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									                                                                THE TIMES
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               Scotch Plains – Fanwood
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OUR 39th YEAR – ISSUE NO. 36-98                                   Periodical – Postage Paid at Scotch Plains, N.J.                                Thursday, September 3, 1998                        Every Thursday                      232-4407                        FIFTY CENTS

                                                                                                             School Board Members Object to State’s
                                                                                                            ‘School-to-Work’ Plan for High Schoolers
                                                                                                                     By SUSAN M. DYCKMAN                       vice, paid or unpaid employment, a         education, business and the commu-            Board member Jean McAllister
                                                                                                                       Specially Written for The Times
                                                                                                                                                               school-related project or an appren-       nity. Dr. Henry said the business ex-      asked, “I think you’ll hear ‘thanks,
                                                                                                             During the August 27 special meet-                ticeship program. The time commit-         ecutives surveyed complained that          but no thanks’ from districts like
                                                                                                          ing of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood                     ment would “consist of not less than       New Jersey high school and college         ours.”
                                                                                                          Board of Education, Dr. Thomas A.                    one day per week or the equivalent         students are “unprepared” for the             She also raised the possibility of
                                                                                                          Henry, Director of the State Office of               thereof.”                                  workplace upon completion of their         districts like Scotch Plains-Fanwood
                                                                                                          School-to-Career and College Initia-                    Dr. Henry defended the mandate,         education.                                 opting out of the school-to-career
                                                                                                          tives, spoke on the “Structured Learn-               saying it represents “the merger of           “I believe what employers want are      initiative.
                                                                                                          ing Experience” mandated by the                      practical application and learning.”       students who can read, write, spell           According to Dr. Henry, the stan-
                                                                                                          state’s Core Curriculum Content and                     “It gives students an opportunity to    and compute well,” responded board         dards “are what they are,” but the
                                                                                                          Cross Content Workplace Readiness                    see the relevance (of school work),”       member Jessica D. Simpson. “Per-           proposed code is “not set in stone.”
                                                                                                          Standards.                                           he said. “When students see the rel-       haps we should consider introduc-          He encouraged the board to draft
                                                                                                             Response from board members was                   evance, they do better and learn           tion of values courses that teach stu-     specific language that would work
                                                                                                          overwhelmingly negative.                             more.”                                     dents how to be responsible citizens       for Scotch Plains-Fanwood students
                                                                                                             Implementation of the school-to-                     He estimated that 85 percent of         and good workers.”                         and submit it to the Department of
                                                                                                          career initiative calls for all 11th and             SPFHS’s juniors and seniors are al-           Board member Morris H. (Butch)          Education.
                                                                                                          12th grade public and charter school                 ready doing something that qualifies       Gillett questioned the wisdom of ask-         Board President August Ruggiero
                                                                                                          students to “participate in structured               under the initiative.                      ing students to define a career path in    asked Richard M. Meade and Mr.
FIFTY YEARS OF SERVICE…Fanwood Rescue Squad volunteers accept an                                          learning experiences linked to a rec-
honorary flag from Councilman William E. Populus, Jr., far right, in commemo-                                                                                     The standards, adopted in 1996,         high school when most individuals          Saridaki to prepare a statement on
ration of the squad’s 50th anniversary this year. Squad members, pictured left                            ognized career major.”                               were developed by content special-         do not make that decision until their      behalf of the board.
to right, are: Captain Jeff Downing, John Oatis, Barbara Breuninger, Bill                                    Work experience could include                     ists, kindergarten to grade 12 educa-      second or third year of college.              While Mr. Meade acknowledged
Crosby, Bob Cruthers, Sue Davis and Ed Sargent. Please see a story on Page 10.                            volunteer activities, community ser-                 tors, and representatives of higher           Their colleague, Edward J.              the benefits of such a program for
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Saridaki, Jr., was concerned about         certain schools, he said the state was

    Fanwood Planning Board Grants Approval
                                                                                                                                                                                                          pulling students out of class for man-     “imposing a solution that Scotch
                                                                                                                                                                                                          datory participation.                      Plains-Fanwood school children do
                                                                                                                                                                                                             “Programs like this deprive stu-        not need.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                          dents of a sound educational pro-             He wanted to know if the state

