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A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION The Westfield Leader and THE TIMES of Scotch Plains - Fanwood Thursday, April 22, 1999 Page 11


Westfield Lions Club Slates White Cane Fund Drive

WESTFIELD — The Lions Club of Westfield will sponsor a White Cane fund drive on Saturday, April 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. outside of Edwards Super Food Store and Drug Fair, both in Westfield.

The Drive helps the Lion’s Club to raise money to help people in local communities. All donations will be used to support local club activities and state-wide services to the blind and visually-impaired.

The activities of Lions Clubs throughout the United States have expanded public awareness of the needs of the blind and favorable legislation that helps these needs to be met.

The largest international service organization in the world, Lions In

ternational serves a variety of humanitarian needs in local communities and communities around the world.

The Lions Club is known for its used eyeglass/hearing aid collections, White Cane fund drives and free Eye/ Earmobile screenings. In addition, Lions participate in service activities emphasizing diabetes awareness, education and research; work with the physically and mentally challenged; environmental issues, community welfare, international understanding and youth oriented community programs.

For membership information, please contact Lion Lois Schembs, (908) 232-8551.

SPECIAL CHARTER…Mayor Thomas C. Jardim recently signed a charter to proclaim Saturday, April 24, as the day for the Westfield Lions Club White Cane fund drive. The drive helps the Lion’s Club to raise money to help people in local communities. All proceeds will be used to aid local club activities and state-wide services to the blind and visually impaired. Pictured, left to right, are: Robert Broadwell, Sr., Mayor Jardim and Jeff Broadwell.

Jewish Community Center Sets Senior Speaker Series

SCOTCH PLAINS – The Senior Adult Department of the Jewish Community Center of Central New Jersey, in conjunction with Jewish Family Services (JFS), will hold a speaker series entitled “Senior Life Issues” on Tuesday afternoons from 12:20 to 1:15 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center (JCC), 1391 Martine Avenue in Scotch Plains.

All presenters are JFS staff members. The schedule is as follows:

· April 27 – “Misuse of Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drugs.”

· May 4 – “You and Your Adult Children, Part 1.”

· May 11 – “You and Your Adult Children, Part 2.”

· May 18 – “How to Talk to Your Doctor.”

· May 25 – “Loss of Your Adult Child.”

· June 1 – “Coping With Illness.”

· June 8 – “Feeling Good.”

· June 15 – “Community Services.”

All programs are open to the public and will be held in the Weinberg Pavilion of the Wilf Jewish Community Center at the JCC.

For more information, please call Evelyn Queen-Baron, JFS Eldercare

Services Director, at (908) 352-8375, or Nan Statton, JCC Senior Adult Director, at (908) 889-8800, Extension No. 207.

Sara Pankratz Among Dancers to Perform At Oak Knoll School

WESTFIELD — Sara Pankratz will be among the performers displaying their jazz, ballet and lyrical point talents during a concert of the Oak Knoll Dancers on Friday, April 30, at 7 p.m.

She is in the ninth grade at the school and is the daughter of John and Kathleen Pankratz of Westfield.

The annual concert will be held in the Campion Center at Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child, located at 44 Blackburn Road in Summit.

The Oak Knoll Dancers are in grades 7 through 12 and study dance with the school’s dance director, Carlee Bennett, as well as with outside instructors.

The performance is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. For more information, please call the dance studio at (908) 522-8150.

New Superintendent Heads Berkeley Heights

Public Schools System


grade 8 system in Hunterdon County. Mr. Bozza replaces Dr. Robert Stowell, who retired as the Berkeley Heights Superintendent in July.

Gayll Fisher, Vice President of the Berkeley Heights Board of Education, said the board selected Mr. Bozza “because he impressed us as being a leader; he was very experienced in running a K (kindergarten) through 12 district.”

Montville, like Berkeley Heights, is a kindergarten through grade 12 district with one middle school and a high school. Berkeley Heights has 2,300 students, and Montville has 3,300 students. Berkeley Heights has three elementary schools, while Montville has five.

“He is also familiar with our middle school structure and he’s used to being involved in building projects,” Ms. Fisher said. Growing student enrollment in Berkeley Heights is an issue with which the board is currently grappling, and Ms. Fisher and other board members have been studying the district’s options.

Although nothing is certain, there is a possibility some structural changes may be needed at either the middle school or the elementary level to accommodate the growing student population.

The new Superintendent, she added, may have some creative ideas about ways to restructure classes and rooms so that structural changes can be avoided.

Dr. Bozza worked as Superintendent at Montville since 1989, and had just recently re-negotiated terms of employment over the next three years. He pointed out that in Montville, he was a tenured Superintendent and did not have

a traditional employee contract. He has 26 years of experience in public education, including 15 years with Montville.

“I have completed many projects in Montville of which I am very proud,” Dr. Bozza told The Westfield Leader

and The Times. But because so many projects are behind him, he added that he thought the time was right for a new challenge.

Dr. Bozza said that the two districts were very similar. “Berkeley Heights is a school system with outstanding students and a supportive community, as evidenced by parental involvement and the passage of budgets,” he said.

Ms. Fisher agreed that Montville has a similar socio-economic base to Berkeley Heights, noting that Dr. Bozza is used to dealing with a district “with high expectations and high performance.”

She also described Dr. Bozza as “very personable and easy to get along with. We’re very excited.”

She added that she was on the team which visited Dr. Bozza’s district, and said she was impressed with what she saw.

“The schools are very upbeat. We talked to teachers and board members and they all liked Dr. Bozza very much. They are sorry to see him go,” Ms. Fisher added.

Dr. Bozza hesitated in saying much about his new position prior to the board’s vote next week, but pending the approval, said he expects to begin working in Berkeley Heights in mid-July. He and his family will continue living in Montville.

