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About Town: Mayor Sends Well-Wishes to Jets Coach Rex Ryan

Plus: Track and Field Star Mark Jones makes history.

J-E-T-S, JETS, JETS, JETS!

Mayor Jordan Glatt extended his good wished for the New York Jets and their Hilltopper coach Rex Ryan at Tuesday's meeting of common council. Take a listen to what he had to say. Oh, and there will be a in Florham Park on Saturday for the team.

MARK JONES MAKES HISTORY

The Summit High School winter track team competed in the Group 2 State Relay championships this past Sunday. The boys placed seventh overall and Mark Jones made history by clearing 7 ft. in the high jump, only the ninth athlete in state history to accomplish that feat. Jones is currently ranked second in the nation in the event. With that clearance, he sealed the gold medal for himself and teammate Kyle Fitts. The sprint medley relay and the 3200m relay also earned medals on the boy's side. Thomas Chin anchored the sprint medley made up of Matt Espy, Justin Cyrus and Mark Jones while Jesse Taylor led the way in the 3200m relay comprised of Ryan Schreck, Griffin Cooper and Andrew Mandelbaum.

The girls team placed second in the group scoring in almost every event. Congratulations to the ladies for their outstanding effort. The girls were led by distance star Katie Watson who helped the team medal in three events. Watson started the day anchoring the Distance Medley team to a third place with the help of teammates Aleixa Diaz, Isabella Yozzi and Rebecca Cummings. Watson came back later to anchor the Sprint Medley team of Meghan Klassen, Daria Chadwick and Hallie Burke to a bronze medal. At the end of the meet, Watson joined Kirsty Gargiulo, Bridget O'Brien and Aleixa Diaz to medal in the 4x400 Relay. Meanwhile, the sprinters were also having a banner day. Daria Chadwick helped the team medal in three events as well. Daria was part of the aforementioned Sprint Medley Relay and also helped the Hilltoppers take two bronze medals in the High Jump relay and in the Shuttle Hurdles Relay. Daria was joined by Captain Sonia Guior in the High Jump and by teammates Lauren Ng and Captain Kelly Diaz and Aleixa Diaz in the Shuttle Hurdles. Aleixa was another sprinter who also had a tremendous day, helping the team place in the DM, the Shuttle Hurdles and the 4x400. The 4x800 Relay of Isabella Yozzi, Bridget O'Brien, Meghan Klassen and Kirsty Gargiulo earned a hard fought bronze medal to round out the Hilltopper effort in a highly successful championship Sunday.

MAZURE WINS BEST IN SHOW AT INTERNATIONAL JURIED SHOW 

David Mazure has won the Best in Show at the 25th Annual International Juried Show presented at the Visual Arts Center of NJ, according to a press release from the center. Mazure’s award-winning piece, “Supersymmetry Exists… Just Not Here,” is a five-part graphite drawing based on mutated anatomical forms. Mazure, a resident of Milford, Pa., received a cash prize of $2,500 and round-trip travel to Summit. He also will have lunch with Guest Curator Joan Young of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. 

Three Merit Awards with a cash prize of $200 each were awarded to Robin J. Koss of Chatham for “Birthday Party,” So Yoon Lym of North Haledon for “Jhonathan,” and Catherine Winkler Rayroud of Richmond, Texas for “Women’s Liberation? What Liberation??” and “Set Yourself Free.” Antanas Adomaitis of Vilnius, Lithuania, received the Painting Award for “Evening Birds” and Todd Stewart of Liberty, S.C. received the Photography Award. Both awards carry a cash prize of $100.  The Curator’s Award was given to J.C. Lenochan of Orange, NJ, for “Unfinished Business Page 31.” In addition, the Art Center will hold a visitors’ choice award for show attendees to vote for their favorite work.

The Marylou Hillyer International Juried Show showcases works from around the globe and provides artists with greater exposure and the opportunity to meet a curator from one of the world’s best known art museums. The exhibition is named in memory of Marylou Hillyer, a long-time supporter and dedicated member of the Art Center, who for many years oversaw and directed the International Juried Show. The show is open to artists in all media from across the country and abroad. This year the Art Center received 560 submissions, including 198 from New Jersey-based artists. Among the 20 foreign countries represented among the submissions were Singapore and the United Kingdom. Overall, 109 pieces of art were selected for the final Juried Show.  

ARE YOU 55 and LOVE to SING?

Seniors Sing! is a new program being offered to mature adults who live in Summit and the surrounding area.  Seniors Sing! will be planned jointly with The Continuo Arts Foundation, conducted by Dr. Candace Wicke and generously funded by the Summit Area Public Foundation.

The Seniors Sing! Kick-off will be held on Friday, January 21 at 11 a.m. at the Summit , 100 Morris Ave.  All are invited to get acquainted, sing, and enjoy some light refreshments.  The regular Seniors Sing! rehearsals will be held on Wednesdays at the Community Center from 11 a.m. until noon in preparation for a Spring Concert.

No previous singing experience is necessary and the program is free of charge.

Contact the Department of Community Programs at 908-277-2932 for questions and to sign up in advance.

SPEAK UP SUMMIT HOSTS "STATE OF THE DISTRICT" 

What exactly do the new standardized test scores results mean? What programs are in jeopardy with the two percent budget cap? How does the administration decide what budget items to cut back on, or possibly, what to add? Will we lose our Superintendent because of the new pay cap? Is there any public update for the teacher's contract negotiations? What else is going on in the Summit School District? Find out the answers to all your education queries...and more...when you chat with Superintendent Dr. Nathan Parker and Assistant Superintendent Julie Glazer at Speak Up Summit's "State of the District" meeting on Saturday, January 22, 2011, at 9:30 a.m. at the home of Diane Sotille, 8 Winchester Road. Meet with members in an informal setting to discuss budget, curriculum and changes planned for the district.  All are welcome to attend.

Have you seen the new Speak Up Summit web site?  Now taking Paypal for easy membership! www.speakupsummit.org  Questions? Contact Melanie Wilson at msw1230@comcast.net 

MID TERM EXAM SCHEDULE FOR LCJSMS AND SHS

Mid Term Exams For LCJSMS:

Monday,
 January 24:  English and Science

Tuesday, 
January 
25: Social Studies

Wednesday,
 January
 26: Mathematics  and World 
Language

Thursday, 
Jauary
 27: Make‐Up 
Day, 
if appropriate

Midterm Exams For Summit High School:

Thursday, January 20:  Period 1     8 a.m.-10 a.m.

                                           Period 2     10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Friday, January 21:        Period 3     8 a.m.-10 a.m.

                                            Period 4     10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Monday, January 24:    Period 7     8 a.m.-10 a.m.

                                          Period 8     10:30 a.m.-12:30 a.m.

Tuesday, January 24:   Period 5     8:00am-10:00am

                                         Period 6     10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

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