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Sat., Oct. 20,' 1990" Hi A3 Asbury Park Press Rutgers requests extension By MARLENE M0NFILETT0 Press Education Writer NEW BRUNSWICK Rutgers University officials have asked the state Department of Health for an extension to finish labeling containers, completing files and educating employees about hazardous materials on campus, as required by state law. After an inspection in January, the department's Division of Occupational Safety and Health cited the university for incomplete surveys and labeling of containers of hazardous materials, incomplete files at some locations and inadequate employee training. The university was told to comply with the regulations by Oct 1. Earlier this month, state health officials inspected Rutgers' laboratories again and were dissatisfied with the university's progress in correcting the problem, according to Judy Rotholz, a department spokeswoman. She said the university is to be informed of the state's decision Monday. "We do feel these are serious violations, and Rutgers still has a great deal to do," Ms. Rotholz said. "If employees aren't properly trained to handle these chemicals, it could be very hazardous. " Under the state's Worker and Community Right to Know Act, employers are directed to keep detailed records of hazardous substances used in the workplace. The employer must label the materials and provide information and training to workers. Many of the problems have been corrected, but detailed surveys of chemicals used throughout the university are incomplete. Rutgers officials said much of the chemical supply is used in small quantities in 1 ,500 teaching and research laboratories and about 2,500 areas of other university centers around the state. Of the 3,000 employees affected, 500 still need to be trained. "We've made a lot of progress, but this is an enormous and complex task in a university this size," said Dan Howell, director of Rutgers' Department of Radiation and Environmental Health and Safety. Ms. Rotholz said the state inspectors took those concerns into consideration when they set the Oct 1 deadline. She said the university first was told to complete training for employees by 1 985 and label all chemicals by 1986. In January, a Rutgers employee reported to the state health department that the university had still not complied with the law. If the department doesn't grant Rutgers another extension, the university feces fines of up to $2,500 for the first 30 days of non-compliance and fines of up to $ 1 ,250 for each day following. Thomas Trembley, manager of the radiation department's communications, said posters have been put up in all affected buildings according to state guidelines. A computerized data base that will identify those workers who must receive annual training updates has been completed. And information concerning hazardous materials has been filed at a the radiation department's office. "We expect to train the remaining employees by November," Trembley said. "But there's still a lot of work to do, . . . When the state did their inspection, we told them we wouldn't have it all completed by Oct 1." ASBURY PARK PRESS Volume 111, Number 248 1990 Asbury Park Press 3601 Highway 66 Box 1550 Neptune, NJ. 07754 The Asbury Park Press (USPS 033-440) Is published dally, except Christmas, Jan. 1st, Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day. Second class postage paid at Neptune, NJ. 07753. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Asbury Park Press, 3601 Highway 66, Box 1550, Neptune, NJ. 07754. 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A two-story house In Belle Mead, Montgomery Township, lies in ruins after Homes crushed, trees Reports of tornadoes probed The Associated Press FALL FINALLY ARRIVED in New Jersey, almost a month late and with a vengeance that uprooted trees, crushed homes, knocked down power lines and injured dozens of people throughout the northern and central portions of the state. And officials still aren't sure what hit them. As residents sorted yesterday morning through the ruins left by torrential rains and severe winds, the National Weather Service continued investigations into tornado sightings throughout the area. But Weather Service officials said they would continue to call it a severe thunderstorm until the reported tornado sightings were confirmed. Police who worked through the 1 storm and its aftermath said it was more than just a storm. "If it looks like a duck, smells like a duck and acts like a duck, then it is a duck," said Joseph Brennan, emergency manager