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Section 1, Page 2 Strictly Somerset, THURSDAY, MARCH 20. 1997 Lamd-use issues highlight week in review "W " 1 1 " V 1 id ! WTF tan Valley Sewerage Authority is resolved to the borough's satisfaction;''. Borough Administrator Daniel Jaxel" said. The budget was heavily affect-' ed by a $233,000 increase in the borough's sewer bill, Jaxel said. " Somerville The Board of Education got a special visit last week from the man whose school funding bill brought'' them some unexpected cash and some ! ' unexpected headaches this year. - i? State Senator Robert Martin, R- ,' Morris Plains, one of the co-sponsors , je . :.- of the state Legislature s school funding bill, helped sort out some of the' . confusion the bill has caused local . school districts. Somerville is slated to receive a $1.2 million increase in state aid from $1.1 million to $2.3 . million in its $18.6 million budget' for the 1997-98 school year. Rut at thp samp timo thp rlistrirt,'J Courier-News photo by Ed Pagliarinl The Somerville High School band marches down Main Street during the St. Patrick's Day parade on Sunday. in is being forced to put its extracurricu lar aotivitips on a spnaratp ballot - question when voters hit the polls for school budget elections April 15 Watchung Somerset County Contracts for Bridgewater-Raritan school employees may not be ratified until April, although representatives from the employees union and the Board of Education had said earlier they hoped the deal would be completed this month. The final issue to be worked out determining the particulars of the salary step guide will take longer than expected simply because of the sheer volume of work involved, Hugh Farley, a co-chairman of the Bridgewater-Raritan Education Association's negotiating team, said last week. A team of union officials is working to decide the distribution of pay increases for the district's 770 teachers, secretaries, custodians and other employees over three years. Former tennis star Roscoe Tanner, who landed in jail last week for failing to pay child support, is wanted in Tennessee for allegedly passing a bad check for more than $10,000. His lawyer also said he planned to challenge the Somerset County woman's paternity claim. Tanner filed into state Superior Court in Somerville March 14 and was arraigned on a fugitive from justice charge in the Tennessee incident. Tanner has been jailed since March 10, when Superior Court Judge Graham T. Ross ordered him there until the tennis pro can post $7,000 in bail and come up with a $450,000 bond to cover the overdue money owed the alleged mother. Last week, John DeLorean portrayed himself as a gentleman farmer who generates "negligible" profits while living in a "sparsely" decorated house on his Bedminster estate, at least part of which will soon be auctioned at a sheriff's sale. The former carmaker testified at a hearing in U.S. District Court on March 10 to determine whether he transferred artwork, antiques and furniture to his brother's Cadillac dealership to avoid paying $6 million to Mayer Morganroth, his former lawyer. Malcolm Schade, a lawyer for Morganroth, attempted to prove that De- Lorean's net worth is far more than " DeLorean is willing to concede. Throughout the day, the lawyer and the witness engaged in a verbal thrust-and-parry as testimony ranged from DeLorean's family trust to his estate to his and various business ventures. The state has convened a grand jury to hear evidence in its probe into the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office ter the budget was introduced at about $19.9 million with a 4.7 percent tax increase. As it stands now, the proposed tai rate is only 1 .6 percent higher, at $1,437 for every $100 of assessed value. Bridgewater Somerset County officials expect a financial feasibility report for a proposed $14.5 million baseball stadium to be ready by mid-April. If the numbers look good and the freeholders decide to pay for the stadium, the minor-league Somerset Patriots could begin play in 1998, says would-be team owner Steven Kalaf er. The report will assist the freeholders in deciding whether to build the stadium on the former American Cyanamid site in Bridgewater's Fin-derne section. It is being completed by financial advisers Ernst & Young of Woodbridge. Franklin The father of slain gemologist Brenda Wolf made good on his promise to sue her husband for fatally shooting her during a failed robbery of the couple's jewelry store. In a wrongful-death suit filed March 12 in state Superior Court in Somerville, George Marks claims his former son-in-law, Jeffrey Wolf, intentionally killed Brenda Wolf. Marks accused Jeffrey Wolf of conspiring with the five men later charged in the holdup of Jeffrey Scott Fine Jewelry. The five men also are named in Marks' suit. Green Brook James Armour told detectives that he never intended to hurt his girlfriend's 15-month-old daughter at a Green Brook welfare motel in 1995. In a chilling taped confession played March 12 at a hearing in State Superior Court in Somerville, Armour, who is charged with