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Page 8 Thursday, April 1, 1999 The Westfield Leader and THE TIMES of Scotch Plains – Fanwood A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION


LEARNING VISITORS…Marking Westfield High School's first foreign exchange program with Japan, seven students and their teacher from Kikugawa, Japan visited Westfield during March. The program was coordinated by the high school's Social Studies Department, and included tours of Westfield, New York City, Princeton and Trenton. A welcome breakfast and dinner was arranged for the visitors on March 8. Pictured, left to right, are: Standing, Social Studies teacher Brock Mislan, Department Chairwoman Maria Schmidt, teachers Valerie Torquati and Susie Cho, and Toshihiro Fukuyo, the Japanese students' teacher, and seated, Kunpei Nakano, Eriko Akahori, Sachi Ishizu, Hiroki Toyohara, Masano Saito, Naoko Kasahara and Yurika Sato.

Local Girl Scouts Kick-Off Girl Scout Week With Event BEING THEIR BEST…Girl Scouts from McGinn Elementary School in Scotch

Plains help package up some of the baby items recently collected after their annual "Be Your Best" baby bundles night show. The annual show requires admission to the event be baby items that are given to a Washington Rock Girl Scout service project helping local mothers in need. Pictured, left to right, are: front row, Jayne Dzuback and Annie Smith; back row, Barbie Slaugh, Jaclyn Petrow, Kate Johnson. Elise Whitehouse and Lisa Petrow.

SCOTCH PLAINS More than 100 kindergarten through fifth-grade Girl Scouts at McGinn Elementary

School in Scotch Plains held "Be Your Best" night in their school auditorium on Friday, March 5.

Twelve troops, Daisy through Junior, kicked off Girl Scout Week with a performance of songs from stage and screen entitled "ACT II" for their families, teachers and friends. The cost of admission was a donation of one baby care item per family.

The purpose of the evening, organized by third-grade Brownie Leader Cathy Smith, was to collect baby care items for "Baby Bundles", a Washington Rock Girl Scout Council service project that helps local mothers in need.

Many of the troops practiced since January for this special night, which originated three years ago at McGinn as a way for older and younger scouts to work on the "Baby Bundles" project together.

This year, Master of Ceremonies fifth-grader Katie Wong introduced production numbers from musicals such as The Sound of Music, Hair, Bye Bye Birdie, Peter Pan and A Chorus Line. Washington Rock Membership Specialist Jennifer Johnson, performed with Brownie Troop No. 640/88, playing the cow in their number from Gypsy.

Local Spelling Bee Winners Named for Spring Event

SCOTCH PLAINS — The Spring Spelling Bee, presented by the Scotch Plains Recreation Department and the Scotch Plains Junior Woman's Club, was held March 20 at the Scotch Hills Clubhouse in Scotch Plains.

Students from local public elementary schools, as well as from private schools, competed in third-, fourthand fifth-grade competition.

The event for third graders was held at 9 a.m. First place went to Maya Robinson, a student at Coles Elementary School. Second place went to Matthew Plagge, who attends McGinn Elementary School.

Among fourth graders, Anuradha Korada from Brunner Elementary School was first, with Emmett Marsilli of St. Bartholomew the Apostle Interparochial School coming in second.

The fifth-grade winner was Gary Herzberg, with second place won by Sarah Halpern. Both are students at McGinn School.

All competitors were issued a Certificate of Participation, and the first

and second place winners in each grade received gift certificates for the Town Book Store in Westfield, and a certificate for a meal at Burger King.

Kathleen Farrell, Kathy Velarino and Julie Alexander, members of the Junior Woman's Club, served as judges. Laura Swidersky, Recreation Supervisor, was the moderator.

The Recreation Department and the club also sponsor a Fall Spelling Bee, usually held in October.

CSH to Offer Free Program On Teaching Young Children

MOUNTAINSIDE – "Tips for Teaching Infants and Toddlers" will be presented at Children's Specialized Hospital (CSH), 150 New Providence Road in Mountainside, on Thursday, April 8, from 7 to 8 p.m.

The free program for parents, child care providers and teachers will offer suggestions for enhancing the growth and development of infants and toddlers.

CSH Psychologist Dr. Ellen D'Amato and CSH Early Intervention teacher Ellen Benson, the au

thors of "Tips for Teaching Infants and Toddlers,", will share ideas from their recent publication, as well as their years of experience working with children with and without special needs.

The activities to be presented incorporate speech, fine and gross motor skills, and cognitive skills. According to Dr. D'Amato and Ms. Benson, parents do not require fancy or expensive materials.

Participants will learn how to use common household items for a variety of activities that will enhance their child's development. Information on how to access services if parents think their child may be exhibiting developmental delays will be covered as well.

Those attending the program should enter through the hospital's East Wing entrance on the right hand side of the building.

Westfield 'Y' Offers Class On Decorative Painting

WESTFIELD — The Westfield YMCA will offer an "Introduction to the Art of Decorative Finishes" on Saturday, April 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Designed for people who enjoy doing their own home improvements, or individuals who have always wanted to try, this workshop will offer alternatives to wallpaper or solid color paint.

