Page 4 THE VILLADOM TIMES III • January 21, 2009 Allendale Borough eyes Foreit site for affordable housing Allendale is considering the acquisition of the Foreit site on West Crescent Avenue for affordable housing to comply with regulations from the Council on Affordable Housing. The site is a 2.1-acre parcel now used for office space and the storage of construction equipment, opposite the borough’s recycling area, and could be acquired for about $2 million if Allendale exercises the option. The purchase, if approved, is seen as taking place some time next year. In the meantime, Allendale will conduct soil testing to ensure the land would be suitable for the construction of affordable housing. Further details concerning the Foreit property will be subject to soil testing and other negotiations. Allendale forestalled the construction of 24 units of affordable housing on the Orchard Commons site when the borough took the initiative to turn the land into a passive park, with six units of affordable housing on one quadrant of the 3.4-acre site. J. KOSTER ���������������� ������������������ �������������� ��������������������� ���������������� ������������������������������������������� �������� Area ������ Donations sought or ‘Project Graduation’ One of the many traditions at Northern Highlands Regional High School is the annual Project Graduation celebration. The nationwide activity for new high school graduates was introduced over 15 years ago by the U.S. Department of Transportation as a means of keeping graduating seniors safe from the perils of drinking and driving on the high-risk night of graduation. Project Graduation has evolved into a huge alcohol-and-drug- free graduation party planned and executed by a committee of Highlands’ parent volunteers. Planning is currently underway for the Class of 2009. Immediately following the graduation ceremony and reception, over 85 percent of graduates will board buses and be whisked to a secret location where an evening of surprises and fun awaits them. The event will be funded primarily through student assessments and other fundraisers, but due to the high costs of throwing a party for over 250 students in the middle of the night, the committee is looking for the support of local families and businesses. The community has been incredibly generous in the past, which is why this event is always a memorable success. Financial contributions can be mailed to: “Project Graduation 2009,” c/o Bridget Egan, 93 Sheri Drive, Allendale, NJ 07401. ��������������������� ���������������������������� Serving North Jersey for 50 Years    Carpet Hardwood Tile   Area Rugs Window Fashions Winter specials available now for a limited time only. Call Robin at 973-636-7000 1030 GOFFLE ROAD HAWTHORNE, NJ 973-427-7900 STORE HOURS: • Mon & Fri 9-6 • Tues, Wed & Thurs 9-8 • Sat 9-5