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The Westfield Leader

Serving the Town Since 1890 OUR 108th YEAR ISSUE NO. 52-97

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Thursday, December 25, 1997

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County Freeholders OK Solid Waste Plan To Initiate Voluntary Disposal System

Specially Written for The Westfield Leader

By PAUL J. PEYTON

The first step in the process of saving the financially-strapped Union County Resource Recovery Facility, more commonly known as the garSEVEN SWANS A SWIMMING...Just in time for the holiday season comes this bage incinerator, has moved forward photograph submitted by a reader from Mountainside of seven swans in Echo with the approval by the county Freeholder board of an amendment to the Lake. countys Solid Waste Management Plan.

Westfields second annual First Night program will get underway at 7 p.m. New Years Eve, Wednesday, December 31, with a wide range of entertainment throughout the town. Many of the performers from last Years inaugural program will be returning. In addition, several new acts have been lined up, including a Comedy Club at the Community Room at the Municipal Building. A procession beginning at 6:20 p.m. at the Summit Bank parking lot on Elm Street will kick off the festivities. With the purchase of First Night buttons, visitors will be admitted to all events that will be staged up until the grand finale at midnight, when Westfield will welcome in 1998. Ballroom dancing instruction by Kelly Vuyovich and country-line dancing and instruction by Joan Wright will be held at the Roosevelt Intermediate School gymnasium, while the Kings Road Swing Band, starring Cynthia Merrill, Alice Miller and Kate Zogg, will perform an Andrews Sisters-style swing era music show at the Westfield Y gymna-

First Night Program Offers Encore Performances From 97, New Acts

sium. Young Irish dancers from the Deidre Shea School of Irish Dance, which had a standing-room-only crowd last year, will perform this year in the Roosevelt auditorium. The Okra Dance Company, a dance duo featuring colorful costumes tracing the evolution of dance from its roots in Europe and Africa, will lend an international flavor to the evening. Their shows will be staged at the Westfield High School auditorium and feature everything from soft shoe, tap, minstrel and social dancing, culminating with Broadway and club dances of today. Audience participation is encouraged. The Summit Folk Dancers, performing at the Roosevelt cafeteria, also invite audience participation. The group will be performing dances from around the world. Koto Currents, a group which performs traditional and contemporary Japanese music on the 13-string zither, will add to the cross-cultural feel in their traditional costumes in performances at the Fellowship Hall of the United Methodist Church. The group is led by former resident Joanna Pecore. Other local talent includes the Cranford-based Hester Street Troupe, which has been performing Klezmer and Jewish music for 17 years and boasts two albums. Westfield resident Carolyn KlingerKueter will play and entertain on her accordion at the Westfield Y, while Everlounge, the tongue-in-cheek 1970s lounge act, returns to perform this year at the Holy Trinity Interparochial School. The band, comprised of Westfielders Bob Siegel on keyboard and trumpet, Mark Norwine and Bob Ardrey on guitar, Nelson Popp play-

ing drums and vocalist Dan Dazzo, has performed at Windows on the World in Manhattan, as well as the Blue Collar Inn in Garwood. They have recorded two compact discs. Plainfield-based Olympias Daughters, formerly known as Womansong, will make an appearance in the Methodist Churchs Sanctuary. This vocal ensemble bridges cultural gaps and brings people together with the healing power of music, said Jill Sitcer, a spokeswoman for First Night, Westfield 98. The concert will combine traditional Christian and Jewish holiday songs with music inspired by more pagan traditions which are the origin of the winter holidays. The group features Plainfielders James Pelligrino on saxophone and flute and Peter Adams on guitar. The jazz duo perform everything from blues and bebop to bossa nova and swing music. The Musical Club of Westfield will

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The plan was approved, 6-3, with the three Republicans on the board voting against it, citing pending legislation at the state level which would provide funds to the Union County Utilities Authority (UCUA) to help keep the incinerator financially stable in a free market system. Also, GOP members wanted questions posed during the hearing answered before voting on the plan. The plan, as put forward by the UCUA, addresses a new voluntary system whereby the UCUA, which owns the incinerator, will lease the facility for the next 25 years to Ogden Martin Systems of Union, Inc., the builder of the waste-to-energy incinerator. The lease deal, UCUA officials explained, is in response to a federal court ruling in July, 1996 which found New Jerseys system of waste flow controls to be unconstitutional. The ruling was upheld on appeal and just last month the United States Supreme Court refused to hear the case, thus ending waste flow controls in the state. Without waste flow controls, haulers not under contract are free to dump garbage out of state at much lower disposal rates. One aspect that some municipal officials and members of the public have questioned is the Environmental Investment Charge (EIC) which will be charged on all garbage leaving Union County. The $18.06 fee per ton includes $13.50 towards the incinerator debt, $2.50 for administrative costs, $13.53 for recovery of debt and a $2.03 stranded host fee. A system of weigh stations will be set up to weigh trash leaving the county in order to administer the EIC charge. Union County municipalities have been given first crack at signing con-

