Page 10 THE VILLADOM TIMES III • November 25, 2009 Upper Saddle River Church continues Paterson Toy Drive tradition Be part of the 26th Annual Paterson Toy Drive and donate gently used or new toys plus parent gift items. This is a way to reach out at the holidays to make a difference in a child’s life while clearing unwanted items from your home. Items may be dropped off at Bergen Highlands United Methodist Church, 318 West Saddle River Road, Upper Saddle River, from Friday, Nov. 27 through Wednesday, Dec. 2. The Paterson Toy Sale occurs on the first Friday and Saturday each December. It has grown from a three-table, two-hour event for children to a two-day event, requiring two moving vans to deliver all the toys and gifts. Friday night is “Kid Night,” when only children are allowed to shop for gifts for their families at very low cost. Saturday morning is open to all ages in the community to shop at the same low cost. All proceeds are donated to CUMAC and the Boys and Girls Club. In 1984, a group of volunteers from Bergen Highlands United Methodist Church in Upper Saddle River were volunteering at a fall clothing sale in Paterson at CUMAC, a food and clothing pantry. In a corner of the small church facility, they found a box of donated stuffed animals and various other children’s toys. Across the street from the church was the Paterson Boys Club. They thought of children and toys, and the Paterson Toy Sale was born! Peter Thornton, the director of the Boys Club, willingly donated the gym for that first Saturday morning event, and he continues to donate the space of what is now the Boys & Girls Club of Paterson. Betsy Haley, choir director at Bergen Highlands United Methodist Church, has been event director all 26 years. Donated toys should be clean and bagged or boxed. Puzzles must be complete and in plastic bags so as not to lose the pieces. Parent gifts can be new or gently used and include anything that could be used for a gift such as house wares, jewelry, decorative items, perfume, ties, belts and wallets. Volunteers are also needed to help out at the Boys and Girls Club on Friday, Dec. 4 from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For information about the event or to volunteer, call Betsy Haley at (201) 746-0650. ‘Solarbration’ (continued from page 3) times, and still leaked. When the district was considering a replacement for the old roof, school officials decided to include the solar collection cells as part of the purchase. The new roof and collection system, which cost approximately $1.5 million, was one of the many items funded by the $3,563,430 December 2008 school bond referendum. The building’s current heating and lighting systems will remain in place, but the solar energy collection will offset energy costs, district officials anticipate. According to the superintendent, the district anticipates that the solar cells will save the district approximately $11,000 per year on avoided energy costs (energy the district will not have to purchase from an outside supplier). In addition, the district expects to be able to sell renewable energy credits, which could amount to an additional $47,000. Additional funding of about $87,000 will also be available to the district from the New Jersey Clean Energy Commission. A school publication reported that the solar cells will pay for themselves after five years, and for the entire roof within 21 years. In effect, the district is going green in two ways: by reducing the building’s greenhouse gas emissions, and by putting green in the wallets of the community members. A shopper at a previous year’s event surveys the selection of stuffed animals. SPEND YOUR TRAINING $$$ WISELY! • EDUCATED - MA in exercise science • CERTIFIED - ACSM, NASM, Post Rehab Specialist, MAT Specialist �������������������������� ����������������������������������� Sheila Keane • EXPERIENCED - 15 years one-to-one personal training • QUALIFIED - to work with geriatric, bariatric, Parkinson’s as well as weight loss, fitness and wellness In your home or comfortable, private training facility Offering Muscle Activation Techniques ������������������������������������� Keane Fit & Wellness Ridgewood 201-488-4314 or 201-341-0183