Eric Sherman Among 1998 Graduating Class
At Phillips Academy
Eric Z. Sherman, the son of Dr. and Mrs. Richard A. Sherman of Westfield, was awarded a diploma from Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts on June 7.
Eric was elected to the Cum Laude Society (academic honor society) and the Executive Board of the Philomethean Society (debate team), and was a 1997 recipient of the Scoville Memorial Prize (history and social science).
He attended Roosevelt Intermediate School prior to enrolling at Phillips Academy, and plans to enter Princeton University in the fall.
Phillips Academy, also known as Andover, is a coeducational, independent high school which enrolls 1,147 students.
Edison School to Present ‘Creature Creeps’ Today CREEPY CAST…The young cast of “Creature Creeps” will give two perfor
mances of the horror comedy, geared toward children of all ages, today at Edison School in Westfield. Modeled on the Mel Brooks film Young Frankenstein, the production is being presented by Studio One, the drama production class offered by the Westfield Summer Workshop, a branch of The New Jersey Workshop for the Arts. Show times are 1 and 7:30 p.m.
Edison Intermediate School in Westfield will host a horror comedy production for children of all ages entitled “Creature Creeps” tonight, Thursday, July 30. The school is located at 800 Rahway Avenue.
Tickets cost $3 for the matinee show at 1 p.m., and $5 for adults and $4 for students and senior citizens for the evening show beginning at 7:30 p.m.
“Creature Creeps” is loosely modeled after the 1974 Mel Brooks movie
Young Frankenstein. It will be presented by Studio One, the drama production class of The New Jersey
Workshop for the Arts’ Westfield Summer Workshop.
This year’s production features a cast of 23 children from towns throughout the area, who will be divided into different groups for each production, to maximize acting opportunities.
Among the performers will be Andrew Harris from Mountainside and Julian Siano, Ryan Leonard, Christine McGrath and Shannon Gilmartin, all from Westfield.
Tickets may be purchased at the door or in the main lobby of Edison School. For further information, please call (908) 789-9696.
Scotch Plains Park Activities In Full Swing This Summer
The 1998 summer park program sponsored by the Scotch Plains Recreation and Parks Department is operating at full swing, with recent trips to Warinanco Park in Elizabeth for a boating excursion; roller skating at United Skates of America Roller Skating Center in Edison, and a first-time trip to the PNC Arts Center in Holmdel for a show featuring skating, hip hop, magic and unicycle riding.
Children ages 6 to 13 have been enjoying activities at Farley Park, under the leadership of counselors Neil Gordon and newcomers Erin McCoy and Jason Hall, assisted by Bianca Gray from the Summer Youth Employment Program.
Children have been participating in relay races, baseball and kickball games. Using a colorful parachute and with help from Erica Hendricks, nicknamed “Big E,” 25 youngsters formed a team playing parachute ball.
Warren, Ashley, Jordan and Courtney McCoy, along with Valarie Madison, William Benjam, Christopher Banks, Diandra Davis and Charmaine Hamilton, were outstanding in their efforts in the game.
Green Forest counselors Andy Brown, Lisa Ciatto and Caralynne Miller, all veterans of summer programs, have directed games of baseball and volleyball, Nok Hockey and ping-pong tournaments, as well as a home run derby.
Winners in the derby were Mike Rusin, Rob Ventura, Ryan Cerick, Andrew Goldberg, Tom Ventura, Dan Chase and Michael Cerick. The Connect Four winner was Chris DeCarlo. Ping-pong tournament winners in the 6 to 8 age group were Marc Rusin and Nicky Natale, and, in the age 9 and over category, Nick Baratucci.
Counselors Gina DeFabio, Deena Ferado and Matt Sneed have been participating in activities with Brookside Park attendees, including the paddle boat trip with David Ginsberg, Michael Calvino, Jennifer Gagliotti, Andrew Ho and Erin Daily.
On the trip to the Fairway Golf Range, Andrew Goldberg was among the miniature golf standouts, and batting cage participants Ariel Feinstein and Emily Fox also displayed their skill.
A Brookside version of Mardi Gras featured pizza and watermelon. Among the attendees were Jack Egan
and Michelle Calvo. Future trips will be taken to movies, Bowcraft and bowling.
