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A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION The Westfield Leader and THE TIMES of Scotch Plains - Fanwood Thursday, March 11, 1999 Page 7

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The Mayor concluded by saying that “a person is only as good as the people they are associated with and stated that the present council was a hard working group putting together some positive programs.”

He pointed out some new recreation programs, including the ice skating rink. This winter, the borough set up a temporary public ice skating rink behind its office building that faces Route 22.

He also noted that this year the council was working on a new parking lot, renovations to the municipal building and that the borough had attracted some taxable properties in the past few years, including Brighten Gardens and the Sony Theater.

In his address, Councilman Paul Mirabelli stated that he was not interested in “rewriting history” and that he was going to keep the same philosophy as had been in place for the last 107 years; as long as the borough has been in existence.

He stated that this philosophy included spending taxes in the “most effective way.” Councilman Mirabelli concluded that “your taxes will be safe with us, we will spend as if it were our own money.”

Councilman Keith Turner echoed the sentiments of Councilman Mirabelli and added that “we will do the best job that we possibly can.” Councilman Turner also asked his fellow Republicans to come out to some of the council meetings and show support.

Mountainside Incumbents Nominated By Local GOP

For Party’s ’99 Ticket

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The Republican convention also endorsed the two Republican incumbents who are running for the state legislature.

Assemblyman Richard H. Bagger, who represents the 22nd district, which includes parts of Middlesex, Morris, Somerset and Union counties, addressed the audience first.

He opened his address by thanking his parents, Don and Betty Bagger, who attended the convention and live in Mountainside, for giving him the interest in politics. He thanked the crowd for “the honor of representing them” and asked for their support in the next election.

Assemblyman Alan Augustine, who also represents the 22nd district addressed the club members by first dedicating his appearance to the memory of Bill Van Blarcom, who passed away last year. Mr. Van Blarcom had been a very active member of the Mountainside Republican Party for many years.

He stated that he was “very proud to represent the residents in quality of life issues” and that he does not take his position for granted.

Finally, Dona Osieja announced that she and Marylin Hart, Chairperson of the Republican Club, had visited Betty Van Blarcom to give her the first annual William O. Van Blarcom Republican of the Year Award, in memory of Mr. Van Blarcom.

According to the club, an awards committee will be appointed to compile criteria for the selection of future winners of the annual award.

minutes of arriving at the victim’s residence, the suspects “attempted to convince the homeowner that his chimney was in need of $4,000 worth of emergency repairs.”

The suspects were also charged with possession of under 50 grams of marijuana. Bosak and Vella were released on $1,500 and $2,500 bail, respectively, Sergeant Compton said.

He stated that the police department recently began receiving complaints about Advanced Chimney Service, adding that another company, Garden State Chimney Sweeps, had also been the subject of complaints last year. Both companies have Clifton mailing addresses but are located in Long Island, the Sergeant said.

He noted that the companies would use telephone solicitation to persuade homeowners — usually senior citizens — that they needed to have their chimney cleaned. Sergeant Compton said callers in such scams often use intimidation to get homeowners to agree to the service.

After coming to the residence and cleaning the chimney, an employee would convince the homeowner that emergency repairs needed to be done, Sergeant Compton explained.

The Westfield Police Department has issued the following tips to help homeowners avoid scams:

· When hiring a contractor, ask for references.

Chimney Workers Nabbed In Alleged Scam Attempt

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· Check with neighbors and friends when looking for a contractor.

· Contact the Better Business Bureau.

· Carefully scrutinize all telephone solicitations.

· Get multiple written estimates from contractors.

Individuals who believe that someone is attempting a scam may call any of the following telephone numbers:

Westfield Police Department, (908) 789-4001; Better Business Bureau, (973) 581-1313; Westfield Fire Department, (908) 789-4130, or Westfield Building Department, (908) 789-4100.

Charles Brandt to Be Honored At Dinner on Friday, March 26

WESTFIELD Former mayors and council members, as well as current governing body members, will attend a tribute to former Town Attorney Charles H. Brandt at a retirement dinner Friday, March 26, at 7 p.m. at The Gran Centurions in Clark.

Mr. Brandt retired in January after 22 years as Town Attorney. During his tenure, he attended 1,056 council meetings.

Prior to that he had served as Westfield Second Ward Councilman

from 1974 to 1976. He was City Attorney for Rahway from 1976 through 1978.

Mr. Brandt was not always an attorney. In fact, he received a degree in chemical engineering from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, a field he worked in until his late 30s, when he earned a law degree from the Seton Hall Law School.

Mr. Brandt continues to practice law at his private practice on Prospect Street in Westfield.

Fanwood Councilman Jung Calls For Downtown Plans

FANWOOD – Fanwood Councilman, Louis C. Jung, has suggested recommendations for downtown planning.

“Two recent developments have focused my thinking on Fanwood’s downtown redevelopment,” he stated. “They are the recently completed survey by DECA, from Scotch PlainsFanwood High School, and the 36unit, three-story apartment complex being proposed by a developer for the Dean Oil site on the corner of LaGrande and Second Street.”

The Councilman continued, “The DECA survey showed that Fanwood residents should shop even more downtown if there were additional

stores available. I have heard from many Fanwood citizens regarding the proposed apartment complex, and not one of whom supported the idea. They all wanted some form or combination of retail stores, light commercial or professional buildings.”

