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Train station plaza
will become asset ^..^**«^^
We ate glad to see city officials are keeping die momen- GOLDEN BIRTHDAYS — s?
tum going on downtown levitalization. The City Council The ... Rattway Birthday
adopted a $315,000 bond ordinance recently for the pro- Breakfast Club was formed
posed train station plaza, and construction is expected to in March 1998, and has
moro than 1,600
breakfasts at the Rahway ••V]
The proposed plaza is a way fbr the city to capitalize on Senior Citizens. Center for
one ofits unique features — the train station. The plaza at celebrants and gu^ts. At a
Irving Street and Milton Avenue would have a practical use, recent Birthday Breakfast
Tl*e taxis would have an imprrw^H ar*-** m rtf^r* **ff »n/ with their birthdaybaseball
**p people at the station caps are* from left John fiBehdrier James Jones Sr Cari Mool Booker iJS*.^ »
The plaza will have trees, hghring and benches In Counts Sr.f Mayor Ja*'*?s
Kennedy a t l John V* ' "1 "link I»T TVr V nk Yes. We needs all different
Hon to everyday recreational use,city officials have pro- well. ( p" "Absolutely. I think we have a
posed using this new area for outdoor concern nnd farmers population of Hispanics in Rahway
markers. This plaza should help improve the 'ook of the that should be able to communicate
downtown area, and He in nicely with the ^"i"* "-"*w«i»wi with whomever they come in coo
<*ane to thetrain station two years ago tact with."
Fortunately, the city isn't shouldering the entire weight of
the project. The county will contribute $100,000, while New
Jersey Transit will pay $75,000. Approximately $25,000 in
Community Development Block Grarsrs hsv^ been received
Frenetic ads doni ke me buy products
for this through the county, while the star> Deparrme u of In this world, it goes without saying up. which fan1*true reflection of our society today? In
that advertising is necesary to mam die past, keeping up with the Joneses
Community Affairs has made a $300^^0 r>^ p was considered g^nr-he What would
ov tain tbe media. But I think the timf
ailahle for the ptaza construction. has ISOXDC to evaluate that advertising 1-4
There is not much real noise asso- *'*« caP universal arrogance?
We '->cV forward *"> i**e cornp^r*xjo of this pi which I know is written by real p*^
ciated with the operation of a compu V-Tiat compounds these nrrimrirs
|1>. • ' " > * * » » * • > - i • %
Area waterways have lost traditional uses r*«e, but are these people real?
Advertising today is not confined By Norman
ter But. when it comes to advertising
computers or any of its operations, the
accompaniment is again fraught with
and the noise is the constant repeti-
tion Over and over again, the same
tune, phrase or word until the listener
Some geologists claim thai several does not hold back (he slowly running to a single area. Nor is it simple. But,
Extra safety steps thousand years ago the southern half
of New Jersey was under water and The Way
In earlier years there had been a five
story icehouse there, and every winier water of the Elizabeth River, thai now
the ice company sent a group of men passes through the open gale at one
it is becoming a bane that cannot be
easily ignored. In the olden days,
likely, if the ads are to be believed
And, those cars traverse areas no
no»s^ and confusion, in spite of the either punches the mute button or
fact that no one would probably turns off the radio. The practice is so
purchase any equipment that was a rampant mat one ad makes fun dfthe
in zones thai the northern half had' one"~t2rge~ end uf the dam 7>>e lake was THIed in advertising was confined to trie news- other person would consider driving;
lake that has now shrunken to become
Lake Hopaicong and rhe Passaic and
Vf Was out on the frozen surface to cut blocks
of ice for storage in the building. The
several years ago, and only two chan-
nels in thai fill allow the river to con
papers, highway signs and the sides of
hams. Today, the opportunities for
over the snow to a remote tent on the
Arctic Circle, with Mother carrying
If the ads are not marked by noise
use of repititions. That does not stop
***« use: it only compounds it.
men used long metal saws similar to a and overwrought activity, they are
The flashing yellow signals erected recently along S t tiackensack rivers. to flow freely downstream. advertising are not endless, bat th^y the bookies and hot cholcolate; Advertising is the lifeblood of the
By William Frofich lumberjack's tree-felling tool. *•«» reveling in aTTiTi1^^ usually deplored
Georges Avenue shop id imprr^e safety condi»;ons *t the This may be so, bui these are nor ^ith only a single handle. Another small stream thai used to **e certainly numerous. through the desert, with sand spewing media, regardless of the form. But, I
by decent people. Think of the hus- wonder how many people really buy
city *-1#*TT»**nT»ry c*-hor»lc locatpri al<*ng »hic the only bodies of water fh«r have dis- around this incredible engine on four
After cutting, the thick blocks of be seen by motorists on Morris When using print mrriia, it is fairly band who eats all the cereal, and then the products whose properties are
appeared from view here. Many small embankment that once contained the ice were floated to the shore and Avenue has also been enclosed in an easy to ignore advertising. We just
wheels; speeding around mountains.
