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Washington School Players Prepare Houligan’s Island
WESTFIELD – Parents and faculty, known as the Washington School Players, have been practicing and preparing for their 51st annual production of Houligan’s Island which will be held on Friday, February 5, at 8 p. m. and Saturday, February 6, at 2 and 8 p. m. at Roosevelt Intermediate School in Westfield.
Tickets will be available on a reserved seating basis beginning Saturday, January 16, at Burgdorff Realtors, 600 North Avenue in Westfield or by calling (908) 2338005. Tickets will also be sold at the Washing
LEARNING THEIR LINES… Parents and faculty who comprise The Washington School Players, have been rehearsing for their 51st annual production of
Houligan’s Island to be held on Friday, February 5, at 8 p. m. and Saturday, February 6, at 2 and 8 p. m. Tickets will be available at Burgdorff Realtors in Westfield or by calling (908) 2338005. Pictured, above, are Janet Seip and Tom Hoblitzell.
ton School lobby from 8 a. m. to noon on January 16.
This original musical/ comedy, written by three parents, Mary Jane Gismondi, Ruth Materek, and Diane Mroz, is based around the theme of
The cast will include Rob Swadosh, Tom Hoblitzell, David Schulman, Jackie Costello, Janet Seip, Bruce Vasel, Amy Herrington, Tom Garry, Mike Kenny, Roger Hayden, Dennis Dickstein, Cynthia Weinberg, John Fietkiewicz, Mary Jane Gismondi, Elizabeth Scollen, Mary Anne Markowski, Allen Dunstan, and George Thayer.
The production will be directed by Joe Materek and Laurie Porchetta. Mary Ann Kent, Michelle Heffernan, and Patti Swadosh will produce the performance.
This annual show is the school’s only fundraiser with net proceeds making up the total budget for the following year.
The tradition started in 1949 at the Grant School (now the site of the Memorial Library) as a small scale talent show meant to encourage attendance at the ParentTeacher Association Meetings.
When Grant School closed and students moved to Washington Elementary School, the show continued as a yearly tradition.
In recent years, the students of Washington Elementary have received new playground equipment, a large projection screen, and various audio equipment as a result of the production.
GINGERBREAD TREATS… Members of Stacie Saam’s first grade class at McKinley Elementary School in Westfield rolled, cut out, baked and decorated gingerbread men. Ginger and other spices, once available only to royalty, is traditionally used in Christmas baking as a reminder of the kings’ journey to Bethlehem. Pictured, left to right, are: first row, Eve Pomerantz, Brittany Graham, Allison Ammermuller, Keith Hurtt, Kiana Wiley; second row, Daniel Krack, Brian Henry, Lucas Pellegrino, David Jeffrey, Mark Bishop; third row, Christopher Lloyd, Allie Pirozzi, Ms. Saam, Anne Comba, Anna Butler and Cameron Meeker. Union County College Posts
Courses for Spring Semester
SCOTCH PLAINS – Union County College (UCC) recently announced that it will hold registration for its spring semester from Wednesday, January 20, to Tuesday, February 2, at its Cranford, Elizabeth, and Plainfield campuses.
Students will have the opportunity to register from Monday to Thursday from 9 a. m. to 7: 30 p. m.; on Fridays from 9 a. m. to 4: 30 p. m.; and on Saturdays from 9 a. m. to noon.
UCC will offer standard credit courses for degrees and certifications in nearly 50 disciplines including American Sign Language and Deaf Studies, Business Management, Criminal Justice, Engineering, and Communications.
Telecourses, in which students may earn credits and a degree from the comfort of their own homes, will also be available.
Telecourses allow students to earn an associate degree in Exploring the Arts and Sciences or an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Business Management.
Students in telecourses observe taped lectures over a video cassette recorder, read related textbooks, receive personalized guidance by the instructor, and meet in class only for examinations.
These transferable associate de grees will offer a wide variety of
courses such as Accounting, Business Law, Principles of Marketing, General Psychology, Principles of Sociology which can be used to satisfy degree requirements.
Computer courses, such as the Introduction to Computer Applications, Windows Operating Systems, and the Internet will be available online with no physical attendance at the college required. The student must provide specific hardware and software at home.
UCC has direct transfer/ articulation agreements with fouryear colleges and universities as well as a fullfaithandcredit transfer agreement with New Jersey state colleges.
