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Crescent Ave., Allendale 201-785-9400 www.borstlandscape.com Area Patriots all 7 Ho-Ho-Kus and Saddle River students among top award winners in essay contest. 8 Page 2 THE VILLADOM TIMES I, II, III & IV • December 24, 2008 Gone Fishin’ The Villadom TIMES will not publish on Dec. 31 & Jan. 7. Look for our next edition on January 14, 2009! 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. McMahon Classified Department: Karen Rau Advertising Representatives: Pat Mazzacano • Kathy Scarpelli Mike Lynn • Joan Wilkinson The Villadom TIMES is available by subscription outside our circulation area for $65 per year. The publisher is not responsible for typographical errors, nor the omission of copy in advertisements in the event of error. The newspaper will furnish a letter to be posted stating the correct price or description. The liability of this newspaper will be limited to the actual cost of the space in question on the first insertion only, provided that the publisher is notified of the error within three days of the publication date. December 24, 2008 THE VILLADOM TIMES III • Page 3 Waldwick Attorney drafting agreement for care of K-9 Waldwick Borough Attorney Craig Bossong is currently in the process of drafting an agreement that would allow retired Waldwick Police Sergeant Russell Litchult to care for the department’s K-9 until the dog’s death. The department’s K-9 unit, which Litchult initiated in 1994, is being disbanded at the recommendation of Waldwick Police Chief Mark Messner. Local police depart- ments that had relied on Waldwick’s police dog over that 14- year period are now using Bergen County’s K-9 service. Chief Messner previously stated that economic issues, and Sgt. Litchult’s recent retirement, factored into the deci- sion to disband the unit. Chief Messner credited Litchult with initiating the program and running it for the last 14 years, including handling all the associated documentation. He also expressed the intent to allow Litchult to keep the dog. When the mayor and council discussed the program at an October meeting, Mayor Russell Litchult urged the reten- tion of the unit, saying the K-9 unit is a crime deterrent and boosts public relations. He said that Officer Adam Garcia had been trained for the unit since he joined the force. Some council members, however, supported the move to disband the unit given the sergeant’s retirement. Councilwoman Anita Bozzo characterized the K-9 unit as a luxury, adding that the borough pays overtime, adding to expenses. Councilman Don Sciolaro pointed out that the dog PC need a BAILOUT? We set-up and fix your PC/Mac & network $25 savings thru 2008 We specialize in recovering photos, music & email remains a financial commitment even when retired from service. Sciolaro said he had mixed feelings about disband- ing the unit. Borough Administrator Gary Kratz indicated the depart- ment’s police dog is about seven years old, and the depart- ment has kept previous dogs in active service for only nine or 10 years at a stretch. Kratz said it was difficult to justify the local department’s unit when Bergen County provides the same service to local departments. Asked about the costs of running the K-9 unit, Kratz and Messner concurred that it was difficult to separate out the price tag, since the service involves the K-9 officer’s salary, the operation of the vehicle – which was not used exclu- sively for that purpose – and the upkeep of the animal. Some of the K-9 unit costs have been funded through private donations. Council raises fee for well baby care Local municipalities that participate in the Well Baby Clinic sponsored by the Borough of Waldwick will soon see a $25 increase in the administrative fee. The Waldwick Council recently voted its approval of the change, which will take the current fee of $100 to $125. Municipalities that pay to participate in Waldwick’s clinic under an interlocal services agreement include Upper Saddle River, Allendale, Ho-Ho-Kus, Franklin Lakes, Mid- land Park, Oakland, and Wyckoff. The Well Baby Clinic is held on the second Tuesday of each month. Dr. Douglas Fenkart of Bergen West Pediatrics provides all eligible, uninsured preschoolers with immu- nizations, diagnostic screening (including blood testing), physical examinations, health education, and referrals. Waldwick Public Health Nurse Carol Shepard reported that two new immunization requirements have been added. Preschoolers, ages six months through 59 monthsmust have flu shots by Dec. 31 before each individual may attend school, and Tdap shots for students in sixth grade. This shot was previously only required for children up to the age of seven. Fees for shots and physicals, which are paid by the par- ticipating municipalities, will remain at $35 per visit that includes shots and physicals and $15 for immunizations alone. Shepard noted that the program could be dropped if the state provides universal health care for children. Dieting? Working Out? Got Back Pain? 