DECA Chapter Continues Good Deeds for the Needy
SCOTCH PLAINS The Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School DECA (Distributive Education Club of
HARD AT WORK…Residents of Scotch Plains happily contribute to DECA’s (Distributive Education Club of America) 27th annual canister for food baskets for the needy. DECA student David Baumwoll accepts the donation.
America) Chapter started this year off helping the less fortunate.
Since September, this Association of Marketing Students have been planning and organizing activities to help those in need.
Most recently, over 75 DECA students spent an entire weekend for their 26th annual canister drive at local food stores. All donations will be used to prepare over 100 food baskets for needy families in the area. Proceeds of the canister drive will fund DECA’s annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner for the homeless and needy families and individuals.
DECA is working in conjunction with organizations, including the Black United Community Center, local churches and welfare departments and the Interfaith Council of Union County, to plan food basket distribution and Thanksgiving Day dinner.
Westfield Girl Scouts Cadettes Honored, Earn Silver Award
WESTFIELD The Westfield Girl Scout Community honored Cadette members of Troop No. 491 who earned the Cadette Silver Award at a town-wide celebration.
The eight members of the troop who received the award from their leaders, developed, planned and carried out “Quick Clinics” for the younger girls, the Brownies and Junior Girl Scouts. They concentrated on three areas: fitness, healthy cooking and nutrition and finally nail, hair and skin care.
During the Nutrition presentation, the girls prepared fun and attractive snacks like “butterflies” made of celery, peanut butter and pretzels and “mice” made of pear halves, almonds and licorice.
Hair grooming consisted of teaching the girls how to French braid and how to streak hair. In nail care the girls were taught how to do manicures and then polish their nails. Skin care included thorough cleansing and moisturizing. The fitness section worked on toning various areas of the body to popular music.
The Cadettes worked with 12 troops scheduled on Friday evenings and they also went to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Westfield to work with all of their troops. The sessions ran for one and one-half hours and enabled younger girls to work with older scouts.
The nutritious cooking segment was done by Rachel Bavolar, Maureen Cooke and Laura Pregenzer. The fitness section was choreographed and taught by Bree Sherry, Nicole Infantino and Rosanne Palatucci while Joanna Todaro and Suanne Hutchinson taught nail, hair and skin care.
The Silver Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn at the Cadette level. It is a teaching progression whereby the young woman must earn three interest project badges that are of interest to her and many be related to her final project. A career exploration segment delves into various careers and opportunities for women.
The Leadership Award is important to demonstrate skills of commitment and responsibility. At least 25 hours must be completed in two or more activities with a minimum of three hours spent in each event.
The Cadette Challenge deals in how a young woman understands herself, how she relates to others and her community and how she understands the Girl Scout organization on a local, national and worldwide basis.
When the initial four requirements are complete, the young woman may decide on her project which should take 30 hours including the development, planning with a 10-hour minimum for the actual project.
The Westfield Girl Scout Community is proud that these young women continued in the Girl Scout organization and earned the Silver Award.
Many will go on to the Senior Girl Scout level and work toward the highest award in Girl Scouting, the Gold Award. Currently, troops are forming at all Girl Scout levels in the Westfield Schools. Adults are also needed as mentors for their expertise in a variety of areas including outdoor skills, arts, business, science and more.
For information, please call the Washington Rock Girl Scout Council at (908) 232-3236.
SILVER AWARD WINNERS…Cadette Girl Scout Silver Award recipients, members of Troop 491 and graduates of Thomas Edison Intermediate School, developed and presented “Quick Clinics” for Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts as their project. Pictured, left to right, are: front row, Joanna Grace Todaro, Rachel Bavolar, Maureen Lynch Cooke, and Laura Frances Pregenzer; back row, Linda Pregenzer, co-leader Bree Danielle Sherry, Nicole Leigh Infantino, Rosanne Marie Palatucci, Suanne Elizabeth Hutchinson and Marion Bavolar, co-leader. Raider Show Band Captures
Top Awards at Competition
SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD — The Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School (SPFHS) Raider Show Band continued its tradition of award-winning performances at the J. P. Stevens High School Marching Band Festival held in Edison on October 4.
Competing with 10 other high school music programs, the band presented its repertoire entitled, “Waking Up From a Yuletide Nightmare.”
In combining musical arrangements with precision marching movements and dance routines, the Raid
AWARD-WINNING BAND…The Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Raider Show Band achieved several first place awards at the J. P. Stevens High School Marching Band Festival in Edison on October 4. Pictured, left to right, are: Drum Major Jessica Biegelson, Drum Major Gary Fletcher, Band President Jerry Kavinski and Drum Major Lisa Yagi as they display the band’s trophies.
ers were rewarded for their performance with four trophies.
They were recognized as the Best Band in Group IV. In the overall competition, the Raider Show Band achieved a first place tie for Overall Effect, captured the first place prize in Marching, and garnered the first place award as the Best Band.
Comprised of 105 musicians and Color Guard members, the band will demonstrate its talents at nine SPFHS football games and seven band competitions this fall.
