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Wednesday, November 20, 1963
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MIDDLESEX COUNTY COMMUNITY NEWS THE RARITAN VALLEY'S LEADING NEWSPAPER 25 NEW BRUNSWICK, N. J, WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON, NOVEMBER 20, 1963, . J. A South Brunswick Committee Reverses Stand, yt. Decides Not to Enlarge Township Board of Health The Daily Home News 1 I By SYLVAN DAVIS SOUTH BRUN'SWICK-The Township Committee reversed itself last night and rejected a proposed ordinance which would have added two more members to the present five-member Board of Health. Key figure in the voting was Mayor Herbert Wright. At the last meeting of the governing body, Wright voted along with Committeemen Stanley Ackley and Joseph Kimson for the measure when it was introduced. Opposing it then were Committeemen Richard Casey and Frank Camilli. Switched Sides Wright switched sides last night and the proposed ordinance was killed. The mayor said he did so because of the Board of Health's strong attack over increasing its membership. Opposition to the ordinance was led by all five members of the board, who were present at the public hearing on the measure. David Kutliroff, chairman of the board, told the governing body that all five members were against adding two more members. "We don't see how," Kutliroff staled, "we could use two more members." He said the committee never complained about the board's work. By introducing the ordinance without consulting with the board, Kutliroff said "you have taken us completely by surprise by your lack of confidence." Heavy Lead Wright said the ordinance was in response to Kutliroff s i i' j 1 &y "fretting" at the board's heavy wcrk load and the inefficiency of two members. He later added the new members would assure protection for the municipal landfill. The mayor indicated the Republicans, who w ill control the committee next -year, would try to eliminate the project. He also said he was eminently pleased" with the work of the board. Kutliroff and the other four members of the board took pot shots at the ordinance. The board chairman told Wright the problem of the landfill was over politics, not one of health. New men on the board, he continued, wouldn't mean more inspections of landfill, since that is done by the health officer. He also denied the statements Wright attributed to him. Also in opposition to the ordinance was Casey, who said the ordinance "was drafted without my knowledge." When pushed by Casey as to when the decision was made to introduce the ordinance, Wright reported it was Nov. 5, election night. Still Wrong Casey said introduction of the ordinance was "questionable." It was wrong, he said, for the Republicans to do it when they were going out of power, and "it's wrong now." Abraham Dobin, one of the two Republicans who won seats on the committee in the Nov. 5 election, said his party's attacks on the landfill were over cost, and not health. When asked by Ackley to give assurance the Republicans would not increase membership on the board, Dobin said he wouldn't "make any commitments to you." Ackley stated he had no criticism of the board, but felt two more members could improve the work of the agency. The new members, he said, would keep the health officer free from pressure. Also against the measure was Camilli, the lone Republican on the governing body. He claimed voters rejected Mark Ferber, a Democratic candidate for committee, at the polls'. "So you shove him down their throats by naming him to the Board of Adjustment." "If you pass this ordinance," he continued, "it will be to reward political hacks." Barred by Law Kimson denied he would be appointed to the board if the ordinance was adopted, explaining he was barred from the post by law. Two ordinances were also introduced by the committee. One would authorize bonds in the amount of $129,700 for the purchase of "green acres" and a mechanical front end loader. The second would prohibit parking on several roads in the township. Public hearings will be Dec. 3. Dump Violations May Bring Down Law SOUTH BRUNSWICK-The Township Committee last night threatened to seek an injunction if Donald Jones continues his alleged violations of a 1956 agreement in the operation of an industrial dump on the South River-Cranbury Road. The agreement pro! ibits dumping of any liquid material in the dump. Two weeks ago a gaseous odor hit the area of the dump and resulted in paint peeling from at least one home. An inspection by the township health officer indicated the odor was caused by the dumping of acid on the 25-acre tract. Last night the Board of Health held a special meeting ovpr the operations of the dump. Jones, who was present at the ses sion, claimed the acid was dumped at the site by an unauthorized unknown individual. However, the board warned if any more liquid was placed on the site it would be viewed as a continuous violation and Jones would be prosecuted, The governing body, meeting later, took its action after David Greene, township