Ridgewood Notes Basketball league for youth forming The Ridgewood YMCA’s Youth Basketball League for first, second, third, and fourth graders goes by the motto: Everyone plays. Player evaluations for the winter league are being held Saturday, Jan. 9 at 5 p.m. and on Monday, Jan. 11 at 4 p.m. YBL games are held Jan. 30 through March 29, with Saturday games scheduled between 2 and 5 p.m. and Monday games at 4 p.m. Under the leadership of YMCA Youth Director Chris Wolfstirn, YBL teaches and strengthens basketball skills and helps children build confidence and selfesteem. Families interested in the free player evaluations are asked to register in advance with Wolfstirn, who may be contacted at (201) 444-5600, extension 339, or cwolfstirn@ridgewoodym.org. The Ridgewood YMCA is a not-forprofit, community service organization and membership is open to all. Individuals and families in need may contact John Duke, (201) 444-5600, extension 337, for confidential assistance and applications. Children’s support group offered Children who have experienced a painful family transition such as divorce or separation face unique challenges. The Ridgewood YMCA Rainbows program has helped more than 1,000 children deal with these challenges since its inception in 1989. Registration is now open for the upcoming 14-week session, which meets Wednesdays from 7 to 8 p.m., Jan. 13 through April 28. There will be a parent orientation and information meeting Jan. 6 at 7 p.m. Rainbows is a free peer support program for area children ages four through middle school. In addition to peer support and emotional healing, the program’s goals are to help build self-esteem, teach appropriate coping mechanisms, and reach a level of acceptance for the family changes. Volunteers are needed as Rainbows group facilitators. No experience is required; the YMCA provides training. For further information, contact YMCA Director Kathi Meding, (201) 444-5600, extension 332 or kmeding@ridgewoodym.org. Cupcakes sweeten scholarship fund The Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Fund will get a boost from Cupcakes by Carousels, 192 East Ridgewood Avenue in Ridgewood in January 2010, when the bakery will donate $1 from every cupcake sold to the scholarship fund’s coffers. Scholarships are awarded to outstanding Ridgewood High School seniors. YMCA offers private swim lessons Limited spaces are available in a special winter series of concentrated private swim lessons at the Ridgewood YMCA. Each participant will have the benefit of lessons twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, Dec. 29 through Jan. 14. In private sessions, experienced instructors will gear each lesson to a child’s or adult’s individual skills in a safe and encouraging environment resulting in quicker skill progression. To register, contact Ms. Ludzki, (201) 444-5600, extension 392, or sludzki@ridgewoodym.org. Kidsafe program offered Ridgewood Parks and Recreation will sponsor a winter session unit of the popular Kidsafe defense, karate, and safety awareness program beginning Tuesday, Jan. 19. Registration for the course will be Jan. 12 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Hawes School on Stevens Avenue, Ridgewood. The program, which is designed for boys and girls five through 15 years of age, promotes self-esteem, self-discipline, defense, and safety awareness, rather than aggression. Classes are held on Tuesdays, Jan. 19 through March 30 (no classes Feb. 16 or March 2) at Hawes School. All new students age five through eight will meet from 4:30 to 5:10 p.m. Returning white belts, and new students age nine and up will meet from 5:20 to 6 p.m. Class for yellow belts and up will meet from 6:10 to 6:50 p.m. The cost for the program is $82 for the nine-week program. Uniforms are highly recommended and not included in the registration fee. For details, contact Kidsafe at (973) 284-5650. Library announces schedule The Ridgewood Public Library, 125 North Maple Avenue, will be closed Dec. 24 and 25, and will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 26. The library will be closed on New Year’s Day, Jan. 1. West Side celebrates Christmas West Side Presbyterian Church is offering a variety of services for Christmas. On Christmas Eve, West Side will offer three services, beginning with a Family Nativity service at 2 p.m. This is an informal, interactive, intergenerational service, designed for families with young children. The Christmas story is told with drama, audience participation, and song. The Cantate Choir, comprised of children from kindergarten and first grade, and the Youth String Ensemble will present music. This service will be led by Rev. Kent Smith. The Festival of Lessons and Carols will be held at 4:30 p.m. This service will feature the