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Dr. Harvey Reveals Plans To Retire from First Baptist
Deuteronomy 33: 27 The Gospel
The eternal God is your dwelling place and underneath are the
Dr. Robert L. Harvey
WESTFIELD — Dr. Robert L. who has served as the Senior Minister of the First Baptist Church
“I’m in good health… nobody did anything to offend me… it’s just time for a change,” Dr. Harvey reassured parishioners at the worship service.
“I grieve at leaving you,” he told congregation in a letter of resignation, “but I rejoice at my newfound freedom.”
Dr. Harvey will be on vacation during the month of April and plans to spend at least a few months in Florida working on a book.
In 1978, when Dr. Harvey first to First Baptist, the church was experiencing declining finances, attendance membership. Today, the church reports that it is sound in all three areas and engaged in various forms ofministry,includingelectronic outreach.
A preaching schedule through midJuly that includes six lay persons from the church is already in place. The Church Council will propose a plan for interim and longterm coverage of the senior minister’s duties. at 170 Elm Street in Westfield for 22
and a half years, announced last Sunday that he will retire as of Monday, May 1.
Cheri Rogowsky for The Westfield Leader and The Times A TOUCHING MOMENT... Larry Reagan, Master of Ceremonies for the Center for Hope Hospice and Palliative Care annual Charity Ball, listens to Peggy Coloney, President of the Center, as she makes a few remarks during the February 5 ceremony honoring Hospice volunteer Stephen Gill, President of the Louis S. Fannie Roncoli Foundation.
Center for Hope Hospice Holds Annual Charity Ball
MOUNTAINSIDE — Four hundred people gathered at L’Affaire in Mountainside on February 5 to support Center for Hope Hospice and Palliative Care and to honor Stephen F. Gill of Hillside, this year’s recipient of the Charles J. Hudson Award. The late Father Hudson, who was a weekend assistant at Saint Helen’s Roman CatholicChurchinWestfield, cofounded the Center.
Mr. Gill is President of the Louis and Fannie Roncoli Foundation and a Center for Hope volunteer.
“This award is especially meaningful to me because I knew and admired Father Hudson and because I know and like so much about the Center for Hope,” Mr. Gill said.
“Taking care of terminally ill patients, at home and in the presence of family and friends provides a quality of life, with dignity for the patients and their families. But it is the people who work at the Center for Hope that makethisconcept worksowell.They are angels of mercy,” he said.
Founded in 1983, the Center for Hope Hospice and Palliative Care
has served more than 8,000 terminally ill patients during the past 16 years by providing patients an opportunity to discover and embrace the gift of life as they journey through loss.
“Hospice caregivers witness more healing, love, resolution and even laughter in the shared intimate relationships of the dying than people can ever imagine,” said Peggy Coloney, President of the Center, who cofounded the center with Father Hudson.
“The privilege of being present during this most important phase of someone’s life is a truly special gift,” she said.
In addition to caring for hospice patients, over the years the Center has expanded its programs to help those who are aging, ill or have other disabilities. In 1997, the ColoneyHudson Day Care Center was opened in Peach Orchard Towers in Linden, where functionally impaired adults are offered an individualized plan of therapeutic activities and services designed to enhance their abilities and foster independence.
In 1998, a senior outreach program was developed.TheCenternow serves 19 senior housing units throughout Union County. The purpose of the outreach program is to assist the housing unit staff in providing informationalandeducational services to keep residents physically and socially stimulated.
Mr. Walker to Discuss Uses Of Internet on Feb. 15 at Y MillerCory Plans Programs
On Valentines and Herbs La Leche League Reveals Upcoming Meeting Dates
Westfield Library to Hold Storytime Registrations
WESTFIELD — Darryl Walker, the OfficialWebmasterforWestfield, Fanwood and Springfield, will give a live video and audio multimedia presentation about the Internet and its offerings to local residents on Tuesday, February 15, at 7: 45 p. m.