    To Second Chelsea Facility on South Avenue                                                                                                                                                            gram,” he said. “I benefited from a
                                                                                                                                                                                                          structured, regimented education.
                                                                                                                                                                                                             He faulted the state for not finding
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     would back up this mandate with the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     funds to pay for implementation.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Board Vice President Theresa
                                                                                                                     By SUZETTE F. STALKER                     a lot next to the Fanwood Post Office,     out from parents what they need,           Larkin pointed out that, beyond ba-
                                                                                                                       Specially Written for The Times
                                                                                                                                                               currently occupied by an old, dilapi-      relying instead on a survey of busi-       sic graduation requirements, high
                                                                                                             A proposal by The Chelsea at                      dated house which has been vacant          nesses. He claimed, “The public is         school students’ course selection is
                                                                                                          Fanwood to construct a second facil-                 for several years. It will be linked to    fundamentally ignorant of this con-        elective.
                                                                                                          ity on South Avenue got the green                    the original building by a breezeway       cept.”                                        She pointed out that SPFHS pro-
                                                                                                          light August 26 from the borough                     on the top floor.                             Mr. Saridaki later asked what kind      vides a comprehensive education that
                                                                                                          Planning Board, which endorsed the                      Plans for the new building were         of flexibility individual districts have   brings together students, parents and
                                                                                                          project with a 6-0 vote.                             first unveiled for the Planning Board      to meet the requirements of the            counselors to create an individual-
                                                                                                             The pending four-story structure,                 in June. The Chelsea was subse-            school-to-career initiative.               ized schedule.
                                                                                                          featuring a mix of senior housing                    quently granted a month-long exten-           “How you get there is your busi-           “The state is treading where it has
                                                                                                          and assisted living units, will stand                sion in July to complete site plan         ness,” stated Dr. Henry.                   no business,” declared Mrs. Larkin.
                                                                                                          adjacent to The Chelsea’s current                    revisions, which were detailed by the         Three public hearings are sched-           Board member Thomas A. Russo’s
                                                                                                          assisted living facility, which opened               applicant’s representatives last week.     uled as the verbiage of the adminis-       comments addressed the issue of
                                                                                                          on the former Mansion Hotel site in                     In its initial proposal, The Chelsea    trative code is fine tuned. It is ex-      mandatory versus optional work ex-
                                                                                                          January of last year.                                had sought approval for 40 indepen-        pected to take about 18 months to          periences.
                                                                                                             The new facility will be erected on                        CONTINUED ON PAGE 10              nail down the final draft of the code.              CONTINUED ON PAGE 10

                                                                                                            Township Council Critical of Freeholder Board’s
                                                                                                           Decisions on Environmental Group, Ashbrook Path
                                                                                          File Photo                  By JEANNE WHITNEY                        measures, Tuesday, during an agenda           Councilman         William        F.       The 12-year-old Commission is
NEW ADDITION ON THE WAY…A second Chelsea at Fanwood building, to                                                       Specially Written for The Times
                                                                                                                                                               meeting.                                   McClintock, Jr., questioned the Free-      made up of representatives of all 21
be constructed adjacent to the existing facility on South Avenue, will offer both                          Scotch Plains Township Council                        One move would create an Office          holder action, saying, “Why would          municipalities in the county.
senior housing and an assisted living wing on the top floor. The four-story                               members took a double shot at Union                  of Environmental Health – eliminat-        the county plan this thing...and not          Mayor Papen said the Commis-
structure was approved by the Fanwood Planning Board last week.                                           County Board of Chosen Freeholder                    ing the existing Commission. An-           talk to us?”                               sion had done a “fine job” and en-
                                                                                                                                                               other move plans an estimated                 According to a newspaper report,        couraged council members to send a
                                                                                                                                                               $200,000 walking trail through             Freeholder Alexander Mirabella said
                STATE TOUTS FLEXIBILITY IN METHODS                                                                                                             Ashbrook Reservation in Scotch             funding for the trail would come
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     letter to state Commissioner Robert
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Shinn detailing how the process went
                                                                                                                                                               Plains.                                    from the state and private sources.        down. One local official suggested

‘School-to-Work’ Plan on Schedule                                                                                                                                “We’ve been trying to get this for
                                                                                                                                                               years, in Ashbrook,” Mayor Joan
                                                                                                                                                               Papen claimed. “We’d like to be in on
                                                                                                                                                                                                             The Reservation also borders
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Edison and Clark Townships. Re-
                                                                                                                                                                                                          portedly, some local officials ex-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     that the county was looking to get
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     direct control of the licensing fees
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     connected with the department.

