Around Town


Bloomfield Public Library, 90 Broad St., announces its schedule for its Thursday and Monday Afternoon at the Movies programs. Films for both programs start at 12:15 p.m. in the library theater. Admission is free.

Thursdays: Aug. 8 – “Evening Primrose” (NR) (Anthony Perkins); Aug. 15 – “Hyde Park on the Hudson” (R) (Bill Murray); Aug. 22 – “Pitch Perfect” (PG-13) (Anna Kendrick); and Aug. 29 – “Hitchcock” (PG-13) (Anthony Hopkins).

Mondays: Aug. 12 – “Mystic Pizza” (NR) (Julia Roberts); Aug. 19 – “Jack Reacher” (PG- 13) (Tom Cruise); (At 11:45 a.m., before the main feature, “Breathing Lessons,” a documentary about writer Mark O’Brien, the inspiration for the movie “The Sessions” will be shown.) and Aug. 26 – “Trouble with the Curve” (PG-13) (Clint Eastwood).

It’s all about “Birds and Witches and Bloomfield: On the 200th anniversary of the Death of Alexander Wilson” at the library on Aug. 21 at 6 p.m. Hosted by Bloomfield resident Rick Wright, a widely-published writer and lecturer at birding events, this illustrated seminar will outline the life and work of Alexander Wilson. Arriving from Scotland as a political and economic refugee in 1794, Wilson provided eyewitness tales from early 19th century Bloomfield that offer insights into our area’s history. Wilson wrote about ornithology and taught at several schools, including one in Bloomfield. Wright is book review editor for Birding and the American Birding Association Blog. His time afield is documented in his blog, Birding New Jersey. For more information, call 973-566-6200, ext. 502.


Come read, sing and play with your child at Little Ones Learning at the Harrison Public Library, 415 Harrison Ave. The program is held on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. beginning this month for children up to 36 months. No registration is needed; however, space is limited to the first 15 children.

As part of the National Night Out observance on Tuesday, Aug. 6, members of the Harrison Police Department will be in Roosevelt Park, 318 Harrison Ave., with the Harrison East Newark Elks Club from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be DJ entertainment and inflatables for kids.


Spruce Terrace Senior Housing Community, 21 Spruce St., will be opening its waiting list on Sept. 9 at 9 a.m. Applicants must be 62 and over. Income limits must not exceed $27,000 for one person or $30,080 for two persons. (Equal Housing Opportunity.)

The Arts and Crafts Club at the Henrietta Benstead Senior Center runs a trip to the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City every third Wednesday. The cost is $30. A bus leaves from the center at 60 Columbia Ave. at 9:30 a.m. Coffee and donuts are provided before the bus leaves, and riders get a goody bag on the way home. The next trips are Aug. 21 and Sept. 18. Anyone interested is asked to call Lucy at 973-731-6942.

The Presbyterian Boys-Girls Club, 663 Kearny Ave., continues to be open in August on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. and offers members and guests ages 8 to 15 basketball, dodgeball, wiffleball, kick ball, gymnastics, bowling, bumper pool, air hockey, foozball, arts and crafts, ping pong and electronic games.

A trip to see the Jersey Jackals vs. Newark Bears in baseball is set for Aug. 14. All trips are chaperoned by PBGC directors.

Mary’s Traveling Seniors of Kearny are organizing a trip to Wildwood Sept. 8-12 (five days, four nights). Price includes: four nights, accommodations in Wildwood, four breakfasts and dinners, three nights of entertainment, a dolphin watch cruise, visit to Cape May and Atlantic City, with a bonus rebate, transportation, all taxes, gratuities and luggage handling. Package price is $475 for double occupancy; single occupancy is $90 extra. A $150 deposit is required. Seats are limited. Call Mary at 201-998-1030.


Good Shepherd Medical Adult Center, 725 Valley Brook Ave., invites the community to its first annual health fair on Aug. 30 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event includes food, music, arts, entertainment, games, prizes and more. For more information, call 941- 565-0861.

Lyndhurst Food Pantry, on the first floor of the Municipal Annex, 253 Stuyvesant Ave., is re-stocking. This pantry, which serves more than 140 Lyndhurst families in need, welcomes donations of canned vegetables, peanut butter, jelly, cereal, applesauce, condiments, and paper products. No expired items will be accepted. All donations can be dropped off at the pantry. Anyone interested in holding a food drive for the pantry is invited to contact Sarah Anderson with the Lyndhurst Health Department at 201-804- 2421.

Lyndhurst Youth Roller Hockey League is seeking boys and girls of all ages and levels. Beginners are welcome. The following divisions are available: Mites (grades K-2), Midgets (grades 3-5) and Juniors (grades 6-8). Registration fee is $55 for Lyndhurst residents and $65 for non-residents. Applications are available at Mail or drop off completed applications to: Lyndhurst Youth Hockey League, c/o Lyndhurst Parks Dept., 250 Cleveland Ave., Lyndhurst, N.J. 07071. For more information, visit or email lyndhockey@

The Lyndhurst Elks will host an Elvis tribute on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m., at the Polish National Home, 730 New Jersey Ave. Donation is $20 and includes a light dinner and show. Advance tickets are $20 and $25 at the door.

For tickets or more information, call Julie at 201-424-2659 or Chris at 201-438-2750. Bring a canned good for the Lyndhurst Food Pantry.

