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OUR 39th YEAR – ISSUE NO. 26- 98 Published Every Thursday USPS 485200

Periodical – Postage Paid at Scotch Plains, N. J. Thursday, June25, 1998

of of of of of

— Serving Scotch Plains and Fanwood Since 1959 —


Business ........ Page 17 County .......... Page 2 Editorial ........ Page 4

Graduates ...... Page 6 Obituary ........ Page 11 Religious ....... Page 10

Social ............ Page 8 Sports ............ Page 13


Council Changes Clifford Street To Shalom Way Over Objections


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The Scotch Plains Township Council heard from Kramer Manor area residents and members of Congregation Beth Israel, during a public hearing Tuesday, over a measure that changes the name of "Cliffwood Street" to "Shalom Way." The council approved the change over residents' objections by a vote of four to one.

The temple is "the lone address on this particular street," according to Councilman Martin Marks. Councilwoman Irene Schmidt asked the council to delay a vote on the action after residents objected — but could not find a second member of the council to support her motion.

"There is a great deal to have a dialogue about," she said.

Resident Dr. Robert Spellman pleaded with the council to take more time to consider a compromise on the name change and he suggested combining the two names.

Other residents said they were angered when new street signs saying Shalom Way were put up last Friday, before the council voted on the measure. Mayor Joan Papen said the new street signs were made by the township Department of Public Works and the fact that they were put up was "an error."

Martine Avenue resident Annette Carpenter said, "I was very upset when I heard they were changing the name. I don't know why the name

has to be changed. We are quite surprised that a church is coming in and changing the street."

The temple street number will also change from 1920 to 18.

Rabbi George Neudell of Beth Israel responded to residents' objections over the name change, saying, "I would hope our presence here would be welcomed. We would like to see the (street) name change. I'm sorry to hear that there are people who feel otherwise."

The word shalom is a Hebrew word meaning peace, hello and goodbye. The number 18 is a lucky number, traditionally, in the Jewish faith.

After Beth Israel submitted a request to the Township Council for the street name change earlier this year, the council said they researched the origin of the name "Cliffwood," and could find no historical significance.

"We saw no impact on any (other) addresses since there is no one else on the street," Councilman Robert E. Johnston said.

Resident Alice Eldridge, who said she lived on the corner of Washington Avenue and the former Cliffwood Street, said, "It's totally unfair. This

William A. Burke for The Times THE CLASS OF 1998... Graduates enter the athletic field at Scotch Plains- Fanwood High School prior to commencement exercises last Thursday. Joining the graduates this year was their Principal, Dr. Terry K. Riegel, who is retiring.

William A. Burke for The Times PRE- GRADUATION CONFERENCE... These Scotch Plains- Fanwood High School Class of 1998 members enjoy a last moment together in the parking lot before last Thursday's commencement exercises.

Gerard Christie for The Times BURNED BY LIGHTING... This home at 1260 Sleepy Hollow Road in Scotch Plains sustained significant damage after being struck by lighting last Saturday night. A lighting bolt is believed to have struck a tree, bounced over an air conditioning unit before entering the house. The split level home sustained the most damage to the family room, located on the right side of the home, shown in the inset. Principal Terry Riegel and SP- F

Class 1998 Graduate Together By JEANNE WHITNEY

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The traditional tune of Pomp and Circumstance ushered 259 Scotch Plains- Fanwood High School seniors onto the 50- yard line of the Raiders football field last Thursday for 1998 graduation ceremonies. High school Principal Dr. Terry K. Riegel, retiring after 26 years, fought back tears as he said farewell to the graduates, saying, "I graduate myself — with such an outstanding class." He was awarded the first "diploma" of the evening by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Carol B. Choye. Assistant coach

James O. Powers, who died suddenly nearly three weeks ago, was remembered in speeches throughout the evening.

As diplomas and long- stemmed carnations were awarded to students, class officers read out the names and eagerly, 15 graduates per minute tramped up stairs on one side of the portable stage and down the other. One graduate carried a video camera in his hand, filming his moment of fame. The blue- robed scholars and their families alike joyfully applauded, cheered and waved throughout the commencement. The outdoor ceremony ended minutes before a

thunderstorm hit the area. Salutatorian of the graduating class, Sheri Weinberg, addressed her peers, saying, "We are the children of the '80's." She reminisced over Sesame Street television, the Spiderman cartoon character, Barbie dolls, My Little Pony toys, singers Madonna and the Back Street Boys.

