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Page 2 Thursday, December 16, 1999 The Westfield Leader and THE TIMES of Scotch Plains – Fanwood A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION

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county’s annual Christmas tree lighting and charity drive event held December 5 at the Watchung Stables in Mountainside. Over 2,000 people attended the event that featured a petting zoo, caroling, refreshments and a Watchung Mounted Drill Team demonstration. Pictured, left to right, are: Comcast Vice President and General Manager, Buck Dopp; Freeholder Chester Holmes, Freeholder Vice Chairman Daniel P. Sullivan and his son, Daniel, Freeholder Chairman Nicholas P. Scutari and Freeholder Alexander Mirabella.

Westfield Girl Scouts’ Act of Kindness Helps Bound Brook Man Recover From Storm

PRESENTS FOR MR. PAPA… Girl Scouts from Wilson Elementary School in Westfield and some of their family members surround Andy Papa, a 73yearold retired automobile worker from Bound Brook, one of the hardest hit victims of Tropical Storm Floyd. Donations were collected from the community to aid Mr. Papa and help him restore his home. Joining Mr. Papa, pictured left to right, are: front row, Katherine McKinley, Kristin Zellner, Meghan Sullivan, Claire Algarin, Kaitlin McHone, Sarah Frantz and Rebecca Rose, and back row, LaurenHuff, SamanthaLuscombe,JohnAlgarin, VickeAlgarin,LizzieAlbright, Nancy Luscombe and Kim Berke. By SONIA V. OWCHARIW

Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times

WESTFIELD — The aftermath of September’s Tropical Storm Floyd is long gone, but the memory will serve as a reminder just how intense and unpredictable nature can be.

It may have wiped away homes, businesses and personal property, but not all hope was washed away, especially for one Bound Brook dent whose life will never be the

same. The Westfield Girl Scout nity at Wilson Elementary School,

consisting of nine troops from dergarten to fourth grade, on vember 13 shed kindness and love through gifts upon 73yearold tired Bound Brook resident Andy

Papa. Mr. Papa and his sister had to evacuate their twolevel home off of Main Street in Bound Brook during Tropical Storm Floyd when water levels reached over seven feet high in his firstfloor apartment.

“It started out so slowly in the house, and I thought of nothing of the rain,” Mr. Papa said. resi“Once the water starting coming

into my house, it wouldn’t stop,” he continued. “I salvaged what items I commucould such as my socks, medicine

and clothes and went upstairs where kinmy sister lives. My sister and I waited

Nothere until we were rescued from the

secondfloorwindow bytheNewYork rerescue squad. I lost everything.”

Following the flood, school con sultant and Junior Girl Scout Leader

Nancy Luscombe and Brownie Leader VickieAlgarindiscussedhow they as a community could help a flood relief victim.

“We were looking to help one per son. This way the girls could see their efforts better,” Ms. Luscombe stated.

“It was Brownie Leader Vickie Algarin who mentioned the idea to herson’spreschoolteacherwhothen told her about her fatherinlaw, Mr. Papa,” Ms. Luscombe said.

The response was overwhelming, with donations ranging from two color televisions, two TV tables, a bed frame and sofa bed, coffee and kitchen tables, dishes and a micro wave, tools, a power drill and men’s clothing.

“I’m a tough cookie, being a truck driver all those years, but those girls justbrokemyheart. Igetgoosebumps just thinking about what those girls did for me; it was like Christmas for me,” Mr. Papa exclaimed.

The troops and their leaders in volved with the charitable deed are as follows:DaisyTroop(kindergartners) No. 513 Kris Fitzpatrick and No. 607 AnneMarie Crowley; Brown ies (first grade) Troops No. 711 Ingrid McKinley and No. 510 Gail Hatch and Nancy Zellner; (second grade)TroopNo. 700-LauraHughes and No. 722 Kim Friedman; (third graders) Troop No. 41 Vickie Algarin, Christine Kline, Mary Flannery and Cathy Cahill, and Jun iorGirl Scouts,(fourthgraders)Troop No. 498 Nancy Luscombe and No. 536 Karin Engel and Nancy Tepper.