Register now for Lyndhurst Public Library’s scuba diver craft for children in pre-k to grade 3 on Monday, Aug. 12, from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m., at 355 Valley Brook Ave.

Registration is open for the library’s Sea Creature Mobile Craft on Thursday, Aug. 22, from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m., for children in kindergarten to grade 4.

To register for library programs or for more information, call 201-804-2478.

The Lyndhurst Health Department is collecting donations for students in need. Items of interest are backpacks, dividers, and 3-ring binders. Donations can be dropped off at the Health Department, 601 Riverside Ave., Suite 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., until Aug. 31. Anyone with children in need of school supplies is asked to contact the Health Department at 201- 804-2500 to schedule a pick-up of the needed supplies.

Spend the day with noted shorebird expert and nature photographer Kevin Karlson for the fifth annual Kevin Karlson Shorebird Day, with the NJMC and Bergen County Audubon Society on Saturday, Aug. 10, from 8:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Karlson will lead 90-minute bird walks at 8:15 and 10:15 a.m. and he’ll talk about “Improving Your Birding Skills” at 12:45 p.m. At 1:45 p.m. he will discuss and show images from his new eBook on shorebirds and preview a new book in the Peterson Reference Series. At 2:30 p.m., he and another noted photographer, Lloyd Spitalnik, will lead an hour-long wildlife photography workshop. All events are free but visitors are asked to sign a standard liability release for 2013. To R.S.V.P., contact Don Torino of the BCAS at greatauk4@aol. com or 201-230-4983.

Take a three-hour guided tour exploring the Hackensack River and its marshes on a canoe trip with the NJMC on Aug. 10 at 8:30 a.m. Paddlers will learn the basics of salt marsh ecology and enjoy the magnificent natural and man-made scenery while rowing past wetlands and down creeks. Admission is $15 per person; the event is open to ages 10 and up. Pre-registration is required. The tour leaves from Mill Creek Point Park, Secaucus. For more information or to register, go to or call 201-460-4640.

North Arlington

The Angry Coffee Bean hosts a creative writing meeting group on the second and fourth Monday of each month. An open mind and notebook are required. For more information, call 201-772-5554.

North Arlington Woman’s Club is sponsoring a breakfast at Applebee’s Restaurant, Kearny, on Saturday, Aug. 31, from 8 to 10 a.m. The cost is $10. For tickets, call 201- 889-2553. Takeout orders are available.

Senior Harmony Club of North Arlington has scheduled a trip to the Taj Mahal Casino on Tuesday, Aug. 13. The cost of the trip is $25. Participants receive $25 in slot play. Call Florence at 201-991- 3173 for information or reservations.

North Arlington Senior Activity Center, 11 York Rd., is hosting an end of summer bingo luncheon on Friday, Aug. 30. For information, call 201-998-5636.

North Arlington Board of Health, 10 Beaver Ave., has scheduled a representative from NJ FamilyCare to assist eligible residents with the application process and to answer any questions regarding eligibility on Thursday, Aug. 15, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. NJ FamilyCare is a federal and state funded health insurance program created to help New Jersey’s uninsured children and certain low-income parents and guardians secure affordable health coverage.

For more information or to register for the program, call 201-955-5695.

North Arlington Girl Scout Troop 4451 is looking for donations for a “Sweets for the Troops” cookie drive to send cases of Girl Scout cookies to U.S. troops. So far, more than 20 cases containing 240 boxes have been sent. There are still 40 cases left. North Arlington Girl Scouts is reaching out to the community for donations to help meet their quota. Each case is $48 or any monetary donation towards sending a case is accepted. Send checks payable to North Arlington Girl Scout Troop 4451 to 172 Rutherford Pl., North Arlington, N.J. 07031. The troop will deliver cases to the recruiting center on Bloomfield Ave. in Bloomfield.


Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Dr., will offer a drop-in craft program on Wednesday, Aug. 7, and Friday, Aug. 9, at 10 a.m. No registration is required.

The library has conversational ESL classes on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. No registration is required.

Wednesday Afternoon Knitters meets weekly at the library at 1 p.m. Come share your love of knitting and crocheting with both beginning and experienced knitters. Bring your own supplies.

Drop in the library to play video games on Wednesday, Aug. 7, and Tuesday, Aug. 13, at 2 p.m. No registration is required.

Only township residents are eligible to participate in Babygarten at the library on Tuesday, Aug. 13, at 10 a.m. No registration is required.

The library will host Preschool Story Time on Wednesday, Aug. 14, at 10 a.m. for Nutley residents only. No registration is required.

The library’s End of Summer Reading Party will be held on Thursday, Aug. 15, at 1:30 p.m. Registration is required.

For more information on library programs, visit or email library@ or call 973- 667-0405.

Children in grades 3 to 8 can learn to “Tackle Like a Pro” with Coach Thurmond Moore during a one-day clinic on Aug. 10, from 1:30 to 5 p.m., at Monsignor Owens Field in Nutley (rain or shine).

Moore brings 29 years of experience from the NFL, college and high school programs. He also trains prospects for the NFL draft. The clinic will demonstrate safe and productive tackling techniques and provide valuable resources for coaches on how to teach, diagnose and assess.

There is a fee of $35 per participant. Online registration is available at www.nutleynj. org. Out-of-towners are welcome. For more information, call the Department of Parks and Recreation at 973- 284-4966 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

The Observer Staff