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Tasty treats from Silver Lake Association


Want to prepare a special delicacy for an Easter holiday meal for the family?

How about a tasty desert?

Or even a dazzling beverage to top off your dinner?

Recipes for all of the above are available in “From Our Hearts to Your Homes,” a cookbook prepared by the Silver Lake Civic Association of Belleville which is marking its 21st anniversary this year.

“We’ve sold out the 50 we had to start with,” said Councilwoman Marie Strumolo Burke, president of the association, “so we’ve ordered another 50.”

The cookbooks are available for $10 apiece and proceeds from their sales go to the association for charitable endeavors in the community. The recipes were contributed by members of the association and others.

Readers will find more than 100 menu suggestions for Easter pies, pumpkin soup, macaroni dishes, salads, entrees and spirits.

To order the book, email Strumolo Burke at mariesburke@comcast.net with a request or call her at 973-759- 6849.

Here are a few samples from the text:

Chicken Rollatini 

(submitted by Mary Veniero) 


1 lb. chicken cutlets 

2 eggs beaten 

Flavored breadcrumbs 




Grated cheese 

2 chicken bouillon cubes 


Salt & pepper 


Dip cutlets in beaten eggs and then in flavored bread crumbs. Lay cutlets flat. Place a sprinkle of grated cheese on cutlets, then one slice of mozzarella and one thin slice of prosciutto, roll and hold together with toothpicks.

Fry in oil and 1/2 stick of butter, then set aside.

In sauce pan, saute one or two onions in a stick of butter until onions are soft, add fresh or canned mushrooms. Fry together for a few minutes. When ready, add one large package of frozen peas, and enough water to cover mixture (onions/mushrooms/peas), add 2 chicken boullion cubes and 1/2 cup of marsala wine and heat thoroughly.

Place chicken rolls in baking pan and pour onion mixture over chicken. Cover with foil tightly and bake in oven for 30 minutes at 350. Uncover tin foil and bake another 15 minutes.

Easter Sweet Pie

(from Rita Charles) 

Ingredients – Crust:

 3 cups flour 

1/2 cup sugar 

3 eggs 

3 tsp. baking powder

 1 tsp. vanilla 

1 stick margarine 


Mix all together and add some water to hold together. Set aside.

Ingredients – Filling:

3 lbs. pot cheese

1 tsp. vanilla

2 cups sugar

1 can evaporated milk

1 stick margarine soft

6 eggs

1/2 cup flour

1 pkg. chocolate chips


Mix all ingredients in large bowl, except chocolate chips.

Roll out dough to pie plate (9 1/2 wide x 2 1/2 deep). Save some dough for strips on top.

Put mixture in pie plate and drop chocolate chips in and mix with knife to fall to bottom of mixture. Put strips on top.

Bake at 350 for about 2 hrs.

Cool out of oven.

around town


Belleville Elks Lodge 1123, 254 Washington Ave., holds its monthly breakfast Sunday, Feb 15, 9 a.m. to noon. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for children under age 10 and free for children under age 3. In case of inclement weather, the breakfast will be cancelled. Call the lodge at 973-759-9623 to check if the event is still on.


Bloomfield Public Library, 90 Broad St., announces the following programs:

  • Humanoid Cartooning class offers an opportunity to learn to draw human proportions Feb. 11, 4 to 6 p.m. Registration is required. To register, visit http://www.bplnj.org/programs/.
  • Elder law attorney Benjamin Eckman will discuss senior related issues Feb. 18 at 6:45 p.m. Eckman has lectured extensively on elder law, special needs and disability planning and estate planning. This seminar is free.
  • The Finance Book Club resumes Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. The club meets every Tuesday night, Feb. 17 to March 31, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The library will be assisting the Junior League of Montclair-Newark in collecting toiletries for children in the foster care system through the Bloomfield Office of the Department of Child Protection and Permanency. Collection boxes will be available in both the children’s and adult buildings throughout February.

Donors are asked to contribute toothbrushes and toothpaste, lotions, soap, hair brushes, deodorants, feminine hygiene products, washcloths, blankets and reusable back packs or duffle bags that will be delivered to the Bloomfield DCP&P for distribution to the children they serve on an as need basis.

