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December 24, 2008 THE VILLADOM TIMES III • Page 7
Allendale Council honors long-time math teacher Peter Wasek
by John Koster
The Allendale Borough Council recently honored Peter
Wasek, a sixth grade math teacher for almost 40 years,
with a proclamation and some affectionate humor.
Wasek served as the president and vice president of
the Allendale Education Association, and served on
the Ramsey Board of Education for 10 years. He twice
received the Governor’s Teacher Award while working
for the Allendale schools.
The veteran math teacher, with almost four decades
of service to the Allendale K-8 school system, will be
retiring from his post at the end of the year. The council
honored Wasek, who was not present, with a plaque and
a verbal tribute.
“Both my daughters had him when they were at the
Brookside School,” Mayor Vince Barra said in a brief
informal addition to the proclamation. “They complained
about him all the time, but when they went on to the high
school, they thanked God for Mr. Wasek because he
gave them such a solid foundation for when they had to
take algebra and geometry. He really was an excellent
teacher.” “Mr. Wasek will always be remembered for his
dry sense of humor as well as for his beloved ‘Wasek-
mobile,’” Mayor Barra said in his formal proclamation.
In response to a question from the press, he replied that
the “Wasek-Mobile” was “an old, beat-up VW bus…and
he used to drive it to school every day even though the
kids laughed at him. Finally, it died.”
Wasek was described as being well known as an
instructor who expected his students to live up to their
potential, and they succeeded by accomplishing more
than they had imagined possible.
“I, Vince Barra, along with the members of the of the
borough council, congratulate Peter Wasek for his life-
time commitment to education, and thank him on behalf
of the many children whose lives he has touched and
changed.” Fyke plans CBC
Fyke Nature Association will hold its 57 th Christmas
Bird Count on Saturday, Dec. 27. This all-day activity
will be followed with a recap meeting at the Allendale
Municipal Building at 5:30 p.m. The count is part of the
109 th Christmas Bird Count, a continent-wide program
organized by the National Audubon Society. Eight teams
will be sent into different sections of the 15-mile diameter
circle centered on Lake Erskine. To join a team, call Stiles
at (201) 327-3470. For other information, contact John at
(201) 327-1483 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Woman’s Club awards donation
The Allendale Woman’s Club recently sponsored an ‘Earthly Treasures’ jewelry show to beneﬁ t Gilda’s Club, an organization
dedicated to providing emotional and social support to those living with cancer. The fundraising event enabled the Woman’s
Club to make a $1,000 donation to the non-proﬁ t organization. Pictured are Allendale Woman’s Club members Linda Fleis-
chauer, event chairperson (left) and Marianne Zarychta, club vice president (right), presenting a donation to Lenore Guido,
the executive director of Gilda’s Club.
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