McDermott takes the oath Mayor vows to work for tax relief Jung by jennyyingdi


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Vol.15, No. 1                                                                                           Friday, January 5, 2001                                                                                               50 cents
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  Around                                                                                                                  McDermott takes the oath
  Town                                                                                                                    Westfield mayor                  victorious in November's elec-                McDermott also appointed
                                                                                                                                                           tion — incumbents Claire                   Councilman Neil Sullivan as
Telephone crisis hotline                                                                                                  will seek residents'             Lazarowitz, Lawrence Goldman               West field's new deputy mayor.
                                                                                                                                                           and Carl Salisbury, and first-                Proposed appointments of the
seeks phone volunteers                                                                                                                                     time      Councilman      Rafael
                                                                                                                          'full participation'             Betancourt of the Second Ward.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      mayor, which needed council
                                                                                                                                                                                                      confirmation, included the
We care, the 24-hour telephone                                                                                            By THOMAS SCOTT                     In a historical moment For the          appointments of Thomas B.
et|sis hotline, is recruiting vol-                                                                                        TIIK KECOKD-PRKSS                town, one McDermott genera-                Shannon as town administrator,
mrteers to stall'its phone lines.                                                                                                                          tion administered the oath of              Roberl W. Cockren as town
 "' r more than 25 years,                                                                                                    WESTFIELD — The Town office to another, as the new                       attorney, Hrendn Cuba as
CONTACT We Care has recruit-                                                                                              Council held its annual reorga- mayor took his oath from his                municipal attorney. Christine
ed, trained and supervised adult                                                                                          nization meeting Tuesday night father, Frank McDermott.                     Nugent as public defender and
volunteers to offer the gift of lis-                                                                                      before a stnnding-room-only         The next order of council               Frederick Danser as labor attor-
tening to callers in need. More                                                     GEORGE PACCIELLO/RECORD-PRESS         crowd at Town Hall.              business was an appointment to             ney.
than 1,000 callers every month                      Frank McDermott (right) administers the oath of office to new            Highlighting the annual fill the seat vacated by                            Salisbury, Goldman and
read out to the non-profit orga-                    Westfield Mayor Gregory McDermott during the Town Council's           event was the swearing-in of McDermott's rise to mayor.                     Lnzarawita voted against the
nization for a compassionate,                       annual reorganization meeting, held Tuesday night. Also sworn In      Mayor Gregory McDermott and Peter Echnusae, who lost u close                town attorney ami public
non-judgmental listener, accord-                    was new Councilman Rafael Betancourt and the Incumbent council        the oaths of office for the four First Ward race in November,               defender nominations.
Ing to a press release issued                       members who won re-election In November's election.                   council members who emerged was appointed and sworn in.                          (Continued on page A-6)
Wednesday by the agency.
    The agency's 50-hour train-
ing class teaches volunteers how
to actively listen and deal with a
broad range of human needs.
Experts in grief counseling,
mental health issues, active lis-
                                              Mayor                                                                                                                                                     Jung
tening and spirituality will join
with CONTACTS professional
staff to conduct the next round
of training classes, the release
                                              vows to                                                                                                                                                   focuses
    The classes are scheduled to
      7 p.m.-lO p.m. Thursday
evenings from Feb. 22 to May 10
                                              work for                                                                                                                                                  on the
at the First Baptist Church in
  ^ For more information on the
training classes or the agency,
                                              tax relief                                                                                                                                                futures
please call CONTACT We Care
at (908) 490-1480.                            Marks cites finances                                                                                                                                      Fanwood mayor:
JCC schedules special
                                              as SP Town Council                                                                                                                                        Downtown, parks
qigong demonstration                          greets new member                                                                                                                                         top 2001 priorities
    SCOTCH PLAINS — A free                                                                                                                                                                              Py THOMAS SCOTT
demonstration of qigong is                    THE RECORD-PRESS
                                                                                                                                                                                                        THH RKCOIUU'KESK
planned       at     the    Jewish               SCOTCH PLAINS — Ji
Community Center of Central                   annual reorganization meetiaaflf_                                                                                                                            .FANWOqp **-.The Fanwood
New Jersey.                                   the Township Council convened                                                                                                                             faithful turned out "Jan. 1 for the
   The demonstration of                       New Year's Day at the Municipal                                                                                                                            Reorganization Day swearing-in
— an ancient Chinese art of                   Building, with the swearing-in of                                                                                                                         ceremonies nt Borough Hall.
