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Cancer Foundation to Hold Fundraiser at Crossroads SCOTCH PLAINS – The Emmanuel Cancer Foundation (ECF) will hold a fundraising event with entertainment and a 50/ 50 raffle on Thursday, May 27, from 6: 30 p. m. until closing at Crossroads Restaurant, 78 North Avenue in Garwood.
Guests are asked to bring a nonperishable food item such as peanut butter, coffee or spaghetti sauce for the ECF Food Pantry.
Music will be provided by “Delayed Green.” Tickets, which cost $15 per person, will include beer and soft drinks only from 6: 30 to
9: 30 p. m., and admission to the event. Guests may order dinner from the menu.
Advance tickets are available by calling ECF Regional Director Mabel Ginsberg at (908) 3224323, Extension No. 20, or Lee Frankel at Crossroads Restaurant at (908) 2325666.
A notforprofit organization, ECF seeks to preserve the quality of life for any New Jersey family with a child who has been diagnosed with cancer. It has four regional centers in Scotch Plains, Wyckoff, Woodbury and Neptune
WESTFIELD — The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders last week designated the Westfield Symphony Orchestra (WSO) as the official Resident Orchestra of Union County.
In addition, the WSO will receive a $100,000 grant to perform seven free concerts for the county’s residents.
The first concert to b e performed by the WSO as the Resident Orchestra will be “Tangos in the Park” on Saturday, July 31, at Echo Lake Park on the Westfield/
Mountainside border. “It is with elation that we embrace this collaboration that will allow us to bring the finest prof e s sionally performed class i cal and lightclassical
music to new and diverse audiences,” said Musical Director and Conductor of the WSO, Maestro David Wroe. “The prospect of sharing the brilliant sound of the WSO with those who may not have had the opportunity to experience this special delight is thrilling,” stated Executive Director of the WSO, Nancy N. Jackson.
“In designating the WSO as its Resident Orchestra through the vision of (Freeholder) Mary Ruotolo, Union County is the only county in New Jersey that has been this sensitive to the quality that music can add to community life,” she added.
“The grant will afford the WSO the opportunity t o produce some light classic and ‘pops’ music. The first concert, ‘Tangos in the Park, ’ produced under the summer stars at Echo Lake Park promises to be a stunning evening for all ages. The ultimate in sophistication, some will recognize the mostly Argentinean music through movie images of Rudolph Valentino, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, some through Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon in Some Like it Hot,
and most recently, through Al Pacino in Scent of a Woman,” added Mrs. Jackson.
Mrs. Jackson noted that the Freeholder grant funds concerts and
other projects that are separate from the regular subscription concert series. The Orchestra will also perform a concert for over 1,000 of the county’s school children at the Union County Arts Center in Rahway where it is the Orchestra in Residence; a “Celebration for the Millennium,” which will celebrate 20 th Century music, and a “Caravan” led by Maestro Wroe which will include symphonic performance, education and enjoyment.
“The Westfield Symphony Orchestra Board looks forward to
the unprecedented collaboration with Union County; particularly the chance to reach new audiences including children, who will comprise the audiences of the future,” stated Mickey Foster, President of the WSO Board of
Directors. Freeholder Ruotolo, a Westfield resident, said that the designation of the WSO as the Resident
Orchestra of Union County demonstrates the Freeholder Board’s commitment to making Union County not only a great place to do business but also a great place to raise a family.
“In addition to our Summer Arts Festival, which includes 10 free concerts, we have added the Independence Day Blues Jam at Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield, our Second Annual ‘Jersey Jazz by the Lake’ on September 17 and 18 at Nomahegan Park in Cranford, and three Kids’ Kingdom Jubilees, to be held at Warinanco Park on June 13, Rahway Park on July 18, and at the Watchung Reservation on August 15.”
Ms. Jackson noted that these summer concerts are not affiliated with the WSO’s regular slate of
concerts for the upcoming season.
The Westfield Symphony Orchestra, a nonprofit corporation, was established in 1983. The Symphony currently performs in concerts at the Presbyterian Church in Westfield and the Union County Arts Center.
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SCHOOL DISTRICT’S ART SHOW IS A BIG DRAW… Thousands of adults and students attended the threeday Westfield District Art Show from May 11 to 13, marking the 15th year the art exhibit has taken place. Paintings, twodimensional work, ceramics, crafts, computerized art and other works of Westfield public school students from kindergarten through 12th grade were on display in the high school gymnasium. Pictured is Westfield High School Fine Arts teacher Art Silveira helping Marla Hewitt locate a painting created by her son, Brent, a fifth grader at Tamaques Elementary School.
