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A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION The Westfield Leader and THE TIMES of Scotch Plains - Fanwood Thursday, February 11, 1999 Page 11


Trailside Center to Host ‘February Festivities’

MOUNTAINSIDE — Union County’s Trailside Nature and Science Center will present “February Festivities,” a program of family programs, on Monday and Tuesday, February 15 and 16.

“The Journey From Sap to Syrup,” a historical view of 100 percent pure maple syrup production, will be held on February 15 at 1 p.m. A slide presentation and lecture will describe the process of maple sugaring.

Participants will learn what equipment is needed and will walk to a sugar maple tree to see a tap in action. A taste test to compare real and artificial maple syrup will be conducted. All are welcome. Preregistration is not required and admission is $3 per person.

The Trailside Cinema will present “Mars: The Red Planet” for young astronomers 6 and up on February 15 at 2:30 p.m. in the Visitor Center Auditorium.

Two young lecturers will discuss the planet and participants will have the opportunity to visit a space station. After the presentation, the youngsters will create their own Martian craft. A fee of $3 per person will be charged and no registration is required.

“Print Mania,” an introduction to printing methods such as stencil and spatter, will be held on February 16 at 11 a.m. Participants will use natural objects, sponges and recycled materials to create a bookmark and wall hanging.

The program is open to children 5 and up. No pre-registration is required. The fee is $3 per person.

“Benevolent Bats,” a program for those interested in the lives of bats, will also be held on February 16 at 1 p.m.

Participants will learn about the life of the little brown bat and other local bats. Individuals will receive instruction on how to assemble a bat house which they can take home. Pre-registration is required. A $20 fee per family includes materials for the bat house.

“Wildlife Watch,” an introduction for families to the winter woods, will be held on February 16 at 3:30 p.m. for children six and up.

Participants will visit the Trailside’s bird-feeding station and take a short hike to search for deer, fox and other wildlife that may appear at dusk at the Watchung Reservation.

The event will end with stories, hot chocolate and marshmallows by the campfire. Pre-registration will be required. The fee is $3 per person.

For a complete listing of “February Festivities” events, or to learn more about year-round programs and activities, please call or visit the Trailside Nature and Science Center, 452 New Providence Road, or call (908) 789-3670.

TIGERS ROAR TO THE FINISH…Tiger Cubs in Pack No. 171, who are first graders at Wilson Elementary School in Westfield, recently competed in the Pinewood Derby. The event enables the boys to do a craft project with their parents and learn good sportsmanship. Each cub made a model car out of a block of wood, carved it, sanded it, painted it, and raced the car in the derby. Pictured with Scoutmaster Larry Engel, left to right, are: Andrew Marino, Grand Champion of the Tigers; Andrew Cordeiro, Austin Wenta and Ryan Ingram.

GEOGRAPHY BEE…National Geography Bee School Winner Rob Evans, a fifth grader at Wilson Elementary School in Westfield, qualified for the New Jersey State Geography Bee by winning his school-level competition. The Geography Bee, sponsored by National Geographic and Banc One, allows the participants to increase their geographic knowledge, realize the importance of geography, and have fun. Rob has taken the state written exam and is awaiting word to see if he will qualify as one of 100 students from New Jersey chosen to continue in the state final. Winners will continue onto the Nationals and have a chance to win a $25,000 college scholarship. Runner up to Rob Evans in the competition was Hannah Vickers. Other finalists included Andy Brill, Seth Davidson, Scott Dyer, Russell Miller, Neil Nemeroff, Drew Ritter, Jayne Ruotolo and Julia Tomaszewsky . County Seeks Volunteers

For Teen Arts Festival

Volunteers are needed for The Union County Teen Arts Festival on Wednesday, March 24, and Thursday, March 25, at Union County College in Cranford.

The event is sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Division of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, Department of Economic Development.

The two-day celebration of the arts will be open to students from public, private and parochial middle and high schools in the county.

“At the Festival, 3,000 students participate in performances, critiquing seminars, master classes and workshops with a staff of 50 profes

sional artists in every discipline – visual art, music, creative writing, theater and dance,” said Freeholder Mary P. Ruotolo, Liaison to the Cultural and Heritage Programs Advisory Board.

“Volunteers are needed to assist artists with workshops, manage performance sites and staff information stations,” she noted. “We appreciate the invaluable assistance of our County residents with this exciting program.”

