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2 Wednesday, September 17, 2008 Finally! Our rain dance pays off A second chance to help others See more Raves 7 Finally, rain! OK lots of it. Yes, too much perhaps. But rain is an important element of autumn. Without it, leaves turn brown, depriving us of the reds, golds, oranges and burnt siennas of fall. Yes we got "burnt sienna" from our classic Venus Paradise Coloring Set from the, um, 1950s.
There: We said it. The 1950s! Happy now? Why is it that every time we have a happy memory, all of you have to make us feel so ancien huh? You didn't say anything? Oh. Must be us. Seems we might need a few moments of "time out" in the Employee Assistance Plan. Ahem.
So, let's get back to autumn, shall we? Without the rain, we'd be picking apples in the dust. Or raking more than usual because brittle leaves scatter in the slightest breeze. Drinking twice as much 7 7 apple cider. Adding more rum than we should. Most of all, we'd be spending lots of personal time and a fair amount of pricy water watering the fall fertilizer into the parched lawn.
If there's anything we like less than watering with a hose, it's no, there's nothing we like less. Now, because of the rain, we can spend more time indoors, planted firmly on the couch, as our favorite sports teams uplift and enervate our peace of mind with their performances. X. Have a rave? Send it to contactdenvillerockaway thisweek.com. Put "rave" in the subject line.
BY CHRISTINE WANG SPECIAL TO DENVILLE ROCKAWAY THIS WEEK Mary Mandelbaum has a motto: "Time is precious; waste it wisely." The motto came after she experienced a life-altering event in 1995: a cardiac arrest that briefly took her life. With the aid of a defibrillator, she was resuscitated. And in that moment, her perspective on life changed, too. Mandelbaum, 48, was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and has lived in Denville since 1994. She was on maternity leave and planning to return to work at a local bank when her cardiac arrest occurred fortunately while she was being admitted to St.
Clare's Hospital. "I wasn't feeling well, so my husband took me to the hospital," she said. "I tell women all the time now, 'When you don't feel well, take yourself to the Women overwork and don't do things for themselves. I'm glad I did that time." As she recovered, friends helped with her three children: Andrew, now 22; Sarah, 16; and Jenna, 13. Mandelbaum began volunteering, partly as a way to give back, partly to keep busy.
Her work has included helping with the Girl Scouts, school beautification committees, PTA, tricky tray fundraisers and family fun nights, among other things. This year, the Lakeland Hills YMCA named Mandelbaum its 2008 Citizen of the Year from Denville, one of nine communities represented. "I volunteer because I can," Mandelbaum wrote in a recent e-mail. "Since my cardiac arrest, after my third child was born, what I have is I have the time to volunteer when other people DgnvilleRockaway CHRISTINE WANGSPECIAL TO DENVILLEROCKAWAY THIS WEEK Mary Mandelbaum was named the Lakeland Hills YMCA 2008 Citizen of the Year from Denville. Mandelbaum, a resident of Denville since 1994, started volunteering after recovering from cardiac arrest In 1995 that briefly took her life before she was resuscitated with the aid of a defibrillator.
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Beverly Cooper, Lakeland Hills YMCA communications don't. Any extra time I have is used to rejuvenate myself so I can keep going. "The beauty of volunteering is you do it because you want to not because you have to. You work as much or as little as you want, to accomplish your goal. You only volunteer for things you're passionate about, which makes it very rewarding." Every volunteer job is important, Mandelbaum stressed.
"You don't have to run things to be an important part of something. People say they can't volunteer, but even the tiniest thing is a lot. Even if you make 100 phone calls for an and financial development director, called Mandelbaum and the other award winners "our unsung heroes." "These are the people who are doing volunteer work for no other reason than their big hearts their wanting to make a difference in the communities they live in," she said. For reasons of the heart, Mandelbaum is now following a new life's journey. "People tell me, 'What are you doing, volunteering? You should get a But this is my job," she said.
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