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A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION The Westfield Leader and THE TIMES of Scotch Plains Fanwood Thursday, April 1, 1999 Page 3


Volunteers, Merchants Join In Annual Cleanup Day

FANWOOD Parker Greenhouses Farm and Garden Center of Scotch Plains has kicked off donations to assist with Fanwood's annual Earth Day celebrations. A "perennial" contributor, Parker has pledged flowers and plants for the volunteers to plant for the past several years.

On Saturday, April 24, the planters purchased by Fanwood's Downtown Revitalization Committee (FDRC) will be installed with plants as part of the day's events, and additional volunteers will be needed.

Peter Sayles, a member of the FDRC said "The planters will be a visible sign of the progress we're making toward improving the downtown, and we're glad to have the Clean Communities Committee and volunteers to help set them up."

National Poets Featured In Carriage House Series

FANWOOD Poets BJ Ward and Pablo Medina will be featured at the fourth installment in the Carriage House Poetry Reading Series at The Patricia M. Kuran Cultural Arts Center in Fanwood on Thursday, April 8, at 8 p.m.

Mr. Ward recently completed a national book tour for his collection of poems, "17 Love Poems with No Despair."

He is the recipient of Poetry Fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the Alliance for Arts in Education in New Jersey. He teaches at Warren County Community College, serves as Poetry Instructor at Middlesex County Arts High School and works in the Writers-in-the Schools Program.

He earned an masters degree from Syracuse University, where he served as a distinguished Fellow and University Summer Fellow. His poetry is forthcoming or in current issues of Poetry,

Longshot, 3 Syllables and The Paterson Literary Review.

Mr. Medina is the author of two collections of poetry, "Pork Rind and Cuban Songs" and "Arching into the Afterlife," a memoir entitled "Exiled Memories: Cuban Childhood," and with Carolina Hospital, "Everyone Will Have to Listen," a collection of translations from the Spanish of Cuban dissident Tania Diaz Castro.

His novel, "Marks of Birth," appeared in the summer of 1994. He has received a number of awards, including an National Education Association grant and a Woodrow Wilson-Lila Wallace Fellowship.

A member of the faculty of the Master of Fine Arts Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina, he also teaches at the New School University, where he serves as Director of Lang College's Writing Program.

The poetry series has previously featured National Book Award recipient Gerald Stern and distinguished poets Stephen Dunn, and Renee Ashley.

Forthcoming in the series are nationally-acclaimed poets David Keller and Maria Gillan on Thursday, May 13, and Alicia Ostriker on Thursday, June 10.

The series is funded in part by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Department of State through a grant administered through the Union County Division of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, with additional funding provided by the Borough of Fanwood.

Refreshments will be served after the featured poets' performance. An open reading will follow.

For additional information, please call the series director at (908) 8897223.

Continued Support Needed For Rescue Squad Drive

WESTFIELD The Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad, which has been serving area residents for 48 years, will continue to conduct its annual fund drive through the month of April.

According to spokesman Richard Jackson, the squad relies on the generosity of the Westfield community to ensure that emergency service personnel are provided with proper equipment, training and facilities for its day-to-day operations.

As of the end of March, there has been a drop in donations to the rescue squad funds which are needed to maintain the unit's preparedness response level, Mr. Jackson revealed.

"This year there is an increased need for the donations given by residents and businesses of Westfield," he stated. "The rescue squad has secured the purchase of a new ambulance for later this year, and the expense of one ambulance alone is enough to equal the total fund drive donations for one year.

"Therefore, it is crucial that Westfield supports its volunteer rescue squad, because it's funded entirely by private donations," the spokesman continued. "The equipment and materials used by the rescue squad for treating the sick and injured continues to rise in cost and quantity."

Lifesaving equipment, such as semi-automatic defibrillators, can

cost thousands of dollars, yet this equipment is needed to ensure improved patient outcome, Mr. Jackson maintained.

Purchasing such devices, as well as other vital equipment, must take priority for the rescue squad, he noted.

Training the all-volunteer staff of the Westfield Rescue Squad is necessary to provide the highest level of patient care and incident preparedness, Mr. Jackson said.

Recently, the New Jersey State Department of Health and Senior Services, which regulates emergency service units throughout the state, provided funds for the training of volunteers. However, only a certain amount of training is paid for.

If higher levels of training are desired by the emergency medical technicians of the Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad, then the squad must provide those funds, according to the spokesman.

In addition to the required recertification subject matter, the variety of training needed to provide patient care includes emergency vehicle operations, pre-hospital trauma life support, awareness of tuberculosis and blood-borne pathogens and, recently, increased preparedness for any terrorist threat that could occur, producing mass casualties.

The maintenance and upkeep of the squad building and utilities at 335 Watterson Street continues to rise in cost, Mr. Jackson confirmed. Because Westfield's unit is a resident squad, the scheduled crew remains available from the building both during daytime and overnight shifts.

Built in 1951, with additional construction in 1977, the building and grounds need constant renovations and improvements due to the increase in call volume and 24-hour staffing, Mr. Jackson said.

Members of the Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad expressed their gratitude this week to those who have already given to the 1999 Fund Drive, and wish to remind others that they may still make tax deductible contributions to: The Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 356, Westfield, 07091-0356.

