May 27, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES II • Page 9 Area Several New Jersey residents were recently honored by the Russ Berrie Foundation for their unselfish dedication to serving others. Individuals who received honors included Terry Carroll of Upper Saddle River and Linda Walder Fiddle, an attorney from Ridgewood. Patient care technician Angelica Mercado of North Bergen was awarded a $50,000 cash grant from the Russell Berrie Foundation as winner of the 2009 Russ Berrie Award for Making a Difference. Mercado aided in saving the life of a driver whose gas tanker overturned and exploded. Mercado assisted at the scene of the accident and transported the driver to the hospital. Taking home the $35,000 award was Kevin J. Williams of Maywood who established the Maywood Rotary Kenya Project to help Maasai schoolchildren. His efforts have resulted in the first fresh water well for the schoolchildren and people in seven villages along with school supplies, textbooks, school uniforms, well-balanced meals, and a library. The organization has also paid for two eighth-grade classes to attend high school. Bea Napier, of Washington Township (Bergen County), Village’s Linda Walder Fiddle earns Berrie honors was awarded the $25,000 grant for her service with the township’s ambulance corps. In her more than 35 years of service she has made more than 5,000 calls, used CPR to save 19 lives, and assisted with three births. Cash awards of $2,500 each were presented to each of the finalists, including Carroll and Fiddle. Carroll was nominated for her life-long commitment to helping children with medical needs. For more than 10 years, she was a volunteer and spokesperson for Healing the Children, an organization dedicated to helping children throughout the world receive medical care unavailable in their own countries. She has hosted 14 children, nine of whom stayed at her home. Carroll is a nurse, and many times the children’s family members stay with her to learn how to care for the child upon their return home. Perhaps her most selfless act was the adoption of a Guatemalan girl, who stayed with the Carrolls from age two to three to receive medical care and to recuperate. A year later, she returned for another surgery, but her family warned that the child would not survive in Guatemala because of lack of appropriate medical care. Carroll and her husband adopted the child and made her a permanent part of their family. Fiddle has turned tragedy into triumph. She is the founder and executive director of The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation. She created the foundation in memory of her son Danny, who had Autism Spectrum Disorder and died at age nine from a seizure. Danny inspired his mother to ensure that the lives of adults and adolescents with autism would be lived to their fullest potential. Although Fiddle takes pride that the foundation is run by volunteers, it is she who runs all events, manages the website, and does much of the fundraising and advocacy. The foundation develops and awards grants to residential, recreational, vocational, educational and family programs in the state and throughout the country as a continuing legacy for Danny. On June 5, The Indian Trail Club’s McBride House will receive a 2009 New Good Neighbor Award at a celebration in Iselin. The structure, located in Franklin Lakes, was designed by Visbeen Associates, Inc. and built by Visbeen Construction Co., Inc. For nearly 50 years, the New Jersey Business & Industry Association and New Jersey Business magazine have recognized new, renovated, or expanded facilities that have improved New Jersey’s landscape and contributed to the state’s economic growth. Winning projects are recognized for their economic benefit to the community -- including the creation of new jobs, architectural merit, and commu- Good Neighbor Award recipient named nity involvement. The winners are selected by an independent panel of judges. The awards luncheon, which attracts developers, architects, builders, mayors, economic development leaders, and other important dignitaries, will be held Friday, June 5 at the Woodbridge Hotel & Conference Center in Iselin. A reception will be held at 11:45 a.m. The awards presentation and luncheon will follow at 12:30 p.m. and will adjourn at 2 p.m. Tickets are $79 per person, and sponsorships are available at $1,500 each. For information, call Katie Wittkamp at (609) 393-7707, extension 239. For sponsorship information, call Sherry Esteves at (609) 393-7707, extension 219. 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