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The Westfield Leader — Serving the Town Since 1890 —

Thursday, December 16, 1999 USPS 680020 Periodical – Postage Paid at Westfield, N. J.

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INDEX

Arts................ Page 23 Business ........ Page 20 Classifieds...... Page 22 County .......... Page 2

Editorial ........ Page 4 Mountainside Page 3 Obituary ........ Page 10

Religious ....... Page 11 School.............. Page 8 Social............... Page 6 Sports ............ Page 13

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Five Westfield Firefighters Pay Respects During Funeral of Worcester, Mass. Firemen By DEBORAH MADISON

Specially Written for The Westfield Leader

A group of five firefighters representing Westfield’s fire Department traveled to Massachusetts last Thursday to attend the funeral service for the six firemen who lost their lives in the December 2 Cold Storage Warehouse blaze in Worcester, Mass.

They joined more than 20,000 firefighters from around the world who also attended the solemn service. President Bill Clinton was among the guest speakers who addressed the families, friends and colleagues of the lost firemen.

The warehouse fire, which lasted for several days, was started by two homeless squatters who knocked over a candle during an argument, reports have said. The two individuals have pleaded “not guilty” to charges of involuntary manslaughter, according to the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office.

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Captain Ryan said the funeral service was “overwhelming” and called it the greatest show of brotherhood that a community could receive.

“We all knew that we had to be there because we know that could have been us,” Captain Ryan said.

“The processional march across the Town of Worcester of thousands of firefighters in total silence, except for the soft drum tatoo and tolling church bells was deeply moving,” Captain Ryan related. “From a distance, we could see the continuing wisps of dark smoke and the crane overhanging the wreckage,” he added. “It was very eerie.”

Captain Ryan stated that it didn’t matter that the building was abandoned and occupied only by squatters. Firemen do not discriminate in who they are trying to save, the Captain related.

The Massachusetts firemen killed in the blaze were Paul Brotherton, 41; Jeremiah Lucey, 38; Lieutenant Thomas Spencer, 42; James Lyons, 34; Timothy Jackson, 51,

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Committee Begins Interviews to Fill Administrator Post

By PAUL J. PEYTON

Specially Written for The Westfield Leader

A special selection committee formed in September by Mayor Thomas C. Jardim has begun the process of finding a new town administrator. Edward A. Gottko informed the Town Council over the summer that he would be retiring effective Saturday, January 1.

Mr. Gottko, who joined the town’s payroll in 1979 as Town Engineer, has served as administrator since 1993.

Mayor Jardim told The Westfield Leader Tuesday that the committee interviewed four candidates on December 4 and is slated to question another six prospects this Saturday, December 18. At that point, the committee will reduce the number to three finalists. Twentyfive resumés have been received to date.

“We should be ready to select someone by the beginning of the year,” said Mayor Jardim.

He expected the new administrator to be on board “by mid or late January

at the earliest.” The Mayor described the first set of interviews as “a good initial round of interviews.”

Among the skills the committee is looking for are municipal administrative experience, good people skills and someone who is innovative. He said the successful candidate will face a demanding citizenry and governing body.

An advertisement published by the town on the New Jersey State League of Municipalities Web site also listed knowledge of economic development, labor negotiations, contract administration, budget preparation and personnel matters as key qualifications sought by the town. The successful candidate will oversee a budget of over $23 million and a staff of 200 fulltime employees.

“We are looking for someone who will give us stability,” Mayor Jardim said.

Veteran Second Ward Councilman

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Towns Still Discussing Flouridation

By KIM KINTER

Specially Written for The Westfield Leader

Now that the Westfield Regional Board of Health passed a resolution recommending the fluoridation of the local water supply, officials from area municipalities on the same Elizabethtown Water Company line must decide what they will do.

Because 27 municipalities — including Westfield, Mountainside, Fanwood and Scotch Plains — are served by the same Elizabethtown Water Company line, in order for Westfield to begin having fluoride added to the water all the other communities must sign on to the idea.

