Page 10 Thursday, June 19, 2008 The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains – Fanwood TIMES A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION Westfield Rescue Squad Member Receives Award WESTFIELD — Westfield Volun- three ambulances and is usually on teer Rescue Squad (WVRS) member duty Tuesday nights. Drew Fleyzor has received the Over- “This was quite an honor and it is a look Hospital EMT Excellence Award. pleasure to serve the community of The award, presented on May 30th, Westfield as an EMT and squad mem- was given in recognition of Mr. Fleyzor’s ber,” he said. “Outstanding service to EMS”. Prior to joining Westfield’s squad, Mr. Fleyzor is an emergency medi- Drew was a member of the Clark Vol- cal technician with five years experi- unteer First Aid Squad for two years. ence and has been a member of the He works at On Time Ambulance, WVRS for three years. He serves as based in Roselle, as an EMT, dis- lieutenant in charge of the squad’s patcher and recruiter. Courtesy of Jonathan Delano SPF Board of Education Katherine Vowell for The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times BECOMING AWARE...The Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School displays a wrecked car to remind students not to drink and drive as graduation approaches. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 OUTSTANDING...Drew Fleyzor of the Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad dis- plays the plaque he received on May 30, as part of the Overlook Hospital EMT various areas of development. place parts. Excellence Award. The program began when the dis- trict received the Early Launch to Learning Initiative (ELLI) grant in Research into a new health promo- tion kit started one year ago when Ms. Knodel-Gordon began survey- POLICE BLOTTER Scotch Plains Council 2004. Last year, two classes were of- fered at Brunner and Evergreen ing other districts to find alternative curriculums, and wanted to find a Westfield Saturday, June 14, Zyykirrah M. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Schools. Eligibility for the program is program that would cover and meet Tuesday, June 10, the apparent theft Casado, 23, of Plainfield was arrested Second Street, a portion of Westfield ers, some of whom have signed a peti- determined by age and residence, and everyone’s needs. of an Apple iPhone, valued at ap- for obstruction of justice for provid- Avenue and on both sides of Route 22. tion expressing their opposition to the priority is given to children with de- According to Ms. Knodel-Gordon, proximately $400, was reported at a ing police with false documentation The ordinance, which was introduced SID ordinance. velopmental needs or financial needs. on May 8, teacher representatives Stoneleigh Park residence. after a motor vehicle stop on North last week, includes a provision calling At last week’s council meeting, when The board unanimously approved from five schools met to discuss the Wednesday, June 11, Marcus Avenue. According to police, she was for a first year assessment of $400 on the ordinance was introduced, several the submission of the 2008-2009 ELLI new health promotion kit and were Rawls, 40, of Newark was arrested on processed and released after posting each property within the SID bound- opponents were in attendance under grant totaling $49,500, designated for happy with the results. Ms. Knodel- the 100 block of Prospect Street on a bail. aries. A 13-member board of directors, the mistaken impression that they would the Jump Start preschool program. Gordon described it as “a shoplifting offense and an outstand- Saturday, June 14, Nyeesha S. to be appointed if the ordinance is ap- be afforded an opportunity at that time Also on the evening’s agenda, so- multidisciplinary program” that helps ing Rutherford criminal warrant with Coleman, 19, of Plainfield was ar- proved, will decide future assessments. to voice their concerns. cial studies department supervisor to incorporate the state health re- bail of $130. Bail on the shoplifting rested following a motor vehicle stop As was the case four years ago when Mayor Martin Marks and Deputy Brad Siegel proposed three new so- quirements into the curriculum. offense was set at $1,000. Rawls was on North Avenue for an outstanding the council defeated a similar ordi- Mayor Nancy Malool told them that the cial studies textbooks to next year’s Following the committee reports, held at the Westfield Police Depart- warrant out of Minehill. According to nance, vocal opposition has arisen this public hearing on Tuesday, June 24, was curriculum and world languages su- the board passed the following mo- ment pending the posting of bail. police, she was processed and re- year among business and property own- the time for views on the SID to be aired. pervisor Linda Materna proposed six tions: submission of amendment to Friday, June 13, police arrested leased after posting bail. world language textbooks. These the Fiscal Year 2008 Individuals with Christina Wichoski, 18, Suzanna Sunday, June 15, Santiago Z. Vidal, motions will be voted on at next Disabilities Educations Act (IDEA) Cross, 19, Joshua Newberg, 21, and 48, of Westfield was arrested follow- Fanwood Layoff Letter week’s public meeting on Thursday, June 26. Liz Knodel-Gordon, the high application, Superintendent recom- mendations for staff training reim- bursements, and the approval of bills Mark Boyle, 21, all of