 In Face of Some Local Opposition
                                                                                                                                                               the planning of this.”                     pressed concern over the possibility          Reportedly, the new Office of En-
                                                                                                                                                                 Evidently, Freeholders moved to          of scaring off wildlife in the Reserva-    vironmental Health will deal with air
                                                                                                                                                               put the nature path through the 350-       tion.                                      and noise pollution, solid waste and
                                                                                                                                                               acre county-owned Reservation,                Township officials alternately ques-    hazardous materials.
                                                   volunteer activities, community ser-                   plan will be held before its adoption                which is located primarily in Scotch       tioned the county takeover of the             Other council business included
         Specially Written for The Times           vice, paid or unpaid employment, or                    next year.                                           Plains, without notifying the town-        Union County Regional Environmen-          pursuit of a plan to eliminate the
   While the deadline for implemen-                school-based enterprises have on stu-                    John Patella, a spokesman for the                  ship.                                      tal Health Commission. Chairman of         “lowest responsible bidder” clause
tation draws closer, area educators                dents’ academic and personal devel-                    NJSBA confirmed, “We want to be a                      Mayor Papen explained that the           the Commission, Andrew Snyder,             from municipal contract require-
increasingly express concern over                  opment.”                                               part of the process in defining the                  township originally turned over the        indicated that he had not discussed,       ments. Council members claimed that
the New Jersey Department of                          Reportedly, Dr. Foley endorsed the                  regulations. We will be conveying                    wetlands property to the county with       with the Freeholders, the virtual dis-     the state mandate over using the low-
Education’s School-to-Work Initia-                 importance of preparing students for                   the concerns of local districts,” to the             the stipulation that it be made into a     solution of the Commission before          est bid “caused problems.”
tive adopted as part its “Core Cur-                future careers. Dr. Foley said he hopes                state.                                               recreation facility.                       the change.                                         CONTINUED ON PAGE 10
riculum” standards two years ago.                  that the high school, in particular,

                                                                                                              Fights, Five Arrests at Terrill Road Nightclub
   The initiative requires “not less               will be able to “maintain the basic
than one day per week or the equiva-               philosophy which underscores the
lent” of work-related activities from              importance of a liberal arts educa-
                                                   tion, and balance that philosophy

                                                                                                             After Superior Court Injunction Allows Opening
students, in order to graduate from
high school. Some have interpreted                 with the intrusive requirements of
this as requiring only four days per               the state.”
week be dedicated to academic sub-                    Last month, Westfield High School
jects.                                             Principal Dr. Robert G. Petix com-                                 By JEANNE WHITNEY                           Township police indicated that          reportedly feature dee-jays from popu-     location for over 40 years. In the
   Westfield Superintendent of                     mented on the sate School-to-Work                                   Specially Written for The Times         more “bouncers” were in evidence           lar New York City nightclubs.              same report, a lawyer for the owners
Schools Dr. William J. Foley attacked              plan, saying, “This will be a crucial                     The parking lot of a Scotch Club                  outside the club when it opened last          According to a recent Star-Ledger       said, “We hope to reach an amicable
the mandate last month, saying, “How               year for us because the state code is                  nightclub on the border of Plainfield                Thursday night.                            report, the Ricciutti family has oper-     resolution and...avoid the necessity
can we be expected to meet our re-                 being rewritten so extensively and in                  was the site of five arrests last Thurs-                The club was fined $2,000 in May        ated a club at the same Terrill Road       of continuing litigation.”
quirements in just four days? It is                such a revolutionary way. Its effects                  day night when fights erupted out-                   after fire officials were unable to
taking the notion of preparing kids                will be profound and enduring in this                  side at closing time, 2 a.m. No weap-                bring an ambulance through the park-
and carrying it to some level of absur-            school and on education in this state.”                ons were involved, according to po-                  ing lot to the club door. The estab-
dity.”                                                The New Jersey School Boards                        lice, although one suspect went to the               lishment was required to designate a
   In an August 6 letter made public               Association’s July/August issue of                     hospital with a broken jaw.                          fire lane near the entrance.
from Director of the State Office of               its publication, School Leader, writes,                   Lonnie Askew, 26, of Orange was                      Police officials said they did not
School-to-Career and College Initia-               “NJSBA supports student instruc-                       charged with fighting and obstruction of             know of any violations involving
                                                   tion in skills that make it possible for               justice. Shabazz McCoy, 27, Louis Th-
tives, Dr. Thomas A. Henry stated, “I                                                                     ompson, 24 and Jason Lacroix, 25, all of
                                                                                                                                                               underage drinking at the club.
don’t know why so many people are                  them to take their places as workers                                                                           Reportedly, several weeks ago,
                                                   in society. Further, we view learning                  Plainfield, were charged with fighting as
misquoting [the code] and insisting                                                                       was Clark Lang, 20, of Union.                        police temporarily shut down a
that it is one day within the five-day             experiences in the workplace as op-                       The busy nightspot, Club Malibu,                  doughnut shop across from the
school week. Our intention is to al-               portunities for developing work eth-                   on Terrill Road near the intersection                Malibu until large numbers of after-
low flexibility so that the student,               ics and attitudes necessary for hold-                  of Route 22, remained open last                      hours customers from the nightclub
their parents and the district can                 ing a job.”                                            Thursday after Scotch Plains fire of-                dispersed from its parking lot. Other
decide what is the most appropriate                   The NJSBA indicated, however, it                    ficials ordered the club closed last                 24-hour eateries in Plainfield have
experience for each student.”                      did not support career choices being                   week for 30 days, and fined club                     drawn big crowds in the early morn-
   In the letter, written to Superinten-           required from high school students                     owner Frank Ricciutti, $5,000. Fire                  ing hours after the club closes and
dent Dr. Carol B. Choye of the Scotch              as early as 11th grade.                                inspectors said they found 150 people                police report car windows broken
Plains-Fanwood school district and                    Reportedly, the state code also re-                 milling around outside the club,                     and bottles being thrown.
later made public, Dr. Henry went on               quires career awareness and explora-                   which holds 600.                                        Friday nights at the Malibu are
to say, “This particular proposal is               tion activities for students in kinder-                   Before a Superior Court injunction
                                                   garten through eighth grade.                                                                                reserved for teens and a club tele-
founded on the significant research                                                                       came down late Thursday afternoon,                   phone recording claimed security is
that shows the positive effects that                  Hearings on the School-to-Work                      allowing the club to stay open, town-                “iron tight.” Chief O’Brien said po-
                                                                                                          ship police said they would arrest                   lice are usually in the neighborhood
INDEX                                                                                                     club owner Ricciutti if he attempted                 as well, when the club is open, pri-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Jeanne Whitney for The Times