says he didn't leave any for his wife. Union County Freeholder Chester Holmes presents a
y streams and brooks have been
Third Ward Counc&nan Jerry ^Scaturo-jwopose** the sig- faauled-to»-<he"hotise.- A ramp-qrr -the "*i TiiS """1 reaencif"we"ai eaTinterestedr Because 'Giere~wasirr<5nough. 'Hunt
frenetic and intrusive ways. Do peo-
«-nclosed in large pipes and are no lon- Lake- ! i was usually referred to as the south end of Che house enabled the brook that flows through Kean Uni- But, when television andradioare would be careening on two wheels of the guy riding through the empty Month to Shirley prp«iriont of th«
nal thai warns motorists they are entering a scHr*o> 7onp n^nr ger visible, while some lakes have and probably diving a w thr <?dlge streets smiling smugly for some ple really buy these items because of
•^reservoir'" or simply **the ressy** by blocks to be raised to the several $to versity as ii parallels the old righx-of involved, it's more difficult to ignore, NAACP chapter.
JVanklin School on St. Georges Avenue. ^een drained and filled in with din. those who sometimes swam in its cool into the ravine. the advertising? Does frenetic activity
ries of the building, and covers of way of the trolley tracks that once car unless the "mute" key is pressed on unkown reason. Never mind that in
generate sale* w*,«-ti u th* jwirp0** °*
Scaturo said he investigated a flashing school zone signal
near the Roosevelt School, which is also on St. Georges
Avenue, but closer to the Woodbridge border. When the
On North Avenue near Kean Uni- waters or ice sk ***** on its frozen sur
versity there used to be a large lake f»ce in winter
thai was created to supply a source of These activities were frowned upon
sawdust over each layer of ice pre ried the large brown electric vehicle
vented the blocks from freezing u > known as the "Woods Car** as ii
each other and becoming one bug^ winded its way to Union and
Television commercials are marred
Suprisingly, when these cars on
city streets, they **e alone. There is
not another car in sight
the first part of the ad he is driving on
the left side, while the last part has
him in the right side. What is he so
I cannot speak for others, but I per-
Walgreens store was built close to the school, parents were
concerned about traffic so close to the school. Also, drivers
drinking water For the city of Eli- by the water company who felt
zabeth, and was used for thai purpose responsible for any accidents that
until 1929. By then* the Elizabeth might happen there. In the 1930s,
Cutting- ice from any lake or river
that had frozen thick enough for use
For many years this brook was a
by two intrusive aspects; nose and
speed. Take any single ad, and you hogwash.
can be sure it will be loud and frene- The speed and noise associated
smug about, except for the fact that he
is on the only one on the road?
sonally will not buy anything that is
hawked in an abusive and intrusive
way. It probably is not a deliberate act
cannot quite see the school until they are right next to it River water was judged to be too pol- however, the Elizabeth Recreation source of annoyance to motorists on tic. Just a glance at automobile ads with driving automobiles is extended And, mere's the ad about the car on my part, but a gut reaction to what Union County Freeholder Chester Holmes led the board's effort last week in
was a very necessary operation in the Morris Avenue, as a heavy rainstorm will confirm that observation. acknowledging February as Black History Month. Joining Holmes was Shirley
because of curves in the road, he said. luied to be purified for drinking, but Department arranged for its use for
days before mechanical refrigeration,
to other advertised products. Even that looks like anyone's, except the I find offensive,
While'Signs near elementary schools located on side the lake TemairFHJ, as ditrrhe nearby skating any time the ice was thick caused it to flood over the road and Is there a car that cannot go almost house ads are touted with frenetic owner is quite sure he's ahead of Palmer, president of the Rahway chapter of the National Association for the
Irvington Avenue ftescrvoir. and ice. was needed in every icebox in hah traffic The brook used to be an activity and plenty of noise. Every- Norman Ranscher is a former Advancement of Colored People.
streets may be sufficient, something extra is needed for enough Tor safety. as fasfas thfr^speed Of sound afer a everyone. And, what's, rnorp, he says,
the city. The average ice chest, made open waterway on both sides of Mor- thing is blown all out of proportion. newspaper publisher and frequent "Our resolution encourages residents to appreciate the important contribu-
schools located along major road, such as S L Georges In the early 1700s. Colonel Trotter There were some cold winters in rapid start from a standing position, "Mine is better man yours.** Never
of quarter-sawn oak and nickel-plated ris Avenue, complete wiihfrogs,tad- tions made by black Americans to this courntry," said Holmes. "The proclama-
lived close by the mill he operated jusi those days, and the ice could freeze to leaving all other cars in the dust? Not When it actually is not being blown mind role models for kids, is that a columnist for this newspaper.
