November 18, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES III • Page 21 Saddle River Valley Notes College selection advice offered Deborah Shames will offer advice on surviving the college selection process at the Upper Saddle River Library on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. Shames will discuss how to select a college that can maximize a teen’s chances of success and happiness. The library is located at 245 Lake Street. Holiday Boutique underway The Friends of the Upper Saddle River Library’s Holiday Boutique will continue now through Dec. 31. There are fashionable reading glasses, Folkmanis puppets, gift books, and gifts for children, teachers, and friends. For additional information, call (201) 327-2583. The library is located at 245 Lake Street. Keep up with technology Twitter, Facebook, and Linkedin: What does all this mean? On Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m., visit the Upper Saddle River Library, 245 Lake Street, Upper Saddle River, and learn how to personally connect with others online. Call (201) 327-2583 for more information. Ladies’ Night Out set The Saddle River Valley Junior Woman’s Club has rescheduled its Wine and Hors d’oeuvres Soiree to Wednesday, Nov. 18. The event will still be held at California Wineworks on Route 17, Paramus. Prospective members are invited to meet the membership and learn about the activities of the club. The organization is open to Saddle River Valley women. Contact Denise Mercier for more information at (201) 825-1947. Crafters sought Crafters are being sought for the Friends of the Upper Saddle River Library’s Craft Fair, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 5, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Items must be handmade by the vendor. Applications are online at and at the library. The Town Holiday Party, sponsored by the library, will also take place on this day. For more information contact, Ann Witkowski at (201) 327-2583 or email to ann. The Upper Saddle River Library is located at 245 Lake Street. Lions Club recycles eyeglasses For more than 60 years, Lions clubs have been collecting used eyeglasses for recycling. Donated glasses are either given to support local eyeglass recycling efforts or shipped to one of seven official Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centers. The Saddle River Valley Lions Club has placed “eyeglass collection boxes” through the club area. Gold and purple boxes with the Lions logo can be found at the following locations: Mahwah: Bank of America, Town Hall, Library and a drive up white box at 190 Franklin Turnpike; Ramsey: Town Hall, Library, Ramsey High School, Quality Optical (Main Street); Saddle River: Bank of America; and Upper Saddle River: Library. For information on the Saddle River Valley Lions Club, write to P.O. Box 333, Saddle River, NJ 07458. Annual run coming up The Eleventh Dick Meighan Memorial Run will be held Thursday, Nov. 26, at 9 a.m. at Cavallini Middle School, 392 West Saddle River Road, Upper Saddle River. This year’s event is expected to attract more than 2,000 participants. The charity race, named in memory of beloved Upper Saddle River resident Dick Meighan, is both a competitive road race and a fundraiser for DARE; the borough’s rescue squad, ambulance corps, and fire department; the Upper Saddle River Youth Triathlon; Saddle River Service Corps; Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America; the Upper Saddle River Education Foundation; and the “Extra Mile” Scholarship Fund. In the last 10 years, more than $150,000 has been donated to these organizations. Prizes are awarded to the top three male and female finishers and to family teams and participants in various age categories. The first 1,800 participants receive a long sleeve cotton shirt. Pre-registration is recommended. Mail-in and on-line options are explained at The fee is $20 in advance and $25 on race day. Pre-registered racers may pick up their shirt, race number, and timing chip Nov. 25 between 7 and 9:30 p.m. at Cavallini Middle School. All donations should be made out to Borough of USR/Dick Meighan Run and sent to Recreation Director Ed Gartner, c/o USR Borough Hall, 376 West Saddle River Road, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey 07458. For information about making a corporate or individual donation, contact Marshall Grupp at (212) 388-1231. For details about the race, contact Jennifer at (201) 857-4381. Directory to be updated Plans are well underway for the 2010 edition of the Upper Saddle River Directory. For 52 years, this directory has been a borough tradition, listing local residents, and containing handy resources including important borough numbers, information on borough government and local organizations, a directory of professionals, a dining guide, and a street map. Upper Saddle River residents who are not currently listed in the directory and would like to be included are invited to send their name, address, phone number, and name of the previous owner of their house to USR Directory, c/o USR Library 245 Lake Street, USR, NJ 07458. This information may also be e-mailed to by Jan. 15, 2010. Members of the Honors Creative Nonfiction Writing class at Saddle River Day School recently attended a unique tea party conducted by Adrienne Etkin (pictured here), owner of Admari Tea in Midland Park. Ms. Etkin demonstrated brewing techniques for several different varieties of tea and students had the opportunity to smell and taste the different aromas and tastes of each. Throughout the demonstration, students posed questions to Ms. Etkin to pave the way for their next major assignment in their food writing unit of the class. Tea time Engaged? Just Married? Celebrating an Anniversary? Share the news with neighbors and friends! Announce your Special Event in Letters to the Editor (continued from page 20) That is the wrong approach if we are concerned about the future of our children and our community. A non-competitive contract in our district has many implications. Some of our very talented educators would leave the district for better opportunities. A non-competitive contract would not attract the best and the brightest new teachers. Unless we can attract and retain fine educators our children will pay the price. We understand that negotiation is a two-way street. We have come to the table in good faith, seeking a fair, competitive contract. We are not seeking the highest wages or the best benefits in Bergen County, but we cannot accept the worst either. We know how much the Ho-Ho-Kus community values its teachers and its school, and we are confident you want them to remain strong and successful. We will not waiver in our commitment to our children, and we will not waiver in our commitment to a contract that treats our members fairly and keeps our schools strong and competitive far into the future. The Ho-Ho-Kus Education Association We welcome photographs. Send announcements to: The Villadom TIMES P.O. Box 96, Midland Park, NJ 07432