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OUR 108th YEAR – ISSUE NO. 26- 98 FIFTY CENTS 232- 4407

The Westfield Leader — Serving the Town Since 1890 —

Thursday, June 25, 1998 USPS 680020 Periodical – Postage Paid at Westfield, N. J.

Published Every Thursday


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

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

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

Gretchen Bowman for The Westfield Leader OH HAPPY DAY... Dennis Mannion gets a hug from his daughter, Genevieve, and new high school graduate, prior to the start of last Thursday's Westfield High School commencement exercises held at the Westfield National Guard Armory.

Gretchen Bowman for The Westfield Leader GO GET 'EM CLASS OF '98... These Westfield High School Class of 1998 members await the start of last week's graduation exercises held at the Westfield National Guard Armory due to the threat of a thunderstorm.

Gretchen Bowman for The Westfield Leader A VENUE FOR CLASSIC CARS... Quimby Street in Westfield was lined with classic cars last Thursday night during the opening of a summertime series sponsored by the Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce. The series will be held on the third Thursday of the month through September.

Gretchen Bowman for The Westfield Leader SHE'S MY GAL... Carol and Tony Kukal displays the 1963 Ford Galaxy 500. The vehicle is unique from other 1963 Ford models because of its 427, four- speed engine. The car was one of many displayed during the Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce- sponsored classic car event.

Westfield High Class Of '98 Bids Farewell

At Commencement By MELISSA FLEMING

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"I know I'm not the only one who has been waiting for this day, this brief moment where we cross one of those invisible lines and leave behind so much we have grown accustomed to," said Class President Steve Dennis at Westfield High School's Commencement exercises held Thursday night.

Although the event was held in the Westfield National Guard Armory due to threatening weather, the students' spirits were not dampened.

Student Council President Rory Suggs spoke of the "kind of impact the Class of 1998 had on Westfield

High." "We took advantage of getting to know different people when we got together as a class," he told his fellow graduates

The class made their mark academically, as well. Four students in the class — Andrea Bistak, Alice Kelman, Abigail O'Niell, and George Wu — were recognized for perfect academic achievement which requires a grade point average of 4.0 throughout their entire high school careers. Fourteen members of the class received National Merit Letters of Commendation.

In addition, Anisha Ambardar, Thomas Olsen, Teresa Rodihan and Andrew Zachar received National Merit Scholarships.

One hundred and twenty- four graduates were members of the National Honor Society. Twenty- two members of the class were Edward J. Bloustein Distinguished Scholars. Also, Christina Ho, Corinne Liebrich and Heather Simpson received awards for perfect attendance.

Not just the graduates were leaving the high school at this commencement. Many teachers, including Assistant Principal Frank X. Scott, are retiring from Westfield High School. Mr. Scott served as both an educator and administrator in the Westfield school district for 38 years. To mark the end of his stay at Westfield, Mr. Scott delivered the Commencement Address.

In his speech, Mr. Scott reviewed

Board Approves Change to Ease Up On Parking Allocation Process


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The Westfield Planning Board last week eased up on the approval process for central business applications as it relates to parking allocations.

The change in the zoning ordinance would eliminate the need for planning and zoning board approval when the total amount of an applicant's proposed parking allocation is 10 spaces or under what was allowed for the previous tenant.

Under the proposal, future applications will be based on any increase in parking over what was allocated for the previous tenant.

If the applicant's proposal is to increase parking by one to five spaces over what is currently allowed, the case will be referred to the zoning officer. If the increase is between six and 10 spaces, the applicant will be required to go before the Site Plan Committee of the Planning Board.

If further variances are required by an applicant, the entire case – including the parking plan – will go before

either the planning or zoning boards. Board Attorney William S. Jeremiah, 2nd, noted that in the 14 years as board attorney, he had "yet to see a variance for parking turned down (for a downtown business)."

The board approved the change in the zoning law during a special meeting last week. Also discussed were several proposals by the Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC) regarding different types of signs for businesses in town.

DWC Executive Director Michael La Place asked the board to approve a ban on the use of pylon signs in town. These signs are currently permitted for gas stations only. The board opted not only to keep this policy intact but to expand it to car dealerships.