Interested individuals may contact the Union County Division of Cultural and Heritage Affairs at 633 Pearl Street, Elizabeth, 07202, or call (908) 558-2550. Relay Users, please call 1-800-852-7899.

Caucus Urges Members To Run For Office Seats

The Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey (WPC-NJ) has recognized two of its members as women with promising futures in politics by sponsoring their recent participation in Ready to Run, a new initiative to encourage New Jersey women to run for office.

Summit Councilwoman Kelly Hatfield and former Rockaway Township Councilwoman Harriet Lerner, WPC-NJ members, were selected to attend the recent day-long conference in New Brunswick.

Joanne Rajoppi, President of WPCNJ and Union County Clerk, said, “WPC-NJ is proud to sponsor Kelly and Harriet, two proven women who have demonstrated their political ability and commitment to their communities through their active participation in the process.”

Ready to Run is a joint project of the Center for the American Woman and Politics, a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics, and the Institute for Women’s Leadership, a consortium at Douglass College. The conference is the first endeavor of the project.

“The need for Ready to Run is very clear,” Ms. Rajoppi said.

“Despite the fact that our state is one of 12 nationally with a woman governor, New Jersey still ranks in the bottom third among the 50 states in the representation of women in our state legislature. Our record is not much better on the county and local level,” she added.

Ms. Rajoppi said that more than 100 women from around the state participated in the event and were provided with information and tools to mount successful candidacies.

Participants heard from women officeholders, state and county party lead

ers, experienced campaign and media consultants, and representatives of political action committees.

Ms. Rajoppi, author of Women in Office: Getting There and Staying There, was also a panelist in the “Deciding to Run” workshop conducted at the conference.

“As a statewide organization dedicated to supporting and encouraging women to elected office, the WPC-NJ was excited to actively participate in this important event,” Ms. Rajoppi said.

The Women’s Political Caucus of NJ is a bi-partisan organization dedicated to increasing women’s participation in the political process through election and appointment to local, county, state and national office. The Caucus also helps recruit and train women for elected and appointed office and organizes workshops and training sessions.


Mr. Mancuso Reelected Head of Vocational Schools Board of Ed.

SCOTCH PLAINS — Charles S. Mancuso has been reelected as President of the Board of Education of the Vocational Schools in Union County.

Mr. Mancuso has been active on the board for more than 34 years. This reelection marks the 11th time he has been named to a one-year term as President. Six of these elections were consecutive.

Jane Lorber of Scotch Plains was reelected to her second term as Vice President of the board. Other members include Gail Iammatteo of Scotch Plains, Robert H. Schmidt of Linden, and Dr. Frances Lobman, Union County Superintendent of Schools.

Edward Kologi of Linden was reappointed as Board Attorney, and Edward H. Mellage of Elizabeth as Treasurer.

Mr. Mancuso was honored in 1998 when the building housing the Union County Magnet High School for Science, Mathematics and Technology was named Mancuso Hall in his honor.

He is now Vice President of Statewide Savings Bank in Fanwood and is a Springfield resident.

The Board of Education of the Vocational Schools in Union County governs the operations of the Union County Vocational-Technical Schools and the Union County Magnet High School. Both are located at 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains.

Jennifer M. Kassakian Spends Term Abroad

WESTFIELD — Jennifer M. Kassakian, a junior at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, is spending the spring semester of the 1998-1999 academic year in the British West Indies at the School for Field Studies on South Caicos Island. She is studying marine resource management.

A graduate of Westfield High School and the daughter of Edward and Sharon Kassakian of Westfield, Jennifer is majoring in biology with a concentration in environmental science at Colby.

More than two thirds of all Colby students live and study abroad as undergraduates.

Soroptimist Club Sets Membership Meeting

WESTFIELD — Soroptimist International of the Greater Westfield Area will meet Wednesday, February 24, at 6 p.m. at Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center in Plainfield.

The guest speaker will be Dr. James M. Jeffries who will speak on “Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.”

University of Delaware Names Local Dean’s List Students

The University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware has announced that 13 area students have been named to its Dean’s List for the Fall 1998 semester.

Included on the Dean’s List are fulltime students who have attained a grade point average of 3.33 or above for the semester, based on a 4.0 scale, with no temporary grades.