Alexander Lowe, 71, Supervisor With Accurate Bushing Company

Alexander Lowe, 71, of Plainfield died on Saturday, April 17, in Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center in Plainfield.

Born in Orange, he had lived in East Orange and in Scotch Plains before moving to Plainfield in 1970.

Mr. Lowe was a supervisor with Accurate Bushing Company in Garwood for 30 years.

He served in the United States Army during World War II, and was a member of the New Jersey Sportswriters Association.

Surviving are his wife, Phyllis Lowe; a son, Alexander Lowe, Jr. of North Plainfield, and a daughter, Jennifer Lowe, of Austin, Texas.

A memorial service will be held tonight, Thursday, April, 22 at 8 p.m. at the Memorial Funeral Home, 155 South Avenue in Fanwood, with

– Obituaries –

visitation one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 815, Elizabeth, 07207.

April 22, 1999

Eleanor Koop

Eleanor “Ellie” B. Koop of Westfield died on Sunday, April 18, at home.

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Mrs. Koop had lived in Springfield, Massachusetts before moving to Westfield 53 years ago.

A homemaker, Mrs. Koop was a volunteer with the Auxiliary at Overlook Hospital in Summit for more than 30 years, and served as Master Auxilian.

She was a graduate of Beaumont High School in St. Louis and also attended beauty school.

Surviving are her husband, Neil A. Koop, to whom she would have been married 60 years in June, and a daughter, Karen Koop of Highlands Ranch, Colorado.

Funeral services were private. Relatives and friends are invited to a reception on Saturday, May 8, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Echo Lake Country Club in Westfield.

Arrangements were handled by the Higgins and Bonner Echo Lake Funeral Home in Westfield.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Center for Hope Hospice, 176 Hussa Street, Linden, 07036.

April 22, 1999

Gladys J. Brandon, 85

Gladys J. Brandon, 85, of Scotch Plains died on Sunday, April 18, in Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center in Plainfield.

Born in Staunton, Virginia, she moved to Scotch Plains more than 30 years ago.

Mrs. Brandon was active with the Scotch Plains Democratic Club.

Surviving are a daughter, Zenobia C. Jordan; a sister, Willinet Jones; five grandchildren and seven greatgrandchildren.

Services will be held tomorrow, Friday, April 23, at noon at the Plinton Curry Funeral Home in Westfield.

April 22, 1999

First United Methodist Schedules Dinner Theatre

WESTFIELD — The Worship, Music, and Arts Committee of the First United Methodist Church in Westfield will sponsor a Dinner Theatre on Friday and Saturday, April 30 and May 1.

The two plays are Red Carnations

by Glenn Hughes, and Impromptu by Tad Mosel.

Dinner will be served in the Fellowship Room at 7 p.m., and the plays will start at 8:15 p.m. in the Social Hall.

Red Carnations, a play about a blind date, is directed by Kirk Robbins and stars Lynda Warwick, Zack

Hanson-Hart and Mr. Robbins. Impromptu, a play about improvisation, is directed by Steve Merrill and stars Jessica Brendler, Pat Merrill, Hal Warwick and Mr. Merrill.

Tickets are on sale at the church on Sundays at noon, and are also available at the church office during the week. Tickets for the dinner theater are $20, and $12 for the theater only. Profits from the ticket sales will be donated to the general church budget.

The church is located at 1 East Broad Street. For further information, please call the church office at (908) 233-4211.

TWO PLAYS AND A DINNER…The Worship, Music, and Arts Committee of the First United Methodist Church, 1 East Broad Street in Westfield, will sponsor a Dinner Theatre on Friday, April 30, and Saturday, May 1. The two plays are Red Carnations by Glenn Hughes and Impromptu by Tad Mosel. Dinner will be served in the Fellowship Room at 7 p.m., and the plays will start at 8:15 p.m. in the Social Hall. Pictured, left to right, are: Lynda Warwick, Kirk Robbins, and Zack Hanson-Hart, who star in Red Carnations, practicing their lines.

CELEBRATING YEARS OF LIFE…Two women residing at the Westfield Center Genesis Eldercare Network recently celebrated very special birthdays. On Tuesday, April 6, Blanche Howarth celebrated her 104th birthday during a party with her roommate, Elsie MacDaniel, who celebrated her 105th birthday on April 12. Westfield Mayor Thomas C. Jardim, who attended the event, issued both women proclamations of centenarian status. In addition to center staff and residents, family and friends helped the two women celebrate. Pictured, left to right, are: seated, Miss MacDaniel and Mrs. Howarth, and standing, Dr. Joe Brandspiegel, Center Administrator, and Mayor Jardim. Elizabeth Robinson, 84, Was Volunteer

With Westfield Community Center

Elizabeth Geraldine Robinson, 84, a lifelong resident of Westfield died on Monday, April 19, at Overlook Hospital in Summit.

Mrs. Robinson was a volunteer at the Westfield Community Center, where she received a Volunteer of the Month Award in 1993.

She was a member of St. Luke’s African Methodist Episcopal Church in Westfield, where she was a stewardess.

Ms. Robinson also was involved with the Senior Citizens Housing Complex, where she lived since 1977, when she was one of its first residents.

She was predeceased by two sisters, Winifred Mayers and Bernice

Robinson. Surviving are two daughters, Orissa Terrell of Vauxhall and Ilona “Lonnie” Brown of Scotch Plains; a son, Lawrence “Clarkie” Robinson of Plainfield; 11 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

Services will be tomorrow, Friday, April 23, at 11 a.m. at St. Luke’s Church in Westfield. Visitation will take place today, Thursday, April 22, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the church.

Arrangements are being handled by the Plinton Curry Funeral Home in Westfield.

April 22, 1999
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