A request by the DWC to allow projected signs in the business district, similar to those located at the former 55 Elm store on Elm Street or the one outside Vivian's Kitchen on Prospect Street, was tabled at the request of Mr. La Place.

Mr. La Place said he would prefer to come back later in the year with a more detailed presentation for consideration by the board. That request, he noted, could be added to the zoning law as an amendment by the Town Council.

Board member Marc McCabe asked if there was a "big demand" in the downtown for these type of signs.

Mr. La Place said these signs "really enliven the streetscape if they are done well." He displayed for the board pictures of similar signs that are currently used in Boston, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and Red Bank.

Board member Robert L. Newell said the signs would create "some depth and some fiscal difference" on flat building facades in town.

Blais L. Brancheau, the town's planning consultant, suggested language could be included so that these signs, if placed near each other, do not block each other out.

Another issue, the board gave its consent on was for signs on buildings facades facing NJ Transit train tracks. The DWC, which requested the change, was given the go ahead to write a proposal on this issue as part



DWC Officials Hold Forum For Ideas to be Considered In Westfield's Master Plan By RUSSELL R. WATKINS

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The Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC) held the first of two public forums Monday night designed to gather ideas on downtown- related issues from residents. Ideas gathered at these meetings will be researched by DWC Executive Director Michael La Place and possibly incorporated into the final draft of the town's Master Plan.

Mr. La Place, a certified professional planner who holds a masters degree in urban and regional planning from George Washington University, Washington, D. C., called Monday's meeting an, "important

part of the decision- making process" and strongly urged residents to attend the second forum scheduled for Sunday, June 29, at 4: 30 p. m. in the Municipal Building's Community Room.

Residents can provide input in eight different areas including parking, traffic, historic preservation, urban design, and the environment. Some of the ideas gathered Monday night included tiered parking for the downtown, the Central Avenue underpass, more shade trees for North Avenue, and a landmark status for such downtown focal points as Arcanum Hall.

DWC Board of Directors Chairman Joseph Spector, owner of The Leader Store in the downtown area, described the meetings as part of an effort to "gather the best ideas" from the community and create a draft plan for the downtown that provides, "actual plans, concepts, and financing schemes - not just a brochure."

The DWC, he said, was not just concerned with "bricks and street lights," but "parking, promotions and historic issues."

The Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC) was formed several years ago to assist the town in delivering better services to the community.

The corporation, which runs the downtown special improvement district, seeks to attract shoppers and businesses to Westfield by encouraging the development of new businesses and providing support to existing businesses.

According to Mr. La Place, once the research phase is completed, a draft proposal will presented to the public in September after Labor Day.

At that time, additional public feedback will be gathered after which the DWC will adopt a final draft. The final plan will then be submitted for approval to the Planning Board as part of the entire Master Plan.

According to Mr. La Place, the DWC will then be able to appear before the Town Council and seek funding for its downtown initiatives.

Conversations with members of the DWC and local business leaders


Police Continue Investigation Into Vandalism at Gumbert

The newly sodded Gumbert Park ball field on South Chestnut Street was damaged sometime early Monday morning when vandals dug threefoot high letters into the ground spelling out the word "Cranford."

In addition, two portable toilets at the field were also discovered burned to the ground during the same incident.

Police said a rake and a short shovel were found at the vandalized field.

Fire officials said there was no evidence of how the fire started in the portable toilets but arson is suspected.

The field is owned by the Town of Westfield but corporate sponsors and parents of Westfield Baseball League players had recently paid to grade and sod the field. The amount spent to improve the field was not known

Council Tables Ordinance to Turn Westfield Ave. Into Two- Way Street


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Several home owners from Westfield Avenue came forward at Westfield's Tuesday night Town Council meeting to voice their opposition to the ordinance that would make Westfield Avenue a

two- way street. Currently, Westfield Avenue is a one- way street between South Avenue and First Street.

Speaking on behalf of the residents of the street, Shelly DeJohn of 657 Westfield Avenue said, "I don't understand why elected officials don't reach out to their constituents in regards to changes such as these. I am very much opposed to this proposal. The street is already too busy and making it two- way will only make the problem worse."

