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Chairman of SP/ FCAAN Asserts Dem. Candidates Were Misinformed
The Democratic candidates for Scotch Plains Council recently endorsed the New Jersey Coalition Against Aircraft Noise (NJCAAN), “live testing” proposal of its ocean route. The candidates claimed that ocean routing would be “in the best environmental interests of Scotch Plains, and communities throughout the state.”
The candidates implied that NJCAAN’s 1994 test flight of the ocean route was a success and criticized the present council’s efforts to reduce aircraft noise in Scotch Plains.
Unfortunately, the Democratic candidates have been misinformed. The Port Authority released a detailed unfavorable study of the NJCAAN ocean route in May 1994. Among other things the study said aircraft noise would be moved to other areas. NJCAAN says this study is flawed.
In November 1994, NJCAAN chartered a DC9 jet to test its ocean route. The test flight was a spectacular failure. The jet flew over the length of Staten Island, and then passed over the bayshore communities of Keansberg, Union Beach, etc. before reaching the ocean.
Amazingly, the jet flew the route plotted in the May 1994 Port Authority study. If one aircraft, filled with NJCAAN members could not fly its ocean route, how could over 800 aircraft a day do it?
Later in the day, NJCAAN attempted another flight using a small, highly maneuverable Lear jet. The flight path was almost identical to the earlier test.
The tests were recorded on a Port Authority radar flight track map and made available to the public and elected officials.
A report prepared by the aviation consultants who developed the ocean route for NJCAAN said that almost 900,000 people would suffer new aircraft noise from ocean routing. The reason for this is simple. Newark Airport is not next to the ocean, and aircraft must fly over people
Thumbs Up to CleanUp Crews for Job Well Done After Storm
Like other streets in Westfield, my street took a beating from the September 7 storm. For a week and a half — not unexpectedly — our block was a precarious path for automobiles, but when the cleanup crew swept down South Wickom Drive, I was amazed at the efficiency with which the men worked.
Like a team of experienced surgeons, each man knowing what the other would do, they maneuvered two huge bucket loaders and a dump truck with such dexterity that scraping massive collections of trees and limbs into piles and loading them onto trucks looked like child’s play — which it was not.
A big “thanks” and a tip of the hat to those municipal workers who helped to clear up Mother Nature’s wrath and do it so efficiently and effectively.
Marvin Gershenfeld Westfield
Shouldn’t Borough Being Picking Up Cost of Inspecting New Sidewalks?
I recently had the entire length of the sidewalk in front of my house replaced. Its condition clearly placed people at risk of injury. While I was not too happy to bear the considerable cost involved, I was even less enthusiastic about the fact that I had to pay for a permit to replace the sidewalk.
That’s right! Not only does the borough require homeowners to repair sidewalks on borough property that serve the entire community, it charges homeowners a fee to do so. I paid $31 for a borough inspector to spend less than five minutes examining the forms of the sidewalk before the concrete was laid. Was this really necessary?
Even if a permit and inspection were required, couldn’t the borough absorb the so called “cost” of the permit and inspection? Afterall, the permit was presumably required to ensure the public’s safety.
In your December 11, 1997 edition of
The Times of Scotch PlainsFanwood,
you reported that Mayor Maryanne S. Connelly asked Borough Clerk Eleanor McGovern to look into whether other towns pay for the repair of sidewalks or whether residents in those towns pay. To me, it really does not matter what other towns are doing.
It seems to me that repair and maintenance of sidewalks should be the responsibility of the town. The sidewalks are on borough property and their repair and maintenance is a matter of public safety.
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Is not this one of the reasons we pay taxes to protect the public’s safety?
While the Mayor continues to look into whether “other towns” pay to repair sidewalks, I suggest that the permit fee be repealed.
Will Coronato Republican Candidate Fanwood
to reach the ocean. In spite of this overwhelming data, NJCAAN and its local associate, Scotch Plains/ Fanwood Citizens Against Aircraft Noise (SP/ FCAAN) claim to oppose moving aircraft noise from one community to another, have tried to intimidate our Mayor and Council, and continue to promote ocean routing.
