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Religious News Interfaith Scotch PlainsFanwood Group ‘Remarkable Gathering’ of Leaders
For several decades, the Scotch Plains and Fanwood community has enjoyed a remarkable gathering of religious leaders, under the auspices of the Scotch PlainsFanwood Ministerial Association.
Each month, Catholic, Protestant and Jewish clergy meet to share their common concerns, and to build bridges of understanding between their respective houses of worship.
Though much progress in interfaith dialogue has been made over the past several years, there are still many communities where clergy of different faiths have little or no contact with each other.
That is not the case in Scotch Plains and Fanwood.
Though the members of the clergy each come to the meetings firm in their own faith traditions, they have come to understand just how much people of faith, and religious leaders, in particular, have in common.
Over the many years of their fellowship, the clergy have learned a great deal from each other, and have worked to promote their most obvious common goal of bringing their respective congregants closer to God and to the values of their own religious traditions.
As men and women who are all engaged in the “business” of ministering to congregations, the Ministerial Association members have often used their monthly meetings as opportunities to hone their professional skills.
Meetings are often devoted to learning counseling techniques, and to sharing information about programs and activities.
Some of the most informative meetings have been dedicated to learning about the different denominations represented in the Association, and how
By RABBI GEORGE NUDELL
they go about solving the problems common to houses of worship.
The Ministerial Association has invited secular community leaders to join with them as they discuss the issues and concerns of the Scotch PlainsFanwood community.
The mayors of Scotch Plains and Fanwood, the Township managers, the Superintendent of Schools, the Director of the YMCA and leaders of local service agencies and parochial schools regularly attend Ministerial Association meetings and participate in the ongoing work of the Association.
This has enabled the Ministerial Association to expand its work in the community.
As a result, members of the Association have been asked to volunteer as emergency counselors in the schools, and have helped raise the consciousness of the community about issues of civic concern.
The Ministerial Association maintains a close relationship with the Interfaith Council for the Homeless, Contact We Care and several local food shelters.
The Ministerial Association hosts three interfaith services each year: a Thanksgiving Service on the Monday evening before Thanksgiving, a Martin Luther King Jr. Service in January and a Holocaust Memorial Service in the spring.
In addition, the Ministerial Association hosts an annual CROP Walk for hunger relief in the fall and joins with communities all over the nation in observance of the National Day of Prayer each May.
Over the years, senior members of the Association, such as the Reverend Kelmo Porter of St. John’s Baptist Church, have become well known and admired by township residents of many different faiths through these community events.
Newer members of the Association, such as the Reverend Gary Rothwell of Scotch Plains Baptist Church, have remarked at how unusual it is to find the kind of feelings of camaraderie and mutual respect between clergy of different faiths.
Having served as pastor in communities that do not have as broad a spectrum of interfaith fellowship, the Reverend Rothwell has encouraged the members of the Scotch PlainsFanwood Ministerial Association not to take for granted the good thing they have going.
Current Ministerial Association President, the Reverend Kenneth Hetzel, of the Willow Grove Presbyterian Church, invites the entire Scotch PlainsFanwood community to this year’s interfaith Thanksgiving Service, which will be held at 7: 30 p. m. on Monday, November 22, at St. John’s Baptist Church on Morse Avenue. An evening of prayer, enthusiastic song, and inspirational words will be shared by one and all.
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Editor’s Note: The author is George Nudell, who is Rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains.
Marc Wesley Hardy Award Presented to David Roberts SPECIAL TRIBUTE… The Reverend Dr. Harry Taylor, Interim Minister of the
First Congregational Church of Westfield, and Dolores Hardy, mother of the late Marc Hardy, present the Marc Wesley Hardy Human Rights Award to David Roberts, who graduated from Westfield High School in June. A plaque bearing the names of recipients of the annual award is displayed in the narthex of the church, located at 125 Elmer Street in Westfield.
WESTFIELD — The Marc Wesley Hardy Human Rights Award for 1999 was presented to David Roberts by the First Congregational Church of Westfield, which administers the award.
