Page 10 Thursday, January 17, 2008 The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains – Fanwood TIMES A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION
Former Township Clerk
Reidy Recalled Fondly
By FRED T. ROSSI position.” In the late 1960s, state of- Westfield Tuesday, January 8, a Summit Road
Specially Written for The Times of Scotch Plains-Fanwood
ficials decided the municipal clerk Sunday, January 6, an employee of a resident reported that she received a
SCOTCH PLAINS — She was should not be an elected position, so business on the 200 block of East Broad letter from a credit card company of
called “the most popular person in Miss Reidy was appointed to the post Street reported that someone defaced balance transfers in the amounts of
Scotch Plains” by Township Man- that she held for the following 20 with red ink graffiti the wall and ground $9,900 and $9,500 to a credit card and
ager Thomas Atkins. Helen Reidy, years. just outside the front door of the busi- a department store card, respectively,
who died last month, served as town- “She loved people,” Mrs. Riepe told ness. in her name. The victim said she did not
ship clerk for 28 years and for the first The Times. “She always said she missed Sunday, January 6, a Tinton Falls have credit cards with either company.
resident reported the theft of her Louis The victim notified the major credit
part of her tenure, her position was the people when she retired” in 1987. Vuitton wallet and its contents from the bureaus. The detective bureau is inves-
subject to the will of the voters, who “And she loved animals.” counter of a business on the 300 block tigating.
re-elected her starting in 1959 by Mr. Atkins said Miss Reidy and of South Avenue, East. The wallet con- Thursday, January 10, three juve-
large margins. Mrs. Riepe “were doing tons of stuff” tained her driver’s license, $500 in cash niles were arrested and charged with
“She was the biggest vote-getter in back in the 1950s and 1960s when and assorted credit cards. being under the influence and in pos-
town,” said Barbara Riepe, who Scotch Plains’ population grew to Monday, January 7, Branden session of marijuana following a com-
worked with Miss Reidy for 30 years 22,000 by 1970. In those days, he said, Gassmann, 23, of Winfield Park was plaint of a suspicious vehicle on Out-
before succeeding her as clerk in 1987. “the clerk took care of people” and arrested at the Linden Police Depart- look Drive, West. Police found an enve-
ment on a Westfield criminal warrant. lope of marijuana and a blunt cigar, Benjamin Corbin for The Westfield Leader and The Times
Miss Reidy began working for their varying needs since the clerk’s NABBED...Escaped convict from the Union County Jail in Elizabeth, Otis Blunt,
Scotch Plains in 1947, and Mr. Atkins office was one of the few municipal He was released after posting $195 which was bagged for evidence. The
bail. juveniles were released to their par- is locked up at the high security Union County Police Headquarters in Westfield
told The Scotch Plains-Fanwood offices that was open full-time. last Thursday after being captured in Mexico City last Tuesday through the
Times that the township and its gov- The municipal building back then Monday, January 7, Scott Callender, ents. efforts of an international manhunt.
ernment were far different from to- was located next to the existing build- 21, of Westfield was arrested at Monday, January 14, a Darby Lane
day. The population in the immediate ing, and Mrs. Riepe recalled Miss Westfield police headquarters on a resident reported her wallet was miss-
Westfield motor vehicle warrant. He ing. She reported that the wallet con-
post-World War II years was only
several thousand and the township
Reidy shouting requests or questions
out an open window across to another was released after posting $175 bail.
Monday, January 7, Gordon Novak,
tained $40 in cash, credit cards, her
driver’s license, Social Security card
SPF Education Officials
government was smaller, which meant municipal office. And both Mr. Atkins 44, of Westfield was arrested on the 400 and personal items.
that Miss Reidy and one or two other
women served as the clerical staff for
and Mrs. Riepe recalled the state of
Miss Reidy’s desk, which often had
block of Codding Road on a no-bail
New Jersey wanted person fugitive war-
Monday, January 14, an employee of
a Route 22 nursing home reported the
Concerned about State Aid
the entire municipal operation. “several large piles of papers on it,” rant. He was turned over to the Union theft of a 32-inch LG flat screen LCD CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
“She did a little of everything,” Mr. Mr. Atkins said. “But if you went in County Sheriff’s Department. TV. The TV was valued at $800.
