WATERS EDGE resident Robert Chesler was named Town Center's Good Neighbor of the Year at the village's holiday party Dec. 8.
He received a framed certificate honoring him for his "commitment to the residents and environment of Town Center."
The Malone family, also of Waters Edge, nominated Chesler for the award and presented him with a gift certificate at the party.
Helen Ruther, covenant adviser for Town Center, said that Chesler "is very active in keeping up the open space in his neighborhood," including a circle on his street that he maintains personally.
She added that he also looks out for his neighbors, including an elderly woman he checks on regularly.
Also nominated for the award were Woodford resident Bill Clark, Vantage Point resident Addie Roebuck, and Waters Edge residents Harris Factor and Robert Poland.
Each nominee received a poinsettia plant.
This is the second year that Town Center has presented the award as a way of building community spirit.
Wrapping raises funds
Parents and teachers from Running Brook Elementary and Wilde Lake Middle schools wrapped gifts last weekend at Borders Books & Music to raise money for their schools.
Borders provided the supplies free. The volunteers accepted donations for the schools.
Parents wrapping gifts to benefit Running Brook on Saturday were Nancy Berla, Judith Kehe, Laura Arias, Jamie Taggart, Susan Myers, Tammy Mays, Debra Gerstenfeld, Maura Ordevensky, Linda Bachman, Alice Nworah and Nancy Glass.
Also wrapping were Principal Deborah Drown, Assistant Principal Marion Miller, instructional assistant Francie Drakos and students Stacy Myers and Michelle Bachman.
Drown said the donations will be used for cultural arts programs such as an artist in residence.
She added that Running Brook has a business partnership with Borders, which has provided books for door prizes at family nights and offered discounts on children's books.
Parents working Sunday for Wilde Lake Middle School were Tom Goines, Lorraine Eisenberg, Judy Olson, Laurie Diener, Helenanne Schwartz, Mary Kay Sigaty, Steve Drakos, Nancy Glass, Joan Lancos, Hong Brereton and Betsy Alexander.
Also wrapping gifts were Principal Albertha Caldwell and language arts teacher Marcia Boonshaft.
Caldwell plans to use the money to help achieve her goal of providing a dictionary and a thesaurus to each student.
Earlier this year, the school held a drive to collect used books.
Glass, who organized the gift wrapping for Wilde Lake, said it was "great fun" and an opportunity to do something positive for the school.
Chorus to perform
Longfellow Elementary School's fourth- and fifth-grade chorus will perform its winter program this morning for the students of Cedar Lane School.
Directed by music teacher Nancy Terrill, the group is accompanied on piano by parent Yoonsook Nam and fifth-grader Matthew Basch.
Soloists for the final song, "Light the Candles," are Jee Hong and Caitlin McGing.
The chorus, along with the Longfellow band and orchestra, performed for families and friends on Monday at Harper's Choice Middle School.
Wanted: kitchen items
This month the Wilde Lake Community Association is collecting new or gently used kitchen items and appliances to give to Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center for needy families.
The center "helps people to set up households," said Carole Black, village community liaison.
"This way, they have some basic things, like silverware and dishes, to get started."
Donations can be dropped off at Slayton House through Friday.
For information, call Black at 730-3987.
Pub Date: 12/18/96