To view this page ensure that Adobe Flash Player version 11.1.0 or greater is installed.
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
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)