork – wire down.

· Five hundred block of Shackamaxon Drive – wire down.

· One hundred block of Elm Street – hazardous condition.

· One hundred block of Elm Street – hazardous condition.

· Two hundred block of Clark Street – system malfunction.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 21

· Two hundred block of Clark Street – system malfunction.

· Five hundred block of Edgar Road – outside of structure fire.

· Five hundred block of Edgar Road – gas leak.

· Two hundred block of Windsor Avenue – system malfunction.

· Two hundred block of Prospect Street – system malfunction.

· One hundred block of Effingham Place – system malfunction.

· One hundred block of Lawnside Place – system malfunction.

THURSDAY, JULY 22

· One hundred block of Cacciola Place – smoke scare.

· Eleven hundred block of Central Avenue – structure fire.

· Seven hundred block of Harding Street – gas grill fire.

FRIDAY, JULY 23

· Two hundred block of South Avenue, West – good intent call.

SATURDAY, JULY 24

· Two hundred block of Terminal Avenue – false call.

· Three hundred block of Clark Street – system malfunction.

SUNDAY, JULY 25

· Four hundred block of Beechwood Place – lock out.

· Eight hundred block of North Avenue, West – brush fire.

· Four hundred block of East Broad Street – system malfunction. dresses, directly to PSE&G.

“It would be understandable if the problem was infrequent or affected a widespread area during various weather crises, but that’s not the case,” the letter stated.

Many of the residents said that despite frequent calls on their part to report the problem, no one from PSE&G has ever called them back to confirm that the problem was taken care of.

“It seems like they just say whatever will placate you to get you off the phone,” Mr. Higgins said.

During the heat wave the week of July 4, Boulevard residents were without power for 18 hours, from 10 p.m. Monday night, until 4 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, long after other blocks had gotten their power restored, according to several Boulevard residents.

After that exceptionally long blackout, Boulevard resident Glen Dumont went to Westfield Mayor Thomas C. Jardim asking for help.

Mayor Jardim put Mr. Dumont in touch with PSE&G’s Regional Public Affairs Manager, John Griffith.

“Mr. Griffith had a crew out to our block within an hour of my phone call on July 6,” Mr. Dumont stated. “He (Mr. Griffith) was very responsive to our plight, especially after Mayor Jardim got involved,” Mr. Dumont said.

According to Mr. Dumont, the crew upgraded the transformer to handle the larger demand, but that did not solve the problem. There was another power outage that same night, lasting for about five hours from 10 p.m. until 3 a.m., Wednesday morning.

Mr. Hershey told The Westfield Leader that Lloyd Brunner, Supervisor of Inquiries from PSE&G, called him after receiving Mr. Hershey’s letter of July 11.

According to Mr. Hershey, they don’t know what is causing the problem, but they intend to investigate the situation. Mr. Brunner related to Mr. Hershey that they suspect that it could be animal-related, such as

squirrels chewing through the wires, and that animal-guards would be placed on the lines to prevent this.

Mr. Brunner could not explain to Mr. Hershey why animal problems plagued Boulevard more than any other section of town, according to Mr. Hershey.

Mr. Brunner could not be reached for comment.

Media Spokesperson for PSE&G, Frank Sullivan, told The Westfield Leader that they did not know what was causing the frequent problems, but that an engineering technician would be inspecting the sight and making recommendations “very soon.”

Mr. Sullivan stated that PSE&G routinely tests all of their lines and replaces bad transformers after every power outage.

“We take these problems very seriously, however, there is a certain reality to heat waves and storms, which the residents need to recognize affects everyone,” Mr. Sullivan stated.

He emphasized that he did not want to downplay the concerns of the residents, while at the same time pointing out that there has been some unusual weather over the past year, including tornadoes and extreme heat during the July 4 week, which affected power in many areas throughout the state.

“Approximately 105,000 homes were without power during the July 5th and 6th heat wave in New Jersey. Boulevard was not the only area affected,” Mr. Sullivan added.

Ms. Karter stated, “An apology and some feedback would be nice. We’re not sending PSE&G our bills for lost food. We just want some real answers.”

She also pointed out to PSE&G in the letter, that with deregulation on the horizon, “your company may soon need to compete for our business.”

Mr. Hershey said that he intends to request power outage reports from PSE&G, which will substantiate the claims made by Boulevard residents.

Power Outages Plague Residents on Boulevard

Stonewalk Passes Through Towns Enroute to Arlington

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meeting that the Recreation Department would look into the matter, but has heard nothing further about it since the July 12 meeting.

