January 14, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES IV • Page 23 Mahwah Minutes Noted economist to speak The Mahwah Regional Chamber of Commerce will feature Federal Reserve economist Jason Bram at a luncheon for members and non-members on Tuesday, Jan. 13. The luncheon will be held from noon until 2 p.m. at the Ramapo College of New Jersey’s Trustee Pavilion, 505 Ramapo Valley Road, Mahwah. Bram’s topic is “Outlook for the Region: What Can We Learn from Past Downturns.” He will be introduced by Bergen County Executive Dennis McNerney. Bram is an economist in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s research department. His research and analysis focuses on the U.S. economy, with a primary emphasis on the New York-New Jersey region. This event will include Bram’s presentation, lunch, and networking. Sponsors are TD Bank and Goldstein, Lieberman & Company LLC. Cost for Chamber members is $30 and $45 for non-members, including a buffet lunch. An additional $5 processing fee will be charged if paid the day of the event. Phone (201) 529-5566. Free AARP tax program offered The American Association of Retired Persons, in partnership with the Mahwah Senior Services, is offering senior citizens of the Mahwah area free income tax preparation services. This service is offered to low- and moderate-income taxpayers with special emphasis on the elderly. This year, some returns may be filed electronically. Those seeking assistance should call to make an appointment. Participants in this program should bring their previous year’s tax return, plus information on their 2008 earnings, including pensions, form 1099s, Social Security, and other supporting forms that apply. All homeowners and tenants must complete a New Jersey return, regardless of their taxable income if they wish to apply for the Fair Rebate. Trained counselors from the AARP will be available in the Mahwah Senior Center on Fridays from Feb. 6 through April 10, between the hours of 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call (201) 529-5757 extension 213 or 277. Library events announced The Mahwah Public Library is offering the following programs in January: the Sunday matinee for Jan. 18 will be “Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D” starring Brendan Frasier. The matinee, which starts at 2 p.m., includes popcorn, lemonade, and candy. The Gradie Stone Jazz Quartet will perform on Sunday, Jan. 25 at 2 p.m. Gradie Stone will vocalize as Mike DiLorenzo plays piano, Rick Crane plays bass, and Eliot Zigmund plays the drums. On Monday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. Professor Win Win Kyi Lunar will present New Year customs in China, Myanmar, Thailand with his program, “New Year: Time for Celebration, Reflection, and Hope.” This program is sponsored by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities Speaker’s Bureau. These programs are free. No tickets are necessary. Seats are available on a “first come” basis. In case of inclement weather, call the library at (201) 529-7323 menu option number 6 for any library closing. The Mahwah Public Library is located at 100 Ridge Road. Call the library at (201) 529-READ for program information. Mahwah Museum events The Mahwah Museum will hold its January history program on Thursday, Jan. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ramapo Reformed Church Education Building, West Ramapo Avenue and Island Avenue, Mahwah. This month’s program will be “Bergen’s Loyalists During the American Revolution.” The loyalists of Bergen County eagerly helped the British, providing supplies, information, and recruiting men. Presenter Todd Braisted, will discuss the activities of these residents of Bergen County. Braisted has served as president of the Bergen County Historical Society and chairman of the West Point Chapter of the Company of Military Historians. Admission is free, refreshments will be served. The Mahwah Museum, located at 201 Franklin Turnpike, is currently featuring “The Ladies’ Mile,” an exhibit highlighting a turn of the century shopping and theater district of New York City. The exhibit includes fashions from the Gilded Age. The museum is also featuring “Victorian Splendor: Life in the Ramapo River Valley,” with displays on the great estates of Mahwah, showing clothing, jewelry and furniture of the era; and the Donald Cooper Railroad, a model train display that includes locomotives and rolling stock from more than eight different railroads and the ever popular Thomas the Tank Engine with Annie and Clarabelle. The Mahwah Museum is open on Saturdays and Sundays, 1 to 5 p.m. Admission for a family is $10; adults $5; children $3; and under age 5 free. For information call (201) 512-0099 or e-mail mahwahmuseumsoc@optonline.net. Preschool openings available Openings are available in a free public preschool program for Mahwah residents who meet Title I income eligibility requirements. Children must have turned three years old on or before Oct. 1, 2008 and must be fully toilet trained. Experienced, certified teachers plan nurturing early childhood experiences focusing on kindergarten readiness (pre-reading skills, math, and science concepts), social interaction, movement activities, and play skills. Seasonal field trips are scheduled and students participate in schoolwide events and assemblies. The program is based at Lenape Meadows School with classes held five half-days a week, Monday through Friday (following the regular school calendar). The program has both morning from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and afternoon from 12:50 to 3:20 p.m. sessions, with placement determined by availability. Transportation is provided door-to-door. Registration forms are available at every Mahwah public school or on the Mahwah Schools website: http://www. mahwah.k12.nj.us. For further information, call Lenape Meadows School at (201) 762-2261. (continued from page 3) Jersey League of Municipalities, it was not implemented until Jan. 1, 1993. Under that state law, a municipality is required to accept from any qualified private community the dedication for public use of any road or street within the community that conforms to municipal specifications for public roads and streets. Until a road is dedicated, however, the governing body of the municipality can choose instead to reimburse a qualified private community, such as a condo association, for the removal of snow, ice and other obstructions from the roads and streets, and pay for the electricity required to light the roads and streets of the private community, and for the collection of leaves and recyclable materials and solid waste along those roads and streets. A municipality is not required to operate any municipally owned or leased vehicles or other equipment, or to provide any of these services on any road in a qualified private community which either is not accepted for dedication to public use or does not meet all municipal standards and specifications for such dedication, except for width. 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