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Page 20 Thursday, June 25, 1998 The Westfield Leader and THE TIMES of Scotch Plains – Fanwood A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION


Ben Lee Coordinates Work At Nature Ctr. for Badge

For his Eagle Scout badge project, Ben Lee, of Boy Scout Troop No. 104, coordinated and supervised members of his scout troop and performed trail work in the Fanwood Nature Center on April 14 and May 24.

The work included brush removal, lining the trails with logs, and placing wood chips on the trails. About 500 feet of trail was improved. A 20-

HAPPY TRAILS TO YOU... Shown during their trail work at the Fanwood Nature Center, left to right, are: Steve Cole, Justin Viglianti, Dave Jensen, Nick Koch, Tim Lee, Pete Mosko, Ben Lee and Dan Granda. Other scouts who helped, but are not pictured, were Mark Urbancik, Rich Lukas, Andy Granda, Eric Schimming, Nat Schimming and Adam Bowser.

foot section of boardwalk was also constructed in a wet area.

The work was coordinated through Dean Talcott, who is the Nature Center caretaker and Chairman of the Fanwood Environmental Commission.

Ray Manfra, Director of Public Works, picked up the brush and delivered the wood chips to the Scotch Plains- Fanwood Recycling Center.

SAFETY LESSON… Daisy Troop No. 778 of Washington Elementary School in Westfield recently visited the local fire house. Firefighters discussed fire safety with the girls and demonstrated the clothing they wear to protect them while fighting a fire. Troop leaders Kim Anderson, far left, and Catherine Singley, far right, also discussed safety tips with the youngsters.

Committee Reviews Plans For Pending Lecture Series

Members of the committee for the Westfield Lecture Series met recently to discuss their plans with Westfield Mayor Thomas C. Jardim.

The committee is arranging to schedule lectures of interest to the community. Four lectures will be offered during the 1998- 1999 season, with the first anticipated to take place in September.

Each lecture in the series will be presented by an expert in his or her field. The speakers are being chosen based on the broad appeal of their respective subjects, as well as their presentation style, according to spokesman Dave Meuller.

Among the speakers now being considered for the 1998- 1999 season are an astronaut, who will discuss

TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION… Westfield Mayor Thomas C. Jardim, far right, recently met with committee members of the newly- formed Westfield Lecture Series to discuss next season's program. Joining the Mayor, pictured left to right, are: Mike Mazzarese, Susan Doubilet, Elisa Sananman and Lenore Fishman Davis. Additional committee members include Thomas Phelan, Michael Sananman and David Mueller.

the experience of being in space; a forensic anthropologist, who will explain scene- of- the- crime investigation; a love story expert, whose talk will take place around Valentine's Day; a culinary historian, and a music commentator.

The series is being sponsored by the Westfield Foundation and the Westfield "Y."

Mayor Jardim plans to present an introductory message at the first lecture to help launch the new series. The dates and location for the lectures will be announced this summer.

For additional information, please call Mr. Meuller at the Westfield "Y" at (908) 233- 2700, Extension No. 233.

Spanish- American War Marked by History Talk

The 100th Anniversary of the Spanish- American War of 1898 will be marked in a talk on "The Splendid Little War" by Lawrence Fuhro of Roselle at the First Wednesday luncheon of the Westfield Historical Society at noon on Wednesday, July 1, at B. G. Fields Restaurant.

Mr. Fuhro is a sixth through eighth grade history and reading teacher at St. Michael School in Cranford. He is a history graduate of Caldwell

College. He is a collector and researcher in paper Americana, one room schoolhouse memorabilia, and military history of the SpanishAmerican War. He has also spoken to the Westfield Historical Society on American almanacs, early newspapers and the Cranford Thief Detecting Society. He has co- authored three books on local history.

As a member of the Westfield Historical Society, he designed the format of the Westfield Historical Society's newsletter. He is a threetime President of the Cranford Historical Society and Past Vice President of the Union County Historical Society. He was recently honored by the New Jersey State Senate for his contributions to local history.

