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A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION The Westfield Leader and THE TIMES of Scotch Plains - Fanwood Thursday, October 8, 1998 Page 9








Black Achievers Programs Builds Youth Partnerships

WESTFIELD — The Westfield “Y” has announced that a Black Achievers Program will be launched on Saturday, November 7.

Through the program, highachieving black men and women will serve as role models and mentors, with the goal of inspiring young people to achieve their objectives and develop their full potential.

The program is designed to expose youth to diverse educational and career goals, help them develop life

PREPARING A BANQUET… The Westfield “Y” announced that a Black Achievers Program will begin on Saturday, November 7. The program will kick off with a banquet, featuring Congressman Donald Payne as the guest speaker, on Thursday, October 29, at The Westwood in Garwood. Pictured, left to right, are: standing, Charlene Hines of Bell Atlantic, Claudia Watkins from Edison Intermediate School in Westfield, Kathleen Dawson of the Westfield “Y,” and seated, Natalie Tyler, Director of Teen Programs at the “Y,” as they finalize invitations to the Black Achievers Banquet.

coping skills, and raise their academic standards. Career clusters, industry tours, field trips, and youth workshops are some of the key elements of the program, according to “Y” spokeswoman Bona Wieland.

A banquet to kick off the program is scheduled for Thursday, October 29, at The Westwood in Garwood at 6: 30 p. m. with Congressman Donald Payne as keynote speaker.

Achievers are nominated for participation in the program by their employers, based on outstanding individual accomplishments and community involvement, according to Ms. Wieland.

Students are chosen based on the recommendations of guidance counselors, teachers, and/ or employers, the spokeswoman added.

Anyone interested in participating in the program or in attending the banquet may call Natalie Tyler, Director of Teen Programs at the “Y,” at (908) 2332700.

Genealogical Society to View Slide Show on October 17

WESTFIELD — A slide and lecture program on the First Families of Connecticut Farms, now Union Township, will be presented by Michael R. Yesenko to the Genealogical Society of the West Fields.

The program will take place in the Meeting Room of the Westfield Memorial Library, 550 East Broad Street, on Saturday, October 17, at 10 a. m.

Mr. Yesenko has been President of the Union County Historical Society and the Union Township Historical

Society, and was served as local historian for the Township of Union from 1980 to 1996.

The public is welcome to attend the program. Refreshments will be served. There will be a meeting of the computer group after the regular program.

Thomas O’Donnell Appointed To Senior Level Positions

WESTFIELD — Frank N. Goffreda, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Town Bank of Westfield, recently announced the appointment of veteran banker Thomas J. O’Donnell as Senior Vice President and Senior Loan Officer.

The Town Bank of Westfield, the first locallyowned bank in Westfield in 70 years, is scheduled for an early fall opening.

Mr. O’Donnell, a resident of Marlboro, received his Bachelor of

Science Degree in Economics from Rutgers University in New Brunswick.

He completed his post graduate work at New York University. Mr. O’Donnell attended the Commercial Lending Graduate School of the American Institute of Banking, and also holds a Certified Commercial Lender Degree from the American Bankers Association.

Mr. O’Donnell has more than two decades of experience in middle market and small business lending, new business development and management, according to Mr. Goffreda.

He recently served as Vice President and Team Leader with United National Bank, and has been actively involved in several professional organizations and the community.

Mr. O’Donnell is a member and current President of Robert Morris Associates, Northern New Jersey Chapter. He has also served as a member of the Board of Governors for more than 10 years, and as a member of the National Lending and Finance Council.

In addition, he is a member and former Chairman of the Commercial Lending Committee of the Bank Administration Institute, New Jersey Chapter. Mr. O’Donnell is the former President of the Perth Amboy Rotary.

The Town Bank of Westfield will be located near the South Avenue circle. It will provide a full range of commercial bank services to residents, professionals and small businesses, according to Mr. Goffreda.

For further information pertaining to the bank’s products and services, please call (908) 3010800.

Union Catholic High School Craft Fair to be Held Oct. 17

SCOTCH PLAINS — The Parents Guild of Union Catholic High School will sponsor its ninth annual fall craft fair on Saturday, October 17, from 9 a. m. to 4 p. m. at the school, located at 1600 Martine Avenue in Scotch Plains.

Handmade items will be displayed by more than 125 crafters, and will include patchwork pocketbooks and winter scarves, silk and dried floral arrangements, wreaths and swags, country baskets and personalized children’s clothing and furniture.

Decorative wooden bird houses, lawn signs for the upcoming holidays, wine cork trivets, candles, glass luminaria and votive holders will also be available.

In addition, a variety of dolls, along with doll clothing, furniture and accessories, will also be featured.

Jewelry will also be shown, including Victorian, sterling silver, glass bead and Austrian crystal. Sparkling sun catchers, stained glass lamps and decorative boxes will be on hand as well.

Parking is available on the high school campus, and the building is handicapped accessible from the gym nasium entrance.

The $1 admission fee will benefit the Technology Fund. For more information, please call (908) 8899475.

VoTech School Offers Floral Arranging Class

SCOTCHPLAINS — Union County VocationalTechnical Schools (UCVTS) will offer a foursession course in floral arranging for the fall and winter holiday seasons, beginning on Wednesday, October 14.

The second, third and fourth classes will be held on Wednesdays, October 28, November 18 and December 9, from 6: 30 to 8: 30 p. m., in the horticultural area of the UCVTS campus at 1776 Raritan Road.

Bonnie Baldasare of Westfield, Instructor and Coordinator of the UCVTS Horticulture Program, will introduce participants to the principles and elements of design.

Class size is limited and applications will be approved on a firstcome, firstserved basis.

For registration and cost information, please call the Evening Division at (908) 8892922.

Perennial, Flower Bulbs To Be Special Feature

At Williams Nursery

WESTFIELD — Williams Nursery, located at 524 Springfield Avenue in Westfield, has announced that its perennial and flower bulb weekend will take place this Saturday and Sunday, October 10 and 11.

There will be a 10 percent discount on all perennials and flower bulbs both days.

A slide presentation entitled “Combining Fall Perennials in the Landscape” will be presented on Saturday at 7 p. m. by Meryl Gartside, followed by a questionandanswer session.

There is no charge for this seminar, but reservations are required. There will also be a drawing at the end of the seminar, and several perennials will be given away.

For more information, please call (908) 2324076.

Jaycees to Welcome Legendary ’60s Singer Roger McGuinn at HS

WESTFIELD — The Westfield Jaycees will host Roger McGuinn, a former member of the Byrds, a 1960s folkrock group and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, tomorrow, Friday, October 9, at 8: 30 p. m. in the Westfield High School auditorium, 550 Dorian Road.

Mr. McGuinn has been a solo performer since his affiliation with the Byrds, best remembered for such songs as “Mr. Tambourine Man” and “Turn, Turn, Turn.”

He will perform a solo acoustic and electric performance with music dating from his earliest influences to the present.

Al Madison, a Scotch Plains resident, will open for Mr. McGuinn with a guitar and harmonica performance.

Tickets cost $20 and are available from any member of the Westfield Jaycees, the Music Staff at 102 Quimby Street in Westfield, or at the door on the night of the concert.

All proceeds will benefit the Boys’ Hockey Team and the Girls’ Lacrosse Team of Westfield High School, along with other Jaycee projects.

The raffle will include a BMW M3. For more information or to become a member of the Jaycees, please call (908) 2325123.
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