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Asbury Park, New Jersey
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Friday, September 23, 1994
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Asbury Park Press Friday, Sept. 23. 1994 Bb -Teacher From page Bl rtitle of superintendent on Jan. 1. I She will take charge of a regional school system facing several challenges. The defeat of school budgets by voters has become a predictable event here, prompting annual debate over spending cuts. The district is also due to K receive a decreasing chunk of state aid, which will make the financial squeeze " even tighter. " -:- There is talk of expanding the regional system to include the elementary ,; grades of its five member towns. That ."j. move could save money but is likely to ? encounter opposition if it ever becomes i , a serious proposal. , And Central Regional's recent past is , spotted with periodic episodes of tension j, and controversy centering on racial differences. The latest incident took place 1 1 just this month, when high school officials briefly ruled that a Muslim student's religious head covering violated ; the school's ban on hats. ' " D'Zio acknowledges the challenges. Asked whether she knows the secret to "' getting a budget passed here, for in-K stance, she said: "I wish I had it. I'd -v write a book." ' '' As for the possible full regionalization of the Berkeley, Island Heights, Ocean Gate, Seaside Heights and Seaside Park -j school districts, D'Zio said she believes :,. the plan can be sold only if it will improve educational offerings as well as ., cut costs. In the area of race relations and toler-, ance, D'Zio has been closely involved in T efforts to blend multiculturalism into the , curriculum and to train staff and stu-i dents in how to resolve conflicts. She is " vice chairwoman of the Ocean County ' Human Relations Coalition and co-chairs r, its committee on youth and education. "Carol has always been on the fore- front of dealing with cultural and diver- sity issues," said the chairman of the human relations coalition, J. Michael Rush, principal of the South Toms River . Elementary School. ' "She extended herself. She didn't sit . back and wait for things to happen She instituted programs; she came up . with ideas and instituted those ideas. ,,; She's a go-getter." Housing ( From page Bl testify. Also, board members want to review some of the copious documents that arose from the township's court battles -& with state affordable housing mandates. 1 The Pleasant Plains Homeowners and Business Owners Association came out in j' ' force last night to reiterate its opposition v to the project. According to the group's -r lawyer, Gary Edelson, allowing a devel-r opment to be exclusively affordable hous-i ing would negate the plan to integrate such units throughout the township. ; 1 "To me, that seems discriminatory," ..- resident Doris Collins said of the build-.'j. er's intention to exclude the more affluent from his project. About 90 percent of Dover's fair share obligation of 1,004 units is located in the Pleasant Plains section and to allow Michaels to proceed would set a . precedent for future developments, Edel- son noted. 2' Michaels wants to devote 122 units to affordable housing subsidized by "Section t 8" housing certificates. The remaining i f .unit would be used by the complex's su- ': perintendent. The developer is asking THE Mmv Sparkle her memories, of the first time with C " Ring her again! .. r , fv H:' EWEIH ' DIAMOND MMPOffTH t- ) 3d .t :ifaJ The Central Regional district's emphasis on tolerance among students and a broadened curriculum began just as D'Zio arrived as assistant superintendent in 1988. As part of a statement of district goals, DeConde had included progress in cultural diversity. One of D'Zio's first missions was fleshing out that goal. In 1989, Central Regional implemented "A World of Differences," a prejudice-reduction program created by the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith. Teachers received training about lessons and activities they could use to promote tolerance. In 1991, D'Zio joined another staff member and four students at a workshop on diversity at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. The district then held a local version of the workshop for 20 students and 13 teachers. An outgrowth of that training was the formation of Students for Dialogue and Meaningful Change, which involved 100 students 25 from each grade in the high school Participants weighed cultural issues in discussion groups and during lectures by guest speakers. The district sent students and teachers to a summer 1992 workshop on conflict resolution that led to formation of a mediation program now in place to handle disagreements and tensions that arise among students. D'Zio at one point surveyed students involved in Students for Dialogue and Meaningful Change. "The change in attitude of those in the program was phenomenal," she said. D'Zio, 52, lives in Lakewood and is a member of that township's Parks and Recreation Commission. Her husband, Lawrence, is a guidance counselor and baseball coach at Jackson Memorial High School. After a brief flirtation with a nursing career while in college, D'Zio set her sights on education and, in 1964, landed a job teaching English at Jackson Memorial High School. She became head of the English department in 1968. In 1980, she was appointed