Atkins said. Even though she worked and asked for a particular paper, she’d Other districts that level in the sev- the district.
Monday, January 7, Derek Mogull, Garwood
for 12 years before being elected clerk be able to reach into the middle of a 24, of Scotch Plains was arrested on Saturday, January 12, Sean Ferro, enth grade include Cranford, Strauss-Esmay would make rec-
in 1959, “she knew the ins and outs of pile and know exactly where it was.” two Westfield motor vehicle warrants 19, of Westfield was arrested on the 400 Millburn, New Providence and ommendations to the committee on
being clerk well before assuming the “She was one of a kind,” he said. at Westfield police headquarters. He block of Locust Avenue and charged Westfield, officials said. these changes, but Mr. McFall said
was released after posting $110 bail to with underage consumption of alcohol. The board approved a list of 38 the finished product of any new policy
settle the two warrants. He was arrested after police discovered courses that will be offered in the or policy update would be the board’s.
Monday, January 7, Michael Risberg, him lying unresponsive on the ground 2008 Creative Summer Workshop, as “We’re not accepting anyone else’s
19, of Westfield was arrested on a near a tree. With the assistance of po- well as four band programs offered policy,” he said. “This is our policy.”
Westfield motor vehicle warrant at lice he slowly came around. Police de- through the workshop’s Music Board member Rob O’Connor said
Westfield police headquarters. He was tected a strong odor of alcohol on his School. the board’s facilities committee would
released after posting $175 bail. breath. Ferro was transported to police The course offerings include “Pup- conduct a site visit to Terrill Middle
Thursday, January 10, Alfonso headquarters where he was released to petry,” “Budding Fashion Designers,” School in the upcoming week as the
Willock, 33, of Flushing, N.Y. was ar- a family member pending a municipal “Yoga for Youth,” “Microwave Cook- first step before presenting a proposal
rested on outstanding traffic warrants court date. ing,” “Social Skills and Decision to the board regarding the school’s
from Secaucus and Newark, with bail Sunday, January 13, Brendan Stark, Making” and “Globe Trotters.” The current over-capacity status.
Kathy Marques for The Westfield Leader amounts of $250 and $200, respec- 20, of Cranford was arrested and courses offered are dependent upon “We are taking a careful, slow ap-
ONE FOR THE AGES...Developer James Ward has proposed to take the former tively, following a motor vehicle stop at charged with underage consumption of
St. Anne’s School, below, and transform it into the age-restricted “Manor,” above. Central Avenue and Cacciola Place. He alcohol on the 100 block of South Av- grade level and cater to younger stu- proach,” he said. “We want to make
was released after posting bail. enue. dents (“Kindergarten Express”) as the right decision. It will have long-
Friday, January 11, Susan Krause, Police observed several individuals well as older (“Don-Tre Professional range effects.”
59, of Westfield was arrested and in a parking lot to a service station and Driving School”). The next Scotch Plains-Fanwood
charged with driving while intoxicated stopped to investigate. While interview- Ms. Nelson said it seemed this year Board of Education regular public
(DWI) after a motor vehicle stop at East ing the individuals, police said they the “offerings are growing.” meeting is Thursday, January 24. A
Broad Street and Gallows Hill Road. detected a strong odor of alcohol on “It’s a nice balance this year,” she roundtable discussion with the PTA
She was released on her own recogni- Stark’s breath. According to police, said. “There are interesting choices.” will be held on Monday, January 28.
zance to a responsible individual. Stark admitted to consuming five beers The board received a $15,000 do-
Saturday, January 12, Amanda earlier. He was transported to police nation from the Miles Hodsdon
Bracuto, 20, of Kenilworth was arrested
and charged with possession of less
headquarters and released to a family
member pending a municipal court date.
