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Scotch Plains 1999 Clean Communities Day
Will we see you on Saturday, May 22?
That is the date of the 9th Annual Scotch Plains Public Lands Clean Up Day when neighborhood, family, service, school, athletic and social groups will join together to pick up litter throughout the Township. Detailed Information on the day’s events as well as safety information will be sent out after
registration forms are received.
Questions or requests for registration forms may be directed to: Clean Communities Coordinator
(908) 322-6700, Ext 243
Dr. Carroll to be Main Speaker For Women’s Political Caucus PLANNING COMMITTEE…A meeting was held recently to plan for the
Monday, May 17 meeting of the Union County Women’s Political Caucus, to be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Union County Annex Office, Veneri Building, at 300 North Avenue, East, in Westfield. Dr. Susan Carroll of Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University will be the featured speaker. Pictured, left to right, are: Fanwood Mayor Maryanne S. Connelly; Terry Tainon of Westfield; Felicia McNeil of Plainfield; NJ-WPC President Joanne Rajoppi; Carol I. Cohen, Union County WPC Convener and Union County Counsel; Tina Gurka of Westfield; and Westfield Third Ward council candidate Claire Lazarowitz.
WESTFIELD — Dr. Susan Carroll, Professor of Political Science at Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University, and Senior Research Associate at the Center for American Woman and Politics, will be the main speaker at a meeting of the Union County Women’s Political Caucus (WPC) on Monday, May 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Union County Annex Office, Veneri Building, at 300 North Avenue, East, in Westfield. The meeting is open to the public and free of charge.
Dr. Carroll will discuss the importance of women working in a bipartisan way to support and promote women’s equality. The WPC is a bipartisan organization of Democrats, Republicans and Independents who support, train and endorse women candidates for elective and appointive office.
Carol I. Cohen of Westfield, Union County Counsel, and Melanie Selk of Roselle Park will convene the meeting. “We invite all Union County residents who live or work in the
county to join us for this event,” Ms. Cohen and Ms. Selk said in a joint statement.
“It is especially relevant that Dr. Carroll speak with us since New Jersey ranks 39th among the 50 states in the number of women in state legislatures. Women comprise only 16.7 percent of the New Jersey legislature.”
Joining Dr. Carroll will be Fanwood Mayor Maryanne S. Connelly, a former candidate for Congress, and Linda DiGiovanni, former Union County Freeholder Chairwoman, who will talk about their experiences as women elected officials and candidates.
Joanne Rajoppi, NJ-WPC President, said, “Union County has a vibrant and energetic population of highly competent women who are concerned about their local, county and state government. We hope to assist them in more active participation roles as candidates and appointed members of boards and commissions.”
Memorial Day Committee To Hold Monday Meeting
WESTFIELD — The Westfield Memorial Day Parade Committee is inviting a representative from each organization that intends to march in the parade to come to a meeting at the American Legion Martin Wallberg Post No. 3 on North Avenue in Westfield at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 10, to discuss arrangements.
The formation of the Westfield Memorial Day Parade units will be set up in the Lord and Taylor department store parking lot on North Avenue in Westfield on Monday, May 31, at 8:15 a.m.
“The reason of the parade is to honor all veterans who served in the
military forces of the United States and especially those veterans who died in defense of our country,” said a spokesman for the Parade Committee.
Applications Now Available For Senior Art Exhibition
ELIZABETH — All Union County senior citizen artists, both professional and nonprofessional, are invited to enter the 1999 Union County Senior Citizen Art Contest and Exhibition that runs June 15-July 30.
Sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Division of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, Department of Economic Development, the exhibit will take place at Elizabethtown Gas Co., Liberty Hall Center in Union Township, a barrier free site. Liberty Hall Center is located off of Morris Avenue across from Kean University.
The show will open with a reception on Tuesday, June 15, and will continue through Friday, July 30.
Artists wishing to participate should return their application forms by Tuesday, June 1.
Artists must be at least 60 years old and may submit an entry that has been completed within the last three years. All work must be the original creation of the artist.
“Professional artists judge the exhibits,” said Freeholder Mary P. Ruotolo of Westfield, Liaison to the Cultural and Heritage Programs Advisory Board. “We are always impressed by the quality of work displayed by our senior artists.”
