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Elinor King to Participate In Breast Cancer Walk
WESTFIELD Elinor King of Westfield will join together with the 2,000 other individuals participating in Avon Breast Cancer 3Day and walk 55 miles over three days to raise funds that will help promote breast cancer education and early detection services during the weekend of August 2729.
The walk will start in Bear Mountain, N. Y. and end in Manhattan. The participants will walk nearly 20 miles a day, traveling at their own pace.
Ms. King has decided to participate because she wants other women to know about the importance of early detection. She is also a breast cancer survivor.
In order to participate, each walker must raise $1,800. However, Ms. King has already raised close to $4,000.
To make a donation, please send a check to: Walker No. 1439N, Avon's Breast Cancer 3Day, care of LaSalle Bank, 135 South LaSalle, Dept. 4504, Chicago, Ill. 606744504.
Le Tip Slates Upcoming Networking Meeting
WESTFIELD LeTip of Westfield, a local networking group, will meet on Wednesday, September 1, at 7 a. m. at the Westfield Diner.
Business persons interested in networking are invited to the meeting. Breakfast is complimentary.
For more information, please call (908) 2726760.
Officials Offer Possible Explanations For Sudden Closing of Bruegger's By DEBORAH MADISON
Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times
WESTFIELD Many Westfield shoppers were surprised by the sudden closing of Bruegger's Bagels, at 127 Central Avenue, a bakery shop that has occupied that location for three years.
A sign, posted on the door last week, simply stated, "Closed," giving no reason for the sudden closing. Prior to becoming a Bruegger's Bagels, that location housed a Summit Bank.
Ada Galdi of Somerset, owner of the building, has filed suit in Union County Court House, Special Civil Part, against her tenant, Bill Lettier, who owned the franchise, under the name Bear Bagels, LLC, for repossession of the property, due to nonpayment of rent.
'The case is scheduled to be adjudicated today, Thursday, August 26. Neither Mrs. Galdi nor Mr. Lettier could be reached for comment.
Anthony Shilling of Relocation Realty, a local real estate broker, stated that he is currently the exclusive realty firm listing the available property, and that Mrs. Galdi hopes to rent to a major retail chain once
repossession is obtained. He also said that Mrs. Galdi had recently invested over $200,000 in renovations to the building.
The Bruegger's Bagels Corporation, headquartered in Burlington, Vt., has 360 bakery franchises nationwide. A spokeswoman for the corporation, Holly Alves, said that several New Jersey Bruegger's Bagels franchises have closed recently, including franchises in Morristown and Cherry Hill.
Mrs. Alves could not confirm if the closings were due to financial problems; another company representative, who asked not to be named, stated that this was the case.
There is currently only one Bruegger's Bagels franchise left in New Jersey, located in Haddonfield. Each of the New Jersey stores were individually owned.
The merger of Elizabeth General Medical Center and St. Elizabeth Hospital is expected to be completed by October, officials said last week.
The Catholicrun healthcare system will now be known as Trinitas Health.
Published reports indicate that the consolidation of services will take up to two years. In the end the merger will result in the elimination of 700 jobs during that time span.
Over the past several years a number of hospital groups have formed in New Jersey, including the Saint Barnabas Health Care System, which includes Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, and the Atlantic Health System, which includes Overlook Hospital in Summit.
* * * * * Daniel A. Hagan of Westfield
has joined the Woodbridgebased law firm of Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer.
Mr. Hagan has been assigned to the law firm's Public Utility & Administrative Law Team. Prior to joining the firm, he was an assistant to the director of administrative services at Seton Hall University in South Orange within the Graduate School of Business.
Mr. Hagan was also a law intern for the New Jersey Superior Court, Law Division.
He received his undergraduate degree from Boston University in 1995, his Master's Degree in Business Administration from Seton Hall in 1998, and his law degree from Seton Hall School of Law, Newark, in 1998.
Daniel W. Zappo of Scotch Plains
has also joined the law firm. He has been assigned to the Commercial Litigation Team. He was previously a law clerk for Appellate Division Judge Donald S. Coburn in
Morristown. Prior to that, he was a law clerk for Millburnbased law firm of McDermott & McGee and a personal assistant in the office of former United States Senator from New Jersey, Bill Bradley.