coordinator for the Elizabeth Police Department. "In our opinion, it was definitely a tornado." A strong cold front moving down Pennsauken The Associated Press PENNSAUKEN TOWNSHIP A township police officer has admitted he killed his wife because she threatened to leave him. Patrolman Richard W. Stomackin, 43, pleaded guilty Thursday to aggravated manslaughter in the October 1989 shooting death of his wife, Donna, 39. Police said Mrs. Stomackin was shot four times as the couple's two Bureau Offices Freehold 11 Spring St. Frsahold, NJ. 07728 201-462-5100 Laktwood 150 Airport Road Lakswood. N J. O8701 201-370-3100 Manahawkin New Brunswick Middlesex County Administration Bultding John F. Kennedy Square New Brunswick, N.J. 08901 201-846-6193 Shrewsbury S08 Broad St. Shrewsbury, N.J. 07701 201-741-5400 Toms River SOO W. Water St. P.O. Box 421 Toms River. 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Foderaro, editorial page editor Ext. 4456 Panorama news: Kathleen Burke, Panorama editor Ext. 4500 Sports and recreation news: Joseph Adelizzi, sports editor Ext. 4400 State and national news: Jody Calendar, state editor Ext. 4275 Sunday edition: Gary Schoening, Sunday editor Ext. 4605 Information about purchasing a photograph that has appeared in the Press may be obtained by calling 1-201-922-6000, extension 4681, between 1 and 4 p.m. on weekdays. f ja y jf .m... from Canada collided with a warm air mass, creating the storm, which produced winds up to 53 mph and nearly an inch of rain, according to Weather Service meteorologist Al Moore. - At least 25,000 customers statewide were left without power during the storm, said officials at Public Service Electric and Gas Co. Most of the service was restored early yesterday morning, they said. Essex and Union County officials said Elizabeth and Newark were hardest hit by the storm, which ripped through neighborhoods, hurling trees and billboards into roads, knocking down chimneys and causing injuries to several residents. Similar reports of property damage were reported in other parts of the state. Montgomery Township Mayor Robert Kress declared an emergency in the area after the storm flattened the neighborhood, damaging seven homes and sending eight people to the hospital with injuries, none of which were considered life-threatening. Montgomery police Lt. Kenneth Chrusz said one home was "reduced to kindling" and another "was vir officer admits teen-age sons tried unsuccessfully to intervene. During a hearing before Superior Court Judge Paul Porreca, Stomackin, a 10-year veteran, said he loved his wife but he became angry the morning of the shooting after "she told me was not coming home that night." Stomackin told the judge he pulled out his 9mm service weapon and shot his wife. Investigators said Stomackin shot his wife twice in the chest; she Kapalko accused of switch in abortion funding stand Press Staff Report RIGHT TO CHOOSE, an abortion rights group, accused Republican Paul A. Kapalko yesterday of changing his position on federal abortion funding for indigent women. In an interview published in the Asbury Park Press Wednesday, Kapalko said he only supported such funding in cases of rape, incest or life-threatening pregnancies. On a questionnaire Kapalko completed seeking the group's support, he said he supported abortion funding "for any medically necessary reason." That language has been interpreted to include psychological factors, in other words, if a woman elects to have the abortion for psychological or other personal reasons. "My position has been consistent all Lotteries Oct 19, 1990 New York Pk&02B W,n-4: 7680 StralBet: 10: 3. 5, 10, Sm 12.17,21.22, iwtAO 23,31,34,40, "0X: i2 49 50 52 55 tSSSn ' ft".' Straight Bet: a $2,517.50 Pennsylvania Box: $209.50 Daily: 629 Blg-4: 0132 Wild Card: 11. 28, 29, 34, 35, 48 Wildcard i Numbers Asaociattd Press Thursday night's storm. uprooted tually torn in half by the high winds. Five more homes were so severely damaged they were condemned as uninhabitable, Chrusz said. The homes each had four or five bedrooms and were worth about $350,000 each, he said. Elizabeth Mayor Thomas Dunn put the city in "partial emergency" about 8 p.m. after, "every alarm in the city went off," said Brennan. City officials said there was an estimated $1 million in damages. In total, 75 homes in the city were damaged, 40 trees were found strewn across cars and roads and a number of people were treated at area hospitals for injuries. Three families were evacuated from their homes, they said. A bellhop standing outside the hotel during the storm was tossed against the building