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How to make sure your child is safe in a car

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tmmit
Serving Cranford, Garwood and Kenilworth
Vol. 116, Nc
How to make
sure your child
is safe in a car
(NAPSI) - An all out effoit
has been launched to save
lives by getting more chilchen
ages 4 to 8 into boostoi seals
It's estimated loss than 10
percent of the children who
should be in booster seats
when traveling in a cai actu
ally use them
Child passengei lestiaint
use has hit record levels foi
infants and toddlers But
those gains haven't caught up'
to older children, typically
. those ages 4 to 8. Many of
these children are too big for
child safety, seats, but too
small to properly wear safety
belts, which are designed for
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million capital spending level should be Cougars were told they could no longer
sliaved to. ap])roximate last year's $2 mil- use the facilities at the neighboring pool,
lionTigure.
as the director and members of the pool
C'llANFORD - talks began on the
Discussions over which streets will be re])orted vandalism and graffiti following
2004 capital budget At Tuesday night's assessed 'for. sidewalks and curbs, ami just g a m e s , - тАв тАв . тАв ' тАв . тАв , ,..
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Township Committee meeting, ns commis- how they will he assessed, wore short, as
. Township officials are set to meet today
.sibriers "'started negotiating for their commissioners decided they needed more .with members of the Board of Education,
dei)artments' shnre of the annual appro- .тАв'information. ┬░n just about everything police, and pool representatives to -finalize
priations. ;тАв...'. ';".' ''.тАвтАв''тАвтАв тАв'тАв ' . тАв тАв " . ' ' . тАв before making any final decisions. ..
options for regtroom use .on game days. As.
Though, the discussion was at a very
Among the items left open.for discus- it stands now, approximately $168,000 is
тАвpreliminary stage and little was.finalizedj sion were the restrooms at the Memorial ' earmarked for the restrooms,
.' : commissioners agreed the proposed: $2.8 . Field complex. Last year, fans of the
"Why not have a dollar, surcharge on
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Still perfect
RyanMoag and the Btearley High .
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undefeated with a 71-57, victory over
Dayton Tuesday night. The Bears'put.
' their perfect mark on the Tine again
tomorrow when they host .Union "
Catholic. See Spohs.:PageC-1.
? S ┬░ ' ^ e l i e n c ^ o r customer sales and fee. Receiving
manager), Susan.Wasdyke (controller) Glen Periesa (Daimler Chrylser
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earns
from the dealership's curbside appeal to
after-the-sale follovv up efforts.
Fleming to n Car & Truck Country
President Byron Brisby and тАв:'Chairman'
Steve Kalafer credited the dealership';;
personnel, for winning the Five Star
award again. тАв:'.."
'тАвFlemington Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge i.s
synonymous witli the best in customer
satisfaction and service," Kir. Kalafer:
said. "From management on clown, everyone does everything possible-to'meet and
exceed all customer expectations."
Brisby added.
The Five. Star presentation was made by
a Daimler Chrysler repivseniam'e during
a special ceremony at'ihe tlcalership with
all employees uitendingY
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"It's truly everyone's award." said Jim
Christ, general manager of the Chrysler-'
Jeep-Dodge store. "The stall's dedication to maintaining Five S.iar standard-sis
the public's ..guarantee'-of a positive: shopping experience."
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Flemington тАв Chrysler-.|ee-p-Podge : is
locatetl on Rouies 202 and .51 and is a
member of the Mumington Car & Truck
Country 'Family of Dealerships' offering
30 brands of new. and .more thanr .(i'fii)'
quality pre-owned vehicles. '
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Tropical paradise
тАв Amidst some frigid winter weather
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in Kenihiorth. knew just where area
'- residents would rather be: the rain
forest. So they converted their тАв
' school gym into a tropical scene as
part Qftheircelebration of Catholic.
Schools Week.See the photos on
OTORS
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SETTLES WITH LOCAL
General Motors has agreed to
settle and release funds to
Multi Chevrolet in Union.
This "means every New Jersey
resident can receive up. to
Y>,268 from the settlement disbursement fund that has been
set up to handle this settlement when residents purchase
a new or select used vehicle at
Multi Chevrolet.
