August 5, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES II • Page 23 Ridgewood Notes Rowan announces Dean’s List Kimberly M. Baumann, Jennifer Dudley, and Grace C. Shao, all of Ridgewood, have been named to the Dean’s List at Rowan University in Glassboro for the spring 2009 semester. To be eligible for the Dean’s List a student must earn a grade point average of 3.45 or above. Artist’s reception for DeFalco set Artist Penny DeFalco will be displaying her watercolor paintings at the Stable Art Gallery during the month of August. For over a decade, DeFalco has embraced the media of watercolor, devoting her career to a long loved passion of artistic expression portraying some of life’s beauty. She has displayed her works in many juried exhibits as well as private solo shows; her most recent solo showing at the Riverton Country Club in Riverton. DeFalco is currently a member of the New Jersey Watercolor Society and The Rehoboth Art League of Delaware. An Artist’s Reception will be held Sunday, Aug. 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. All are invited to attend. The Stable Gallery, located at 259 North Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, is open for viewing weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. or by appointment. For further information please contact the Ridgewood Parks and Recreation Office at (201) 670-5560. Interior decorating workshop offered Interiors by Decorating Den is offering a workshop on Thursday, Aug. 3 from 7 to 9 p.m. Join Lucia and Lauren at Devon Fine Jewelry, located at 303 Franklin Avenue in Wyckoff. There will be door prizes. RSVP to (201) 6618606. Seating is limited. Library events announced The Ridgewood Public Library Friday Movie Matinees will feature “A Night at the Museum” (2006) on Aug. 7. This film is rated PG-13 and runs for 110 minutes. On Aug. 14, “Mall Cop” (2009) will be the feature. This movie is rated PG-13 and runs for 91 minutes. The matinees begin at 1 p.m. There will be an artist’s reception on Thursday, Aug. 6 at 6:30 p.m. for Virginia Borghese and her “Portraits and Places” exhibit. The World Cinema Foreign Film and Discussion will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 7 p.m. “The Edge of Heaven,” (Germany, 2007) will the film and the discussion will be led by Library Director Nancy Greene. This movie is not rated and is 122 minutes long. Newcomers welcome prospective members The Ridgewood Newcomers Club of the YWCA of Bergen County will be hosting its annual Ladies Summer Social on Aug. 5 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at a private residence. All prospective members are encouraged to attend. RSVP to (201) 445-4019. Golf Outing planned Ridgewood United Methodist Church will host its Seventh Annual Golf Outing on Wednesday, Aug. 19 at Great Gorge Country Club in Vernon. The price of $105, to be paid prior to the event, includes green fees, electric cart, box lunch, and dinner. Registration forms are available at the church office and sanctuary. Registration on the day of the outing is 8 a.m. Shotgun start is at 9 a.m. and dinner and the awards ceremony will be at 1:30 p.m. Call (201) 652-2868. Special needs soccer offered The Ridgewood Soccer Association has openings in its special needs program for children ages five through 14 who require the individualized attention available in a smaller group setting. Open to children in Ridgewood and neighboring towns, the program provides an enjoyable hour of soccer for players of all skill levels. A unique feature of the program is the participation by volunteers from the Ridgewood High School Girls Soccer team who serve as mentors. Whether a player is new to soccer or a seasoned veteran of the program, the aim is to develop skills, promote fitness, and emphasize the fun aspects of the game. Clinics are run on Saturday afternoons in Ridgewood from early September through early November. The cost is $60 for eight sessions. Each player receives an RSA team shirt and soccer ball. Complete program details and access to Community Pass, the RSA on-line registration system, are available at Questions can be addressed to Chamber sets Summer Sidewalk Sale The Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce will host the Ridgewood Summer Sidewalk Sale Aug. 6 through 8. Shoppers can expect three days of excellent shopping, discounts, and a wide range of selections in merchandise. Contact the Chamber at Businesses wishing to participate, may download the registration form from the website. Letters to the Editor (continued from page 16) of all ages, toddlers to seniors, who actually use the pool love the sand bottom and natural atmosphere, and do not want it turned into just another concrete pool, such as one can find in numerous venues in the immediate area more cheaply and available year-round. Graydon is venerable; it is classic. This is not synonymous with antiquated. Many also dislike the proposed price tags on the project and on the membership in the improved facility. The pool belongs to those residents at least as much as to the RPP, which, let us remember, is self-appointed. Its members do not like the pool and do not use it. (If they did, they would see there are now no geese). Yet they seem to think it is theirs to dispose of. Common sense suggests that putting Miss Gulch in charge of animal control is not going to be good for Toto. Similarly, I suggest it is illogical to leave Graydon’s fate in the hands of persons who have no love for the facility, most of whom don’t even use it. Moreover, at a time when the national mood is turning toward rediscovery of the simple things, economizing, avoiding rather than increasing bonded indebtedness, and community, an unnecessary project to turn Graydon into an expensive, exclusive enclave is swimming against the tide. The pool belongs to all village residents, not just the self-appointed few, and we should all have a say in its fate. The issue should appear on the general election ballot, to stand or fall on its merits. Urging the council to plow ahead with a bond issue is a tactic to pre-empt the voice of the people from speaking, and in essence appropriate a public property for private ends. If the RPP’s plans are so wonderful, they should have no fear of putting them on the ballot. Nothing’s going to happen to Graydon this season, so what is their rush? A.C. Willment Ridgewood Dear Editor: John Koster may be an expert on Wagner (Outlaw Journalist, July 29), but his knowledge of the Czech composer Antonin Dvorak is meager at best. Dvorak wrote “From the New World” (Symphony No. 9) not in Minnesota but in New York City while occupying a post there. His knowledge of American Indian music derived largely from a summer living in Spillville, Iowa. I do not believe there were Lakota Indians in Iowa, my native state, but I could be mistaken. Dvorak never lived in Minnesota. There is a small Dvorak museum in the second story of a house in Spillville -- the very house he rented, I believe. While in Spillville, he did write a masterpiece, the delightful “American” quartet. Koster got half the story of the impeding change for WQXR. The station will not only be publicly supported, but is being purchased by the WNYC Foundation, which owns WNYC, New York’s other classical station, but not on a full-time basis. I doubt The New York Times subsidizes WQXR. Even in this recession, it carries a wealth of commercials. It is more likely, I believe, that The Times believes a quick infusion of cash will do more for its survival than a continuing trickle of revenue from WQXR. But maybe Koster knows something I don’t. Robert C. Malone Ridgewood Responds to Koster’s column 30 minutes of your time can save a life. Each year more than four million people ~ accident victims, patients undergoing surgery, and patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or other diseases ~ are in need of a blood transfusion. Bolger (continued from page 7) Recreation a number of years ago. More recently, he donated $1.4 million to the restoration of the Pease Memorial Library, with the foyer open to the public and the rest of the building leased to paying tenants. The lease money is put back into the Ridgewood Public Library operation as a whole with no money going to Bolger or his company. When Bolger was working out this plan, the Ridgewood Council introduced and adopted an ordinance forbidding anyone with a case before the Ridgewood Planning Board or Ridgewood Zoning Board from donating money to Ridgewood. Bolger saw the ordinance as a personal slur and temporarily withdrew the offer. Bolger later rescinded the withdrawal and completed the project. The building is now entirely leased. 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