May 20, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES IV • Page 31 Mahwah Minutes Library announces closing dates The Mahwah Public Library will be closed May 23 through 25 for the Memorial Day holiday. Library hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 to 9; Friday and Saturday, 10 to 5; and Sunday, 1 to 5. The library is located at 100 Ridge Road. Call (201) 529-READ. Auxiliary hosts High Tea The Mahwah Branch of the Valley Hospital Auxiliary will hold a High Tea on June 2, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the newly redecorated Bon Appetit on Franklin Turnpike in Mahwah. The cost will be $30 per person. For information about this event and how to become part of the auxiliary, call Jane at (201) 684-1230. Networking planned for local businesses The Mahwah Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold a business card exchange for members and nonmembers on Wednesday, May 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. at New Adventure Academy, 51 Island Road in Mahwah. This evening of business networking is hosted by New Adventure Academy, a daycare center that serves children from six weeks to six years old and hosts full-day care, preschool options and full day kindergarten. Enjoy light refreshments while learning about the school’s programs and network with members of the business community. Cost for Chamber members is $15 and $30 for nonmembers. Prepaid registration is required; an additional $5 processing fee will be charged if paid the day of event. For reservations, register on-line at www.mahwah.com or call the Chamber office at (201) 529-5566. Women entrepreneurs to be discussed The Mahwah Museum will hold its May History Program, “Business and Bustles,” on Thursday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ramapo Reformed Church Education Building, 100 Island Road in Mahwah. Women’s Historian Lindsey Greene Barrett and Costume Historian Carol Greene will present vignettes of female entrepreneurs. The vignettes will explore the opportunities they saw and the challenges they faced and will be illustrated with vintage clothing that reflects the time in which they lived. At times when most women did not enter the workforce, some exceptional women forged ahead to make their business concept a reality. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served. For information call (201) 512-0099. Boy Scouts host Pancake Breakfast Mahwah Troop 50 will hold its Twelfth Annual Pancake Breakfast on Memorial Day, May 25, at the Ramapo Reformed Church at the corner of West Ramapo and Island roads. The doors will open at 7:30 a.m. and breakfast will be served through 11 a.m. just prior to the parade. The cost is $5 for those age 13 through adults; $3 for those ages five through 12. Veterans and children under five will be admitted free of charge. Fishing Contest scheduled Mahwah’s 20th Annual Fishing Contest will be held May 23 from 10 a.m. to noon. Prizes will be awarded to contestants age 13 and under. Meet at Silver Creek Pond on Airmont Road. Call (201) 529-5757, extension 254. Book group to discuss Diaz novel Mahwah Library’s Evening Book Discussion Group will meet May 27 at 7 p.m. to discuss Junot Diaz’s “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” -- this year’s selection for One Book New Jersey. It is the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award winning first novel by New Jersey’s own Junot Diaz. The library is located at 100 Ridge Road. Call (201) 529-READ. Professional development seminar offered The Mahwah Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold a professional development seminar, Building Your Brand and Web Presence, on May 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce office, 65 Ramapo Valley Road in Mahwah. This event will focus on how to promote a business through branding, print media, and online marketing strategies. The workshop will be presented by Network Solutions, an organization that helps small businesses start and market themselves on the Web, and PMV, a company that helps small and medium size businesses to develop a brand strategy. Refreshments will be provided. The cost is $25 for Chamber members and $40 for non-members. Prepaid registration is required; an additional $5 processing fee will be charged if paid the day of event. Seating is limited. Register online at www. mahwah.com or call the Chamber office at (201) 5295566. Adult softball registration begins Adult softball registration for first time players will be held at the recreation building on Wednesday, May 27 and on Thursday, June 4 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Proof of Mahwah residency must be presented with the fee of $25. Players must be at least 21 years old. Play begins on Monday, June 22. For more information call (201) 529-5757 extension 254. Wellness center ordinance (continued from page 5) indicated its support for permitting a wellness center in the industrial zone. John Lamb, the attorney for the NY Sports Club, declined to comment on the ruling. During the trial, Lamb asserted that the township was treating his client unfairly because the township refused to either investigate or consider any change to the Fardale section GI-80 industrial zone when the township sought a change in zoning to allow his client to locate there in 1999 and 2000. They claimed that at that time the township specifically prohibited their kind of use in the township’s GI80 zone. Lamb argued further that the council then adopted an ordinance in 2007 to permit health clubs and fitness centers in both the GI-80 and IP-120 industrial zones at the request of another applicant in spite of objections. He also said the township council authorized the preparation of the ordinance without any planning input and without consideration that there was an existing ordinance on health clubs and fitness centers in effect. He also claimed the ordinance was hastily prepared and sent to the planning board for review and recommendation without studying other zones in the township to determine which would be the most appropriate for the wellness center type of use. Valley was seeking to occupy 90,230 square feet of an existing building on the south end of McKee Drive that is currently occupied by F&M Expressions Unlimited Inc., and the Lincoln Tech Institute, which occupies the other 79,200 square feet of the building. A fitness center, a three pool aquatic center, a child care day spa, classrooms, and a health food café was planned for the building. Non-profit (continued from page 4) incompatible land use arrangements. He pointed out that the ordinance defines a one-family dwelling as a building occupied, or intended for, occupancy exclusively by one family or one household, and a family is defined in the ordinance as a group of persons functioning as a single housekeeping unit and whose relationship is of a permanent, stable, and domestic character. “The applicant clearly has indicated the proposed use of the dwelling is of a transitional nature,” Burgis reported to the board. “This conflicts with the definition of ‘family’ which specifically notes that ‘transient housing’ does not constitute family housing in the context of the township’s zoning.” He noted that the applicant has stated in its application that the occupancy of this dwelling will be for a “period of time,” but the definition of a “one family dwelling” specifically provides that it is a dwelling occupied exclusively by one family. The application is being opposed by an adjacent neighbor, Mary Grob, who has hired Franklin Lakes attorney William Smith to represent her in this matter. Smith claims there is only one issue in this matter and that is whether the particular use Chai Lifeline intends for this house fits the definition of a single family residence in the zoning ordinance. “I feel strongly that it does not,” Smith said, “because it is a transitional use and that is not what is contemplated (in the ordinance) as a ‘single family.’” The public hearing of Chai Lifeline’s application will continue at the board’s June 17 meeting.