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					Page 2              Thursday, July 28, 2011                                         The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains – Fanwood TIMES                                                            A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION

                                                                                                                                   Peyton's
                                                                                                                      Peek at the Week
                                                                                                                                 In Politics
                                                                                                                          By Paul Peyton of The Leader/Times
                                                                                           Summit Police Chief Lucid            Bergen and Essex counties could have
                                                                                              Retiring as of July 29            saved millions of dollars and cost
                                                                                         Summit Police Chief Robert Lucid       hundreds of jobs, according to press
                                                                                      is retiring on July 29 after 36 years     accounts.
                                                                                      with the department, the last seven as       Passaic freeholders told The
                                                                                      chief. He has accepted a job as head      Record the decision was spontane-
                                                                                      of security at Drew University in         ous and the result of opposition that
                                                                                      Madison, according an Independent         culminated with a rally against clos-
                                                                                      Press report.                             ing the jail. Corrections officers, their
                                                                                         Deputy Chief Paul Kelley will be-      families and residents flooded the
                                                                                      come acting chief until Mayor Jor-        freeholder chamber during a recent
                                                                                      dan Glatt names a new chief after         meeting to protest the closing.
                                                                                      input from Summit’s Safety Com-                Norcross ‘Retires;’ Denies
GROUP EFFORT…Westfield Fourth Ward Councilman Jim Foerst, second                      mittee and officials.                        Pressure from Union Leaders
from left, gathered a group of nearly two dozen supporters of his reelection bid       Judge Challenges New Pension,               A week after a handful of public
who joined him in running the Westfield 5K Pizza Extravaganza on July 20. He                                                                                                        WTC PROGRESS...Asm. Jon Bramnick (R-21, Westfield) speaks with Bill
finished the race in 24:15.                                                                 Health Benefits Increases           sector leaders requested his immedi-                Baroni, deputy executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New
                                                                                         State Superior Court Judge in          ate expulsion as president of the                   Jersey, during a visit by seven New Jersey legislators to the World Trade Center
                                                                                      Hudson County, Paul DePascale,            Southern New Jersey Central Labor                   site in lower Manhattan on Monday, July 25. Officials expect the first new tower
      SP-F Tea Party to Host                                                          has filed a lawsuit challenging the
                                                                                      inclusion of judges in the state’s
                                                                                                                                Council (CLC), state Sen. Donald
                                                                                                                                Norcross (D-5, Camden) has an-
                                                                                                                                                                                    to be completed by the end of next year.