Regular attendees at the First Wednesday luncheon will be contacted by a committee of the historical society to verify their reservations. Space permitting, others are welcome to attend by calling 233- 2930 before noon on Monday, June 1, for seating information.

Wag N' Bark Slates Pet Adoption Event Sunday in Township

Wag N' Bark, Inc. will hold a pet adoption event at It's a Dog's World, 1719 East Second Avenue in Scotch Plains, on Sunday, June 28, from 11 a. m. to 3 p. m.

There will be many dogs available, as well as cats. All animals are spayed or neutered and fully vetted. For further information, please call (908) 245- 5949.

Scotch Plains PBA Continues Its 1998 Fundraising Efforts

The Police Benevolent Association (PBA) Local No. 87 of the Scotch Plains Police Department began its 1998 Fund Drive. Funds are used to buy bulletproof vests for township officers, support the Sick and Death Fund, Project Graduation at Scotch Plains- Fanwood High School, "Children's Charities" fundraiser and the Christmas Toy Drive.

All residents and township businesses were sent letters about the fund drive. In the past five weeks, only 9 percent of those contacted have responded.

This annual drive is the only means of raising the necessary funds to help provide the many services that benefit the community, according to the PBA. Residents will receive a reminder card indicating the fund drive is still on.

The PBA would like to remind residents that they do not solicit funds by telephone or use professional fund raising services. All donations are used for charities and PBA programs, according to the PBA.

Please direct inquiries to Sergeant Mark Zyla or Sergeant James

Cassidy at the Scotch Plains Police Department, 430 Park Avenue, Scotch Plains, (908) 322- 7100.

Women's Group Seeks Members

F. E. M. A. L. E. (Formerly Employed Mothers at the Leading Edge), a national support group for women who have decided to temporarily leave the workforce to stay at home with their young children, is looking for new members.

The North- Central New Jersey Chapter offers evening discussion groups, presentations with outside guest speakers, and a mothers night out, as well as weekly daytime play groups.

Discussion groups are usually held on the first Wednesday of each month starting at 7: 30 p. m. at the Cranford Library, located on Walnut Avenue, Cranford. Prospective members are encouraged to meet the group at this informal meeting.

Formal meetings with outside guest speakers are held on the third Wednesday of each month, at 8 p. m. at the Westfield "Y," located at 220 Clark Street.

For any additional information on F. E. M. A. L. E., please call (908) 620- 1220.

Community Band Concert To Feature Patriotic Themes

The Westfield Community Band, under the direction of Elias J. Zareva, continues its 86th season of performances in Mindowaskin Park in Westfield on Thursday, July 2, at 8 p. m.

The band will perform a special tribute that evening entitled "Sinatra in Concert," to honor the life of the late musical legend from New Jersey.

The band will present a variety of patriotic, historical and family- oriented songs during the concert. Included in the program will be a "Symphony of Sitcoms," featuring a medley of famous television themes.

There will also be a presentation of Richard Rodger's "Victory at Sea," the longest score ever written. Rodgers composed this work for an award- winning NBC television series.

The band will be joined for this program by the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) and the Daughters

of the American Revolution. Opening remarks will be made by Charles Brown, SAR President, and Lillian Blauvelt, Regent of the DAR.

During intermission, Sam McCaulley will reenact the role of the Town Crier, bringing community news to the public as it might have been done in Colonial days.

Additional performances will be held on Thursdays, July 9 and July 16. In the event of inclement weather, the concerts will be held in the Westfield Community Room at the Municipal Building next to Mindowaskin Park.

All events are free to the public and it is suggested that the audience bring lawn chairs or blankets.

The Westfield Community Band is sponsored by the Westfield Recreation Commission. Glenn S. Burrell is the Director of the commission. For more information, please call (908) 789- 4080.

Gretchen Bowman for The Westfield Leader and The Times LOVE MY CHEVY... Mike Power stands next to his vintage 1936 Chevy Master Deluxe. The vehicle was one of the many classic cars on display along Quimby Street last Thursday during the Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce's sponsored Classic Car Shows. Future car shows, slated for Thursday nights, will be held on July 16, August 20 and September 17. At The South Avenue Train Station Parking Lot

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