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To Be Mailed To Residents Staff, Students Extend Welcome
To New High School Principal By SUSAN M. DYCKMAN
Specially Written for The Times
SCOTCH PLAINS – The newest face in the changing complexion of administrators in Scotch PlainsFanwood public schools is Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School (SPFHS) Principal Dr. David Heisey. His goal for the remainder of the school year is to get to know the high school, and the people and community it serves.
“I’m trying to make myself available to as many groups as possible,” said Dr. Heisey, who is concluding his fourth week at SPFHS.
Dr. Heisey came to Scotch PlainsFanwood from Donegal High School in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania, where he served five years as principal. He succeeds retired principal Dr. Terry K. Reigel, who served as SPFHS principal for 26 years.
He seems particularly determined to get to know the students. In fact, the new principal came to his interview after mingling with students in the cafeteria during their lunch break.
“I’ve felt very welcome,” said Dr. Heisey. “It is a very friendly student body, lots of smiling faces. And a number of students have come up to
introduce themselves.” As he continues to meet with various student groups at the high school, Dr. Heisey said, “I’m impressed with how active students are beyond the traditional school day.”
The staff, too, has been helpful. “I’m asking question after question,” admitted Dr. Heisey. “I need to learn everything, and they’ve been very accommodating.”
Having met with a number of parent groups during the past few weeks, the new administrator seemed impressed with the number of people who have turned out to welcome him.
Commenting about what he likes best about working with high school students, Dr. Heisey said: “I enjoy the progress you see in a young person’s life from the time you first meet him/ her in ninth grade to the time you shake hands at graduation. It’s rewarding to see the growth through those four years. That’s the most enjoyable part of being an educator.”
But, there are challenges. “Education is faced with the same challenges that society is faced with,” the principal stated, “because school is a microcosm of the society in which we live.”
“First and foremost, (our job) is to educate young people,” he stated, “to prepare them for whatever presents itself past high school.
“If a problem exists in society, it will manifest itself at school in some form,” explained the principal. The challenge is to work around those barriers.
“The best way to combat it,” he added, “is to work together as a school community of staff, parents and students.”
Dr. Heisey identified what he sees as the inherent strengths of SPFHS, including an “outstanding teaching staff,” whom he called “very committed, very dedicated to doing the best for young people.”
He praised the “concerned parents” who are “involved and willing to take time to help educate their children and participate in the educational process.”
The principal also recognized the commitment of the community to provide a quality education for all students, and the “excellent student body” of nearly 1,100 students in place at SPFHS.
“Put that all together, you’ve got a great high school,” concluded Dr. Heisey.
The principal declined to comment on initiatives or changes he, himself, foresees coming into play at the high school until more time has passed.
“Give it a year,” he suggested, “before tackling the hard issues.”
In the meantime, Dr. Heisey will continue to seize every opportunity to get to know and to be known by students, staff, parents and community. WESTFIELD – The United Fund
of Westfield will be mailing its first “WORD” or Westfield Organizational Resource Directory to all Westfield residents during the week.
The directory is a compilation of all available resources for townspeople. From information about childcare offerings to varied services available for senior citizens, the publication provides information for all ages.
The purpose of the directory is to provide useful information regarding the wide variety of resources available to all Westfield residents.
Entries are divided into the following categories: Arts; Clubs and Organizations; Education; Government; Hospitals; Human Service;
Places of Worship; Recreation; Senior Citizens; Transportation; and Westfield Web Sites. Emergency / Frequently Called Numbers and a Personal Information sheet are also included.
“This first-time effort to produce such a directory proved a major undertaking. Nothing of this magnitude has ever been attempted,” said
Linda Maggio, Executive Director of the United Fund of Westfield. “But the result is worth it. If Westfielders are looking for a resource, WORD has it! We would like to extend our deep appreciation to everyone who worked so diligently on this all-important project. We are especially grateful to the Town of Westfield and the Westfield Foundation for underwriting the printing and distribution costs of this publication.”
WORD, chaired by longtime Westfield resident Austin Sayre, is a project of the Westfield Community Council and was developed by the United Fund to improve the use of community resources.
The WORD represents an extensive undertaking for the group. For more than a year, the United Fund and Council volunteers have been compiling lists of the many resources available to townspeople.
“After the 25th draft, we even had a WORD SWAT team to review the content and format,” noted Ms. Maggio. “This special ‘wordsmith’ team was composed of Gail Cassidy, Lorre Korecky, Tina Lesher, Maureen Mazzarese, Michele Picou, Neil Sullivan, Barbara Thiele and Nancy Vickers.”
The WORD Committee included Sayre; Peter Billson; Gaile Boothe; Sherl Brand; Lynn Castaldo; Lillian Corsi; Robert Dillon; James Gildea; Edward Gottko; Thomas C. Jardim; Susan Koslowsky; Trish Lobdell; Kenneth Marsh; Greg McDermott; Jean Richardson; Joanne Santoriello; and Karen Simon.
