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Bridgewater, New Jersey
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Tuesday, November 20, 1984
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Th GOUflGf'NGlUS Tuesday, November 20, o Nicholas Reale, 62, HILLSIDE - Nicholas Reale, a distinguished water colorist who was named New Jersey Artist of the Year in 1969, died Sunday (Nov. 18, 1984) at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston. He was 62. Mr. Reale was born in Newark and had lived in Hillside for the past 35 years. He was a well-known artist whose work had been exhibited throughout the United States and Canada. During the past two decades, he received numerous honors from the American Water Color Society, the Audubon Artists and the Allied Artists. He was also listed in "Who's Who in American Art." His paintings are displayed at the National Academy of Design in Newark, the Jersey City Museum and Monmouth College. Mr. Reale was an associate of the National Academician and a member of the American Water Color Society. He was a graduate of Pratt Institute in New York and taught art classes at Seton Hall University. He was also a World War II veteran. Surviving are his wife, Maria Michael G.Kosydar Sr. PISCATAWAY - Michael G. Kosydar Sr., 74, groundskeeper of Bound Brook Cemetery, died Sunday (Nov. 18, 1984) at Somerset Medical Mary Scarpa BRIDGEWATER - Mary Cam-piglia Scarpa, 93, died Sunday (Nov. 18, 1984) at Greenfield Convalescent Center in Bridgewater. She was born and raised in New York City. She had lived in Plainfield and North Plainfield for 35 years, moving to Bridgewater four years ago. She was a communicant of Marble Collegiate Church in New York and a member of the Somerset County Senior Citizens. She was a member of Emmues Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, in Linden for more than 50 years. She was the wife of the late John Scarpa, who died in 1946 Surviving is a brother, Rocco Cam-piglia of Bradenton, Fla. Arrangements are by Scarpa Funeral Home in North Plainfield. BOXILL May Louise (Radford) on November 17, 1984 of Fanwood. Wife of the late Louis C. Boxill who died in 1976. Devoted mother of Mr. Edwin Boxill of Berkeley Heights, Mrs. Mary Paola of Fanwood, Mrs. Mildred Tackett of Dobbs Ferry, New York and Mrs. Kathleen Cannon of Scotch Plains. Also survived by 8 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. A memorial service will take place on Saturday, November 24 at 1 1 am at the Gray Funeral Home, 318 E. Broad Street, Westfield. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the 1st Church of Christian Scientists of Fanwood or the Friends of Animals, 11 West 60th Street, New York, New York 1 0023. 20 D'AMORE Rudolph A., on Sunday, November 18, 1984, of Scotch Plains, formerly of West-field, beloved husband of Rose A. (nee DeProspero), devoted father of Brenda D'Amore, Katharine Barge, Linda Foley, Kim, Frank and David D'Amore, brother of Virginia Sepe, Adeline Disizio, Mary Archet-to and Jane D'Amore, also six grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted on Wednesday, November 21, at 8:15 a.m. from the "ROSSI FUNERAL HOME," 1937 WESTFIELD AVENUE, SCOTCH PLAINS. A Mass of Christian Burial at St. Bartholomew, The Apostle Church, Scotch Plains, at 9:30 a.m. Interment Lake Nelson Memorial Park, Piscata-way. Visitation Monday and Tuesday, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. 20 GILLIS Sarah Elizabeth, on November 17, 1984, of Plainfield, formerly of Roselle, loving mother of Mark Gillis and Mrs. Sandra Gates, sister of Lawson Gillis, Mrs. Gloria Bishop and Mrs. Ruth Shell, grandmother of three. Services will be held Wednesday, November 21 , at 1 1 .00 a.m. at the Second Baptist Church, 200 Locust Street, Roselle. Interment Rose-hill Cemetery, Linden. Friends may call at the G. G. Woody Funeral Home, 206 East Eighth Avenue, Roselle, Tuesday, 3-5 p.m. and at the church, 7-9 p.m. 20 6 BIG ROSES -'9.00 LUV YA B0KAYS - 3" & 495 CENTERPIECES 637 & up F LPR I ST SATISFACTION GUARANTIED Fancy Fruit & Cheese Baskets DUNELLENGREEN BRIDGEWATERSOMERVILLE 725-5577 PISCATAWAY 966-0600 THE PLAINFIELDS 756-LOVE NORTH PLAINFIELD 756-6677 ri O f JUI1IV LIVUl Jl VW1 U J well-known artist Courier-News File Photo NICHOLAS REALE ...received numerous honors Padula Reale; a son, Aldo of Hoboken; two daughters, Nancy Gifford of Holland, Pa., and Barbara Reale of New York City; and a grandson. Arrangements are by Growney Funeral Home in Hillside. Center in Somerville. He was born in Olyphant, Pa., and had lived in Piscataway for 38 years. