December 9, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES IV • Page 23 Mahwah Minutes Matinee to feature ‘Up’ The Mahwah Public Library will present a screening of the summer of 2009 blockbuster “Up” on Sunday, Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. By tying thousands of balloons to his home, 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen sets out to fulfill his lifelong dream to see the wilds of South America. Right after lifting off, however, he learns he is not alone on his journey, since Russell, a wilderness explorer 70 years his junior, has inadvertently become a stowaway. Popcorn, movie snacks, and drinks will be available. This program is free and no tickets are necessary. The library is located at 100 Ridge Road. Call (201) 529-READ or visit Angelou book to be discussed “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou will be discussed by both the Morning Book Discussion Group on Monday, Dec. 21 at 10:30 a.m. and the Evening Book Discussion Group on Wednesday, Dec. 23 at 7 p.m. “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” is the first volume in an autobiographical series. Both the morning and evening adult book discussion groups are accepting new members. Interested individuals may call or visit the library at 100 Ridge Road. Call (201) 529-READ or visit for program information. Brandes to discuss job searches The Mahwah Library will present “Job Search in the Age of the Internet: Networking” with Barbara Brandes, career counselor and executive coach on Monday, Dec. 14 at 12:30 p.m. Join in this 60 minute lunchtime workshop on networking skills. Participants may bring a lunch and the library will provide drinks and dessert. Brandes specializes in career and executive coaching, and is dedicated to helping business professionals define their goals, develop career strategies, and take actions for continued success. She is a licensed professional counselor, holds an MA in counseling from Montclair State University, and graduated from Coach University. She is a member of the New Jersey Professional Coaches Association. She is the career advisor for the School of Business at Monroe College. She has been a career advisor at Yeshiva University, director of career counseling at Sarah Lawrence, and a career counselor for over 15 years. “Job Search in the Age of the Internet: Networking” is free. No tickets are necessary. The library is located at 100 Ridge Road. Call (201) 529-READ. New exhibits at the Mahwah Museum The Mahwah Museum, 201 Franklin Turnpike, Mahwah, is featuring two new exhibits this fall. The Artists of Mahwah exhibit will include paintings by Rebecca Hinsdale Kraus and the pottery of Roz Weinberg. The Art of the Train will display some of the archaeological materials recovered in the dig at the Laroe-VanHorn House. The Donald Cooper Railroad model trains are open and currently feature a fully operational subway line and four train lines. Work continues on the new layout. When completed, the railroad will more than double the size of the original layout and will run up to eight trains on three different levels. The museum is open Saturdays and Sundays from 2 to 4 p.m. Admission to the Mahwah Museum is $5 for adults, children under age 18 are admitted free. For more information, visit Snaguski named to Dean’s List Samantha Snaguski of Mahwah has been named to the Dean’s List at Berkeley College, Bergen Campus, Paramus for the summer 2009 quarter. Berkeley College students who achieve a grade point average of 3.50 or better with a minimum of 12 academic credits qualify for the Dean’s List. Learn to cope with holiday stress The Mahwah Public Library will present “Coping with Holiday Stress” with Maia M. Rahill, LCSW, LCADC, LMFC on Wednesday Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. Rahill, a licensed clinical social worker, has led cor- porate training sessions and helped people manage stress and take control of their situations. She will help participants learn how to prioritize tasks, avoid overload, adjust to change and loss, and create joyful memories. Get tips on dealing with the pressure of gift buying, social gatherings, and family expectations. A question and answer period will follow the presentation. This workshop is free. No tickets are necessary. Seats are available on a “first come” basis. The Mahwah Public Library is located at 100 Ridge Road. Call the library at (201) 529-READ. Board of health to meet The Mahwah Board of Health will meet Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. The meeting will take place at the Mahwah Municipal Building, 475 Corporate Drive. Movie series features ‘A Christmas Carol’ The Mahwah Public Library will continue showing movies on Thursday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. on the 10’ x 18’ screen in the Winter Room. The library now has a high resolution digital projector and sound system. During the month of December, the film series will