tracts with the UCUA for 25 years at a disposal fee of $50 per ton, with increases based on the Consumer Price Index, set at a maximum of 3 percent per year. A number of communities which currently contract with haulers for disposal services are said to be ready to sign pacts with the utilities authority. Currently, 14 towns include such services in their budgets. Seven communities, including Westfield, Mountainside, Scotch Plains and Fanwood, which do not contract for such services within their municipal budgets, still appear leery about such a long-term deal. The Fanwood Borough Council, for one, recently passed a resolution confirming that the municipality will not be signing a contract with the UCUA, since the borough has no agreement with haulers and therefore cannot direct them where to dispose of trash. UCUA Special Counsel Jonathan Williams said the authority will also seek to fill capacity as part of the lease arrangement by offering deals to commercial trash generators in the county and then to businesses, towns and haulers outside of the county. While municipalities could enter into such a long-term deal with the UCUA, garbage haulers as is the case with any other municipal contractor are limited to a contract of not more than five years. One thing that might help those seven towns that do not include garbage disposal services within their budget is the UCUAs plan to offer capacity to haulers which service these towns. However, it is not known if smaller companies will be able to afford to make such a commitment. The resolution adopted by the

Fanwood Council encourages such an agreement between the UCUA and haulers who contract with borough residents, so that customers will benefit from the reduced tipping fees. Given the statement by the New Jersey Local Finance Board that the state will not allow utilities authorities to default on outstanding bonds issued for construction of incinerators, Union County is left with two scenarios as alternatives should the lease agreement not go through, according to Dr. Joseph Spatola, Executive Director of the UCUA. He said the incinerator could be shut down with the county absorbing the outstanding debt, estimated at $293 million. He said this would have to be done through a general tax levy which would result in enormous tax increases to all Union County residents. The UCUA could decide to enter the spot market, whereby those towns or haulers looking for a place to dump trash would be offered capacity at the countys burner. However, in this case, he said the EIC would be far in excess of the $18 fee included in the plan amendment. Mr. Williams said Ogden Martin will pay the UCUA $175 million over the course of the lease. The money will be used to pay off a portion of the remaining debt on the incinerator. To retire the remaining debt after the lease revenues are factored in, the UCUA plans to use $47 million from its funds, including debt service reserve funds and unspent bond proceeds. The remaining debt will be refinanced by the UCUA over a longer term.

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The offices of this newspaper will be closed on Thursday, December 25. Copy for the issue of Thursday, January 1, was due in our offices on December 24. Sports news will be accepted by 10 a.m. on Monday, December 29, with obituaries accepted until 5 p.m. Press releases and letters to the editor for the Thursday, January 8 issue must be received by 4 p.m. on Friday, January 2. Sports news will be accepted up until noon on Monday, January 5, with obituaries taken until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 6.

Early Deadlines Told For Upcoming Issues

Westfield Town Council Acknowledges Efforts Of Councilmen Norman Greco, Donnell Carr

Specially Written for The Westfield Leader

By PAUL J. PEYTON

As the Town Council concluded its business for the year last week, the governing body publicly thanked two outgoing council members for their service and dedication to the town. Exiting the council at the end of the year will be Republican First Ward Councilman Norman N. Greco and

