Page 18 Thursday, April 21, 2011 The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains – Fanwood TIMES A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION
Mary M. Isoldi, 87, Longtime Resident; Nancy Chiafaro Cuoco, 85, Had Been
Corporate Officer For Westfield Firm
Mary M. Isoldi, 87, of Westfield missed by her nieces and nephew,
– Obituaries – Longtime Resident of Westfield
Nancy C. Cuoco, née Chiafaro, 85, home in Westfield was always filled
passed away peacefully on Wednes- Diane Lioudis of Piscataway, Angela Doris ‘Betty’ Gotberg, 91, Had Been a resident of Shell Point Retirement with children, food, friends, numer-
day, April 13, 2011, surrounded by (Julie) Feeley of Summit, Maryjane Community, Fort Myers, Fla. and ous pets and a great amount of laugh-
her loving family. Finch of Millington, Frances Tedesco Active With Church and In Scouting formerly of Westfield and Scotch ter.
Born in Liberi, Merangeli, Italy, of Berkeley Heights, Nancy Alagna Plains, N.J., passed peacefully on A patron of the arts and theater,
of New Providence, Lisa Brophy of Doris “Betty” Allen Gotberg, 91, 401 Green Brook Road, North
Mary came to the United States at the of Fanwood died on Sunday, April Thursday, March 24, Nancy enjoyed her in-
age of 4, on November 4, 1927, and Essex, Conn. and Frank D. Isoldi of Plainfield, N.J. 07063.
10, 2011, at Watchung Ridge As- Arrangements were by the Memo- 2011, in Florida. She volvement with several
settled in Westfield with her family. Westfield, along with many great- was predeceased by senior clubs in the area.
nieces and nephews. sisted Living in Watchung. rial Funeral Home, 155 South Avenue
She retired after 45 years as a corpo- Born and raised in Plainfield, she her husband, Major She was a wonderful, sup-
rate officer of Norton and Williams A Mass of Christian Burial was in Fanwood. For additional informa-
graduated from Plainfield High tion or to sign the guestbook, please Salvatore John portive wife, mother and
of Westfield. offered on Monday, April 18, at the Cuoco, in 2008. friend.
Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church School and Jersey City Teachers Col- visit www.fanwoodmemorial.com.
Her parents, Frank and Maria lege. She was a longtime resident of April 21, 2011 Nancy grew up in She is survived by her
Isoldi, and her sister, Frances Natale, of Westfield. Interment followed at Westfield, graduating children, Daniel S. Cuoco
St. Mary Cemetery in Plainfield. Fanwood, having lived in the bor-
predeceased her. ough for 56 years. Richard Edwards, 100 from Holy Trinity and his wife, Silvia, Kathy
Surviving are her devoted brother, Arrangements were by the Dooley High School in 1943. C. Gilmartin, Gina A.
Colonial Home, 556 Westfield Av- A homemaker for most of her adult Richard Earl Edwards, 100, died
Frank, and his wife, Edith, of life, before starting her family she Her father owned a Barfield and John Frank
Westfield. She also will be deeply enue in Westfield. on Monday, April 18, 2011, at his
had worked at Guaranty Trust Co. of home in Scotch Plains. barbershop on South Cuoco and his wife,
Donations in Mary’s memory may Avenue and her Laurie. Also surviving are
New York. Later, she worked part- Born on Lyons Farm in Hillside, he
Virginia B. Collins, 93 be made to the Westfield Rescue Squad.
April 21, 2011 time at the Plainfield YMCA. spent his entire life living and work- mother a seamstress five loving grandchildren,
Virginia B. Collins, 93, of Punta Betty was a lifelong member of ing in Scotch Plains. shop downtown. Nancy Cuoco Gregory D. Cuoco, Shan-
Gorda, Fla., formerly of Mountainside, Sanford Luger, 74 the Trinity Reformed Church in Mr. Edwards farmed on the south A graduate of The non L. Gilmartin, John P.
N.J., passed away on Wednesday, April North Plainfield, where she sang in side of Scotch Plains until the age of Katharine Gibbs School, she went Gilmartin, Elita A. Barfield and Cole
Sanford “Sandy” Luger, 74, of New on to work for Emerson Thomas and R. Barfield.