He added that the noise persists and only quieted down during the heat waves that have occurred at various times this summer.

Glenn S. Burrell, Westfield Recreation Division Director, said at the meeting that he would talk to the Town Engineer about the cost of planting barriers and suggested erecting signs that limited the time of use of the park.

“At this point, we’re looking at what, if anything, we can do about the noise,” he commented several days after the meeting.

He added that there will be discussions among town officials about what can be done.

Upgrading the park was first considered by the town when residents from the Westfield Avenue area approached the Recreation Commission about improving the playground equipment that had been there for many years, Mr. Burrell pointed out.

Area residents became involved in every step of the planning, designing and choosing of equipment and their plan was eventually presented to the Recreation Commission. Commission members ultimately approved the local residents’ plan.

Mr. Scanlan said he knew nothing of such meetings and was not involved in the process.

The new equipment is located in the far corner of the property located

near the Westfield High School running track at the former Lincoln School, which is now rented by the Union County Educational Services Commission (UCES) as an alternative high school.

The Town of Westfield is leasing the piece of corner property, which is 135 feet deep and 85 feet wide, from the Westfield Board of Education.

Mr. Burrell said that the town originally wanted to lease a larger portion of the property, but the Board of Education indicated that the UCES said it needed the property.

Improvement of the playground was funded in part through Union County Pocket Park matching grant funds. The town was awarded $17,500 in May 1998, which was matched equally by Westfield.

The equipment was purchased from Marturano Recreation in Brick and the brand name of the equipment is Gametime.

Whirl Construction installed the equipment as part of the bid by Marturano Recreation, although the Westfield Public Works Department helped transport the materials to the location.

The green, red and blue equipment consists of two sets of two swings, one set that is for infants and one set that is for older children. The equipment also includes two large pieces of climbing structures, each of which has multiple slides and poles. Two benches are included in the play area.

New Playground Equipment Raises Anger of Neighbors

County Grand Jury Hands Down Indictment In Club Malibu Shooting

By KIM KINTER

Specially Written for The Westfield Leader

ELIZABETH – A Union County grand jury has indicted a Somerset man in connection with the fatal shooting that occurred at Club Malibu on Terrill Road just after Thanksgiving last year.

Kirwan Brown, 20, of Somerset, was charged with first degree murder and aggravated assault by a grand jury that convened on July 21. He was also charged with the possession of a handgun and possession of a gun for an unlawful purpose, said Robert P. O’Leary, Executive Assistant Prosecutor.

The first-degree murder charge carries a life sentence.

In the incident, which occurred November 27, 1998, at Club Malibu, Brown allegedly fatally shot Trishawn Moody, 19, of New Brunswick after the two fought over a woman they had both been dating at the time.

Investigators at the time said they believe the shooting stemmed from an incident last September during which Brown was reportedly stabbed by Moody.

The shooting victim was among more than 50 people waiting that evening to be admitted to the club, which had reached its capacity, authorities said at the time. Officials alleged a chance encounter between the suspect and Moody outside the establishment led to a confrontation that culminated in gunfire.

At about the same time as Moody was found in the parking lot, another 19-year-old male, Taquane Hoagland, also from the New

Brunswick area, was spotted by a Plainfield police unit running along Terrill Road with a gunshot wound to the upper body. Mr. Hoagland has since recovered.

Brown is faced with the aggravated assault charge in connection with Mr. Hoagland’s shooting.

Brown is in the Union County Jail, where he has been held since the November incident occurred. If the case goes to a trial, it probably will not begin until the fall, officials said.

Meanwhile, Club Malibu currently is not open for business, Scotch Plains Police Captain Joseph M. Protasiewicz said. The club’s telephone number has been disconnected and there is no new listing for the club.

The Scotch Plains Township Clerk’s office said, however, that the owner of the club has re-applied for a liquor license, but it has not come before the Township’s Council yet for approval.

The club, which was open Thursdays through Saturdays, has been operated under various names at the same location for more than 40 years by the Ricciutti family.

Police have periodically been called to the club in the past several years, mostly in response to fights that have erupted in the parking lot, but police said last fall when the shooting occurred that club owner Frank Ricciutti had been cooperative in trying to work out potential hazards at the club.

Mr. Ricciutti could not be reached for comment.

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Recent Home Sales TUESDAY, JULY 20

·An Orenda Circle resident reported to police that the molding on the door in the rear of her house had been broken, although there appeared to be no attempt of a burglary. She also reported to police that she recently had trouble over the telephone with a painting company and told police that she was concerned the telephone call and broken molding were connected.

