The Montclair Times from Montclair, New Jersey on May 8, 1975 · 1
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Thursday, May 8, 1975
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lie 4 Serving Montclair Since 1877 lie Vol" 99 No. 19 PUBLISHED EVERY THURSDAY THE MOIYTCLAIR TIMES (NJ.t, THURSDAY, MAY 8,1975 Paid Mgntdair, N.J. 07041 .fcg . i "J -is i : j . I ,. V 3b- f 1 A- ' 1 I kW I'll'i ) - -1 Mj!- I 3ETH" SP .'" . TT1 -t mini .. i ----- . j "W I JA7Hr. . 0 E; -i u 8 o ; tit!! A GIFT OF LIFE IN MEMORY OF THOSE WHO DIED-Taking time out from the regular school schedule last Thursday, the student body and faculty of Montclair High School attended a tree planting ceremony for six of their colleagues who have died recently. Trees and plaques were placed on the front lawn of the school recalling the contributions of Mrs. Helen Leavitt, a social studies teacher, and five students, Christine Carlton, Beth Vernon, Catherine Arteaga, Stacey Johnson, and Christopher Lawes. Under cloudy skies and a steady rain, a somber atmosphere prevailed at a school wually burst ing with activity in the Spring season. . . Budget Adopted, Plan Questioned A New Library Service Introduced As NICHE A new service, designed to create a more informed , citizenry, was initiated by - the Montclair ' Public Library yesterday when it celebrated the opening of NICHE-Neighborhood Information Center Helps Everyone. Filing away the stereotype concept of library services housed in card files and book stacks, the Montclair Library conceived this program with the aim of providing a resource center for community inquiries in all facets of life. NICHE is located at 375 Bloomfield Ave v So what is NICHE, and how did it get started? Its containing information on such areas as aging, alcoholism, planned parenthood, budgeting, careers, education, food . stamps,' governmental -functions and responsibilities, housing, legal aid, mental health, medicare and medicaid, to mention just a few from the first half of the alphabet. Heading up the NICHE operation is Cheryl M. Marshall of Central Ave., administrative coordinator of the service for the library, a Montclair resident who is a community information specialist. Ms. Marshall received her ! master's degree from the University basic purpose is to provide 0f Maryland's Graduate information as a catalyst, or School of Library Service, a bridge between those who need help or information for whatever purpose and those who have the power or the ability to supply it. To carry out this function the NICHE staff relies not only on traditional reference sources, for which it has strong back-up from the main Montclair Public Library, but collects pamphlets and other publications of public and private agencies in the community, and builds files urban information specialist's program, from which she graduated in 1971. Other staff members are Betty V. Jones, of Willowdale Ave., information assistant, who assists Ms. Marshall in the over-all coordination of the service ; Kathleen Smallwood of Madison Ave., research associate, whose primary responsibility is building and maintaining the information files (what NICHE calls its data bank) ; and Chris H. Fauntleroy, Communication Associate, who is responsible for ' developing and maintaining a community news service, using both audio-visual and print media. Ms. Jones, who attended Montclair State College and lives in Montclair, was formerly a case aide for the Family and Children's Services of Montclair and .Glen Ridge. Ms. Smallwood, also a Montclair resident, attended Upsala College and was formerly a board member of the Montclair Neighborhood Development Corporation. Mr. Fauntleroy, of East Orange, attended Bloomfield College and Goddard College and previously worked as the audio-visual department head for the Essex County Youth and Economic Rehabilitation Commission in Orange. He has produced, directed and taped several documentaries and has worked as a free-lance photographer. The NICHE staff is also available to assist community groups or organizations in learning how to gather and manipulate information in such a way that they can do better and more effectively what they want to do. In the future, the NICHE staff expects to reach out into developing informational and educational programs, for groups and individuals, in such areas of community need as budgeting, nutrition and day care. Finally, NICHE will also serve as a kind of demon stration model for. other libraries throughout the state, which may desire but not yet know - how to organize or operate such a community