Established as a memorial to Marc Wesley Hardy, a young member of the church who died in an automobile accident in 1990 at the age of 19, the award is given to a young adult (high school junior or senior or college freshman) who has distinguished himself in the area of human rights.
David, who graduated in June from Westfield High School, was nominated for the award by Rabbi Mary Zamore of Temple EmanuEl in Westfield. While in high school, David was an honor student, took Advanced Placement courses and was inducted into the National Honor Society.
He was active in the Model United Nations Club and Youth in Government for three years, serving during his junior year as Contingent Leader. David was second runnerup for “Best
Delegate” at the Model United Nations in March. He has been Manager of the Jazz Band and played tenor saxophone with the group. In addition, he has performed with the Wind Ensemble since 10th grade.
David was cofounder and coPresident of the Technology Club at Westfield High School. During his high school career, he was involved with TV36 and served as the first Web master.
Following his recovery from a serious illness in the summer and fall of 1997, David focused his Boy Scout Eagle project on helping people confined by illness. He collected more than 350 videocassette movie tapes, compact disks and audio tapes, as well as a used videocassette recorder, for use by patients at Runnells Specialized Hospital in Berkeley Heights.
In 1997, David was elected by his fellow scouts to the Order of the Arrow, scouting’s leadership and service organization, now known as Scouting’s Honor Society.
Recipients of the Marc Wesley Hardy Award are chosen based on the following characteristics: openness and friendliness to persons of other races, creeds and nationalities; involvement and leadership in organizations and activities committed to improving human relations; unusual personal dignity; the willingness to risk for what he or she believes is right; unqualified acceptance of others; respect for diversity; personal integrity; caring and willingness to listen and the ability to lead by example.
David will also be recognized during the interfaith service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in January.
To nominate someone for the Marc Wesley Hardy Award for 2000, please call the office of the First Congregational Church at (908) 2332494. Nominations are due by Sunday, April 30, 2000.
Schedule for Guest Speakers Announced by Woodside Chapel
FANWOOD – Woodside Chapel, located at 5 Morse Avenue in Fanwood, welcomes the community to its Sunday morning Family Bible Hour and Sunday School at 11 a. m. and Sunday evening service at 6 p. m.
The study of the Book of Acts will also continue.
The schedule of speakers follows:
· November 7 – Len Brooks will speak on Acts 7 at 11 a. m. and 6 p. m.
· November 14 – Len Brooks will speak on Acts 8 at 11 a. m.
· November 21 – John Schetelich will discuss Acts 9 at 11 a. m.
· November 28 – Mark Kolchin will speak at 11 a. m. and 6 p. m.
Woodside Chapel will hold its Thanksgiving Eve service on Wednesday, November 24, at 7: 30 p. m.
A nursery is provided. For further information, please call Gene Graber at (908) 8895462 or Dave Brooks at (908) 7890796.
Professor Berk to Speak At Temple EmanuEl
WESTFIELD – Author, guest lecturer and professor Stephen Berk will be the ScholarinResidence at Temple EmanuEl, Westfield, during the weekend of November 57. During the weekend, he will address several multifaceted aspects of Jewish history.
Dr. Berk’s theme at the Shabbat ser vice on Friday, November 5, at 8: 15 p. m.,
will be “The Greatest Trials in Jewish History: Jesus, Beilus, and Dreyfus.”
The topic for the Saturday service at 10 a. m. is “The Balkans and the Holocaust: Yugoslavia, Albania, Greece and Romania.” A luncheon, by reservation, will follow, at which Professor Berk will speak on “Eastern European Jewry Today: Resurrection or Futility?”
On Sunday, November 7, at 10 a. m., Professor Berk’s subject will be “Spielberg Film and History: ‘Schindler’s List, ’ ‘Amistad, ’ and ‘Saving Private Ryan. ’”
Dr. Berk is Professor of History at Union College, Schenectady, N. Y. His class on the Holocaust is the most popular class offered by the History Department at the college, according to The Fiske Guide, which describes him as a “most esteemed lecturer.”