The following are categories of eligible work: oil, acrylic, watercolor,
pastel, print, drawing, mixed media, photography, sculpture, craft and a new category: computer graphics. Computer graphics is defined as any artwork generated or manipulated electronically, using one or more software programs.
Work must be entirely original, including the source material, if submitting a digitally-manipulated photo, drawing or painting.
There will be awards of recognition for professional and non-professional entries.
Both professional and non-professional first place winners in each discipline will represent Union County in the statewide art contest, which takes place in September.
For more information or an application form, please contact the Union County Division of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, 633 Pearl Street, Elizabeth, 07202, (908) 558-2550; NJ relay service users should call (800) 852-7899.
The Annual Union County Senior Citizen Art Exhibit is made possible by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Elizabethtown Gas Company and a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/ Department of State. Additional support is provided by the Union County Department of Human Services, Division on Aging.
Scotch Plains Slates Free Rabies Clinic
SCOTCH PLAINS — A free rabies clinic for cats and dogs sponsored by the Scotch Plains Health Department will take place on Wednesday, May 12, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Southside Firehouse at the corner of Raritan Road and Martine Avenue.
Cats must be contained in a cat carrier or a box and accompanied by an adult able to control the animal. Cats require an initial inoculation and revaccination the subsequent year before a three-year cycle begins.
Cat licenses for 1999 will be available at $5 per cat. Cats will be vaccinated during the first hour, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Dogs must also be accompanied by an adult able to control the animal. Revaccination is not necessary for three years unless the dog is aged three months to 11 months, thus requiring revaccination the subsequent year.
Dog licenses for 1999 will be available at the clinic for $6.20 if spayed or neutered, $9.20 if not. Dogs will be vaccinated during the second hour, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The New Jersey Department of Health recommends vaccination every two years, and a license will not be issued by the township unless the vaccination is valid for the entire licensing period.
For further information, please call (908) 322-6700, Extension No. 309.
Westfield Library Sets Internet Training Class
WESTFIELD — The Westfield Memorial Library will hold a class on Internet searching techniques on Wednesday, May 19, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
This basic course for beginners is oriented toward using the Internet as a tool for research and browsing. It also includes an introduction to the EBSCO magazine index. However, it does not include use of e-mail, news groups or listserves.
Some experience with a computer mouse is a prerequisite. If you have no mouse experience, you must come to the library prior to the day of class for instruction and practice.
In person or telephone registration begins on Monday, May 10, at the Circulation Desk. A valid Westfield Library card is required to attend. Class size is limited to eight individuals. Please note that class begins promptly at 7:30 p.m.
be the only door left open during school hours.
Special emergency drills will be put into place at local schools for each type of possible disaster, such as gun fire or bomb threats, as outlined in the crisismanagement booklet.
Chief Debbie applied for and received a $125,000 grant from the Federal COPS (Community Oriented Police) program which, over a period of three years, will provide for an officer to be shared by Governor Livingston and Deerfield Middle School.
This officer, who will alternate between plainclothes and uniform duty and will carry a concealed weapon, will monitor the school grounds and traffic flow at the two schools, and also head up the D.A.R.E. (Drug and Alcohol Resistance Education) program.
Mr. Perrin recommended that all of the school buildings have tighter security in the evenings, as well. Dr. Schaller expressed his concerns that safety on the playground should also be a consideration, and an area in which the police could assist the schools in tightening outdoor security.
Ms. Taeschler suggested that the district needs to address what she described as a lack of respect by students toward their peers and teachers, and the need for sensitivity/diversity training.
Ms. Esemplare emphasized that teaching students to tolerate diversity must begin as early as kindergarten.
Dr. Schaller said that the primary role models for teaching students respect should be the parents.
Mr. Geiger suggested that more after-school programs and clubs could bring diverse students together. Other suggestions included peer leadership mentoring programs and proper behavior curriculum.
Chief Debbie expressed that the Police Department would like to be included in discussions held by the school’s special security committee.
He also announced that the department would be hosting a Police Athletic League from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. on weekdays, as a safe after-school alternative for the borough’s youth.
