Noteworthy Winter 2008

Partner, Ken Porro, was recently appointed as General Counsel to the River Park Condominium Association in Harrison, New Jersey. He also serves as General Counsel for the Master Plumber’s Association of New Jersey, and is the attorney for the Borough of Lyndhurst Board of Education. Ken’s diverse litigation practice continues to have as one his major focuses, his representation of dune owners, particularly, at Long Beach Island. The Appellate Division recently upheld Ken’s case in this area. See Ken’s article in this edition of Legal Update on this subject.Partner, Stuart Liebman, again headed up the special training session and land use certification for area members of the Boards of Adjustment and Planning Boards run by the Bergen County Bar Association on March 29th. This year, one of the new instructors was Associate, Andrew Kohut, who is now out and about appearing in various towns as a land use attorney, as well as serving as backup counsel for Stuart at the Glen Rock Planning Board, and Lisa at the River Edge Board of Adjustment.

Partner, Tom Wells, who before moving to Vermont in 1996, for many years lived in Ridgewood, lately seems to be at the Planning Board or Board of Adjustment in his old hometown, virtually, every month, reports that his stint as the Chairman of the Planning Board in his present hometown of Bristol, Vermont, continues to be one of his most challenging jobs. Tom’s Board is in the final stretch of re-writing the Town Master Plan. Tom says that in Vermont, Boards do not get so much professional help, and The Plan, which is growing from 8 pages to almost 100, is a result of a group of laymen fighting over virtually every word.

Partner, Jim Delia, has gone back to school, this time on the other side of the desk, as Professor. Jim says he is “learning a lot” as an Adjunct Professor teaching Business Law at Ramapo College this semester. We think the students are probably learning a lot too. Partner, Jim Jaworski, had the same position a number of years ago, and gave up after he learned as much as he could!

Partners, Jim Delia and Tom Wells, traveled to Haiti this summer. Both were representing the Ridgewood YMCA World Service Committee, and Tom also represented the Wells Mountain Foundation. Jim spent a week coaching soccer in Camp Perin. Jim will be returning to Haiti next summer and is recruiting more coaches, so by all means, be in contact with him if you have an interest. Tom helped open the soccer program, then visited other projects in Haiti. As a result of the trip, Wells Mountain Foundation, has underwritten the opening of a new YMCA branch in Kenscoff, Haiti and is running a major book drive for lightly used “easy reading and children’s books” for English libraries in all of the Haiti YMCAs. If you have any books you would like to donate deliver them to WJ&L’s office, or to the Ridgewood YMCA at 112 Oak Street. Tom reports that WMF will have a record 25 scholarships in place this year in Ghana, Senegal, Zimbabwe and Haiti.

Partner, AnnMarie Smits, recently gave a seminar for the National Business Institute on Probate and Estate Administration. Longtime client, Children’s Aid and Family Services is forming a “Planned Giving Council” and has asked AnnMarie to be its Chair.

Lisa Aljian “Of Counsel” featured elsewhere in this Legal Update, recently taught a class entitled “Sale of a Small Business” for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education.

On a lighter note, both literally, and figuratively, even more slender Partner, Stuart Liebman, now rides his bike 150 miles per week. He recently participated in a 70 mile fund raising event for the Burlington Rotary Club and soon will be riding 50 miles for Care Plus Foundation.

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