Page 8 THE VILLADOM TIMES I • December 24, 2008
Business Atlantic Stewardship Bank supports Calvin College
Atlantic Stewardship Bank recently made a donation to
Calvin College as a result of the bank’s tithing program.
Located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Calvin College is an
educational institution of the Christian Reformed Church.
Founded in 1876, Calvin is one of the largest Christian col-
leges in North America. This comprehensive liberal arts
college offers nearly 100 academic options.
Each year, Atlantic Stewardship Bank makes hundreds
of donations in accordance with its unique tithing program;
sending or hand delivering checks to food pantries, police
and ﬁ re departments, missions and ministries, schools,
libraries, and other organizations. This year the bank will
share $627,000 with over 350 deserving recipients. To date,
the bank’s tithe donations total $6,350,000.
“Tithing is a Biblical principle, meaning to give or
devote one-tenth to God,” said Atlantic Stewardship Bank
President and Chief Executive Ofﬁ cer Paul Van Osten-
bridge. “The concept of a bank giving away 10 percent of
its proﬁ ts every year is quite unusual, especially in the cur-
rent ﬁ nancial and economic climate. But the Atlantic Stew-
ardship Bank has been blessed with continued growth, and
we consider it a privilege to share our proﬁ ts with worthy
organizations that reach out to help so many.”
Van Ostenbridge noted that the bank’s board of directors
selects all tithe recipients at year-end.
As the Atlantic Stewardship Bank’s customer base
grows, so does the bank’s ability to help others via increased
donations. A strong community bank, Atlantic Steward-
ship attracts hundreds of new accounts annually with its
Mary Beth Steiginga, ASB assistant secretary and Calvin College alumna; Jeffrey Pluymert of Calvin College; Paul Van Osten-
bridge, ASB president and CEO; and Arie Leegwater, member of the ASB Board of Directors and Calvin College alumnus.
outstanding customer service, convenient locations, and
diverse range of products.
Atlantic Stewardship Bank, a subsidiary of Steward-
ship Financial Corporation, maintains banking locations
in Hawthorne, Midland Park, Montville, North Haledon,
Pequannock, Ridgewood, Waldwick, Wayne, Westwood,
and Wyckoff. Established in 1985, ASB is a full-service
community bank serving individuals and businesses. The
bank is a subsidiary of Stewardship Financial Corporation.
The bank’s website is www.asbnow.com.
Borst representative addresses local Rotary Club
Mike Ciofﬁ , director of maintenance services for Borst
Landscape & Design, recently addressed a group of 30
business leaders at the Paramus Sunrise Rotary Club. He
discussed techniques for improving curb appeal to sell a
home, landscaping and snow removal, and environmen-
tally-friendly approaches in use today.
“When selling a home, ﬁ rst impressions really matter,”
Ciofﬁ noted. “Whether trying to attract homebuyers in a
tough real estate market like ours or to create an image for
your commercial property, what visitors see ﬁ rst sets the
tone for everything that follows.”
Tips for improving a property’s image in the winter
involve cleaning up and putting away items from warmer
weather, and keeping the property neat. In addition, holi-
day decorations, including wreaths, garlands and container
plantings and festive lighting can enhance the exterior of
the home and landscape.
Ciofﬁ ﬁ elded Rotarians’ questions about environmental
trends for snow removal. Borst’s new snow management
division provides commercial services, and the company
has a strong commitment to use environmentally safe prac-
tices for snow removal. This includes the use of products
like Magic Salt, which are less corrosive to the hardscape,
and less harmful to lawn, plants and shrubs.
This led to a lively conversation about all aspects of
landscaping and the impact on the environment. Borst
Landscape & Design has been involved in organic lawn
care for more than a decade and is a member of the Pesti-
cide Environmental Stewardship Program, a voluntary
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