attorney, said the committee had concurrent jurisdiction with the Board of Health over Jones' dump. A public hearing on the operation of the dump was set by the committee for Dec. 11. And Greene was also authorized if any more alleged violations are certified by the health officer, to seek a court order halting all dumping at the site. n Authorize Design of Sewer System PISCATAWAY TOWNSHIP The Township Committee last night authorized Charles J. Kupper, engineer, to design the proposed Ambrose Brook sewer system. The U.S. Home and Housing Finance Agency last month approved a $34,000 interest-free loan to the township to cover the engineering costs. Final Stages Kupper, former township engineer, is the engineer for the Arbor-New Market sewer system, which is in final stages of construction. The committee awarded a contract to Terribla Construction Co. of Old New Brunswick Road for construction of a sewage pumping station at Centennial Avenue and Wendmere Avenue at its low bid of $27,795.70. Half the cost will be paid by two property owners. The Board of Health has started sending 30-day tie-in notices to the 4,000 property owners along the route of the Arbor-New Market system. Arbor residents, who were concerned they would not be able to meet the deadline because of the unavailability of plumbers, were advised could apply to the health board for an extension of the deadline. The 30-day tie-in is a state requirement, the residents were told. For Firehoust The committee introduced an ordinance appropriating $11,000 from the capital improvement fund to purchase the old New Market Firehouse. The firehouse, abandoned two months ago by the New Market Volunteer Fire Co., which moved to the new firehouse pn S. Washington Ave., is owned by the Exempt Firemen's Association. The committee intends to use the two-story building for storage and whatever ether use it may be found suitable for. Public hearing on the ordinance was scheduled for Dec. 3. An ordinance was adopted appropriating $3,000 for installation of traffic lights in front of the new New Market Firehouse and at the Stelton Road entrance to the North Stelton Firehouse. The committee explained to Chief Paul Rabouin of Arbor Hose Co. 1 the problems and expense in- n lL25u SCENE FROM COMEDY "My Sister Eileen" will be presented tomorrow and Friday by Edison High School's senior class. Hard at work at rehearsals are Larry Larson, Sustan Toma-lin and Mike Warder. Continue Voting in Secret Sessions Despite Criticism 'volved in planning a traffic light for W. 7th Street to serve the hose company and Arbor Rescue Squad. Consideration for the light will be given in deliberating next year's budget, Rabouin was told. Both Approved Two recommendations of the Board of Adjustment were approved. One grants a variance to Frank Epstein of Edison to locate a gasoline service station at the corner of New Durham and Stelton roads. The other permits Plainfield G.U.T. Verein, Inc., to locate a soccer feld at S. Washington Ave. and Route 287. The proposed 68-acre park in Arbor has not been officially named, Mayor William C. Campbell commented. The committee, he said, had to have a name when filing its application to the federal government for a grant of 70 per cent toward the estimated $116,000 purchase cost. That is how it came up with Harris Park, he told Mrs. Edgar Shippe of the League of Women Voters, who actually was more interested in the increased size of the park site than the name. EDISON Recent criticism about the Zoning Board of Adjustment voting in secret sessions has failed to goad the board into changing its procedures. Board Attorney Joseph Fer-enczi explained last night that he will advise the board to maintain its present practice until a case involving voting procedures of a Monmouth County zoning board have been resolved. Only Precedent That case is the only legal precedent regarding zoning boards voting in public sessions, according to Ferenzi. The applicant in the case charged the board with not voting on final decisions in executive rather than public sessions. The judge held with the applicant, but his decision has now been appealed. Until we know the outcome of that appeal I will advise the board to stick to its present course added Ferenzi. The board hears the application in public session, and takes it under consideration. In the interim, the board then visits the property in question and many times indicates its decision on the site to the applicant and any residents who may have objected. . The vote is formally taken in executive session and the decision released to the press. Ferenzi pointed out that if the board waited until its next monthlv meeting to publicly vote the applicant would lose about a month of building time. First Time "This board has been in litigation a number of times and this voting in executive session has never been challenged," add Ferenzi. This is the first it has ever been TheEdfson board hears about 100 cases a year - many more than the average community in the state explained the attorney. If it