Democratic Fourth Ward Councilman Donnell Carr. They will be replaced by Gregory S. McDermott and Janis Fried Weinstein, respectively, in January. Councilman Greco was presented with a resolution by fellow Republican and Second Ward Councilman James J. Gruba, who will become the senior council member next year. Mr. Greco, who served six years on the council, was cited by Councilman Gruba for his enthusiasm and for being an avid proponent of those issues he felt needed to be addressed by the council. He thanked Mr. Greco for his common sense approach. Your service to this town is, I think, a really important part of our history, stated Councilman Gruba, noting that Mr. Greco chose to take on difficult issues during his tenure on the council. Councilman Gruba called Mr. Greco a true public servant while Fourth Ward Councilman Lawrence A. Goldman, a Democrat, stated that Mr. Grecos efforts served as a check and balance on the towns new exterior property maintenance code. Mr. Goldman chaired the Laws and Rules Committee which worked on the new code. As a member of that committee, Mr. Greco continued to address concerns to him including ensuring that the maintenance code did not infringe

on residents rights in regard to the interior of their homes. Mayor Thomas C. Jardim, who defeated Mr. Greco in the 1996 Mayors race, described his former opponent and the rest of the council as just plain folks up here trying to Norman Greco get a job done. Republican Third Ward Councilman Neil F. Sullivan, Jr., said Mr. Greco was never afraid to say exactly what was on his mind and many times it was exactly what needed to be said.

Mr. Greco, who served under three Mayors during his tenure, called his council days a great experience. I loved serving the people of Westfield because I am you, he said in his closing remarks, admitting that being a councilman can be reDonnell Carr warding at times, while not nice at other times, when faced with difficult decisions. Sitting here sometimes is just a no-win situation, but you need to do what is right for the people of the

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Tax Collectors Office Closed Dec. 31, Jan. 1

IN TUNE...The Watson Highlanders of Freehold bagpiper group took part in festivities this past weekend, as part of the Welcome Home to Westfield promotion. Pictured, left to right, in front of the offices of The Westfield Leader are: Phil Berry, Bill Watson, William Rosse, Frank Watson and Rea Newhall. Based in Freehold, the group has performed for First Ladies Barbara Bush and Hillary Clinton. The office of the Westfield Tax Collector will close at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, December 31, and will reopen on Friday, January 2.

ICE BEAUTY...Sandra Fleming, pictured with her daughter, shows off her ice sculpture of a penguin during a competition, as part of the Welcome Home to Westfield promotion sponsored by the Downtown Westfield Corporation and Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce. This sculpture appeared on Quimby Street.

David B. Corbin for The Westfield Leader

Happy Hanukkah

Merry Christmas

May The Peace and Joy of The Holiday Season Be Yours Throughout The Year

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Thursday, December 25, 1997

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Mr. Greco, Mr. Carr Receive Accolades From Town Council

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Recent Transactions

Recent real estate transactions are provided by The Westfield Leader in cooperation with the office of Tax Assessor Annemarie Switzer. The first set of names or name is the seller and the second set of names or name is the buyer. The sales prices are those recorded by the Register of Deeds at the Union County Court House complex in Elizabeth. S.M. and N.A. Manket, to David Kieselstein and M. Jennifer Vonfeldt, 89 Barchester Way, $520,000. A.T. and C.A. Maloney, to Kevin and Karen Larkin, 737 Embree Crescent, $275,000. B.T. and S.S. M. McGale, to Michael J. LaPolla and Susan M. MacMullan, 817 Oak Avenue, $260,000. D.S. and D.K. Brouse, and C.B. Robinson to Martin E. and Sheryl I. Erman, 5 Burrington Gorge, $435,000. Evelyn Moran, to Naseem Sofia, c/o Summerfield Suites, Morristown, 836 North Avenue, West, $151,900. S.J. and C.A. Reiss, to Gregory C. and Deirdre C. Nicoll, 450 Mountain Avenue, $235,000. A.J. and C.A. Cahill, to Thomas G. Dunn, Jr. and Elizabeth Dunn, 223 Baker Avenue, $480,000. D.K. and Sophia M. Fuller, to Anthony T. and Lisa Anzevino, 802 Shadowlawn Drive, $449,000. D.I. and G.C. Lichtenstein, to Clark Stuart Arnold and Wendy M. Lauer, 560 Hillcrest Avenue, $440,000. M.L. and R.E. Parnes, to Brian Fitzpatrick and Eileen McNerney Fitzpatrick, 24 Manitou Circle, $314,000. R.C. and J. Guida, to George and Lora Lanzano, 6 Tamaques Way, $177,000. D.L. Lieberman to John J. OBoyle and Deborah S. Nadratowski, 104 Surrey Lane, $202,000.

