March 18, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES I • Page 23 Franklin Lakes Scribe McClelland to perform at library Soprano Jean McClelland will perform “At Long Last Love: Classics From the Great American Songbook” at Franklin Lakes Public Library on Sunday, March 22 at 2 p.m. McClelland will be accompanied on the piano by her husband Bill McClelland. Both of them have appeared on Broadway and will sharing the works of great American composers with the audience. Come out to the library for an afternoon of nostalgia and joyful song. Registration is not necessary. Seats are given on a first come basis. The Franklin Lakes Library is located at 470 DeKorte Drive. Organization guru to speak Jamie Novak, the world’s most relatable organizer, will offer clear and simple ideas to help clear the chaos in our homes at the Franklin Lakes Public Library, on Monday evening, March 23 at 7 p.m. Novak, author of “The Get Organized Answer Book, will reveal the “Top 10 Clutter Traps” that cost people hundreds of dollars every year. No registration is necessary. All are welcome to attend. The library is located at 470 DeKorte Drive. Goudsward to discuss veteran’s life Jack Goudsward, an archaeologist and lifetime resident of Franklin Lakes, will speak about Franklin Lakes history on Tuesday, March 31 at 7 p.m. at the Franklin Lakes Public Library. Goudsward’s lecture, “The First to Fall: Lieutenant Albert Spickers,” is about the first man from Franklin Lakes to lose his life in defense of his country during World War II. Contact Samantha McCoy at the Franklin Lakes Library, (201) 891-2224. Franklin library is located at 470 DeKorte Drive. Register for summer camp Franklin Lakes is once again offering its summer recreation camp program run by the Wyckoff Family YMCA. Week-long sessions run from Monday through Friday, from June 29 through July 31 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for grades kindergarten through fourth grade, and 9:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. for grade five through eight. Fee is $90 per week. Junior Rec. Camp, for children entering kindergarten through fourth grade, is located at High Mountain Road School. Camp includes arts and crafts, sports, on-site entertainment, special guests, “Wet & Wild Days,” and “Y” Carnival. The senior camp for fifth through eighth grade is located at the Woodside Avenue School and includes a special offsite trip each week, swimming at the “Y” once per week, sports, games, arts and crafts, and special events. Special orientation meetings and reservations will be held on Thursday, March 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. or Saturday, March 28 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1 Vichiconti Way in Franklin Lakes. Registration is ongoing at the Wyckoff Family YMCA at 691 Wyckoff Avenue in Wyckoff beginning March 26. Elder law program offered Visit the Franklin Lakes Public Library on March 19 at 7 p.m. as Rhonda Benjamin, a specialist in Medicaid, preservation of assets, elder law, and estate planning, addresses these and other topics. Come with questions. All are invited to attend this free lecture and information program. Registration is not necessary. The library is located at 470 DeKorte Drive. School board forum set The Franklin Lakes Board of Education will hold a Candidates’ Night on Wednesday, March 25 at 7:15 p.m. at the Franklin Avenue Middle School. There are six candidates seeking election to three seats on the local board of education and the public is urged to attend. Supporters of Youth & Recreation Foundation honored Over the past four years Franklin Lakes Youth & Recreation Foundation has been raising money to fund improvements to the Pulis Avenue recreation complex. To honor key contributors, three donor plaques will be unveiled during Opening Day of the youth baseball and softball season, Saturday, April 4, at the Pulis Avenue Field. The plaques, known as the FLYRF Award, recognize three contribution levels: gold for $10,000, silver for $5,000 and bronze for $1,000. Donor names will be on the plaques. To be included on the plaque, contact Laurie Burnette at (201) 312-8150 or Library offers computer classes, movies The Franklin Lakes Library will hold computer classes during the month of March. Monday evening classes begin at 7 p.m. and include: “Unlock Google’s Full Potential” on March 23, and “What is E-mail and Why Should You Care?” on March 30. Wednesday morning classes begin at 11 a.m. and include: “What is E-mail” a beginner’s computer class on March 18 and 25. All are welcome to register at the adult reference desk by calling (201) 891-2224. Bryan’s Run coming up Bryan’s Dream Foundation will be holding its third annual Bryan’s Run on Saturday, March 28 at 9:30 a.m. at the Academy of the Most Blessed Sacrament located at 782 Franklin Lake Road in Franklin Lakes. Race day registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. Bryan’s Run is a 5K race for men, women, and children of all ages. The 1K Fun Run is for children age 12 and younger. Bryan’s Run is sponsored by the Bryan’s Dream Foundation, established in memory of Bryan Opremcak. Opremcak passed away at age 12 in January 2006 from glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) one of the most aggressive kinds of brain tumors. One hundred percent of the race entry fees and donations will go to Bryan’s Dream Foundation to support pediatric brain tumor awareness. Entry fees are $15 for the Kid’s Fun Run 1K only. The 5K Run fee is $20 (postmarked by March 15) and $25 the day of the race. T-shirts will be provided to the first 400 registered runners. Visit and click on Bryan’s Run to enter. Donatation to Bryan’s Dream can be made at For more information, e-mail or call Steve Opremcak at (201) 891-4542. School board race (continued from page 4) Competition for a seat on the regional board of education remains in Oakland where the incumbent trustee is being challenged by an opponent who has not previously served on the board. Elizabeth Pierce, who has been an Oakland resident for 20 years and who has a child who is a junior at Indian Hills High School, is challenging Geri Petersen, an Oakland representative. Petersen has a son who is a junior at Indian Hills High School and is completing her second term on the board. Furloughs (continued from page 3) “We can’t increase revenue on the backs of our residents.” Councilman Michael Friscia suggested doubling the construction fees for a temporary period, explaining that he does not think the fees are a major consideration when making a decision on a construction project. Marcus said he felt the increase in construction fees is insignificant, and, while he agreed he does not want to raise fees on the backs of the residents, he is not against raising construction fees. DeNicola responded that it is not a good time to raise fees. Marcus responded, “It’s not a good idea to raise taxes, either, but it will be done one way or the other. The taxpayers are going to pay for it one way or another. We all will.” Marcus then moved to table the fee increase issue and the council agreed to place that matter on the agenda for the April work session. Superintendent (continued from page 7) consent. He retired the previous January, ending his service to Midland Park, which he had begun as a teacher in 1968. DePreker replaced Paul J. Saxton, who had served the district since 1997. He officially left his position at the end of October 2008. Before he left, the board of education renamed the school district’s administrative office building, which is located at the Indian Hills High School location in Oakland, the Paul J. Saxton Administration Building. He was further honored with a testimonial dinner in recognition of his 42 years of service as an educator. Saxton is credited with resolving the school district’s 26-year-old policy of splitting Franklin Lakes pupils between the two schools in the district and the implementation of the policy to allow Oakland high school students to have a choice of attending either of the two district schools. During his tenure, the school district developed the Horizon Project, the $43 million construction and renovation project that was completed in 2005. He also oversaw the implementation of the school district’s University Programs, which provide selected high school students with a four-year high school experience that includes specialized study while permitting full participation in their school’s academic, athletic, and extracurricular life were instituted. It was also during his tenure that the regional high school district challenged the state requirement that school district’s must pay the tuition and transportation costs for any of their students who attend the Bergen County Vocational and Technical School District academies in Hackensack. That legal dispute is still continuing in the New Jersey Office of Administrative Law.