August 3, 1994:'
• Can elected leaders lament low turnouts
WE MUST FOLLOW
i at meetings then gag those who show up? PLEASE SPEAK INTa This column highlights the
• Local government these days has fallen into
the ftpnds of lawyers, nervous elected officials
and technocratic public employees. Their fears
about lawsuits, political skirmishes, state and
In Westfield, the mayoral candidates sputter
back and forth about how open the budgeting
process was or was not. In Cranford, heated crit
^accomplishments and gener-
osity of suburban Union
Ipounty volunteers and tlie
(services of the cliaritable or-
ganizations they support.
day of fun
in the sun
federal regulators, and uninformed, emotional icism of the Township Committee's openness
Civilians grow in synch with their knowledge of
this dizzying array of rules and gotchas.
brings programs to a dead halt and elicits pleas
for "respect" from several committee members.
| Beyond the intoxication of sheer knowledge of
these rules and games is the periodic dominance
In Scotch Plains, at least one bloc suspects the
regional school board and its administration are teams far By JOANNE McFADDEN
ftf a majority party's platform nr sitting mayor's FORBES NEWSPAPERS
^ppetite for re-election. this fall, despite the deliberations of a huge orga- charit^run More than 80 young women from all over the world came together
• Mix technocratic knowledge of Roberts Rules nizing committee last winter. : I SCOTCH PLAINS - Com- recently at Norn#)egan Park in Cranford with .only one thing in com-
with the arcane glossary of government-ese arid The Cranford Township commissioners have a panies from throughout mon: they are all au pairs with the EF Au Pair Company of Boston.
some elected officials' compulsion to effect a key point when they cry out for "respect" for Union County are forming Local Child Care Coordinator Michelle Weiman organized the event,
platform promise and a tornado of words, paper- themselves and their programs. Their point ap- teams for the "Making which drew au pairs from as far as Long Island and South Jersgy^Most
Srd s A C -heweverrwere-fioni Cianlbrd, Westtield and Scotch Plains. The annual
idiseemingly-aperiaiizechknewledge hov- plies to every town and-aeheel governing
mile, non-competitive move-" summer celebration was "a major success," said Ms. Weiman.
ers over the door of the municipal building and and to the citizens. ialongathon planned for Sun-
School administrative hall. Taxpayers deserve tobe "sold" on programs, '"She girls really errjoy the chance to meet up with other au pairs,"
day, Oct. 16. said Ms. Weiman. "They all arrived not knowing anyone and, by the
I No "normal" citizen wanting to go to a meet- not merely told about them. ! The event will be at the end of the day, they were old friends, exchanging phone numbers and
ing to be heard should have to risk being ruled There is no greater tumoff for a suspicious tUnion County Vocational and everything."
<> t of order or allowed to feel stupid by officials'
ju citizen than the appearance of official high- .Technical School. The spon- Ms. Weiman also plans a monthly activity for about 35,local au pairs.
terms^yeah-buts and other rhetoric. Too often, handedness. In such a setting, the baby will be jsors are the American Cancer Sometimes it's a speaker, ^nd sometimes, the girls travel. Recent trips
the climate in the town or school meeting room thrown out with the bath water. J .(Society and—Union Center including a jaunt 'into "New York City, and an overnight trip to Niagara
[National Bank. Falls.
is dominated by intimidating adherence to agen- On the other hand, such sins of perceived I Striders can run, walk, or
das, Roberts Rules, gag orders at so-called agen- arrogance will quickly be forgiven as the govern- Juse rollerblades, wheelchairs, "It's an opportunity for these girls to get together to have fun, share
da meetings, or by elected officials bent on ing body turns and involves citizens in studi- jor skateboards for the event. conversation, and learn or do something American," said Ms. Weiman
doing their wills, no matter what is said or felt ously and honestly exploring options to a fund- t The American Cancer Soci- They got together to have fun, and have fun they did as they
ety has full information on participated in an obstacle course, pie eating contest and relay, wheel-
i?y the populace. ing or service quandary. barrow and sack races.
; The civic-minded resident simply wanting to v*A__*:ng a t earn> organizing
hear the official explanation of a plan, for in-
The best leaders know the secret for attracting
Letters to the editor Sumd-raising efforts and regis-
The au pairs hail from Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Austria and
stance, won't find satisfaction 9 times out of 10. • Respect their right to know everything tration forms. For_details, call "People "chooseTo'have ~ari au pair because of the cultural exchange
The answer is torrcomplicated; the aspect of- " Sheri at 354-7373. and the reasonable cost," said Ms. Weiman. "It's a wonderful way to
• Re^pecTtReir ihtelligerice " DAVID GIPSON/FORBES NEWSPAPERS
fered by the citizen "was considered at one point
(Jaut evidently thrown aside for its silliness)," or,
rjiore commonly, "we're not discussing this issue
• Respect their communal wisdom and consen-
sus, and if they're wrong ...
