Page 10 THE VILLADOM TIMES I • April 15, 2009
The outdoor basketball courts next to the DePhillips Community Center in Midland Park are being upgraded with moneys from the Bergen County Open Space Trust Fund. The county will provide $92,000 towards the reconstruction project, and the town will match it with an equal amount from its own Open Space Trust Fund. Stantec, the borough’s engineering ﬁrm, was authorized last month to design the project. Plans call for resurfacing and fencing in the area and installing safety lighting. The work would most likely not be completed until the spring of 2010, according to Mayor Joseph Monahan, since the funding won’t be available until July and construction would have to be worked around the summer camp and football programs. Monahan suggested that if the two courts are positioned side by side, there may be enough room outside the fenced in area to provide a single row of perpendicu-
Refurbishment slated for basketball courts
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Our hat’s off to MSO, once again, for their food drive. We also thank Green Twig Nursery School and the Wyckoff Seniors for their food contributions. Western World Insurance Group recently held a sale of books with winning employee cookie recipes and donated the proceeds to the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation. What a great idea! We appreciate their support. 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 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 (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: 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 continued 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. Our website is www.emmanuelcancer.org. As always, thank you for helping the children and their families!
lar parking. Parking is at a premium in the DePhillips Center area, and cars often park in the paved area scheduled for refurbishment. Part of the fencing was recently removed to allow for the erection of a tent for the summer camp program. The mayor is also proposing erecting either a hard or sail fabric cover for the courts, to be funded either from future grants or from capital improvement or open space funds. He explained that maintenance issues, particularly relative to snow loads, would have to be considered before making a decision on the type of structure. “It is just a thought that needs to be evaluated, approved and engineered, but I feel it has merit for both town events like community day (e.g. concerts in the park), senior events and rec and basketball league use,” he said. “If we move forward we’d likely cover only one of the two courts.”
The candidates for this year’s Wyckoff Board of Education election are Carl Anello and Elizabeth DeGregorio. Anello is president of an air conditioning and plumbing ﬁrm with ofﬁces in Wyckoff and Hackensack, and has been active in sports and in the Wyckoff Education Foundation, which raises money so subsidize school enrichment without additional burden on the taxpayers. He also provided negotiating skills and skilled labor for the renovation of Wyckoff Volunteer Firehouse #2.
Newcomers seek endorsement
DeGregorio is a graduate of SUNY and of Brooklyn Law School as an attorney, active in the PTO and enrichment programs in the Coolidge School and in Girl Scouts. She was active in fundraising for the Glen Rock Cooperative Nursery School before moving to Wyckoff. Long-time Board President Christine Roche and incumbent Joanne Zellers decided not to seek re-election this year. The local tax levy to be voted on is $31,559,494.
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