THURSDAY, JULY 22

·A Ludlow Place resident reported that garbage and debris had been thrown on top of his car parked on the street sometime between 9:30 and 11:30 p.m.

·A Lawrence Avenue resident reported that someone entered his home sometime between 6 and 11 p.m. and took the keys to his gold Mercedes parked in an attached garage. The car was found undamaged the next morning, July 23, in

the driveway of the resident’s home. Police are continuing to investigate.

FRIDAY, JULY 23

·Walter Karyczak, 24, of Westfield was arrested by police for the possession of a controlled dangerous substance. He was arrested after the police had stopped his motor vehicle. Karyczak is out of jail on bond, which was set at $2,500.

·A Boynton Avenue resident reported the theft of two plants, valued at $80, from the side yard of his home.

·A Roosevelt Street woman reported the theft of her son’s bicycle, valued at $300, from an Elm Street grocery store.

MONDAY, JULY 26

·A Central Avenue resident reported that his 1980 Oldsmobile was damaged by a rock that was thrown through the back window. The rear view mirror and front of the inside of the car were damaged as a result of the incident, police report.

WESTFIELD

M. Rubin and L. Berkower to Raymond and Pamela B. Russo, 857 Bradford Avenue, $725,000.

S.B. Robinson to Michael H. Teschner and Dona Serota Teschner, 235 Sinclair Place, $499,900.

B.J. and P. Doyle to Michael and Gina McDonald, 624 Coleman Place, $352,500.

J.T. and C.T. Cortley to Adam I. And Cheryl L. Park, 761 Belvidere Avenue, $355,000.

G.J. and A.R. Keyko to Ralph T. and Laurie A. Skorge, 931 Kimball Avenue, $805,000.

S. Reisner to Kevin T. and Dianne L. Moriarty, 14 Gallowae, $400,000.

E.S. Rappold to Kevin T. and Anja H. Sullivan, 134 Jefferson Avenue, $350,000.

D. and D. Meyer to Anthony A. Galdi, 241 Clark Street, $245,250.

I. and N.D. Zeljkovic to R. Meusel, Jr. and Kim Neusel, 885 North Avenue, $185,000.

J.N. and H. Klein to Ryan Van Sickle and Roblyn Farrington, 530 Summit Avenue, $245,000.

R.B. and S.G. Kritzstein to Kenneth J. Grispin, 5 Eastgate Square, $338,000.

M.E. and C.A. Schafer to Richard W. and Jennifer Young, 766 Boynton Avenue, $140,000.

A. DiIorio and Diamante Del Monaco to Peter Davidson and John Manos, 628 Central Avenue, $182,000.

P. and L. Zabarsky to Peter G. and Mindi A. DiGiovanni, 1002 Irving Avenue, $249,900.

R.A. and L. Grawehr to Angela Minniti, 1314 Frances Terrace, $185,000.

S.M. Fruh to Richard and Lisa Grawehr, 73 Sandy Hill Road, $236,000.

K.L. Okuniewicz to Mary Mastropietro Sanko, 1545 Rahway Avenue, $220,000.

C.A. Higgins to K. Steven and Vickie D. Burgess, 743 Clarence Street, $444,000.

C.A. Higgins to Lu Zhong and Rong Fang Liu, 736 Clarence Street, $439,000.

More Transactions Listed on Page 18

According to Westfield Police Department Deputy Chief John Wheatley, the police department had been notified that the Stonewalkers would be arriving around 11 a.m., but in fact, they did not reach the area until around 3:30 p.m. He said that the procession received a front and back police escort and everything went smoothly.

Mr. Standberry said that overall, Stonewalk has been a great experience. It has helped people to see the message that “civilians and service

men died together, let them be remembered together.”

John Metzler, Superintendent of Arlington National Cemetery, said he has received no official request on behalf of Stonewalk to have the stone displayed at the cemetery. Again, he noted that it will not be permitted to remain in the cemetery without an act of Congress.

Before reaching New Jersey, the Stonewalkers held vigil at the United Nations on Sunday before crossing the Lincoln Tunnel on July 19 at 3 a.m.

application. The consulting firm was involved in the revitalization effort in South Orange Township, Essex County. That project included the expansion of sidewalks and the subsequent reduction of the previously four-lane South Orange Avenue to two lanes in that village.

Mr. Gottko said the council will be asked to issue a contract to Maser Consulting for professional services. Such services are not covered by New Jersey’s Public Contracts Law.