so hard that his arm was broken. At the city's Holiday Inn, a sign fell 12 stories, crushing six cars in the hotel's parking lot No injuries were reported, officials said. Port Authority officials at Newark International Airport said 20 people sustained injuries when winds overturned a 2.5-ton trailer onto a taxi area with about 60 taxi drivers and dispatchers. Four of the injured were treated at Elizabeth General Medical Center and released. killing wife staggered down the basement stairs and he followed shooting her twice in the head. "She had been drifting further away from me," Stomackin told the judge. Under a plea agreement, Stomackin could serve 20 years in prison, including 10 years of parole ineligibility. Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 1 3. Stomackin is being held in the Cape May County Jail. along," Kapalko said yesterday. "I said in the pro-choice questionnaire that I was in favor of medically necessary abortions. Life-threatening pregnancies fit that category. Not all abortions do." John Indyk, Kapalko's campaign manager, said the candidate opposes federal funding for elective abortions, particularly in such troubled fiscal times. "Mr. Kapalko's deception on this vital issue is disturbing," said Fran Avallone, state coordinator for Right to Choose. "One month he favors unrestricted Medicaid funding for abortion, and the next month he would restrict it to only extreme cases." She pointed out that the questionnaire included a box for supporting federal abortion funding endan-germent only and one for life endan-germent and rape or incest. Kapalko left both of these blank and checked the third box, "for any medically necessary reason." Indyk said if there is any question of deception, it should be directed at Kapalko's 3rd Congressional District opponent, Democratic Rep. Frank J. Pallone Jr., who switched his anti-abortion stance last year. "Frank Pallone ... says his decision to flip-flop on abortion is something he wrestled with for months following the U.S. Supreme Court decision (in July, Webster vs. Reproductive Health Services)," Indyk said. "Yet in August, he voted to prohibit the use of any funds to perform abortions in the District of Columbia." Bond issue aimed at protecting coast clears committee Tax relief bill also passes By TODD B. BATES Press Staff Writer NEW JERSEY, virtually out of money to protect its coastline, could float a $75 million bond issue for shore protection under legislation passed by an Assembly committee yesterday. A bill that would provide $21.2 million for property tax relief in 20 Shore towns whose populations swell during summer also passed the Assembly Economic Growth, Agriculture, Tourism and Coastal Protection Committee, which met in Wildwood Crest yesterday. But the question of whether the financially burdened state can afford the measures remained unanswered yesterday. Gov. Florio has taken no position on floating bonds to pay for shore protection, said Emma Byrne, Florio's press secretary. "The governor will be happy to look at it (the $21.2 million Shore aid proposal) when it gets to his desk," Ms. Byrne said. Amy E. Collings, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Treasury, said the agency has yet to take positions on the bills. The measures now go to the Assembly Appropriations Committee for review. Manasquan Mayor John L Winter-stella said he would be delighted if the borough received some $1.4 million under the Shore aid bill to help provide services to thousands of tourists who flock to the borough each summer. But Winterstella added he has little hope that the legislation will ever be enacted. Meanwhile, citizens would be unable to vote on the proposed $75 million "Shore Protection Bond Act of 1990" until the November 1991 election. It is too late to place the proposal on the Nov. 6 ballot. The legislation (A-3798) is sponsored by Assemblyman Edward H. Salmon, D-Cape May, and Assemblyman John A. Villapiano, D-Mon-mouth. Salmon, chairman of the Assembly committee, is running against state Sen. James S. Cafiero, R-Cape May. Cafiero was appointed to the seat vacated by former Republican Sen. James Hurley, who joined the Casino Control Commission in January. For more than five years, state legislators have failed to agree on a permanent source of funding for shore protection, such as repairing sea walls, Higher education officials want 11 budget increase The Associated Press TRENTON The state Board of Higher Education has asked Gov. Florio to increase state aid to colleges and universities by nearly 1 1 percent next year, but the governor said colleges