Some of these colleges and universities include, but are not limited to, RutgersThe State University, Kean University, Montclair State University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, New York University, and Rochester Institute of Technology.
Spring semester courses will extend through late May during daytime, evening, and weekend hours at the college’s campuses in Cranford, Plainfield, and Scotch Plains.
For more information, please call the College Admissions Office at (908) 7097500.
Seniors Club Reveals Open House Program At Community Center
WESTFIELD – The Seniors Club of the Westfield Community Center will host a New Year’s Open House next week to highlight its many services.
The event will take place from Tuesday through Friday, January 19 to 22, from 9: 30 a. m. to 2 p. m. each day.
Among the activities and services offered by the club are senior discussion groups, medical screenings, arts and crafts, classes in ceramics, exercise and sewing, informational seminars and referrals, bingo, pinochle and lunch.
Marion Coffee is the Director of the Seniors Program.
The Westfield Community Center is located at 558 West Broad Street, at the corner of Palsted Avenue, in Westfield.
For further information, please call Ms. Coffee at (908) 2324759.
Alumni Association Sets Meeting, Program
SCOTCH PLAINS – The regular scheduled meeting of the Scotch PlainsFanwood High School (SPFHS) Alumni Association will be held on Tuesday, January 19, at 7: 30 p. m. in Room 101 of the high school.
The meeting will include a presentation by Robert Ricca, Class of 1969 and a former SPFHS wrestler. He will discuss his wrestling reunion and wrestling alumni awards.
Mr. Ricca is forming a wrestling alumni association with possible scholarships. He works with local groups in a wrestling program.
Refreshments will be served and the public is invited to attend.
For further information, please call Marie Leppert at (908) 2333829 or Kristi Hawkins at (908) 2326845.
Junior Woman’s Club Plans ‘Beautiful Baby’ Contest
WESTFIELD — The Junior Woman’s Club of Westfield has announced its first annual “Beautiful Baby” contest. The contest will run from Monday, February 1, to Saturday, February 13, at the Drug Fair of Westfield.
Children newborn to 36 months of age are eligible for entry in the contest. To enter, participants must submit two photographs, no larger than 4 by 6 inches, with the parents’ name, child’s name, date of birth, address
and telephone number on the back of the pictures.
There is a $3 registration fee which should be made payable to The Junior Woman’s Club of Westfield. Photographs will not be returned. The contest will be limited to the first 20 entries.
All other registration fees will be returned if a photograph does not make the first 20 submissions.
Drug Fair of Westfield will organize a display table with all 20 “Beautiful Babies” photographs. A container will be available for voters to contribute their loose change. Each penny will equal one vote.
All the proceeds will benefit the Junior Woman’s Club Scholarship Fund, which raises moneys for local students.
The first place winner will receive a $50 Savings Bond. Second and third place winners will also receive prizes.
Photographs with information and registration fees may be sent to The Junior Woman’s Club of Westfield, P. O. Box 524, Westfield, 070910524. The deadline for entries is Friday, January 22.
Submission of photographs gives authorization to release them for publicity, according to the club.
Spring Trip Schedule Posted For ‘Sixty and Better Set’
WESTFIELD – The Westfield “Y” has announced the spring trip schedule for the “60 & Better Set,” which is open to the public and does not require membership to the “Y.”
· On Thursday, April 15, the group will visit a special exhibit from Japan entitled “Splendors of Meiji: Treasures of Imperial Japan” at the USA Riverfront Arts Center in Wilmington, Delaware. Lunch at the Hotel DuPont will be included. The cost of the trip is $85 per person.
· On Friday, May 28, the group will take a morning tour of the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, followed by a buffet luncheon at the Brooklyn Museum.
They will also view a special exhibition of paintings at the museum entitled “Impressionists in Winter:
Effets de Neige,” featuring winter landscapes by such renowned artists as Claude Monet and Paul Gaugin.
There may be time to visit other areas of the museum as well. The cost of the trip is $75 per person.
· The last trip of the spring season will be an overnight visit to Inner Harbor in Baltimore on Thursday and Friday, June 17 and 18. On the way, the group will stop at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, where participants will visit the displays and have lunch on their own.
The afternoon will be spent at Inner Harbor, where group members will have an opportunity to shop and explore. Dinner and accommodations at the Best Western in Baltimore, as well as breakfast the following day, will be included.
