January 21, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES III • Page 3 Upper Saddle River Foundation plans posthumous honor for Coach Blake The Upper Saddle River Educational Foundation recently announced that Mike Blake will be awarded the 2009 Award for Educational Excellence posthumously. The award is given annually to an Upper Saddle River resident who has demonstrated a long-term commitment to the community and significant civic leadership. The recipient must be identified as a positive role model for children and be recognized by many in the community, including parents, teachers, and administrators. Known as Coach Mike, Blake was a tireless coach to boys and girls, coaching softball, baseball, soccer, and basketball. He coached star athletes and kids who just were out to have some fun with equal passion. Blake brought his lifelong love of sports to those he coached, teaching them teamwork, persistence, and sportsmanship. Gentle and kind, he made a genuine difference in their lives. When Blake passed away last fall, 3,000 adults and children attended his wake. Blake will be honored at the USREF’s sixth annual Gala Dinner Dance, Town Night Out, to be held on Friday, March 6 at the Estate at Florentine Gardens. The community is invited. The evening will include cocktail hour, a Viennese Dessert Table with a coffee bar, dancing, and entertainment. Auctions showcasing unique gifts will also be a highlight. All proceeds will benefit the students in kindergarten through eighth grade in Upper Saddle River. Visit www.usref.net to register for the gala online with a credit card or to download an order form for tickets by mail. Tickets for the gala are $115 per person. There will be no assigned seating this year. Also available online are order forms to place an ad in the ad journal distributed at the gala. For more information on the dinner, or to donate an auction prize, contact Maria DiMartino at (201) 818-2402 or mardimar@optonline.net. ���� ��������� ���� � ������� ������ �������� ������������� ��������������� Mike Blake (top row center) with members of the 2004 girls softball championship team. ������� ������� ����������� �������������� ��� �������� ������� ������������������ until February Information 26 E. Main St. Ramsey Bai’s Your School Tae Kwon Do 201-327-7080 ���������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������������������� ��������������������������������������������������������������������� �������������������� ������������������� ������������������������������������������� ������������������������������� ���������������������������� ��������������� ������������ ����������� � Shoes & Sneakers Not all sizes or styles All Sales Final • No Coupons No Refunds or Exchanges on Sales Items �������������������������������������������������� ����������������� Annual Selected Children’s, Men’s & Women’s ����������������������������������������������������������������� ���������������������������������������������������������������������� ������� ����� ������� ���������� ������������ ���������� ����� ������ ���������� ������ ������ ����������� ������ ����� ������������ ���� �������� ������� �������� �������� ����� ���