I hope the Democratic candidates learn a lesson from this embarrassment and in the future avoid the manipulation of special interest groups.
E. Dennis Hardie Chairman Scotch Plains Aircraft Noise Committee, Inc.
Workshop for the Arts to Host ‘Piano Pals, ’ Fencing Lessons
WESTFIELD – The New Jersey Workshop for the Arts (NJWA) recently announced its schedule for the Music Studio’s “Piano Pals,” involving semiprivate piano lessons for four year olds, as well as Westfield Fencing Club sessions.
The 10week fall session of “Piano Pals” will begin on Monday, October 5, and costs $220 per student. Classes last for 45 minutes and are available on Mondays and Tuesdays at 9, 10 or 11 a. m.
There is a maximum of three students per class. Classes will be taught by piano instructor Pamela Johnson at the Music Studio, 150152 East Broad Street in Westfield.
“The small group setting allows for exploration and creativity while learning the fundamental concepts of piano playing,” explained Kitty Schlosberg of the NJWA.
The Westfield Fencing Club will begin its 10week fall sessions this
Saturday, October 3, and Wednesday, October 7. Lessons last for one hour and are available at 6: 30 or 7: 30 p. m. on Wednesdays and at 9, 10 or 11 a. m. on Saturdays. A maximum of eight students will be allowed per class.
The sessions are open to students age 10 through adult and will be taught by fencing coaches Ron Margulis, Bruce Rachman and Charles Dooley. Beginners and experienced fencers in sabre, foil, and epee are invited to attend. Electric scoring equipment will be used.
Loosefitting clothing and whitesoled sneakers should be worn to all sessions. All other equipment will be available for rent.
The Fencing Club meets in the All Saints Church at 559 Park Avenue in Scotch Plains. The sessions cost $100 per student. Rental fees are an additional $30.
For more information and registration, please call The New Jersey Workshop for the Arts at (908) 7899696.
Medina NAAMAT Slates Flea Market
The Medina chapter of NAAMAT, a group of Union County women dedicated to supporting human services in Israel, will sponsor a flea market in Westfield this Sunday, October 4, at the Southside train station from 6: 30 a. m. to 4 p. m. The raindate will be Sunday, October 11.
According to Karen TemesMilrod, President of NAAMAT, vendors will be on hand selling everything from beanie babies to antiques. Food and drinks will also be available.
Members of the NAAMAT women will be selling store bought baked goods. There will also be a food vendor selling delicious edibles.
For more information about becoming a vendor, please call (908) 2326679.
PUBLIC NOTICE BOROUGH OF FANWOOD
Notice is hereby given that on October 28, 1998 at 8: 00 P. M. in the Borough Hall of the Borough of Fanwood at 75 North Martine Avenue, Fanwood, New Jersey the Fanwood Planning Board will hold a public hearing to consider the appeal of Yashwant Karkhanis for bulk variances to permit the erection of a deck from the requirements of Chapter 93 of the Code of the Borough of Fanwood and from provision of subparagraphs 939A( 4)( c) (street side yard width); 939A( 4)( c) (street side yard width — existing garage); 939A( 4)( b) (rear yard depth — existing garage) on the property at 160 Coriell Avenue, Fanwood, New Jersey also known as Block No. 102 Lot No. 10 on the Fanwood Tax Map.
All interested persons may be present and heard.
The file pertaining to this application is available for public inspection during normal business hours from the Secretary of the Board at the Administration Offices of the Borough of Fanwood at 75 North Martine Avenue, Fanwood, New Jersey.
Yashwant Karkhanis 160 Coriell Avenue Fanwood, New Jersey 07023 1 T – 10/ 1/ 98, The Times Fee: $26.01
PUBLIC NOTICE INVITATION TO BID
SEALED PROPOSALS WILL BE RECEIVED BY THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF THE TOWN OF WESTFIELD AT THE MUNICIPAL BUILDING, 425 EAST BROAD STREET, WESTFIELD, NEW JERSEY, ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 19, 1998 AT 10: 00 A. M., PREVAILING TIME FOR THE RENTAL OF EQUIPMENT FOR PLOWING AND HAULING SNOW FROM THE STREETS, WALKWAYS AND PARKING LOTS IN THE TOWN OF WESTFIELD. EQUIPMENT TO BE RENTED ON AN HOURLY BASIS WITH OPERATOR, INCLUDES DUMP TRUCKS, (TWO AXLE TANDEM) FRONT END LOADERS, BULLDOZERS AND GRADERS.