County .......... Page 2            Mountainside Page 2         Social ............ Page 6                                                                                                                PARTY DOWN...Malibu, a nightclub on Terrill Road in Scotch Plains, re-
                                                                                                          to open the club that night. A court                 marily “as a deterrent.”                   mained open last week under a court injunction after township fire officials shut
Editorial ........ Page 4           Obituaries ..... Page 9     Sports ............ Page 11               hearing is scheduled for Friday, Sep-                   The club is open for business on        it down for 30 days the previous week. Five arrests were made outside the club
                                    Religious ....... Page 10                                             tember 25, on the fire code violation.               Thursdays through Saturdays, and           last Thursday, August 27.
  Page 10             Thursday, September 3, 1998                             The Westfield Leader and THE TIMES of Scotch Plains – Fanwood                                                  A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION

                                                                                                                                                                                                SCOTCH PLAINS
                                                                                     School Bd. Members Object                                                                                 POLICE BLOTTER
                                                                                      To ‘School-to-Work’ Plan                                                               TUESDAY, AUGUST 25                            FRIDAY, AUGUST 28
                                                                                                                 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1                                  • A resident of Jersey Avenue re-            • Simeon Noel Jeune, 19, of Roselle
                                                                                                                                                                      ported that a car was damaged with a key    was arrested and charged with obstruc-
                                                                                       He said, “Isn’t one of the values     Counselors worked with 550 stu-          during the night while it was parked on     tion of justice, authorities said, after he
                                                                                    of volunteering the fact that it is      dents during the 1997-98 school          the roadway.                                allegedly refused to identify himself and
                                                                                    voluntary? Don’t we want kids to         year.                                         WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26                   became loud and disruptive while police
                                                                                    serve because they want to, not             The board also approved a Sub-          • A John Street resident reported a       were investigating a report of rocks being
                                                                                    because they’re being forced to?”        stance Abuse Treatment & Edu-            home burglary in which someone gained       thrown at a vehicle from another car.
                                                                                       The board’s Public Information        cation Grant in the amount of            entrance through a basement window                 SATURDAY, AUGUST 29
                                                                                    Coordinator Kathleen Meyer,              $17,600 for grades kindergarten          and removed a television.                      • A bicycle was reported stolen from
                                                                                                                                                                            THURSDAY, AUGUST 27                   a residence on Church Street. It was later
                                                                                    speaking as a citizen of Scotch          through fourth for the 1998-99             • A bicycle was reported stolen from      recovered by Fanwood police during an
                                                                                    Plains, was the lone positive voice      school year.                             a Country Club Lane residence.              investigation in their jurisdiction.
                                                                                    in the discussion.                          During the meeting, Business            • Police reported that various objects            SUNDAY, AUGUST 30
                                                                                       “On July 30, a strategic plan was     Administrator/Board Secretary            in the Lenape Way area were defaced            • Police reported that a pool house on
                                                                                    approved that says this district ‘val-   Matthew A. Clarke announced that         with graffiti.                              Breezy Court was broken into, but nothing
                                                                                    ues initiative and creativity,’” she     the modular classrooms at J.               • A resident of Donamy Glen re-           in the building appears to have been taken.
                                                                                    said. “To say that I’m disappointed      Ackerman Coles School received           ported finding his alarm and a base-           • Authorities revealed that a customer
                                                                                    at the board’s reaction would be an      a certificate of occupancy on Au-        ment window tampered with. Entry            left without paying for gasoline at a Terrill
                                                                                    understatement.”                         gust 27. Modular classrooms at           was not gained.                             Road service station.
                                                                                       Dave Zinman of Fanwood dis-           School One and Evergreen School
tal, Summit, recently honored members of local first aid and rescue squads for
                                                                                       “If it looks like totalitarianism
                                                                                                                             were scheduled for inspections this
                                                                                                                             week.                                                                FANWOOD
their outstanding contributions to emergency medical services during its Second
Annual Excellence in Emergency Medical Services Awards Dinner held this
                                                                                    and smells like totalitarianism, it
                                                                                    is totalitarianism,” he said. “I urge
                                                                                                                                It was announced that the Fa-
                                                                                                                             cilities and Enrollment Task Force
                                                                                                                                                                                               POLICE BLOTTER
spring. Recipients of the Emergency Medical Technician Excellence Awards,           the board to fight the codifica-         is scheduled to meet this evening,
left to right, are: back row, Lieutenant Lathey Wirkus, Township of Union           tion.”                                   for a recap of the summer’s sub-              WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19                   from the intersection of La Grande Av-
Volunteer Emergency Medical Service; Edward Ransom, Callmen’s Emergency                                                                                                  • A 17-year-old Plainfield resident      enue and Staggard Place.
Unit in Union; Harold C. Hill, Scotch Plains Volunteer Rescue Squad; Richard           In other business, the board ap-      committee activities.
                                                                                    proved a yearly contract with Re-           Regardless of what the task force     was arrested and charged with burglary              FRIDAY, AUGUST 28
A. Jackson, Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad, and Dan Luna, Warren Town-                                                                                              and theft in connection with a break-in        • James Lofton, 28, of Plainfield was
ship Rescue Squad; front row, John Miksch, Millburn-Short Hills Volunteer           solve Community Counseling Cen-          ultimately recommends, Superin-                                                      arrested and charged with obstruction for
                                                                                                                                                                      which occurred at a Burns Way home in
First Aid Squad; Gloria Simpson, Springfield First Aid Squad, and Edward            ter, Inc. in the amount of $127,100.     tendent of Schools Dr. Carol B.          July, according to police.                  allegedly giving false information and
Schmelz, Madison Volunteer Ambulance Corps. Not pictured are William                   Thirty-thousand dollars of the        Choye announced that “no major              The suspect, who allegedly stole a       identification to a police officer during a
Cooper, Chatham Emergency Squad; Paul Vickery, Summit First Aid Squad;              annual fee is funded by grant            changes will take place by Sep-          bicycle and tools from the home, was        motor vehicle stop on Terrill Road, au-
                                                                                    money.                                   tember, 1999.”                           transported to the Juvenile Detention       thorities said.