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Bound Brook. Surviving are his wife, Jennetta Huizing Kosydar, a son, Michael G. Jr. of South Bound Brook; three daughters, Dorothy Mosenteen of Mt. Desert Island, Maine, Shirley Bischel of Three Rivers, Calif., and Kathryn Olencki of Readington; three brothers, Joseph of Jermyn, Pa., John of Linden and Anthony of Blakely, Pa.; three sisters, Mary Jasilrkowski of West Haven, Conn., Helen Yanchak of Toms River and Victoria Cusick of Scranton, Pa.; and five grandchildren. Arrangements are by Taggart-Chamberlain Funeral Home in Bound Brook. Gen. Karel Klapalek PRAGUE, Czechoslovakia (AP) -Gen. Karel Klapalek, who fought Germans on several fronts in World War II, died Sunday after a lengthy illness. He was 91. FUNERAL NOTICES LANDERS Fleming Theodore, on Saturday, November 17, 1984, husband of Mrs. Chiquita B. Landers, father of Mrs. Michelle Adair, Sharon, Scott and Theodore Craig Landers, son of Mr. Albert Landeros, brother of Mrs. Hilda Williams and James Landeros. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, 12:00 noon at JUDKINS COLONIAL HOME. Friends may call Tuesday, 2-4 and 7-9p.m. -20 KARDOS Alexander T. of Scotch Plains on Monday, November 19, 1984. Beloved husband of Katharine J., father of Christine Mazillo, Eileen Kardos, Kenneth Kardos. 2 grandchildren. Private family graveside service Wednesday, November 21st. Friends and relatives Invited to memorial mass at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Scotch Plains, Saturday, November 24, 1984 at 11am. In lieu of flowers contributions to Intensive Care Unit, Muhlenberg Hospital, Plainfield, New Jersey in his memory. Arrangements by HIGGINS HOME FOR FUNERALS in Plainfield. -21 KOSYDAR Michael G. Sr., 74, of Netherwood Avenue, Piscataway, on Sunday, November 18, 1984, beloved husband of Jennetta (Huiv-ing), father of Michael G. Jr. of South Bound Brook, Dorothy Mosenteen of Mt. Desert Island, Maine, Shirley Bischel of Three Rivers, Cal., and Katheryn Olencki of Readington, brother of Joseph of Jermyn, PA, John of Linden, Anthony of Blakely, PA, Mary Jasilrkowski of Westhaven, Conn., Helen Yanchak of Toms River, Victoria Cusick of Scranton, PA, 5 grandchildren. Funeral services at 11:00 a.m., Friday, November 23, at the TAGGART-CHAM-BERLAIN FUNERAL HOME, 305 East High Street, Bound Brook. Rev. Joanne Germershausen officiating. Interment Bound Brook Cemetery. No calling hours. Memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society. 20 YOUR F T D. BROOK 752-0090 1984 Walter Oakes, former fire SOMERVILLE - Walter "Bucky" Oakes, 57, died yesterday (Nov. 19, 1984) at Somerset Medical Center in Somerville. He was born in Hampton and was a former resident of Glen Gardner, moving to Somerville 18 years ago. He had worked part time for Acme and Pathmark supermarkets of Somerville. He had been an employee of the state Department of Transporta- Ann Starke NORTH PLAINFIELD - Ann Cor-nwell Starke, 90, died Friday (Nov. 16, 1984) at McCutchen Nursing Home in North Plainfield. She was born in Great Falls, Va., and moved to Plainfield 30 years ago. She had lived in North Plainfield for three years. She was a member of Westfield Presbyterian Church and was the former choir director there. She was a member of Kings Daughter Day Nursery of Plainfield, the DAR and the Monday Afternoon Club of Plainfield, where she was director of the club's chorus. Surviving are her husband, Emory P. Starke; a daughter, Patricia A. Trumbull of Hamilton, N.Y.; and three grandchildren. Arrangements are by A.M. Runyon and Son Funeral Home in Plainfield. MayL Boxill FANWOOD - May Louise Boxill, 90, died Saturday (Nov. 17, 1984) at Muhlenberg Hospital in Plainfield after a long illness. She was born in