healing, exercise and meditation              Martin L. Marks as the town-                                                                                                                                  Following an invocation by the
for mind and body — is sched-                 ship's first elected mayor.                                                                                                                               Rev. John Kennedy, pastor at
uled to begin 10:30 a.m. Jan. 14                 Also taking his oath Monday                                                                                                                            Immaculate Heart of Mary
at the JCC, located at 1391                   was first-time Councilwoman                                                                                                                               Church in Scotch Plains, the pro-
Martine Ave. in Scotch Plains.                                                                                                                                                                          ceedings included the oaths of
   A trained instructor will show             Paulette       Coronato,     while                                                                                                                        office for incumbent Councilman
participants how to maintain                  Councilman Frank Rosai was                                                                                                                                Joel Whitaker and first-time
their health, enhance their vital-            sworn in as Scotch Plains' new                                                                                                                            council member Carol Wood, both
ity, reduce stress, control anxiety,          deputy mayor.                                                                                                                                             of whom were victorious in
promote longevity and slow the                   Administering the oath of
   ing process through the prac-              office was State Senate President
   es of qigong.                              and Scotch Plains resident                                                                                                                                    "Surveys show that
    The demonstration is a pre-               Donald T. DiFrancesco. Missing                                                                                                                             Fanwoodians want more
lude to a newly formed qigong                 from the reorganization meeting
                                              was Councilwoman Geri Samuel,                                                                                                                              and better retail stores, as
class, which is scheduled to begin
EWb. 1 at the JCC. For registra-              who was unable to catch a return                                                                                                                           well as additional, appro-
                                              flight to New Jersey from Florida
tion or more information, call                due to Saturday's snowstorm and                                                                                                                            priate residential hous-
Susan Lemerman at (908) 889-                  ensuing flight delays.                                                                                                                                     ing."
8800 or Frank Mathews at (908)                    The first appointments of the
                                                                                                                          I if,-   r ,   ,*   <l

276-2469,                                     mayor and council included the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   — Louis Jung
                                              reappointment of Douglas W.                                                                                                                                                   Mayor of
First United Church sets                      Hansen as township attorney;                                                                                     GEORGE PACCIELLO/RECORD-PRESS                               Fanwood
t'ai chi chih sample class                    Andrew M. Baron as assistant             Brenda DiPlano of Westfield, who tackled some sidewalks along North Avenue, was not the only Union
                                              township attorney; Brian Levine          County resident to wield a shovel on Saturday, when the last snowstorm of 2000 dumped more than 15               November's Borough Council
   WESTFIELD — Classes                        aa municipal prosecutor; and                                                                                                                              election.
exploring the basic forms of t'ai             Randolph Brause as public                Inches on the area.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Assemblyman Richard H.
chi chih — a moving meditation                defender.
that teaches relaxation and
serves as a gentle exercise for
improving balance — are coming
                                                  Planning Board appointments
                                              included       Coronato,
                                              Tomkin, Joseph Doyle, Maria
                                                                          George      Towns triumph over first snow                                             the Westfield plowing fleet,
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Bagger administered the oath of
                                                                                                                                                                                                        office to Whitaker and Wood,
                                                                                                                                                                                                        after which they were presented
                                                                                                                                                                                                        with Certificates of Election from
to the First United Methodist                 Sartor and Ken Grabowaki, with          By THOMAS SCOTT                        "The salt trucks will get an                                               Union County.
Church.                                       Guy       Celenato     and    Ken                                           earlier start," said Tommy            under the supervision of Public
                                                                                      THE RECCOHD-PRESS                                                         Works Superintendent Dan                    Councilman Stuart Kline then
    Tai chi chih classes will be              Greeenman serving aa alternate                                              McCoy, a road supervisor with                                                 nominated Whitaker for Borough
offered at the church at 9:45 a.m.            members.                                   UNION COUNTY — On the            the Westfield Deportment of           Kelly and featuring n vast
                                                                                                                                                                array of vehicles and manpow-           Council president, and the coun-
Mondays beginning with a free-                    Zoning Board of Adjustment          eve of this winter's first full-    Public Works, on Saturday. "But                                               cil voted 6-0 to appoint Whitaker
of-charge sample class on Jan. 22.            appointments included Thomas            blown nor'easter, snow crews in     (the plow trucks) are loaded up,      er,
                                                                                                                                                                    "We have 10 wing plows with         to the post. By council appoint-
    Originated in the early 1970s.            Barth, Timothy LiVolsi and              Westfield, Scotch Plains and        gassed up and ready to go.                                                    ment,, Whitaker was also tabbed
t'ai chi chih is based on the                 Christian Abel, with Patricia           Fanwood were already gearing        Three inches or better and            front and side plows, 10 smaller
                                                                                                                                                                trucks with plows, four front-          to serve ones year in a Planning
Chinese medical concepts of Ying              Sigmon and Carolyn Sorge serv-          up.                                 we're on the road."                                                           Board seat.