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The Ho-Ho-Kus Planning Board and the Ho-Ho- Kus Borough Council approved the housing element fair share plan last week, in accordance with the state’s Dec. 31 deadline. The plan must now be presented to the state. Planner Janice Talley issued a summary of her findings, which states that Ho-Ho-Kus previously received substantive certification from COAH in 1991 and 1998. “In these prior rounds, COAH determined that the borough had no new construction obligation due to a vacant land adjustment. In other words, Ho- Ho-Kus was recognized (as being) ‘incapable’ (of) providing affordable housing units because of the bor- Helpful Hints Helpful Hints from ome Mary Says... ough’s highly limited supply of unconstrained vacant land,” Talley’s report states. Her report addresses the borough’s third round obli- gation, which includes a rehabilitation obligation (the renovation of existing buildings for use as affordable housing), a prior round obligation, and a growth share obligation for the period from 2004 through 2018. The growth share element requires one affordable unit to be provided for every four market rate units that are built, and one affordable unit for every 16 jobs created between 2004 and 2018. According to Talley’s report, “the borough has a zero obligation for rehabilitation units because no existing housing units were identified as deficient.” She also found that Ho-Ho-Kus has a zero prior round obligation due to the vacant land adjustment that had been granted to the borough in previous rounds of substantive certification. As a result, Talley found that the borough’s only obligation consists of the growth share element. “COAH projections indicate that Ho-Ho-Kus has a growth share obligation of 49 units. This plan seeks an adjustment to this projected need to one unit based on the fact that the borough received a vacant land adjustment for both the first and second round obliga- tions, and very little development activity has taken place in the borough since the most recent vacant land adjustment was granted. In summary, the bor- ough simply does not have sufficient land for any new development, and therefore the growth share obliga- tion should be reduced to one unit,” the report states. Talley provided current land use maps, which include environmental constraints restricting new development. She concluded that the borough’s land use maps indicate “the borough is fully developed “To test the freshness of an egg, place it in a pan of cool, salted water. 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Mayor Thomas Randall and the borough council previously directed Talley to include land use maps in her presen- tation to illustrate the concept that Ho-Ho-Kus does not have available vacant land to accommodate mul- tiple units of affordable housing. The Sixteen Acres, Talley has said, is excluded from the calculation of vacant land by virtue of its listing in the Ho-Ho-Kus Master Plan as a property designated for passive use, recreation, or conservation. COAH’s third round rules also affect development fees municipalities may collect from the developers of new buildings. That fee has been one percent for residential buildings and two percent for non-residen- tial buildings. That fee will rise under the new regula- tions to 1.5 percent for residential and three percent for non-residential building. Fees are deposited in a municipality’s affordable housing trust fund for use towards future affordable housing costs. However, the new COAH regulations require municipalities to identify in their new affordable housing plan how that money will be spent and a time frame for the expendi- ture. If the timeline is not met, the state can take that money for a statewide development fee bank, leaving the funds available to other municipalities. FIREWOOD SERVICES ������������������ ������������������� �������������������������� ���������������������� � ��������������������� ������������������������������������� ������������� December 24, 2008 THE VILLADOM TIMES III • Page 5 Saddle River Connection to public water currently under review A proposed ordinance that concerns some Saddle River well users’ connection to the public water supply when they sell their homes has been tabled for review. The Saddle River Council will reportedly revisit the issue in January after the council, residents, and the Department of Envi- ronmental Protection work out the fi nal provisions. At issue is the use of private wells in the area of Burning Hollow, Stone Wall, and Cameron roads. In the mid-1990s, the DEP found 26 private wells in that area were contami- nated with VOCs, or volatile organic compounds. Borough Administrator Charles Cuccia explained that approximately 90 homes would be affected. He said resi- dents have a choice whether to use their own wells or to connect to the public water system. He said residents will always have a choice. However, he said the DEP has said that if a resident in the affected area who is still using a well decides to sell his or her home, the new owner would come into the public water supply. The goal, he said, is to protect new homeowners who might not be familiar with the history of the area. Cuccia noted that a water line was recently added in the area for fi re fi ghting purposes. TCE and PCE – tetrachloroethylene, were detected in 1994 when Saddle River requested residents test for vola- tile organics in their wells. Any amount over one part per billion is the DEP Bureau of Safe Drinking Water’s mea- surement for dangerous levels of TCE. At that time, the borough contacted the NJDEP, which monitored, tested, and responded to the problem. As an interim solution, the borough installed POET (point of entry treatment) systems in certain homes with wells. POET systems are fi berglass containers fi lled with carbon to absorb contaminants in wells. Subsequently, the DEP established the New Jersey Spill Fund to provide money for 20 years of treatment. The borough’s goal was to devise a long-term plan for providing safe, potable water to affected residents. In 2005, New Jersey Spill Funds were dwindling, and the DEP offered to fund the construction of public water lines. The borough had said the homes’ wells were “vertically contaminating” the soil, possibly causing movement