In Mountainside, which is one of the communities served by the Regional Health Board that passed a resolution recommending that Westfield pursue fluoridation of the town’s water supply, the matter has yet to be discussed.

Acting Borough Administrator James Debbie said that he has seen a letter sent by Westfield Mayor Thomas C. Jardim informing the borough about the fluoridation issue and asking whether the borough would be interested.

He expected the issue to be addressed soon and assumed the Regional Health Board would recommend the borough to say yes to fluoridating the water supply.

During the December 9 regular meeting of Fanwood’s governing body, Mayor Maryanne S.

Despite Warnings About Y2K Transition, Stores Report No Mad Rush to Stockpile Supplies

ANGELIC DISPLAY… Last year, graphic artist Art Taylor of Mountainside designed and produced freestanding figures of the nativity surrounded by angels for the First Baptist Church in Westfield. These angels have been inspired by the Renaissance figures of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, with colors based on the restored Sistine Chapel ceiling by Michelangelo. This year, Mr. Taylor added three more angels on the ground level, changed the background and installed a crucifix on a new organ screen.

Leader Announces Early Deadline

The deadline for submitting releases for consideration for the Thursday, December 30, issue of

The Westfield Leader is Thursday, December 23, at 5 p. m. The newspaper offices will be closed on Fridays, December 24 and 31.

Readers are invited to submit suggestions and ideas in the form of one to three sentences regarding the December 30 issue. This edition will be a collector’s issue blending old and new articles and advertisements, while ushering in the new century.

All comments and suggestions may be submitted to press@ goleader. com.

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By DEBORAH MADISON

Specially Written for The Westfield Leader Editor’s Note: This article is the second in a series on the Y2K issue.

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Sales of emergency supplies have been marginal, report local store managers, despite the approaching millennium event.

Even though the media and local town officials have been advising people to stock up on canned goods, flashlights and other blackout related supplies, many stores have not seen any purchasing activity above normal seasonal levels.

Fanwood A& P’s Manager Mike Buck reported that extra cases of flashlights and batteries, which they have in stock, are not moving out of the ordinary.

“People are buying the same quantities of batteries that they usually would be expected to in this preChristmas holiday season,” Mr. Buck stated.

The A& P, like most other food chains has stocked up on extra batteries, flashlights and bottled water in preparation for what they thought would be a largerthanusual demand.

“We have a special sale on cases of certain vegetables,” Mr. Buck added, “but noone’s panicking just yet.”

Donna SevellLeber, SecretaryTreasurer of the family owned Westfield Lumber and Home Center on North Avenue, reported that the only item she has seen move more than usual are the oil lamps.

“There have been only a few requests for generators,” Ms. SevellLeber commented. “I think we may

see customers stock up on emergency supplies after they get their holiday shopping out of the way,” she added.

CVS in Scotch Plains and Eckerds in Fanwood haven’t experienced any mad dash to refill prescriptions yet, according to managers for both drugstores, despite advice from media

pect that there will be any computer problems during the New Year transition.

According to the Federal Reserve Board’s Internet Web site at

and town officials to refill prescriptions early. Terri Wiggins, Acting Manager of Eckerds, suggested that customers could request a printout of their prescription activity for the year, as a safe guard against computer failures. However, Ms. Wiggins does not ex

“We are more likely to experience power outages due to typical winter storm conditions than because of Y2K computer problems,” Joey Anderson, spokesman for Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE& G) stated. “Be prepared as you would for a storm outage with a few extra supplies, such as flashlights and bottled water.”

David B. Corbin for The Westfield Leader

PAYING RESPECTS… The flag at the Westfield Fire headquarters on North Avenue flew at halfstaff on December 9 in memory of the six firefighters lost in the line of duty in Worcester, Mass. on December 3. While five of the town’s firefighters, Captain James Ryan, Lieutenants Frank Isoldi, Michael Brennan and Peter Klebaur and Firefighter James Ryan, Jr. traveled to Worcester to pay their respects, three firefighters paid tribute to the fallen firefighters at the fire station. Pictured, left to right, are: Firefighters Scott Mazza, Michael Ridge and Harry Keen.