murder, described without emotion how Ny Asia Nowell's whimpering annoyed him as he played a video game. In the taped confession, Armour said, "I was playing the game and I told her to, you know, sit down. You know, she started yelling out loudly. I resumed back to play the game and ... out of an act of anger, I struck her," twice in the abdomen with a closed fist. During the hearing, Armour's court-appointed attorney challenged the confession and sought to have it thrown out. Hillsborough Low attendance rates, not a graph- A former Somerset County detective whose testimony sparked a stated probe of the handling of the Isaac Wright case has resigned from his job62 as a Watchung police officer. Officer James Dugan, who until'lj' last year led the county police acade- mv rpsicrnpri as nf Marph 1 saiil Wat.w ic safe-sex talk, did in Hillsborough High School's Diversity Day, school officials say. After four years, the day set aside for students to attend talks on diversity instead of class has been canceled this year. Instead, the school is offering assemblies throughout the year. Last year, poet River Huston's safe-sex talk during Diversity Day shocked and infuriated parents. Huston showed students how to roll a condom on a purple latex penis, using her mouth. Students said Huston, who has AIDS, delivered her message in a frank and powerful way. Manville The Board of Education has halted use of a standardized test after questions from it were included in a pretest designed to boost low scores at Alexander Batcho School. Teachers questioned the ethics of using actual test questions in the pretest, which students never took. Principal Dianne Mayberry-Hatt said the questions were taken from a copy of the California Achievement Test removed without permission from her office closet. Mayberry-Hatt is unsure who went into her closet. North Plainfield Police say two New Brunswick men used a tree branch resembling a handgun to attack a 33-year-old borough man on March 13. Authorities say Albert Bell, 25, and Bruce Washington, 21, confronted the victim, who was walking home alone on Somerset Street, within a half-block of the police station, police said. A plan to widen four Route 22 intersections in North Plainfield was blocked March 10 when the Borough Council passed a resolution opposing the proposed road work. The state Department of Transportation has said it would accede to each municipality's wishes, but the agency still has the power to carry out this or any other road project. Raritan Borough After nearly 20 years in Somerville, Alternatives moved to Raritan last week. The agency, one of the oldest in Somerset County serving the develop-mentally disabled and other residents with special needs, opened in 1978 in Somerville and most recently was housed in the Granetz building on West Main Street. The new headquarters is at 600 First Ave. The Borough Council introduced a $6 million budget March 11 with a municipal tax rate that would rise slightly if the financial plan is adopted. Those numbers could change if a discrepancy over a bill sent to the borough last year by the Somerset Rari chung Police Chief Robert Reilly. ,,flI fir '& '). 1 7 1 Bound Brook Mayor Frank Gilly said work on a Tea Street shopping center will begin in mid-May, enabling the Little League to play early-season games at a nearby field it has occupied for many years. "It will use the field through the end of April," Gilly said, noting the league's regular season ends in June. The league then will move to a new complex several blocks south on Tea Street, Gilly said, and work will begin on the shopping center. Burger King has signed a lease to operate a restaurant there. The Board of Education voted March 10 against a May referendum calling for consolidation of the district's elementary facilities, including closing LaMonte School. The resolution, had it been approved by voters, would have housed pre-kindergarten through second grade at Lafayette School, with third through sixth grades at Smalley School. Both buildings would have been enlarged and modernized, with bonds issued for not more than $3.93 million. Branchburg The township's 1997-98 school budget has undergone a few revisions since it was introduced last month, but school officials say it is now pretty close to the version voters will see April 15. The $19.5 million budget is up $235,480 from last year and will increase the tax rate less than half a cent. School board members and administrators also did some trimming af set to go tion every two weeks, Anderson said. Under the electronic option, golfers can see their latest 20 scores on a computer screen after entering a personal identification number. ' They also can see the 10 scores that are the basis of their handicap calculation, their latest U.S. Golf Association Handicap Index, home course handicap and their handicap trend, the direction their handicap index is headed based on the most current score. ' If a golfer plays a course outside of Somerset County, he or she can enter that score into the computer when they return to one of the county courses. The annual cost of enrolling in the handicap system is $22 for Somerset County residents and $35 for out-of-county players. "The handicap system lets anybody play with anybody. It levels the playing field," Park Commission member Rock Dameo said after last Thursday's commission meeting, where the announcement was made. Dameo is an avid golfer who has a handicap of 9. As for entering the correct information, Dameo said: "This is an honor system." Then he added jokingly, "Golf is supposed to be an honorable 0 '9 oS 3P el ! I i Somerset golf ers I ! in tRlSSB'iliiMivl . 