Page C10 Thursday, April 15, 1998 The Westfield Leader and THE TIMES of Scotch Plains – Fanwood A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION
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WSO's Hansel and Gretel
To be Presented April 24
National Council Auditions (Boston). She can be heard on the Centaur compact disk label.
Maestro Wroe has chosen tenor Martin C. Hurt to sing the role of Wi t c h . M r. Hurt rec e n t l y a p peared with the New Eng l a n d Ly r i c Operetta and deb u t e d with the Metropolitan Opera Guild. Upcoming is his debut with the Utah Opera Festival.
Baritone Richard Hobson returns to the Westfield Symphony following his triumphant appearance as Porgy in last season's production of
Porgy and Bess. He will sing the role of Father.
Mr. Hobson's other credits include recent appearances with the Dallas Opera, Baltimore Opera, Mississippi Opera, Shreveport Opera and Michigan Opera Theater.
Other soloists assembled by Maestro Wroe are sopranos Katherine Johnson and Jennifer Carnahan, who will perform the roles of Mother and Sandman.
The New Jersey Children's Choir is currently in its seventh season. The group has appeared on PBS, has been heard on WQXR classical radio, and performed in such locations as the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the United Nations, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.
Its mission is to provide quality vocal music education to auditioned children, ages 8 to 16, from New Jersey communities. Lourdes Armada is the choir's Music Director.
The libretto for Hansel and Gretel
was originally translated by the composer's sister, and the work was first performed in 1893 at Weimar, Germany, with Richard Strauss conducting. WESTFIELD – The Westfield
Symphony Orchestra (WSO) will culminate its current series with German composer Engelbert Humperdinck's opera, Hansel and Gretel, performed in concert and in English at The Presbyterian Church in Westfield on Saturday, April 24, at 8 p.m.
Written in the Wagnerian idiom, the opera is based on the beloved fairy tale as told by the brothers Grimm in Kinder und Hausmärchen.
For the Westfield performance, WSO Music Director and Conductor David Wroe has chosen a group of awardwinning soloists and the N e w J e r s e y Children's Choir.
Janine Hawley will sing t h e mezzosoprano role of Hansel. M s . Hawley has performed with major opera companies and orchestras from coast to coast. The Washington Opera honored her as its Young Artist of the Year at the Kennedy Center, and her repertoire encompasses operas and
concert w o r k s from the baroque p e r i o d through
the 20th century.
T h e role of Gretel will be
sung by soprano Jennifer Ayres. She is the recipient of several awards and fellowships, and is a regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera
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SP-F Fire Sizzles; Stops SP-F Soccer Mutiny
The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Soccer Association Second Grade Division opened up their Spring season on April 10. The final game of the day featured the Fire and the Mutiny in an extremely well played game. The players on both teams were well prepared and put on a great display for all in attendance.
Vincent Bianco and Matt Graziano shared goaltending duties for the Fire and did an excellent job. They were helped out by the outstanding defensive work of John Maxwell and Chris McManus. Both players provided a wall of defense to help protect their goal.
Also making key contributions on the defensive end were James Mason
and Jimmy Walsh from their halfback positions. Maxwell, McManus, Walsh and Mason were instrumental in breaking up several passes and getting the ball out of their defensive end.
Joseph Del Prete got the Fire on the board with their first goal of the season as he dribbled around several defenders and put the ball past the goalie on the short side. He later added another goal and an assist.
Bianco used his powerful right leg to collect a goal while Jeremy Kaufman used speed and hustle as he took a pass from Mason for a score. Blake Van Buskirk, however, was the main offensive threat for the Fire as he scored three goals for a "hat trick" and also added an assist.
CHAMPIONSHIP POSE...Members of the Fanwood Flames Basketball team are all smiles after winning the 1999 Garden State League Championship in the 5th grade division. The Flames defeated Flemington 47-46 in a game that went down to the last second and last shot. Pictured, left to right, are: front row, Bobby Blabolil, Ricky Lisojo, Andrew Colon and Brian Halpin; center row, Travis Morgan, Brian Glassett, D. J. Garrett and Tiffany Smith; back row, Coach Bob Blabolil, Lance Thomas, Derrick Caracter, Matt Canfield, Sean Young and Coach Greg Smith.(Missing from the photo is Coach Willie Green).
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APPROACHING TIME TO DEFEND THEIR CROWN…Members of the JCC (Jewish Community Center) Marauders softball team will soon be forced to defend their crown, which they won last year by defeating the Red Thunder, 19-7, in the title game.
