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Deadline for press releases and ads is Wednesday, January 7. Villadom Happenings Chambers meet for card exchange The Mahwah Regional Chamber of Commerce, together with other local chambers of commerce, will hold a regional business card exchange for members and non-members on Thursday, Jan. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Wayne Tile, 50 Spring Street in Ramsey. Join members of the Wyckoff and Waldwick chambers of commerce at this gathering, while exploring Wayne Tile’s newest showroom. Enjoy light refreshments and make new business contacts. The cost is $20 for Chamber members and $30 for non- members. Prepaid registration is required; an additional $5 processing fee will be charged if paid the day of event. Reg- ister on-line at www.mahwah.com or call (201) 529-5566. Classic film screenings at library The Waldwick Public Library hosts screenings of classic films on Thursdays at 2 p.m. A brief introduction, setting the film in its historical context, will precede each screen- ing. The schedule of screenings for the month of January is as follows: Jan. 8, “Sunset Boulevard;” Jan. 15, “Rebel without a Cause;” Jan. 22, “Double Indemnity;” and Jan. 29, “Dead Ringer.” Registration for the film series is not necessary; however arrival before 2 p.m. is encouraged. Call (201) 652-5104. Internet safety presentation set The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Computer Crimes Unit will present an in-depth presentation on Inter- net Safety on Jan. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Franklin Avenue Middle School Multipurpose Room in Franklin Lakes. The presentation, “Staying Safe in Cyberspace: Internet Safety for Parents,” is a comprehensive examination of today’s Internet. For further information call D/Lt. Andrew W. Donofrio at (201) 226-5521. Embroidery Guild meet The Bergen Chapter of the Embroidery Guild of Amer- ica will hold its next meeting on Monday, Jan. 12, at 9:30 a.m., at in the Red Barn of Guardian Angel Church, located on the corner of Allendale Avenue and Franklin Turnpike in Allendale. Dr. Richard Wedeen will give a lecture about Mayan textiles. Everyone is welcome to attend. For further information visit www.bergenega.org. New Year’s Day Gala set On Thursday, Jan. 1, Manfred Knoop, Director of Music at the Church of Saint Elizabeth in Wyckoff, will conduct an orchestra of 50 musicians during the sixth annual Vien- nese New Year’s Gala at The Brownstone in Paterson. The event, which will take place from 3 to 7 p.m., is modeled after the annual New Year’s Day celebration in Vienna, Austria, featuring the music of Johann Strauss. Gifted professional artists will lend their talents to the occasion, which will feature a sumptuous buffet dinner fol- lowed by dancing to the swing sounds of Cheryl Spirer and Night Wind. Ticket information is available by contacting Marlene Nardone at newyearsgala@yahoo.com or (201) 891-1122, extension 202. English Country Dancers plan event The North Jersey English Country Dancers welcome newcomers to their Sunday afternoon dance. All dances are taught and called and the music is live. Come with or with- out a partner on Sunday, Dec. 28 to the Unitarian Society of Ridgewood, 113 Cottage Place in Ridgewood. Instruction Lions support area charities The Franklin Lakes Republican Club held its Annual Holiday Distribution Dinner at the High Mountain Golf Club in Franklin Lakes. President Alex Arns presented checks on behalf of the Lions Club to a variety of charitable organiza- tions, many of which have been struggling this year due to the economic downturn. Among the honorees were ARC, the Center for Food Option, the Christian Health Care Center, the Creative Living Council, Eva’s Village, Operation Link Up, Paterson Habitat for Humanity, Paterson Memorial Day School, Several Sources, YWCA of Bergen County, Eman- uel Cancer Foundation, and Eastern Christian Children’s Retreat. The event, which was attended by approximately 75 people, raised nearly $30,000 through the efforts of Lions in the community, including a Wine Tasting at Indian Trails Club in Franklin Lakes and a circus held on McBride Field in Franklin Lakes. The Lions Club now serves a variety of charities, having expanded dramatically from its original mission to help children who are visually impaired. Anyone interested in joining the Lions Club is encouraged to contact Alex Arns at aarns@netrom.com, Robert Warsack at drroberwarsak@verizon.net, or Charles Kahwaty at cjxkahwaty@gmail.com. for beginners is at 1:30 p.m., and the main dance is from 2 to 5 p.m. For more information at maxellute.net/njecd.html or call Nancy at (201) 652-4014. ‘Try an Instrument’ over the holidays The Ridgewood Conservatory is offering a special “Try an Instrument” program during the holiday break. Designed to maximize the success of learning to play a new instru- ment, the program is a great way for children, teens, and adults to get a jump start in just three 30-minute private les- sons. Taught by The Conservatory’s faculty of world-class virtuosi, “Try an Instrument” lessons are offered Dec. 22 through 24 and Dec. 29 through 31, and times may vary each day to accommodate holiday schedules. Special gift certificates are available for holiday gift-giving. For more information, call (201) 612-6686. New Rock Program at The Conservatory The Rock Shop at The Ridgewood Conservatory will be providing musical training to Rock musicians of all ages and levels starting Jan. 3. “Intro to Rock” offers raw beginners four one-hour group lessons on guitar, bass or drums. “One-on-One Rockology” gives students of all levels private guitar, bass, keyboards and/or vocal lessons. “Bandology 101” enables band members to fine-tune their songwriting and sound by learning from a pro in eight weeks of two-hour sessions. For more info or to request a brochure, contact Bill Seco at (201) 612-6686. T’ai Chi Chih classes offered The Valley Hospital will present courses on T’ai Chi Chih for beginners at the Luckow Pavilion in Paramus. Courses will begin Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 4:30 p.m. and 6:15 p.m., and Thursday, Feb. 12, at 9:30 a.m. Intermediate-level classes will start Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 1 p.m., and Thursday, Feb. 12, at 4:15 p.m. The intermediate classes are designed for those who have completed the beginners program. All classes are eight sessions and the cost is $60. Each class is one hour and 15 minutes in length. Call (201) 634- 5359 to register or for more information. TIC TOC Theatre offers Shakespeare for children The TIC TOC Sunday Theatre Program for children and families will present “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on Sunday, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m. This is a child-oriented production of the classic Shakespeare play performed by the Shake- speare Company of New Jersey. This one-hour children’s adaptation of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is the ideal “first Shakespeare” for elementary grades and a riotous roller coaster ride for audiences of all ages. All Tic Toc shows take place at the Ben Franklin Middle School in Ridgewood, begin at 2 p.m. and last about an hour. Call (201) 447-9110 for group information To order tickets go to www.tictoc.org and print out the order form. Send check, completed order form and self-addressed stamped envelope to: Tic Toc Theatre Series, 49 Cottage Place in Ridgewood. ��������������������������� Published every Wednesday by The Villadom TIMES Inc. P.O. Box 96 (333 Godwin Avenue) Midland Park, New Jersey 07432 General Office: 201-652-0744 • Fax: 201-670-4745 email: editorial@villadom.com ZONE 1 Franklin Lakes, Wyckoff, Midland Park ZONE 2 Ridgewood, Glen Rock ZONE 3 Allendale, Waldwick, Ho-Ho-Kus, Saddle River, Upper Saddle River, ZONE 4 Ramsey, Mahwah ALBERT & ESTER VIERHEILIG Publishers Jennifer Crusco, Editor Nancy Badkin Antlitz, Art Director Staff Artists: Janine Mistretta • Allison Sosinsky Peggy Carriero • Karl Vierheilig Editorial Staff: John Koster • Frank J. 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December 24, 2008 THE VILLADOM TIMES II • Page 3 Area Moritz: Issues stem from plumbing, not water by John Koster Ridgewood Water Company Director Frank Moritz said water company consumers in Ridgewood, Glen Rock, Midland Park, and Wyckoff should not be con- cerned about lead levels as long as they run their taps before collecting water to drink. “The key to the whole thing is to run the water,” Moritz said late last week. Moritz said the problem is a lead-pipe cinch. Resi- dents whose homes’ internal pipes have been contami- nated with lead from old-fashioned plumbing techniques could indeed experience water quality problems due to the lead solder in the pipes, but these problems can be quickly alleviated by running the water for 15 to 30 seconds before using it to drink. Running heated water through the pipes accelerates the lead problem, so hot water should not be used for cooking food or making baby formula. Instead, homeowners should dispense cold tap water and heat it for cooking. The lead, Moritz explained, does not come from the water provided by the Ridgewood Water Company but from the pipes in older homes. Ridgewood Water tested 63 homes for lead in September and found that eight homes had results of more than 15 parts of lead per billion. The ranges of these homes over the line were anywhere from 16 to 30 parts per billion. Under federal regulations, a test in which more than 10 per- cent of samples produced results of more than 15 parts per billion requires a general notification of consum- ers. The Ridgewood Water Company sent a notice to more than 20,000 of the 60,000 customers’ homes warning about the problems caused by the plumbing – not the water – and urging residents to run their fau- cets for 15 to 30 seconds with cold water before they collect water for drinking or cooking. The water utility will now have to test twice in 2009, rather than the one time required under state regulations. If the problem continues to be detected, a program of line replacement must be initiated. Musical outreach Ridgewood High School English teacher Matt Cheplic has created a new six-song CD ‘Who Burned the Book of Love?’ Proceeds will benefit the Palisades Emergency Relief Corporation, a homeless shelter and soup kitchen in Union City. PERC also provides job training to help people in need get back on their feet. The CD is available on iTunes, CDBaby.com and by contacting Cheplic directly at mattcheplic@gmail.com. COMPUTER REPAIR SLOW? Is your computer running Get it running like NEW again! Call Prestige Design at (201) 445-4220 to schedule a computer pick up or an in home consultation. Mention this ad and get 10% off!!! 