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A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION The Westfield Leader and THE TIMES of Scotch Plains – Fanwood Thursday, April 1, 1999 Page 9


Westfield Lions Club Slates Easter Egg Hunt for Kids

WESTFIELD — The Lions Club of Westfield will hold its 64th annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 3, at 1 p.m. in Mindowaskin Park in Westfield.

Under the direction of Lions President William Doyle, more than 1,200 plastic eggs will be hidden in the area around the gazebo. Immediately after the hunt, plastic bags containing gourmet jellybeans will be distributed to the children.

All Westfield children through the age of 7 may attend the event, with an area set aside for toddlers 3 and under.

From noon until 12:45 p.m., and after the hunt, the Easter Bunny will be available for pictures with the children at the bench across from the Westfield Police Station.

In exchange for a $3 donation to the Lions' charities, a recipient will get a framed Polaroid photo.

READY FOR BOOK SALE...Jane Bischoff, left, and Freia Mitarai are among a corps of 100 volunteers waiting to work at the annual book sale sponsored by the Friends of Westfield Memorial Library. The five-day sale kicks off on Tuesday, April 13, in the library's program room. Donations may be made on Friday and Saturday, April 9 and 10, and on Monday, April 12, at the library on East Broad Street. Writer in Residence Visits

Wilson Elementary School

WESTFIELD – Poet and storyteller Luray Gross has been conducting poetry workshops for fourthand fifth-grade students of Wilson Elementary School in Westfield.

Ms. Gross works as a Writer-inResidence through the Pennsylvania and New Jersey State Councils on the Arts, and as a Visiting Poet for the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the Pennsylvania Writing Project.

With these organizations and on a freelance basis, she has presented workshops and readings for students in kindergarten through grade 12, as well as teachers and the general public, since 1989.

Through the music, imagery, metaphor, and declarations of a poem, Ms. Gross believes she can enable participants to experiment in their own writing. She encourages teachers, students and other guests of the class to participate in the workshop.

Ms. Gross is a founding and Coordinating Writer for Writing Works of Co/Works, Inc. Her experience includes four years as a teacher of high school English and 10 years as Adjunct Instructor of English at The College of New Jersey.

She has also worked as a freelance journalist, writing for trade publica

tions for five years. Ms. Gross received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania and a Master of Arts Degree in English from Trenton State College.

She is the author of two collections of poetry: "Forenoon," published in 1990 by The Attic Press in Westfield, and "Elegant Reprieve," published in 1996 by Still Waters Press in Galloway Township.

McKinley School Masters Math With New Program

WESTFIELD – Regarding McKinley Elementary School's recent math fair, Principal Charles Hansen stated, "The key to a quality education is a three-way partnership among students, parents, and teachers."

More than 150 parents and students participated in the fair, the second parent-student-teacher event of the semester. Over 15 different math activities were included.

Parents and children moved from booth to booth, exploring different math concepts using shapes, patterns, sets, and blocks, and participating in math-oriented activities.

"This has been yet another opportunity to extend the curriculum outside the school boundaries," continued Mr. Hansen. "When pupils see their parents enjoying and having fun with math like this, they learn that math is fun. They also see that school and learning are fun too."

The evening was organized by volunteer by Judith Montgomery, a community outreach mathematics facilitator and National Science Foundation grant recipient, brought in from California by a McKinley parent.

Ms. Montgomery also provided preevent training for the many parents and teachers from McKinley, Roosevelt Intermediate and Edison Intermediate schools and pupils from Westfield High School who also volunteered to help manage the event and run the booths.

Fran Elson, K-8 Math Supervisor, confirmed that this was a pioneering event in terms of the evening hours and consequential amount of direct parental participation. She explained that

traditionally, math fairs take place during school hours and center on pupils presenting their work to other pupils.

Ms. Elson also provided a take-home booklet outlining further math activities for children and their parents which is designed to make math a fun and enriching experience in the home as well as school.

