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A WORD WITH THE PUBLISHER: Christmas without a gift




By Lisa Pezzolla

During this holiday season, please keep in mind those who are struggling through difficult times in our local area. Now that making your Christmas list is an activity just around the corner, non-profits and county agencies yearly turn every stone seeking community support to put gifts under the trees of the area’s needy families. Unfortunately, many children don’t have a family to spend the holiday with or a toy to receive. The past few years, The Observer has collected toys, and we have been very successful with the help of the community.
A child without a Christmas gift is a sad thought, and with that in mind, this year, we have reached out to the Salvation Army and the Giving Tree and it seems we have many families in need, including teenagers. So please participate once again by giving children and teens a gift. Whatever your struggles are the rest of the year, this is the time of year you can really have a feeling of joy. With all of your help, they can wake up on Christmas morning with a gift to open. Don’t leave it up to someone else.
May we all remember each other and the real reason for the season, and His true spirit this year and always. Bring your gifts to The Observer, 531 Kearny Ave, Kearny, NJ 07032 starting Dec. 7 – ending Dec. 23 at 10 a.m.

Plenty of parks … where are the kids?

When I was a kid growing up in Kearny, I remember that getting friends together for a game of basketball or football was an easy thing.
Whether it was sunny and 70 degrees or snow was on the ground, we were always ready to play, and most likely would join a game already in progress.
Where did those days go?
And it’s not like I was a kid back in the 1960’s. I’m currently 22.
I understand why my group of friends doesn’t play; between the need to avoid black eyes, cuts, and miscellaneous injuries while going to work, plus the age factor, but why do I now drive past Manor Park in Kearny or many of the other places I used to frequent and see no games going on?
Older people complain that all children do nowadays is spend time on Facebook, or sit in front of the television screen. But when it comes time to get their own kids involved
in sports and such, these same parents often hold their kids back.
I understand that the dangers are great. I lived in North Philadelphia for four years while attending college. But we can’t shield our kids from every potential hazard. If we do, they’ll never learn to grow in life.
One of the excuses I’ve heard is that the people from outside communities who go to suburban parks make it unsafe for children. I’ve played with those same people. If you had the choice, would you choose a park one of those towns over a park in Kearny? I
don’t think you would.
All I’m saying is this: Be smart by trusting your kids. The more you trust them, the less they’ll have to lie to you about where they’re going.
And for the children, get up and get out! There’s no reason to let a 60-degree weekend in November pass you by.

—Anthony J. Machcinski


To the Publisher:
I feel the need to express my thankfulness to the North Arlington Police Department, especially to the following names which hopefully I spelled right due to the very hectic day on Nov. 16: Detective Horton, Det. Heddenberg, Capt. John Hearn, Officer
Ballinger, Officer John Hoffman and also the dispatcher on duty for his quick response to my call and also the woman from the Port Authority that spotted my father right away at the airport.
Rarely does it seem there are positive remarks and words of gratitude or appreciation for the many good things, which are done by our police department, but instead constant negative remarks that the officers are not around when you need them.
From my perspective, (it was) my extreme worry and emotional state from the problem in the disappearance of my 90-year-old father who speaks broken English and at times would act confused which was the reason for my desperate call to the
North Arlington Police Department, during which a dispatcher answered and connected me to the appropriate department of the Silver Alert.
They quickly acted upon my request and communicated with me all the needed information and requested a picture of my father. Within minutes they had reported to me that he was found by a Port Authority officer who located him at the airport and that I was to go there and pick him up.
On Nov. 16, as I stepped out for about 15 minutes to get my dad his daily paper, I came home to find him missing from the home with his dog and suitcase and other handbags and communicated quickly to the North Arlington Police that I felt my dad was on his way to the airport but had no idea how he could have gotten there.
I had a lot to be thankful for this past Thanksgiving Day as my father was found quite
quickly uninjured and relaxed and waiting for his family at the Newark airport when were able to take him home.
Once again, thank you all that helped in this situation and the great job that was done quietly and quickly and without any confusion.