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In addition to the per- formances, the organizers of Temple Israel Idol arranged for a “green” ad journal, which was displayed throughout the evening, in lieu of a paper version that would normally be distributed to attendees and supporters. While many synagogues received awards in different categories, Temple Israel was the only synagogue to be presented with a gold award for fundraising. In the words of synagogue President Christine Dobkins, “Receipt of this award confirms the very high level of participation by members of Temple Israel in supporting their congre- Helpful Hints Helpful Hints from ome Synagogue officers Denis Vogel, Peter Kurshan and Temple Israel’s Rabbi David B. Saltzman. Mary Says... gation.” On hand to receive the award were Rabbi David B. Saltzman and synagogue officers Denis Vogel, Johanna Rosen and Peter J. Kurshan. Temple Israel and JCC is located at 475 Grove Street in Ridgewood. 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Kober honored judges Janet Alverson, Cynthia Baxter, Maryellen Lennon, Barbara Mason, Allan Parker, Connie Parker, Cindy Tharayil, and Sue Veerling-Steinhoff. by Jennifer Crusco Six students representing Ho-Ho-Kus, Ridgewood, and Saddle River were honored last week for their top-rated entries in the Patriot’s Pen Essay Competition. The pro- gram was sponsored by the Washington Elm VFW Post 192 (Ho-Ho-Kus/Ridgewood). Sara D’Iorio of Ho-Ho-Kus was named the fi rst place entrant. Her winning essay has been forwarded to the dis- trict level competition. The winning entrants also included Julia Koski of Ridgewood, second place; Katherine Martini of Saddle River, third place; Emily Pagano of Ho-Ho-Kus, fourth place; Jacqueline Sloan of Ho-Ho-Kus, fi fth place; and Branden Youssef of Ho-Ho-Kus, sixth place. All of the winners received certifi cates, mousepads, pins, and a book on the U.S. Constitution. The fi rst place winner received a backpack, the second place winner received a sports bag, and the third place winner received a belt pack. VFW Commander Stanley Kober introduced each of the contestants in alphabetical order. He explained that each student’s entry had been assigned a number, so only he would know which student had submitted each essay. The judges then assigned points to each essay in the fol- lowing categories: theme knowledge, theme development, and clarity of ideas. Kober was charged with collating the results and announcing the names of the top entrants. As Kober announced the winning contestants, a clear pattern emerged: the students had won in alphabetical order. In addition, the top three entrants represented one of each of the three municipalities that had participated. 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December 24, 2008 THE VILLADOM TIMES II • Page 7 Ridgewood Willard students take SMARTBoard to ‘outer space’ Students in Donald Friel’s second grade class at Willard School in Ridgewood recently used a SMARTBoard – an inter- active whiteboard connected to a computer -- to take a trip to “outer space.” Students donned space suits and entered a mock space shuttle for the simulated trip, which was the culminating exercise of a program using the SMARTBoard. The program featured a PowerPoint presentation that highlighted the seven continents using Google Earth, and was competed with a class-created iMovie to showcase the universe and show the chil- dren in Ridgewood where they live. Parents were invited to the interactive SMARTBoard celebration, along with dis- trict administrators. Students demonstrated how the SMARTBoard operates when used in conjunction with a document camera, and explained how they use their SMART- Board’s software to complete assignments and assist in math lessons with electronic manipulatives and electronic money. ‘Pinkalicious’ comes to village The Junior Woman’s Club of Ridgewood will present the Vital Theatre Company’s production of “Pinkalicious: The Musical” at George Washington Middle School on Jan. 18. Pinkalicious can’t stop eating pink cup- cakes. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s offi ce with pinkititis, an affl ic- tion that turns her pink from head to toe: a dream come true for this pink-loving enthu- siast. But when her hue goes too far, only Mr. Friel’s second grade class astronauts. Pinkalicious can fi gure out a way to get out of this predicament. Shows will be held at 1 and 4 p.m. George Washington Middle School is located at 155 Washington Place in Ridgewood. 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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 Chris- tian colleges in North America. This com- prehensive liberal arts college offers nearly 100 academic options. Each year, Atlantic Stewardship Bank makes hundreds of donations in accor- dance with its unique tithing program; sending or hand delivering checks to food pantries, police and fire departments, mis- sions 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 dona- tions 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 Officer Paul Van Osten- bridge. “The concept of a bank giving away 10 percent of its profits every year is quite unusual, especially in the current financial and economic climate. 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(continued on page 18) December 24, 2008 THE VILLADOM TIMES II • Page 9 Glen Rock High school honors outstanding scholars Enriching experience Recently the students in the Glen Rock Jewish Center Kindergarten Enrichment Program took a field trip to the Center for Food Action in Elmwood Park. They delivered over 20 bags of groceries collected by the Glen Rock Jewish Center Nursery School, took a tour of the facility, and participated in a discussion about the importance of the food bank to the community. Olivia Gardlin, president of the Glen Rock Interact Club and a key organizer of the Thanksgiving dinner for women in need and their children, has been named Glen Rock High School Citizen of the Month for November. While taking a strong academic program, Gardlin has also served as a class officer, and as secretary of Glen Rock Interact before becoming president. 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Your funds are meticulously well spent and most of the money goes directly help the families. Involve your group now and in the New Year. Enlist the aid of your coworkers, team, or other organization members in conduct- ing a fundraiser or food collection to help get us through the winter months. Keep in mind that whether the times are hard or are good, many people dealing with a child diagnosed with cancer have a tough go of it, especially those with a moderate income. We thank you for helping this little girl who has big problems in her daily living! Allie, age four, was diagnosed with Wilm’s Tumor seven months ago. She had one kidney removed and then months of chemotherapy treatment. The treatment, unfortunately, left her with one kidney an overactive bladder and leg muscle damage. She now suffers from bladder spasms, dis- comfort, frequent urges, accidents, and constant urination. She goes through mul- tiple packages of Pull-Ups every day, with night time being the worst. 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Never force drinks on anyone. If serving wine, do not keep refreshing unfinished glasses as this makes it diffi- cult for guests to keep track of how much they are drinking. Serve “measured” drinks. Beer and flavored malt beverages con- tain 4.2 to 6 percent alcohol by volume and come in standard-size packages, so it is easy to keep track of how much you are drinking. Hard liquor drinks can have dra- matically different amounts of alcohol, as well as calories and carbohydrates. Many factors contribute to these wide variances: brands of liquor used, alcohol by volume in brands chosen, drink recipe, mixers, and bartender’s pouring preferences. If you choose to serve hard liquor, use a shot glass to avoid making drinks too strong. If serving wine, do not use oversized glasses. The amount of time during which an alcohol beverage is consumed greatly impacts how alcohol is absorbed into the body. Beer is widely recognized as a bev- erage of moderation. 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Instead of baking massive batches of cookies, your des- sert buffet can inspire awe with three to fi ve bite-sized versions of different types of desserts: an array of small cookies, candies, bars and cupcakes. It is easy to make existing recipes bite size -- simply cut bars into one-inch square portions or prepare cookies in smaller shapes and reduce the bake time accordingly. Feel free to experiment with recipes that feature trendy or unusual fl avors since the small treats are perfect for fi rst- time tastings and give nibblers permission to sample more than one. Be sure to use only the best ingredients, such as real butter and premium chocolate because you only cel- ebrate the holidays once a year. The following bite-sized recipe from America’s Dairy Farmers pairs coffee with a buttery chocolate layer that kicks up these rich, cheesecake-like Espresso Chocolate Squares. 