  Fanwood Rescue Squad Plans
                                                                                       The contract between the dis-            Enrollment for the start of the       Center in Elizabeth, authorities said.         The suspect, who police said was also
                                                                                    trict and Resolve to provide indi-       1998-1999 school year, beginning            • A juvenile reported being assaulted    wanted on warrants out of Plainfield,
                                                                                    vidual and group counseling ser-         this Wednesday, September 8, is          by two other youths at La Grande Park,      South Plainfield and Highland Park, was

  Exhibit for 50th Anniversary                                                      vices to district students and their     up to 4,350 — about 50 students          according to police. Complaints have        turned over to Plainfield authorities,
                                                                                    families was first enacted in 1983.      over last year.                          been signed against the juveniles who       Fanwood police confirmed.
                                                                                                                                                                      allegedly committed the assault, authori-      • Jon Campbell, 20, of North
                                                                                                                                                                      ties said.                                  Plainfield and Justin Browne, 19, of
   FANWOOD — This year, the                36-member organization is staffed                                                                                                SATURDAY, AUGUST 22                   Piscataway were charged with underage
Fanwood Volunteer Rescue Squad             entirely by volunteers, and depends
                                                                                       Fanwood Planning Board                                                            • Jason Tucker, 19, of Scotch Plains,    possession of alcohol on Terrill Road,
is celebrating its 50th anniversary        on donations from community resi-                                                                                          along with two juveniles, were charged      according to police. Both suspects were
of service to the community.               dents for its survival.                                                                                                    with causing criminal mischief for alleg-   released on their own recognizance.