A special event will be the “Mad Science of Union County” demonstration slated for tomorrow, Friday, July 31, at 10:30 a.m. on the Village Green on Park Avenue. James Addonizio will conduct the presentation, which will introduce children to the wonders of science.
Arts and Crafts Director Theresa Natale has supervised some original projects which the youngsters can take home to display, such as picture frames, heart-shaped puzzles, and Godzilla-style masks. She is at each park twice weekly.
Gail Iozzi has planned and organized a varied program for preschoolers ages 4 and 5, which are conducted at Kramer Manor Park. Her assistants are also experienced college students who have worked in childhood programs at other institutions or are enrolled in early childhood programs.
They include Erin Firetto, who is also does dance training for the department’s Rhythmic Gymnastic Program, Jennifer Davis and Marie Losavio. A trip to the Watchung Stables will be the highlight of the program this summer.
Real Estate Courses Offered at College
For people who are experienced in the real estate field, Union County College is offering two non-credit courses to help participants complete the necessary requirements to become a Real Estate Broker or Real Estate Appraiser by summer’s end.
The Real Estate Brokerage License program is open to all candidates who have or will have completed three years of employment in real estate practice prior to taking the real estate examination.
The program consists of three sections, with an opportunity still available this summer to take the 30-hour requirement in office management. “Office Management” will be conducted from 2 to 5 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays, August 10 through 25, at the college’s Cranford campus.
Other required courses include “Real Estate” and “Real Estate Ethics.” Candidates are required to complete all course sections within a two-year period and must pass a final examination for each course in order to qualify.
Additionally, the New Jersey State Board of Real Estate Appraisers has approved the college to offer a series of courses to satisfy requirements for licensed, residential, and general appraisers.
This summer, participants can still take “Ethics and Standards of Professional Practice,” a required course in the Real Estate Appraisal program. It will be held from 6 to 9:45 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, August 4 through 13, at the college’s Cranford campus.
UCC also offers “General 1-Introduction to Income Property Valuation” and “Residential 4” to enable students to meet state requirements.
Those interested in further information should call the Division of Continuing Education and Community Services at (908) 709-7600.
Noel S. Mosial Receives Full Scholarship To The Cooper Union
Noel S. Mosial, the son of Mr. And Mrs. Noel Mosial of Mountainside, has been awarded a full-tuition scholarship to attend The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City.
He will be a student in the college’s Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture beginning in September.
Noel graduated from The Pingry High School in Martinsville in June. He plans to major in architecture.
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, established in 1859, is a private college of 1,000 students, each of whom receives a full-tuition scholarship.
It is the only college focused exclusively on preparing students for careers in fine art and graphic design, architecture and engineering.
Strategic Plan Sets High Expectations for Students GREAT EXPECTATIONS FOR STUDENTS... Westfield Strategic Planning
Committee volunteers who met for several months to develop recommendations for ensuring excellence in the Westfield Public Schools were officially thanked by Superintendent of Schools Dr. William Foley for their work and interest. Those members who attended the appreciation dessert included, left to right, seated, Trista Pollard, Ginger Hardwick, Stacey Stanzel, Geri McDonald and Lucille Davies; middle row, Janice Sheridan, Coral Rusnak, Catherine Marchant, Bev Geddis, and Cheryl O’Brien; and, back row, Tony Tomasso and Dr. Ted Kozlik.
Editor’s Note: The following is the fourth of a seven-part series outlining the initiatives of the committees which worked on the Strategic Plan for the Westfield Public Schools District.
* * * * * One of the goals of the Westfield School District’s Strategic Plan is to ensure that “all students will be challenged by rigorous programs that will equip them with the tools to achieve excellence in their lives.”
One of the strategies developed to accomplish this goal is to “set clear and high expectations for students of all levels of ability.”
Strategic Plan Action Plan Committee Chairwoman Cheryl O’Brien and more than 35 other volunteers spent several months drafting recommendations to make that goal a reality.
Ms. O’Brien, who is Assistant Principal of Roosevelt Intermediate School, was joined by teachers, parents, administrators, and a board member, representing a wide degree of experiences.