Nine Westfield students were among those honored, including freshman Andrea Michele Bistak; sophomores Gregg F. Clyne, Kevin Eric Hoel and Jamie Scott Katcher; juniors Karin M. Bizzarro, Kerry Lea Fleming, Elizabeth Anne Manning and William Peter Maslovsky, and

senior Lynn Kushner. Freshman John Paul Luciano and senior Amy Elizabeth Sincavage from Scotch Plains, and freshman Marisa Elaine Mangione and junior Adam David Ross of Fanwood, were also named to the Dean’s List.

Five Local Students Achieve Dean’s List At Bucknell University

Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania has released the names of local students who have achieved Dean’s List status for outstanding academic achievement for the fall semester of the 1998-1999 academic year.

A student must achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a scale of 4.0 to receive Dean’s List recognition.

Students from Scotch Plains included Jennifer A. Fox, the daughter of Howard Fox; James E. Bishop, the son of Craig and Virginia Bishop; Dmitry Zhilinsky, the son of Sergey Sergeyev and Ella Zhilinsky, and Ian R. Doebber, the son of Thomas and Lynn Doebber.

Kelly J. Korecky of Westfield, the daughter of Ed and Lorre Korecky, was also named to the Dean’s List.

Eberts Siblings Achieve Dean’s List Honors

WESTFIELD — Matthew Richard Eberts and Kenneth Charles Eberts have earned Dean’s List honors from their respective schools.

An English/Creative Writing major, Matthew was named to the Dean’s List for the fall semester of his freshman year at Caldwell College in Caldwell.

Kenneth, a senior at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, was named to the spring and fall 1998 Dean’s List. He will graduate in May with a degree in materials science and engineering.

Both schools require a grade point average of at least 3.5 for election to the Dean’s List.

Matthew and Kenneth are the sons of Deborah Eberts of Westfield and the late Richard Eberts, Jr.

Area Students Earn Dean’s List Honors At Tufts University

MOUNTAINSIDE — Several area residents were recently named to the Dean’s List at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. They included David K. Solondz of Mountainside, along with Kirsten M. Unfried and Sheri D. Weinberg, both of Scotch Plains.

Tufts University, established in 1852, enrolls more than 7,000 students at campuses in Boston, Medford and Grafton, Massachusetts.

Kyle Atkins Achieves Dean’s List Status

FANWOOD — Kyle Atkins, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Atkins of Fanwood, has been named to the Dean’s List at the University of Rhode Island for the fall semester.

Kyle, a sophomore majoring in Communication Studies, earned a 3.5 grade point average.

He is taking part in a study abroad program this semester in Australia. He is a 1997 graduate of Scotch PlainsFanwood High School.

Local Students Earn Dean’s List Honors At Quinnipiac College

Quinnipiac College in Connecticut announced the names of local students who earned Dean’s List honors for the Fall 1998 semester.

James Ciasulli and Elizabeth DeAnna of Mountainside; Michael Hawkins of Scotch Plains; and Renu Mehta of Westfield achieved Dean’s List honors.

Ann Polak Achieves Honors At Skidmore

WESTFIELD — Ann Polak, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Polak of Westfield, has earned honors during the fall semester at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York.

She is a member of the Class of 2001. Honors are awarded for a grade point ratio of 3.3 to 3.6.

Gregory May Earns Dean’s List Status At Syracuse University

WESTFIELD – Gregory May of Westfield has achieved Dean’s List status for the 1998 fall semester at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies.

Gregory is a junior majoring in information management and technology.

Students must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours and earn at least a 3.4 grade point average on a 4.0 scale during the semester to qualify for the Dean’s List.

Local Students Earn Dean’s List Honors

SCOTCH PLAINS – James Madison University has announced its Dean’s List for the Fall Semester 1998.

Scotch Plains residents, John G. Brzozowski, Nicole E. Kreger, Melissa M. McDonald, Megan E. McEneely, and Sara J. Simberg all achieved Dean’s List honors.

LEARNING AT THE LIBRARY…The students at Edison Intermediate School in Westfield recently looked through new library resources. Pictured, left to right, are: Jeff Hogan, Shaun Elwell, Media Specialist Janice Sheridan, Dan Jekelis, Andrea Colbert and Rachel Carr.
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