The ScholarinResidence program is underwritten by Temple EmanuEl’s Charles A. Kroloff fund for Jewish Learning.
The program is free and open to the public except for the Saturday luncheon for which the donation is $10.
Luncheon reservations can be made through the Temple, 756 East Broad Street, Westfield, 07090.
For additional information, please call Carolyn Shane at the Temple, (908) 2326770.
CHADD Meeting Slated For Next Wednesday
MOUNTAINSIDE – Irv Finkelstein will discuss “Living with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)” at the next Western Union County CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder) meeting at Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside on Wednesday, November 3, from 7: 30 to 9: 30 p. m.
CHADD is a nonprofit, national organization which provides education, advocacy and support for individuals with ADHD.
Support groups will meet on Wednesday, November 10, at the same location and time.
For further information, please call Regina Monahan at (908) 3010709. PUBLIC NOTICE PUBLIC NOTICE
TOWN OF WESTFIELD
Public Notice is hereby given that an ordinance of which the following is a copy was introduced, read and passed on first reading by the Council of the Town of Westfield at a meeting held October 26, 1999, and that the said Council will further consider the same for final passage on the ninth day of November, 1999 , at 8: 00 p. m., in the Council Chamber, Municipal Building, 425 East Broad Street, Westfield, New Jersey, at which time and place any person who may be interested therein will be given an opportunity to be heard concerning said ordinance.
Bernard A. Heeney Acting Town Clerk
GENERAL ORDINANCE NO. AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE CODE OF THE TOWN OF WESTFIELD, CHAPTER 8, SECTION 3 WHEREAS, the State Legislature amended N. J. S. A. 52: 27D126e and N. J. S. A. 40: 55D8 to permit a waiver of municipal fees in connection with alterations in construction designed to promote accessibility by disabled persons to a private structure.
BE IT ORDAINED, by the Town Council of the Town of Westfield, in the County of Union, that Chapter 8, Section 3, be amended to include a new Section 3 (c) to read as follows:
“Section 3 (c) 1. No person shall be charged a construction permit, surcharge fee or enforcing agency fee for any construction, reconstruction, alteration or improvement designed and undertaken solely to promote accessibility by disabled persons to an existing onefamily or twofamily private residential structure or any of the facilities contained therein.
2. A disabled person or a parent or sibling of a disabled person shall not be required to pay any municipal fee or charge in order to secure a construction permit for any construction, reconstruction, alteration or improvement which promotes accessibility to his or her own living unit provided the living unit is a onefamily or twofamily private residential structure.
3. For purposes of this section, “disabled person” means a person who has the total and permanent inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment, including blindness, and shall include, but not be limited to, any resident of this State who is disabled pursuant to the federal Social Security Act (42 U. S. C. Section 416), or the federal Railroad Retirement Act of 1974 (45 U. S. C. Section 231 et seq.), or is rated as having a 60% disability or higher pursuant to any federal law administered by the United States Veterans’ Act. For purposes of this definition, “blindness” means central visual acuity of 20/ 200 or less in the better eye with the use of a correcting lens. An eye which is accompanied by a limitation in the fields of vision such that the
widest diameter of the visual field subtends an angle no greater than 20 degrees shall be considered as having a central visual acuity of 20/ 200 or less.”
All ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict or inconsistent with any part of this ordinance are hereby repealed to the extent that they are in such conflict or inconsistent.
In the event that any section, part or provision of this ordinance shall be held to be unconstitutional or invalid by any court, such holding shall not affect the validity of this ordinance as a whole, or any part thereof, other than the part so held unconstitutional or invalid.
This ordinance shall take effect after passage and publication as soon as and in the manner provided by law.
