March 18, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES I • Page 5 Midland Park The Midland Park Lions Club has decided to sponsor a Seeing Eye Dog from the Seeing Eye, Inc. of Morristown and is giving the community the opportunity to name the dog through a “Name the Seeing Eye Dog” contest. In order to raise the $5,000 donation the Seeing Eye, Inc. requires to allow the club to name the animal and provide detailed information as to the progress of the designated dog, the club will be selling contest tickets to choose a name. The tickets will be just one dollar each. Club President Bernie Holst noted that with 2,500 residential households in Midland Park, it would take just two tickets each to attain the goal. Lions Club to hold contest to name seeing eye dog The community will be able to help raise funds for the project in other ways as well. The first fundraising event will be on March 31 at Rosario’s Trattoria on Central Avenue in the Wortendyke section of town. Present a coupon for your purchase from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and a portion of your bill will be donated to the Lions’ Club Seeing Eye Dog program. Whether you eat in or order take out, the Lions will be a bit closer to obtaining its goal. It actually costs $50,000 to raise, train and acclimate both a dog and its new owner. Not every dog is suitable for training. The animal must be bred from just after birth to behave itself around children, crowds, street traffic, business locations and a multiple assortment of daily activities everyone takes for granted. Blind persons apply for consideration for a Seeing Eye Dog. They and the animal must be matched up according to personality, temperament, age appropriateness and other qualities to ensure a good match. Since the selected individual may not live in New Jersey, the selected person must be transported to the Morristown Training Facility. Lodging and interactive training are an integral portion of the overall costs. According to Nick Papapietro, chairman of the club project, the community is not limited to naming just one dog. Should the club’s undertaking be successful, another dog can be named. He said that the club hopes to place this project on an annual basis to help The Seeing Eye program. A Seeing Eye Dog will be at the Lions Pancake breakfast on Sunday April 26 to meet persons interested in learning more ���������� ���������������������������������� ��������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������������������� ����������� ���������� ������������������������� about the project. Arrangements are also being made to show the talents of a Seeing Eye Dog at the September Town Picnic. Meg Berlin of the Seeing Eye, Inc. visited a Midland Park Lions Club recent meeting to demonstrate the effectiveness of trained dogs that are assigned to blind people. The Midland Park Lions Club, as are all other Lions clubs, is dedicated to assisting the blind and visually handicapped. Its fundraising activities enable the club to donate monies to Camp Marcella, a camp for the blind and visually handicapped; St. Joseph School for the Blind and various District 16A charitable endeavors. The past participation and cooperation of Midland Park residents as well as businesses has allowed the local club to be successful for the past 58 years. Information about the Midland Park Lions Club and the Seeing Eye Program is available from Papapietro, (201) 248-7702 or Liz Mellish (201) 652-7586. SPRING CLASSES • APRIL 6 to JUNE 29, 2009 ADULT CLASSES Monday - Thursday AM 9:30-12:00 PM 7:30-10:00 Saturday AM 10:00-12:30 12 Weeks, $348 Monday - Friday PM 3:30-5:30 12 Weeks, $300 Wortendyke Pottery Studio ����������������������������� ������������ CHILDREN’S CLASSES ��������������������������������������������������� 201-652-5882 30% - 50% OFF Gallery Sale 211 GREENWOOD AVE • MIDLAND PARK ������������������������� ���������� ���������������������� ready • set • GROW! Caring for outstanding gardens for over 20 years ONE SOURCE FOR ALL YOUR LANDSCAPE NEEDS Spring specials available now for a limited time only. Call Robin at 973-636-7000 IT MAY NOT FEEL LIKE WARM WEATHER IS NEAR, BUT SPRING IS JUST WEEKS AWAY ... GET A HEAD START ON THE SEASON’S “TO-DO LIST” AND SAVE SOME GREEN! 20% Off Spring Cleanup 2 Free fertilizer applications. New customers only. Discount applies towards New Full Service Contracts only. TRUST YOUR OUTDOOR LIVING SPACES TO OUR FULL SERVICE MAINTENANCE, CONSTRUCTION, AND DESIGN COMPANY WITH ORGANIC LAWN AND TREE CARE, IRRIGATION AND LIGHTING. COMMERCIAL RESIDENTIAL INSURED BONDED MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR LEISURE TIME CALL FOR FREE CONSULTATION 201-447-LAWN (5296) Member N.J.L.C.A & N.J. Turf Grass Assoc. Home Improvement Contractor #13V01991900