These additional funds will
allow New Jersey residents to
purchase new Chevy cars and
trucks up to M,000 below
dealer pricing.
If you have not already
received your settlement
check and you live in New
Jersey, then you may pick
up your check with proof
of New Jersey residency at
Multi Chevrolet, located at
2675 RI.22W in Union.
Scouts aren't
pining away
This is- a limited time offer
from General Motors to Multi
Chevrolet and residents are
urged to take advantage of
this settlement immediately.
Multi Chevrolet is located at 2675 RT. 22W,llnion NJ 07083,
"If you didn H get a settlement check from MULTI-GM,
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you may pick one up at Multi Chevrolet in Union."
-Chief Financial Officer
SILVERADO
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SUBURBAN
тАвCub Scout Pack 103/174 of
Cranford, including these members
of Bear Den 4, recently held its
annual Pinewood Derby in which
Scouts construct anil race small
wooden cars. For the story, see
PageA-5. .
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Library's Friends
celebrate 25 years
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MONTE CARLO IMPALA
RrVOUjnON
tentative
deal on
zoning
By GREG MARX
THE CHRONICLE:
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VENTURE TAHOE
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The Friends of the Cranford Public
Library will host an anniversary
reception marking 25 years of public
service 1-2 p.m. Saturday1 at the
library. The event is free and open to
the public, and will include the unveiling ot the Favorite Books Qutlt.
Commentary
A-6
Community Life ......;.B"1
Sports.......................C-1
Prime Time
...B-5
Obituaries...
.. B-2
Real Estate...............C-7
Police Log.......... A-4
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тАв"'. .KENILWORTH тАФ The bor-.
ougb has reached a tentative
shared-services agreement with
Union for delivery of zoning
enforcement
and building
inspection, services, officials said
at Tuesday: night's Borough
Council: meeting..
Under the agreement, Union
zoning officer and building
inspector:-Rich Mala.nga would
.essentially- become the head of
the borough's construction office.
Malarigaand his. staff would pro^.
vide "proactive, zoning enforcement," said Jvenilwdrth Mayor
Gregg David, тАв
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"They're going to get'in a car,
.and they'i-e going to , drive
around and look for zoning violations," David said. In his campaign for mayor last fall, David
made improved enforcement of
zoning- issues a key plank in his.
platform.
, Officials from the two municipalities reached a tentative
agreement at a meeting Monday
night, and the Kenilworth
Borough Council approved the
deal in principle Tuesday. If the:
Union governing body agrees as
well, the municipalities' are
expected to sign a 10-month contract that will span from March
.1 to the end of 2.004.
For the services, Kenilworth.
will pay Union a prorated annual fee of-$32,500. That translates
to a slight savings on what the,
borough had been paying zoning
officer Frank Rica and building
inspector John Risso.
Rica was not reappointed this
year, and Risso has said he well
step down if the borough is. planning to go in another direction, .
David said. The borough's fire,
electrical and plumbing sub-code
officials will continue in their
part-time capacity, and will
report to Malanga.
While thore should be some
savings to Kenilworth, David
stressed the motivation behind
tho change was an effort to
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By LAUREN TRAINOR
THE CHRONICLE
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[ CRANFORD - . T h e Township
Committee is set to consider an
ordinance that would aiert
neighbors, of historic homes to
any significant change, in the
designated houses' structures,basically creating an awareness
campaign, when changes a r e .
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Approximately 40. township.
тАвhouses that have been de.signat-.
тАвfid as "historically significant";
will be affected by. the proposed
тАв ordinance, said CnmrmssionPr
Dan As.chonbach.
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. The preliminary list, of houses
was chosen 'by , .the Historic
: Preservation Advisory Board
тАвapproximately, two weeks ago,
and'.includes-houses-built'as'far'
hack as the. ' 1,860s,. saidAschenbach.
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Under the proposed ordinance, when the тАв owner of ;a
house on:the.list goes before the
'Planning--Board for any reason,
. letters will be sent to:-neighbors
specifying the work that will be
done. Aschenbach stressed that
тАв this is just to build awareness .
among -resident's"about historic
buildings in the area. .