England and came to the United States in 1919, settling in Brooklyn, N.Y. She then moved to Westfield before coming to Fanwood 20 years ago. She was a member of the First Church of Christ Scientist of Fanwood. Surviving are a son, Edwin Boxill of Berkeley Heights; three daughters, Mary Paola of Fanwood, Mildred Tackett of Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., and Kathleen Cannon of Scotch Plains; eight grandchildren; and a greatgrandchild. Arrangements are by Gray Funeral Home in Westfield. KNEISEL Ernst, 82 on November 18, 1984. Funeral services from HANNON BROS. FUNERAL HOME, 43 West Somerset Street, Raritan on Wednesday, 10 a.m. Interment, Franklin Memorial Park, North Brunswick, Friends may call Tuesday, 7-9 p.m. 20 POWERS Elva A. Templin, of North Plainfield, on November 19, 1984, wife of the late John F. Powers, mother of John David and William Joseph Powers, also surviving is a granddaughter. Funeral from HIGGINS HOME FOR FUNERALS, 209 West Eighth Street, Plainfield, on Friday, November 23, 1984, at 8:30 a.m., followed by a funeral mass at St. Joseph's Church, North Plainfield, at 9:00 a.m. Interment Hillside Cemetery, Visiting hours Tuesday, 7-9 p.m., and Wednesday 2-4 ad 7-9 p.m. 21 REALE Nicholas of Hillside, New Jersey on November 18, 1984. Beloved husband of Maria' (Padula) and father of Nancy Gifford, Barbara and Aldo Reale. Grandfather of Matthew Gifford. Funeral services at the Growney Funeral Home, 1070 North Broad Street, Hillside on Wednesday at 10am. Interment Evergreen Cemetery. Visiting Tuesday, 2-4 and 7-9pm. , 2(3 ROBERTO Edith (Bocci), 72, of Dunellen, N.J., on November 18, 1984, wife of Rocco J. Roberto, sister of Joseph Bocci, Anna Caniginia, Viola DiMaria, Leona Schirro, Helen Potter and Theresa Bishop. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, at 9:30 a.m., from the Victor Ferri Funeral Home, Fallon Street, Old Forge, PA, and will be followed by a 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary's R.C: Church, Old Forge, PA. Interment Old Forge Cemetery, Old Forge, PA. Visiting hours Tuesday, 2-4 and 7-9, at the SHEENAN FUNERAL HOME, 233 Dunellen Avenue, Dunellen, N.J., Wednesday at the Ferri Funeral Home, Fallon Street, Old Forge, PA. 20 RODRIGUEZ Jessica, on Thursday, November 15, and Michael, on Monday, November 19, both of North Plainfield, beloved daughter of Myriam Mora, beloved sister and brother of Marko, Carlos, Hannia, Isabel and Rosa Rodriguez, Funeral on Tuesday, 1 1 :30 a.m., from the SCARPA FUNERAL HOME, 22 Craig Place, North Plainfield, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial, St. Mary's R.C. Church, Plainfield at 12:00 noon. Entombment Somerset Hills Mausoleum, Basking Ridge. Visiting hours Tuesday, 11:00 a.m. until service. 20 SCARPA Mary, on Sunday, November 18, 1984, of Bridgewater, beloved wife of the late John Scarpa (1946), sister of Rocco Campiglia, also surviving are many nephews and nieces. Services on Friday, 10:00 a.m., from the SCARPA FUNERAL HOME, 22 Craig Place, North Plainfield. Burial Hillside Cemetery, Scotch Plains. Visiting hours Wednesday, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. 20 WHITTOCK Edgar R. of Plainfield on Sunday, November 1 8, 1 984 in his 94th year, husband of the late Edna Buckwalter Whittock. Services at MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, 400 Franklin Place at East 7th Street, Plainfield on Tuesday, November 20th at 3 p.m. Interment, Hillside Cemetery, Roslyn, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, November 21st. at 11 a.m. There will be no calling hours. Old Guard Service, Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. 20 WREDE Karl R., beloved husband of Auguste Garbe Wrede, father of Irmhild Smith, granfather of one granddaughter, also survived by 3 brothers and 3 sisters in Germany. Funeral services will be held at The Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel, 1012 Valley Road, Gillette, N.J. on Tuesday evening 8 p.m. Visiting hours Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. 