13, 2011, in Port Charlotte, Fla. York City passed away peacefully at the choir, was a member of Broek 75, at which time he retired to a small
She was born Virginia Brokaw in Circle and was an active volunteer at home garden. the Central Jersey Railroad. Upon A gathering of family and friends
home on Wednesday, April 13, 2011. her marriage to the then Lt. Salvatore will be held on Friday, May 13, from
Dunellen, N.J. on July 18, 1917 to He was the husband of Ellen Samuel her church with FISH in Plainfield. He was predeceased by his wife,
William and Mary Brokaw. Virginia She also had been active in scouting Sarah C. Edwards, as well as four J. Cuoco in September of 1951, they 6 to 8 p.m. at the Dooley Colonial
Luger; father of Todd and Peter Luger; traveled extensively with the mili- Funeral Home, 556 Westfield Av-
lived in service to her family, her stepfather of Mimi Samuel and Joanne when her children were young, both brothers, Stanley, Arthur, Albert and
many friends and to the community in Girl Scouts and as a den mother in Ralph. tary, living in Georgia, South Caro- enue in Westfield. A memorial mass
Samuel Goldblum, and spectacular lina, Pennsylvania, and for many will be held at the Holy Trinity Ro-
as a registered nurse. grandfather of Jesse, Mollie and Cub Scouts. Surviving is his companion of many
Virginia embraced the arts, and at Her beloved husband, John, pre- years, Patricia A. Mullane, and his years overseas in Italy. man Catholic Church in Westfield on
Sherman Goldblum. Nancy continued with her career Saturday, May 14, at 11 a.m.
age 60 became a gifted potter. She An avid photographer, world trav- deceased her in 2004. They were stepdaughter, Marie Edwards. April 21, 2011
moved from Mountainside to Punta married for 57 years. Services will be held today, Thurs- as a bookkeeper, but what she trea-
eler and card-carrying member of the sured most in life was her family. Her
Gorda in 1997. ACLU, he was a retired vice-presi- Surviving are her two sons, John day, April 21, at 11 a.m. at the Memo-
She leaves behind sons Robert B. dent at Merck-Medco. and Richard; her daughter, Barbara rial Funeral Home, 155 South Av-
and Richard B. (Kathryn) Collins; a A celebration of life was held on Hildebrant (and her husband, Charles), enue in Fanwood. Visitation will take Miceli Points to Background As
granddaughter, Jill Bromberg, and a Friday, April 15, at Plaza Commu- and her sister, Alberta Adams. place today one hour prior to the
niece, Karen Vance. Virginia was pre-
ceded in death by her beloved hus-
nity Jewish Chapel in New York City. Services were held on Saturday,
April 16, at the Trinity Reformed
service. Interment will follow at Ev-
ergreen Cemetery in Hillside.
Educator With 30 Yrs. Experience
Donations in Sandy’s honor may be I would like to thank all the people who same dreams of success for their chil-
band of 42 years, Richard Francis made to the New Haven Diaper Bank, Church. Private interment was at For additional information or to are supporting me in my campaign for dren.
Collins, in 1986. the International Center for Photogra- Hillside Cemetery in Scotch Plains. express condolences, please visit election to the board of education. I am If you have been following the cam-
No services are planned. phy or to the ACLU of New Jersey. Those who wish may make dona- www.fanwoodmemorial.com. grateful for your support and encourage- paigning you will know that I am an
April 21, 2011 April 21, 2011 tions to Trinity Reformed Church, April 21, 2011 ment. On April 27 you will have the educator with 30 years experience. I have
opportunity to vote for three candidates served as a teacher, principal and assis-
for the board. I hope I am one of the tant superintendent of schools. I have
Mountainside Candidates for BOE candidates you select. I also hope you
will vote in favor of the school budget.
done all the jobs performed by the district
administration. I know what school ad-
During my campaign I have heard about ministrators need to do to be effective,
Cathy Jakositz Dante S. Gioia the deficiencies of the budget. One of our even creating building and district bud-
A member of the Mountainside Board attend Deerfield School. I moved to Mountainside with my wife class sizes to continue growing. current board members failed to support gets. I also have worked with board mem-
of Education for the past three years, I As a board member, I support the and three small children in 2006 to take Professionally, I am a financial execu- it. No budget is ever perfect. There are bers. I have run committees that perform
hves been a strong advocate for informa- continuous evaluation of the aca- advantage of the good public schools, tive with experience in growth, start-up always choices made between competing the functions of the board. I led curricu-
tion sharing with the public and transpar- demic curriculum to ensure an in- relatively low taxes and a small town and distressed companies. Currently the priorities. Previous budgets eliminated lum committees, worked on policy com-
ency of board proceedings and worked to community environment. I’m running for vuce president of finance and operations positions to close financial gaps when the mittees, revised teacher evaluation sys-
crease of achievement for all stu- the board of education to help re-estab- of a $600-million public company, I’ve state reduced aid to the district. The 2011- tems with personnel committees, and
ensure that the community receives in-
formation necessary to be aware of where dents, improvement in communica- lish and maintain the standards that influ- previously held several executive finance 2012 budget saves jobs but does so by not negotiated contracts with board commit-
their educational system is going. tion with school personnel, parents enced my decision to move to positions including CFO/COO of $100- funding a capital reserve for buildings. tees. You will not be able to elect a more
I believe in bringing the communi- and the community, the continuous Mountainside. million privately-owned importer, CFO After two years of personnel cuts, the qualified candidate than me for the board
ties educational views and feedback to support of the current teacher to stu- I believe the board of education is of a $400-million woman’s apparel board chose to save positions in the of education.