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"I have to'believe.there vyill be
.people yiolontl'v opposed to me
tell.ing them what'to.do," said
Aschenbach, but he added .that..
the purpose of the ordinance was
not. to dictate what people are
allowed to do to their homes.
"Ifnfortunately, from my perspective, it's only going to -be
used as a guide," said
:
Commissioner Ami Darby.
Cranford's ordinance would
be much weaker than some other
area
-municipalities,'
like
. Plainfield;1 where most alterтАв a'tions to an historic home, must
be approved by officials.
Cranford's ordinance would
restrict township officials from
actually enforcing any guidelines on the homes.
"The thing is about Cranford
The Cranford Library hosted a
pajama party for kids featuring
children's performer Yosi on
Monday night тАФ but once the
party got going, the mood was
anything but sleepy. Top,
Zachary Gesslein, 4 arid Laura
Pascal, 7, have a good time
singing along with the music.
Middle, the kids line up to dance
to a song about trains. At bottom, these children look like
they're rocking, but not to a lullaby. The library's programming
for children continues with
scheduled stoi'y hours; see Page
B-1 for more.
(Continued on page Ar2)
(Continued on page A-2)
Board approves apartment;
No decision yet made
on cell tower application new eatery to open in town
towers, said Vitaje, so the applicant would
have to come before the board regardless
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of where it wanted to build a tower.
KENILWORTH тАФ An application from
Many of the antennas located in the
Verizon to build a cellular tower on Hoiles town are affixed to existing tall strucDrive was continued until March, after a tures, such as the Kenilworth Inn sign
meeting on Jan. 22 proved to be too short overlooking the Garden State Parkway.
to address a number of concerns from
However, although the tower would be
area residents.
in what Kenilworth considers an indusCouncil chambers were crowded as a trial zone, the cell tower would affect reslarge contingent from Union came out to idents of surrounding municipalities.
protest the application. Although the pro"Although in Kenilworth, that's indusposed tower sits in an industrial area in try, there are' residents that are within
Kenilworth, Planning Board Chairman the 200 foot radius of tho tower in Union
Charles Vitale said, there are many resi- and Roselle Park," said Vitale.
dences in Union and Roselle Park within
A senior citizen center in Union and
the 200 foot notification radius that nre two Sumner Avenue homes are also withrequired by law to receive notice of the in. 500 feet of the tower, as is an aparthearing.
ment complex in Roselle Park.
Among the variances the applicant is
The applicant, New York SMS A
requesting is n use variance to allow the Limited, acting for Verizon Wireless, has
cell phono tower to operate within an agreed to fund a special meeting, foj*
area zoned for industry. Kenilworth cur(Continued on page A-2)
rently has no zone designated for cellular
By LAUREN TRAINOR
the board.
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By LAUREN TRAINOR
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The 15-seat cafe would have just six
THK e
parking spots assigned for its use, along
CRANFORD тАФ The south side of the with VA spaces designated for use by the
township will see an abandoned sandwich apartment tenants.
shop refurbished and opened by new Although the parking scarcity was preowner Randhir Chauhan in the upcoming existing, neighbors expressed concern over
months, as the Board of Adjustment the lack of parking at tho building and in
approved an application for 226 the area in general.
Centennial Ave., formerly the home of
"We already have, a pretty bad parking
Jorge's Sports Cafe, at its meeting Monday, situation over there and it's just gotten
Approved was the application to build a worse," said Elm Street resident Kevin
975-squai'e foot apartment with a 625- Judge. "There's just a limited amount of
squaro foot attic on top of the cafe. parking. Anything that, adds to the probChauhan and his wife, who currently live lom is really tough on the local residents."
in the Parlin section of Sfiyreville, plan to,
Whilp the height maximum of 30 feet
move into the apartment on top of the was met by the applicant, the board, grantstore.
ed a variance for the amount of stories the
Although the apartment would intro- building will contain; the owners plan to
duce more growth to the neighborhood, build two stories atop the one existing. тАв.
there are mitigating conditions. Board
"So what you're doing is remaining
Attorney David Weeks said that if,a future within the building footprint тАФ you're not
; applicant were to subdivide the apart- adding height," summed up Chairman
ment, it would have to 'again come before M a r c B r o w r i . тАв'.".'тАвтАв'тАв :''', .' :' " ;'-' тАв" ': ;.-v-.'