Third Ward Councilman John Walsh, who formerly resided at 611 Westfield Avenue, also voiced his opposition to this ordinance.

He said, "I don't see the advantage at all to doing this. It will only increase traffic flow."

Third Ward Councilman Neil F. Sullivan, who is Chairman of the Transportation, Parking and Traffic Committee and who proposed the change, stated, "Westfield Avenue is a busy street today as a one- way street. This (the ordinance) was an effort to improve safety on this street and in front of Holy Trinity School on First Street."

Councilman Sullivan then went on to propose the issue be tabled for

two weeks to get some input from the residents of Westfield Avenue. All council members agreed to the tabling of the ordinance.

In other business, former Westfield Councilman Kenneth L. MacRitchie, of Trinity Place, came forward at the meeting to propose the establishment of a Westfield Housing Commission.

"This commission," Mr. MacRitchie envisioned, "would be responsible for maintaining a current roster of properties in Westfield eligible for housing rehabilitation grants, liens, and loan programs, promoting Westfield's participation in such programs, and advising the Mayor and Town Council regarding housing rehabilitation in the Town of Westfield."

Mr. MacRitchie went on to say, "Westfield has a shortage of vacant land, and thus should arrange for a vacant land adjustment, to convert its affordable housing obligation from a general purpose obligation of 281 units to a rehabilitation obligation of 143 units.

"As a means to achieve this rehabilitation goal, Westfield should establish this commission. FurtherCONTINUED


Courtesy of The Westfield Recreation Department

AN ACT OF VANDALISM... Police are looking for the person or persons responsible for digging up the baseball infield at Gumbert Park to spell out the name "Cranford." The incident occurred sometime early Monday morning. In addition, the portable toilets were set on fire and burned to the ground.

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revealed a confidence and optimism toward the direction downtown Westfield is taking.

Anthony Schilling, a Westfield real estate broker for 16 years, recalls that just two years ago, 150,000 square feet of downtown retail space sat empty, and community leaders were, "running scared" as businesses closed and moved elsewhere.

Now, according to Mr. Schilling less than 10,000 square feet of retail space remains unused and new businesses are, "going up like wildfire." In fact, in a matter of seconds Mr. Schilling and Anthony Annese, a downtown landlord who owns the building occupied by the GAP and a member of the DWC Board of Directors, named over a dozen businesses that have just opened or will soon open downtown. These businesses range from chain stores like Williams- Sonoma and Liberty Travel, to local establishments like Sir Puff's Cafι, and J& M Cafι.

This combination of chains and "mom & pop" businesses is just what the DWC is seeking for the downtown. According to Mr. Spector, chain businesses are often the only companies with the money to renovate and update the 100- year- old buildings in the downtown area. On the other hand, small businesses provide unique services and add character to the downtown.

Mr. Spector pointed out that the larger chains were coming to Westfield on their own initiative and not as the result of a special effort by the DWC. He noted that both large and small businesses are springing up in the downtown because its bustling character speaks for itself.

The community, he added, has also played an active role in revitalizing the downtown area. He pointed to the recent renovation of the Rialto Theatre as an example of communityinspired action.

Such boom times are not without their problems, however, and Mr. Spector cited lack of parking as the "burning issue" on the list of priorities for the DWC.

"More spaces are definitely needed," Mr. Spector said, and hinted at the creation of a new "parking management entity" to help further ease the parking problem. Overall though, Mr. Spector and everyone present at Monday's meeting expressed confidence in Westfield's future.

According to Mr. Spector, Westfield's infrastructure is sound, the town is in good shape, and the various regulatory boards work well with each other. The downtown just needs some "sprucing up to enhance the quality of life and make things better for residents and businesses."


DWC Officials Hold Forum To Consider Master Plan

as The Westfield Leader went to press. Police said there were no suspects at this time.

Westfield Assistant Recreation Director James Gildea said Gumbert "is the number one, premier baseball field" for the town.

"The main thing is to get the field back up for the kids," Mr. Gildea said.

Town officials said sports organizations that use the field may ante up reward money for information about the vandalism.

Officials said some brush and nearby tree foliage burned during the fire.