of a plume from Burning Hollow to East of Route 17, where another area is designated as contaminated by the DEP. Additionally, the borough discussed how the POET systems could not fi lter out such harmful contaminants as arsenic and how United Water’s system could protect against all types of contaminants. Three years ago, Burning Hollow petitions indicated that 38 residents supported the conversion to public water, while over 18 homeowners wanted to stick with their well water. Some who favored the connection to United Water said they would prefer to leave the testing to the water com- pany, rather than pursue testing for the private wells. Some residents opposed to the switch pointed out that United Water uses chlorine. Another concern was the amount of water available and whether Saddle River would have to comply with strict water restrictions in the summer months. In addition, residents maintain it is cheaper to maintain their own well system, rather than pay for public water use, including testing, and, if necessary, upgrading their POET tank(s). Gala tickets offered The Upper Saddle River Educational Foundation is now selling discounted tickets to its annual gala fundraiser, Town Night Out. This event, to be held at The Estate at Florentine Gardens on March 6, 2009, will include a three- hour cocktail party featuring international food stations, a premium open bar, and a lavish Viennese Table. Town Night Out will also feature entertainment and an auction. The entire community is invited. Tickets purchased on or before Jan. 5, 2009 will be offered at $210 per couple. After that date, the tickets will be $230 per couple. Tickets are available at the Upper Saddle River Library or by contacting Maria DiMartino at (201) 818-2402. The USREF is a non-profi t community supported orga- nization dedicated to enhancing the quality of education in the USR public school system by providing funding to support exceptional and extraordinary educational and cul- tural programs. 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Pictured above left: Chamber President Mike Lindsay pres- ents an award to Hector Giancarlo, founder and president of the Allendale Community for Mature Living, for his organization’s contributions to the Chamber. The Allendale Community for Mature Living hosted the festivities and Uncle Floyd provided entertainment. 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 jbro29@optonline.net. 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. HARDING WINE & SPIRIT So far to date we have sold almost one thousand bottles of Liberty Creek. It’s amazing when you have a great product, even in tough times people respond. That’s why we are so excited to continue to offer this wonderful Californian wine for the incredibly low price of $5.99 for a 1.5 liter bottle. (This is not a misprint!) Before we bought it, we tried it. Very simply this wine is easily worth twice this price. 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Six middle school students representing Ho-Ho-Kus, Ridgewood, and Saddle River were honored last week for their top-rated entries in the Patriot’s Pen Essay Competi- tion. The program was sponsored by the Washington Elm VFW Post 192 (Ho-Ho-Kus/Ridgewood) and featured the theme “Why America’s Veterans Should Be Honored.” 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 for theme knowledge, theme development, and clarity of ideas. Kober collated the results and announced 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. “I believe that it is important for our young people to fi nd out fi rsthand, wherever possible, not from just the Inter- net, what our rich American history contains. Talking to family relatives who, in the case of this essay competition and others, may have gone through, and some may even have formed, some of our historic heritage, is an extremely important part of that education. It is my hope that these young people, as well as all those who participate in our VFW competitions and others, will do effective, thorough research into their history studies so that they understand clearly, and better, the true principles on which our coun- try was founded, and that we, and millions of others have fought -- and will fi ght --and some of whom gave -- and will give -- the ultimate sacrifi ce to preserve and defend for these young people and future generations,” Kober said. Along with the students’ parents, Ho-Ho-Kus Public School Principal Alexis Eckert and history teacher Kath- eryn Ferdinand of Benjamin Franklin Middle School in Ridgewood were in attendance. Kober also recognized judges Janet Alverson, Cynthia Baxter, Maryellen Lennon, Barbara Mason, Allan and Connie Parker, Cindy Tharayil, and Sue Veerling-Stein- hoff. Those present received certifi cates. SHOP LOCAL by Jennifer Crusco Emmanuel asks Can You Help? Our hat’s off to all of our supporters this past year. You have all made it possible for us to do our work in the north- ern seven county area (Bergen, Essex, Sussex, Hudson, Passaic, Morris and Warren counties). It has been a chal- lenging year and there are many challenges still ahead of us. We appreciate your year-end fi nancial support. (Please write a check before Dec. 31 to make your tax-deductible contribution to our families.) We do need your direct help in order to keep up with the current level of programs that we offer. Underwriting the costs of electricity, telephones, the rent and salaries may not be romantic, but they are real expenses that we must meet each month. Help us to help them. 