December 9, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES III • Page 23 Allendale Notebook Board of education to meet The Allendale Board of Education will meet Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 8 p.m. in the Brookside School Library. The school is located at 100 Brookside Avenue. Chamber to meet for breakfast The Allendale Chamber of Commerce will host a breakfast meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 8:30 a.m. at Terrie O’Connor Realtors, 75 West Allendale Avenue. Contact Nicolette Lisella of Terrie O’Connor Realtors at (201) 638-6765. The Chamber meets the second Tuesday of the month. Newcomers Club plans events Join the Allendale Newcomers Club on Dec. 8 for Movie Night at the Ridgewood Cinema. The event will begin at 7 p.m. Log on to http://allendalenewcomersclub.blogspot. com for details. The Not for Kids Only group will meet for story time and craft with Miss Tara at the Lee Memorial Children’s Library on Thursday, Dec. 17 at 10:15 a.m. To reserve a spot, call (201) 327-4338 or e-mail This free event is for children ages two through six who are accompanied by an adult. Space is limited to the first 20 children. Not for Kids Only will also be at Barnes and Noble on Route 17 in Paramus on Dec. 21 at 11 a.m. for story time. For information about other Not for Kids Only events, log on to the blog or send an e-mail to nfkoanc@yahoo. com. The Newcomers Book Club will discuss “Better Not Cry” and have a holiday cookie exchange on Monday, Dec. 21 at 8 p.m. The location is to be announced. RSVP to for more information or to be placed directly on the book club mailing list. Newcomer members who need assistance during the holiday season are invited to call the Newcomer’s Helping Hands. E-mail Coat Drive underway Gently used coats are now being collected by Terri O’Connor Realtors’ offices in Allendale, Ramsey, Ridgewood, and Saddle River. All coats will be donated to Jersey Cares for distribution to thousands of residents in need throughout New Jersey. Items may be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily until Dec. 12. For office locations, visit For more information, call Grace Mason at (201) 921-5354. Box Tops fundraiser launched Hillside and Brookside schools have launched the district’s 2009-10 Box Tops for Education fundraising campaign. Residents are asked to clip designated box tops from hundreds of favorite products and send them to Hillside School, Attention Maria Aiello, Box Tops Coordinator, 89 Hillside Avenue, Allendale, NJ, 07401. Participants may sign up to support Hillside and Brookside schools on the Box Tops website at The schools earn a percentage of participants’ purchases when they shop through the Box Tops MarketplaceSM. Schools can also earn a percentage of books purchased through the Box Tops Reading RoomSM. Box Tops for Education is a school fundraising program started by General Mills in 1996. To date, Box Tops has helped America’s schools raise over $250 million to buy items they need but cannot always afford, such as library books, school supplies, and playground equipment. The program offers school supporters three easy ways to earn cash for schools through everyday activities such as buying groceries, shopping online, and purchasing books. Schools can earn a total of up to $60,000 each year. For more information, visit or contact Maria Aiello at (201) 818-0089 or e-mail mftaiello@verizon. net. Club seeks new members Membership in the Allendale Newcomers Club is annual and runs from September through June. New members may join throughout the year. Join the club to meet new friends, attend daytime and evening social events, participate in playgroups, discuss current books, and more. For more information, e-mail MembershipANC@yahoo. com or visit online at for the registration form. Career development group offered The Allendale Clergy Association has formed a career development group called Opening Doors. The group provides a venue for peer support, networking, and practical job search resources for those who are in transition or seeking to rejoin the workforce. Opening Doors will provide resources for those who seek a communal face-to-face set- ting, and for those who would prefer to access them from home. Weekly meetings are held on Wednesday mornings from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Highlands Presbyterian Church, at 270 Franklin Turnpike. All are welcome. The first Wednesday of each month begins with a specific career development topic such as self/career assessment, resume/cover letter writing, interviewing skills, and tutorials on networking sites. On-site WiFi will be available, and representatives from the business community and the Allendale clergy will be on hand at each meeting. Contact Highlands Presbyterian Church at (201) 327-4466 or with questions. Library offers bargain books Bargain books are available at the Lee Memorial Library located at 500 West Crescent Avenue in Allendale. This used book sale is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and includes children’s books, paperbacks, fiction and nonfiction, current best-sellers, and more all at bargain prices. Books are priced at from 25 cents to $1. Proceeds go directly to the library for the purchase of new materials. XYZ Club meets The XYZ Senior Citizens Club of Allendale meets on the first and third Friday of the month at the Calvary Lutheran Church, 165 West Crescent Avenue at 11 a.m. Allendale residents who would like to participate in club activities are most welcome. Library located at 100 Brookside Avenue in Allendale. Garden Club seeks new members The Allendale Garden Club is seeking new members. The club is a social and community service group. Members meet on the third Wednesday of the month from September through June at 7:30 p.m. at Brighton Gardens Assisted Living Facility located on Boroline Road. Club activities include monthly speakers who address topics such as gardening techniques, environmental concerns, and nature-oriented art. Evening tours of local gardens are held throughout June. The club also performs community service by donating to local open space and garden projects. Everyone is encouraged to join, not only the active gardener but also those who appreciate nature and beauty. For more information visit the website at or call Amy at (201) 236-4874. 30 minutes of your time can save a life. It’s About Life! Your can make a difference in someone’s life by spending just 30 minutes donating blood. Call us today. 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