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Sheriff’s Officers Stop
Knife Attack in Elizabeth
ELIZABETH — Union County ing commands in Spanish, at which
sheriff’s officers, last week, sub- time Esparcza ran from the scene
dued a man attempting to stab an- while Lopez put the knife down.
other individual on 3rd Street in The officers then tackled Lopez and
Elizabeth, according to authori- handcuffed him, according to the
According to a police report ob- Lopez was arrested and charged
tained by The Scotch Plains-Fanwood with aggravated assault with a
Times, Antonio Lopez, 52, of Eliza- weapon, unlawful possession of a
beth was observed by Sergeant Carlo weapon and possession of a weapon.
Caparruva and Officer George Gyure Bail was set at $35,000, with a 10
“repeatedly trying to stab” Juan percent cash bail. He was transported
SUGAR COOKIES...The Woman’s Club of Westfield made 100 packages of Esparcza, 43, of Elizabeth, “in the to the Union County jail.
Christmas cookies at the Masonic Lodge in Westfield to be shared with the patients torso area” with a steak knife. Esparcza was located and brought
of Runnells Specialized Hospital of Union County in Berkeley Heights. Pictured, Officer Gyure drew his gun and to the sheriff’s department in Eliza-
from left to right, are: Front row, Delores Kilkenny, Anne Galante, Clemmie Tabor,
Julia Nardone and Mildred Beese, and second row, Nancy Youngling, Marjorie ordered Lopez to drop his knife, but beth for a statement. During the pro- Greg Ryan for The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times
Wieseman, Sally Brown, Helen Assmann and Madeline Roeber. Lopez “continued to lunge towards” cess it was found that Esparcza had BONFIRE…Westfield High School students gather to watch the annual bonfire
Esparcza, according to the police re- an outstanding criminal warrant, for on November 26 on the Edison Intermediate School field. The bonfire serves as a
port. which he was charged and taken to kickoff for the Homecoming Parade, Powder Puff game and the traditional
Westfield-Plainfield football game.
Sergeant Caparruva started shout- the county jail.
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erning body scheduled a vote for its years and adjusted accordingly. Westfield nical School reported that someone
December 9 meeting on a required “You’re required to assess and Friday, November 21, Robert removed her backpack from her un-
plan to meet the state Council on measure your actual rate of growth Carter, 52, of Westfield was arrested locked locker, which contained an
Affordable Housing (COAH) require- and revisit your [COAH] plan,” said at the intersection of South Chestnut iPod valued at $205.
ments. Mr. Slachetka, adding that any addi- Street and Tremont Avenue on a Tuesday, November 25, a student
“This is a huge issue for the state in tional affordable housing units re- Cranford warrant in the state crimi- at Union Catholic High School re-
many towns,” Mayor Mahr said. quired as a result of “amendments nal warrant system, with bail of $929. ported that someone removed his iPod
The plan to be voted on next week and changes” could be “phased in.” Cranford authorities released Carter valued at $175 from his unlocked
relates to “third round” COAH regu- He recommended that new resi- on his own recognizance with a No- locker.
lations, which require Fanwood to dential housing in the redevelopment vember 24 court date. Thursday, November 27, Brian
provide 26 new affordable housing area “can easily accommodate a set- Friday, November 21, Jeremy D. Mundy, 21, of Elizabeth was arrested
units as it approves future develop- aside” percentage for affordable hous- Joblon, 34, of Bloomfield was ar- for an outstanding warrant after a
ment. ing units. rested on a Clark traffic warrant dur- motor vehicle stop. He was trans-
However, Mr. Slachetka said the Borough Engineer Joseph Pryor ing a motor vehicle stop at the inter- ported to headquarters where he was
borough already has 21 affordable reported that a $200,000 grant from HELPING HANDS...Members of Pack 177 of Mountainside joined the commu- section of Central and Myrtle Av- processed and released.
housing unit “credits” from previous the New Jersey Department of Trans- nity to do their part on Clean Community Day. These Boy Scouts picked up trash
and debris at the Trailside Center in the Watchung Reservation. enues. He posted $321 bail and was Saturday, November 29, Tanya
rounds; therefore, its current “obliga- portation would help finance recon- released. Meyers, 26, of Plainfield was arrested
tion” is to provide five additional struction work along Belvedere Av- Monday, November 24, Vincent L. on an outstanding warrant after a
“You’re in pretty good shape,” Mr.