information service. A service doesn't begin with an opening, however, and if NICHE was born anywhere it was in the head and heart of Ms. Marshall. , Neighborhood ' information was her "bag"' before she joined the Montclair Public Library service. She talked to senior library staff ; they inquired about the possibility of state support, formed an Information Task Force and wrote a proposal. The result: a federal grant of $96,037, awarded via the New Jersey State Library. When . the grant was received, library board chairman Donald L. Miller said: . ' ;The Montclair Public Library will use this opportunity to extend its visibility as a nonpartisan, nonsectarian : community institution committed to making consistent strides-toward serving all its communities. A more informed community is . one whose people are more fully aware of existing opportunities which not only enhance their lives, but also aid the community in its future development and problem solving." The federal grant is awarded for a one-year period, with the possibility of renewal fcraJurther two years. After that time, the new service will either have (Continued on Pigt 4) A Potpourri Of Musical Selections The Spring Concert of the Montclair High School Music Department is scheduled for tomorrow at 8:30 P.M. in the school auditorium on Park Street. As in the past all vocal groups will take an active part, in the program, augmented by solo voices, ensembles, and in- Optometrist To Head Lions Dr. Michael S. Kaye oi Caldwell, an optometrist with offices in Montclair, yesterday .was elected president of the Montclair Lions Club for the ensuing year. He will succeed Louis F. Luibil Jr.,. captain in charge of the Fire Prevention Bureau of the Montclair Fire Department. Dr. Kaye and the other newly elected officers of the club will be inducted into office at the annual Installation Dinner on -; ft LA DR. MICHAEL S. KAYE Friday night, June 27, at the . Robin Hood Inn, Clifton. Other elected officers for . the year are: William R. Shurtleff, first vice president; Herbert M. Morris, ' second vice president; Rev. Emmanuel Capozelli, third vice president; Robert P. Cassel, secretary (re-elected); Edwin H. Palmer, treasurer, (re-elected); directors for one year, James M. Pascuiti, Roger Cigol, and Donald P. Theobald; directors for two years, Frank De Rosa, Joseph M. Jesraly, and John Wright., Dr. Kaye, who was born in Brooklyn in 1938, was a graduate of West Side High School, Newark, in 1955, attended Randolph-Macon College in Virginia, and Farleigh Dickinson University, graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago in 1966 with the degree of Doctor of Optometry. He opened a private practice in Montclair in 1966. He served with the U.S. Air Force, 1960-62, is a diplomate of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry; a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a member of the .New York and New Jersey Acadamies of Optometry, The American Optometric Association, The New Jersey Optometric Association, and the Essex. County Optometric Society, and is currently serving as first vice president of the county society. The new president also holds membership in the Better Vision Institute, The American , Optometric Foundation, and the National Eye Research Foundation. He is listed in the current and previous editions of (Continued on Pag 4) nil i - - Today's Index struments, as well as piano . and organ accompaniment. The Combined Choirs have prepared a variety of musical selections from folk . melody, musical comedy, oratorio and the classics. A medley . from ."South Pacific" and the Beethoven "Choral Fantasia v will highlight the mixed chorus offering. ; The Combined Girls Chorus will present a group of "Songs of Season" assisted by Dolly McClellan, harp, Becky Bicknell and Vicki, Manton, flutes, and the solo voices of Laura Kidd and Cecil Crews. Included in the Madrigal Choir selections will be the Thompson "Alleluia"; "Spring Haiku", assisted by Suzi Bennett, guitar and Emil Adler, bells; and a rhythmantic arrangement of "Mama Chu". Three selections from the March 15 School-Community Project performance of "Elijah" will be included All participants will be invited to come up on stage to join the students in the singing of these selec-. tions from Part I of the Supreme Court Ruling Termed Moral Victory Business Directory 18 Buying Guide 1-20 (Tabloid) , Churches S-6 Classified S-13.S-14.S-15 Editorials 8 Letters From Readers 8,9 Obituaries 6 Social S-l,S-2,S-3,S-4,S-5 Schools... S-6,S-7,S-8 Sports S-10, S-ll.S-12 Theatres ,12 Except on newsstands