Continuing, she said, "Yes, we remember the Challenger [Space Shuttle] explosion, but we remember the crash of TWA flight 800 more." Miss Weinberg graduates with a grade point average of 4.418.

In her speech, Valedictorian Joyce

Green Brook Task Force Looks to Whittle Down Options For Proposed Water Detention Sub- Basin in Reservation


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With two months to go, the Green Brook Task Force of the Flood Control Commission struggled last Thursday to whittle down a working list of 14 options to proposed water detention basins in Union County's

Watchung Reservation that are part of a $362 million flood control project for the Green Brook Sub- Basin and Raritan River area.

Chairman of the Task Force, Dr. Robert Hlavacek from Berkeley Heights said he wants to pass all viable solutions along to the Com mission and the United States Army

Corps of Engineers by the September deadline. The Corps drew up the original plans for the project.

Just this week the House of Representatives approved $12 million to fund construction for the first phase of the flood relief project. At the

request of Congressman Bob Franks, who represents the local Seventh District, funding for the project was included in the House and Water Appropriations bill. The legislation passed by a vote of 405 to 4.

The United States Senate version of the Energy and water Appropriations bill provides $7.2 million for the project. A conference committee is expected to be appointed in the next few weeks to work out the differences between the House and senate bills.

Congressman Franks, a resident of Berkeley Heights, said he will urge the committee to provide the full $12 million to prevent further delays in the project which has been on the drawing board for some two decades.

The task force was formed last year after it looked like Union County was going to nix the entire flood control project over objections to 11 acres of dry detention basins in Watchung Reservation. Republican Congressman Bob Franks secured a year's grace on the county's decision about

the plan while looking to get $12 million from the Federal government this year, to begin a separate downstream phase of the project.

Area business Connell Rice and Sugar has strongly opposed one of the proposed detention basins in particular, claiming the plan would wipe out access bridges to its business center property and flood an area between two of its office buildings.

A spokesman for the Army Corps of Engineers indicated Thursday that task force members must come up with definitive solutions and community support for the project's Upper Portion, in order for the Corps to lobby for additional Federal funding.

United States Democratic Senators Robert Toricelli and Frank Lautenberg first opposed the flood control project a year ago and blocked all Federal funding but now say they are willing to consider solutions.

One of the options now proposes creating a huge water detention basin in the northeast corner of Weldon

SP Residence Burns After Lightning Hit

Gretchen Bowman for The Times A RENDITION OF CENTRAL AMERICAN LIFE... Salvadoran acclaimed artist Carlos Sanchez begins work on a mural of a Central America village on the glass window of the story pit in the Children's Department of the Scotch Plains Library. The mural, when complete, will measure approximately three feet by 4.5 feet.


A Scotch Plains home burned for nearly four hours Saturday night in Scotch Plains, destroying the family room and lower roof, after lightening apparently struck a tree, bounced over to an outdoor air conditioning unit and entered the house.

The owners of the house, located at 1260 Sleepy Hollow Road, were vacationing at the time and were notified by relatives. There were no reported injuries.

A witness said neighbors were holding a block party at the time and did not see the fire until it was well under way. Another witness said he saw the lightening touch down. The split- level house continued to burn while it rained.

Scotch Plains Fire Chief Jonathan P. Ellis said firefighters had the blaze under control an hour after they arrived – by about 9 p. m. He said the windows of the family room blew out due to the fire's high heat. The right side of the house had water, fire, heat and smoke damage.

Chief Ellis confirmed that neighboring homes were not in danger from the blaze. He said trees had only heat damage.

A neighbor said the owners of the burned house were 28- year residents. The house is currently unlivable and has no electric or water service.

