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SPREADING HOLIDAY CHEER…Ashbrook Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Scotch Plains recently contributed to the ninth annual toy drive sponsored by the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School DECA Chapter. The drive benefits homeless children and families of the Interfaith Council of Union County. DECA students began a letter writing campaign in November asking friends and area businesses to contribute to the drive. Pictured, left to right, with Ashbrook resident, Dorothy Skarda, are: Tom Gentile, Jennifer Miller, Sarah Villim, Julie Lowen and Peter Kobliska. The DECA students hold monthly birthday celebrations for Ashbrook’s residents.
SANTA BREAKFAST…Holy Trinity Interparochial School in Westfield held its annual Breakfast With Santa Fundraiser on December 5 at Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church in Mountainside. Pictured with Santa, left to right, are: front row, Cathy Sullivan, Suzanne Grandstrand and Jean Carven, and back row, Pam O’Toole, Debbie Rubinetti, Tina Wasilewski, Cathy Colon, Kathy Bockelman, Emilio DiIorio, Diane Drew, and Gloria Kraft. First Night Adds Arlene Ur,
Children’s Performer to Event
WESTFIELD – Children’s Musician, Arlene Ur, has been added to the list of performers for First Night Westfield which will be held on Thursday, December 31, from 6:30 p.m. to midnight.
Ms. Ur will present children’s singalongs, dances and games.
Westfield High School will be the headquarters for most of the children’s acts including Madcap Mutts, a nationally recognized dog
Arlene Ur Westfield Library Reveals
Story Time Registration
WESTFIELD — The Westfield Memorial Library has announced registration dates for Pre-School Story Time and Magic Carpet Story Time.
Magic Carpet Story Time registration will begin on Saturday, January 2, for children in kindergarten through third grade. The sessions will meet Thursday afternoons from
January 14 to February 11, from 3:45 to 4:30 p.m.
Registration for Three Year Old Story Time will begin on Tuesday, January 5. The sessions will meet Tuesday mornings from January 12 to February 9, from 10:30 to 11 a.m., or Wednesday afternoons from January 13 to February 10, from 1:30 to 2 p.m.
Four Year Old Story Time registration will begin on Wednesday, January 6. The sessions will meet Monday afternoons, from January 11 to February 8 (except January 18) from 1:30 to 2 p.m., or Thursday mornings from January 14 to February 11 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, at which time a Westfield Memorial Library card must be presented for each child.
Fanwood Children Featured In Television Programming
FANWOOD – Fanwood’s local municipal access television station, Channel 35, will broadcast a repeat of last year’s “Fabulous Fanwood Faces” during this year’s holiday programs.
Close-up video photographs of children and adults attending the arrival of Santa, sponsored by the Fanwood Junior Woman’s Club, as well as those attending the town’s Holiday Party will be shown on the local television station. Video taken at the Fanwood Lions’ Christmas Tree Sale will also be telecast.
The classic yuletide story, “’Twas the Night Before Christmas,” will be narrated by Councilman Joel Whitaker. The narration will be accompanied by artwork.
Channel 35 is shared by Fanwood and Mountainside on an every-otherday schedule. During the month of December, Fanwood’s holiday programming can be seen on the even numbered days of the month, starting at 7 p.m., and repeated at 8:15 p.m.
Fanwood’s local access television channel will also do a live telecast of the annual reorganization meeting of the Mayor and Borough Council starting at noon on New Year’s Day, Friday, January 1.
Channel 35 is currently seeking Fanwood residents who would like to become television crew members. To become a volunteer, please call Joe Nagy at (908) 889-7646, or George Weiss at (908) 889-1752.
Nancy Drew Expert, Author Plans Visit to Book Value
WESTFIELD — Karen PlunkettPowell, author of “The Nancy Drew Scrapbook: 60 Years of America’s Favorite Sleuth,” was scheduled to make a personal appearance on Wednesday, December 23, at Book Value in Westfield.
In addition to autographing her large-format paperback retrospective of the beloved character, Ms. Plunkett-Powell will conduct an instore “scavenger hunt” for kids, and an informal, nostalgic chat with adults.
The author will bring part of her personal collection of Nancy Drew memorabilia, and will assess the value of any collectibles brought to the event by the public.
The “Scrapbook,” which costs $10.95, is a comprehensive guide to “all things Nancy Drew,” from the toys to the television show, from the character’s evolution-by-era to the
author’s own detective work tracking down and interviewing many “secret” Nancy Drew ghost-writers.
The “scavenger hunt” will begin at 6:30 p.m., with children given a list of clues leading them to five different Nancy Drew collectibles hidden in the store. When they have found all five, each will be awarded a prize.
Book signing will begin at 7 p.m. Attendees may buy the book at the event, or have a copy signed and inscribed-to-order anytime by calling the store. Book Value will carry autographed copies of the book throughout the holiday season.
