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SHORT-STORY CONTEST WINNERS
Celebrate four exceptional young Montclair authors with readings of their work and a celebration this Sunday, May 5, at Watchung Booksellers from 3 to 5 p.m. The winners of the Anderson Park Short Story Contest are Maxwell Kumahor ("Stand Up") of Buzz Aldrin Middle School; Juniper Shelley ("Walking") of Glenfield Middle School; and Madeleine Young ("What Happens After Dark: The Monsters of Anderson Park") of Glenfield. Suki Grabcheski ("Posie in Anderson Park") of Glenfield will receive the Olmsted Oak Award for the creative way she integrated Anderson Park into her story.
Actors will read the stories aloud at the Sunday ceremony, where the awards will be presented. About two dozen entries from Montclair middle school students were judged by nationally known local authors, several of them published by Scholastic Books.
Watchung Booksellers, host of the ceremony, is at 54 Fairfield Street in Montclair.
The contest is sponsored by Friends of Anderson Park and organized by board member Ann Anderson Evans, an author and a descendant of Charles W. Anderson, who donated the land for the Olmsted-designed Anderson Park. Each winner will receive $75.
|Friends of Anderson Park at Work
- Plant trees and shrubs guided by the historic Olmsted plan. Since 2006 we have planted more than 160 trees and 60 shrubs in partnership with Essex County, the park's owner.
- Successfully nominated the park to the National Register of Historic Places, and prepared an in-depth history of this century-old park.
- Apply for grants to further rehabilitate the park's historic landscape and interpret its history.
- Consulted in design decisions to ensure that features such as lamp posts, pavers and bathrooms were compatible with the historic Olmsted design during a $1 million facelift by Essex County.
- Hired a certified tree expert and worked with landscape historians and botanists to prepare a survey of the park's existing trees, consult historic planting maps and select species for future plantings.
- Conduct an annual historic walking tour in May.
- Educate and involve the community in the park's stewardship through clean-ups, public presentations and projects with service organizations.
- Plan activities and events with an environmental focus for youth groups and children.