Slachetka said. But, he said COAH
enue; meanwhile, he said the bor-
ough is accepting bids until Decem-
ber 17, on the planned Helen Street
Westfield, Union Workers Irving, 57, of East Orange was ar-
rested at the East Orange Police De-
motor vehicle stop. She was trans-
ported to headquarters where she was
partment on an outstanding Westfield processed and released.
plans must be reviewed every two road improvements.
Agree to Four-Year Pact criminal warrant with bail of $166.50.
He was held pending the posting of
Saturday, November 29, Heather
Christy, 19, of Cranford was arrested
Westfield Council Appoints By MICHAEL J. POLLACK
Specially Written for The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times
because of [finalizing the contribution bail.
Tuesday, November 25, Iris Y.
for an outstanding warrant after a
motor vehicle stop. She was trans-
element of the deal],” which he said the
New Court Administrator WESTFIELD – The town council on
Tuesday introduced a new CWA (Com-
munication Workers of America) con-
town is pursuing with its other unions.
The CWA joins the library as the first two
entities whose employees contribute to
Contreras, 37, of Plainfield was ar-
rested at South Avenue and Crossway
Place on an outstanding North
ported to headquarters where she was
processed and released.
Sunday, November 30, Max
By MICHAEL J. POLLACK to the meeting.
Specially Written for The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times tract after agreeing on a four-year pact, their health insurance. Plainfield traffic warrant with bail of Delnegro, 19, of Scotch Plains was
Mr. Cockren said this process is dif- retroactive to 2008, which goes through Mr. Gildea said employee contribu-
WESTFIELD – With the retirement, ferent from typical subdivisions; in this $200. She was turned over to the North arrested for an outstanding warrant
2011. tions are “important to offsetting the cost Plainfield Police Department. after a motor vehicle stop. He was
effective at the end of this year, of long- case, a parcel is being cut from Rahway In Westfield, the CWA comprises 40 to the taxpayer.”
time court administrator Linda Chieffo Avenue, and a new street is being made. Wednesday, November 26, Rafael transported to headquarters where he
full-time and 10 part-time positions. The The Westfield firefighters contract ex-
the town welcomed Carol Salvaggio as Issues such as drainage, sewerage, on- CWA covers positions, such as the police pires at the end of this year, while the Perez, 41, of Elizabeth was arrested on was processed and released.
its new acting court administrator at street parking and bond performance clerk, deputy town clerk, deputy tax col- police and teamsters’ agreements expire an outstanding Westfield traffic war- Sunday, November 30, a resident
Tuesday’s meeting. are considered as part of the agreement. lector and building code processor. The at the end of 2009. rant in the amount of $496. He was of Canterbury Drive reported that
The town administrator, with the ap- In other news, the council announced CWA’s pay-scale system consists of four In separate business, Councilman Jim turned over to the Union County jail. someone removed his vehicle, which
proval of the mayor and council, pro- the Westfield Neighborhood Council’s grades, each with 15 steps. Foerst’s, chairman of the Code Review Wednesday, November 26, Joseph was parked in the street in front of his
posed the appointment of Ms. Salvaggio, Community Block Grant application for The new contract calls for increases of and Town Property Committee, will in- Pintauro, Jr., 40, of Cranford was house.
who has served as one of the town’s two funding. The entity has applied for 2 percent over the existing steps in 2008, troduce an ordinance later this month that arrested at the Monmouth County jail Mountainside
deputy court administrators for 12 years. $17,000, to be used for facilities im- 2009 and 2010, as well as a 2.5 percent will amend an article in the town’s land on an outstanding Westfield traffic Tuesday, November 25, Jennifer
Fellow deputy court administrator Anne provement. increase in the final year of the contract. use ordinance and create an amended warrant in the amount of $750. He R. Clementi, 36, of Winfield Park and
Margeotes will remain in her current In other business, the town appointed Under the deal’s terms, part-time em- schedule of fees.
its risk management consultant. The ployees will see hourly increases from a The “omnibus package of fee modifi- was released after posting bail. Renee A. Ronchi, 52, of Morristown
role; the town will not hire anyone to fill Wednesday, November 26, Robert were arrested and charged in connec-
Ms. Salvaggio’s former position; it will town, which has joined both the Subur- range of $13.54 to $16.89, effective in cations,” as termed by Mr. Foerst, will
be lost to attrition. ban Joint Insurance Fund and the Mu- 2008, to between $14.43 and $18.01, in include a host of increased charges. H. Schwartz, 38, of Westfield was tion with prescription medication fraud.