BY ROD GRODT Last Wednesday's decision by the N.J. State Supreme Court to hear the Montclair PBA's appeal relating to 1974 salary negotiations with the Town of Montclair hasbeen termed "more or less a moral victory" by Montclair PBA President Carmine Pizzano, Attorney James Zazzali, who is handling the appeal for the PBA, said yesterday that "it's difficult to say when the hearing will take place but we expect it to be sometime this Fall," and added that "this is an important procedural victory for the PBA." . While the PBA is happy with the Supreme Court's decision to hear the appeal, Town Counsel Robert B. , Shepard J;. will be burning . the midnight oil to get his end of things ready. "I have to go back to the beginning since I wasn't involved in last year's litigation," said Mr, Shepard. "I will have to review the whole case to decide what we're going to do." Frank X. McDermott, of Apruzzeseand McDermott, represented the Town of Montclair in last year's negotiations with the PBA. Detective Pizzano was delighted with the Supreme Court's decision. "In the past I've been accused of refusing to bargain," he said. "This decision from the Supreme Court more or less gives merit to our arguments that we have justifiable cause." Detective Pizzano continued by saying that "We also have court action pending with PERC (Public Employment Relations Commission). The Town fathers claim they don't have to abide by PERC's (Continued on Pig 6) Mendelssohn masterpiece Accompanying the various performing groups at the piano will be Lois Yanagi, Robert McClellan and Ruby Ertner. Mildred Wagner will assist at the organ. Staging and Lighting will be supervised by Frank VanDalen and Janet Cole. Emilie Feinour and the" hospitality committee will provide ushers. The entire program will be under the direction of Jerry Smyre and William McClellan. Tickets priced at $1.25 will . be on sale at the door prior to the concert. Doors will open at 7:30 P.M. . The complete program follows: Combined Mixed Chorus s 1. Let My Soul Rise Inl (Conttnuad on Pig 10) , Town's Bike-In Is Re-scheduled Hoping for r better weather, the P.T.A. Safety Committee announced that the Bike-In postponed by last Sunday's rain, will be held this Sunday. Starting at 1 P.M. the route remains marked with' the International Bicycle Symbol and activities that were scheduled will continue until 3:30 P.M. at Kimberley School, Glenfield Park House and Edgemont Park. At 3:30 P.M. prizes will be awarded there -for par- ticipants in the Bike Rodeo and Marble Shootout. All children who take part in the Rodeo will be given a bicycle safety flag provided by the AAA of New Jersey. Cycle for fun and safety: Ride Right and One on a Bike. BY MICHAEL GLENNON The Montclair Board of . Education formally adopted a $13,542,062 budget tor tne school year 1975-1976 at its public meeting Monday night, thus rejecting a Croposed budget drawn up y the Montclair Education Association (ME A). The budget adopted by the Board included additional cuts amounting to $77,031. It had previously reduced the budget by $560,000, due to citizen pressure. Ia another move, the Board postponed consideration of a modification of the Freedom of Choice Plan until the next public meeting on June 2. In addition, the Board has scheduled a public hearing on the Plan to allow for "citizen input," according to Board President Thomas Al worth. The hearing will be held on Monday, May 19, at 8 P.M. in the auditorium of Hillside Middle School. T h e p r o p o s e d modification, outlined by Mr. Al worth, is being considered because fourteen black and white applicants have been denied their choices under the original plan. That plan allowed ' parents to send their children to , schools other than the school designated .under the Plan of Action. Each elementary school is missing one grade and during that year in which the grade is missing, the student is bused to another school. The Freedom of Choice plan was designed to allow parents to send their children to the school of their choice, providing that their choice would not upset the racial balance of the chosen school or result in overcrowding. President Alworth has previously stated that if it appeared that the Freedom ot tnoice fian was not a "viable" educational arrangement for the Montclair students, another plan would be investigated and implemented. The resolution outlining the modification stated that "the fourteen students originally denied their choices under the Freedom of Choice Plan shall be granted either their first or second choice as indicated in their previously filed