Attest: Mayor Thomas Jardim Bernard Heeney Acting Clerk 1 T – 10/ 28/ 99, The Leader Fee: $80.58
PUBLIC NOTICE PUBLIC NOTICE BOROUGH OF FANWOOD
NOTICE TO BIDDERS
NOTICE is hereby given that sealed bids will be received on Monday, November 8, 1999, at 9: 00 A. M. by the Borough of Fanwood, at the Borough Hall Council Chambers, 75 North Martine Avenue, Fanwood, Union County, New Jersey for the following:
Bidding will be for removal and reconstruction of concrete sidewalk at 51 locations throughout the Borough of Fanwood. Each site will require approximately two 4 foot x 4 foot sidewalk panels to be removed, and tree roots removed or ground down. Approximately ten (10) sites will require construction of a 12 inch x 12 inch four foot long concrete root barrier. The work includes furnishing all labor, materials and equipment, and hauling and incidental expenses necessary or required to complete all work shown on the reconstruction plans and as set forth in the specifications.
The principal items of construction are summarized as follows: Pedestrian and Traffic Barrier Protection Lump Sum Remove and Reconstruct Concrete Sidewalk 213 S. Y. Concrete Root Barrier (12 inch x 12 inch x 4 foot long) 1.5 C. Y. Tree Root Removal 2 inch 4 inch in diameter 153 L. F. Tree Root Removal 4 inch 6 inch in diameter 102 L. F. Tree Root Grinding 6 inch 8 inch diameter 3 inch deep 80 L. F. Tree Root Grinding 8 inch more diameter, 4 inch deep 40 L. F. This project also contains other related and incidental miscellaneous work. The successful bidder is to begin work on or before the fourteen (14) calendar days after the date of the signing of the Contract unless otherwise ordered by the Borough. All work is to be substantially completed within thirty (30) working days after signing of the Contract and authorization to commence work by the Borough.
Plans and specifications may be obtained from the Borough Clerk on Monday, November 1, 1999, at the Borough Hall, 75 North Martine Avenue, Fanwood, New Jersey 07023, (908) 3228236. Bidding documents consisting of a proposal form, one (1) set of photos for each site, and two (2) sets of site location plans, and the Bid Documents and Specifications booklet may be obtained upon payment of Thirty ($ 30.00) dollars by cash, certified check, cashier’s check, or bank money order ONLY. Additional copies of the plans and specifications may be obtained upon payment of Thirty ($ 30.00) dollars per set. The Bidder shall phone twentyfour (24) hours in advance to reserve bidding documents.
The Proposal must be accompanied by all documents required by the Bidding Specifications. Bidders are required to comply with the requirements of N. J. P. C. 1975, C. 127. Bidders must not submit Bids with qualifying conditions or provisions. Bidders are to double check bids submitted, both as to all requirements being submitted, and as to the accuracy of the amounts bid.
Eleanor McGovern Borough Clerk 1 T – 10/ 28/ 99, The Times Fee: $73.44
St. Barnabas Sets Symposium On Advances in Epilepsy
LIVINGSTON — The Saint Barnabas Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery, an affiliate of the Saint Barnabas Health Care System, and the Epilepsy Foundation of New Jersey will present a free community symposium entitled, “Advances in Epilepsy: New Treatments, New Hope,” on Saturday, October 30, from 8: 30 a. m. to 12: 30 p. m. at the Saint Barnabas Ambulatory Care Center, 200 South Orange Avenue, Livingston.
Designed for adults with epilepsy or parents of children with epilepsy, this program will cover the important decisions and challenges regarding health, lifestyle and social issues.
Preregistration is required. For a brochure outlining the program, to register or for more information, please call the Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery at Saint Barnabas at (973) 3226600.
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WESTFIELD — An open forum on “Y2K Preparedness in Westfield” will be held at the First Congregational Church of Westfield on Sunday, October 31, at 11: 15 a. m. in the Patton Auditorium. All are invited to attend.
The speaker will be First Ward Councilman Carl A. Salisbury. He will outline the local municipal and social service agencies, which serve as the foundation of local emergency response and management in Westfield.
The forum is expected to facilitate a plan recently formulated by the Westfield/ Mountainside Ministerium to marshal and coordinate their resources with those of the American Red Cross and the local police departments to deal with possible problems.
For further information, please call the church office at (908) 2332494.
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Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
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