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SMOOTH MUSIC…The Friends of the Westfield Memorial Library will offer a free concert for the community by the string band “Silk City” on Friday, May 21, at 8 p.m. Using a blend of mandolin, guitar and bass, the band performs bluegrass, ethnic music, original vocals, instrumentals, and audience favorites like the “Wizard of Oz Medley” and “Volare.” Tickets must be picked up at the Circulation Desk by today, Thursday, May 6. Refreshments will be served. Doors will be open at 7:15 p.m. Pictured, left to right, are: Barry Mitterhoff, Danny Weiss and Larry Cohen.
Police Academy to Offer Alternate Route Program
SCOTCH PLAINS — Union County Prosecutor Thomas V. Manahan recently announced that the John H. Stamler Police Academy will offer the Alternate Route Basic Police Program in the next police recruit class beginning on Friday, July 30. All applications must be returned to the Police Academy on or before tomorrow, Friday, May 7.
Mr. Manahan said, “One of the project’s goals is to create a pool of trained officers who could then be hired by local departments, sparing the municipalities the cost associated with officer training.
“The Alternate Route Program was first offered as a pilot project at the Academy in 1993,” said Garwood Police Chief Robert Ryan, President of the Union County Police Chiefs Association.
“Over 95 percent of all Alternate Route candidates who graduated from the Academy have obtained jobs in law enforcement,” he added.
Civilians who complete a written examination and review process become part of the Academy’s regular police training class.
Academy Director and former Fanwood Police Chief Anthony J. Parenti said, “The Alternate Route recruits receive the same instruction as the regular police cadets during the 19-week training session.”
The courses include firearms, investigations, court system procedures, crime prevention, community relations, juvenile crime, domestic violence, the basics of the state’s criminal code, drug enforcement, crash injury management, crime scene management, constitutional rights, and use of force.
Mr. Parenti said the Academy functions much like a military basic training course. The Alternate Route and police cadets wear the same uniforms and must adhere to a strict regimen, including daily physical training.
“All Alternate Route candidates must have a minimum of 60 college
credits at an institution of higher learning,” Mr. Manahan stated. “The 60 college credits is a Police Training Commission requirement and cannot be waived.”
He said the Alternate Route candidates are not guaranteed a position by the program, but will have met all the state requirements necessary to become police officers.
According to Chief Ryan, all candidates must be county residents and are charged $900 tuition to cover costs. “Alternate Route candidates demonstrating financial hardship will be given one year from the time they obtain a position in law enforcement to pay the tuition,” he added.
“They also can receive 12 academic credits if they enroll in Union County College,” he noted.
Anyone interested in applying for the Alternate Route program may pick up an application at their local police department or at the John H. Stamler Police Academy, 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains.
For further information, please call Mr. Parenti at (908) 889-6112.
Wilson Elementary Honors Earth Day With Events
WESTFIELD – Students at Wilson Elementary School celebrated Earth Day on April 22 with several activities and programs.
Students decorated brown paper bags from Edwards Super Food Store in Westfield.
The students worked together to design the bags with messages like “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,” “Wilson Cares About the Earth…Do you?,” and “Take Care of the Earth!”
Customers in the store on Earth Day had their groceries delivered to them in the decorated bags to remind them about the importance of taking care of the environment.
The project began six years ago in Arbor Heights, Washington and last year, 498 schools participated and almost 165,000 bags were decorated.
Each class also donated a paper leaf to a seven-foot tall paper tree in the main hallway. Each leaf carried a message about the importance of trees, along with the signatures of every member of that class.
Students and teachers in every grade, from kindergarten through fifth, participated to create this “Tree of Life.”
LOVING THE EARTH…Representatives from the classes of Wilson Elementary School are pictured in front of the “Tree of Life” with examples of the grocery bags decorated to commemorate Earth Day. Pictured, left to right, are: front row, Sophie Yolowitz, John Taylor, Katherine McKinley, Katie Schurig, William Reynolds and Austin Wenta; second row; Mary Brown, Arielle Ziering, Emily Kalen, Eric Hagstrom, Emily Weeks, Lisa Chen, Andrew Wenta, Peter Cornell and Matt Fenider; back row : Eric Brandman, Chris Engel, Bobby Miller, project coordinator Tova Felder and Amanda Lavecchia.
The spirit of the day was readily visible in the earth tones and Earth Day messages worn by the students and staff alike on Earth Day.
Wilson Elementary School has an ongoing recycling project, managed by Carrie Meyer, a fourth-grade teacher. Every week student volunteers from Miss Meyer’s class collect recyclable colored and white paper from every classroom and workroom in the building.
New Jersey Youth Symphony Announces Audition Dates
The New Jersey Youth Symphony, Inc., will hold auditions for youth musicians from Tuesday, June 1, through Friday, June 11, at the Symphony’s Music Center, 570 Central Avenue, Murray Hill.
Each applicant must demonstrate individual technique and musical levels
with a solo piece, scales and arpeggios and sight reading.
An audition brochure provides information regarding each orchestra and ensemble program, rehearsal sites and times. For more information, please call the office at (908) 771-5544, or visit the group’s web site, www.njys.org.s
First Night Westfield Seeks Entertainers for Celebration
WESTFIELD – Performers and entertainers are being sought for First Night Westfield’s fourth annual celebration.
The alcohol-free New Year’s Eve celebration of the Arts will feature music, dance, theater, storytelling, magic, arts and crafts, puppets and much more.