The competition season will culminate with a performance at the US Scholastic Marching Band Championships at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford on November 6.
SP Lions Club to Present Oct. 25 Pancake Breakfast
SCOTCH PLAINS The Scotch Plains Lions Club will hold its Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, October
25, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Scotch Hills Country Club, located at Jerusalem Road and Plainfield Avenue in Scotch Plains.
This all-you-can-eat breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, ham and eggs, juice and coffee. Admission for adults is $5 while Children under 6 will be admitted for free. Proceeds from the breakfast will go to the Blind Fund.
Tickets may be purchased at the door or from a member. Ron Kelly is Pancake Breakfast Chairman and can be reached at (908) 753-8218.
Volunteers to be Honored At Mayor’s Charity Gala
SCOTCH PLAINS — Local volunteers will be honored at this year’s Mayor’s Charity Gala on Friday, November 6, at the Shackamaxon Country Club beginning at 7 p.m.
Tickets to the Gala are on sale now, and may be obtained by visiting or calling the Scotch Plains Recreation Department in the Municipal Building, 430 Park Avenue in Scotch Plains, at (908) 322-6700.
Due to the heavy demand, the department has urged interested individuals to purchase their tickets as soon as possible. Tickets, which cost $47.50 each and include dinner and dancing, must be purchased no later than Friday, October 23.
This year’s Female Volunteer of the Year is Gail Moser. Mrs. Moser has served as President of the Parent Teacher Associations (PTA) of School One Elementary, Park Middle School and Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, and the Scotch PlainsFanwood PTA Council.
Mrs. Moser has been the Vice President of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Athletic Boosters, and Chairwoman of the District Chemical Dependency Committee and Project Graduation.
She has also been a member of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood (SPF) Facility and Enrollment, Budget Steering and Curriculum committees, as well as the SPF High School Delphi Team. She and her husband are lifelong residents of Scotch Plains and Fanwood and the parents of three children.
The Male Volunteer of the Year is Joseph Duff. Mr. Duff is a Trustee of the Senior Citizens Housing Authority, Chairman of the Memorial Day Parade Committee, and a member of the Recreation Commission-Scotch Hills Country Club.
Mr. Duff has actively served on various committees and councils on behalf of St. Bartholomew the Apostle Roman Catholic Church in Scotch Plains. He also volunteers his time
on behalf of the Archdiocese of Newark, including serving on the committee for the Celebration of the Jubilee Year 2000.
Mr. Duff is a longtime member and former President of the Board of Trustees of the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA, and currently serves as Vice Chairman. He and his wife, Kay, have lived in Scotch Plains since 1957 and raised their six children in the township.
The Volunteer Organization of the Year is the Scotch Plains Volunteer Fire Department, which has 37 members under the direction of Fire Chief Jonathan Ellis. Department members are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Members of the department also volunteer their own time to present fire prevention and fire safety programs to youth. The department also participates in the Mutual Aid program within Union County, providing additional manpower to other municipalities when needed.
Friends of John Fiorino To Host Dinner Benefit
WESTFIELD Friends of John Fiorino have organized a benefit dinner dance from which all net proceeds will be given directly to the Fiorino family.
The dinner dance will be held on Saturday, November 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Temple Emanu-El on East Broad Street in Westfield.
Last spring, Mr. Fiorino, a Washington Elementary School and Roosevelt Intermediate School parent, suddenly passed away at the age of 38.
Mr. Fiorino, a lifelong resident of Westfield, gave of his time not only to Washington School, but to Westfield’s baseball, football and soccer programs. He was also a member of Westfield’s Fire Department for over 15 years.
Mr. Fiorino predeceased his wife, Allison, his seventh grade daughter, Amy, and two sons, Vincent in the fifth grade, and Stephen in the second grade.
Tickets are $50 each and includes dinner, beer, wine and soda. There will also be a disc jockey for dancing.
Please call Nick Gismondi at (908) 654-1753 or Bill Ludlum at (908) 789-9083 or Mike Kenny at (908) 232-7089 to order tickets.
A silent auction will also be held during the evening. Anyone interested in donating a gift or a service to be raffled off are asked to call Jim Heffernan at (908) 232-3087.
‘Y’ Mens Club Sets Date For Halloween Parade, Contest
WESTFIELD The Westfield “Y” Mens Club will host its 38th annual Halloween Parade and Costume Contest on Sunday, October 25. The parade has been part of the Westfield community for 37 years.
Children wishing to participate in this year’s festivities and their parents should gather at the Elm Street Soccer Field, adjacent to the Edwards Supermarket, at 12:45 p.m. that Sunday afternoon.
At 1 p.m. the judging of costumes will take place. Ribbons will be awarded for first, second and third places for each age group. Children from infants through grade 5 may participate. Awards will be given following the parade at the gazebo in Mindowaskin Park which is located next to the Westfield Municipal Building.
Promptly at 1:45 p.m. the parade will leave the soccer field and travel
up Elm Street to East Broad Street and into the park. The parade will be led by the Westfield Fire Department’s state-of-the-art Super Truck. At the gazebo awards will be given by “Y’s” Mens Club members.