were to delay its decision to its regular monthly meeting, there would simply be more delay, he added. A solution would be for the board to simply withhold press releases and read the decisions during a public meeting, added Ferenzi. "I cannot see where the board is violating any law at the present time," he concluded. The board took five applications under consideration in last night's meeting. Protests were heard only on an application of Nick Marciano, Rahway, who seeks to subdivide a 280-by-100-foot tract on Floyd and Hollywood Streets into two 40-by-100-foot lots. He plans to onstruct two single-family dwellings on each lot and would have to install septic systems. Marciano seeks lot area, rear-yard, and floor area variances. Present Protest Four Grove Avenue residents appeared to protest the addition of septic systems in an area where the "land is poor" and would not drain properly. They are George Dwyer, Henry Alden, Hjalmar Reiersen and Richard Brescher. Dwyer added that he would not oppose the application if the septic systems were put in the front rather than the backyards. The other four applications were those of: Weiner and Scholfet. attorneys for Lynford Moore. 75 Paterson St., New Brunswick, who seek front-and side-yard variances for an existing structure on a lot on the south side of Remington Drive, near Fielding Place. George and Dorothy Solovay of Keasbey, who ask to subdivide a 420-by-373-foot tract on Wood Avenue into a 60-by-373-foot and a 360-by-373-foot lot. They seek a lot-width variance to erect a single-faimiy structure on the smaller lot. Sidney Koch, 300 N. 4th St., Highland Park, who asks for side-yard and lot-width variances to construct a single family dwelling on a 50-by-lS0-foot lot at Tower Road and Frederic St. Koshin, Inc., 433 Main St., Metuchen, which requests lot-area and lot-width variances to build a single family house on a 60-by-100-foot lot on Hamilton Avenue. Mayor-Elect Assures Youth Council of Borough Support METUCHEN Mayor-elect Robert Flanagan assured the Metuchen Youth Council lasi night that it would have the support of the borough in future activities. Speaking for about 15 minutes before the group in Metuchen High School, Flagana said he has been interested in youth activities for a long time, and will do "whatever I can to help." He added that he would attempt to attend future meetings himself rather than delegate the duty to councilmen or other borough officials. Formed this year, the council is attempting to create programs and activities to keep borough youths off the streets and busy. Local attorney David Baer was appointed to head the council's committee to look into a meeting place for youths. He told the group that he would poll high school students to see "if they feel that such a meeting facility is necessary." Dr. Arthur Roth, chairman of the projects committee, outlined plans for a "blue and white" parade next Wednesday night on Main Street to urge support of the high school football team in its Thanksgiving Day game against Highland Park. Merchant's windows also will be decorated in a "blge and white" theme Wednesday. The parade is scheduled for 7 p.m. and will end with a bonfire at the high school. Roth also outlined tentative plans for a hootenanny in January. The Rev. Stephen Congdon, reporting for the code committee, said his group is in the process of suggesting a guide for parents in dealing with their children. An organizational meeting will be held Dec. 2 to draw up a charter for the council, according to Mrs. Joseph Fishkin, council member. Metuchen Scouts Are First New Mayor for Piscataway? To Win Atomic Merit Badge Burial Fund For Fire Victims $100 Above Goal EDISON - A total of $1,500 $100 more than the goal has been collected as of yesterday for expenses in burying the four North Edison Gardens children killed in a fire earlier this month. Mrs. Mary Reves, coordinator for the drive, called it successful, and joined Mayor Anthony Yelencsics in thanking newspapers for the "fine publicity." Yelencsics turned in over $200 yesterday in the latest of his series of collections throughout the township. Donations range from $1 to $200 and came from residents, industries, and municipal employes. Mrs. Reves pointed out that about $100 or that amount over the $1,400 goal will be donated to the Menlo . Park Rescue Squad because of "its prompt response to the scene of the tragedy and diligence in trying to revive the four children." AH four were the children of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Brown of North Edison Gardens. They died from suffocation after heavy smoke spread through the second floor of the apartment. Trustees of the Brown Burial Fund are Mrs. Reves, the Rev. Collie Edvers, of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church, and Mrs. Rock Simpson. Hire Psychiatrist As Consultant SOUTH RIVER-The Board of , Education last night retained Dr. Morris Parmet, a psychiatrist with offices in Princeton, as a consultant in its program for emotionally and socially maladjusted