The next board meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, May 11, will be devoted to
choosing action plans as part of the district’s Strategic Plan. Study skills curriculum will be discussed in the latter part of May.
Dr. Schaller revealed that the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) has raised $10,000 for the purchase of a computer for Deerfield School, which will provide Internet access to the Liberty Science Center’s educational programs.
This computer would also be linked to school computers in Watchung and Berkeley Heights, to share educational programming, and would also be available for use by parents.
In a survey letter mailed several weeks ago, eighth-grade parents were asked whether the eighth-grade dance should be held the same night as the eighthgrade graduation, scheduled for Monday, June 21.
As a result of this survey, a PTA subcommittee made the decision to schedule the two events on the same night. Many parents objected to this because they had made other plans for their families on graduation night, and they did not see the survey letter or any memorandums on the matter.
Other objections were that the lengthy graduation ceremony would be rushed or pushed back in order to accommodate the dance.
Several parents were upset that this issue, which impacts many families, was decided on by a small PTA subcommittee without first clearing it with a majority of the parents.
Subcommittee member Janet Blasi said that changing plans at this late date could forfeit several hundred dollars in non-refundable deposits that have already been placed.
The Board of Education decided to have the subcommittee members look into whether deposits could be recouped or the dance moved to another night.
Parent Susan Turner asked if the board could explain the strategic planning process time frame and if a copy of the plan was available for parents to review.
Dr. Schaller explained that copies were available but had not been finalized, and that once finalized, would be posted on the township’s Internet web site and a copy made available at Borough Hall.
Manor Care Health Services To Sponsor Blood Drive
The Blood Center of New Jersey will hold a blood drive on Tuesday, May 11, at Manor Care Health Services, 1180 Route 22 West in Mountainside. The center is urging New Jersey residents to donate a pint of blood this spring.
“Now that the weather is warming, we want to remind people to make a blood donation this season,” said Judy Daniels, spokesperson for the Blood Center. “The shelf life of red blood cells is just 42 days, and we need to begin preparing for an expected decline in summer donations.”
The long-term goal of the blood center is to rebuild a blood supply that has seen a significant decline in the last five years by increasing the number of community residents donating on a regular basis.
Donors must be 18 years of age. Seventeen-year-olds may donate with
parental permission. There is no upper age limit for donors provided those over 65 have donated within the last two years, or have a doctor’s note.
Donors should know their social security number and bring a signed form of identification. People with cold or flu symptoms should wait until they are feeling better before donating, and there is a 72-hour deferral for dental work, including routine teeth cleaning.
For those who have traveled outside of the United States recently, please call the blood center for eligibility criteria. For more information or to sign up for a blood drive, please call the blood center at 1-800 BLOOD NJ (256-6365). To book a speaker or plan a blood drive, please call 1-800652-5663, Extension No. 104.
Day Care Auxiliary Sale Begins Tomorrow
WESTFIELD — There will be no Armory Garage Sale for the Westfield Day Care Center Auxiliary this year. Instead, the Auxiliary will hold a spring sale of outgrown children’s clothing, toys and books in Westminster Hall of The Presbyterian Church in Westfield, 110 Mountain Avenue.
The sale will take place tomorrow, Friday, May 7, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday, May 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For further information, please call (908) 232-6717.
The Auxiliary extended its thanks to all who have contributed in past years to its Armory Garage Sale with goods or assistance.
“The sale became too great a task for our organization. We hope that others will carry on the tradition in the future,” stated Auxiliary President Carolynn Pulliam.
All money raised has benefited the Auxiliary’s Scholarship Fund, which provides for children who need financial help.
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Soroptimist Club Schedules Annual Awards Dinner
WESTFFIELD — Soroptimist International of Greater Westfield Area (SIGWA) will hold its annual Awards Dinner on Wednesday, May 12, at L’Affaire Restaurant, Route 22 East, Mountainside, beginning with cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m.
Sister Jacinta Fernandes will receive the Woman Helping Women Award for years of community activity in Union County.
She helped found the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless and the Coalition for a United Elizabeth (CUE). She is Director of St. Joseph’s Social Services Center in Elizabeth ministering to the poor and the homeless.