      Meeting with Rep. Lance                                                         new pension and health benefits
                                                                                      increases for employees as uncon-
                                                                                                                                nounced his retirement as president
                                                                                                                                of the CLC after 16 years.                               Munoz: Dems Misleading
                                                                                      stitutional, according to a Star-Led-        Leaders with the Communica-
  SCOTCH PLAINS — The Scotch
Plains-Fanwood Tea Party (SPFTP)
will host a town hall meeting with
                                          for a balanced budget. Other issues to
                                          be addressed are healthcare and job
                                          creation. Rep. Lance last addressed
                                                                                      ger report.
                                                                                         Pension changes took effect July
                                                                                                                                tions Workers of America, Profes-
                                                                                                                                sional Firefighters Association and                      Seniors on State Budget
                                                                                      1, three days after Governor Chris        Fraternal Order of Police as well as                   TRENTON — Assemblywoman               have already been mailed to over
Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7th) on             these issues at a SPFTP meeting in          Christie signed legislation. The New      Dominick Marino, Professional
Wednesday, August 10 from 7 to 9          March and will be providing updates.                                                                                                      Nancy Muñoz (R-21, Summit) said it       100,000 recipients who filed valid
                                                                                      Jersey State Bar Association has          Firefighters of New Jersey presi-                   is time some of the untold facts re-     applications by June 1. That part of
p.m. The meeting will be held at the         “Out-of-control government               also called for repeal of the legisla-    dent, and Ed Brannigan, president
Scotch Hills Country Club, located at     spending is affecting the quality of                                                                                                      lated to Governor Chris Christie’s       the story needs to be told. Despite
                                                                                      tion.                                     of the New Jersey Fraternal Order                   Fiscal Year 2012 budget related to       economically challenging times, the
820 Jerusalem Road in Scotch Plains.      American life and our children’s fu-           According to the Ledger, Judge         of Police, signed a letter to AFL-
  On the agenda will be the issue of      ture. Washington continues to kill job                                                                                                    senior services be highlighted instead   Governor’s budget also preserves
                                                                                      DePascale, who earns $165,000, ar-        CIO President Richard Trumka de-                    of the slant portrayed by Democrats.     funding in the Pharmaceutical Assis-
the national debt crisis and the need     prospects with calls for higher taxes       gued in that his pension paroll de-       manding Mr. Norcross’s resigna-
                                          and more regulation, meanwhile                                                                                                               Asw. Muñoz, who serves on the         tance to the Aged and Disabled
                                                                                      ductions would increase by $14,849        tion.                                               Assembly Health and Senior Services      (PAAP) and Senior Gold programs,
   McDermott to Serve                     strangling our ability to utilize do-       to $18,137 in the year 2017.                 The letter was said to have been in              Committee, issued the following          serving over 150,000 low-income
                                          mestic energy resources,” according             In addition, judges who currently     response to Sen. Norcross’s resigna-
   On Benefits Panels                     to a press release from SPFTP.                                                        tion over his yes vote on pension and
                                                                                                                                                                                    statement regarding last Thursday’s      seniors.
                                                                                      pay 1.5 percent of their salaries to-                                                         Budget Committee hearing on senior         “It should also be noted that fund-
   CRANFORD — Governor Chris                 As a member of the House Energy          ward their health care benefits, will     benefits reform (S-2937).
Christie has named Cranford resi-         and Commerce Committee, Rep.                                                                                                              citizens services:                       ing for Home and Community-Based
                                                                                      now pay 35 percent of the premium            Vt. Senator Wants Obama to                          “Today, we witnessed a hearing        Services for Seniors was increased
dent Matthew McDermott, former            Lance sits on two subcommittees that        cost, increasing contributions $2,475          Face Primary Challenger
deputy labor commissioner in the          are directly involved in some of the                                                                                                      intended to distort Governor             by almost $48 million, which helps
                                                                                      annually to a maximum of $5,230,             U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-                  Christie’s record of supporting the      the elderly who want to transition
Christie Whitman Administration, to       most pressing issues of the day.            depending on type of coverage.            Vt.) wants a Democrat to run against
the state health benefits plan design        “The SPFTP believes that the in-                                                                                                       elderly. One cannot overlook the fact    from nursing homes back into their
                                                                                        Passaic Freeholders Opt Not to          President Barack Obama in the 2012                  that Governor Christie increased         communities with home care support
committee and to the school employ-       formed citizen is the empowered citi-        Close County Prison in Paterson          Primary Elections, claiming the Presi-
ees’ health benefits plan design com-     zen. We periodically provide forums                                                                                                       funding in the Senior and Disabled       services.
                                                                                         The Passaic County Board of            dent has drifted toward Republican                  Citizens’ (Property Tax) Freeze pro-       “All of the facts need to be told.
mittee.                                   where citizens can become better edu-       Chosen Freeholders have scrapped          positions, according to an Associated
   Mr. McDermott is the brother of        cated about the important issues af-                                                                                                      gram by $30 million in order to fund     Failure to acknowledge these com-
                                                                                      plans to close the county jail in         Press report.                                       the real cost of providing additional    mitments in the Governor’s budget to
former Westfield Mayor Greg               fecting our country. We believe it is       Paterson and have ended talks with           Sen. Sanders, an Independent,
McDermott and the son of former           imperative for citizens to have oppor-                                                                                                    property tax relief.                     our seniors is unfair and misleading,”
                                                                                      Essex and Bergen Counties to send         said Friday that the President is                      “Checks averaging over $1,200         Asw. Munoz said.
state Senator and ex-Union County         tunities for dialogue with their legis-     Passaic’s 1,000 inmates to lockups        not living up to his campaign com-
Republican Chairman Frank                 lative representatives.                     in those counties, according to The       mitments on issues like Social Se-
McDermott.
   These joint employer and employee
                                             “We encourage all concerned citi-
                                          zens to mark their calendars for
                                                                                      Record.
                                                                                         The shared service proposal with
                                                                                                                                curity because “no one will stand
                                                                                                                                up to him.”
                                                                                                                                                                                     Health Bd. Urges Licensing,
plan design committees are respon-        Wednesday, August 10 and to join us
sible for providing plans with at least
three levels of coverage, featuring
                                          at the Scotch Hills Country Club.
                                          Come and learn more about what the
                                                                                                                                                                                     Rabies Vaccinations for Pets
varying levels out-of-pocket costs.       individual citizen can do to make a                                                                                                          WESTFIELD — The Westfield             that may have lead paint and the need
The committees also have sole dis-        difference. We look forwarding to                                                                                                         Board of Health met on July 11 and       to protect children from possible ex-
cretion to set the amounts for maxi-      seeing you there and be sure to visit                                                                                                     discussed several including animal-      posure to lead. The board agreed that
mums, co-pays, deductibles, and other     our website at www.spf-teaparty.org,”                                                                                                     related issues.                          all exterior sanding must be done us-
such participant costs for each plan.     according to the SPFTP release.”                                                                                                             The board reviewed several ani-       ing a HEPA (High-Efficiency Particu-
                                                                                                                                                                                    mal-related issues, including six re-    late) Air filtration system and be re-
                                                                                                                                                                                    cent bite incidents and three court      viewed by the Westfield Health De-