Westfield, on charges of possession of more than 50 grams of suspected marijuana, ing a motor vehicle stop on South Avenue for outstanding warrants out of Bordentown and Newark. Accord- CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 school’s substance abuse coordina- from May 7 to June 9, in the amount possession of cocaine, possession of ing to police, he was processed and case scenario” for both municipal em- tractor. Fanwood is also looking to the tor, came before the board with a of $2,744,303. a controlled dangerous substance in a released after posting bail. ployees and residents. county for grants to offset costs. proposal for a new health promotion Prior to the meeting’s closure, mem- school zone and possession of drug Sunday, June 15, a resident in the Mayor Mahr said the borough has Fanwood resident and former Demo- resource kit, which would replace the bers of the board offered congratula- paraphernalia. The arrests occurred 100 block of Westfield Road reported been in contact with Plainfield in ef- cratic Councilman David Pickering current “Here’s Looking AtYou 2000” tions to all students and staff that on the 500 block of Cumberland Street that someone removed a 10-foot dingy forts to save money on trash disposal spoke out against the possibility of kit. Ms. Knodel-Gordon said the cur- participated in the recent string of during the investigation of a suspi- valued at $4,000 from his property costs for seven municipal locations, borough employees being laid off at rent program is outdated and has be- chorale performances from the el- cious motor vehicle. All four were between the hours of 10 a.m. and 11 currently handled by an outside con- last week’s borough council meeting come expensive to update and re- ementary to high school level. released after processing. a.m. on June 10, before the letters were Saturday, June 14, after being Sunday, June 15, a resident of distributed. stopped for a motor vehicle violation, Woodland Avenue reported that some- State Budget During a phone interview on Mon- day, Mr. Pickering said he is “strongly Lamar Ingram, 20, of Linden was arrested at North and South Euclid one knocked down their free-stand- ing mailbox. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 opposed” to the decision the council Avenues on an active warrant out of Monday, June 16, a resident of culated by the Division of Local Gov- has made. He said Fanwood could avoid Linden. Scotch Plains reported that someone ernment Services. However, this pre- these job cuts without “extraordinary Scotch Plains keyed their vehicle while it was parked ventative measure does little to coun- aid from the state.” Tuesday, June 10, a resident of in the 100 block of Pleasant Avenue. teract that “this budget directly in- Mr. Pickering suggested Fanwood Spruce Lane reported that someone Monday, June 16, a resident of the creases people’s property tax and in- charge residents for their yearly cleanup, used his credit card without authori- 100 block of Chetwood Place reported creases people’s utility bills” while as Scotch Plains does yearly. He also zation to purchase $700 worth of that sometime between midnight, “not going far enough in more effi- recommended that residents be billed merchandise. Friday, May 30, and noon, Sunday, ciently spending people’s money,” separately for their sewer fees. By tak- Wednesday, June 11, a resident of June 15, someone attempted to enter said Senator Tom Kean, Jr. (R-21, ing these two steps, Mr. Pickering said East Second Street reported that some- their residence through a side door. Westfield). many jobs could be saved. one has been calling her during the Police said entry was not gained. “The budget is reneging on a prom- “I think the public needs to be aware,” day and night but just yells and hangs Mountainside ise to start phasing out a high utility he said. “This is totally wrong and not up. Friday, June 13, Victor A. Soria, tax,” Mr. Kean said. Moreover, the necessary. They don’t realize how hard- Thursday, June 12, a resident of 48, of Plainfield was arrested and 2008-2009 budget calls for tax in- working these people are, a lot of them, Highlander Drive reported that some- charged with driving without a li- creases “at a time when people are at the end of the day, volunteer.” one entered her vehicle and removed cense after being involved in a motor hurting the most.” “I don’t want to see Fanwood change, several items valued at $200. vehicle accident on Route 22. He was “This budget, unlike the one pro- it can’t. It’s too good of a place,” he said. Thursday, June 12, a resident of also charged with multiple outstand- YOUNG TALENT…Last Saturday, at the Ashbrook Nursing and Rehabilitation Aberdeen reported that someone en- ing warrants, police said. posed by the Republicans, is not mak- Center in Scotch Plains, students from Roosevelt Intermediate School voluntar- ing New Jersey more affordable,” said MS Taxes Increase ily performed for residents. Pictured, from left to right, are: Mathew Lee, tered her vehicle and removed ap- Friday, June 14, Ferdinan Mr. Kean, saying the budget fails to Stephanie Tepper, Alexandra Davidson, Alexandra Jason, Keith Peterson, Pilar proximately $100 worth of items. Maysonet, 52, of Jersey City was focus on transportation or the state’s $800 K in Budget Martinez, Sabrina Greene, Connor Breza, Victoria Bonsall, Rebecca Tunis, Sunday, June 15, Tajah Bacot, 18, of arrested and charged