The workshop will be taught by local decorative painter Lynne Applebaum, whose work ranges from tromp-l'oeil wall treatments to custom furniture painting, the workshop will cover preparation for walls and furniture prior to painting, as well as some basic faux techniques, such as ragging, marbling and sponging.

"The idea behind this particular workshop is to enable the student to

understand how to approach a project form start to finish," said Ms. Applebaum.

Using water-based paints, Ms. Applebaum will show students how to create glazes, mix colors and use a variety of brushes and tools to paint a textured finish on a wall or a piece of furniture.

Ms. Applebaum has studied this art form at the New Jersey Center for Visual Arts and the Old Church Cultural Center in Demarest with noted decorative artist Sandra Holzman.

The fee for this workshop is $90 per person. Membership in the "Y" is not required.

If participants have small chairs or tables to work on, bring it along. All other materials will be provided. Space is limited. For more information, please call Karen Simon at (908) 233-2700 or visit the "Y."

Williams Nursery Sets Saturday Egg Hunt

WESTFIELD — Williams Nursery, located at 524 Springfield Avenue in Westfield, will host its second annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday April 3, at 2 p.m. The rain date will be Sunday, April 4, at 2 p.m.

This year's event will feature more eggs and parking, according to the nursery. There will also be 30 special beanie baby eggs hidden, including several Millennium, Fuzz, Signature, Halo, and Kicks bears. The rest of the beanies are new releases.

There will also be over 4,000 eggs filled with candy. There is no charge for this event. For further information, please call (908) 232-4076.

Ghosthunter to Speak To Historical Society

WESTFIELD — The Westfield Historical Society will welcome ghosthunter Laura Muller of Westfield to its First Wednesday Luncheon at noon on April 7 at B.G. Fields Restaurant on Springfield Avenue in Westfield.

Mrs. Muller, who with her husband, Jeff, founded the New Jersey Ghost Hunters Society, will discuss some of the paranormal experiences they have shared since becoming part-time ghosthunters a few years ago.

Her anecdotes will include having once been followed home by a friendly spirit from Fairview Cemetery in Westfield after an investigation there.

The couple have just organized their first field trip to Cape May, where they will investigate the various public locations as detailed in Charles J. Adams, 3rd's book "Cape May Ghost Stories."

Regular attendees of the First Wednesday Luncheon will be contacted by a telephone committee of the Historical Society to verify their reservations. Space permitting, members of the public are invited to attend.

Please call (908) 233-2930 before noon on Monday April 5, for seating information.

John Brzozowski to Perform As Featured Concert Soloist

WESTFIELD – John Brzozowski, a junior at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, will be a featured soloist at the Masterpiece Series Honors Concert on Tuesday, April 20.

He was selected as the featured soloist at the James Madison University Soloist Competition Finals held on February 19.

John is a Dean's List student studying music education and music industries. He will perform Symphonic Variations for Solo Piano and Or

chestra by C. Frank with the James Madison Symphony Orchestra.

He is a graduate of S c o t c h P l a i n s F a n w o o d High School. He was a We s t f i e l d Music Club Scholarship recipient. He received national recognition as an Outstanding Accompaniest at the Festivals of Music in Virginia Beach and Williamsburg, Virginia.

Literacy Volunteers Set Spring Training Programs

SCOTCH PLAINS — Literacy Volunteers of American Union County Affiliate has announced its spring workshop programs to train tutors.

The first English as a Second Language workshop will be held at the Roselle Park Library. Registration will be held on Thursday, April 15, at 6 p.m. Classes will start on Thursday, April 22, and continue on April 29, May 6, 13, 20 and 27. Each class will be from 6 to 9 p.m.

A second English as a Second Language Workshop will be held at

the Hillside Library. Registration has been scheduled for Saturday, April 10, at 10 a.m.

Classes will begin on Saturday, April 17, and continue on April 24, 30, May 1, 8, 15 and 22. Each class will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A third English as a Second Language Workshop will be held at the Clark Library. Registration has been slated for Thursday, April 22, at 6 p.m. Classes will begin on Thursday, April 22, and continue on April 29, May 6, 13, 27 and June 3. Each class will be held from 6 to 9 p.m.

A basic literacy workshop at the Main Branch of the Elizabeth Public Library also will be held.

Registration is Wednesday, April 14, at 6 p.m. Classes start on Wednesday, April 21, and continue April 28, May 5, 12, 19 and 26. Each class will be held from 6 to 9 p.m.

Sons of American Revolution Honors Charles W. Jackson

WESTFIELD — Charles Wilson Jackson recently received the Good Citizenship Medal of the Sons of the American Revolution at the group's annual dinner meeting at Echo Lake Country Club in Westfield.

A teacher and administrator in the Westfield school system for more than 30 years, Mr. Jackson graduated from Trenton State Teachers College and earned his master's degree at Rutgers University.

The award recognizes exemplary community service in various capacities. Mr. Jackson served as Principal of McKinley Elementary, Jefferson Elementary, Franklin Elementary and Elm Street Schools.

He was also named Chairman of the initial Family Living Curriculum, known at the time as sex education, by then-Superintendent of Schools L. E. Law, in 1967.

