May 6, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES I • Page 23 Franklin Lakes Scribe Republican Club to meet The Franklin Lakes Republican Club will meet on May 12 at 8 p.m. at the Senior Center in the Fire Department Headquarters on Bender Court. All Franklin Lakes residents are invited. Wheaton to exhibit The Gallery of The Presbyterian Church at Franklin Lakes will present the work of New Jersey artist Jeanne Jaicks Wheaton. Wheaton, who works in oil, mixed media and acrylic, will show her work through May 26; an artist’s reception will be held at The Gallery on May 9 from 5 to 8 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public. The exhibit, titled “Between the Lines,” will consist of Toys will get second chance Preschoolers at Barnert Temple Preschool and Family Center in Franklin Lakes sit amidst over 200 toys donated by their families. These items will be sent to Second Chance Toys, a community-based initiative that rescues gently-used toys and distributes them to children in need. This effort is one of Barnert’s ongoing programs to teach its preschool children the concept of ‘tzedakah,’ or the giving of charity. Curbs & roads (continued from page 7) Mayor Maura DeNicola argued in favor of adopting the previous ordinance, so the borough could participate in the regional road improvement program with other municipalities. She emphasized that it was a capital cost and not part of the 2009 budget. Friscia maintained that the previous ordinance would have implications on future budgets, and he argued that last year’s road improvement program also included roads that he did not think needed to be improved. The council will hold a public hearing on the updated ordinance on May 5, at which time the item will be considered for adoption and a contract may be awarded. Mayor DeNicola has confirmed that this new ordinance will still allow the borough to be part of the shared services program of road improvements with other municipalities. approximately 35 works. Wheaton’s most recent work has evolved to embrace her love of decorative pattern. She uses intense colors, metallic, and glittery paint to achieve dense compositions that engage our imagination and introduce us to her own magical world. One cannot escape reference to maps and aerial views of the landscape, but her wild use of color and patterning reflects an artistic sensibility and a life spent engrossed in design. The gallery, located in The Presbyterian Church at Franklin Lakes, 730 Franklin Lake Road, is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and by appointment with the artist (201) 652-3753 or For directions call (201) 891-0511 or visit us at Auxiliary to host speaker The Franklin Lakes Branch of the Valley Hospital Auxiliary will hold a meeting/presentation on Monday, May 18 at 10:30 a.m. in the large meeting room of the Franklin Lakes Library on DeKorte Drive. Dr. Elizabeth Roche, of The Elizabeth Roche M.D. Medspa in Woodcliff Lakes, will speak on “The Volume Lift.” Dr. Roche is double board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine. Since 2001, Dr. Roche has specialized in medical aesthetics. Her discussion will highlight how dermal fillers can replace lost volume and create a more rejuvenated and rested facial appearance. If time permits, a question and answer period will follow the presentation. This meeting is open to Franklin Lakes and all area communities. For further information, call Eileen Leone at (201) 848-9330. Register for game show If you like trivia, bright lights, and great sound effects, you’ll love Eric Dasher’s High Tech Game Show. The show will be held Wednesday, May 20 at 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. for children in grades one through three, and 7:00 through 8:30 p.m. for children in grades four and up. The library is currently taking signups, but registration is limited. Register early for this upbeat event by calling the children’s department at the Franklin Lakes Public Library at (201) 891-2224, or visit during regular hours. Author presentation scheduled Nancy Viau will present, “Step into My Writing World,” scheduled during Children’s Book Week, Wednesday, May 13 at 7 p.m., for children in grades two and up and their families. Meet Viau, and learn what she did in creating the character Samantha, in her book, “Samantha Hansen has Rocks in her Head.” Viau will help kids and adults understand what it is like to be an author. Sign up for Franklin Lakes residents has begun. Out of town residents may register on Monday, May 11 by calling the children’s department at the library at (201) 891-2224. Library plans American Girl Party A special American Girl Party is scheduled for Thursday, May 14 at 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. open for children in kindergarten and up. Join the fun, fashion, film, crafts and refreshments. Registration for Franklin Lakes Residents has begun. Out-of-town residents may register Monday, May 11. Shutdown (continued from page 3) getting $400,000 less in interest, and building department revenues have been reduced, all of which created a significant shortfall in the borough’s budget. Warburton asked, “You now want us to bear the burden for what the taxpayers should have been paying? Why didn’t anyone see this coming?” Mayor DeNicola responded that the borough’s revenues and surplus had been put into budgets at an “unprecedented rate” for the past 10 or past 15 years instead of increasing taxes. That practice, she said, left “a big hole” in the borough’s operating budget. She also pointed out that the borough is now limited by a state mandated four percent cap on the tax levy it can impose on taxpayers. Warburton predicted that the temporary layoffs would force police officers to sit at her desk and that could cost more than four times her salary and lead to overtime costs. Councilwoman Leslie Greer, chairperson of the council’s Public Safety Committee, explained that a police officer would sit at the police desk during their scheduled work periods and not on overtime. Other employees also voiced their dissatisfaction with the temporary layoff plan. Maria Berardi, the borough’s planning board, zoning board, and engineering secretary, said the decrease in her salary would affect her and her family significantly. She claimed the level of service to the residents and their professionals would be diminished because she will not be there to answer the many questions they have about their applications. She also told the governing body that the work in her departments has not diminished because there are currently 250 active jobs, 176 pages of open building permits, and applications pending from last year that are waiting to be scheduled to be reviewed by the boards or by the engineer. The mayor’s administrative assistant, Nancy Yarish, also voiced her concern, saying the temporary layoffs would negatively impact borough residents. She explained a lot a confidential and personnel information funnels through her office and residents often come in with questions or grievances and there are times when she has to work past 5 p.m. and on weekends, and she does not receive overtime pay for that extra time. Break the Highway Trend! ...not your community’s back. Local businesses are the backbone of your community and the trend to shop the big guys on the highway hurts us all.Your local businesses have what you want... at the right price... and close to home. So, why hassle with the highways? Save Time! Save Gas! Save Money! SAVE YOUR COMMUNITY! We Need You SHOP LOCALLY. IT’S SMART. ...and besides, it’s so convenient!