Advocate Program Seeks Volunteers

The Friend Advocate Program of Union County is seeking volunteers to work with elderly persons by providing companionship, assistance with bill-paying budgeting and arranging for community services.

The Friend Advocate Program, sponsored by The Community Health Law Project located in Bloomfield, will hold volunteer training sessions in April and a luncheon to honor its volunteers during National Volunteer Week, April 18 to 24.

Terry Tainow, of Westfield, is an advocate at the Community Health Law Project, a state-wide legal society which provides services to senior citizens and people with disabilities. She is the Program Coordinator for The Friend Advocate Program and has been a volunteer helping seniors for many years.

Ms. Tainow is the Chairwoman of the Local Assistance Board in the Town of Westfield and also a member of The Union County Advisory Council on Aging.

For an application, please call Ms. Tainow at (973) 680-5599.

Free Rabies Clinic Planned By Garwood Board of Health

The Garwood Board of Health will conduct a free rabies clinic, from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 10, which will be offered for the inoculation of both cats and dogs. The clinic will be held at the Garwood Public Works Building on South Avenue in Garwood.

No appointments are required. Individuals should follow preventative measures to limit the possibility of exposure to rabies. Please note the following:

1. Make sure that all dogs and cats are vaccinated against rabies. 2. Do not leave family pets outdoors overnight, or feed animals outdoors. 3. Avoid contact with all wild animals. 4. Discuss with children not to bring home, pet, or attempt to help a sick wild animal.

If bitten by any animal, please consult your physician immediately and contact the local Health Department at (908) 789-4070, to report the incident.

Leaf, Gumball Pickup Slated For April 19

SCOTCH PLAINS — The Department of Public Property of Scotch Plains will hold the Township's Annual Spring Leaf and Gumball Pickup, which will begin on Monday, April 19.

Weather permitting, all leaf and gumball debris will be picked up at curbs during the week of April 19 only. Therefore, it is important that the debris be put out on that Monday. All personnel and equipment will be utilized on both sides of the Township.

Please do not park vehicles on the streets during this pick-up. This will enable Township personnel to provide this service more efficiently and safely.

It is very important that leaves placed at the curb be free of debris such as branches, rocks, stumps, etc. This debris can cause serious equipment damage, and slows the program down considerably. Branches may be put out during the Township's June clean up program.

When putting leaves at the curb, please leave space for the water to flow to catch basins. Bagging of leaves is also discouraged because they break upon opening and slows down pickup.

Soroptimist Group Sets Dinner, Fashion Show

WESTFIELD – The Soroptimist International of Greater Westfield Area's annual Dinner and Fashion Show will be held Wednesday, April 14, at L'Affaire in Mountainside.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a cash bar and is followed by dinner and the fashion show at 7 p.m. The fashions at this year's show will be presented by Debra Van Horn of New York.

In addition to its commitment to helping women who are unable to help themselves, the area Soroptimist organization funds numerous local service agencies and provides scholarships to college-bound high school seniors and to adult women re-entering the work force.

Proceeds from the annual event funds many of these programs. The Domestic Violence Center of Union County will be a major beneficiary of the proceeds from this year's event.

According to event chairperson, Leonore Scurry, the club is hoping that the ambiance of this year's event will allow them to exceed 1998's record when they raised almost $10,000.

Anyone interested in attending the dinner or in more information about the organization may call Ellen Ramer at (908) 276-6718.

Soroptimist International of Greater Westfield Area is part of a worldwide non-profit organization of business and professional women dedicated to providing service to the community.

Endocrinology Expert To Speak at Meeting

Of F.E.M.A.L.E.

CRANFORD – Dr. Eric Daiter, a board certified reproductive endocrinology and infertility expert, will speak to the Union County chapter of F.E.M.A.L.E. (Formerly Employed Mothers At the Leading Edge) on Wednesday, April 7.

The topic of his lecture, to be presented at the Hanson House, 38 Springfield Avenue in Cranford, is "The Effect of Hormones on Women's Health."