Town Administrator Jim Gildea said nicipal Excess Liability Joint Insurance 2011. The CBA also includes funding for The fee for “C” variances, also known arrested on Doris Parkway on four According to police, a doctor on
he was “happy to recommend” Ms. Fund, must, by law, appoint a consult- the town’s TV-36 director. The position as bulk variances, will rise. This type of outstanding Westfield traffic warrants Route 22 told police Clementi, a former
Salvaggio for the acting title “and, soon ant. will see an increase from $29,714, in variance, according to Town Planner Bill totaling $402. He was released after employee of his, might have been
thereafter, hopefully the court adminis- Such a consultant examines an orga- 2008, to $32,585, in 2011, a 9.6 percent Drew, is the “most prevalent type of ap- posting bail. fraudulently obtaining prescriptions.
trator title for a long future here.” Mr. nization to identify and quantify what it increase. plication a town resident would file.” Wednesday, November 26, Tina Upon questioning, Clementi told po-
Gildea said Ms. Salvaggio has done a does, what it stands to lose in case of loss The deputy town clerk will earn be- A resident would file a “C” variance if, Wissel, 47, of Westfield was arrested lice Ronchi, her former coworker at the
“phenomenal job” thus far. and what is needed to protect its assets tween $32,123 and $48,665 in 2009. That for example, he or she sought to create an
salary rises to between $33,585 to $50,982. addition on their home that did not com- on Lawrence Avenue on an outstand- doctor’s office, would call in the pre-
To sum up, he touted the move for the and earnings. The town has appointed ing Westfield traffic warrant in the scriptions for her and Clementi would
AGA (Amalgamated General Agencies) The senior environmental health special- ply with the prevailing zoning standards.
town council’s providing of “new lead- Currently, a flat $50 fee exists regard- amount of $120. She was processed then pick them up. The prescriptions
ership in the court and budget savings.” to perform the services outlined for 2.5 ist, in 2009, will earn between $61,979
and $67,149. In 2011, that rises to be- less of the amount of variances filed. and released after posting bail. were filled at four different pharma-
Third Ward Councilman Mark percent of the town’s annual assess- Under the new package, a single variance Wednesday, November 26, Kim- cies.
ment. tween $69,149 and $71,420.
Ciarrocca said he had the opportunity to In addition, there are two major changes would cost $150. Those with multiple berly Matics, 37, of Union was ar- Police said the prescriptions dated
work with Ms. Salvaggio, whom he “This saves us 3.5 percent of our to the contract. First, grade 7, an entry level variances would pay $95 each.
called a “tremendous asset to the town.” assessment,” Mr. Gildea said, as the rested and charged with driving while from January 19, 2007 through July 31
grade, has been eliminated; adjustments “We compared ourselves with the sur- intoxicated after a motor vehicle stop of this year. The prescriptions in ques-
He said the town is losing someone rate, by law, cannot exceed 6 percent of have been made to get all current grade 7 rounding municipalities,” Mr. Drew told
“with a lot of experience,” in Ms. Chieffo, a member’s annual assessment. “So, at South Avenue, West, and Boule- tion were for Alprozolam or Xanax,
workers into the grade 8 classification. The Times last Wednesday, “and found
but it is gaining someone “really compe- we’ll pocket in the neighborhood of “We had a hard time getting people that we were on the bottom of the list. We vard. She was transported to police given for panic disorder and anxiety;
tent” in return. He said though the sec- $35,000.” hired at [salaries in the $20,000 range],” decided to raise our fees so that they’re headquarters, processed and released Advair Diskus, prescribed for asthma
ond deputy court administrator position Under public discussion by citizens, Mr. Gildea told The Scotch Plains- competitive, not first.” to a responsible individual. or COPD; and Vicoden, a pain manage-
is not being replaced, the work in the former Westfield Councilman Ken Fanwood Times last Wednesday. Mr. Foerst said the town tried to posi- Thursday, November 27, David ment drug.