with driving with infrastructure needs. Moreover, “no- By EBONY McQUEEN Elizabeth Queisser, Alexander Rothfelder, Audrey Peterson, Caroline Ehrhardt, Middlesex was arrested for obstruc- a suspended license after being Specially Written for the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times body really knows what’s in [the bud- Kieran Windorf and conductor Brice Freeman. tion of justice after police responded stopped for allegedly being involved get],” he said. MOUNTAINSIDE — The to a report of a rowdy group in front of in a motor vehicle crash. Mr. Kean’s statements echo cri- tiques of the budget in the recent Mountainside Borough Council Tues- day adopted its $10.5 million munici- Mountainside Denies a store on Route 22. While dispersing the crowd, Bacot became loud and Saturday, June 14, Michelle C. Lee, 28, of Plainfield was arrested for an weeks. The 2008-2009 budget has pal budget in unanimous fashion. refused to leave the area, police said. outstanding warrant in the amount of sparked controversy from many groups in addition to municipalities, Of the $10.5 million budget, roughly $6.59 million will be raised through Arirang’s Expansion Plan According to police, he was processed and released after posting bail. $165 after a motor vehicle stop on Route 22. such as housing, environmental, la- local property taxes, an increase of By CAROLYN D. FREUNDLICH corporating a buffer to accommodate Sunday, June 15, police responded Sunday, June 15, Michael P. Specially Written for The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times bor and student organizations. roughly $800,000 from 2007. the nearby residents, because of the to a report of a disturbance at a Route O’Connor, 22, of Westfield was ar- Accordingly, municipalities are not The levy’s $44,000 reduction was MOUNTAINSIDE — The plan- increased business the banquet hall 22 gas station. Upon arrival, police rested and charged with DWI after alone in feeling the cuts. For example, caused due to an increase in state aid ning board, last Thursday, unani- would potentially generate, and the discovered a customer arguing with being involved in a one-car motor the 2008-2009 measures cut more and an increase in the surplus. mously denied Arirang Hibachi traffic that would increase in the resi- an attendant over how much gas was vehicle accident. than $90 million from subsidies for In a separate matter, a PODS (Por- Steakhouse and Sushi Bar’s submit- dential streets. He said he believes pumped and the price to be paid, Sunday, June 15, Trevorald Parrish, hospitals. table On Demand Storage) representa- tal for a use variance, after a two- taking away parking lot spaces and police said. According to police, the 19, of Plainfield was arrested and But despite complaints, Mr. Scutari tive, Orlando Silva, addressed the bor- year-long debate. The restaurant adding shrubbery to the outskirts of officer settled the dispute and the charged with driving with a suspended said the budget leaders had done “an ough council concerning an ordinance wanted to expand its business by turn- the parking lot can accomplish this. customer agreed to pay the money. license and leaving the scene of an excellent job forging a strong bud- that would restrict the use and place- ing the 12,000 square feet of unused Mr. Chadwick said basically anything Sunday, June 15, Lamont Moseley, accident after being involved in a get.” ment of PODS. space in the basement into a banquet that gives “a hint of something other 23, of Hackensack was arrested and motor vehicle accident on Route 22, As of press time, calls were placed Mr. Silva said, “At times, we do hall. The banquet hall would accom- than a big parking lot” would be de- charged with driving while intoxi- which he is suspected to have been to Assemblywoman Linda Stender struggle with placing the PODS where modate an additional 207 patrons. sirable. He said this would give back cated (DWI) after being stopped for a the driver. (LD-2, Fanwood) and Assemblyman the resident asks for it. We understand The board has lingered on the con- to the community by offering “a dra- motor vehicle violation. He was trans- According to police, officers no- Jon Bramnick (LD-21, Westfield) who and we would not want a PODS (unit) troversial topic for about two years, matically different effect of the road- ported to headquarters where he was ticed a car behind a business on Route were in Trenton negotiating budget causing an accident.” holding numerous meetings to dis- side view of this property”. processed and released with a sum- 22 that had crashed through a fence. measures and not available for com- The ordinance, which passed on Tues- cuss the possibilities. Numerous Beech Avenue residents mons, police said. While turning around to inspect the ment. day, stipulates that residents must ap- Arirang is a restaurant located at were in strong opposition to Arirang’s Monday, June 16, Albert Hopkins, scene further, police noticed three The budget is currently going ply for a permit and pay a $50 fee prior 1230 Route 22, West. Behind Arirang, expansion, and said they did not feel 46, of Brooklyn, NY was arrested and individuals inspecting a car parked in through last stages of process, and is to placing the storage container on prop- parallel to Route 22, lies Beech Av- the buffer suggested by Mr. Chadwick charged with DWI after being stopped a closed service station, authorities set for a final