children. Parmet will receive $25 per session and has agreed to schedule the local school system for one session every two weeks. School Supt. Anthony Agnone also received board approval to increase the services of its part-time social worker, Mrs. Ada Wetrnore, from 2'4 to three days per week. Her salary was also increased on a pro-rated basis for the balance of the school year from $3,400 to $4,080. Agnone told the board the local school district "must provide certain minimal services and then expand them to include personnel in the areas o psychiatry, school psychology, school social work and remedial instruction" in order to meet provisions of the Beadleston Act. "We have been qualifying for approval of our program and state reimbursement which accompanies such approval," he said, "by the employment of a school psychiatrist and a part- time social worker. The areas of psychiatry and remedial instruction have not been represented because they have not been available." Agnone called the availability o Parmet a "breakthrough" in the program. He explained that .the psychiatrist will not interview students unless needed but will consult with the social worker and psychologist on the case histories of the individuals concerned. He said Parmet would hold the sessions in his Princeton office, thereby cutting the addi-tipnal expense of travel time. Agnone said that in the one lacking area of the program, remedial instruction, it will be difficult to find a qualified person "since our first step in this direction will be the employment of a person on a part-time basis." He added that "perhaps one of our experienced teachers will become interested enough in this field to start out with provisional certification and work up to full' certification. In the meantime, we shall keep a sharp lookout for a qualified candidate." METUCHEN The members of Boy Scout Troop 74, sponsored by the Centenary Methodist Church, are among the first scouts to qualify for the new Boy Scout merit badge in atomic energy. The youths William C. Aaroe, 14. a Star scout, of 104 Rose St. and John Neiss, 17, an Eagle scout, of 17 Michael Drive were to be honored along with 32 other scouts from four states in a special program at the Americana Hotel in New York City this afternoon. The program which will be presided over by Dr. Glenn T. Seaborg, chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, is part of the annual meeting of the American Nuclear Society and the Atomic Industrial Forum. Won 25 Badges Seaborg, who as a Life scout won 25 merit badges in his youth, will deliver the principal address. Other speakers include Dr. Clarke Williams, president of the ANS and Louis H. Roddis Jr., president of the A1F. Irving Feist of Newark, international commissioner of the BSA, will present the scouts being honored. The requirements for the new atomic energy merit badge were developed by a committee of experts who began work on them in 1957. To qualify for the badge, the scouts must demonstrate the concepts of atomic energy by simple projects. These include a basic grasp of the principles of atomic energy, terminology, the building and explanation of a nuclear factor, an experiment demon- ATOMIC BADGE strating the principles of radiation shielding and the use of a Geiger counter to detect radiation. Scout officials say the training for the new merit badge will enable scouts and through them the Ration to "Be Prepared," in line with the scout motto, for the growth of the peaceful uses of atomic energy." At the program today, each of the 34 scouts to be honored was to receive a commemorative certificate stating the recipient is "among the first Boy Scouts and Explorers to achieve the atomic energy merit badge." GAME PARTY METUCHEN - The Couples Club of Centenary Methodist Church will meet Saturday at 8 p.m. for a card party and game party at the church. The committee in charge consists of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Ellis, Mr. and Mrs. John Gabe, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hurley, Mr. and Mrs. Gene Malbon and Mr. and Mrs. Edward Webster. Any new coupes will be welcome. PISCATAWAY TOWNSHIP Will the township have a new mayor in January? Mayor William C. Campbell, who is completing his third year as chief executive and fourth year on the committee, thinks so. Mayor William C. Campbell, who is completing his third year as chief executive and fourth year on the committee, thinks so. The mayor was in the minority last night when the Township Committee against his wishes decided to try and have the federal government turn over 200-225 acres of Camp Kilmer land to the township. Obviously disappointed, he said after the meeting: "I think I have lost in recent months whatever leadership I enjoyed." Willing to Step Down In the interest of "unanimity," he said, "I am willing to step down ... to avoid continual squabbles in the future." The mayor and the other four committeemen, Frank X. Mark-ley, William H. Atkins, Robert J. McCauley and Howard Gran, are all Democrats. Deliberating a bit on the