Saddle River Valley February 18, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES III • Page 5 This year, the mayors of Upper Saddle River and Franklin Lakes have both been called upon to name their respective municipalities’ council presidents. In Franklin Lakes, Mayor Maura DeNicola broke the council’s deadlock over the election of president by naming Councilwoman Nathalie Lota to the post. In Upper Saddle River, Mayor Kenneth Gabbert recently tapped Deborah Viola for the job. When the Upper Saddle River Council reorganized for 2009, Viola and Councilwoman Barbara Ripston were both nominated by their peers for the president’s post. However, neither council member garnered the requisite number of Mayor taps Viola for council president votes. “If the council fails to select a council president by four votes (a majority of Upper Saddle River Council members), the mayor appoints the president,” Mayor Gabbert explained. He said the occurrence allowed everyone to learn from the process, adding that an incident of this nature does not happen often. “Deborah Viola is extremely qualified,” the mayor continued, pointing to her work renovating the local board of health, her service to the Environmental Committee, and her work watching local expenses. “She has the right talents to be council president this year.” The individual who serves as council president is called upon to stand in when the mayor is absent from a public meeting or from another official duty. Viola, who holds a PhD in economics, has been a councilwoman since 2005. She is a certified river monitor through the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection – Americorps Program. She has served as deputy coordinator of the USR Office of Emergency Management, as the borough’s Path to Fitness coordinator, and as a volunteer for the Annual Northwest Bergen County Flu Clinics. Viola’s community activities also include work with the Upper Saddle River Education Foundation, the Upper Saddle River Special Needs Parent Group, The New Jersey Center for Outreach and Services for the Autism Community, Autism Speaks, TEAM NYMC Annual Autism Walk, Marblejam Kids, and Healthcare Leaders of New York. Welcome to the club Deborah Viola A new member was inducted to the Saddle River Valley Junior Woman’s Club. Pictured is President Joanne Florio with new member Denise Mercier. � ������ BROWNSTONE MILL Unique Finds 11 Paterson Ave. Midland Park, NJ Located @ the Brownstone Mill Non-Medical Home Care Services ������������������ ��������������������� ������������������� ��������� �������������� �������������� ��������������� �������� �������� ���������� �������� ��������������� ���������������������� � ����������� �������� � ���������� Pixie’s 201-304-2514 345 Route 17 South • Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458 • 1-201-962-3222 ComForcare Services For Peace of Mind Call Today CAN’T WAIT FOR SPRING? SPRING LANDSCAPE PROJECTS Now is the right time to start plans on your Pre Season Pricing in Effect Then Don’t! Furniture Ephemera Antiques & Collectibles Postcards Advertising Black Memorabilia Bea Puglisi 973-427-9855 201-652-2160 Brownstone Mill 11 Paterson Ave Midland Park, NJ Wed & Sat Enchanted Treasures ���������������������������������� �������������������������������������� Weeping Pine Nursery ���������� ��������������� ����������������� ������������������ ������������������������� ���������������� ����������������� ������������������ Free ��������������� No Obligation Est. & Design ��������������� �������������������� ����������� ���������������� ������������ ����������������������������������� �������������� ������������������������������������ Welcomes your press releases photographs ��������������������� � �������������������������������������� ����������������������������� �������������������������������������