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Ad Populos, Non Aditus, Pervenimus OUR 119th YEAR ? ISSUE NO. 46-2009 SIXTY CENTS (908) 232-4407 email@example.com Thursday, November 12, 2009 USPS 680020 Periodical ? Postage Paid at Rahway, N.J. Published Every Thursday Since September 3, 1890 www.goleader.com PAGE INDEX Regional ........ 2-3, 16 Editorial ........ 4-5, 17 Community ... 6-8, 18 Obituary ........ 18 Education ...... 8-9 Sports ............ 11-16 Real Estate .... 11-15 Classifieds .... 16 A&E .............. 19-20 CELEBRATING 75 YEARS ALL YEAR?Principal Joseph Malanga com- menced the Wilson Elementary School Halloween Parade in Westfield on Octo- ber 30 dressed as a butler holding the 75th birthday cake. HOW SWEET IT IS...Governor-elect Chris Christie, right, poses with his wife, Mary Pat Christie, and his former law partner, William Palatucci of Westfield, after he took the stage on Election Night to greet supporters following his victory over Governor Jon Corzine. Courtesy of William Sanders THANK YOU, VETS...North Middle School in Colorado Springs, Colo., salutes American military veterans during a November 9 ceremony. All branches of the military were represented at this event, and the entire school was involved, as well as General George Washington, whose portrait was presented by William Sand- ers of Mountainside to the school after the tribute to veterans. Garwood Water Tower to Be Torn Down, Scheduled Today By LAUREN S. BARR Specially Written for The Westfield Leader GARWOOD ? The Borough Coun- cil held public hearings and passed three ordinances at Tuesday night?s regular meeting. Mayor Dennis McCarthy announced that on Thursday morning (today), the defunct water tower on North Avenue will be torn down, weather permitting. The demolition will require that North Avenue be closed for a period of time, but he said that the work should be done by 1 p.m. The first ordinance passed autho- rized the sale of an odd-sized piece of land on Spruce Avenue. The land is being sold to Helder Castro for $8,000 to merge with his adjacent property. The second ordinance amends an ordinance to require chain-link fences at construction sites. The new ordi- nance requires a six-foot-high chain- link fence to be installed and main- tained during the demolition of any home within the borough. The third and final ordinance es- tablishes the duties and responsi- bilities for the zoning official and the zoning enforcement officer. Po- lice Chief William Legg was re- cently appointed as the zoning en- forcement officer and resident Vic- tor Vinegra was appointed as the zoning official, following the resig- nation of Ed Dec. Resident Bruce Paterson ques- tioned the amount of money the bor- ough would now be spending given that both jobs were previously per- formed by a single person. Council- woman Kathleen Villaggio stated that the borough is actually spending ?less than what one person was making.? Mayor McCarthy made three ap- pointments to fill vacancies on the recreation committee. Richard Bree and Joseph Zuccarelli were appointed to fill unexpired terms ending in 2012 and 2011, respectively, and Mike Woitkowski was appointed as an al- ternate II member for a five-year term. During the public comments por- tion of the meeting, Myrtle Avenue resident Ann Leonard voiced her opin- ion that ?leaves should be bagged.? She said that she has seen residents putting their leaves in the street after the clean up had occurred, which is against borough regulations. She also said that she has seen landscapers ?dumping? leaves in the street and mixing grass in. The mayor also issued congratula- tions to Councilman-elect Tim Hak, who was in the audience, on his win- ning election to the borough council last week. County Youth Detention Center Plans for Sussex, Essex Prisoners By PAUL J. PEYTON Specially Written for The Westfield Leader ELIZABETH ? The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is expected to vote tonight to enter into agreements with Sussex and Essex Counties to house some of their youth prisoners at Union County?s Youth Detention Center in Linden. Director of Human Services Frank Guzzo said the county?s center would be used as a backup facility for the two counties, which are closing their detention centers to save money. Union County opened the new 76- bed facility in 2008. The county also contracted to lease 15 of those beds to the Division of Unaccompanied Children?s Services (DUCS) of the U.S. Department of Health and Hu- man Services. The board will vote tonight to expand the number of beds to 20, although the DUCS program will only pay when it uses the addi- tional beds. The federal government pays the county for 15 beds whether or not they are occupied, Mr. Guzzo said. Union County has only been using 30 of its beds for its own youth offenders. As of January, Hunterdon, Morris, Sussex and Warren Counties will share a 42-bed facility being constructed in Morris Plains, Morris County. Passaic County is sending 60 of its detainees to Essex County at a cost of $4 million, according to a Star-Ledger report. ?It is a pay-as-you-go contract. If they need it, they will pay us,? Mr. Guzzo told the freeholders. He said the state?s Juvenile Justice Commission requires Sussex and Passaic Counties to have backup plans in the event the Morris and Essex facilities become overcrowded. ?We are happy to accommodate them. We have the room, we have the pro- gram, and as a result of that, we would be happy to help them out,? he said. Freeholder Angel Estrada re- sponded that it was ?very nice that they are closing their facilities, but they should also make a contribution to Union County up front.? Freeholder Chairman Al Mirabella said the county paid ?millions of dol- lars? to build its new facility. ?Maybe we should look into nego- tiating that contract down the road,? Mr. Mirabella said. Mr. Guzzo said Sussex and Passaic Counties? contracts with Morris and Essex Counties, respectively, are ?guaranteed contracts? requiring pay- ment regardless of whether they use the beds or not. He said Sussex and Essex would provide the transportation for youths coming to the Union County deten- tion center. Union County will rent its detention center beds at $200 per day per bed to the two counties. In other business, the board con- sidered a resolution to amend a previ- ous contract with The Louis Berger Group, Inc. of Morristown for engi- neering construction services for the Central Avenue Corridor Project in Westfield and Clark, thus increasing the contract awarded in 2007 by $119,856 for a new total of $247,224. The previous Berger contract was for traffic-signal upgrades, new traffic- signal equipment, countdown pedes- trian signal indications, signs, strip- ing and handicapped-accessible con- crete curb ramps with warning de- vices along the roadway. The freeholders approved a $1.2-mil- lion contract last month to make im- provements to eight intersections along Central Avenue in Clark and Westfield. The board will act on the resolution at tonight?s meeting, as well as a resolution to amend a 2004 contract with Keller and Kirkpatrick of Parsippany by an additional $23,700 for engineering services for improve- ments to seven intersections along the Welcome Back Troop Parade Set for Saturday in Westfield WESTFIELD ? The ?Back From Iraq American Pride Parade and Carnival? will be held this Satur- day, November 14. The parade will start at noon in Westfield. A cel- ebration carnival will follow at the Army National Guard Armory, from 1 to 4 p.m. The parade route will start from the Westfield Memorial Pool parking lot, cross West Broad Street to Marion Avenue, first left onto First Street, turns right onto Rahway Avenue and ends at the Armory, located at 500 Rahway Avenue. Organizers encourage citizens to line the streets of the parade route, fly their American Flags, wave home- made signs and cheer ?welcome back? from Iraq to the troops. The Family Readiness Group of the 102nd Cavalry has organized the event to salute soldiers and their fami- lies for their service. Many local busi- nesses are donating to the afternoon carnival. The public is invited to the carni- val. Food, beverages, games and en- tertainment will be provided. Tickets are $10; $5 for students and seniors. Children under 5 are free. For more information, call Nancy at (732) 991-1241 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. CONTINUED ON PAGE 10 WFBOE Hears Test Results And High School Redesign CONTINUED ON PAGE 10 By CHRISTINA M. HINKE Specially Written for The Westfield Leader WESTFIELD ? The state of New Jersey has put into motion its plan to change high school graduation re- quirements. The district?s assistant superintendent for Curriculum, Anita O?Neal, presented the state?s High School Redesign to the board of edu- cation on Tuesday. The redesign will up the credit requirements, mandate science and mathematics content, as well as impact staffing, the schedul- ing of classes and how science labs are equipped and run. Students must take 120 credits, up 10 credits from the current require- ment set by the state. Westfield?s re- quirement for Westfield High School (WHS) currently is 115, and will need to add five credits, though Ms. O?Neal said most students take at least 120 and some more. Curriculum content requirements also have changed. Currently, stu- dents must complete three years of mathematics and science, but the courses are flexible. With the rede- sign, the state has set the courses required to graduate and also added an end-of-course exam for mathemat- ics and science to replace the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA), which is likely to be phased out by 2013. The exam is a national exam and not necessarily aligned with New Jersey?s Core Curriculum Content Standards. Board member Richard Solomon pointed this out and asked if New Jersey had discussed realigning its core curriculum. Algebra 1, geometry and a third year of composite mathematics are high school graduation requirements in mathematics under the redesign. Biology/life science, chemistry and a third year of inquiry-based labora- tory science are the new requirements in science. A half-year, or 2.5 credits, of finan- cial literacy to focus on personal fi- nance and economics also is manda- tory to graduate. Also, schools will have to institute CONTINUED ON PAGE 10 Public Safety Committee Considers Crosswalk Requests By LAUREN S. BARR Specially Written for The Westfield Leader WESTFIELD ? Third Ward Coun- cilman and Public Safety Committee Chairman Mark Ciarrocca reported on several requests for crosswalks and crossing guards around Westfield at last Wednesday?s council confer- ence meeting. Mr. Ciarrocca stated that there were requests for crosswalks at Forest Av- enue and Eaglecroft Road, as well as Clark Street and Webster Avenue. He stated that it was determined that there is ?not enough volume? at Forest and Eaglecroft, but that the number of children crossing at Clark and Webster has to be analyzed. The town will take counts of chil- dren crossing at North Chestnut and May Streets where a crossing guard has been requested. A crossing guard is being recom- mended following counts of the num- ber of children crossing at Hyslip and First Avenues. The Public Safety Committee also discussed a request from a resident of Ludlow Place to make the street one- way. Residents have issued com- plaints about drivers using the street to make u-turns, most likely related to people looking to park at the Westfield Area ?Y?. A meeting will be held with Ludlow residents to pro- vide feedback on the idea. Mr. Ciarrocca also stated that Po- Highland Crosswalk Location Is Not Safest Passage, Crossing Guard Says CONTINUED ON PAGE 10 By MICHAEL J. POLLACK Specially Written for The Westfield Leader WESTFIELD ? Highland Avenue resident John Devitt read a letter from Joe Wheatley, a crossing guard at the intersection of Lawrence Avenue and Sinclair Place for four years, that detailed concern with the painting of a crosswalk on Highland Avenue. In recent weeks, the Karnofsky fam- ily, who lives at 618 Highland Av- enue in Westfield, has come out to ask the town to reconsider the installation of a crosswalk at the intersection of Highland and Sinclair Avenues, which will primarily be used by children walking to Franklin Elementary and Roosevelt Intermediate Schools. ?We feel that the proposed location of the crosswalk is unsafe and could have tragic consequences,? Brian Karnofsky read from a prepared state- ment last month. The Karnofskys are concerned be- cause their driveway backs directly into the new crosswalk area, ?creat- ing a potentially dangerous situation,? Mr. Karnofsky has said. Also last month, 300 people signed a petition opposing the location of the crosswalk. Mr. Devitt, one of the 300 signers, read Mr. Wheatley?s letter, which noted an increase in the level of walk- ers in this area. The surge in walkers, he said, was partially due to the redis- tricting of some students, who live in the Gardens neighborhood, from Wil- son Elementary School to Franklin Elementary School. Mr. Devitt, reading the words of Mr. Wheatley, said, ?I?ve seen the new site [for the crosswalk]. It may be the most direct route [for children walking to Franklin Elementary School], but it?s not the safest.? Mr. Wheatley asked that the police chief assign an officer to visit the area of Highland and Sinclair Avenues between 8:15 and 8:45 a.m. to assess the situation and provide feedback. Town officials have stated that the Karnofskys? desire to place the cross- walk 20 feet south of its present loca- tion would cause one extra crossing for those walking to school. Third Ward Councilman and Park- ing Committee Chairman Mark Ciarrocca has said that every traffic safety professional with whom the town has spoken believes the pro- posed location for the crosswalk is correct. Traffic consultant Gordon Meth also provided independent analysis and concurred with the rec- ommendation, Mr. Ciarrocca added. ?We did a lot of due diligence on it,? he said last month. Mr. Devitt spoke highly of the Karnofsky family, who were once his neighbors. He noted that the family has young drivers and friends, con- stantly coming and going, using the driveway. Mr. Devitt said he believes the crosswalk?s proximity to the drive- way will create a hazard. ?It?s a risky spot to put a cross- walk,? Mr. Devitt said. ?The issue should be settled with the property owner. Safety is the cornerstone of living in Westfield...It?s important that the issue continue to be evaluated.? In other business, more than 1,250 H1N1 (swine flu) vaccinations were given, Tuesday, at Westfield High School (WHS). The vaccine, given through a nasal spray, was provided to several target populations: those between the ages of 2 and 24 (with no chronic health conditions) and those under the age of 49 who serve as primary caregivers for infants. According to the Westfield Re- gional Health Department website, this Monday, November 16, swine flu shots will be provided at Summit High School from 5 to 8 p.m. That target population will focus on preg- Michael J. Pollack for The Westfield Leader ?AS WE RAISE OUR VOICES IN A SOLEMN PRAYER?...Kerry Stubbs proudly sings the full, traditional version of ?God Bless America? on Wednesday morning during a ceremony to honor military veterans at the World War I memorial in Westfield. Standing behind Mr. Stubbs, pictured from left to right, are: Theodore Schlosberg; Pete Hogaboom; Martin Wallberg Post 3 adjutant; retired Colonel Dennis Dougherty; Bill Maines, post chaplain; Commander Patrick Tighe of Post 3, and Councilwoman JoAnn Neylan. Page 10 Thursday, November 12, 2009 The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains ? Fanwood TIMES A Watchung Communications, Inc. Publication Westfield Leader only POLICE BLOTTER Correction A headline on a story published on page 10 of the November 5 edition of The Westfield Leader incorrectly re- ported the former Bombay store as being located on Elm Street. The store, which will now house The Turning Point Restaurant, is located on Cen- tral Avenue. TAXING ENCOUNTER...A man put his car in drive instead of park when entering a parking space last Thursday around 3:30 p.m. at the Westfield Municipal Building, causing the car to lunge forward into the building. The man sustained minor injuries, and no damage was done to the building. The man was going inside to pay his taxes when the accident occurred. Westfield Monday, November 2, a silver Bronco bicycle belonging to a Westfield resident was reported stolen from Franklin El- ementary School on Prospect Street. It is believed that the bicycle, valued at ap- proximately $200, was taken from a bi- cycle rack between October 30 and No- vember 2. Monday, November 2, a resident of the 400 block of Colonial Avenue reported an act of criminal mischief in which some- one scratched the right passenger door of her automobile. The incident is believed to have occurred between October 30 and 31. Tuesday, November 3, Pat Keville, 18, of Westfield, along with two juveniles, were arrested and charged with posses- sion of suspected marijuana during a motor vehicle stop at Central and North Av- enues. Keville was issued a summons and released. The juveniles were turned over to a responsible adult. Wednesday, November 4, a black, threefold wallet, containing personal iden- tification and miscellaneous paperwork, was turned in to Westfield police head- quarters after being found on the 500 block of Downer Street. At the time of the report, attempts to contact the possible owner were unsuccessful. The wallet was placed in the Westfield Police Department?s property locker. Wednesday, November 4, after being stopped on Central Avenue for a motor vehicle violation, Juan Migliori, 38, of Berkeley Heights was arrested on an out- standing Clinton motor vehicle warrant in the amount of $400. He was processed and released after posting bail. Friday, November 6, Carlton Gee, 51, of Plainfield was arrested on two out- standing warrants after a motor vehicle stop in the area of South Avenue into Scotch Plains. They included a warrant from Plainfield, in the amount of $500, and a no-bail warrant from Somerset County. Gee was turned over to Somerset County authorities. Friday, November 6, a resident of the 300 block of St. Georges Place reported that his motor vehicle was targeted for criminal mischief. The damage consisted of two large slashes on one of his tires, caused by razor blades. Friday, November 6, Martha Vendetti, 50, of Westfield was arrested at Westfield police headquarters on an outstanding Shrewsbury traffic warrant in the amount of $114. She was processed and released after posting bail. Friday, November 6, Paul Miller, 55, of Mountainside was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated pursuant to an accident investigation at Mountain and North Euclid Avenues. He was trans- ported to Westfield police headquarters, processed and released to a responsible adult. Saturday, November 7, Joseph Dziedzic, 21, of Scotch Plains was ar- rested on an outstanding Watchung traf- fic warrant in the amount of $190 during a motor vehicle stop at Boynton Avenue and Connecticut Street. He was trans- ported to Westfield police headquarters, processed and released after posting bail. Saturday, November 7, a male juvenile was arrested on the 100 block of Moun- tain Avenue and charged with possession of less than 50 grams of suspected mari- juana and possession of drug parapherna- lia. He was turned over to a parent, with a court date to be announced. Scotch Plains Tuesday, November 3, Efrain Castro, 21, of Newark was arrested following a motor vehicle stop on an outstanding warrant. He was transported to police headquarters, where he was processed and released. Wednesday, November 4, Albert Mercado, 25, of Parlin was arrested on an outstanding warrant after a motor vehicle stop. He was transported to police head- quarters, where he was processed and released. Thursday, November 5, Leland Jones, 30, of Plainfield was arrested on an out- standing warrant after a motor vehicle stop. He was transported to police head- quarters, where he was processed and released. Thursday, November 5, a resident of Raritan Road reported that someone calls her house repeatedly and yells obsceni- ties into the phone. Thursday, November 5, a student at the Union County Vocational-Technical Schools reported that someone removed her cell phone, valued at approximately $200, from her unlocked locker. Thursday, November 5, Dajon Semiday, 26, of Scotch Plains was ar- rested and charged with resisting arrest after police responded to a fight in progress. According to police, Semiday refused multiple commands to stop and ran through several yards before he was apprehended. He was transported to po- lice headquarters, where he was processed and released. Thursday, November 5, a resident of Rahway Road reported that someone en- tered his motor vehicle while it was parked in his driveway and removed a GPS val- ued at approximately $300. Saturday, November 7, the manager of a Route 22 convenience store reported that a unidentified individual came into the store and removed several soft drinks without paying for them. Saturday, November 7, Ewerie Wil- son, 35, of Irvington was arrested follow- ing a motor vehicle stop on an outstand- ing warrant. He was transported to police headquarters, where he was processed and released. Saturday, November 7, Joshua Belle, 27, of Plainfield was arrested and charged with hindering apprehension for alleg- edly providing police with a false name after a motor vehicle stop. He was trans- ported to police headquarters, where he was processed and released. Mountainside Tuesday, November 3, Rashad S. Jack- son, 28, of Roselle was arrested following a motor vehicle stop and charged with possession of less than 50 grams of mari- juana and possession of a controlled dan- gerous substance. According to police, a subsequent investigation found Jackson was a fugitive with no-bail warrants out of Union County and Roselle. He was processed and turned over to the Union County Sheriff?s Department. Tuesday, November 3, a resident of Old Tote Road reported that he believes someone removed his garbage from his can. According to police, the resident stated that his waste company does not usually pick up until 9:30 a.m., and he observed the garbage was gone before that time. The victim told police he shreds all of his documents, so identity theft was not an issue, authorities reported. Wednesday, November 4, a resident of Laurel Court reported that her elderly mother, who suffers from Alzheimer?s disease, was missing from her bed when she went to check on her in the morning. According to police, the front door was partially open and the missing individual was nowhere to be found. While police were completing their report, the missing person was reported having been found lying on a walking path in Summit by someone walking their dog, authorities said. She was transported to Overlook Hospital in Summit for observation. Wednesday, November 4, a resident of Timber Line Drive reported the theft of $15,000 from a safe in his residence. According to police, the victim suspects his live-in girlfriend has been taking the money and depositing it into bank ac- counts that she opened up in October using his address. The victim had two bank statements with his girlfriend?s name on them which showed large deposits had recently been made, authorities reported. The victim also told police that his girl- friend had been out of work and had no other form of income at this time. Wednesday, November 4, police re- sponded to a report of a motor vehicle striking an object on Route 22. Authori- ties said the vehicle struck an unknown object, which was now lodged under- neath the carriage of the vehicle. When the victim moved the vehicle to the shoul- der of the roadway, a triangular Papa John?s pizza sign used on top of delivery vehicles became dislodged, causing dam- age to the vehicle and the sign, authorities said. Thursday, November 5, a landscaper working on Wychwood Road reported that two juveniles removed a leaf blower, valued at approximately $1,000, from in front of the residence where he was work- ing. According to police, the landscaper observed the two juveniles take off with the blower into a wooded area behind Wychwood Road. The blower was later recovered on Mountain Avenue near the community pool, and two juveniles in the area were identified and apprehended minutes later on Woodland Avenue, po- lice said. The juveniles admitted to taking the leaf blower but stated they thought it was left on the curb as garbage by the homeowner, authorities reported. The landscaper was satisfied in having his equipment returned and did not press charges. The juveniles were picked up at police headquarters by their parent, police said. Friday, November 6, police responded to a report of juveniles trespassing on the roof of Beechwood School. According to police, three juveniles were asked to come down from the roof and provide an expla- nation as to why they were up there. The juveniles stated they were just hanging out on the roof and had caused no dam- age, police said. The juveniles were asked to leave the area and complied without incident. Sunday, November 8, Freddie M. Hamilton, Jr., 20, of Union was arrested for driving with a suspended license fol- lowing a motor vehicle stop for careless driving. Sunday, November 8, Jonathon M. Shuta, 22, of Clark was arrested follow- ing a motor vehicle stop for careless driv- ing and charged with DWI. According to police, a marked patrol unit spotted the suspect?s vehicle aggressively weaving in and out of traffic on Route 22. While attempting to catch up to the vehicle, the pursuing officer reached speeds of ap- proximately 105 mph before the suspect pulled his vehicle off the road onto the shoulder and came to a stop, authorities reported. When the arresting officer ap- proached the vehicle, he immediately smelled the odor of alcohol and asked Shuta to step out of the vehicle and perform multiple sobriety tests, which Shuta failed, authorities reported. He was transported to police headquarters, where he was processed and released to a sober adult. Monday, November 9, Galen F. Kildow, 19, of Scotch Plains and Antonio M. Albano, 19, of Cranford were arrested following a motor vehicle stop and charged with underage possession of al- cohol. According to police, Kildow was pulled over for making an improper turn, at which time the officer noticed a 30 pack of beer in the vehicle, and both occupants were arrested. Fanwood Friday, November 6, a resident of Oak Court reported that sometime between Friday, November 6, after 10 p.m. and Saturday, November 7, before 2 p.m. someone entered the home and removed a jar containing approximately $500 in coins. Saturday, November 7, a resident of Helen Street reported that someone re- moved a Schwinn bicycle, valued at $200, from the front yard of the residence. Saturday, November 7, a resident of Third Street reported that sometime be- tween Friday, November 6, after 3:30 p.m. and Saturday, November 7, before 9 p.m. someone attempted to break into the residence by prying open a first-floor window but was unsuccessful. Police pro- cessed the scene and the incident is under investigation, authorities reported. Saturday, November 7, a Linden resi- dent reported that sometime between Sunday, November 1, after 5:30 a.m. and Saturday, November 7, before 10 p.m., someone scratched her motor vehicle while it was parked on the 200 block of Hunter Avenue, causing severe damage. Monday, November 9, a resident of the 100 block of North Avenue reported that someone used her identity to obtain mul- tiple prescriptions for drugs from various doctors and then purchased the drugs using the false identity. According to authorities, police are following up with several doctors who were involved in the incident. Terrill Road corridor in Scotch Plains. The total contract is now $230,100. At the start of the meeting, County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi requested ap- proval of three resolutions, totaling $10,300, for printing and mailing of ballots for a December 8 special school board election in Cranford. Ms. Rajoppi said the school board would reimburse the county. 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Ms. O?Neal said of the 447 current ninth graders in the district, 10 per- cent take Algebra 1, with the mass majority taking geometry. Also, eight graders who complete Algebra 1 do not need to take it again in ninth grade. With those with learning disabili- ties in mind, given that the end-of- course exam is national and not tai- lored to the class, the district would have to consider how to teach those students effectively while still teach- ing the students the content that would be asked in the national exam. Superintendent of Schools Marga- ret Dolan said not everyone is going to grasp all of the contents of Algebra 1, and she said she hopes the state ?grapples? with that. Ms. O?Neal said the end-of-course exam would cost the state more money than HSPA, which she said ?costs a lot.? She said the current tenth to twelfth graders are not affected by the High School Redesign. Ms. O?Neal also presented the HSPA for grade 11 in language arts and mathematics, the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJASK) test results for grades 3 through 8, as well as the end-of-course exam in biology at WHS. In the HSPA language arts, the dis- trict performed at 69 percent profi- cient, with the state average at 70.2 percent, 26.4 advanced proficient, above the state average of 13.4, and 4.6 percent partially proficient, com- ing in significantly below the state?s 16.4 percent. In the HSPA mathematics, the dis- trict saw 54 percent at advanced pro- ficient to the state?s 23, 37.5 profi- cient and 8.5 partially proficient. For the end-of-course biology, the district raw score mean was 37.6, above the state?s 30.7. In the NJASK results, Westfield was above the state?s percentage across the grade levels. Westfield?s scores are as follows: Police Charge Teens In Town Burglaries WESTFIELD ? Captain David Wayman of the Westfield Police De- partment has announced that the department?s Detective Bureau has concluded a month-long investiga- tion that has resulted in the arrest of two 18-year-old Westfield residents for burglaries to residences. As a result of a joint investigation with the Springfield Police Depart- ment, the Detective Bureau on No- vember 4 arrested and charged Kristin Modoski with two counts of burglary, two counts of theft and one count of criminal mischief in connection with two residential bur- glaries that occurred during the month of October in the 400 block and 700 block of First Street in Westfield. Additionally, Samantha Mathis- Smith was arrested and charged with burglary, theft and criminal mis- chief in connection with the bur- glary that occurred in the 700 block of First Street. Captain Wayman stated that the Detective Bureau is actively inves- tigating and pursuing all leads in residential burglaries that have not been solved to date. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Westfield Board of Education lice Chief John Parizeau and Detec- tive Sergeant John Rowe have made recommendations for parking and crossing issues in front of Kehler Stadium. Problems have occurred with buses and cars parking or pick- ing up students in the crosswalk area, which is also near the ingress and egress of the Edison Intermediate School parking lot. Signage in the area will be im- proved, and a new pickup/drop-off area will be created closer to Wash- ington Avenue. The lighted pedes- trian crossing sign, which is currently not working, will be repaired and changed to be manually activated, rather than by a ground sensor. In other business, a resolution will be on the council?s next public agenda approving a $16,000 change order for punch-list items for the Memorial Pool project. Town Administrator Jim Gildea told that council that despite this additional expense the project is ?still under budget.? Also in attendance at the meeting was Springfield Councilman Ziad Andrew Shehady. He was there to observe the way that the Westfield council runs its meetings, as he will be serving as the new mayor of Spring- field beginning in January under a new 3-2 Republican majority. At the close of the meeting, the council moved into closed session to discuss litigation regarding Sunnyside Senior Housing. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Crosswalk NJASK language arts: grade 8 was 75.8 proficient; grade 7 was 58.6 pro- ficient; grade 6 was 72.6 proficient; grade 5 was 68.2 proficient; grade 4 was 71.3 proficient, and grade 3 was 71.5 proficient. NJASK mathematics: grade 8 was 51.4 percent advanced proficient ver- sus the state?s 29.5, with 35.8 profi- cient and 12.8 partially proficient; grade 7 was 44.5 proficient, 40.1 ad- vanced proficient and 15.4 partially proficient; grade 6 showed 48.1 were advanced proficient versus the state?s 25.3, 42.5 proficient and 9.4 partially proficient; grade 5 had the most stu- dents scoring advanced proficient with 71.3 percent versus the state?s 32.1; grade 4 was at 52.9 advanced proficient, and grade 3 was 52.7 ad- vanced proficient versus the state?s 31.9. NJASK science: results were shown for grades 8 and 4. Grade 8 scored 48.5 proficient and 47.3 advanced proficient, with state results at 53.8 and 30.4, respectively. In districts with like demographics, Westfield was about a point below the 48.6 percent scoring advanced proficient. Westfield did score higher than like districts in students scoring above state standards at 95.8 percent, against the like district?s 94.7. Grade 4 scored 61.9 advanced pro- ficient and 37.4 proficient in science, versus the state?s 47 and 44, respec- tively, and the like district?s 63.5 in advanced proficient. Westfield had more students scoring above the state standards than like districts at 99.3 versus 97.4 percent. ?Intermediate schools are doing well,? said Ms. O?Neal. Board member David Finn asked her if the teachers ?teach to the test.? Ms. O?Neal responded, ?We don?t teach to the test. It?s very hard to do that.? She did say they use ?some of the rubrics for writing because it makes sense.? In other business, Mr. Solomon said a draft policy was written for the Boosters advertising banner proposal for sponsorship banners to be placed at school fields, and suggested the Boosters begin before the board votes on the policy. ?They want to do this for spring baseball,? he said. Local businesses have shown interest in advertising, he said. Board member Ann Cary said the Long Range Planning Committee has selected 53 community members and staff to sit on the committee to study goals for the district. Meetings are scheduled for February 27 and March 20. She also noted that the deadline for the randomly selected parents and resi- dents to fill out the survey that estab- lishes priorities for education has been extended to this Friday. On December 15, the last board meeting of 2009, she will present the results to the board. Board member Gary McCready presented a draft of the 2010-2011 school district calendar. The board has not yet heard it for first reading, as it asked the community to e-mail the board or the superintendent their comments. The calendar is posted on the district website, westfieldnjk12.org. Board members brought up that there was not a day allotted for sixth- and ninth-grade orientation, usually held the day be- fore school starts. Board Vice-Presi- dent Julia Walker also asked to con- sider pushing back spring break to coincide with the week between Good Friday and Easter. The break was drafted weeks before because the holidays fall late in April 2011. Board member Jane Clancy said the town has purchased a field groomer for field maintenance for school fields. She said the equipment was purchased through a portion of user fees for sports programs. The board?s next meeting will be this Tuesday, November 17, at 8 p.m. The meeting will include an over- view of the 2009-2010 school budget including staffing levels and benefits. with a general election to save money. Ms. Rajoppi said the state Legisla- ture had been set to consider legislation to move the April school board candi- date elections throughout the state to the November General Election date. ?The budget portion would not obviously go to the General Election. That would have to be acted upon as a municipal election among that body. It would not be voted upon [by vot- ers],? Ms. Rajoppi said. She said, although moving the elec- tions would save money, there is a concern as to whether the ballots would be large enough to contain state, mu- nicipal and school board questions as well as the candidates. Ms. Rajoppi said the legislation has been held up and ?it may not happen this year.? nant women and individuals who are younger than 65 with chronic health conditions, in addition to licensed health workers and caregivers of infants. Lincoln Road resident Jim Baker had recently been to Overlook Hos- pital for a shot. He said the ?contrast? between the hospital and the high school was stark. He said Overlook was a ?chaotic madhouse,? while the clinic at WHS was ?wonderfully run? and ?went smoothly.? He complimented town officials, the police chief, the WHS principal and the health officer. Before the business of the meeting was conducted, the town held a mo- ment of silence in memory of the 13 people killed in the Fort Hood trag- edy. Last week, a U.S. Army psychia- trist allegedly opened fire at the Texas Army post, killing 12 soldiers and a civilian, while injuring 29 others. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Town Council SIXTY CENTS (908) 232-4407 email@example.com OUR 50TH YEAR ? ISSUE NO. 46-2009 Published Every Thursday Since 1959 www.timesnj.com USPS 485200 Periodical ? Postage Paid at Rahway, N.J. Thursday, November 12, 2009 PAGE INDEX Regional ........ 2-3, 16 Editorial ........ 4-5, 17 Community ... 6-8, 18 Obituary ........ 18 Education ...... 8-9 Sports ............ 11-16 Real Estate .... 11-15 Classifieds .... 16 A&E .............. 19-20 AND THE WINNER IS...Frank Chupko, scholarship chairman with the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 10122, presents a check to this year?s scholarship winner, Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School graduate Mat- thew McQuoid. This is the seventh year that the VFW post has given the scholarship. Matthew is presently a freshman at The College of New Jersey. HOW SWEET IT IS....Governor-elect Chris Christie, right, poses with his wife, Mary Pat Christie, and his former law partner, William Palatucci of Westfield, after he took the stage on Election Night to greet supporters following his victory over Governor Jon Corzine. Courtesy of William Sanders THANK YOU, VETS...North Middle School in Colorado Springs, Colo., salutes American military veterans during a November 9 ceremony. All branches of the military were represented at this event, and the entire school was involved, as well as General George Washington, whose portrait was presented by William Sand- ers of Mountainside to the school after the tribute to veterans. Welcome Back Troop Parade Set for Saturday in Westfield WESTFIELD ? The ?Back From Iraq American Pride Parade and Car- nival? will be held this Saturday, November 14. The parade will start at noon in Westfield. A celebration car- nival will follow at Army National Guard Armory, from 1 to 4 p.m. The parade route will start from the Westfield Memorial Pool parking lot, cross West Broad Street to Marion Avenue, make the first left onto First Street, turn right onto Rahway Av- enue and end at the Armory, located at 500 Rahway Avenue. Organizers encourage citizens to line the streets of the parade route, fly their American Flags, wave home- made signs and cheer ?welcome back? from Iraq to the troops. The Family Readiness Group of the 102nd Cavalry has organized the event to salute soldiers and their families for their service. Many lo- cal businesses are donating to the afternoon carnival. The public is invited to the carni- val. Food, beverages, games and en- tertainment will be provided. Tick- ets are $10; $5 for students and se- niors. Children under 5 may attend for free. For more information, call Nancy at (732) 991-1241 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. CONTINUED ON PAGE 10 Garwood Water Tower Set To Be Torn Down Today By LAUREN S. BARR Specially Written for The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times GARWOOD ? The Borough Coun- cil held public hearings and passed three ordinances at Tuesday night?s regular meeting. Mayor Dennis McCarthy an- nounced that on Thursday morning (today), the water tower on North Avenue will be torn down, weather permitting. The demolition will re- quire that North Avenue be closed for a period of time, but he said that the work should be done by 1 p.m. The first ordinance passed autho- rized the sale of an odd-sized piece of land on Spruce Avenue. The land is being sold to Helder Castro for $8,000 to merge with his adjacent property. The second ordinance amends an ordinance to require chainlink fences at construction sites. The new ordi- nance requires a six-foot-high chainlink fence to be installed and maintained during the demolition of any home within the borough. The third and final ordinance es- tablishes the duties and responsi- bilities for the zoning official and the zoning enforcement officer. Po- lice Chief William Legg was re- cently appointed as the zoning en- forcement officer and resident Vic- tor Vinegra was appointed as the zoning official, following the resig- nation of Ed Dec. Resident Bruce Paterson ques- tioned the amount of money the bor- ough would now be spending, given that both jobs were previously per- formed by a single person. Council- woman Kathleen Villaggio stated that the borough is actually spending ?less than what one person was making.? Mayor McCarthy made three ap- pointments to fill vacancies on the recreation committee. Richard Bree and Joseph Zuccarelli were appointed to fill unexpired terms ending in 2012 and 2011, respectively, and Mike Woitkowski was appointed as an al- ternate II member for a five-year term. During the public comments por- tion of the meeting, Myrtle Avenue resident Ann Leonard voiced her opin- ion that ?leaves should be bagged.? She said that she has seen residents putting their leaves in the street after the cleanup had occurred, which is against borough regulations. She also said that she has seen landscapers ?dumping? leaves in the street and mixing grass in. The mayor also issued congratula- tions to Councilman-elect Tim Hak, who was in the audience, on his win- ning election to the borough council last week. County Youth Detention Center Plans for Sussex, Essex Prisoners Zoning Board OKs New Message Sign for SPFHS By FRED T. ROSSI Specially Written for The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times SCOTCH PLAINS ? After three hearings, the zoning board of adjust- ment last week gave approval to the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Board of Education?s application to install a new lighted sign outside Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School on Westfield Road. The four-foot by eight-foot lighted sign, with a 16-inch by 88-inch pro- grammable LED message display, will replace an existing sign that requires the messages to be changed by hand, using actual lettering. The new sign is programmable by computer and will allow emergency information such as school closings, as well as athletic or school events, to be posted from inside the school building. The sign will be operable from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. At the initial hearing in September, board members had expressed con- cerns about safety issues ? particu- larly regarding drivers trying to read the sign as they drove past the school. The board asked for input from a traffic safety officer or the county engineer, as well as a planner or an engineer. At last month?s hearing, Assistant Principal for Athletics Rob Harmer opted to put off a final vote on the application because there were only five board members present that evening who were eligible to vote on the application. State statute requires at least five affirmative votes to ap- prove a use variance, meaning the sign application would have needed all five members present last month to vote to approve. At last Thursday?s meeting, seven board members were present and eli- gible to vote, thus enhancing the chances of gaining the five affirma- tive votes needed for approval. The final vote to approve the application was 6-1, with Chris Abeel voting no. At last week?s hearing, a report submitted by Joseph Staigar Engi- neering LLC stated that the new sign?s LED display ? which will not be a ?crawling?