Officials who later saw the damaged house said it was not gutted and



Central American Village Coming Alive on Township Library Mural



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When Salvadoran artist Carlos Sanchez puts his final brush stroke on the mural he is creating at the Scotch Plains Library, he will endow the community with a uniquely per sonal rendition of life in a Central

American village. When first presented with the portfolio of Mr. Sanchez' work, Library Director Norbert Bernstein said, "We jumped at the opportunity to have the mural painted, and accepted his offer

with great joy." Working with Ann Luerssen, head of the Children's Department, Mr. Sanchez is painting the mural on the glass window of the story pit in the children's section. The scene will measure approximately three feet by 4.5 feet, according to the director.

The artist's talent was brought to the attention of Mr. Bernstein by Scotch Plains resident Judy March.

"Carlos is not being paid for the mural," she explained. "He is doing it as a member of the community. He believes in participation, and he wants his art to be seen. He has an incredibly unique talent."

Ms. March is managing Mr. Sanchez' efforts to bridge the gap between his reputation as an acclaimed artist in his native El Salvador and his present status as an fledgling talent in the American art world.

Mr. Sanchez is quick to credit Ms. March for motivating him to pursue his dream of artistic success in this country.

A full- time artist in his homeland, Mr. Sanchez now divides his time between employment at The Green Grocer in Scotch Plains, giving art lessons and painting for his growing clientele. He has been in the United States for approximately 18 months.

While his portfolio reflects a broad range of ability, Mr. Sanchez especially enjoys painting murals.

"I like the space," he explained. "I can do anything with it and I like people's reaction to it."

Of Mayan Indian and Spanish descent, Mr. Sanchez is saddened by Salvadorans' lack of appreciation for the Indian dimension of their heritage.


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is not Israel. Everybody's not Jewish." Councilman Marks indicated he was puzzled over objections to "shalom" since it means "peace" in Hebrew. Using the word "bigoted," Mr. Marks appeared to question the intent of some residents' objections to the name change.

Washington Avenue resident Sam Manigault said, "The name Shalom Way is not offensive to me, but I can understand how it can be offensive to certain people. I do feel there is some unreadiness. I think this is a matter that needs to be revisited."

His wife, Sheila Manigault, stated, "We like (the name) Clifford Street."

Another Washington Avenue resident, Lee Williams, said, "What really disturbs us is this seems like a done deal. We are the silent majority. It's frustrating. We always get kicked in the butt."

Mr. Williams, as well as other residents, went on to describe traffic snarls and speeding and parking problems during temple services. He pointed out that public telephones in the temple parking lot have drawn strangers to the neighborhood at all hours; council members agreed to remove the phones.

Councilwoman Schmidt said, "They don't belong there."

A spokesman for Beth Israel members said he recently alerted police to watch for speeders on the short street, adding, "We do want to cure these problems."

He agreed that the telephones should be removed.

Council members proposed that a group of town officials, area residents and temple members meet to find solutions to the traffic issues.

On a separate matter, officials said a Union County court judge will consider

the town's proposed condemnation of the former Scotch Plains Zoo property on Friday, July 10.

Current owners of the six- and- ahalf acres, Sunrise Assisted Living, said they want to build a senior housing facility on the site.

Some estimates put the zoo property value at about $560,000 but it is possible that a three- person panel appointed by the court could ultimately decide a fair price for the property if the town succeeds in the condemnation action, officials noted.

In other business, the council said it would renew 18 liquor licenses in the township for restaurants, clubs and stores. A plenary retail consumption license costs $1,728 per year and the fee for a plenary retail distribution license is $950.

Council members agreed to pay an engineering firm $3,650 to plan improvements for Green Forest Park. Brookside Park was okayed for $8,396 to complete improvements.

Another resolution was passed to award a contract for the base amount of $33,194 to Helios Construction, Inc., of Ocean County, for bathrooms and other improvements at the Scotch Plains Free Public Library and the Municipal Building.

The changes will be in line with the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act. Also, the side door of the Municipal Building will be moved about six feet to provide a level spot for wheelchair entry to the building.

The council okayed an application to the New Jersey Trust Fund Authority for grants to improve Raritan Road from Michael to Clover Lanes and Glenside Avenue from Canterbury Drive to Deer Path.

Clifford Street Changed To Shalom Way in Township


W. Chen advised graduates that, "Life goes on. Now is the time to move forward." Miss Chen achieved a 4.603 grade point average.

