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Mountainside GOP Salutes Past and Present Officials NIGHT FOR CELEBRATION…Two former Borough Councilmen and their
wives enjoy the festivities during the Mountainside Republican Club’s recent fall dinner-dance at L’Affaire, entitled “A Millennium Celebration.” Pictured are Robert and Susan Beattie, left, and Louis and Marge Maas.
MOUNTAINSIDE — The Mountainside Republican Club held its fall dinner-dance, featuring the theme “A Millennium Celebration” on October 22 at L’Affaire in Mountainside.
Mayor Robert F. Viglianti and the Mountainside Borough Council, as well as former governing body members, were honored at the festivities for their service to the community during this century, according to event Chairwoman Dona Osieja.
Art Brahm, Chairman of the Mountainside Historic Preservation Commission, prepared a photographic exhibit illustrating the development of the borough during this century, which Shirley Homer explained further during the program.
Former council members in attendance included Louis Maas, Nicho
las Bradshaw, Robert Beattie, William “Tex” Jackson, Timothy Benford, David Hart and Dr. Marilyn Hart. All were presented with awards by Republican Club President Bill Sanders.
Mr. Sanders also read a letter sent by former Councilman John Hechtle, who was unable to attend, in which he stated that he was proud to have represented all the residents of the borough, regardless of political affiliations.
Others attending from outside of Mountainside included John DeSimone, Secretary of the Union County Republican Committee; Assemblymen Richard H. Bagger and Alan M. Augustine and State Senate President and Mrs. Donald T. DiFrancesco.
OBSERVING EDUCATION…Westfield Mayor Thomas C. Jardim presents a proclamation he signed designating November 14 to 20 as American Education Week. Pictured, left to right, are: Caitlin Burke of Franklin Elementary School; Katherine Dobson, a Westfield High School junior; Chad Cook of Roosevelt Intermediate School; David Cognetti of Edison Intermediate School and Kaitlyn Anness, a student at Jefferson Elementary School. The students presented the Mayor with a poster printed with this year’s American Education Week theme, “Students Today, Leaders Tomorrow.”
Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS Celebrates French Week
SCOTCH PLAINS — Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School (SPFHS) celebrated National French Week from November 4 through 10 with a variety of activities.
National French Week was sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) and supported locally by its New Jersey chapter and by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy of New York.
Students began the week’s activities by decorating the central foyer and adjacent hallways with colorful displays of the more than 30 French speaking countries and with posters celebrating the contributions of famous French people to literature, science, technology, music, art and American history.
The language hallway was decorated with a display of French cuisine and many articles related to contemporary French cultural and political happenings.
Members of the French Club and the French Honor Society attended a free concert featuring French singers “Jacques et Marie.” The concert was hosted by Arthur L. Johnson High School and was funded by the French Embassy and the AATF.
During the week, two separate school-wide French culture contests were held. Prizes were awarded for correct responses to various questions.
One morning, the foyer of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School was transformed into a French style cafe. “Chez Spiffy” served a typical French breakfast of croissants, hot chocolate
and juice. As the week drew to a close, students of French gathered for a “gouter,” an afternoon snack similar to that eaten by students in France. Following the gouter, senior Kaitlen McGuire shared her experiences from her studies in France last summer.
National French Week activities were organized by French Club and French Honor Society officers Aneesa Sataur, Rebecca Silver, Lindsey Davis, Shivani Parmar, Carolyn Barnett, Catherine Trombley, Colleen Sellers, Yunilay Lio, Joanna Chichon, Kelli Church, Raquel Romans, Stephanie Katz, Sharon Opila and the club’s adviser Maria Olsen.
New Theme for Year Introduced at Jefferson NEW YEAR, NEW THEME…Jefferson Elementary School music teacher
Karen Yula leads the school’s students in their theme song, “A Brand New Millenium” at a recent assembly to introduce Jefferson’s new theme, “Remember the Past, Imagine the Future.”
WESTFIELD—Jefferson Elementary School kicked off its new theme “Remember the Past, Imagine the Future” at a November 5 assembly.
The P.T.O. presented the children and teachers with t-shirts depicting the school’s new logo and theme.
Hanna Lee, a fifth grader at Jefferson last year, won a logo contest depicting the theme.
The logo shows a collage of important people and symbols that have had a great impact on our history in the last half century, such as Dr. Martin Luther King, John F. Kennedy, Sandra Day O’Connor, the Peace Symbol, a computer and a space shuttle, among others.
Students in grades kindergarten5 presented a timeline of major events from the 10th through the 20th centuries.
Karen Yula, the school’s music teacher, led the children in the song “A Brand New Millenium” to the music of Aquarius.
The theme will be focused on all year-long in many school activities.
The first Friday of every month is theme t-shirt day. The children and
staff will wear their shirts and participate in activities and lessons that reinforce the theme.
Kent Place School Slates Open House
SUMMIT — An open house will be held for prospective families interested in the kindergarten program at Kent Place School in Summit on Wednesday, December 8, from 9 to 11 a.m.
The Primary School offers academics in a child-centered environment. During the open house, families will tour the Primary School facility, visit classes and meet with members of the faculty and staff.
The school, which enrolls girls and young women only from kindergarten through grade 12, stresses such skills as independent thinking, responsibility and personal development, according to Kent Place spokeswoman Kim Greene Walker.
For more information please call the Admission Office at (908) 2730900.
Brook Stites Recognized As Exceptional Teacher
WESTFIELD — Brook Stites, a Spanish teacher at Westfield High School (WHS), has been honored as an Exceptional High School Teacher by the University of California at San Diego.
Identified by a former WHS student now attending the university, Ms. Stites has been awarded a letter of recognition by the university acknowledging the significance of her role in developing intellectual curiosity and scholarship in her students.
The University Chancellor expressed the appreciation of the uni
versity community in a letter to Ms. Stites and praised her for “inspiring students to seek, attain and surpass their goals.”
Dr. Suzanne Jacobus, who supervises the Foreign Languages Department at WHS, also congratulated the teacher. “Ms. Stites has positively influenced many students in her work as a Spanish teacher here,” she said. “Her colleagues in the department and I are very happy to see her receive this well-deserved recognition.”
Brook Stites Junior Woman’s Club
To Host Fundraiser With Santa Photos
FANWOOD — The Fanwood Junior Woman’s Club will host its annual Photos with Santa Fundraiser on Saturday, December 4, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Santa will arrive on the 10:20 a.m. train at the Fanwood Train Station.
Admission is $3 and includes crafts, games, candy necklaces, coloring and face painting. The cost per picture is $3.
All proceeds from this event go to the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Scholarship Fund. The Fanwood Junior Woman’s Club is part of the National Organization of Woman’s Clubs dedicated to serving the communities throughout the United States.
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