BIDDERS MUST COMPLY WITH ALL PROVISIONS OF CHAPTER 127 PL 1975 SUPPLEMENT TO THE LAW AGAINST DISCRIMINATION (AFFIRMATIVE ACTION).
SPECIFICATIONS MAY BE SEEN OR PROCURED AT THE OFFICE OF THE TOWN ENGINEER, PUBLIC WORKS CENTER, 959 NORTH AVENUE WEST, WESTFIELD, NEW JERSEY.
THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL RESERVE THE RIGHT TO REJECT ANY AND ALL BIDS, IF IN THE INTEREST OF THE TOWN, IT IS DEEMED ADVISABLE TO DO SO.
KENNETH B. MARSH TOWN ENGINEER 1 T – 10/ 1/ 98, The Leader Fee: $31.11
UNION COUNTY BOARD OF CHOSEN FREEHOLDERS
NOTICE OF CONTRACT AWARD
Date Adopted: September 24, 1998 Public Notice is hereby given that the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders has awarded a contract without competitive bidding as a professional service or extraordinary, unspecifiable service pursuant to N. J. S. A. 40A: 115( 1)( a). This contract and the resolution authorizing it is available for public inspection in the Office of the Clerk of the Board.
RESOLUTION NO.: 112998 AWARDED TO: Nicholas Maglaras, M. D., 236 East Westfield Avenue, Roselle Park, New Jersey.
SERVICES: To provide medical services for the patients/ residents of Runnells Specialized Hospital.
AMOUNT: Vendor will directly bill Medicaid/ Medicare at the prevailing rate and third party insurance.
PERIOD: November 1, 1998 through October 31, 1999.
Elizabeth Genievich Clerk of the Board 1 T – 10/ 1/ 98, The Leader Fee: $24.48
COMIN’ HOME… Eileen Parenti, Director of Nursing at the Westfield Center, Genesis ElderCare Network in Westfield, crosses home plate during a benefit softball game September 12 at Forest Road Park in Fanwood. Employees of The Woodlands and Westfield Center played staff members from radio stations WMGQ98.3 FM and WCTC 1450 AM to raise money for the Arthritis Foundation. The WMGQ/ WCTC AllStars captured a 163 victory, but more than $100 was raised to support the foundation.
William A. Burke for The Westfield Leader and The Times FESTIVE OCCASION… The third annual “Fanny Wood Day” celebration in downtown Fanwood drew a large turnout last Sunday, as area residents enjoyed food, sidewalk sales, games and activities for children, educational exhibits and musical entertainment. Proceeds from the festival, named for a local folklore character, will go toward the purchase of a Victorianstyle Millennium Clock for the borough’s business district.
William A. Burke for The Westfield Leader and The Times MILESTONE EVENT… The Fanwood Volunteer Rescue Squad marked its 50th anniversary during last Sunday’s “Fanny Wood Day” celebration with a special display featuring the squad’s new ambulance. Fairgoers had an opportunity to tour the ambulance, get a firsthand look at squad equipment and uniforms, and review historical memorabilia about the organization.
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Evening Support Group For Cancer Survivors Offered by Pathways
Pathways, a local nonprofit program that provides breast cancer resources, will offer an evening support group on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8: 30 p. m. at the Summit YWCA, for women at any stage of their recovery from breast cancer.
According to Margaret Meola, Director of Pathways, support groups can help to prevent isolation and counter depression, and provide an opportunity to address common concerns.
Pathways offers a variety of resources and services for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and those who care about them.
Support and discussion groups, educational lectures and workshops, and rehabilitative and wellness fitness programs are led by professionals.
The program is sponsored by the Resource Center for Women, the Summit YWCA, and Overlook Hospital in Summit.
There is no charge to attend the support group. For more information or to register, please call (908) 2773663.