Page 8 THE VILLADOM TIMES III • September 9, 2009 Emmanuel asks... Can You Help? News from Northern Region of the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation: Our hat’s off to the members of the Glen Rock Women in Community Service (WICS) for their recent contribution and for their ongoing support. We thank all the food contributors who stepped up this summer to help us through our slowest time of year. Midland Park High School and Wyckoff’s Lincoln School get our belated thanks for their contributions given at the end of last school year. The summer was too short and now it is the beginning of a new school and college year. Ready or not, here it is! This year, we are asking community organizations such as schools, churches, temples, and places of work to consider becoming involved at a greater level. If you have not 4-29-09 karen/janine yet lent us a hand, we heartily invite you to make yourself EmmanuelHelp2x.75(4-29-09) known to us. Involvement can include a variety of activities: busi3 x .75 nesses can host a fundraiser such as a Dress-Down Day or a Golf Outing, or might contribute a certain percent of profits for one day. Schools can do a food collection, have a Pajama Day or Hat Day (everyone pays $5 for the privilege of wearing PJs or a hat to school), or host an event like a basketball game, a dance, or even a dance-athon and contribute the proceeds. Churches and temples can call us for a variety of suggestions including making a financial contribution, collecting non-perishable foods, assembling birthday bags, and purchasing gift cards. The economy has been challenging for many of us and we want to turn things around and get in the right direction. We need your help now so we can continue to provide all of the free services help to families who have a child dealing with cancer. For more information about us, log onto our website at Lisa’s life changed drastically from being the girl for whom everything went right to dealing with challenges and one crushing loss after another. She can remember thinking or saying, “I’m so lucky.” She was an amazing student athlete who excelled in her studies and in basketball and soccer. She won many scholarships after receiving a 1600 on her SATs and accepted a scholarship to a prestigious school. Here she met and eventually married Tom, who was widely considered a wonderful man with a promising career ahead of him. Lisa was hired after graduation and her employer paid for her graduate studies, which she completed with apparent ease. She was identified as a leader and was on track for training and advancement. So was Tom, who also had one success after another. Both of them held one great job after another and continually advanced. Lisa took time off from work to have two children, Tom Jr., 6, and Alison, 4. It was like living in a dream. Then the rains came. Tom was in a 15-car accident, and the police came to Lisa’s door at 9:30 p.m. with stunning news. He had been killed instantly. Six months later, Lisa began exhibiting symptoms that were eventually diagnosed as multiple sclerosis. About eight months after that Tom Jr. was diagnosed with leukemia. Lisa said it has been like being at the wrong end of the bowling alley, where you’re getting hit repeatedly. With our caseworker’s help, Lisa has been putting the pieces back together the best she can. Her son is early in his treatment and they are dealing with things one day at a time. Their biggest need is for counseling and planning services. If you would like to help this and many families, all of whom are facing challenging circumstances, please consider making a financial contribution to ECF’s Financial Family Assistance Fund. To help: Call (201) 612-8118 before you stop by. Please do not leave items at the center without checking with us first. Our storage space is limited. Hours are Monday, 10 to 1; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 10 to 5; and Thursday, 10 to 2. The Northern Regional Center is located at 174 Paterson Avenue, Midland Park, NJ 07432. Visit us on the web at As always, thank you for helping the children and their families! ����� � ������������� ��� � � ������������������ ������������������� �������� ������������ ��������������� �������� ����������������� � �������� � ��������� ������������� �������������� The Children’s Therapy Center Upper School opened this week at the Church of the Nativity in Midland Park in the building that once housed St. Thomas More Interparochial School. An open house and opening ceremonies are scheduled for Sept. 25 at 10 a.m. “The building is ideal for us; it’s convenient for wheelchairs and strollers; it has huge classrooms. All we had to do is construct one ramp,” Executive Director/Principal Marvin Leiken told the Midland Park Mayor and Council at its last meeting. “We’ve had a wonderful welcome. People are warm, kind, welcoming,” he added. Leiken said that he had also spoken to Patricia Terraciano, Midland Park High School’s principal, and they had discussed volunteer opportunities for students as part of their community service. Leiken said that the school was to open with 24 students, each of whom is paired with an adult, one-on-one. He said, Children’s Therapy Center opens however, that up to 48 students could be accommodated in the program. Physical, occupational and speech therapy is provided to students ages seven through 12. The center also operates a facility for younger children in Fair Lawn. The Therapy Center is leasing 12 classrooms, the kitchen, the gymnasium (Kennedy Hall) and two sets of restrooms from the church for its Upper School. Nativity will continue to use the school facilities for CCD, sports, social events, and sacramental receptions. The 50-year-old school (previously known as the Cerebral Palsy Center on the Valley Hospital grounds in Ridgewood) is a state-certified not for profit private institution for children with multiple disabilities. Utilizing a team approach, it offers tailored, individualized educational programs to help the students gain mastery and transition to a less restrictive environment. ������������������ ��������������������������������������������� ��������������������������������������������� ��������������������������������������������� ��������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������������ ���������������������������������������������������������������� �������������������������������������������������������������� Lynn’s Pet Care Going on vacation? Away for the weekend? Work long hours away from home? We’ll care for your pets when you can’t. Please call 201-493-8442 ® ��������������������� �������������������������� ���������������������� �������������������� 555 Russell Ave., Wyckoff, NJ 07481 (just west of Rt. 208) • 201-891-4595 • Grace United Methodist Church The people of Grace invite you and your family to join with us in worship and fellowship as we begin the fall season SUNDAY WORSHIP: 9 AM & 11 AM SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES: 9 AM & 11 AM: Infants to Grade 5 10 AM Grades 6 – 12 and Adults As of Sunday, 9/13/09 “Let the little children come unto me...” 3 Youth Choirs – Ages 4 through Grade 12 4 Fellowship Groups ranging from Age 4 through senior high CHOIRS & FELLOWSHIP GROUPS FOR CHILDREN & YOUTH Grace Weekday Nursery School has classes for children ages 3 to 5