Vernon Foundatiom, which will be
used towards technology at Brunner
than 50 grams of suspected marijuana Fanwood
and an outstanding Roselle Park traffic Wednesday, January 9, Jamie V. Mer-
During committee reports, board Centuolo
GW Planning Board Hears warrant with bail of $800, after a motor
vehicle stop at South and Windsor Av-
cer, 39, of Plainfield was arrested on
active warrants out of Scotch Plains,
Jersey City and Bulloch County, GA
member Warren McFall said the
board’s policy committee would add
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after a motor vehicle stop in the 50 a cyber-bullying component to its Ha- how boards of education can increase
St. Anne’s ‘Manor’ Proposal She was released on her own recog-
nizance on the warrant per Roselle Park
Municipal Court and issued a sum-
block of South Avenue.
Wednesday, January 9, William R.
rassment, Intimidation and Bullying
Policy. Thomas Beese, director of
BOE President Norman Trip
By KATHY MARQUES also step down in order to avoid any mons on the marijuana possession Myers, 51, of Plainfield was arrested special services, explained that if the Whitehouse told The Times, “The
Specially Written for The Westfield Leader bullying “comes into the school,” the
conflicts of interest. charge prior to being released. on an outstanding Plainfield warrant budget formula, in terms of state-aid,
GARWOOD — James Ward of Ward “When in doubt, step out,” he said. Saturday, January 12, a resident of after a motor vehicle stop on Terrill administration would be able to take ‘looks terrific on paper.’ As opposed
and O’Donnell Management presented Eventually, three board members the 1400 block of Boynton Avenue re- Road. disciplinary action. “This is serious to Westfield’s 2 percent, Scotch Plains
his development proposal for knocking stepped down, with board member Will- ported that the motor vehicle he had Wednesday, January 9, Richard J. cyber bullying that has to be dis- will see a 10 percent bump, or roughly
down the former St. Anne’s School and iam Nierstedt voluntarily removing him- borrowed from a family member was Harden, 54, of Plainfield was arrested closed to us,” he said. $400,000.” However, Mr. Whitehouse
constructing “The Manor at St. self because he served as a church board damaged while parked in the roadway on an outstanding Fanwood warrant
Anne’s,”during Garwood’s January 9 member. The church still owns the school.
“In this new age of technology and cautioned, “things always look better
planning board meeting.
outside his home. The driver’s side win- after a field investigation. bullying through the Internet, our on paper.” He said approximately
Councilwoman Villaggio told The dow was smashed. Thursday, January 10, William A.
Mr. Ward proposed to build an age- Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times she wanted policy has to be in compliance to $300,000 would be returned in the
restricted (55 and above), 47-unit, three- to “clear up rumors,” she claimed that Saturday, January 12, a resident of Reid, 22, of Plainfield was arrested on cover those unfortunate opportuni- form of property-tax relief but noted,
story condominum complex. resident Bruce Paterson was spreading. the 300 block of Roger Avenue re- an outstanding Plainfield warrant after ties that could take place after school “we’ll take any increase we can get.”
“I would love to build this beautiful She said, “The mayor and I did not ported the passenger side window on a motor vehicle stop on North Avenue. hours,” Superintendent of Schools He said the meeting focused on
complex and sell [the units] at a low rate accept any money (campaign contribu- his motor vehicle was smashed while According to police, he was also Margaret Hayes said.