Avenue, Many motorists coming from Linden or Wood- hinges and latches, used a block of ice poles and newts, but the east side was tion becomes a milepost in our efforts to promote the education and apprecia-
bridge along the avenue might not know that schools are upriver from North Avenue, and some a thickness of 8 to 10 inches, and on about every two days, delivered by
located along this roadway, so a more prominent safety fea-
maps show a body of water there weekends as. many as 5,000 skaters
marked as "mill pond,** that would might be seen gliding over its surface.
the ice man and his horse-drawn
piped in about 50 years ago.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR tion of their historical experiences.**
He presented the resolution to Palmer in recognition of her hard work educat-
wagon. Through a flood control project, a
ture is needed.
These flashing signals should provide an important safety
have provided him with enough water
to turn the miIIwheel.
The recreation people even brought
in a wooden shack about the size of a The ice man and his horse and
new bridge extended the piping some
distance into the field on the west
Avoid the home repair scam artists The following are some of the replies to high-pressure sales tactics:
• "Leave your number and Til gfct back to you after I check with the Better
ing the public about the achievements of African-Americans in this area, during
a recent public meeting of the Board of Freeholders.
improvement at these schools during the remainder of this Thfl mill is Inng grinr, and the.mill—highway box trailer, and rented skat os wagon have been gone from Business Bureau and/or the Police Depc -I taki g ! pride in receiving this resolution ou behalf of the Railway
side. New piping was laid under To the Editor
school year and for many years to come. pond has disappeared also, but his and sold hot chocolate. A healer for many years, put out of business by • **Leave some literature and I'll consider i t " Branch of the NAACP," said Palmer. "Black history should be spread so we
ter*s Lane and the brook can no longer
gray house still stands where it has inside provided welcome heat on electric home refrigeration. The ice- Spring is the time of year when we begin to make plans to clean up the yards • "If I have to give you an immediate answer, then the answer will have to be don't forget about the past and provide better opportunities fbr future
Other flashing signs to warn drivers will soon come, Scat- house has vanished also. It stood
be seen as it runs underground to the
from the long winter, plant flowers and shrubs, and have those routine home "no.1" generations.**
stood for more than 200 years. Not far some of the cold days, and four flood- Elizabeth River by the new bridge and
uro said. Signs for Roosevelt School are planned, as well as away is a small road known as Trot- lights mounted on its roof lit up the ice unused on the side of the lake, and one repairs done to our homes and apartments. It's important to report all suspicious activity and people in your neighbor- The NAACP and city officials held several Black History Months events dur-
near the unused dam.
signs for Madison School and Graver Cleveland School. ter ' s Lane, which orfce provided at night, until it was time to go home. night about 1928 it caught fire and Unfortunately, there are con artists and criminals who are looking to "help" hood. Even if you don't become a victim of a con or scam, you can save some- ing February in Rahway. Lectures were presented on the role of churches in the
access to his mill. This shack stood on a flat area on burned to a total loss. you with these minor home repairs at a "very reasonable price." one else from becoming one. African-American community and other topics, A cultural festival was also
William Frollch Is a member of
The Rahway Police Department's Community Assistance Team would like The Community Assistance Team is available to provide more information held.
For several hundred feet of its the east side of the lake, but it was not
Now even the lake has gone. The the Union County Historical
length, this lane is alongside of the the first structure to rest on that spot dam that created it is still there, but Society. to provide some valuable tips to our residents concerning scams and cons that on avoiding cons, scams and general crime prevention tips. Call 827-2179 to
can result in the loss of money and having inferior or incomplete work done on
arrange for an officer to contact you.
Officer David DeSordi
Mature Driving class offered
Black History events LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Citizens should be alert to doox-to-door solicitations pertaining to roofing
jobs, chimney repairs, furnace inspections and driveway sealing or recoating.