United Fund trustee Joanne Santoriello heads the Westfield Community Council, whose members include town officials and representatives from various organizations.
For more information about the WORD directory or its distribution, please contact the United Fund of Westfield at (908) 233-2113.
Chimney Workers Nabbed In Alleged Scam Attempt
WESTFIELD — Two employees of a Long Island chimney company were arrested last Thursday and charged with attempted theft by deception after they allegedly tried to bill a 90-year-old Westfield resident for several thousand dollars in unnecessary chimney repairs, police said.
Detective Sergeant Robert L. Compton of the Westfield Police Department said Tuesday that David Bosak, 20, and Joseph Vella, 21, both of Long Island, were arrested shortly after 9 a.m. during a surveillance operation at the homeowner’s residence.
The men are employed by a company called Advanced Chimney Service, which reportedly contacted the homeowner and convinced him that he needed to have his chimney cleaned, Sergeant Compton revealed.
He explained that the homeowner, believing the town implemented the requirement, contacted police. Sergeant Compton and Detective James F. McCullough, who had been investigating similar complaints, launched an investigation of the incident, which led to the arrests.
They arranged for the homeowner’s chimney to be inspected by the Westfield Fire Department, building inspector and Construction Official. “They all agreed that it was in good shape and not in need of any repairs,” remarked Sergeant Compton.
He said the chimney company had contacted the homeowner several times, but did not actually send representatives to the home until the day the arrests were made.
The Sergeant said that within seven
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Voters in Mountainside Protest Salaries of Mayor and Council By KIMBERLY A. BROADWELL
Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times
Before the start of Tuesday night’s agenda setting meeting for the Mountainside Borough Council, a petition protesting last month’s adopted salary ordinance was submitted to the Borough Clerk.
According to the petition, signed by 400 of the borough’s registered voters, there is a protest of Ordinance 1004-99, adopted on February 16, which changes the policy of the Mayor and Council filing unvouchered expenses to receiving salaries.
“The next step for me is to go to the county offices and verify the signatures,” stated Judy Osty, Mountainside’s Borough Clerk.
According to Borough Attorney John Post, New Jersey Statute 40.A965 states that if 5 percent of the
registered voters have signed the petition, the issue will be put to a vote in November’s election.
Mr. Post also stated that when the signatures are verified, and does in fact equal 5 percent, then the ordinance that was passed will be “frozen” until the outcome of the election.
Mountainside has a population of 6,657, but it is unclear how many of them are registered voters.
The ordinance, which had a first reading in January and a second reading in February, stated that the salary for council members would be $1,500 a year and the Mayor’s salary would be $3,000 per year.
This practice would amend the ordinance adopted the year before in which the Mayor and council all received $1,200 per year in
unvouchered expenses. In other business, the council announced that a public hearing on the renewal of the Comcast cable company contract is set for the Tuesday, March 16, council meeting.
Mr. Post addressed audience members by saying that if citizens have any comments on the company’s rates, services, channels or any other remarks about cable service, they would have a chance to do so at next week’s public hearing.
He added “we need as much public participation as possible.”
Second readings on two ordinances are also set for the March 16 meeting.
The first is an ordinance establishing no passing zones on New Providence Road.
The second is an ordinance amending Section 10 of the code of the Borough of Mountainside, which set the tennis badge fees and pool fees. The ordinance will also increase the nonresident family pool members to a total of 265 from a previous total of 250.
Finally, Borough Administrator, Gregory Bonin, announced that the Borough’s budget adoption is scheduled for Tuesday, April 20. According to Mr. Bonin the first public discussion of the 1999 municipal budget is also set for the March 16 meeting.
Westfield ‘Y’ Day Camps To Offer Fun For Children
WESTFIELD – The Westfield “Y” will hold its day camps for children and teens from three to 15 years of age from June 22 to August 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Before and after care will be available from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Open registration for all programs will begin on Saturday, March 13, at 8 a.m. Applications for financial aid assistance will be available.
Campers in grades 1-5 will take trips to the Watchung Reservation or Echo Lake park and enjoy swimming, arts and crafts, games, nature exploration, and cookouts in the “Camp Blue Sky” program.
“Camp Sunshine” for five and six year old children and “Summer Fun Club” for grades 1 to 5 will offer a full day of activities and swimming.
Six one-week “Caravan Camps” for grades 2 to 7 will travel in day trips to different parts of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
“Pre-K Kamp” will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for two, three or five days per week and will include free play, outdoor time, stories, songs, arts and crafts and specialty days.
New half-day specialty camps will be available this year for all ages with activities in art, drama, cooking and computers.
Teen summer programs for children aged 11 to 15 will include one-week sessions of day trips, two over-night getaway trips to Wildwood and the Baltimore area, and a 10-day interna
tional trip to Sweden. Age-appropriate leadership-in-training camps will be offered, as well as an Outward Bound Experience of camping and hiking through the New England area.
For more information or a camp brochure, please contact Linda Johnson at (908) 233-2700, Extension No. 252.
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