Newly elected President of the SPF Board of Education August Ruggiero asked the graduates to consider what makes up a rewarding life. "The problem," he told students, "is that many people want more than they need. Carefully chose a rewarding career but don't let it consume you. Remember these five words from the Beatles," Mr. Ruggiero said, "' all you need is love. '"

Student president of the class, Adam Baumwoll, told classmates in his speech, "I am honored to be the president of a class that is academically and athletically successful... charismatic and full of laughs." He went on to praise Dr. Riegel, saying, "He has been a wonderful role model for us. He has shown he is a genuinely nice guy. We thank him for the love he has shown us."

During the ceremony, students raised a banner and balloons on the football goal posts that read, "We Love You Dr. Riegel. Blue Cadillac for Sale." Dr. Riegel later noted the sign, saying, "This is a very happy class."

Other class student officers are Wendy Underwood, Vice President and Vaneisha Paynter, Secretary and Treasurer.

Superintendent Choye summed up the achievements of the high school graduates by citing Frank L. Baum's, The Wizard of Oz. "You do have a brain," she said. Dr. Choye spoke of courage and asked graduates to remember to ask the question, "Are you standing up for the truth?"

Lastly, she encouraged graduates to "find your blue skies, over the rainbow. The most important thing in life is not things, but people."

Sixteen National Merit Scholarship Finalists and Commended

graduates were noted in the program notes. Eighty- six percent of the class will go on to college, according to Dr. Riegel, while others join the military or seek other employment.

A group of sixteen graduates performed, a cappella, a song called "Here" about a photograph and memories. The piece was written by graduate Masayuki K. Gibson, who also performed with the singers.

Mayors Joan Papen of Scotch Plains and Maryanne S. Connelly of Fanwood attended the ceremony as did Scotch Plains Deputy Mayor William F. McClintock, Jr., and Fanwood Councilwoman Karen M. Schurtz.


Principal Riegel and SP- F Class '98 Graduate Together

Quarry, although storm water would have to be channeled to and from the quarry storage basin for drainage. Task force member J. B. Wiley said Weldon was "non- committal" about the proposal at this point.

Task force representative for Union County and former Freeholder Henry W. Kurz said he remembers that the Mayor of Watchung was "unalterably opposed" to the use of the quarry for water detention.

Watchung representative to the task force John Gause said the quarry site represented future commercial development to the borough in 30 years when the quarry shuts down.

In April, Berkeley Heights Mayor Dan Palladino proposed storm water detention alternatives to the Reservation sites, including the use of existing Surprise Lake and Seeley's Pond, creating basins underneath highway Route No. 22 and Blue Star Mall parking lot and using the front lawn of Mount Saint Mary Academy for a basin.

So far, the task force is yet to identify a solution guaranteed to garner public support, although by next month, members have agreed to rank

proposed options based on seven criteria, including cost, flood control effectiveness and "acceptability to host community."

Green Brook Task Force Looks For Water Detention Options


"I am proud of my country, proud of my Indian blood," he said. "I want to keep the culture alive."

To that end, he recently completed the first in a series of murals for the Diocese of Camden at the Romero Community Center.

Named for the martyred Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was killed in the early days of El Salvador's 12- year civil war, the center bears Mr. Sanchez' rendering of the different dimensions of Camden. These include a suburban home, the "broken homes" of the inner city, and the Camden skyline.

Despite no formal training as an artist, Mr. Sanchez sold his first painting, a landscape, to a school teacher for $5 at the age of 9. He recalled with a smile how he used to draw or paint on "everything — books, tables, the floor."

He remembered once taking a huge banana tree leaf, and carving a design in it with his fingernail. He noted how the sap ran free at first, then observed the changing texture of the leaf as it dried.

Today, texture remains an important part of his work, lending an unusual dimension to the paintings and drawings in his portfolio.

And while he is eager to generate business, be it painting murals, portraits or landscapes, Mr. Sanchez is equally committed to preserving his

own style. "His style is reality," explained Ms. March. "It's exactly what you see, only more so."

Mindful of the images automatically conjured up by names like Picasso or Rembrandt, he trusts in his talent (and the connections of people like Judy March) to establish his own reputation as a highly- regarded artist.

In July, Mr. Sanchez will display his work at the Plainfield Art Festival. In addition, Children's Specialized Hospital of Mountainside has booked Mr. Sanchez for a 20- painting corridor display in October.

