Page 4 THE VILLADOM TIMES I • March 11, 2009 Area Twelve candidates file for school board seats by Frank J. McMahon Twelve candidates have filed their nominating petitions seeking election to the Franklin Lakes and the Ramapo Indian Hills Regional High School boards of education. In the regional high school district, six candidates have filed nominating petitions for the three three-year terms that are available this year, and six have filed in the local school district. Ramapo Indian Hills Board of Education: Incumbents Geri Petersen, an Oakland representative; Ira Belsky, a Franklin Lakes representative; Thomas Madigan, a current Wyckoff representative; and Robert Gebhard, a new candidate for the school board, have filed along with Elizabeth Pierce in Oakland and Mark Durfee in Franklin Lakes. Madigan has been on the board for 12 years and did not intend to seek reelection, but he filed at the last minute when he thought no other Wyckoff candidate was going to file a nominating petition. The filing deadline was extended due to the snowstorm on the filing deadline date of March 2, and Gebhard filed on the next day. Gebhard lives on Rodger Court. He could not be reached for his background information. Petersen, who has a son who is a junior at Indian Hills High School, is completing her second term on the board. She is currently chairperson of the board’s Education Committee and serves on the Policy and Personnel committees, and on the ad hoc committee that conducted the alcohol and drug survey. She is also an advocate for special services and she has been on the Evaluation and Goals and Community Issues committees. Belsky is also completing his second term on the board. He has been the board’s Education Committee chairman and he has served on the board’s Personnel/Goals/Evaluation Committee and he currently serves as chairman of the ad hoc committee to evaluate and consider legal representation for the board. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Stanford Law School, he is a semi-retired attorney and business executive who practiced law for 25 years and was involved in a number of businesses. Madigan was on the school board when the “Franklin Lakes split” was resolved. That policy required Wyckoff students to attend Ramapo and Oakland students to attend Indian Hills, while Franklin Lakes students were “split” between the two schools. He was also on the board during the introduction of the district’s six University Programs and the Horizon construction program, during which the two schools in the district were expanded and renovated. Pierce has been an Oakland resident for 20 years and has a child who is a junior at Indian Hills High School. She has a master’s degree in business administration and is retired from AT&T where she was a business executive responsible for a $6 million budget. Pierce has been active in town in the Cub Scouts and in the Oakland Recreation Department, where she was a baseball coach and coordinated the baseball program for a number of years. She has (continued on page 22) Helpful Hints Helpful Hints from ome “Keep preheat time to a minimum when using a conventional oven. Preheating is required for baking, but not for broiling or roasting”. 27 Franklin Tpk, Waldwick Open Sundays 9-3 201-652-5666 Hank Says... ������������������������ ��������������������� �������� ����������� �������� ������������������� All WEBKINZ YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD NEWSPAPER All ������������ $ 00 and 3 ���� $ ������������������������ S easons Select Group ������������ ����������������������������������������������������� ������������������� Hamilton Square Shopping Center 140 Franklin Tpke, Waldwick • 201-251-7577 7 95 SPEND YOUR TRAINING $$$ WISELY! • EDUCATED - MA in exercise science �������������������������� ����������������������������������� Sheila Keane 3-11-09 Mike/Janine - ACSM, NASM, Post Rehab Specialist, • CERTIFIED AllSeasonsMarch3x3(3-11-09) MAT Specialist 3 x 3EXPERIENCED - 15 years one-to-one personal training • 2 Locations Glen Rock & Passaic PASSAIC LOCATION NOW OPEN SUNDAYS! We Offer Line Of Credits And Financing Plans • QUALIFIED - to work with geriatric, bariatric, Parkinson’s as well as weight loss, fitness and wellness In your home or comfortable, private training facility 201.345-5621 Offering Muscle Activation Techniques ������������������������������������� Keane Fit & Wellness Ridgewood 201-488-4314 or 201-341-0183