Maria H. Furtado
North Arlington

Kearny withdrawals court complaint after Lyndhurst makes NJMC payment

By Anthony J. Machcinski

A legal battle between Kearny and Lyndhurst over a late payment owed by Lyndhurst to the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission has been settled.
“Once (the payment) was made, we withdrew the complaint,” said Kearny Mayor Alberto Santos.
The NJMC is a zoning and planning agency for a 30.4-square-mile area along the Hackensack River. The NJMC extends into parts of 14 towns in Bergen and Hudson Counties, including Kearny, Lyndhurst, and North Arlington.
The NJMC was created in order to manage and preserve open spaces, especially the wetlands, in the areas along the Hackensack River.
According to the current tax formula, certain lands are designated for commercial development, industrial use, and open space. Towns with land designated for open space receive money from the NJMC. Kearny, according to Mayor Santos, is one of the biggest recipients from the NJMC because of the amount of land designated for open space. When Lyndhurst didn’t pay, one of the towns hurt most was Kearny.
Santos believes that Lyndhurst’s refusal was a protest to find other ways to fund the NJMC. Lyndhurst is one of the seven towns that, under the current tax formula, are forced to pay into a fund that is divided between seven other towns.
“Even though Kearny is a recipient, I’m open to finding other sources of payment,”
Mayor Santos explained.
“I’m open to looking to other revenue sources, but the law remains the same. We will continue to enforce our payments that are due us.”
Despite this late payment, Mayor Santos is optimistic that this will not be a recurring issue.
“I would hope that if the law does not change, that this kind of non-payment won’t recur,” explained Santos.
Mayor Richard DiLascio and Commissioner Brian Haggerty, both of Lyndhurst, were unavailable for comment before press time.
Through these issues, Mayor Santos looks to help all parties involved and bring a mutual solution to these problems.
“I’m going to make sure Kearny is going to receive what it is due,” Santos began. “However, if the burden is going to be taken off of Secaucus and Lyndhurst, I’d work with them to help them. I think it’s going to be a challenge to do, but I expect them to see if they can find something that works.

Harrison Police Blotter

Nov. 29
A man was taken to St. Michael’s Hospital, Newark, after being struck in the face with a pool cue during an argument that broke out over a game with another player in a Grant Ave. bar. The other player fled the bar, police said.
Someone tried to steal a motor vehicle while it was parked on Kingsland Ave.
An intruder burglarized an Ann St. residence after breaking in through a basement
window. Attempted entries to first and second-floor apartments were unsuccessful,
according to police.
A thief stole a package delivered by the U.S. Postal Service from a Bergen St. home.

Nov. 28
A vehicle parked on N. Fifth St. was burglarized and a car radio taken.

Nov. 25
After being observed driving at what police characterized as a high rate of speed at
Second St. and Cleveland Ave., police pursued the driver, Carlos Patela of Harrison into Newark where he was stopped on Passaic Ave. and arrested for three outstanding traffic warrants – two from Harrison and one from Newark. He was also issued motor vehicle summonses including one for driving with a suspended license.
Benjamin DiPierdomenico of Harrison was arrested for trespassing on the grounds of
Harrison Housing Authority property at Harrison Gardens, and for outstanding warrants that also involved trespassing.

Nov. 24
A vehicle parked on the 800 block of Hamilton St. was broken into and a GPS unit was stolen.

Nov. 22
An Infinity parked in a private parking lot in the 200 block of Railroad Ave. was broken into and an unknown amount of coins were stolen.
A Washington St. residence was burglarized via a basement window. Nothing was reported stolen at the time, police said.

Nov. 21
Paul Burns of Harrison was arrested at Frank Rodgers Blvd. North and Hamilton St. after being found in possession of a purse and a GPS that were reported stolen from a
vehicle that was parked on Washington St. Burns also had an outstanding warrant for parole violations.
A store located on Frank E. Rodgers Blvd. South was burglarized. Phone cards and an ATM machine were stolen.

Nov. 20
A 2004 Saab was stolen while it was left running and unattended at the Passaic and Harrison Aves. strip mall. Nov. 19
After being stopped for a motor vehicle violation, Anthony Telinski of Totowa was
arrested at Frank Rodgers Blvd. North and Cross St. for an outstanding warrant. He was also issued motor vehicle summonses including one for driving with a suspended license.
A bicycle that was chained to a fence in the area of the PATH station on Frank E. Rodgers Blvd. South was stolen.