Township Library Mural Being Painted by Sanchez


that repair was possible. It appeared the family's personal belongings were salvageable.

The incident occurred during an electrical storm that was passing through the county.

PSE& G has said 1,500 customers lost electrical power for up to two hours during the storm. Customers were affected in Carteret, Rahway, Linden and Fanwood. Hail and heavy rain was reported in the Scotch Plains.

Four fire engines responded from the township and one truck each from Fanwood and Clark. Rescue vehicles were also on site and neighboring fire departments moved up to cover calls from Scotch Plains.

SP Residence Burns After Lightning Hit



• Police reported that a vehicle was entered some time during the night on Forepaugh Avenue and a radio had been pried from the dashboard.


• A landscaper reported the theft of a lawnmower while doing work on Fairway Court. The lawnmower was left in the rear of his truck.

• Louis Smith, 28, of Scotch Plains was arrested for trespassing.


• A resident of Williams Street reported that some time over the past week someone had taken a bicycle from the garage.

• A resident of Longfellow Avenue reported that toilette paper and shaving cream had been spread across the front lawn some time over the night.

• It was reported that someone had been tampering with the lock of a vehicle parked in the Scotch PlainsFanwood High School parking lot causing damage to the window mechanism.

• A resident of Westfield Road reported that someone entered the garage and had taken a tool set and some loose change.


• An attendant of a Route No. 22 gas station reported receiving a counterfeit $20 bill from a person driving a black Lexus.


• The theft of car radios was reported from three vehicles parked at the Scotch Plains- Fanwood High School sometime over the night. It was also reported that another car had the tires punctured.


• A resident of Valleyscent Avenue reported that someone had entered his apartment through a screen window and then left through the door. It appeared that nothing had been taken.


• It was reported that two school buildings had been spray painted with graffiti.

• The theft of lawn ornaments was reported from a resident on East Second Street.

• A resident of Raritan Road reported damage done to his screen door. • Bruce Brown, 48, of Plainfield was arrested and charged with the use of suspected marijuana and obstructing the administration of the law for interfering with the investigating officer.

NEWLY SWORN... The College Club of Fanwood and Scotch Plains recently installed its officers slate for the 1998- 1999 year at a reception at the Scotch Hills Country Club. Pictured, left to right, are: standing, Mary Clare Levins, Second Vice President; Carol Rizzo, First Vice President; Jeanne Pauly, President; Adele Gatens, Treasurer, and, seated, Mary Ring, Recording Secretary, and Peggy Tan, Director. The club provides scholarships annually to local women to pursue a their education.

On June 13 in Leas Hall of All Saint's Episcopal Church on Park Avenue in Scotch Plains, the Scotch Plains- Fanwood Scholarship Foundation celebrated 32 years of continuous scholarship assistance to local students.

The Foundation was established on June 6, 1966. This year the 15 members of the Board of Trustees presented 79 scholarships with a total value of $70,100 to both high school and college students.

Foundation President, Ellie Kramps, announced that throughout their history of service to young people, the Foundation has made available 958 scholarship with a total value of $701,070. The Foundation is currently managing the moneys and doing the administrative work for 19 funds in addition to their own as well as handling the administrative work for 18 established flowthrough funds.

The year a committee of 14 screeners representing eight local schools as well as the Service League and the Foundation evaluated a record total of 107 applications. The applicants were awarded scholarships based on academic achievement, extra curricular and community activities, future promise, as well as their individual need for financial assistance in procuring a college education as stipulated in the requirements for the awarding of particular scholarships.

The Foundation gave sixteen Dollars for Students awards totaling $16,000 with money received through the generosity of the communities through an annual mailing as well as solicitations from the annual Dollars for Students Days.

The recipients were: Kari Calello, Dana Esposito, Karl Jennings, Christina Kane, Jennifer Kane, Keegan Rosera, Melissa Kenyon, Michael Simberg, Kimberly Eide, Anthony Giordano, Regina Giordano, Erin Zupkus, Patrick Dempsey, Roisin Egenton, Jay Kalyanaraman and Lisa Morris.

