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BusinessProfessional Group Is Planned for Fanwood
FANWOOD — The Fanwood Downtown Revitalization Committee (FDRC) is joining forces with the Scotch PlainsFanwood High School DECA Chapter, an association of marketing students, to form a Fanwood Business and Professional Association (FBPA).
Groundwork has already been set by the FDRC and improvements have been made to the business district.
The first organizational meeting for the FBPA will be held on Wednesday, November 10, at The Chelsea at Fanwood assisted living complex on South Avenue in Fanwood.
In addition to organizing the business and professional association,
items to be discussed include parking for seasonal employees, a new centralized dumpster, finances and any concerns of business owners. Business owners and professionals are invited to attend this meeting.
DECA, which prepared a successful market research study for the borough last year, will conduct a followup survey of business owners to determine their concerns and to encourage membership in the FBPA.
DECA advisor Donald Cababe said all business owners are urged to complete the survey and attend the meeting. Any questions may be directed to DECA at (908) 8898600.
Westfield Students Attend Leadership Training Event LEADING THE WAY… Seven intermediate school students from the Westfield
Public Schools attended the New Jersey Association of Student Councils’ (NJASC) 44th Annual Leadership Training Conference, held in Newton, prior to the start of the school year. Pictured, left to right, are: Jim McCabe, Carolyn Harbaugh, Tyler Seeger and Jim Davy from Roosevelt Intermediate School.
WESTFIELD — Seven intermediate school students from the Westfield Public Schools attended the New Jersey Association of Student Councils’ (NJASC) 44th Annual Leadership Training Conference, held in Newton, prior to the start of the school year.
Attending the fourday conference were Jim McCabe, Carolyn Harbaugh, Tyler Seeger and Jim Davy from Roosevelt Intermediate School, and Ali Ryna, Brian Bigelow and Gio Palatucci from Edison Intermediate School.
The students were taught skills in communications, problem solving, team building and leadership.
Also in attendance were several Westfield staff members and high school students who were counselors at the program. They included Mairen Priestley, an NJASC State Officer, Remy Cherin, Nicole Seib, Chris Driscoll and Dan Seegerall stu dents at Westfield High School.
Senior staff included Roosevelt Intermediate School Principal Ken Shulack, Roosevelt teachers Rose McCauley (NJASC Educational Director) and Brian Vieth, Kira Brady and Glen Kurz.
The New Jersey Association of Student Councils is the oldest organized Student Council association in the nation.
Westfield Rescue Squad Kicks Off Recruiting Drive
WESTFIELD — The Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad recently mailed a letter to every home and business in Westfield as a kickoff for a massive recruiting drive.
The squad is optimistic that this mailing will attract residents to volunteer for a position as either an emergency medical technician (EMT) or dispatcher, according to spokesman Richard A. Jackson.
To become an EMT, the applicant must have a valid New Jersey driver’s license and must be willing to undergo training necessary to receive certification from the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services.
Applicants must also be willing to volunteer their time one duty period a week. During daytime hours, the usual duty period is only four hours. There are also duty shifts available on the weekends and throughout the night.
To become a dispatcher, the applicant must have excellent hearing and be available for at least a twohour period during the day every other week.
Dispatchers receive calls from the 911 communication officers at police headquarters and dispatch a crew as quickly and efficiently as possible. All training for dispatchers is done on the premises.
To learn more about joining the rescue squad, residents are invited to stop by the squad building at 335 Watterson Street, next to the traffic circle on South Avenue. They may also call (908) 2332500 and leave a message with one of the dispatchers so that the recruiting committee may contact them.
The squad is funded entirely by tax deductible donations, which may be made to the Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad, P. O. Box 356, Westfield, 070910356.
Red Cross Chapter to Hold Blood Drive in Westfield
WESTFIELD — The Westfield/ Mountainside Chapter of the American Red Cross, will hold a blood drive on Wednesday, November 3, from 3 to 8 p. m. at the Chapter House, located at 321 Elm Street in Westfield.
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 72hour deferral for dental work, including routine teeth cleaning.
Individuals who have traveled outside of the United States recently are asked to call the Blood Center for eligibility criteria.
For additional restrictions and information concerning blood donation, please call (800) BLOOD NJ (2566365). The blood supply is at a critical level and support for this and other drives is needed to maintain the blood levels at area hospitals.
Local AARP Sets Meeting; Plans Upcoming Activities
WESTFIELD — The Westfield Area Chapter No. 4137 of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) will meet on Monday, November 1, at The Presbyterian Church in Westfield, 140 Mountain Avenue, at the corner of East Broad Street.