feature different versions of the Charles Dickens Christmas classic “A Christmas Carol.” On Dec. 10, see the TV version of “A Christmas Carol” with George C. Scott. These films are free. The library will provide popcorn and drinks. No tickets are necessary. The library is located at 100 Ridge Road. Call (201) 529-READ. Art displays at library The Mahwah Public Library is offering two exhibits during December. The public is invited to view works by photography hobbyist Irene Voce and by the Mahwah Senior Activity Center’s woodcarving group. Voce, a Suffern resident, is displaying her “Abstract Digital Artwork.” Her affinity for software coupled with her interest in photography and color, has evolved into a striking digital art form. Using software, she manipulates what were originally recognizable, colorful photographs into original abstract shapes and patterns. Occasionally, familiar objects can be found hidden among the maze of lines and angles. The woodcarvers, a dedicated group of Mahwah seniors, will display their comical figures, delightful animals, Santa Clauses, carousel animals, and more at the library. This group meets every Friday at the Mahwah Senior Center, open their fishing tackle boxes and start carving. Some the members have been carving for longer than they care to remember and belong to other area carving groups. The Mahwah Public Library is located at 100 Ridge Road in Mahwah. Call (201) 529-READ for additional information. Theology on Tap continues The Holy Family will be the topic of discussion at the Mahwah Bar and Grill during an Advent Theology on Tap Series. Topics include: There’s Something about Mary; Saint Joseph? He’s Not Your Average Joe;” and, Congratulations are in Order! It’s a Boy! with Father Bill Sheridan of Immaculate Conception Church and Ramapo College Campus Ministry, and Father Jim Chern of Montclair State University. Theology on Tap provides an opportunity for young adults (singles, married couples, and parents) to get together with friends in a relaxed environment, have a bite to eat, and explore what it means to live out their faith. The series will meet on Monday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m., at the Mahwah Bar & Grill on 2 Island Road in Mahwah. For information, call (201) 327-1276 or email Free clothing available The Clothing Closet Ministry at the Ramapo Reformed Church has free clothing available. Seasonal clothes for infants, children, and adults are currently in stock. For a referral, call the Mahwah Township Department of Human Services at (201) 529- 5757. Participants need not be Mahwah residents. An appointment will be made with volunteers of the Clothing Closet. The Clothing Closet is located at the rear of the Ramapo Reformed Church’s education building, located at the corner of Island Road and West Ramapo Avenue in Mahwah. Donations of in-season clothes are accepted Wednesday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Seniors invited to body toning classes Body toning will be offered at the Mahwah Senior Center on Wednesdays. This class is designed to strengthen muscles, joints, and bones through light resistance training. Participants are asked to bring one-, two- or threepound handheld weights and a mat to class. Maria Quinn, a certified personal trainer with senior fitness certification, will provide instruction. This program is open to Mahwah seniors only. For more information, call (201) 529-5757, extension 213. Credit extended (continued from page 9) available to taxpayers with modified adjusted gross incomes up to $125,000, or $225,000 for joint filers. Those with MAGI between $125,000 and $145,000, or $225,000 and $245,000 for joint filers, are eligible for a reduced credit. Those with higher incomes do not qualify. For homes purchased prior to Nov. 7, 2009, existing MAGI limits remain in place. The full credit is available to taxpayers with MAGI up to $75,000, or $150,000 for joint filers. Those with MAGI between $75,000 and $95,000, or $150,000 and $170,000 for joint filers, are eligible for a reduced credit. Those with higher incomes do not qualify. Several new restrictions on purchases that occur after Nov. 6 go into effect with the new law: • Dependents are not eligible to claim the credit. • No credit is available if the purchase price of a home is more than $800,000. • A purchaser must be at least 18 years of age on the date of purchase. Members of the U.S. Armed Forces and certain federal employees serving outside the U.S. have an extra year to buy a principal residence in the U.S. and still qualify for the credit. An eligible taxpayer must buy or enter into a binding contract to buy a home by April 30, 2011 and settle on the purchase by June 30, 2011. This special rule also applies to certain other federal employees. For more details on the credit, visit the First-Time Homebuyer Credit page on 30 minutes of your time can save a life. 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