Rahway Police Department
Community Assistance Team
Rahway Hospital, in conjunction with the American Association of Retired
Persons, is offering a session of iis 55 Alive Mature Driving Course. The eighl-
During his recent lecture on the role of the churches in the gallery/although he was sold on that one only after the Barron Arts Center had Most reputable home repair companies don't solicit customers this way. hour course will be March 2 8 and 29 in the hospital's Education Center. 865
African American community, Nathaniel Roberts touched A helping hand for train riders an exhibit of Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Remember, solicitors and door-to-door salespeople arc required to have a per- Newspaper's policy on weddings, engagements Stone SL
on the extremely low turnout for this talk, which was part of To the Editor He's promised us a riverfront park just like his pal, Woodbridge Mayor Tun mit issued by the city. Couples are encouraged to send their engagement and Wedding announce- The hospital is hosting the classroom refresher course to help community
To ail those people who chink no one person can change the world: In this McGreevey, has over in Sewaren. Residents should call the police department at 827-2200 to report people soli- ments to the lifestyle editor. Announcements should be typed, doubled spaced members 55 years old or older revitalize their driving skills and help prevent
the city-sponsored Black History Month activities. or legibly handwritten and no longer than one page. All announcements should
case, one person did make a difference in the world of early-morning traveling. But he's not enthusiastic about giving us a real library. He'll scalier it around. citing or canvassing in their neighborhood. Please provide a detailed descrip- accidents.
Roberts questioned how committed black Americans arc have a daytime phone number for verfic&tioa or if questions arise.
Barbara Evans of Rahway was thai one person. Arriving at the Rahway [rain |r1fl
tion of the individual or individuals, thcil vehicle afiu liceasc plate, and tiicii The fee for the course is SS. Light refreshments and snacks will be offered.
to improving their community's economy and political station ax 4 a.m. wasn't hard enough in the winter; the waiting room would be Keiih McCoy is the best library director we've ever had in Rahway; the first direction of travel. Information requested for engagements are parents nafn*^. high school name The registration deadline is March 24. For more information or to register, call
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strength. "People complain about things in the community, locked until 6 ajn. who truly knew "library science." He and his staff built up our public library The best way to avoid becoming a victim of a scam is to make a practice of and town, college name, town and degree, name of employer and town where 499-6193.
but when it comes time to learn about ourselves, we can't be Evans felt that the early morning commuters also had a right to the waiting into a lively, contemporary institution on limited budgets. The Children's Room dealing with companies which you, your friends and your neighbors have used located, job title, and the date of marriage.
found,** he said. room as some shelter from the inclement weather. She began her mission to was a joy. in the past Never allow any of these door-to-door solicitors into your home. Information requested for weddings are parents names, date of wedding,
While attendance at the Black History Month talks during provide the early to rise travelers access to that shelter. The staff in that busy area understood that children leam to read by reading Never sign any contract or give deposits for any type of work until you have where the wedding took place, who officiated, who attended the bride and
February has been diga^^jnting,. we, d ' On Nov. 19, Evans took the initiative upon herself to have all people in her books, ^hd ^the children borrowed books by the thousands.J3hgdre^jyho came mad and studied tfK name
y ga^^jnting,. do^ma^believ&^ihis
hlrfk situation sign a petition requesting that the waiting room be opened at 4 a*m. to "TO^thtru^rafy^SStrrwaaTto leave, in the mam section, the selection of new Most importantly, do not give any of your personal information to any solici- employer and town where located, job title, and where the couple honeymooned
means thatlrfack Rahway residents have no community spir- accommodate the early risers. This was only the first step. books jumped in quality and relevance. Computers were installed and the and will reside.
tors in person or over the phone. Some solicitors are very aggressive and can be
it We have seen strong turnouts for the Martin Luther King On Ian. 19, with the support of Rahway Mayor James Kennedy, the New library's reference resources became infinite. For more information call (908) 686-7700.
Day march, theJuneteenth festival and the tribute to black Jersey Transit Authority would have to hear the voice of the people. Both Linden Mayor John Gregorio and McGreevey had to face the wraih of
Civil War veterans buried here. Evans, on her day off, hand carried the petitions and a letter from Kennedy to their citizens when ihose mayors tried to trash parts of their library systerms,
We appreciate city officials for sponsoring these Black the New Jersey Transit Authority Building in Newark. I'm a lifelong Democrat, but the only time I ever pushed a lever for a Republi-
History Month activities and hope the low turnout doesn't The early-moming travelers arrived on schedule in January to find the wait- can mayoral candidate was when the incumbent donkey was trying to turn a
neighborhood into Nowheresville. Computer TOTAL CHILD & TEEN
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