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Coles Elementary Continues Enrichment Program
SCOTCH PLAINS –J.A. Coles Elementary School’s After School Enrichment (ASE), a Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) sponsored program has begun another season.
This program offers students from kindergarten to fifth grade an afterschool class for six weeks each winter. This year’s program was organized by ASE chairwomen, Suzanne Nagourney and Suzette DeJohn.
Classes offered this year include: American Girls; Building with Lego’s; Foreign Languages (Italian,
Spanish and French); Science Fun; Babysitting Certification; Class de Artiste; Fiber Arts; Dynamite Dinosaurs; Storytelling, and Author, Author.
This year 218 students are participating. There are 18 classes taught by 32 Coles parents, nine students from Scotch PlainsFanwood High School, and three nurses from Visiting Nurse and Health Services. In addition, 30 parents volunteered for babysitting and administrative work.
HATMAKERS…J.A. Coles Elementary School’s After School Enrichment (ASE), a PTA sponsored program, has begun another season. The program has included classes such as American Girls; Building with Lego’s; Foreign Languages; Science Fun; Babysitting Certification; Class de Artiste; Fiber Arts; Dynamite Dinosaurs; Storytelling, and Author, and Author. Pictured, left to right, are: students in the American Girl Class wearing their Colonial straw hats. Kathryn Dinizio, Geri Flood, Kathleen Boggs, Lauren Steinbeck, Lauren Belfer, Perry Ayn Sandrock, Emma Nagle; kneeling, Kelsey Rossi, Taylor Guiffre, and Alexandra Joy.
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BE MINE VALENTINE…Eighth grade students from Terrill Middle School’s Dance Committee recently planned their annual Valentine Dance which was held on February 5. The students decided on decorations, food, soda, candy, and helped secure chaperones for the dance. Cupids, hearts, streamers and red and white balloons filled the cafeteria during the gala evening. Pictured, left to right, are: sitting, Alicia Lazur, Kelly Lusk and Gianna Ferrante; standing, Kaleigh Reyes, Rachel Kurtter, Lenore McMillon, Heidi Nielsen, and Michelle Finocchiaro. CONTACT We Care Sets
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Memories of his parents’ work on behalf of the sick and the poor nearly 40 years ago inspired Adrian Lobo of Westfield to make a special place in his life for volunteering to help others.
Mr. Lobo’s most recent efforts have been with CONTACT We Care, the 24-hour telephone hotline and crisis intervention service based in Union County. The Vice President of Finance devotes eight hours a month to listening to callers who are lonely, depressed or stressed.
“I had stopped all volunteer work when my two daughters were born,” said Mr. Lobo. “Despite the joy I felt from being a father, I felt there was an emptiness in my life. Volunteering at CONTACT makes me feel complete now.”
Helping those in need has been a family tradition. Mr. Lobo’s father distributed food to lepers in his homeland of India, while his mother also delivered food to the poor.
With more than 12 years of professional experience in the non-profit sector, working for organizations such as Easter Seals, the New Jersey Sym
phony and Amnesty International, Mr. Lobo said he takes great satisfaction in being directly in contact with individuals in need through his volunteer work.
“It makes me feel happy to be there to provide assistance even in a small
way,” he explained. “The calls at CONTACT come from people of all ages and backgrounds. Some of the callers tell you how thankful they are that you are there for them.”
Mr. Lobo’s other volunteer experiences include work at the Center for Hope Hospice. There, he made breakfast for the residents and spent time with them on Saturday mornings.
According to Mr. Lobo, volunteer training at CONTACT taught him a new way to listen. “My instinct has always been to solve problems. I had to learn how to facilitate others in solving their own problems,” he said.
“The role playing with the other telephone workers really helped me prepare for working on the phone line,” Mr. Lobo stated.
“The type of people who call CONTACT are really reaching out,” he observed. “They often have no one else. I feel I can be of assistance.”
Mr. Lobo said he does not find the work to be too demanding, and enjoys the flexibility of the schedule.
A United Way agency, CONTACT We Care is affiliated with CONTACT USA and Lifeline International.
The next CONTACT We Care training class will begin on Thursday, February 18, and will continue every Thursday evening from 7 to 10 p.m., through May 6.
For more information or to register, please call (908) 889-4140.
Adrian Lobo Summit Nature Club Sets Slide Presentation
The Summit Nature Club Membership Meeting will be held on Thursday, February 18, at 7:45 p.m. at the Trailside Nature and Science Center on Coles Avenue and New Providence Road in Mountainside.