Mr. Zappo received his bachelor's degree from Rutgers University and his law degree from the Rutgers Law School, Newark, in 1998.
* * * * * Joseph Chebli of Scotch Plains Drugs and Surgical, a LifeSpan and Wellness Center, recently attended a seminar for pharmacists entitled "Rapid Initiation Program: Calcium. Antioxidants, Probiotics, Vitamins, Ginkgo, Fats, Oils and Drug Depletion."
The seminar was sponsored by Health Trust Alliance, Inc., a firm involved in natural medicine education in the health care industry. This course is one in a series of training sessions that LifeSpan Health & Wellness Center locations are required to attend.
The curriculum for this course educates the pharmacist on how to integrate and appropriately recommend botanicals, nutritional supplements, vitamins and homeopathic remedies into their pharmacy practice. LifeSpan pharmacists also learn lifestyle modification and nutritional guidelines for specific clinical conditions.
* * * * * Jill Dickison of Westfield, an independent consultant with Plymouth, Mass.based PartyLite, recently attended the annual PartyLite National Conference in Washington, D. C., from July 2831. PartyLite is a marketer of candles and candle accessories.
The conference, themed "PartyLite... the American Dream," was attended by more than 9,000 people who gathered to learn ideas for expanding their businesses.
The conference featured daily business seminars, announcements of new products and incentive contests and a formal awards banquet.
Ms. Dickison began her career with PartyLite a year ago as an independent consultant.
* * * * * Andrew G. Labrot, Jr., of Westfield, has been promoted to the position of Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) with Kansas City, Kan.based MTW Corpora tion, a software development company
with offices throughout the United States including Springfield.
Mr. Labrot joined MTW in 1996 from Texas Instruments Software. He has worked in the technology industry for more than 20 years, starting his career as a programmer for Aetna Insurance.
As a Vice President and CTO, Mr. Labrot will continue to support MTW's business units in dealing with all types of large scale, enterprisecomputing environments. In addition, he will help the company move products and services into the global market and oversee technical directions for all the company's products and solutions.
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Arc of Union County Seeks Volunteer For Day Care Program
The Arc of Union County is seeking a volunteer to work as a receptionist in its new developmental day care program in Cranford, which is opening in September.
The day care program will serve children with special needs and typically developing children in an inclusive environment.
The position entails answering telephones, taking messages and greeting children and their families.
For additional information about this position, please call Ora Harvey in Human Resources at (908) 7547266.
Westfield Y Plans to Expand Cardio Box and Kick Program
WESTFIELD Beginning in September, the Westfield Y will expand its popular Cardio Box and Kick program to five classes per week.
These "Tae Bo" style classes will provide the participant with a safe, fun, dynamic workout that will improve strength, flexibility, endurance, balance and agility.
"Safety is our number one concern," said Karen F. Simon, Director of Adult and Senior Programs. "With the proliferation of kickboxing type classes, the customer must make sure that the instructor is not only qualified to teach, but is able to properly demonstrate technique and modify the class for all fitness and ability levels.
"At the Y, we focus on form and the proper execution of all moves, paying particular attention to beginners, ensuring that they learn to execute the moves safely and effectively."
Classes at the Westfield Y are taught by certified instructors. When circumstances allow, instructors often teamteach, offering the opportunity for an even more personalized and diverse workout for each participant, according to Ms. Simon.
Formats include circuit style classes that utilize traditional boxing and kickboxing equipment, "Tae Bo Style" classes requiring no equipment, and combination classes that may include the use of target mitts, kick pads, jump ropes, weights and tubing.
The fall session will begin on Tuesday, September 7. Classes will be held on Tuesday mornings at 6 a. m., Tuesday evenings at 7: 05 p. m., Thursday evenings at 7 p. m., Friday mornings at 9: 10 a. m. and Saturday mornings at 7: 20 a. m.
Registration for both current and new members is already underway. For more information, please call Ms. Simon at (908) 2332700, or visit the Westfield Y at 220 Clark Street in Westfield.