90( 9684001 WI MM tVtNfll KIVICI Golfers in Somerset County soon will be able to earn an official handicap through a nationwide computer system accessible at all four county courses, say Somerset County Park Commission officials. Though the system has been in use at many private clubs for years, Somerset is one of the first counties in the state to offer the services at public courses. The system is an electronic version of the Golf Handicap and Information Network. It uses a telephone line to transmit scores daily from each of the four county courses to a central computer of the Bloomfield-based New Jersey and a number of current and former employees have been asked to testify. Sources have told The Courier-News that the secret proceedings in Trenton have centered on the office's, handling of the Isaac Wright case. Admissions from Richard Thorn-burg, the department's former chief of detectives, and one of his detectives, James Dugan, revealed the pair may have known that 3 pounds of cocaine was illegally seized. Bernards There are more than 50 possible sites for cellular towers here, but the Township Committee doesn't want to see that many. Township Engineer Peter Messina presented a list of 54 possible sites for towers at last week's committee meeting. Twenty-two of them could have "low impact" on residences; 26 could have "moderate impact" and six, "high impact," Messina said. The Township Committee asked Messina to rank the sites and begin calling property owners to see if they would allow towers on their sites. Q The Board of Education amended a referendum proposal last week to include funds for construction of a K-5 school in the Hills development. Residents will vote possibly in June on the new elementary school in the large housing community and additions to William Annin School and Ridge High School. Superintendent Dalen Showalter said estimates officials would ask voters to approve between $25 million and $28 million, but said those numbers could fluctuate wildly. Golfer's Association. The information then is forwarded to a computer at the U.S. Golf Association in Far Hills, which maintains course difficulty ratings for more than 7,500 clubs nationwide. William Anderson, administrator of the county golf courses, said last Thursday that the service will be operational by March 22, when the Spooky Brook and Warrenbrook courses open for the season. Under the current manual system, golfers go to the Spooky Brook course in Franklin to enter their scores by hand. They're then sent by mail to the New Jersey State Golfer's Associa- 20 OFF ANY CARRY IN SERVICE xplrei 41 597 MITSUBISHI testis Any Problems? Dial 908-757-6400 1 (900) 231-0090 " W"' Main St. Somerville (In th PathMark Mull, nt to The? Wnll Rworrli) tllndisiuwtruCfTrtasures SB Reilly said Dugan cited health rea sons, including excessive weight loss in recent months. For more information on news in your town, see the Local sectiont of The Courier-News, Mondayi through bunaay. if you have a tip you'd like to share with us, call Metro Editor Joe McDonald at (908) 707-3123. Clarification Some of the businesses of Neshan-ic Station, such as Neshanic Station, Home & Garden, were left out of last week's Strictly Somerset cover story. The intent of the story was to show that the historical section of Branchv burg is undergoing changes with two, of its larger businesses leaving, not to list every business. The village houses a restaurant, general store, barber shop, library, home and garden center, nursery, car repair facilities and more some new, some generations old. You Deserve Satin & face BRAS Girdles Nursing Bras Teddys Stockings Panties Gowns Complete Lingerie Needs Personal Attention Expert Fitting .115 Main Street, Bedminster (908) 234-1444 M-Thun l.5:JO Kri. till SaL 10-5 0 Peatures. or call icr -d Mall to: meo.NFWS - " - 'iii W ifA"' Collection Gargoyles, Angeb, QypHons and Other Ja6u(ous !cplkas (908) 218-0505 33 W. Main St. Somerville j Strictly Somerset is a weekly publication of The Courier-News. Write to Strictly Somerset, The Courier-News P.O. Box 6600 Bridgewater, N.J. 08807 Or call Special Sections Editor Susan Hoogsteden at (908)707-3164 You also may fax story ideas or information for calendars to (908) 707-3113, or e-mail to featuresc-n.com To reach an advertising representative about display ads, call (908) 707-3030 To place a classified ad, call (908) 722-3500 To subscribe to The Courier-News, call (908) 526-5050 hi-tech game in case anybody forgot." By Paul KB. 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