A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION The Westfield Leader and THE TIMES of Scotch Plains – Fanwood Thursday, July 9, 1998 Page 5
Award Winning Cartoonist, Journalist Join Leader/Times
Watchung Communications, pub- lishers of The Westfield Leader and
The Times, has announced the addi- tion of weekly editorial art cartoonist Dale Neseman and staff writer Jeanne Whitney.
Mr. Neseman, of Buffalo, New York, and Leader/Times journalist, Ms. Whitney of Manhattan have linked up over the Internet to provide the newspapers with editorial car- toons each week.
Mr. Neseman has won four New York Press Association awards over the past five years for his work with
The Sun and Erie County Indepen- dent, in Hamburg (near Buffalo) New York.
Editor of The Sun, Eileen Hotho confirmed that Mr. Neseman's car- toons "inspire anything from a chuckle to an outright belly-laugh." Mr. Neseman began drawing for The Sun in 1987.
"'Oh. So you're the guy that draws the cartoons.' That's the usual reac- tion I get from people who have found me out," Mr. Neseman re- vealed.
In 1991, he co-authored a book of editorial art on government spend- ing called, "So That's How They're Spending Our Money!" He also owns a design and printing company in his hometown of Hamburg, on Lake Erie.
"I am very happy and excited to be invited to illustrate my thoughts for
The Westfield Leader and The Times,"
Mr. Neseman said. "Working with Jeanne and the Westfield staff over the Internet is great fun in assuring community editorial perspective. Obviously, drawing cartoons and being paid for it is about the best job anyone could hope for. If I can pro- voke a smile or a thoughtful 'hmmm...' I have succeeded."
Not bad, for a fellow who admitted his first real job was — drawing windshield wipers.
Ms. Whitney is known in the com- munity through her reporting for The Leader and The Times over the past four years. Ms. Whitney, currently covers the Scotch Plains Township Council as her regular beat, "reverse commutes" from Manhattan to West- field as well as "cyber commutes" to Buffalo with Mr. Neseman. Prior to moving to Manhattan, Ms. Whitney lived in Westfield.
She is a graduate of Syracuse Uni- versity and attended the Newhouse
School of Communications. She worked for Hearst Publishing, Macmillan/McGraw-Hill and Steven Brill of Brill's Content in New York.
She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the National Press Club.
Horace Corbin, Publisher of The Leader and The Times explained, "We found Dale by searching the Internet. Now, Jeanne and Dale work great together by e-mail. Sometimes they even drop back a technical notch and use the phone or fax. A while back, I seem to recall a 'snail mail' (postal letter) from Dale — but they don't do that any more."
"Jeanne could not really leave West- field, even though she went to the 'Big Apple' in pursuit of her journalism career. Now, we're pleased to announce that we have her back full-time with our newspapers. She and the rest of the staff enjoy chatting with residents when they drop in to the office on Elm Street," Mr. Corbin said.
Mr. Neseman and Ms. Whitney can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
J&M 3x4 Mark Hemmingway
Departs on Mission Aboard Navy Carrier
Navy Petty Officer Third Class Mark Hemmingway, the son of Maceo S. Hemmingway of Scotch Plains, recently de- parted on a six-month deploy- ment to the Western Pacific Ocean, the Indian Ocean and Arabian Gulf aboard the air- craft carrier USS Abraham Lin- coln.
Officer Hemmingway is one of more than 5,000 sailors and marines aboard the ship, which departed its home port of Everett, Washington, to lead the USS Abraham Lincoln
Battle Group. The battle group is comprised of 10 tactical air squadrons, five surface combatants and two submarines.
Carriers, like the USS Abraham Lincoln, are forward deployed around the world to maintain a United States pres- ence and provide rapid response in times of crisis.
They serve as a highly visible deterrent to would-be aggres- sors and, if deterrence fails, offer the most versatile and powerful weapons available.
The USS Abraham Lincoln
Battle Group can travel more than 500 miles a day while simultaneously deploying to separate geographic regions.
Officer Hemmingway, a 1992 graduate of Saint Patrick's High School in Elizabeth, joined the Navy in September of 1992.
Dr. D. Michael Hart Joins Rotary Beautification Effort
Dr. D. Michael Hart, President of the Rotary Club of Westfield, was among some 18,000 Rotarians and guests from 116 countries who gath- ered in Indianapolis, Indiana from June 14 to 17 for Rotary International's 89th annual conven- tion.
Participants focused on literacy, poverty and hunger, international hu- manitarian projects, exchange pro- grams and planning for Rotary's fu- ture through plenary sessions, work- shops and panel discussions.
In a unique community beautifica- tion effort, more than 1,500 Rotarians attending the convention planted 700
trees, 100 shrubs and 2,000 perenni- als throughout Indianapolis in one day.
The project, stretching 3.5 miles and covering some 50 city blocks, provided an example of Rotary's Pre- serve Planet Earth program and hon- ored the city for hosting the conven- tion.
INTERNATIONAL EFFORT…These Rotarians recently helped plant 3.5 miles of more than 2,800 trees, shrubs and flowers to beautify Indianapolis during the Rotary International Convention held there. Pictured, left to right, are: Narinjan Singh, President of his Rotary Club in Punjab, India; Dr. D. Michael Hart, President of the Rotary Club of Westfield, and V. Bazeer, President of his Rotary Club in Sri Lanka.
Local Organizations Donate Funds for First Night '99
First Night Westfield '99, a com- munity-wide New Year's Eve cel- ebration for people of all ages, re- cently received grants from several local organizations.
The mission of First Night Westfield is to strengthen the community by promoting a public, alcohol-free festi- val of the arts that is affordable to all.
This evening is funded by donations from organizations as well as from private individuals, according to First Night spokeswoman Karen Simon.
The Westfield Service League, which donated a $250 grant to First Night Westfield, is comprised of women who are residents of Westfield and the surrounding area. It was formed to assist local charitable, volunteer, civic and service organizations through vol- unteer service and monetary con- tributions.
The Westfield Municipal Alli- ance/Preventing Alcohol, Narcotic and Drug Abuse has joined the West- field "Y" and the Westfield Founda- tion in supporting First Night West-
field '99 by awarding a grant of $1,000 to help fund this New Year's Eve celebration of the arts.
The alliance is an organization that involves the community in the fight against alcoholism and drug abuse. Working through the schools and the community at large, it pro- vides programs which heighten com- munity awareness of the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse.
For more information on First Night Westfield, or to make a contri- bution, please call Julia Black at the Westfield "Y" at (908) 233-2700.
Susan Pastir Among Dean's List Students
Susan Pastir of Westfield recently achieved Dean's List status for the Spring 1998 semester at The College of New Jersey in Ewing.
To be eligible for the Dean's List, a student must complete 12 or more credits carrying letter grades, and earn a 3.5 grade point average or above for that semester.