To learn more about volunteering with the squad, please call (908) 233-2500. For all emergency service, please call 9-1-1. NJ Transit will also participate, as

part of its commitment to continuously improve its stations and surrounding areas, by providing flag men to assist in the clearing of the train station and tracks.

Steve Coleman, spokesman for NJ Transit, noted that many stations have been "adopted" by local groups, but that Fanwood's is still available.

Organized by the Fanwood Clean Communities Committee in conjunction with the Fanwood Department of Public Works, the day will be funded by a grant from the state of New Jersey. Volunteers for the event and merchants who wish to support the volunteers are urged to contact Fanwood Public Works Director Ray Manfra at (908) 322-7404.

SP-F Public Schools To be Open Full Day

On Friday, April 9

SCOTCH PLAINS Due to the emergency closing of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Public Schools on March 15, and pursuant to the revised school calendar approved by the Board of Education last October, public schools in the district will be open for a full day on Friday, April 9.

Fanwood Democrats Set Upcoming Meeting

FANWOOD The Fanwood Democratic Club will hold its annual General Meeting on Tuesday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the LaGrande Park Recreation Building. The public is invited to attend.

"Any Fanwood resident interested in becoming a member of the Democratic Club is welcome to attend," stated Tom Plante, Club President. "We are planning a number of social and political events throughout the summer and fall, and we're anxious to meet any potential new members."

Current members of the Fanwood Democratic Club and the Democratic Municipal Committee are asked to be present at 7 p.m. on April 6 to attend to organizational business before the General Meeting.

For membership information, please call Mr. Plante at (908) 889-5298, or write to the Fanwood Democrats, P.O. Box 163, Fanwood, 07023.

Fanwood Board of Health To Conduct Health Day

FANWOOD The Fanwood Board of Health will conduct a Health Day on Saturday, April 17, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Fanwood Municipal Building, 75 North Martine Avenue, Fanwood.

The Health Program will offer a blood screening, consisting of a SMAC 26, CBC and HDL. Medical Laboratory of West Orange will conduct the blood testing.

The SMAC 26 is an elaborate blood analysis monitoring several bodily functions. The CBC test is a test including a red blood cell count, a white blood cell count and differential count. The CBC test may indicate the presence of such problems as infection, anemia, allergies and lung disease. The HDL test measures factors protective against coronary heart disease.

The SMAC 26 is used in assessing total cholesterol results to determine possible coronary risk factors.

Robert M. Sherr, Director of Health, has noted that anyone taking these blood test must fast 12 hours prior, with the exception of water.

Pre-registration for these various blood test also is mandatory and will be conducted by the Westfield Health Department, 425 East Broad Street, Westfield, from Monday, April 5 through Thursday, April 15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The cost of the SMAC-26 test is $16. The following tests can be performed for additional costs: T4 (thyroxine test), $5; TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone), $10; PSA (prostate test), $30; Blood Group/Rh Factor, $10; Iron, $5; Sed Rate, $10; Hepatitis C, $25; and Hepatitis B, $25.

All fees must be paid at the time of registration.

The Health Day also will offer a blood pressure program. In addition, hemmocult test kits will be available to test for occult blood in the gastrointestinal tract. Test packets/dietary restrictions will be distributed at the Health Program.

The program will be canceled unless 25 people participate. The Health Day is open to residents of Fanwood, Garwood, Mountainside, Roselle Park, Springfield and Westfield.

Story Correction Posted By Senator's Office

Due to inaccurate information supplied by the office of State Senate President Donald T. DiFrancesco, there were several errors in a story regarding a senior citizen tax freeze that ran in the March 25 edition of The Westfield Leader and The Times of Scotch Plains-Fanwood.

Regarding qualifications for the tax freeze, the story should have read: "To qualify, seniors must be homeowners who are at least 65 years old or disabled, have lived in New Jersey at least 10 years, owned their homes for at least three years, and earn no more than $17,918 for single homeowners, or $21,970 for a married couple."

Arthur C. Fried to Receive B'Nai Brith Award April 18

WESTFIELD Arthur C. Fried, former Westfield Councilman, Union County Freeholder and President of the Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce, will be honored with a B'Nai Brith Distinguished Achievement Award at a testimonial luncheon to be held at L'Affaire on Saturday, April 18.

Former Westfield Mayor H. Emerson Thomas will introduce Mr. Fried at the event.

B'Nai Brith will recognize Mr. Fried for his civic leadership in Westfield over the past 48 years.

In 1995, Mr. Fried was recipient of the prestigious Charles P. Bailey Humanitarian Award from the Rotary Club in Westfield. Until recently, he served on the Board of Adjustment for over 16 years and is currently a Trustee of Fairview Cemetery.

Mr. Fried also was a Director of the Westfield "Y" Board and was Chairman of its Speaker's Bureau.

Over the years, Mr. Fried was on the Board of Children's Specialized Hospital in Mountainside and is a member of Temple Emanu-El, B'Nai Brith, the Old Guard of Westfield and Echo Lake Country Club.

Following three years of service in the U.S. Army during World War II, for which he later received a Purple Heart, Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster and five campaign ribbons, he spent 23 years with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Jersey as Director of Public Relations. He also worked in sales with Metropolitan Life Insurance Company for 33 years.

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