                                                                                      Grants Approval to Chelsea
                                                                                                                                                                      edly breaking windows at a Terrill Road           SATURDAY, AUGUST 29
   Formed in 1948 by members of              It responds annually to approxi-                                                                                         business, authorities said.                    • Carl Simpson of Scotch Plains and
the Fanwood Fire Company, the              mately 525 calls for emergency aid,                                                                                           Tucker was released on his own recog-    Da’mar Shannon of New Brunswick,
                                           and provides other non-emergency                                      CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1                                nizance. The juveniles, one a 15 year old   both 18, and a 16-year-old Scotch Plains
                                           services as well.                                                                                                          from North Plainfield and the other a 17    resident were each charged with posses-
                                             The Rescue Squad has invited           dent senior living residences, with         Paul Adison, an architect with        year old from Scotch Plains, were re-       sion of two bicycles, police said.
                                           Fanwood residents to visit their         six additional units designated for      Kanalstein, Danton and Johns of          leased to the custody of their parents,        One of the bicycles had been stolen
                                                                                    assisted living. The revised plan        Cherry Hill, exhibited the floor         according to police.                        from Scotch Plains and the other had
                                           planned exhibit during Fanny Wood                                                                                                THURSDAY, AUGUST 27                   been taken in Fanwood. The suspects
                                           Day on Sunday, September 27.             approved by the board last week          plans for the proposed building,
                                                                                    provides 31 units for senior hous-       which will feature a combination of         • A street sign was reported stolen      were released on their own recognizance.
                                             Volunteers will be on hand to
                                                                                    ing and 15 for assisted living.          one- and two-bedroom units. He
                                           display their brand new ambulance,          Once the second building is fin-      also produced a computer-gener-
                                           and will present a pictorial history
                                           of the past 50 years.
                                                                                    ished, The Chelsea’s twin facilities     ated illustration for the board show-                            Recent Home Sales
                                                                                    will extend from 277 to 295 South        ing how the facility would impact
                                                                                    Avenue. Kathy Ryan, Executive Di-        the site.
                                                                                    rector at The Chelsea at Fanwood,           Professional planner Susan                    SCOTCH PLAINS                         Rohan Douglas to Dean and Judith
                                             Cannonball House                       told The Times on Monday the new
                                                                                    facility would likely be completed
                                                                                                                             Gruel, who had discussed the grow-
                                                                                                                             ing need for senior housing and
                                                                                                                                                                        Carole Urbach to John and Cheryl
                                                                                                                                                                      Wilkinson, 3 Indian Run, $270,000.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mouckas, 2044 Newark Avenue,
                                             To be Open Sunday                      around the spring or early summer        assisted living facilities during the
                                                                                                                             Planning Board’s June meeting,
                                                                                                                                                                        Guy Buonpane, Sr. to Michael and
                                                                                                                                                                      Jayne Tsipas, 2264 Sunrise Court,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Stephen Buell to Hubert Chemla, 11
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oxford Road, $345,000.
                                                                                    of next year.
                                                SCOTCH PLAINS —The                     Board members rendered their          described the proposal as an “in-        $190,000.                                     Peter Neumann to David Frick and
                                             Osborn Cannonball House, lo-           decision following approximately         herently beneficial use” of the prop-                                                Susan Kobliska, 326 Jerusalem Road,
                                             cated at 1840 Front Street in
                                                                                    90 minutes of testimony from four        erty.                                       Councilman’s Family                      $155,000.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    William Feury to Satish and Snehal
BUDDING TALENT…Thirteen-                     Scotch Plains, will be open to         witnesses called by Chelsea attor-          She noted that the anticipated
year-old Falyn Marsella of Scotch            visitors this Sunday, September                                                                                            Escorts Miss NJ to 1998                   Tamhankar, 2111 Algonquin Drive,
                                                                                    ney Brian Burns.                         building, which will have 87 park-                                                   $268,000.
Plains attended Stagedoor Manor, a           6, from 2 to 4 p.m.                                                             ing spaces, represents a “very low-        Miss America Contest
theater camp in the Catskills, this                                                    The Chelsea sought several vari-                                                                                             William Davis to Natalie and Martha
                                                The Historical Society of           ances from the board in connection       intensity, quiet use,” with low park-                                                Klufas, 1710 Cooper Road, $195,000.
summer. Youngsters age 8 to 17                                                                                                                                           In a little over two weeks from now
                                             Scotch Plains and Fanwood              with the application, including one      ing demands and traffic volume,                                                        • Dave Ray to Peggy Greene, 218
spend three weeks rehearsing 11              maintains the old salt box farm                                                                                          on Saturday, September 19, this year’s
shows, which are then performed for                                                 permitting the building to stand 45      and “not a lot of on-site activity.”     Miss New Jersey, Stephanie Ferrari,         Myrtle Avenue, $145,500.
                                             house, built circa 1760, as a          feet high — exceeding the 35 feet           Mrs. Gruel said The Chelsea has                                                     • James Sangiacomo to William and
the public either at one of Stagedoor’s                                                                                                                               will compete for the Miss America title
five theaters or at one of the nearby        museum.                                permitted under borough zoning           also proposed significant architec-                                                  Christine Purcell, 414 Warren Street,
                                                Costumed docents will give                                                                                            in Atlantic City.                           $154,000.
Catskills resorts. Among the                                                        regulations.                             tural and landscaping measures to           During the contest events, Miss
Stagedoor alumni who later found             tours of the house and surround-                                                                                                                                       • Charles Carr to Ross and Tobi
                                                                                       The current four-story facility       make the facility blend with the         Ferrari will be accompanied – as have       Feldman, 2253 Westfield Avenue,
show business success are actresses          ing gardens. There is no admis-        houses 68 assisted living units, in-     surrounding area.
Jennifer Jason Leigh and Mary                sion charge.                                                                                                             the last 12 Miss New Jerseys – by the       $205,000.
Stuart Masterson.                                                                   cluding a second-floor “Country             Eugene Bellamy, Deputy Chief of       wife of Scotch Plains Councilman Rob-         • Douglas Lange to Michaeline
                                                                                    Cottage” section for residents af-       Fanwood’s Fire Prevention Bureau,        ert Johnston, Sally Johnston.               Hamilton, 24 Burnham Court, $165,500.
                                                                                    flicted with dementia who cannot         voiced concern about whether the            Mrs. Johnston will join Miss New           • Sumit Roy to Srikant and Chandrika
Donations of Used Automobiles                                                       easily mix with the rest of the
