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Page 8 Thursday, March 11, 1999 The Westfield Leader and THE TIMES of Scotch Plains – Fanwood A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION





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Godspell Production Set At Westfield High School

WESTFIELD – Godspell, the Westfield High School spring musical will open tonight, March 11, for a three-day run. All shows will be held in the high school auditorium at 8 p.m.

The musical was conceived by JohnMichael Tebelak and is a celebration of the Gospel according to St. Matthew.

Godspell shows the belief that the passion of Jesus Christ was to teach love and joy in the hearts of people rather than hate and sadness. The play will feature pantomime, children’s games, charades, puppetry, vaudeville antics with minstrel show questionanswer techniques, tap, and soft shoe dancing.

Songs and music of many colors will feature folk, ballad, pop, rock, light musical comedy, and drama.

The ensemble cast of 36 student actors, cast primarily as clowns will be in improvised costumes. Featured in solo numbers with the ensemble group accompaniment are Greg Jackson in “Prepare Ye,” with Teddy Alvaro in “On The Willows,” Lisa Villalobos in

“Bless The Lord,” Scott Brewster in “All Good Gifts,” Laura Krasnor in “Learn Your Lessons,” Ryan Buntain in “We Beseech Thee,” Lyndsay Ruotolo in “Turn Back, O Man,” Bobby Stroud in “Save The People,” Natalie Warren and Jeremy Chilnick in “Light of the World,” Megan Rodd and Victoria Joyce in “By My Side,” and Amanda Kelly, Marta Capasso and Rosy Hely in “Day By Day.”

Laura Russo is directing the show with student directors Sara Mirsky and Allison Uniacke “learning the ropes” and keeping the show on track. Julia Pomann, Stage Manager, has kept the rehearsals on schedule.

Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Award winners Jim Beil, Musical Director and Lorinda Haver, choreographer will also be featured.

Dance numbers are done not only with the entire cast, but with the following featured dancers, Alaina Buckland, Erica Cenci, Kate Cuca, Allie Feldman, Nikki Hester, Ginny Paynter and Megan Rodd.

The ensemble cast will also include Chris Chella, David Connor, Sam Fleder, Shana Golembo, Zach Karp, Rachel Klausner, Leanne Meriton, Katie Mortenson, Marina Powell, David Ralph, Alex Schwarzer-Muth, Gavin Shulman, Yari Sigal, Dara Weinberg and Melanie Zachariades.

The Production crew members will include Stephanie Bistak, Kevin Buckland, Katherine Hild, Kirsten Kolb, Sara Laskow, Julianne Mandrillo, Katie Miller, Caitlin Nish, Judah Parness, Frank Pepe, Amanda Shutts, Meghan Steinbrecher, Lauren Talbot, John Toriello and Tom Weingarten.

Tickets for the show will be $8. For reservations, please call (908) 7894549.

CAST OF CHARACTERS…Godspell, the spring musical at Westfield High School will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 11, 12, and 13. The productions will feature an ensemble cast of actors in colorful, improvised costumes of clowns. Dancing and singing performances such as “Save The People,” “Light Of The World” and other favorites make this show one to remember. Students are now selling tickets which are $8 and they may also be reserved by calling (908) 789-4549.

Joseph McElroy Joins Counseling Service Board

WESTFIELD — Joseph L. McElroy, a 40-year resident of Westfield, was recently elected to the Board of Trustees of Youth and Family Counseling Service (YFCS).

YFCS, a non-profit agency located at 233 Prospect Street in Westfield, provides counseling to troubled families and individuals in eight communities of western Union County.

Mr. McElroy is a graduate of Georgetown University and New York Law School.

He became Executive Vice President and head of the Trust Department at the Bank of New York and subsequently held the same positions at Manufacturers Hanover Company. He was also the President of the Hanover Funds, a mutual fund com

pany, and is a former president of the Trust Division of the American Bankers Association.

Mr. McElroy retired in 1989 and is currently self-employed as a fiduciary consultant.

He served six years as a Trustee of the Westfield Foundation and is now volunteering at the St. Joseph Social Center in Elizabeth and the Ashbrook Nursing Home.

His wife, Nancy, who died in July 1998, had been President of the Board of Trustees of Youth and Family Counseling Service from 1985 to 1988.

Mr. McElroy said he is looking forward to serving on the Board of YFCS and continued, “One of my primary motivations for accepting this appointment is to continue the work in which my wife, Nancy, was formerly involved and which meant so much to her.”

Youth and Family Counseling Service is located Westfield. For more information about the Youth and Family Counseling Service, call (908) 233-2042.

Counseling appointments can be made for both daytime and evening hours. YFCS receives funding from the United Fund of Westfield and the United Ways of each of the communities it serves.

Westfield Historical Society To Host Assemblyman Bagger

WESTFIELD — The Westfield Historical Society will host its second General Membership Meeting of 1999 next Thursday, March 18, at

Courtesy of The Westfield Historical Society

HISTORY IN THE MAKING…This photograph of the third Westfield Railroad Station (the first of two on the present north side site) was obtained from the Westfield Historical Society archives. It dates from 1869-1870. The sign pictured here will be “returned” to Westfield on Thursday, March 18, in a special ceremony at Town Hall. It was located by members of The Model Railroad Club, Inc., of Union.

7:45 p.m. in the Community Room of the Westfield Municipal Building, 425 East Broad Street.