“It made me happy to help Mr. Papa with the presents. If I could help, I would help anywhere,” said Samantha Luscombe, a fourth grader and a member of Junior Girl Scout Troop No. 498.

Freeholders, Dept. Heads Receive Pay Hikes; Park Workers Seek to Resolve Contract Talks

By PAUL J. PEYTON

Specially Written for The Westfield Leader

ELIZABETH — The Union County Board of Chosen ers, last Thursday, approved salary

increases for themselves as well as department heads.

In a separate but related matter, raiseswerealso issuedtothecounty’s constitutionalofficers.Theseinclude the County Clerk, Sheriff and gate. All raises were for 3.5 percent.

The seven nonofficers of the holder board will be paid $25,875 with theChairmanreceiving$27,875 and the Vice Chairman, $26,875. All represent $875 increases over their current compensation.

As for the department heads, their new salaries will be as follows: Clerk ofthe Board,LizGenievich,$72,573; County Counsel, Carol Cohen, $116,448; County Manager Michael J. Lapolla, $127,392; Deputy County Manager George Devanney, $103,334; Director of tive Services, Joseph I. Salemme,

$91,261, Director of Operational Services Frank Dann, $95,039; lic Safety Director Harold Gibson,

$91,055; Director of Finance Lawrence Caroselli, $95,697; Di rector of Runnells Specialized Hos Freeholdpital Joseph W. Sharp, $101,543;

Director of Human Services Frank Guzzo, $93,413. Mr. Dann, who was named to his post earlier this year, will be paid $10,000 less than his predecessor, Armand Fiorletti who retired. SurroThe freeholder and department

head raises are retroactive to Janu freeary 1, 1999.

Dan Nazza of Elizabeth called the raises “unconscionable at this time.”

He said the board appears to be “more self motivated than you are about us; and what gets me is you people have other jobs. A lot of us are retired.”

Mr. Nazza said he believes a more appropriate approachtoraisingsala ries would be to have it reviewed by an independent commission. Administra“I feel they might find the salary

increases unjustified,” he said. Joseph Doherty of Elizabeth said Pubhe was opposed to the raises as a

“beleagueredandoverburdenedtax payer.”

He said he is “confident” that the current salaries are “adequate.”

“They (county officials) are not struggling like your average citizen,” he said.

“Perhaps it is time for the citizens to storm the steps of government and cast out the political parasites and brazen bureaucrats who turn a deaf ear to their constituents’ concerns,” Mr. Doherty said.

Beatrice Bernzott of Linden said she had no problem with the raises as long as the board does not continue the practice of giving themselves in creases every year.

The board passed the ordinance to approve the raises by a 71 vote with Freeholder Donald Goncalves dis senting. Mr. Goncalves, who was replaced on the Democratic Free holder ticket this year by Angel Estrada, will not be on the board come January.

The board approved the resolution for 3.5 percent raises for Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi and Sheriff Ralph Froehlich at $105,238 each. The same salary will be paid to incoming Surrogate James Lacorte. The raises for the County Clerk and Sheriff will be retroactive to January 1, 1999.

Accordingtothe OfficeoftheFree holder Clerk, Mr. Lacorte will not receive retroactive pay, however, the estate of the late Surrogate, Ann P. Conti, will receive back pay for the time she served prior to her death last July.

Those increases were approved by an 80 vote. Jerry Goldman of Eliza beth questioned why the increases were retroactive. Freeholder Chair man Nicholas P. Scutari stated that the process involves ongoing negotia tions and has been a longtime prac tice of Union County government.

On another matter, the board ap proved 10 waivers, submitted by county employees, of the county’s residency requirement for county workers. Voting against the waivers were Freeholders Scutari and Goncalves and Freeholder Chester Holmes.

Mr. Scutari said most of the waiv ers were from Union County police officers and corrections officers and one for a worker at Runnells Special ized Hospital.

Freeholder Sullivan noted that waivers were for “extraordinary and exceptional circumstances,” such as health and other family concerns,

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