the decision making process of the dent ratio in all grade levels and to responsible for balancing fiscal prudence wholesaler division and controller of a schools. That keeps more teachers work- My fellow candidates all have attributes
BOE. collectively evaluate the current needs and educational excellence. As a tax- $500-million retail chain. I have a record ing with your children in smaller classes. you may also find desirable. On candi-
I have 18 years of educational teaching of the schools, students and school payer of Mountainside and a parent with of success in multiple industries includ- Next year there will be a new budget and dates night we all expressed our views. If
experience. A graduate of Kean College, personnel in an effort to create a children from Pre-K – 2nd grade, I am ing fashion, retail, entertainment and fi- a new set of concerns. Perhaps we can you have not already seen that broadcast,
I received my Bachelor of Arts Degree in fully invested in balancing these goals. nancial services. My experience includes begin thinking of the future and start please find it on your local channel. Go to
balance with the current tax burden. As a professional with experience man- contract negotiation, strategy, M&A, trea- reserving capital for building projects. I www.westfieldnjk12.org for a broadcast
Teacher of the Handicapped and my I believe that learning is a life-long
Master’s of Arts in Administration and aging multi-million dollar budgets, I view sury, operations, accounting, and finan- hope to be a member of the board to schedule. See what we are all about. I
pursuit that takes place in the school, Mountainside’s last two school budgets cial planning. I have an MBA in finance participate in those discussions. That is hope you will put me among the three
Supervision while working in the public home, recreational and social experi-
school system of Union. I have also com- as reactionary fixes to larger long-term from Rutgers University, a BM from up to you, the voters. candidates you select on Wednesday,
ences. My mission is to ensure a qual- problems. These long-term problems Berklee College of Music and passed My campaign has been about serving April 27. Vote yes for the budget and vote
pleted a graduate program in Learning ity education that meets and/or ex-
Disability Teacher Consultant (LDTC, threaten our taxes, our property values CFA level 3. the community that has treated me so for Joseph Miceli, a candidate with expe-
ceeds the needs of each child of the and our children’s education. Without I am active in the community as a mem- well. I moved here 10 years ago so my rience who is dedicated to the success of
member of the Child Study Team) and District of Mountainside by maximiz-
completed another graduate program in proactive leadership, long-term planning, ber of the Mountainside Honorary P.B.A. daughter could attend the Westfield our children. We need to maintain a qual-
ing the use of school and community negotiating affordable contracts and Local 126, the Beechwood Garden Com- schools. She benefited greatly and is now ity school system with a budget we can
school counseling. As a 16-year resident, resources.
I am a mother of two sons, 12 and 10, who eliminating waste, I expect taxes and mittee and coaching soccer and T-Ball. attending Rutgers Law School. I have afford. For more information about me as
continued to support the organizations of your candidate, please see Facebook.com/
Jeane Parker Carolyn Williams the schools, such as the Boosters, be- VoteJosephMiceli, or send an e-mail with
I have been a Mountainside resident for funding cuts and the depressed economy, I have been a current board member for experience and knowledge of creative cause strong extracurricular programs questions to
seven years. My husband, Tom, and I both if we want to continue to secure taxpayer the past three years and am seeking re- and alternative measures to attain the best contribute to strong academic programs firstname.lastname@example.org.
grew up in close-knit Midwest towns are support for our schools. The board must election. My reason for seeking re-elec- possible education for our children. and student leadership. Now I have an
tion is to ensure that the Mountainside The district has achieved many goals Joseph Miceli
glad to have found the same sense of extend its efforts beyond the families opportunity to assist the next generation Candidate Westfield BOE
community here in Mountainside. Our with children in our schools to actively School District continues to excel aca- over the last three years. We have re- of Westfield families who aspire to the
daughter, Kate, is a seventh-grader at include Mountainside’s large population demically while remaining fiscally re- mained fiscally responsible, supported the
Deerfield School, where I have served as of retirees, empty-nesters and other resi- sponsible to the tax payers. I bring a teachers in continuing their education and
a class parent and volunteer for PTA and dents whose support of our district is balanced view and perspective to the board have strengthened curriculum initiatives. Maureen Hess
Mountainside Educaton Foundation crucial. If elected, I will work diligently and remain strong in knowing my respon- This has resulted in our test scores being
school functions. I count myself fortunate and collaboratively with fellow board sibility is to serve every child in brought up to within the top 10th percen- My husband Cornell and I, and our coursework in January of this year.