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Lit almost entirely by light-emitting diodes called LEDs, the 2008 National Christmas Tree display will be 50 percent more energy efficient than last year’s display. While LEDs were used on the National Tree for the first time in 2007 at the request of the White House, this year’s display saves even more energy by eliminating the lighted garland and making use of smaller, lighter-weight orna- ments. In fact, 2008 marks the first year that all 56 U.S. state and territory trees will be powered by LED lights donated by GE, for a substantial savings in energy. “LEDs have become the cool, new technology in lighting, and with good reason,” said Kathy Presciano, designer of the National Christmas Tree and lighting designer for GE. “They use a fraction of the energy, and they last 10 times as long as a traditional incandescent light. They worked so well for last year’s National Tree, this year we decided to expand them to the state trees, too,” Presciano said. Building a tradition of savings Having entered the market in force last Christmas season, pre-lit LED trees, LED light sets, and even LED outdoor decorations are now a mainstream choice for con- sumers looking to decorate their homes for the holidays. “Expect to see them become brighter, more efficient, and more versatile with each passing year,” Presciano said. This year’s National Tree will carry more than 37,000 individual LED lights, including the topper and the back- ground lights. The 42-inch tall, star-shaped tree topper is an “heirloom” topper used for the last two years. It is outfitted with industrial grade, white GE Tetra LEDs - - a product offering of GE’s LED business, Lumination, LLC. As many as 680, 50-light strings of clear, C5 LEDs will provide a dazzling backdrop to the tree. Each string costs only 14 cents to run for a full four-week holiday season. Presciano noted that for reasons of brightness and weight restrictions, more than 140 star-shaped ornaments were created using clear, C7 incandescent lights. Each ornament weighs less than two pounds. This year’s 12- inch, 3D ornaments are made from interlocking Lexan panels with applied, bright gold, holographic mosaic vinyl. Designed to catch the sun, the ornaments will make the tree look lit, even when it’s turned off during the day. While groups from each state are responsible for the ornaments decorating their own state tree, GE donated more than 360 strings of clear, C5 LED lights to serve as their background lights. The clear lights will match the National Tree and help create a unified look when the trees are lit, Presciano said. Waste Not, Want Not Planning for the 2008 tree started last January as Presciano began creating architectural drawings of the ornaments and choosing lights from the GE inventory. But one of the biggest issues is how to take down the lights at the end of the season. “With LEDs lasting so much longer, we’re carefully taking them off and storing them so we can create an inventory of light resources for the country that will last for years,” Presciano said. Last year’s garland, topper, ornaments and multi-colored strings were saved, she noted, and should be rotated back into use in years to come. GE has been designing the National Christmas Tree since 1962, producing and donating the lighting and dec- orations. Presciano has personally designed every tree since 1995. “It may take months of planning and work to design the tree, but there’s nothing quite like the reward you get when the President flips the switch and the tree just comes to life. It’s the symbol of the holidays, and the blessing of being able to celebrate together, in freedom. It’s an honor for GE to be a part of that,” she said. The lighting of the National Christmas Tree is an unbroken tradition that began in 1923 when Calvin Coolidge lit the first tree on the Ellipse. The event is sponsored by the National Park Foundation, official charitable partner of America’s National Parks, and the National Park Service. December 24, 2008 THE VILLADOM TIMES II, III & IV • Page 15 Last Minute GIFT GUIDE Six resolution strategies that can change your life (ARA) Do you want to lose weight, spend more time with your family, or get a better job in 2009? These are just a few common New Year’s resolutions that many of us make in January and too often forget by mid- March. This year, if you want to keep your resolutions and truly change your life for the better, follow some expert strategies for success. “The New Year is a great time to self-evaluate and take steps toward your goals. But in order to set those goals and stay focused, many of us need to shift our way of thinking. With the right strategies, you can make permanent changes to your life,” said John G. Miller, an expert who has spent over 20 years studying per- sonal accountability, and author of “QBQ! The Ques- tion Behind the Question” and “Flipping the Switch.” Here are some of Miller’s tips for making your New Year’s resolutions stick: Don’t underestimate the power of personal account- ability. If you can shift the way you think away from blame, procrastination, and victim thinking, and focus instead on personal choices and responsibility, you can better position yourself for change in your life. Being busy is one of the top excuses people use when they don’t keep their resolutions. Stop blaming your calendar by saying, “I’m too busy to visit my parents,” or “My schedule is too hectic to eat healthy.” Adopt the “no excuses” way of living. Remember -- everything is a choice. It’s up to the individual to choose what priorities to make room for in life. Write it down and set a deadline. Write your goals down and consider tracking your progress in a journal. Set a deadline for when you plan to complete your goal. Do you want to lose 15 pounds in 90 days? Organize your entire house in the next six months? A deadline creates energy; without one your goal is just something you hope to do at some point, someday. Once you’ve reached your deadline, you can look back and measure your progress. If you’ve met the deadline successfully, you’ll feel great! If you haven’t yet reached your goal, you can revamp your plan, set a new deadline, and forge ahead. Reach out for support. Miller says, “Though we can’t change others and they cannot change us, it’s helpful for a close friend to know the path I’m on. If they are aware of my goal, they can support me by asking about my prog- ress, and by not offering chocolate cake if I’m trying to lose weight.” Tell a close friend or family member and encourage them to share their goals with you too. If you’re comfortable, you might also consider joining a support group with others who are working toward similar goals. Bite size goals are best. All Instead of saying, “I want to be a more organized person,” create a goal that is more specific. Set a goal like, “I will keep my car clean instead of it looking like a landfill on wheels.” You might want to lose 15 pounds but you can’t do it all at once. Try a goal like, “I will lose two pounds per month.” For a better chance at suc- cess, set your goals for the long term, but measure in the short term. Bite size pieces are easier to chew. Be aware of your feelings. Tough goals are not achieved easily. Expect a roller coaster of ups and downs and be able to recognize your emotions. When negative emotions arise, refocus your thinking. Miller suggests asking an effective ques- tion. “Instead of asking, ‘Why does this have to be so hard?’ instead ask ‘What can I do right now to change my thinking?’ When we change our thoughts, we take control of our feelings, which leads to better actions and habits, and ultimately, success.” Focus on the benefits of the change. When you start to drift from your goal, remind yourself why you have the goal in the first place. Are you losing weight so you have more energy? Are you organizing your house or exercising more so you have less stress? You have this goal for a reason. Especially during the bumps in the road, remind yourself why you have it and the positive outcome you’ll enjoy once it’s achieved. 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Instead, leave treats out for your guests to give to your favorite furry friends as a reward for good behavior. � ���������������������� � �� � ����������������������� � �� ����������������������� � �� ������������ ����������������� ������������� ���������������� ������������������������������������������������������� �������������������������������� ������������������������ ���������������������� ���������� �������������� December 24, 2008 THE VILLADOM TIMES I, II, III & IV • Page 17 Last Minute GIFT GUIDE Shopping at the last minute? Here’s holiday help (ARA) While it still seems that the Thanksgiving left- overs were just finished, the holiday season is here and that has many a yuletide procrastinator shaking in his snow boots. In fact, according to the National Retail Federation, last year 35 million people had not even begun their holiday shopping 10 days before Christmas. “The holidays are an important time to recognize our relationships with friends and family and we do so by exchanging gifts and greetings, but the most essential tra- dition is just to spend time together,” says Rochelle Lulow, holiday etiquette expert at American Greetings. “Even if you’ve waited until the last minute to tackle your to-do list, there are many things you can do to help get every- thing done, and to give you more time to spend with loved ones.” Lulow offers the following helpful tips to tackle that to- do list and get to the celebrating: Make a list, check it twice: While the sound of the holiday clock ticking adds a tremendous amount of pressure, take a few minutes to sit down and draw up a list with corresponding budget. It will save you time in the long run -- as you can consolidate your shopping trips -- to ensure that no one is forgotten. Hold a quick brainstorming session: Enlist the help of friends and family to find out what everyone on your list needs or wants. In their early bird aisle wandering, they may have already spotted the perfect item for you to pick up. Escape the traffic: Try shopping during extended hours, or, if you have the vacation time to spare, consider taking a weekday off in order to play catch-up. By all means, delegate: Just because you’ve waited until the last minute does not absolve any immediate family members from having holiday duties. 