Town of Westfield, he said. Mr. Greco announced at the conclusion of his remarks that he would be running again for Mayor in 1998. Former Mayor Bud C. Boothe said Councilman Greco was always true to his convictions and vocal, articulate, persistent, and very firm in his convictions. Former Councilman and 1994 Democratic Mayoral candidate Anthony M. LaPorta said Mr. Greco always wanted what was best for Westfield. He called Mr. Greco courageous in that he had taken on the political leadership of his party over the years when it differed from his own viewpoints. Among his leadership duties, Councilman Greco chaired the Public Safety, Personnel Policy, Building and Town Property Committees during his tenure. He served as Acting Mayor in 1995 and 1996 and as Alternate Acting Mayor this year. Mr. Greco also served on the Finance, Laws and Rules, Solid Waste, Transportation, Parking and Traffic and Public Works Committees. Mr. Goldman cited Councilman Carr for his active community involvement over the past 15 years. Mr. Carr was appointed by the Westfield Democratic Town Committee earlier this year to fill the seat of long-time Councilman James Hely, who resigned. Councilman Carr was defeated by Mrs. Weinstein this past November. Mr. Carr has been involved in the Concerned African American Parents (CAAP) and the United Fund of Westfield. He also ran unsuccessfully on two occasions for the Westfield Board of Education. I know you are going to contribute to this town in a very big way in the

future, said Mr. Goldman. Mr. Carr chaired the Transportation, Parking and Traffic Committee and served as a member of the Solid Waste/Public Works and Personnel Policy Committees. Councilman Walsh said he always perks up when Councilman Carr speaks, noting that he is usually making a point that has been missed during council proceedings. He always reminds us of our obligation to the public, he added. Mr. Gruba called Councilman Carr a reasonable, decent and responsive council member. Councilman Sullivan added that Mr. Carr has spent a career in community service. Mr. LaPorta described Councilman Carr as a man that would rather bring the sunshine than the darkness to town government. Former Mayor Boothe thanked Councilman Carr for his efforts in serving as one of Westfields representatives on the Union County Community Development Revenue Sharing Committee. He said the program generates between $300,000 and $500,000 annually in public improvements which Westfield taxpayers do not have to pay. In response to the accolades, Councilman Carr called it a great privilege to have had the opportunity to serve on the council.

Westfield High School Announces First Marking Period Honor Roll

Dr. Robert Petix, Principal of Westfield High School, recently announced the names of the honor roll students for the first marking period of the 1997-1998 school year. There are 568 students who achieved Distinguished Honor Roll or Honor Roll status. To be included in the Distinguished Honor group, a students must obtain a grade of A in all of his or her major academic subjects and no grade below B in any minor subject. To be enrolled in the Honor Roll group a student must obtain grades of A or B in all subjects, major or minor. In the ninth grade, 35 students, or 10.48 percent of the 334-member class, were named to the Distinguished Honor Roll. Honor Roll status was achieved by 125 ninth graders, or 37.43 percent of the class. Among 10th graders, Distinguished Honor Roll status was achieved by 13 students, or 3.99 percent of the 326member class. Named to the Honor Roll were 113 students, or 34.66 percent of the class. Selected for the Distinguished Honor Roll among 11th graders were 22 students, or 7.53 percent of the 292-member class. Named to the Honor Roll were 107 students, or 36.64 percent of the class. Among 12th graders, 22 students, or 7.17 percent of the 307-member class, were named to the Distinguished Honor Roll. Earning selection for the Honor Roll were 131 students, or 42.67 percent of the class.

