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Volume 10 Number 1, Winter 1999

In This Issue:

MCI WorldCom Hometown Help Program

The Director's Journal

Library featured on phone book cover

Library on the airwaves and in print

Treasures of the Library

Library Celebrates African-American History Month

African-American History Month Celebration Calendar

The Second Century begins 10th year

Patents and Trademarks on the Internet

Rutgers students again offer free tax return help

"Art of Writing" luncheon

Trustee President: A Community Leader

Library plans two fundraisers

Friends Schedule Dana Lecture

Friends set dates for 1999 Book Sale; need volunteers

Trustee President: A Community Leader

Ever since Alberto Coutinho became a member of the Library's Board of Trustees in 1994, he has adopted a hands-on approach to Library activities and procedures. And his dedication has heightened since his election as Trustee President last June. This comes as no surprise, because of his legendary commitment to his community.

A native Newarker, he has been active in the Ironbound (in numerous clubs and associations, as well as being Director of Sales for Coutinho's Bakery), in Newark (as Commissioner to the Board of Adjustment and to the Central Planning Board), and in Essex County (Commissioner, Utilities Authority). A distinction that reached its zenith in 1997 when he became the first Portuguese-American to serve in the New Jersey State Assembly (District 29).

His social and cultural activities include membership on the Board of Directors of the Ironbound Strikers Soccer Club in Newark, Portugal Day Festival Organizing & Executive Committees, Trustee and founding member of "The Bernardino Coutinho Foundation for Community Development," Trustee of the New Jersey State Opera. In addition, he is a member of the Ironbound Boys and Girls Club,

the New York Economist Club, Newark Emergency Services for Families (trustee), Omicron Delta Epsilon (International Honor Society of Economics), East Ward Juvenile Justice Conference Committee, and, among others, the Ironbound Blockwatch Association.

Since being inducted into the National Honor Society in 1987, he has received more than two dozen awards.

Mr. Coutinho holds an MBA in Management & International Business (with distinction) from New York University (1992). He graduated from New York University in 1991 with a BS in Economics & Finance (top honors).

When asked about the most memorable achievement of the Library since he became a Trustee, Mr. Coutinho smiled and said: "The reopening of the totally renovated and expanded Van Buren Branch Library.


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