Page 4 THE VILLADOM TIMES IV • May 13, 2009 Ramsey The Ramsey Police Department has recently experienced numerous calls from concerned residents after coyotes were sighted in the borough. Like most suburban wildlife, coyotes are extremely adaptable and tolerant of human activities. Coyotes bear litters during April and May, which may explain the recent increase in sightings. Conflicts between coyotes and humans are most likely to occur as adult coyotes forage for food for the pups. Coyotes primarily hunt rodents and rabbits for food, but will eat whatever is available including garbage, pet food, and small domestic animals. They are capable of eating young and weak deer. Coyotes may be habituated to people, especially as a source of food, and lose their natural fear of humans. Humans are advised never to feed a coyote. Unintentional sources of food and water, like garbage, bird seed, and pet food, should be kept inside. The following coyote precautions are recommended: Police respond to residents’ coyote concerns Do not leave small pets outside, especially at night. Motion lighting may scare coyotes at night. Coyotes are naturally skittish. This tendency can be reinforced if you make loud noises when a coyote is near, spray the animal with a garden hose, or blast a canned air siren to induce the coyote to leave the area. Remove sources of outside water. Do not feed any animals outside; bird seed attracts birds and birds attract coyotes. Pick up any fruit that falls from trees. Parents should monitor their children outside. Clear brush and dense weeds from around homes. Secure garbage in sturdy containers. An excellent website for coyote information is the NJ State Division of Fish and Wildlife. Any questions can be directed to Ramsey Police Sergeant Tim Flanagan at (201) 327-2400 or via e-mail at tflanagan@ramseypd.com. On April 24, at 2:29 a.m., Patrolman Craig Weber observed a suspicious vehicle on North Central Avenue. The officer conducted a motor vehicle stop and spoke to the occupants, both of whom were residents of Staten Island, New York. They stated they were en route to pick up a friend at a home in Ramsey. However, neither person knew the friend’s name. The stop led to a search of the motor vehicle where illegal prescription drugs were found. The driver, 23, was arrested. At 2:45 a.m. the same day, Patrolman Matt Rork responded to Arrowhead Court to conduct a follow-up investigation. He located a suspicious vehicle in the area and conducted a motor vehicle stop. A 23-year-old Jersey City woman was arrested for outstanding warrants. On April 25 at 12:43 a.m., Patrolman Mike Parise observed a vehicle fail to stop before entering North Spruce Street. A motor vehicle stop was conducted and an odor of an alcoholic beverage was detected from the driver. At the conclusion of field sobriety tests, the 58-year-old Ramsey woman was arrested for driving while intoxicated. A garden of ‘grandfriends’ at Tisdale Each year, the third graders at Tisdale School in Ramsey, along with music teacher Mrs. Quinn, sing songs, recite poetry, and enjoy cookies, tea, coffee and juice with their grandfriends. The gym is transformed into a ‘garden’ for all the special guests. At left: Marlene Dougherty, MaryAnn Kaplan, and Lisa DiGiacomo decorate the Tisdale gymn for the annual Thirrd Grade Grandfriend’s Tea. At right: Tisdale School Principal Dr. Susan Morton (foreground, left of center), addresses the students’ guests. ���������������������������������������� ������������������������������������ �������������� ����������� �������������������� ������������������� ���������� ������������������������� Advertise in the YOUR COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER ������������ ����� � ��������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������ ��������������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������� ����������������������������������� ����������������������������� ��������������������������������������������� ���������������������������������������������������� ������������������� ��������������� 201-652-0744