• Respect the fact that part of the job is to "sell"
grows on „ Nursing home
seeks pie bakers
provide excellent child care, and as a bonus, share history, culture and Louisa Nygren and Doreen Basil, who work for Cranford families, set off on the obstacle
art with another person." course, where one obstacle was to run in full business attire.
right now, it has to wait for 'public comments' at them, no matter how long it takes.
'life experience' excursion UNION - Cornell Hall
Nursing Home needs ambi-
Bagger moves to discount To The Chronicle:
When I was chosen by my fellow Scouters to attend
the NJLIC course at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cirnar-
ron, N.M., I had no idea the journey I was about to
orienteering course, and probably the best event1 of
the week was hiking up the Tooth of Time, which i£ a!
9,000-foot plus high mountain and the most extraorm-
nary view of New Mexico. Amazingly, through .all this
( tious bakers for its summer
('^carnival pie baking contest
',-Ifies will be judged by four
'^all residents and two vol-
^ujiteers: A prize will be
embark on was one that would be a life experience. fun we still had time to perfect our public teaching
utility fees to lure industry NJLIC (National Junior. Leader Instructor Camp) is an
intense leadership course for those who staff a local
training program at their home council. I was one of
two to be chosen from the Watchung Area Council. I
methods as well as our skills of leadership.
In a nut shell, I have to say the week was an
experience I will never forget I cannot close this
article without thanking all the Scout leaders, friehfas, >'
' * awarded to the most delicious
.., ( j, For more information, or if
^you would like to donate your
By ASSEMBLYMAN RICHARD BAGGER current rates, the BPU could lower those rates. In ' v.pie to the . contest, contact
addition, the BPU could approve discount-rates to just wanted to share some of my experiences with and my parents for giving me this wonderful $p- j
New Jersey Legislature you. portunity. As the new school year rolls aroundJ I . 'S,hirley Sporman, Cornell
entice new businesses to open, and existing busi- ' Hall Nursing Home, 687-
In 1876, a fourth-grade dropout fromJDhio decided nesses to expand, particularly in urban areas. I flew out to Colorado with 13 other Boy Scouts would like to urge all boys who may be interested; to
from the Northeast, including one "from Mas- join the Boy Scouts of America. As for currenV'Boy 'WOO, .The deadline for regis-
to open something he called a "brain factory" on a hill Just as important, these discounts would not come ;Stoute, I wish ioli ^he best of luck so that yOi^'rh^y1 be tration,, is Aug.. ,12. All .official..,
in Menlo Park. Thomas Edison had a lot on his mind. out of the pockets of residential customers and other sachusetts. We spent two days in Colorado;touring ttye
Cave of Winds, Olympic Training Center^ Garden df able to reachLither pinnacle of Scouting by receiving ,'.' enti^nts , rriust. deliver their ,
The following year, he indented the phonograph. But businesses, but rather from the utilities themselves. the (Sods, and toured Pike's Peak. I was deeply curi- your Eagle'S&lit. (
> "pies -to"'Cornell Hall, 234
Edison was after bigger game; he wanted to do noth- Under my proposal, the power companies will make ous of what lay ahead. ' In conclusion, the best way to describe Philmont1 is • Chestnut St, Wednesday,
ing less than capture the power of electricity and put an investment in New Jersey's future by investing in The course began on an up beat right away. Fun with words from its hymn: Philmont dears to th^e, ^#ug. 17 by 10 a.m.
it to work for the men and women of this state and these businesses. was what the course was all about. Throughout the Scouting's paradise.Out in God's Country, tonight. \ DAVID GIPSON/FORBES NEWSPAPERS
this nation. We are entering an age as revolutionary for power
Three years after moving to Menlo Park, Edison producers as the one ushered in by Mr. Edison. The
whole week we were involved in events such as Cap-
ture the Flag, Catapult/Ballista Wars, a competitive
JOSE-LUIS RIEftA j
adoption Au Pair nannies at Nomahegan Park Saturday include Michelle Weiman, Doreen Basil and
reached his goal. On OcL 19, 1879, after trying thou- Louisa Nygren of Cranford; Sara Larson, South Orange; Asa Hallsgrom, Cranford; Anna Sjens-
very monolithic utilities which he helped make pos- " shows planned son, Scotch Plains; Susanne Hengst, Cranford; Monika Brusewitz, Westfield; and Bodil Peter-
sands of alternatives, he perfected an electrical light sible now face competition as never before. Competi-
"so cheap that only the rich will be able to bum
candles." Then he went out and invented a system to
tion comes from clean, environmentally prudent co-
generation as well as from interstate power markets.
