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PATRIOTIC PROJECT…Students in Scott Attlesey’s fourth grade class at Evergreen School in Scotch Plains-Fanwood proudly display their social studies projects, which were the culminating activity for their study of the United States. The students did a three-week research project on the state of their choice and developed an individual design to represent some of what they had learned about their chosen state. Pictured, left to right, are: Rudy Plesmid with his model of Maryland’s Fort McHenry and the story of the writing of the “Star-Spangled Banner,” and right, Ashley Castore who is holding her wooden model and tableau of a Delaware log cabin. Scholarship Applicants
Sought By Junior League
The Junior League of ElizabethPlainfield (JLEP) is accepting applications for its $1,000 Community Service Scholarship Award.
This scholarship will be awarded to a student who demonstrates leadership abilities, with an outstanding commitment to voluntarism and community service.
“We feel that voluntarism is important in our community and would like to provide financial assistance to a high school senior who has been involved with volunteer work,” said Bernadette Houston, President of the JLEP.
The eligible recipient must be a female high school senior graduating at the end of the current academic year, ranked in the upper half of her class and a resident of Union County. Relatives of JLEP members are not eligible.
To be considered for this award, the student must complete an application, write a twoto three-page essay about why voluntarism is important in America and what volunteer activities the applicant has been involved in during high school.
Two letters of recommendation are also needed.
The first letter must be from the agency or organization with whom the applicant has volunteered. The second letter must be from a high school teacher or guidance counselor who will include a statement that the applicant is in the top half of her graduation class.
Applications must be postmarked no later Wednesday, March 31. The
scholarship recipient will be notified by the first week of May and presented with the award at the Junior League of Elizabeth-Plainfield Annual Dinner later that month.
To receive an application, please send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to The Junior League of Elizabeth-Plainfield, 110 Walnut Avenue, Cranford, 07016, Attention: Scholarship Committee. For further information, please call (908) 709-1177.
The Junior League of ElizabethPlainfield is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.
Union Catholic Announces Tricky Tray Auction Event
SCOTCH PLAINS — The annual Tricky Tray Auction sponsored by the Parents Guild of Union Catholic High
Congressman Franks Elects Student to Naval Academy
WESTFIELD — Congressman Bob Franks has announced that Richard William Lang, 3rd, of Westfield has been nominated for admission to the United States Naval Academy.
Richard was one of 27 candidates to be nominated by the Congressman this year for admission to one or more of the four U.S. service academies — Air Force, Navy, Military and Merchant Marines.
The nominations were based on the candidate’s academic excellence and strength as a community leader. The nominees also underwent a rigorous review and interview process from Congressman Franks’ Academy Review Board.
The board, which is composed of community leaders from the Seventh Congressional District, helps the Congressman nominate up to 10 students for admission to each of the four service academies. Congressman Franks represents the Seventh District, which includes Westfield, Fanwood, Scotch Plains and Mountainside.
A student at Westfield High School, Richard is a member of the National Honor Society, French National Honor Society and plays lacrosse. He is also a Life Scout working on be
SPECIALLY ELECTED…Richard William Lange, 3rd, was elected by Congressman Bob Franks to the United States Naval Academy. Pictured, left to right, are: Richard Lange and Congressman Franks at a reception for the 1999 service academy nominees.
BOB NEEDS A NEW HOME…People for Animals, a nonprofit animal welfare organization serving New Jersey, will sponsor a cat only pet adoption event on Saturday, March 6, and a cat and dog pet adoption event on Sunday, March 7, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the PETsMART store, 1022 Route 22 East at West End Avenue in North Plainfield. Many cats, kittens and dogs will be available. Among these pets will be Bob, a three-year-old Golden Retriever and German Shepherd mix. Bob is a large lovable dog who is neutered, up-to-date with routine shots and walks well on a leash. He was found wandering the streets and no one has come forward to claim him. To adopt a pet, or for information, please call (908) 688-1073 or visit w w w . p e t f i n d e r . o r g / s h e l t e r s / NJ17.html. For low cost spay/neuter information, please call the People for Animals Clinic at (908) 964-6887. Spay/ neuter surgery costs range from $35 to $55 and include rabies and distemper vaccinations.
coming an Eagle Scout, a goal he plans to achieve in the fall. Richard cited the sense of duty, honor and country of the Navy projects as reasons to attend the Academy.