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Mtsde. Council Sets Rules For New Parking Lot Spaces

By KIMBERLY A. BROADWELL

Specially Written for The Westfield Leader

A lengthy discussion concerning the commuter parking spaces available in a newly constructed lot on the northeast corner of Route 22, West, across from Borough Hall in Mountainside was held Tuesday evening, as Mayor Robert F. Viglianti and the council met for their monthly agenda setting meeting.

Borough officials decided that the 42 spaces would be allotted for commuter parking on a firstcome, firstserved basis if the demand was equal or less than the number of spaces available. If more than 42

applications are received, the council decided that a lottery will be conducted. Residents’ applications will be given priority.

The Mayor and council stated that the cost for parking will be $90 per quarter. Applications for the spaces must be filled out by Tuesday, February l, 2000.

Officials decided that if the applications do not reach 42 by Tuesday, February 15, 2000, the parking spots will be made available for nonresidents on a first come, firstserved monthly basis of $40 per month. It was noted, however, that if an application was received at any

Town, CWA Negotiates for New ThreeYear Contract; Action on Holy Trinity Bingo, Raffle Fee Waiver Delayed By PAUL J. PEYTON

Specially Written for The Westfield Leader

The Town of Westfield is continuing to negotiate with representatives of Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local No. 1040 on a new contract. The current threeyear pact will expire on Friday, December 31.

The CWA chapter represents 50 employees, including clerical, nonsupervisory and nonuniform personnel.

Town Administrator Edward A. Gottko explained that CWA members received a 3.5 percent increase this year — the last year of their current contract.

“We are hoping to reach (an agreement) by the end of the year,” he said. The town’s labor attorney, Frederick Danzer, is handling negotiations for the town, while the union is being represented by CWA officials.

Mr. Gottko also noted that the town is expected to enter into negotiations with representatives of the Firemen’s Mutual Benevolent Association Branch 30 and Teamsters Local No. 866 next fall. The contracts between the town and these two groups will expire at the end of 2000.

The Teamsters represent 40 hourly employees in the Department of Public Works, as well as a few workers in the Engineering and Building Departments.

The council will approve the 2000 salaries for members of the Policemen’s Benevolent Association (PBA) Local 90 this Tuesday, December 21, as per the second year of a threeyear contract with the PBA.

During its December 7 meeting, the council approved, through a resolution, fire department salaries for the final year of the union’s current threeyear contract.

The various collective bargaining units have been averaging salary increases of 3 to 3.5 percent per year. Teamsters members received an increase of 65 cents per hour this year as part of their contract.

In other business, the Town Council is not expected to take action until the new year on a request by the Holy Trinity Home and School Association to waive the municipal fee charged for raffle and bingo licenses.

Bill Fitzpatrick represented Holy Trinity School earlier this month in seeking council action to waive the $1,500 in fees the school pays the town each year for bingo events and raffles. That fee includes $1,000 for 100 bingo nights and another $500 for raffles.

Mr. Gottko explained that state regulations set a fee of $10 per raffle where the prize money is $400 or more. There is no charge when the prize is below $400. The stateset fee for bingo is $10 per event. Holy Trin ity pays the identical $1,500 fee to

the state Legalized Games of Chance Division.

The council, however, will take action this week to grant raffle licenses applied for by the Holy Trinity School Association and the New Jersey Workshop for the Arts, as well as bingo licenses requested by Holy Trinity and the Elizabeth Seton Library Guild, another organization under the Holy Trinity Association.

Third Ward Councilman Neil F. Sullivan questioned whether the council should be approving the $1,500 in fees charged to Holy Trinity if the governing body is going to consider waiving those fees at some point next year.

