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New Music Classes Slated For Students of All Ages

The American Performance Studios have added classes to the fall and winter schedule, hoping to fill a need for more specific training in the arts for students of all ages, according to instructor Jeanette Maraffi.

Mrs. Maraffi will be teaching a course in Ear-Training for singers and instrumentalists who wish to increase their music, hearing and sight-reading skills.

Mrs. Maraffi approaches the training of the ear to hear music intervals and rhythms in a format which includes singing solfeggio, stationery "Do," and tone forming exercises.

Molly Barber and Debbie Shapiro will teach Pre-School Story Time Theater to children ages 3 to 6. Students will sing, learn a story and act it out under the tutelage of Mrs. Barber, formerly of "Miss Molly and Friends" on the children’s television show "Romper Room," and Mrs. Shapiro, an early childhood music specialist.

Story Time Theater will work with children to encourage their interest and development in music, as well as having fun creating and acting out stories, according to Mrs. Maraffi.

Classes in Performance, Scene Study, Public Speaking, Audition Preparation and Choral Singing also are offered. The Fall/Winter Choral Singing class includes a Holiday Caroling party.

Individual lessons in piano, voice and monologue preparation also are offered. The American Performance Studio is a not-for-profit educational activity. Please call (908) 233-7214 for further information.

SPBPA Sets Meeting Featuring Speaker On Services to Business

The Scotch Plains Business and Professional Association (SPBPA) will present a speaker from the Union County Economic Development Corporation to speak on programs and services that are available to local businesses.

The discussion will take place during the organization’s regularly-scheduled September meeting at CEO Executive Suites, 1812 Front Street in Scotch Plains. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 25, with the speaker to begin at 7:30 p.m.

All local businesses and professional men and women are invited to join the association which consists of 185 members.

The annual dues are $35. Please call Vincent Losavio at (908) 322-7126 or Ray Pardon at (908) 322-7388 for additional information.

Mr. Populus, Mrs. Plante Kick Off Fall Campaign

Councilman William (Bill) E. Populus. Jr., and local Realtor Patricia "Pat" Plante have begun their fall campaign for election as Democratic candidates to the Fanwood Borough Council.

Mr. Populus has been credited with bringing a business focus to council meetings, saving money and improving services.

He has served on the Fanwood Council for four years, having first been appointed to the governing body in 1993. The councilman was elected for a three-year term in 1994, gaining the largest number of votes of all four candidates who ran that year.

Mr. Populus spearheaded the renovation of La Grande and Forest Road Parks.

In 1997, Mr. Populus chaired the council’s Administration and Finance Committee, which met the state deadline for introducing the municipal budget for the first time in several years.

Mr. Populus restructured the borough’s banking arrangements to earn tens of thousands of dollars in interest, according to a spokeswoman for his campaign.

He also has obtained more than $400,000 in grant monies for Fanwood. Mr. Populus convinced the Borough Council to engage a consultant who specializes in finding grants to finance vital public improvements, the spokeswoman stated.

"Fanwood citizens pay a lot in state and federal taxes. It’s our job to see that they get back as much as possible. And the more successful we are, the better able we will be to continue to hold down local property taxes," Mr. Populus emphasized.

Mr. Populus and his wife, Marilyn, have lived in Fanwood for 27 years, where they have raised three children. The councilman is a self-made businessman and founder of Populus & Associates, a real estate appraisal firm.

Mrs. Plante is a member of the Fanwood Board of Health, and served

on the Fanwood Centennial Committee. She also serves as a volunteer for the Brunner Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association and for the Scotch Plains/Fanwood YMCA’s children’s programs.

"I moved to Fanwood nine years ago, and my husband, Tom, and I are delighted to have found such a lovely place to raise our family," said Mrs. Plante.

"I was raised to believe that if you care about the place you live in, you should become involved," noted Mrs. Plante, "and I have seen that one person can make a real difference in a community."

Most recently, Mrs. Plante was appointed to the Union County Transportation Advisory Committee by Linda d. Stender, Freeholder Chairwoman and former Fanwood Mayor.

"I want to serve on the Borough Council so I can make a difference, and so I can do more for my family, my neighbors, and for my community," Mrs. Plante commented.

Mrs. Plante said her years as a local Realtor have given her a "keen sensitivity" to issues that affect property values. She is a member of the New Jersey Association of Realtors’ Million Dollar Club.

Mrs. Plante’s government experience is also extensive. She worked for the federal Social Security Administration for 18 years, rising to Operations Supervisor during her career.

There are a total of six positions on the Fanwood Borough Council, with each term lasting three years. There presently are three Democrats and three Republicans on the governing body. General elections will be held on Tuesday, November 4.

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TheWestfield Leader
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Revised: September 23, 1997
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