Westfield has also been awarded a $10,000 Community Development Block Grant from the county for facade renovations for businesses along the Central Avenue corridor.

On top of that, the Planning Board is currently hearing a proposal from a local, private developer who wants to build a mixed retail, townhouse and apartment development at Central and Cacciola Place.

Other towns receiving “Downtown Union County” grants are Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Winfield Park, Union, Roselle, Rahway, Summit, Clark, Plainfield, Roselle Park, New

Providence, Kenilworth and Garwood.

“These grants should act as catalysts, spurring new growth in neglected areas and bringing investments by other entities into a town’s business district. They come at a good time for small businesses in our downtowns,” Freeholders Chairman Nicholas P. Scutari stated last month while announcing the grants.

In support of the program, the county Freeholder board last week authorized officials to bond $5.2 million over a 10-year period to fund the projects. The program was included in the county’s annual capital improvement bond ordinance.

Scotch Plains, which will get $450,000, will use the money for enhancement along Park Avenue including removal of overhead utility lines, new lighting, crosswalk pavers, improved signage, benches and trees; and Fanwood, $300,000, for decorative sidewalk pavers and lighting on Martine Avenue between South and LaGrande Avenues and improvements to the west side stores’ back entrances.

Central Ave. to Get Facelift As Part of County Grant Vandals Deface Property

At Westfield High School By KIM KINTER

Specially Written for The Westfield Leader

WESTFIELD – Vandals broke into Westfield High School on Rahway Avenue recently, using spray paint and markers to deface some hallways and lockers, Westfield police said.

The vandalism was discovered by a school custodian when he arrived at work about 6:30 a.m. on July 12, according to the police report.

The walls by the main office were defaced with markers and foul language had been written, the report said. In the same area, posters and announcements had been ripped off of the wall.

On the first floor, a classroom was entered and ransacked, the report also stated. Also on the first floor by the gymnasium lobby, the walls were spray painted.

The police report stated that two classrooms on the second floor were ransacked and some walls and lockers were spray painted.

Police believe entry was gained through a second-floor window, the report stated.

Nothing appeared to be stolen from the high school, the report said.

Robert A. Berman, Westfield Board of Education School Business Administrator and Secretary, said that the vandalism was cleaned up by noon on the day it was discovered. He did not estimate damage as the custodians were able to handle the cleanup themselves.

He also added that in the classrooms entered by the vandals, materials were moved around and turned upside down but there was no physical clean up required.

He said that school officials believe the vandals climbed up on the roof of the auto body shop and gained entry through a second-floor window. Mr. Berman said that school officials also believe that although the vandalism was discovered following a weekend on a Monday morning the vandalism actually occurred the night before on Sunday.

Police are continuing to investigate. Reports of similar vandalism with markers on buildings in the area were reported at about the same time.

available for take-out or to sit down and eat.

Panera Bread Co. was formerly known as the St. Louis Bread Co., but the name was changed because it was thought to be too parochial outside of the City of St. Louis, Mr. Nawn explained. The franchises still carry the name St. Louis Bread Co. in St. Louis.

The Fenwick Group’s first Panera Bread Co. franchise will open on Tuesday, August 3, in the Essex Green Mall in West Orange, Mr. Nawn said. Depending on the progress of Planning Board and town zoning approvals, Mr. Nawn hopes to open the Westfield franchise by December.

The proposal joins a heavy agenda before the Planning Board on Monday, and may have to be postponed for hearing until a later date.

The Planning Board is scheduled to first hear continued testimony on a proposed subdivision planned off of

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Bread Franchise Eyes Elm Street Storefront

Rahway Avenue near Willow Grove Road. At its last regular meeting in July, the Planning Board heard details of the plans until after midnight about the six-lot subdivision and continued the presentation until August 2.

Also on the agenda is a proposal to turn the former Elm Delicatessen and Back Room Antiques downtown storefronts into a café; an application to turn one lot at 847 Embree Crescent into two lots, and an application to turn a first-floor apartment at 545 Westfield Avenue in a two-family house into office space. Other proposals on the agenda also include an application to turn one lot at 1260 Prospect Street into two lots and an application to turn one lot at 299 Seneca Place into two lots.

The Planning Board meeting will begin at begins at 8 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers of the Westfield Municipal Building.

William A. Burke for The Westfield Leader

PUSH, PUSH! ...Stonewalk marchers push a one-ton memorial stone, dedicated to unknown civilians killed in war, up South Avenue in Westfield enroute to Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. The grassroots effort, featuring volunteers from national peace-promoting organizations, began in Sherborn, MA.

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