February 11, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES I • Page 23 Park Windmill Basketball association to meet The Midland Park Basketball Association’s next general meeting will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. The meeting will take place in the meeting room at the Midland Park Public Library. Italian Feast planned The Church of the Good Shepherd will host its Annual Italian Feast at the church at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 21. There will be a buffet salad bar, homemade Italian dishes, dessert, beverages, and coffee. Tickets are $16 for adults, and $5 for children ages five through 12. Children under age five will be admitted free. Call the church office for tickets at (201) 4446168. The church is located at 497 Godwin Avenue in Midland Park. Lions Club offers scholarships The Midland Park Lions Club will be making two $500 scholarships available to high school seniors who graduate in 2009. All high school seniors residing in Midland Park and are planning to attend an institution of higher learning are encouraged to apply. Seniors graduating from Midland Park High School should see a guidance counselor for an application. All other students can pick up applications from the Midland Park Public Library at 250 Godwin Avenue. Scholarships are only available to graduating seniors who reside in Midland Park. Scholarships will be awarded based on the applications submitted, which will be at the discretion of the Midland Park Lion’s Club. The application deadline is April 13. Spring Fling Comedy Night coming up local resident Heidi Hill. Tickets for the MPPEF Spring Fling Comedy Night are $55 each, and the foundation expects the event to sell out. Proceeds will help to ensure MPPEF’s mission to enhance the academic experience of children attending public schools in Midland Park. Registration information is available via the MPPEF Web site at mppef.org. The MPPEF is an all volunteer 501(C) 3 organization whose mission is to enhance the academic experience of children attending public schools in Midland Park. Through the efforts of the foundation, grants are awarded to teachers enabling them to bring exciting state-of-the-art learning opportunities and technologies into the classroom. Masses for differently-abled at Church of the Nativity The Church of the Nativity in Midland Park will be celebrating monthly Catholic masses for differently-abled people. Upcoming masses are scheduled for 9 a.m. on Sundays Feb. 15, March 15, April 19, May 17, and June 21. These masses are specifically for families with members who are differentlyabled. Many people who are challenged behaviorally, mentally or physically may have difficulty in traditional Sunday mass environments, so the families are unable to worship together and may avoid mass altogether. These families are welcome to attend these masses and celebrate the Eucharist with other members of the surrounding community. For more information contact Janet Nemec, director of lay ministries, at (201)444-6362 or (201) 670-1871 or at janetlynnemec@yahoo.com. The Church of the Nativity is located at 315 Prospect Street in Midland Park. Library sets activities A Valentine’s Day Craft is planned for Feb. 11 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sign up in the children’s room. The Second Annual Lego Contest, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, is underway. Submissions can be dropped off in the children’s room by Feb. 25. The Lego Awards Ceremony will be held on Friday, Feb. 27 at 3:30 p.m. A Saint Patrick’s Day craft is planned for Monday, March 16 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Sign up in the children’s room. The Barking Book Buddies love to hear stories read to them by young patrons. Phoebe and Blackjack are available alternating Monday evenings, Champ is avail- able on Wednesday afternoons, and Cosmo is available Thursday afternoons. Stop in or call to experience this wonderful program. Reading skills and confidence grow in this non-judgmental setting. Registration for Winter Story Time will take place in the children’s room at the Midland Park Memorial Library Feb. 23 through 27. The following Story Times are available: for three to five years, Tuesdays at 2 p.m. March 3 through 24, or Thursdays at 11:15, March 5 through 26; for two-yearolds, Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. March 4 through 24. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Story times will include stories, music and crafts. For questions regarding children’s room programs, contact Courtney Laverty at the library (201) 444-2390. The library is located at 250 Godwin Avenue. Foundation to hold annual meeting The Midland Public Education Foundation will hold its annual meeting on Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Highland School Media Center in Midland Park. At this meeting, the MPPEF will appoint new executive officers, add trustees, and assign volunteers for various committees. Members of the public are welcome to attend. ‘Pack the House’ night set The next winter sports “Pack the House” night will be Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. for Boys Varsity basketball vs. Wallington. The theme will be a “Green Out,” and all fans will be encouraged to wear their green in support of Panther teams. The Boosters will have refreshments available to purchase. Anyone interested in showing support by becoming a member can send $15 for an individual or $25 for a family membership to the MPHS Athletic Booster Assoc. at 250 Prospect Street. The membership form can be found at: http://midlandparkschools. schoolwires.com/66820102218144643/site/ default.asp. Members will receive all three editions of the expanded athletic ad journal and a new Panther Pride mouse pad. For more information contact Sandi Abballe at (201) 251-9731. Kindergarten registration set The Midland Park School District advises parents of prospective kindergarten entrants that pre-registration will be done by phone from Monday, Feb. 23 through Thursday, Feb. 26. To pre-register, parents should call (201) 445-5350 from 10 to11:30 a.m. or from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Those with last names beginning with letter A-M should call either Monday or Wednesday. Those with last names beginning with letters N-Z may call Tuesday or Thursday. At this time, parents will be scheduled for full registration and screening during the week of March 23. In order to be eligible for enrollment, children must be age five before Oct. 1, 2009 Get ready for a night of comic relief at the Midland Park Public Education Foundation’s 2009 Spring Fling Comedy Night on Saturday, March 28. The event will be held at Christ Church, 105 Cottage Place in Ridgewood. The evening will feature a buffet dinner by Personal Touch caterers, music and dancing by DJ John Gormley, special fundraisers, and a comedy show headlined by Joe Mulligan, a unique entertainer with a head for stand up comedy. Mulligan has performed all over the world with his solo act, or as an opener for many of today’s top performers including Jerry Seinfeld and Ray Romano. He will join his talents with ��������������� � �������� ����������������������������������������� ���������������������������������� ���������������������������������� ����������������������������������� ���������������������������������������� �������������������������������� ����������������� ��������������� ���������������������������� ����������������� OEM emergency training (continued from page 8) likely be on their own during the early stages of a disaster, especially earthquakes, when local emergency responders would be overwhelmed. Recognizing the universal value of the program, the Federal Emergency Management Agency worked in conjunction with the Los Angeles Fire Department to make the CERT program applicable to all types of hazards. A CERT training program was then developed which could be used nationwide and it was adapted to meet local conditions when such a need arose. The program is based on the belief that some basic training in disaster survival and rescue skills would improve the ability of citizens to survive until emergency personnel can arrive. Thus, CERT teams were created to provide vital services in the absence of emergency responders. According to FEMA, over 1,100 communities in all of the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, including 426 in New Jersey, have CERT programs. “The tragic events of Sept. 11 (2001) remind us that disaster can strike anywhere and anytime and that basic safety and disaster survival skills can mean the difference between life and death,” states the website of the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management of the New Jersey State Police. “CERT training empowers community members to prepare responsibly and respond appropriately when emergencies occur.” Applications to join the Franklin Lakes CERT team can be obtained by contacting Lt. Osenbruck at dosenbruck@franklinlakes. org or by calling him at police headquarters at (201) 891-3131. ��������������������� ���������������������������� ���������������������������� ����������������� ���������������������������