Page 6 THE VILLADOM TIMES IV • August 12, 2009 Ramsey Emmanuel asks... Applications for the Edward C. Syder Scholarship Foundation for the 2009 school year are now available. Eligible applicants must be residents of Ramsey who have completed their freshman year of college. Qualified applicants must also demonstrate meritorious academic accomplishment, contribution to their college community, and must be of high personal character. Donald C. Ohnegian, spokesman for the Edward C. Syder Scholarship Foundation, notes that this is the eighteenth year the scholarships will be granted to qualified individuals. The 2008 winners were: Jeffrey Berk, who attends Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia; Emily Dodwell of Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts; Emily Donelan of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Piscataway; Megan Gutierrez of University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia; and Nicholas Mellis and Jeffrey Hans Pankewicz, both students at Cornell University, in Ithaca, New York. The late Edward C. Syder established the foundation in his last will and testament. A long-time resident of Ramsey, Syder served as a councilman and council president. He was a multi-term member of the Ramsey Planning Board, an active Rotarian, a Harris Fellow of Rotary International, a Columbia College graduate, and founder of the Syder Insurance Agency. In his will, Syder created the scholarship Students may apply for Syder Scholarships Can You Help? ly’s diagnosis. The caseworker visits with the family, and now things at home are a little more calm and relaxed. We have made a delivery of bags of nonperishable food and dropped off some summer clothing. A small emergency grant paid the unpaid rent and fuel bills. It is only with your contribution to the Family Financial Assistance Program that we are able to make a difference for families like Kelly’s. With your donation of groceries and your financial support, we can meet the many needs of these families: people who might be your neighbors. There are more than 230 families receiving support from ECF at this time. Please consider helping them, too. Another great way to help is through your donation of gifts cards to restaurants, ice cream stores, and department stores, or simply an American Express gift card that families can use where it is most needed. Call us at (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. Current 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! foundation, which is charged with the task of awarding financial scholarships to qualified Ramsey resident. Syder stressed that, “In no event shall need be an established criterion for an award.” “Ed’s intention was to recognize effort, academic excellence, and an individual’s positive contribution to the college community,” Ohnegian explained. “Ed’s whole life was dedicated to the pursuit of excellence. He believed that merit must be recognized and rewarded, not just for academic achievement, but also for community service.” The foundation includes eight members, all of whom are selected by Syder’s designation. They include the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Ramsey, Superintendent of the Ramsey school district, the president of Ramapo College, senior officer of Bank of America’s Ramsey branch, a district Rotary representative, and Ohnegian. All college or graduate students who are current residents of Ramsey and meet the academic and service criteria are invited to write to the Edward C. Syder Scholarship Committee, c/c Donald C. Ohnegian, Esquire, 88 West Main Street, Ramsey, New Jersey 07446, or call (201) 327-7000 for an application. Application forms must be completed by Nov. 25, 2009. There will be no extension of time. The scholarship awards will be announced by Dec. 28, and will be granted for the 2010 spring term. Our hat’s off to everyone who has made a recent contribution. You and your family can make a big difference this summer – that time of year when our food pantry is in most need of replenishing. It’s summer! Most moms look forward to having the children around and participating in a variety of warm weather activities. Most children look forward to hours of summer fun, with lots of sunscreen, swimming pools, iced tea and lemonade, water balloons, grilled food, and vacations. For 10-year old Kelly, the summer has quite a different feeling. Kelly was diagnosed with leukemia about two months ago. 4-29-09 karen/janine in the typical She is unable to participate summer activities, but she does manage EmmanuelHelp3x.75(4-29-09) to keep busy with crafts and drawing. Her 3 x .75 sisters, eight-year old Alison, and five-year old Ellynne, are also affected by all of the changes. Because of budget constraints, the family isn’t even able to do what others take for granted, like going out for ice cream together. They are barely able to purchase anything other than the bare necessities, while they watch their bills mount with each mail delivery. Naturally, Kelly’s parents are overwhelmed and the atmosphere at home has been tense. More than once, the girls have heard their mom crying in the bathroom. The Northern Regional Center started to work with this family at the time of Kel- Stay on top of commercial building maintenance �������������� You don’t have to do any homework to know where to advertise your back to school specials... The Villadom TIMES is publishing three great issues to help you start the fall selling season off right. Timely editorial featuring pertinent articles and back to school tips will be included to ensure readership. Your advertisement in each of these special sections will reach 56,300 residences in your market area. 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