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A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION The Westfield Leader and THE TIMES of Scotch Plains - Fanwood Thursday, July 29, 1999 Page 7

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Summer Playground Programs Celebrate With Annual Fairs

WESTFIELD All seven town summer playground programs celebrated fairs on July 15.

Family and friends of those attending the playground programs came to support the fair night from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Parents of children participating in the playground programs were asked to assist their children in devising ideas for booths and to help serve refreshments.

Popular booths at the Franklin Elementary School playground black top included a bag decoration booth designed by Meg and Rose Driscoll. Sarah Weber, Laura Golembiewski and Katie Tutela had a balloon toss.

The penny drop contest, set up by Alyssa Ulrope and Alexis Clarke, was a hit at the Wilson Elementary School celebration. Other booths included a sponge race to fill up cups. Rachel Chartan and Allison Cascone carved a face out of a cardboard box, which they used for a ball toss contest.

The fake tattoo booth, designed by Joanna Protogiannis and Hannah Wharam, was popular for the Washington Elementary School fair, as was a Beanie Babies toss.

The Westfield Neighborhood Council fair was busy as adults and children made their way around to many fun-filled booths.

Ander Whitfield, Kyle Clarke and Fred Cooper’s football toss was a popular booth as was the face painting and tattoo booth set up by Alicia

Fairfax, Jennell Carter and Ja’Net Tiller.

The highlight of the Jefferson Elementary School fair was Caroline Fallon’s wet sponge toss in which a person’s head is sticking out of a hole and the participant is given three chances to hit the person. Lindsey Gerrity and Cara Paulin set up a beanbag toss as well.

Popular booths at McKinley Elementary School playground included a bowling pin knock down contest set up by Brian Henry and Greg Mitchell. Allison Johnson and Raquel Montoya created a colorful ball toss.

The Tamaques Elementary School playground fair was a success with its many different booths. Patrick Clancy set up some bowling pins on a table and the participant had to use water balloons to knock down the pins. Other booths included a dart board contest and a tennis ball toss.

PLAYGROUND FUN…Town playground programs set up throughout Westfield celebrated with evening fairs recently. Children participating in the programs planned and ran the games set up at each fair. Allison Johnson, left, and Raquel Montoya created a colorful ball toss at the McKinley Elementary School playground fair.

Hudson Valley Trip Planned by AARP

Law Professor to Give Talk On Lincoln and Civil War

WESTFIELD — “Lincoln: The Man and The Myths” will be the topic of professor and law attorney Joseph S. Masterson at the First Wednesday Luncheon of the Westfield Historical Society at noon, Wednesday, August 4, at B.G. Fields Restaurant in Westfield.

Professor Masterson’s interest in President Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War began at the age of 10, when he toured the Gettysburg Battlefield with his father, who wanted his son to share his own great interest in the Civil War.

When his father passed away soon after, he maintained this legacy and created his own interest over the years by reading and studying about the Civil War, with particular emphasis on President Lincoln and the many decisions he had to make dur

ing the conflict. Professor Masterson was a professor of law and a faculty member of the Brooklyn Law School for 22 years. He has also served as a senior-level corporate attorney, presidential advisor, as well as general counsel with a long-term record of service to leading U.S. corporations.

He has had articles on antitrust and trade regulations published in

Matthew Bender and the Brooklyn Law Review.

Regular attendees of the First Wednesday Luncheon will be called by a phone committee of the Historical Society to verify their reservations. Space permitting, others are welcome to attend by calling (908) 233-2930 before noon, Monday, August 2, for seating information.

LITTLE NELL…People for Animals, a nonprofit animal welfare organization serving New Jersey, will sponsor a pet adoption event on Saturday, July 31, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., at the PETsMART store, 1022 Route 22 East at West End Avenue, North Plainfield. Many cats and lots of kittens will be available. Among these pets will be Little Nell, an 8-week old petite pastel calico female kitten who has her distemper vaccination and is dewormed. To adopt a pet, or for information, please call (908) 688-1073 or visit People for Animals Web site at www.petfinder. org/shelters/NJ 17. html. Low cost spay/neuter information is also available from the organization.

WESTFIELD — The public is invited to join an event-packed tour planned by the Trips and Tours Committee of Westfield American Association of Retired Persons Chapter No. 4137.

The “Explore the Hudson Valley” tour is planned for Monday through Thursday, September 20 to 23. Lodging will be at Hunt’s Landing, Matamoras, Pennsylvania. Hot breakfast will be served each morning and dinner will include live entertainment each night.

The tour will include a visit to former President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s home and library, the Vanderbilt Mansion and the Culinary Institute of America, which will serve lunch the first day of the tour, a West Point tour and a Hudson Highlands cruise with a box lunch.

