Page 6 THE VILLADOM TIMES I • April 8, 2009 Wyckoff Board privatizes custodial services The Wyckoff Board of Education voted unanimously to privatize the school system’s custodial services over the objections of a number of residents who wanted the 21 custodians to keep their jobs. School officials also approved a $34.9 million school budget at the meeting on March 30. Board officials said that the privatization was projected to save the taxpayers $270,000 in the 2010-2011 school year and would affect education of students less than spending cuts on other aspects of the school program. The privatization had been tabled after a well attended meeting earlier in the month, as a packed house of parents and other adults at the Eisenhower School cafetorium urged that the custodians be kept on while the board found other ways to trim the budget. The school board approved a bid that would require the private company contracting the services to interview those custodians now on staff for possible employment. The new service will start July 1. J. KOSTER Michael R. Marcus, C.P.A. Personal & Business Tax Preparation 851 Franklin Lakes Rd, Ste 30 Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417 Tel: (201) 560-0130 Fax: (201) 560-0019 Cell: (201) 803-5257 Email: Evening & Weekend appointments available M.S. Taxation Our hat’s off to Giuliana Parisi, who assembled 40 Easter baskets as part of her eighth grade confirmation class at Saint Leo’s Church. Many family members, friends, and coworkers contributed all the materials necessary for the baskets. Giuliana said she had a great time doing the project! We also thank Allendale Girl Scout Troop 50 for the donation of 117 boxes of cookies; the Midland Park High School Student Council, sponsored by Leon Varjian, for the donation of 50 boxes of cereal; and the Redeemer Lutheran Church of Ramsey for its recent food drive. Joey was diagnosed with leukemia at the young age of six. His mother, Abbey, had just completed a painful separation when the diagnosis was made. Things for this family of four -- Joey has an older brother, Mark, who is seven, and a sister Marris, who is two -- went from bad to worse when the dad skipped out on paying any support. Now, with the economy so tight, Abbey has had to help clean houses to generate funds for the rent and daily living expenses. She feels guilty when she is away from her children and is exhausted when she is with them. Fortunately, Abbey’s sister, Maggie, pitches in to help with the children and has opened her home to the family when they were not going to be able to cover the monthly rent for their small apartment. This family, like many, many we serve, needs financial assistance through our Family Financial Assistance Fund. This fund is currently near depletion. We have new families who have signed on for our services, and our families’ requests for food have doubled since May of last year. Some of their needs are: gift cards for Path Emmanuel asks ? Ca n Yo u He l p Mark, Shop-Rite and the A&P grocery stores. Your contribution helps a family’s tight budget stretch a little more. This Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 10) you can make a difference by honoring a mother you know by honoring the mothers of children who have cancer. There are three options available: Make a contribution in honor of your mom and have an acknowledgement sent to her by the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation. We also send cards in memory of someone’s mom to important family members. Host a small tea party in your home or office any day, and raise a cup of tea in honor of ECF moms who work so hard to keep everything together for their sick child and their family. We have a kit available that you can request. You may also elect to raise a cup of tea privately to acknowledge these unsung heroes. We ask the public to consider one of these options as a way to contribute to our ongoing work for these struggling families. We also welcome contributions to Emmanuel Cancer Foundation’s Family Financial Assistance program. Our families thank you and hope for your generosity. Call us at (201) 612-8118 before you stop by. Please do not leave items at center without checking with us first. Our storage space is limited. Our current hours are Monday, 10 to 1; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 10 to 5; Thursday, 10 to 2; and Saturday, 10 to 1. Our address is 174 Paterson Avenue, Midland Park, NJ 07432. 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