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 conducting 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, espe- cially 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 suf- fers from bladder spasms, discomfort, frequent urges, acci- dents, and constant urination. She goes through multiple packages of Pull-Ups every day, with night time being the worst. She wakes up two to three times a night needing a change of PJ’s and bedding. All of this is happening at the vulnerable age of four years old! Her mom, Sarah, is handling this as a single parent who had to quit work as a teacher’s aide. Allie has a string of doctor’s appointments, medical tests, check-ups, and physical therapy. Basically, you could say that she is under siege. The next hurdle is leg casting to correct leg damage and prevent walking diffi culties. The main cost this small family has is the high expense for many packages of Pull-Ups. Any help with donations is greatly appreciated. She wears a 4T or 5T Pull-Ups or Goodnights brand (38 pounds plus). Her family desperately (continued on page 10) Support Your Allendale Merchants Allendale Chamber of Commerce Visit us at www.AllendaleChamber.com Spotlights on new and existing members on a rotating basis. Find out about upcoming events and goings on in Allendale December 24, 2008 THE VILLADOM TIMES III • Page 9 Ho-Ho-Kus Basketball ‘Wizard’ delivers positive message at ECLC by Jennifer Crusco Although he developed epilepsy at age two, “Mighty Mike” Simmel of the Harlem Wizards entertainment basketball team was determined not to let any adversity stand between him and his dreams. Last week, Simmel brought his positive mes- sage to the students at the ECLC School in Ho-Ho-Kus courtesy of the Ho-Ho-Kus Municipal Alliance. Simmel addressed two groups of spe- cial needs students, urging them to never let a disability of any type keep them from achieving their goals. He also stressed the importance of staying away from drugs and alcohol and to continue to make smart decisions throughout their lives. “It was a wonderful program,” Ho-Ho- Kus Police Chief Gregory Kallenberg said of Simmel’s address. “Each year we bring in someone challenged to challenge them (the students), and the speakers are always well received.” Police Officer Sean Leonard, who is the coordinator for the Ho-Ho-Kus Munici- pal Alliance, arranged for Simmel’s visit. Funding was provided through the Bergen County Municipal Alliance. After his talk, Simmel taught the approximately 100 students from a variety of grade levels different tricks and skills with a basketball. He also held a ques- tion and answer session and signed auto- graphed photos of himself in his Harlem Wizards uniform. Simmel moved to New Jersey from California as a youth. As a boy, he was unable to hop on one leg or skip due to his epilepsy. When he was six years old, he was placed in a special education gym class. At seven, Simmel received a bas- ketball from his father, who hoped the activity would help the boy develop his motor skills. Simmel was a natural, and he became a point guard and later captain at Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey. He also became a starter and assist leader at the Hun School in Princeton. As a high school student, he began having grand mal seizures, which contin- ued through his college career. Simmel also faced bipolar disorder, but he per- severed, eventually receiving his degree in liberal studies from SUNY Purchase, where he was a two-year captain of the basketball team, and became a leader in assists and steals. Simmel later became a part time ball boy for the New York Knicks and worked at their home games at Madison Square Garden. Now seizure free, Simmel has spent the last seven years with the Harlem Wizards. He has been featured on several radio and television programs, including a live performance on NBC’s “Showtime at the Apollo.” He now performs one-man half- time shows and is a national spokesman for epilepsy awareness. He has also established a summer camp for children with special needs. Harlem Wizards star Mike Simmel (center) is flanked at left by Ho-Ho-Kus Police Chief Greg- ory Kallenberg and Patrolman Sean Leonard and at right by ECLC School Principal Vicki Lindorff and physical education teacher Zara Dovlatyan. Here’s a SMART IDEA for Vehicle Owners! No need to leave town for CONVENIENT, expert service - our ASE Certifi ed Technicians know your vehicle! We Offer a BETTER $ VALUE than the dealer with a Longer Lasting Warranty: 12 months or 12,000 miles. New Customers Now Take GIVES US A CALL WHEN NEED 15% OFF the first service YOU LOCAL CONVENIENT, SERVICE! �����&����� ������������ Your Friendly Neighborhood Service Center 209 S. 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Christmas services set The United Methodist Church of Waldwick will hold a Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 24. Everyone is invited to attend. The United Methodist Church of Waldwick is located at 25 Frank- lin Turnpike in Waldwick. Foundation plans Comedy Night The Waldwick Education Foundation is hosting a Comedy Night on Saturday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. at Waldwick’s American Legion Hall. The event will feature comedienne Micki Shihan, a.k.a. the “Varicose Vixen.” Dinner and soda are included; other drinks will be available for purchase. Prizes will include tickets to a Man- hattan comedy club, either The Broadway Comedy Club or New York Comedy Club. Tickets to the WEF’s Comedy Night are $30 and are available at Plaza Jewelers or at the public schools. All proceeds will benefi t the students in Waldwick’s public schools. For more information contact WaldwickWEF@aol.com. School to hold Open House The Village School, located at 100 West Prospect Street in Waldwick, will hold an