Beautification awards presented to two Fair Lawn businesses

Chris Bernardo
By Chris Bernardo May 16, 2012 18:54

The Fair Lawn Chamber of Commerce celebrated the renovation projects of two local businesses during its annual installation dinner on April 28.

“We brought back the beautification awards,” said Mary Marrara, who was installed as president during the dinner at Caputo’s Catering at the Fair Lawn Athletic Club.

Beautification awards were presented to Reiner Group, Inc., located at 11-02 and 11-07 River Road, and Broadway Medical Center, 22-60 Broadway, for work done on the buildings owned by the chamber members.


Steve Hulsebos accepted the plaque for the Reiner Group, which purchased another building to bring more of the company’s operation into the community.

“We appreciate the recognition of our new building,” said Hulsebos on behalf of himself and his partners.

The Reiner Group, Inc., which installs and maintains all types of residential and commercial heating and cooling systems, was created by William Reiner in 1934 and acquired by Bernard Toisma Sr. in 1969. The company’s service department as well as its residential and commercial sales departments were located at 11-07 River Road while the accounting department worked in Hawthorne. When the building nearby 11-02 River Road became available the company purchased it to have all of its corporate offices in the same area. The building was renovated and the residential sales department moved in about a year ago.

Broadway Medical Center’s award was accepted by Dr. Mahesh Bikkina from the Heart and Vascular Associates of North Jersey, which is based in the building.

“They completely renovated the Hyway Theatre,” said Marrara.

United Artists Theatres purchased the building in the 1950s to create the Hyway Theatre, a single-screen theater. In 1985, the theater closed and was eventually bought in 1990 by Lee and Moe Sayegh, who renovated it into a five-screen theater. The Hyway Theatre closed again in 2007. Two years later, Bikkina bought the theater and transformed it into a medical facility providing cardiology care in association with St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center. In addition to the medical offices, the building includes space for a restaurant and retail businesses.

In addition to awards from the chamber, Mayor Lisa Swain presented each business with recognition from the borough.

During the evening Jack Donohue from Jack of All Shades was installed as the newest member of the board of directors.

Also at the event, the chamber recognized past presidents of the organization, which includes Bob Landzettel, Charlie Wrubel, Rick Kellerman, Steve Mulry and Tod Christianson.

Wrubel served as the master of ceremonies and introduced the new president. Marrara, an agent with New York Life Insurance who began her two-year term as president at the beginning of the year.

Marrara said the main goals are to keep membership thriving and “making sure local businesses are receiving the benefits” of being a chamber member.

“We continue to expand our networking each year,” said Marrara.

Throughout the year the chamber takes part in several business card exchanges and other networking opportunities.

The chamber will take part in the Memorial Day parade and then host the Radburn Street Fair on June 12. The annual golf outing, which will benefit The Children’s Therapy Center, is scheduled for Aug. 18. A business expo is planned for the fall at the community center where Marrara noted it gives chamber members “exposure for their business.”

“We are trying to keep the chamber thriving like it is,” she said.

In addition to Marrara, the executive board includes Christianson, past president; Hank Pawski, vice president marketing; Kellerman, vice president administration; Stuart Herrmann, vice president finance; Annette Wanamaker, vice president programming; and Mitch Palin, vice president secretary. Debbie Berowitz is the executive director.

Chris Bernardo
By Chris Bernardo May 16, 2012 18:54

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