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each, .ticket and have, that go into the
fund?" offered Commissioner Ann Darby.
"Why not have the people who benefit
. from the facilities pay for it?"' тАв. тАв
Others' suggested the Board of
Education contribute to the pt'oject, but
nothing;has been finalized. . ; , \ тАвтАв'.тАвтАвтАв'.тАв
.Maintenance - of the township' infrastructure, including parking lots, seemed.
'тАвto be a top priority for the comtiiissipners
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IEDIT MAY AFFECT DOWN PAYMENT AND CHOICE Of V t k l C U . BANKRUPTCIES MUST BE DISCHARGED. SEE DEAUH FOR DETAILS: VEHICLES SUBJECT TO PRIOR SALEAMnMn '
. SETTLEMENT AMOUNT BASED ON SELECTION OF NEW VEHICUS, ADDITIONAL DISCOUNTS AT DEALER'S DISCRETIOM FROM HOLD BACK ACCOUNT. SEE DEALER FORALL DETAILS.
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budget
Cranford
moves
to
awareness
of historic
pro
les
Borough
RAL
Multi Chevrolet has-been
negotiating with General
Motors for the ability to
rebate residents with funds
that were owed to the dealership through the General
Motors Holdback Incentive
Program.
50 cents
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By LAUREN TRAINOR
тАв Safety, belts at age 8 or
older or taller than 4'9". All
children 12 and under, should
ride in the back seat,
NHTSA recommends boosts
cr seats for children from
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about age 4 and 40 pounds to
The public awareness effort, at least age 8, unless the Chilled by: the National Highway dren are 4'9" tall,
traffic Safety Administration
"Adult safety belts do not
(NliTSA.), will consist" of. a adequately protect children
. major print, radio and televi- ages 4 to 8 from death or
sion ad campaign from the Ad injury in a crash," said
Council showing how booster NHTSA
Administrator
seats save children's lives. Jeffrey W. Rurige, M.D.
The campaign' will also "Although booster seats are
include a new Web site, the best way to protect them,
www.boosterseat.gov,
that the vast majority of children FLEMINGTON - . Daimler -Chrysler
Flcmiugton
Chrysler-jeepprovides information and in this age group do not ride onored
podge*
a
member
of
the
Flemingtori
Car
helpful tools such as a guide in them."
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Truck
Country
Family
of
Dealerships,
to choosing the right restraint
Booster seat use was the
for children, as well as a тАвтАв focus of the 2004 Child vitli its Five Star rating of excellence,
'his is the 7th consecutive year
teacher's guide and educa- Passenger Safety Week, Feb. 'lemingtan Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge has
tional outreach- On booster 8 to 14. This annual nation- ieen awarded the factory's highest deals e a t s . 'тАв :.-,'.'"тАвтАв.
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wide event promotes the ership rating.
.-',.тАвтАв.One tool that has been cre- importance of keeping young The Five Star designation goes io fewer
ated is the 4 Steps for Kids passengers safe in motor hail h a i r of the.тАФmore: than: 4,000
program that: explains which vehicles. A host of national Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge dealers throughout
child passenger safety device nonprofit organizations and he country. It means that a dealer has
. is appropriate for each stage retailers partnered with xcelled in nine different areas of cusin a. child's development. The NHTSA on this issue.
omer service that involves everything
General Motors has settled
with local Chevrolet dealer
Multi Chevrolet, and hundreds of thousands of dollars
are available to anyone who
lives within the New Jersey
State lines.
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Committee begins talks on ca
THE CHRONICLE'
4 Steps for Kids aie
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in the back seat fiom buth to
at least 1 year old and at
least 20 pounds
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seats in tho back seat from
age 1 to about 4 and 20 to 40
pounds
тАв Hoostei seats in the back
seat iiom about age 4 and 40
pounds to at least 8, unless
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