passage on Monday, erty. The unit may not sit on a property enue, a heavily populated, residential was a fair proposal. Currently, the for a motor vehicle violation. He was said. According to police, the three according to the Star-Ledger. The longer than 30 days. district. Many residents of Beech residents are frustrated with the transported to headquarters where he individuals stated that their car was state budget is required by state con- Borough resident, Ed LaTourette, of Avenue and the surrounding area op- amount of problems the restaurant was processed and released with a sideswiped by the vehicle that they stitution to be in place by July 1. Dunn Parkway, spoke of concerns re- posing the application have regularly generates due to its popularity, and summons, police said. witnessed crashing in to the fence. Asw. Linda Stender told The garding a borough-owned easement for attended the meetings. said they feel an expansion of the Fanwood Parrish was apprehended approxi- Leader/Times on Wednesday, “We are storm water runoff. In order to get a full understanding restaurant would increase their com- Wednesday, June 11, Robert Roy, mately a mile down Route 22 along working very hard to develop a bud- He said over the last 15 years the of Arirang’s legal capacity for expan- plaints. Jr., 28, of Roselle was arrested on a with a juvenile and Asion K. Harris, get that ends the practice of spending easement has increased by 15 feet in sion, experts were called to testify in The residents blame the restaurant’s Union County Sheriff’s Department 19, of Scotch Plains, who was ar- beyond our means and begins to solve width and is destroying his deck. front of the planning board through- popularity for the influx of suspi- no-bail warrant after a field investi- rested and charged with leaving the some of New Jersey’s financial chal- Mayor Robert Viglianti advised Mr. out the last two years. During last cious behavior, drunken patrons and gation on Martine Avenue. Accord- scene of a motor vehicle accident and lenges while still protecting the most LaTourette to contact borough engi- Thursday’s meeting, John Chadwick robberies on their street. Also the ing to police, he was turned over to failure to report a motor vehicle acci- vulnerable members of our popula- neer Mike Disko. and Harold K. Maltz testified and restaurant provides an unwanted the Union County Sheriff’s Depart- dent after he was apprehended by tion. I believe that we are close to The council concluded the meeting provided their opinions. amount of noise and trash, and lights ment. police in the vicinity of the accident. achieving these goals but we still by going into executive session to dis- Mr. Chadwick is a licensed profes- from cars often shine into resident’s have some work to do.” cuss an employee benefit program. sional planner, who has previously homes, residents said. overseen hundreds of planning Local residents said they feel the boards. Taking spatial and traffic regu- traffic on Beech Avenue, as proposed lations into consideration, he said he by the new parking plan, stands to believes the restaurant needs to imple- endanger their families. ment several changes in order to ex- Jacquie Mahon, Beech Avenue resi- pand. If Arirang had strictly valet dent, said there are no sidewalks on parking, it would be able to expand the street and her children often play parking from 184 to 205 spaces. If the outside at night. She spoke out against restaurant voted against valet park- the proposed plan. ing, another option to accommodate “Instead of living next to 22, they the additional patronage, and use all are bringing 22 to my house,” Ms. 205 spaces, would be to hire people to Mahon said. direct traffic through the parking lot. She said this would possibly en- This would change the previous clock- danger her children, and the numer- wise traffic flow into a counter clock- ous other children that live on the wise direction, thus filtering traffic street by exposing them to increased out of the back exit onto Beech Av- chances of getting hit by a car or enue. abducted. This traffic flow and exit strategy would safely allow for emergency vehicles to enter and exit the pre- mises. Raynor Denitzio for The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times Mr. Maltz, traffic and transporta- AMELIA BEDELIA…At Brunner School, author Herman Parish carries on the DRAWING THE LINE…Union County Police Officer Frank Catena rides his tion consulting expert, agreed with misadventures of Amelia Bedelia, created by his Aunt Peggy Parish. Mr. Parish horse, Justice, during Substance Abuse Awareness Day in Garwood on Saturday. Mr. Chadwick’s proposals of valet revealed where the character Amelia Bedelia came from, and explained where he Hosted by Garwood Parents Draw the Line, the event enabled residents to enjoy parking or regulated traffic within the gets his ideas. A surprise visit by Amelia Bedelia was a highlight of the day. Five rides, games and demonstrations from local police agencies. Sue Baron, an lucky students had lunch with Mr. Parish. Pictured, in the bottom row, are: Zach organizer of the event, said that the purpose of the day was “to show what a fun parking lot. Carter, Mary Hubbard and Micayla Mirabella. Top row: Amelia Bedelia (Mary family day you can have without drugs.” Mr. Chadwick also suggested in- goleader.com/subscribe Kay Cunningham) Jonathan Kriney, Francesca Dobies and Herman Parish.