Scotch Plains Post Office Plans 'Clean Your Files Day'
SCOTCH PLAINS — Scotch Plains Postmaster Elvoid Christmas has declared Thursday, April 22, as "Clean Your Files Day" in Scotch Plains, and is encouraging employees of local companies to participate in the event.
Pledging to "lead by example," employees of the Scotch Plains Post Office will clean their own files and recycle office paper they no longer need.
"Let's all roll up our sleeves, sort through our files, and put the office paper and discarded mail we might ordinarily throw into the trash into recycling bins," Postmaster Christmas remarked.
"For your convenience, the Scotch Plains Post Office has a recycling bin for paper products right inside our lobby," he noted.
The Postal Service, in partnership with the United States Conference of Mayors, is sponsoring this third annual event, designed to promote workplace paper recycling programs across the country during the week of Earth Day, April 22.
A typical American office with 50 to 65 employees collects an average of 800 pounds of waste paper in less than six working days, according to the Postal Service. More than 80 percent of the paper is completely recyclable.
"This promises to be an exciting and important day for our community," Postmaster Christmas concluded, "but caring for the environment should not be just a one-day event. We must all work together to keep the spirit of Earth Day alive every day of the year."
Scotch Plains Recreation Department Offers Tennis Lessons
SCOTCH PLAINS — The Scotch Plains Recreation Department of Parks will offer beginner tennis lessons for adults at the Kramer Manor Park Tennis Courts on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 7 to 8 p.m., starting on Monday, May 17.
Registration is limited and individuals will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The six, one-hour classes will consist of the basics, including grip, stance, and serving. At the conclusion of this series, if interest warrants, advanced lessons will be offered.
Registration is already underway for township residents. Non-resident registration will begin on Monday, April 19. The six classes cost $20 for residents, and $25 for non-residents.
Westfield Library to Hold Two Year Old Story Time
WESTFIELD — The Westfield Memorial Library, 550 East Broad Street in Westfield, will hold a new, three-weeklong storytime for toddlers.
This 20-minute program of picture books, songs, fingerplays and simple crafts is designed for two year olds and an accompanying adult.
The next session will be offered on Saturdays, April 24 through May 8, from 10:30 to 10:50 a.m. Additional sessions will be offered throughout the year.
The attending child must be accompanied by an adult and have a Westfield
Library card. Children must be two years old by the starting date of the session.
A letter describing the story time, along with important guidelines, will be distributed at registration. In-person registration is currently underway. Parents are asked to bring the child's library card at the time of registration.
For more information, please call the Children's Department at (908) 7894090.
Group to Focus on Sending Asthmatic Youth to Camp
LIVINGSTON — The Children's Asthma Center will host a family asthma support group entitled "Can I Really Send My Asthmatic/Food Allergic Child to Camp?" on Wednesday, April 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Children's Asthma Conference Room on the first floor of the Saint Barnabas Ambulatory Care Center.
Camp Director Tom Riddleberger, guest speaker for the program, will discuss preparations parents should make
for asthmatic and food allergic children who are planning to attend camp.
The St. Barnabas Ambulatory Care Center is located at 200 South Orange Avenue in Livingston, across from the Livingston Mall. It includes a parking garage, valet parking service, a supervised Child Care Center and a concierge staff to provide assistance. An on-site retail pharmacy is also available.
For reservations or to make an appointment, please call (973) 3227300.
Gil McDougald is Guest For Annual Golf Classic
ELIZABETH — Gil McDougald, a legendary Yankee infielder from 1951-1960, will be an honored guest for Visiting Nurse and Health Services' Second Annual Golf Classic to benefit the medically involved and challenged children of the Rosemary Cuccaro Pediatric Medical Day Care Center in Elizabeth.
The Classic will be held on Monday, April 26, at Brooklake Country Club in Florham Park.
The funds raised from the Classic will go toward paying for those needs and/or services not covered by insurance.
The center provides for the medical, social and educational needs of children suffering from medical conditions such as neurological impairments, Down's Syndrome, asthma, spine bifida, genetic disorders and heart and lung diseases.
The Pediatric Medical Day Care Center, run by a Masters prepared
pediatric nurse, accepts children as young as 3 months old and up to the age of 3 years.
The center provides parents the opportunity to work and to take respite from the 24-hour care their children need. Visiting Nurse and Health Services, an affiliate of Visiting Nurse Service System, provides home and community health care services and hospice services in Union, Middlesex, Somerset and Monmouth Counties.
The Classic includes lunch, dinner and an open bar for $225 per person. In addition, a vast assortment of golf, door and hole-in-one prizes will be awarded.
For further information on how to sign up or be a sponsor, please contact Jane Kosinski, Director of Development, at (908) 352-5694, Extension No. 4320.
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