By MICHELLE H. LePOIDEVIN
Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times
WESTFIELD —Leaving behind the pursuit of a law career, and a family in Spain, Jorge Lopez Suero decided that life behind the panoramic lens was more appealing as he set sail for the United States.
Now, a Westfield resident, Mr. Lopez has captured the spirit of the colonial town and its renovated train station in a 25photograph
exhibit, aptly named, “The New Station” at Galeria West on Central Avenue in Westfield.
The young photographer told
The Westfield Leader and The Times of Scotch PlainsFanwood that he found himself inspired by Westfield’s quaint streetlights, nownonexistent telephone poles, roof of the train station, and signs bearing the town name.
His residential juxtaposition to the train station is a geographical advantage for Mr. Lopez, as he has enjoyed snapping photographs of the bustling thoroughfare and capturing its energy.
“This is for me the greatest work I have ever done,” explained Mr. Lopez, standing proudly before his photographic series.
The Fifth Avenue and 53rd Street location of Galeria West in New York City is where Mr. Lopez hopes to continue his exhibition.
He noted that the gallery is fortunately placed near the Museum of Modern Art or MOMA in the city.
Spring festivals and a variety of religious events in Seville, Spain are some of the next ventures behind the lens for Mr. Lopez, who revealed that Spain, as his birthplace, is extremely close to his heart.
Taking the ordinary, everyday subject and making it remarkable
from a unique angle or perspective is a key goal for Mr. Lopez. This is evident in the prominent lampposts that vanish into the sky and the speeding red and green flashing train lights that blend with a blurry luminescent moon.
As admirers of fine photography enter Galeria West to enjoy his photography, Mr. Lopez hopes that the historical flavor which has become synonymous with the Westfield name will be evident.
“The New Station” exhibit was originally scheduled to close on Monday, May 31, but will be extended to Monday, June 21.
U N I Q U E PERSPECTIVE… Pictured above are two photographs from the 25piece series by Jorge Lopez Suero currently showing at Galeria West at Central Avenue in Westfield.
COOKING UP A STORM… In a recent cooking class sponsored by the New Jersey State Opera Guild, Chef Joseph McGeehan prepared a variety of hors d’oeuvres and showed how to make attractive presentations with different types of garnish. Mr. McGeehan spearheads the food services at Cosmair in Clark for Culinary Ventures, Inc., a corporate catering firm.
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SCOTCH PLAINS — The New Jersey State Opera Guild scheduled two cooking workshops for April and May. These concluded the winter/ spring series of cooking classes featuring New Jersey chefs at work.
On April 28, Lou Rigassio, executive chef at Rillo’s Restaurant in Hanover, prepared a menu using seasonal ingredients. A New Jersey native, he worked at Gina Marie’s in Scotch Plains, Mezzaluna in Caldwell and Cook Plaza Café in Madison.
Mr. Rigassio is also a teacher and demonstrator of his culinary skills in classes in the New Jersey area.
On Wednesday, May 12, David Drake, chef/ owner of the Stage House Inn in Scotch Plains demonstrated examples of modern French cuisine featured at his restaurant.
A selftaught chef, he worked at the Ryland Inn in Whitehouse and the Frog and the Peach in New Brunswick before his venture at the Stage House Inn.
Proceeds benefited the New Jersey State Opera production fund. The opera company will give two performances of Carmen
by Bizet at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark on Thursday, June 24,
and Sunday, June 27. Tickets may be ordered through the NJS Opera box office at (973) 6235775.
Mixed Media Show Prepared By Congregation B’nai Jeshurun SHORT HILLS – The Rosalind and Alfred Lippman Gallery at Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, 1025 South Orange Avenue, Short Hills, will open its Mixed Media Show on Friday, May 21.
The exhibit, which will continue through Sunday, July 11, will feature the works of three awardwinning artists from New Jersey.
Doris Krueger, a Springfield resident and painter and sculptor, will display her monoprints and sculptures in the show.
“My joy of art relates to all that is happening around me. Art is a cycle of life as changing as nature itself,” stated Ms. Krueger.
Morristown resident and photographer Judy Helderman will be represented
by her color photographs, some of which use the latest digitally manipulated processes.
Her subjects include selections from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Africa, India, France, Canada and several flower portraits.
Nina Harlan, watercolorist and Succasunna resident, will feature her watercolor landscapes in the exhibit.
Gallery hours are 9: 30 a. m. to 4 p. m., Monday to Friday, and 9: 30 a. m. to noon on Saturday.
These artists will be honored at a special reception on Friday, May 21, at 7 p. m. The public is invited to attend.
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Funding has been made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Department of State, through a grant administered by the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs.
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