The scheduled twohour lecture, cosponsored by the Y and the Westfield Historical Society, will be held in the Kellogg Room on the second floor of the Y, located at 220 Clark Street.
It is free and open to the public but requires registration by calling (908) 6544100. Members of the Historical Society and the Genealogical Society of West Fields do not need to register.
The presentation will include a history of the Internet, an explanation
of how it works, its research capabilities, how to search genealogy on the Internet, the Internet in Westfield and beyond and the debut of new communication technologies on the Internet.
Mr. Walker, a 13year resident of Westfield, has been involved in the computer industry since 1981. He has worked on hardware and software design, integration, network design and implementation, as well as Internet and Web site design, among other services. He currently maintains over 500 web sites.
Homemadedessertsandbeverages will be provided courtesy of members of the Historical Society. WESTFIELD — The MillerCory
House Museum, 614 Mountain Avenue in Westfield, will celebrate St. Valentine’s Day with a program on historic valentines on Sunday, February 13, from 2 to 4 p. m.
Tours of the historic farmhouse, built in 1740, will also be given. The last one will begin at 3: 30 p. m.
Evelyn Kennelly of Westfield will demonstrate how early Americans made valentines using the techniques of the period. A variety of prepared valentines will be on display for visitors to see.
The custom of exchanging valentines was brought to America by the English settlers, but was not widely celebrated during the 1700s. Lace papers and hearts produced in England and Germany often were assembled by hand and sold inAmerica in the 1800s.
Admission to the museum and grounds is free for children under
age 6, $2 for adults and 50 cents for children over 6. On Sunday, February 27, the museum will feature a programonAfricanAmericanslaves in Colonial New Jersey.
On Tuesday, February 15, at 8 p. m., the MillerCory House Museum will present a program entitled “Medieval Herbs for Living and Dyeing” in the Community Room of the Westfield Municipal Building, 425 East Broad Street.
Featured will be Joanne Shaver and Ruth Tannahill, members of the Society for Creative Anachronism. Both women collect and grow their own herbs for culinary uses, as well as dyeing (using 16th century techniques).
All are invited to attend this program on the history and many uses of herbs. Admission is free. For further information about the museum and its schedule of events, please call (908) 2321776, between 9 a. m. and noon.
WESTFIELD — La Leche League of Westfield, a nonprofit breastfeeding information and support group, meets on the third Thursday of the month. The next meeting will take place on February 17 at 10: 15 a. m.
The meeting location has changed to the Cranford United Methodist Church, 201 East Lincoln Avenue in Cranford.
A “Parenting Your Toddler” support group organized by La Leche League will meet on March 2 at 10: 15 a. m. at the Cranford United Methodist Church.Thisgroup,which meetsthefirst Thursdayofthemonth, was created to allow mothers to discuss issues regarding toddlers.
For more information, please call (908) 3011339, (908) 7894772 or (908) 2337164.
WESTFIELD — The Westfield Memorial Library has announced registration dates foritsToddlerStorytime, PreSchool Story Time and Magic Carpet Story Time programs.
Registration will begin on Saturday, February 19, at 10 a. m. for a threeweeklong Storytime for toddlers. This 20minute program of picture books, songs, fingerplays and simple crafts is designed for twoyearolds and accompanying adults. The next session will be offered on Saturdays, March 4 through 18, from 10: 30 to 10: 50 a. m.
The attending child must be accompanied by an adult and have aWestfield Memorial Library card. Children must be two years old by the start date of the session which they will be attending.
Aletter describingthestorytimeprogram, along withsomeimportantguidelines, will be distributed at registration. Magic Carpet Story Time registration will begin on Saturday, February 26,for childreninkindergartenthrough third grade. The sessions will meet on Thursday afternoons, March 9 through April 6, from 3: 45 to 4: 30 p. m.
Registrationfor ThreeYearOldStory Time will begin on Wednesday, February 23. The sessions will meet on Tuesday mornings, March 7 through April 4, from 10: 30 to 11 a. m., orWednesday afternoons, March 8 through April 5, from 1: 30 to 2 p. m.