applications." If this modification is accepted by. the Board, it will then be . submitted to the State Commissioner of Education Fred G. Burke for his approval. The legality of the modification is questionable, as the situation bears directly upon Glenfield School, where the black student population is 65 percent; allowing the fourteen students their choices would raise the percentage of, black students to 68 percent. Warning "No contract, no work," MEA President Michael Affanoso urged the Board to return to salary negotiations in good faith. He reiterated that the teachers will continue to seek a ten percent pay hike which he said was comparable to increases sought by teachers in surrounding communities. Mr. Affanoso added that the teachers wish to avoid confrontation,, but declared . that the. association will "not run away from it." Concerning the issue of discipline at Montclair High School, Mrs. ; Irene DiGeronimo of Bruce Rd., Upper 'Montclair, a representative of the citizen's committee investigating the situation,, told the Board that the discipline problem could be reduced. "It only requires the strong will of our ad-minigtrators to do it," she (Continued on Pag 6) ' Fund Requests Top $2 Million The Board of Education Monday night approved seven proposals for federal funds under the Title programs totaling almost $2.2 million. In presenting the proposals, Superintendent of Schools Walter Marks emphasized that the Board action represented only the intent of the Board to apply for the funds and was not a guarantee that the funds would be forthcoming. He added that the funds received would in all likelihood, be less than the amounts applied for in the Montclair proposals. Despite reservations expressed by some members of the Board, the proposal for Title VII grants was adopted. The proposal 'calls for the establishment of a network of Learning Enrichment Centers throughout the school system from early childhood through grade twelve. Each Learning Center will be implemented at each level to meet the educational needs of the district identified as a result of past experiences with similar programs. In a statement released last week, Joseph Belisle, supervisor of special programs, noted that "the concept of Learning Enrich-, ment Centers will be im- ! demented at each grade evel in slightly different ways varying . in - the utilization of Learning Enrichment Staff." Mr. Belisle added an explanation of the Centers at the different grade levels: "The; elementary "Learning Enrichment Center" model would operate something like the following. Three self-contained classes of 25 youngsters each would be housed in contiguous rooms (Continued on Pag 10) Blood Bank -Here Today Why not be a volunteer blood donor today? The North Jersey Blood Center will accept blood donations at the Montclair Red Cross, 63 Park Street this afternoon from 3 to 7 P.M. For information or transportation, call the blood donor committee at the Chapter House, 746-1800. Patrolman Of The Year James Howaru Page, who wears the number 1 Badge in the Montclair Police Department, will be honored by the Optimist Club Wednesday as Patrolman of the Year. Mr. Page was appointed as a Chanceman in 1937 and made a regular patrolman the following year. He presentlyhas day patrol at Grove and Walnut St. area. A lifelong resident of Montclair, he attended the Montclair Schools ' and graduated from Montclair High School in 1933. During his high school years he was a regular member, playing the position of center half .back, on its undefeated and untied soccer team. Howard holds membership in the Police Mutual Aid Association, the Montclair Police Benevolent Association and the International Conference of Police Associations. He was a former captain of the Montclair Pistol Team and former vice president and trustee of Essex County Police Revolver League. In v this League he holds the title of Distinguished Expert Shooter and won more than 20 trophies for excellence in shooting. Mr. Page has worked in the community with boys. He formerly . served as cubmaster, chairman of Pack number 6 and as a (Continued on Pig 4) 'V 1117 ') r a r fat i mm I . : HONORS FOR NUMBER 1 BADGE-After 38 years as a patrolman on the Montclair Police Department, James Howard Page wears Badge Number 1 and has now been named Patrolman of the Year by the Montclair Optimist Club. Congratulating him on the achievement is William Dioguardi, Optimist president. Mr. Page will be cited by the club Wednesday at its weekly luncheon meeting. (Hy Plckar Photo)

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