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97aug07 Editorial

DECA, SPBPA Deserve Credit For Business & Services Directory

They say the key to doing business is marketing. Well, if that’s the case, than DECA, an association of marketing students at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, deserve an "A+" for the job they did on the first ever Scotch Plains Business & Services Directory.

The 111-page book, delivered to all residents and businesses within the township, contains a listing of every business that has an office in town or is a member of the Scotch Plains Business & Professional Association, which published the book, as well as a directory of civic groups, historical tid bits about the township’s history including old pictures.

The book is also filled with local advertisers who provided the revenue to make the directory a reality. From the response that the SPBPA is getting, the book has been very well received.

The association has grown from nine members in 1994, when it was founded, to over 200 members today. As a result of the success this directory will bring to township businesses, we expect that number SPBPA members to grow substantially. Keep up the good work SPBPA and DECA.

97aug07 Editorial

DWC, WSO Directors’ Maestro To Learn Benefits of Westfield

The Westfield community offers a tremendous wealth of resources to residents as well as those who shop or work in town. Whether it be the highly-recognized public school system, the quality of housing stock, or the little shops along Elm Street, this town has something very special to offer everyone. Three new members of our community will soon be able to take advantage of these benefits.

Last week the Downtown Westfield Corporation, Inc. (DWC) hired Michael La Place as its new Executive Director. In leading the DWC, which governs the town’s Special Improvement District, Mr. La Place will be responsible for managing the downtown revitalization program. This program includes design, economic development and promotion projects.

Mr. La Place is a native New Jerseyan who has had experience as an Assistant Planner in Montclair, where he worked on design and economic development initiatives. He also will oversee Westfield’s continued participation in the national Main Street program.

He is currently the Director of Long-Range Planning with the community of Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Other newcomers to Westfield are the new Executive Director of the Westfield Symphony Orchestra (WSO), Patrick Gaines. Mr. Gaines comes to Westfield from Des Moines, Iowa, where he was Administrative Director of that city’s Metro Opera. An accomplished musician, he performed with the Omaha Symphony Orchestra and the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra, both in Nebraska.

Mr. Gaines became aware of the Westfield Symphony from former WSO Executive Director Kenneth Hopper, who now has the same position with the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra.

Also joining the WSO is its new Music Director David Wroe. Mr. Wroe made his WSO debut in October of 1996 while conducting the orchestra’s 1996-1997 season opener at the Union County Arts Center in Rahway. He will make his debut as the new Maestro on Saturday, September 27, when the WSO kicks off its new season theme "Passport to the World of Music," at the Arts Center with a performance entitled "A Russian Fantasy."

The Leader welcomes Mr. La Place, Mr. Gaines and Mr. Wroe to Westfield. We are sure their stays will be enjoyable. We encourage residents to come forward and lend their support to the tasks these individuals face in making Westfield an even better place to live, work and do business.

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