GRADE 9 DISTINGUISHED HONORS Ingrid Arnold Jessica E. Meylor Scott R. Brewster Conner Mulvee Mari Nicole Candelore Julie M. Muroff Ushma Dedhiya Kate Onishi John Henry Flood Elizabeth Ottoson David P. Geenberg Julie E. Phelan Matthew T. Hall M. Frances Re Susan M. Hinds Edward J. Reagan Richard Kaplan Richard R. Rowe Lianna M. Kong Travis R. Russo Lisa E. Krieger Randi Siegel Jonathan B. Lau Carolyn F. Singer Alexander Leger Sheil J. Tamboli Anne Loughlin Katherine Trimble Shawn W. Mc Cabe Kristina Williams Victoria Mc Cabe Christina Yang Leanne M. Meriton Allen Yu Peter Yu Margaret A. Brautigam Daniel R. Maus Meghan H. Brown McDermott Molly Kevin Buckland Breigh Ann Menza Ryan J. Burke John W. Merriman Erik V. Camuto Kristin Messina John O. Carpenter Douglas Minarik Timothy Carroll James P. Mitchel Julie Cleaves Evan J. Molloy Jessica L. Cohen Rachel E. Moloshok Kathleen Czap Rachel Mooney Jenna Davino Caroline Moore Ardrienne J. DeSensi Andrew Olsen Krystle K. Dixon Kristen Ostrega Charles Dodge Jessica L. Patterson Christopher Dodge Joseph I. Petrsoric Peggy M. Doerr Michael J. Pollack Kevin Doyle Caroline L. Powell Bethany Dresely Jeffrey D. Rachlin Kathryn C. Duddy Meryl L. Roche Tyne Duffy Megan E. Rodd Alexander Dupre Joshua Rogers Brian Dyke Ricardo Roig Daniel F. Egan Jacob K. Rosenstein Sara Elizabeth Euwer Christian Santomauro Colby Fagin Aron R. Schatz Ian D. Federgreen Farryl Scher Bridget Fitzpatrick Kathryn M. Schott Gregory J. Fleming Christopher Schwarz Jennifer M. Fowler Christine Schwebel Brett Friedman Matthew J. Seagull Robert A. Fromtling Gavin Shulman Erin Gibbons Rebecca Sier Shulman Bradley S. Gillin Lilya Shuster Cheryl Gordon Matthew Simone Dana T. Grau Jonathan J. Singh Baba Daniel P. Gruen Samuel Sobel Clifford J. Haldeman Elizabeth A. Sweeney Kerry Hart Joseph Swingle Nichole A. Herttua Jeffrey Tabachnick Eleanor Hodara Elizabeth E. Tabachnik Edward W. Hogan Lauren Talbot James Ryan Hogan Pieter N. VanCort Rachel Horowitz Esther VanPykeren Paul Johnston Jill Veltri Victoria L. Joyce Margaret Wei John T. Kane Eaniel J. Weinberg Timothy Kelman Mun Ling Yeow David King Timothy Young Eric Zimak GRADE 10 DISTINGUISHED HONORS Elizabeth C. Dixon Judy S. Mathew Lisa R. Goodman Maura W. McMahon Michael A. Lanza Amy Ngeow Rachel L. Luria Elizabeth Nicol Laura E. MacNeil Marina K. Powell Julianne Mandrillo Tanya Tran Ines Wu GRADE 10 REGULAR HONORS Elizabeth D. Ambrosia Brian T. Kemps Kathryn A. Bartholomew Joanna D. Koeppel Danielle F. Baukh Jonathan M. Kotler Annabel Benito Jason B. Laderman Kay H. Bhagat Jonathan K. Larsen Stefanie M. Bistak Stephanie A. Larson Katharine J. Bloeser Derek R. Lartaud Laura Bonavita Linnea Liscinsky Adam M. Brundage Jeff Lynes Kathryn Brunetto Matthew R. Manahan Michael C. Brunhofer Brian G. Mann Ryan Buntain Lauren A. Mattes Clare E. Cambria Dylan M. McDermott William C. Cashman Aubrey P. McGovern Kitty Chang Grant B. McLaughlin Jenn-Tyng Chern Elizabeth A. Morrissey Brian S. Chiger Jennifer D. Musat Juan Carlos Chumpitaz Matthew R. ONeill Simon J. Cirasa Michael Orlando Mary Clancy Natalie M. Orsini Nicholas G. Clark Russell W. Oxman Kristin Connors Amanda W. Parker Paige E. Corbett Kristen E. Pastir Leah Cowburn Virginia R. Paynter Abigail Coxson Sarah Pietruszki Robert A. Cunliffe Joshua M. Ponzio Stephen Cusimano Mairen Priestley Daniel T. Cutro Kate L. Putnoky Claire DeCampo Joshua Ray Christopher Dixon Valerie A. Reider Jason Dreyer Justin D. Renard Christopher Driscoll Sandara L. Rhein Robin C. Early Daniel Rock Jenna C. Ellsworth Abigail Rose Sara Finestine Lyndsay V. Ruotolo Kathleen M. Russell-Smith Brian R. Flynn Julia W. Gates Michael Sanocki Christine Genova Joseph W. Schaefer David L. Gialanella Donna C. Schaller Shana Golembo Karima Shah Jack A. Gordon Yaron Sigal Valerie E. Griffeth Evan L. Smith Sara Guerin Ji Yean Song Thomas Hanscom Abigail K. Speck Zachary A. Hanson-Hart Gabriella Spinnato Rose Davis Hely Tara Springer Megan M. Hobson Neil Talreja Frank Ianni Melissa Tirone David M. Illes, Jr. Michael L. Todd Kristen Jacobsen Adam Wachstein Sean P. Joffe Kate Walsh Brett D. Kahn Joshua Warren Erica G. Kamler Valerie Wicks Scott Kautzmann Peter Wilson Christopher Keenoy Jennifer Woodbury Kristen J. Kelly Jessica L. Wyckoff Turner D. Yevich GRADE 11 DISTINGUISHED HONORS Tara Bhandari Jennifer Matro Jessica L. Brendler Rebecca A. Matro Inna Bruter Sayaka Matsuda Diana Burdulia Ilka Netravali Seth Burstein Emily K. Paul Sara Jane