The committee members are: Tom Beese, James Bluck, Tracy Brostek, Shannon Butler, Janet Ciarrocca, Jack Clark, Sue Coren, Lucille Davy, Susan Dugle, Vin Fischer, Carolyn Fleder, Christine Foley, Beverly Geddis, Susanne Geoghegan, Board of Education member Ginger Hardwick, Suzanne Jacobus and Patricia Jakubowski.
Other committee members are Director of Student Personnel Services Dr. Theodore Kozlik, Barbara Leparulo, Leslie Lewis, Andrea Lo, Catherine Marchant, Geraldine McDonald, Charles Mierswa, Regina Monohan, Cheryl O’Brien, Dona Patt, Ann Phillips, Trista Pollard, Coral Rusnak, Pamela Shallcross, Janice Sheridan, Stacy Stanzel, Nan Statton, Julie Tarr, Tony Tomasso and Bette Tuthill.
The recommendations made by the committee to the Board of Edu
· Reduce class size at all levels.
· Provide continuing Basic Skills support that includes transition assistance, taught by specialty certified teachers.
· Develop programs (analogous to Project ’79) in the elementary and middle schools, to address the needs of underachieving students.
· Develop a curriculum program for advanced learners in the middle schools.
· Rewrite the district’s policy on programming for advanced learners to include, but not be limited to, extension and modification of services presently rendered.
· Expand the current volunteer program to include, but not be limited to, “American Reads.”
· Address variations in learning styles and differing abilities.
· Implement programs at all grade levels that support higher level thinking skills.
· Review/revise the district policy on instructional grouping.
In early fall, the Westfield Board of Education will review these and other proposals made by all seven of the action plan committees.
In speaking on behalf of her committee, Mrs. O’Brien said, “It was exciting to have the opportunity to serve with so many dedicated and thoughtful community members. People representing widely differing viewpoints on a number of critical issues came together to reflect on our community and the needs of our children.
“As a group, we were impressed with the power of the consensus model of decision making that was used in the Strategic Planning process. It provided a way to explore our differences and find common ground as we developed action plans to ensure that Westfield students have the challenging curriculum that will prepare them for success in the 21st century.”
Carolyn Klinger-Keuter To Talk on Challenges Of Preservation Group
Carolyn Klinger-Kueter will discuss challenges of the Westfield Historic Preservation Commission, of which she is member, at the First Wednesday luncheon of the Westfield Historical Society at noon on August 5 at B.G. Fields Restaurant.
The Commission was established in 1985 by the Westfield Town Council “to preserve the past (in Westfield) by making it compatible with and relevant to the present.”
Primarily an advisory board, the Commission has three functions: identifying and assisting in designating historic landmarks and areas of historic importance, guidance on how to preserve such landmarks and areas through recommendations on proposed construction and additions, and education on the town’s architectural heritage.
It is not concerned with alterations not visible from the street.
Mrs. Kueter made Westfield her home and began her piano teaching studio there over 40 years ago, just after receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education from Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.
She soon became interested in Westfield history and has served on many civic organizations — Co-chairman of “Pep” (Pollution Environmental Prevention), heading a committee called “Cape” (Council for Alternatives to Public Education), and a member of the steering committee of “Stop the Mall” proposed for Springfield Avenue and Route 22.
Her music teaching career has included adjunct instruction at Kean College (now a university), keyboard instruction at the Westfield Summer Workshop for the Arts, primary level music at the Christopher Academy and a recent Kindermusik program for children aged 6 or under. She is listed in
Who’s Who of American Teachers.
Having six children in Westfield schools, she was a moderator for
Speakout, a Westfield High School Program for the promotion of better relations between students of different ethnic backgrounds, Chairwoman of Friends of Music for the Roosevelt Junior High (now Intermediate) School, and in conjunction with the then superintendent of the school system, initiated a successful alternative high school program, Project ’79. She was also Choral Director in the former Grant School Shows, which raised funds for additional programs and equipment for students.
Mrs. Kueter was also a candidate for Westfield Town Council in the Second Ward and for Mayor in 1982 and 1986.
Regular attendees at the First Wednesday luncheon will be contacted by a committee of the historical society to verify their reservations. Space permitting, others are welcome to attend by calling (908) 233-2930 before noon on Monday, August 3, for seating information.