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A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION The Westfield Leader and THE TIMES of Scotch Plains - Fanwood Thursday, July 29, 1999 Page 3

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Trailside Matinee to Feature Dinosaur Program on Aug. 4

MOUNTAINSIDE–TheTrailside Nature and Science Center will present “Dino Doin’s,” a children’s forum featuring the latest facts about dinosaurs, on Wednesday, August 4, at 1:30 p.m.

Topics will include how paleontologists can interpret an animal’s lifestyle from fossil remains; how and why extinction occurs, and the fate of the Brontosaurus.

The show, sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freehold

ers, is for children ages 4 and up. Tickets are $4 per person, and may be purchased at the door on the day of the program.

“‘Dino Doin’s’” is a wonderful addition to Trailside’s Wednesday matinee series this summer,” said Freeholder Chairman Nicholas P. Scutari. “It’s a good opportunity to learn about the latest dinosaur discoveries and to enjoy an afternoon in Union County’s largest park.”

Trailside Nature and Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside. For more information about this or other programs, please call (908) 789-3670.

CSH Hosts Garden Party Benefitting Fitness Trail

MOUNTAINSIDE — The Children’s Specialized Hospital (CSH) Auxiliary, along with the Fanwood-Scotch Plains, SummitShort Hills, Mountainside and Westfield Twigs, recently hosted a Garden Party to benefit the Echo Lake Fitness Trail.

The organizations raised $5,500, which will go toward renovation of the trail to allow better use by patients and staff.

The Echo Lake Fitness Trail, which is located between Children’s Specialized Hospital, Mountainside Borough Hall, the Mountainside Community Pool and Mountain Avenue, was established in 1985 as a partnership between the Borough, the Union County Park Commis

sion and C.S.H. After 14 years of heavy use the trail is being renovated. All three members of the original partnership are sharing in the costs of the improvements.

The Mountainside Town Council has obtained partial grant funding and CSH is making improvements to the trail entrance from its property. The County Park Commission has purchased new exercise equipment that will result in four multiuse wheelchair accessible stations.

Additional funding is still required to complete this project. To make a contribution, please contact Children’s Specialized Hospital, the Union County Park Commission or the BoroughofMountainsidedirectly.

YOUNG VOLUNTEERS…Members of the Westfield Junior Twig of Children’s Specialized Hospital keep harpist Aideen O’Donnell company as they wait to greet guests at a Garden Party to benefit the Echo Lake Fitness Trail. Pictured, left to right, are: seated, Mike Kivetz and Mike Orlando; standing, Amanda Shutts, Stephanie Larson, Aideen O’Donnell, Mike Todd and Sean Joffe. Former Westfield Resident

Honored For Pro Bono Work

CHICAGO — Former Westfield resident Christina Rainville and her husband and law partner, Peter S. Greenberg, have been named the recipients of the 1999 American Bar Association (ABA) Pro Bono Publico awards for their defense of a Lancaster, Pennsylvania woman accused in connection with the 1991 murder of a 16-year-old local girl.

Lisa Michelle Lambert, her boyfriend Lawrence Yunkin and her friend Tabitha Buck were all convicted in separate trials in connection with the December 20 killing of Laurie Show.

Laurie was stabbed to death in the apartment she shared with her mother. The girl’s mother had been called the night before the murder to meet a guidance counselor at her daughter’s school, although once she arrived at the school no one was there to meet her. Laurie had once dated Yunkin who had since become the boyfriend of Lambert, one of the suspectsand thepersonMs.Rainville and Mr. Greenberg are now defending.

Ms. Rainville and Mr. Greenberg, partners of the Philadelphia-based firm of Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis, will be honored at the ABA’s Annual Meeting in Atlanta on Monday, August 9, during the Pro Bono Awards Assembly Luncheon for the 3,000 hours of pro bono work they have done to represent Lambert.

Ms. Rainville is a 1980 graduate of Westfield High School. She is the daughter of Nancy and Dewey Rainville of Westfield.