Individuals interested in performing should submit a performance pro
posal, including a detailed description of the program, the length of time it takes, the number of times it can be repeated, and space, technical, rehearsal or installation requirements.
Those submitting proposals should also include materials such as cassette tapes, press clippings, scripts, photographs, drawings, models, slides or half-inch videotapes.
According to First Night officials, a schedule of performances or demonstrations which evaluators can attend would also be helpful.
The proposals will be reviewed by the First Night Committee, and final selections will be based on artistic merit, concept, feasibility and the availability of funds.
Proposals should be submitted to Arlene Betrand or Barbara Karp, in care of the Westfield “Y,” 220 Clark Street, Westfield, 07090. For more information, please call the First Night Office at (908) 518-2983.
First Night is made possible in large part by the Westfield “Y,” the Westfield Foundation and the Town of Westfield, as well as many local organizations and private donations.
Area Hospital to Host Next CHADD Meeting
MOUNTAINSIDE — Dr. Rosalie Greenberg will discuss “ADHD and Medication” at the next Western Union County CHADD meeting at the Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside on Wednesday, May 12, starting at 7:30 p.m.
Dr. Greenberg is a Pediatric Psychiatrist with Medical Arts Psychotherapy Associates of Overlook Hospital.
CHADD is a non-profit, national organization which provides education, advocacy and support for individuals with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
For more information, please call (908) 30l-0709.
Neighborhood Council Plans Second Annual Street Fair
WESTFIELD — Members of the Westfield Neighborhood community will hold its 2nd annual street fair on Saturday, June 19 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Cacciola Place off of Central Avenue.
A rain date is Saturday, June 26. The street fair celebrates the group’s 30th anniversary. The Westfield Neighborhood Council provides tutoring and enrichment programs for young people, a sum
mer camp and programs for senior citizens.
Entertainment by a variety of multiethnic groups on a centrally located stage will be featured during the street fair. Rides, fairway games and prizes for all ages also will be available. Barbecued food and home-made baked goods will be on sale.
There will also be a booth containing WNC information and scheduled tours of the facility.
Astronaut Musgrave To Visit Westfield ‘Y’
WESTFIELD – On Thursday, May 13, Dr. Story Musgrave, NASA Astronaut, will transmit to the Westfield audience his feelings about the power and poetry of space.
Dr. Musgrave was employed by NASA for approximately 30 years. He participated in many scientific and technological advancements while considering the role of humankind in outerspace.
For further information, please call Dave Mueller at the Westfield “Y,” at (908) 233-2700, Extension No. 233.
Herbal Expert to Present Program to Garden Club
Dr. Karen Ensle, a Rutgers University Extension educator and herbal expert, will present a program to the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Garden Club on the uses of herbs for medicinal and cultural purposes on Wednesday, May 12, at 7:30 p.m.
The program, which will include a slide presentation followed by a question-and-answer period, will take place in the Community Room at the Fanwood Train Station at North and Martine Avenues in Fanwood.
There is no charge to attend, and refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the program.
An affiliate of the Garden Club of New Jersey, the Scotch PlainsFanwood Garden Club has won numerous awards for its contributions to the community.
Each year, members provide flowering plants for the Scotch Plains Village Green on Park Avenue at the Municipal Building, and maintain the park setting by watering the plants and weeding regularly.
Garden Club members also provide volunteer assistance for improvement and beautification efforts at LaGrande Park in Fanwood.
The club additionally creates and furnishes seasonal floral displays and wreaths to the Scotch Plains and Fanwood public libraries, as well as the Senior Citizen Complex on South Martine Avenue in Scotch Plains.
Club members regularly provide flowers and monetary contributions to the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center at Lyons, and take part in activities there as well.
They also supply floral arrangements and tray favors for Meals on Wheels, a service that brings hot meals to homebound residents.
To support these activities, the Garden Club conducts an annual plant sale on the Village Green just before Father’s Day, and a bulb sale each fall. The club meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Community Room in Fanwood.
Membership is open to all. For further information, please call Shirley Farkas at (908) 889-6208.
College Club Reveals Millennium Calendar Cover Design Contest
FANWOOD — A community-wide contest will begin shortly to design the cover of the millennium Community Calendar produced by the College Club of Fanwood-Scotch Plains.
All Scotch Plains and Fanwood residents and employees are eligible to enter. Two winners will be selected, one for the 1999-2000 calendar and the other for the 2000-2001 calendar.
Prizes will include either a $100 savings bond or a weekend at the Jersey shore, and recognition in the calendar.
Judges are Anne Gibbons and Betty Seery of the Scotch PlainsFanwood Arts Association, and Bernadette Hoyer and Mari McDevitt of the College Club of Fanwood-Scotch Plains.
The cover size is 9 by 12 inches, and designs should be submitted in black and white. There is no limit to the number of entries. Entrants should mail their designs to P.O. Box 32, Fanwood, 07023 by Tuesday, June 1.
Applicants are encouraged to obtain a sample of the Community Calendar and to call (908) 233-6513 for details.
Hypertension Clinic On Tap for May 10
SCOTCH PLAINS — The Township of Scotch Plains will hold its monthly Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) Screening Clinic on Monday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to noon.
The clinic will be held in the Community Room of the Scotch Plains Public Library, 1927 Bartle Avenue, and is free.
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.
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