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My wife returned from a brief shopping trip on foot – trading one kind of energy for another, as it were, and reported about what you would expect from some of the friendly local merchants we have patronized for the past 30 years. In one store, she saw something heartening: three men she identified as young fathers were eagerly learning how to be cashiers. She assumed they had been down-sized and were taking up the sort of honest work they would not have considered when the economy was booming so they could go on supporting their families. She saw this as strong and honorable on their part. I agree. On lawns all over Northwest Bergen County, in front of the churches, and even in front of some municipal buildings we see the Nativity represented by a mother, a father, and a child. Some years ago, some people wanted to put a stop to that. A number of towns knuckled under and removed their Nativity scenes under the pressure of the American Civil Liberties Union – an organization, be it noted, that once dumped Ridgewood Holocaust rescuer Varian Fry from a much-needed seat on the ACLU Board of Direc- tors because Fry was anti-communist. Fry is remembered for having risked his neck for being anti-Nazi. Wyckoff also took a risk. The members of the Wyckoff Township Committee sat down, weighed their chances, weighed their consciences, and let the ACLU take them to court. The judge ruled that as long as the township was willing to display a menorah and some secular Christmas symbols, the Nativity scene could stay. Wyckoff and America won twice. People who are too wrapped up in sports or politics may not realize it, but the menorah is an important part of the Christmas story twice. In 146 BC, a tyrant descended from one of Alexander the Great’s generals attempted to stamp out Judaism by brutal and blasphemous methods. Jews who refused to pollute themselves and deny their own beliefs were tor- tured and killed as the tyrant attempted to turn the official religion into a cult with himself as the center of worship. The blasphemy and the insanity involved were unac- ceptable to religious Jews. They fought back against great odds, and when they defeated the tyrant they found that his troops had polluted the Temple at Jerusalem. The menorah is said to have miraculously burned while the temple was ritually cleansed and through the ceremo- nies of dedication. This event was not just a great victory for the Jews. It was a great victory for the entire human race. A blasphemous cult founded by a maniac had been defeated by people who believed in one God whose laws applied equally to everyone, beggar and king alike. Had the revolt that led to Chanukah failed, the New Testament would not be as we know it today, because the Holy Family and the Apostles and Disciples were all observant Jews who followed the laws that were restored. The menorah and the Nativity scene are not contradictory, but complementary. David Bolger and his son JT were recently kind enough to send me a computer image of the restored painting of Jesus and the elders, which was once displayed at the Pease Library. I had my first look at the painting in perhaps 20 years, and my memories of it were confirmed. What I saw when I looked was what one should always see: mutual respect. We should preserve that respect. Another importance of the menorah has to do with what has now become a primary secular symbol: the Christmas tree. This was not always so. Research traced the original of the display of a lighted tree inside a church to the German Rhineland, an area that had been Roman in ancient times, and where Jews and other settlers had lived in the fortified cities and the market towns of what was a sort of permanent frontier. The first example of a lighted pyramid, shaped like a tree, looks almost like a menorah. This may not be a coincidence. The menorah is complementary to the Christmas story, and so is another monotheistic religion, the belief of the Persians in one God and a strict dichotomy between good and evil. The Persians take a beating in European history because they fought the Greeks, seen as the exclusive progenitors of Western culture by professors and other people who like things in neat little boxes and ignore the religious and legalistic influence of Judaism, the day-to- day importance of Germanic tribal custom, and Celtic and Chinese technology. All these groups contributed to European civilization while the Persians, stalled at Thermopylae and defeated at Salamis, remained outside Europe, though they are an Indo-European people. They were also the only people in history other than the Ger- manic tribes who shared a border with the Roman Empire and were not destroyed or assimilated. Nativity scenes often feature “the three kings” – one blond, one black, one possibly Arab – offering gifts to the Holy Family. The gift-bearers mentioned in the New Testament, however, were not kings but magi – wise men, possibly astrologers – who followed the Star of Bethlehem because they were told the star would lead them to the King of the Jews. Astrology was widely practiced in the Kingdom Baby- lon, where the Jews had once been sequestered and where some possibly remained, and in the succeeding Persian Empire. The German astronomer Johannes Kepler, also an astrologer, discovered at the time of the Nativity – the autumn of 4 BC, probably in September rather than December – a constellation of three planets, rather than stars, would have converged and been visible from Persia and appearing over Judea. Jupiter was the planet of the king, Venus the planet of birth, and Saturn the planet of the Jews in Persian astrology. The message of this constel- lation, brighter than any individual star, was that the King of the Jews would be born. The idea that the Christmas story is comprised of many elements is not a new one. People in ancient times would have understood clearly that the members of the Holy Family were observant Jews – this is absolutely explicit in the New Testament – and that people outside Judaism also knew of the prophecies concerning a change in the world order, mentioned in Roman writers of the next cen- tury long before Christianity had become an accepted and later an official religion. This was not a made-up story like the Right Jolly Old Elf who comes down the chimney to bring good little girls and boys whatever they want. Keep in mind that the chim- ney may be stopped up this year. A lot of people, particu- larly the younger people who moved here for the schools, may find themselves stuck in houses they cannot afford and cannot sell, except at a loss. Our sympathies should go out to these people – par- ticularly to those who did not vent against older people or childless people who questioned why they should have to keep paying school taxes for a standard of education they never expected for themselves and do not need now. The idea that many people stay here for decades after their kids have grown up, or if they did not have kids to begin with, simply because the towns and most of the people are so great, is a tough sell to people whose focus is getting ahead and getting out. A lot of people used to turn every holiday into an explosion of spending to show how well they had done. I think we will see less of that than in any year in the recent past, not only because people cannot afford it, but because a look at the neighbors may convince them that it is not in the world’s best taste. I add that I hope people will spend whatever they can with local merchants who make the towns of Northwest Bergen County as convenient as they are – and at holiday time, as beautiful as they are. What I hope we will see more of this year is a reflection that the values of Christmas and Chanukah teach people what they need to remember when the anesthetic of a bullish stock market and big salaries for do-nothing jobs wears off. There are some things you do not do to others, and there are some things that you do not accept: attacks on religious and family values from people with their own agendas being a prime example. But if you learn to respect and tolerate, and even appreciate, other people who pres- ent no threat instead of smirking and waiting to settle up at the first opportunity, the economic slump, while not enjoyable, will probably prove survivable. One thing is certain – it will definitely prove educational. Rotarians hear presentation (continued from page 8) Cioffi fielded 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 Pes- ticide Environmental Stewardship Program, a voluntary group run by the EPA. In 2007, Borst introduced Borst Organic®, the company’s private label for organic prod- ucts that treat lawn, trees and shrubs ‘’with the science of nature…naturally.” “The problem is that the chemical used to enhance a lawn’s color, nitrogen, actually stresses the grass. It’s almost like putting your lawn on steroids. In an organic lawn care program, we focus on improving the soil. Healthy soil pro- duces healthy, vibrant grass plants,” said Cioffi. Using a holistic approach, known in the field as integrated pest management, Borst has made a name for itself as the pre- mier landscaping firm in northern New Jersey focused on “green” practices. Through site assessment, periodic moni- toring, and preventative applications, Borst is able to lower incidents of pest and pathogen problems and significantly reduce its use of pesticide products. Cioffi also reviewed the importance of using porous hardscape surfaces that allow rainwater to filter down through the soil – a natural means of purification – rather than becoming runoff that brings harmful chemicals into the water system. “Just like everything else in life, environmentally-safe landscaping is all about stress management,” said Cioffi. “Healthy soil is the key, and the organic approach relieves the stress on the soil and allows it to return to its natural state.” At the end of the presentation, Cioffi received a certifi- cate of appreciation from Rotary Club President/Paramus Borough Administrator Anthony Iacono. Borst Landscape & Design is located at 260 West Cres- cent Avenue, Suite 1, in Allendale. Phone (201) 785-9400 for details. December 24, 2008 THE VILLADOM TIMES II • Page 19 Glen Rock Roundup Good Shepherd sets Christmas services Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will offer Christ- mas Eve and Christmas Day services. On Christmas Eve, Wednesday, Dec. 24 there will be a service for fam- ilies at 6 p.m. with a special message for children of all ages, and music by the instrumental Christmas Consort and children’s choirs. There will be a Christmas Eve Candlelight and Holy Communion service on Dec. 24, at 10 p.m. with the tra- ditional candle lighting ceremony and singing of “Silent Night.” The senior choir will present a special program of music and Pastor Spencer will preach the inspirational message of Jesus’ birth. The Christmas Day Festival service of Holy Commu- nion will be on Thursday, Dec. 25 at 10:30 a.m. For more information about these services, call Pastor Roger Spencer at (201) 444-6598. Or visit the web site at www.gs.lthrn.org. Good Shepherd is located at the corner of Rock Road and Ackerman Avenue. Coleman fundraiser sponsors sought The Clara E. Coleman School is seeking sponsors for its 47 th annual fundraiser, which will be held Satur- day, March 28. The Las Vegas Style Casino Night event will be held at the Community Hall at Saint Catharine’s Church in Glen Rock. More information is online at www.ColemanCasino2009.com. Sponsorship packages range from $50 to $1,000 and include event website advertisements, marquee-style billboards at the event, and featured spots in a virtual program slideshow that will be shown throughout the four-hour affair. Cash, in-kind, and fundraiser item donations of any size and value are accepted and appre- ciated. Sponsorships and donations are tax-deductible. To become a sponsor, make a donation and get specifi cs visit www.ColemanCasino2009.com. Addi- tional inquiries may