children’s and youth choirs, the Calvin Bell Choir, and a brass ensemble. At 10:30 p.m. there will be a Holy Communion Worship Service featuring the Chancel Choir, Westminster Bell Choir, and a string ensemble. The service will be led by Rev. Dr. Gareth Icenogle. On Dec. 27, West Side will offer one worship service at 10 a.m., followed by a potluck brunch. All are welcome. On New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, there will be a concert at 5:45 p.m., featuring music for organ, viola, flute, and piano. A Holy Communion Worship Service led by Rev. Dr. Gareth Icenogle will take place at 6:30 p.m., followed by a New Year’s Eve celebration in the narthex. On Jan. 3, 2010, West Side will mark the Celebration of Epiphany with worship and Holy Communion at 8:45 and 11:15 a.m., Rev. Liz Junod will be preaching. West Side Presbyterian Church is located at Varian Fry Way, 6 South Monroe Street, in Ridgewood. Free parking is available in the lot directly across the street. For information about the church and its programs, call (201) 652-1966 or visit www. westside.org. MOMs host panel on nutrition OLMC MOMs will sponsor a panel discussion on health and nutrition for families featuring Dr. Lori Nuzzi and Linda Davida. Dr. Nuzzi will speak about healthy alternatives for treating illnesses, and Linda Davida, a Columbia University- trained nutritionist, will teach important methods for providing nutrition for families. The meeting will be held Jan. 6 at 9:15 a.m. at the OLMC Parish Center, 1 Passaic Street, December 23, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES II • Page 27 Ridgewood. Ridgewood. Children of all ages are welcome to attend; CantaLyrica, led by Maestro Joshua childcare is available for walking children. Greene, will present Brahms’ “Neue LiebeE-mail Melissa at childcare@olmcmoms. slieder” and works by Haydn, Beethoven, org for more information about childcare. and Mendelssohn, and selections from Bring a friend and check the website, Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus.” www.olmcmoms.org for more information Joshua Greene, CantaLyrica’s music about MOMS. director, is an assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera, a teacher of piano and conducting, and a noted voice coach and CantaLyrica presents winter concert recital accompanist for many renowned CantaLyrica, a 40-member chamber singers, including James Morris, Marc chorus based in Bergen County, will present Embree, and Jane Bunnell. Visit www.canits winter concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, talyrica.org for more information. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the at West Side Presbyterian Church, Monroe Street and West Ridgewood Avenue in door. Call (201) 837-1734 for reservations. Donation (continued from page 7) which in turn is assisting the community as a whole,” said David Bolger, noting that the DePhillips family, who were Midland Park residents, “wanted to inspire a sense of community giving, for people in need.” “David has given so much to The Children’s Therapy Center over the years - not only financially but emotionally. He has shown such a genuine love of our program and our children by physically coming to our Center to hand out holiday gifts to our kids, helping with logistics when we were working on the expansion, offering suggestions for improvement, challenging us to increase our donor base and so much more. This is the sort of “behind-the-scenes” philanthropy that really proves that his giving is much more far-reaching than just writing a check and proving that he truly understands what it takes to make an organization successful and sustainable,” Hoffman said. Bolger previously contributed more than $300,000 to the Midland Park project. In August of 2007, he challenged the CTC to raise $200,000 by Jan. 15, 2008, matching that amount dollar for dollar. The $200,000 he donated was used to pay off money owed on the Fair Lawn Campus so that the center could begin working toward the expansion (CTC Upper School) with a clean slate. “Thanks to this challenge, we not only paid off Fair Lawn, but we had money left over to put toward the expansion,” Hoffman explained. In 2008, Bolger again challenged the center to raise $200,000 by Jan. 15, which he matched 50 cents on the dollar. The center completed the challenge and was awarded $100,000 toward the expansion project. The 50-year-old school (previously known as the Cerebral Palsy Center on the Valley Hospital grounds in Ridgewood) is a state-certified not for profit private institution for children with multiple disabilities. ���������� ����������� In The Villadom TIMES, you’ll get the exposure you need in 56,300 homes right in your market area. 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