Nov. 18
A basement window at a N. Fifth St. residence was broken by an unknown vandal.


As everyone knows, one of the best parts of the Yuletide season is being able to see the different Christmas decorations people put on their houses. This always sparks a debate, whether it may be what size light bulbs, using white or colors, or whether icicle lights are good or not.
Regardless of what your answers may be to those questions, the Observer needs your help.
Throughout December, The Observer will be featuring photos of several houses submitted by our readers that show the spirit of Christmas.
Send your house photos or those of a neighbor to: artdept@theobserver.com. Please include the address of the house for a chance to have it featured in an upcoming
edition of the Observer.

—Anthony J. Machcinski

New kid’s book ready for holidays

Images courtesy Christina Tsevis


Images courtesy Christina Tsevis/ The main character, Billy, poses on the front cover of “The Lucky Cake”.



By Anthony J. Machcinski

In the rush of the holiday season, many family traditions get pushed aside because of the many time constraints the holiday season imposes.
Kearny resident and author Anna Prokos hopes to restore some of these traditions and create new ones with her latest children’s book, “The Lucky Cake.”
“The Lucky Cake” is inspired by the Greek tradition of baking a cake with a coin inside for the beginning of the New Year. Once the cake is finished, it is served from oldest to youngest. The one who finds the coin in the cake is said to have a lucky year.
“This was a family tradition my family has had since I was a child,” Prokos explained. “I think that this New Year’s tradition is something that families can start whether you’re Greek or not.”
A three-time winner of the coin herself, Prokos understands the anticipation of the tradition, not just for adults but also for children.
“It’s an exciting time for kids,” Prokos said cheerfully. “They wait all year for a chance at this lucky coin and I think that would be something that all kids would like to experience for their families.”
Harboring writing aspirations since she was in second grade, Prokos began her writing apprenticeship as a columnist at The Observer in 1991, while still a junior at Kearny High, then became an author of children’s books, self-publishing this book after penning 40 other books for kids. this book after writing 40 other books for children.

“It was amazing and I’m very proud of the work that went into it,” Prokos explained when asked about publishing the book. “It was like a dream come true.”

With the success of “The Lucky Cake,” Prokos will create a second part, “The Lucky Year,” which will follow the main character, Billy, and his continuing adventures with
the lucky coin. In order to create some of the adventures needed for “The Lucky Year,” Prokos has enlisted the help of the very children she hopes to reach.
“We’re running a contest with students in schools all over New Jersey,” Prokos explained. “They’re going to submit ideas to me of adventures Billy can take. If there are enough really good ones, then maybe I’ll make it into a series.”
While Prokos looks to start a new tradition with her book, she also hopes to provide help for the community. A portion of the proceeds from her book will benefit The Greek Children’s Fund, an organization that provides financial assistance towards the daily, non-medical needs of Greek, Cypriot and Greek- American children and their families.
Prokos is scheduled for book-signings at several town events and venues, including the North Arlington Town Holiday Tree Lighting on Dec. 6, and at the Kearny Branch Library on Jan. 7.
To order her book, go to www.theluckycakebook.com.
To enter the contest, send submissions to: info@a-tozpublishing.com by Jan. 31,

Nutley Blotter: Fireworks scare residents

Nov. 24
Police rushed to the Spring Garden School area at 11:28 p.m. on a report of shots fired. Investigation, however, revealed that the “shots” were actually fireworks, police said. A gray minivan was seen leaving the area before police received the call.

Nov. 26
Rebecca Maniscaco of Bloomfield was issued a summons for being in possession of an open alcoholic beverage while standing at the corner of Prospect and Centre Sts. at 1:54 a.m., police said.
At 10:25 p.m. police pulled over a car operated by Daniel Cioban of Nutley for a motor vehicle stop on Harrison St. to ask the driver why he wasn’t wearing his seat belt. After police gave Cioban summonses for failure to wear a seat belt and disorderly conduct, Cioban crumpled up the summonses and tossed them out the car window, according to police. Cioban was then issued an additional summons charging him with throwing debris on the street.
Police responded to a neighborhood dispute on Columbia Ave. at 3:20 p.m. One neighbor accused the other of pushing him. Police told them they could sign complaints with the court if they wished.