Refreshments will be served. There is no admission charge; however, reservations are recommended but not required.
For reservations and further information, please call (908) 317-9793. Book Value is located at 1010 South Avenue, West, in Westfield.
Prelude to a Kiss to Debut At WCP Theater on Jan. 9
WESTFIELD – The Westfield Community Players (WCP) will present Prelude to a Kiss on Saturday, January 9, with additional performances scheduled for Fridays and Saturdays, January 15 and 16, 22 and 23, at 8 p.m. All tickets are $12.
Ken Webb, a WCP veteran, will direct Craig Lucas’ fantasy comedy.
Prelude to a Kiss presents love as a modern fairy tale about the compli
cations befalling two young lovers. Performances will take place at the WCP theater at 1000 North Avenue, West, in Westfield.
Funding for the production has been made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Department of State, through a grant administered by the Union County Division of Cultural and Heritage Affairs.
Martin Wallberg Post Plans Next Meeting
WESTFIELD — The Martin Wallberg Post No. 3 of the American Legion has invited all eligible veterans to its monthly meeting on Wednesday, January 6, at 8 p.m. at the post home at 1003 North Avenue, West, in Westfield.
For further information, please call (908) 233-2477 or (908) 2335705. act; arts and crafts including mask
and hat making, mural painting and balloon sculptures.
Other children’s programs will include Bob Conrad’s puppetry, magic and balloons; children’s music by Ms. Ur; Preston Foerder’s puppetry; Trixy the Clown; Balloonamation; and Steve Johnson’s Magic Variety Show.
The Westfield Armory will hold Vidbel’s Olde Tyme Circus which will perform three shows. The circus will feature acrobats, aerialists and clowns.
Admission buttons are $8 each through Wednesday, December 23, after which time they will cost $10 each.
Buttons are now available at the Westfield “Y,” Westfield Recreation Department, Town Book Store, Kings Garwood, The Westfield Leader,
Leader Store, Lancaster’s Ltd, Scott’s Shoes, Scotch Plains Fanwood YMCA, PNC Bank, Fleet Bank, Summit Bank, and Town Bank of Westfield.
First Night is made possible in large part by the Westfield “Y” and the Westfield Foundation, and the support of the Town of Westfield, as well as many local private and business donors.
For more information, please call the First Night hotline at (908) 5182983.
Westfield Residents Invited to Inauguration
WESTFIELD — Westfield residents are invited to attend the inauguration of Mayor Thomas C. Jardim and Councilmen Carl Salisbury, James Gruba, John Walsh and Lawrence Goldman on Friday, January 1, at 3 p.m. in the Community Room of the Westfield Municipal Building.
The inaugural activities, which will be televised locally by TV-36, the community’s local cable access channel, will be hosted by former Councilman Anthony LaPorta.
Mayor Jardim and the elected councilmen will discuss plans set by the council for the coming year.
A cookies and punch reception will be held immediately following the inaugural activities. The Municipal Building is located at 425 East Broad Street in Westfield.
DECA Students Conduct Survey of Fanwood Citizens
FANWOOD — The Fanwood Community Assessment Committee has appointed the Scotch PlainsFanwood High School DECA Chapter to conduct a market research survey in an effort to gain the input of the residents of Fanwood.
DECA members will focus their survey in two areas, the first of which will address ways of improving communications between the borough and its agencies and the residents of Fanwood. The students will try to determine what communications problems exist and how to improve them.
The second focus will be on the downtown business district and what residents would like to see in order for the district to improve, especially in its communication with residents.
With the borough already taking steps in making the district more attractive, DECA will emphasize the newly-formed Fanwood Business and Professional Association in its survey, according to a statement by the Assessment Committee.
DECA students, who are studying marketing in high school, con
ducted a comprehensive survey for Fanwood a few years ago and presented their recommendations to borough officials at that time. Similar surveys were also conducted for the Scotch Plains Business & Professional Association.
After being appointed, the students prepared a questionnaire, reviewed and approved by the Assessment Committee, and sent it to all residents of Fanwood.
DECA Chairmen Jim McClintock, Andrew Elko and Tony Gicas have reported that the initial response has been good. DECA has urged Fanwood residents to complete their questionnaire, and mail it to DECA at Scotch PlainsFanwood High School, Westfield Road, Scotch Plains, 07076.
SCOUTING FOR FOOD…Many Tiger, Cub, and Webelos Scouts from Cub Scout Pack No. 673 at Jefferson Elementary School in Westfield recently participated in the Scouting for Food program. The food drive was sponsored by the Watchung Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Pack No. 673 collected and donated over 300 bags of food to the Holy Trinity Food Pantry in Westfield.
Veterans Post, Auxiliary Awards Scholarships
SCOTCH PLAINS – The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post No. 10122 and the Ladies Auxiliary recently presented awards to their local winners in the Voice of Democracy Scriptwriting Scholarship Program.