The old ratable race ain't what it used to be KENILWORTH - Twopet
adoption events are sched-
son, South Orange. "
deliver cheap, safe and efficient electric power to To The Chronicle: ratables aren't what they once were open space available to provide ref- , uled for this weekend. ^ • • • • '
In 10 years, we might see power producers competing thought to be; and that this is par- uge for the wildlife this tojwi ";•' It's a Ruff life Canine
those who wanted to use his lamp. for residential'and business customers just as Sprint, It seems that if we ask certain ' . • % . . ' ' - •
public officials, "What's the magic ticularly true with residential prop- prides itself with. I suggest that the \ Adoption Services, a ynon-
Cheap, safe power gave New jersey businesses a MCI and AT&T now compete for long distance tele- '.'profit, all-volunteer group,
tremendous competitive advantage. It made the Gar- word?", their response is continu- erty, which consumes more ser- next time an official comes up with
phone customers. ally, "Ratables!" It is time for those vices in the way of roads, schools, the idea of developing on land !;will hold a dog adoption day
den State glow with prosperity. It powered the expan- In light of this, the time has come to reconsider our '11-3 Sunday at The Boule-
sion of our economy and the creation of jobs from officials to stop their simplistic police, sewers, and so forth than such as the now defunct Cranfo/d !<
Cape May to High Point. entire regulatory scheme to ensure that lower cost thinking and to begin listening and other types of development Avenue subdivision, they take; a vard Vet Clinic, 429 Boule-
'• v'ard across from Harding
More than a century later, the energy-and power is energy makes all New Jerseyans more competitive. learning from those who have ex- Things aren't what they used to drive by the land, turn off their jar
Our challenge will be to modernize utility regulation perienced and documented that be. Cranford has precious little -School. Many dogs, all sizes VI*" .
and listen for the music of tjie
still there, but New Jersey's competitive edge has
dimmed somewhat Energy costs a lot more today. as the marketplace evolves from monopoly power to wildlife, because if it is there, rest
'•and ages, will be available.
';There is a small adoption fee i m HHHifc \H **
That means some of New Jersey's businesses can't open competition, but not before. We must protect Where's our 'sweetheart' deal, eh? assured its environmentalists will >^and proceeds go to care of im
I nm Hi
compete as easily with businesses in other states
where electricity and gas are cheaper.
residential and small business energy customers from
monopoly pricing until the competition that exists To The Chonicle: home of their own under the plan." be there at the meetings protecting
dthe animals. For details call
201-376-8367, or the Boule- Hi Kg
One doesn't need to be a genius like Thomas Edi-
son to realize, that powerless businesses make for a
now for large industrial energy users is unavailable to
them as well.
Cranford Township Attorney
Robert Renaud in comments to the
Newark Star-Ledger (July 26) after
While this feeling is certainly
noble, Mr. Renaud should first con-
cern himself with the taxpayers of
Perhaps next time, rather than
being armed with 18.5 thousand
u.vard Vet Clinic at 276-1661.
L+, An all-cat adoption spon-
weaker New Jersey economy.- We in the legislature are already examining these Cranford whose homes will be dollars of testimony from an engi- sored by Save Our Strays, a §m.
The answer, then, is to help these businesses. I issues. But in the meantime, we should take this first, the "amazing discovery" that the neer, one might consider testimony '/.non-profit organization, will
introduced legislation that would help keep the lights
burning, the computers humming, and the engines
running by making New Jersey more competitive
small step by permitting energy discounts to stem the
exodus of business from New Jersey and to ensure
that the Garden State's economy grows in the future.
Cranford Avenue Subdivision was
Green Acres Land, said concerning
the Center for Hope Hospice, "Be-
flooded by this project. It is the
taxpayers of Cranford who pay Mr.
