May 20, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES I • Page 27 Letters to the Editor (continued from page 26) with our hard-earned tax dollars. Frank Bivona and Bill Smith are experienced financial and legal professionals each with over 25 years of problem-solving experience. Frank and Bill understand the values of hard work, integrity and ethical behavior. They understand public finance and the need to restore a strong, fiscally-conservative investment philosophy for Franklin Lakes. We need Frank Bivona and Bill Smith representing our interest now and in the fixture. Please vote for Frank Bivona and Bill Smith on Tuesday, June 2. Robert S Hoffmann Franklin Lakes Dear Editor: I have often wondered why people become involved in politics and what the draw is to such a position. As I familiarize myself with this campaign; barely one month after agreeing to run for the Franklin Lakes Town Council, the answer has become quite clear. It is about all of us working toward a better place for our children, our parents, our friends, family and the community. With three young children, I have begun to experience the rigors of school, homework, multiple sports, play dates, to name a few. My family time has increased over the years to stay connected with my children while I have the chance. What I have taken away is that there is a large group of parents in this community, young and old, that has the same core values. By being involved we see holes in the system and can initiate change. My journey through life has been unique; in my wildest dreams I could not have mapped out my path to Franklin Lakes. Looking back I would not have changed a thing and have been grateful for the changes that charted my course. My career path has been that of both finance and information systems, specifically developing business process design to leverage technology. This allows organizations to eliminate redundant elements, reduce expenses, reduce error, and increase revenue. Where businesses often fall short is accurately defining the value of these projects. Complementing this is identifying the actual cost of inefficient processes and the financial impact over time. The small town government should be no different than a smart agile business. Unfortunately this town has not been excluded from the current economic issues rattling the rest of the world. Having the ability to adapt to the current situation is a necessity and will entail some difficult decisions. By initiating an open communication with our community, the issues at hand will be addressed without bias. It is time to stop talking and start listening to the community. Bring together the community, the schools and the government to address issues and facilitate positive changes. We need to make people accountable for their actions and justify what and why things are being done. Question the old rules and systems because 2009 is a vastly different time than 1989. We cannot take for granted that processes and solutions work because that is how they have always been done. I am young, energetic and have a vested interest in the future of this community. I want to hear from you any ideas to make things better, for our children, our parents and us. We are far from perfect, but together we can facilitate change to improve our community. Tom Murphy Franklin Lakes Ribbon cut at dental practice Change and communication North Haledon Mayor Randy George cuts the ribbon for Dr. Ryan. In the time it takes to read this press release, you could have already received a professional consultation by an experienced dentist, Dr. Patrick E. Ryan. Dr. Ryan received his Bachelor of Science degree from Wagner College in 1979, graduating cum laude. He also earned his DMD degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University School of Dental Medicine in 1983, graduating in the top 10 in his class. He went on to do two years of intensive study as a general practice resident at Saint Joseph’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Paterson. Dr. Ryan has also held academic appointments at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Seton Hall School of Graduate Medical Education. Dr. Ryan has 25 years of experience in dentistry. He offers endodontic, surgical, and restorative services. In addition, tooth whitening and cosmetic enhancement including Botox and Juvederm are also offered. He desires to use his many years of experience to bring cosmetic enhancement procedures to a new level in a relaxed, upscale environment where the clients’ comfort is key. Just as important given the current economic climate, Dr. Ryan’s services frequently cost less than expected. Stop by the North Haledon state-of-the-art facility at 909 Belmont Avenue for a free consultation and Dr. Ryan guarantees you will be telling all of your family and friends about it, while enjoying your brighter smile and more youthful appearance. A more beautiful you is only a phone call away. Phone (973) 304-1577 or visit Memorial Day plans announced (continued from page 10) Own), 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile). He attained the rank of sergeant. He was a radio operator for his platoon lieutenant. 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The line of march will proceed along Franklin Avenue to Bender Court. After turning onto Bender Court the parade will march to Veterans Plaza at the VFW Post where a memorial service will be conducted. Immediately following the memorial service, mementos of the parade will be distributed, and refreshments, including a continental breakfast or hot dogs and soda will be served. For info, contact the VFW at (201) 8916243 or at ������������������������������� ������������� ��������� Thursday  Friday  Saturday SALE DAYS June 11, 12, 13 Wyckoff