Students submitted a threeto fiveminute tape on this year’s theme, “My Service to America.”
The first place winner from Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School was Kelvin C. Brooks. Taking second and third place, respectively, were Liz Murtha and Becky Rausch, both of Mount Saint Mary Academy in Watchung.
Kelvin and Liz’s scripts were entered in the District No. 5 (Union
County) VFW competition, with Kelvin placing second at that level.
All three students will receive United States Savings Bonds from the Scotch Plains-Fanwood VFW and Auxiliary, and Kelvin will receive a savings bond from District No. 5 and Auxiliary.
Teachers Maureen Zabluski of Mount Saint Mary Academy and Douglas Hooper and Chief Robert Rybitski of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School helped to coordinate the program in their respective schools. Chief Rybitski is the instructor for the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program.
Paper Mill Playhouse Seeks Rising Star Award Nominees
Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn will celebrate the best and brightest offerings among New Jersey high school musicals with its Fourth
Annual Rising Star Awards. The program, which evaluates and honors musical theater productions in high schools throughout the state, is currently soliciting applications from New Jersey high schools interested in participating.
Any school that produces a musical between Thursday, February 4, and Sunday, May 2, is eligible to enter the competition.
The Rising Star program will send evaluators to see each entered musical production. Their comments and recommendations then serve as the basis for a slate of nominations.
The full panel of evaluators will vote on the nominations, and awards will be presented at a gala ceremony at Paper Mill Playhouse.
The Rising Star Awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday, June 15.
Besides honors in performance, design and production categories, the Rising Star Awards will recognize other aspects of the theatrical process. Special Student Achievement Awards (based on nominations made by teachers and evaluations by a select committee) and an Educational Impact Award (recognizing a school’s efforts to connect its musical production to the district’s curriculum) are presented each year.
In addition, individual students interested in continuing their education in theater arts may apply for Rising Star Scholarships.
Applications will be available through the Education Department at Paper Mill Playhouse. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, January 13. The Rising Star program will also accept calls from those interested in serving as evaluators.
For information on applications or on becoming an evaluator, please call (973) 379-3636, Extension No. 2748.
Final Informational Session Set at Magnet High School
SCOTCH PLAINS – The Union County Magnet High School for Science, Mathematics and Technology will host its third and final informational session for interested applicants to the class of 2003 and their parents on Saturday, January 9, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the main auditorium.
The session will feature speakers who will describe the nature of magnet high schools and how they differ from local comprehensive schools. Admission policies, school curriculum and other services will also be discussed, according to Corinne Wnek, Director of Student Services.
Students are admitted to the Magnet High School from all districts in Union County and attend the school on a fulltime basis. Transportation is provided.
The academic curriculum prepares students for baccalaureate degree programs. Included at the school is a 38station, multi-media classroom featuring full audio, video and data network interactive capabilities.
Students may also earn up to one year of college credit prior to graduation through the school’s collaboration with Union County College.
The Magnet High School is located in Mancuso Hall on the Union County
Vocational-Technical Schools campus at 1776 Raritan Road.
For additional materials on the Magnet High School and to make reservations for the information session, where seating will be limited, please call Mrs. Wnek in Student Services at (908) 889-3800, Extension No. 201.
Mount Saint Mary Academy Names Honor Roll Students
Mount Saint Mary Academy in Watchung has announced the names of students from Scotch Plains, Fanwood and Westfield who have achieved honor roll status for the first marking period.
Students must achieve an “A” average in all courses to be included on the
Principal’s Honor Roll, and a “B-plus” average overall with no grade lower than a “C” to be named to the Regular Honor Roll.
Those named to the Principal’s Honor Roll included Jennifer Gartner, Grade 10, and Marianna Macri, Grade 9, from Scotch Plains, and Megan McGowan, Grade 9, from Westfield.
Students who achieved Regular Honor Roll status from Grade 9 included Scotch Plains residents Kathleen Donovan, Christine Feury, Shannon Gallagher, Paulina Irigaray, Heather Saunders and Renee-Nicole Souris, and Kathleen Dura and Margaret Smith of Westfield.
In Grade 10, Regular Honor Roll students included Sheila Hilliard of Scotch Plains, and Krista Hasenfus and Jessica Orleanski of Westfield.
For Grade 11, students named to the Regular Honor Roll were Monica Anderson, Danielle Bousquet, Kristy Docabo, Lindsay Lamarre and Elizabeth Testa of Scotch Plains, and Margaret Blendulf, Megan Brunhofer and Mary-Kathleen Lechner of Westfield.
Grade 12 students who achieved Regular Honor Roll status included Cindy Coquia, Meredith Doll, Maria Hodges, Nadine Kwiatkowski and Camille Versoza from Scotch Plains, Shannon Darlington of Fanwood, and Kathryn Johansen, Catherine Niemiera and Megan Yudd of Westfield.
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