Newcomers Club Donates $500 To Caring Neighbor Fund
WESTFIELD The Newcomers Club of Westfield has made a $500 donation to The Caring Neighbor Fund, a program that aims to create community awareness and response by providing for the emergency needs of any Westfield resident.
The fund provides both monetary and inkind services.
The philosophy of the Caring Neighbor Fund stresses that through community awareness, citizen involvement and an active response that all Westfielders can be assured that quality of life is maintained in Westfield.
GENEROUS DONATION The Newcomers Club of Westfield has made a $500 donation to the Caring Neighbor Fund, which aims to create community awareness and response by providing for the emergency needs of any resident of Westfield. Pictured, left to right, are: Director of Human Services of the Caring Neighbor Fund Lillian Corsi, former Fundraising Chairwoman of the Newcomers Club Daryl Caiola and President of the Newcomers Club Robin Quick.
For more information about helping The Caring Neighbor Fund, please contact Lillian Corsi, Director of Human Services, at (908) 7894079.
The Newcomers Club is open to women who are new to Westfield or have had a recent lifestyle change such as a birth, marriage, job change or move within the town.
For more information about Newcomers please call either Christine Johnson at (908) 2330734 or Lisa Knepper at (908) 3011487.
FUNDING FOR GROUP Women for Women of Union County, Inc., an organization providing support groups and referral services to women, joins 20 other agencies receiving money from the United Fund of Westfield. Susan Koslowsky, former president of the board of Women for Women, recently signed an agency agreement with United Fund President Alan Gutterman. Thomas Murtishaw, a board member who heads the United Fund's Admissions Committee, was also present at the signing. Pictured, left to right, are: seated, Mr. Gutterman and Ms. Koslowsky and standing, Mr. Murtishaw.
POW/ MIA Remembrance Scheduled for September 17
ELIZABETH The fifth annual Union County POW/ MIA Remembrance Day ceremony will be held on Friday, September 17, at 11: 15 a. m. on the steps of the County Courthouse in Elizabeth.
"We're asking all churches, schools, public and municipal facilities to ring their bells and sound their sirens for one minute at noon on September 17 in honor of the prisoners of war and the missinginaction of all wars," said Freeholder Linda d. Stender, Liaison to the Vietnam
POW/ MIA Citizens Committee. "The brief ceremony will consist of short speeches by representatives from county veterans' organizations," she noted.
The public is invited, as well as all veterans' organizations, county employees who are veterans, and families that have loved ones missing in action or who were held as prisoners of war.
For more information, please call Freeholder Stender's office at (908) 5274116.
Charles W. Cosenza To be Deployed To Bosnia This Month
WESTFIELD Major Charles W. Cosenza, formerly of Westfield, will be deploying to BosniaHerzegovina this August as part of the NATO peacekeeping force in support of Operation Joint Forge (OJF).
Major Cosenza's accomplishments are Master Parachutist, Ranger School and Green Beret.
He is currently stationed and resides in the Syracuse, N. Y. area with his wife Renee and their two sons, Charles and Andrew.
He is assigned to a Civil Affairs Battalion as the Operations Officer within the United States Army Special Operations Command.
By Paul J. Peyton
La Leche League Slates Forum on Parenting
WESTFIELD The La Leche League of Westfield has just formed a new support group for parents of toddlers.
Meeting topics will rotate among the following: Nighttime Parenting, Whole Foods for the Whole Family, Discipline... Loving Guidance, Playful Learning, Supportive Husband/ Nurturing Dad, Parenting Two or more.
Meetings are held downstairs at the Scotch Plains Public Library on the first Wednesday of each month at 10: 15 a. m.
The next meeting will be held on September 18. For more information, please call Sharon London at (908) 8890010 or Chrissy Alba at (908) 6531598.
WILLIAM A. BURKE for The Westfield Leader and The Times SURPRISE CLOSING... Bruegger's Bagels in Westfield shut its doors last week without warning. Combined with other shop closings for the Burlington, Vt.based franchise, Haddonfield is the sole remaining Bruegger's left in New Jersey.
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