Scott LaGanga received the Alumni funded award. Elizabeth Brix received an award named for John Lawson; Keith Oatis an award named for Henry Schweiring; Maureen Zupkus an award named for Camielle Flathmann, and Joyce Chen an award named for Muriel Ramsden.

The third Robert Adams, Jr. Memorial Scholarship of $500 was presented to Jessica Rodino. Allison Schribner was the recipient of the 25th Elizabeth Becker Memorial Scholarship for $500. The 16th Joyce and Leonard Bergman Memorial Scholarship for $500 was presented to Brian Spitzer. The Besson Family Memorial Scholarships were presented for the seventh year and the recipients of $500 each were Suzanne Lamastra and Ian Doebber.

For 14 years the Foundation has presented the Henry Bluhm and Francis Dezort Memorial Scholarship, valued at $1,000, and this year it was presented to Matthew Brennan. Leah Saιnz de Viteri was the recipient of the Jeannette Britton Memorial Scholarship for $1,000. The Frances Brody Memorial Scholarship for $500 was given to Jennifer Kanarek who will be pursuing a career in music.

This year marked the awarding of the first Dr. Carol Choye Superintendent Recognition Scholarship in the amount of $1,000, and it was presented to Brian Spitzer. Among the many other scholarships that the Foundation administers are the Mountainside Elks Lodge No. 1585 scholarships. Two awards were presented for $500 each to Michael Grossman and Samantha Kanarek. Mickey Hingorani was the fourth recipient of the $500 Dr. George Esposito Memorial Scholarship. The fifth annual Scotch Plains Volunteer Firefighters Association Scholarships for $1,000 each was presented to Christian Sorge and Kate Vanderheyden.

Many scholarships were awarded in memory of loved ones and former teachers. The Irene Grubman Memorial Scholarship was awarded in the amount of $500 to Karen Haight.

Included were the fourth Doris Koues Memorial Scholarships to nursing students awarding $1,250 to both Katherine Santo and to Marissa Giordano. The fourth Deane Kumpf Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $500 was awarded to Jodi Baker.

This was the third year that the David J. Mills Memorial Scholarship was given and the recipient of $1,000 was Daniel Goscicki. The Oren and E. Lila Hilligass Memorial Scholarship was presented to Jonathan Winkler in the amount of $1,500. This was the third year that the Foundation awarded the Jeffrey Spring Memorial Scholarship honoring a former high school teacher. The award was given in the amount of $500 to James Canterbury.

Among the many local organizations funding scholarships is the First Community Bank which has given their second annual award in the amount of $300 to Jeannette Bonner.

The Scotch Plains Rotary Garbe Foundation funded 13 awards including $1,500 to Nicole Corbin, Nicole Kreger, Marisa Mangione and Edward Sweeney, and $1,000 was awarded to Jodi Baker, Adam Baumwoll, Moria Cappio, Ryan DiFrancesco, Benjamin Lee, Daniel Morris, Amanda Palmatier, Jason White and Jessica Warchol. The Service League presented six $2,000 awards to Scott Amory, Lisa Ciatto, Emily Gray, Silvana Nizzardo, Edward Sorge and Kristy Statue.

A former administrator and principal is remembered each year with the Perry H. Tyson Memorial Scholarship for $1,000 which this year was presented to Jennifer Lee. The Johanna Wilk Foundation each years presents a $2,500 scholarship to a student pursuing a career in medicine, and the recipient for this year is Sheri Weinberg.

The Foundation administers the scholarships presented by the PTAs of the Scotch Plains- Fanwood school district. This year they included two $750 Manya Ungar PTA Council Scholarships given to Moria Cappio and Scott LaGanga. The high school PTA presented the Robert Adams award of $750 to Douglas Bishop and the first $750 Dr. Terry K. Riegel award was presented to Jaimie Langevin. The Park Middle School awards for $450 each went to Daniel Morris and Courtney Metzger, and the Terrill Middle School award for $300 was given to Scott LaGanga.

School One PTA gave the James V. Cerasa Scholarship for $300 to Leah Saιnz de Viteri. The Brunner PTA awards of $250 each were given to Matthew Brennen and Allison Zakorski, and the Coles PTA award for $500 was given to Edward Sweeney. Evergreen PTA has established two scholarships with a $600 Dr. Beverlee Kaminetzky Scholarship being given to Thomas Pai and a $600 Kehs- Aakjer Memorial Scholarship being given to Jamie Langevin. The McGinn PTA presented two $300 awards to Ian Doebber and Kathryn Sellers.