Fourth Ward Councilman Lawrence A. Goldman, who served as Acting Mayor for the first hour of Tuesday’s meeting, said he believes the town has been consistent the past three years in denying the request.

“But if you (the council) would like to look at it in the future, let’s look at it in an ordinary manner and not in the context of approving one particular application,” Mr. Goldman said.

Town Engineer Kenneth B. Marsh recommended that the town consider

changing a project that called for the replacement of a storage shed in the lower section of Tamaques Park with a storage /restroom facility.

Mr. Marsh said the town has received bids ranging from $153,000 to $285,000 to complete the project. He said the town has budgeted

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some very qualified people” to replace Mr. Gottko.

“We have some excellent resumés. These are all current administrators in the State of New Jersey,” he said, noting that most municipal administrators start out as town engineers or as municipal financial people.

While residing in Westfield or Union is not a requirement for the tion, “availability is an important criteria”

the committee will consider, said Mr. Gruba.

Mr. Gottko, according to Mr. Gruba, has agreed to assist the council during the 2000 municipal budget process “in a consulting capacity.” That process gan in September.

In an effort to generate applicants, the town advertised the position in the state League of Municipalities’ magazine and

committhrough a professional managers’ nization based in Cranford. Westfield was

also well represented at the League’s convention in Atlantic City in November. There, officials spread the word about the administrator opening in Westfield.

“We definitely saw a dramatic crease in the number of applications ceived by the town) after the (November council) election,” the Mayor admitted.

Amongthe applicantsaresomeWestfield posiresidents. The list of candidates includes a

number of individuals with municipal ernment administrative experience, as well as persons with both private sector and municipal backgrounds.

The selection committee includes publicans Mr. Gruba and beman Richard H. Bagger, a former Westfield mayor, and Democrats James Hely, a former longtime Councilman, and Fourth Ward Councilman Lawrence A. Goldman.

Interviews Begin to Fill Administrator Position

Connelly asked Borough Adminis trator Eleanor McGovern to reply to Mayor Jardim’s correspondence, let ting him know that borough officials were still discussing the issue.

And, in Scotch Plains, which uses the services of the Rahway Regional Health Board, it is uncertain what the community intends to do. Re peated calls to the township adminis trator were not returned.

Robert M. Sherr, Health Officer for the Board of Health, said that he

that Fanwood may hold a public hearing as was held in Westfield on December 6.

He added that most of the munici palities were in contact directly with Westfield Mayor Jardim about what they intended to do.

Mayor Jardim said that the Town Council likely will deal with the Re gional Board of Health’s resolution

at its first conference session after the first of the year. At that meeting, he said, it will be decided as a governing body whether the Board of Health’s resolution was a “concept we sup port.”Headded thatthecouncilwould “obviously” trust the Board of Health’s judgment on the matter.

Mayor Jardim has been looking into the matter of fluoridation, along with the Board of Health, for the last year. When he found out that fluoride was not added to the local water supply, he contacted the Board of Health to ask what it thought about the matter.

The Board of Health responded at the time that it was a matter worth pursuing, but that it might take a lot of work because so many other com munities had to sign on the idea.

Town Continues Discussion On Fluoridating Water

PUBLIC NOTICE TOWN OF WESTFIELD

RESOLUTION

BERNARD A. HEENEY, TOWN OF THE TOWN OF WESTFIELD,

CERTIFY THAT THE AT TACHED IS A TRUE AND CORRECT COPY OF A RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE TOWN OF WESTFIELD AT A MEETING HELD DE CEMBER 7, 1999.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I HAVE HEREUNTO SET MY HAND AND AF FIXED THE SEAL OF THE TOWN OF WESTFIELD THIS 8TH DAY OF DECEM BER 1999.