the vehicle was parked in his driveway. charged with obstruction of justice af- “collaboration” and districts “bond-
to residents. I think this would enhance tions) from Mr. Ward’s law firm. People “I love that we are addressing this ing together” to save money. When
the town’s appearance while generating are saying that this is the reason why we Saturday, January 12, Bernard P. ter providing police with false informa-
Burns, 26, of Phillipsburg was arrested tion. He was processed and turned over issue,” Ms. Slocum said. “I think it’s asked if Scotch Plains was prepared
over $400,000 a year in tax revenue for have to sit out, and that’s not true. You
Garwood,” Mr. Ward said to the more heard the lawyer; by law, we can’t sit on on the 500 block of Rahway Avenue on to the Plainfield Police Department, very helpful, and it’s a great idea.” to assume students from other dis-
than 60 residents present at the meeting. this appeal.” a Pohatcong motor vehicle warrant af- authorities said. At its Thursday, January 24, the tricts, such as Elizabeth, he said, “Fa-
Mr. Ward’s attorney, Glenn Kienz, State Senator Raymond Lesniak of ter being stopped on the 500 block of Thursday, January 10, Lori E. board will vote on a contract with cility-wise, no.”
from Weiner Lesniak, LLP, asked board Elizabeth (LD-20), a Democrat, is a se- Rahway Avenue for a motor vehicle Armour, 48, of Plainfield was arrested Strauss-Esmay Associates that would He termed the middle schools to be
members Mayor Dennis McCarthy and nior partner with Weiner Lesniak. violation. He was released after posting on an outstanding East Windsor war- provide services for policy updates. “at capacity” and said “we don’t have
Councilwoman Kathleen Villaggio to step Mr. Ward said if the board doesn’t $190 bail. rant after a motor vehicle stop on Terrill Mr. McFall said Strauss-Esmay would the facilities for our own students,” a
down from the appeal hearing. approve the project, “I’ll eventually do Mountainside Road. provide information regarding nec- problem he sees as “fairly widespread
He said since Mr. Ward is requesting a something with the property. I do have an Tuesday, January 1, Darrell Benford, Friday, January 11, Salvatore essary updates or changes to current throughout the county.”
use variance, state law forbids elected interest in this project but don’t have a 24, of Plainfield was arrested on an Savatteri, 58, of Scotch Plains was ar- policies, as well as information on The Union County School Boards
officials on the planning board to vote on ‘Plan B’ at this time.” outstanding warrant from Mountainside rested on an outstanding Clark warrant
the appeal. Mr. Kienz also asked all board Planning board member Robert Scherer
new policies that may be of value to Association sponsored this program.
for $250 and a warrant out of Spring- after a motor vehicle stop on LaGrande
members who worship at St. Anne’s to questioned Mr. Ward as to why he hasn’t field for $1,000. Avenue.
purchased the building yet. “Why no clos- Tuesday, January 1, staff at a Route Sometime between 9:30 p.m. on Fri-
ing date?” he asked. “Is it so you can 22 theater reported finding the wallet day, January 11, and 9:30 p.m. on Sat-
avoid paying taxes?”
Deer Hunt Mr. Ward replied, “No reason. It’s in
limbo right now. No one wants to pay
belonging to the daughter of a Newark
firefighter. Police contacted the owner.
Wednesday, January 2 Roy Bryan,
urday, January 12, a resident of Tilloson
Road reported that someone entered
his unlocked vehicle while it was parked
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taxes on something they’re not construct-
ing on yet.” 49, of Plainfield, was arrested for driv- in his driveway and attempted to steal
which involves the use of sharpshoot- ing with a suspended license after be- the vehicle by tampering with the igni-
ers in the reservation for several days, Mr. Nierstedt asked whether the Arch-
diocese of Newark has given its consent ing stopped by police on Route 22 at tion switch. According to police, the
seeks to reduce the deer herd from the Lawrence Avenue for having passen- attempt was unsuccessful.
to the project, to which Mr. Kienz said,
more than 100 per square mile counted “There is no corporate disclosure for a ger license plates on a commercial ve- Saturday, January 12, sometime be-
in late 2005 to about 20 per square church. It goes to Rome. They’re bigger hicle. He was given a Thursday, Janu- tween 11 and 11:30 p.m. a resident of
mile. than us.” Mr. Kienz said he had a copy of ary 17 municipal court date. Oakridge Road reported that someone
In other business, Councilwoman a consent agreement and would submit it Thursday, January 3, Amirah Brack, stole his red, four-door 2004 Hyundai
Nancy Malool said a meeting “to to the board. 21, of Plainfield was arrested by the while it was parked unlocked in his
gauge the public’s opinion and to According to the applicant, the units Fanwood Police Department and turned driveway with the keys in the ignition.