Fire officials answered a 3 a. m. call to the field and discovered the

two portable toilets totally destroyed and the fire out. They doused the remains of the plastic material with water.

Police were called to Gumbert by 8: 15 a. m. the same morning and discovered the field and sod dug up from first base, across the pitcher's mound, over to third base. Mr. Gildea said the grading at the pitcher's mound and other drainage grading was ruined.

A public works department can probably "skin the field," he said, referring to the process.

Recreation officials said games scheduled for Gumbert Field had been moved to Tamaques Park fields and other games had been rained out.

Police Continue Investigation Into Vandalism at Gumbert


more, it would help to organize the town's participation in rehabilitation programs. Presently there are three major ones, the Multijurisdictional Housing Rehabilitation Program, the Neighborhood Preservation Program, and the Home Investment Partnership Program."

Mayor Thomas C. Jardim said this proposal fits in well with what is already being done with the Neighborhood Preservation Program and that the council members would evaluate the plan.

In the open discussion section of the meeting, Stephen Levy, of Union Street, came forward with a request for paving of the 900 block of Union Street.

Mr. Levy stated, "This block has never been paved and only an incomplete coat of spotty patches of tar exist on the street. The street has numerous potholes and rough spots that pose a physical hazard to our children and a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other insects. Some of us have been taxpaying citizens living on this street for some 30 years without street paving."

Councilman Walsh, Chairman of the Public Works Committee, sug gested that plans for paving be put on

hold because two lots on this block are in the process of being sold, and that the Town Council could possibly have the developer of these lots pay for the paving of the street.

In other business, an application for a side- walk cafι license by Ferraro's Restaurant on Elm Street was approved providing the applicant submits a revised plan showing six feet of clearance between the tables and the curb edge, taking into account a tree and sign along that section of sidewalk.

Also approved were resolutions to renew all current town liquor licenses, as well as a theater license for the Westfield Community Players.

The license was kept at 24 performances for the year. The Players had requested that the limit on performances, in effect the past decade, be lifted to allow groups such as the Westfield Young Artists Cooperative Theater (WYACT) to perform at the North Avenue theater.

Officials noted that ten years ago neighboring residents had fought for the restriction due to the increase of on- street parking during performances. The theater does not have a parking lot.

Council Tables Ordinance On Westfield Avenue




Board Approves Change in Parking Allocation Process


his career in Westfield. He said it has been, "40 years of joy, excitement, of true friendships and 40 years with memories that make the future a richer vision than today."

Mr. Scott spoke of how education has changed in the past four decades. He said that schools experience greater freedom and diversification, but that democracy takes "time, energy, effort and commitment."

"We look to you, our graduates because we can no longer look to others for leadership... we look to you, who must recognize the leadership that lies within you," he told the graduates.

In his address, Mr. Scott also emphasized that the graduates must continue to learn.

"It is my hope that you will pursue knowledge for its own sake and work to shape yourselves as better human beings as you keep in mind that the educator and the educated are bound by an act of love," he said.

Westfield High School Principal Dr. Robert Petix drew from Charles Dickens' "A Tale of Two Cities," in his speech to the graduates, saying it is, "the best of times and the worst of times."

"In the United States, these are the best of times measured in economic terms, but in terms of mental attitude, our national spirit, these are not great times," he told the class.

Dr. Petix challenged the class to combine personal gain with personal happiness in order to achieve "internal peace and happiness."

Westfield High Class Of '98 Bids Farewell MONDAY, JUNE 15

· Six hundred block of Edgar Road – carbon monoxide detector activation.

· Eight hundred block of Cranford Avenue – unintentional alarm.

· Four hundred block of St. Marks Avenue – good intent call.

· Eight hundred block of Boulevard – wire down.


· One hundred block of Linden Avenue – lightning strike.

· Five hundred block of Springfield Avenue – system malfunction.


· Eight hundred block of Knollwood Terrace – electrical short.

· Four hundred block of East Broad Street – system malfunction.

· Four hundred block Poets Place – unintentional alarm.

· Three hundred block of Hyslip Avenue – wire down.

· Hyslip Avenue and Dorian Road – smoke odor investigation.