-type display ? is read- able from 450 feet away. Board Chairman Jim Fawcett, not- ing the board?s safety concerns, said that in the morning when school opens and in the afternoon at dismissal, traffic on Westfield Road moves slowly in the vicinity of the high school, making the existing sign easy to read. Board member Rich Duthie said the 12.2-second perceptive reac- tion time cited in the engineer?s re- port satisfied his concerns. Mr. Abeel offered alternative means of communication such as e-mail, adding that 11 schools, the YMCA, the JCC, two community swim clubs, 19 houses of worship and some three dozen other organizations could also apply to the zoning board for a simi- lar use variance for signs. SPFHS Assistant Vice-Principal Ed Braun told the board there would be a certain prioritization of messages to be put on the new sign, with messages from the superintendent of schools getting top priority, followed by high school-related messages and club- oriented messages, with personal-type messages such as birthday greetings CONTINUED ON PAGE 10 By PAUL J. PEYTON Specially Written for The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times ELIZABETH ? The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders are expected to vote tonight to enter into agreements with Sussex and Essex Counties to house some of their youth prisoners at Union County?s Youth Detention Center in Linden. Director of Human Services Frank Guzzo said the county?s center would be used as a backup facility for the two counties, which are closing their detention centers to save money. Union County opened the new 76- bed facility in 2008. The county also contracted to lease 15 of those beds to the Division of Unaccompanied Children?s Services (DUCS) of the U.S. Department of Health and Hu- man Services. The board will vote tonight to expand the number of beds to 20, although the DUCS program will only pay when they use the addi- tional beds. The federal government pays the county for 15 beds whether or not they are occupied, Mr. Guzzo said. Union County has only been using 30 of its beds for its own youth offenders. As of January, Hunterdon, Morris, Sussex and Warren County will share a 42-bed facility being constructed in Morris Plains, Morris County. Passaic County is sending 60 of its detainees to Essex County at a cost of $4 mil- lion, according to a Star-Ledger re- port. ?It is a pay-as-you-go contract. If they need it they will pay us,? Mr. Guzzo told the freeholders. He said the state?s Juvenile Justice Commission requires Sussex and Passaic Counties to have backup plans in the event the Morris and Essex facilities become overcrowded. ?We are happy to accommodate them. We have the room, we have the program and as a result of that we would be happy to help them out,? he said. Freeholder Angel Estrada re- sponded that it was ?very nice that they are closing their facilities, but they should also make a contribution to Union County up front.? Freeholder Chairman Al Mirabella said the county paid ?millions of dol- lars? to build its new facility. ?Maybe we should look into nego- tiating that contract down the road,? Mr. Mirabella said. Mr. Guzzo said Sussex and Passaic Counties contracts with Morris and Essex Counties, respectively, are ?guaranteed contracts? requiring pay- ment regardless of whether they use the beds or not. He said Sussex and Essex would provide the transportation for youths coming to the Union County deten- Fanwood Approves Grants; Council Restricts Dog Roaming By TED RITTER Specially Written for The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times FANWOOD ? Mayor Colleen Mahr and the borough council, at their regular monthly meeting Tues- day night, approved resolutions au- thorizing matching funds required to accept Union County grant awards. The total of the local and county expenditure is $88,000 ? about $38,000 for the Recreation Commis- sion and $50,000 for the Historic Preservation Commission. Recreation Director Bob Budiansky explained that the $38,000 would be used for $28,400 in equipment for youth sports organizations and about $9,800 (fully funded by the county) would support scholarships to bor- ough and county summer camps plus other recreation programs. Mr. Budiansky said regarding the recreation portion of the money, that sports groups including the Fanwood Youth Organization and the lacrosse league will provide about $11,000 ? all but about $3,400 of the 50 percent matching funds required. ?This is the first time we?re going down this path,? said Mayor Mahr, pointing to the scholarship grant money. ?This is now an opportunity for us to really put a smile on some of our kids? faces.? The Historic Preservation Commis- sion plans to use the $50,000 (50 percent by county and 50 percent by the Borough) for improvements to the Community House at Fanwood?s train station. The Community House is home to the Fanwood Museum, TV-35 and special events. Mayor Mahr said the landmark is ?really a crown jewel for the Borough of Fanwood, but because it?s so old, it really needs some help.? John Celardo of the Historic Pres- ervation Commission said grant- funded work would include water- proofing the basement, masonry work and structural improvements ?to re- pair our grand old lady.? In other business, the governing body approved on second reading an ordinance prohibiting people from letting their pet dogs run ?at large.? Patrick Ryan of Scotch Plains spoke during the public hearing on the mea- sure as the owner of a business that uses Border Collies to control the population of geese in the area. ?In order to do my job, I need to let my dogs off the leash,? said Mr. Ryan, asking if an exception could be made for police, rescue or other special-use dogs. ?I didn?t want there to be any re- striction of trade,? he added. Councilman Anthony Parenti re- sponded, ?state law supersedes bor- ough law?to allow dogs for that purpose.? The council also approved a reso- lution adopting an updated official ?Government Records Request Form.? Borough Attorney Dennis Estis said that the Government Records Coun- cil told Fanwood that it needed to update its form used when people request public documents under the Open Public Records Act ? ?to sat- CONTINUED ON PAGE 10 SP Meets With Property Owners on Sewer Payments By FRED T. ROSSI Specially Written for The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times SCOTCH PLAINS ? Township officials held their final series of meet- ings with non-residential property owners last week to review and, if necessary, modify sewer utility bills in advance of the November 20 due date for payment. For the past several weeks, Mu- nicipal Manager Chris Marion and others have been meeting with com- mercial property owners concerned about the size of the sewer bills they received in early September. While sewerage fees are being levied on a flat rate basis for residences, condo- miniums and townhomes, all non- residential properties will pay a $250 flat fee for up to 27,500 gallons of water usage and then one cent for every gallon used beyond that level. This has resulted in some businesses being charged upwards of several thousand dollars, even though, in some instances, all the water leaving their property is not necessarily go- ing into the sewer system for treat- ment, but instead is flowing into nearby storm sewers that collect rain- water. In response to the protests, the town- ship in September extended the pay- ment deadline from October 1 to November 20, with the interest-free grace period being extended to No- vember 30. After that date, those who have not paid will incur interest charges backdated to October 1 of 8 percent on the first $1,500 that is owed and 18 percent on any amount beyond that level. Starting next year, bills will be calculated using water usage data for the September-through- December period and then prorating CONTINUED ON PAGE 10 Benjamin B. Corbin for The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times HONOR SACRIFICE?Scotch Plains and Fanwood veterans gather on the 11th day and 11th hour of November 11 to honor the sacrifices of living and deceased American veterans. The ceremony was held at the Veterans Monument, located at Park Avenue and Front Street in Scotch Plains, and was conducted by American Legion Post 209 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10122. The flag was flown at half-mast in honor of the soldiers killed at Fort Hood last week. Page 10 Thursday, November 12, 2009 The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains ? Fanwood TIMES A Watchung Communications, Inc. Publication Scotch Plains - Fanwood Times only POLICE BLOTTER Scotch Plains Tuesday, November 3, Efrain Castro, 21, of Newark was arrested following a motor vehicle stop on an outstanding warrant. He was transported to police headquarters, where he was processed and released. Wednesday, November 4, Albert Mercado, 25, of Parlin was arrested on an outstanding warrant after a motor vehicle stop. He was transported to po- lice headquarters, where he was pro- cessed and released. Thursday, November 5, Leland Jones, 30, of Plainfield was arrested on an out- standing warrant after a motor vehicle stop. He was transported to police head- quarters, where he was processed and released. Thursday, November 5, a resident of Raritan Road reported that someone calls her house repeatedly and yells obsceni- ties into the phone. Thursday, November 5, a student at the Union County Vocational-Technical Schools reported that someone removed her cell phone, valued at approximately $200, from her unlocked locker. Thursday, November 5, Dajon Semiday, 26, of Scotch Plains was ar- rested and charged with resisting arrest after police responded to a fight in progress. According to police, Semiday refused multiple commands to stop and ran through several yards before he was apprehended. He was transported to po- lice headquarters, where he was pro- cessed and released. Thursday, November 5, a resident of Rahway Road reported that someone entered his motor vehicle while it was parked in his driveway and removed a GPS valued at approximately $300. Saturday, November 7, the manager of a Route 22 convenience store reported that a unidentified individual came into the store and removed several soft drinks without paying for them. Saturday, November 7, Ewerie Wil- son, 35, of Irvington was arrested fol- lowing a motor vehicle stop on an out- standing warrant. He was transported to police headquarters, where he was pro- cessed and released. Saturday, November 7, Joshua Belle, 27, of Plainfield was arrested and charged with hindering apprehension for alleg- edly providing police with a false name after a motor vehicle stop. He was trans- ported to police headquarters, where he was processed and released. Fanwood Friday, November 6, a resident of Oak Court reported that sometime between Friday, November 6, after 10 p.m. and Saturday, November 7, before 2 p.m. someone entered the home and removed a jar containing approximately $500 in coins. Saturday, November 7, a resident of Helen Street reported that someone re- moved a Schwinn bicycle, valued at $200, from the front yard of the residence. Saturday, November 7, a resident of Third Street reported that sometime be- tween Friday, November 6, after 3:30 p.m. and Saturday, November 7, before 9 p.m. someone attempted to break into the residence by prying open a first-floor window but was unsuccessful. Police processed the scene and the incident is under investigation, authorities reported. Saturday, November 7, a Linden resi- dent reported that sometime between Sunday, November 1, after 5:30 a.m. and Saturday, November 7, before 10 p.m., someone scratched her motor vehicle while it was parked on the 200 block of Hunter Avenue, causing severe damage. Monday, November 9, a resident of the 100 block of North Avenue reported that someone used her identity to obtain multiple prescriptions for drugs from various doctors and then purchased the drugs using the false identity. According to authorities, police are following up with several doctors who were involved in the incident. Westfield Monday, November 2, a silver Bronco bicycle belonging to a Westfield resident was reported stolen from Franklin El- ementary School on Prospect Street. It is believed that the bicycle, valued at ap- proximately $200, was taken from a bi- cycle rack between October 30 and No- vember 2. Monday, November 2, a resident of the 400 block of Colonial Avenue re- ported an act of criminal mischief in which someone scratched the right pas- senger door of her automobile. The inci- dent is believed to have occurred be- tween October 30 and 31. Tuesday, November 3, Pat Keville, 18, of Westfield, along with two juve- niles, were arrested and charged with possession of suspected marijuana dur- ing a motor vehicle stop at Central and North Avenues. Keville was issued a summons and released. The juveniles were turned over to a responsible adult. Wednesday, November 4, a black, threefold wallet, containing personal identification and miscellaneous paper- work, was turned in to Westfield police headquarters after being found on the 500 block of Downer Street. At the time of the report, attempts to contact the possible owner were unsuccessful. The wallet was placed in the Westfield Police Department?s property locker. Wednesday, November 4, after being stopped on Central Avenue for a motor vehicle violation, Juan Migliori, 38, of Berkeley Heights was arrested on an outstanding Clinton motor vehicle war- rant in the amount of $400. He was processed and released after posting bail. Friday, November 6, Carlton Gee, 51, of Plainfield was arrested on two out- standing warrants after a motor vehicle stop in the area of South Avenue into Scotch Plains. They included a warrant from Plainfield, in the amount of $500, and a no-bail warrant from Somerset County. Gee was turned over to Somerset County authorities. Friday, November 6, a resident of the 300 block of St. Georges Place reported that his motor vehicle was targeted for criminal mischief. The damage consisted of two large slashes on one of his tires, caused by razor blades. Friday, November 6, Martha Vendetti, 50, of Westfield was arrested at Westfield police headquarters on an outstanding Shrewsbury traffic warrant in the amount of $114. She was processed and released after posting bail. Friday, November 6, Paul Miller, 55, of Mountainside was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated pursuant to an accident investigation at Mountain and North Euclid Avenues. He was transported to Westfield police head- quarters, processed and released to a responsible adult. Saturday, November 7, Joseph Dziedzic, 21, of Scotch Plains was ar- rested on an outstanding Watchung traf- fic warrant in the amount of $190 during a motor vehicle stop at Boynton Avenue and Connecticut Street. He was trans- ported to Westfield police headquarters, processed and released after posting bail. Saturday, November 7, a male juve- nile was arrested on the 100 block of Mountain Avenue and charged with pos- session of less than 50 grams of sus- pected marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was turned over to a parent, with a court date to be announced. Mountainside Tuesday, November 3, Rashad S. Jack- son, 28, of Roselle was arrested follow- ing a motor vehicle stop and charged with possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and possession of a controlled dangerous substance. According to po- lice, a subsequent investigation found Jackson was a fugitive with no-bail war- rants out of Union County and Roselle. He was processed and turned over to the Union County Sheriff?s Department. Tuesday, November 3, a resident of Old Tote Road reported that he believes someone removed his garbage from his can. According to police, the resident stated that his waste company does not usually pick up until 9:30 a.m., and he observed the garbage was gone before that time. The victim told police he shreds all of his documents, so identity theft was not an issue, authorities reported. Wednesday, November 4, a resident of Laurel Court reported that her elderly mother, who suffers from Alzheimer?s disease, was missing from her bed when she went to check on her in the morning. According to police, the front door was partially open and the missing individual was nowhere to be found. While police were completing their report, the miss- ing person was reported having been found lying on a walking path in Summit by someone walking their dog, authori- ties said. She was transported to Over- look Hospital in Summit for observa- tion. Wednesday, November 4, a resident of Timber Line Drive reported the theft of $15,000 from a safe in his residence. According to police, the victim suspects his live-in girlfriend has been taking the money and depositing it into bank ac- counts that she opened up in October using his address. The victim had two bank statements with his girlfriend?s name on them which showed large de- posits had recently been made, authori- ties reported. The victim also told police that his girlfriend had been out of work and had no other form of income at this time. Wednesday, November 4, police re- sponded to a report of a motor vehicle striking an object on Route 22. Authori- ties said the vehicle struck an unknown object, which was now lodged under- neath the carriage of the vehicle. When the victim moved the vehicle to the shoul- der of the roadway, a triangular Papa John?s pizza sign used on top of delivery vehicles became dislodged, causing dam- age to the vehicle and the sign, authori- ties said. Thursday, November 5, a landscaper working on Wychwood Road reported that two juveniles removed a leaf blower, valued at approximately $1,000, from in front of the residence where he was work- ing. According to police, the landscaper observed the two juveniles take off with the blower into a wooded area behind Wychwood Road. The blower was later recovered on Mountain Avenue near the community pool, and two juveniles in the area were identified and apprehended minutes later on Woodland Avenue, po- lice said. The juveniles admitted to tak- ing the leaf blower but stated they thought it was left on the curb as garbage by the homeowner, authorities reported. The landscaper was satisfied in having his equipment returned and did not press charges. The juveniles were picked up at police headquarters by their parent, po- lice said. Friday, November 6, police responded to a report of juveniles trespassing on the roof of Beechwood School. According to police, three juveniles were asked to come down from the roof and provide an explanation as to why they were up there. The juveniles stated they were just hang- ing out on the roof and had caused no damage, police said. The juveniles were asked to leave the area and complied without incident. Sunday, November 8, Freddie M. Hamilton, Jr., 20, of Union was arrested for driving with a suspended license fol- lowing a motor vehicle stop for careless driving. Sunday, November 8, Jonathon M. Shuta, 22, of Clark was arrested follow- ing a motor vehicle stop for careless driving and charged with DWI. Accord- ing to police, a marked patrol unit spot- ted the suspect?s vehicle aggressively weaving in and out of traffic on Route 22. While attempting to catch up to the vehicle, the pursuing officer reached speeds of approximately 105 mph before the suspect pulled his vehicle off the road onto the shoulder and came to a stop, authorities reported. When the arresting officer approached the vehicle, he im- mediately smelled the odor of alcohol and asked Shuta to step out of the vehicle and perform multiple sobriety tests, which Shuta failed, authorities reported. He was transported to police headquar- ters, where he was processed and re- leased to a sober adult. Monday, November 9, Galen F. Kildow, 19, of Scotch Plains and Anto- nio M. Albano, 19, of Cranford were arrested following a motor vehicle stop and charged with underage possession of alcohol. 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The Manfras are constructing an addition to their home, and the proposed side- yard setback of slightly more than CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Zoning Bd. tion center. Union County will rent its detention center beds at $200 per day per bed to the two counties. In other business, the board con- sidered a resolution to amend a previ- ous contract with The Louis Berger Group, Inc. of Morristown for engi- neering construction services for the Central Avenue Corridor Project in CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 County Detention Center isfy state statute.? During the public comments portion of the meeting, Fanwood Republican Committee Chairman Joe Britt spoke about last week?s election, in which Republican challengers Mike Szuch and Robert Manduca defeated incum- bents Donna Dolce and David Valian. Mr. Britt said Democrats ?went on the attack? during their campaign and suggested that the party ?make an apology?to heal the community and move forward.? those levels for the full 12-month period. At the township council?s meeting on Tuesday, Councilman Dominick Bratti was formally sworn in to fill out the remainder of the unexpired term that runs through the end of 2010. Mr. Bratti, a Republican, won last week?s special election to fill out the term, defeating Democrat Theresa Mullen by a 54 percent to 46 percent margin. He had been appointed to the seat in January after it was vacated by Mayor Nancy Malool when she as- cended to the mayor?s seat. Mr. Bratti said on Tuesday that it was ?truly an honor and truly a humbling experi- ence? to serve on the council and, noting that he was filling the mayor?s council seat, said it was ?important shoes to fill.? Mayor Malool reported on Sunday?s H1N1 flu clinic at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, say- ing that some 2,200 vaccines were administered and that there are ?plenty more? available to be given at another clinic, tentatively set for Monday, November 23. She said the lines at Sunday?s clinic were ?really long,? but that the process itself was ?extremely orderly.? The mayor thanked health officer Rick Proctor, members of the police department CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Scotch Plains Sewer Bills CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Fanwood Borough Council ?Negative campaigns have harmed Fanwood?s community spirit,? said Mr. Britt. Mayor Mahr responded that ?the knife cuts both ways? and said the Republicans are ?not immune from having negative campaigns? in Fanwood in previous years. Acknowledging that ?campaigns are a very difficult thing,? the mayor said, ?I look forward to seeing two new councilmen here in January and we move forward in a positive way.? three feet conflicts with the mini- mum eight feet required. Mr. Abeel, supporting the applica- tion, noted that similar additions have been done to other homes in the neigh- borhood, which he saw as an en- hancement. Several board members noted that the Manfras? addition would convert the existing one-car garage into a two-car garage, which the township ordinance calls for. The next meeting is December 3. TAXING ENCOUNTER...A man put his car in drive instead of park when entering a parking space last Friday at 3:30 p.m. at the Westfield Municipal Building, causing the car to lunge forward into the building. The man sustained minor injuries. No damage was done to the building. The man had just paid his taxes when the accident occurred. and rescue squad, as well as the board of education and the volunteers who assisted throughout the day. The council approved an ordinance formally appropriating $182,000 from the state Department of Transporta- tion to be used for a repaving project on a section of Jerusalem Road. Councilwoman Mary DePaola noted that the annual Mayor?s Gala would be held on Friday, December 4, at the Shackamaxon Country Club. Tickets are $75 per person for the event, which will honor Thomas Russo and Mary Ball Cappio as male and female volunteers of the year and the Italian-American Club as the volunteer organization of the year. Tickets are available from the recre- ation department by calling (908) 322-6700. Mayor Malool issued two procla- mations, one designating November as Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month and the other designating the week of November 16-20 as Ameri- can Education Week. The council will not meet next week since council members and other town- ship officials will be attending the an- nual New Jersey League of Munici- palities Convention in Atlantic City. The next regular meeting will be on Tuesday, November 24. Westfield and Clark, thus increasing the contract awarded in 2007 by $119,856 for a new total of $247,224. The previous Berger contract was for traffic-signal upgrades, new traffic- signal equipment, countdown pedes- trian signal indications, signs, strip- ing and handicapped-accessible con- crete curb ramps with warning de- vices along the roadway. The freeholders approved a $1.2- million contract last month to make improvements to eight intersections along Central Avenue in Clark and Westfield. The board will act on the resolution at tonight?s meeting, as well as a reso- lution to amend a 2004 contract with Keller and Kirkpatrick of Parsippany by an additional $23,700 for engi- neering services for improvements to seven intersections along the Terrill Road corridor in Scotch Plains. The total contract is now $230,100. At the start of the meeting, County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi requested ap- proval of three resolutions, totaling $10,300, for printing and mailing of ballots for a December 8 special school board election in Cranford. Ms. Rajoppi said the school board would reimburse the county. Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski asked whether Cranford ever consid- ered combining the special election with the General Election to save money. Ms. Rajoppi said the state Legisla- ture had been set to consider legisla- tion to move the April school board candidate elections throughout the state to the November General Election date. ?The budget portion would not ob- viously go to the General Election. That would have to be acted upon as a municipal election among that body. It would not be voted upon (by vot- ers),? Ms. Rajoppi said. She said, although moving the elec- tions would save money, there is a concern as to whether the ballots would be large enough to contain state, mu- nicipal and school board questions as well as the candidates. Ms. Rajoppi said the legislation has been held up and ?it may not happen this year.? Sr. Corps/RSVP Needs Volunteers AREA ? Sr. Corps/RSVP of Union County is looking for volunteers who are 55 and older. Volunteers are needed at Newark Liberty International Air- port working at Travelers Aid. Volun- teers would work with others giving information and aid to international travelers. It is an exciting environ- ment and a lot of fun according to the other seniors who volunteer there. There is special parking provided for volunteers, as well as a small mileage reimbursement. Training is provided and a volunteer will never work alone. To sign up, call Debra at (908) 354-3040, extension no. 369. Daily News Posts See goleader.com goleader online supplement We?ll Help Your Business Get Back On Track The Westfield Leader www.goleader.com firstname.lastname@example.org (908) 232-4407 Continue to the next page ==> Page 2 Thursday, November 12, 2009 The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains ? Fanwood TIMES A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. 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As a high school student, he was a volun- teer on the Mountainside Rescue Squad. He is now a medical doctor serving in Afghanistan. Excerpts from two letters follow: ?The Roughriders of the 108th Cav- alry would like to receive scarves, gloves, warm socks, sweaters, towels, especially children?s clothing, read- ing glasses for old folks, to give to villagers in the Tora Bora mountains of Afghanistan. Defeat the Taliban and Al Quaeda by helping us make friends in this hostile environment. ?Our guys and women patrol alongside the Afghan National Army and Afghan police in the villages throughout this region. The com- pany commanders tell me that they?d love to have small items in the ve- hicles as they move along the way. Handing out warm clothing is a great way to start a conversation. The people in the villages are terribly afraid of the Taliban, who are very cruel characters and very violent. Folks just want to get on with their lives after 30 years of horror and sadness and there is a palpable sense that it?s time to end the fighting and move on. Making friends also saves lives, because the people know who?s planting the roadside bombs. Infor- mation from the villagers is the best form of armor we?ve got. ?The Postal Service offers free boxes and special rates for mailing to combat zones.? Please mail to: Lt. Col. Kenneth Marx, TF 1-108, FOB Hughie APO AE 09310. Please mark the postal form: If Undeliverable - Any Soldier. Items can also be picked up by Marilyn Hart, (908) 233-4036, who will see that they are mailed to Lt. Col. Marx. ASK THE DENTIST ! 229 Charles Street, Westfield, New Jersey 07090 Tel: 908.389.0222 Email: DoctorMerriman@aol.com DEAR DR. MERRIMAN: Some of my teeth have been sensitive for quite some time. Now even drinking room temperature water is causing discomfort. Do I have a cavity? Andrew K. DEAR ANDREW: Sensitivity of teeth can be caused by a number of reasons. g120 A tooth with a dying or abscessed nerve g120 A cavity or an old or broken filling where saliva, air, or sugars irritate the inside of the tooth g120 A crack or fracture in the tooth which can cause sensitivity when you chew on that weak spot g120 Night time or even daytime grinding that results in very high forces being transferred to your teeth - much more than what they were designed to tolerate g120 Exposure of the dentin (the layer of the tooth that is underneath the outermost enamel) at the neck of the tooth; this is usually caused by gum recession, aggressive ?scrubbing? while brushing, erosion from acidic drink consumption, acid reflux, or excessive biting forces on your teeth Andrew, the first step for you would be to discuss your symptoms with your dentist. A history of their intensity, frequency and pattern along with a clinical evaluation and some diagnostic procedures will be helpful to determine the cause of your sensitivity. After that, an effective treatment can be determined for you. Sensitive teeth are not the norm so kudos to you for recognizing that. Good luck with your care! Christie to Create ?Red Tape Group,? Audit School Districts During a news conference the day after his election, Governor-elect Chris Christie said his first executive order upon taking office in January will be to freeze all proposed new rules and regulations for 90 days, while a ?Red Tape Review Group,? to be headed by Lieutenant Governor- elect Kim Guadagno, reviews the state?s codes to identify mandates on businesses and municipalities that can be repealed, according to the Asbury Park Press. He also said he will have the state comptroller audit all school districts in the state. Christie Picks Samson to Head Transition Team Governor-elect Chris Christie has named former Attorney General for ex-Governor James McGreevey, David Samson, to head his transition team. Jeffrey Chiesa, a former execu- tive assistant U.S. Attorney and coun- sel when Mr. Christie headed the of- fice, will serve as executive director of the transition committee, heading its day-to-day operations, according to a Gannett State Bureau report. GOP Gains in UC Towns; Dems Win Summit Seat Republicans picked up two council seats in Fanwood, creating as 3-3 split council with a Democrat hold- ing the mayor?s seat; two seats in Springfield will hold a 3-2 edge in- cluding the mayor?s seat; one seat in Garwood, where Democrats will hold a 4-2 edge plus the mayor?s seat. Democrats picked up a seat on the Summit council where they hold the mayor?s office. The GOP will now have a 6-1 council majority. GOP Comes Within 2,000 Votes in Four Leg. Races Riding the coattails of Governor- elect Chris Christie?s victory last week, the GOP picked up freeholder seats in Bergen, Cumberland, and Passaic counties, and took control of the Monmouth County board, accord- ing to politickernj.com. The GOP picked up a seat in the state Assembly, where all 80 seats were on the ballot, winning by 1,000 votes an open seat in the fourth dis- trict, representing parts of Camden and Gloucester counties. Races in District 1, 3, 18, and 22 were close with Democrats winning by only a few percentage points. The GOP missed picking up a seat by 1,200 votes in the third district and 1,800 tallies in District 22. Kean Last Governor of President?s Party to Win Democratic National Chairman Tim Kaine said Governor Jon Corzine was ?running against a significant historical tide and faced [an] uphill [battle] from the start of this cam- paign.? He said the party in power in the White House has not won the New Jersey governor?s office since 1985, when Governor Thomas H. Kean defeated Peter Shapiro for a second term. Democrats Pickup Upstate N.Y. Seat for First Time In 100 Years Democrat Bill Owens defeated Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman in the race for New York?s 23rd Congressional District. Repub- lican Party candidate, Dede Scozzafava, dropped out of what was a three-way race to endorse Mr. Owens. It is the first time in 100 years that a Democrat has held the seat. Senator Allen Diagnosed With Aggressive Cancer Republican State Senator Diane Allen has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer, accord- ing to an Associated Press report. The Senator, a former Philadelphia news anchorwoman, has served in the Legislature since 1996, repre- senting Gloucester and Camden counties. She ran an unsuccessful GOP Primary bid for Unites States Senate in 2002. AG Milgram Will Not Stay On In Chris Christie Administration Governor-elect Chris Christie to- day said New Jersey?s Attorney Gen- eral Anne Milgram will not remain in that posiion in his administra- tion. He said Ms. Milgram has said she is not interested in staying. Her spokeswoman said the attorney gen- eral has not spoken with Mr. Christie or his transition team. She had re- placed Stuart Rabner in 2007 when he was appointed chief justice of the New Jersey State Supreme Court. VISITING CAPITOL?Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7th) meets with the Prieto family of Westfield in his Capitol Hill office. During their visit to Capitol Hill, the Prietos toured the U.S. Capitol Building. Pictured with Mr. Lance, center, from left to right, are: Charlie, age 3, Tony, Hannah, age 10, Cooper, age 8, and Shari. Anyone who would like to meet with Mr. Lance or who needs assistance regarding an issue before the federal government, or would like a tour of the U.S. Capitol Building should call Mr. Lance?s Westfield office at (908) 518-7733 for assistance. Mazzarella Seeks Budget Info. for Oversight Panel RAHWAY ? The Clark repre- sentative on the Rahway Valley Sewerage Authority (RVSA) is seeking a delay in the adoption of the 2010 RVSA budget until after a municipal budget oversight com- mittee can submit its recommen- dations. The mayors of Clark, Rahway and Woodbridge held a joint press conference last month in Clark seek- ing the formation of the oversight committee. The mayors of Garwood, Scotch Plains and Springfield also attended the press conference. ?The press conference basically sought the bipartisan support of the 11 municipal members of the au- thority to send a representative from each municipality to be part of an oversight committee to review the budget of the Rahway Valley Sewer- age Authority,? Clark Commissioner Frank Mazzarella said in a memo- randum to RVSA commissioners. ?This will obviously be an oversight committee to present in an advisory capacity any suggestions that might be acceptable to the authority prior to adoption of the budget, in an at- tempt to offer recommendations for savings.? Mr. Mazzarella also sent a memo- randum to RVSA Treasurer Robert Materna seeking specific budget in- formation. That memo was copied to the mayors of Clark, Woodbridge, Westfield, Scotch Plains, Kenilworth, Garwood, Springfield, Cranford, Roselle Park and Mountainside, the member towns of the RVSA. Commissioner Mazzarella has asked Mr. Materna for the names and salaries for all employees for 2009 and 2010, both salaried and hourly, copies of all union contracts, the number of vacant positions in the current budget, overtime figures for employees for the past three years, and a list of all separate con- sultant contracts including engineer- ing and legal. Mr. Mazzarella is also seeking an analysis of all utility costs for the past three years including electricity, fuels and water. He also has asked Mr. Materna whether or not the RVSA is losing any employees by attrition and, if so, how many and will the authority need to replace them. Mr. Mazzarella has requested a breakdown of fringe benefits, health benefits, Social Se- curity, unemployment, pension (state or defined contribution or 401K for employees), as well as a breakdown of residual disposal and maintenance supplies for the past three years. SBA to Hold Conference At SP Library on Loans SCOTCH PLAINS ? On Wednesday, November 18, area small business owners and entre- preneurs will have an opportunity to meet with representatives from several of the United States Small Business Administration?s top New Jersey lenders to discuss the availability of SBA-backed loans for their businesses or new ven- tures. The free Meet the Lenders confer- ence is scheduled to take place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Scotch Plains Public Library located at 1927 Bartle Avenue in Scotch Plains.The confer- ence is sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration, New Jer- sey Small Business Development Center at Kean University, Coun- selors to America?s Small Busi- ness (Score) and the Union County Economic Development Corpora- tion. All participants are required to com- plete a business plan executive sum- mary and to bring 10 copies with them. To obtain a copy of the form, call (908) 737-4220 when registering for the conference. www.goleader.com The Law Offices of Francis M. Smith, esq. 