provide information” about the pos- would be sold to Garwood residents at over to Mountainside on an outstand- Sunday, January 13, James H. Gor-
sible establishment of a Special Im- $350,000 – or what ever the market value ing warrant of $165. don, 39, of Plainfield was arrested on an
provement District (SID) in the down- is at the time of sale – and sold to “non- Friday, January 4, a Whippoorwill Way outstanding Maplewood warrant after a
residents at $100,000 over cost.” resident reported that he lost his New motor vehicle stop on Terrill Road.
town business district will be held on “Non-residents will pay a higher price,
January 28. The 7 p.m. meeting, which Jersey driver’s license while fllying Monday, January 14, Samira R.
that I will guarantee,” Mr. Ward said. through O’Hare Airport in Chicago last Jones, 32, of Scotch Plains was ar-
will be held at Scotch Hills Country Mr. Ward’s representatives said a deed month. rested on an outstanding Newark war-
Club, is open to the public, Mrs. restriction would be placed on buyers to Sunday, January 6, Jacqueline rant after a motor vehicle stop on Pleas-
Malool said. prevent a breech of condominium-asso- Crowell, 23, of Mountainside was ar- ant Avenue.
Downtown business and property ciation rules should units be sold or leased rested for DWI over her car ran off the Scotch Plains
owners will receive formal notifica- to anyone below 55. road at Sunny Slope Drive and Summit Friday, January 11, an employee at a FAMILY LEGACY…Vincent Losavio, Jr. (right) joins John’s Meat Market in
tion of the meeting via mail within The building proposed would be 35 Scotch Plains to continue his grandfather’s legacy in the longest, continuous
feet in height — higher than the current Road. Police reported the woman’s two Terrill Road business reported that some- business in the township. Mr. Losavio attended Seton Hall University and now
the next week, she said, saying some children were in the car at the time. Her one hit his vehicle and then left the scene
school building. The proposal will also works alongside family members in the 69-year-old business. Vincent Losavio, Jr.
owners not located in the downtown include 94 underground parking spaces. mother was contacted to take care of without reporting the accident. is pictured above with his grandfather years ago.
area may receive letters as well. Residents who attended the meeting the children. Friday, January 11, Khyrie Jenkins,
“Getting a letter,” Mrs. Malool said, said traffic congestion in the area was a Crowell was also charged with re- 22, of Plainfield was arrested for an
fusal to submit to a breath test and outstanding warrant after a motor ve-
referring specifically to those not lo-
cated in the immediate downtown
district, “doesn’t mean you’ll be in a
Elizabeth Dolan, a traffic engineer hired
by the developer, conducted a one-day
careless driving, police said.
Monday, January 7, a Kings Court
Saturday, January 12, a resident of
UC Jail Escapees Blunt,
resident came to police headquarters to Montague Avenue reported that some-
SID, but it’s a possibility” if the SID’s
parameters are ultimately broadened.