be directed to Jodie Stewart, event chairperson, at (201) 689-1869 or by e-mail at ColemanCasino2009@yahoo.com. Nursery school registration underway Registration for the 2009-10 school year is now open at the Glen Rock Jewish Center Nursery School. This state licensed preschool offers classes for two-, three- and four-year-olds as well as Kindergarten Enrichment, Mommy & Me, and Summer Day Camp. Certifi ed teachers offer a wide range of age appropriate hands-on activities with an emphasis on self expression, individu- ality, and creativity. Professionally taught weekly classes in yoga and music are part of the curriculum for all age groups, and three- and four-year-olds go on at least two fi eld trips a year. Other activities include cooking, creative dramat- ics, nature and the environment, puppetry, and experi- ential science. Scheduling is fl exible. Parents are encouraged to create a nursery school schedule that works best to fi t the needs of their families. The school is open from 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., offering half and full day programs, with before and after care available daily. All classes are fi lled on a fi rst come, fi rst served basis. Synagogue affi liation or any connection to Judaism is not necessary to participate in these programs. For more information, or to arrange for a visit, call (201) 652-6624 or e-mail grjcnursery@gmail.com. Census Bureau offers employment testing The U.S. Census Bureau now has employment oppor- tunities available starting from $13 to $20 per hour. Employment will be available in December and Janu- ary. Testing is being done on Mondays from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Glen Rock Public Library in the month of December. Just show up at testing times: 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. to take the test. The test includes 28 questions covering basic reading comprehension and math that includes division and multiplication of deci- mals. For further information, call the Census Bureau at (646) 233-2441. The Glen Rock Library is located at 315 Rock Road in Glen Rock. Legion offers Entertainment books The American Legion Post 145 Glen Rock is sponsor- ing an Entertainment 2009 book fundraiser sale to “Help Our Vets.” Enjoy up to 50 percent off dining out, great deals on travel, and big savings on shopping, services and entertainment. Contact Ed Szulis at (201) 445-9238 for information or to purchase a copy. Senior services available Glen Rock senior and/or handicapped residents living alone, who are not capable of carrying their recyclables to the curb for pick-up, can now get help. The DPW will provide them with two covered containers, one for cans and plastic bottles and one for paper and cardboard. On collection days, see borough calendar, the DPW will do a special pick-up from the rear yard and return the con- tainers to their location. Residents who might be inter- ested in this service should contact Paula Fleming at borough hall at (201) 670-3956 for an application. For those seniors in need of home delivery of books and other library materials contact Emily Haberman at (201) 670-3070. Glen Rock maintains a roster of free or discount- priced activities for senior citizens, including bus rides to scheduled shopping trips on the commuter bus, and discount ticket books for taxicab rides. The Senior Citizen Advisory Committee meetings are Engaged? Just Married? Celebrating an Anniversary? Share the news with neighbors and friends! Announce your Special Event in We welcome photographs. Send announcements to: The Villadom TIMES P.O. Box 96, Midland Park, NJ 07432 editorial@villadom.com a focal point where seniors can express their concerns, which are then brought before the Glen Rock Borough Council by Committee Chair Doris Ciaramella. Ciara- mella regularly attends the night meeting of the council and advocates senior programs, causes and interests. Seniors Club welcomes new members The Glen Rock Senior Citizens Club meets every Wednesday at 1 p.m. in the municipal annex. Member- ship is $5 per year. Members enjoy a full schedule of events, such as meetings, card playing, games, entertain- ment by speakers and singers, day trips, and more. For more information call Andy at (201) 444-5498 or attend a club meeting any Wednesday. Library hosts Game Exchange The ongoing Jigsaw Puzzle Exchange located next to the Paperback Exchange at the front door of the library has proved to be so popular, it is being expanded to include games. Individuals who wish to donate an old board or card game to the Game Exchange may bring it to the library. Anyone can look through the stack of games and puzzles, and take one home or even play it in the library. Note: Staff members cannot guarantee that all the pieces will be there. Page 20 THE VILLADOM TIMES II • December 24, 2008 Obituaries William G. Atkinson Jr. William G. Atkinson Jr. of Saddle River died Dec.14. He was 90. He was an engineer who was rated within the top half of one percent in engineering aptitude, as tested by Johnson O’Connor Human Engineer- ing Institute. His career included work with Curtis-Wright Corporation, Union Carbide, and Pratt & Whitney. He was a member of Ramapo Hills Chapel in Mahwah. He was a former member of Wyckoff Assem- bly of God. He is survived by his children Gail Arnold Atkinson of Saddle River, Abby Richmond Atkinson of Hillsdale, Amy Atkinson Scollin of Woodcliff Lake, and Susan Atkinson McKee of Ho-Ho- Kus, and four grandchildren. He was pre- deceased by his wife Cynthia Standish Richmond Atkinson. Arrangements were made by Minchin Funeral Home in Pater- son. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alznj. org; Christian Health Care Center at www. christianhealthcare.org; or World Vision at www.worldvision.org. David George Crocco David George Crocco of Ridgewood died Dec. 14. He was 71. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He was a lawyer and timber framer. He was a parishioner of Our Lady of Mount Carmel RC Church, the Knights of Columbus, and Men’s Cornerstone, all in Ridgewood. He is survived by his wife Martha, nee Monuis, his children Alex Crocco, Paul Crocco, and Andrea Varella, four grandchildren, and his sister Kath- leen Crocco. He was predeceased by his sister Stephanie Crocco. Arrangements were made by Feeney Funeral Home in Ridgewood. Dolores Depken Dolores Depken of Wyckoff died Dec. 15. She was 82. Prior to raising her family she had been a nurse at Bellevue Hospital in New York. She was a founding member of the Ramapo Boosters Association and participant in the Harvard Nurses Study. She is survived by her children Fred of Wyckoff, John of Pompton Plains, Diane Depken of Cedar Falls, Iowa, Carol Pec- oraro of Wyckoff; five grandchildren; and her siblings Maryanne Sekerak of Easton, Pennsylvania, Rita Stavitzski of Wilke- Barre, Pennsylvania, and John Wengryn of LIGHT A CANDLE OF LOVE. Since Christmas is a time for remembering, we are lighting a candle in our funeral home for all the families we have served this past year. As you enjoy this Christmas season, we hope this gesture will serve to remind you of Holidays past and the importance of family. May the quiet peace of Christmas fill your heart and home. Nanticoke, Pennsylvania. She was prede- ceased by her husband Fred. Arrangements were made by Vander Plaat Funeral Home in Wyckoff. Memorial donations may be made to the Community Engine Company 2, PO Box 405, Wyckoff, NJ 07481. Doris M. Turi Doris M. Turi, nee Grimes, of Midland Park, formerly of Haledon, died Dec. 12. She was 78. She was employed as a chef for High Mountain Country Club in Franklin Lakes for over 10 years. Previously, she was employed as a chef for the Hamilton Club in Paterson. She is survived by her children John M. Turi of Clifton, Carl Turi of Hawthorne and Christine De Young of Midland Park, five grandchildren and one great grandchild. She was predeceased by her husband John Turi. Arrangements were made by Browning Forshay Funeral Home in Hawthorne. Memorial donations may be made to the Valley Hospital in Ridgewood. Robert John Zuidema Robert John Zuidema of Hawthorne died Dec. 15. He was 74. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Before retiring in 1994, he was vice president of Atlantic Stewardship Bank. He was a member of the Cedar Hill Christian Reformed Church in Wyckoff. He is survived by his wife Jacqueline, nee Downey, his children Beth Hagedoorn of Wayne, Bonnie Perrotta of Haledon, Brenda Strasser of Hawthorne and Barbie Resch of Wyckoff, 13 grandchildren, one great grandson, and his siblings, Doris, Donald, and John. He was predeceased by his daughter Brett. Arrangements were made by Vander Plaat Funeral Home in Wyckoff. Memorial donations may be made to Tomorrows Children’s Fund, Hacken- sack University Medical Center, 30 Pros- pect Avenue, Hackensack, NJ 07601. Religious Notes Celebrations at Cedar Hill Church Cedar Hill Church in Wyckoff will be celebrating Christmas on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, at 10:30 a.m., with Rev. Brown offering “God in Our Neighborhood.” The Dec. 28 morning service at 10:30 a.m. will feature “The Time Has Come.” There will be no evening service on Dec. 28. The Old Year’s Evening Service with communion will be held at 7 p.m. Rev. Brown will offer “The Lord Bless You and Keep You.” Cedar Hill Church is located at 422 Cedar Hill Avenue in Wyckoff. Phone (201) 652-4277. Advent Lutheran plans events Advent Lutheran Church invites all for the services on Christmas Eve: Family Devotional Service of Song, Scripture and Story at 5 p.m. or the Candlelight Service with Communion at 10 p.m. On Christmas Day, Communion Worship will be cel- ebrated at 10 a.m. Advent Lutheran Church has assisted listening devices and is barrier-free. A staffed nursery is available during Sunday morning service. Phone (201) 891-1031 for details. Advent Lutheran Church is located at 777 Wyckoff Avenue at the intersection of Wyckoff and Godwin avenues. Church of theNativity CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE 2008 Christmas Eucharistic Liturgies Christmas Eve Wednesday, December 24, 2008 4:00 PM–Children’s Family Liturgy (families with small children only) 5:30 PM–Mass for Differently-abled people 7:00 PM–Eucharistic Liturgy 9:30 PM–Choir & Congregation–Christmas Carols 10:00 PM–Eucharistic Liturgy Christmas Day Thursday, December 25, 2008 Eucharistic Liturgies–10:30 AM & 12:00 Noon New Year’s Eve Wednesday, December 31, 2008 4:00 PM New Year’s Day Mary Mother of God William Brock Jr. C.F.S.P., Mgr. NJ Lic. No. 3287 William Brock Jr. C.F.S.P., Mgr. NJ Lic. No. 