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Assemblyman Alex DeCroce (LD- 26, Morris Plains) was re-elected for a fourth consecutive term as minority leader of the GOP Assembly Caucus. Assemblyman Alex DeCroce said, ?Along with Assemblymen Bramnick and Rible and the rest of our leader- ship team, I am confident we can achieve our goal of once again mak- ing our state more affordable for middle-class families.? ?I look forward to working with them and our Governor-elect, Chris Christie, in returning New Jersey as a great place to live and work,? Mr. DeCroce said. ?Along with Assemblymen Bramnick and Rible and the rest of our leadership team, I am confident we can achieve our goal of once again making our state more affordable for middle class families,? continued DeCroce. ?There are many common sense re- forms that should be considered by the Legislature that will improve state gov- ernment and I will work hard to make sure they are enacted.? CONTACT We Care Honors Its Volunteers And NJ Secretary Of State at Gala Reception By MICHAEL J. POLLACK Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times WESTFIELD ? A confluence of factors ? including high unemploy- ment and the stresses of caring for elderly parents, who are living longer ? has lead to an uptick in feelings of despair and calls for help. CONTACT We Care, an organiza- tion celebrating 34 years of service, fields many such calls on its award- winning 24-hour caring and crisis hotline, which emanates from Westfield. Late last month, the group celebrated the efforts of its member- ship and the positive impact it has had on an understandably anxious citi- zenry. Amy Green, the president of CON- TACT We Care and a listener since 2001, said joining the group was ?one of the transformative events? of her life. ?Today, more than ever, there is a need for our service,? she said. ?As the economy has tightened, people are losing jobs, people are losing homes, people are enormously stressed, and we?re hearing that on the phones.? Through silent auctions and dona- tions at the 2009 gala, held at the Primavera Regency in Stirling, the organization raised critical funding for its crisis hotline, which serves more than 12,000 callers each year throughout New Jersey. Last year?s first annual gala raised $70,000. Emmy Award-winning journalist and WNBC-TV reporter Brian Th- ompson, again serving as Master of Ceremonies at the gala, reminded everyone that 30 years ago, hundreds of local crisis hotlines existed. Due to funding shortages and lack of volun- teer support nationwide, dozens have disappeared, ?leaving, fortunately, only the strongest...and CONTACT We Care has to be counted as one of them.? CONTACT We Care staked its claim to the title of ?the strongest? last year, after the New Jersey Governor?s Office of Volunteerism recognized the organization as the ?2008 Best Statewide Volunteer Or- ganization.? At the 2009 gala, CONTACT We Care honored Secretary of State Nina Mitchell Wells, who officiated at the 2008 ceremony that recognized CON- TACT as the best volunteer organiza- tion. Unfortunately, Ms. Wells? respon- sibilities as Secretary of State pre- vented her from attending in person; in her place to accept her award was Rowena Madden, the director of the division of Community Service, which falls under the Governor?s Of- fice of Volunteerism. Ms. Madden, a Union High School graduate, called Ms. Wells an ?abso- lute force of nature? and said she has been ?on a magic carpet ride with her? over the last several years. According to Ms. Madden, volunteerism has ?really grown quite a bit? in the state. Ms. Madden said when Depart- ment of Labor officials contact un- employed individuals now, a new question asks them if they have vol- unteered over the past year. New Jer- sey was among the top five states to experience an increase in volunteerism from 2007 to 2008. Out of 1 million new volunteers in the nation, 200,000 live in New Jersey. ?The spirit of volunteerism is very palpable in our state,? she said. Ms. Madden, channeling the words of the secretary of state, said out of all outlets in New Jersey, CONTACT We Care is one of ?the most profound.? ?If you?re in New Jersey, you don?t have to be alone,? she said. She thanked the organization for being a ?safety net? for those in need. To depict the type of calls CON- TACT We Care fields, the lights were dimmed, and a tape recording of two CONTACT volunteers played for the gala attendees. Told to close their eyes, people listened as the volun- teers recreated a fictional scene, in very believable fashion, in which a woman ? who is about to lose her job and healthcare, and is taking care of a mother who is dying ? reveals that she does not know how to help herself or whom to turn to in her time of need. While fighting back tears, the woman reveals to the phone operator, when asked, that she is not sure if she wants to live. After an emotional back- and-forth, the operator is able to coax her to speak with a national suicide- prevention hotline that could offer more assistance. ?We have more callers like the woman you just heard than we have ever had,? said David Owens, a Westfield resident who serves as CONTACT We Care?s executive di- rector. Though calls have leveled off now, as compared to earlier in the year when they spiked 20 percent, the or- ganization is still fielding roughly 28 calls a day; of those, Mr. Owens said, two are suicide-related. Mr. Thompson, while harkening to the words of a previous year?s hon- oree, said CONTACT We Care vol- unteers ?listen actively, empathetically, without judgment, allowing the person with mental ill- ness the ability to talk.? The volun- teers help fulfill the organization?s namesake, which came about in re- sponse to an Australian gentleman?s suicide statement that read, ?Nobody cares.? That suicide note was left for Rev- erend Alan Walker, a Methodist pas- tor who was known for his Sunday evening radio program during the 1960s. The man had been a devoted listener to the reverend?s program, and he killed himself when his radio was repossessed. The phrase ?Nobody cares? struck a cord with the reverend, who would travel the world to talk about the importance of extending help to those in need of a compassionate listener. Initially called Lifeline, CONTACT We Care was founded in Scotch Plains in 1975. Mr. Thompson, the evening?s mas- ter of ceremonies, took the closing minutes of the evening, before prizes were auctioned off and raffles an- nounced, to reveal that his own grand- father had committed suicide. ?My mother, who is no longer with us, suffered from seeing the end re- sult of her father?s suicide,? he said. ?It left a scar that was with her for her entire life? I just wish her father had an opportunity to get that kind of help that an organization like this can pro- vide. I say thank you for what you?re doing, and you can make a differ- ence,? he said. WASHINGTON, D.C. ? U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) has voted to approve legislation that would extend unemployment ben- efits for an additional 14 weeks in every state and an additional 20 weeks in New Jersey and other states where unemployment exceeds 8.5 percent. The legislation will also extend and expand the first-time homebuyers tax credit. ?It is shame- ful that weeks of senseless Republi- can obstruction has stood in the way of families receiving unemployment benefits,? Mr. Lautenberg stated. ?Extending unemployment benefits will boost the economy, benefit thou- sands of out-of-work New Jersey residents and millions of families across the country. ?This legislation also takes im- portant steps to further promote home ownership and boost the hous- ing economy. I applaud passage of this legislation and urge my col- leagues in the House to approve it as quickly.? Michael J. Pollack for The Westfield Leader and The Times ?CARE? PACKAGE...Rowena Madden, pictured second from left, the director of the division of Community Service, which falls under the Governor?s Office of Volunteerism, accepts an award on behalf of New Jersey Secretary of State Nina Mitchell Wells at a gala reception for the crisis hotline CONTACT We Care. Flanking her at left is David Owens, CONTACT?s executive director. Brian Thompson, far right, Emmy Award-winning journalist and WNBC-TV reporter, served as the evening?s Master of Ceremonies. To Ms. Madden?s immediate right is Jim McKnight, vice-president of the board of directors for CONTACT. www.uniquecruiseandtravel.com Carol Bevere Kearney? Proprietor 207 CENTER STREET, GARWOOD 908-789-3303 Page 4 Thursday, November 12, 2009 The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains ? Fanwood TIMES A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION Letters to the Editor ABCDICTIONOPQRSTDECEPTIONUVWXYZ TM D D Diction Deception Letters to the Editor Your State Legislators ---LD-21--- Sen. Thomas Kean, Jr. (R) 425 North Ave. E. Westfield, N.J. 07090 (908) 232-3673 Asm. Jon Bramnick (R) 251 North Ave. West Westfield, N.J. 07090 (908) 232-2073 Asm. Nancy Munoz (R) 57 Union Place, Suite 310 Summit, N.J. 07901 (908) 918-0414 ---LD-22--- Sen. Nicholas Scutari (D) 1514 E. Saint Georges Ave. Linden, N.J. 07036 (908) 587-0404 Asw. Linda Stender (D) 1801 East Second St. Scotch Plains, N.J. 07076 (908) 668-1900 Asm. Jerry Green (D) 17 Watchung Ave. Plainfield, N.J. 07060 (908) 561-5757 LD-21 includes Westfield, Mountainside, Garwood, Summit and Cranford. LD-22 includes Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Plainfield, Clark and Linden. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com 7th Congressional District Representative Leonard Lance, 425 North Avenue E., Westfield, NJ 07090 (908) 518-7733 Below are four arcane words, each with four definitions ? only one is correct. The others are made up. Are you sharp enough to discern this deception of dic- tion? If you can guess one correctly ? good guess. If you get two ? well-read indi- vidual. If you get three ? word expert. If you get all four ? You must have a lot of free time! All words and correct definitions come from the board game Diction Deception. Answers to last week?s arcane words. 1. Typhinia ? A relapsing fever 2. Juste au corps ? A close fitting coat 3. Typhlosis ? Blindness 4. Dedolent ? Feeling no compunction or regret TREACLY 1. Savageness of manner; fierceness 2. Putrid; foul-smelling 3. Thick and sticky 4. Oozing; seeping PEIGNOIR 1. A woman?s dressing gown or negli- gee 2. A ballet dancer 3. A decorative wax candle 4. A nagging, scolding woman HABRONEME 1. A daydream 2. Having the form of fine threads 3. Having no common traits; unrelated 4. Round or oval in form STOT 1. Strong; racy 2. Haughty; boastful 3. A blister beetle 4. A young bull Christie?s Vow to ?Turn NJ Upside Down? I was mildly amused by Wednesday?s headline on turning New Jersey upside down. First, from a fiscal standpoint, New Jersey is already upside down. Second, in order to change New Jersey, Chris Christie will need the cooperation of the Legisla- ture. Unfortunately, any effort the New Jer- sey Legislature makes to ?turn NJ upside down? will be strictly for shaking any remaining coins out of our pockets. Walter Andrew Bordentown Discussion, Not Attack Editorials, Needed on Health Care Debate Westfielder Says Lance, Along with Other Rightwing Reps., Should ?Get On Board For Healthcare Reform? Writer Says It is Still Up to NJ Citizens to ?Reclaim Our State? Southside Resident Looks Fwd. to Quiet As someone who lives on the southside of Westfield, suffers from bouts of in- somnia and who can hear the trains very well, I am delighted about the new quiet zone. Next summer, I also look forward to being able to sleep with my windows open and not run my air conditioning, thereby reducing my carbon footprint. Yes, it was my choice to live within earshot of the trains. But it is preposterous to suggest that in doing so, I have forever forfeited any chance of progress. Whoever led the effort to establish the quiet zone should get a medal. One thing that makes our country great is its willing- ness to embrace the new and not be teth- ered to the past. For those who feel otherwise and wax nostalgic for the sounds of yesteryear, I hope you are enjoying the clickety- clacketing of your typewriters and clippety-clopping of your horse and bug- gies. Mark Kaplan Westfield Gov. Corzine and Phillies Still Deserve People?s Respect WF Officials Should Be Property Owners I am a little cynical about the eligibility standards to become the mayor or a coun- cil member in Westfield. I am also dis- heartened with the process of how a per- son can cast a vote. First things first, I truly feel the Town of Westfield should amend the regula- tions by which a person is eligible to become mayor or a council member. As a new requirement, candidates should be homeowners, not renters. Un- less you are paying $10,000 to $25,000 in property tax, you should not be a town leader. It?s like a student telling a businessperson how to run a business, and the student?s only experience is that he read an economics book. What should we expect next ? a person runs for mayor and cannot produce a birth certificate? Did you know a person may cast his or her vote by mail? No, I am not talking about the men and women of our military. I am talking about the person who can go to a polling booth but chooses not to do so. With all the corruption in New Jersey and all the illegal actions we have learned about Acorn and other groups, as a citi- zen, aren?t you afraid of ballot stuffing? I spoke to Senator [Tom] Kean?s office about this, and I was told that, this coming January, he and Senator [Ronald] Rice would speak to Governor [Chris] Christie and try to amend the law, which would scrutinize mail-in ballots a whole lot closer to prevent fraud. John Mancini Westfield Editorial Hit Nail on Head; Governor- Elect Christie Deserves Congratulations Sanders Says Newspaper Should ID Itself as ?Spokesman of Extreme Right? Congratulations to New Jersey voters for to holding the ineffective Corzine administration accountable. Under Mr. Corzine?s leadership, New Jersey has continued to pursue tax-and-spend poli- cies that erode the competitiveness of our state. Just look at the accolades achieved according to the Tax Foundation (a non- partisan educational organization): We are ranked 50th in the United States in terms of business tax climate. That is, we have the worst state in which to own and operate a business. We have the second highest property taxes in the country. New Jersey?s state/local tax burden percentage (estimated at 11.8 percent of income) is the highest in the country, well above the national average of 9.7 percent. New Jersey taxpayers pay $6,610 per capita in state and local taxes. Among states levying personal income taxes, New Jersey?s top rate ranks third highest nationally. Among states levying corporate in- come taxes, New Jersey?s top tax rate ranks sixth highest nationally. New Jersey taxpayers receive less fed- eral funding per dollar of federal taxes paid than any other state. With New York City?s own tax prob- lem, not to mention the costs associated with living and owning a business there, New Jersey should be luring companies across the Hudson in droves to create jobs here. Instead, we have taken it upon our- selves to be as unfriendly as possible to make a life here. Electing Mr. Christie was just the first step in turning this trend around, how- ever. The challenge that he faces is daunt- ing, and it remains to be seen how effec- tive he will be. But the work of the New Jersey voter is not yet complete, and Mr. Christie ? or any reform-minded Governor ? cannot turn the tide with the current culture in Trenton. Unfortunately, New Jersey?s government has a reputation of being only slightly less corrupt than Chicago (We?ve seen where Chicago-style poli- tics lead ? force-fed healthcare anyone?). It is time for New Jersey voters to take back the state. We need to clean house in Trenton and let the bosses of both parties know we are not lemmings willing to walk off the cliff of fiscal recklessness. With all the attention in the media on national politics, we cannot take our eye off the ball of local and state politics. We need to get involved, and if this means normal people (i.e. not career politicians) need to run for office, then we should be willing to step up. At the very least, we need to pay more attention to what?s going on in Trenton and hold our elected officials account- able. If either party machine doesn?t lis- ten to us, then we need to pull its plug. It?s up to us, New Jersey. Let?s reclaim our state. Michael Ellison Westfield On November 1, President [Barack] Obama made two stops in New Jersey to show his support for Governor [Jon] Corzine. The President praised Gov. Corzine as a strong leader and the type of governor New Jersey needs. On November 4, the day after [Chris] Christie was elected, the White House said Gov. Corzine was a weak and un- popular governor. President Obama can?t seem to get far enough away from the Corzine loss. I would have more respect for the Presi- dent if he simply said, ?We put up a good fight, but the people chose Chris Christie.? In every election, there are winners and losers; just like the Yankees winning the World Series, you can?t blame the loss on Philadelphia. They played a good game, but everyone can?t win. Both Gov. Corzine and Philadelphia still deserve our respect. Thomas Lienhard Westfield I was almost amused at the recent edito- rial ?Is There No Room Left for Common Sense and Moderation?? that appeared in your November 5 edition. You begin your editorial by lambasting the Obama Admin- istration as well as others that you believe are now trying to place the rest of us under their ?domination.? Then you go on to claim that those called out by you ?speak of Chairman Mao in glowing terms,? seem- ingly a phrase lifted straight from the Rush [Limbaugh]/ [Glenn] Beck / [Sarah] Palin playbook. If that is the gang with which you care to be identified, I suppose that is your prerogative as journalists. But, please do not then go on to charac- terize yourselves as ?those with moderate beliefs? who need to rescue this nation from the extreme left and extreme right. I am curious; if your accusations that Presi- dent Obama and Representative Frank ?speak of Chairman Mao in glowing terms? do not make you at least a fellow traveler of the extreme right, I would shutter to find out who you do think belongs on that fringe. You should at least show the intellectual honesty to properly identify yourselves as that which is ap- parent to any ?moderate? ? as spokesmen in print of the extreme right. Larry Sanders Scotch Plains Isn?t there supposed to be even a pre- tense of fairness in our town newspaper? You?re terrified and frightened of Medi- care for all? There?s no common sense to universal health care for Americans? And who is being discussed here? ?They?re crafty in manipulating the public?? [and] ?taking advantage of the weak and less fortunate.? If you were actually talking about the corporate-rich and powerful and the acute greed in the current health care system, you would be identifying the ?for profit? health care industry ? the insurance com- panies and pharmaceutical companies ? who are right now spending hundreds of millions of dollars trying to convince Americans that we don?t need and can?t afford what every other nation has. I do quite well remember being terri- fied only a few years ago when the Bush Administration tried to privatize Social Security and move Social Security money to Wall Street. Americans stood solidly against that chicanery. And, how long will Americans and our children be spinning from the trillions upon trillions of taxpayer money turned over to bail out Wall Street and its un- regulated corruptions? We?ve seen enough of ?Welfare for the Rich and Free Enterprise for the Poor? ? A majority of physicians and nurses and a majority of Americans support a universal health care system ? all but insurance and pharmaceutical companies and their paid-for representatives in Con- gress. ?We can?t possibly afford universal health care? ? rings hollow. We are the wealthiest and most heavily defended nation in the world. Evidently, we have infinite money for wars and bailouts of ?too big to fail? capitalism ? but only mean-spiritedness when it comes to the health of our citi- zens? The pharmaceutical companies and insurance companies have dumped over a half-billion dollars into the pockets of Congress and the White House in the last 10 years. The ?for profit? health care industry is continuing to spend hundreds of millions of dollars right now to stop universal health care in America. Every other nation decided long ago that universal health care is a positive national value worth the investment for the betterment of the general population. Let?s also treat ourselves to some of the other benefits that Europeans and Cana- dians have long enjoyed for their tax dollars ? six months maternity leave, five- week vacations, free university tuition. What do you want for your children? More corporatism or more socially re- sponsive government? If Medicare is ?socialism,? bring it on! Meanwhile, let?s have an honest dis- cussion and debate about universal health care for all Americans and not one-sided attack-editorials. Americans are paying many times over what other nations are paying for their health care. In America, 31 percent of every dollar spent on health care goes to paperwork, overhead, CEO salaries and profits. And then there are the highly over inflated drug prices. Let?s give it a shot. We can always go back to being stolen blind! Barbara Briemer Westfield Reader Asks: ?Where Is Your Moderation?? In reading the opening paragraphs of your November 4 editorial ?Is There No Room Left for Common Sense or Mod- eration?? I had the feeling that Rush Limbaugh or an equally far right conser- vative had joined your editorial board. Where is your ?moderation? of which you speak and which also typifies the voters of Westfield? To equate the present administration and Democratic-controlled Congress with Chairman Mao is ridicu- lous and can only turn sensible people against any message you might have. Beatrice Green Westfield Chris Christie?s win as our governor is a sign that the people wanted to head in a different direction than what the present administration was offering. However, we are wary of any promise of change, since we are still awaiting the change promised in the last presidential race. Chris Christie and his staff have an im- possible mission, and we hope that we are not disappointed. Regardless, I wanted to congratulate him and offer any assistance that those of us interested taxpayers could offer. The following is the e-mail that I sent to him. Perhaps others would also like to offer him luck and support as well, since he and we will need it. P.S. The editorial comment titled: ?Is There No Room Left for Common Sense and Moderation?? was appreciated and hit the nail squarely on its head. Now with the U.S. Assembly passing the 2,000- page healthcare bill and the possibility of cap-and-trade (tax) still hanging over our heads, our very livelihood, wellbeing and liberty are in jeopardy. Our state is seeing that with a Christie victory, there may be truly change we can believe in on the horizon, and your paper is leading the way. Please keep up your reporting. Dear Governor-Elect Christie: I wanted to express my, and many others that I know, congratulations on your victory. I have not seen so many happy New Jersey people in over decade. You have a very difficult four years ahead, with the projected $8 billion defi- cit next year, billions of under-funded pension responsibilities, a dismal busi- ness environment, out-of-sight taxes, cor- ruption, bloated public payrolls, multiple government jobs, continual job losses, school costs that are out of control, public payrolls that are not supported by either need or revenue, and so forth. Leave it to be said, that many of us taxpayers are willing to do what we can to help; however, we need to know what that might be. At the very least, we can contact our district officials, who may offer some resistance to the change that you will be working to gain for us. There are some that think you can fix everything in a day, but many of us know that is not possible. Americans at the time of crisis have a history of standing up and joining to- gether to overcome adversity. That being the case, please let us know how we can continue this tradition by letting us know what we can do to help. Albert Muller Scotch Plains Will Christie Election Ring In A New Era In Trenton? Governor-elect Chris Christie has said that he will put together the most qualified people for his admin- istration regardless of political party affiliation. With that said, we encourage anyone who wants to serve in either a paid or volunteer capacity to contact their own mayors and/or elected representatives to get their names in the ring early. New Jersey needs a bi-partisan government, per- haps better said as non-partisan, focused on improv- ing the quality of life for residents as well as busi- nesses in this state. In addition to a change in the governor?s office, both houses of the State Legisla- ture will likely have new leadership. Assembly Speaker Joseph Roberts (D-Camden) is retiring from the Legislature and will likely be replaced by As- semblywoman Sheila Oliver (D-Essex). Senate Presi- dent Richard Codey (D-Essex) is in a battle to keep his post with Senate Majority Leader Steve Sweeney (D-Gloucester), who is also freeholder director in Gloucester County. We believe last week?s election sent a message loud and clear that New Jerseyans are not interested in politics; they just want results. With next year being an off year for state government elections, we believe this is the perfect time for Mr. Christie to extend the olive branch for support of common goals. The Governor-elect said he is willing to look at any proposal, if it is good one, regardless of who takes credit for it. Given the past year in Washing- ton, D.C., where the Democrats, the majority party, are ignoring the Republicans, this is a breath of fresh air. Bipartisanship and non-partisanship are not just called for at the state level though, as it extends to municipal governing bodies. Fanwood will now have a 3-3 council, since two Republicans unseated the incumbent Democrats in last week?s election. Mayor Colleen Mahr, a Democrat, is the tiebreaker in deadlocked votes. In Garwood, the council will have one more Republican, with Democrats having control 4-2, also with a Democratic mayor, Dennis McCarthy. Scotch Plains Republicans still have a 3- 2 edge (including the mayor?s seat). Given the shift to a more balanced government, it is important that Republicans, Democrats and Independents work together for what is best for the people. Some very good local officials won, and others lost. We are thankful for those who serve. While we believe this will be the case at the local level, we expect a political battle at the state level, as Democrats seek to challenge the new Governor on spending cuts he proposes and, of course, on his budget. Mr. Christie has said reducing state spending while improving urban education will be among his priori- ties when he takes office on January 19, 2010. He also said he will not sign any legislation that in- creases taxes. He is also setting up a taskforce to look for mandates on businesses and municipalities that can be rescinded. One interesting note from last week?s election is that Union County Freeholder Mohamed Jalloh will have to resign from his position in the county counsel?s office. In addition, Lieutenant Governor-elect Kim Guadagno will resign as Monmouth County Sheriff, with the new governor to appoint a new sheriff. Governor Jon Corzine appears to be gracious in his defeat. We hope this means that the lame-duck administration will not take actions that drop poison pills on the incoming administration in the interim. It would only serve to harm the citizens. Unfortu- nately, past history of both parties has shown that last-minute spitefulness can be irresistible when a new party is about to take office. I have watched Representative Leonard Lance, since he was elected, for signs that he was, to paraphrase The New York Times endorsement he received, an independent voice within the Republican Party. He does not show it when it comes to healthcare reform. He, along with other rightwing Representatives in the House, voted this week against healthcare reform despite the fact that we have such a bro- ken healthcare system and that any re- form would be better than no reform. We have millions of people without insurance, millions more with inadequate insurance, millions more with such com- plicated insurance procedures that it is difficult to get coverage and healthcare costs that are twice as high as any other country in the world. Despite the money we spend on healthcare, we lag far behind the rest of the developed world in the quality of our health. Simply put, we do not get what we pay for. It is time to worry less about the profits of the insurance companies and worry more about the future of our children and the nation. We cannot sustain the course we are on. Apart from the human misery our current system imposes on millions of Americans, business in the United States cannot compete for foreign investment to expand production facilities, in part, be- cause we do not have a publicly financed healthcare system like the rest of the world. We are uncompetitive and lose jobs because we require employers to pay for healthcare instead of having some form of a national health system like the rest of the world. The reform legislation passed by the House falls far short of what is really needed. Perhaps, with a public option, the bill will lay the seeds for a future that really solves the problems. 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Of His Life You?ve stood by this campaign through thick and thin, and I wanted to take a few moments to thank you for all your support and encouragement throughout this cam- paign. We may not have prevailed in the vote count, but we stood up for our common commitment to making this state the kind of place where all of our kids and grandkids can grow and prosper. For that, I am truly grateful to each and every one of you. Whatever our political differences, I believe that Chris Christie is going to work hard for the people of this state, and I wish the Governor-Elect success, pa- tience and good fortune as he leads our state forward. I got into public life because I truly believe that government can be a force for good, and I am proud that we focused on the issues that matter most to working families like jobs, education, health care and economic security. Thank you for the privilege of serving as your Governor; it has been the high honor of my life. 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One thousand seven hundred and one area residents, adults and children scream- ing with delight, and even a little fear, attended our town?s haunted house pre- sented by The Optimist Club of Westfield and co-sponsored by the Westfield Rec- reation Department. Haunted houses have been a community celebration in this coun- try since the early 1930s. After a two-year hiatus, Westfield cel- ebrated its 17th haunted house on Hallow- een evening. The 13 rooms of Haunted House 2009 featured mazes, caves, woods and cemeteries, where werewolves, Fran- kenstein monsters, Dracula, witches, ghouls, ghosts and goblins ?mingled? with the guests. Guests delighted in visiting our special at- traction ? Westfielder Chas. Addams? room, which was dedicated to Charles Addams? creation, The Addams Family. Almost 600 man-hours went into creating the haunted house, with another 250 man-hours volun- teered on Halloween day. None of this would have been possible without the exceptional involvement of the Westfield community. Among the volunteers, were 28 Westfield High School (WHS) students who participated in all aspects of creating the celebration ? deco- rating, costuming, make-up and dressing in their best Goth costumes to scare the little ones. They seemed particularly dedi- cated to this last task to the delight of all. Twenty volunteers came from the staff and membership of the Westfield Area ?Y?. They were joined by five of our own Westfield Rotarians. The Jaycees did an outstanding job taking ?ownership? and creating one of the more scary rooms as measured by scream intensity. Rounding out the more than 100 volunteers were 50 Optimists and their spouses and relatives. Our thanks go to all of them! We also want to thank the Westfield Foundation, Westfield Rotary, Optimist International and PSE&G for their grants that made it possible for us to create this special celebration. Their contributions were used to purchase props and building materials that had been lost during the two-year hiatus. Special thanks to the many organiza- tions that stepped forward to sponsor Haunted House 2009: Downtown Westfield Corporation, Westfield Board of Education, Westfield Fire Department, Westfield Health Department, Westfield Police Department, Westfield Public Work Department, Westfield Rescue Squad, Copies Now, Hershey?s Subs and Delicatessen, Robert Treat Deli and Bak- ery, Party Stop and Costume Corner, Mack Camera, Passarelli?s Italian Hot Dogs and Ron MacClusky (curator of all things Addams Family). Additional entertain- ment for the guests of Haunted House 2009 was provided by Chips the Clown, who was outstanding with the children, and the Reverse Order band, a local WHS group with a dedicated following. Westfield?s haunted house celebration has become a community event both in attendees and volunteers. That is why The Optimist Club and Recreation De- partment are delighted to be able to con- tinue this fun event and thank the Westfield community for its support. Jeffrey Feldman Haunted House 2009 Coordinator The Optimist Club of Westfield Bigosinski Lauds Westfield Victors I want to take this opportunity to con- gratulate Andy Skibitsky, Keith Loughlin, David Haas, Sam Della Fera and Vicki Kimmins on their impressive Election Day victories. I also want to commend all of them for their willingness to serve in town government. It is a great privilege to be selected by the voters to hold the office of town council, and I offer my heartfelt thanks to the entire Fourth Ward for giving me that opportunity. I did my best over the last four years to represent dutifully my constituents? in- terests, and I know Keith will do the same. I look forward to continuing the friendships forged through my involve- ment in town government and wish Keith and all Fourth Ward residents the best. Tom Bigosinski 4th Ward Councilman Westfield Mayor Andy Skibitsky Thanks Voters For Second Term Help Afghan People By Donating Clothes to Col. Marx, Local Doctor In this less-than-fun economy, we can do something positive for our neighbors by spending our dollars in small and local businesses. We all have our favorites. Here are only a few of mine: Betty Gallagher Antiques, East Broad Street, Westfield (for fine antique lamps, chairs, porcelain and ceramics, silver and jewelry, bronze, lovely fine carpets, paint- ings); Town Book Store (next to Gallagher?s), owned by A. Laird and a rarity as an independent book-shop and also super kid-friendly (plus: they?ll search for and order rare and out-of-print books). Another charmer is Juxtapose Gallery on Elm Street, specializing in paintings, watercolors, art jewelry, framing (paint- ings by Springfield artist Helen Frank and others are beautiful investments). For food, there is Vince Bruns? Westfield Seafood, on South Avenue, where real seafood aficionados offer fresh fish and shellfish for you to cook at home, plus store-made specialties such as chow- ders, irresistible cucumber-sour cream sauces, marinated mushrooms and vari- ous salads, stuffed potatoes, crab cakes, and other temptations. A fun place to gather with a friend or two for lunch is the city-chic Feast Cater- ing, with salads and gourmet treats cre- ated by chef-owner Stephen Bigmore. In Mountainside, try the delectable authentic foods at Daimatsu on Mountain Avenue. Noodles in hot broth are heart- warmers. Next door is a beautiful flower shop and decor store, Christoffer?s, where your ideas for an occasion or holiday are sensitively expressed through botanicals and where you will find something spe- cial for a friend?and yourself. For groceries, the Cranford farmstead on Springfield Avenue, Dreyer Farms, sells (in addition to gardening supplies) some scrumptious produce either plucked from their own rows or offered from other local farms (hurry because they close for the season just around Christmas). In Westfield, the tiny Westfield Farm- ers Market on South Avenue has top-tier and unusual produce and cheeses, fresh flowers, and is unhurried and pretty. Of course there are other terrific local ven- ues. (Did I mention Bovella?s Bakery in Westfield on the corner of East Broad at Prospect or the jazzy restaurant and wine- spot 16 Prospect and its live music scene?). The best thing about these one-of-a- kind places is that they are owned and staffed by neighbors, and your patronage will strengthen our local economy. Oh, and you won?t have to travel far for a beautiful experience. Mercedes Fol-Okamoto Westfield I want to thank all the citizens who took the time leading up to Election Day to educate themselves about the issues at hand, asked probing questions and found the time from their busy schedules to go to the polls and cast their vote. I am deeply honored to have the opportunity to serve this great town for four more years as your mayor. I hope to continue our posi- tive efforts in keeping Westfield the won- derful place it is to live, raise a family, work and visit. I am proud of the progress we have made so far, but I know there is still much to do. I intend to stay the course of doing more with less, controlling costs and continuing to deliver the services Westfield residents have come to expect. I also plan on continuing my Saturday morning office hours so residents can meet with me one a personal basis. Your viewpoints and concerns are important to me. You may contact my assistant Joan at (908) 789-4041 to arrange an appoint- ment. I hope to see you around town. Andrew Skibitsky Westfield Mayor We would like to thank all the citizens of Fanwood who came out to vote in the election last Tuesday for exercising your right to choose state, county and local elected officials. We are honored that you chose us to serve on the Fanwood Borough Council. We will make our best effort to work with the mayor and other council members to meet the many challenges facing Fanwood. And we understand the strong message that you registered last week ? keep property taxes under control. Fanwood voters also sent another mes- sage ? they want honest election contests where candidates speak for themselves and to the issues. Although we disagreed with the incumbents on a few issues, we gave them the due respect of neighbors who have worked hard over the past three years serving on the borough council. We would also like to thank all the people who supported our campaign with $10 donations and speaking with your neighbors on our behalf. This was truly a ?grassroots? effort in an era of big money campaigns. But the voters heard and chose the quieter voices, and we are very grate- ful for the recognition. Mike Szuch and Bob Manduca Fanwood Borough Councilmen-Elect In my campaign to represent Ward 1 on the Westfield Town Council, my hus- band Lloyd Marks, my sons Matt and Michael Marks, and many wonderful friends and neighbors steadfastly and enthusiastically supported me. People I reached in person and over the phone were so welcoming and willing to engage in discussion about their concerns and ideas for the betterment of Westfield. This newspaper gave extensive and fair coverage throughout the long election season. To all, I wish to convey my deeply felt appreciation and thanks. This run was about contributing to the life of Westfield. I think our community will benefit from the discussion gener- ated about the need for: new approaches to combat unsafe driving; redirection of some police resources to our neighbor- hoods; more openness in the work of town government, and accomplishment of an environmental agenda, especially an energy audit. The talk will continue. And I trust that the talk will lead to an even stronger Westfield. As I did by phone, I congratulate Sam Della Fera on his election and wish him well as he strives to represent the First Ward well. Janice Siegel Westfield Lieutenant Colonel Kenneth Marx grew up in Mountainside, attended Deerfield School and graduated from Governor Livingston High School. As a high school student, he was a volunteer on the Mountainside Rescue Squad. He is now a medical doctor serving in Afghanistan. Excerpts from this letters follow: ?The Roughriders of the 108th Cavalry would like to receive scarves, gloves, warm socks, sweaters, towels, especially children?s clothing, reading glasses for old folks, to give to villagers in the Tora Bora mountains of Afghanistan. Defeat the Taliban and Al Quaeda by helping us make friends in this hostile environment. Our guys and women patrol alongside the Afghan National Army and Afghan police in the villages throughout this re- gion. The company commanders tell me that they?d love to have small items in the vehicles as they move along the way. Handing out warm clothing is a great way to start a conversation. The people in the villages are terribly afraid of the Taliban, who are very cruel characters and very violent. Folks just want to get on with their lives after 30 years of horror and sadness, and there is a palpable sense that it?s time to end the fighting and move on. Making friends also saves lives because the people know who?s planting the road- side bombs. Information from the villag- ers is the best form of armor we?ve got.? The Postal Service offers free boxes and special rates for mailing to combat zones. Please mark the postal form: If Undeliverable- Any Soldier. Mail to: Lt. Col. Kenneth Marx, TF 1-108, FOB Hughie, APO AE 09310 I will also pick up items and see that they are mailed to Lt. Col. Marx. Please call (908) 233-4036. Marilyn Hart Mountainside AFA Celebrates Ky. Christmas Tree Action When Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear released a statement last week referring to the tree on the Capitol?s front lawn as a ?holiday? tree, the American Family As- sociation (AFA) swung into action. Tim Wildmon, AFA president said, ?We immediately sent out an action alert to every member of the AFA network who lives in Kentucky, and they flooded the governor?s office with e-mails and telephone calls. ?We reminded the governor that there is no American tradition of a ?Thanksgiv- ing? tree or a ?New Year?s Tree,? and we appealed to him to call the tree what it is ? a ?Christmas? Tree. ?We applaud the citizens of Kentucky for making their voices heard; appar- ently, it?s still ?We the People? in some parts of America, and we commend the governor for deciding to keep ?Christ? in ?Christmas,?? he added. Randy Sharp, AFA director said, ?I think the folks in Kentucky just decided they?d had enough political correctness when it comes to remembering the birth of Jesus Christ. After all, it?s a classic American tradition to remember the births of individuals who have made a great contribution to our public life. We cel- ebrate Abraham Lincoln?s birthday, George Washington?s birthday and Mar- tin Luther King Jr.?s birthday. ?...our founding documents, the Dec- laration of Independence and the Consti- tution, are dated ?in the year of our Lord.?? American Family Association Brennan Congratulates Skibitsky On His Re-Election as Mayor of WF First off, congratulations to Andy and his family on his re-election. Our town will be well served for the next four years. During the campaign, I certainly had dif- ferences with the mayor regarding the budget, transparency, public safety and our downtown; however, those differ- ences never detracted from my opinion of him as a person. He is a good man and a dedicated public servant who deserves our thanks for taking time away from his family to volunteer for what, many times, is a thankless job. Again, congratula- tions. It was a tough year to run. We knew at the beginning of the campaign that the odds were not particularly good. We were running against a popular incumbent, and Westfield turned out to be the nucleus of the Christie campaign. Despite the odds, over 4,200 citizens voted in support of our message. Clearly, I wanted to win, but I also wanted to ensure that the voters had a choice and that this would be a competi- tive election. I also wanted to make sure that important issues were discussed. I believe we were successful on both counts, and I am proud of the campaign we ran. I also want to thank all the people who volunteered, contributed and supported my campaign. I established many new friendships and cemented existing friend- ships. Special thanks to Donna, Jerri, J.T. and Tony. I also want to thank this paper and the online papers in town. Not too long ago, the town newspaper did not provide every political party in town with a forum for the free exchange of ideas. Under Mr. [Horace] Corbin?s leadership, that has thankfully changed. Finally, thank you to my wife, Cathy, and my children, Nick, Kate and Nat, for allowing me to selfishly pursue this cam- paign. I hope to see everyone around town, and I will still be watching and working for the improvement of our great town. Bill Brennan, Westfield Democratic candidate for mayor Deadlines General News - Friday 4pm Weekend Sports - Monday 12pm Classifieds - Tuesday 12pm Ad Reservation - Friday 4pm To Reach Us E-Mail - email@example.com SUBSCRIBE ONLINE GOLEADER.COM ?Reading is good for you? Page 6 Thursday, November 12, 2009 The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains ? Fanwood TIMES A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION John Kolaya John Kolaya to Present Talk Sunday on Brooklyn Bridge SCOTCH PLAINS ? The Scotch Plains Public Library?s ?Autumn in New York? programming series will continue this fall with a lecture en- titled ?Building the Great Bridge: The Story of the Brooklyn Bridge.? It will take place this Sunday, November 15, at 2 p.m. in the Community Room on the library?s lower level. Drawing on his own participation in recon- struction work on the Brooklyn Bridge, civil engineer John Kolaya will use contempora- neous photographs and sketches to take audience members down to the depths of the massive underwater caissons and to the top of the im- posing stone towers that still sup- port the bridge after 126 years. Attendees also will experience the life of the hardworking immigrants who risked their lives to build the bridge, and learn of the shady 19th- century politics entwined in this com- plex and enterprising project. Mr. Kolaya is a licensed Profes- sional Engineer and the executive vice president for Yonkers Contract- ing Company. He has managed many construction projects, including the 1999 deck replacement on the Brooklyn Bridge and the reconstruction of the downtown PATH service for the Port Au- thority following the at- tack on the World Trade Center in 2001. Interested persons are asked to pre-regis- ter for this event by accessing the library?s website, scotlib.org, and clicking on Events, by calling (908) 322-5007, exten- sion no. 204, or by sending an e- mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. All programs at the library are free and open to everyone. The Scotch Plains Public Library is located at 1927 Bartle Avenue, one block from Park Avenue in the center of the township. For further information or directions, call (908) 322-5007. Miller-Cory Invites Visitors For ?18th Century Candy? WESTFIELD ? The Miller-Cory House Museum, located at 614 Moun- tain Avenue in Westfield, will present a special program this Sunday, No- vember 15, from 2 to 4 p.m. entitled ?Sweet Things ? 