BernardA.Heeney Town Clerk

RESOLUTION PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE

DECEMBER 7, 1999

WHEREAS, The RBA Group is currently contract with the Town to provide professional services required for a Traffic Calming Study of certain roads; and

WHEREAS, the RBA Group reviewed a number of roads in Town and, with advice

the Traffic Calming Advisory tee, has focused on Rahway Avenue for implementation of a traffic calming pilot project;and

WHEREAS, one of the roads considered by the RBA Group was East Broad Street from Gallows Hill Road to Euclid Avenue; and

WHEREAS, Town Council has that a study of traffic calming suresshouldbe conductedfortheaforesaid of East Broad Street in conjunction with consideration of lowering the speed limit to 25 miles per hour; and

WHEREAS, Town Council directed the TownEngineertosolicit aproposalfromthe RBAGroupfora tract to evaluate Traffic calming measures

EastBroadalongwith astudyoflowering speed limit to 25 miles per hour; and WHEREAS, the RBA Group submitted a proposaldatedNovember30, 1999,toprovide the aforesaid professional services for a fee of $16,000.00; and

WHEREAS, the Town Engineer has reviewed the aforesaid proposal and recomNOKIA mendsthat aprofessionalservicescontract in the amount of $16,000.00 be awarded to the RBA Group pursuant to the proposal dated November 30, 1999; and WHEREAS, funds are available for this purpose from A& E, Other Expenses, AcSALE count No. 9001100252: NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Town Council of the Town of Westfield that the aforementioned contract for professional services to conduct a traffic calming study and evaluation of speed limit for East Broad Street from Gallows Hill Road to Euclid Avenue be awarded to the RBA Group, One Evergreen Place, P. O. Box 1927, Morristown, New Jersey in the lump sum amount of $16,000.00; and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this professional services contract is awarded without public bidding in accordance with N. J. S. A. 40A: 115 (Public Contracts Law); and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the fees under this contract be charged to Ac$69.99 count No. 9001100252; and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this Resolution be published in The Westfield Leader as Public Notice of action taken in accordance with N. J. S. A. 40A: 115. 1 T – 12/ 16/ 99, The Leader Fee:$ 70.89

PUBLIC NOTICE PUBLIC NOTICE TOWN OF WESTFIELD WESTFIELD PLANNING BOARD MEETING DATES FOR 2000

IncompliancewithN. J. S. A.10: 48D(OpenPublicMeetings Act),theWestfieldPlanning Board wishes to advise the public of its meeting dates. Meetings, at which formal action will betaken,areon thefirstMondayof eachmonthat8: 00p. m. unlessotherwisestipulated,and are held at the Municipal Building, 425 East Broad Street, Westfield, New Jersey in the Council Chambers on the following dates:

January 3, 2000 August 7, 2000 February 7, 2000 September 11, 2000 March 6, 2000 October 2, 2000 April 3, 2000 November 6, 2000 May1,2000 December 4, 2000 June 5, 2000 January 8, 2001 July 3, 2000 February 5, 2001 TheBoardwill alsomeetat7: 30p. m.on thesedatesinthe Mayor’sConferenceRoomfor a work session which the public may attend but may not participate in.

Applications and plans to be considered at these meetings will be on file in the office of the Secretary of the Planning Board, 959 North Avenue West, Westfield, New Jersey and may be seen Monday through Friday, 8: 30 a. m. to 4: 30 p. m.

Kenneth B. Marsh, Secretary Westfield Planning Board 1 T – 12/ 16/ 99, The Leader Fee:$39.78

WESTFIELD POLICE BLOTTER TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7

· A Kenilworth resident doing orgascaping work in Westfield reported that he was assaulted in the roadway of Orenda Circle by another landscaper who accused the victim of taking his leaf blower. The victim, who was shoved to the ground, was not injured. No one had been charged in connection with the incident at press time.

· A Nokia cellular telephone was ported stolen from a motor vehicle parked in the 600 block of Westfield Avenue.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8

· Jewelry valued at approximately $5,000 was reported stolen from a ing Way home. The victim said the

incident occurred in November. Police said there were no signs of forced entry.