3287 Vander Plaat Funeral Home, 201-891-3400 • Olthuis Funeral Home, 201-652-8844 Thursday, January 1, 2009 10:30 AM – Holy Day of Obligation 315 Prospect Street, Midland Park • 201-444-6362 December 24, 2008 THE VILLADOM TIMES II • Page 21 Religious Notes Christmas worship services planned The Midland Park Christian Reformed Church will offer a 10 a.m. worship service on Christmas Day, Dec. 25. For New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, there will be a communion ser- vice at 6 p.m. Nurseries are provided at all services and the church is wheelchair accessible. The Midland Park Chris- tian Reformed Church is located at 183 Godwin Avenue in Midland Park. Good Shepherd celebrates Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, services at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Midland Park will be held at 4:30 and 11 p.m. On Christmas Day, Dec. 25, the service will be at 9 a.m. The Church of the Good Shepherd is located at 497 Godwin Avenue in Midland Park. The church is barrier- free. Call (201) 444-6168. Nativity sets Christmas services The Church of the Nativity has scheduled its Christ- mas services. On Christmas Eve, Dec. 24 there will be a Children’s Family Liturgy at 4 p.m. The mass for differ- ently-abled will be at 5:30 p.m., the Eucharistic liturgy at 7 p.m., the choir and congregation will perform Christmas carols at the 9:30 p.m. service, and at 10 p.m. there will be a Eucharistic liturgy. On Christmas Day, Dec. 25, Eucharistic liturgies will be at 10:30 a.m. and noon. On New Year’s Day, Jan 1, there will be a 10:30 a.m. service. The Church of the Nativity is located at 315 Prospect Street in Midland Park. Bethlehem Lutheran Church schedules services There will be a birthday party for Jesus for three- and four-year-olds and their parents on Christmas Eve at 4 p.m. in the church parlor. At 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve, there will be a family candlelight service in the sanctuary at 8 p.m. Pre-service music will be at 7:30 p.m. On Christmas Day there will be a Festival Service of Holy Communion at 9:30 a.m. in the sanctuary. Bethlehem Lutheran is located at 155 Linwood Avenue in Ridgewood. Call (201) 444-3600. Church offers Candlelight Carol Service There will be a Candlelight Carol Service on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, at 6 p.m. at Franklin Lakes Baptist Church. The public is invited to attend. Franklin Lakes Baptist Church is located at 649 Franklin Avenue in Franklin Lakes. For more information, call (201) 891-3252. Powerhouse announces services Powerhouse Christian Church will offer three services on Christmas Eve, Dec 24: the Family Christmas Service will be held at 5:30 p.m., the Classic Christmas Service at 8 p.m., and Sacred Christmas Service at 11:30 p.m. Call (201) 540-1993 for details. The Church of the Good Shepherd The Episcopal Parish of Midland Park & Wyckoff Welcomes you to Christmas Services wednesday, December 24 th at 4:30 pm, & 11:00 pm Thursday, December 25 th at 9:00 am 497 Godwin avenue Midland PArk The Rev. Charles N. Arlin, rECTOR We are handicapped accessible 201-444-6168 PLEASE... REMEMBER US WHEN YOU 12-17-08...For Pat...From janine REMEMBER THEM GoodShepChristmas 3x3” Peace on Earth and Good Will to All Men THE CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD The Episcopal Parish for Midland Park and Wyckoff 497 Godwin Ave — Midland Park — 201-444-6168 The Rev. Rev. Charles Arlin, Arlin The Charles N. N. 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Education at 10:00 Ave. • Allendale Allendale a.m. Nursery Sunday: 10am • 845-425-4073 www.dioceseofnewark.org/goodshepherd-midlandpark House Of Worship In Our THE CHURCH THE GOOD Church RELIGIOUS DIRECTORY Powerhouse OF for Christian SHEPHERD The Episcopal Parish Midland Park and Wyckoff CALL 201-652-0744 YOUR NEIGHBORHOOM NEWSPAPER 500 Godwin Main Street, Suite 2, Wyckoff, NJ 07481 West 497 500 West Main — Street, Suite 2, Wyckoff, NJ 07481 phone: 201-825-3533 Ave e-mail Midland Park — 201-444-6168 phone: 201-540-1993 • • e-mail: info@powerhousechristianchurch.org info@powerhousechristianchurch.org The Charles N. Arlin Sunday Worship Rev. Service - 9:00am & 10:45am 10:30 a.m. Sundays Sunday 10 a.m. Eucharist Service — ~ August at 9:00 a.m. only) 8 and Worship • (July Nursery & Children’s & Church Education service (Infants - 5th grade) Nursery and during Church at during service Children’s Nursery 10:00 a.m. Pastor Boucher • • Assoc. Pastor Greg Valdala • • Lay Pastor Rick VerHage Boucher Assoc. Pastor Greg Vadala Lay Pastor Sr. Sr. Pastor Jeff Jeff www.dioceseofnewark.org/goodshepherd-midlandpark Rick VerHage Page 22 THE VILLADOM TIMES I, II, III & IV • December 24, 2008 Holiday season brings out family problems by Dennis Seuling Everyone has a holiday movie favorite, and there is cer- tainly no dearth of holiday-themed movies. Some are broad comedies, others are based on classic stories, and some are showcases for stars. Few, however, feature ensemble acting of the caliber exhibited in “Nothing Like the Holidays,” directed by Alfredo De Villa. It’s Christmas time, and the grown Rodriguez children -- Mauricio (John Leguizamo), Roxanna (Vanessa Ferlito), and Jesse (Freddy Rodriguez) -- have come back to their parents’ home in the Humboldt Park section of Chicago to celebrate with their parents, Edy and Anna (Alfred Molina, Elizabeth Pena). Jesse has just completed a tour of duty in Iraq, where he was wounded, and Mauricio is accompanied by his wife, Sarah (Debra Messing), a high-powered New York executive. Almost from the moment the Puerto Rican-American family reunites, however, conflict rears its head as Anna announces she is going to divorce Edy. In assorted side stories, we learn why Jesse is quiet and introspective in a family that prides itself on outshouting each other, why Anna is suspicious of Sarah, how Roxanna is faring in her acting career in California, and how all have ties to the old neighborhood that are hard to shake. “Nothing Like the Holidays” has the misfortune of being released against higher-profile pictures with bigger stars and larger budgets. But it should not be overlooked, since it is that rare movie that focuses on average people in inter- esting ways, illustrating that drama exists in all families. Director De Villa has succeeded wonderfully in making his cast a well-oiled ensemble, with a particularly memorable dinner scene. As the Rodriguez family sits down to dinner, everyone is speaking at the same time. When Sarah -- the only “out- sider” -- asks Mauricio why everyone is fighting, he smiles and explains that they are not fighting. It’s conversation. In the real world, multiple conversations at the dining table happen all the time. But on film, it’s difficult to coordinate all the cross-conversations and make them look spontane- ous. The scene is completely believable, and rather than going for gags, lets the humor emerge naturally, whether through good-natured r ibbing, the joy of having the family together, or old-fashioned holiday cheer. Freddy Rodriguez, who played an undertaker in the HBO series “Six Feet Under,” is particularly good as Jesse, a man haunted by tragedy in Iraq, resentful of his own missed opportunities at home, and uneasy at his father’s hope that he will take over the running of his local grocery store. Many of his scenes are played with reactions rather than pages of dialogue. Jesse holds a lot inside and it takes a lot for him to release pent-up emotions. Rodriguez makes the audience care about Jesse, wonder about why home feels so foreign to him, and long to know more about his history. He is an excellent actor, and it is great to see him in a large, pivotal role. Messing, fairly quiet in the earlier scenes, when the Rodriguez family first reunites, plays Sarah as an observer. She is not a blood relative and seems uncomfortable at a party she feels she has crashed. The tension between Sarah and Anna further isolates her, with husband Mauricio her only consolation. Later in the film, however, Sarah becomes a trusted keeper of a Big Secret and a true family member as she gets involved with her in-laws and relaxes. Molina, as the family patriarch, is also first-rate and natural. His Edy loves sitting at the head of the table, his children surrounding him, enjoying the holiday. Pena’s Anna, too, registers true as an independent, strong-willed woman, unafraid to speak her mind, who -- after 36 years of marriage -- decided she wants a divorce. Melonie Diaz plays Marissa, the one-time girlfriend of Jesse, who left her abruptly to enlist in the army. Marissa has moved on, never understanding Jesse’s abandonment of her. Yet despite the passage of years she still cares for him. When she confronts Jesse, he reveals information he does not even share with his family. The beauty of the film is that, though humorous, it never deteriorates into a sitcom. The family members are flawed, but never caricatures. 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This was the 1950s, a time of nationwide A-bomb paranoia. “The Atomic Cafe” (Docurama, 1982) is a wonderfully nostalgic, often hilarious documentary about those days when the government produced instructional films about EST. 1970 PIZZA • PASTA • HEROES We wish everyone a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year how to survive a nuclear attack, with announcers in stento- rian tones assuring Americans that anyone could withstand a nuclear attack if simple rules were followed. Director Kevin Rafferty assembled vintage clips, music from mili- tary training films, campy advertisements, presidential speeches, and pop songs that revolve around the apprehen- sion surrounding the relatively new atomic bomb. What makes the movie a hoot today is the propaganda and lopsided optimism of the Fabulous Fifties. The editing creates much of the film’s irony, such as footage of a totally leveled Hiroshima braided into suburban duck-and-cover routines with actors who look like June and Ward Cleaver’s next-door neighbors. However, the film also illustrates how pervasive America’s obsession with the bomb was and how advertisers latched onto the word “atomic” the way they later embraced “new and improved.” “The Atomic Cafe” has more than its share of jaw-drop- ping moments. Average folks compare a nuclear holocaust to a tornado that rages for a few seconds and then quickly calms down. A California man proudly states that after most of his neighbors die in an attack by the Soviets, extra food will be available for prepared families like his. A happy, middle-class American family heads for their bomb shelter, equipped with a periscope. 