Page 4 THE VILLADOM TIMES I • October 28, 2009 Area Outcome of uncontested election will impact council by Frank J. McMahon There is no contest for a borough council seat in Franklin Lakes in this year’s general election, but the outcome of �������� ��������� ����������� ������������ ���������� ����� ���������������� ����������������������� �������������������������� �������������������������� �������������������������� ������������� �������� ����������� ������������� ������������ ��������� ������������������� ����������������� ������� �������������� ������� ������������ ����������������������� ������������ ���������������������������� the Nov. 3 balloting will have an impact on the council as it begins its next term in January. Councilwoman Leslie Greer did not seek reelection this year, and borough council candidates Frank Bivona and William Smith defeated Incumbent Brian Trava and his running mate, Thomas Murphy, in June’s Republican primary. No Democrat sought election and no Independent candidate filed to seek election to the council, so Bivona and Smith will run unopposed for the two available seats. Bivona and Smith, the former borough attorney who was terminated by Mayor Maura DeNicola last year, were supported by the borough’s Republican Club, while Trava and Murphy were supported by DeNicola and the borough’s Republican Forum and the Bergen County Republican Organization chaired by Robert Yudin. Smith has been a resident of Franklin Lakes for 34 years and has four children, all of whom attended the borough’s school system. A Fairfield University and Fordham Law School graduate, he was elected to the council in 1976 and 1979. He served as borough’s municipal attorney from 1980 through November 2009. A principal in the Franklin Lakes law firm of Hook Smith & Meyer, he is also a member of the Franklin Lakes Lions Club and a life member of the VFW. Smith is also a former member of the Most Blessed Sacrament Parish Council and is presently a member of the Indian Trail Club Advisory Committee. He has been active in the borough’s recreation programs for many years, including basketball coach at the middle school and assistant tennis coach for eight years at Ramapo High School. Bivona has two teens and has been active in the borough’s recreation program as a coach in girls’ and boys’ softball, baseball and basketball. He has also been active at the Academy of the Most Blessed Sacrament where he has served on the advisory board and co-directed that school’s basketball program. He received a BS degree from Adelphi University and has served on several charitable boards including Junior Achievement and the YMCA of Greater New York. (continued on page 19) Midland Park candidates run unopposed There is no contest in the Midland Park Borough Council election, as two incumbent Republican trustees seek reelection to three-year terms. No Democrats filed for the two seats up for election this year. Bernard Holst is seeking a fifth term, and Scott Pruiksma is seeking his third full term on the council, having also served a one-year unexpired term. Holst is president of Horizon Termite and Pest Control, a local company he founded in 1970. He is a 35-year member and past president of the Midland Park Lions Club, and is treasurer and past president of the New Jersey Pest Management Association and a past president of the National Pest Management Association. He is a graduate of Montclair State University and was a first lieutenant qualified to captain in the National Guard 50th Armor Divisions. A 60-year resident, he and his wife, Joyce, have three children and five grandchildren. Pruiksma is president of Inter Locking Arms LLC, a community building organization; a member of the Midland Park Volunteer Fire Department, and vice president of the Oakland Chapter of Fellowship of Christian Firefighters. He is currently attending Hawthorne Evening Bible school. A 15-year resident, he has three children. Pruiksma and Holst noted that the challenges ahead include financial considerations given the economy and (continued on page 8) ������������������������������������ ������� ���������� ����������� ����������� ���������� ����������� ������������� ��������������������������������� ������������������� ������������������������������������� �������������������������� ������������������������������� ������������ �������������������������� �������������������� T rooming Po eG s h 21 Year Anniversary Vet Recommended All Natural, Healthy Pet Foods Check out our Orijen, Solid Gold & Country Naturals Dog and Cat Foods. Professional Dog Grooming he Grooming Post has been grooming and caring for pets in Waldwick and the surrounding communities for the last 21 years. 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