                                                                                    facility’s occupants.
                                                                                                                             fire department would have suffi-
                                                                                                                             cient access to the front of the new
                                                                                                                                                                      Jersey as her chaperone, for five days in
                                                                                                                                                                      Disney World, in Florida, as part of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mukerjee, 2668 Deer Path, $277,500.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Joseph Ciufia, Sr. to Michael Ciufia,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  218 Scotland Street, $168,000.
                                                                                       Chelsea representative Leonard        building, noting that Post Office cus-   pre-contest activities.
 Can Help Kidney Foundation                                                         Hirschhorn said the 15 assisted liv-
                                                                                    ing units on the new building’s
                                                                                                                             tomers currently park their vehicles
                                                                                                                             along that section of the street.
                                                                                                                                                                         From there, they will fly a chartered
                                                                                                                                                                      plane to Atlantic City on Labor Day,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Michael Tierney to Richard and Robin
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Gasson, 14 Shady lane, $294,000.
   The National Kidney Foundation          research, treatment, and cure of kid-    fourth floor would also be a “Coun-         He mentioned the possible desig-      according to the Miss America contest
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Donald Campbell to Danny and
of New York and New Jersey is ask-         ney, urological, and hypertensive dis-   try Cottage” setting.                    nation of a fire zone in front of the    schedule.                                   Catherine Prelusky, 132 Vinton Circle,
ing people to donate their used cars       eases for more than 50 years.               He also revealed that each build-     planned facility. Such a measure            Mrs. Johnston’s involvement in the       $222,500.
to help the organization. Donors may         The foundation receives no gov-        ing would be equipped with an el-        would have to be pursued through         event began years earlier with Union          Scott     Higgins       to    Gwenn
qualify for a tax deduction for the fair   ernment funding and relies solely on     evator which could easily accom-         the New Jersey Department of             County pageants that were sponsored         Simmermacher, 96 Madison Avenue,
market value of their car.                 the public and corporate sector for      modate stretchers – a key concern        Transportation, however, since           by the Jaycees, according to her hus-       $206,000.
   The foundation will arrange to          the support of its programs.             among board members since stretch-       South Avenue is a state highway.         band, Councilman Johnston.                    William Kawaskis to Michael
transport donors’ used cars free of          For more information, please call      ers do not fit comfortably into the         The new building, like its prede-        Over the past several years, Miss        Rancourt and Julie Evans, 184 Vinton
charge, and will send donors a letter      the National Kidney Foundation of        present building’s elevator.             cessor, will be in compliance with I-    New Jersey has addressed the Scotch         Circle, $199,500.
acknowledging their gift. Gifts of real    New York and New Jersey at (800)            Mr. Hirschhorn stated that, in        2 code (institutional use) regula-       Plains Council in a public meeting.           • Marilyn Suter to Brian Garbinski,
estate and construction equipment are      63-DONATE.                               addition to a Wellness Director who      tions, which cover construction and         Miss Ferrari is a Glen Rock resident.    65 Midway Avenue, $134,000.
accepted by the foundation as well.          Information filed with the Attor-      will oversee the entire building, the    fire safety issues at places such as
   Donors may consult their tax advi-      ney General concerning this chari-       new facility will have a full-time       nursing homes and assisted living
sors for details pertinent to their spe-
cific situations.
   The National Kidney Foundation
                                           table solicitation may be obtained
                                           from the Attorney General of the
                                           State of New Jersey by calling (973)
                                                                                    licensed practical nurse to super-
                                                                                    vise the “Country Cottage” section,
                                                                                    which he said would provide proper
                                                                                                                             facilities, Chelsea officials main-
                                                                                                                                Planning Board Chairman Gre-
                                                                                                                                                                       Jeffrey Bloch Helps Uncover
of New York/New Jersey is a volun-
tary, not-for-profit health organiza-
tion which has been dedicated to the
                                           504-6215. Registration with the At-
                                           torney General does not imply en-
                                                                                    security measures for the special
                                                                                    needs residents.
                                                                                       Rocco Palmieri, an engineer and
                                                                                                                             gory S. Cummings read a report
                                                                                                                             from the borough’s Environmental
                                                                                                                             Commission which expressed con-
                                                                                                                                                                       Science Wonders at Institute
                                                                                    Vice President of Schoor DePalma         cern that the building will tower           SCOTCH PLAINS — Jeffrey A.                  Now in its 32nd year, Operation
                                                                                    in Parsippany, reviewed a dozen          over the neighboring Post Office         Bloch, the son of Ricardo and               Catapult offers students a hands-on
                                                                                    revisions which were made to the         and detract from the borough’s sub-      Remedios Bloch of Scotch Plains,            learning experience at Rose-
                                                                                    applicant’s site plan.                   urban image.                             was among 105 senior high school            Hulman, which specializes in engi-
                                                                                       The Chelsea will assume respon-          Board members, after weighing         students from 34 states and the Dis-        neering and science education. Par-
                                                                                    sibility for maintaining a storm drain   the testimony and various concerns       trict of Columbia who completed sci-        ticipants are challenged to resolve
                                                                                    easement along the easterly side of      surrounding The Chelsea proposal,        entific and engineering projects this       problems in areas dealing with
                                                                                    the property; create a walkway lead-     concurred that the positives of the      summer during Operation Catapult            chemistry; electrical, mechanical
                                                                                    ing to the rear entrance of the facil-   planned facility outweighed any          at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Tech-       and civil engineering, and computer
                                                                                    ity, add a connection enabling the       negative aspects.                        nology in Terre Haute, Indiana.             science.
                                                                                    fire department to hook into the            Board Vice Chairman Jack                 Jeffrey, a student at Scotch Plains-        Beginning July 12, student teams
                                                                                    building’s sprinkler system, install     Molenaar noted that the facility         Fanwood High School, was part of a          worked on their projects over a three-
                                                                                    a water line and fire hydrant at the     was “exactly where it should be          team which researched, designed and         week period. They also got an early
ROAD RACE PARTNERS...David Trumpp, left, and Wilfred Coronato, Re-                  back of the building, and extend a       from a planning perspective,” add-       built a device which hurled a Frisbee       look at college life by attending lec-
publican candidates for Fanwood Borough Council, showed their support for           fence around the perimeter of the        ing that it would also be aestheti-      more than 15 feet without human             tures by Rose-Hulman faculty and
CONTACT We Care by participating in the organization’s 5K road race on              parking lot, among other provisions,     cally pleasing and would bring           control.                                    living in a residence hall.
August 22. Mr. Coronato ran the race and Mr. Trumpp assisted as a race
marshal for the annual event.                                                       Mr. Palmieri explained.                  people to the downtown.