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These black-and-white movies are both funny and creepy in that they were shown all over America and peddled distorted ideas about the potency not only of the bomb, but also of the devastating effects of radiation poisoning. “Death Race” (Universal) stars Jason Statham, Joan Allen, Ian McShane, and Tyrese Gibson. In a place called Terminal Island, in the not-too-distant future, the world’s hunger for extreme sports and competitions has grown into reality TV bloodlust. The most extreme racing competition has emerged and its contestants are murderous prisoners. Speedway champ Jensen Ames (Statham), an ex-con framed for the murder of his wife, is forced to put on the mask of the mythical driver Frankenstein, a Death Race crowd favorite who seems impossible to kill. Ames is given an easy choice by Terminal Island’s ruthless Warden Hen- nessey (Allen): suit up and drive or never see his little girl again. To claim the prize, Ames must survive contests against the most vicious criminals, including Machine Gun Joe (Gibson). Trained by his coach (McShane), to drive a Mustang V8 Fastback equipped with two mounted mini- guns, flamethrowers, and napalm, Ames must destroy everything in his path to win. The action that takes center stage here, with amaz- ing stunts combined with computer generated images to produce one thrill after another. The film is a remake of “Death Race 2000” (1975), which starred David Carradine and did not have the benefit of today’s technology. The unrated edition (which also contains the theatrical version) has two features that race car lovers will enjoy: “Start Your Engines: Making a Death Race” and “Behind the Wheel: Dissecting the Stunts.” There is also commen- tary with director Paul W.S. Anderson. “Hamlet 2” (Universal) stars Steve Coogan as Dana Marschz, a failed actor turned high school drama teacher. Low on the talent scale, Dana still has ambitions and har- bors passions, but only at work. At Tucson’s West Mesa High School, Dana regards himself as an inspirational teacher, but his adaptations of popular films performed by his top students, Rand and Epiphany (Skylar Astin, Phoebe Strole), are not clicking. When his latest effort, recreating “Erin Brockovich,” is panned by the ninth grade drama critic and his department is targeted for elimination, Dana conceives a sequel to Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” a Busby Berkeley-style musical theater extravaganza that will embrace neither political correctness nor dramatic cred- ibility. “Hamlet 2” is amusing, but it is not easy to warm up to Coogan, who plays Dana as a loser deluding himself that he can spark students with lame notions of innovation. As the film progresses, however, the viewer becomes involved in the outrageousness of plot turns and Dana’s dedication to his art, however strange it may be. The best thing about the film is Amy Poehler as ACLU attorney Cricket Feldstein. Extras include deleted scenes and a sing along. “Savage Grace” (Genus Entertainment, available Dec. 23) is the true story of Barbara Daly (Julianne Moore), a would-be actress, artist, and social climber who, in postwar New York, married wealthy Brooks Baekeland, heir to the Bakelite fortune. Her drinking, public scenes, and adulter- ous flings made the marriage a living nightmare. She was a smothering mother to her gay son, Tony, and the family lived a dysfunctional love triangle that ended in violence and bloodshed. This is Moore’s film all the way. She conveys a sense of inferiority percolating within, since Barbara married well above her social station. She needs constant reassur- ance that she is loved, and craves social acceptance like a drug. Moore makes a rather unpleasant character interest- ing. 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Call cell 201-316-6453 FIREWOOD Hardwood/Fruitwood. 201-825-8525/201-447-4474 continued on next page Page 26 THE VILLADOM TIMES I, II, III & IV • December 24, 2008 CLASSIFIED cont. from preceding page RELIGIOUS Prayer to the Blessed Virgin (Never known to fail) Oh, most beautiful flower of Mt. Carmel, fruitful vine, splen- dor of heaven, Mother of the Son of God. Immacu- late Virgin, assist me in my necessity. Oh, Star of the Sea, help me and show me, herein you are my mother. Oh, Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth! I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart to succor me in this necessity There are none that can withstand you power. Oh, show me herein, you are my mother. Oh, Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee (3x). Holy Mother, I place this cause in your hands (3x). Holy Spirit, you who solve all problems, light all roads so that I can attain my goals. You who gave me the divine gift to forgive and forget all evil against me and that in all instances in my life you are with me, I want in this short prayer to thank you for all things as you confirm once again that I never want to be separated from you in eter- nal glory. Thank you for your mercy toward me and mine. The person must say this prayer 3 consecutive days. After 3 days, the request will be granted. This prayer must be published after the favor is granted. Immaculate Heart of Mary, Thank you for answering my prayers.MKD Prayer to St. Clare Ask St. Clare for 3 favors, 1 business, 2 impossible. Say 9 Hail Marys for 9 days with lighted candles. Pray whether you believe or not. Publish the 9th day. “May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be praised, adored & glori- fied today & every day.” Request will be granted no matter how impossible it seems. Publication must be promised. Thank you for answering my prayers. pm RELIGIOUS RELIGIOUS RELIGIOUS Prayer to St. Jude Prayer to the Blessed Virgin Prayer to the Blessed Virgin Oh, Holy St. Jude, apostle and martyr. Great in virtue and rich in miracles; near kinsman of Jesus Christ; faithful intercessor of all who invoke your special patronage in time of need. To you I have recourse from the depth of my heart and humbly beg to whom God has given such great power to come to my assistance. Help me in my present urgent petition. In return I promise to make your name known and cause you to be invoked. St. Jude, pray for us all who invoke your aid. Amen. Say three Our Fathers, Hail Marys and Glorias. Publication must be promised. This novena has never been known to fail. This novena must be said for 9 consecutive days. My prayers were answered. Thank you, St. Jude. MS Prayer to St. Jude Oh, Holy St. Jude, apostle and martyr. Great in virtue and rich in miracles; near kinsman of Jesus Christ; faithful intercessor of all who invoke your special patronage in time of need. To you I have recourse from the depth of my heart and humbly beg to whom God has given such great power to come to my assistance. Help me in my present urgent petition. In return I promise to make your name known and cause you to be invoked. St. Jude, pray for us all who invoke your aid. Amen. Say three Our Fathers, Hail Marys and Glorias. Publication must be promised. This novena has never been known to fail. This novena must be said for 9 consecutive days. My prayers were answered. Thank you, St. Jude. av CLASSIFIED Up to 3 lines .............................. $12.00 Each additional line ................... $2.50 Name _______________________________________ Address _____________________________________ City/State/Zip _________________________________ Phone _______________________________________ (25 Characters per line including spaces and punctuation) Carefully check your advertisiment the day it appears since we can not be responsible for errors of any kind in subsequent editions of the same ad. Corrections and changes, however, will be gladly made. MAIL TO: CLASSIFIEDS-VILLADOM TIMES P.O. Box 96, Midland Park, NJ 07432 Be sure to enclose your check or money order. ORDER FORM AND PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED BY THURSDAY 12 NOON FOR AD HELP, CALL 201-652-0744 (Never known to fail) Oh, most beautiful flower of Mt. Carmel, fruitful vine, splen- dor of heaven, Mother of the Son of God. Immacu- late Virgin, assist me in my necessity. Oh, Star of the Sea, help me and show me, herein you are my mother. Oh, Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth! I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart to succor me in this necessity There are none that can withstand you power. Oh, show me herein, you are my mother. Oh, Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee (3x). Holy Mother, I place this cause in your hands (3x). Holy Spirit, you who solve all problems, light all roads so that I can attain my goals. You who gave me the divine gift to forgive and forget all evil against me and that in all instances in my life you are with me, I want in this short prayer to thank you for all things as you confirm once again that I never want to be separated from you in eter- nal glory. Thank you for your mercy toward me and mine. The person must say this prayer 3 consecutive days. After 3 days, the request will be granted. This prayer must be published after the favor is granted. Immaculate Heart of Mary, Thank you for answering my prayers.JD Prayer to St. Clare Ask St. Clare for 3 favors, 1 business, 2 impossible. Say 9 Hail Marys for 9 days with lighted candles. Pray whether you believe or not. Publish the 9th day. “May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be praised, adored & glori- fied today & every day.” Request will be granted no matter how impossible it seems. Publication must be promised. Thank you for answering my prayers. jw Thank You St. Jude May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored, glori- fied, loved and preserved throughout the world now and forever. Sacred Heart of Jesus, pray for us St. Jude, worker of miracles, pray for us. St. Jude, help of the hopeless, pray for us. Say this prayer nine times a day by the ninth day, your prayer will be answered. Publi- cation must be promised. Thank you St. Jude. RU (Never known to fail) Oh, most beautiful flower of Mt. Carmel, fruitful vine, splen- dor of heaven, Mother of the Son of God. Immacu- late Virgin, assist me in my necessity. Oh, Star of the Sea, help me and show me, herein you are my mother. Oh, Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth! I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart to succor me in this necessity There are none that can withstand you power. Oh, show me herein, you are my mother. Oh, Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee (3x). Holy Mother, I place this cause in your hands (3x). Holy Spirit, you who solve all problems, light all roads so that I can attain my goals. You who gave me the divine gift to forgive and forget all evil against me and that in all instances in my life you are with me, I want in this short prayer to thank you for all things as you confirm once again that I never want to be separated from you in eter- nal glory. Thank you for your mercy toward me and mine. The person must say this prayer 3 consecutive days. After 3 days, the request will be granted. This prayer must be published after the favor is granted. Immaculate Heart of Mary, Thank you for answering my prayers. ks Prayer to St. Jude Most holy apostle, St. Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the Church honors and invokes you universally, as the patron of hopeless cases, of things almost despaired of. Pray for me, I am so helpless and alone. Make us I implore you, to bring visible and speedy help where help is almost despaired of. Come to my assistance in this great need that I may receive the consolation and help of heaven in all my neces- sities, tribulations, and suf- ferings, particularly-(Here make your request) and that I may praise God with you and all the elect forever. I promise, O blessed St. Jude, to be ever mindful of this great favor to always honor you as my special and powerful patron, and to gratefully encourage devo- tion to you. Amen. 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On Wednesday, Dec. 31 at 7:30 p.m. there will be a Family Fun and Game Night. Join in for games, movies, snacks and fun to welcome the New Year. All are welcome to these services and activities. The church is located on the corner of East Ridgewood Avenue and Hope Street in Ridgewood. Call (201) 444-7300. Off- street parking is located in the rear of the building, which is ADA compliant. Rosh Chodesh Women’s Circle to meet A monthly Rosh Chodesh Women’s Circle will meet at Temple Israel of Ridgewood on Sunday, Dec. 28 at 10:30 a.m. Rosh Chodesh services will begin at 9 a.m. and will precede the meeting. Rosh Chodesh, or “head of the month,” is an ancient festival that celebrates the new moon, and since early times it has been especially sacred to women. The circle is open to all adult women, and each meeting includes prayer, discussion, refreshments, and socializing. For more information, contact tiroshchodesh@synagogue. org or call the synagogue office at (201) 444-9320. Temple Israel and JCC is located at 475 Grove Street in Ridgewood. Weekly Shabbat services are held on Fri- days at 8:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 9 a.m. During the week minyan takes place on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. and Tuesday nights at 7:45 p.m. Preschool KidzArt program set The Ridgewood Department of Parks and Recreation brings KidzArt to the list of art enrichment classes offered to village youth. Two preschool sessions will be offered at the Stable, 259 North Maple Avenue: “Squiggles to Grins” is a Mommy or Daddy and Me program for children ages two to three-and-a-half. Students will discover the excite- ment of creating art with activities designed to enhance motor skills. Inspiring storytelling, lively music and sing- alongs are themed to art projects. The five-week session will be held on Wednesdays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Stable, beginning Jan. 14. The cost is $95 and includes all materials. KidzArt Explore is for children ages three-and-a-half to five. The language of art begins with the recognition of lines and shapes. Preschoolers are shown how lines and shapes can fit together to create a complete whole. Tools are introduced once students are able to do this on their own. This five-week session will be held on Wednesdays from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Stable, beginning Jan. 14. The cost is $95 and includes all materials. Registration is available online at www.ridgewood- sports.org or in person or by mail to The Stable, 259 North Maple Avenue. The registration form is on recreation homepage of www.ridgewoodnj.net. The recreation office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. Call (201) 670-5560 for more information. Qigong and Tai Chi offered The Bolger Fitness Center, a program of the Ridgewood YMCA and the YWCA of Bergen County, is offering a six- week course in Qigong and Tai Chi, the art of improving the flow of energy in the body by combining movements and postures with visualization. The program runs from Jan. 21 through Feb. 25 and classes will be held on Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m. at 112 Oak Street in Ridgewood. The fee for the six-week program is $80 for BFC members and $90 for YMCA/YWCA members. The drop-in fee for a single class is $15. Qigong and Tai Chi have been practiced in China for thousands of years. Instructor Eric Deutsch is certified in Hwa-Yu, Tai Chi, and Qigong, and is a personal trainer cer- tified through the American College of Sports Medicine. He holds degrees in both health and physical education from Montclair State University and currently teaches physical education in Demarest. For details, or to sign up for the course, call Director Lara Vajas at (201) 444-5600, extension 306, or visit the BFC at 112 Oak Street, Ridgewood. The Bolger Fitness Center is run jointly by the Ridgewood YMCA and the YWCA of Bergen County, who have over 200 years of combined experience in meeting the fitness, health and wellness, education and social needs of the community. Made possible through a generous dona- tion by The Bolger Foundation, the BFC is housed in an all-new, expanded facility featuring state-of-the-art cardio and strength training equipment. Members have access to more than 50 weekly fitness classes ranging from group spinning and kickboxing to Pilates and yoga, as well as the YM-YWCA’s two indoor heated pools and on-site per- sonal training, massage and child care. Call (201) 444-5600 extension 306, or stop in for a tour. ‘Wizard of Oz’ comes to village Tickets are still available to experience Dorothy’s magi- cal trip along the Yellow Brick Road like you’ve never seen it before. The Fifth Grade Fundraising Committee of Somerville Elementary School will host a screening of the 1939 family classic, “The Wizard of Oz,” at the Clearview Warner Quad in downtown Ridgewood on Monday, Dec. 29 at 10a.m. Tickets will be $12 at the door with the price including popcorn and soda with free refills! E-mail any questions to wizardofoz.somerville@yahoo.com. Library offers career counseling workshop The Ridgewood Public Library will offer a workshop on resume writing and job search tips on Thursday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. in the library’s Belcher Auditorium. Admission is free. Noted Career Management Specialist Elese Tonelli will conduct the workshop, which will focus on resume writ- ing, interview preparation, networking strategies, and job search tips. Tonelli is a principal with Premier Resume and Career Services and has over 12 years of experience work- ing with executives and managers on all aspects of their job search. She holds a B.S in economics from the Wharton School of Business and spent over 10 years in corporate finance for a major Wall Street Bank. The Ridgewood Public Library is dedicated to providing information, education, culture and inspiration. For more information, visit http://www.ridgewoodlibrary.org/. The library is located at 125 North Maple Avenue. Preschool dance instruction offered Certified dance instructor Marisa Catena will teach chil- dren ages three to five the basic concepts of jazz and ballet, and will explore creative movement for the Ridgewood Parks and Recreation Department’s “Twinkle Toes” pre- school dance program. The next session will be offered on Mondays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. beginning Jan. 26. Classes will be held at the Stable, 259 North Maple Avenue. The fee is $40 for a four-week session. Comfortable cloth- ing and soft shoes are recommended. Registration may be made online at www.ridgewood- sports.org or in person or by mail to The Stable, 259 North Maple Avenue. The registration form is on the recreation homepage at www.ridgewoodnj.net. Non-residents may register if space is available; an additional $10 fee will apply. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call (201) 670-5560 for more information. Holiday movies at the library Holiday movies will be shown at the Ridgewood Public Library at 2 p.m. in the Belcher Auditorium between Christmas and New Year’s. Programs are scheduled as fol- lows: on Dec. 26, the feature will be “Because of Winn- Dixie,” rated PG, 106 minutes; on Dec. 27, “Horton Hears a Who,” rated G, 88 minutes; on Dec. 29, “The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep,” rated PG, 111 minutes; on Dec. 30, “Zathura,” rated PG, 114 minutes; and on Dec. 31, “Piglet’s Big Movie,” rated G, 75 minutes. The Ridgewood Public Library is located at 125 North Maple Avenue. Library closes for the holidays The Ridgewood Public Library, 125 North Maple Avenue, will be closed on Dec. 24 and 25. On Dec. 31, there will be a 5 p.m. closing. The library will remain closed on Thursday, Jan. 1 for New Year’s Day. Church announces Christmas services The Ridgewood United Methodist Church is offering Christmas Eve services on Dec. 24. The Children’s Service and Pageant will be held at 4 p.m. This special service for young children and families includes a live reenactment of the night the Christ Child was born. All children partici- pate in the pageant. The Christmas Music Service will be at 10:30 p.m., and the Candlelight Service will be at 11 p.m. The Ridgewood United Methodist Church is located at 100 Dayton Street in Ridgewood. Call (201) 652- 2868. ‘Pinkalicious’ (continued from page 7) Gregor, is based on the popular children’s book “Pinkali- cious” by Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann. The musi- cal adaptation is directed by Teresa K. Pond with musical direction by Jad Bernardo. Seating is limited. Tickets are $25 per person. All chil- dren must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets may be pur- chased by sending a check made payable to “The Junior Woman’s Club of Ridgewood” along with a self addressed stamped envelope, number of people attending, and show time preference to: 377 East Glen Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450. There are no refunds. Tickets will be mailed. For more information, call (201) 444-5705. Page 28 THE VILLADOM TIMES I, II, III & IV • December 24, 2008