Nov. 27
A Union City motorist was stopped for a motor vehicle check at Franklin and Kingsland Aves. at 2:19 a.m. and was arrested after a mobile computer alerted police that the registered owner’s license had been suspended. Police issued Jamie Wheaton six motor vehicle summonses and released her with a court date after she posted bail.
A Ridge Rd. resident told police she saw someone in a red pickup truck leave the area with her garbage can, valued at $25, at 9:57 p.m.

Nov. 28
Police pulled over a vehicle driven by Omar Sawaged of Secaucus at 3:38 a.m. at Franklin Ave. and Chestnut St. after the driver reportedly failed to keep in the right lane and crossed the yellow traffic line. Police said Sawaged was arrested on an outstanding warrant and was issued two motor vehicle summonses. After posting bail, Sawaged was released.

Nov. 29
At 7:12 p.m. police went to a Chestnut St. apartment complex in response to a landlord-tenant dispute. The tenant told police that the landlord had entered the apartment without permission. Police advised the tenant of the right to sign a complaint and left.
A Bloomfield Ave. resident’s suspicions were alerted after seeing three men in a late-model green Toyota Camry parked in a neighbor’s driveway at 11:23 p.m. When
police arrived, the vehicle left the area. Police said they checked the area for possible break-ins but none were reported.

Nov. 30
Police went to a Centre St. bank at 1:42 p.m. to check on a report of an argument with
a customer but upon arrival police were unable to locate the alleged disputant. No further action was taken.
Someone used a Nutley resident’s credit card to charge $1,000 on walmart.com, police
said. The credit card fraud department is investigating. The alleged fraud was reported
at 4:05 p.m.

Dec. 1
A thief swiped a large pile of scrap metal from a construction company dumpster on Franklin Ave. during the night. The scrap metal was valued at $1,000, according to the company.

Dec. 2
A Belleville resident told police he parked his 1998 Ford pickup in front of a Washington Ave. business and ran inside to pick up an item. He said that he left the
vehicle unlocked and with the motor running and that when he returned, the car was gone. He reported leaving the car unlocked and the motor running. Police are investigating. The incident was reported at 9:39 a.m.
Someone apparently broke into a Kingsland Ave. restaurant through a rear door during the night and stole various electronic equipment items, police said. The owner told police he found the rear door damaged and open when he arrived to open the restaurant at 11:54 a.m.

Message for the Soul: Don’t Quit!

Have you ever felt so tired of pursuing your dreams that at times you have just wanted to end the wait and give up? We have all experienced that feeling at one point or another. It is not unnatural to feel that way. A positive mind is very fragile. Its optimism can easily be harmed with the various stresses we encounter in our daily routine. We may often be tempted to compromise on our ambitions and settle for something less than we desire only because what we want takes longer to arrive than expected. Although it may seem like an easier path to take at the time, it is not necessarily the shortcut to success.
Life is all about choices. We are who we are today because of the decisions we knowingly or unknowingly made in the past. Each new day gives us another chance at making an informed choice. I understand that working hard towards your goals each day is tough when you have nothing much to show for it; but I urge you to carry on. Don’t quit at this stage. If you learn to master the art of excellence, success can’t be too far behind.
In Asia, people keep an “intention sachet” made of bay leaves and cinnamon in their bags and wallets. It is believed that this helps in developing will power, concentration and patience. A dream-catcher also works in a similar way. But these things will only work if you have faith. You need to have faith in yourself before anything else. If you think you deserve better, then don’t let any temptation convince you otherwise.
Know your worth and I don’t mean this in a financial way. Focus on your relationships, both business and personal. Get feedback from those who matter to you. Learn how important you are to them. This exercise will help you understand and accept that you are truly a wonderful creation. Don’t live your life thinking it is ordinary. You are unique and so are your experiences. And now you can make it even better by pursuing your ambitions.
Go the distance; that extra mile may actually help you achieve all that you have always wanted. Yes, it may take time and some extra effort, but a palace takes longer to construct than an ordinary building. Don’t fret the wait. Even if you feel lost and bewildered, hold on to that dream, clear your thoughts and start marching again. Always remember that winners never quit!