For groups of five or more, there will be cash prizes awarded for first place, $35; second place, $25, and third place, $15.
The club is a non-profit organization best known for its Christmas Tree Sales Lot on the Elm Street Soccer Field that generates funds for organizations of all walks of life.
Support from these events helps to raise funds to enable the “Y”’s Mens Club to aid several organizations.
The club is always looking for new members. For more information, please contact the Westfield “Y” at (908) 233-2700.
Rotary Club Collects Used Bicycles On Saturday, October 17
WESTFIELD — The Rotary Club of Westfield will collect used bicycles on Saturday, October 17, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Board of Education Building, located at 302 Elm Street in Westfield.
The event will mark the second year of the Rotary Club’s bicycle collection on behalf of Pedals for Progress. The bicycles are then shipped to developing countries where they are refurbished and distributed at low cost to poor working adults as a reliable means of transportation.
“Anyone with a bicycle in repairable condition, whether it’s an adult’s or children’s bike, is urged to donate the bike to this worthy cause,” said Event Organizer Warren Rorden.
Donations toward shipping costs are also encouraged. “It averages $35 to collect, process, ship, rebuild and distribute a bicycle,” explained Mr. Rorden. “A donation toward shipping costs is suggested at $10 per bike, or at least a minimum of $5. All cash and material donations are fully tax deductible. Receipts will be available to all donors at the collection,” he added.
Cancer Society Marks Fifth Anniversary Fighting Breast Cancer
The American Cancer Society will hold its Fifth Annual “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” walk this Sunday, October 18, at 11 a.m. at Liberty State Park in Jersey City.
The five-mile, non-competitive walk, held at various locations throughout the New York metropolitan area, is the nation’s largest breast cancer fundraiser, according to event spokeswoman Cheryll Ocampo.
“Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” supports the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer outreach programs, including education and patient services.
In addition, with the support of this event, the American Cancer Society is the nation’s leading nongovernmental supporter of breast cancer research, Ms. Ocampo said in a statement.
Other walks will also be held on Sunday in Central Park, New York; Jones Beach, Long Island; Manhattanville College in Westchester; Borough Hall in Queens, and Woodbury Common in Central Valley, New York.
For more information, please call 1-800-ACS-2345.
Chiropractor to Speak At October 21 Meeting
The Union County Chapter of F.E.M.A.L.E. (Formerly Employed Mothers At the Leading Edge) will feature Maplewood chiropractor Dr. Scott P. Huber at its meeting on Wednesday, October 21, at the Westfield “Y,” located at 220 Clark Street in Westfield.
The meeting will start at 7:30 p.m., and Dr. Huber will begin his presentation on allergy elimination treatments at 8 p.m. Current and prospective members of F.E.M.A.L.E. are invited to attend.
The North Central Jersey Chapter of F.E.M.A.L.E. is now known as the Union County Chapter. F.E.M.A.L.E. is a national support group for all women who have decided to temporarily leave the workforce to stay at home with their young children.
The chapter offers a variety of activities, including evening discussion groups, presentations with outside speakers, mom’s night out, a book discussion and weekly daytime play gatherings.
Discussion groups are usually held on the first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Cranford Free Public Library on Walnut Avenue in Cranford.
Formal meetings with outside guest speakers are held on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Westfield “Y.”
For additional information, please call Margie at (908) 620-1220.
Historical Society to Present Slide and Lecture Program
WESTFIELD The Westfield Historical Society has announced that Professor William E. Dunscombe, Chairman of the Union County College Biology Department, will present a slide and lecture program entitled, “The Pine Barrens: A Precious Natural State Resource,” this evening, October 15, at 7:45 p.m. at the Community Room of the Westfield Municipal Building.
The Pine Barrens became the nation’s first National Reserve by an act of Congress in 1977. Professor Dunscombe, whose popular
program “New Jersey Trivia” was seen by members of the Society earlier this year, will discuss the history and ecology of the Pine Barrens.
Noted for the abundance of their cranberry bogs and blueberry bushes, their production of these berries has always put them among the top three states in the nation.
He will show why conservationists feel the protection of the flora and fauna of the Pine Barrens, as well as its pure drinking water, is so important to the future of New Jersey.
He is a biologist who has not only designed and written six courses given at Union County College, but during the summer, coached their golf team to a third place finish in the state.
The public is invited to attend. Refreshments will be served after the program.
Rummage Sale Slated For American Legion
WESTFIELD — The Martin Wallberg American Legion Auxiliary of Westfield will hold its Fall Rummage Sale this Saturday, October 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Post home at 1003 North Avenue in Westfield.
Clothing and household items will be featured. All proceeds will go to the Auxiliary’s Veterans Programs.
At The South Avenue Train Station Parking Lot Thursdays • October 15, 22 & 29
J & M Market
Full Service Supermarket
856 Mountain Avenue, Mountainside
Tele: (908) 232-0402 • Fax: (908) 232-6594
Full Service Catering
251 North Avenue, Westfield
Tele: (908) 232-5060 • Fax: (908) 232-5754
Breakfast • Lunch Dinner • Takeout