Page 6 THE VILLADOM TIMES III • March 11, 2009 Allendale Council puts stop to unlicensed clothing donations by John Koster The Allendale Council had adopted an ordinance regulating the location of clothing donation bins in the borough. Some bin owners reportedly sell the clothes rather than giving them away. The new ordinance requires the person setting out the bin to obtain a permit valid for 12 months from Allendale’s zoning officer. The borough will require information that includes the location of the bin, the manner in which the clothes will be dispensed, and the manner in which proceeds will be collected. The zoning officer would impose a fee for the application, not to exceed $25 annually, and the bin could not be located with 100 yards of any place that sells fuel or flammable liquids or gases. The bin owner would be required to maintain an office to answer any questions about the operation. The address of the office would have to be displayed on the bin. Bin owners would have 45 days to rectify complaints about the operation of the bins, and if they refuse to do so, the bins could be sold at public auction. A fine of up to $20,000 is provided for anyone who violates the ordinance now in force. The ordinance was unanimously adopted at the most recent public meeting. Mayor Vince Barra had explained at the introduction meeting that complaints had reached the council about unsupervised bins that seemed to be moved about without the approval of property owners, and that some bin operators were reportedly selling the clothing which donors assumed would be given away to people in need. Read across America The National Education Association annually sponsors Read Across America. Now in its twelfth year, the program focuses on motivating children to read, in addition to helping them master basic skills. The nationwide reading celebration takes place each year on or near March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, community centers and more participate by bringing together kids and books. Mrs. Mee Lon Yee, a volunteer reader in the Hillside School IGLOO program is shown with children in Mrs. Susan Clauss’s second grade. She read Bill Peet’s, ‘The Gnats of Knotty Pine’ and brought in stuffed animals that are represented in the story. Pictured with Mrs. Yee are (front row): Elizabeth Richardson, Breanne Davis and Erin Quinn. Back row: Billy Winters, Jordan Marino and Natalie Downey. Inset: Mrs. Yee is pictured wearing an NEA Read Across America shirt that includes a rhyme on the back: You ‘re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child. 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