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Around town

Belleville Elks Lodge is holding a holiday bazaar on Sunday, Dec. 11, a t 254 Washington Ave., Belleville, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The kitchen will be open and there will be a bake sale, music and more. All proceeds will benefit special needs children and veterans.
The Chorus of Communities presents its 21st Christmas concert “‘Gaudete!’
Midnight Mass” by Marc- Antoine Charpentier – based on French carols and other Christmas music, on Sunday, Dec. 11, a t 4:00 p.m. at the Church of St. Peter, 155 William St., Belleville. Advance tickets are currently on sale for $15, seniors and students $12. Door tickets will be available on concert day for $15. For reservations,
call 201-472-9362. Proceeds go to Clara Maass Medical Foundation and the new state-of-the-art cancer center.

Harrison Public Library will celebrate its 100th anniversary on Dec. 15, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. All are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.
Santa will arrive at the Harrison Library, on Dec. 17. Harrison and East Newark
children are all welcome to come and have pictures taken with him between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Santa is looking forward to reading your letters and Christmas lists.

A holiday drive to collect new toys for infants and children as well as new coats, hats, gloves and scarves for all ages, including adults, is currently being conducted at three different locations: Mid-Realty, Inc., 572 Kearny Ave., Kearny; Distano Chiropractic and Rehabilitation, 655 Kearny Ave., Kearny, and West Hudson Family Success Center, 655 Kearny Ave., Kearny.
Arlington Dog and Cat Hospital, 857 Passaic Ave., Kearny, will have pet pictures
with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 1 to 3 p.m. Donations are requested to benefit Orphaned Pets, Inc. For more information, call 201-991-3664.
The Kearny Public Library Children’s Room announces free events for children in December: Main library Play/Story Times for preschool-age children will continue on
Tuesday mornings from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon, and on Thursday mornings from
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (No classes on Dec. 27 and 29)
Branch library Play/Story Times for preschool-age children will continue on Thursday mornings from 10:15 – 11:00 a.m. (N o class on Dec. 29) The Branch Library is located at 759 Kearny Ave.
“Art with Mrs. Mills” for ages three-and-a-half and up is scheduled for Thursday,
Dec. 22, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Children are invited to hear a winter holiday story and also design an art project to take home for the holidays. The library will provide the art materials. This event will take place in the lower level of the Main library.
“Getting Ready for Winter” will be held from 4:30-5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 28, in the lower level of the main library. The group will read “The Gingerbread Man” and then each child will decorate a big, gingerbread man cookie to take home. Enjoy wintertime music while you decorate your cookie. Everyone is welcome.
Registration is not needed for any program. The Main Library is located at 318 Kearny Ave. For more information, visit us on the web at www.kearnylibrary.org or call 201-998-2666.
Library patrons can now schedule a one-on-one half-hour session with professional
librarians for help with assembling and typing a resume and applying for a job online. The sessions will be held at the main library. To sign up, call 201-998-2666.
The next business meeting of the Scots American Club, 40 Patterson St., Kearny, will be on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 3:00 p.m.
Kearny UNICO will meet on Monday, Dec.12, at 7:30 p.m. Anyone interested in
attending the meeting and /or learning more about Kearny UNICO should contact
Chapter President Lou Pandolfi at 201-368-2409.
The West Hudson Detachment of the Marine Corps League invites all former and active-duty Marines and FMF Corpsmen to attend an open house, which will be held every Friday from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at 286 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. Guests are welcome.
Registration is open for CYO Winter Camp, to be held for one week only, from Monday, Dec. 26, to Friday, Dec. 30, at the Archdiocesan Youth Retreat Center, Kearny. Cost is $125 for the week. Enrollment is limited, open to the first 20
children age 4 – 5 and 130 campers age 6 -12. Winter camp cost includes: Camp
hours 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., free after-camp until 5:30 p.m., lunch each day, snack
at after-camp, Wednesday trip for all campers age 6 -12 to go bowling and a special
guest for kinder campers age 4-5 on Wednesday, and sports, art, computers and
other activities. Early morning care is available for $30 for the week from 7:00-8:00
a.m. The fee includes breakfast.
Please note: There are no refunds on winter camp due to illness, absence or weather-related issues. For more information, visit wwwlnewarkoym.com.