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                                                                                        Of Freeholders’ Decisions
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                                                                                       Officials cited the township’s dis-      Earlier this year, the council ap-
                                                                                    covery earlier this year that two own-   proved the street name change at the
                                                                                    ers of a company awarded a $1.7          request of Congregation Beth Israel.
                                                                                    million township sewer contract were     The temple is the only address on the
                                                                                    awaiting sentencing on bid-rigging       street.
                                                                                    convictions.                                Area neighbors challenged the
                                                                                       Mayor Papen called the lowest-        name change at the time of the
                                                                                    bidder mandate “obsolete.” Adding        public hearing but were unable to
                                                                                    that, “It hurts the towns, now.”         sway a majority of the council in
                                                                                       The Mayor recommended lobby-          delaying a vote. Some neighbors
                                                                                    ing the League of Municipalities and     objected to traffic from temple ac-
                                                                                    state legislators to rescind the re-     tivities and a pay telephone in the
                                                                                    quirements.                              temple parking lot, that attracted
                                                                                                                             loiterers.                               BUDDING ENGINEER — Jeffrey Bloch of Scotch Plains, right, helps teammate
                                                                                       In other business, the council said                                            Michael Morita of Sunnyvale, California, put the finishing touches on their
                                                                                    it received a petition from neighbors       The council noted Tuesday, that       Frisbee Thrower project during the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology’s
                                                                                    in the Kramer Manor neighborhood,        the telephone had been removed from      Operation Catapult. The team researched, designed and constructed a device
                                                                                    asking that the street name be changed   the lot, and a meeting was scheduled     which hurled a Frisbee more than 15 feet without human control. Operation
                                                                                    back to Cliffwood Street from Sha-       between the neighbors and temple         Catapult, conducted July 12 to 31, allowed high school students to explore their
                                                                                    lom Way.                                 leaders, as promised.                    interests in science and engineering.

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