· Six hundred block of Fourth Avenue – lock out.

· Six hundred block of Rahway Avenue – telephone wire down.

· Three hundred block of Clark Street – malicious false call.

· Three hundred block of Clark Street – unintentional alarm.

· Fifteen hundred block of Lamberts Mill Road – unintentional alarm.


· A Westfield woman reported her residential mailbox and the stake were knocked to the ground.

· A 12- year- old boy swimming at the Westfield Memorial Pool told police he was slapped on the face by another juvenile.

· A resident reported a burglary of $1,900 worth of jewelry from her home on Lambertsmill Road. Police said there were signs of forced entry through a first floor window. There are suspects.

· Five dollars and a mug were stolen from a car on Sandra Circle. after someone broke into the car. The car was parked in front of the owner's house.

· A Westfield man told police that someone stole the side view mirror from his car while it was parked in the south side lot at the train station.

· A group of 10 youths ripped flowers from a flower bed in front of an Elm Street store at 9: 30 at night.

· A Clark Township resident reported a bicycle stolen from the Westfield Y.


· A Union Township woman and another individual were arrested for forgery after using a stolen credit card at a North Avenue department store. They

were later released. Store security alerted the police to the forgery.

· A resident of Fairacres Avenue reported her bicycle was stolen from Westfield High School.

· A Fanwood man told police his car was vandalized with a large amount of silly string while it was parked at a municipal lot behind stores on East Broad Street.

FRIDAY, June 19

· A 19- year- old Scotch Plains man was arrested for possession of under 50 grams of marijuana after he was stopped for a broken tail light on his car.

· Two yard lights and electrical boxes were stolen from the front yard of a professional building on St. Paul Street.


· Residents on Benson Place and Carleton Road reported damage to their cars while parked in front of their residences. A convertible car top was slashed and tires were damaged.

MONDAY, June 22

· Kyle Harvin, 21, of Westfield was charged with unlicensed driving and a revoked license. Bail was set at $1,225.

· A resident of Bradford Avenue reported a theft.

· One hundred block of East Broad Street – water evacuation.


· Two hundred block of Springfield Avenue – smoke scare.

· One hundred block of Rutgers Court – carbon monoxide detector activation.

· Two hundred block of Myrtle Avenue – lock out.

· Thirteen hundred block of Boynton Avenue – structure fire.


· Five hundred block of East Broad Street – smoke removal.

· Fifteen hundred block of Rahway Avenue – wire down.

· Two hundred block of Elmer Street – system malfunction.

· Four hundred block of East Broad Street – system malfunction.

· Two hundred block of Clark Street – system malfunction.

· Five hundred block of Lenox Avenue – carbon monoxide detector activation.

· Two hundred block of Watchung Fork – tree down on house.

· Five hundred block of Lenox Avenue – assist police.


· One hundred block of Elm Street – lock out.

· Twelve hundred block of East Broad Street – hazardous condition.

· Four hundred block of Boulevard – good intent call.

of its Downtown Improvement Plan. A final draft of that plan will be released later this year.

Noting that Westfield is the busiest station on NJ Transit's Raritan Valley Commuter Line, Mr. La Place said the DWC believes it is important to try and attract commuters to shop in Westfield.

Planning Board Chairman Martin Robbins said Mayor Thomas C. Jardim, a member of board, has indicated he would only object to a large sign on a facade such as Lord & Taylor's.

During the meeting Mr. La Place revealed that an agreement has been reached between the DWC and NJ Transit for the placement of a "Welcome to Westfield" sign on both sides of the overpass on Central Avenue. Once the signs, which include both the DWC and NJ Transit logos and identify the location of train station parking, are put up, banners will no longer be permitted on the overpass.

It was acknowledged, however, that many service organizations in town regularly utilize both the Central Avenue and South Avenue overpasses to publicize events or drives in town. This will no longer be available to them once the signs are placed on the overpass.

On the issue of parking, board member Anthony M. La Porta said he would like the town to consider a parking deck to solve the downtown's parking dilemma. He noted that he

had been told by officials that there are 1,000 Westfielders on a waiting list for south side parking lot decals.