Open House on Thursday, Jan.15 from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. Those interested in learning more about the toddler through middle school programs for the 2009-10 school year are encouraged to attend. Parents will have the opportunity to visit the classroom and meet with the faculty and staff, and learn more about The Village School and the benefi ts of a Montessori education. Established in 1977, the school educates students from the toddler years through the eighth grade. The Village School is accred- ited by the American Montessori Society, the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and is a member of the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools. For more information, call Judy Trubac at (201) 445-6160, extension 225 or e-mail jtrubac@thevillageschool.net. Legion welcomes new members The American Legion Post #57, which serves Allendale, Ramsey, Midland Park, Upper Saddle River, Saddle River, Waldwick, and Wyckoff, welcomes new members. The group meets the second Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. Every Thursday afternoon there is a social at 1 p.m. with shuffl eboard, pool, cards, and spirited conversation on the agenda. The Post is located at 46 Franklin Turnpike in Waldwick and has plenty of parking. For more information call (201) 444-2704 or (201) 652-7104. World War II models on exhibit Scale model airplanes and warships from Emmanuel (continued from page 8) needs fi nancial help, so we ask you to step up and write a check to Emmanuel ear- marked for our Family Financial Assistance Fund. Call us at (201) 612-8118 before you stop by. Please do not leave items at center with- the collection of Don Dwan are on display at the Waldwick Library, and will remain on exhibit until Wednesday, Dec. 31. One of the more unusual models fea- tured in the exhibit is the “Pinocchio,” one of three spike-nosed Douglas “Dakotas” fl own by the Royal Canadian Air Force. Also included in the exhibit is a scale model of the U.S.S. Essex CV-9 -- the aircraft car- rier on which Dwan served as an aviation ordnanceman from 1951-52. The library is located at 19 East Prospect Street in Waldwick. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday 10-9 and Friday and Saturday 10-5. For more information, call (201) 652-5104. out fi rst checking with us, as our storage space is limited. Hours are 10 to 5 Monday through Friday. Our address is 174 Pater- son Avenue, Midland Park, NJ 07432. Our website is www.emmanuelcancer.org. As always, thank you for helping the children and their families! DO TURKEYS HAVE TEETH? Michael Ashabi from Upper Saddle River answered “NO” and won a Shop Rite gift card. 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Serve each guest one drink at a time. Spacing drinks throughout a party can help your guests stay within their personal limits. 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. Even though a 12 ounce beer may contain the same amount of alcohol as a 1 1/2 ounce shot of 80-proof liquor, a beer is enjoyed leisurely, while a shot is usually consumed in one swallow. Stop serving alcohol at least one hour before the party ends. Serve desserts and other foods, coffee, and soft drinks. But only the passage of time will eliminate alcohol from the body. Encourage your guests to designate a driver before they arrive. Don’t ever hesi- tate to call a cab or ask someone to spend the night if he or she may have had too much to drink. Plan ahead to help ensure the holiday season is fun and safe by designating a driver before the festivities begin. Honda. 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Instead of baking massive batches of cookies, your des- sert buffet can inspire awe with three to five 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 flavors since the small treats are perfect for first- 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. Espresso Chocolate Squares Makes two dozen bars Ingredients: Crust: 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 3/4 cup butter, chilled and cut into pieces 1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips Filling: 1/4 cup heavy cream 1 tablespoon instant espresso coffee powder 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened 3/4 cup sugar 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice 2 eggs Glaze: 6 tablespoons miniature semisweet chocolate chips 1 tablespoon heavy cream 1/2 tablespoon butter 1/4 teaspoon instant espresso coffee powder Directions: Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with foil; butter bottom of foil. Whisk together 1 1/4 cups flour, confectioners’ sugar and cocoa together in medium bowl; add 3/4 cup butter. Using a pastry blender or two knives, cut in butter until butter is the size of small peas. Stir in 1/2 cup chocolate chips; press into bottom of pan. Bake 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean; cool slightly. Meanwhile, stir 1/4 cup cream and 1 tablespoon instant espresso together until coffee is dissolved. Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese and 1/4 cup butter together. Add sugar, 1 tablespoon flour and allspice; beat until blended. Slowly beat in cream and coffee mixture. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until smooth. Pour batter over crust. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until edges are slightly puffed and center is set; set pan on a cooling rack. Glaze Melt 6 tablespoons chocolate chips with 1 tablespoon cream, 1/2 tablespoon butter and 1/4 teaspoon instant espresso in medium saucepan over low heat, stirring con- stantly. Drizzle over bars and refrigerate until set. Cut into bite-sized squares. Cover and store bars in refrigerator for up to one week. 