municipal court “has not shrunk; in fact, McRitchie provided council members Also, the move means that Westfield tion itself in the 65th to 80th percentile. Ryan, 28, of Cranford was arrested at Ronchi was arrested on Monday,
we’re busier than we ever were…it’s a copies of a 2002 article, appearing in the will no longer be a “training ground,” “We just want to collect a fair fee,” he said. North and Central Avenues on an out- November 24, at police headquarters
great example of doing more with less.” former Record Press, titled “Rat Probe according to the administrator. “We’d The town referred the matter to the standing New Brunswick criminal war- and charged with fraudulently obtain-
In a separate matter, the town has Brings Apology.” hire an office clerk at $23,000, then the planning board, which addressed it at its rant in the amount of $250. He was ing prescription drugs and providing
entered into an agreement between the The article delves into the Fanwood person would go to another town and get December 1 meeting. The town hopes to processed and released after posting them to others, obtaining a controlled
town of Westfield and Forest Glen Re- Borough Council apologizing to a resi- paid double. We lost good people.” have the amended fee schedule set for the
dent after council members agreed the Secondly, the deal amends the method 2009 calendar year. bail. dangerous substance by fraud and pos-
alty Associates, which is an affiliate of
Daunno Development. Westfield Regional Board of Health, of of contribution to the health insurance Acting town engineer Kris McAloon Friday, November 28, Derrion Aber- session of prescription medications
When completed, Forest Glen Es- which the borough is a member, “over- provider. said the town received one bid for its deen, 26, of Plainfield was arrested on without proper authorization. She was
tates, a three-lot subdivision on a cul- stepped its authority in investigating a Starting in 2009, CWA workers will recycling program. The bid, coming from South Avenue on an outstanding Scotch released pending a Friday, December 5
de-sac off Rahway Avenue, will feature rodent infestation.” choose between Point of Service (POS) Great Northern, which handles the ma- Plains traffic warrant in the amount of court date.
a new road, Forest Glen Court, which At the time, borough attorney Mark and Preferred Provider Organization jority of Union County towns, was $165. He was processed and released Clementi was arrested on Wednes-
will be exclusive to the three homes. Peck agreed with residents that health (PPO) plans, which come at a higher cost. $222,000, a 20 percent increase from the after posting bail. day, November 25, at her home and
An advertisement earlier this year inspectors did not “have the power” to Those who choose the more expensive $184,000 the town is currently paying. Friday, November 28, Ronald charged with prescription fraud and
listed the pre-construction pricing start- enter private property in the absence of PPO plan will have to pay the differential Mr. McAloon said the changing paper Posyton, Jr., 48, of Westfield was ar- obtaining controlled dangerous sub-
ing at $1.8 million. an imminent health hazard. between the POS and PPO plans. The market caused the “substantial increase.”
differential breaks down into three cat- Whereas in the past, the vendor would rested on the 100 block of Clifton Street stances by fraud. She was processed
The more-than-half-acre lots will back Mr. McRitchie said he did not want to on an outstanding no-bail warrant from and released pending a December 5
up to Tamaques Park and St. Helen’s “embarrass” the previous health officer egories: a $300 charge for family plans, lower the bid price because he would
$200 fee for husband-wife plans and $100 benefit from the resale of paper, that is not the Union County Sheriff’s Office. He court date.
Roman Catholic Church. of Westfield. was processed and turned over to the Thursday, November 27, Mark
“Going forward,” he said, he hopes for single plans. Those who choose the happening at present.
According to Town Attorney Bob POS plan pay no extra charge. Still, Mr. McAloon said the $20 per- Sheriff’s Office. Dwyer, 27, of Mountainside was ar-
Cockren, preliminary subdivision ap- that the necessary “checks and balances” unit (household) fee is lower than sur-
proval was granted in 2005. Property are imposed to “prevent reoccurring In addition, in 2010 and 2011, CWA Friday, November 28, Qing Yang, rested and charged for driving while
members will directly contribute to their rounding towns such as Kenilworth and 40, of Westfield was arrested at intoxicated after being involved in an
owner, Carl Peschke, had since sold his things such as this.” insurance; an employee will pay 1 per- Cranford, which pay $24 or $26.