18th Century Candy.? Melinda Mucha will speak about the types of candy consumed in 18th- century America, the ingredients used, how they were made and how they differ from today?s sweets. Dif- ferent types of Colonial-era candy will be displayed. This program is described as ideal for children. Sunday?s program also will in- clude tours of the restored, 1740 farmhouse. Members of the cooking committee will demonstrate the skills used in 18th-century open-hearth cooking, using authentic recipes and seasonal foods. Taste samples will be offered to visitors. The museum gift shop, which carries a variety of Colonial toys, crafts, books and edu- cational materials, will be open. Admission to the museum and its grounds is $2.50 for adults, $1 for students and free for children under age 4. Upcoming Sunday programs at the museum include ?Thanksgiving Din- ner and Colonial Table Manners and Customs? on November 22, ?Gin- gerbread Sunday? on December 6 and ?German Christmas Customs? on December 13. Reservations are required for Gingerbread Sunday. For more information, or to sched- ule a tour or other special program, call the museum office at (908) 232- 1776. The museum?s website is millercoryhouse.org and the e-mail address is email@example.com. Watercolor Ink Paintings By Beth Alvero on Display WESTFIELD ? The Westfield Me- morial Library is exhibiting the Fine Art Watercolor Ink paintings of Westfield resident and library em- ployee Beth Alvero, formerly Beth Purdue, through November. Retiring early as a vice president in Financial Services for J.P. MorganChase in New York, Ms. Alvero began working part time at the library. While recovering from an illness four years ago, she started drawing objects around her house. ?I had always loved looking at paint- ings in museums,? said Ms. Alvero. ?But using the right side of my brain, the creative side, was new to me.? To learn how to paint, she began borrowing the ?how to? books on every aspect of painting: books on art history and great masterpieces, even biographies of great artists, reading in their own words about painting ? all from the library?s Art History Ref- erence Department. Through these and other sources, such as the Teaching Company?s DVDs and the Friends of the Library Mu- seum Pass program, she learned about the many elements that create a paint- ing, such as color, value and design. The paintings in Ms. Alvero?s ex- hibit ?mean something? to her and reflect her life, such as her daughter?s wedding, a painting of her daughter and nephew, and a self-portrait. ?It is an honor to show these paint- ings at the library,? said Ms. Alvero. The exhibit can be viewed anytime the library is open: Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The library will be closed on Wednesday, No- vember 11, for Veteran?s Day. It will close early at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25, and will be closed Thursday, November 26, for Thanks- giving. For more information, visit the library?s website, wmlnj.org, sign up on the website to receive the monthly e-newsletter, ?Library Loop,? or stop by the library at 550 East Broad Street for a copy of its quarterly newsletter, ?Take Note.? REMEMBER WHEN?The Music Staff store, a fixture in Westfield for many years, will be the topic of the Westfield Historical Society?s program on Friday, November 20, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The program will be held in the Westfield Municipal Building?s Community Room, located at 425 East Broad Street. Admission is free and all are welcome. The store is pictured when it was located on Elm Street. Historical Society Program To Spotlight Music Staff WESTFIELD ? The story of Westfield?s legendary Music Staff store will be shared at the next Westfield Historical Society meeting on Friday, November 20, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Bob McManigal and Victor Cam- panile will share photographs of the store from its beginning as part of a local hardware store, through its many years on Elm Street, to its final loca- tion on Quimby Street. The two men were involved in the business from the 1970s on, working with late owner Ric Miller to provide a welcoming place and great music to the Town of Westfield. Mr. McManigal and Mr. Campa- nile will outline how the store re- flected the changes in music distribu- tion from the listening booths for 45 rpms through LPs, cassette tapes and CDs. The store continues to live on in a Facebook group where people have been sharing recollections and memo- ries for several years. The meeting will be held in the Community Room of the Westfield Municipal Building, located at 425 East Broad Street. Admission will be free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call the Westfield His- torical Society at (908) 654-1794. Michael Margolin, M.D. Digestive Diseases ispleased to announce the opening of his Cranford office: 210NorthAvenueEast Cranford,NJ07016 (908)272-6300 www.gastro.yourmd.com ? OnstaffatOverlookHospitalandTrinitasMedicalCenter ? Colonoscopiesperformedinprivate,comfortablefacility ? BoardCertifiedinGastroenterology ? Fellowofthe AmericanCollegeofGastroenterology Richard J. Kaplow, Esq. ?25 Years Experience? Civil & Criminal Trial Lawyer FAMILY LAW · Divorce · Domestic Violence · Custody · Child Support · DWI · Criminal Defense · Business Disputes Commercial Litigation (908) 232-8787 firstname.lastname@example.org richardjkaplow.com 24 Hours · 53 Elm Street, Westfield, NJ 07090 Former Assistant Union County Prosecutor FCC Programs to Explore Book of James and Poetry WESTFIELD ? The First Congre- gational Church will continue its se- ries of adult education programs this fall with a look at the Book of James and ?Holy Poetry.? All classes are free and open to the public. On five consecutive Monday eve- nings beginning November 16, ?Word and Deed: Ethical Living for Chris- tians in the Book of James? will ex- amine what has often been referred to as a ?manual for ethical Christian living,? the Book of James. The class will thoroughly review the text and James? sense of what it means to truly embody the Gospel, as well as explore how that relates to society and everyday lives today. This class will meet from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the church?s Chapel Lounge through December 14. A spirituality workshop entitled ?Holy Poetry? will be held on Tuesday evenings beginning November 17. This four-week class will examine some of the greatest poets and poems from both Biblical heritage and Christian litera- ture. Participants will be invited to sug- gest some of their favorite poems as well. The class will continue on De- cember 1, 8 and 15 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the church?s Chapel Lounge. The First Congregational Church, a member of the United Church of Christ, is located at 125 Elmer Street in Westfield. For additional informa- tion, call the church office at (908) 233-2494 or visit fccofwestfield.org. Trinity Episcopal Posts Thrift Shop Sale Date CRANFORD ? The Canterbury Lane Thrift Shop will have its Fall Book, Movie and Music Sale this Saturday, November 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will take place in Witherington Hall at the Trinity Epis- copal Church, located at North and Forest Avenues in Cranford. ?This special sale offers books (for adults and children), CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes and for those old enough to remember them ? records,? said Nancy Ditzel, shop manager. ?We will also feature children?s games and puzzles.? For more information, call (908) 276-4047. Clothing Drive to Begin Tomorrow at Church CLARK ? St. John the Apostle School in Clark/Linden will host its biannual clothing drive tomorrow, Friday, November 13, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, November 14, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Items may be dropped off at the rectory garage. All clothing and accessories will be accepted, as well as coats, shoes, belts, pocketbooks, backpacks, drap- ery and bath rugs. Additionally, the school will accept toys such as action figures, activity sets, dolls, stuffed animals and cars and trucks, as well as oversized baby items such as play yards, strollers, high chairs and car seats. The use of plastic bags is appre- ciated. St. John the Apostle School is located on Valley Road in Clark, on the Linden border. See it all on the web in color . . . www.goleader.com For more than 150 years, people have been able to rely on Northwestern Mu- tual to provide them with access to a wide variety of products and services. 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PUBLICATION The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains ? Fanwood TIMES Thursday, November 12, 2009 Page 7 FCC Requests Nominations For Marc W. Hardy Award WESTFIELD ? The First Congre- gational Church is seeking nomina- tions for the 2010 Marc Wesley Hardy Human Rights Award. Candidates must be young people between the ages of 16 and 22, who live in Westfield or surrounding communi- ties, and who have distinguished themselves in the area of human rights. The deadline for nominations is Mon- day, November 23. This award will be offered to a person who has demonstrated the fol- lowing qualities which were personi- fied by Marc Hardy: Openness and friendliness to persons of all races, creeds and nationalities; involvement and leadership in organizations and activities committed to improving human relations; personal dignity; a willingness to take risks for what he or she believes is right; unqualified acceptance of others; respect for di- versity; personal integrity; caring and willingness to listen, and the ability to lead by example. Nominations should include de- tailed descriptions of the organiza- tions and activities the candidates have been involved in, as well as concrete examples and stories that illustrate the criteria listed above. The award is named in honor of Marc Hardy, a member of the First Congregational Church who was killed in a car accident in 1990, shortly before he was to graduate from Westfield High School. He was a national merit scholar, a singer and actor with an abiding interest in hu- man rights. Nominations may be mailed to the First Congregational Church, 125 Elmer Street, Westfield, N.J. 07090 or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Nominations should include the names, addresses and telephone num- bers of two references. Presentation of the award, which consists of a certificate and a mon- etary award, will be made in early 2010. All nominees will be acknowl- edged in appropriate ways. For fur- ther information, call the church of- fice at (908) 233-2494 or Sharilyn Brown at (908) 233-5375. WHEELS OF PROGRESS?Members of the Rotary Club of Westfield accept donations of used bicycles October 31 for shipment to underprivileged people in El Salvador. Pictured, from left to right, are: Dr. D. Michael Hart, Keith Loughlin, Byron Miller (kneeling), Phil Richardson, Chairman Warren Rorden and Bill Henderson. Not pictured are Mark Elsasser, Peggy Rothbaum, Sherry Cronin, Veronique Cordier and Ron Hutchinson. Rotary Collects 134 Bicycles For Needy In El Salvador WESTFIELD ? Members of the Rotary Club of Westfield collected 134 used bicycles on October 31, which will be shipped to El Salvador as a mode of transportation for those in need. Warren Rorden, who has chaired this event for the Rotary Club for the past 14 years, estimated that Rotary has collected and shipped 1,600 bi- cycles over that period of time. According to Rotary, countries that use bicycles for transportation have higher growth rates than those where everyone walks. The productivity and income of an individual in a third world country with a bicycle is higher than if that person did not have a bike. Besides the fact that bicycles do not produce air pollution, their use creates jobs since the countries re- ceiving them now need bike shops to service the bicycles. The Rotary Club works with a non- profit 401c3 corporation called Ped- als for Progress, which picks up the donated bicycles in a truck and ships them to third world countries in con- tainers. The Rotarians who collect the bicycles need to remove the ped- als and turn the handlebars for tighter shipping. Only bicycles that can be used are sent. Damaged bicycles are not accepted. Individuals who donate bicycles can receive a receipt to de- duct the value of the donation from their taxes. Rotary clubs are composed of local businessmen and women who wish to help their communities. Rotary is a worldwide organization with 33,000 clubs in 170 countries. The largest project with which Rotary is involved is eradicating polio throughout the world. The Rotary Club of Westfield meets for lunch every Tuesday from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. at the Westfield Area ?Y,? located at 220 Clark Street in Westfield. Guests are always wel- come. More information is available at westfieldrotary.com. College Club Program To Feature Cranberries FANWOOD ? Judith Krall-Russo will present a program on ?The New Jersey Cranberry? to the College Club of Fanwood-Scotch Plains at its meet- ing on Monday, November 16, at 8 p.m. The meeting will take place at The Chelsea at Fanwood, located at 295 South Avenue. Ms. Krall-Russo, a food historian and certified tea specialist, has presented programs throughout her home state of New Jersey. This program, sponsored by the New Jersey Council for the Humani- ties, is free and open to the public. It will cover the Native Americans? use of cranberries for food, medicine and dyes. Ms. Krall-Russo also will ex- plain how cranberries, one of the few fruits indigenous to the United States, have been an important crop for New Jersey since the 19th century. Re- freshments incorporating cranberries will be available for sampling, and recipes will be provided. More information about the College Club of Fanwood-Scotch Plains is avail- able online at collegeclubfsp.org. For membership information, call Meril at (908) 889-4942. Holiday Events to Be Held; Contest Winners Revealed GARWOOD ? The Borough of Garwood has announced various up- coming holiday events, to be spon- sored by the Garwood Public Cel- ebrations Committee. The borough Christmas Tree light- ing is set for Saturday, December 5, at 4 p.m. in front of Borough Hall, lo- cated at 403 South Avenue. Walgreens will take photos of children with Santa. Refreshments will be served and give- away items will be available. The rain date is Sunday, December 6, at 4 p.m. A Holiday Home Decorating Con- test also will be held, for which resi- dents are invited to festively decorate the outside of their homes. Judging will take place the nights of Saturday and Sunday, December 19 and 20. Prizes will be awarded. The following homes were picked for the 2009 Halloween House Deco- rating Contest: Scariest ? 245 Willow Avenue; Unique ? 640 Willow Av- enue; Fancifall ? 343 Second Av- enue, and Honoraboo Mention ? 164 Myrtle Avenue. Each winning family home will receive a gift certificate. The Celebrations Committee of Garwood is a mayoral-appointed vol- unteer group that organizes annual public activities such as the Easter Egg Hunt, Memorial Day service and Christmas Tree lighting, plus other functions. Anyone interested in join- ing the committee is invited to come to Garwood Borough Hall the third Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. Library Events to Spotlight Breast Health, Food for Life WESTFIELD ? The Westfield Memorial Library has announced that it will present two health-re- lated programs this month. ?Breast Health? will be held on Wednesday, November 18, at 7 p.m. and ?Food for Life? will be offered on Satur- day, November 21, at 2 p.m. The library is located at 550 East Broad Street. The breast health lecture will pro- vide attendees with information on basic breast health, including un- derstanding how to keep breasts healthy, conducting breast self-ex- ams and decreasing risk factors for breast cancer. Mammography, ab- normal mammography findings and breast MRI also will be discussed. The talk will be sponsored by the Susan G. Komen For the Cure® (North Jersey affiliate), Overlook Hospital Community Health and the Overlook Hospital Breast Center. ?Food for Life? is a program of the New Jersey Animal Rights Alli- ance. The group will discuss the health, humane, environmental and economic benefits of eating a plant- based vegetarian diet. According to the organization, the new four food groups include whole grains, veg- etables, fruit and legumes. Recipes and a cooking demonstration will be provided. These programs will be open to Westfield Memorial Library and MURAL cardholders. To register, interested persons may visit wmlnj.org and click on Online Calendar, or call (908) 789- 4090, extension no. 4140, for the Breast Health program or (908) 789- 4090, extension no. 4122, for the Food for Life program. AUTHOR VISIT?St. Paul?s Day School welcomes local children?s book author Marty Sederman to its annual Book Fair Fundraiser on October 21. Mrs. Sederman did multiple readings during the school day, including her recent hit ?Casey and Derek On The Ice.? Afterward, the author personally signed books for the children and their families. St. Paul?s Day School is located on East Broad Street in Westfield. The Chelsea at Fanwood proudly presents This program is part of The Chelsea?s ongoing commitment to professional and community involvement and family education. ForgottenIncomeforForgottenPeople Open to the Public ? Please join us for this FREE event ? 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St. Paul?s Episco- pal Church will hold its first annual Holiday Gift Fair on Sunday, No- vember 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Parish Hall and Guild Room. Various vendors will participate in this event, featuring jewelry, artwork, wildlife photographs, glass crafts, spices and foods, candles, organic soaps and lotions, children?s gifts, kitchen items and clothing, among other merchandise. St. Paul?s Youth Ministry will host a table selling homemade candy and baked goods, as well as refreshments. There also will be a raffle for a variety of themed gift baskets. The winner need not be present. St. Paul?s Episcopal Church is lo- cated at 414 East Broad Street in Westfield (across from the municipal building). Attendees are asked to use the St. Paul Street entrance to the parish hall. For further information, call St. Paul?s Parish Office at (908) 232-8506, extension no. 10. See it all on the web in color . . . www.goleader.com Page 8 Thursday, November 12, 2009 The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains ? Fanwood TIMES A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION Trailside to Present Lecture On Legend of Jersey Devil MOUNTAINSIDE ? The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders will offer a lecture about the Jersey Devil for adults, age 18 and older, at the Trailside Nature and Science Cen- ter on Thursday, November 19, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. ?This is a good opportunity to en- joy an evening at the Nature Center while learning about the Jersey Devil, a legendary figure frequently refer- enced in literature,? said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. Dr. Angus Kress Gillespie, a Rutgers University American Studies professor, will present a talk, illustrated with photographs, drawings and maps, that brings together different reports of this legendary creature, along with current claims of sightings. As the story goes, the Leeds family lived in a small community at the coastal edge of the Pine Barrens. In 1735, already having given birth 12 times, Mother Leeds was about to give birth to the child who would become the legendary Jersey Devil. This program is funded by the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The fee for this workshop is a suggested donation. Pre-registration is preferred, but walk-ins will be welcome. Doors will open 15 minutes prior to the event. Light refreshments will be served. Trailside Nature and Science Cen- ter is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside and is a ser- vice of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. For additional information about this event or other upcoming programs and special events at Trailside, call (908) 789- 3670 or visit ucnj.org/trailside. Mr. Morse to Offer Program On Lone Ranger Saturday GARWOOD ? Henry Morse, known as ?The Old Time Radio Man,? will present ?Who Was That Masked Man?? at 11 a.m. this Sat- urday, November 14, at the Garwood Public Library. During this program, he will pro- vide the history behind the Lone Ranger and its popularity as a radio serial. Mr. Morse will provide digi- tally-restored clips of some of the serials to enhance his presentation. Currently in his ?third attempt at retirement,? Mr. Morse began as a volunteer at the New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home in Menlo Park, where he still works as a radio histo- rian and devoted fan of radio?s golden age. Having been raised on radio during the 1940s, he now seeks to help senior citizens recall their early joys and to introduce younger audi- ences to radio drama and comedy. Mr. Morse has appeared at vari- ous venues and has written articles for publications devoted to old-time radio. Most recently, he presented a program at the Garwood Public Li- brary on Orson Welles? broadcast of ?The War of the Worlds.? Registration is required for this event. To register, call the library at (908) 789-1670, sign up at the circu- lation desk or register online at the calendar page of the library?s website: youseemore.com/garwood. The Garwood Public Library is located at 411 Third Avenue at the corner of Third Avenue and Walnut Street. Its hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sat- urday. Calvary Lutheran Confirms New Worship Opportunities CRANFORD ? The Calvary Lutheran Church has added two new services to its worship schedule. Both offer an alternative to the traditional Sunday morning worship times. Calvary?s newest opportunity for worship is a spoken service of Holy Communion offered on Sunday eve- nings at 5 p.m. This brief service in- cludes a short meditation focused on the lessons and sermon from the morn- ing services and is approximately 40 minutes in length. Continuing in the church?s fall/win- ter schedule is a 1:15 p.m. Thursday worship service, which includes a brief spoken service and Holy Communion and also lasts approximately 40 min- utes. This service, which began the past summer, has grown steadily in atten- dance. According to Calvary, both services have great appeal to the congregation?s older members who cannot attend a morning service, as well as others whose family or work schedules conflict with Sunday morning worship. Calvary?s Sunday morning worship services, both with Holy Communion, continue to be offered at 8:30 and 10:15 a.m. Sunday school is held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Calvary Lutheran Church, located at 108 Eastman Street in Cranford, cel- ebrated its 81st anniversary in Septem- ber. The church is a congregation of the New Jersey Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, serving the Cranford-Westfield area and sur- rounding communities. The Reverend Carol A. Lindsay is pastor. For further information about wor- ship services, activities and directions, call the church office at (908) 276- 2418. Library Invites Community To Take Online Survey WESTFIELD ? As part of develop- ing a long-term strategic plan for the future, the Westfield Memorial Library has launched an online survey. All are invited to take the user opinion survey, which is available on the library?s website, wmlnj.org. Paper copies also are available at the library?s Circula- tion, Reference and Youth Services desks. ?This is an opportunity for everyone in Westfield to contribute their thoughts and express their feelings about the library,? said Library Director Phil Is- rael. ?It is a chance for people to partici- pate in the planning process and to help shape the future of the services that we provide, change or expand upon.? The survey, which can be completed in several minutes, queries respondents regarding issues such as their reasons for visiting the library, the top three areas that matter most to them, their satisfaction level with different collec- tions and programs, and factors influ- encing the environment. Respondents also can submit ideas and suggestions regarding changes they propose. In a coordinated effort to create a long-term strategic plan, the library held focus groups throughout August, September and October to learn how different populations use and view cur- rent library services. Led by the consulting group Library Development Solutions of Princeton, the focus groups were comprised of library staff, frequent and infrequent users, adults age 65 and older, board members and Friends of the Library. The community-at-large, parents of young children, teens and elected civic and business leaders also met. Ideas garnered from the focus groups and the online survey will be incorpo- rated into the library?s strategic plan for 2010. The Westfield Memorial Library is located at 550 East Broad Street. For more information, visit wmlnj.org, sign up on the website to receive the e- newsletter, ?Library Loop,? or stop by the library for a copy of its quarterly newsletter, ?Take Note.? EXCHANGE RATE?At a recent general meeting of the Woman?s Club of Westfield, the ?Yuan Yuan Group? presented a mid-autumn celebration. Per- formers from the Chinese-American Cultural Exchange of Lawrenceville dressed in authentic Chinese Minority costumes and played Chinese musical instruments. In addition, a Taiwanese folk dance was performed as well as a solo soprano song. Throughout the program, there were explanations regarding costumes, music and dance. For more information concerning the club, call Dolores Geisow at (908) 233-2339. The Family Law Department of Dughi & Hewit Presents Kristin M. 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Divorce Mediator Internet Safety Event Set Tonight at IHM SCOTCH PLAINS ? The Immacu- late Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church will sponsor a special presen- tation on Internet safety tonight, Thursday, November 12, from 7 to 8 p.m. in the parish?s Nazareth Center. This free presentation is open to all who want to learn more about how to navigate cyberspace. Sergeant Mike Hoose of the High Tech/Computer Services Unit of the Union County Prosecutor?s Office will be the featured speaker. Among the program topics will be Internet fraud (?phishing?), identity theft and stalk- ing, as well as examples of techniques currently being employed. This presentation is being offered under the auspices of the Parish Youth Ministry. The Immaculate Heart of Mary Church is located at 1571 South Martine Avenue in Scotch Plains. For more information and directions, call (908) 889-2100 or visit ihmparish.net. Sisterhood Gala Set Tuesday at Temple CRANFORD ? The Sisterhood of Temple Beth El Mekor Chayim will hold its annual Paid Up Membership Gala on Tuesday, November 17, at 8 p.m. at the temple, located at 338 Walnut Avenue in Cranford. There will be a special program featuring the City Winds Trio, with Crispian Fordham on the flute, Meredyth Coleman on the oboe and Yuki Higashi on the bassoon. They will play opera music and various classical selections, as well as per- forming Scott Joplin?s greatest hits. Formed in December 2001, the City Winds Trio has performed in more than 100 notable Chamber Music Series, in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Membership Vice Presidents Greta Polonitza and Mollie Sperling, who are in charge of the program, will welcome new members. President Donna Rubin will preside at a short business meeting. Hospitality Chairpersons Joan Finkelstein, Jill Schultz and Sandi Sussman will serve refreshments. The gift shop will be open. Gift cards, tribute cards, Torah Fund pins, cookbooks and lucky lady tickets will be available for purchase. For more information, call the temple at (908) 276-9231. Award-Winning Author To Join Pajama Night WESTFIELD ? On Wednesday, November 18, from 6 to 8 p.m., local award-winning author Margie Palatini will be at Lincoln School in Westfield signing copies of her books, ?Boo Who?? and ?Boo Hoo Moo.? Ms. Palatini will be part of the Pajama Night at Lincoln School where Principal Audrey Zavetz will read to the children and their fami- lies. Tickets are on a first-come, first- served basis and can be purchased in advance at the school office, located at 728 Westfield Avenue. For addi- tional information, contact Jennifer Lane at email@example.com. SP-F District Celebrates Amer. Education Week SCOTCH PLAINS ? A series of events will be held in the Scotch Plains- Fanwood school district to celebrate American Education Week. Coffee with the Superintendent will be held on Monday, November 16, at 9 a.m. at Terrill Middle School located at 1301 Terrill Road in Scotch Plains. Those who wish to attend are asked to sign in at the main office; they will then be directed to the Media Center. There will also be a tour of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School on Thurs- day, November 19, at 9 a.m. The school is located at 667 Westfield Road in Scotch Plains. Those planning to take the tour are asked to report to the main office for a visitor?s badge and then meet on the upper level of the Media Center for the tour. In addition to these two events, stu- dent artwork from all the elementary, middle and high schools will be hung in the Scotch Plains and Fanwood librar- ies from November 13 through Thanks- giving. Community members are wel- come to participate in all events and to stop by the libraries and see the artwork on display. DON?T BE LEFT IN THE COLD. HEAT WITH BIOFUEL! 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Bree Sherry Samantha Avis Courtney Fox- Sherman Jayne Ruotolo James Arbes Michael Sherry Woman?s Club of Westfield Awards Gray Scholarships Christina Cognetti WESTFIELD ? The Woman?s Club of Westfield has announced the win- ners of the 2009 Robert M. Gray Fall Scholarships. The funds are given through the generosity of the Gray Fam- ily Foundation, headed by Marie Gray. The following students will receive $1,000 each: James Arbes, son of Lucy Arbes, is a 2006 graduate of Westfield High School (WHS), where he ex- celled as a stu- dent-athlete. While at Westfield, he captained the school?s golf team and was a member of the Na- tional Honor Society. James is now in his senior year at Rutgers University, where he is a leading member of its golf team and a top student. Samantha Avis, daughter of Thomas and Gail Avis, is a 2008 graduate of WHS. In high school, Samantha played the violin in the symphony orchestra, held the position of drum major in the Color Guard in addition to run- ning track. Samantha has spent her summers working as a life- guard at a local pool. She is currently a sophomore at the University of Con- necticut, where she is a member of the marching band and majors in Ecologi- cal Science. Courtney Fox-Sherman, daughter of Susan Sherman, is a 2006 graduate of WHS. While at Westfield, Courtney balanced working part time, while maintaining good grades, and was elected to the National Honor Society. At Rutgers University, Courtney has been named to her college?s dean?s list. She is a third-year student in a five-year program planning to graduate with a major in Math and Education. Jayne Ruotolo, daugh- ter of Mary Ruotolo, is a 2006 graduate of WHS, where she was active in la- crosse, track and sang with the Westfield Cho- rale. She volun- teered with Mobile Meals, Children?s Specialized Hospital and worked sum- mers as a camp counselor. Jayne was elected to the National, Italian and Spanish Honor Societies. She is a senior at Georgetown Univer- sity, with plans to work toward a Mas- ter of Nursing degree after graduation. The following students will receive $1,200 each: Bree Sherry, daughter of Thomas and Dolores Sherry, is a 2002 graduate of WHS and a 2006 Cum Laude gradu- ate of Elon University. She is pres- ently attending Yale University and is in her third year in a three- year Master of Fine Arts pro- gram working toward a master?s degree in Stage Man- agement. Michael Sherry, son of Thomas and Dolores Sherry, is a 2004 graduate of WHS and a 2006 graduate of The American Musical and Dra- matic Academy. Currently, he is a student at Elon University, where he is majoring in musical theater and has obtained dean?s list recog- nition. While at Westfield, Michael was a member of the Fife and Drum Corp, the Marching Band and earned Eagle Scout acknowledgement. The following students will receive $500 each: Catherine Cognetti, daugh- ter of Sherilyn and Anthony Cognetti, is a 2008 graduate of WHS. While at WHS, she earned 11 varsity letters and ob- tained a grade point average of 4.17 while taking nine honors classes. Catherine was a youth minister and a peer minister. She is a sophomore at the College of William and Mary with a political science major. Christina Cognetti, her twin sister, daughter of Sherilyn and An- thony Cognetti, is a 2008 graduate of WHS. She vol- unteered at Children?s Spe- cialized Hospital and worked as a camp counselor. She was a member of the National and French Honor Societies. Christina is a sophomore at the University of Scranton and majors in Occupational Therapy. Catherine Cognetti IT?S AMAZING?! Holy Trinity Interparochial pre-school students visited Whitman?s Farm in Morristown. The children went on a hayride, selected pumpkins and walked through hay mazes. Pictured peeking out of the hay maze are, left to right, Alec Touhey and Matthew Fudali. Union Catholic High School Presents ?Night of Comedy? SCOTCH PLAINS ? Union Catho- lic Regional High School?s Parent Guild presents a Night of Comedy, featuring three nationally known com- ics, on Friday, November 13, at 7 p.m. at the school, located at 1600 Martine Avenue in Scotch Plains. The comedians include Eric McMahon, who has entertained at comedy clubs throughout the country and all of the major show rooms in Las Vegas, as well as opening for Andrew Dice Clay and Ray Romano. Ted Daniels has performed his standup comedy act throughout the country, including New York and Las Vegas, and with such headliners as Tracy Morgan. Mike Morse, who has presented his act on MTV, VH-1, Comedy Central and E! networks, was a winner on TV?s ?America?s Funniest People.? He has worked venues in New York, Atlantic City and Las Vegas. He has been a head writer for movies and can be heard regularly on ?The Howard Stern Show.? Admission is only $25 per person and includes beer, wine, soda, coffee and dessert. Those attending should feel free to bring their own ?tailgate- style food and snacks.? Tickets should be purchased in ad- vance by calling Union Catholic at (908) 889-1600, extension 304. People must be 21 or older to attend. Reservations for tables of eight or 14 can be accommodated. For more in- formation, visit unioncatholic.org. UCC ? Elizabeth Offers Employment Workshops ELIZABETH ? With 2010 ex- pected to see an improved economy, it is important to be prepared for opportunities for promotion, lateral moves and re-entry into the employ- ment marketplace. Union County College will respond to this need by presenting two, non-credit workshops during November that are designed to enhance one?s competitive edge in the employment marketplace. Participants may take one or both of these courses, depending upon need and interest. Both courses will be conducted at the college?s new Eliza- beth campus, located at 40 West Jer- sey Street, one block away from the Midtown business district. Make Your Résumé Work for You will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday, November 16, and Devel- oping Confidence for the Job Inter- view will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday, November 23. The résumé and interview work- shops are designed for people who wish to upgrade their status in a cho- sen field, people who recently expe- rienced a layoff, those who believe they may face a job loss or those who want to change direction and start an entirely new career path. Recent graduates will also benefit from the workshops. The seminars are practically oriented and provide par- ticipants with a significant opportunity to address their own personal concerns. Considerable dialogue is encouraged to enable participants to learn from their peers as well as from the instruc- tor. For more information or to regis- ter, call the college?s Department of Economic Development and Continu- ing Education at (908) 709-7600 or (908) 965-6024. American Legion Recognizes Westfield Teen Joe Macri WESTFIELD ? Joseph Macri, a senior at Oratory Prep School in Sum- mit, was recently recognized for be- ing a Union County honoree who attended Boys State, a leadership week that was sponsored by the Westfield Ameri- can Legion Post 3 (A.L. Post 3). The son of Terry and Stephen Macri of Westfield, Joe was selected last spring to attend Boys State and was recently honored along with six other area teens. Peter Hogaboom, the American Legion Boys State Chair- person for A.L. Post 3, said, ?Joe was in the top two of the boys we interviewed last spring; he?s a top-notch young man.? The week Joe attended in June was held on the campus of Rider Univer- sity. At Boys State, each participant becomes a part of the operation of a fictional local, county and state government. Joe ran for State Assembly, which he said was ?an in- teresting experi- ence to see how the political machine operates.? At American Legion Boys State, which, according to Mr. Hogaboom, was started in 1935 as a backlash to the Communist Youth Camps in Europe, participants are exposed to the rights and privi- leges, the duties and the responsi- bilities of a franchised American citi- zen. HONORING A TOP-NOTCH YOUNG MAN?Peter Hogaboom, American Legion Post 3 Boys State Chairman, congratulates Westfield teen Joseph Macri, a senior at Oratory Prep School in Summit, for completing his leadership week at Boys State this summer. Commander of the Post Pat Tighe, pictured in the background, par- ticipated in the activities that night in early October that recognized teens for their leadership skills. 