situation, the mayor decided he would "be perfectly happy to rotate it happy to support anyone the others agree on." Campbell thinks all of his four colleagues would like to be mayor. Campbell said he would be willing to continue but in the interests of harmony would also be willing to step down. He said, too, he has personal problems including more time required in his work. Campbell is public relations manager of the Rubber Manufacturing Association. Campbell who served as mayor and also as a councilman in Highland Park before he moved here in 1959 developed as a committee candidate five months later. The Democrats had a vacancy on the ballot when a candidate resigned because he was moving from the township. Municipal Chairman Wayne Weaver and Robert F. X. Van Wagner, who was Planning Board chairman, asked Campbell to fill the vacancy. The Democrats felt they needed someone with experience in municipal government. Atkins, who was re-elected Nov. 5. will start his fourth year on the committee in January. The mayor said if a change is made, his choice would be Atkins since he had served longer than the others. Enough Experience "Any one of them has enough experience to handle the job," he said. One of the most serious differences, he said, is meeting the problem of lack of office space. The mayor said he favors building a township hall when Western Electric Co. builds in Hoes Lane, providing additional ratables. The township, he said, is doing well with the industry it is attracting. Campbell predicted there will be a tar cut next year. I Metuchen Patrolman Cleared Of Assault on Youth, 16 METUCHEN - A standing-room-only crowd last night heard a young borough policeman found innocent on two charges of assault and battery against a 16-year-old boy. The charges against Patrolman James Hoepfner were the first of that kind against a policeman in the borough, acord-ing to Police Chief Enos Fouratt. Nabbed Youth The policeman was accused of assault and battery while arresting Lawton J. McCombs III on the night of Oct. 30 during the height of Halloween mischief-making. McCombs was one ol four youths that Hoepfner caught .after they threw a brick through his window at 36 Myrtle Ave., narrowly missing his wife and child. It was discovered that one of McCombs' friends threw the rock, but McCombs was the one caught by Hoepfner. McCombs father accused the policeman of assault and battery against his son both on Myrtle Avenue and in police headquarters. A third charge of using obscene language with the youth in police headquarters was dismissed as not falling under the statute. The law pertains to ob-senity in public places. Magistrate Martin Spritzer ruled that the squad room of police headquarters could hardly be considered a "public place." The complaints were filed after juvenile charges against the four youths had been entered. McCombs was accused of resisting arrest, while his brother, Barry, 15; John Maso- 16, of 4 John St.; and Glen wood Collins, no address, were charged with malicious mischief. Scheduled Today These charges are scheduled to be heard today by Judge Al-dona E. Appleton, in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, New Brunswick. Persons began crowding into court early in the evening to hear Hoepfner's case argued by Huyler Romand and McCombs' side presented by Leonard Fin-kelstein of Old Bridge. In the audience were Mayor Walter Timpson, councilmen, policemen from other municipalities, residents and members of CORE. The trial lasted to midnight and drew about 10" spectators. Hours of testimony revealed that a wrestling match took place after Hoepfner bolted out of his house after McCombs. The policeman tried to hold McCombs while he yelled for the other three to halt. Spritzer ruled that the policeman was indeed acting in his capacity as a policeman on Myrtle Avenue, and that there was insufficient evidence to prove that assault was committed in police headquarters. Spritzer emphasized that he would treat a policeman the same as any other defendant in 'his court. "A policeman is not supposed to have subhuman feelings regarding his family and his own home," he added. In other cases last night, Spritzer fined William Mount of Plain-field $50 for being drunk and disorderly. Ralph Curry, 23, of 196 Water St., Perth Amboy, paid $30 for using fictitious plates and had a $5 fine suspended for having an unregistered vehicle. Assessed $25 Spritzer assessed Robert Comi-to, 17, of 7 Forrest St., $25 for tampering with a vehicle in the Mayfair parking lot on Nov. 10 and $10 for having no registration in his possession. Others fined were Bert Miller, 20, of Johnstown, Pa., $20 for speeding; Thromond Jackson, 19, of Franklin Township, $20 for having an unregistered vehicle, and $10 for having no registration in his possession; Barry Mil-road, 22, of Millburn, $10 for careless driving; Jerome Walters, 63, of Irvington, $15 for careless driving; and Carolyn Barrett, 25, of Route 27, Menlo Park, 10 for passing a stop sign.

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