principal at Carl W. Goetz Intermediate School in Jackson. D'Zio believes she is a better administrator because of her step-by-step ascent. "You have to walk in the shoes of the people with whom you're dealing to really understand when they come to you with a problem," she said. the township Board of Adjustment to interpret that portion of the ordinance that sets limits for the amount of affordable housing in a development in that area. According to an opinion by Mackle, the ordinance does not permit 100 percent of each development to be slated for low- or moderate-income housing. Mackle determined that 10 percent of Michaels' project should go to low-income, 10 percent should go to moderate-income rentals and 80 percent should be rented at market value. Under Mackle's interpretation, only 18 units could be set aside for tow- and moderate-income housing, while 105 units would be slated as market-value units. Eisdorfer noted that the ordinance does not include the description for "maximum" when it set-the percentages for low- and moderate-income housing. The developer is offering more than the ordinance requires, he said, in the same way a developer could offer more parking spaces or a larger buffer if the developer opted to do so, he said. White Oak Glen apartments, as the Michaels Development project is called, would have three studio apartments, 42 one-bedroom units, 38 two-bedroom units, 29 three-bedroom units, 9 four-bedroom units and two five-bedroom units. T "'( - V tl i'h'ft n:f-f -li): g Edit I J Jaw Board still looking to save PRESS LAKEWOOD BUREAU POINT PLEASANT The issue of eliminating assistant coaching and club advising positions appears dead, but the issue of how to make up a budget shortfall remains very much alive, said Superintendent of Schools George Kane. "This is the most difficult budget I've ever been involved with," Kane said. "People, including the. (school) board, don't want to believe that Neighborhood fears From page Bl ments. Council president Samuel Fu-saro said the state Department of Environmental Protection has indicated the permitting process would take four to eight months. Fusaro said the township is moving forward with design work and the permit process. The council also agreed last night to contact Gov. Whitman to inform her about the problem. Members agreed to encourage any residents with wells to have the wells tested regularly. And the township is providing some aid, such as bottled water from the Ridgeway Fire House. Dinkin's problem was detected in July, after one of his neighbors was preparing to sell a house and move to Florida. At the time, a well test revealed the presence of mercury in the Harvey Cedars sees 100 seasons From page Bl For tomorrow's centennial celebration, a parade, fireworks, a surfing contest and a catboat race are among the events planned. The borough's first name was High Point because its northern section is the highest point on the island. At the time, however, the southern section was known as Harvey Cedars. The U.S. Postal Service forced the borough to drop High Point in the 1930s, to avoid confusion with another High Point in New Jersey, which is now a part of Montague Township in Sussex County. Although it's the smallest town in Ocean County, Harvey Cedars has a history beyond its size, its residents proclaim. Whalers were the first settlers, arriving on Long Beach Island during the 1800s. The hunt for the whales, which were about 50 feet long, was a tradition dating to colonial times, and whale oil remained a valuable commodity until the whaling industry died out in a 1 31h irairayoiD Yemitt SoDe Nutone Bath Cabinets up to 70 Off Thursday, September 22 - Sunday, September 25 Thursday-Saturday: 9am-7pm Sunday: 1 1 am-4pm C Lighten Up for Less! This is our biggest sale of the year! Novs your chance to save big on our entire stock of lighting & electrical supplies. money is truly scarce." On Tuesday night, after more than 100 residents and students objected, the Board of Education backed off a plan that called for the elimination of eight assistant coaches and about 15 school club advisers. The money will come from the district's capital budget. Kane said the move would have saved more than $50,000 and made a significant dent in the $283,000 in cuts mandated by the Borough Coun water. On July 25, Dinkin and his wife, Ruth, got a letter from the Ocean County Health Department advising them to have their own well tested. It takes two lab tests to confirm mercury contamination. Two tests at the Din-kin home revealed a contamination level of 4 parts per billion, double the maximum amount permitted under the state's Safe Drinking Water Act. Ten other homes have shown mercury contamination after initial tests. Two others besides Dinkin's home have been tested twice, confirming the contamination, he said. That confirmation makes them eligible for state spill fund money to have a filter installed on their wells. But a filter is only a temporary measure. A home cannot be sold with a mercury filter, and drilling a well to a deeper level does not mean contamination won't reappear there, Dinkin said. the 1830s due to overhunting, according to Buccholz. Harvey Cedars was also a center for poundfishing and eel grass harvesting, both important industries until the 1920s. J.B. Kinsey, after whose family Kinsey Cove is named, had his own sea moss company, collecting and drying that particular