The social period with refreshments will begin at 1 p. m., with the meeting beginning a half hour later, followed by the guest speaker.
Wendy Rayner, Chief Information Officer for the State of New Jersey, will be the guest speaker. She works directly with the office of Governor Christine Todd Whitman. Her topic will be “The Plans for the State of New Jersey in the New Millennium.”
Voluntary donations of nonperishable grocery items such as canned, boxed, and paper products are being collected by the AARP chapter for the Food Pantry, to be donated to poor, homeless and temporarily unemployed individuals.
The chapter’s annual Holiday Luncheon will be held at noon on Monday, December 6, at The Westwood in Garwood.
Music and songs will be provided by entertainer Ted O’Connell. A full luncheon will be offered to members
for $14 each. For reservations and questions, members are asked to call Luncheon Committee Chairwoman Marie Stock at (908) 3252536.
There are still a few openings for the twoday trip on Wednesday and Thursday, December 1 and 2, to the Sight and Sound Theater for a production of “The Miracle of Christmas.” Also included will be a smorgasbord dinner and other meals, plus a tour of Wheatland, the home of President James Buchanan.
For more information and reservations, please call Betty Montag at (908) 2327153. Various day and overnight trips are now being planned for the year 2000 by the Trips and Tours Committee.
Additional information may be obtained by calling Hazel Hardgrove at (973) 3763348.
Scotch Plains Lions Makes Donations to Local Groups
SCOTCH PLAINS — During the most recent regular meeting of the Scotch Plains Lions Club, President Larry Thompson announced the recommendations of the Allocation Committee and the Board of Directors’ approval of charitable donations.
Funds were raised by the organization through flea markets, pancake breakfasts, mint candy sales, White Cane Day solicitations and its 50th Anniversary banquet.
Mr. Thompson thanked participating members and local professional and business persons for their support. In addition to the listed donations, scholarships will be awarded to members of the graduating class of 2000 from Scotch PlainsFanwood High School from the club’s Memorial Foundation Fund.
The club has made or budgeted donations totaling $5,150 to various organizations for the blind, as well as other local organizations such as the Center For Hope Hospice, the Interfaith Council Food Bank, Children’s Specialized Hospital, the Scotch Plains Volunteer Rescue Squad and the Emanuel Cancer Fund.
Past District Governor Norman Bendel inducted new member Carol McGonigle. She is employed by the Scotch PlainsFanwood Board of Education.
Guest speaker Dr. Richard Karlin discussed his research with Huntington’s Disease. He has authored a novel/ documentary entitled “Devils Dance” and will have another book released in November.
Dr. Karlin referred to “Devils Dance” to explain the condition the disease has on patients.
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Mammograms, Screenings Set At Elizabeth General Medical
Elizabeth General Medical Center will conduct a free breast screening and offer mammograms on Saturday, October 30, from 10 a. m. to 2 p. m. at 925 East Jersey Street in Elizabeth to support October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
All women 40 years of age or older may participate in the free breast screening.
In order to be eligible for a free mammogram, women must also be uninsured, a resident of Union County and must not have had a mammogram in the last year.
Women who do not meet these requirements, but are still 40 years age or older, may receive a mammo gram at a reduced rate of $50, which
will be charged at the time of the screening.
Following the manual examination by a qualified physician, women will learn breast selfexamination techniques.
Appointments for mammograms will be scheduled at a later date.
Appointments are necessary to participate in the screening and may be obtained by calling (800) 525EGMC or (800) 5253462. Free parking is available.
The program is sponsored by the Union County Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Project and the American Cancer Society.
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Scotch PlainsFanwood BOE To Discuss District Facilities
SCOTCH PLAINS — Due to continuing enrollment increases and other pressures on the availability of space in the Scotch PlainsFanwood public school district, the Board of Education has scheduled public meetings to discuss possible longrange solutions regarding the use and/ or expansion of district facilities.
Meetings will be held at the district’s administrative offices at Evergreen School at Evergreen Avenue and Cedar Street in Scotch Plains.
On Monday, November 1, an open forum entitled “Coffee and Conversation with the Board” will begin at 7: 30 p. m. A special Board of Education meeting will take place on Tuesday, November 9, beginning at 8 p. m. The board will receive facilities assessment reports from The Thomas Group professional planners and ServiceMaster Management Services Company.
A community survey regarding facilities has also been developed and is being sent to every residence in Scotch Plains and Fanwood in Perspective,
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