February 18, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES I • Page 5 Midland Park The snack bar located behind Midland Park High School and near the junior field has undergone several upgrades in its approximately 30-year history. Now, members of the Midland Park Baseball Association and the Midland Park Softball Association, led by President Rich Formicola, are mulling a second-story for the building. MP Baseball Association President John Artuso explained that the joint venture between the baseball and softball organizations would provide space for a press box, a meeting room, and storage. The first level of the building would be left intact, he said. Artuso said the improvements would be an asset to the borough. He pointed out that the addition of a press box would allow players to have their names announced as they step up to the plate. The meeting room would provide the associations room to hold in-person registration, and space for the organizations’ monthly meetings. He pointed out that his association must now obtain official permission to meet in another borough location. Artuso said architect Terry Durden would prepare a design concept and drawings. However, the association has yet to determine whether the existing structure could accommodate a second story. He added that building permits and planning board approval would eventually be needed if plans are to progress. For the present, the baseball and softball groups are looking into associated costs. “The improvements are for the kids,” Artuso said. “This will make baseball even more enjoyable for the Sports groups consider second story for snack bar kids, and we can offer more.” The goal, Artuso added, is to have the second story addition completed by the end of the year, so it would be ready for use during the 2010 season. “It all depends on what we can get done,” he acknowledged. He added that, so far, he and his associates have presented the proposal to the Midland Park Board of Recreation, the Midland Park Board of Education, and the Midland Park Mayor and Council. “We’ve had lots of positive comments so far.” Funding and timing are among the key components of the project. Artuso said that donations of services or funds would be appreciated. For additional information, and to contact the baseball organization, visitwww.eteamz.com/ MidlandParkBaseballAssociation. The Midland Park Baseball Association’s mailing address is P.O. Box 501, Midland Park, NJ 07432. Since it was first constructed, the snack bar has undergone multiple renovations. Most recently, the building received a fresh coat of paint, the Panther logo, and a rollup shutter, according to Artuso. The building is owned by the borough. Several students from the Midland Park school district have received recognition for a variety of accomplishments in the academic and sports arenas. Four Midland Park High School seniors have been named Bloustein Distinguished Scholars. The honorees include Jeremy Priestner, Anthony Timpanaro, Keith Traynor, and Francesca Venezia. MPHS senior Kerry McGlade received the Youth Certificate of Merit from the Bergen County Chapter of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Observance Committee. Based on his successful audition, ninth grader Ryan Halliwell was named to the Bergen County Band. A trombone player, Halliwell was one of 89 musicians selected from a field of 340. District recognizes students’ accomplishments Fifth grader Cesar Piedra was the winner of the 2009 Highland School section of the National Geography Bee. He has qualified to take a test to earn a spot in the state meet. Fourth grader Starr Shapiro was the runner-up. Amanda Stacy, a senior at MPHS, became the school’s first female bowler to qualify for the Bergen County Invitational Bowling Tournament. 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