20 B3 chief in Glen Gardner tion for the past 14 years. Mr. Oakes was an ex-fire chief of the Glen Gardner Volunteer Fire Department. Surviving are his wife, Marie; two daughters, Alice Spilotras of Glen Gardner and Sharon Lawson of Glen Gardner; his mother, Alice Oakes of Hampton; three sisters, Louise Scheier of Glen Gardner, Esther Cooper of Washington and Shirley Thompson of Oregon; a brother, William of Clinton; and two grandchildren. Arrangements are by Cusick Funeral Home in Somerville. Ernst Kneisel, 82, owned poultry farm BRIDGEWATER - Ernst Kneisel, 82, of Milltown Road, died Sunday (Nov. 18, 1984) at home. He was born in Emsdetten, West Germany, and came to this country in 1929. He was the owner of Kneisel Poultry Farm in Bridgewater before retiring in 1961. He was a member of Bradley Gardens Reformed Church in Bradley Gardens. His wife, Anna, died in 1979. There are no immediate survivors. Arrangements are by Hannon Brothers Funeral Home in Raritan Borough. Edith M. Roberto DUNELLEN - Edith M. Bocci Roberto, 72, died Sunday (Nov. 18, 1984) at Muhlenberg Hospital in Plainfield. She was born in Galitcin, Pa., and lived in Old Forge, Pa., for 10 years before moving to Dunellen 40 years ago. She worked as a bookkeeper and sales manager at Indrikovic Appliance in Middlesex for 30 years before retiring in 1981. She was a member of St. John's Church in Dunellen and the church's Altar-Rosary Society. Surviving are her husband, Rocco J. Roberto; a brother, Joseph Bocci of Galitcin, Pa.; and five sisters, Anna Caniginia of Forty Fort, Pa., Viola DiMaria of Washington, D.C., Leona Schirro of Sarasota, Fla., Helen Potter of Old Forge, Pa., and Theresa Bishop of Washington, D.C. Arrangements are by Sheenan Funeral Home in Dunellen. Karl R. Wrede PASSAIC TOWNSHIP - Karl R. Wrede, 70, died yesterday (Nov. 19, 1984) at Middlesex General-University Hospital in New Brunswick. Mr. Wrede was born in Germany and had lived in the Millington section of Passaic Township for the past 11 years. He was a tool maker employed by Speer Optical in South Orange for four years before retiring in 1977. He was a member of the Fellowship Deaconry of Liberty Corner. Surviving are his wife, Auguste Garbe Wrede; a daughter, Irmhild Smith of Millington; three brothers and three sisters, all of Germany, and a granddaughter. Arrangements are by Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Gillette. CarmellaMontone HAZLETON, Pa. - Carmella Mon-tone, 92, died Sunday (Nov. 18, 1984) at Somerset Medical Center in Somerville. She was born in Italy and had lived in Hazleton since she was a child. She was a member of Most Precious Blood Church in Hazleton for many years. Surviving are five sons, Peter Mon-tone of Somerville, John of South Bound Brook, Neil of West Chester, Pa., and James and Pasco, both of Hazleton; two daughters, Rose Stevenson and Josephine Farnoski, both of South Bound Brook; 21 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Arrangements are by Fierro Funeral Home in Hazleton. NoraScherer BRIELLE Nora McDonough Scherer, 83, died Sunday (Nov. 18, 1984) at home. Mrs. Scherer was born in Plainfield and lived in Richmond Hills, Long Island, N.Y., before moving to Brielle in 1970. Surviving are her husband, H. Nicholas Scherer Sr.; a son, H. Nicholas Jr. of Columbus, Ohio; three sisters, Rosanne Moriarty of Plainfield, Mary White of Plainfield and Catherine Newmeyer of Tuscon, Ariz.; and two grandchildren. Arrangements are by Meehan Funeral Home in Spring Lake Heights. Joseph S.Rusnak PHILADELPHIA - Joseph S. Rusnak, 67, died yesterday (Nov. 19, 1984) at Somerset Medical Center in Somerville. He was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and had lived in Pennsylvania all his life. He was employed as a pressman with Cuneo Press Co. in Philadelphia. Surviving are three sisters, Emily Rebarchak and Mary Shanmanek, both of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and Irene Shelcusky of Manville. Arrangements are by Fucillo and Warren Funeral Home in Manville. Michael Rodriguez, 8, accident victim NORTH PLAINFIELD - Michael Rodriguez, 8, died yesterday (Nov. 19, 1984) at Muhlenberg Hospital in Plainfield from injuries sustained in an accident on Route 22 and West End Avenue Thursday morning. He was the brother of Jessica Rodriguez, 