“It seems to me that Fanwood should take some proactive steps to ensure this type of development in downtown Fanwood. Examples might include pursuing the option of eminent domain, negotiate with potential developers, and/or having the Fanwood Downtown Revitalization Committee, to which I am the Council liaison, meet with potential developers,” he concluded.

Mr. McDermott Looks Fondly on Chairmanship

Of Improvement Group

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recruits students to the school. The Improvement Authority also helped finance the bonds that enabled the Union County Educational Services Commission to purchase the former Commerce Clearinghouse building on Lamberts Mill Road in Westfield.

“We were able to finance a payment schedule which allowing them to maintain a cost effective mortgage, longer then the period of time a traditional bank would have been able to them,” Mr. McDermott explained.

The Lamberts Mill building, which currently houses the Westlake Elementary and Beadleston High School for disabled students, is the first building owned by the Commission which use to pay rent to local school districts.

In addition to the change in the makeup of the Authority, under its new leadership, has opted to hire a bond counsel and financial advisor along

with a full-time executive director. The director replaces an executive administrator who was paid $2,500 as opposed to the new position who will be position that with salary and benefits is around $50,000 annually.

“That’s (the new setup) kind of unfortunate. I think we are busy enough to justify that,” Mr. McDermott explained.

Despite the changes, Mr. McDermott stated that “it has been a tremendous experience for me. It gives you an opportunity to deal with government at all levels. You have the opportunity to meet with outstanding individuals who specialize in governmental relations and doing these type of deals.”

“You know we will be extremely busy with the makeup of both the Freeholder board and with the makeup of our board,” Mr. McDermott concluded, adding that the board will be doing even more to help municipalities.

Councilman Whitaker Talks To Kids on Borough Issues

FANWOOD – Fanwood Councilman Joel Whitaker recently spoke to Jane Lawlor’s third-grade class at McGinn Elementary School in Scotch Plains.

He explained how the Mayor and council make laws in Fanwood, and how they are responsible for maintaining streets and parks, and overseeing the police and fire departments.

Councilman Whitaker also discussed borough officials’ plans for improving the community’s downtown.

Several children had questions or comments. With the recent news that an apartment complex had been proposed for the Dean Oil site at LaGrande Avenue and Second Street, some of the youngsters felt the land should be acquired by the borough and turned into another park.

When Councilman Whitaker responded that there was a park just across the street from the Dean Oil site, several of the children explained they weren’t able to use it for “pickup” softball games, soccer games and the like because LaGrande Park is heavily booked for use by groups such as the Oldtimers Softball League of St. Bartholomew’s Church in Scotch Plains, according to the Councilman.

One child thought the Dean Oil site should be developed as an amusement park like Bowcraft. He suggested one specific ride, which other children said would take up the entire site.

Two children who live near the property said they were opposed to new

construction on the Dean Oil site, explaining that they “never get any sleep” at night because of construction currently underway between Second and Third streets.

If the apartment project earmarked for the Dean Oil site was approved, they said they feared they wouldn’t get any sleep next year, either.

Councilman Whitaker said there was an ordinance in the borough which limited the hours when loud noises, such as those caused by construction, were permitted. He said their parents should call the police if necessary to register complaints about noise.

Other children expressed concern about sidewalks, and said many were not safe to walk or ride a bike on. Councilman Whitaker said there was $30,000 in this year’s municipal budget to be used for sidewalk repairs, adding that he had proposed a policy on maintaining and repairing sidewalks.

That policy is scheduled for consideration by the Fanwood Council’s Public Works Committee on Monday, March 15. Councilman Whitaker said he expected an ordinance relating to that policy would be introduced soon.

“It was really enjoyable talking with the children,” he said, “and I was really impressed at how much the children are interested in their town. Their views echo those of adults who have contacted me.”

Park Middle School Sets Italian Classes

SCOTCH PLAINS — Park Middle School in Scotch Plains is currently holding an Italian class from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays for eight weeks in Room 103. Space is still available for these courses.

A 50 percent senior discount is available. Josephine Macchia will provide an opportunity to review and improve Italian conversation and to learn more about Italy and its culture.

Registration is from 1 to 4 p.m. weekdays at the Administrative offices building, Evergreen Avenue and Cedar Street, Scotch Plains.

Felice Nelson Is Inducted Into Westfield Rotary Club NEW INDUCTEE…Felice Nelson was recently inducted during a luncheon

meeting as a new member into the Rotary Club of Westfield. She is pictured with her sponsor, Rotarian Darryl Walker, who introduced her to the town’s Rotarians.

WESTFIELD – Felice Nelson was inducted into the Rotary Club of Westfield during a recent luncheon meeting of the organization.

Mrs. Nelson serves as Business Specialist at Fleet Bank in Westfield, having begun her banking career in 1976.

Mrs. Nelson has lived in Venezuela, France, Spain and other countries. Her

hobbies include reading, crafts, skiing, theater and visiting museums, as well as volunteer work.

She is married and has two sons and three grandchildren. A resident of Aberdeen, she was a member of the Rotary Club of Ridgewood for eight years.

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