December 23, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES IV • Page 27 Mahwah Minutes Museum hosts doll exhibit An exhibit, Dolls & Doll Houses through the Ages, has opened at the Mahwah Museum. Dolls have been a part of life since ancient times and are an authentic link with the past. Their clothing documents history of costume. This new exhibit features dolls from 1830 to modern day and doll houses. The Artists of Mahwah exhibit is currently featuring paintings by Rebecca Hinsdale Kraus and the pottery of Roz Weinberg. The Donald Cooper Railroad model train exhibit is currently undergoing a complete rebuilding. During the reconstruction, the railroad will be open so the public can watch the layout grow. Currently, there are two tracks operating in what will be the subway area. When the railroad is completed, it will be 13 by 28 feet with six operating mainlines, an engine terminal, working yard, and many other features. The subway portion which is in operation currently is home to two stations, graffiti artists, tunnel workers, and more. Admission to the Mahwah Museum is $5 per adult. Children under age 18 are admitted free. The Mahwah Museum is located at 201 Franklin Turnpike in Mahwah and is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 2 to 4 p.m. For information, visit or call (201) 512-0099. 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 Mahwah.bccls. org for program information. Holy Cross plans services, concert Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 125 Glasgow Terrace, Mahwah, will offer two candlelight services on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24: a 5:30 p.m. family service and a 10 p.m. traditional Christmas service. Both services will have traditional Christmas carols, lessons, and candlelight. There will be special music at the first service. There will also be a Christmas morning hymn sing at 10:25 a.m. on Christmas Day, Dec. 25. Call (201) 529-2117 or visit for more information. Used books sought The Ramapo Reformed Church at 100 Island Road, Mahwah, will hold a Used Book Sale on Saturday, Jan. 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donations of hardcover and paperback books will be accepted through Jan. 8. No encyclopedias or textbooks will be accepted. Call the church office at (201) 529-3075 or visit ramaporeformedchurch. org for more information. 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. 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. Board seeks volunteers The Mahwah Board of Health is organizing a local team of residents and medical personnel who live or work in Mahwah and are available to volunteer in the event of a public health emergency. Medical professionals and non-medical volunteers are needed, including nurses, nurse practitioners, doctors, physician’s assistants, pharmacists, veterinarians, dentists, data entry personnel, interpreters, telephone staffers, interviewers, runners, clerical support staff, and crowd control personnel. E-mail the Mahwah Health Department at Art displays at library Group to discuss Angelou work The Mahwah Public Library is offering “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” two exhibits during December. The public by Maya Angelou will be discussed by is invited to view works by photography the Evening Book Discussion Group on hobbyist Irene Voce and by the Mahwah Police contract (continued from page 5) of the opt-out payment to the borough. The PBA had requested a six-year contract covering the years 2007 through 2012, with pay increasing across the board by 4.8 percent, 4.9 percent, 5.0 percent, 5.1 percent, 5.2 percent, and 5.3 percent during the length of the contract. The borough had offered 2.5 percent increases for the years 2007 through 2010. PBA Local 155 and Ramsey officials held informal mediation sessions in July, August, and October of 2007, and an interest arbitration hearing was held in February of 2008. The case subsequently ended up in binding arbitration, with James W. 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