April 1, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES IV • Page 21 Recognition (continued from page 4) passion and patience to share her knowledge with others. The Ramsey Knights of Columbus Shield Award was given to Bruce Greenwood. The Riding Award was earned by Dee Duncan, who was on-duty for 1262 hours. Service Awards for years of longevity went to: Clayton Bridges, Jane DePiero, Don Evans, Bill Lara, Jill McNamara, Avi Mirchandani, James Warnet, Peggy Warnet, Kathy Wild, five years; Holly Walker, 15 years; Jan Simon, Jane Simon, 20 years; and CB Young, 35 years. Century Club Awards, for responding to the most calls, were given to: Bryant Kuo, 100; Kelly Vriesema, 103; Chenay Clark, 104; Mike Adams and Guru Shan, 106; Jim Powers, 110; Cheri Rosenstein, 111; Annette Young, 115; Scott Peterson, 127; Kelly Blayer, 129; Steve Goeller, 129; Brian Behrmann, 130; Peggy Warnet, 133, Dave Brown, 124; Bruce Greenwood, 144; Dee Duncan and Sean Matro, 145; Rich Vander Wall, 149; Nicholas Attardo, 178; and Kim Deas, 209. Kathy Shurko Awards were given to Erik Bergsten, who answered 259 calls, and Mike Migliaccio, who Ramsey Fire Department Captain Randy Sterbinsky and his wife Mary enjoy the evening, answered 268 calls. Former Chief Steve Ahlstedt was the top responder with 348 calls. Chief Ahlstedt has held this recognition for many years. Field Service Awards for life saving actions were presented to several members. Jim Keeney, a member of the Ramsey Rescue Squad, received a Certificate of Appreciation, for responding on 67 ambulance calls during the year. The Upper Saddle River Ambulance Corps also was recognized for loaning an ambulance to the RAC when both of Ramsey’s rigs had to go out of service. Line officers who will lead the Ramsey Ambulance Corps in 2009 are: Chief Brian Behrmann, Deputy Chief Michael Migliaccio, First Lt. Erik Bergsten, Second Lt. Jeanette Coviello, and Third Lt. Kim Deas. Administrative officers include President Steven Ahlstedt, Vice President Jane DePiero, Recording Secretary Linda Meiman, Corresponding Secretary Colleen Gubala, Treasurer Clayton Bridges, Head Trustee Kelly Vriesema, and Trustees Deirdre Duncan, Sean Matro, Holly Walker, and Annette Young. Chief Behrmann then presented an Honorary Membership Award, posthumously, to Kathy Wild. “She was a member who took her membership in the corps very seriously—especially since her father, Ray Vogel, was a charter life member. She did an outstanding job on the committees she served on, she helped everyone in need, she had an excellent sense of humor, and she was a special friend to everyone—especially me. Although cancer took her from us last year, she will always be remembered as a person who gave 110% in everything that she did.” Behrmann summed up 2008, stating, “I am very proud to announce that this corps answered every one of the 1,290 requests for assistance last year – a record number. As of tonight, we have completed five years and six months without a single dropped call. This record includes daytime “second rig” calls and mutual aid calls to our neighboring communities, when we have our fewest members available. We have not dropped a single call in 66 months. I thank all of our members for their dedication and hard work and their families for their ongoing support. I also express appreciation to Mayor Chris Botta and our council, for their continued assistance in helping us maintain our vital services, and I ask our residents and business owners to continue their generous response to our annual fund drive.” Sign ordinance (continued from page 5) The council acknowledged in the ordinance the concerns of township residents about vehicles traveling at high rates of sped on McIntosh Drive where there are limited sight distances in certain sections due to the nature of the curves of that road, and claims the stop signs would benefit pedestrians and motorists on that road and minimize the safety risk to people and property. The council has been trying to find a way to calm traffic on McIntosh Drive for several years. In 2006, the governing body considered placing speed humps, which consist of two six-foot ramps with a six-foot flat area on top that is sometimes used as a crosswalk, on that roadway. The council eventually decided against the speed humps, based primarily on the concern expressed by the township’s emergency services that they would impede their ability to get to an emergency in this area of the township. The council also considered closing Shuart Road, the short street that connects East Crescent Avenue to McIntosh Drive, to all but emergency services vehicles in order to block New York motorists from using that road. Officials also considered prohibiting left turns onto East Crescent Avenue to discourage New York motorists from using McIntosh Drive to get back to New York State. But those efforts were abandoned in favor of the possibility of limiting right and left turns onto Shuart Road from East Crescent Avenue during rush hours, and an ordinance to that effect was adopted in May 2007. That ordinance remains in effect, and it prohibits motorists traveling south on East Crescent Avenue from turning right onto Shuart Road between the hours of 7 and 9 a.m. and motorists traveling eastward on Shuart Road from turning left onto East Crescent Avenue between the hours of 4 and 7 p.m. �������� ������� ���������� ��������������������� ��������� �� YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD NEWSPAPER ����������������� Spring specials available now for a limited time only. Call Robin at 973-636-7000