to be a part of a school district that provides members to: Mountainside. After many years of serv- tile in the state and played a large part in three children: Sean, Kyle, and Nora (ages Striking the balance between home
quality academics and the co-curricular Continue to improve communication ing on various PTA committees, I en- Mountainside being voted as one of the 11, 10, and seven, respectively) moved to and work can be a difficult task. Under-
programs and social activities important between the school board, administration joyed two years as PTA president. Work- best places to live by New Jersey Maga- Mountainside in 2005. At that time we standing the struggle working families
to turning out well-rounded kids. and the entire community to create greater ing with parents, teachers and adminis- zine in March of 2010. immediately involved ourselves with our face these days is an added “mixed bless-
With a bachelor degreein English from transparency and accountability; continu- trators at every level gave me experience The board of education needs to con- church, our schools, and the town-spon- ing” when helping our district’s families
Miami University in Ohio, I have worked ously evaluate our academic curriculum and insight into how to do more for our tinue to maintain curriculum articulation sored activities that were available to us. discern keeping their children safe and
as a news reporter for nearly 30 years. I to ensure highest achievement of all stu- children with limited resources. This in- with Columbia Middle School in Berke- Upon our arrival in Mountainside, I sound when they must be at work. These
began covering school and municipal dents; support our interim business ad- spired me to run for the Mountainside ley Heights so our children continue on was embraced by a beautiful group of concerns are at the forefront of a parent’s
boards for community papers in Michigan ministrator in his ongoing efforts to cut Board of Education. Currently, I am a track when they merge together in ninth women who introduced me to the mind. I share these same concerns, and
and New Jersey, and then spent 10 years as costs and explore renewable revenue preschool teacher in Cranford at Calvary grade at Governor Livingston High Mountainside Newcomers Club (MNC). hope to make a difference through my
a New York financial writer. In 1995 I streams; strengthen the district’s fiscal Lutheran Nursery School and Child Care. School. As liaison to Berkeley Heights, I I immediately became a member, assum- work on the BOE.
joined the New York Post, where I cur- oversight; ensure that when making deci- With a long history in childhood educa- have a strong voice in maintaining this ing board roles, and ultimately became Being afforded the opportunity to ac-
rently cover national and local news. I am sions there are no questions left unasked, tion, I have an understanding of what it initiative. I have completed all board train- the president of the club in 2008. tively engage as a member of the board of
a published author and the recipient of a possibilities unexplored, information un- takes to bring the schools through these ing in a timely manner and continue to This club has been a vital resource for education and fulfilling the obligations of
New York Press Club award for reporting challenged, or opinions unsought. challenging times of budget cuts. attend meetings to learn new and valu- me, and opened many doors to additional that role, I am confident that I can help
excellence. As a journalist, I am required each day Issues affecting the children are in- able information and how it can relate to organizational involvement, not to men- facilitate some of the necessary changes
One of the core functions of a Board of to ask questions, seek and interpret infor- creased class sizes, fewer teachers, pay Mountainside and bring about change. tion life-long friendships. that will continue to keep our schools
Education is to provide two-way commu- mation and listen to the opinions on all for play or the reduction of sports, clubs The Mountainside school district, with During my time with the MNC, I cre- academically strong and competitive. The
nication with the community by inform- sides of an issue. I am open-minded, and courtesy bussing. In order to continue active community involvement and the ated a new and exciting website which I commitment I make to each and every
ing the public about its schools. I was persistent and resourceful. I have a sin- to achieve a balanced budget I will use my continuance of the committed, knowl- strongly believe has been a benefit to our one of you is that if I do not know some-
encouraged this year to see the cere interest in the Mountainside com- edgeable leadership and administration community by tying all that Mountainside thing, I will seek out the answer from a
Mountainside BOE take steps toward a munity, its children and their education, currently in place, will ensure that has to offer to both new and long-term knowledgeable person or resource and
more active role in soliciting public input and believe I would bring a fresh perspec- Mountainside remains the premier place residents. I am active parishioner at Our address the concern or look to improve a
and sharing opinions about our district’s tive and unique skills to our school board. to raise and educate our children. It will Lady of Lourdes Roman CatholicChurch. situation.
