Ridgewood May 27, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES II • Page 5 Pease Library restoration now completed by John Koster Ridgewood philanthropist David Bolger didn’t say a word for publication, but he didn’t need to – everyone at the May 19 dedication of the newly-refurbished Pease Library knew whom to thank, and they thanked him profusely. “I wish I could claim credit, but I can’t,” said Bolger Foundation President J.T. Bolger, David Bolger’s son and supervisor of the project. “Every Monday, I would get a bill and take it to Dave.” “This was not a renovation, this was a restoration, and that was due to the kindness of the Bolger Foundation,” Ridgewood’s Mayor David Pfund said of the work at Pease. Mayor Pfund praised everyone responsible for the project, including Village Manager James Ten Hoeve. “We’re going to miss you, Jim, but what a great way to finish up,” Mayor Pfund told Ten Hoeve, who was in the audience of about 60 people. Ten Hoeve resigned earlier this year to pursue another career option. Interviews for his successor will begin shortly. Using modern materials, but remaining true to the original structure and design, the Bolger Foundation restored what was Ridgewood’s first library. The Garber Square building later served as an auxiliary library, and then as the police station for five years after Tropical Storm Floyd flooded the police station that had been located on the first floor of Ridgewood Village Hall. The building’s lower level sereves as the headquarters for Northwest Bergen Central Dispatch. John Saraceno of the Ridgewood Public Library Board of Trustees, Library Director Nancy Greene, and Rev. Gareth Icenogle of West Side Presbyterian Church also spoke. Rev. Icenogle called for a celebration of “resurrection and revitalization,” and for healing and reconciliation. David and J.T. Bolger also saved a painting that had been displayed in the Pease Library, “Jesus in the Temple,” and paid to have it restored. The restored painting by Heinrich Hoffmann, a German artist of the later 19th century, was a favorite of George Pease, namesake of the library, and was once displayed in his own home. An exhibit inside Top: Mayor David Pfund, David Bolger, Library Board’s John Rodgers, J.T. Bolger and Library Board’s John Saraceno. Above: Some of the restoration projects inside the Pease Library. the building described the painting, the professional restoration, and the fact that Pease donated a stained glass window based on the same theme to a Presbyterian church in Brooklyn, where it exists to this day. The Pease Library, which had fallen into disrepair, will now offer the front foyer and one wing to the public, while the remainder of the building will be leased as office space (continued on page 16) Finally... a hearing device you’ll want to wear. Visit our office and try Dual for FREE! Call 1ST ANNUAL SPRING GALA PERFORMANCE Saturday May 30th, 1:00 PM & 7:00 PM At Berrie Center for the Arts, Ramapo College. ����������������������������������������������������������������������� © 2008 Oticon, Inc. All rights reserved. ������������������������������������������������������������������������ ���������������������������������������������������������������������������� 201-934-7755 today to learn more. Dual: Engineered for performance, designed for style. Dual is the most advanced hearing instrument on the market today. It helps you move beyond the frustrations of hearing loss, so you can experience life with the clearest, most comfortable and natural hearing possible in any listening situation. � The ultimate combination of state-of-the-art technology with a sleek design you want to wear ��Understand what others are saying in noisy situations � Use the telephone with ease and convenience � Watch TV at the same volume as everyone else It’s a hearing device you’ll really love to wear. ���������������������������������������������������������������� ����������������������������������������������������������������������� 119 Interstate Shopping Center, Ramsey, New Jersey Intersection of Route 17 & Franklin Turnpike ADVANCED HEARING SERVICES, INC. www.HearNJ.com ���������������������������������������������������������������������� Supervising Licence. NJ Hearing Aid Dispenser * Licence # 743 *Board Certified by the National Board for Certification in Hearing Instrument Sciences. **American Conference of Audioprosthology Thomas J. Higgins, BC-HIS*, ACA**