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Roosevelt Interme- diate School in Westfield is presenting Epic Proportions, a comedy, on Thurs- day, Friday and Saturday, November 12 through 14. Epic Proportions tells the story of two brothers, Benny and Phil, who go to the Arizona desert to portray extras in a biblical movie. Things move quickly in this riotous comedy, and through a ridiculous set of events, Phil is direct- ing the movie, and Benny is the new star. To complicate matters further, they both fall in love with Louise, the assis- tant director in charge of the extras. The hilarious journey is filled with pyramids, gladiators, plagues and more. Show times are Thursday, Novem- ber 12, at 4 p.m., Friday, November 13, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, November 14, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 at the door. Holy Trinity Schedules Used-Clothing Drive WESTFIELD ? The Holy Trinity Interparochial School?s used-clothing drive will take place on Saturday, No- vember 14, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Gently used clothes, shoes, hand- bags, bedding, curtains, tablecloths and linens may be donated. In addition, the school is collecting stuffed animals and toys in good condi- tion (no books please.) Bags can be dropped off on Waterson Street, di- rectly behind Holy Trinity. All pro- ceeds benefit Holy Trinity School. For further information, contact Doreen at (908) 317-0549. Pack 73 Cub Scouts will be available for the curbside drop-off to make donating convenient. A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains ? Fanwood TIMES Thursday, November 12, 2009 Page 11 THE WEEK IN SPORTS Sports Section Pages 11-16 LANDEKA TAPS IN DEFLECTION FOR GAME WINNER Blue Devils Stop Warriors In Girls Sectional Soccer, 1-0 By DAVID B. CORBIN Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times Eighth-seeded Watchung Hills gave the top-seeded, No. 3-ranked Westfield High School girls soccer team reason for concern after achiev- ing a scoreless first half in the quarterfinal round of the North Jer- sey, Section 2, Group 4 tournament at Gary Kehler Stadium in Westfield on November 5. But the Lady Blue Dev- ils were far more successful setting up their offensive plays in the second half and came up with a 1-0 victory off the foot of junior Martina Landeka. After suffering a stunning, shootout upset to seventh-seeded Union last year in the quarterfinal round, the Blue Devils, who had defeated the Farmers three times earlier in the season, did not want history to repeat itself, but the first half against the Warriors was scary. The Blue Devils took seven shots at the Warrior goal but three of them could be considered serious. The first serious shot came after Katie Esler?s throw-in was headed by Robyn Knapp but Warrior goalie Caroline Keible, who finished with six meaningful saves, made the block. Next, Esler launched a right-to-left shot that hit the crossbar then with one minute left in the first half, Amanda Markowski shed all the Warrior defenders and took a right- to-left shot from 12 yards out but missed just to the left. In the mean- time, Warrior midfielder Daphne Corboz was giving the Blue Devil backs headaches and ripped several shots at goalkeeper Meg Brody, who finished with four saves. ?We scouted them previously, so we knew that that number-six player [Daphne Corboz] is a good player,? Blue Devil Head Coach Alex Schmidt said. ?I think that first half we gave ONDI, ?AJ? SCORE 2 TDs EACH, GRAY 8-YARD TD GRAB Blue Devil Footballers Bury No. 11 Union Farmers, 35-14 By DAVID B. CORBIN Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times Fans from the Westfield High School side of the field were chant- ing, ?Overrated,? to 11th-ranked Union late in the third quarter when the Blue Devils had a commanding, 35-7 lead en route to a 35-14 victory in Union on November 6. The truth was, the Farmers, who entered the game with a 7-0 record, were not overrated, but the Blue Devils, due to two early-season losses, were under- rated. Offense, defense and special teams all stepped to a higher level to shut down the Farmers? offensive machine that featured dangerous wide receiver Elijah Lee and star running back Isaiah McLean. The 6-2 Blue Devils? of- fense controlled the ball a vast major- ity of the game with a very successful running game, sprinkled with some timely receptions. The Blue Devils ran the ball 42 times to accumulate 187 yards and quarterback Danny Kerr (2 rushes, 17 yards) completed seven of eight passes for 79 yards, including an eight-yard touchdown (TD) strike to wide re- ceiver Pat Gray, who had four recep- tions for 66 yards. Running back Joe Ondi had 23 carries for 100 yards, including TD runs of three and two yards, in less than three quarters on the field. Running back AJ Murray, who had a one-yard TD run in the second quarter, rumbled 57 yards on 10 carries, which included carrying all seven times on a 49-yard scoring march in the third quarter that was concluded with another one-yard TD plunge. Aiden Scanlon had two re- ceptions for 10 yards and Hugo Nolasco had a three-yard reception. The 7-1 Farmers scored first on a four-play, 57-yard drive that was as- sisted by a pass interference call and concluded with a 38-yard strike from quarterback James Daniels to Lee with 7:08 on the clock in the first quarter. Afterwards, the Blue Devils? 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The second-seeded Blue Devils appeared in its first final since it won the 1998 tournament. Cougar striker Pat Hartnett used his head to bury the ball into the left side of the net out of the reach of Blue Devil keeper Adam Fine with 3:08 remaining in the first half after Eric Walano crossed a pass from the right side of the field and inside the penalty box. It was Hartnett?s 27th goal of the season, the most in Union County. ?This has been an amazing ride. I don?t think anyone of us can put into words exactly how we feel about win- ning the county title,? said Cougar Head Coach Mike Curci. ?When the final whistle blew, it was almost like a dream, a little surreal. It?s incred- ible! I am so proud of these young men and what they have achieved this season. Every practice, every game, the work they put in throughout the year, makes this all worthwhile.? The Blue Devils had a 10-7, edge in shots. Fine halted two fine first-half shots and keeper Zachary Zagorski made three saves, including two spec- tacular diving saves, for the Blue Devils. Fine moved to forward in the second half. ?We had to get a spark up top, so we changed to get Adam (Fine) on the field. We held tight, a few of the saves came off counter attacks. We were pushing so hard, giving it all we had out there just giving everything for the seniors in their last game,? said Zagorski. Cougar senior goalie Scott Boyer finished with three saves to post his 17th shutout of the season. Despite missing the services of sweeper Evan Heroux, who received a red flag from a previous match, and sweeper Ryan Heine, who was injured in the sec- tional quarterfinal game, the 14-4-3 Blue Devils dominated play and con- tinued their ways with a barrage of several zinging shots. ?It?s the game of soccer. Some- times you dominate and you don?t win. You have to give Cranford a great deal of credit, a lot of credit! 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MLS: 2602242 & 2602249 908-233-0065 OPEN HOUSE: SUNDAY, 11/15 1-4PM 304 Woods End Blue Devils to Host Columbia in Playoffs The third-seeded Westfield Blue Devils will host sixth-seeded Columbia in the first round of the NJSIAA playoffs this Satur- day, November 14, at Gary Kehler Stadium. Game time is 1 p.m. Tickets for adults will be $7. Students and senior citizens tick- ets will be $4. David B. Corbin for The Westfield Leader and The Times ATTACKING THE SOCCER BALL?Blue Devil Amanda Markowski, No. 25, attacks the ball as a Watchung Hills Warrior approaches. Westfield defeated Watchung Hills, 1-0. David B. Corbin for The Westfield Leader and The Times CHEWING UP A LOT OF YARDAGE ON THE GROUND?Blue Devil running back Joe Ondi, No. 46, gained 100 yards on 23 carries, including touchdown runs of three and two yards, in less than three quarters on the field. Salute to the Veterans! 11th month, 11th day, 11th hour Page 12 Thursday, November 12, 2009 The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains ? Fanwood TIMES A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION Devil?s Den By RAY JOHNSON Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times Mendham Girls Shock Raiders, 2-0, in Sections By DAVID B. CORBIN Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times Five days after being stunned, 1-0, by the Cranford Cougars in the Union County Tournament championship game, the third-seeded Scotch Plains- Fanwood High School girls soccer team was shocked, 2-0, by sixth- seeded Mendham in the quarterfinals of the North Jersey, Section 2, Group 3 tournament in Scotch Plains on November 5. In the previous three years, the showdowns between Mendham and the Raiders came in the sectional championship game. In 2006, the Raiders won their first ever sectional title with a 1-0 victory. Mendham took the title in 2007 with a 2-0 vic- tory, but the Raiders seized the title last year with a 4-1 triumph. The 12-6-1 Minutemen capitalized on their few opportunities, once in the first half and once in the second half, each coming around five min- utes before the end of each half. First, Jamie Hofstetter took a feed from Nicole Graziano and rippled the net to give the Minutemen a 1-0 lead. The next goal came with 5:15 remaining in the game. Raider goalie Paige DellaBadia (five saves) made a slid- ing charge at a ball 10 yards in front of the goal. Minuteman Paige Russell got to the ball that was lying at DellaBadia?s fingertips and drilled a right-footed kick that deflected off DellaBadia?s torso and flew into the upper center of the net. ?We had to put the ball in the net to win and we didn?t do that,? said Raider Head Coach Kevin Ewing. ?We just didn?t finish when we got up top. We didn?t take care of the opportunities that we had. That happens.? The Raiders did have several op- portunities and out-shot the Minute- men, 14-7. The closest opportunity came midway through the second half when center midfielder Sarah Canfield launched a corner kick into a mass of humanity near the Minute- man goal. Midfielder Devon Daly took a shot but Minuteman Robin Chernow (eight saves) scrambled to smother the ball. The Mendham backs and midfielders did have headaches with Canfield?s aggressiveness but they were somewhat successful in pre- venting the Raiders from setting up quality plays. ?Their defense had a tough time covering Sarah Canfield,? coach Ewing said. ?Other kids didn?t finish for us. They have a very good midfield. They did a good job. Unfortunately, we came out on the losing end. It?s a little disappointing not doing a little better in the states.? Mendham 1 1 2 Sc. Pl.-Fanwood 0 0 0 Time To Climb Aboard The Football Bandwagon OK, all you WHS fans, alums and students. If you?ve been holding off on following the ?09 WHS football team, now is the time to hop on board the bandwagon, or forever stay at home, raking your leaves. Despite a shaky start, WHS will bring a five-game winning streak into Saturday?s 1 p.m. home game against Columbia in the North 2 Group 4 tournament. Although the teams were huge rivals in the 1940s, they have only met once since 1961, and that was a 30-14 WHS victory in a 2005 state consolation game. Co- lumbia does, however, lead the se- ries 16-14-3. In the 36 years of the state playoffs, this will be just the seventh home game for WHS, which has won five of the previous six. Here are the scores of WHS?s home sectional games (not counting consolation games): 1976 WHS 20, Livingston 8 1976 WHS 14, Plainfield 0 1977 WHS 33, Livingston 0 1979 Livingston 38, WHS 20 1998 WHS 30, West Morris 6 2007 WHS 21, Bayonne 8 The 1976 and ?77 teams were the last of WHS?s 14 sectional champi- onship squads. The feeling here is that the drought will end on the week- end of December 4-5-6. There is no team in the section playing better than WHS right now. Last Friday night?s 35-14 demolition of previ- ously unbeaten Union wasn?t even as close as the final score. In fact, if not for a horrible pass interference call and a last-second TD against the jayvees, it would?ve been 35-0. WHS has been clicking on all cylin- ders since the bye week. After averag- ing 9.5 points in the first four games, the team has averaged 32 ppg the last four weeks. The running game with Joe Ondi, A.J. Murray and Jhakyse Williams behind an offensive line ? Mike Sheehan, Brandon Dietz, Andrew Arnold (filling in for the injured Adam Metz), Mike Costa and Brett DiNicola ? that keeps getting better each week is tough to stop. And that?s especially true if the defense has to try and find enough people to guard Pat Gray (im- possible), Hugo Nolasco (not easy) and Aiden Scanlon (difficult). Forget that insurance company advertisement, these three guys are the real ?good hands? people. Junior QB Dan Kerr has gotten better every week since taking over as the starter in week four. Defensively, switching Willie Johnson to tackle and Garrett Pryor to end has proven a stabilizing move, with Dietz and Nick Matthews very solid at the other line spots. Line- backers Murray, Ondi, Scanlon and Drew Fantini, along with Nolasco, Brian Henry and Zach Helfand in the secondary have all raised their games. And Gray fills in at linebacker or in the secondary, depending on the situ- ation. As for the kicking game, when WHS makes an extra point or field goal, it?s very comforting to know that the snap- per (John Lanzano), holder (James O?Rourke) and kicker (Jon Gribbin) are all sophomores. And the kickoff coverage ? which allowed TDs against Watchung Hills and Bridgewater- Raritan ? has been solid of late, with Gerald Schumann and sophomore Pete Ondi contributing many key stops. It will be very disappointing if the crowd for Saturday?s game doesn?t fill all the seats on the home side, maybe even line the fences like the ?good ol? days.? If you?re ever going to come out and cheer for the kids representing your town and our high school, now is the time. The North 2 Group 4 section fea- tures two of New Jersey?s all-time winningest teams: Phillipsburg and Westfield. Here are the state?s 10 winningest programs through Satur- day: Phillipsburg 617, Hammonton 573, Paulsboro 572, Montclair 571, Westfield 567, Atlantic City 565, Woodbury 543, Millville 534, South River 534, Glassboro 531. Let?s take a look at the North 2 Group 4 matchups: No. 8 Woodbridge (4-4, 91 power points) at No. 1 Union (7-1, 135). As bad as the Farmers looked last Friday night, they should be able to get Elijah Lee open enough to beat the up-and- down Barrons. No. 5 Ridge (7-2, 115) at No. 4 Bridgewater-Raritan (6-3, 127). Our upset special, as former WHS assis- tant Bill Tracy and his Green Devils knock off the Panthers. No. 6 Columbia (8-1, 114) at No. 3 Westfield (6-2, 128). After ending a 45-game losing streak at the end of last season, the Cougars have turned things around with the switch from the Iron Hills Conference to the Super Essex. If WHS can contain the Cou- gars? speed game, a trip to P?burg?s legendary Maloney Stadium next Fri- day night will be the reward. No. 7 Piscataway (4-4, 104) at No. 2 Phillipsburg (7-1, 129). The Stateliners are the winningest team in state history, and pick up another one here, although it could be close. Here?s a look at the potential semi- finals: Westfield at Phillipsburg ? Both teams have longtime Thanksgiving Day rivals six days later, but first things first. This will be New Jersey?s No. 1 all-time vs. No. 5, in a first-ever meet- ing. Can it get any better? Don?t ex- pect many points. This will be old- time, down-and-dirty, in-the-trenches football. And in the trenches, you?ve got to like WHS. Ridge at Union ? The Green Devils will have won six in a row at this point, and Tracy will come up with some- thing to pull off the ?upset? and avenge an early-season two-point loss. Here?s a look at the potential title game: Westfield vs. Ridge ? Where is ?Run It Up? Tony Mottola when you want him? Oh, losing games up in Demarest (see next item). Too bad! It would be sinful fun watching him get mercy clocked. But there won?t be a mercy clock in this game, just a nice win that ends WHS?s 32-year drought. RUN UP THIS, TONY Former Ridge football coach ?Run It Up? Tony Mottola is 2-6 at Demarest this year, after losing 43-7 to 1-5 Paramus Catholic. The two wins have come against teams with a combined 2-16 record, while the Norsemen have given up 246 points in the six losses, an average of 41 per game (but who?s counting?). We bring this up because, in case you?d forgotten, it was ?Run It Up? Tony who had his starting quarterback throwing passes in the final minutes of Ridge?s 49-13 playoff win over WHS last November. FOOTBALL STUFF The 77-yard touchdown pass from Danny Kerr to Pat Gray against Mont- gomery a few weeks ago is tied for the fourth longest TD toss in school his- tory. The other four longest are: 90 yards: Hjalmar (Yamma) Carlson to Ray Smith, vs. Plainfield in 1907. 79 yards: John Brown to Kenny Blackwell, vs. SP-F in 1972. 78 yards: Dan Pearce to Bob Wolfgang, vs. Bound Brook in 1958 77 yards: Bob Davis to Glen Kehler, vs. Middletown in 1973. IN THE GENES Junior Quintin Blackwell, who ran for over 200 yards and scored three touchdowns on Friday in SP-F?s loss at North Hunterdon and also scored the Raiders? TD against WHS, is the son of Kenny Blackwell (?73), a standout running back, kick returner and track athlete at WHS. PK?S OR COIN FLIP? For me, when I hear ?PK,? it will always stand for Paul Kolterjahn (WHS, ?00), the chubby freshman who grew into a stud swimmer and helped his senior year?s team win the state championship. But PK also stands for the dreaded penalty kick, the way soccer decides games that have no winner after regu- lation and two overtimes, i.e., 100 minutes. It?s a simple process. The goalie guesses left or right, and hopes that?s where the kicker kicks the ball. Otherwise it?s a score. It?s a 50-50 proposition. Wouldn?t a flip of the coin be quicker and sim- pler? It?s a 50-50 chance either way. LOOKING AHEAD After beating Hunterdon Central, 3-0, on Monday, the top-seeded girls soccer team will host second-seeded Ridge today for the North 2 Group 4 title. The girls? teams have won eight sectional titles, the most recent in 2002 under coach Pete Giordano. LOOKING BACK The boys soccer team lost 1-0 to Cranford in the Union County Tour- nament championship game Saturday night. That came less than 36 hours after the boys were stunned in the quarterfinals of the North 2 Group 4 tourney by Dickinson on penalty kicks. A tough finish to a surprisingly good season. The boys cross-country team fin- ished second at North 2 Group 4 sectionals to Ridge by two points, despite having both Ryan Scrudato and Jack Leahy finish ahead of all Green Devils. The boys will be shoot- ing for the Group 4 title this weekend. And the gymnastics team performed well, but finished second at the North Section 2 meet to Bishop Ahr by .8 of a point. WHS?s Lindsay Ripperger finished fourth in the all-around, with Sara Shields eighth, Kelly Bohlinger 12th and Lacy Cummings 13th. TOP ATHLETES VOTING Voting for WHS?s Best Athletes of Each Decade (?60s, ?70s, ?80s, ?90s, ?00s) continues through Dec. 17. By Sunday evening there were 69 votes e- mailed! Keep ?em coming, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember, there?s no limit on the number of times you can vote. DEVIL OF THE WEEK This week?s winner of a free sub, from Mike the new owner at Westfield Subs (261 South Avenue East), is Joe Ondi. The senior football co-captain pounded out 96 yards, and was a de- fensive demon from his linebacker post in WHS?s 35-14 rout of Union. The Devil?s Den appears Thursday in The Westfield Leader during the school year. Contact me with com- ments, complaints and suggestions at email@example.com. Win or not, WHS4EVR! Devil of the Week Joe Ondi Football The Westfield Leader & The Times Subscription Form www.goleader.com/subscribe RIPPERGER GETS 4TH ALL-AROUND Blue Devils Place Second In Sectional Gymnastics Despite the absence of senior Jenna Rodrigues (leg injury), the Westfield High School gymnastics team placed second in the North Jersey, Section 2 Tournament with a total of 111.25 behind Bishop Ahr that totaled 112.05 in Edison on November 7. Cranford placed fifth with a 105.7 total and Scotch Plains-Fanwood placed seventh at 102.3. Freshman Lindsay Ripperger, sophomore Sara Shields and junior Kelly Bohlinger rose to the occasion with the absence of Rodrigues to record fine all-around scores. Ripperger?s score of 37.25 was good enough for fourth place in a very tight race for the top all-around score, which was won by Bishop Ahr?s Meghan Larkin with a 37.5, followed by Kristi Wei of Ridge at 37.425 and AL Johnson?s Brianna Ferdinandi at 37.275. Shield tied for eighth with Johnson?s Bianca Briscese at 36.4 and Bohlinger placed 12th at 36.25 behind Cranford?s Mary Kate Walch at 36.3 and ahead of Blue Devil Lacy Cummings at 36.175. Ripperger tied with Cummings for top honors in the floor exercise with scores of 9.626 and placed second on the balance beam with a score of 9.55 behind Larkin at 9.6. Cummings, the 2007 state champion in the vault, won the event with a 9.65 and Walch placed fourth at 9.425. TOP 10 TEAM TOTALS: 1. Bishop Ahr (B) 112.05, 2. Westfield (W) 111.25, Johnson (J) Old Bridge (OB) 106.85, 5. Cranford (C) 105.7, 6. Watchung Hills (WH) 102.8, 7. Scotch Plains-Fanwood (S) 102.3, 8. Ridge (R) 102.225, 9 Union (U) 55.575, 10. Gover- nor Livingston (GL) 48.65 ALL AROUND: 1. Meghan Larkin (B) 37.5, 2. Kristi Wei (R) 37.425, 3. Brianna Ferdinandi (J) 37.275, 4. Lindsay Ripperger (W) 37.25, 5. Corri Greis (B) 37.15 VAULT: 1. Lacy Cummings (W) 9.625, 2. Wei (R) 9.5, 3. Larkin (B) 9.45, 4. Mary Kate Walch (C) 9.425, 5. Melissa Prisco (OB) 9.35 UNEVFEN BARS: 1. Greis (B), Sh- annon Bell (B) 9.25, 3. Kyla Vacchio (B) 9.225, 4. Prisco (OB) 9.175, 5. Larkin (B) 9.175 BALANCE BEAM: 1. Larkin (B) 9.6, 2. Ripperger (W) 9.55, 3. Wei (R) 9.5, 4. Fredinandi (J) 9.45, 5. Vacchio (B) 9.375 FLOOR EXERCISE: 1. Ripperger, Cummings (W) 9.625, 3. Kelsey Mahoney (Linden) 9.6, 4. Vacchio (B) 9.575, 5. Greis (B) 9.55 David B. 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Fanwood TIMES Thursday, November 12, 2009 Page 13 SCRUDATO FINISHES 2ND, LEAHY 5TH, LEEPER 5TH Blue Devil Boys Take Second In NJSIAA X-C Sectionals By FRED LECOMTE Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times Four blue uniforms caught in a spill at the very beginning of the race proved to make the difference as No. 7 Ridge edged the No. 6 Westfield High School boys? cross-country team, 65-67, for the North Jersey, Section 2, Group 3 sectional champi- onship at Warinanco Park in Roselle on October 7. No. 12 Bridgewater- Raritan placed third with a total of 71, followed by Dickinson (120) and North Hunterdon (124). ?We knew it would be a three-way race with us, Ridge and Bridgewater. The boys were side-by-side, which is the only good thing about the starting position,? Blue Devil Head Coach Jack Martin said. ?We?re together going out, then Ridge had one kid fall and we had four and that changed the tempo of the race. The energy you have to expend to get back in takes a toll later in the race, but you face it and that?s a hard thing to do. The boys recovered and got back into it in spite of it all. Giving the closeness of the race, we cannot be too disap- pointed giving the fact that we had the misfortune, but I don?t like to make excuses. The boys ran outstand- ing races, they fought to the end and they?re in a pretty good spot for next week. It?s really the first step in trying to win a state championship, while we live to fight another day.? The battle for the individual cham- pionship came between Blue Devil senior Ryan Scrudato and North Hunterdon?s Matt McDonald, who crossed first with a time of 16:17.4, while Scrudato finished second at 16:23.1. Blue Devil sophomore Jack Leahy finished sixth in 16:26.0. ?We came into the race hoping to win. Our game plan was to sit on the front, hopefully our pack staying tight, hang on and whenever they made a move, which was around the two- mile mark, start moving and we made that move,? Scrudato said. ?I know Jack (Leahy) was up there; he was pushing me in the middle of the race, which definitely helped us. Two of my teammates helped me out a lot as did the guys on the sidelines coming though. The support was really great.? ?We knew that a couple of guys were going to go out really hard in the first mile,? Leahy said. ?We were going to stick with them as a tight group. That was the plan. Despite our guys falling, I knew somewhere in the second mile, beginning of the third, that I was going to have to start moving and did. The group started moving, rolled from there, picking up in the third mile, while I kept on pushing Ryan?s pace. I was very thankful to get to the track, but today it was tough, very tough.? The Blue Devil girls, who finished sixth with a total of 168, did not place one runner in the top five. ?It was a good performance but we came up a little bit short. We?re a little disappointed for the fact that for the FLANZMANN, BIANCO, STRIPLING DRILL IN GOALS Raiders Rough Up Rahway In Sectional Boys Soccer, 3-0 By DAVID B. CORBIN Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times Minus four starters, the second- seeded Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School boys soccer team did not take visiting Rahway lightly and rolled to a 3-0 victory in the quarterfinal round of the North Jersey, Section 2, Group 3 tournament on November 6. In the first 30 seconds, the Indians created a threat when Raider goalie Anthony Zukofsky mishandled a shot in front of the goal but left back, Jason Pearl, quickly charged the ball and booted it out of harms way. After- wards, there was no question, which team was going to rule the tempo. The Raiders, who had seven corner kicks, out-shot the Indians, 16-3; Eleven came in the second half. Zukofsky needed to make only one save, while his Rahway counterpart, Kevin Hoffman made seven. Only five minutes into the game, midfielder Mike DelSordi launched a free kick into the box where forward Zack Flanzmann nudged a slick header into the net to give the Raiders a 1-0 lead. ?Del had it probably about 30 yards out, and Kahn and I were setting up over there,? Flanzmann said. ?We are not very big in the box but they had three guys, who were probably about 5?5? or 5?6?. I saw our height advan- tage, so I said to Del, ?get one over here!? He did! I scored the same kind of goal against Rahway the last time.? Due to the absence of their four starters, freshmen Vincenzo Bianco and Colin Stripling got a lot of play- ing time in the second half and made it worth the team?s while. ?We have a lot of people out,? Flanzmann said. ?With injuries, we have, at least two starters out. (Chris) Freeman is out with a red card. McEvoy is on suspension, so we were not taking this game like a second round at all. This morning we met at [our] captain?s [Johan Hernandez] house and we talked about how we couldn?t take this game lightly.? ?For us, it?s quite an accomplish- ment, because we played this game without four starters,? Raider Head Coach Tom Breznitsky said. ?This time of the year, you have your Tues- day, Friday, which is a pretty good schedule. It allows you some time to get some rest in between. It?s not quite as hard as the regular season where we are playing three games in a week.? Only 3:50 into the second half, Bianco hit pay dirt when he deflected a shot off the goalie and into the netting. With 11 minutes remaining, DelSordi looped a corner kick into Stripling, who scored the third goal. ?We?ve always known that Vinny Bianco was a very good field player,? coach Breznitsky said. ?Also he can play the goal. He is very tenacious. We are also very high on Colin Stripling, who played some JV in the defense. I talked to him yesterday and said, with the number of guys out, we need some help in the midfield. He came in at the right midfield and got himself a goal. It?s good for the future.? Breznitsky added, ?This time of year, if you don?t come out with ef- fort, you are sitting at home. Our guys have a lot to prove. They are very disappointed that we got knocked out of the counties. If we win a state championship, the counties are well forgotten.? Rahway 0 0 0 Sc. Pl.-Fanwood 1 2 3 BLACKWELL SCORES THREE TDs North Hunterdon Stops Football Raiders, 39-19 Senior running back Quintin Blackwell finished out the regular season in style by scoring three touch- downs as the Scotch Plains-Fanwood football team dropped a 39-19 deci- sion to North Hunterdon in Annandale on November 6. Blackwell, who rushed 136 yards on 23 carries, had fourth-quarter touchdown runs of six yards, 35 yards and 20 yards. Mike Burke kicked the extra point on the final touchdown for the 1-8 Raiders. Quarterback Steve Alleman completed nine of 15 pass attempts for 73 yards. Wide receiver Sean Coloney had two receptions for 26 yards, running back Marcus Rivera had two receptions for 20 yards and tight end Alex Graham had two re- ceptions for 16 yards. Wide receiver Doran Nelson had two receptions for seven yards and wide receiver J.C. Davidson had a four-yard reception. Running back Korey Salvo had re- spective touchdown runs of four yards and 10 yards in the first quarter to give 3-5 North Hunterdon a 13-0 lead. Salvo added a 41-yard touchdown run and a 75-yard punt return for a touchdown in the second quarter and tight end Kevin Haplea hauled in a six-yard touchdown pass from quar- terback Colin Macri in the quarter. North Hunterdon added a 14-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Linebacker Kyle Berwick led the Raiders with eight tackles, followed by Davidson and Coloney with six each. Rivera and linebacker Anthony Lettieri each had five tackles, Gra- ham and outside linebacker Mike Tufaro had four tackles each. Defen- sive lineman Dave Kreps made two tackles. Sc. Pl.-Fanwood 0 0 0 19 19 North Hunterdon 13 19 7 0 39 CONTINUED ON PAGE 14 Fred Lecomte for The Westfield Leader and The Times AN IMPORTANT MEET?The Blue Devils boys, top, placed second in the Group 4 sectional cross-country meet and the Blue Devil girls, below center, finished sixth. David B. Corbin for The Westfield Leader and The Times CONTROLLING THE MIDFIELD?Raider Mike DelSordi, No. 6, controlled the midfield and also launched a free kick into Zach Flanzmann, who headed the ball in the net for the first goal of the home game against Rahway held November 6. Want A Low Monthly Payment? Meet with a local Gold Services Manager or call 800-788-7338. Put Our Neighborhood Knowledge To Work For You. Want A Low Monthly Payment? Meet with a local Gold Services Manager or call 800-788-7338. 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PUBLICATION Cougar Boys Nip Blue Devils for UC Soccer Title CONTINUED FROM PAGE 11 Blue Devil Gridders Bury Union Farmers, 35-14 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 11 defense blended with great coverage from the special teams to slam the door securely. McLean had only 20- yards rushing in the first half but the Farmers netted only five rushing yards. McLean would add 43 more yards in the second half, but those came after Westfield?s second team defense took over. Daniels finished with six completions for 46 yards and three interceptions. Scanlon, who made seven tackles, had an interception at the Farmer 33 and returned it to the 21 to set up Westfield?s third TD that was con- cluded by Ondi?s three-yard bash with 2:07 left in the half. Gray had an interception just before halftime but earlier, he made a circus catch that ended in an assisted back flip and added a heads-up reception after the Farmer cornerback nearly intercepted Kerr?s pass. ?Our offensive play calling was really good. We saw how their defen- sive backs were, their safety and cor- ners. We had a lucky play, where the ball went off the helmet. I was actu- ally going for the tackle and the ball popped out. I said I might as well pick it up,? said Gray. ?Our offense is getting better each week. We are leav- ing little margins for mistakes, offen- sively and defensively. Our defense keeps getting better and better.? Cornerback Brian Henry had an interception that he returned from the Farmer 36 to the 25, early in the third quarter that set up the Blue Devils? fourth TD, ending with Ondi?s two- yard plunge. Henry also made an impressive solo tackle of Lee at the Farmer 18 on a kickoff and joined with Garrett Pryor (4 tackles) to chase down Lee for lost yardage. Peter Ondi also made a crushing solo tackle on special teams. ?Our specials did a good job, be- cause we controlled field position,? 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By halftime, the Blue Devils held a 5-2 edge in shots. Henry Smith and rated team.? Defensively, Ondi (7 tackles) lined up on the left side and blitzed Daniels unrelentingly, resulting in a 15-yard sack, a 10-yard sack and an intentional grounding call that forced the Farmers to punt from their 13-yard line. ?We had to put pressure on their quarterback and their running game in general,? Ondi said. ?We knew we had to stop 21 [McLean] and we shut him down. [Elijah Lee] 19 we also shut down on the pass. Hugo did a great job covering him today. Coach put me more outside and worked well, because their running back didn?t pick me up at all. I was free to be blitzing Scott.? As to the intentional grounding, Ondi added, ?I just chased him down, wrapped him up and he just threw it out.? After the Farmers scored, Westfield capped a nine-play, 64- yard drive with Gray?s eight-yard TD reception with 2:53 left in the first quarter. Murray added his one- yard TD plunge with 5:41 left in the half, then Ondi added a three-yard TD run to make the score 21-7. Ondi?s two-yard TD came with 8:12 left in the third quarter and Murray?s next one-yard TD bash came with 2:05 left in the quarter. With two seconds remaining in the game, Farmer Marcus Allen scored on a 29-yard run down the left sideline. Westfield 7 14 14 0 35 Union 7 0 0 7 14 Eric Byer each had two shots and Dan Eliades had one shot on goal. The Cougars, however, took control for most of the second half. Right off the bat, a Cougar corner kick forced Zagorski to make a textbook diving save to his right from the six. Less than a minute later, a point-blank shot found Zagorski?s hands. Midway through the half, the Blue Devils came on the attack and nearly tied the game with 12 minutes remain- ing when Byer fired a point-blank shot that was booted away by Boyer. ?When I saw where the ball was and that the Westfield player was one-on-one, you start thinking that, in a moment, we?ll be playing from behind. But Scott made another one of his athletic, acrobatic saves, and that?s what he?s been doing the entire season. We have a lot of talented players, but we wouldn?t be where we are without him,? added Curci. Cougar defenders Patrick Kaskiw, Robert Ghiretti, Ryan Lopes and Walano were successful in keeping the Blue Devils scoreless. ?We had great possession. All around we outplayed them and we had a lot of heart. We just could not put a goal in and did not get the outcome we wanted,? said Blue Devil defender Ryan Jennings. Westfield 0 0 0 Cranford 1 0 1 Blue Devils Stop Warriors In Girls Sectional Soccer, 1-0 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 11 them a little too much room. She was able to stop our through [and] our counterattack. First half we didn?t do what we wanted to do. We were a little too direct. We were just hitting one ball. Second half the girls woke up, put pressure on her and didn?t let her turn. We wanted to attack with our forwards. We tried to make combina- tion plays. We had like 10-12 shots the second half. The girls showed a lot of patience. We had a lot of dan- gerous shots and there was a couple that could have gone in.? ?During halftime, we knew we had to pull it through because we didn?t want to be like last year?s team,? Landeka said. ?We knew we needed to work harder. We all pushed each other. We needed to control and just attack, attack, attack.? The second half indeed belonged to the Blue Devils, who pelted the Warrior goal area with nine shots. Crosses from Landeka and Sam Costello to Hannah Kronick resulted in four of those shots, and one was temporarily believed to be a score at the 18-minute mark when she rico- cheted the ball off the inside of the cross bar and it dropped into the goal but the referee ruled an offside. ?I guess she was offside,? coach Schmidt said. ?You got to keep play- ing no matter what the call is.? Keep playing they did. Esler made a dangerous throw-in that Keible charged to grab it, but bobbled it and Landeka quickly took a left-footed shot and buried it into the net from four yards out with 8:52 remaining in the game. ?Esler had a throw-in and it bounced. The keeper got it. For a split second, she dropped it. I couldn?t believe it. I saw the opportunity and I just shot it,? Landeka explained. Watchung Hills 0 0 0 Westfield 0 1 1 Lady Blue Devils Blank Hunterdon Central, 3-0 The top-seeded, No. 2-ranked, 19- 0-2 Westfield High School girls soc- cer team advanced to the champion- ship game of the North Jersey, Sec- tion 2, Group 4 tournament by blank- ing fifth-seeded, 14-5-4 Hunterdon Central, 3-0, at Gary Kehler Stadium in Westfield on November 9. Amanda Markowski scored a goal and added an assist, while Meg Freundenheim and Alexandra Tinfow each netted a goal. Sam Costello and Hannah Kronick each had an assist. Goalie Meg Brody made one save. Blue Devil Boys Take Second In NJSIAA X-C Sectionals CONTINUED FROM PAGE 13 Dickinson Wins Shootout Over Blue Devil Boys The Dickinson High School boys soccer team got the best of Westfield with a shootout victory at Gary Kehler Stadium in Westfield on November 8. After a 1-1, double overtime tie, all five Dickinson players buried their shots to insure the victory. In regulation, Dickinson was very fortunate to be awarded a penalty shot from the Hudson County referee and made good on it for the score. Ryan Heine scored for Westfield but late in regulation, he received a nasty forearm by a a defender inside the Dickinson box and had to leave the game with a severe dental injury. The Hudson County referee, who was nearby when the incident took place, did not award a penalty kick. In the shootout, Blue Devil Bran- don Gold sank his penalty kick, Eric Byer made his and Kevin Clancy missed his shot to the right. Ryan Krasnoo lined up to take his shot, which hit the far post for a miss but the Dickinson goalie illegally came off the line and he was given another shot that was successful. Dickinson?s fifth shooter buried the ball into the net to seal the victory. first time since 1984 we will not get to the Group 4 state championship meet, in as much as we finished sixth in the meet and you have to be among the top five times,? Blue Devil Head Coach Thom Hornish said. ?We had a very good performance from a first- year runner, Gabrielle Tanji. She ran 21:33, Abigail Kwok, who is a vet- eran, ran 21:46 and Alyssa Hatch, who has been our frontrunner, had an off day at 21:41. Unfortunately there were other teams out there that had a really good situation. Ridge, North Hunterdon, Bridgewater-Raritan were the top three teams. J.P Stevens put together a good race and so did Philipsburg.? Meanwhile, unsure of the final re- sults, Scotch Plains-Fanwood Head Coach Jeff Koegel awaited in ner- vous anticipation until notice was served that the boys finished fifth in Group 3 with a team total at 100 and placed Alex Parker sixth at 17:224.8. Raider Kathleen Leeper crossed the finish line to claim the fifth spot for the girls at 19:59.2. ?We were missing our fourth and fifth runners (Kathleen Magnus and Lauren Williams) due to illness so it was going to be tough to make it out of the section without them,? coach Keogel said. ?I told Kathleen (Leeper) that she had to go after a top 10 finish, which she did. She runs pretty tough and I?m happy for her, as this is her first season running cross-country. It?s unfortunate that the team season has to end.? Summarizing the boys? perfor- mance, Koeger added, ?The one thing we did well today that we had not been doing consistently is we maintained a pack. The way we need to run our races is that Alex (Parker) is going to be strong up front. We had to keep the gaps close behind him and maintain our packs; we were pretty tightly clus- tered. Brandon (Wheeler) cramped up badly during the race and that hurt us there, since we could have placed higher. Overall it was a pretty decent race. Our focus is getting everyone ready for next week.? D. Blair Corbin?s Walk Down Memory Lane RaidersBlue Devils From the archives of The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains- Fanwood Times ? www.goleader.com November 12, 2005: Senior safety Marcus Allen Graham made two in- terceptions that helped lead the Blue Devils football team to a 30-14, con- solation game victory over Columbia at Kehler Stadium. Fullback Tyrell Simmons rushed 91 yards, including a one-yard touchdown (TD) plunge. Tailback Andrew Shaffer ran 51 yards, including a one-yard TD run. Half- back Jayshawn King rushed 52 yards, including a two-yard TD burst. Jun- ior wide receiver Sean Ferro grabbed a 26-yard TD pass. November 11, 2004: For a team that got off to a 2-4-2 start, the Blue Devil girls soccer team have had a dramatic turnaround to reach the North Jersey, Section 2, Group 4 fi- nals. The 13-6-3 Blue Devils came up one game short of claiming that title by falling to Watchung Hills, 3-0, at Kehler Stadium. November 10, 2001: Senior quar- terback Brian Schiller completed nine of 15 passes for 134 yards, including one touchdown pass and an eight- yard TD rush to lead the Raiders to a 33-6 victory over Malcolm X. Shabazz in the quarterfinals of the Group 3, Section 2 Tournament in Scotch Plains. Kyle Baker rushed for 141 yards and two touchdowns. An- drew Pavoni had a 45-yard touch- down reception and sophomore full- back Travis Boff had a four-yard touchdown run. November 8, 2000: One year ago, Parsippany shocked the Raiders, 3-2, in overtime in the quarterfinals of the North Jersey, Section 2, Group 3 boys soccer tournament. Not this time! The hosting Raiders won convincingly, 3- 0, this time in the semifinals. Senior Mike Zotti banged in two goals and Jeff Hensal scored one. November 10, 1998: The top- seeded Cranford girls soccer team scored a late, tying goal in regulation, then went on to win a shootout against the Blue Devils in Cranford in the semifinals of the Section 2, Group 3 State Championships. Fred Lecomte for The Westfield Leader and The Times TRYING DESPERATELY TO GAIN CONTROL?Cougar Ray El Khoury, pictured left, and Blue Devils Phillip Mendel, No. 15, and Henry Smith, No. 19, attempt to gain control of the ball in the soccer final of the 44th Union County Tournament at A.L. Johnson High School in Clark on November 7. Patricia O?Connor ? Top Listing Agent Month of October ? Westfield Area Specialist ? Residential . . . Including Condos and Townhouses ? Buying, Selling or Rental If you are interested in a complementary market analysis or just in knowing market trends or prices, please contact me. Put her neighborhood knowledge and professional expertise to work for you. 