7, also killed in the same accident. He was born in Costa Rica and had lived in California for four years before moving to North Plainfield in September. He was a communicant of St. Mary's Church in Plainfield and was a AlexandeVT. Kardos SCOTCH PLAINS- Alexander T. Kardos, a former attorney for Johnson & Johnson, died yesterday (Nov. 19, 1984) at Muhlenberg Hospital in Plainfield. He was 70. Mr. Kardos was born in New Yorki City and had lived in Connecticut before moving to Scotch Plains 28 years ago. He was an attorney for Johnson & Johnson in New Brunswick for more than 20 years, retiring 10 years ago. Mr. Kardos was a graduate of City College of New York City and received a law degree from Seton Hall University. He was a communicant of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Scotch Plains and an Army veteran of World War II. Surviving are his wife, Katherine J. Kardos; two daughters, Christine Mazillo of Aberdeen and Eileen Kardos of Linden; a son, Kenneth of Farmington, Conn; and two grandchildren. Arrangements are by Higgins Home for Funerals in Plainfield. Edgar R. Whittock PLAINFIELD - Edgar R. Whittock, 93, died Sunday (Nov. 18, 1984) at Muhlenberg Hospital in Plainfield. He was born in Glenside, Pa., and had been a resident of Plainfield since 1914. He was a pension and insurance consultant with American Cyanamid in Bridgewater for 15 years, retiring in 1956. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Plainfield and had been a member of the Old Guard of Plainfield since 1957. His wife, Edna Buckwalter, died in October 1967. Surviving are several nieces and nephews. Arrangements are by Memorial Funeral Home in Plainfield. Marion Rymer PISCATAWAY - Marion Rymer, 56, died yesterday (Nov. 19, 1984) at her home. Mrs. Rymer was born in New Brunswick and had lived in Piscataway for the past 26 years. She had been employed for the past four years as an inspector for the Sheraton Hotel in Piscataway. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Piscataway Elks Lodge 2414. Surviving are her husband, Matthew; four daughters, Stephanie Kurtz of Hillsborough, and Jane Rymer, Sharon Rymer and Carol Rymer, all at home; a sister, Beatrice Firgau of Highland Park; and two grandchildren. Arrangements are by Conroy Funeral Home in Bound Brook. James F. Morgan BOUND BROOK - James F. Morgan, 44, of Evergreen Avenue, died yesterday (Nov. 19, 1984) from injuries sustained in an auto accident on River Road in Middlesex. He was born in Newark and had lived in Bound Brook for 15 years. Prior to that he had lived in Somerville. He was employed by American Cyanamid Corp. in Bridgewater as a foreman for 14 years. He was a member of Moose Lodge 988 in Bound Brook. Surviving are his wife, Valerie Morgan; three sons, James F. Jr. of Washington, and Michael J. and Ryan F., at home; and three daughters, Lisa Marie, Katie E. and Marianne Wilkenloh, all at home. Arrangements are by Bridgewater Funeral Home. Allen Haley BOUND BROOK - Allen Haley, 88, died Saturday (Nov. 17, 1984) at Garden Nursing Home in Phillips-burg. Mr. Haley was born in Raritan Borough and had lived in Bound Brook for most of his life. He had been employed for 40 years as traffic director at Johns-Manville Corp. until his retirement in 1961. He was a member of the Johns-Manville Quarter-Century Club. His wife, Ursula Brandt Haley, died in 1961. Surviving are a son, Gerard of Union; and a sister, Ellen Dixon of Raritan. Arrangements are by Conroy Funeral Home in Bound Brook. JohnWaterfieldJr. HIGH BRIDGE - John Waterf ield Jr., 72, of 62 Main St., died yesterday (Nov. 19, 1984) at home. Mr. Waterfield was born in Maplewood and lived in Washington before moving to High Bridge in 1970. He was the retired owner and operator of High Bridge Printing Co., which was formerly the High Bridge Gazette. He was a U.S. Army second lieutenant in World U, serving in Italy. Survivors induce two nieces, Shirley Richter of Newton and Dorothy Crissey of Ogdensburg. Arrangements are by Naughright-Bright Funeral Home in High Bridge. student at West End School in North Plainfield. ' Surviving are his mother, Myriam Mora of North Plainfield; two brothers, Carlos and Marko of North Plainfield; and three sisters, Hannia, Isabel and Rosa of North Plainfield. Arrangements are by Scarpa Funeral Home in North Plainfield. Elsie Strimple iri wMTNfiTON Elsie Strimole. 