Mr. Jackson has been President of the New Jersey Council of Education and the Union County Elementary School Principals Association, as well as a member of the Boards of the New Jersey Schoolmasters Club and the state Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association.

He has additionally served as President of the Westfield Historical Society and of the Westfield Day Care Center, and as Chairman of the Ad

ministrative Board of the United Methodist Church in Westfield.

The meeting of the Sons of the American Revolution also featured an Eagle Scout Award to Stephen Anthony of Bridgewater, as well as a discussion of George Washington as Commander-in-Chief by Dr. Mark Lender of Kean University in Union, and election of officers for 1999-2000.

Named to lead the chapter were: President, Charles E. Brown; Vice Presidents, Christopher Beck Forrest Blanding and Kenneth Hendrix; Secretary, Dr. George Hill; Treasurer, C. Marlin White; Registrar, George Gross; Chaplain, John Akerley; Assistant Chaplain, Kenneth Hoover; Historian, Don Clark, and Color Guard Captain, John Lawson.

Designated trustees were Stephen Clarke, Harry Jester, F. Clayton Kynes and Robert Vivian.

Band Association Slates Spring Plant Sale Event

WESTFIELD — The Westfield Marching Band Parents' Association will hold its annual Spring Plant Sale fundraiser on Saturday, April 3, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Westfield High School, Roosevelt Intermediate School and Edison Intermediate School.

A variety of geraniums, impatiens, tulips, daffodils, cyclamens, Easter lilies and critter planters will be offered at the sale.

Jewish Federation to Hold Holocaust Commemoration

SCOTCH PLAINS — On Sunday, April 11, at 7:15 p.m. the annual Holocaust Commemoration Program will be held at the Wilkins Theater at Kean University in Union.

It is co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Central New Jersey and the Holocaust Resource Center of Kean University.

This year the theme will be "Darkness Descends," which remembers the 60th anniversary of the Nazi Invasion of Poland.

German troops invaded Poland on September 1, 1939. Poland surrendered within three weeks and German troops moved to annex certain areas of Poland and to establish a protectorate, general government in other areas of Western Poland.

The eastern part of Poland was occupied by the Soviet Union as part of an agreement signed with Germany a few weeks before.

Immediately after the invasion, many Jews fled to the East and close to 2 million Jews remained under German occupation. Jews soon were forced to live in ghettoes where they were subjected to starvation, slave labor and disease.

At the end of 1949 deportation of Jews from the ghettoes to the extermination camps began. The last ghetto in Poland was liquidated in 1944 in the city of Lodz. At the end of the war, 3 million Polish Jews had been killed.

At the program, two speakers, Mollie Sperling of Clark and David Kempinsky of Union, will tell their stories describing the horror of those days. Ms. Sperling is originally from Krakow and Mr. Kempinsky from Wielow.

In addition to the speakers there will be six candlelighters, four survivors and two American soldiers who liberated concentration camps in Europe. The liberators are Lloyd Kalugin of Cranbury, a Jewish American, and Johnny Stevens of Camden, an African-American.

The Holocaust commemoration program is one of the largest in the state of New Jersey and has an attendance of approximately 1,000 people every year.

The program is free and open to the community. For further information, please call Luis Fleischman at (908) 889-5335.

WRITING WINNERS…The English Department of Terrill Middle School has selected eighth graders, Tomo Gibson and Annmarie Klimowicz, as this year's local winners of the National Council of Teachers of English (NOTE) Promising Young Writers Contest. Tomo and Annmarie were selected from among 50 contest entrants who wrote anonymously on an impromptu topic during a 75minute session. In addition, the students wrote an another piece, which was submitted to the national contest. Pictured, left to right, are: Robert Ubersax and Karen Moran, seventh grade English teachers; Annmarie Klimowicz and Tomo Gibson; Paul Larsen and Catherine Mattfield, eighth grade English teachers; and Janet Siecke, sixth grade English teacher. Not pictured is judge, Stacey Stetzer, sixth grade teacher.

Fanwood Nature Center To Plant Wildflowers

FANWOOD – The Fanwood Nature Center on Cray Terrace will host the planting of wildflower seeds donated by Loft's Inc. on Saturday, April 10, at 10 a.m. In the event of rain, the activity will be held instead on Sunday, April 11, at 1:30 p.m.

Participants are asked to bring metal "T"-shaped rakes and dress appropriately.

A special area will be set aside for children, who will be given a cup of seed to rake into the soil. Youngsters may also place their name on a wood marker, created from paint stirrers donated by Young's Paint & Varnish.

For more information, please call Dean Talcott, Fanwood Environmental Commission Chairman, at (908) 322-6577. Special arrangements may be made for groups.

Nature Club Slates Upcoming Program

The Summit Nature Club will meet on Thursday, April 15, at 7:45 p.m. at the Science and Nature Center, Watchung Reservation on New Providence Road and Coles Avenue in Mountainside.

"Alaska and Russia's Far East" will be the program by Tom Southerland.

In this program he will show whales, bears, birds and more. He has taught courses on bird identification at the Princeton Adult School and been a director of New Jersey Audubon.

John Brzozowski
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