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C l a r k F a n w o o d S c o t c h P l a i n s C r a n f o r d W e s t f i e l d Westfield PAL ?A? Defeats Bloomfield Gridders, 12-6 GOING IN FOR THE TOUCHDOWN?Westfield PAL ?A? running back Jacob Boyle scores his first touchdown of the game against Bloomfield. The hosting Westfield PAL ?A? football team defeated Bloomfield, 12-6, in the first round of the playoffs on November 8. Bloomfield quickly found itself in a fourth and long, due to tackles by Blue Devils David Kane, Dylan Elliot and Joe Scaglione. Bloomfield punted and recovered a live ball. Bloomfield ran the ball outside and advanced deep into Westfield?s territory before being stopped with tackles by Calvin Robertshaw, Noah Penders, Chris Wright, Andrew Capuano and Holden Ehrhart. Michael Hughes, Connor Cummings, Thomas Anderson and Jacob Boyle carried for a few first downs to get the ball back to midfield, before stalling and having to punt. Wright and Elliot both had intercep- tions to help close out the half. In the third quarter, Westfield?s of- fense moved the ball past midfield, before punting. Defenseman Scaglione popped the ball loose, while tackling a Bloomfield carrier, and Collin Studwell recovered the fumble. Anderson, Eric Shor and Boyle took turns pounding out runs, including a 25-yard carry and a 12-yard touchdown (TD) run by Boyle. Westfield?s extra points attempt was blocked. Bloomfield responded with a series of runs up the middle and scored a TD late in the fourth quarter. The points after attempt failed, ending 7-7 in regulation. Westfield got the ball on the 25-yard line. Anderson?s and Boyle?s efforts combined to get a first down and a TD run by Boyle through a hole created by the linemen Elliot, Jack Kessler, Chris Sweeney, Chip Mulrooney and Scaglione. The extra point kick was wide left. Bloomfield?s first three at- tempts resulted in lost yards with huge stops by Penders, Robertshaw, Studwell and Chris Callahan. Eric Shor broke up the pass attempt for the final play of the game. Westfield White ?C? Stops SPF Football Kids, 20-0 A powerful running offense com- bined with timely defensive hits helped propel the Westfield White ?C? football team to a 20-0 win over Scotch Plains-Fanwood in the first round of the playoffs on No- vember 8. In the first quarter, defensive line- men Parker Hess, Brendan Collum and Calvin Vicente took turns shut- ting down the Raider drive. After a six-yard punt return by Owen Colwell, running back Jack Curry pounded out several short gains to a first down. Curry, with the help of offensive lineman Liam Heinbokel, broke free for a touchdown (TD). Vincent DiFilippo ran in for the point after touchdown (PAT). DiFilippo, Hess, Nick Mueller and Hopper Murray combined to force SPF to fourth-and-two, but Erik Swanson?s big hit returned posses- sion to Westfield. Chris Varano fol- lowed with a 40-yard run down the sidelines then a penalty gave Westfield a first down in scoring po- sition. White?s offensive line, includ- ing Jack Cash, Swanson, Collum, Heinbokel and Hess helped move Curry into the end zone, making the score 13-0 at the half. In the third quarter, Varano snagged a Scotch Plains pass.After Curry and Boutsikaris carried the ball into good field position the Raiders recovered a Westfield fumble. Mueller, DiFilippo, Swanson, Colwell and Sam Pastuzyn pressured the Raiders? offense forc- ing another turnover on downs. Later in the fourth quarter, Westfield?s defense stepped up again. James Bohlinger, Justin Dudzinski, Devin Simpson and Ben Meltzer pressured the Scotch Plains quarter- back and caused a pickoff by DiFilippo, who returned the ball 21 yards. Boutsikaris flipped the ball to J.D. Marner, who threw the ball downfield to Varano for a TD. Boutsikaris tossed to H. Murray for the PAT. With seconds left, Marner took down the Raider quarterback for a sack to end the game. Elegant Homes Realty Featuring the Savannah Equal Housing Opportunity. Oral representations cannot be relied upon as correctly stating representations of the developer. For correct representations, make reference to the offering plan which will be furnished by a developer to a buyer or lessee. All dimensions are approximate, and all floor plans and developments are subject to change. Not an offer where prohibited by state statutes. This offering is made only by the prospectus for the condominium and no statement should be relied upon if not made in the prospectus. Prices, plans and specifications are subject to change without notice. Equal Housing Opportunity. Oral representations cannot be relied upon as correctly stating representations of the developer. For correct representations, make reference to the offering plan which will be furnished by a developer to a buyer or lessee. All dimensions are approximate, and all floor plans and developments are subject to change. Not an offer where prohibited by state statutes. This offering is made only by the prospectus for the condominium and no statement should be relied upon if not made in the prospectus. Prices, plans and specifications are subject to change without notice. BROKERS WELCOME The Savannah, a home that is truly beautiful... 35 Luxury Condominium Residences For Those 55-plus in the Heart of Downtown Westfield By Appointment Only Eileen Ward-Conway - Broker Office: (908) 233-5900 Josephine Ward-Gallagher - Realtor Cell: (908) 413-0040 www.TheSavannahWestfield.com Residents at the Savannah enjoy concierge service, secured entry, an elegant lobby, a community room with a prep kitchen for catered parties, elevators to each floor and two underground parking spaces per unit. The Savannah has CLOSED ON 7 MORE HOMES and SIGNED 3 MORE CONTRACTS since the end of July! Open House! Sunday, November 15th, 12pm-4pm 111 Prospect Street, Westfield, NJ The Savannah...distinctive five-story, European-inspired building just steps from Westfield?s famed downtown... WESTFIELD, FEBRUARY 17TH, 2009. Dear James, The last carton has been unpacked, our furniture is in and now we can say with utter conviction our new home is truly beautiful. Aesthetically, this space is wonderful?well-planned with careful attention to every detail because all of the stages to completion mattered so much to you. After that, the marvelous support team has continued your high standards. For us, this team has turned into a friendly, helpful community with our requests for help taken care of quickly, efficiently and pleasantly. When Daniel, the custodian, comes to fix something we marvel at this expertise and Terry, the Concierge, takes care of all matters cheerfully and promptly, a Concierge extraordinaire. We thank you for your kindness, accessibility, and generosity of spirit in making our move so successful. We love it here! Allen & Bobby Gleeman WF ?Y? ?A? Swim Girls Top Metuchen-Edison ?Y?, 107-91 GETTING OFF A PASS?Westfield senior handler (like a quarterback), Matt Weintraub, gets off a pass against a Columbia defender in last Friday?s Ultimate Frisbee invitational tournament at Edison Intermediate School. The club sport, open to high school boys and girls, is coached by Edison teacher Ryan Belline. Westfield concluded its fall schedule and will pick up play again in the spring. The Westfield area ?Y? girls ?A? swim team defeated the Metuchen- Edison ?Y? girls, 107-91, on October 31. 8U: Amanda Pyle placed first in the 25-fly and second in the 25-free. Keeley Thompson placed first in the 25-back and third in the 25-free. Jenna Daniel placed second in the 25-fly and 25-breast. Jillian Hitzel (25- breast) and Meghan Cassiba (25-free) touched third. The 100-free relay of Pyle, Daniel, Hitzel and Thompson touched first. 9-10: Shannon Pyle placed first in the 50-free and second in the 50- back. Muriel Maloney (100IM), Emily Oster (50-free), Mackenzie Smith (50-breast) and Jessica Trinkle (50-fly) took second. Maloney also placed third in the 50-back. The 200- free relay of Oster, Maloney, Smith and Pyle finished first. 11-12: Katherine Duffy (50-free), Elise Morano (50-breast), Meredith Bagger (50-fly) and Caroline Basil (100IM, 50-back) touched first. Gwyn Devin touched second in the 100IM. The 200-free relay of Morano, Basil, Courtney Day and Duffy finished first. 13-14: Carly Whitmer won the 100- free and 100-ly. Erika Daniel fin- ished first in the 200IM and second in the 100-fly. Becky Zhang won the 100-breast. Caitlin Carroll (200IM) and Allie McBrearty (100-back) placed second. The 200-free relay of Zhang, Audrey Bangs, Carroll and Whitmer finished first. 15-18: Meredith Smith (100-fly), Maeve Maloney (200-back), Abby Pires (200-breast), Suzanne Lemberg (100-free) and Summer Thomas (200IM) touched first. Thomas also placed second in the 100-fly. Meg Kaveney (100-free), Krysta Huber (200-breast) and Brooke Sweeney (200-back) placed second. The 200- free relay of Kaveney, Smith, Emily Budnick and Lemberg touched first. Somerset ?Y? Boys Defeat WF Devilfish Boys, 117-89 The Devilfish Boys B swim team was defeated, 117-89, by Somerset Hills Y on October 31. 8U: Andrew Kapadia won 25- breaststoke and 25-backstroke and finished third in 25-free. Cooper Prieto won 25-free and 25-fly, and placed second in 25-back. Michael Riordan placed second in 25-breast and third in 25-back and 25-fly. Colin Murphy finished second in 25-free and 25-fly, and placed third in 25- breast. 9-10: Jon Stiles won 50-free and 50-back. Steven Warren won 50- breast and placed second in 50-back. Joseph Chenn finished second in 100IM and 50-fly, with Kevin Wang placing third in 100IM and 50-breast. Alex Apostolos finished third in 50- fly. 11-12: Jesse Liu placed second in 100IM and 50-fly. Tomasso Wagner finished second in 50-free. 13-14: Sam Hays finished second in 200IM, followed by Tommy Pyle in third place. Ryan Thomas finished second in 100-fly, followed by Noah Stiles in third place. Sean Beattie placed third in 100-breast. 15-18: Matt Trinkle finished sec- ond in 100-fly, followed by Nicandro Donadio. Donadio also placed third in 100-breast. Kevin Oster finished third in 100IM. Lawrence Keating placed third in 100-back and Alex Bond placed third in 100-free. Oster, Bond, Sean Clark and Donadio won the 200-free relay. WF ?C? Blue Streaks Past Staten Island Grid Kids, 7-0 In a hard-fought game that went scoreless for four quarters, the Westfield Blue ?C? football team scored in over- time to defeat Richmond Boro (Staten Island), 7-0, to advance to the next round of the playoffs. Richmond Boro held onto the ball for most of the first half, but Westfield?s defense, led by Devin Anderson, Justin Lin, Michael O?Connor, Nick Mele, Owen Murray and Chris Rinaldi kept them out of the end zone. The second half saw Westfield get some fine running and passing from quarterback Nick Mele, who threw several completions to wide receivers Jack Gorelick and Murray. Westfield?s last drive was promising, but ended in a fumble, which Richmond Boro recovered. In overtime, Westfield got the ball first and struck quickly on an Owen Murray reverse that took Blue all the way down to the three-yard line. Two plays later, Mele dove in for the touch- down. Justin Lin kicked the extra point, making the score 7-0. Rich- mond then took their possession, and the Westfield Blue defense stiffened and ultimately stopped them on fourth down, with a game-ending tackle by Devin Zrebeic and Chris Rinaldi. Westfield Blue will play Westfield White in the second round this Sun- day, November 15, at Kehler Sta- dium. WF Aquaducks to Hold Fundraiser on Nov. 21 WESTFIELD ? The nationally ranked Westfield Area Y Aquaducks will perform in their 17th Annual Synchronized Swimming Show on Saturday, November 21, at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday, November 22, at 1 p.m. at the Westfield Area Y. Aquaduck swimmers regularly qualify to compete in U.S. Junior Championships, Age Group Na- tional Championships and the U.S. Open. As the only competitive team in New Jersey, the Aquaducks must travel for meets. Last year the girls swam from Buffalo, N.Y. to Gainesville, Fla. The annual show raises funds to help defray the cost of the team?s travel. Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children under 12. All proceeds go to support the team. Tickets are available at the Welcome Center of the Westfield Area Y or through team members. The shows often sell out early, so please purchase tickets in advance. For more infor- mation about the show or the team, call Coach Kate Matusiak at (908) 233-2700, extension no. 324. Reading is Good For You goleader.com/subscribe Westfield ?Y? Aquaducks Page 16 Thursday, November 12, 2009 The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains ? Fanwood TIMES A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION PUBLIC NOTICE PUBLIC NOTICE TOWNSHIP OF SCOTCH PLAINS NOTICE OF SALE OF PROPERTY FOR NONPAYMENT OF TAXES, ASSESSMENTS AND/OR OTHER MUNICIPAL LIENS Public notice is hereby given that I, Lori Majeski, Collector of Taxes of the Township of Scotch Plains, County of Union will sell at public auction on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16th, 2009 in the Municipal Court, 430 Park Avenue, Scotch Plains, New Jersey at 9:00 o?clock in the morning or at such later time and place to which said sale may then be adjourned, all of the several lots and parcels of land assessed to the respective persons whose names are set opposite each respective parcel as the owner thereof for the total amount of municipal liens chargeable against said lands respectively, in accordance with N.J.S.A. 54:5-1, et seq. as computed to the 16th day of November 2009. Take further notice that the hereinafter described lands will be sold for the amount of municipal liens chargeable against each parcel of said land assessed as one parcel, together with interest and costs to the date of the sale. Said lands will be sold at the lowest rate of interest bid, but in no case in excess of 18%. Payments for said parcels shall be made prior to the conclusion of the sale in the form of cash, certified check or money order or other method previously approved by the Tax Collector or the property will be resold. Properties for which there are no other purchasers shall be struck off and sold to the Township of Scotch Plains at an interest rate of 18%. At any time before the sale I will accept payment of the amount due on any property with interest and costs. Payment must be in the form of cash, certified check or money order. Industrial properties may be subject to the Spill Compensation and Control Act (N.J.S.A. 58-10-23.11 et seq.), the Water Pollution Control Act (N.J.S.A. 58-:10A-1 et seq.) and the Industrial Site Recovery Act (N.J.S.A. 13:1K-6 et seq.), In addition, the municipality is precluded from issuing a tax sale certificate to any prospective purchaser who is or may be in any way connected to the prior owner of the site. In the event that the owner of the property is on Active Duty in the Military Service, the Tax Collector should be notified immediately. BLK LOT QUAL OWNER LOCATION TOTAL DUE 501 15.01 Ainsworth, Kieron & Elsie 1595 E. Second Street $17,140.30 503 16 Cioffi, John & Ann 1711 E. Second Street $ 7,179.28 705 20 Dallah, Dorothy 228 Haven Avenue $ 377.22 801 2 Minor, John & Catherleen 210 Pinehurst Avenue $ 2,684.75 902 18 Fryer, Frank 366 Myrtle Avenue $ 3,545.75 1001 8 Blair, Brendlin 332 Haven Avenue $ 2,144.05 1103 7 Jackson, James & Gloria 443 Sycamore Avenue $ 7,164.27 1103 11 Simmons, Derek & Brenda 427 Sycamore Avenue $ 2,011.33 2502 7 Fela, Kim 2105 Portland Avenue $ 7,055.91 2702 25 Szeman, Michael &Donna 2063 Grand Street $ 8,661.95 3906 13.01 1 Elm Street LLC 230 Harding Road $ 3,318.97 3907 7 Cato, Ramona 213 Mountainview Avenue$ 6,562.62 4401 14 West, Mary 4 Johnson Street $ 1,434.27 4802 1 GRIG Corp 2435 Route 22 $18,266.20 4901.04 3 C0403 Whitaker, T & Crisafulli, J. 403 Donato Circle $ 194.22 4901.06 3 CO610 Jobson, Cherly 610 Donato Circle $ 3,071.19 6104 2 Caldora, J. & Koslowsky, S. 179 Madison Avenue $ 1,306.09 6305 1.02 DeRose, J & Neves, J. 833 Jerusalem Road $ 4,133.09 7201 16 Brigss, F. & Oakes, L Jr. 2600 Plainfield Avenue $ 1,085.82 7304 14 Riviere, Natasha 2411 Park Place $ 260.12 7502 10.01 Messercola Bros Building Co. 11 Hidden Meadow Drive $ 3,647.64 7502 10.02 Messercola Bros Building Co. 15 Hidden Meadow Drive $ 3,515.18 7502 10.03 Messercola Bros Building Co. 19 Hidden Meadow Drive $ 3,640.69 7502 10.04 Messercola Bros Building Co. 20 Hidden Meadow Drive $ 3,713.90 7502 10.05 Messercola Bros Building Co. 16 Hidden Meadow Drive $ 3,494.37 7502 10.06 Messercola Bros Building Co. 12 Hidden Meadow Drive $ 3,494.37 8701 8 Sims, Nathaniel 1128 Washington Avenue $ 2,060.43 8902 17 Goetee, Helen 1126 Hetfield Avenue $ 8,008.22 12201 15 Hellwig, Anthony 1730 Cooper Road $ 7,294.52 12701 5 Rappa, Leonard F. 1908 Lake Avenue $11,558.07 13701.21 3 CE019 Lusardi, Helen 19 Eastham Village $ 8,549.81 14501 4 Tarczynski, Stephen & Helen 8 Bonus Hill Drive $11,082.27 14501 22 Surzahsky, Natalia 6 Michael Lane $ 288.78 14602 10 Buontempo, Richard 1501 Rahway Road $14,238.84 15805 1 Gialluisi, Peter 44 Blue Ridge Circle $ 1,293.35 16001 13 Sumner, Alfred Welles 1660 Rahway Road $13,469.44 Lori Majeski Collector of Taxes 4 T - 10/22, 10/29, 11/5 & 11/12/09, The Times Fee: $461.04 PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE/AUCTION PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the un- dersigned shall expose for sale, in accor- dance with N.J.S.A. 39-4-56.6, at public sale/auction a Ford Mustang, 1968, VIN# 8FO3C218792 on November 6, 2009, 12:00 p.m. at 625 Stirling Place, Westfield, New Jersey 07090 which came into pos- session of Matthew J. Costello through abandonment or failure of owner?s to claim same. The motor vehicle may be examined at: 625 Stirling Place, Westfield, New Jersey 07090. Darin D. Pinto, Esq. Attorney for Property Owner Matthew J. Costello 376 South Avenue East Westfield, New Jersey 07090 (908) 317-9405 2 T - 11/5 & 11/12/09 Fee: $36.72 PUBLIC NOTICE SUPERIOR COURT OF NEW JERSEY CHANCERY DIVISION UNION COUNTY DOCKET NO. F-14444-09 FILE NO. 10840-09 NOTICE TO ABSENT DEFENDANT (L.S.) STATE OF NEW JERSEY TO: MARY C. MORAN, HER HEIRS, DEVISEES AND PER- SONAL REPRESENTATIVES AND HIS, HER, THEIR OR ANY OF THEIR SUCCESSORS IN RIGHT, TITLE AND INTER- EST; FRANCIS M. CONNELLY, HIS HEIRS, DE- VISEES AND PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVES AND HIS, HER, THEIR OR ANY OF THEIR SUCCESSORS IN RIGHT, TITLE AND INTER- EST; YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED AND REQUIRED to serve upon PELLEGRINO & FELDSTEIN, LLC, plaintiff?s attorneys, whose address is 290 ROUTE 46 WEST, DENVILLE NEW JERSEY 07054, an An- swer to the Amended Complaint filed in a Civil Action, in which PARK FINANCE, LLC is the plaintiff and MARY C. MORAN, HER HEIRS, ET ALS; are defendants, pending in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Chancery Division, UNION County and bearing Docket No. F-14444-09 within thirty-five (35) days after November 12, 2009 exclusive of such date. If you fail to answer or appear in accordance with Rule 4:4-6, Judgment by Default may be ren- dered against you for relief demanded in the Amended Complaint. You shall file your Answer and Proof of Service in dupli- cate with the Clerk of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Hughes Justice Complex - CN 971, Trenton, New Jersey 08625, in accordance with the Rules of Civil Prac- tice and Procedure. You are further advised that if you are unable to obtain an attorney you may communicate with the Lawyer Referral Service of the County of Venue and that if you cannot afford an attorney, you may communicate with the Legal Services Of- fice of the County of Venue. The tele- phone number of such agencies are as follows: Lawyer Referral Service 908-353- 4715 - Legal Services Office 908-354- 4340. THE ACTION has been instituted for the purpose of foreclosing the following tax sale certificate: 1. A certain tax certificate no. 0702, sold on 11/20/2006, dated 11/27/2006, and was recorded on 02/20/2007 in Book 12055 at Page 700, made by THOMAS J. GRADY, Collector of Taxes of CLARK, and State of New Jersey to PARK FI- NANCE, LLC and subsequently assigned to plaintiff, PARK FINANCE, LLC. This covers real estate located in CLARK, County of UNION, and State of New Jer- sey, known as LOT 41 BLOCK 176 as shown on the Tax Assessment Map and Tax Map duplicate of CLARK and con- cerns premises commonly known as 13 LUPINE WAY, CLARK, New Jersey. YOU, MARY C. MORAN, HER HEIRS, DEVISEES AND PERSONAL REPRE- SENTATIVES AND HIS, HER, THEIR OR ANY OF THEIR SUCCESSORS IN RIGHT, TITLE AND INTEREST and FRANCIS M. CONNELLY, HIS HEIRS, DEVISEES AND PERSONAL REPRE- SENTATIVES AND HIS, HER, THEIR OR ANY OF THEIR SUCCESSORS IN RIGHT, TITLE AND INTEREST, are made party defendants to the above foreclosure action because you are the owners of a property which is the subject of the above entitled action. DATED: November 5, 2009 Jennifer M. Perez, Clerk Superior Court of New Jersey GOLDENBERG, MACKLER, SAYEGH, MINTZ, PFEFFER, BONCHI & GILL A Professional Corporation Attorneys At Law 660 New Road, Suite 1-A Northfield, New Jersey 08225 (609) 646-0222 1 T - 11/12/09, The Leader Fee: $82.11 PUBLIC NOTICE TOWN OF WESTFIELD REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS The Town of Westfield is requesting proposals for an Insurance Risk Manage- ment Consultant. The proposal is due by 10:00am, Tues- day, December 1, 2009 at the Office of the Town Clerk, Town Hall, 425 East Broad Street, Westfield, New Jersey 07090. Ten (10) copies of the proposals must be sub- mitted. Proposals will be rejected if not submit- ted within time, date and place desig- nated. Specifications can be obtained through the Town Clerk?s Office between the hours of 8:30am and 4:30pm. Questions regard- ing the RFP should be made in writing addressed to the Town Clerk, Town of Westfield, 425 East Broad Street, Westfield, New Jersey 07090 or faxed to (908) 233-3077 at least 5 business days prior to the date of submittal. 1 T - 11/12/09, The Leader Fee: $21.93 Klaus Defeats Federbusch For WTA Singles Crown Stan Klaus added a WTA Singles Ladder playoff championship, held recently in Westfield, to his list of 2009 titles (winner of spring singles and summer doubles tournaments and 2009 regular season singles cham- pion). Klaus completed his sweep with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 victory over An- drew Federbusch. This was a tight match right from the start with each player having dif- ficulty holding serve. At 4-4 in the first set, Klaus broke Federbusch and then held serve to take the set. The second set was punctuated by longer rallies with Klaus taking the lead at 4- 3. However, Federbusch used his con- sistency to win the next three games to take the second set. The final set was tied 3-3 before Klaus pulled away with the final three games. On his way to the championship, Klaus used his punishing backhand and fitness advantage to post wins over Ilia Bouchouev (6-2, 6-1), Mike Gonella (7-5, 6-0) and Tom Bauer (6- 4, 6-3). Federbusch reached the final with wins over Daniel Ives (10-0), Tuyen Diep (6-2, 6-3) and Robert Errazo (6-0, 7-6, 2). The singles ladder enjoyed another successful season with 228 matches played, the most in the past six years. Any questions about the WTA can be forwarded to Richard Pardo at firstname.lastname@example.org. SINGLES FINAL STANDINGS 1. Stan Klaus(15) 31. Chris Wendel (7) 2. Federbusch(16) 32. Bill Wilhelm (4) 3. Rob Errazo(15) 33. E. Bronander (4) 4. Tom Bauer (22) 34. Warren Friss (1) 5. A. Marotta (13) 35. B. Zweiback (5) 6. Tuyen Diep (35) 36. Mike Muroff (2) 7. Joe Buda (23) 37. Don Beal (2) 8. Mike Gonella(12) 38. Dave Tibbals (2) 9. Weldon Chin(17)39. Ben Chen (1) 10. Rich Pardo(25) 40. Hong Jiang (3) 11. F. Adriaens(13) 41. R.-Lafemina (4) 12. A. Skalkin(16) 42. Don Dohm (1) 13. Josh Suri(46) 43. A. Haddad (4) 14. Daniel Ives (10) 44. Mitch Mankin (1) 15. M. Rappoport(8) 45. Steve Natko (1) 16. Bouchouev (14) 46. Doug Walters (1) 17. T. Bigosinski(8) 47. Joe Donnolo 18. D. Loffredo(8) 48. Ethan Krell 19. Chris Bonn(8) 49. Vince Camuto 20. David Ferio (9) 50. Manny Erlich 21. Andy Ross(16) 51. Zac Friss 22. Chris Farella(8) 52. Todd Krell 23. Andy Cohen(8) 53. Richard Boland 24. Nate Weiss(10) 54. Ernest Jacob 25. Olga Yee (8) 55. Peter Lyons 26. Chris Miller(8) 56. Lane Maloney 27. S. Emany (3) 57. J. Tannenbaum 28 Mike Manders(3) 58. Jackie Walters 29. Rich Stewart(2) 59. Peter Magierski 30. Steven Lee (4) ( ) cumulative matches played PUBLIC NOTICE TOWNSHIP OF SCOTCH PLAINS NOTICE IS hereby given that at a meet- ing of the Township Council of the Town- ship of Scotch Plains, held on Tuesday, November 10, 2009 the following ordi- nances entitled: AN ORDINANCE PERMIT- TING GAMES OF CHANCE ON SUNDAY APRIL 11, 2010 IN THE TOWNHSIP OF SCOTCH PLAINS AN ORDINANCE APPROPRI- ATING THE SUM OF $182,000.00 FROM THE NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION IN CON- NECTION WITH THE PROJECT KNOWN AS ?JERUSALEM ROAD, SEC- TION 2, MILLING & TOP COURSE PAVING? were adopted on second and final read- ing. TOWNSHIP OF SCOTCH PLAINS Barbara Riepe Township Clerk 1 T - 11/12/09, The Times Fee: $24.99 PUBLIC NOTICE TOWN OF WESTFIELD BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT Notice is hereby given that the Westfield Board of Adjustment adopted the follow- ing resolutions at its November 9, 2009 meeting for the following applications heard at its October 14, 2009 meeting: Andrew Davlouros, 418 Westfield Av- enue, Applicant proposed to subdivide the property with two existing dwellings creating a separate lot for each existing dwelling. Applicant sought approval of a minor subdivision with variance relief for lot area, lot area within 120 feet of lot dept of 12,000 square feet, lot width, lot front- age, lot depth, front, side and rear yard setbacks, building coverage, building cov- erage with a porch, habitable floor area, all improvement coverage, location of a shed, setback for a patio and parking. 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Arlington, NJ Freehold, NJ Cherry Hill, NJ 973-770-5141 732-308-4025 856-486-6624 3 T - 10/29/09, 11/5/09 and 11/12/09, The Leader Fee: $195.84 PUBLIC NOTICE PUBLIC NOTICE TOWN OF WESTFIELD NOTICE OF SALE OF REAL ESTATE FOR NON-PAYMENT OF TAXES AND ASSESSMENTS Public notice is hereby given that the undersigned, The Collector of Taxes of the Town of Westfield, Union County, New Jersey, will sell at public auction on the 11th day of December, 2009 in the Tax Collector?s office in the Municipal Building, 425 East Broad Street, Westfield, New Jersey, at ten o?clock in the morning, the following described lands: The said lands will be sold to make the amount of Municipal liens chargeable against that same on the 11th day of December, 2009, together with interest and cost of sale, exclusive however, of the lien for taxes for the year 2009. The said lands will be sold in fee to such persons as will purchase the same, subject to redemption at the lowest rate of interest, but in no case in excess of eighteen percent (18%) per annum. Payments for the sale shall be made by cash or certified check before conclusion of the sale or the property will be resold. Any parcel of real property for which there shall be no other purchaser will be struck off and sold to the Municipality in fee for redemption at eighteen percent (18%) per annum and the Municipality shall have the right to bar or foreclose the right of redemption. The sale will be made and conducted in accordance with the provisions of Article 4 of Chapter 5 of Title 54, Revised Statutes of New Jersey , 1937, and amendments thereto. At any time before the sale the undersigned will receive payment of the amount due on the property, with interest and costs incurred up to the time of payments, by certified check or cash. Industrial properties may be subject to the Spill Compensation and Control Act (N.J.S.A. 58:10-23.11 et seq.), the Water Pollution Control Act (N.J.S.A 58:10A-1 et seq.) and the Industrial Site Recovery Act (N.J.S.A. 13:1K-6 et seq.) In addition, the munici- pality is precluded from issuing a tax sale certificate to any prospective purchaser who is or may be in any way connected to the prior owner or operator of the site. In the event that the owner of the property is on Active Duty in the Military Service, the Tax Collector should be notified immediately. The said lands so subject to sale, described in accordance with the tax duplicate, including the name of the owner as shown on the last duplicate and the total amount due thereon respectively on the 11th day of December, 2009, exclusive of the lien for the year 2009 are as listed below: Susan Noon Collector of Taxes Westfield, New Jersey Location of Block Amount Due Property Address Owner & Lot Dec. 14, 2007 1. 24 Barchester Way Berry, Glenn & Sally 308/1 $11,799.40 2. 304 Woods End Road Primavera Parkview, LLC 401/13 $ 9,293.67 3. 769 Lenape Trail Buontempo, Joseph & Genevich, Jean 603/9 $ 7,202.95 4. 760 Prospect Street Rapuano, Samuel & JoAnn 603/43 $ 8,556.30 5. 254 Seneca Place Genievich, Jean 701/38 $ 9,400.77 6. 874 North Avenue West Fecoskay, Marie 906/37 $ 8,396.69 7. 209 Sunset Avenue Genievich, Jean 1902/15 $11,833.27 8. 888 Winyah Avenue Jordan, Charles N. Jr. 2103/9 $18,300.93 9. 201 Baker Avenue Buontempo, Anthony 2212/6 $11,795.23 10. 203 Chestnut Street North O?Donnell, Maureen 2301/3 $17,027.93 11. 728-734 South Avenue West Buontempo, Joseph, LLC 2510/5.01 $11,813.12 *12. 440 West Broad Street Centennial Lodge #400 IBOP Elks 2512/27 $ 1,091.07 13. 1020 South Avenue West Buontempo, Joseph 2606/10 $ 8,412.19 14. 1016 South Avenue West Buontempo, Joseph 2606/11 $ 7,574.20 15. 536 Cumberland Street Black, Edward C. 2706/20 $ 7,280.23 16. 530 West Broad Street Thompson, Minturn 2708/36 $ 1,424.57 17. 603 Shadowlawn Drive Caldora, James & Beverly 2906/1.01 $ 8,658.44 18. 412 Elmer Street South Mormile, Antonio & Mary Ann 3207/6 $ 3,878.87 19. 151 Windsor Avenue Gaiter, Leslie M. 4001/28 $ 1,997.90 20. 228 Windsor Avenue Henry, Lois 4001/61 $ 5,375.55 21. 774 Westfield Avenue Morrissey, Roy B. 4205/10 $ 2,699.17 22. 1010 Seward Avenue Isbrecht, Richard 4604/2 $11,615.15 23. 820 Carleton Road Buontempo, Anthony 4707/4 $ 7,422.57 24. 8 Manchester Drive Metz, Lillian D. Est Of 5004/37 $10,363.75 25. 454 Otisco Drive Genievich, Jean M. 5105/13 $ 9,676.18 26. 30 Genesee Trail Buontempo, Anthony 5112/26 $ 7,426.54 27. 12 North Wickom Drive Gabriel Estates, LLC 5203/13 $ 5,943.25 28. 101 Surrey Lane Genievich, Jean 5205/17 $ 8,779.30 29. 619 Kimball Avenue Khedr, Christine & Gadzera, Irene 1206/23 $ 1901.88 *prior lien held 4 T - 11/12, 11/29, 11/26 & 12/3/09, The Leader Fee: $473.28 FREELANCERS WANTED Strong, detail-oriented writers with professional demeanor needed to cover local government meetings. Must be able to meet deadlines, know how to write a lead, and take an active interest in their beats in order to develop news stories. Please email resume and clips to: firstname.lastname@example.org The Westfield High School ice hockey team NJ Umpire Assn. Seeks Baseball/Softball Umps The New Jersey State Umpires Association, Inc. is accepting appli- cations for candidates wishing to be- come baseball/softball umpires. Can- didates must be physically fit and a minimum of 18 years of age. Suc- cessful candidates will be eligible to take the NJSIAA exam, which will then qualify them to umpire varsity baseball/softball. Classes will begin February 3, 2010. Interested candidates may obtain an application by sending a self-addressed envelope to David R. Klein, 37 Bryant Avenue, Bloomfield, N.J. 07003. WHS Ice Hockey Schedules Annual Skate-A-Thon The Westfield High School ice hockey team will hold its annual Skate-A-Thon on Saturday, Novem- ber 21, at Warinanco Ice Skating Cen- ter at 698 Thompson Avenue in Roselle from 6 to 8 p.m. to kick off its season. The event offers the excitement of family-friendly skating on the ice with the Blue Devils ice hockey team. The event also doubles as a fundraiser for the hockey team, which is partially self-supported. Games for all ages are included in the $6 admission fee. Skate rentals are available for an ad- ditional fee. The snack bar will be open and team merchandise will be available for sale. Bring hockey sticks (not required). Please note that helmets are required for children under 12 years old. Shoot on the team goalies, skate a timed sprint, time your shots, and try your stick handling skills on a marked course, or just skate laps with the varsity and junior varsity teams. Bond Act Passage to Help Preservation of 600 Acres CHESTER ? The Nature Conser- vancy said passage of the Green Acres, Water Supply and Floodplain Protec- tion, and Farmland and Historic Pres- ervation Bond Act of 2009 on elec- tion ballots last week has ?the imme- diate effect of providing partial fund- ing for the acquisition of 600 acres of in Cumberland and Sussex Counties.? ?We are thrilled that New Jersey voters have chosen to protect our clean water, wildlife, and recreation re- sources by voting in favor of Green Acres,? said Barbara Brummer, di- rector of The Nature Conservancy in New Jersey. ?The immediate tangible outcome is funding for the preserva- tion of Bear?s Head Branch in Cumberland County, and Clove Brook in Sussex County. Both of these signature landscapes are home to win- tering bald eagles, and reserves for clean water resources.? The two properties The Nature Con- servancy will preserve are at opposite ends of the state. In Cumberland County sits 493 forested acres (?Bear?s Head Branch?) that serve as the headwaters for the Maurice River, a federally designated Wild and Sce- nic River. This area hosts one of the East Coast?s greatest concentrations of wintering bald eagles and is an essential stopover for migrating ducks and geese. ?More than 30 species of rare plants occur here, including a globally rare species,? said Jay Laubengeyer, as- sistant director of The Nature Con- servancy. ?The Bear?s Head Branch property sits close to the 34,000-acre Peaslee State Wildlife Management Area, and upstream from The Nature Conservancy?s existing Manumuskin River Preserve.? The second property The Nature Conservancy has secured the option to buy is in Sussex County, called Clove Brook, named for the pristine stream that runs through it. At 108 acres, it will more than double the size of The Nature Conservancy?s existing adja- cent Minisink Valley Preserve, and connect it with the state?s16,000-acre High Point State Park. ?Clove Brook is a lynchpin prop- erty that links two important natural sites in New Jersey, which are habitat for brook trout, black bear, rare long- tailed salamanders and wood turtles,? Mr. Laubengeyer said. Together, the properties in Cumberland and Sussex Counties will cost the Conservancy over $3 mil- lion, a significant portion of which will be reimbursed by the state?s Green Acres Program with funds approved by New Jersey voters, according to the Conservancy. Reading is Good For You goleader.com/subscribe CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3 More Government News RUNNERUP AND CHAMPION?Stan Klaus, right, defeated Andrew Federbusch, left, for the WTA Singles Ladder playoff championship held recently in Westfield. A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains ? Fanwood TIMES Thursday, November12, 2009 Page E-1 goleader.com online exclusive CRANFORD COUGAR HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS HARTNETT BURIES WINNER; BOYER 17TH SHUTOUT Cougar Boys Nip Blue Devils For 1st UC Soccer Crown, 1-0 By FRED LECOMTE Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times History was made as the Cranford High School boys? soccer team de- feated the Westfield Blue Devils, 1-0, in the final of the 44th Union County Tournament at A.L. Johnson High School in Clark on November 7. It was the first title captured by the undefeated and top-seeded Cougars in school history. The second-seeded Blue Devils appeared in its first final since it won the 1998 tournament. Cougar striker Pat Hartnett used his head to bury the ball into the left side of the net out of the reach of Blue Devil keeper Adam Fine with 3:08 remaining in the first half after Eric Walano crossed a pass from the right side of the field and inside the penalty box. It was Hartnett?s 27th goal of the season, the most in Union County. ?This has been an amazing ride. I don?t think anyone of us can put into words exactly how we feel about win- ning the county title,? said Cougar Head Coach Mike Curci. ?When the final whistle blew, it was almost like a dream, a little surreal. It?s incred- ible! I am so proud of these young men and what they have achieved this season. Every practice, every game, the work they put in throughout the year, makes this all worthwhile.? PAPANDREA COMPLETES TWO TD PASSES, RUNS ONE Cranford Cougars Crumble Voorhees Footballers, 49-28 Prepared By DAVID B. CORBIN Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times The Cranford High School foot- ball team finished it regular season on a high note by crumbling the Voorhees Vikings, 49-28, in Glen Gardner on November 7. The Cou- gars finished the regular season with a 3-6 record, also having beaten North Plainfield, 21-20, on Septem- ber 25 and Delaware Valley, 20-13, on October 23, but they suffered a stinging, 26-24 loss to Scotch Plains- Fanwood on September 10, were scorched, 14-7, by the Hillside Com- ets on September 17 and were burned in overtime, 28-21 by A.L. Johnson on October 10. Junior quarterback Joey Papandrea struck gold in the air and on the ground. He completed three of six pass attempts for 95 yards, includ- ing touchdown passes of 44 yards and 33 yards to junior running back Sean Trotter, and had 12 carries for 59 yards, including a touchdown run of eight yards in the fourth quarter. Senior quarterback Chris Keim com- pleted two of six passes for 16 yards and carried twice for 12 yards. The Cougars amassed 384 yards rushing and were led by junior run- ning back Tyrone Avent, who car- ried 10 times for 138 yards, includ- ing touchdown runs of 56 yards and 52 yards. Trotter had eight carries for 110 yards, while senior running back Kendall Grier had seven car- ries for 54 yards, including touch- down runs of 10 yards and 32 yards. Sophomore running back Anthony DaSilva had two carries for 11 yards. Senior wide receiver Will Green added three receptions for 34 yards. The Family Law Department of Dughi & Hewit Presents Kristin M. Capalbo, Esq., Mario C. Gurrieri, Esq. (Chair), Richard A. Outhwaite, Esq. and Andrew J. 