87, of Flemington Arms Apartments, died yesterday (Nov. 19, 1984) at Raritan Health and Extended Care Center in Raritan Borough. She was born in'Jersey City and had lived in Hunterdon County since 1928. She was a member of Stanton Reformed Church and the Flemington-Raritan Senior Citizens. Surviving are two sons, Garwood of Flemington and Clifford of Burlington, N.C.; two daughters, Evelyn Hall of Three Bridges and Bernice Storr of Flemington; two sisters, Viola Strain of Glen Ridge and Edna Brown of West Caldwell; nine graridchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Arrangements are by Holcombe-Fisher Funeral Home in Flemington. Elva A. Powers NORTH PLAINFIELD - Elva A. Templin Powers, 69, a lifelong borough resident, died yesterday (Nov. 19, 1984) at home after a long illness. Her husband, John F. Powers, died in 1971. Surviving are two sons, John David and William Joseph, both of North Plainfield; and a granddaughter. Arrangements are by Higgins Home for Funerals in Plainfield. George Aiken MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - George Aiken, former governor and 34-year veteran ot tne u.s. senate in Vermont, died Monday at the age of 92. N J Transit bus kills Ohio man READINGTON - An Ohio man was struck and killed last night by a NJ Transit bus bound for Allentown, Pa., on Route 22 in the Whitehouse section. Police and NJ Transit officials said the victim, Identified as Fred Poin-dexter, apparently ran across the uiguway wane tarrying a package. The bus driver braked but could not stop in time to avoid hitting the pedestrian, according to Anthony Grazioso, a spokesman for NJ Transit. Police said the bus swerved off the road to the right and onto a grassy shoulder. The driver and all six passengers aboard the bus were not injured, police said. The 6:10 p.m. accident disrupted traffic on the westbound lanes of the highway. Passengers were transferred to another bus to continue their trip to Allentown. The bus left New York City shortly before 5 p.m. and made various stops along Route 22, according to Grazioso. Police Chief Kenneth Stadnik said, "There were no indications of any excessive speed. There was heavy traffic at the time. It happened right near the section of Route 22 that narrows into one lane because of construction." Police said Poindexter had been staying at the Whitehouse Motel on Route 22. House fire delays NORTH PLAINFIELD - The westbound lanes of Route 22 through the borough were closed during the early morning rush hour while firefighters battled a blaze at a vacant two-story house, police said. There were no injuries. Police said the fire was spotted' about -4:50 a.m. by a Watchung police officer who saw smoke coming from the house. Firefighters were still battling the smoky blaze at 6:30 a.m. Police said both entrances to the house were bolted shut and they believe it was vacant. The house is adjacent to Dom's Toyota. Motorists traveling west on the highway were being detoured to the Somerset Street overpass and onto Somerset Street. Police said they were not sure how long the highway would be closed because water used to fight the fire had frozen on the highway. Police said the cause of the fire would not be known until later today. Piscataway to expand fire training center PISCATAWAY - The township's fire training center on Baekeland Avenue is to be expanded at a cost of $50,000 under a bond ordinance passed by the Township Council last night. The funds will be used to purchase seven 25-foot lots adjacent to the facility where new fire training equipment will be built, according to Township Administrator Paul Abati. The center currently includes a three-story building - and a smokehouse. An oil pit and fire-generating machine are to be built with money remaining after the land acquisitions, Abati said. The center is used by several Middlesex County towns as well as the township volunteer fire departments. .1

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