At the conclusion of the event, the Board of Trustees held their annual meeting at which time they elected three trustees to continue on the board serving an additional three year term. The members included Flossie Bostwick, Joseph Nagy and Helen Spooner. The board also unanimously elected two new board members: Janice Simberg and David Hambleton. The additional members of the Board of Trustees include: Patricia DiFrancesco, Myrna Gordon, Richard Lorber, Joseph McGuire and Lee Stein. Principal Dr. Terry K. Riegel and Supervisor of Guidance, Karen McDermott, represent Scotch Plains- Fanwood High School on the Board of Trustees. The board accepted with regret the resignation of board members Dr. Albert DeSousa and Dr. Brian Cassidy.

Any member of the community who has not had a recent opportunity to make a tax deductible donation to the Dollars for Students Fund and who would like to do so may send their contribution to the Scotch Plains- Fanwood Scholarship Foundation, P. O. Box 123, Fanwood, 07023.

SP- F Scholarship Foundation Awards $70,100 in Scholarships

IRRESISTABLE… People for Animals, a non- profit animal welfare organization serving New Jersey, will sponsor a "Paws in the Park" pet adoption event on Saturday, June 27, from 11 a. m. to 3 p. m. in Nomahegan Park, next to the main parking lot off of Springfield Avenue, in Cranford. Among the dogs and cats available for adoption will be Max, an Australian shepherd mix. Max is three to four years old, medium- sized, neutered, and current with his vaccinations. This affectionate and gentle dog needs a foster or permanent home. To adopt or for information, please call (908) 688- 1073. For low cost spay or neuter information, please call the People for Animals Clinic at (908) 964- 6887. Spay or neuter surgery costs range from $35 to $55, and include rabies and distemper vaccinations. Mahood Watts Among

Cited at Convocation At Delbarton School

Mahood Watts of Scotch Plains was among those Delbarton School in Morristown seniors recently recognized during the school's awards convocation on May 26.

He was recognized for his leadership, commitment, dedication and outstanding contribution to the Education Programs of Children Handicapped (EPOCH).

Mahmood volunteered in the afterschool program which offers recreational activities for children with all types of handicaps. Kristine Marchalonis

Receives Medical Degree

Kristine S. Marchalonis of Fanwood received an Doctor of Medicine Degree from University of Medicine and Dentistry and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at commencement exercises held May 20 at Blockbuster- SONY Music Entertainment Centre at the Waterfront in Camden.

Dr. Marchalonis, who earned a Bachelor of Science Degree with honors from Cornell University, will continue her medical education in a family medicine residency at Lancaster General Hospital in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

She served as Student Director of The Homeless and Indigent Population Health Outreach Project, a student- run program which provides free health care and education to New Brunswick residents and youth.

She was awarded the 1997 New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians Foundation Scholarship for being an outstanding student. She was also the recipient of the 1998 Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Community Service Award for outstanding service to the medical school and community- at- large.

The graduate is the daughter of Dennis and Susan Marchalonis of Fanwood.

Anthony Perfilio Named To ESU Dean's List

Anthony A. Perfilio, of Fanwood, was among 766 students named to the Dean's List at East Stroudsburg University (ESU) of Pennsylvania for the spring semester.

Students eligible for the Dean's List are those who have attained a 3.50 quality point average or better. The letter grade "B" earns three quality points per credit, and the grade "A" earns four quality points per credit.

Anthony, a senior, graduated with a degree in sociology and anthropology.

ACROSS THE GRADES… Using a grant received from the Educational Enrichment Foundation of Scotch Plains and Fanwood, third- grade students in Joan Costello's class at McGinn Elementary School in Scotch Plains have developed a cross- age, book buddy project with the Kindergarten children in Donna Katz's afternoon class. The children meet with their buddies once a week for reading and writing activities, with the older youngsters serving as tutors and editors. Pictured are Kindergarten student Arianna Williams, right, and third- grader Michelle Schmiede.
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