Carpenter Christopher Phelan Rebecca M. Goldberg Beth R. Satkin Laura Gornowski Amy M. Seligman Laurie Ann Hogan Robert Stroud John P. Kazazis Elise K. Tate Andrew S. Lange Lindsay E. Totams GRADE 11 REGULAR HONORS Daniel W. Adams Mark Kosierowski Elizabeth M. Ancharski Laura Krasnor Kevin Anton Richard W. Lang, III Evan S. Baum Rachel L. Laskow Mary E. Brautigam Terri Lee Monique N. Brendel Emily Lieberman Rebecca Brinkmann Roger H. Lieberman Donald J. Bucciarelli Erik H. Lund Alaina Buckland Jessica M. Lutkenhouse Sara R. Burnett Deirdre K. Lynn Marta Capasso Fabien Marchetti Timothy Caprario Lee McDermott Veronica Chapman Kathleen McGrath Allison J. Checchio Andrew J. McLaughlin Jenn-Jaw Chern-Peter Meghann McMahon Jennifer Chiesa Elizabeth McKeon Gladys Chow Amy E. Molnar John Cognetti Daniel Moore Andrea M. Constandis Kate E. Mortenson Allison Cook Caitlin Nish Adrienne Coppa Thomas B. OConnell Aldo-Favio Cotrina Melanie E. Page Kathryn A. Cuca Desiree J. Phillip Jeffrey R. Diamond James Pollack Brandon Doerr Julia Pomann Brian Dowd Diana Pritsker Julie R. Elmuccio Amanda S. Purvis Joshua Falcone David Ralph Jenna Fertakos Vrinda Rao Stephanie Flynn Alyson Rentrop Michael Friedman Ruben Reyes Kitty E. Fromtling Jamie L. Rood Yair Ghitza Mathew Adam Rosen Brian Gillin Brett Rosenblatt David Goldberg Brian D. Russo Lisa Gorbaty Harold R. Schliesske, Jr. Adam Gregory James D. Schliesske Emilia Guasconi Alexander Schwarzer-Muth Bo Quan Han Keith Shaffer Lauren Harris Megan V. Shutts Suzanne Heinkel Alicia Starkey Jessica Y. Hu Cortney Stone Mohamed-Kari Ibrahim Claire Tafelski Marie Isolda Nicole T. Tyminski Philip Jan Katherine R. Valley M. Oliver Janney Karen Veltri Kristina R. Jarmas Lisa Marie Villalobos Alexis D. Jemal Natalie Warren Paul Jun Toby Weisslitz Susan Kapuscinski Andrew Wislocki Ronald M. Kashlak So Young Yang Gordon Kaslusky Liza J. Yannuzzi Amanda M. Kelly Emily Yatczyszyn Robin A. Yudkovitz GRADE 12 DISTINGUISHED HONORS Anisha Ambardar Coleman T. Lechner Andrea M. Bistak Brooke L. Molloy Jamie L. Darcy Kathryn R. Nowicki Colleen M. Donovan Thomas Olsen Brianne Dowd Abigail B. ONeill Salvatore G. Frucci Eric H. Pidkameny Christine R. Giameo Heather E. Simpson Matthew N. Hanas Rishi Talreja Sarah Jacobs Caroline Ann Tell Alice M. Kelman Jeanne M. Venneri Kelly Langton George Wu GRADE 12 REGULAR HONORS Anthony J. Attanasio Erik Larson Michael W. Baly Sarah L. Lechner Bridget Benisch Jason Lemberg Abigail Bercovicz Corinne B. Liebrich Kati Bertelson Steven A. Lintz Christine Bonavita Craig A. Long Melinda A. Borne Jason Lonseth Catherine Brahm Pamela A. Lygate Douglas V. Brandely Seth Mankoski Megan A. Brenan James R. Manning Jessica L. Brewster Helen M. Mastrangelo Laura J. Brucia Rebecca M. McCarthy Justin Burgess Robert G. McCullam Karen E. Cancellieri Daniel D. Megaro Kelly A. Carter Nishant Mehta Lauren M. Castaldo Melissa Miller Nina Castells Michelle Molinaro Ann Cavanagh Laura A. Mottley Sarah E. Chance Sarah Mullen Christina Chororos Michelle C. Muserlian David Citrin Courtney Nemec Erik M. Clinton Genghis Niver Amy M. Coccaro Courtney L. Norton Adam A. Cohen Victoria Nusse Jessica L. Coleman Jennifer L. OBrien Matthew R. Coltrera Phillip Orsini Meghan L. Corbett Colin P. Osborn Yael Coty Laura Osborne Scott R. Cutro Alicia M. Picou Jeffrey C. Davidson Nicholas Pino Kristen A. DelDuca Joscelyn Puschel Stephen W. Dennis Hanina Rawnicki Margaret Diggory Evan Rich Dylan Dupre Kate Richlin-Zack Jennifer Early Teresa Rodihan Matthew R. Eberts Rachel A. Rosenblum Katherine Egan Matthew Rosenhouse Robyn Beth Feldman Lara D. Rothschild Christine Fiore Beth D. Rubel Melissa A. Francz James M. Ruvolo Gregory Freisen Dolleen M. Ryan Nicholas Friedman Brian Scaperrotta Bryan M. Gates Stephanie Schraeter David W. Geissler Donald Seeley, Jr. Benjamin Gleason Isabel Shen Elisabeth E. Gonsalves Jackie M. Sherry Gregory Gorski Diana Shineman Lauren A. Gruman Regina Shopiro Rebecca Hamilton Benjamin Siegel Amelia Hanley Katherine Simons Loise K. Harry Alex Smith Megan D. Hely Karen K. Spector Christina Ho Ryan M. St. Clair Sabrina F. Hyman Allison Stasi Yu-Jung Jin Andrew Stein Melissa Karpa Linnea A. Swenson Steven Kassakian Zeel Tamboli Jeffrey R. Kivetz Stephanie Tullo Dustin B. Knoop Rebecca R. Wilhelms Erik B. Kolb Susan F. Wilson Cynthia Koons Ian Wolkoff Kelly J. Korecky Kate Wyatt Mary Averill Korfmacher Joseph R. young Joanna K. Kreil Marina Yu Jason A. Krieger Andrew Zachar Jamie Zimak

