August 19, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES I • Page 23 Park Windmill Republicans plan meeting The Midland Park Republican Club’s newly elected president, John Meeks, will chair the club’s next meeting on Monday, Sept. 14 at 8:15 p.m. in the Midland Park Library. The library is located at 250 Godwin Avenue. The Republican Club meets on the second Monday of the month. All are welcome. Girls sought for GEMS group The Midland Park Christian Reformed Church GEMS group invites all girls in grades one through eight to a meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. for a night of tiedying and ice cream. GEMS (Girls Everywhere Meeting the Savior) is a relationship building club program created especially for girls. The group participates in team building, fellowship through song and creative dance, developing life-skills through badge activities, learning to apply the Bible in their daily lives, and participating in service projects to make a difference in others’ lives and find answers to challenges in girls’ lives today. The GEMS group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of every month from September through April. Each year ends with a campout. For more information, contact Sara Van Goor at (973) 291-6138 or e-mail For more information about the worldwide GEMS organization go to Midland Park Christian Reformed Church is located at 183 Godwin Avenue. Herb gardening program offered The Edible Herb Garden will be the topic at Jacobsen Landscaping’s free seminar by Jessica Agnello on Tuesday, Aug. 18 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The program will be held at 11 Barnstable Court in Saddle River. Agnello will demonstrate how to grow a herb garden and Jo Marie Quinn and Nanci Gregory will give a demonstration on cooking with herbs. Light fare and refreshments will be served. Participants should wear comfortable shoes. Space is limited. RSVP to Betty Wiest at (201) 825-4440 or at The rain date will be Aug. 25. Luau for seniors coming up Northwest Bergen Regional Senior Center will host a luau on Wednesday, Aug. 19 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the center located in Midland Park. Music will be provided by Peter Lieberman. All area seniors 60 and over are welcome to attend. The menu includes paradise chicken, tropical rice, Polynesian vegetables, tomato soup, hot and cold beverages, and pineapple upside down surprise. Dress is island casual. Cost is $10 per person. Register by noon on Tuesday, Aug. 18. Payments can be mailed or made in person to the center at 46-50 Center Street, Midland Park, NJ 07432. For more information call (201) 445-5690. Blood Drive scheduled Kuiken Brothers, in conjunction with Community Blood Services, will hold a Blood Drive on Wednesday, Aug. 19 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Kuiken’s, 145 Lake Avenue in Midland Park. To schedule an appointment, call (201) 251-3703. All types of blood are needed especially types O- and O+. Any healthy individual age 17 through 75 and weighing at least 110 pounds can donate blood. Donors should eat a moderate meal before donating and must bring identification showing signature. All donors receive a complimentary cholesterol screening with every blood donation. Music in the Park set Midland Park Recreation is sponsoring a Music in the Park Summer Celebration at the Johnny Vander Meer Field Saturday, Aug. 29, from 6 to 9 p.m. Live entertainment for the evening will be Richie Ranno’s All Star Band, famous for classic rock music. Guitarist/vocalist Ranno’s resume includes Stories, “Brother Louie #1 Hit.” Drummer Support of life-saving events urged by local family When he was 18-months old, Shayne James of Midland Park was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL). Along with his chemotherapy regimen, he received over a dozen life saving blood and platelets transfusions. In appreciation of these gifts, Shayne’s father began to coordinate an annual blood drive in his son’s honor. Over the last four years, the family has collected over 450 units of blood. Today, Shayne is a happy, healthy fiveyear-old. He remains in remission and is preparing to enter kindergarten in the fall. His family is thankful to those who gave a second chance to Shayne Jr. and to countless others. The James family urges others to support this cause, noting that it takes less than 30 minutes to make a lifesaving blood donation. The family has planned three events, which will take place in September and October. The first event, the Fifth Annual Blood Drive in honor of Shayne Jr., will be held Saturday, Sept. 19 at the Graydon Pool north lot (corner of Linwood Avenue and Northern Parkway) in Ridgewood. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be free food and entertainment, including arts and crafts, “tattoos,” Moonwalk, games, goodies, and more. The family Joe Dube played with Looking Glass whose hit was “Brandy, You’re a Fine Girl,” and bass player/vocalist George DiAna played with Vixen, Paradise Alley, and Starz. Bring the family, dinner, snacks, and lawn chairs, and enjoy an evening of family fun and live entertainment. Additional information on other entertainment for the evening will be posted on the website at under Music in the Park. This Midland Park Recreation sponsored event is free to the public. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted. Parking for this has planned a full day to occupy the children as adults donate blood. Light the Night will be held on Saturday, Oct. 4 at Headquarters Plaza in Morristown. All contributions to this event will be used to find cures for leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma. Sign in will be at 5:30 p.m. and the walk will begin at 7 p.m. Visit or call 877-LTN-WALK for details regarding this walk. Shayne’s family continues to walk in support of those who are battling blood related cancers. Leukemia continues to claim more lives than any other cancer among children under the age of 20. The James family understands that these are tough economic times, but urge supporters to give whatever they can afford to help find a cure. To join Team Shayne on this walk, register directly at http://pages., or donate to Light the Night at Morris09/smcintoshjames. On Sunday, Oct. 25, join the James Family in supporting the Fifth Annual Fall Motorcycle Classic at The Office Restaurant, Walnut Street, Ridgewood, from 1 to 4 p.m. This event raises funds for the Tomorrow’s Children Fund. event is at the Dairy Street Tennis Courts and playground area. Rain date is scheduled for the Midland Park Community Day, Saturday, Sept. 12. The rain date hotline is (201) 652-2747. Board of education to meet The Midland Park Board of Education will meet on Tuesday, Aug. 18 at 8 p.m. The meeting will be held in the August C. DePreker Media Center located in the Midland Park High School on Prospect Street. 30 minutes of your time can save a life. Each year more than four million people ~ accident victims, patients undergoing surgery, and patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or other diseases ~ are in need of a blood transfusion. Community Blood Services 970 Linwood Avenue, West Paramus, NJ 07652 It’s About Life! Your can make a difference in someone’s life by spending just 30 minutes donating blood. Call us today. Check our website: 201-444-3900