and universities should expect spending cuts. Higher education officials said on Thursday that $1 billion in state aid is needed to maintain quality programs and avert big tuition increases. But the request comes as Florio has asked most state departments to prepare for across-the-board 8 percent cuts. State higher education institutions were cut by about 10 percent by Florio this year, forcing tuition hikes of 9 percent to 1 9 percent at state colleges. "This is what we need in order to ensure quality, to foster equity and diversity and to keep our colleges affordable," said Board of Higher Education chairman Albert W. Merck, who added that the board's request nonetheless "falls short of our real needs." The education officials said that higher tuition, program cuts, larger class sizes and reduced access to colleges and universities could be forced if state aid is trimmed for a second consecutive year. "We must tell the lawmakers that, point blank, there is no more fat," said Thomas H. Gassert, chairman of the Pick 6 at $4.5 million The Associated Press TRENTON There was no top prize winner in Thursday night's Pick 6 drawing. Five of six correct numbers pays $872 to 175 winners. Four of six pays $54 to 4,226. Estimated jackpot for Monday's drawing is$4.5nillion. building groins and pumping sand on thinning beaches. Several proposals to establish a natural resources preservation and restoration trust fund via tax increases are pending. But many residents are rebelling against Florio's $2.8 billion tax increase plan.- " . . Meanwhile, there is no money for shore protection in the i state's 1990-91 budget All the money in the $50 million shore protection bond issue of 1983 has been spent is or earmarked for projects, officials say. Salmon and Assemblyman John Paul Doyle, D-Ocean, sponsors of the shore aid bill (A-4068), want to see the $21.2 million come from savings uncovered by Gov. Florio's state audit team. The governor's office is reviewing the proposal, said John T. Mahon, a spokesman for the Assembly Democrats. V : ' The audit team estimated Wednesday that the state could save between $37 million and $56 million by overhauling its sick leave policy for state employees and revamping a consultant service. The goal is $100 million in savings, and the audit is continuing. Towns eligible for Shore aid must have a 1988 year-round population of at least 1 ,000; a 1 987 per capita income of less than $20,000 and a 1989 equalized municipal property tax rate of at least 28 cents per $100 of assessed value. ; . ' There is a $1.5 million cap on the aid for each town. Eight towns, including Belmar and Bradley Beach in Monmouth County, are eligible for the maximum. Other towns that would receive aid under the proposal include Beach Haven, Lavallette, Point Pleasant Beach, Seaside Heights, Seaside Park and Ship Bottom in Ocean County; Avon, Manasquan, and Spring Lake in Monmouth County; Avalon, Cape May, North Wildwood, Ocean City, Sea Isle City and Wildwood Crest in Cape May County; and Brigantine, Longport and Ventnor in Atlantic County. , ' Municipalities such as Asbury Park, Long Branch and Atlantic City which receive aid from the state urban aid program or the municipalities . revitalization fund would not be eligible. , , Press staff writers Nancy Shields and Jeanne Jackson contributed to this story. board's budget committee. The education officials said colleges and universities cut programs and raised tuition because of funding cuts in the most recent budget. They also said some colleges could face added expenses of up to $800,000 because of higher oil prices prompted by Iraq's invasion of Kuwait. "With those other costs, an 8 percent cut this year could do more damage , than last year's 10 percent cut," said Gassert. , Merck said most colleges tapped into institutional reserve accounts to avert cutting programs or making big tuition increases. ' "Those options are not here now,f ' said Merck. "We were too damn quiet about (the budget cuts) last year. It gave a general impression that we could take the cuts." The board's, budget request, however, was not met enthusiastically by Florio yesterday. "While I share the board members' concerns about education, I have to disagree with their budget proposal," Florio said. "This is a time of hard decisions and economic realities that force us to cut spending in all areas." PRESSTO HAS WINNING LOTTERY NUMBERS N.J..N.Y. and P.A. numbers available at midnight call: (201) 918-1000 or (201)901-1000 and enter category 1750 Stop paving 900 charges! 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