“The individuals and institutions who receive these awards are shining examples of how much difference lawyers can make for someone in need,” said Utah Court of Appeals Judge Judith Billings, Chairman of the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service.

“Regardless of the practice setting, each year the Pro Bono Publico Awards are presented to heroes — people and institutions who make an amazing difference for individuals inneedand thecommunitiesinwhich they practice,” he stated.

Lambert is serving a life sentence in the highly publicized murder.

ThePro BonoPublicoAwardswere established by the ABA in 1984 and are presented annually by the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service to recognize lawyers, law firms and corporate law departmentsforextraordinarilynoteworthy contributions in extending legal services to the poor and disadvantaged.

During their work on behalf of Lambert, Mr. Greenberg and Ms. Rainville came under public criticism, including hate mail and death threats, as they worked to free Lambert in the case that the United States Supreme Court has been asked to review.

Several of their firm’s clients warned that they would leave the firm if the two persisted, and some actually did.

United States District Judge Stewart Dalzell, who believed Ms. Rainville’s claim that police framed her, freed Lambert in April 1997.

Lambert, however, is now back in prison after the Third United States Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Lambert never raised some of her key claims in state court.

That ruling occurred after the Attorney General’s office argued that

Judge Dalzell had overstepped his authority. According to the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, Judge Dalzell barred prosecutors from retrying Lambert.

In a 1992 bench trial, prosecuted by the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office, Lambert was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. Later that year, a jury convicted Buck of firstdegree murder and she too received a life-sentence. Yunkin, who pleaded guiltyto third-degreemurder,isserving a 10to 20-year state prison sentence.

“This case involved courage, adverse consequences to their regular practice, and a display of skill and commitment that is surely one of the most memorable I have encountered in my experience at the bar,” said ABA Past President Jerome J. Shestack in nominating the couple.

“In every generation a lawyer is called upon to right an enormous wrong. Thus, in preceding generations, attorneys such as Clarence Darrow and Thurgood Marshall defended individuals charged with heinous crimes yet who were actually innocent,” wrote Stefan Presser, legal director for the ACLU Foundation of Pennsylvania in supporting the husband and wife legal team for the ABA award.

“Some day in the future, the names of Rainville and Greenberg will be added to this list because of their courageous and unstinting work on behalf of Lambert,” he added.

Lambert’s attorneys have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case.

LANDSCAPING SCOUTS…Boy Scout Troop No. 177 of Mountainside recently participated in a Fleet All-Stars Program sponsored by Fleet Bank. The program was designed to inspire and reward kids for undertaking community service projects that have a lasting and positive impact. Troop No. 177 cleaned up and landscaped the dividing island located on the corner of Route 22 and New Providence Road. Pictured are three troop members planting flowers on the tip of the island. Local Pupils Commended

In University Talent Search

SCOTCH PLAINS – A number of students in the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Public Schools received commendation recently from Johns Hopkins University as a result of their performance on academic tests administered by the university.

Fifth-grade students who were recognized in the search were Elizabeth Katz, Raunaq Palejwala, Maria Kolakowska, Cheryl Beqaj, Jennifer Seeman, Samantha Feldman, David Ginsberg, Andrew Lipstein and Joshua Shvartsman. SixthgraderShrenikShah was the one student at that grade level to be commended.

At the seventh grade level, honored studentswereRupnathChattopadhyay,

Alexander Clark, Robert Fusco, Michael Gallo, Vani Kilakkathi, Elizabeth Leeper, Joshua Parker, Arianna Power, Christopher Russo and Nancy Twu.

The Johns Hopkins Talent Search also recognized eighth-grade students Michael Allen, David Chang, Evan Chinoy, Brian Curcie, Katie Downey, Sophia Fayngold, Jeremy Lipstein, Aurpon Mitra, Raymond Moskal, Esther Ogunyemi, Nisha Tamhankar and Judith Wicker-Brisco.

Recognition in the Talent Search makes these students eligible for participation in a variety of national programs and opportunities for gifted and talented students.

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