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2X7 Degnan Boyle THROUGH THE MILLENNIUM... Students Daniel McGrory, Stephen
Caprario, Katherine Meylor and Ryan Ragoza are shown here with some of the scenery for Wilson Elementary School in Westfield's grand finale of this year's Spring Reading Program, "Reading Through the Millennium." In an evening performance on March 27, Wilson School Principal Andrew Perry, as well as teachers and staff, will assume the roles of heroes and villains from history, from Genghis Khan to Amelia Earhart. Westfield Assistant School Superintendent Dr. David Rock will be special guest reader. The show is the culmination of this year's Spring Reading Program. Since the program began on February 28, a giant timeline has charted their progress as Wilson families read together from history, biography and historical fiction, toward a goal of 365,250 minutes of reading - one minute for each day of the millennium.
Taylor & Love Office Earns Awards for Achievements
Century 21 Real Estate Corporation has honored C21 Taylor & Love of Westfield with its Quality Service Pinnacle Award.
The Quality Service Pinnacle Award is in recognition of C21 offices which offer "exceptional achievement in customer satisfaction," according to a Century 21 spokesman.
The award is based on accumulative quantified results from C21 Quality Service Surveys received from previous clients at the conclusion of a transaction.
Out of a possible 5,000 offices nationwide, over 1,500 offices were honored with this distinction.
"The Quality Service Pinnacle Award recognizes C21 Taylor & Love for its dedication to customer satisfaction and quality service, upon which the Century 21 system has built its current worldwide reputation as an industry leader," stated Robert T. Moles, President for C21 Real Estate Corporation.
Taylor & Love has won the award five years in a row since its inception, according to Mr. Moles.
"Client service is essential to our business and its success," said Roger Love, broker/ owner of C21 Taylor & Love. "This award depicts the quality of service that we strive for with every client we serve."
Recognized for exemplary sales performance, Century 21 Taylor & Love, Inc. has also been named the recipient of the 1997 Centurion Award. This is one of the highest forms of recognition awarded to top producing sales associates and offices in the Century 21 System, according to Mr. Moles.
"This honor is a direct result of hard work, superb training and commitment to meeting the special needs of every customer," Mr. Love stated. "I am looking forward to our continued success."
Cleanup Day Set For Sunday, May 9
In Scotch Plains
The eighth annual Scotch Plains Public Lands Clean Up Day, slated for Saturday, May 9, will feature neighborhood, family, service, school, athletic and social groups joining together as they pick up litter throughout the township.
Following litter removal, participants will be treated to lunch and entertainment at Union Catholic Regional High School. Detailed information on the day's events as well as safety information will be sent out after registration is received.
Questions or requests for registration forms may be directed to the Clean Communities Coordinator at (908) 322- 6700, Extension No. 243 or, after working hours, call (908) 233- 8745.
Burgdorff ERA Urges MLS Over Exclusive Listings
If an individual is selling a home, and he or she agrees to list the home on an exclusive basis, they are limiting the pool of potential buyers, according to Jean Shellenberger Massard, Vice President and Manager of Burgdorff ERA's Westfield Office.
"When Realtors offer to reduce their commission in exchange for an exclusive listing, it sounds highly seductive," Ms. Massard stated. "Seductive, yes, but productive, no. Not if the home sellers want the best price and the best terms for their home," she added.
Judy Reeves, President of Burgdorff ERA, pointed out that, by comparison, using the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) can create a competitive bidding situation and an opportunity for the sellers to command a higher price and better terms which can be of significant value when it comes time to move.
Since exclusive listings circumvent the MLS, they limit prospective buyers, which sellers need to sell their homes quickly, reported Robert Ferguson, former President of the New Jersey Association of Realtors.
Local real estate boards require every homeowner who agrees to an exclusive listing to sign a special form called a Waiver of Broker Cooperation.
In signing it, the sellers affirm that even though the advantages of multiple
listing have been explained to them, they are still opting for exclusive listing, according to representatives of the Burgdorff ERA office.
Burgdorff salespeople, mindful of the advantages of multiple listing, urge sellers to spurn the signing of the waiver. They argue that if an offer comes through an exclusive listing, the sellers can't be sure it's the best offer.
Founded in 1958, Burgdorff ERA has more than 600 sales associates, 32 offices across New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania, and is the largest franchised brokerage firm of ERA Franchise Systems, Inc.
PARK PARTNERSHIP… Roger Ellis, right, a local resident and concerned baseball parent, has initiated a public/ private partnership with the Town of Westfield to improve the ball fields at Gumbert Park. The project, which is being done at no cost to the taxpayers, will include regrading and sodding the infields, correcting drainage problems and rebuilding pitcher mounds. The manpower and materials for the project are being donated by a variety of sources who were contacted by Mr. Ellis. The work is expected to be completed in the next few weeks in time for spring use. Pictured with Mr. Ellis is Glenn S. Burrell, Director of Westfield Recreation, and Councilwoman Janis Fried Weinstein.
Registration to Begin For Pre- School, Magic
Story Time Programs
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 Thursday, April 9, for children in Kindergarten through third grade. The sessions will meet Thursday afternoons, April 23 through May 21, from 3: 45 to 4: 30 p. m.
Registration for the 3- year- old Story Time will begin Monday, April 6. The sessions will meet Thursdays, April 23 through May 21, from 10: 30 to 11 a. m., or Mondays, April 20 through May 18, from 1: 30 to 2 p. m.
The 4- year- old Story Time registration will begin Monday, April 6. The sessions will meet Tuesday mornings, April 21 through May 19, from 10: 30 to 11 a. m. or Wednesday afternoons, April 22 through May 20 from 1: 30 to 2 p. 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.