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To make this weekly page a success, help is needed from the coaches, a stat person and/or a designated parent, who follows any of the teams and wishes to contribute a to the point, factual account of the event. Any good photos of the event may also be welcomed. Please e-mail by Monday at noon to David B. Corbin, (Asst. Publisher/Sports Editor) email@example.com Go Cougars! CONTINUED ON PAGE ?? Junior kicker Robert Gaeta made good on all seven of his extra point attempts. Defensively, linebacker DaSilva made nine tackles, and linebackers Alex Bartley (senior) and junior Kasim Lewis (fumble recovery) made seven and six tackles, respec- tively. Sophomore linebacker Mike Klimek, Green and junior defensive back Bryan Fitzsimmons each made five tackles, while Trotter and sopho- more linebacker J.P. Christiano (forced fumble) each made four tack- les. Junior defensive back Justin Van Ostenbridge, who had three tackles, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble. Junior defensive lineman Adam Smith had three tackles and forced a fumble. Papandrea had a pair of tackles and an interception. Avent had a pair of tackles and de- fensive lineman Joe Brady had one, while Errol Petgrave had a fumble recovery. The Cougars marched 93 yards to pay dirt on seven plays when Grier slipped in from the 10 in the first quarter. Avent added his 56-yard touchdown sprint and Papandrea hit Trotter for his 44-yard touchdown reception, also in the quarter. Voorhees scored a touchdown to make the score 21-7. The Vikings scored twice in the second quarter but the Cougars added an eight-play, 56 yard scoring drive that was concluded with Grier?s 32- yard run to make the score 28-21 at the half. In the third quarter, it took the Cougars two plays to cover 67 yards when Avent made his 52-yard touchdown run, then Papandrea hit Trotter with a 33-yard touchdown pass. The Vikings also scored a touch- down in the quarter. Papandrea added the icing with his eight-yard run in the fourth quarter. Cranford 21 7 14 7 49 Voorhees 7 14 7 0 28 Statistics were provided by Philip Engel Probitas Verus Honos Fred Lecomte for The Westfield Leader and The Times TRYING DESPERATELY TO GAIN CONTROL?Cougar Ray El Khoury, left, and Blue Devils Phillip Mendel, No. 15, and Henry Smith, No. 19, attempt to gain control of the ball. David B. Corbin for The Westfield Leader and The Times PRESSURING THE INDIANS?Cougar midfielder Jamie Webb, No. 13, crossed a left-to-right shot into Natalie Englese, who ripped a shot inside the far post for the only score against the Rahway Indians in the North Jersey, Section 2, Group 3 quarterfinal game. See short story and another picture on page 2. See it all on the web in color . . . www.goleader.com Page E-2 Thursday, November 12, 2009 The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains?Fanwood TIMES A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. 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A history of their intensity, frequency and pattern along with a clinical evaluation and some diagnostic procedures will be helpful to determine the cause of your sensitivity. After that, an effective treatment can be determined for you. Sensitive teeth are not the norm so kudos to you for recognizing that. Good luck with your care! The Blue Devils had a 10-7, edge in shots. Fine halted two fine first-half shots and keeper Zachary Zagorski made three saves, including two spec- tacular diving saves, for the Blue Devils. Fine moved to forward in the second half. ?We had to get a spark up top, so we changed to get Adam (Fine) on the field. We held tight, a few of the saves came off counter attacks. We were pushing so hard, giving it all we had out there just giving everything for the seniors in their last game,? said Zagorski. Cougar senior goalie Scott Boyer finished with three saves to post his 17th shutout of the season. Despite missing the services of sweeper Evan Heroux, who received a red flag from a previous match, and sweeper Ryan Heine, who was injured in the sec- tional quarterfinal game, the 14-4-3 Blue Devils dominated play and con- tinued their ways with a barrage of several zinging shots. ?It?s the game of soccer. Some- times you dominate and you don?t win. You have to give Cranford a great deal of credit, a lot of credit! Mr. Hartnett somehow finds a way to put the ball in the goal and he did it again tonight even when we were dominat- ing,? Blue Devil Head Coach Goerge Kapner said. ?Having said that, we played without Evan Heroux and Ryan Heine, two of our best players with Joe Greenspan being the other. We played with heart, dignity and I could not be more proud of my team. We created chances and we just did not finish.? By halftime, the Blue Devils held a 5-2 edge in shots. Henry Smith and Eric Byer each had two shots and Dan Eliades had one shot on goal. The Cougars, however, took control for most of the second half. Right off the bat, a Cougar corner kick forced Zagorski to make a textbook diving save to his right from the six. Less than a minute later, a point-blank shot found Zagorski?s hands. Midway through the half, the Blue Devils came on the attack and nearly tied the game with 12 minutes re- maining when Byer fired a point- blank shot that was booted away by Boyer. ?When I saw where the ball was and that the Westfield player was one-on-one, you start thinking that, in a moment, we?ll be playing from behind. But Scott made another one of his athletic, acrobatic saves, and that?s what he?s been doing the entire season. We have a lot of talented players, but we wouldn?t be where we are without him,? added Curci. Cougar defenders Patrick Kaskiw, Robert Ghiretti, Ryan Lopes and Walano were successful in keeping the Blue Devils scoreless. ?We had great possession. All around we outplayed them and we had a lot of heart. We just could not put a goal in and did not get the outcome we wanted,? said Blue Devil defender Ryan Jennings. Westfield 0 0 0 Cranford 1 0 1 ENGLESE SCORES, WEBB ASSISTS Lady Cougars Top Rahway, Fall to Millers in Sectionals HARTNETT SCORES 26TH GOAL, PACE GETS ASSIST Cougar Soccer Boys Derail Somerville, 1-0, in Sections Prepared By DAVID B. CORBIN Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times Crunch time has arrived with the quarterfinals of the North Jersey, Sec- tion 2, Group 3 tournament underway between the top-seeded, fifth-ranked Cranford High School boys soccer team and Somerville at Memorial Field in Cranford on November 5. The Cougars? solid defense did what it had to do and senior forward Pat Hartnett did what he does best by scoring a goal to earn a 1-0 victory and advancement to host the semifi- nal round, which was held on No- vember 10, for a showdown with fourth-seeded Millburn, winner over South Plainfield. The boys from Somerville let it be known that the ride to the semifinals was going to be a rough one for the 21-0-2 Cougars. The Pioneers played very physical soccer from the open- ing whistle. After a scoreless first half, Hartnett struck a volley from 15 yards out at the 63-minute mark for the eventual game- winner. Hartnett increased his county- leading total to 26 goals on the season, while senior midfielder Nick Pace was credited with his county-leading 18th assist in 23 games. ?I?ve said it before. ?Every team is after us, because a win against us can make their season.? So we always have to be ready to take their best shot. That?s what we did today,? Cou- gar Head Coach Mike Curci said. ?Every game, it?s all about our de- fense, shutting down the opponent?s offense, while our offense looks to create a few good chances. I knew we needed just one golden chance, and we got it from Hartnett, he came up huge for us again on the big stage.? With the victory, the Cougars? 21 victories are presently the most wins in the state. The Number 1 team in Group 3 and in Union County have now posted 16 shutouts in 21 games, outscoring opponents by a count of 66-7, while not giving up more than one goal per game. The Cougars also cracked the ESPN Rise Top 7, ranked Number 6 this past week. ?We played without midfielder Ray El-Khoury today, who was under the weather,? added Curci, ?So we had to make some adjustments to our lineup. Ray?s had a great year, we missed his skill and physical presence, but as they have all year, our players stepped up and found a way to get the job done.? Senior goalie Scott Boyer had three saves in the victory. Five days after defeating Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 1-0, to claim the Union County Tournament title, the Cranford High School girls soccer team topped Rahway, 1-0, in the quarterfinals of the North Jersey, Section 2, Group 3 tournament at Memorial Field in Cranford on No- vember 5. Although getting consistent pres- sure from Cougar forwards and midfielders Jen Folger, Michelle Gargiulio, Sarah Dowzycki, Natalie Englese and Jamie Webb, the 9-10-1 Indians were successful in warding off all attacks in the first half. Mid- way through the second half, Webb crossed a left-to-right shot into Englese, who ripped a shot inside the far post for the only score. Cougar senior goalie Lauren Grandal picked up her 13th shutout of the season. The top-seeded, 17-3-1 Cougars? winning roll came up short in the semifinal round against the fourth- seeded, Millburn at Memorial Field on November 9. Isabella Gordon net- ted a goal in the first half then added another one in the second half to give the 17-5 Millers a 2-1 victory and a trip to the sectional championship game to face Mendham, 1-0 winners over West Morris. Grandal was cred- ited with eight saves. Rahway 0 0 0 Cranford 0 1 1 Millburn 1 1 2 Cranford 0 1 1 Cougar V?ballers Rip Manchester Regional The 17-7 Cranford Cougar girls volleyball team ripped Manchester Regional, 25-10, 25-16, in the second round of the NJSIAA Group 2 tour- nament on November 6. Sarah Barry had seven service points with an ace and five assists. Meghan Bartsch had 15 assists, 11 service points, a block and three kills. Alex Bizub had four digs, three kills and two service points. ?Alexis Inselberg had two kills, a dig and a block. Kaitlyn Irwin had nine service points with two aces and two digs. Kristen Rupp notched nine kills and had eight service points with an ace, a dig and a block. Cougars Place Fifth In Section Gymnastics The Cranford Cougar girls placed fifth in the North Jersey, Section 2 gymnastics tournament in Edison on November 7. The Cougars had a team total of 105.7, while Bishop Ahr cap- tured first with a 112.05 total fol- lowed by Westfield at 111.25. Johnson and Old Bridge tied for third with a 106.85 total. Cougar Mary Kate placed 11th with an all-around total of 36.3. She also placed fourth in the vault with a score of 9.415. Meghan Larkin (Bishop Ahr) won the all-around with a total of 37.5 and the balance beam with a mark of 9.6. Westfield?s Lacy Cummings took top honors in the vault with a 9.625 and tied for first with teammate Lindsay Ripperger on the floor exercises with scores of 9.625. Cori Greis and Shannon Bell, both of Bishop Ahr, tied for first on the uneven bars scores of 9.25 Cougar Snacks: Fred Lecomte for The Westfield Leader and The Times WATCHING THE BALL INTENTLY?Cougar goalie Scott Boyer, right, watches the ball intently as Blue Devil Bill Sickles, No. 22, thumps a header in front of Cougar Pat Kaskiw. Cougar Ryan Lopes, No. 3, observes.. David B. Corbin for The Westfield Leader and The Times PREPARING TO TAKE A SHOT?Cougar center midfielder Jen Folger, No. 12, prepares to take a shot at the goal amidst a host of Rahway Indians on November 5. David B. Corbin for The Westfield Leader and The Times ATHLETES OF THE WEEK?The front seven of the Cougar boys cross-country team won the North Jersey, Section 2, Group 2 title with a total of 72 at Warinanco Park in Roselle on November 7. Pictured, left to right, are: front row; Tom Feeney, John Powasnik and Jeff Sun; back row, Billy Haussner, Will Smith (placed 10th with a time of 17:33.8), Roy Colicchio and Mike Cassidy. A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains ? Fanwood TIMES Thursday, November 12, 2009 Page 17 Recent Home Sales Enrico and Carla Pigna to Robert A. and Tina M. Villegas, 1550 Rahway Road, $750,000. Christopher and Kelly Kirby to Marlon M. and Robin J. Brown, 1251 Sunnyfield Lane, $605,000. Nickole Bonner to Adriana and Mauricio Cabrera, 1533 East 2nd Street, Unit C8, $250,000. Beth M. Zabel to Catherine Samuelian, 19 Yarmouth Village, $360,000. Cecelia A. Kutney to Douglas Kutney and Katherine J. Grim, 521 Westfield Road, $320,000. Robert and Gloria Ryniak to Frederick Hecht and Roselle Farina, 2061 Dogwood Drive, $490,000. William M. Lasher to Dominick N. and Michelle M. Giordano, 1965 Mary Beth Court, $458,000. Douglas C. and Kristen L. Will- iams to Anthony and Aura Buison, 427 Stout Avenue, $430,000. Gaylord and Louise Keets to David and Pamela Foerst, 2396 Richmond Street, $300,000. Richard and Harriet Casmas to Matthew D. and Elizabeth L. Mason, 7 Nicole Court, $615,000. Diane Schaupp et als to Anton and Jennifer Weck, 31 Ravenswood Lane, $725,000. Robert and Patricia G. Michaels to Joanne E. Cogswell, 2151 Gamble Road, $525,000. Estate of Claire E. Minnis to Sharon Grazzette and Elizabeth Ballard, 351 Hunter Avenue, $266,000. Melissa M. and Joseph J. Torre, Jr. to Michael and Jennifer Smulewitz, 10 Clydesdale Road, $580,000. Linda and Peter Weissbrod to Mark E. and Sharon J. Van Ostenbridge, 2096 Arrowwood Drive, $750,000. Anthony Hellwig to Edwin and Sandra Hernandez, 4 Julia Court, $1,320,000. Andrew G. and Josephine E. McCruden to Pawan Maddiwar and Shreya Patel, 1060 Raritan Road, $505,000. Estate of Mary DeQuollo to An- thony J. and Jaqueline A. Meyers, 371 Roberts Lane, $435,000. Ralph J. Iaione to David and Silvana Cacciatore, 310 Union Avenue, $380,000. Edna L. Langevin to Palma Vella, 368 Fawn Ridge Drive, $439,000. Jeannett Dietze to Michael Diviase, 2238 Elizabeth Avenue, $330,000. Sandalio Rodriguez and Silvia Rubio to Brooks Clinton and Melissa L. Miller, 2556 Mountain Avenue, $385,000. 223 Katherine Street, LLC to Vincent K. and Lisa Keenan, 211 Elm Court, $660,000. Anne H. Dabney and Michael Holt and A. Scott Holt to Brian Costello and Jamie Parisi, 2 Dutch Lane, $414,000. Clara D. Molski to Royal J. Dwyer, 26 Wareham Village, $300,000. Estate of Ruth E. Horning to John Henderson and Christine Heaney, 961 Crestwood Road, $340,000. Mark C. and Charlene Guibas to Jennifer Chapple and Stephen Cusimano, 2290 Coles Avenue, $377,000. Jason C. Ruperto and Sunilda E. Gomez-Ruperto to Nickole Bonner, 437 Myrtle Avenue, $350,000. Bashar and Halimeh Baghdadi to Olatunde I. Odusola, 207 Donato Circle, $90,031. Michael J. Sheonew to Matthew and Jane Lembcke, 1429 Sylvan Lane, $475,000. James A. Clark, Jr. to Fernando G. DeJesus and Suzanne Soares, 1873 North Gate Road, $505,000. Church of St. Bartholomew, The Apostle to Rafael and Marcia Merizalde and Anthony Tittanegro, 2016 Westfield Avenue, $206,000. Gina Richter and Andrea Levy and Anthony G. Larosa to Jeffrey and Quyen Eng, 2365 Lake Park Terrace, $360,000. Westfield: Bruce A. and Sara M. Rachman to Gary and Emma Schwartz, 753 Clark Street, $860,000. Stanford J. and Marcie A. Bandelli to Scott A. and Meredith P. Wearley, 471 Edgewood Avenue, $501,000. Martin E. and Lesley A. Robins to Deepak and Leena Daswani, 618 Clark Street, $659,000. John and Judith O?Connell to Mar- tin and Lesley Robbins, 7 Cowperthwaite Square, $550,000. Chad and Mary Scott Peterson to Nicholas and Dawn Gorski, 5 Stanley Oval, $864,500. William P. and Heather G. Barker to Elias Tsepouridis and Amy K. Hassler, 611 Dorian Road, $535,000. Otto G. D. and Alida M. Scheuermann to Todd and Elisa M. Della Rocco, 623 Dorian Road, $625,000. Judity A. Gale to Justin A. Rodriguez and Melanie A. Milan, 637 Chestnut Street, South, $524,000. Jeffrey E. and Lara F. Jackson to James F. and Linda Ahern, III, 639 Westfield Avenue, $1,385,000. Laura Beller to William P. and Heather G. Barker, 753 Norman Place, $760,000. Cosmo N. Rizzo and Geraldine Rizzo to Yong Qiang Lin and Helen Miu Yuen Shek, 126 Cambridge Road, $479,000. Letitia M. Halpin and Kenneth J. Halpin to Susan L. Brock, 301 Elm Street, $615,000. Sean M. and Helena R. Studer to Peter J. Kearney and Jane Purkis Kearney, 830 Kimball Avenue, $1,399,900. Bank of New York to Paul Lee, 582 Cumberland Street, $385,000. John B. and Laura M. Hoffman to Michael and Helen Bielen, 806 Shadowlawn Drive, $755,000. Joseph Urciuoli, Jr. to Jean Marone and Louis Najdzin, 749 West Broad Street, $320,000. Faris Group, LLC to Ferraro?s Re- alty Group, LLC, 211 South Avenue, East, $408,000. Fox & Fozz Development, LLC to Stephen G. Lawson, 850 Fourth Av- enue, $861,275. Edward and Louise Carolan to Patrick McDermott, 739 Harding Street, $643,000. Sonja G. and Ronald J. Burkett to Giovanni and Michele Simeone, 861 Fairacres Avenue, $900,000. Josephine M. Porter and Scott Por- ter to Haibo Hu and Meng Yang, 12 Azalea Trail, $790,000. Catherine Fratelli, C/O Cynthia Goldweitz to Jose Alpizar and Chantal Scott-Alpizar, 629 Maple Street, $580,000. Alexander E. and Darbie L. MacCubbin to Alan L. and Brooke E. Poller, 710 Girard Avenue, $558,750. Jessie W. 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Belford and Vanessa Vatier, 425 Evergreen Boulevard, $395,000. Otto and Nina G. Dierkes to Frank D. and Lori Scrudato, 16 Ravenswood Lane, $865,000. Marguerite Evans to Onur Tezucar and Jessica Bardsley, 563 Westfield Road, $330,000. Ali and Anita Choudhry to Alice and David Keller, 205 Victor Street, $350,000. Heather Glen at Scotch Plains Ur- ban Renewal, LLC to Jeffrey S. and Sandra E. Charney, 335 Coldstream Court, $536,959. Nina K. Roshetar to Patrick M. and Laurie A. Paolella, 530 Park Avenue, $227,500. James Jubak and Gregg Jubak to Ziga Homes, Inc., 820 Raitan Road, $299,000. Suzanne J. and Walther B. Weiner and Jerry and Meredith Jaffe to Mat- thew and Kristina Aslanian, 2248 Concord Road, $359,000. Edward M. and Mary F. DePaolo to Dennis F. and Nancy Wall, 1978 Wood Road, $721,500. Jorge and Lisa Milo to Antonio H. and Joanne Z. Perrotta, 1931 Duncan Drive, $985,000. Estate of Arthur F. Fenska to Jen- nifer Freda and Anthony M. Napolitano, 2211 Lyde Place, $311,000. Estate of Angela Del Negro to Christopher Annuziato and Vanessa Young, 2085 Westfield Road Circle, $409,500. Now It?s Up to Us to Change The Political Culture in New Jersey This truly dispiriting gubernatorial campaign has finally come to an end. I congratulate Chris Christie on his hard- fought victory. But this campaign, domi- nated by harsh negative attacks, provided no clear issue mandate for the winner, making it clearer than ever that we can not simply sit back and wait for Trenton to fix our state?s problems. It is up to us. With our highly educated citizens and our Jersey ?attitude,? we have huge untapped potential. However, it is time to recog- nize that achieving that potential requires that we change our political culture. Research shows that New Jersey vot- ers know less about their state?s politi- cians and issues than voters in most other states. This is, in large measure, a result of a lack of a New Jersey broadcast televi- sion station where we could have the benefit of shared Jersey news; where we could develop a common understanding of our economic crisis; where we could be motivated by new leaders. And in the resulting blackout, our state is run not by and for the benefit of the People, but by powerful county political bosses and the special interests, which pad the political pockets of the bosses with pay-to-play cash. In short, we?ve lost control of our state. And, it?s time we took it back. The good news is that, thanks to the hard work of several hundred citizen lead- ers contributing their time and working under the flag of the non-partisan Citi- zens? Campaign, there are two new laws that open the door for a much-needed change of our state?s political culture. The first, signed by the Governor (Jon Corzine) in September is called the Party Democracy Act. It holds out the potential for the People to retake control of our political parties, along with the power to decide who gets endorsed to run for gov- ernor and all the other offices of leader- ship. In addition, it creates the possibility for retaking significant control of our legislature, now dominated by county party bosses, and for establishing party platforms that address the People?s con- cerns. But none of this will happen unless we take the time to learn how to take advantage of the Party Democracy Act, including knowing how regular citizens can easily take over the neighborhood level party offices that are empowered by the Act. The second law, which paves the way for us to change the political culture is the Citizens? Service Act. Signed into law in October, it opens up the closed shop of government appointments to important policy boards, many of which impact our property tax base and our local govern- ment spending ? which is where most of our tax dollars go. Now, citizens have a clear path for taking positions on these boards, including their town?s planning boards and budget commissions. But again, we have to learn how all this works. Whether it?s taking back control of the political parties, so the People can en- dorse their own candidates, or taking leadership on the local boards and com- missions which affect our property taxes, the first ingredient in changing Jersey?s political culture is knowledge. That knowledge is now available for free, online, on demand for all who wish to apply their Jersey brains and Jersey ?at- titude? to the fight for our state?s future and our families? futures. The Jersey Call to Service, a new cam- paign to inspire 5,000 citizen to take grassroots power, is offering half-hour classes on both the political parties, with their power to choose our governors and legislators and the government policy boards, which affect our property taxes and quality of life. It is now up to us. New Jersey has so much potential. We need not accept our political bondage and the high taxes that come with it. All we need to do is to answer the Jersey Call to Service and log on to jointhecampaign.com. Political culture change is possible, and it begins not with the officials in Trenton, but with We the People. Harry Pozycki, Chairman of the Citizens? Campaign Metuchen NJ GOP Chair Thanks Supporters Yesterday, [November 3], the people of New Jersey rose up to take back our great state, electing Christopher J. Christie the 55th Governor of the State of New Jersey and Sheriff Kim Guadagno our first ever Lieutenant Governor. Together, we helped make it happen. Through the long hours, hard work and your tireless efforts, we did what many thought couldn?t be done. The Democrats outspent us by more than three-to-one. They have more than 700,000 registered voters than we do. They had the power of incumbency and the manpower and financial resources of many Trenton special interests. Despite all of those long odds, we united, undeterred, and dedicated to bring- ing positive change to our state. And we succeeded. We were all part of something special. Our Republican Victory program was the most energetic, most sophisticated and most successful grassroots program our state party has ever executed. All told, we made over 2.5 million voter contacts, with 194,000 door knocks and 2,287,000 phone calls. You were the driving force behind those efforts that put Chris and Kim over the top. This is your victory, so congratulations! Thank you for your leadership, your determination and your belief in a better New Jersey. I know that this is the first of many very successful election days we will enjoy as a party in the coming years. I look forward to continuing to work with each and every one of you as we open a new, vibrant era for the Republi- can Party in New Jersey. Many thanks, and please keep up your fine work on behalf of freedom. Jay Webber Chair, NJ Republican State Com. Christie Is a ?Change I Can Believe In? With eyes wide open, we sent a mes- sage that we want change, and we elected Chris Christie to the governor?s chair. No doubt the Democratic-controlled legisla- ture will do everything in its power to ensure that his administration does not enjoy success. Frankly, if he does nothing but go after the bad guys for the next four years, he will be a success in my book and maybe begin to change the culture of corruption entrenched on the statehouse. Now that?s change I can believe in! Rob Kealey Mays Landing More Letters to the Editor CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4 Public May Drop Off Medications Saturday WESTFIELD ? The Westfield Po- lice Department will participate in a statewide program entitled ?Opera- tion Medicine Cabinet? this Satur- day, November 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at police headquarters. The objective of the program is to enable New Jersey residents to de- liver all of their unused/unwanted or expired medications to law enforce- ment officials who can, in turn, dis- pose of these controlled substances in a safe and non-hazardous manner. According to the department, this initiative will prevent these pills from falling into the hands of children or the illicit drug market. ?This is an important program that we strongly urge all citizens to partici- pate in. Keeping medications from fall- ing into the wrong hands will help keep our communities safer and make it a better place for all of us to live,? said a statement issued by the department. A drop-off box for all prescription medications will be located at the Westfield police headquarters front desk. Police headquarters is located at 425 East Broad Street. For ques- tions, call Detective O?Keefe at (908) 789-6079. 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PUBLICATION Prayer to The Blessed Virgin (Never known to fail) Oh most beautiful Flower of Mount Carmel, Fruitful Vine, Splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Im- maculate Virgin, assist me in my necessity. Oh, Star of the Sea, help me! Show me herein you are my mother. Oh Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart to succor me in this necessity. There are none who can withstand your power. Show me herein you are my mother. Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee. Holy Mother, I place this cause in your hands (3x). Holy Spirit, You who solve all problems, light all roads so that I may attain my goal. You who gave me the divine gift to forgive and forget all evil against me and that in all instances in my life You are with me. I want in this short prayer to thank You as I confirm once again that I never want to be separated from You in eternal glory. Thank you for your mercy towards me and mine. Amen. Say this prayer on three con- secutive days. Publish this prayer after the favor is granted. A.P.M. ? Obituaries ? Alfred S. ?Duke? Reed, Jr. Alfred S. Reed, Jr., 83, Outdoorsman; Had Long Career With McGraw-Hill Alfred Sheldon ?Duke? Reed, Jr., 83, passed away on Saturday, Octo- ber 31, 2009, at Langdon Place of Exeter, N.H. Mr. Reed was born in Westfield, N.J. on August 2, 1926, the son of Alfred S. and Jenn (Winslow) Reed. He was raised in Westfield, and at a young age enlisted in the United States Navy. Duke served in the Pacific Theater during World War II as a radioman on board the USS Wasp (CV-18). After the service, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Lafayette College. Duke and his loving wife of nearly 55 years, the late Nancy (Snell) Reed, raised their children in Metuchen, N.J., Hopkinton, Mass. and Bedford Village, N.Y. He and Nancy retired to their 1806 farm- house in Danbury, N.H., where he enjoyed country living and hosting large family reunions and holiday parties. Mr. Reed was employed for 35 years with McGraw-Hill Publishing Company as salesman, sales man- ager and publisher for Chemical En- gineering and as import salesman for Business Week publications. Duke was an avid outdoorsman who loved passing on his outdoor skills. His avocations included hunt- ing, shooting, fishing, skiing and woodworking. He also enjoyed fi- nancial investing and supporting nu- merous civic organizations includ- ing youth clubs, community groups and school boards. Duke partici- pated in local politics, most recently serving as a Danbury, N.H. select- man. He was a 50-year Freemason. Duke was well known and appreci- ated for helping people in business, his family and in his community. Duke was a gifted and engaging conversation- alist and could always be counted on for a lively exchange on top- ics of mutual interest. The son of a vaudeville song and dance man, he loved to make others smile with his sharp and insightful wit. His family feels espe- cially blessed to have had the opportunity in the last years of his life to learn more of him through his storytelling and reminiscing. Duke is loved and already greatly missed. ?If I can help somebody as I travel along my way, then my living is not in vain.? He is survived by his children, Alfred S. Reed, III of Mahopac, N.Y., Kristin Reed of Pownal, Vt., Tracey Szajgin of Reston, Va., Jennifer Bousley of Epping, N.H. and Katharine Wright of Pittsford, N.Y.; eight grandchildren; four step-grand- children and his sister, Katharine Reed Graft of Savannah, Ga. A memorial celebration of Duke?s life will be held for family and friends in the spring of 2010. 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Number 4006 Director www.grayfuneralhomes.com Gray Funeral Homes Since 1897 SHERIFF?S SALE SHERIFF?S FILE NO.: CH-09005412 SUPERIOR COURT OF NEW JERSEY CHANCERY DIVISION UNION COUNTY DOCKET NO. F-33559-08 Plaintiff: BANK OF NEW YORK, AS TRUSTEE FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE CERTIFICATE HOLDERS ALTERNATIVE LOAN TRUST 2007- 9T1, MORTGAGE PASS-THROUGH CERTIFI- CATES, SERIES 2007-9T1 VS. Defendant: WILLIAM R. BLESSING, JESSICA L. BLESSING Sale Date: 11/18/2009 Writ of Execution: 09/14/2009 By virtue of the above-stated writ of execution to me directed I shall expose for sale by public vendue, at the UNION COUNTY ADMINISTRA- TION BUILDING, 1ST FLOOR, 10 ELIZABETH- TOWN PLAZA, Elizabeth, New Jersey on WEDNESDAY, at two o?clock in the afternoon of said day. All successful bidders must have 20% of their bid available in cash or certified check at the conclusion of the sales. The judgment amount is: ***Four Hundred Fifty Eight Thousand Seven Hundred Two and 35/100*** $458,702.35. Municipality: Town of Westfield County: Union Street & Street No: 821 North Avenue, West Tax Block and Lot: Block: 2604, Lot: 20 Dimentions of Lot: 193.38 feet x 50 feet Nearest Cross Street: Orborn Avenue Superior Interests (if any): None Total Upset: ***Five Hundred Nine Thousand One Hundred Forty Two and 90/100*** $509,142.90 together with lawful interest and costs. Surplus Money: If after the sale and satisfac- tion of the mortgage debt, including costs and expenses, there remains any surplus money, the money will be deposited into the Superior Court Trust Fund and any person claiming the surplus, or any part thereof, may file a motion pursuant to Court Rules 4:64-3 and 4:57-2 stating the nature and extent of that person?s claim and asking for an order directing payment of the surplus money. The Sheriff or other person conducting the sale will have information regarding the surplus, if any. There is a full legal description on file in the Union County Sheriff?s Office. The Sheriff reserves the right to adjourn this sale for any length of time without further adver- tisement. Ralph Froehlich Sheriff Attorney: POWER KIRN - COUNSELORS 728 MARINE HIGHWAY PO BOX 848 - SUITE 200 MOORESTOWN, NEW JERSEY 08057 4 T - 10/22, 10/29, 11/5 & 11/12/09 Fee: $159.12 SHERIFF?S SALE SHERIFF?S FILE NO.: CH-09005447 SUPERIOR COURT OF NEW JERSEY CHANCERY DIVISION UNION COUNTY DOCKET NO. F-42658-08 Plaintiff: BANK OF AMERICA, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION VS. Defendant: AVA MARIA HENRY, LEROY HENRY Sale Date: 12/02/2009 Writ of Execution: 09/17/2009 By virtue of the above-stated writ of execution to me directed I shall expose for sale by public vendue, at the UNION COUNTY ADMINISTRA- TION BUILDING, 1ST FLOOR, 10 ELIZABETH- TOWN PLAZA, Elizabeth, New Jersey on WEDNESDAY, at two o?clock in the afternoon of said day. All successful bidders must have 20% of their bid available in cash or certified check at the conclusion of the sales. The judgment amount is: ***Four Hundred Three Thousand One Hundred Ninety Six and 70/100*** $403,196.70. Property to be sold is located in the Township of Westfield, County of Union, State of New Jersey. Premises commonly known as: 616 Ripley Place, Westfield, New Jersey 07090. BEING KNOWN as Lot 4, Block 4002, on the official Tax Map of the Town of Westfield. Dimensions: 137.50 feet x 43.00 feet x 137.50 feet x 43.00 feet Nearest Cross Street: Cacciola Place Subject to any unpaid taxes, municipal liens or other charges, and any such taxes, charges, liens, insurance premiums or other advances made by plaintiff prior to this sale. All interested parties are to conduct and rely upon their own independent investigation to ascertain whether or not any outstanding interest remain of record and/or have priority over the lien being fore- closed and, if so the current amount due thereon. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only a return of the deposit paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagor?s attorney. Total Upset: ***Four Hundred Sixty Four Thou- sand Four Hundred Sixty Seven and 95/100*** $464,467.95 together with lawful interest and costs. Surplus Money: If after the sale and satisfac- tion of the mortgage debt, including costs and expenses, there remains any surplus money, the money will be deposited into the Superior Court Trust Fund and any person claiming the surplus, or any part thereof, may file a motion pursuant to Court Rules 4:64-3 and 4:57-2 stating the nature and extent of that person?s claim and asking for an order directing payment of the surplus money. The Sheriff or other person conducting the sale will have information regarding the surplus, if any. There is a full legal description on file in the Union County Sheriff?s Office. The Sheriff reserves the right to adjourn this sale for any length of time without further adver- tisement. Ralph Froehlich Sheriff Attorney: PHELAN HALLINAN & SCHMIEG, PC 400 FELLOWSHIP ROAD SUITE 100 MOUNT LAUREL, NEW JERSEY 08054 4 T - 11/5, 11/12, 11/19 & 11/26/09 Fee: $191.76 Rosemarie Vella, 79 Mrs. Rosemarie Vella, 79, of Westfield died on Monday, Novem- ber 2, at Robert Wood Johnson Uni- versity Hospital in Rahway. Born in Carbondale, Pa., she lived her life in Westfield and was a 1949 graduate of Westfield Senior High School. Rosemarie was a homemaker and a devoted mom, grandmother and great- grandmother. Surviving are her husband, Diego Vella; her beloved children, Rick, Sal, Lorraine Zeiss and her husband, Rob- ert, and Maryann Leporino and her husband, Vincent; her caring sister, Lillian Vella; her cherished grand- children, Ryan, Shanna, Courtney, Brittany, Richie, Jordan and Alexa, and her precious great-grandchildren, Tyler and Mia. The funeral was held on Thursday, November 5, from the Rossi Funeral Home, 1937 Westfield Avenue in Scotch Plains. A Mass followed at the Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Westfield. Entombment took place at Saint Gertrude Cemetery in Colonia. November 12, 2009 Eileen M. Callahan, 84 Eileen Marie Callahan, 84, of Charlotte, N.C. died on Friday, No- vember 6. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Mrs. Callahan had lived in Manhasset, Long Island, N.Y. from 1955 to 1972, Smoke Rise, N.J. from 1972 to 1984, Pinehurst, N.C. from 1984 to 1996 and in the Charlotte, N.C. area since 1996. She was preceded in death by her son, George E. Callahan, Jr. Surviving are her husband of 65 years, George E. Callahan; her daughters, Barbara M. Callahan and Patricia E. Callahan; her sons, Daniel M. Callahan and Richard P. Callahan; 11 grandchil- dren and 24 great-grandchildren. She was a wonderful and loving wife and Mimi to all her family. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow, Friday, November 13, at the Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Westfield. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today, Thursday, Novem- ber 12, at the Dooley Colonial Home, 556 Westfield Avenue in Westfield. Gifts in her memory may be made to the American Heart Association or to the Alzheimer?s Association. Online condolences may be shared through www.tallentfuneralservice.com. November 12, 2009 Margaret Jean Colombo, 83, Was Active In Thrift Shop and Local Organizations Margaret Jean Colombo, 83, of Fanwood passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 8, at Sunrise As- sisted Living in Westfield. In addition to being a homemaker ?extraordinaire,? Mrs. Colombo was a member of the Fanwood Presbyte- rian Church and worked in its thrift shop for over 40 years, since its in- ception. She also was a member of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Art As- sociation, the Fanwood Senior Citi- zens and the Fanwood Woman?s Club. Jean was predeceased by her hus- band of 61 years, ?Bud,? in 2008 and her daughter, Elise Mason, in 1983. She is survived by her daughter, Lynne Rose Schwartz, and her hus- band, Norman; her brother, Lawrence D. Lorentzen; her grandchildren, Matthew Rose and his wife, Amy, David Schwartz and his wife, Genine, Lauren and Amy Schwartz and Daniel Mason, and her great-grandchildren, Katherine and William Rose and Jonathan Schwartz. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 14, at the Memorial Funeral Home, 155 South Avenue in Fanwood. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory to the Fanwood Presbyte- rian Church Memorial Fund, 74 Martine Avenue South, Fanwood, N.J. 07023 or the Fanwood Rescue Squad, 218 Forest Road, Fanwood, N.J. 07023 would be appreciated. For more infor- mation or to express condolences, visit www.fanwoodmemorial.com. November 12, 2009 Jack Durante, 75, Had Been Employed Over 35 Years With Trucking Company Jack Durante, 75, a lifelong resi- dent of Westfield, passed away peace- fully, surrounded by his loving fam- ily, on Friday, November 6, at Rob- ert Wood Johnson University Hospi- tal in Rahway. Mr. Durante had been employed with Gross and Hecht Trucking, which was affiliated with A&P, for more than 35 years. He retired in 1991. He was a member of Teamsters Local 863 and was a veteran of the United States Army. Jack was born and raised in Westfield. Jack was the beloved husband for 53 years of Jean Cavo Durante; the devoted father of John Durante and Anthony Durante and the late Cheryl Lambert (2005) and the loving brother of Antoinette Criscuolo and the late Mary Migliozzi. He also will be deeply missed by his two grand- children, Amanda Grace Durante and John Anthony Lambert. A Mass of Christian Burial was offered yesterday, Wednesday, No- vember 11, at St. Helen?s Roman Catholic Church in Westfield. Inter- ment followed at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield. Arrangements were under the di- rection of the Dooley Colonial Home, 556 Westfield Avenue in Westfield. Donations in Jack?s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society. November 12, 2009 Nicholas Papa, 87, Decorated Veteran; Had Owned Local Hairdresser Business Nicholas Papa, 87, of Fanwood died on Sunday, November 8, at his home. Born in Newark, he was a long- time resident of Fanwood. A veteran of World War II, Mr. Papa served in the United States Army as a staff sergeant in the signal corps under Eisenhower and Patton and received five battle stars. Mr. Papa had been the owner of Nicholas Hairdresser in Westfield before retiring. He was a member of the Fanwood Senior Citizens and St. Bartholomew the Apostle Roman Catholic Church in Scotch Plains. Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Mary Nardi Papa; his daughter, Linda Bond, and her husband, Brian; two brothers, Jack and Albert Papa, and three grandchildren, Kristen, Brian and Thomas. The funeral will be held at 8:45 a.m. today, Thursday, November 12, from the Memorial Funeral Home, 155 South Avenue in Fanwood. A Funeral Mass will take place at 9:30 a.m. at St. Bartholomew the Apostle Church, 2032 Westfield Avenue in Scotch Plains. Interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery in Scotch Plains. For additional information or to express condolences, please visit www.fanwoodmemorial.com. November 12, 2009 Genevieve Gilmartin, 88, Had Worked As NJ Bell Labs Scheduling Secretary Genevieve Gilmartin of Summit, scheduling secretary for NJ Bell Labs, died on Saturday, November 7, at Over- look Hospital in Summit. She was 88. Born in Bound Brook, N.J., Genevieve had formerly lived in Philadelphia, Pa., Mountainside and Westfield and was a Summit resi- dent for 20 years. She worked for NJ Bell Labs in Summit, Newark and East Hanover, N.J. Genevieve was a member of the Woman?s Club of Westfield and a member of Saint Teresa of Avila Church in Summit. Genevieve was the loving wife to the late John J. Gilmartin and mother of John J. Jr. (Candace) of Rhode Island and Eileen Schrader and her husband, Richard. She also is survived by two sis- ters-in-law, Mary Dougherty and Margaret Golden; three grandchil- dren, Allison Dunn, Mary Aiello and Susanne Pipoli, and four great-grand- children, James and Conor Dunn and James and Jonathon Aiello. Visitation will be tomorrow, Fri- day, November 13, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the William R. Dangler Funeral Home, 309 Springfield Av- enue in Summit. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:45 a.m. at Saint Teresa of Avila Church, 306 Morris Avenue in Summit. Burial will take place at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield. In lieu of flowers, those so desir- ing may make contributions in Genevieve?s name to Halihan Catho- lic Girls School, 311 North 19th Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19103. November 12, 2009 Mary H. Howe, 85 Mary H. Howe, 85, a longtime resi- dent of Scotch Plains, died on Sun- day, November 8, at Green Hill Nurs- ing Center in West Orange. Born in Newark to Daniel and Anna Healy, she was one of seven children. Mrs. Howe graduated from Weequaic High School in 1941 and entered into the workforce as a secre- tary with the Textile Workers Union of America in 1944. She continued in like employment until retiring from the Amalgamated Clothing and Tex- tile Workers Union in 1986. She is survived by her beloved hus- band, Alan, with whom she traveled extensively; two daughters, Diana Grace Couret and Margaret Louise Stevens, and one son, Christopher Alan Howe. A memorial service was held yes- terday, Wednesday, November 11, at the Memorial Funeral Home, 155 South Avenue in Fanwood. For additional information or to express condolences, please visit www.fanwoodmemorial.com. November 12, 2009 Ruth A. Zhelesnik, Had Been Employed As Private Secretary and Accountant Ruth A. (Longstreet) Zhelesnik passed away on Monday, Novem- ber 9, 2009, at Littlebrook Nursing Home in Lebanon Township, N.J., where she had resided for one month, with her daughter at her side. She was born June 1, 1935 in Westfield, N.J. to the late Claude W. and Sylvia L.B. Longstreet. Ruth was a homemaker for 25 years and a private secretary and accountant for 15 years before re- tiring for health reasons in 1994. Ruth lived in Westfield before mov- ing to High Bridge, N.J. in 1971. She moved to Lebanon Township in 1979 and then to Parkside Court Apartments in Glen Gardner, N.J. in 1994. Ruth was a member of the North Hunterdon Baptist Church until it closed. She was a member of the North Hunterdon Senior Center, the Tewksbury Senior Group, the Flemington AARP and VFW Auxil- iary Post 5119 in Glen Gardner. Ruth was a past member of the Leba- non Township First Aid Squad and the squad?s catering service. She was a Girl Scout Leader in High Bridge for many years. One of her scouts went on to become a nurse and took care of Ruth at Littlebrook Nursing Home. Ruth is survived by a daughter, Kathleen Wisbeski, and her hus- band, Kenneth, of Lebanon Town- ship; a son, Kenneth Zhelesnik, and his companion, Lori Backer, of Marshalls Creek, Pa.; a daughter- in-law, Edra Ijames of Gainesville, Fla.; two grandsons, Gregory Zhelesnik and B.J. Ijames, both of Gainesville, Fla.; a brother, Claude L. Longstreet of St. Cloud, Fla.; a sister, Joan Scheurer of Clark, N.J., and several nieces and nephews, whom she dearly adored. There will be no services at Ruth?s request. Memorial contributions can be sent to the Lebanon Township First Aid Squad, 528 W. Hill Road, Glen Gardner, N.J. 08826 or to any animal rescue, shelter or wildlife organization of one?s choice. All funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Martin Fu- neral Home of Clinton, N.J. For online condolences or for more in- formation, please visit www.martinfh.com. November 12, 2009 Ann Filippone, 92 Ann Travis Filippone, 92, died on Monday, November 9, at the Bridgeview Center in Ormond Beach, Fla. Born in Newark, she had lived in Le Roy, N.Y., in Maine and in Westfield for 37 years before moving to Florida in 2004. Ann was a 1939 graduate of the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. Her husband, Francis Filippone, predeceased her in 1994. Surviving are her son, Charles T.; his wife, Audrey L. Filippone, and a granddaughter, Dana L. Filippone. Visitation will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. tomorrow, Friday, Novem- ber 13, at the Gray Funeral Home, 318 East Broad Street in Westfield. Graveside services will follow at 11:30 a.m. at Graceland Memorial Park in Kenilworth. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer?s Association. November 12, 2009 Temple Sholom Slates Boutique-Book Fair SCOTCH PLAINS ? Temple Sholom of Fanwood/Scotch Plains will hold its annual Chanukah Bou- tique and Book Fair on Sunday, No- vember 22, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the cafeteria of Union Catholic High School, located at 1600 Martine Av- enue in Scotch Plains. In the book section, shoppers will find hundreds of new and favorite Jewish titles, including many for chil- dren and teens as well as adults. Also available for sale will be Discovery toys, jewelry, candles, baskets, soaps, knitted scarves, stationery, paintings and pottery. Visitors also are invited to stop by the coffee bar and a bake sale during the event. Proceeds will benefit Temple Sholom?s religious school. For more information, call (908) 889-4900, e- mail email@example.com or visit sholomnj.org. Cheese Event Slated Tonight at Library WESTFIELD ? The Westfield Memorial Library, located at 550 East Broad Street, will host a talk about cheese tonight, Thursday, No- vember 12, at 7 p.m. featuring cheese and specialty food expert Maria Tisdall. She will speak about different types of cheeses, how to experience cheese like an expert and how to pair it with wines. She also will bring cheeses for audience mem- bers to sample. A graduate of New York?s Culi- nary Institute of America, Ms. Tisdall worked in various restau- rants before becoming a cook for the Benedictine Sisters at Saint Walburga Monastery in Elizabeth, where for 12 years she used her culinary talents to enhance the sis- ters? menu. She is now employed with ShopRite Wines and Spirits of Westfield. This program is open to Westfield Memorial Library and MURAL cardholders. To register, visit wmlnj.org and click on Online Cal- endar, or call (908) 789-4090, ex- tension no. 4140. Deutscher Club Sets Christmas Market CLARK ? An authentic, indoor and outdoor German Christkindlmarket (Christmas Market) will take place on Sunday, November 22, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Deutscher Club, located at 787 Featherbed Lane in Clark. Imported German linens and gifts, German Christmas cards, candies, stol- len, handmade items and jewelry will be featured. Giuhwein (hot wine) and dinners also will be available. This event will be open to the public. For more information, call (732) 574-8600. IN MEMORY?The Westfield Area ?Y? has planted a weeping cherry tree, pictured, in front of the Main Facility at 220 Clark Street in Westfield in memory of former employee Kirk Kinkade. Mr. Kinkade, who worked in the ?Y??s Strength Training Depart- ment as a strength trainer, was tragi- cally killed in an accident in April. A number of ?Y? employees, friends and family members of Mr. Kinkade have made donations to the Strong Kids Campaign in his memory. The Westfield Area ?Y? invites the com- munity to stop and see the weeping cherry tree memorial and thanks all who contributed. Best Friend Shop Sale On Through Saturday SCOTCH PLAINS ? Best Friend Dog and Animal Adoption is holding a 30-percent-off sale on all merchan- dise in its thrift store through Satur- day, November 14. Located at 1750 East Second Street in Scotch Plains, the store is open from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every day except Sunday and Monday. The Best Friend Rescue group is a not-for-profit organization run solely by volunteers. Items featured in the store include brand new scarves, shawls, gloves, socks, belts, cologne, and perfume, plus many one-of-a- kind items, small furniture, jewelry, collectibles, books and knickknacks, among other merchandise. The store is accepting new/slightly used items to restock for fall/winter. It also is accepting donations of dog and especially cat food, canned and dry, as well as much-needed clump- ing litter for the group?s foster ani- mals in need. For more information, call (908) 486-0230 or visit bestfriend.petfinder.org. Monetary donations are urgently needed and appreciated and may be mailed to: Best Friend, P.O. Box 335, Cranford, N.J. 07016. Rummage Sale on Tap Sunday at Synagogue CLARK ? The Sisterhood of Temple Beth O?r/Beth Torah will hold a rummage sale this Sunday, Novem- ber 15. It will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the temple, located at 111 Valley Road in Clark. For more infor- mation, call the temple office at (732) 381-8403. Public Invited to Drop Off Unwanted Meds Saturday WESTFIELD ? The Westfield Po- lice Department will participate in a statewide program entitled ?Op- eration Medicine Cabinet? this Sat- urday, November 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at police headquarters. The objective of the program is to enable New Jersey residents to de- liver all of their unused/unwanted or expired medications to law en- forcement officials who can, in turn, dispose of these controlled sub- stances in a safe and non-hazardous manner. According to the department, this initiative will prevent these medica- tions from falling into the hands of children or the illicit drug market. ?This is an important program that we strongly urge all citizens to participate in. Keeping medications from falling into the wrong hands will help keep our communities safer and make it a better place for all of us to live,? said a statement issued by the department. A drop-off box for all prescrip- tion medications will be located at the Westfield police headquarters front desk. Police headquarters is located at 425 East Broad Street. For questions, call Detective O?Keefe at (908) 789-6079. A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains ? Fanwood TIMES Thursday, November 12, 2009 Page 19 Summit Playhouse Opener Is In Its ?Prime? SUMMIT ? The Summit Playhouse?s season opener ? The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, by Jay Presson Allen ? was adapted from a novel by Muriel Spark. Directed by Kate Schlesinger, the play will be performed through November 21, with shows at 8 p.m. There will be a signed matinee performance on Sunday, November 15, at 2 p.m. At the staid Marcia Blaine School for Girls in Edinburgh, Scotland, Miss Jean Brodie, teacher extraordinaire, is un- mistakably outspoken and in her prime. She is passionate in the application of her unorthodox teaching methods, in her attraction to the married art teacher, in her affair with the bachelor music teacher and, most importantly, in her dedication to her girls. However, one of the girls betrays her. Summit Playhouse is located at 10 New England Avenue in Summit. Tick- ets are $20; students pay $15. For more information, call (908) 273-2192 or visit summitplayhouse.org Union Catholic School?s Making Plenty of ?Noise? By SUSAN MYRILL DOUGHERTY Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times SCOTCH PLAINS ? What happens if an actor drops a line or skips an entire page of dialogue that includes impor- tant information for the audience?s un- derstanding of a play? Or what if a pivotal prop is missing when an actor reaches for it? What if a character en- ters a scene too early or late? Michael Frayn?s play Noises Off, a three-act comedy, takes those ?what ifs? of actors? nightmares and explores the mayhem that can ensue. In his director?s notes, John Rotondo, who only graduated Union Catholic five years ago, said this play ?allows you to see how it [the process of putting on a play] all can go wrong, long before it turns out alright.? And Union Catholic High School?s version of the show last weekend was one that displays everything that can go right with well-rehearsed, talented actors in the hands of a creative, ambi- tious director. Noises Off is the story of an acting troupe that is touring a production of a British farce called Nothing On. Like Seinfeld?s TV show about ?nothing,? Nothing On?s plot is tough to pinpoint. English farce is not everyone?s cup of tea, but Michael Frayn?s play is irresistibly funny with door slamming farce-within-a-farce shenanigans. The audience is taken on a whirlwind tour with the cast the night before their show?s opening, backstage one month later and the last night of the run of the show two months later. In the first act, director Lloyd Dallas (perfectly cast with Conor McDonough) shows incredible re- straint at the late-night final dress re- hearsal. In fact, the whole cast of the play-within-the-play calls everyone ?dear? and ?sweetie.? The amiable cast includes Dotty (Justine Mujica), who can barely re- member when and where to place a plate of sardines; an elderly alcoholic actor named Selsdon (Rob Krienke); a sexpot named Brooke (Sammie Mellina); the fast-talking Garry (Greg Gedman); the overly nervous Frederick (Jordan Morrisey) and the gorgeous Belinda (Arielle Gonzalez). As the act progresses, it becomes clear that the cast?s problems go be- yond surface squabbles to a back-story of affairs and indiscretions. After in- termission, the impressive, mammoth set revolves to prepare for the next act, where the Nothing On actors try their best to keep the play going while prac- tically killing each other backstage. Outrageous actions involving an axe, whiskey and flowers take place while the play we saw in Act I continues on the stage that we only glimpse through open doors and windows. The laughs are fast and unrestrained in the rau- cous third act, when the touring show has fallen apart, and everyone in the cast and crew is just trying to get through the final performance. Two of the funniest bits of the show involve a lost contact lens and the repetitive actions of the cast each time it happens and the multiple three- minute warnings of the stage manager Poppy (Danielle Gruskiewicz) and crew chief Tim (Brando Rotondo). Also, Greg Gedman?s pratfall down the stairs brought a collective gasp from the audience because of its reality. Like- wise, jaws dropped when Jordan Morrisey hopped up and down the stair- cases with his pants around his ankles. Right from the get-go of Union Catholic Performing Arts Center?s show, the audience knows that direc- tor Mr. Rotondo, his team of produc- ers and designers and his cast/crew are serious about theater. Their two-storied set ? complete with moveable staircases, functioning doors and windows ? rivaled the origi- nal Broadway set. Program notes credit many of the cast members and alumni volunteers in its construction. This play requires split-second tim- ing, physicality, mastery of British accents and full-out performances of the ensemble cast. Mr. Rotondo?s ver- sion, with the help of collaborator set/lighting designer Maryann Carolan, had it all. Susan Myrill Dougherty for The Westfield Leader and The Times SHEIK TO CHIC?Frederick (Jordan Morrisey), dressed as a sheik, argues with his director Lloyd (Conor McDonough) in the play-within-a-play at Union Catholic High School?s Performing Arts Center (UCPAC) production of Noises Off last weekend. Director John Rotondo said in his program notes, ?I have a special connection to this group of students ? many of the seniors were just entering their PAC careers as UC freshmen as I was ending mine as a UC senior.? Students to Perform Play On New York City Stage SCOTCH PLAINS ? Members of the Union Catholic High School Per- forming Arts Company will perform the original play Love (Awkwardly) at the Manhattan Theatre Source at Washington Square Park in New York City on Sunday through Tuesday, Novem- ber 15, 16 and 17. Love (Awk- wardly) is a collabo- rative process by playwrights and Union Catholic graduates Maryann Carroll Carolan ?86 and John Rotondo ?07. Ms. Carolan is a teacher of Humanities at Union Catho- lic as well as the director the Union Catholic Performing Arts Company. John is currently a student at New York University?s Tisch School of the Arts. Twelve current and former stu- dents of Union Catholic were also involved in the collaboration in vari- ous roles. Presented as part of The Manhattan Theatre Source Playground Devel- opment Series, Love (Awkwardly) fo- cuses on the wonderful, painful, ex- hilarating and awkward moments of relationships. It follows the relation- ships of eight juniors and seniors as they are confronted by how to handle emotions that are adult in magnitude but are cramped by the confines of high school. The play is di- rected by Ms. Carolan and John, and assistant di- rected by Jordan Morrisey ?10. The cast features Greg Gedman ?10 of Union, Arielle Gonzalez ?10 of Kenilworth, Conor McDonough ?10 of Berkeley Heights, Samantha Mellina ?10 of Westfield, Taziana Molinaro ?09 of Garwood, Jordan Morrisey ?10 of Colonia, Bobby Dyckman of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School and Justine Mujica ?10 of Union. The Manhattan Theatre Source is located in the West Village at 177 MacDougal Street (between Wash- ington Square North and West 8th Street). Tickets are $15 and can be obtained at theatresource.org. Showtimes are November 15 at 2 and 7 p.m., November 16 at 7 p.m. and November 17 at 7 p.m. For more information, visit https:// sites.google.com/a/ unioncatholic.org/love-awkwardly. 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This Saturday evening in Rahway, the leg- endary songstress takes the stage in the city?s Union County Perform- ing Arts Center, and in an e-mail interview with The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times, she said she has plenty of surprises in store for the audience and a musical guest or two, though she is close-lipped in naming who will make an appearance. Your youngest son produced and arranged your 2006 record ?My Friends and Me.? How important is working with family to you? Working with family is always a joy, and to have my son produce for me is and will continue to be a pride- filled moment. Has your cousin Whitney Hous- ton approached you to record with her again now that she is back re- cording? If the opportunity presents itself again, I?m sure we will record to- gether again. Do you have any new albums in the works? I?ve just completed a new CD of songs from the Sammy Cahn songbook, and it is wonderful. Being that you also live in Brazil, does this afford you privacy to sing in a church choir? Living in Brazil for me is like liv- ing here ? the same amount of privacy. I still sing in my church, the New Hope Baptist church in Newark. You wrote a children?s book recently and re- corded ?Jesus Loves Me,? which you sang while in the choir as a child. How im- portant is it for new children?s Christian songs to be recorded? Had you thought of recording a new song of this type? ?Jesus Loves Me? was the first song I sang in my grandfather?s church at the age of 6, and it is my favorite song. Yes, it is important that children are exposed to spiritual songs, as they are all inspiring. I will be doing more gospel CDs in the future. ?Don?t Make Me Over? was sung on the TV show Glee; and you per- formed on American Idol. What does it mean to you to have your songs being heard by today?s youth? Doing ?Idol? was a lot of fun, and it is nice to know that our youngsters are being exposed to great songs from the past. You have achieved so much throughout your career, are there any other aspirations you wish to fulfill? In three words: Oscar, Emmy and the Tony. For tickets to the 8 p.m. concert on Saturday, November 14, log on to ucpac.org. On the Town Sails To Paper Mill Playhouse MILLBURN ? Paper Mill Play- house announced that On the Town would run at the Millburn theater from now through December 6. On the Town, Leonard Bernstein?s and Jerome Robbins? dance spectacu- lar, is a musical devoted to celebrat- ing New York City in all its diversity. On the Town is the story of three sailors ? Gabey, Chip and Ozzie ? who are on a 24-hour leave and search- ing for romance. On the Town brings a talented cast to the Paper Mill stage, which in- cludes Harriet Harris (Madame Dilly). Ms. Harris is the recipient of the 2002 Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance as Mrs. Meers in Thoroughly Modern Millie. On the Town will play the follow- ing performance schedule: Wednes- days at 7:30 p.m., Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 1:30 and 7 p.m. Single tickets are now on sale and range in price from $25 to $92. Stu- dent-rush tickets are $20 and are avail- able the day of performance in person with current student ID. Tickets may be purchased by call- ing (973) 376-4343, or at the Paper Mill Box Office on Brookside Drive in Millburn or online at papermill.org. Westfield High School Presents To See the Stars WESTFIELD ? The Westfield High School (WHS) Theater Department will present the play To See the Stars by Cynthia Mercati. The play explores the topics of dignity, equality and the Ameri- can Dream as seen through the eyes of immigrant working girls in New York City shortly after the dawn of the 20th Century. The story is based on actual events known as the ?Uprising of the 20,000,? which occurred in New York City in the fall of 1909. It follows the trials of several young women who struggle to achieve equality in the face of the indus- trial machine. The girls, led by Anya Rosen, stand up against the horrible working conditions, long hours and poor wages of the sweat- shops by conducting the first major strike of women workers in the United States. Their efforts, however, come at a great cost. The production will feature more than 60 WHS student actors and technicians. ?We look forward to sharing this chal- lenging and thoughtful drama with all of you. Please come out and enjoy a won- derful evening of theater and support the students of the WHS Theater Depart- ment,? said Director Daniel Devlin. The production will be presented at the high school auditorium on Thursday, November 19, at 4 p.m. and Friday, November 20, and Saturday, November 21, at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available for general seating for $8 at the door. The cast includes Madeleine DeJohn, Catalina Gaglioti, Georgia Gleason, Hannah Margolin, Colleen McCabe, Travis Przybylski, Melissa Riegel, Rebecca Romano, Peter Surace, and Garrett Verdone with Alison Antonelli, Tori Bonsall, Peter Carmo, William Cary, Isabel DoCampo, Dan Fahrenthold, Casey Federbusch, Zoe Greenburg, Asher Horowitz, Geoffrey Ko, Jaime Lara, Chris Mench, Amelia Morabito, Kevin Morris, Megan Mulrooney, Annie Oldakowski, Nicholas Shorrock, Jes- sica Sipe, Rebecca Skowron, Malcolm Spurlock, Meghan Sullivan, Michaela Tropeano, Adam Ziering and Nicole Zimmerman. Carriage House Series Presents Crooker, Evans FANWOOD ? The Carriage House Poetry Series invites the public to at- tend a free poetry reading on Tuesday, November 17, at 8 p.m. in the Patricia Kuran Arts Center on Watson Road, off North Martine Avenue, adjacent to Fanwood Borough Hall. The featured readers will be the dis- tinguished poets Barbara Crooker and R.G. Evans. Ms. Crooker has been widely pub- lished in the United States and abroad. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including three Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Creative Writing Fellow- ships, 13 residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and a prize from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her book, ?Radiance,? won the 2005 Word Press First Book competition, and her second book, ?Line Dance,? won the 2009 Paterson Award for Liter- ary Excellence. Garrison Keillor has read 17 of her poems on ?The Writer?s Almanac? on National Public Radio. Mr. Evans lives in southern New Jersey. His poems, fiction and reviews have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including the Pater- son Literary Review, Weird Tales and The Comstock Review. He teaches English and creative writ- ing at Cumberland Regional High School, Cumberland County College and Rowan University. An open mic will follow the featured performance, so people may bring their poetry and join in the reading. For more information, call (908) 889-7223 or (908) 889-5298. For directions, visit carriagehousepoetryseries.blogspot.com. WHAT?S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT?? Pictured above, seniors Greg Gedman and Arielle Gonzalez star in the Union Catholic summer produc- tion of Love (Awkwardly). SPFHS HEADS TO NJPAC?Representing the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School at New Jersey Performing Arts Center this Sunday, November 15, will be, pictured, left to right, front row: Shannon McGovern, Jessica Moore and Sruthi Narayanan; middle row: Charles Centinaro, Matthew Kersey and Osazenoriuwa Ebose; and back row: Timothy Carroll and Vangelis Dimopoulos. PRIME CHOICE?In a scene from The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Megan Denholm spots Michael Harvey and Liza Harris, as Jean Brodie. ?It is nice to know that our youngsters are being exposed to great songs from the past.? ~ Dionne Warwick dionnewarwick.info Page 20 Thursday, November 12, 2009 The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains ? Fanwood TIMES A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION Hours: Mon. - Fri. 9:00 - 5:30 ? Sat. 9:00 - 5:00 CHRISTOFFERS Established 1976 860 Mountain Avenue Mountainside NJ 07092 908-233-0500 Visit us on the web: www.christoffersflowers.com Flowers, Silks, Gifts and Greeting Cards Happy Anniversary HAPPY BIRTHDAY Thank You Thinking Of You I Love You GET WELL SOON Or Just Because You Deserve It Let Us Help You Say CONGRATULATIONS Oratorio Society Presents Fall Concert AREA ? The Oratorio Society of New Jersey, under the direction of Sandor Szabo, will present a fall con- cert on Saturday, November 21, at Immaculate Conception Church, lo- cated at 30 North Fullerton Avenue in Montclair, at 8 p.m. The concert will feature Beethoven?s Egmont Ouverture and Johannes Brahms?s Ein Deutsches Requiem with professional soloists and orchestra. Brahm?s Requiem is one of the best known and most be- loved of all choral works, and the Oratorio Society is well known for its excellence in performance. Soloists for the Requiem are Leora Perlman, soprano, and Arthur Woodley, bass. General admission is $20, available from chorus members or at the door. Anyone interested in joining may call (973) 694-5638 for further infor- mation or logon to oratoriosocietynj.org. Stony Hill Players Break the Ice SUMMIT ? Stony Hill Players will present The Ice-Breaker by David Rambo on November 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 8 p.m. and November 15 and 22 at 3 p.m. Performances are at the Oakes Center, located at 120 Morris Avenue in Summit. The Ice-Breaker is a contemporary story about the environment and the man and woman involved in its changes. Sondra Luckstone, who has acted in and directed many produc- tions in the Summit area, is directing this production. The two actors, Chris Gibbs and Renee Litwin, have also been active on local stages. Tickets are $18 for adults and $10 for youth under 18. There will be a wine and cheese event after the open- ing show on Friday, November 13. For information and reservations, call (908) 277-1732. Book Store Hosts Twin Bill of Meet and Greets WESTFIELD ? The Town Book Store in Westfield will host two au- thor meet and greets on Saturday, November 14. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Chatham resident Ann Tufariello, author of ?The Breakthrough,? will sign her young-adult book (see review above). In it, 13-year old Jack is plucked from the clutches of a riptide by his older brother, Michael. When Michael slides into a coma, Jack cannot live with the guilt. He wanders to a carni- val and sneaks into a hot air balloon basket. Without warning, the balloon lifts into the air, transporting Jack to the fourth-dimensional planet of Ve- nus. When a Venusian gives Jack a magic crystal to heal his brother, Jack thinks his problems are solved, but they are just beginning. Jeannette Hopkins will sign her children?s book, ?The Ladybug Waltz,? from 2 to 4 p.m. This signing is part of a week of readings and workshops Ms. Hopkins will con- duct in the Westfield school system. Readers can capture the magic of a ladybug?s ball and witness the crea- tures? crimson-colored gowns and antennae tiaras. ?The Ladybug Waltz? is a story told in the form of a waltz that allows music, art and writing to connect. The book was inspired by Ms. Hopkins? young granddaughter Chloe, who has had several heart op- erations; they sang ?The Ladybug Waltz? together many times during her recovery. The public can meet both authors at 270 East Broad Street in Westfield (corner of East Broad and Elmer Streets). To learn more, call (908) 233-3535. Tufariello ?Breaks Through? With Her Fantasy Novel By MARYLOU MORANO Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times AREA ? Recent headlines involv- ing 6-year old Falcon Keen, the boy who supposedly was trapped inside a hot-air balloon over the skies of Colo- rado, bear an uncanny resemblance to part of the storyline of Chatham resident,Ann Tufariello?s new book, ?The Break- through.? In Ms. Tufariello?s middle-grade fan- tasy novel, the main character, 13- year-old Jack wan- ders to a carnival and hides in the basket of a hot-air balloon. Of course, we all know now that Fal- con was found safe and sound in the attic of a garage. But for Jack, however, it?s quite a different story. When the bal- loon he was hiding in takes off without warning, he finds himself on the way to Venus. ?The day that I found out about the balloon-boy story as it was unfold- ing, I could not believe the coinci- dence. I was incredibly relieved to learn that the boy was safe and that it was a hoax,? said Ms. Tufariello. Before ?The Breakthrough? be- came a novel, it was a bedtime story that the author told to her three daugh- ters, Jennifer, Katelyn and Emily. Ms. Tufariello began telling her daughters the story the night that the family returned home from a Labor Day weekend carnival in Mendham. There were no hot-air balloons at the carnival, and yet the idea of a youngster taking off in one seemed to be a gripping way to start her tale, which also features a three-headed snake named Hydra and a yellow- eyed, pockmarked evil dictator of Pluto named Danko. While on Venus, Jack is given a magical crystal, which he hopes will bring his older brother, Michael, out of a coma. Danko, however, also wants the crystal because he believes it will give him the power to rule Earth. The author said she became so at- tached to the characters that she re- wrote the story countless times be- fore searching for a publisher. Ms. Tufariello has her own idea of why fantasy books are such a big hit with young readers these days. ?I believe that fantasy books ap- peal to kids be- cause they have such vivid imagi- nations. Kids have no problem sus- pending disbelief and imagining a boy traveling to other planets on a hot air balloon. ?Many kids,? she continued, ?want a plot-driven story with plenty of twists and turns, something that will keep them reading past their bed- time,? adding that she created that type of story because that is what she likes to read as well. A business major in college, Ms. Tufariello first worked in banking. While in graduate school she wrote a non-fiction book called ?Up Your Grades: Proven Strategies for Aca- demic Success,? which is now out of print. While writing ?The Breakthrough,? she started taking classes to become a history teacher. Now that her book is published, she is pursuing a full-time writing career. ?I would like nothing more than to be able to write children?s and young- adult books and visit schools,? she said. Ms. Tufariello will greet readers and sign books at The Town Book- store on Saturday, November 14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, contact The Town Bookstore at (908) 233-3535. C C C C C C C C 2009-2010 CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES ? 30th SEASON ? MAPLEWOOD ? WESTFIELD Ani Kavafian and Carter Brey invite you to experience the joys of chamber music as it was meant to be heard . . . good friends playing together for the excitement and love of it . . . sharing great music with you in an intimate setting. ANI KAVAFIAN, violin CARTER BREY, cello MOSTLY MUSIC will present the second concert of its 30th Season on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2009 ANI KAVAFIAN and CARTER BREY and SPECIAL GUEST ARTISTS PAUL NEUBAUER, viola FRED SHERRY, cello ANDRE-MICHEL SCHUB, piano SAINT-SAËNS: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1, Opus 75 RAVEL: Sonate pour Violon et Violoncelle FAURÉ: Quartet for Piano, Violin, Viola and Cello MAPLEWOOD ~ MORROW CHURCH 600 Ridgewood Road at 2:30 p.m. WESTFIELD ~ TEMPLE EMANU-EL 756 East Broad Street at 7:30 p.m. Admission: $25, Seniors ? $22, Students 10-21 ? No Charge CALL US AT 973.762.0108 www.mostlymusic.org Maggie Diggory for The Westfield Leader and The Times TRIBUTE TO ERIC...At the Community Theater at the Mayo Center for the Performing Arts in Morristown, pictured, from left to right, Tom Kean, Jr., state senator representing District 21; Paul H. McRae, New Jersey Ballet assistant artistic director, and Richard Bagger, former assemblyman, present Assembly- woman Nancy Munoz, right, with a memento to her late husband, Eric, who was a great supporter of both the arts and ballet. See story at left. NJ Ballet Honors Eric Munoz By MAGGIE DIGGORY Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times MORRISTOWN ? The New Jersey Ballet?s (NJ Ballet) 2009-2010 season- opening performance, ?A World Tour of Ballet,? Saturday evening, honored the memory of Dr. Eric Munoz, a former state assemblyman from the 21st dis- trict who passed away earlier this year from a heart ailment. Senator Tom Kean, Jr., who attended the event, which took place at the Com- munity Theater at the Mayo Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Morristown, spoke to The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times by phone Monday afternoon. ?It was a wonderful evening,? Sena- tor Kean, Jr. said. ?There were two facets to the evening. The first was to honor Eric?s memory. The second was the performance. The two events melded well during the evening. It was a true testament to honor Eric Munoz?s memory and his family.? Approximately 600 audience mem- bers purchased tickets for the event. Nancy Hartmann, marketing director of the NJ Ballet, told The Leader and The Times that normally, the balcony is not open for ballet performances. How- ever, the response at the box office was strong enough to warrant opening the section to allow patrons to come and experience the extraordinary evening. The NJ Ballet had indicated its desire to present a ?virtual world tour of dance? to honor Dr. Munoz, who had great pride in his Puerto Rican heritage and listened to the concerns of constituents and patients from all walks of life. The 90-minute performance avidly conveyed the breadth and range of the talented professionals the NJ Ballet Company possesses. The diverse four-part program went from the West to the East and back to America again. One highlight of the evening was the premiere perfor- mance of The Three Riddles of Turandot, by Nai-Ni Chen, based on Puccini?s opera Turandot. Before the performance, Nancy Munoz, Dr. Munoz?s widow, came on stage with Senator Kean, former As- semblyman Richard Bagger and Paul H. McRae, New Jersey Ballet assistant artistic director. ?Ballet was Eric?s passion. Eric talked about the ballet, morning, noon and night. He will be missed,? began Sena- tor Kean as he spoke of Dr. Munoz?s 18- year service to the NJ Ballet?s board. Mr. Bagger was the next to address Dr. Munoz?s memory. He held a picture of Dr. Munoz taken in December 2008, when the NJ Ballet honored him for his dedication to serving the performing- arts organization. ?Nancy, I?m very for- tunate to be here tonight. It was a bless- ing knowing Eric,? he said. Mr. McCrae then presented Mrs. Munoz with a collage that consisted of the front and inside of the invitation to last year?s Nutcracker Opening Night Gala at The Paper Mill Playhouse, at which NJ Ballet honored Dr. Munoz. The collage also includes a photo taken at that gala of Mr. Bagger pre- senting a large nutcracker to Dr. Munoz on stage at Paper Mill. There is also a little brass plaque with the date of the event (December 19, 2008). After all the presentations, Mrs. Munoz spoke with grace, candor and, at times, humor about her late husband?s passion for ballet. ?He loved the action and drama of the ballet; I always thought it was the ballerinas,? she began jokingly. ?Eric loved tall, strong, beautiful women. Once, when one of our children was in the hospital for tonsillitis, Eric was operating on a prima ballerina at the same time. He did not come and see our child until he made sure the ballerina?s operation was complete. ?He went to see The Nutcracker ev- ery year; he bought 20 tickets every year. I look at the nutcracker you gave him every night in our family room. I?ll stay [as] committed to the NJ Ballet as he did,? Mrs. Munoz said as she ac- cepted the memento. An Invitation to a Unique Shopping Experience ARTISTS GALLERY OF GIFTS ~ Offering a new selection of vendors ~ Semi-Precious Stone Jewelry ? Holiday Gifts and Decorations Designer Inspired Jewelry ? Vintage Recreations and Wearable Art Belgium Chocolates ? Photography ? One of A Kind Handbags Whimsical Infant Wear ? Mouth Blown Glass ? Stationary Handcrafted Sterling Silver and Fresh Water Pearl Designs PREVIEW ? THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12 th ? 7pm-9pm FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13 th ? 10am-5pm SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14 th ? 10am-5pm SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15 th ? 11am-5pm Pam Newell, Hostess, 908-654-3614 603 Clark Street, Westfield, NJ Wong Demonstrates Chinese Brush Painting Chinese brush painting by Jocelyn Wong SCOTCH PLAINS ? The Scotch Plains and Fanwood Arts Associa- tion meeting will be held on Thurs- day, November 19, from 7 to 9 p.m. at its new location in the Patricia M. Kuran Cultural Arts Center, located on Watson Road in Fanwood. A brief business meeting will be followed by a presentation on Chinese brush painting by Jocelyn Wong. Ms. Wong of North Plainfield has been painting since she was a child. She was born in Hong Kong and spent her early years there, studying Chinese and Western-style painting, and would say she grew up with a bicultural education. She studied at Granham Teacher?s College, New Asia College and the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She used her back- ground in interior design to work on pattern designs in the textile indus- try. Ms. Wong has more recently worked as an interior designer and a framer. She demonstrates and con- Students to Perform With All-State Chorus SCOTCH PLAINS ? Eight Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School stu- dents have been selected to perform with the state?s most outstanding young vocalists on Sunday, Novem- ber 15, at 3 p.m. at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. The event pairs the 350-voice cho- rus with a 100-piece orchestra, under the direction of a professional or- chestra conductor. Tickets are avail- able at njpac.org. ducts workshops on Chinese brush painting locally, and has also taught artists how to frame their work. Ms. Wong does many of her paint- ings on rice paper or silk in the traditional Chinese style and has shown and sold her work in the tri- state area. She prefers to paint land- scapes, still-life and flowers ? sub- jects that lend themselves to her style of brush painting and watercolor painting. There is ample parking at the Car- riage House Pocket Park directly across the street on Watson Road. For more information, contact Paula Pearl at (908) 322-2590. A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains ? Fanwood TIMES Thursday, November12, 2009 Page E-3 goleader.com online exclusive classic French cuisine Excellent Proprietors Didier and Edith Jouvenet look forward to sharing their Westfield restaurant, Chez Catherine, and its exciting seasonal menus with new and old friends and family from all over New Jersey and the surrounding area. The late Catherine Bordeaux, the gracious grande dame who started and owned Chez Catherine, passed her legacy of fine French Cuisine to her dear friends, the Jouvenets some years ago that has continued now for over 30 years in downtown Westfield. Didier and Edith have always said from the beginning, ?Our vision for Chez Catherine has never faltered. We want to provide a wonderful, total dining experience for our guests, from the first greeting, to the last sip of their favorite beverage. We believe and know we?re offering diners the same quality cuisine and service found at the best New York City restaurants.? Chez Catherine?truly, a jewel of France in the heart of Westfield! 431 North Avenue West Westfield, NJ 07090 (Adjacent to the Best Western Westfield Inn) Reservations: 908-654-4011 Fax: 908-654-4493 www.chezcatherine.com NJ Monthly: NY Times: The Star Ledger: Courier News: Best of the Best 2009 Excellent
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