Renaud's fees and for $18,000 mis-
to prove the ratables rap. Better
yet, rather than wasting the tax-
payers' money again, officials
i:be held 11-3 Saturday at Dia-
vmond's Pet Supplies, Colo-
,;nial Square Mall, Route 22
through lower energy costs. . Edison reinvented the future. The light bulb and cause we did not know about this,
we're going to apply to Green
The Center for Hope Hospice might use this time now to investi- _;JSast, Green Brook. 1
Assembly Bill 1420 provides the Board of Public the harnessing of electric power were only part of his will lease the land in question for gate the myth of the ratables on Bess? p * " ? |
Acres to let the Center for Hope go (Hospital offers m
Utilities with the power to approve discount rates for
electricity and gas for businesses as an incentive to
locate^ expand or simply remain in New_Jer§gyJJ[£.a
business can demonstrate that it is suffering under
legacy. We have to reinvent our future as well. And
the way to best do that is to reharness the power
Edison first grasped and devote it to our common
good. , . .
forward with this development.
Terminally-ill patients-with no pri-
mary care-givers would have : a
$15,000 per year for 50 years.
"Such a deal, Sweetheart!"
their own, and be better .prepared
for future recommendations.
NANCY B. SEUFRIb&E
!»•;< 'ELIZABETH - "OlV My
, , r •*• - ,
Aching Feet" will be pre- <*: :u
sented at Elizabeth General Lotta Sjoberg concentrates with some success on keeping
Folly of pumping sand from sea bottom •>'•>.
Medical Center 10-11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 17 in the
center's George F. Billington
DAVID GIPSON/FORBES NEWSPAPERS
Louisa Nygren, who works with a Cranford family, competes in the pie-eating contest and then
seems pensive when it's consumed.
DAVID GIPSON/FORBES NEWSPAPERS
water in cup during one of the fun competitions at Au Pair
nannies' picnic Saturday at Nomahegan Park in Cranford.
education conference center,
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to inlets between bay and ocean for sand-star- -n'.'•
Joanne McFadden Of course, my sand castles never got old; South of Sandy Hook, t h e beach is wider now vation o n coastal beaches. •-', verification.
Reporters they disappeared with the incoming tide. That's as sand flows Out of the corps dredge. B u t ge- Most coastal geologists see a combinatiornrf .^rivers needed
the inevitable fate of beach replenishment with ologists know that t h e rules of nature dictate rising sea level, less sand moving t o t h e .«}a
•by caiicer group A little wheel breaks tension in big game
Alan M. Churchill dredged sand being undertaken by the corps that all that sand could wash away in a year or from rivers and movement of sand offshore as
Richard McComb Classified Advertising along our state's northern shore. less. It's t h e corps' "sleightof-sand" trick!
' ELIZABETH — The Union It was the top of the fifth inning in the Little League
"General Manager the culprits.
Advertising Manager Manager Any child who ever built a sand castle knows Sand is not chicken feed. It is being dredged T h e builders' rush to the sea over t h e last'SO ,,County Unit of the American tournament game. IJarkness was closing in, and this was
Bill Fong Kelly Zullo you cannot defeat the ocean. Only politicians, io shore at a taxpayer rate of $85 million per years created the demand for this p r o j e c t ' l n Cancer Society is looking for certain to be the last inning.
George Gannon the corps and others who will profit from such mile for the first dozen miles. At that price, the .Volunteers for its Road To The home team was up 6-4 over the Cranford squad, but
Advertising Representative Classified Telephone looking at the next 50, it is obvious that $ e
Circulation Director foolishness would have us think otherwise. entire 33-mile stretch of beach to be built by "Recovery program. The vol-
Sales Manager taxpayers can't keep u p t h e pace. 'n after pitching a solid four innings, the boy on the mound fell
Bllllo M. Davis Because man's works are so • close to the 1998 would be a $2.8-billion job for the corps! An alternative will have t o be found, like .tne unteers provide a free patient behind and loaded the bases with no outs.
. Controller water, there is no room for the ocean to play, no Total cost is predicted to be a mere $1,029 corps' grudging realization in t h e MississijWi (pme and escort for patients to
margin of safety. So sand is being moved from billion. It is also; projected that the new beach Valley: Let nature take its course and get $6- $nd from cancer treatment Tension was high in the bleachers as Cranford's batter
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Write Us: to protect think the folks who live there should and parking spaces. Contact Carolyn Fabrizio, Just before the first pitch to the Cranford batter, the pint-
more than a thousand feet landward from
102 Walnut Avenue Phone (908) 276-6000 pay their own way, and not count on the rest of Luckily for residents of t h e benefitting ocean- today's shore. >->^ Service Director, 354-7373 for sized outfielder did a few cartwheels across the grass to the
Cranford. NJ 07016 FAX: (908) 276-6220 us to bail them out And bail we do, not only front towns, 65 percent of the tab is federal a n d Be aware that where the ocean once was.'Ht additional information. delight of his parents, and the dismay of his coaches.
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