A slide presentation, entitled “New Jersey Coastal Colonial Water Birds,” will be presented by Rich Kane of the New Jersey Audubon Society. He will discuss herons, ibis, terns, gulls and other shore birds.
Amateur Astronomers To Hold Discussion On Hubble Telescope
CRANFORD Ray Lucas, a member of the Space Telescope Science Institute, will be the featured speaker at the February monthly meeting of the Amateur Astronomers at Cranford campus of Union County College.
The meeting will start at 8 p.m. on Friday, February 19, in the Roy Smith Auditorium, Commons Building. Following a brief business meeting, Mr. Lucas will speak about the Hubble Deep Space Telescope, its pictures of thousands of distant galaxies, and the future replacement of Hubble, the Next Generation Space Telescope.
After the meeting, all are invited to Sperry Observatory, also located on the grounds of Union County College, for refreshments and conversation.
Weather permitting, there will also be observing through the 24-inch reflector telescope and the 10-inch refractor telescope. Admission to the meeting and to the observatory is free. For more information about Amateur Astronomers, Inc. (AAI), a member of the Astronomical League, please call (908) 276-STAR, or visit AAI’s website at http://georgenet.net/aai.
Wilson School Cub Scouts Awarded at Pinewood Derby
WESTFIELD – Scouts from Wilson Elementary School in Westfield took home prizes for their participation in the recent Pinewood Derby.
The purpose of the Derby is for the boys to do a craft project with their parents and to develop good sportsmanship.
Each scout carves a block of wood into a race car, sands it, paints it, and then enters it in the race.
Approximately 61 scouts participated in the event, including the Tigers (first grade); Cub Scouts (second-grade Wolves and third-grade Bears), and Webelos (fourth and fifth grades)
Cub Scout winners were: Wolf Den 1, Michael Abbatista, first, and Thomas Mruz, second; Wolf Den No. 2, Brian Hart, first, and John McGrory, second; Wolf Den No. 3, Ryan Gradel, first, and Andrew Flood, second, and Wolf Den No. 4, Chris Yeager, first, and Chris Joyce, second.
The Bear winners were: Bear Den
GRAND CHAMPION…Dr. Andrew Perry, right, Principal of Wilson Elementary School in Westfield, congratulates Brian Hart, center, as the Grand Champion of the Cub Scouts for the recent Pinewood Derby. Also pictured is Scout Leader Dr. D. Michael Hart, Brian’s father.
No. 1, Alex Greenspan, first, and Benny Maimon, second; George Kunath was the winner for Bear Den No. 2. The overall Bear winner was Alex Greenspan, with Benny Maimon in second place and George Kunath in third place.
The overall winners for the Wolves and Bears were Brian Hart, first place, and Alex Greenspan, second place.
The Webelos winners were: Fourth Grade Den No. 1, Russell Miller, first, and Chris Engel, second; Fourth Grade Den No. 2, Aron Zavaro, first, and Justin Adams, second; Fifth Grade Webelos, Jack Bogatko, first; Michael Burns, second, and Justin Chou, third.
The overall winners for the Webelos were Jack Bogatko, first place, and Russell Miller, second place.
The winners from the Tigers, Cub Scouts, and Webelo divisions will compete in the District Finals in the spring. The Patriot District encompasses western Union County.
College Woman’s Club Sets Guidelines For Scholarship
WESTFIELD – The College Woman’s Club of Westfield has announced that a series of awards, including a four-year scholarship, freshman grants and other scholarships, will be given to female candidates who have been chosen as a result of the application process.
Eligible applicants must have maintained residency in Westfield for at least one year, be graduating from high school at the end of this current academic year, be ranked in the upper half of the class, and plan to enroll in a fouryear college program commencing next academic year.
Winners will be selected on the basis of scholarship, character, leadership, and financial need. All young women are encouraged to apply.
Applicants must submit a signed application, an essay, a Financial Aid Form, a letter of recommendation from the applicant’s guidance counselor, and two recent photos.
The complete application package must also include a copy of applicant’s
official high school transcript to include current class rank, grade point average and highest SAT scores. All application requirements must be fulfilled by Thursday, March 11.
After the Scholarship Committee of the College Woman’s Club has received and reviewed all required application materials, finalists will be notified of the date and time of the mandatory interview with the selection committee.
Once the selection process has been completed, each candidate will be notified of the committee’s decision regarding her application. All winners will be formally honored at the College Woman’s Club Annual Scholarship Dinner and Awards Ceremony held on Tuesday, May 11.
Parents or guardians of honorees will be invited for dessert served during the awards portion of the evening conducted immediately following the dinner.