Westfield, NJ – In a rather heated discussion, tempers erupted and emotions flared over the issue of the traffic light recently installed on Central Avenue. During the public comments portion of the meeting, Adina Encelescu complained about the placement of the light, the issues regarding her property values, as well as the recent accident that occurred. Encelescu’s neighbor and advocate, Maria Carluccio addressed the council for more than a half hour on how they plan to keep attending council meetings and speaking until their demand to move the light is met.
Carluccio, reprimanded by Mayor Skibitsky more than once, berated the council, specifically the Mayor, stating, ”you are just a politician, you are not listening to us.” Carluccio, repeated in her lengthy remarks that she was there, “to support my neighbor. You have ruined her life by putting this light in front of her house. I will keep attending these meetings and speaking until that light is moved and it will be moved.”
After the meeting Mayor Skibitsky stated, “ths has been going on for months and months. Council meetings don’t usually become this heated, except on this issue.” Former Council Member Sal Caruana also spoke out regarding the light issue. His concern was, “the manner in which the meeting got out of hand and the civility of the discussion.” He declined further comment.
In other matters, Mayor Skibitsky read a proclamation in honor of The Westfield Foundation for serving the community for over thirty-five years. The foundation, established in 1975 with a $2000 donation now has assets of over $10.5 million. Their purpose is to provide grants to local non-profit organizations for programs in health and education, the arts, as well as social services. The proclamation honored Mr. Lee Hale and Dr. Gerry Glasser for their contributions to the foundation as former trustees and members of the Cornerstone Society. Foundation President Anthony Cook addressed the audience about the vital contributions that Hale and Glasser have made, not only to the foundation but to the betterment of the Westfield community.
Anthony Cook and Ed Gallagher made an announcement during the meeting regarding the charity auction to benefit The PMC Jimmy Fund. PMC, or Pan-Massachusetts Challenge is a bike-a-thon to raise funds for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Through the challenge, Cook and Gallagher, along with Westfield residents Dr. Bill Foley and Ed Carr will form the team to ride from Sturbridge to Provincetown, a distance of roughly two-hundred miles over the weekend of August 6-7. Each team member is responsible for raising $4200 in order to participate.
The auction, set for June 11, 7pm at Jay’s Cycle Center will have a wine tasting and food from Westfield restaurants. Among some of the items up for auction are gift baskets and certificates, golf foursomes, a Yankee game at Fenway as well as a chance to ring the bell an opening of the New York Stock Exchange.