WESTFIELD POLICE BLOTTER

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16 Police received reports of bad checks being issued at four businesses in town. The incidents occurred on South Avenue and Elm Street. WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17 The owner of a Springfield Avenue bakery reported that a bad check was received at his establishment. A Westfield man reported the theft of several items from a garage on Forest Avenue. Scott Williams, 34, of Westfield was arrested at his home and charged with issuing a bad check at a South Avenue, West, delicatessen a day earlier. Police said Williams is not a suspect in several other incidents involving bad checks which occurred the previous day, but that he was held on an outstanding $150 warrant from Springfield. Bail was set at $500. THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18 A representative of a Central Avenue video store reported a burglary at the establishment. Police said it appeared someone had entered the office area, but nothing was discovered missing. A Bound Brook resident reported that someone scratched her car while it was parked at Central and Lenox Avenues. A 43-year-old New Providence man, described by police as extremely intoxicated, was discovered asleep in the basement area of an apartment complex on Forest Avenue by the buildings superintendent. The man, who has not been charged, was transported to Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center in Plainfield, according to police. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19 David Kieselstein, 34, of Westfield was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated after he crashed his car into a tree on Barchester Way, according to police. He was released after posting bail. A Clark man reported that he was assaulted by another motorist at a Central Avenue service station, The victim told police that the suspect had been tailgating him. A verbal argument ensued in the station lot, the victim said, after which the suspect shoved him before leaving the scene. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20 Philip Solomon, 18, of Fanwood was arrested and charged with possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana, along with narcotics paraphernalia and a dangerous weapon, described as a knife, following a motor vehicle accident in the 400 block of East Broad Street, according to police. The suspect was released on his own recognizance pending a court date. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21 A Ross Place resident reported that an unknown person put graffiti on the side of his house using a permanent marker, and may have also urinated on the residence, according to police.