He said Realtors have informed him the lack of parking for commuters has had a negative impact on the value of homes in town.

Board member Marc McCabe noted that construction of a multilevel parking deck on the south side lot would free up additional spaces for shoppers on the north side.

Mr. La Place said the DWC would like to see the town engage in discussions with the private sector with an ultimate goal of developing a plan to increase the parking capacity in the business district.

"The only way to create shopper parking is to find more long- term parking for commuters and (downtown) employees," he said.

Mr. Robbins said the DWC's final recommendations on parking will hold much weight in getting the "wheels turning" to create what he termed a "multi- sided solution" to the problem.

The board agreed to include language in the zoning ordinance that states the town "should actively engage" in an agreement with the private sector over town- owned parking lots.

The board, through the zoning ordinance, will also "look to the DWC to formulate a specific proposal" to solve the parking dilemma in town through its Downtown Improvement Plan.

SUPPORTERS OF SCOUTING… The Westfield Leader was recently presented with the Washington Rock Girl Scout Council's (WRGSC) Community Award for its continuing support and dedication to the Girl Scout movement. The newspaper was nominated by the Westfield Girl Scout community for keeping readers informed about local Girl Scout activities for more than 80 years. Awards and Recognition Committee member Betty Riker, left, presents current

Leader owners Gail and Horace Corbin with a plaque in appreciation. "From individual achievements to council- wide activities, The Westfield Leader has given extensive coverage to all events throughout the years and its positive messages have helped the growth of Girl Scouting in Westfield, making it the community with the highest girl membership of the 21 communities in the WRGSC," a spokeswoman for the group said.

Princeton Club Sponsoring Walk at Echo Lake Park

The Princeton Walking Club, an affiliate of American Volkssport Association (AVA), will hold a walk in Westfield, this Saturday, June 27.

Participants are invited to begin anytime between 8 a. m. and 1 p. m. at the east end of Echo Lake Park. The event will end at 4 p. m.

Club President David Scull described the group as a "fun and fitness" organization that holds walks in scenic park- like settings throughout the state. Persons who participate in 10 events are eligible for certificates. By walking seven- andhalf miles, participants are eligible for the AVA's achievement program.

Walkers will have the choice of two trails available, a 7- 1/ 2 mile (12 kilometers) main route or a threemile (five kilometers) option. The seven- mile trail will combine park walking paths, exclusive residential areas and the downtown shopping district while the three- mile route will include the park and residential areas.

The walk is free and anyone may participate. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Pets will allowed if leashed.

Being a non- competitive event, walkers can proceed at their own pace in the walk, which will be held regardless of weather conditions.

Yoga Center to Present Tibetan Monks and Rabbi

The Westfield Yoga & Wellness Center/ Avatar Gallery, together with Richard Gere Productions and the Loseling Institute, will present "The Mystical Arts of Tibet — Sacred Music, Sacred Dance for World Healing" on Tuesday, June 30, with the multiphonic singers of the Drepung Loseling Monastery.

In addition to singing, the monks play traditional instruments such as 10- foot long dunchen trumpets, and use costumes and masks in their performances. The program will take place from

7: 30 to 9: 30 p. m. at the Roy Smith Auditorium of Union County College in Cranford.

Tickets are available at Union County College's Bookstore, Westfield Yoga/ Avatar Gallery at 102 Elm Street in Westfield, The Town Bookstore at 255 East Broad Street in Westfield, and Nirvana at 218 East Broadway in Westfield.

The Yoga Center/ Avatar Gallery will present "Explore Mystical Insights and the Kabbalah" with Rabbi Yaakov Spivak on Sunday, June 28, from 2 to 4 p. m.

Rabbi Spivak is the Director for the Center of Motivational Experience in Spring Valley, New York, and has a radio and television program entitled "Mystical Insights."

Tickets, which are $15, will be available at the door, but the Yoga Center has recommended advance purchase.

WHS Seniors Recognized For Fine Arts Achievements

Five Westfield High School seniors were awarded Madeleine Wild Bristol grants on June 7 during the high school's second annual Westfield Fine Arts Senior Recognition program.

