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A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION The Westfield Leader and THE TIMES of Scotch Plains - Fanwood Thursday, February 11, 1999 Page 9


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SPECIAL INDUCTION…The Mountainside Rotary Club recently inducted Dr. Gerard A. Schaller, Chief School Administrator for the Borough of Mountainside. Pictured, left to right, are: John Schnakenberg, School District Sponsor; Dr. Schaller; and Patrick Growney, Past District Governor and inducting officer.

LAW LESSON…The Honorable R. Benjamin Cohen of the Superior Court of New Jersey spoke to the seventh grade history classes of Rita Selesner and Judy Lasher’s on January 13 at Terrill Middle School in Scotch Plains. Judge Cohen explained the legal system and his experiences presiding in a Newark courtroom. He used excerpts from the movie My Cousin Vinny to illustrate his examples. The students had the opportunity to ask Judge Cohen questions about the judicial system. Judge Cohen’s visit was the culminating activity of a unit on the United States Constitution. Pictured, left to right, are: Lindsay Ordower, Annie Weber, Laura Manzi, Ryan Weber, Al Mennella, Brian Johdos, Judge Cohen, Sara Woods, and Marissa Taveras. Junior Woman’s Club

Plans Grand Auction

WESTFIELD — The Junior Woman’s Club of Westfield will hold its 20th annual Grand Auction on Friday, March 5, at the Gran Centurion in Clark.

The auction preview will begin at 7 p.m. and the bidding will begin at 8 p.m.

In the past, the club has donated over $170,000 to local charities based on auction donations from Westfield and other local merchants.

This year, the benefactors from this auction will be The Center for Hope Hospice and The Fiorino Children’s Scholarship Fund.

Peggy Coloney and Father Charles Hudson founded the Center for Hope Hospice in the late 1970s. The mission of the center is to provide physical, emotional and spiritual support to all individuals facing the challenges of a life-limiting illness, without regard to their ability to pay.

The Fiorino Children’s Scholarship Fund was set up by the friends of the late John Fiorino. Mr. Fiorino was a Westfield fireman and life-long Westfield resident who died in March. He was survived by his wife, Allison and their three children.

The auction will feature local trips and trips abroad, dinners from local restaurants, home decorating items, toys and gift certificates. There will be a silent auction for theme gift baskets and a 50/50 raffle. Hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Tickets will be sold at Periwinkle’s, Isoldi Realtors in Westfield, and Ri

chard Roberts in Scotch Plains for $15. Tickets will be sold at the door for $20.

For more information about the auction or for tickets, please call Pa Wiaczek at (908) 232-8630.

James Slabe Elected To Youth, Family Bd.

MOUNTAINSIDE James F. Slabe, of Mountainside, was recently elected to the Board of Trustees of the Youth and Family Counseling Service, headquartered at 233 Prospect Street in Westfield.

A graduate of Washington and Jefferson College, Mr. Slabe currently serves on its board as its National Campaign Chairman.

The President of Sabor & Co., an investment company, Mr. Slabe joins the Youth and Family Counseling Service as the board plans its major fundraiser.

James F. Slabe

The benefit concert which is slated for Saturday, May 1, will feature the Orchestra of Peter by the Sea under the baton of the Reverend Alphonse Stephensen.

This marks the ninth consecutive year that the Orchestra has appeared for the benefit of Youth and Family Counseling Service which, since 1918, has been providing affordable counseling service to residents of Berkeley Heights, Clark, Cranford, Garwood, Mountainside, Rahway, Scotch Plains and Westfield.

McGinn Elementary School To Host Writer-In-Residence

SCOTCH PLAINS — Under the auspices of the New Jersey Writers Project Program, professional writer Tony Taddei is spending a week as Writer-in-Residence at McGinn Elementary School in Scotch Plains.

Mr. Taddei, whose visit began on Monday and will continue through tomorrow, Friday, February 12, is working with fifth-grade students and their teachers to enhance writing skills.

The New Jersey Writers Project Program, which is cosponsored by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and by Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, brings professional writers into the classroom to share their craft and to involve students in creative writing.

Mr. Taddei won the 1992 New Jersey State Arts Council Fellowship for fiction. He has an undergraduate degree in theater and fine arts and a master’s degree in performance and dramatic structure.

At the completion of his residency at McGinn Elementary, Mr. Taddei will publish an anthology representing the work of each student.

The New Jersey Writers Project residency by Mr. Taddei is supported in part through funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as funding from the McGinn School Parent Teacher Association.

The residency has been researched and arranged by PTA Cultural Arts Chairwoman Nancy Coker.

Wardlaw-Hartridge Pupils Join Foster Child Program

SPECIAL ADOPTION…Students and teachers from the Pantaleoni Lower School of Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison have “adopted” Saidul Islam, a nine-year-old boy from Agargaon, Bangledesh, through PLAN, a Foster Parents Program. Pictured, left to right, are: second-grade students and Westfield residents Chrystopher George, Sarah Davis, Justin Ramalko and Eric Hansen.