Grace United Methodist Church, 380 Kearny Ave., Kearny, will have a Christmas Spree and Supper on Dec. 9, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Enjoy a chance for a one-stop shopping spree for those quaint gifts for co-workers, neighbors, hostesses or teachers, etc., Handcrafted Christmas ornaments, decorations, candies, cookies, wreaths,
centerpieces and more will be available.
Cecilian Seniors announces a trip to Mt. Airy Casino on Dec. 14. If interested, call Johnnie B. at 201-997-9552, between 6 and 9 p.m. Bus leaves at 9:30 a.m. in front of St. Cecilia’s Church.

Lyndhurst Public Library is collecting nonperishable food items for the Lyndhurst Health Department’s Food Pantry. The drop-off box is located inside the library’s back entrance. It will remain there year-round. For questions regarding the Food Pantry, call the Lyndhurst Health Department at 201-804-2500.
Lyndhurst VFW Post 3549, 527 Valley Brook Ave., Lyndhurst, will host a Karaoke
night on Friday, Dec. 16, from 7:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. The VFW hall is also available for all occasions. For more information, call the post at 201-939-3080.
Mary Lou Mullins Special Christmas Party bus trip to Atlantic City will depart on
Sunday, Dec. 18, to Resorts Casino. Cost is $25; cash return is $25. The bus will leave from St. Michael’s parking lot at 10:30 a.m. Refreshments will be served coming and going. Please book early – only 20 seats are left. Call Mary Lou Mullins at 201-933-2186 for more information.
Lyndhurst Elks are hosting a holiday party on Friday, Dec 10, at 7:30 p.m. at Doublebarrels Bar, 442 Lewandowski St., Lyndhurst to benefit the rebuilding effort
of the Lyndhurst Elks Lodge. The Elks are also collecting toys and clothing and /or money to be distributed to a local orphanage. Admission is a donation of $10. For information, call 201-926-2398.
A special Winter Solstice family celebration will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 21, at 7:00 p.m. at the Meadowlands Environment Center, DeKorte Park, Lyndhurst.
The event will start with a discussion on the winter solstice’s significance for people in ancient times, followed by several family activities. Children will have the opportunity to create sticky rice bowls (in Asia the rice bowls are a symbol of the coming winter solstice), Yule logs (traditional Scandinavian representation of the solstice), and Native American prayer sticks (Prayer sticks are created in the days leading up to the solstice). Admission is $5. MEC members, $4. For more information, call 201-460-
8300 or visit www.njmeadowlands.gov/ec.

North Arlington
North Arlington Health Department wishes to remind residents that flu vaccine is still available and will be administered by appointment only.
The vaccine is offered free of charge for those covered by traditional Medicare Part
B. Medicare card must be presented at the time of immunization. There will be a
$20 fee for those not covered by Medicare. For appointment or further information, please call the Health Department at 201-955-5695.
The North Arlington Woman’s Club holds monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the North Arlington Senior Center, behind Borough Hall. Guests are welcome.
Queen of Peace Knights of Columbus, North Arlington will celebrate D.J. Teen Angel’s farewell performance. If you’re familiar with Teen Angel, you know you’re in
for a night to remember while rocking to your favorite oldies. The event will be held on Saturday, Jan. 28, at 7:00 p.m., at the Council Hall, 194 River Road, North Arlington. Tickets are $35, which includes a catered buffet, beer, wine and soda. For tickets, call Nick at 201-230-3428 or email nicholascerchio@yahoo.com.

Nutley Public Library will host a preview and discussion of a documentary film in-
progress on the success of Newark Abby and its school, St. Benedict’s Prep on Friday, Dec. 9, at 6:30 p.m.
Big Jeff ’s Holiday Musical Show for young children will be presented at the library on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 11:00 a.m. No registration required.
The library will host an artist’s reception for Karen Floriani on Saturday, Dec.
10 at 2:00 p.m. Floriani’s photography and paintings will be displayed in both the
gallery and showcases.