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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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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. Ho-Ho-Kus Jottings Mystery writer to speak Mystery author Edward J. Rand will address the Ho- Ho-Kus Seniors on Jan. 27. Rand began writing at age 65 after he retired. His first book, “Say Goodbye,” was an international award winner for first mystery/suspense book. “Perfect Cover” followed and his third and fourth books are now ready for publication. Ho-Ho-Kus Seniors will resume meeting on Jan. l3. The seniors meet the second and fourth Tuesdays in the Educa- tion Center of the Hermitage. Coffee, tea, and dessert are served at noon, and programs begin at 1 p.m. Residents and former residents age 55 and over are welcome to attend. For program information, contact Joan at (201) 444-4896. For trip information, contact Sue at (201) 444-7235. Christmas at Saint Barholomew’s Church Saint Bartholomew’s Church in Ho-Ho-Kus will begin its Christmas celebration with a festive service at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve. The Sunday school children will present a special program, “The Christmas Shepherd,” written and directed by Ho-Ho-Kus resident Dean Laterra. A late-night celebration will begin at 11 p.m. on Christ- mas Eve and another Holy Eucharist service will take place at 9 a.m. on Christmas Day. All are welcome to attend these services, which take place in the church building that began its existence in 1871 as a one-room schoolhouse. Saint Bartholomew’s Church is located at 70 Sheridan Avenue in Ho-Ho-Kus. Ohone (201) 444-5025. Library announces closings The Worth-Pinkham Memorial Library, 91 Warren Avenue in Ho-Ho-Kus, will be closed from 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 24 through 10 a.m. Jan. 5, 2009. During this time, new floors will be installed in two rooms. While the library is closed, books and other items may be returned to other area libraries in the BCCLS system. New card registration will be available during this time at the Waldwick Public Library, 19 East Prospect Street, Waldwick. Contact the Waldwick Library at (201) 652- 5104. Be sure to bring proper identification to sign up for a new library card. Christmas worship services announced The Community Church of Ho-Ho-Kus will hold ser- vices on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, at 5:30 and 10 p.m. The 5:30 p.m. service is the Family Worship and will include musical presentations by the youth choirs and a traditional manger scene. The Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be held at 10 p.m. The Community Church of Ho-Ho-Kus is located at 400 Warren Avenue. Call (201) 445-6310. VFW welcomes new members The Ho-Ho-Kus VFW, which serves Ho-Ho-Kus and Ridgewood, welcomes new members. The group meets on the second Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at the Post Home, 620 Cliff Street, Ho-Ho-Kus. For additional information, call (201) 445-1121. December 24, 2008 THE VILLADOM TIMES III • Page 19 Cioffi addresses Rotarians on landscaping, snow removal 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, first 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 first 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 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 Oh, Antique you belonging to Learle Van Emburg doll! part beautiful are dolls of the Christmas Tree display at the Allendale Community for Mature Living in Allendale. Van Emburg decorates the tree that graces The Atrium’s lobby each year and adds part of her collection of more than 100 dolls.. Allendale Notebook Pastamania returns to Northern Highlands The Northern Highlands Regional High School’s Sports Association will host its annual Pastamania event on Tues- day, Jan. 13. Pastamania will feature back-to-back basket- ball and wrestling matches against Ramsey High School, and an all-you-can-eat Italian feast in the cafeteria. Pro- ceeds will support the athletes and coaches of all sports programs at Northern Highlands. The sports action will begin at 4 p.m. with boys’ and girls’ junior varsity basketball, followed by varsity girls’ basketball and junior varsity wrestling at 5:30 p.m. At 7 p.m., there will be varsity boys’ basketball in the front gym and varsity boys’ wrestling in the back gym. Dinner will be served between 5 and 8 p.m. at a cost of $10 per person; $6 for students and senior citizens. The menu includes pasta with meat or marinara sauce, salad, rolls, homemade desserts, and assorted soft drinks. Tick- ets may be purchased through the NH Athletic Director’s office at (201) 327-8700, extension 205. There will also be several prizes offered. Board of education to meet The Allendale Board of Education will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 8 p.m. The session will be held in the Brookside School Library, 100 Brookside Avenue in Allendale. Calvary offers Christmas services Calvary Lutheran Church and Christian Nursery School is making preparations to celebrate the birth of Jesus. On Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, two candlelight services will be offered, both of which will include Holy Communion. At 4:30 p.m. the Family Candlelight Service will include the lighting of candles, traditional hymns, and scripture les- sons. This service will also feature the voices of Calvary’s Youth Choir, under the direction of Marilyn Agresta and Pam Grumbles. Several of Calvary’s youth will serve as readers for this service. At 11 p.m. on Christmas Eve, a Festive Candlelight