January 21, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES I • Page 19 Don Bosco Burglaries (continued from page 4) If no one answers, they break into the home. They often will lease or borrow expensive cars, Bakelaar said, so they will not look out of place in upscale neighborhoods. Asked if the burglaries may be related to the poor economy, Bakelaar said it is difficult to say, but when the price of gold and silver increases, there is usually a jump in burglaries. “Some burglars are motivated by an addiction to drugs, but with others it’s just pure greed,” Bakelaar said. He said sometimes a rash of burglaries happens after a known burglar is released from jail and resorts to burglary again. “But it almost never happens in just one town,” Bakelaar said. “Just two, three, or four burglary groups can wreak havoc in North Jersey.” He said these crimes are difficult to investigate because there is usually little evidence left behind, and there is rarely any connection between the offenders and the victims as there are in other crimes. However, there has been some success in the borough. Last year, a resident saw strangers coming out of her home. She called the police, who responded and chased the burglars down Route 208 into Fair Lawn, where the burglars’ car crashed. The individuals were pursued on foot by borough police officers, who tackled them and put them under arrest. Conklin said burglars are often caught in routine traffic stops initiated by alert police officers. Don Bosco recently inducted students into the school’s new chapter of the National English Honor Society including Julian Fernandez, Emerson; Kevin Horan, Chester, New York; Mark Owens, Pearl River, New York; Hugh Garvey, Ho-Ho-Kus Joenard Camarista, Tappan, New York; Mark O’Dea, Washington Township; Ryan Muldoon, Pearl River, New York; Stephen Montalto, Woodcliff Lake; and Brendan Gleason, Park Ridge. (continued from page 6) taken, and grades of three or higher on five or more of these exams. They are Evram Dawd of Carlstadt, and Robert Hoffmann of Franklin Lakes. Seven students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken, and grades of three or higher on four or more of these exams. They are Joseph Altura of Goshen, New York, Walter Hickey of Harriman, New York, Tony Battaglia of Blauvelt, New York, Brendan Travers of Monroe, New York, Michael DeLucia of River Edge, Chris Varano of Suffern, New York, and Daniel Fredeman of Valley Cottage, New York. Twenty-three students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams, with grades of three or higher including William Breitweiser, Nicholas Lennon, Joenard Camarista, Brandon Marsella, Michael Carapezza, Patrick Moore, Michael Cellini, Ryan Muldoon, Ian Cordasco, Mark ODea, Ryan Donohue, Stephen Oliwa, Stephen Flanagan, Michael Porta, Anthony Franco, John Reilly, Victor Gazivoda, Kevin Stangl, Dominick Grochowina, Matthew Suozzi, Mark Hayden, and Raymond Wong. Only about 18 percent of the 1.6 million students worldwide, who took the AP exams in May 2008, performed at such a high level to merit such recognition. Nine students were recently named Edward J. Bloustein Distinguished Scholars of New Jersey, including Michael Carapezza, Michael Dudas, High Garvey, Brendan Gleason, Robert Molke, Stephen Montalto, Mark ODea, Daniel Santana, and Douglas Seifried. The Edward J. Bloustein Distinguished Scholar Awards recognize New Jersey students demonstrating the highest levels of academic achievement based upon secondary school records and junior year Scholastic Aptitude Test scores. Annually renewable scholarships of $1,000 are awarded throughout the students’ undergraduate college or university program, without regard to financial need, provided that the students attend New Jersey institutions of higher learning. The Class of 2008 amassed over $18.1 million in college scholarships and grants and 99 percent of the graduates attended colleges and universities of their choice. With additional offerings in extracurricular activities such as Catholic and service organizations, academic organizations, honor societies, special interest activities, athletic clubs, publications and the arts, Don Bosco Prep provides a wide range of choices for young men interested in pursuing higher education. Located on a 35 acre campus on Franklin Turnpike, Ramsey, Don Bosco Prep is accomplishing, as its motto proclaims, Empowering Young Men for Life. Call Don Bosco Prep at (201) 327-8003 or visit the school’s website at www.donboscoprep.com. Scholarship (continued from page 7) Application criteria are available online at www.HackensackRiverkeeper.org or by calling Carola at (201) 968-0808. Applications must be postmarked no later than Earth Day, April 22, 2009. The winner will be announced on June 1. Prior to his untimely death in 2002, Ronald Vellekamp taught at Ridgefield Junior-Senior High School and served as a part-time park ranger at Palisades Interstate Park. He was also a longtime Scout leader, a dedicated trustee of Hackensack Riverkeeper and loved by all who knew him. “I’ve always counted it a singular privilege to support students who show the same level of commitment to nature and the environment that Ron had,” said Capt. Sheehan. “And let’s face it; living memorials are the ones that people remember most.” Founded in 1997 by Captain Bill Sheehan, Hackensack Riverkeeper is the leading environmental advocacy organization working on the Hackensack River. As such, it is uniquely positioned to address problems and find solutions within the entire Hackensack Watershed. Valentine Gift Guide SPECIAL Publication Dates: Deadline: February 11 February 4 The Villadom TIMES is publishing a special gift guide section for Valentine’s Day. Reach all of your local consumers in search of the perfect gift for their loved ones. Don’t miss your chance to participate. Call today for Special Rates! 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