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A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION The Westfield Leader and THE TIMES of Scotch Plains - Fanwood Thursday, September 30, 1999 Page 9

CYAN YELLOW MAGENTA BLACK Based on the results of extensive testing, Elizabethtown

Water Company as of 8 p. m. on Friday, September 24, lifted the boil water advisory for its customers in Union, Somerset, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, and Hunterdon Counties. This announcement also applies to customers of Edison Water Company and Liberty Water Company in Elizabeth.

We continue to ask our customers to conserve water as we restore The RaritanMillstone Plant to its full capacity. Customers may return to their normal usage patterns during the next few days.

With the worst of the incident behind us, we would like to thank the many individuals and organizations who, together, helped us cope with a problem of regional significance.

We salute the state Office of Emergency Management, and their colleagues in the counties we serve, who provided invaluable counsel in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Floyd.

We appreciate the volunteers and equipment provided by the many fire departments of Somerset and Union Counties to pump out the flooded underground facilities of our plant.

We thank the cities of Newark and Trenton, and Middlesex Water Company, which provided water through emergency interconnections.

We thank our residential and business customers who voluntarily conserved water so that the whole region would have satisfactory fire protection.

We acknowledge the State Department of Environmental Protection and The Board of Public Utilities whose help and advice enabled us to swiftly restore service

We thank the many members of our company who worked around the clock to handle customer calls, to maintain service in the days after the flood, and to restart our plant.

And we acknowledge the patience and support of all our customers, especially those who suffered through service interruptions.

While we are proud of our preparation and our ability to restore service so quickly in light of the substantial damage done, we can still learn from the experience. We will be reviewing our own contingency plans and customer communication efforts to ensure that we are even more ready to handle any future emergencies.

A Message from Elizabethtown Water Company President

Andrew Chapman

Sincerely, Andrew M. Chapman President, Elizabethtown Water Company

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United Nations Expert To Kick Off Lecture Series

WESTFIELD — Jean Bernard Gazarian, who has served for over 50 years as a distinguished officer at the United Nations in New York, will be the first speaker of the Westfield Lecture Series 19992000 season.

The subject of Mr. Gazarian’s talk will be “Tales from the U. N.” The lecture will be held on Thursday,

October 7, at 7: 30 p. m. in the Parish House of The Presbyterian Church in Westfield.

Refreshments will follow. Admission is $5 and $3 for senior citizens. Mr. Gazarian’s lecture inaugu rates the second year of the Westfield

Lecture Series, which is sponsored by the Westfield Foundation and the Westfield Y. Future events in the series will include a lecture and movie by an Oscarwinning film director; a discussion of business ethics and a talk about 20th century architecture.

Mr. Gazarian, who began his service with the fledgling United Nations in 1945, has served under all the SecretariesGeneral of the United Nations. He has also known most world leaders over the past five decades and has revealing stories to tell about them.

These stories will constitute part of the lecture, which will include, as well, Mr. Gazarian’s general observations about the role of the United Nations in the world.

Mr. Gazarian, who grew up in France, started working for the United Nations after graduating when a family member suggested he apply for a position as a translator with the newlyestablished institution.

“The organization won’t last,” said Mr. Gazarian’s relative, “but at least you’ll have a fling in America.”

The organization did last, and so did Mr. Gazarian’s allegiance to it. Over the years he served in a variety of positions.

From 1966 to 1983, he was Director of the Division of General Assembly Affairs. During the mid80s he was Senior Advisor to the UnderSecretaryGeneral for General Assembly Affairs and President of the General Assembly. He is currently Director of the Training Program for Permanent Missions at the United Nations Institute for Training and Research.

For further information, please call Dave Mueller at the Westfield Y at (908) 2332700, Extension No. 233.

Jean Bernard Gazarian Area Woman’s Club

Plans Dinner Benefit

FANWOOD — Members of the Woman’s Club of Fanwood has invited the public to patronize Friendly’s Restaurant in Mountainside on Thursday, October 7, from 5 to 8 p. m. to support the organization’s local, charitable projects.

The Woman’s Club of Fanwood is part of the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs, which provides opportunities for education, leadership training, community service and fellowship.

For more information about the event or the club itself, please call Barbara Couphos at (908) 3227892.

Cannonball House Sets Tours This Sunday

SCOTCH PLAINS – The Osborn Cannonball House, the circa 1760 saltbox farm house that was opened to the public beginning in 1972, will be open on Sunday, October 3, when costumed docents will offer guided tours of the house and gardens.

The house is owned by the Township of Scotch Plains and was restored and furnished by the Historical Society of Scotch Plains and Fanwood.

There is no admission charge.

Direct Train Service to NYC Is Still a Distant Goal

Essex Line that would be in service by 2004.

The twostory trains, which would accommodate people on two floors, must be custommade because of the narrow tunnels used by NJ Transit.

Mr. Warsh also discussed some other plans NJ Transit has to improve commuters’ rides, particularly those of the Raritan Valley Line.

A plan is being developed so that sameplatform transfers will occur 100 percent of the time, he said. Sixty new monitors will be installed in Newark Penn Station to give uptodate train time information, and the improvement of rail announcements, in general, will be attempted, he added.

He also commented that he is aware that commuters want an improved and more frequent train schedule after 7 p. m., but said that NJ Transit officials are still examining that.

Mr. Warsh added that parking at train stations continues to be a problem, but that he is not sure parking decks are the solution. He advocated, instead, the use of jitneys and pointed to the recent success Maplewood has had in using this service.

About $3 million is now available from federal transportation funds secured by United States Congressman William Pascrell, Jr. of Paterson to fund the purchase of jitneys in communities across the state of New Jersey.

Mr. Warsh said that, to date, NJ Transit has received 67 applications to fund 22 jitneys. Westfield is among numerous communities in the state that are applying for some of the $3 million in funding for jitneys.

The new Executive Director also offered a brief update on the progress of the new Union Railroad Station in the Townley section of Union Township. He said NJ Transit is having trouble with Conrail on getting access to be able to work on the station.

He added that NJ Transit officials were hoping to have the project finished by the end of 2000, but that now it will probably not be completed until 2001.

Work on the new station, which will serve Union and surrounding areas, will include the construction of a bridge for the railroad tracks at Morris Avenue; realignment of existing

railroad tracks and all signal/ communications; construction of the actual 3,000squarefoot station; construction of a pedestrian passageway under the tracks and construction of a commuter parking lot for 484 vehicles.
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