Students and teachers from the Pantaleoni Lower School of Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison have helped to make a big difference in the life of Saidul Islam, a nineyear-old boy from Bangledesh, whom they “adopted” through PLAN, a Foster Parents program.

Just four years ago, living conditions in Saidul’s village of Agargaon were extremely poor. Due in large part to the intervention of PLAN, however, the lives of the townspeople have improved significantly.

Through the support of the Wardlaw-Hartridge students, Saidul

is now able to attend school and no longer must work to support his family. His favorite subject is Bengali, and he now has some time to play cricket.

As part of the educational program, children are also receiving meals and now everyone living in the village has safe drinking water.

To support their foster child, the Wardlaw-Hartridge students hold fundraising events throughout the year. In January, students, who normally are required to wear uniforms, were able to dress down for a $1 fee. All moneys raised go to support Saidul.

Runnells Hospital to Hold Caregiver, Alzheimer Group

The next Caregiver/Alzheimer Support Group of Runnells Specialized Hospital of Union County will be held on Thursday, February 18, from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Family Conference Room of the hospital in Berkeley Heights.

The group is a professional, support, education and information group for caregivers and family members of individuals with Alzheimers.

The support group, which is facilitated by Kathleen Balascio, a Runnells Hospital licensed social worker, is held on the third Thursday of each month. It is open to the public and free of charge.

Information on Alzheimers disease, research updates, practical care techniques, and a list of community resources are shared with support group

members. Members also have the opportunity to share and discuss their feelings.

Runnells Specialized Hospital of Union County sponsors the meetings in conjunction with the Northern New Jersey Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, an organization committed to easing the burden and finding a cure for Alzheimer’s, the nation’s fourth leading fatal disease among adults which afflicts some four million Americans.

For further information, please call (908) 771-5835.

Support group meetings are scheduled for Thursdays, February 18, March 18, April 15, May 20, June 17, July 15, August 19, September 16, October 21, November 18, and December 16.

Minnesota School Symphony To Perform at Terrill Middle

FANWOOD The Symphonic Orchestra of Brainerd High School, in Minnesota, under the direction of Paul Melby, will perform a free concert on Saturday, February 20, from 10:30 to 11:30 p.m., at the Terrill Middle School in Scotch Plains.

The concert will be presented by The Chelsea of Fanwood, an assisted living facility.

Mr. Melby, a trumpet performer, has taught at Brainerd High School since 1973. He lends his direction to the symphonic orchestra and directs the concert band, the jazz ensemble, the pep band and the marching band at the school.

The Brainerd High School Symphonic Orchestra will perform a number selections including “Assurance”

by John Ness Beck, “Amazing Grace” as arranged by Frank Ticheli, “Fanfare and Hymn of Brotherhood” by Jay Bocook and “Fantasy on How Brightly Shines the Morning Star” by Clavin Custer.

The free symphonic concert is part of The Chelsea at Fanwood’s ongoing Community Outreach and Education Program.

For more information or for reservations, please call Denise Cucinello, The Chelsea’s Director of Recreation, at (908) 654-5200.

Barbershop Quartets To Join Competition in Westfield

WESTFIELD — Barbershop harmony quartets from several states will perform in the 38th annual Novice Quartet Competition to be held on Saturday, February 27, at 7:30

p.m. at Roosevelt Intermediate School in Westfield.

The Rahway Valley Jerseyaires Chapter of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America, Inc. (SPEBSQSA), will sponsor the event.

Approximately 15 newly-formed quartets from the Mid-Atlantic District of the singing society are scheduled to harmonize in the competition.

The Jerseyaires Chorus will also give a brief performance under the direction of George Schwerdt with William Laurie, Doug Brown, and Jack Robinson (director emeritus) assisting.

The musical show will be open to the public. Admission is free. For more information, please call (908) 245-1910 or (908) 925-2629.

The Jerseyaires meet in the First Baptist Church, 170 Elm Street, Westfield, every Monday evening at 7:30 p.m.

“Men of all ages are invited to sing the good old songs,” said Bob Stalknecht, President of The Rahway Valley Chapter.

The Rahway Valley Chapter’s funding has been made possible in part by the N.J. State Council on The Arts Department of State through a grant administered by the Union Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs.

Fanwood Library Receives Funds To Purchase Books

FANWOOD – The Fanwood Memorial Library recently received a Collection Development Grant from the New Jersey State Library through a program which enables libraries serving populations of under 10,000 to purchase books for their collections.

During the grant period, the library purchased new and recent titles in a variety of subject areas.

Among the reference and non-fiction purchases for adult and young adult patrons were a complete set of Hagstrom Street Atlases covering all of New Jersey, and titles from Grolier’s Education Division:

Offerings in the latter category include “The Library of Environmental Concepts and Issues,” the “1998 Academic American Encyclopedia,” a 1998 set of “Popular Science,” and the “New Book of Knowledge, 1998 edition.”

A four-volume “Dictionary of Opera” has been added to the library’s music reference collection, while “History of Union County” and an updated “Occupational Outlook Handbook” are now among the general reference materials.

A variety of non-fiction titles were also acquired by the library, including many new “Opposing Viewpoints Series” titles, along with some literature criticism and history titles.
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