Recipients of the 1998 Bristol grants for outstanding interest and achievement in the fine arts are: Ji- Yoon Lin, art; Duane Lacey, poetry; Colleen Donovan, drama; Melissa Miller, vocal music, and Ben Siegel, instrumental music.

The Bristol grants are given in memory of a former Westfield resident who was interested in the fine arts. The scholarships were established in 1990 by Mrs. Bristol's son, Toni Bristol, who now lives in Minneapolis.

Mr. Bristol was a volunteer with the high school's boys lacrosse and the girls soccer and basketball programs.

The Bristol scholarship fund is managed by the Westfield Foundation. Frank MacPherson, President of the Foundation's Board of Trustees, presented the students with their awards at the recognition program. Each award winner received $1,200.

Mr. MacPherson noted that past grants were for $1,000 each, adding that Mr. Bristol increased not only the amount of the grants this year but also the number which were awarded. He said five grants are the most which have ever been given.

An art student for all four years she attended Westfield High School, JiYoon was one of 15 New Jersey students chosen to attend the Governor's School for Visual Arts last summer, and won one of three top awards at the Emerging Artists Students Art Show. She plans to continue her art studies at the Art Institute of Philadelphia.

Duane, in addition to writing poetry, plays the guitar and is teaching himself to play the mandolin. He has performed original music and lyrics at the high school's coffeehouse and with two local bands.

He is also an editor on the staff of

Folio, the high school's literary magazine, and serves as a mentor for other

STUDENTS IN THE ARTS… These five students were recently presented with the 1998 Madeleine Wild Bristol grants during Westfield High School's second annual Westfield Fine Arts Senior Recognition program. Pictured, left to right, are: Melissa Miller, Colleen Donovan, Duane Lacey, Ben Siegel, Ji- Yoon Lin and Westfield Foundation President Frank A. MacPherson. The foundation manages the Bristol scholarship fund, established in memory of a former Westfield resident and arts enthusiast.

student poets at the high school. Duane plans to pursue his study of poetry at The New School in New York City.

Colleen has performed as a soloist and in choruses in music concerts and events at the high school and at her church, as well as within the community.

She was primarily recognized through the Wild award, however, for her efforts as stage manager for four high school productions, including

Cabaret, The Diviners, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Two Gentlemen of Verona.

As stage manager, she was responsible for organizing the stage crew, prop crew, actors, and the set construction crew. Colleen has been accepted at Harvard University.

Melissa has been involved in over a dozen theatrical productions at the school and in the community. Active in the high school music program for the past four years, she has also participated in The New Jersey Workshop for the Arts in Westfield, and in the Westfield Chorale in correlation with the Choral Arts Society of New Jersey.

She has won awards for excellence in the Governor's Awards program, in the New Jersey High School Theatre Festival, and in competition at Rutgers University, the Bucks County Playhouse and the Papermill Playhouse of New Jersey "Rising Star Awards." Melissa will attend Vassar in the fall.

Ben plays saxophone with the Jazz Quartet at Westfield High School, and is a student assistant with the Concert Band. He has taught group saxophone lessons all year, and is a student apprentice with the Garden State Philharmonic Orchestra. He plans to further his education at the University of Indiana.

Linda King, Director of Fine Arts for the Westfield Public Schools, noted that over $15,000 in scholarships and awards were given to students during the recognition program, which was sponsored by the Westfield Coalition for the Arts.

Holy Trinity Awards Scholarships to Grads

At the graduation exercises at the Holy Trinity Interparochial School on June 14, Anna Checchio, Regent of Court Trinity of the Catholic Daughters of America, along with the Pastor, Msgr. Joseph Masiello, and Principal Dorothy Szot, presented scholarships from the Court to two students.

Court Trinity traditionally awards the scholarships to members of the graduation class who plan to attend a Catholic High School. They are based on character, academics, extra- curricular activities, and need.

Receiving awards of $1,500 each were Brandon P. Leonard, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Leonard of Cranford, and Joseph Edward Serzan, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Serzan of Westfield. Joseph will attend Union Catholic High School, and Brandon will attend St. Peter's Prep in Jersey City.

Special 'Class of 1998' Graduation Section on Pages 6 & 7

www. goleader. com/ 98grads

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