   Personal Injury Lawyer                                                                                                                                                           cases where residents pled guilty and
                                                                                                                                                                                    were fined for failure to obtain a
                                                                                                                                                                                    current dog license. All dogs and cats
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             partment. Anyone who sees a house
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             being sanded without apparent dust
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             controls is asked to contact Ken Pincus
                                                                                                                                                                                    in Westfield must be licensed, ac-       at (908) 789-4070, extension 4072.
    Helping Accident Victims Every Day                                                                                                                                              cording to Westfield Board of Health        The board also discussed estab-
                                                                                                                                                                                    President Lawrence Budnick. License      lishments that perform permanent
                                                                                                                                                                                    applications are available at the Of-    cosmetic work, e.g., tattoo establish-

                THE BRAMNICK                                                                                                                                                        fice of the town clerk.
                                                                                                                                                                                       In addition, all dogs and cats must
                                                                                                                                                                                    be vaccinated against rabies since
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             ments. “Their operations must be re-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             viewed by the department to ensure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             proper infection control and preven-
                  LAW FIRM                                                                                                Horace R. Corbin for The Westfield Leader and The Times
                                                                                                                                                                                    potential rabies is an on-going con-
                                                                                                                                                                                    cern in the state, Mr. Budnick said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             tion,” Mr. Budnick said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                In other business, it was noted that
                                                                                      MAYORAL SUPPORT…Former Westfield Mayor Greg McDermott attended                                The BOA holds free rabies vaccina-       the Board of Health provides free
                                                                                      the Arena for Council Campaign kickoff party Monday night at Ferraro’s South                  tion clinics throughout the year.        vaccinations including vaccines
                                                                                      to show support for his brother-in-law, First Ward Councilman Frank Arena,                       The board also addressed its con-     against meningitis, pneumonia, hu-
                                                                                      who is seeking reelection.                                                                    cerns with exterior sanding of homes     man papilloma virus and tetanus,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             diphtheria and pertussis (whooping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             cough). In addition, several health
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             screenings are planned, the next of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             which is a cholesterol screening on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Friday, September 16, from 10 a.m.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             to noon. Pre-registration is required.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             More information about the vaccina-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             tions and screenings is available from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Laura Scanlon, public health nursing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             supervisor, at (908) 789-4070, exten-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             sion 4074.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Rabies Death Reported
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              At Overlook Med. Ctr.
                JON BRAMNICK                                                                                                                                                                                                    SUMMIT — A 73-year-old woman
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             who tested positive for rabies after
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             being bitten by a dog in her native Haiti
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             in April died last week at Overlook
                Certified Civil Trial Attorney                                                                                                                                                                               Medical Center in Summit, according
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             to news reports. The New Jersey De-
                    30 Years Experience                                                                                                                                                                                      partment of Health and Senior Ser-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             vices and the U.S. Centers for Disease
             BRAMNICK, RODRIGUEZ,                                                                                                                                                                                            Control (CDC) are working with Over-
       MITTERHOFF, GRABAS & WOODRUFF LLC                                                                                                                                                                                     look and the Westfield Regional Health
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Department to assess the level of expo-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             sure among the patient’s family, health
            1827 East Second Street, Scotch Plains                                                                                                                                                                           care workers at the hospital and other
                      908-322-7000                                                                                                                                                                                           possible contacts.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The last human rabies infection in
                     www.jonbramnick.com                                                                                                                                                                                     New Jersey occurred in 1997 in War-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             ren County.


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