and Yang. The 19 gentle move-                 ing as alternates.                         With winter storm watches           Those three inches came fast       end loaders for clearing trnin
                                                                                                                                                                and town parking M B fund)                  Other     official    borough
g&nts circulate the balance one's                 The mayor appointed Donald          posted and meteorologists pre-      enough. According to meteorolo-                                               appointments for 2001 include
natural energy, according to a                Wormley as the township's emer-         dicting the worst, Dec. 29 was a    gists at the National Weather         seven outside contractors,"
                                                                                                                                                                McCoy noted. "All told, we have         Eleanor McCSovern as borough
PP0S8 release issued this week by             gency management coordinator            day of preparation for area pub-    Service facility in Mount Holly,                                              administrator, Wilfred Coronato
certified instructor Carolyn J.               and Marc Freidenberg to the             lic works employees and emer-       enow fell at a rate of better than    35 men from the Department of
                                                                                                                                                                Public Works, plus the men              OH borough attorney, Michael
AHenby.                                       Union County Transportation             gency officials. By early           two inches per hour at the                                                                H
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mitzner U borough prosecutor
 . Registration for classes after             Advisory Board. Marks also des-         Saturday, when the snow began       height of the storm. All told,        from the outside contractors."
jtae Jan. 22 sample costs $50.                                                                                                                                      The first order of attack           and August N. Hantore as deputy
                                              ignated Rossi os council liaison to     to pile up, those officials were    approximately 16 inches fell on                                               borough prosecutor.
    To pre-register or for more               the Scotch         Plains-Fanwood       already in action. Firot came       the Union County area, with           when the snow started accumu-
information, please call the                                                                                                                                    lating was on Westfiold's main              Mayor Louis .lung also mode
                                              Board of Education and said he          the salt trucks, followed by a      higher totals in isolated loca-                                               Meverul     key     appointments,
Church office at (908) 233-4211, or           would appoint Councilwoman              fleet of loaders, plows and snow-   tions.                                artery roads, McCoy Ha id,
Allenby at (908) 735-4760. More                                                                                                                                      (Continued on page A-6)            including naming Joseph Nagy,
                                              Sharynn Porter as liaison to the        blowers.                               Ready for that challenge was                                                    (Continued on page A-fi)
information on t'ai chi chih is also                (Continued on page A-6)
 available at
 bn the World Wide Web.

  .       Inside                                                               The man who would be governor
•Commentary                       A-4          Scotch Plains' DiFrancesco looks to make an impression on New Jersey government
                                                                                                                          Paulette Coronato. "And what           Gabe Spheru.                           when Whitman wan out of state,
 Community Life                   B-1          By THOMAS SCOTT                      heads to her cabinet post in
                                                                                                                                                                    First on the soon-to-bo-m-ting      han filled in n« acting governor —
                                                                                    Washington, D.C. — mude an            better wny to start it off than to
                                               THE CHRONICLE                                                                                                     governor's agenda wan clearing         said he has a clear idea of what
 Sports                           C-1                                               appearance New Year's Day at          thank nil the people who have
                                                                                                                                                                 up his future reHidential platiH       he will tin with hit interim
                                                  SCOTCH PLAINS — Like u            the Scotch Plains Township            helped mid supported me over                                                  appointment. "TIHN i« n groat
 £rlmeTlme                        B-2                                               Municipal Building, where he          the years."                            DiFrancesco and his family, he
                                               true hometown boy, State Senate                                                                                   said, will not be moving into the      r.huHeiiK*' '<<»' me, but. HIHU a tfrtmt
                                               President Donald T. DiFrancesco      attended the Township Council's          DiFrance.sco fja/.ed over a                                                opportunity," In* naitl. "I find
 Obituaries                       A-5                                               annual reorganization meeting.        council room filled with local and     governor's manni(jn. "People still
                                               touched based with his home-                                                                                      say to me, 'fire you moving 1<J        whore I hnvi* ;i political agenda
                                               town constituency to kick off the       "I want everyone to have a         statewide political luminaries,        Drumthwac-ki't?' And I nay, 'No        (thin appointment) allows KM fcO
 ffeal Estate                     C-5          new year.                            happy and healthy new year,"          including former Contfrenni(niril
                                                                                                                          candidate Thorn an Kuan Jr.,           way, we like Scotch i'lainn,'" hi;     jHirmie t.hnt. K d ^ t a
                                                  DiFrancesco — who, pending        DiFrancesco said, after adminis-                                             said.                                  iiiHliiou njong with
 Police Log                       A-2          an official appointment, will        tering the oath of office to Mayor    Congressman Michael Ferguson,                                                                        1
                                                                                    Martin Marks, Deputy Mayor            Assemblyman Richard Bagger                The man who would be gover-         reduce property^
 Classifieds                      C-6          assume the governor's office                                                                                      nor — who, on several occasions
                                               when Cov. Christie Whitman           Frank Rossi and Councilwoinan         and former Scotch Plains Mayor

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