The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m., followed by Dr. Daiter's presentation at 8 p.m. Dr. Daiter is a member of the Rahway Hospital Speakers Bureau, a community outreach program designed to provide up-to-date information on a variety of health care topics.

F.E.M.A.L.E. is a national support group for all women who have left the full-time work force to stay at home with their young children. For additional information on F.E.M.A.L.E., please call Karyn at (908) 272-2471, or Debbie at (908) 862-7781.

OUTSTANDING MUSICIANS…Nine band students from Park Middle School in Scotch Plains were recently accepted for the Central Jersey Intermediate Region II band and Orchestra, based on auditions that were held in January. The Region II Band and Orchestra is made up of outstanding musicians from Mercer, Union, Middlesex, Monmouth, Somerset and Hunterdon counties chosen from the 78 participating middle schools in the region. Pictured, left to right, are: Nicholas Sette, Jenna Marionni, David DeMair; middle row, Edward Saridaki, Chris Seemann, Jillian DeMair; back row, instrumental music teacher John Bencivenga, Robert Kuchinski, Nancy Twu, Andre Baruch.

Westfield AARP Schedules Upcoming Meeting, Events

WESTFIELD — The Westfield Area Chapter No. 1437 of the American Association of Retired Persons will hold its next meeting on Monday, April 5, at the Presbyterian Church of Westfield, 140 Mountain Avenue. The social hour will begin at 1 p.m. and the meeting will start promptly at 1:30 p.m.

"Memory Aerobics," which will be given by Marie Herbert, Coordinator of Union Hospital's Senior Health Program, will be the guest speaker.

The Community Services Committee requests that each member brings a non-perishable food item or make a cash donation during the meeting. The donations are delivered each month to the Union County Food Bank Center at Trinity Church in Westfield.

The Knitting Group has donated their time and talent to make lap robes, shrugs and bibs for shut-ins, as well as hats and scarves for merchant seamen.

The Annual Spring Luncheon will be on Monday, June 7, at 12 p.m. at the Westwood in Garwood. Entertainment will be provided by the Westfield Old Guard. Tickets are $14 each for members only and will be on sale at the April 5 and the May 3 meetings. For more information, call (908) 925-2536.

The Trips and Tours Committee will take reservations for up-coming day trips and overnight tours. On Tuesday, April 20, there will be a day trip to the Maury Povich Show in New York City, including lunch. Wednesday, May 19, will be a day trip to Atlantic City, which will include a refund of coins and a lunch discount.

For trip information, call (908) 232-7153.

Reservations are still available for the four overnight tour trips. The trip to Wildwood on May 10-14 has only a few seats left. Flyers and information on these trips will be available at the meeting. All reservations for the Wildwood trip must be paid up at the April meeting.

The other tours are June 12 to 19, Nova Scotia; September 20 to 23, Hunt's Landing; and October 10 to 16, the Smoky Mountains. All tours will include full schedules of visits to

surrounding areas as well as activities and entertainment and food.

For more information, call (908) 889-6769.

Internet Training Set At Westfield Library

WESTFIELD — The Westfield Memorial Library will hold a class on Internet searching techniques on Tuesday, April 13, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the library.

The presentation, which will be given by the library's reference staff, is a hands-on introduction to the Internet and will include instruction on using EBSCOhost, an on-line magazine database.

In person or telephone registration will begin on Monday, April 5, at the circulation desk.

A valid Westfield Library card will be required to attend the classes. Class size will be limited to eight individuals.

A. Michael Nemeth

Reprinted from the April 21, 1949 edition of The Westfield Leader

ANNUAL AGE-OLD FUN…In this 50-year-old photograph from a 1949 edition of The Westfield Leader, children run to find Easter eggs hidden in Mindowaskin Park. The Westfield park will again be the site for the Lions Club's 64th annual egg hunt Saturday, April 3, at 1 p.m.

Luray Gross
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