· An Ayliffe Avenue resident reported that a leather wallet containing personal papers was stolen from his motor vehicle while it was parked on the street where he lives.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 10

· A purse containing $100 in cash

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was reported stolen from a desk drawer landat a utility company office on in the 600

block of South Avenue, West.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11

· Approximately $450 in cash and checks was reported stolen from a South Avenue hair salon.

· A cellular telephone was reported stolen from a motor vehicle parked on

reMountain Avenue.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12

· A cellular telephone and keys were reported stolen from a closet at The Presbyterian Church in Westfield, loCounty Riscated on Mountain Avenue and East

Broad Street.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 13

· A resident of Sandra Circle reported that someone unlawfully used her credit card to access pornography sites on the Internet.

· A Santa Claus and two reindeer ornamentsmeasuring threefeethighwere removed from the front yard of a Salter Place residence.

time from a Mountainside resident, the nonresident would be bumped from the space at the end of any given month.

BoroughAttorney JohnPostnotedthat if any resident wanted a space on a monthly basis, that could also be worked out. In addition, it was noted that more than one person living at a single resi dence could apply for a space.

The governing body decided that the spaces would be available to permit hold ers from 7 a. m. to 7 p. m., Monday through Friday, and that these permits will not be valid on Saturdays and Sundays.

Details about the start date for picking up applications at Borough Hall were not finalized at press time.

In other business, Councilman Keith C.Turnernotedthat mittee met to discuss rate increases for

the summer 2000 season at the Mountainside Pool.

According to Mr. Turner, the fees have been increased at a rate of 3 percent across the board.

For a resident family, the rate will increasefrom$190to $195fortheseason, while a resident single pass will rise from $95 to $98. A resident senior pass will go up from $55 to $58 per season.

For nonresidents, the fee will in crease from $310 to $325 for a family; $120 to $155 for a single membership and $115 to $120 for a senior.

“Last year was the first year we in creased the pool fees in many years,” stated Councilman Turner.

He also expressed an interest in apply ingforagrant fromUnionCounty’sProject Pocket Parks Program to resurface the remaining tennis courts that were not done last year and also to make improve ments to the field and facilities at the Deerfield and Beechwood schools.

Councilman Turner stated that he wanted to apply for a $100,000 match funds grant for the year 2000. He noted that the borough had applied for and received a $25,000 matching grant in 1998 and a $39,000 match ing grant in 1999 from the same pro gram.

The Mayor and council also discussed the increase of New Jersey Motor Ve hicle fines of $1 per ticket, mandated by the state, which will be put into a special fund for spinal cord injuries.

Finally, the Mayor stated that the bor ough is presently looking for someone to tape the council meeting scheduled for Thursday, December 23, at 8 p. m. for its regular broadcast on TV35.

He noted that advertisements have run on the station for a volunteer to handle the taping, but no one had yet stepped forward. For further information about volunteering, please call Borough Hall at (908) 2322400.

Mtsde. Council Sets Rules For New Parking Lot Spaces

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and Joseph McGuirk, 38. Two of the firefighters were missing from a rollcall after the firemen were ordered out of the blazing building. Four additional firefighters lost their lives when they entered the burning building searching for their two lost colleagues.

Firemen from neighboring towns have spentthelast fewweekscombingthrough the wreckage searching for the bodies of thevictims, buttemperaturesthatreached as high as 2,000 degrees during the blaze, have hampered finding their remains.

As of December 10, only two of the six victims’ bodies had been recovered. By December 13, all but one of the bodies had been found.

Mayor Raymond Mariano of Worces ter declared December 9 a day of mourn ing and the Worcester’s schools and offices were shut down.

The Mayor was quoted in the Daily Globe of Worcester as saying, “Heroes are ordinary men and women who reach out every day to help their community.”

The six firemen leave behind five widows and 17 children.

Mayor Connelly Saluted During Final Meeting

theRecreationComFiremen Honored

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Town, CWA Negotiating New ThreeYear Contract

Ingrid McKinley for The Westfield Leader and The Times MAKING A NEW FRIEND... Second graders from Westfield had a chance to pet horse at the Watchung Stables in Mountainside on December 3 during Union

annual Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony.

