October 14, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES I • Page 29 Park Windmill Kids Clothing Swap set A Kids Clothing Swap will be held from 9 to11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17 at the Midland Park Christian Reformed Church, 183 Godwin Avenue. The public is invited to purchase gently used clothing for babies and children for a single price of $5. Halloween contest planned Midland Park Recreation is sponsoring a Halloween Coloring Contest for children ages four through eight. Prizes will be awarded for each level. Participants must be Midland Park residents. Contest forms may be downloaded off the website at www. mpnj.com under Parks and Recreation. Entries should be mailed or dropped off at the recreation department, 50 Dairy Street, by Oct. 30. Winners will be contacted. Memory expert to address auxiliary “Improve Your Memory” will the topic of discussion at the Wednesday, Oct. 14 meeting of the Midland Park Branch of the Valley Hospital Auxiliary. Colette Cummings, MSW, LCSW, director of Gerontology Services and Community Health Education at the Valley Hospital, will be the presenter. The meeting will be held at 10 a.m. at Faith Reformed Church, 95 Prospect Street, Midland Park. For further information, contact Co-president Jo Ann Levine at (201) 652-0873 or e-mail joanncotzlevine @optonline.net. The meeting is open to the public. New members are always welcome. MPTV Fundraiser scheduled Midland Park Television will hold a fundraiser at Shortway’s Barn, 991 Goffle Road in Hawthorne on Monday, Oct. 19. Shortway’s will donate 15% of the lunch and dinner proceeds to MPTV’s upcoming trip to Southern California. Shortway’s Barn is open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Dinner hours are 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. For information on MPTV or this fundraiser, contact Brian Ersaelsi at Midland Park High School at bersalesi@midlandpa rkschools.k12.nj.us. Board of education to meet The Midland Park Board of Education will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. The meeting will take place in the August C. DePreker Media Center located in Highland Elementary School. Learn about the voice-over industry Midland Park High School will host a course on the voice-over industry on Wednesday, Oct. 21 from 7 to 9 p.m. Professional voice-over instructor, Rob Sciglimpaglia present “You’re on the Air: How to Really Make it in Voice-Overs,” This introductory course covers script-reading techniques, marketing skills, and perks of work full- or part-time in the world of voice-overs. Students should come prepared to step up to the mic and get feedback on their script read, ask questions, and have fun! To enroll in this class, call (201) 4447400, extension 8 or visit http://suchavoice. com/nj. Pre-registration is required. Family Harvest Dinner planned The Midland Park United Methodist Church will hold Family Harvest Dinner on Oct. 25 at 5 p.m. Participants are invited to bring a dish to share. Fall activities and dessert will be provided by the Congregational Care Committee and the Sunday school students. Midland Park United Methodist Church is located at 269 Godwin Avenue. Register for children’s programs Registration for the Midland Park Library’s Fall Story Times will run from Oct. 12 through 16. Story Time for children ages three to five will be on Tuesdays at 2 p.m. beginning on Oct. 27. Two-year-olds will have story time on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. beginning Oct. 28. Story time for three- to five-year-olds will be Thursdays at 11:15 a.m. beginning Oct. 29. Children can make a Halloween craft on Oct. 28 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. The Read to a Dog program has begun. Three 15-minute reading slots are available with each dog. Blackjack is available every Tuesday beginning at 7:15 p.m. Champ is available every other Wednesday beginning at 3:15 p.m. Cosmo is available every Thursday beginning at 3:15 p.m. Registration for all these programs will take place in the Children’s Room. The Midland Park Library is located at 250 Godwin Avenue. For information about children’s programming, call (201) 444-2390. Halloween Parade set The Midland Park Annual Halloween Parade will take place on Friday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. in the municipal parking lot. The parade will travel from the parking lot into Highland School gym, where the Halloween Costume Contest will take place, rain or shine. Prizes will be awarded for children by age groups (preschool through the fifth grade). Individual and group prizes will be awarded. School board (continued from page 5) The school board advised that it presented a proposal during the mediation session which would allow the employees to retain their current health benefits plan, without any individual contributions, provided the association agreed to change the level of benefits necessary to make the plan affordable for the board and the community. The changes, which would not be implemented until the second year of the contract, include increases in co-payments, out-of-network deductibles, and maximum out-of-pocket expenses, and the elimination of dependent coverage for dental and prescription costs. As an alternative, the board said it offered to maintain the current level of benefits for association members provided the employees agreed to make concessions through premium contributions, or a change in benefits, if the annual premium increase exceeds 20 percent. The board also offered competitive salary increases in each of the three years of the contract. The school district claimed FLEA rejected the board’s proposals and refused to change plans or discuss any change in the level of benefits under the existing plan. The district also claimed that the state health program is currently used by many school districts in Bergen County and the state and it is used for retired public school employees. The plan change has been estimated to result in an annual savings to the district of approximately $658,416 or $54,868 per month and, in terms of comparability, both plans are provided through Blue Cross and share many of the same innetwork medical providers. The principal differences in moving to the state plan, according to the school board, would be a $5 increase in the current $5 office visit co-pay, increases in plan deductibles of $200 per family in-network, $1,600 per individual and $4,200 per family out-of-network, and a $1,000,000 lifetime plan maximum for out of network expenses. However, if an employee is close to reaching the $1,000,000 lifetime plan maximum out-of-network expense, he or she may switch to one of two HMOs run by the state. 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