Four Year Old Story Time registration will begin on Thursday, February
24. The sessions will meet Monday afternoons from March 6 throughApril 3, from 1: 30 to 2 p. m., or Thursday mornings, March 9 through April 6, from 10: 30 to 11 a. m. Children must have reached their third or fourth birthday by the first story session.
To participate in all story hours,children must be registered in person and a Westfield Memorial Library card for each child must be presented at this time. The library is located at 550 East Broad Street in Westfield.
For further information, please call theChildren’s Departmentat(908)7894090.
Mah Jongg Lessons Are Offered at WNC
WESTFIELD – The Westfield Neighborhood Council (WNC), 127 Cacciola Place, is offering free lessons in mah jongg on Wednesdays through June.
The instructor will beVivianWeiss of Scotch Plains. Lessons are held on Wednesdays between 12: 30 and 3: 30 p. m. at the WNC. All are invited to participate.
The WNC is a private, nonprofit, communitybased social service organization dedicated to empowering all people to reach their full potential.
For furtherinformation,pleasecall (908) 2332772.
SAGE Support Group For Caregivers Set To Meet on Feb. 16
BERKELEY HEIGHTS – The SAGE Caregivers’ Support Group will present its monthly meeting of P. R. E. P. — People Responsible for Elderly Persons – on Wednesday, February 16, at 7 p. m.
It will take place at the SAGE SpendaDayAdult Day Health CenHarvey, ter, located at 550 Springfield enue (rear of YMCA building) in
Berkeley Heights. P. R. E. P. is a caregivers’ support group sponsored by SAGE, Inc. Meetings are held the third day of each month at SpendaDay
and are open to anyone who assumes the responsibility of caring for an older adult.
Participants have an opportunity to meet others in similar stances and to share common lems and solutions. They can also
learn about community resources which are available to them, along with effective problemsolving and coping skills.
For more information, please call Ellen McNally, SAGE InfoCare rector, at (908) 2734598. The
organization’s email address is SAGE. Solutions@ juno. com. mation is also available on the
Internet at http:// community. nj. com ccSAGEAGES.
SAGE is a private, nonprofit ganization that serves as a nity resource for eldercare. The ganization offers 10 programs, cluding the SpendADay adult health center, home care and onWheels. It serves elders and their families in Union, Essex, Morris and
Tax Assistance for Seniors Offered at Area Locations
WESTFIELD — The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) has announced that free income tax assistance for senior citizens is being offered at locations throughout Union County from February through Saturday, April 15.
This service is provided to individuals of low and moderate income, age 60 and over, by more than 70 volunteer counselors who are trained and sponsored by the AARP, the Internal Revenue Service and the New Jersey State Tax Department.
Advance appointments are required for tax assistance at most county locations. Seniors may call area locations where the service is being offered to make appointments or for additional information.
Tax assistance will be provided at the Mountainside Public Library, Watchung Avenue, (908) 2330115; Scotch Plains Public Library, 1927 Bartle Avenue, (908) 3225007; Westfield CommunityCenter,558West Broad Street, (908) 2324759 and St. Helen’s Parish Center, 1600 Rahway Avenue, Westfield, (908) 2321867.
Storytime Registration Begins Monday at Fanwood Library
FANWOOD — The Fanwood Memorial Library has announced it second session of Winter Children’s Storytimes. All storytimes will be gin the week of Monday, February 28 and end the week of Monday, April 3. Fanwood residents will be given priority in those programs where registration is required.
Inperson registration will begin this Monday, February 14, at 10: 30 a. m. and end on Friday, February 18, at 4: 30 p. m. There is no charge for the programs.
The TwoYearOld Storytime, which includes a story and a craft, will last approximately one half hour. A parent or responsible adult must attend the child. No older or younger siblings are allowed to attend the storytime. Parents may sign up for either Tuesdays at 10: 30 a. m. or Wednesdays at 11: 30 a. m. Preregis tration is required and attendance is limited to 10 children.