species of seaweed. Reported bugproof and fire resistant, the eel grass was used for upholstery, mattresses, and even coffins. A 1929 blight killed the species and ended that industry along the Atlantic Coast. Philadelphia artists maintained a summer colony here for several years. Among the dune dwellers was sculptor Boris Blai, founder of the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, located just to the north of town in the Loveladies section of Long Beach Township. Blai's house in Harvey Cedars was washed out in the great nor'easter of 1962, Buccholz said. The Harvey Cedars Bible Conference remains one of the borough's most notable landmarks. Buccholz said it is the oldest remaining large Victo Cooper Hurry in!... quantities limitea! cil. Now, the board faces the difficult task of finding other ways to trim the budget of about $21 million, Kane said. "I've been trying to preach the message that we have to retreat to educational priorities. I don't see how they won't be able to cut services, such as courtesy busing and athletic programs, or educational programs. "And it's going to get worse. Our get process next year is just going mercury poisoning Where is the mercury coming from? Residents believe it traveled east from the Naval Air Warfare Center at Lake-hurst, possibly via a branch of the Toms River. But at a meeting earlier this month, officials from the base said they do not believe the base is the source. The base is listed as a national Superfund site, marked by several contaminated sites. The source aside, Dinkin and his neighbors are worried that while they wait for a link to township water, their lives are being jeopardized. Mercury can cause neurological impairment, and, some studies of high-level contamination suggest it might hurt the kidneys and immune system, according to literature from the state Department of Health. Especially troubling to some of these residents is the conflicting information they have gotten from different agencies about the dangers of rian hotel on the Jersey Shore, built in the 1800s as the Harvey Cedars Hotel. The building was also used as a Young Women's Christian Association camp for girls from 1921 until 1935, before being purchased by the Bible conference for $7,000 in 1941. One of the first seven lifesaving stations on the Atlantic Coast was built here in 1948. The building still stands today on Long Beach Boulevard as the Long Beach Island Fishing Club. Other early settlers included the Quakers, who came from western New Jersey to run hotels and boarding houses along the Shore. Buccholz said her family first arrived on Long Beach Island about 100 years ago, with plans to buy land for development. But many people have noted that development here is actually a recent phenomenon, which coincided with the opening of the Garden State Parkway. "There used to be wide open spaces of land, but of course that's all gone," said Buccholz. "With more people, there's more pressure on all the aspects of civilization. You can no longer have beach parties, and you can't catch clams without a license." Electric's Save tc Cooper . ecfmii supply co, money to be horrendous," he said, noting that the state cap on the district's annual spending increases will likely be set at 3 percent. Kane said the school board is expected to consider other ways to cut the budget during a meeting Oct. 6. The board decided not to appeal the cuts ordered by the council after the governing body agreed to fund courtesy busing, or the busing of students who live within two miles of school, for this school year. the water. Letters from the county health agency first recommended not using the water for eating, cooking or bathing, then indicated limited bathing would be safe. Johnson Avenue resident Dieter Rauch is skeptical. "I don't care what people say," Rauch said this week. "I can't shower in this water. I need to have something done and I want it done yesterday." Supporting Dinkin and his neighbors last night was Evelyn Snider, an environmental activist from the Pine Lake Park section. In August 1987, wells serving more than 1,700 homes in Pine Lake Park were found to be contaminated with various chemicals. The township received $20 million as a part of a state Spill Compensation Fund settlement as well as a $49,000 Community Block Grant to help residents connect to the public water sys-tem. in the sun "As a child, I came to Harvey Cedars during the weekends to help my uncle's boating business," Mayor Harry T. Marti recalled. "We had a house on the ocean and from there, I could look west and see all of the bay." But it's the history of storms pounding the borough throughout the last century that some say has shaped the spirit of its residents. A 1944 hurricane wiped out about 20 percent of the housing, while an inlet breached formed at Bergen Avenue and 79th Street during the devastating 1962 nor'easter. Next week, a $3.7 million beach restoration project is due to begin just the latest attempt to fight beach erosion. "People who live here have a sense of cohesions: everybody against the ocean," said Buccholz. Marti agreed. "This is a town noted for its survival and its rallying around difficult situations," he said. "It's been a real pleasure and privilege being mayor here. The borough is unique, and there are wonderful people here. "It's just a wonderful place to live," he said. J

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