Ser- vice of Holy Communion will be offered. This service will include traditional readings and hymns and special music as performed by the Senior Choir. The Senior Choir is directed by Joseph Turrin, an accomplished composer and Calvary’s director of music. For over 50 years, Calvary has proclaimed the Word of God through a growing ministry. On Sunday mornings, a Christian Education hour for children (as young as four years of age) begins at 9:30 a.m. Worship is held at 10:45 a.m., with Holy Communion offered on the first and third Sundays of each month and on special festivals. Calvary is located at 165 West Crescent Avenue, Allen- dale, on the corner of West Crescent and Ivers Road and is accessible for those with special physical needs. Calvary holds alumni registration Calvary Christian Nursery School is accepting alumni registrations for 2009-10. Any family who has previously had a child or children complete the CCNS program may now enroll their child or children for 2009-10. CCNS is also accepting admission applications from church mem- bers and younger siblings of current students. Call (201) 327-4786 or e-mail to calvarylutheran@verizon.net or visit Calvary’s website, www.calvaryluth.org, to download the admission application form. Applications are also available at the church office on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Calvary Christian Nursery School has been educat- ing young children for over 25 years. Based on the “play model” of learning, CCNS offers a stimulating environ- ment in which children can grow, educationally, emotion- ally, and spiritually. CCNS is a non-cooperative program. Visits to the school with the child or children may be made on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. CCNS is located at 165 West Crescent Avenue in Allen- dale. No appointment is necessary. Visitors should come to the church office entrance and see the secretary. To visit at other times, call (201) 818-4014, and leave a message for Assistant Director Gail Cutler. An Open House is being planned for the week of Jan. 26, 2009. Registration for the general public will begin on Jan. 26, 2009. Alumni of Calvary Christian Nursery School, mem- bers of the church, or those with a younger sibling of a cur- rent student, can register now. 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 Mike Cioffi (right) receives plants,” said Cioffi. Using a a certificate of appreciation holistic approach, known in from Anthony Iacono. the field as integrated pest management, Borst has made a name for itself as the premier landscaping firm in north- ern New Jersey focused on “green” practices. Through site assessment, periodic monitoring, and preventative applica- tions, Borst is able to lower incidents of pest and patho- gen 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. Page 20 THE VILLADOM TIMES III • 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 Engineering Institute. His career included work with Curtis-Wright Cor- poration, Union Carbide, and Pratt & Whitney. He was a member of Ramapo Hills Chapel in Mahwah. He was a former member of Wyckoff Assembly 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 Pat- erson. 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 sur- vived by his wife Martha, nee Monuis, his children Alex Crocco, Paul Crocco, and Andrea Varella, four grandchildren, and his sister Kathleen Crocco. He was pre- deceased 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- 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. Barre, Pennsylvania, and John Wengryn of Nanticoke, Pennsylvania. She was pre- deceased by her husband Fred. Arrange- ments 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 Ham- ilton 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 grandchil- dren 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 Stew- ardship Bank. He was a member of the Cedar Hill Christian Reformed Church in Wyckoff. He is survived by his wife Jac- queline, nee Downey, his children Beth Hagedoorn of Wayne, Bonnie Perrotta of Haledon, Brenda Strasser of Haw- thorne 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. Memo- rial donations may be made to Tomorrows Children’s Fund, Hackensack University Medical Center, 30 Prospect 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 III • Page 21 Religious Notes Holy Cross celebrates Christmas Celebrate Christmas at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Mahwah with the Christmas Eve Family service at 5:30 p.m. and at 11 p.m. the traditional Christmas service. Holy Communion will be offered at both services. On Thursday, Dec. 25 there will be the Christmas Morning Hymn Sing at 10:15 a.m. Holy Cross Lutheran Church is located at 125 Glasgow Terrace in Mahwah. Call (201) 529-2117. 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. 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. Come home to celebrate Christmas at HOLY CROSS Wednesday, December 24 5:30 pm ~ Christmas Eve Family Service 11:00 pm ~ Traditional Christmas Service HOLY COMMUNION AT BOTH SERVICES Thursday, December 25 10:15 am ~ Christmas Morning Hymn Sing 125 Glasgow Terrace, Mahwah • 201-529-2117 Pastor Dennis Rockett PLEASE... REMEMBER US WHEN YOU REMEMBER THEM 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. Rector Sunday Eucharists: 8, 9:30 (Contemporary Family Worship) & 10:15 a.m. Sundays 8 Nursery, a.m. Eucharist and • (July — August 9:30 9:00 a.m. only) and 10 Adult Forum Education at at a.m. cofgsmp@verizon.net Nursery and Education at 10:00 a.m. • www.dioceseofnewark.org/goodshepherd-midlandpark We are handicapped accessible www.dioceseofnewark.org/goodshepherd-midlandpark 125 Glasgow Terr, Midland Park and Wyckoff The Episcopal Parish for Mahwah. 