Page 8 THE VILLADOM TIMES III • October 28, 2009 Uncontested (continued from page 4) Allendale. Strauch instituted a program in which residents contributed voluntary donations to attempt to purchase the 3.4-acre site on the Franklin Turnpike known as Orchard Commons, which had been zoned for 24 townhouses. Strauch’s campaign drew $400,000 in pledges and attracted a check from the Passaic River Valley Coalition for seed money for professional planning and grant applications. Orchard Commons was ultimately purchased from the owner and dedicated as a park with a smaller housing element. White, seeking her second term, was also instrumental in visiting state and county offices to help save Orchard Commons. She also joined Strauch and Councilman Ari Bernstein in drafting an ordinance to permit limited and supervised beekeeping in Allendale. Before the ordinance was adopted this fall, all apiaries were banned in Allendale due to a restriction on pets other than dogs and cats. White is also responsible for parks and recreation and recently reported at a council meeting that allowing fami- lies from outside the borough to join Crestwood Lake Park as paying members had improved the finances of the swimming and picnicking area without harming the aesthetics. Some residents had objected to people from outside Allendale using the facility, but council members asserted that the lake was under-used, and under-financed, and that accepting paying members from outside Allendale would rectify this condition. White told the council that this appeared to be working. Ho-Ho-Kus Republican incumbents Kevin Crossley and Doug Troast are seeking new terms on the Ho-Ho-Kus Borough Council. Crossley has been a council member since 2002. He is managing partner and chief operating officer of Club Agency Insurance Brokerage, LLC, in Garden City, New York. He is past president of the Tri-County Independent Insurance Agents Association of Nassau, Queens, and Kings counties. He has served on the Safeco Insurance Advisory Council and the Nominating Committee for the board of directors of AAA New York, Inc. Crossley has chaired fundraisers for the Girl Scouts of Nassau County. Crossley serves the Ho-Ho-Kus Council as finance chairman, insurance liaison for the borough, commissioner of the ambulance corps, and deputy police commissioner. He has served as council president, deputy commissioner of the Ho-Ho-Kus Volunteer Fire Department, and president of the Ho-Ho-Kus/Saddle River Athletic Association. He recently served on the Solid Waste Contract Committee and participated in the PBA contract negotiations. Troast joined the council in 2000. He also served three years on the borough’s zoning board. He is chief executive officer of the John Troast Group, a construction and real estate development company. He served on former Governor Whitman’s Property Tax Commission and as a trustee of the New Jersey Organization for a Better State. He and his wife, Joanie, have three children. They are members of Saint Gabriel’s Church. Saddle River Incumbent Saddle River Councilman John E. Murray and newcomer Bruce E. Walenczyk, both of whom are Republicans, are seeking election to the borough’s governing body. They will run unopposed in their bids for threeyear terms on the council. Upper Saddle River Republicans Vincent Durante and Dr. Joanne Florio are seeking election to the Upper Saddle River Council. Durante, who was recently named to Ripston’s unexpired term, has over 25 years of professional and managerial experience in pharmaceutical and health and beauty products. He has also served on the local board of health and as a basketball coach for the recreation department. Dr. Florio, a lifetime borough resident, has been a practicing chiropractor and nutritionist since 1988. She is president/treasurer of Deer Creek Valley, Inc. and contributes to the sales and distribution of vitamin supplements and organically grown products. She is a member of the local board of health and is currently president of Saddle River Valley Junior Woman’s Club. (continued from page 7) to get rid of the three parking spaces, which it considers substandard, without making accommodations elsewhere in the downtown. The engineer also said the addition of 10 feet of sidewalk on the corner of Sheridan and Franklin Turnpike would make the area more pedestrian friendly. Several business owners were concerned that the project coincides with their busiest time of the year. Hals explained that the borough is attempting to meet state-imposed deadlines that involve the use of grants. He said the goal is to ensure the business owners will have constant use of their properties. During the September meeting, Ho-Ho-Kus Mayor Thomas Randall told the business owners that starting the project over the summer would have been ideal, but contractors are busier at that time of year, and the timing of this contract allows the borough an opportunity to receive better pricing. The borough recently received a letter from a resident who urged the council not to remove the three parking spaces near Franklyn’s Pharmacy. The citizen, who has had an organ transplant, said it is already difficult to park in that area. Mayor Randall acknowledged the resident’s letter at last week’s work session, noting that the borough has been reviewing options to ease the parking situation. One option could involve the use of the lot at the former Texaco station on Franklin Turnpike near Sheridan Avenue. Streetscape grant (continued from page 4) ones who actually are as opposed so homes that are illegally renting rooms out to countless families. We would also like to work closely with the Waldwick Chamber of Commerce to help drive more businesses into Waldwick along with helping promote a ‘Shop Locally’ campaign to support all of Waldwick’s businesses who pay taxes and employ residents. “We are fully committed to finding ways to stretch tax dollars further. Waldwick is certainly watching every dollar on large contracts such as waste disposal, but how about smaller every day purchases? While we have started working towards shared services this is another area we would explore further to save some of our hard earned tax dollars. For more information about us and our campaign please visit our website” Waldwick race