Also included are a Brotherhood Winery tour the second day of the tour, and a Gillinder Glass Factory tour the morning of the last day of the trip. A Roaring Twenties Festival with a Cabaret Revue and a three-hour beer, wine and soda bar and buffet feast will end the trip.

The group will depart from the Lord & Taylor parking lot in Westfield at 4 p.m. on September 20. The cost is $392 for a double accommodation lodging and $482 for a single room. Bus, lodging, meals and all entrance fees are included in the price. For further information, please call (908) 232-7153.

FIRST GRADE, HERE WE COME…Twenty members of the kindergarten class at the Westfield Day Care Center graduated recently. Pictured, left to right, are: front row: Anthony Mileto, Alec Friedlander, Kevin Swan, Billy Hedley, Connor Melofchik and Adam Fischette; second row, Amanda Rodriguez, Charlotte Haughney, Katy Kean, Krista Embrett, Sona Tracova, Kate Bagger and Skyler Rachlin; third row, Christopher Mannino, Alexander Parkinson, Peter Surace, Ashley Edwards, Adam Ziering, Kevin Summers and Peter Mebane, and back row, Linnea Rhodes, Executive Director of the Westfield Day Care Center, and teachers Alex Baralt, Lynn Bilman and Karuna Verma.

First Night Westfield Named As Official Millennium Bash READY TO RING IN THE NEW MILLENNIUM…Mayor Thomas C. Jardim

and the Westfield Town Council recently issued a proclamation designating First Night Westfield as the official town celebration to mark the new millennium. Pictured, left to right, are: Arlene Bertrand, Co-Chairwoman of the First Night Arts Committee; Mayor Jardim and First Night Event organizer Julia Black.

WESTFIELD — Recently, Mayor Thomas C. Jardim and the Westfield Town Council issued a proclamation designating First Night

Westfield as the official town celebration to mark the new millennium.

The proclamation given to First Night officials by Mayor Jardim stated that the annual alcohol-free, familyoriented event of arts and entertainment was expected to attract more than 5,000 Westfield residents, as well as those from surrounding communities.

According to First Night organizer Julia Black, “First Night Westfield is a celebration of the arts, bringing diverse cultures together by showcasing the area’s best musical talents, visual artists, magicians, storytellers and other performers.”

She noted that this year’s celebration will not only mark the turn of the millennial moment on December 31, but will also be the event’s fourth anniversary. She added that this year’s theme for First Night will be “Our Town Shines.”

First Night Westfield is primarily supported by the Westfield Y, the Town of Westfield and the Westfield Foundation.

Young Readers Offered Opportunity to Receive

Free Happy Meals

WESTFIELD — The Westfield Memorial Library has announced that any child who joins the Reading Club or the Listening Club and reads or listens to five books will be awarded a certificate entitling them to a free McDonald’s Happy Meal, compliments of the McDonald’s corporation.

Children who have already reached the five-book goal are encouraged by the library to visit the Children’s Desk to receive their certificates.

The library’s Summer Reading programs will continue through Friday, September 10, and individuals still have time to join. For more information, please call (908) 789-4090.

La Leche League Sets New Support Group

WESTFIELD — The La Leche League of Westfield has just formed a new support group for parenting toddlers.

Meeting topics will rotate among the following: Nighttime Parenting, Whole Foods for the Whole Family, Discipline...Loving Guidance, Playful Learning, Supportive Husband/ Nurturing Dad and Parenting Two or More.

Meetings are held downstairs at the Scotch Plains Public Library, 1927 Bartle Avenue, on the first Wednesday of each month at 10:15 am.

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 4. For more information, please call Sharon London at (908) 889-0010 or Chrissy Alba at (908) 653-1598.

Cannonball House To Open on Aug. 1

SCOTCH PLAINS — The Osborn Cannonball House, located at 1840 Front Street in Scotch Plains, will be open to visitors on Sunday, August 1, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Costumed docents will give tours of the museum and surrounding gardens. There is no admission charge.

The Historical Society of Scotch Plains and Fanwood, which was formed on February 21, 1972, maintains the old Salt Box farm house as a museum. It was built circa 1760.

Pingry Names Students To School Honor Rolls

Local students were named to The Pingry School’s second-semester and year-end honor rolls. This recognition is given to those students who have achieved an academic average of B+ or better.

Westfield students who received both honors include David Spett, grade 7, Alexander Bregman, grade 7, Diana Svoboda, grade 8, Eric Meder, grade 8, Peter Jeydel, grade 9, Patricia Jeydel, grade 11 and Vanessa Svoboda, grade 12.

Mountainside students achieving both honors include Jason Kurz, grade 8, and Priya Swaminathan, grade 12.

Students from Westfield named to the second-semester honor roll include Condi Thiam, grade 10, and Derlen Chiu, grade 11.

Matthew Ghabrial, grade 8, of Westfield, was named to the yearend honor roll.

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