Assemblyman Richard H. Bagger, Chairman of the Assembly Appropriations Committee, Majority Budget Officer and Co-chairman of the Joint Budget Oversight Committee, will be the guest speaker.

He will discuss the promotion of historical museums and historic preservation in New Jersey.

A lifelong resident of Westfield and a graduate of Westfield High School, Assemblyman Bagger served on the Town Council from 1984 to 1990 and on the Planning Board from 1987 to 1992. He was Chairman of that body in 1990.

From January 1991 until becoming a member of the General Assembly in January 1992, Assemblyman Bagger served as mayor of Westfield. He presently represents the 22nd Legislative District.

Prior to the Assemblyman’s presentation, the first sign to hang at the present site of the Westfield railroad station will be presented to Donald F. Mokrauer, Westfield Historical Society President, by Richard A. Cornell, President of he Model Railroad Club, Inc. The sign was recently located by members of the club, which is in Union.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

Lunch & Learn Lectures Planned at Westfield ‘Y’

WESTFIELD – The Westfield “Y” will hold the first program in its spring series of Lunch & Learn for the Sixty and Better Set on Wednesday, March 17, at 12:30 p.m.

The topic will be Asset Protection and Preservation Planning, presented by attorney Benjamin D. Eckman.

Mr. Eckman specializes in estate planning and “Elder Law,” which involves legal issues facing senior citizens. He is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Participants are asked to bring a bag lunch and a dessert that will feed three people. Beverages will be supplied by the “Y.”

For reservations, please call the “Y” at (908) 233-2700.

Blood Center Seeks Donations; Lists Donor Sites and Times

WESTFIELD — The Blood Center of New Jersey (BCNJ) recently announced that Holy Trinity Parochial School in Westfield will hold a blood drive on Sunday, March 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.and has asked residents to call and sign up

to donate. “Donations are still below what is needed for our patients in area hospitals,” said Judy Daniels, BCNJ spokesperson. “We are urging our regular donors to donate this month and encouraging people who have never donated to give it a try and find out that donating a pint of blood is safe and simple.”

Donors must be 18 years of age. Seventeen year olds may donate, with parental permission. There is no upper age limit for donors, provided they have donated within the last two years or have a doctor’s note.

Donors should know their social security number and bring a signed form of identification. People with cold or flu symptoms should wait until they are feeling better before donating, and there is a 72-hour deferral for dental work, including routine teeth cleaning.

For those who have traveled outside of the United States recently, please call the blood center for eligibility criteria. For more information or to sign up for a blood drive, please call the blood center at 1-800 BLOOD NJ.

Rutgers Cooperative Holds Special Lecture

WESTFIELD – The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County will hold a special lecture, “Rhododendrons & Azaleas” on Thursday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the Union County Administration Building, 300 North Avenue, East in Westfield.

Ellie Gural, Master Gardener, will discuss ideas and tips on how to make rhododendrons and azaleas thrive and bloom.

To register for the free seminar, please call (908) 654-9854.

Irish Dancing Event Planned At Library

FANWOOD — In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, the Fanwood Memorial Library will host an Irish step dancing performance on March 17, at 3:30 p.m. in the Children’s Department.

The performance will feature Amy and Heather Mills.

Amy, 12 years old, and Heather, 14 years old, have studied Irish dance for three years. They attend the Marie Moore School of Irish Dance in Scotch Plains.

All ages are welcome. No sign-up is required. The program will last approximately one half hour.

Alumni Association Sets Meeting For March 16

SCOTCH PLAINS — The Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Alumni Association will hold its regular meeting on Tuesday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m. at the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School in Room 101.

The program will include a presentation by the Media/Communications District Supervisor, Donald Williams. He will provide an overview of the Association’s Media Center and the programs it has participated in through the years.

The public is invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, please call Elena Harper at (908) 3225863 or Kristi Hawkins at (908) 232-6845.

Elderly Caregivers Group, SAGE, Invites Persons to Join Group

BERKELEY HEIGHTS — The monthly meeting of SAGE’s P.R.E.P. (People Responsible for Elderly Persons) caregivers’ support group will take place on Wednesday, March 17, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the SAGE Spend-a-Day Center, 550 Springfield Avenue, Berkeley Heights.

All of the meetings for the year have been changed from the fourth Wednesday of the month to the third Wednesday of the month, a spokesman for the group noted.

P.R.E.P. is a caregivers’ support group offered free of charge to the public. People attend the meetings to meet others with similar concerns about their aging relatives and share common problems and solutions. They also acquire knowledge of what community resources are available to them and learn effective problem-solving and coping skills, the spokesman added.

Anyone who assumes caregiving responsibilities for an older adult is welcome to join the group, or attend a meeting to simply listen and learn about the group. Those interested in attending should call Ellen McNally at SAGE InfoCare, (908) 273-4598, to reserve a place in the group.

Upcoming meetings are as follows: March 17, April 21, May 19, June 16, July 21, August 18, September 15, October 20, November 17 and December 15. All meetings will be held at the Sage Center, 50 DeForest Avenue, Summit. The Center provides adult day services, an Alzheimer’s day program, home health aides, companion services, Meals-on-Wheels, a shopping and errand service and other activities.

For information about the P.R.E.P. Support Group, please call (908) 273-4598.

Joseph L. McElroy
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