$100,000 for the new building. The engineer said it is his recom mendation that the town consider leaving the storage shed in place and instead constructing the restroom building. If the council follows this direction, the project would have to rebid under the new specifications.

On another matter, The Presbyte rian Church in Westfield has agreed to allow the town to designate 15 of the church’s parking spaces, located in the far corner of its parking lot near its Parish House, for parking for downtown workers during the final week of the holiday shopping sea son. Church officials have asked that stickers be placed on these vehicles.

The council received a letter from resident Keith Hertell questioning

thetown’s policyregardingtheplace ment of religious symbols on public property in town. Mr. Hertell said a “well thought process needs to be in place” that recognizes “all cultures in the spirit of inclusion.”

Mayor Thomas C. Jardim, who arrived near the end of the meeting, told Republicans he was not pre pared to assign the issue to a council standing committee at this time.

Republican Second Ward Couning cilman Matthew P. Albano said the letter “shouldn’t be overlooked.”

Mr. Hertell told The Westfield Leader he was “disappointed the council didn’t at least send it (the letter) to committee because I think (the issue) benefits both Democrats and Republicans.”

Collector’s Edition Last Issue of the 1900’s

December 30th

By SUZETTE F. STALKER

Specially Written for The Times

Presiding over her final regular meet ing as Mayor of Fanwood last Thursday, MayorMaryanne S.Connellywaslauded by colleagues and others for her contribu intions to the community over a span of

(renearly two decades.

Mrs. Connelly, who has announced her intention to run for the Seventh Con gressional District seat in 2000, will leave office as Mayor after one term at govthe end of this year. She will be suc

ceeded by Republican Councilman Louis C. Jung on New Year’s Day.

She was elected as Mayor in 1995, Refollowing nine years as a Borough Coun

Assemblycilwoman. Mrs. Connelly also served as

Police Commissioner and as a member of the Planning Board and the Environmen tal Commission.

In a surprise presentation, Mayor Connelly was honored by William Sheppard, veterans’ representative to the USS New Jersey BB627, a coalition which supports the Battleship New Jer sey, and Rear Admiral Timothy B. Beard of the New Jersey Naval Militia Joint Command, a recentlyestablished coun terpart to the New Jersey National Guard.

Mrs. Connelly was recognized for her strong support over the past several years of the successful campaign to bring the

New Jersey – the most decorated warship in United States’ naval history — home to the Garden State.

Also taking part in the salute – ar ranged by Mr. Sheppard and Council man Jung — was the ceremonial Honor Guard of the New Jersey 821st Air Force Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (AFJROTC) at Scotch PlainsFanwood High School.

Theunithasserved astheHonorGuard for the “Flags Across America” program, whichchampionedthe returnofthebattle ship for more than three years. Mrs. Connelly was named as an Honorary Command Drill Instructor – the Honor Guard’s personal award for superior ser vice — for her steadfast support of the unit. She is only the second person to receive the honor.

The Mayor, in turn, presented a reso lution citing the awardwinning chapter for its promotion of the ROTC program and other activities. She also presented the Mayor’s Award for Civic Contribu tion to ROTC members who recently helped clean out the Patricia M. Kuran Cultural Arts Center, formerly known as the Carriage House.

Mrs. Connelly additionally received a round of kudos from colleagues on the governing body. Councilman Jung thanked her for “giving a good part of your life” to public service. He also re counted some of her accomplishments, from her role years ago as a negotiator when Fanwood reached a settlement with the state Council on Affordable Housing, to the establishment of the annual Fanny Wood Day festival and the debut of the Millennium Clock.

Fellow Republican Councilman Stuart S. Kline concurred, saying Fanwoodians owe the Mayor “a debt of gratitude” for having put in hundreds of hours on behalf of the borough over the years.