Issues such as housing, environment, racism and community relations, which relate to the dignity and quality of life, have become Sister Jacinta’s key issues.
Two scholarships will also be presented at the Awards Dinner. The first scholarship will be presented to Nicholas White, the winner of SIGWA’s Youth Citizenship Award.
Nicholas is a resident of Clark and will graduate from Arthur L. Johnson High School in June.
Along with scholastic accomplishments, he has demonstrated leadership skills and community involvement. He plans on studying Biomedical Engineering in college.
The second scholarship will be presented to Brenda J. Harris who is preparing for a career in Physical Therapy. Ms. Harris attends Union County College. The Women’s Opportunity Award is designed to help a mature woman who is continuing her education.
A check will be presented at the Awards Dinner to Edmund P. Murphy of the Union County Mental Health Association. The check represents the proceeds of SIGWA’s recently held fundraiser, an annual fashion show.
This money helps fund the Choices Group, which offers counseling to battered/abused women to help them establish a life away from violence.
Toastmasters Schedules Upcoming Meeting
WESTFIELD — Several area residents will attend this week’s meeting of Toastmasters of Westfield at 7:45 p.m. on Thursday, May 6, at Sunrise Assisted Living.
Sue Kujawski of Westfield will be the “Ah” counter, and Michelle Tropper of Scotch Plains will be the Topics Master.
Todd Schwartz, also of Scotch Plains, will be a Speaker. Three Mountainside residents will participate in important meeting posts.
Club president Sandy Aptecker will be an Evaluator; Noel Crawford will give the Opener and Fontaine Gatti also will be an Evaluator.
The public speaking improvement club meets the first, second and fourth Thursdays of the month.
Money 2000 Classes To be Held This Month
WESTFIELD — Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County will present two Money 2000 classes, free of charge, on consecutive Mondays next month from 7 to 9 p.m. each evening.
“Municipal Bonds: An Investment Classic” will be offered on May 17, to be followed by “Variable Annuities: Making Sense Out of Your Retirement Plan Distribution” on May 24. Both programs will be held at 300 North Avenue, East, in Westfield.
These classes are designed to provide knowledge and information needed to improve investing skills, increase savings and reduce personal debt, according to spokeswoman Dr. Karen Ensle.
To register for either of these seminars, please call (908) 654-9854.
Arts and Crafts Benefit Set By Center For Hope Hospice
WESTFIELD — The Center For Hope Hospice Auxiliary will host it’s third annual Arts and Crafts Collection at Mindowaskin Park in Westfield on Saturday, May 15, from 9 am. to 4 p.m.
The collection will feature upwards of 100 of the finest crafters in New Jersey.
This widely attended show is rapidly becoming known by area crafters and the community as the outdoor event of the season. This year promises the return of the talented crafters from prior shows, as well as new crafters with exciting and creative items to sell.
“I am so proud of the success the Auxiliary has had with the Arts and
Crafts Collection and grateful for the significant contribution their efforts make to the many hospice families in need of care,” said Margaret Coloney, President of The Center For Hope Hospice.
Refreshments will be available during this juried show. The children will be entertained by balloons and clowns, while the adults will enjoy a variety of entertainment events throughout the day.
For more information about The Center For Hope Hospice or this art and craft collection, call Barbara McCutcheon at (908) 486-0700. May 16 is scheduled as a rain date if needed.
Woman’s Club of Westfield Announces General Meeting
WESTFIELD — The General Meeting of the Woman’s Club of Westfield will be held on Monday, May 10, at 12:30 p.m. in the Patton Room of the First Congregational Church on Elmer Street.
Members of the senior class of Westfield High School who will receive scholarship awards for their further education, will be introduced.
The Woman’s Club has offered scholarships to Westfield students since 1949 when a Continuing Fund was established for this purpose.
The Choraleers of Westfield High School, under the direction of Vocal
Music Director, James Bell, will perform selections from Broadway musicals, such as The Chorus Line and
Rent. In addition, the Madrigal Choir will sing selections by George and Ira Gershwin, Duke Ellington and other contemporary composers.
A tea will follow the performance provided by the Intermediate Department. The public is invited to attend after the club’s business meeting.
For more information, please call (908) 233-4338.
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