Villadom Times Weekly Newspaper Online - December 24, 2008 Issue

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Page 6 THE VILLADOM TIMES IV • December 24, 2008 Business Atlantic Stewardship Bank supports Calvin College Pictured are Mary Beth Steiginga, ASB assistant secretary and Calvin College alumna; Jef- frey Pluymert, director of special gifts for Calvin College; Paul Van Ostenbridge, ASB presi- dent and CEO; and Arie Leegwater, member of the ASB Board of Directors and Calvin College alumnus. Atlantic Stewardship Bank recently made a donation to Calvin College as a result of the bank’s tithing program. Located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Calvin College is an educational institution of the Christian Reformed Church. Founded in 1876, Calvin is one of the largest Chris- tian colleges in North America. This com- prehensive liberal arts college offers nearly 100 academic options. Each year, Atlantic Stewardship Bank makes hundreds of donations in accor- dance with its unique tithing program; sending or hand delivering checks to food pantries, police and fire departments, mis- sions and ministries, schools, libraries, and other organizations. This year the bank will share $627,000 with over 350 deserving recipients. To date, the bank’s tithe dona- tions total $6,350,000. “Tithing is a Biblical principle, meaning to give or devote one-tenth to God,” said Atlantic Stewardship Bank President and Chief Executive Officer Paul Van Osten- bridge. “The concept of a bank giving away 10 percent of its profits every year is quite unusual, especially in the current financial and economic climate. But the Atlantic Stewardship Bank has been blessed with continued growth, and we consider it a priv- ilege to share our profits with worthy orga- nizations that reach out to help so many.” Van Ostenbridge noted that the bank’s board of directors selects all tithe recipients at year-end. As the Atlantic Stewardship Bank’s cus- tomer base grows, so does the bank’s abil- ity to help others via increased donations. A strong community bank, Atlantic Stew- ardship attracts hundreds of new accounts annually with its outstanding customer service, convenient locations, and diverse range of products. Atlantic Stewardship Bank maintains branches in Hawthorne, Midland Park, Montville, North Haledon, Pequannock, Ridgewood, Waldwick, Wayne, Westwood, and Wyckoff. Established in 1985, ASB is a full-service community bank serving indi- viduals and businesses. Environmentally friendly landscaping, snow removal discussed 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 (continued on page 27)