The achievement of the Congressional nomination is but one step in the admissions process. The admissions decision now rests with each individual service academy.
Special Poetry Reading Series Continues At Carriage House
FANWOOD — The third performance in the Carriage House Poetry Reading Series will be held on Thursday, March 11, at 8 p.m. at the Patricia M. Kuran Cultural Arts Center, formerly the Carriage House, on Watson Road.
The reading will feature poet Renee Ashley.
Ms. Ashley is a distinguished and popular reader whose works have been published in journals and periodicals.
Her first collection, Salt, won the Brittingham Prize in Poetry (University of Wisconsin Press) in 1991. Her second collection, The Various Reasons of Light, was chosen as the inaugural volume for Avocet Press, Inc. and was published in July, 1998.
She has received the Ruth Lake Memorial Award and the Robert H. Winner Award from the Poetry Society of America, as well as the Award for Emerging Writers and the Award for Literary Excellence from the Kenyon Review.
She is the recipient of a 1996 American Literary Review Award in Poetry, and three fellowships in poetry from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. She also received a 1997-1998 fellowship from the National Endowment on the Arts.
Ms. Ashley is currently Poetry Coordinator for the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.
Refreshments and an open reading will follow. Admission is free.
For further information, please call the series director at (908) 889-7223.
College Club to Hold Fashion Show Lunch
SCOTCH PLAINS – The College Club of Fanwood-Scotch Plains will hold its annual fashion show fundraiser lunch at L’Affaire Restaurant, Route 22, East in Mountainside on Sunday, March 7, at 11:45 a.m.
Tickets are $35 and include lunch, fashion show and chances to win prizes, such as a weekend at a bed and breakfast at the shore, a Jones of New York Coat, a wood table and several designer theme baskets.
College Club is a woman’s organization devoted to raising money for college scholarships. Proceeds from the fashion show will benefit the scholarship fund.
The public is invited to attend. For ticket information, please call Peggy Tan at (908) 233-2195.
Youth Art Month Begins in Westfield
WESTFIELD — For the fourth consecutive year, Youth Art Month is being celebrated throughout Westfield’s downtown area. This year, more than 150 student works of art are on display in over 50 stores.
The artwork includes paintings, drawings, sculpture and painted furniture created by students of all ages in all of Westfield’s nine public schools.
Parent-Teacher Council Fine Arts committee Co-Chairperson Carrie Mumford said: “We’ve been thrilled with the response by the store owners to the art work that they are displaying in their stores. We are proud of the art teachers and student artists for their dedication and ability.”
There will be a reception honoring the student artists on Thursday, March 11, at the Elm Tree Gallery from 7 to 9 p.m., hosted by owner Robin Parness.
School in Scotch Plains, will take place on Friday, March 12, with doors opening at 6 p.m. A variety of theme tables will feature this year’s theme, “Rockin’ N’ Rollin’”.
A Super Table called the “The Big Bopper” will be a highlight of the event. Among others will be the “Happy Days” restaurant table; “Turn Up The Jukebox,” a video and music table; “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” offering teen, children’s and sports items; “Shake, Rattle and Roll,” with theme baskets, and “American Graffiti,” a side table with miscellaneous gifts.
The theme baskets may include a bread basket, a photography basket, a flag basket, a culinary basket, an Italian basket, spa baskets for men and women, and a romance basket for a special occasion.
Bid tickets, which cost $6, include the ticket, finger desserts, coffee and tea. If tickets are purchased before March 12, an extra bid ticket will be included for free. Table reservations for groups of eight or more are encouraged.