After breakfast on the second day, participants will tour Annapolis, the United States Naval Academy. The fee for the trip is $175 per person for double occupancy, $220 per person for single occupancy, and $160 per person for triple occupancy.
Space will be limited and early registration is recommended. For more information and registration, please call Karen F. Simon at (908) 2332700, or visit the “Y” at 220 Clark Street in Westfield.
Full payment will be due upon registration, and no refunds will be issued unless the reserved seat can be sold.
Masonic Atlas Pythagoras Lodge Sets Jan. 26 for Blood Drive
WESTFIELD – The Blood Center of New Jersey (BCNJ) will hold a blood drive on Tuesday, January 26, at Masonic Atlas Pythagoras Lodge, 1011 Central Avenue, Westfield from 6 to 9 p. m.
“Since the beginning of the month, we have been facing severe shortages of many blood types,” said Judy Daniels, BCNJ spokeswoman. “This is unfortunately a regular occurrence in January, not only in New Jersey, but across the nation.”
It is critical that blood be available for the hundreds of New Jersey residents who need blood every day. Donors must be 18 years of age. Seventeen year olds may donate with parental permission.
There is no upper age limit for donors provided they have donated within the last two years, or have a doctor’s note. Donors should know their social security number and bring a signed form of identification.
People with cold or flu symptoms should wait until they have recovered before donating. There is a 72hour deferral for dental work, including routine teeth cleaning.
For those who have traveled outside of the United States recently, please call the blood center for eligibility criteria.
For more information or to sign up for a blood drive, please call the blood
center at 1800 BLOOD NJ (8002566365).
Westfield Glee Club To Resume Rehearsals
WESTFIELD — The Westfield Glee Club will resume Monday night rehearsals on Monday, January 18, from 8 to 10 p. m. at The Presbyterian Church in Westfield, located at 140 Mountain Avenue.
Student and adult male singers interested in joining the ensemble are invited to attend.
Rehearsals will continue on Monday nights to prepare for the spring concerts which will be performed on Saturday and Sunday, May 1 and 2.
Following the introduction and runthrough of music for the spring program, Glee Club members and new singers will join in refreshments and fellowship.
Please call Dale Juntilla at (908) 2320673 for further information.
ART APPRECIATION… Kim Ford’s kindergarten class at Wilson Elementary School in Westfield recently participated in an art appreciation class. They discussed the lithograph, “Central Park: Winter” by Currier and Ives. The students discussed scenery, depth perception, color, and the definition of a lithograph. The students also created their own winter scenes and discussed famous artists. Pictured, left to right, are: Madeline Komar, Daniel Fitzpatrick, Christopher Mench, Katherine McKinley, Danny Bentley, Emma Foley, and parent volunteer, Ingrid McKinley.
Stamp Club Prepares Meeting and Lecture
WESTFIELD — The Westfield Stamp Club will meet on Thursday, January 28, at 7: 30 p. m. in the Municipal Center, East Broad Street, Westfield.
The meeting will include a lecture on “New Jersey Stampless Covers” by Robert Rose of Mendham. These covers, from a grand award winning exhibit, will be shown in the slide program. There will be a course before the lecture, and a miniauction will be held.
The Westfield Stamp Club meets on the fourth Thursday of each month, and holds an annual show. This year’s show is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, March 6 and 7. Interested stamp collectors are welcome to attend.
For more information, please write to Tom Jacks, P. O. Box 1116, Mountainside, 07092 or call (908) 2320539.
Accountant Society Sets ‘AskaCPADay’
On Saturday, February 27, the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJSCPA) will sponsor “AskaCPADay,” a community service program open to the public.
NJSCPA members will offer free professional guidance through a special telephone hotline about matters related to 1998 individual state and federal tax returns.
To reach the tax assistance line, please call (973) 2264494 between the hours of 9: 30 a. m. and 2: 30 p. m. on February 27.
Information offered by the CPAs is based only upon details provided by the caller. The NJSCPA does not assume responsibility for the information provided to callers.
The NJSCPA represents over 14,000 CPAs in industry, public practice, government and education.
Vanderbilt University Announces Dean’s List
WESTFIELD – Elizabeth Ann Mlynarczyk and Michael L. Fisher, both of Westfield, were recently named to the Fall 1998 Dean’s List at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.
To qualify, students must have a grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale for the semester.
Elizabeth Ann is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Peter J. Mlynarczyk.
Michael is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Steven D. Fisher.
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