needs, priorities and goals. However, Please feel free to e-mail me at be my sincere privilege to continue to I have been a CCD teacher since 2005, a I remain, and always will be, a two-
more needs to be done, particularly given parker4mountainsideBOE@gmail.com. serve the citizens of Mountainside. member of the Welcoming Committee, way communication tool for our school
responsible for organizing the church’s and our community. In the short period of
WF School Budget annual picnic, a member and past director time I have been on the board, I have had
of the Cornerstone Women’s Retreat, as countless meetings with the chief school
Gray Funeral Homes
Available Online well as providing my time and talent to
other ministries within the parish.
administrator and the business adminis-
trator/board secretary. I have attended
WESTFIELD - The Westfield Within the town, I am an active mem- numerous workshops that have provided
Board of Education announced ber of the Mountainside Recreation De- me with an even greater understanding of
that its newsletter Emphasis on partment, serving as a basketball coach, my role and responsibilities to this board
Since 1897 Education is available online at PAL soccer volunteer, Women’s Recre- of education.
www.westfieldnjk12.org/empha- ation Softball player, treasurer for my While I have faced a number of chal-
sis2011. daughter’s Brownie troop, and past den lenges both professional and personally,
It contains information about leader for Pack 177 – responsible for in this role, at the end of the day, the
the school district’s budget that multiple activities (Memorial Day Pic- children of Mountainside, including my
nic, Somerset Patriot Baseball evening) three children, must be supported in their
will be voted on Wednesday, April when I served in that capacity. academic growth, as well as in their emo-
27. Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 9 Within our schools, I have been an tional, social, and spiritual life balance. If
p.m. in Westfield. active member of the PTA from the onset we limit our children in terms of any of
Information on the budget also of my children’s education. I co-chaired these areas, we have missed a crucial
is posted on the New Parent Tea for two years, and opportunity to present well-adjusted
w w w. w e s t f i e l d n j k 1 2 . o r g / continue to offer my time on various young men and women to our society.
schoolelection and on WHS- committees. The board of education, staff mem-
Begun in 1876 by William Gray, in Cranford and later Incorporated in TV36. Copies of Emphasis on I encourage everyone, (children as well) bers, and community must work together
Education are available in the to get active and volunteer in some capac- with pure intentions, and only one focus,
1897 as the Gray Burial & Cremation Company. ity with the PTA, Mountainside Educa- the children of the town. My husband and
Today, known by many simply as Gray’s. We continue to provide the School/Community Relations tion Foundation (MEF), youth sports pro- I are committed to our three children. We
personal service that began with Mr. Gray, whether it be for burial or Office at 302 Elm Street. grams, instrumental music development, are committed to raising principled, re-
cremation. Student Government, etc. By doing so, spectful, and empathetic children.
PUBLIC NOTICE PUBLIC NOTICE we all assume ownership for the suc- A strong education is the cornerstone
Gray Funeral Home Gray Memorial Funeral Home cesses and failings of our community and to that success. The Mountainside schools
318 East Broad St. 12 Springfield Ave.
SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD BOARD OF EDUCATION help our children to develop a sense of are a wonderful compliment to our town.
NOTICE OF MEETINGS responsibility, a belief in teamwork, and I would like to see that strength remain in
Westfield, NJ 07090 Cranford, NJ 07016 (In Compliance with OPEN PUBLIC MEETINGS ACT - Chapter 231) a healthy well-rounded lifestyle. our schools.
William A. Doyle Mgr. Dale R. Schoustra Mgr. *ADDENDUM TO REGULARLY SCHEDULED MEETINGS*
Prior to spending the last 11 memo-
NJ Lic. Number 2325 NJ Lic. Number 3707 TYPE OF MEETING: Board Meetings for Month of May rable years at home raising my children,
(908)-233-0143 (908)-276-0092 DATE OF MEETING: May 12, 2011 – Open Agenda Meeting I worked as a technical writer and trainer
May 26, 2011 – Regular Public Meeting for Electronic Data Systems Corp (EDS).
LOCATION: Administration Building
In this role I represented my company in
John-Michael “J.M.” Jones Evergreen Avenue & Cedar Street a consulting capacity on various long-
N.J. Lic. #4869 Scotch Plains, New Jersey 07076 and short-term projects. Some of my cli-
ents were AT&T, the Department of De-
Director TIME: 7:30 p.m. Executive Session
fense, the Department of Education, as
8:00 p.m. Open to Public
well as other industries.
www.grayfuneralhomes.com PURPOSE OF MEETINGS: To Conduct Board Business Just recently I returned to the work goleader.com/
ACTION TO BE TAKEN: Action will be taken. force as a New Jersey real estate agent,
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