rights to the project to the developer. Mr. Gildea on Wednesday told The Westfield police headquarters on two accident. According to police, offic-
cent of his or her salary, regardless of the The alternative to the town’s recycling outstanding Clark traffic warrants, with ers patrolling Summit Lane found
Forest Glen sought subdivision approval Leader, “2002 was six years ago and plan, in 2010. That percentage rises to practice, said third ward Councilman Mark
and received it in September. there was no Westfield response men- 1.25 percent in 2011. Ciarrocca, is to adopt Fanwood’s model total bail of $329. She was released Dwyer next to his vehicle where it
Now, the developer and the town have tioned in that article. Fanwood contin- The sides have negotiated since No- of operating a town recycling center. after processing and posting bail. came to a stop after hitting two trees.
entered into a formal agreement, which ues to be a member of The Westfield vember 2007, and came to a voluntary Mr. Ciarrocca said the town must weigh Friday, November 28, Nicole He admitted to have been drinking
deals with “how improvements will oc- Regional Board of Health, which is a settlement in October. Mediation and ar- the benefits of each. Westfield’s method is Carscadden, 24, of Cranford and Mat- and was transported to Overlook
cur and who has responsibility for the very successful program. Since that time, bitration were not necessary. more convenient, as opposed to Fanwood’s, thew Poirier, 22, of Westfield were Hospital for injuries sustained in the
improvements,” Mr. Cockren said prior three other towns have been added.” “We feel it’s a fair, favorable deal for in which people must sort their plastics by arrested and charged with possession accident at which time samples of his
the town and the employee,” Mr. Gildea number and other items by color. of less than 50 grams of suspected blood were taken for blood alcohol
said. “We enjoy a good relationship with “More and more, these are the judg- marijuana after their motor vehicle level testing.
CWA. It took a little longer than usual ment calls we have to make [when con- was stopped in the area of Central Sunday, November 30, a patron of a
sidering the economic impact of such
Avenue and Oxford Terrace for hav- restaurant on Route 22 reported that
Governor Corzine programs],” he said. “It’s a significant
ing tinted windows. while dining at the establishment, some-
service. It is convenient, but people are
Asks Feds for Help paying a tax point and a half.” After further investigation, police one entered her vehicle damaging the
PHILADELPHIA – Governor Jon The town council will hold its reorga- also charged Carscadden with three driver’s side door lock and attempted to
Corzine, Tuesday, addressed the National nization meeting on Friday, January 2, separate counts of possession of pre- remove the ignition box. According to
Governor’s conference with President- 2009, at 6 p.m. at the municipal building. scription legend drugs. She and Poirier police, surveillance cameras caught the
elect Barack Obama and Vice President- were transported to Westfield police perpetrators on tape and the incident is
elect Joseph Biden in attendance. About headquarters, processed, issued sum- under investigation.
the foreclosure crisis, he said that the
quickest path out of the current economic
recession lies with keeping families in
Chippery monses and released.
Saturday, November 29, Nelson
Lemes, 24, of Linden was arrested at
homes and keeping communities strong.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 “The Tough
Westfield police headquarters on traf- Get Going”
“The dream of homeownership has al-
ways been a driving force in the Ameri- Blechinger said. “A renovation can fic warrants from Westfield and Lin-
can economy, and that dream must re- happen, but they can’t enlarge it at all den, with bail amounts of $500 and
main alive if we are to see a timely eco- without a variance.” $154, respectively. Lemes was pro-
nomic recovery,” Governor Corzine said. Given its location on South Av- cessed and released after posting bail
“The housing and foreclosure problem enue, Mr. Nagy said he believes an- on both warrants.
facing families and communities lies at other similar restaurant could suc- Scotch Plains goleader.com
the base of the economic crisis. If the ceed on the property. Monday, November 24, Leslie
foreclosure problem is not addressed, the “There has been talk that it is a Winn, 27, of East Orange was ar-
economy will not recover.” good location, because it has parking rested for an outstanding warrant af-
The governor called for a federal pro-
gram. “We need a housing market recov- and it is high density traffic, and traf- ter a motor vehicle stop. She was Advertise
ery program that’s at a scale that only the fic for about what I would call rela- transported to headquarters where she Here
federal government can provide, other- tively quick pick up of food, fast was processed and released.
wise toxic mortgages will poison the sys- food, it’s a good place,” Mr. Nagy Monday, November 24, a student
tem indefinitely,” he said. said. at the Union County Vocational Tech- goleader.com