traffic survey during a weekday in No-
vember. She said, “We found during the
peak hours of 7 to 9 a.m. and 4:45 to 5:45
report a missing silver Olympus digital
camera. The victim said he last had the
one entered his unlocked vehicle and
removed cash and CDs valued at ap-
Espinosa Returned to Prison
The council also introduced an or-
p.m., there were 200 cars traveling on camera while at Webster Hall in New proximately $160. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
dinance that will, according to Coun- Cedar Street and 600 on Walnut Street, York City on New Year’s Day. The Saturday, January 12, a resident of
cilman Jeffrey Strauss, “codify” an have their meals delivered to their cells. The Rev. Al Sharpton, who said he
due to two-way traffic... below signifi- camera is valued at $375. Cook Avenue reported that someone According to TV’s “America’s was helping to arrange Blunt’s sur-
informal parking arrangement that cant traffic areas such as North Avenue. Monday, January 7, a Sheffield entered his unlocked vehicle and re-
has been in effect for several years at This is not a level that would deteriorate Most Wanted,” it was not known if render after being contacted by a
Street business owner reported that moved a global positioning system nearby trains obscured the banging friend of Blunt’s, said the Union
Green Forest Park. Under the ordi- the trip area.” his Chevrolet truck was burglarized. (GPS) valued at approximately $250.
nance, which will be voted on at the Mr. Scherer asked how the garbage Police said the right center tool com- Saturday, January 12, Kyle noise from jail guards. County prosecutor “had a lot of ex-
council’s Monday, January 28 meet- removal would be handled. “The resi- partment door of the vehicle was pryed McLean, 27, of Willingsboro was ar- The basement apartment on a Sum- plaining to do” about the escape.
ing, 28 parking spots would be for- dents of Garwood are frugal and already open and that work tools were stolen. rested for an outstanding warrant af- mer Street in Elizabeth where Espinosa In response, Mr. Romankow said,
mally designated for use by high- pay enough in taxes. We want no sur- The victim said he would review sur- ter being stopped for a motor vehicle was hiding out was charred by fire on “Obviously, the Rev. Sharpton knows
prises,” he said. veillance tapes and contact the detec- violation. Sunday. Fire officials have said the less about Union County than he
school students between 8 a.m. and 2 The developer said the $198-per-
p.m. tive bureau. Saturday, January 12 a resident of blaze may have been intentionally set. knows about capturing dangerous
month, per-unit maintenance fee would This development follows the Janu- escapees. If he had his facts straight,
The council also passed a resolu- cover the garbage-removal cost. The wa- Tuesday, January 8, a Wyoming Drive Union Avenue reported that someone
tion approving the purchase of nearly ter bill would go to the management com- resident reported that he received a entered his unlocked vehicle and re- ary 2 suicide of jail guard Rudolph he would know that my office does
$30,000 worth of furniture for the pany, which Mr. Ward also operates. letter from a Publisher’s Gaming Co. moved approximately $40. Zurick, 40, of South Amboy who was not oversee the jail in any way. In fact,
police department’s new offices that “I can put it in writing; the [borough] of saying he had won a million dollars. A Sunday, January 13, Willie Pena, 32, the corrections officer named in a we are the agency investigating the
will be located on the new second Garwood will not pay for garbage removal. check for $4,835 was included. The of New York, NY was arrested and note left by the Espinosa and Blunt. escapes.”
I am a man of my word. The [Scotch Plains- resident was instructed to send a money charged with DWI. According to po- “Thank you officer for the tools Bail for Espinosa has been set at
floor of the municipal building. order for $2,500 to a Walmart in Canada. lice, Pena was involved in a motor
At the start of its meeting, the coun- Fanwood Times] editor recently [pub- needed. You’re a real pal. Happy holi- $750,000 for the escape charge.
lished] a letter about how reputable I am,” He cashed the check and contacted the vehicle accident at which time officers days,” the note read. Mr. Zurick was Blunt’s bail was set at $300,000 for
cil welcomed Miss New Jersey, Amy Mr. Ward said. company to arrange delivery of the smelled a strong odor of alcohol. Pena
Polumbo, who will be representing to have been interviewed by authori- the escape and $550,00 set for the
Mr. Ward’s application will continue prize before contacting poliice.. was transported to headquarters where
the state in the Saturday, January 26 at a public meeting on Wednesday, Janu- Police said this is a “classic money he was processed and released with a ties on the jailbreak the day he took pending robbery and weapons
Miss America pageant in Las Vegas. ary 30, at Lincoln School at 7:45 p.m. scam.” summons, police said. his life. charges.