New & Returning Performers on Tap For First Night

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offer light opera selections by six local singers at the Redeemer Lutheran Church Sanctuary, while Westfielder George Toenes group will play selections from Benny Goodman, Pete Fountain, Cole Porter, Les Brown, Schubert, Messager and Rabaud at the Methodist Church Social Hall. Skyline, a bluegrass band, featuring Westfielder Danny Weiss, will be in concert in the Sanctuary of St. Pauls Episcopal Church. The Paul Somers Quartet, starring Westfield musicians Janet and Paul Somers, will present music for the season at the Methodist Church. Special entertainment for children between the ages of 4 and 12 at the Westfield National Guard Armory will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. Later in the evening, teenagers will be able to enjoy activities geared to them, including Rocky Mountain Wall Climbing and open microphone. These activities will be held from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Admission buttons give attendees the opportunity to attend any and all of the 27 sites and over 50 venues. Buttons and a descriptive schedule are available for $8 through Wednesday, December 24, and for $10 after this date. Children under 3 will be admitted for free. Tickets are available at The Westfield Leader on Elm Street, the Town Book Store on East Broad Street, the Recreation Department office in the Municipal Building, Rorden Realty on Elm Street, Kings Supermarket in Garwood and at the Westfield Y on Clark Street. The Y has provided leadership and support for First Night since its inception two years ago, Mrs. Sitcer noted. Additional information is available on Westfields website www.westfieldnj.com/firstnight, or on Channel 36. Please call (908) 2328041 for a recording about the events.

GRADE 9 REGULAR HONORS Rachel E. Ackerman Allison D. Klass Jacob D. Albertson Stephanie Kolterjahn Marisa Anthony Mark V. Kolvites Jocelyn Arlington Jennifer M. Korecky Ilyssa Barer Joseph Kukis Heather R. Berk Kelly Ann Lane Ellen Debra Bernstein Evan J. Lee Jennifer H. Bernstein Peter Lee David A. Bhasin Kyle A. Legones Samantha H. Black Sean Lewis Matthew Borchin Shannon M. Look Brian W. Bottini Ryan S. MacDonald Jessica A. Bowers Karen B. Manahan Brent A. Bramnick Carolyn A. Matthews

Financial Tips Can Help Consumers Cut Spending

Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County issued the following tips from financial experts to reduce spending in order to free up funds for saving and debt reduction. · Carry Less Cash and Plastic. · Track Household Spending. · Withhold Taxes Correctly. · Give Children an Allowance. · Use Equal Payment Plans. This MONEY 2000 message is sponsored by Rutgers Cooperative Extension. MONEY 2000 is a program designed to increase the financial well-being of New Jersey residents through increased savings and reduced household debt. For further information about MONEY 2000 and other educational programs, please call the Rutgers Cooperative Extension office at (908) 654-9854. Rutgers Cooperative Extension provides information and educational services to all people without regard to sex, race, color, national origin, disability or handicap, or age.

When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable. There is an unspeakable dawn in happy old age. Victor Hugo, from Les Miserables

WESTFIELD FIRE BLOTTER

MONDAY, DECEMBER 15 Three hundred block of Vernon Place carbon monoxide detector activation. Four hundred block of Central Avenue unintentional alarm. Three hundred block of Watterson Street unintentional alarm. Five hundred block of Pierson Street lockout. TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16 Two hundred block of Boulevard system malfunction. Four hundred block of Grove Street wires down. One hundred block of Boynton Avenue system malfunction. Five hundred block of First Street structure fire. Seven hundred block of Summit Avenue carbon monoxide detector activation. THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17 Eight hundred block of Central Avenue auto accident. Six hundred block of Coleman Place water evacuation. Four hundred block of North Avenue West gas odor investigation. Four hundred block of Central Avenue carbon monoxide detector activation. One hundred block of Summit Court carbon monoxide detector activation. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18 One hundred block of Eaglecroft Road smoke condition. Seven hundred block of Cranford Avenue good intent call. Seven hundred block of Carleton Road lockout. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19 Three hundred block of Clark Street good intent call. One hundred block of Marlboro Street wire down. Two hundred block of Clark Street unintentional alarm. Four hundred block of North Avenue West emergency medical call. Seven hundred block of Hanford Place wires down. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20 One hundred block of Barchester Way good intent call. Seven hundred block of Carleton Road smoke condition. One hundred block of Village Circle smoke condition. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21 Four hundred block of Poe Avenue system malfunction.

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