201-529-2117 Sunday and Wednesday Evening Worship Schedule 497 Godwin Bible — - 9:15AM - Park — 201-444-6168 Midland Worship 10:15AM Sunday Ave Wednesday - N. Arlin, Rector The Rev. Rev. Charles Worship N. 7:30PM The Charles Arlin EMMANUEL CANCER FOUNDATION PO Box 212 - Dept. 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Webb SUNDAY 9:45am Bible Study • • 11am Morning Worship • • 6pm Evening Worship 9:45am Bible Study 11am Morning Worship 6pm Evening Worship WEDNESDAY WEDNESDAY 7pm: Awana Clubs (age 7:15pm: Awana Clubs (ages 3 3 to to grade 6) 6) • • 7:15pm: Jr/Sr Youth Ministry grade 7:30pm: Junior Youth Ministry 7:30pm Adult Bible Study and Prayer • 7:30pm: Adult Bible Study and Prayer THE CHURCH OF Abundant SHEPHERD Ramsey THE GOOD Life The Episcopal Parish for Midland Park and Wyckoff 497 Godwin Worship Center Ave — Midland Park — 201-444-6168 William Lynch, Arlin The Rev. Charles N. Pastor Holding services at Sundays 8 and 10 a.m. Eucharist • (July — August at 9:00 a.m. only) Introduce Your Holy Grounds • 96 and W. 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 Nursery Children’s 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. It may be the voyeur effect: The audience is peeking into a privileged world, seeing all its frayed corners and cracks in close-up. Stephen Dillane portrays Brooks and Eddie Redmayne is young Tony. Special features include a making-of featurette and a mini-documentary on the story that inspired the movie. ARIES - Mar 21/Apr ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 20 Feeling caught between rock Feeling caught between a a rock and and a a hard place, Aries? may your inde- hard place, Aries? It It may be be your inde- cisiveness causing trouble. cisiveness that that is is causing the the trouble. Make your mind particular Make up up your mind on on a a particular issue stick with issue and and stick with it. it. TAURUS - Apr 21/May TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 21 likes being bearer No No one one likes being the the bearer of of bad bad news, week falls news, and and this this week the the task task falls into into your hands, Taurus. gentle your hands, Taurus. 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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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Smith, II Ph.D. ‘Coffee Talk’ group to meet Join the Upper Saddle River Library for a new book group, Coffee Talk, with Alice, Ann, and Camille, on the second Thursday of the month at 10:30 a.m. With three dif- ferent personalities moderating the group, there is sure to be lively conversation. Refreshments will be provided. For Jan. 8, the title will be “Innocent Blood” by P.D. James. Sign up and pick up a copy of the novel at the circu- lation desk. The Upper Saddle River Library is located at 245 Lake Street, Upper Saddle River. Register for baseball and softball Online registration is underway for the 2009 Ho-Ho- Kus/Saddle River Baseball and Softball programs. Parents can sign up their children in kindergarten through grade nine by accessing the HHK/SR Baseball and Softball Association website at http://www.hhksrbsa.com/home. html. The cost for registration is $90 for children in kinder- garten and grade one, and $115 for children in grades two through nine. Registration ends Jan. 6. Yoga classes offered Get in shape with the Upper Saddle River Library’s new yoga instructor, Jennifer Cece. Starting Tuesday, Jan. 6 at 9:45 a.m. there will be an all levels class. At 11 a.m., there will be a brand new class for seniors called “Gentle Stretch Yoga.” Cece’s classes are designed to develop physical goals such as strength, coordination, and flexibility, and will relieve stress and anxiety and sharpen mental focus. The cost is $60 for 10 classes. Enrollment is limited. The Upper Saddle River Library is located at 245 Lake Street in Upper Saddle River. Novels at Night to discuss ‘The Island’ The Upper Saddle River Library’s Novels at Night book Church hosts Christmas Charity Tea The first annual Christmas charity tea hosted recently by the Church of the Presentation was an overwhelming success, garnering hundreds of donated items for the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility and the Lighthouse Pregnancy Resource Center in Hawthorne. The festive affair, sponsored by the church’s Women’s Spirituality Ministry, gave the opportunity to 20 women to hostess a table with Christmas-themed decorations and finger food for their invited guests who brought donations for charities. Table themes ranged from the Victorian era to the chic and whimsical. Chairperson Sue Furey who christened the event “Lighting the Way to the Christmas Season” thanked the many participants with “You are a Light in My Life.” Sue’s husband Paul Furey directed a wait staff of 20 men dressed in holiday aprons with white shirts and black pants. Among the waiters were Pastor Bob Stagg and Father Lope. The audience all joined in singing Christmas carols with soloist Debra Lynch. The speaker for the evening was Sister Mary Ann Collins, a Dominican Sister currently chaplain in the medical unit of the Bedford Hills Corrections Facility in New York. club will meet Jan. 7 at 7:30 p.m. The book for discussion will be “The Island” by Victoria Hislop. Novels at Night meets the first Wednesday of every month. For a list of future novels and meeting dates, pick up a flyer at the USR Library or view online at uppersad- dleriverlibrary.org. The Upper Saddle River Library is located at 245 Lake Street, Upper Saddle River. Page 28 THE VILLADOM TIMES I, II, III & IV • December 24, 2008