Union Catholic High School is located at 1600 Martine Avenue. For tickets, table reservations, donations or more information, please call (908) 889-1600.
Mayor Jardim Kicks Off Rescue Squad Fund Drive WORTHY CAUSE…Mayor Thomas C. Jardim kicked off the Westfield Rescue
Squad’s 1999 fund drive by proclaiming March as “Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad Month.” Pictured, left to right, are: Grace Kowalski, Squad Vice President and Fund Drive Chairwoman; Mayor Jardim, Diane Holzmiller, Squad Captain, and Reid Edles, Squad President.
WESTFIELD — Mayor Thomas C. Jardim recently kicked off the Westfield Rescue Squad’s 1999 fund drive, proclaiming March as “Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad Month.”
Mayor Jardim stated that the Westfield squad has unselfishly provided emergency medical care and transportation to the residents and visitors of the Town of Westfield, in the event of accident, disaster, sudden illness and the like, for the past 49 years.
He added that during 1998, squad members volunteered tens of thousands of duty hours to answer 2,136 calls.
The squad, which is funded solely through private donations, relies on support from Westfield residents for the majority of its funding. Every Westfield resident will receive a letter in the mail asking for their financial support of the squad, according to squad spokesman Richard Jackson.
“This year, we are asking Westfield residents to support us in two ways, by giving generously to our 1999 fund drive, and through volunteering their time to the squad,” remarked Grace Kowalski, Vice President of the Westfield Rescue Squad, and the Officer in charge of the 1999 fund drive.
“The fund drive is our once-a-year appeal to raise enough money to fund our day-to-day operations and provide the squad reserve moneys to ensure continued service to the community in the future,” she continued.
“This year the squad continues to have a tremendous need for volunteers to work as Emergency Medical Technicians and Dispatchers,” Ms. Kowalski observed.
“A number of our members have retired or moved away, and we seriously need the support of the Westfield community to replenish our ranks,” she stated.
The Westfield Rescue Squad is an all-volunteer organization serving the community of Westfield, and one of the few resident squads in the state of New Jersey, Mr. Jackson confirmed.
Tax deductible contributions may be made to: The Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 356, Westfield, 07091-0356.
For information about becoming a volunteer, please call (908) 233-2501, or visit the squad headquarters at 335 Watterson Street to pick up an application. For all emergency services please call 9-1-1.
Nominations Presently Sought For Currie Teaching Award
SCOTCH PLAINS — Nominations for the Joan Vagelos Currie Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Public Schools are currently being sought by the Award Selection Committee.
This award was created in memory of Joan Vagelos Currie and endowed by her brother, Dr. P. Roy Vagelos, former Chief Executive Officer of Merck and Company, Inc. Mrs. Currie was a Scotch Plains resident who served as an elementary school teacher in the district for 16 years.
The award is given annually to the elementary or middle school teacher in the Scotch PlainsFanwood public school district who the committee feels best demonstrates exceptional effectiveness in classroom teaching and a sustained interest in professional growth.
The recipient is also chosen based on his or her ability to generate parental involvement in their children’s educational activities, both at home and at school, and their service to the Scotch PlainsFanwood school and community through work with volunteer or youth organizations, parent groups, publications, or other activities.
Nominees must have three or more years of teaching experience in the district at the Pre-Kindergarten through eighth-grade level, and must
be full-time employees. Teachers, administrators, parents, and Board of Education members may submit nominations.
A sponsor may nominate only one teacher. Teachers may not nominate themselves. If 1998-1999 nominees have received nominations in previous years, those recommendations will be taken into consideration in the current selection process.
The Joan Vagelos Currie Award recipient receives a special plaque plus a $1,000 award. A matching $1,000 appropriation is made to the recipient’s school by the Board of Education, to be spent under the recipient’s direction to implement a program or to purchase materials for the improvement of the recipient’s classroom or school.