The Threeand FourYearOld Storytime with crafts will meet on
Tuesdays at 11: 15 a. m. and last ap proximately one half hour. Parents are welcome to attend with their child or to remain on hand nearby. A parent or responsible adult must be present intheChildren’sDepartment.
Children younger than 3 may not attend this program. Preregistration is required and attendance is limited to 15 children.
The After School Storytime is for children in kindergarten through grade 3. It will be held at 3: 30 p. m. on Tuesdays. Preregistration is not required but a parent or responsible adult must be on hand in the library.
The Family Storytime will con tinue through this month on Monday nights at 6 p. m., except for February 21, in observance of Presidents’Day, and February 28, due to a special program honoring Black History Month.A parent or responsible adult must attend Family Storytime with any child under 5 years old.
Holy Trinity Seniors AvTo Meet February 14
WESTFIELD — The regular meeting of the Senior Social Club of the Holy Trinity Roman Cathothe lic Church in Westfield will take Wednesplace on Monday, February 14, at
1: 30 p. m. in the gymnasium of the elementary school. The entrance is on First Street.
The program will feature a talk by Bob Schierle, a retired firecame circumman, onthe historyoftheWestfield
probFire Department. He will also ofand
fer tips on safety in the home. Refreshments will be served.
On Tuesday, March 14, mem bers of the club will go on a day trip to Hunt’s Landing in Milford, Pa. for a St. Patrick’s Day pro Digram. A luncheon is included. A
trip to historical Cape May is planned for Tuesday, May 2.
Scotch Plains Rescue Squad Officers for 2000 Installed
SCOTCH PLAINS — Mayor Martin Marks of Scotch Plains administered the oath of office to the officers of the Scotch Plains Rescue Squad for 2000 during the organization’s 63rd Annual Installation Dinner at Pantagis Renais sance in Scotch Plains on January 8.
Officers for 2000 include Robert Speth, President; Robert Gurske, First VicePresident; Robert Foerster, Sec ond VicePresident; Jean Lozowski, Secretary; Harold Hill, Treasurer, and Robert Gurske, Chaplain.
Line officers sworn in were Joanne Gurske, Captain; Maureen Barry, First Lieutenant, and Edward Sorge, Second
InforLieutenant. DanielSullivan,WilliamMcLaughlin andJoanLozowski wereelectedtoserve as delegates to the New Jersey State
orFirst Aid Council, with Susan Baldani,
oring as alternates.
Trustees for the year 2000 are Daniel inSullivan,
Elizabeth Cena and Carolyn Sorge.
MealsThe evening began with the squad’s annual memorial service honoring de ceased members of its ranks. Chaplain Gurske presided over the service.
The squad roster includes 45 membersand fivecadets.Membersanswered 1,292 calls for service in 1999. The total number of years of service for members is 522.
Fiveyear service awards were pre sented to Diane De Lisi, Kimberly Eide, Debbie Herrmann, Jeremy Koscielecki and Mark Lynch. Tenyear service awardswere presentedtoJoanneGurske, Jean Lozowski and John Villas.
A 20year service award was pre sented to Edward Fiedler and a 25year serviceawardwas giventoRobertSpeth. Daniel Sullivan received a 30year ser viceaward. TheLifeMembershipaward was presented to Ernesto Hernandez.
It was announced that Jennifer Perryman was given a cadet scholarship from the New Jersey State First Aid Council. She received the award earlier in the day.
Guests at the dinner included repre sentatives from Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center in Plainfield, Overlook Hospital in Summit, Township Man ager Thomas E. Atkins and members of the Township Council.
Squad members expressed their ap preciation to local residents and busi nesses for their continued support. The squad, which will kick off its annual fund drive in the spring, has been pro viding uninterrupted volunteer emerSomerset gency medical service since 1937.
Covering Fanwood, Mountainside, Scotch Plains and Westfield, Union County, New Jersey (NJ)