AmongtheDemocrats,Councilwoman Karen M. Schurtz noted that Mrs. Connelly looked beyond political affilia tions to choose the right people for vari

ous positions during her tenure. She also credited the Mayor with showing her that “possibilities exist.”

Councilwoman Katherine Mitchell, who has known the Mayor for some 15 years, thanked Mrs. Connelly for “your confidence in me.” She said the Mayor, along with predecessors Linda d. Stender and the late Patricia MacDonald Kuran, inspired her to seek public office herself.

Local businessman and former Re publican Mayoral contender Daniel P. Valentino, 3rd, presented the Mayor with a bouquet of roses as a farewell tribute. He fondly recalled how Mrs. Connelly helped out on short notice during a UNICO event, when he found himself short on volunteers, and with a fundraiser as well. Mr. Valentino praised the Mayor for being “genuine” and “a rarity in poli tics.”

Thanking all for their tributes, Mayor Connelly said she would save her own remarks for a special meeting of the governing body which will be held on Tuesday, December 28, beginning at 7 p. m. The purpose of the meeting is to wrap up borough business for the year.

Under other matters last Thursday, Brandon Lorenz, the newest member of the Fanwood Police Department, was administered his oath of office by Mayor Connelly.

It was also announced that Adele Kenny, Director of the Fanwood Cultural Arts Committee, has been named to the borough’s Historic Preservation Com mission and that Matthew Glennon has been appointed as Planning Board Liai son to the Environmental Commission. Both appointments run through Decem ber of next year.

The council introduced an ordinance on first reading calling for a revision to the Borough Code whereby an indiunderstood vidual named to serve as Borough Attor ney would need to have a minimum of five years experience as an attorney, compared with the 10 years currently required.

Although no individual has been iden tified publicly as a prospective successor to Borough Attorney Dennis Estis, it is believed someone else will be named to the post once the new administration, with a Republican majority, takes over in January.

Councilman Jung said he felt the change in the required number of years of experience for the attorney’s position should be instituted so it would match that for the municipal judge in Fanwood.

While agreeing that the minimum amount of experience for these positions should be “across the board,” Mrs. Schurtz said she felt any candidate for the attorney’s post should have some background inmunicipalgovernmentop erations.

Mayor Connelly said she believed the salary of the individual should be com mensurate with his or her experience.

Councilman Whitaker remarked that an individual would ideally possess ex perience, knowledge and “the ability to learn,” since the borough attorney deals with a myriad of issues related to bor ough government functions.

Also unveiled on first reading last week were a pair of ordinances authoriz ing funds from two previous ordinances to be reallocated. The money, originally earmarked for nowcompleted automa tion of the Fanwood Memorial Library, will be used instead for the final phase of library upgrades.

Two ordinances were adopted on secI, ond reading. One approved an amendCLERK ment to an ordinance passed by the counHEREBY cil last month renewing the borough’s agreement with Comcast Cablevision of New Jersey, Inc. for operation of a cable television and communications system in Fanwood.

The amendment deletes a passage from the original decree stating the cable company would contribute $5,000 toward the cost of a consultant to work with Fanwood’s Long Range Planning Committee as a condition of approval of the pact.

Comcast will still make the donation, but it will be in the form of a gift. Per regulations set forth by the state Office of Cable Television, donations as a condiunder tion of approval are only allowed if the money will be used for cable television purposes. The funds donated by Comcast are intended for downtown redevelopfrom Commitment efforts.

The other ordinance adopted last week limits the use of certain governmentthis owned buildings and equipment for poCounty’s litical fundraising. It is endorsed by New Jersey Common Cause, an organization which seeks to maintain government in detertegrity by eliminating such potential conmined

meaflicts of interest.

Finally, resolutions were passed ausection thorizing the borough to submit a grant application to the New Jersey Depart ment of Forestry for trees to be planted along South Avenue, and authorizing professionalservicesconFanwood to receive bids for lighting fixComing

tures in the downtown area and for storfor age sheds for the Public Works Departthe ment.

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