Nomination forms are available at all district schools, at the Board of Education Offices, or from the Public Information Office, which may be reached at (908) 232-6161, Extension No. 42.
This year’s nominations must be postmarked by Monday, March 22. Nominations postmarked after that date will not be considered.
A reception will be held in the district on the evening of Monday, May 10, during which all 1999 nominees will be honored, and the fifth Joan Vagelos Currie Award recipient will be announced.
Westfield ‘Y’ to Present ‘Taste of T’ai Chi’ Series
WESTFIELD – The Westfield “Y” will present “Taste of T’ai Chi,” a seven-week course, beginning on Thursday, March 11.
Classes will offer instruction in traditional Yang style T’ai Chi as a sequence or “form” originated by Master Bow Sim Mark and taught by Don Madson. Mr. Madson is affiliated with the Kung Fu Academy of New Jersey in Bloomfield.
Westfield Board of Health Plans Free Rabies Clinic
WESTFIELD — The Westfield Board of Health will conduct a Free Rabies Clinic for the inoculation of cats and dogs on Thursday, March 11, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Westfield Fire Station No. 2 on Central Avenue. No appointments are required.
The Board of Health has suggested the following measures to limit the possibility of exposure to rabies:
· Make sure that all dogs and cats are vaccinated against rabies.
· Do not leave family pets outdoors overnight or feed animals outdoors.
· Avoid contact with all wild animals.
· Discuss with children not to bring home, pet, or attempt to “help” a sick wild animal.
If bitten by any animal, individuals are advised to consult their physician immediately, and call the Health Department at (908) 7894070 to report the incident.
The martial art/exercise routines are designed to improve heart rate, posture, balance, blood pressure, flexibility and breathing without undue physical stress.
For more information or to register, please visit the “Y” at 220 Clark Street in Westfield, or call Karen F. Simon at (908) 233-2700. Membership at the “Y” is not required to participate in the course.
Wag ‘N’ Bark Plans Pet Adoption Event
SCOTCH PLAINS — Wag ‘N’ Bark, Inc. will sponsor a pet adoption on Sunday, March 7, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at “It’s a Dogs World,” 1719 East Second Avenue, Scotch Plains.
There will be dogs and cats available. All pets are spayed/neutered and have recently seen a veterinarian.
For further information, please call (908) 245-5949.
Hypertension Clinic Set in Scotch Plains On Monday Morning
SCOTCH PLAINS — The Township of Scotch Plains will hold its free monthly Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) Screening Clinic on Monday, March 8, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Community Room of the Scotch Plains Public Library, 1927 Bartle Avenue.
The purpose of the clinic is to identify new cases of high blood pressure. Individuals who are over the age of 30 and smoke or who are overweight or have a family history of heart disease or diabetes and have not had their blood pressure checked recently are urged to attend.
African Violet Society Sets Upcoming Meeting
SCOTCH PLAINS – The Union County Chapter of the African Violet Society of America will meet on Thursday, March 11, at 1 p.m. in the Scotch Plains Library, 1927 Bartle Avenue, Scotch Plains.
The program will be “Preparation for Show.” The public is invited to attend.
POETRY READING…Poets B.J. Ward and Renee Ashley, pictured above, attended the recent poetry reading at the Patricia M. Kuran Cultural Arts Center in Fanwood. The reading was the second in the Carriage House Poetry Reading Series and featured poet Stephen Dunn. The next reading in the series, featuring the work of Ms. Ashley, will be on Thursday, March 11, at 8 p.m. Admission is free and an open reading will follow the guest poet. Mr. Ward and fellow poet Pablo Medina will read from their work on Thursday, April 8, at the center, which is located at 134 Watson Road in Fanwood. For more information, please call Adele Kenny, series Director, at (908) 889-7223. Subscribe Today!
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Recent Paintings Oil & Pastels Opening Reception
March 6th, 5-7pm Exhibit through March 31