The library is open from Mondays to Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. During inclement weather, call the library at 973-566- 6200 to check on its status. The library will close Feb. 16 for President’s Day.

Seniors: Are you single and looking to mingle? Come and join other seniors to socialize, engage with peers and enjoy refreshments, music and raffle prizes at Job Haines Home, 250 Bloomfield Ave., Saturday, Feb. 14, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration starts at 2:15 p.m. R.S.V.P. by calling Donna Plotnick at 973-743-0792, ext. 133.

To learn more about Job Haines Home, visit: www.Job-Haines.org.


Harrison Lions Club announces a flapjack fundraiser breakfast Sunday, Feb. 22, 8 to 10 a.m., at Applebees, 175 Passaic Ave., Kearny. The Lions will serve pancakes for charity with the help of volunteers from Harrison High School. Tickets are available through a member or at the door. Adults’ tickets are $10. and kids under 10 will only be charged $7 for a plate of pancakes, sausages, and eggs cooked by the staff at Applebee’s. Proceeds will go towards helping the Harrison Lions Club to continue to do its charity work. For more information go to http://eclubhouse. org/sites/harrisonnj/index.php or email us at harrisonlionsclub@yahoo. com.


Presbyterian Boys and Girls Club, 663 Kearny Ave., hosts a Valentine’s dance Friday, Feb. 13, 7 to 10 p.m. The dance is open to teenagers only and will be supervised by PBGC Executive Director Tom Fraser and board members.

Kearny Public Library, 318 Kearny Ave., announces free programs for children in February. Registration is not required unless otherwise noted. Here’s what’s available:

  • Children are invited to celebrate Valentine’s Day at the library Friday, Feb. 13, 4:15 to 5:30 p.m., by making valentines to take home and listening to Valentine’s Day stories. All ages are invited to participate.
  • Art classes will take place Thursday, Feb. 26. Preschool Art for ages 2 1/2 to 5 starts at 11 a.m. and ends at noon. School-age Art for ages 5 and older starts at 4:30 p.m. and ends between 5:30 and 6 p.m. The library provides the art materials. Space is limited and will be first-come, first-served,
  • Celebrate the Chinese New Year at the library Thursday, Feb. 19, at 6 p.m. This event includes a food demonstration with samples, an ancient music recital and a calligraphy demonstration. • Children can dress in their prince and princess finery for a special breakfast featuring a theme from the Disney film “Frozen” Saturday, Feb. 21, at 11 a.m. This special event features a “Frozen”-themed craft and a visit from some of the characters who appear in the film, with plenty of photo opportunities. Donuts and juice will be served. This event will be free, but space is limited. Call the library at 201-998- 2666 to reserve a spot.
  • Children ages 5 to 12 are invited to spend some time reading to Fosse, a registered therapy dog, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Each session will last 10 minutes and will only be open to a limited number of children. Call the library to reserve a spot.

Kearny High School’s Project Graduation sponsors a fundraising trip to Atlantic City’s Bally’s Casino Sunday, Feb. 22. A bus will depart Kearny Federal Savings, 614 Kearny Ave., at 9 a.m., with check-in at 8:45 a.m., and will return to Kearny by 8 p.m. The cost is $30, with $20 back in slot dollars. Coffee, tea, donuts and rolls will be served on the bus. For reservations, call Judy at 201-991-5812 or email jh519aol.com. Reservations can also be made with Vi Abello at the front hall of Kearny High, at Mid Realty at 572 Kearny Ave., or by sending payments to Kearny Project Graduation, P.O. Box 184, Kearny, N.J. Deadline is Feb. 17.

W.H.A.T., 65 Oakwood Ave. (in residence at the First Lutheran Church), holds auditions for “The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Wednesday, Feb. 18, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 22, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Come with a 32 bar cut of a musical theater audition song that you feel best suits your voice and personality type. Also be prepared to learn a short dance cut and if you have tap experience, bring tap shoes. Acting sides will be provided. “The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley” will be presented April 17, 18, 24, 25. For additional information, visit www. whatco.org.


Knights of Columbus Council 2396 will hold a Tricky Tray Friday, Feb. 20, at the Senior Center, 250 Cleveland Ave. The $10 admission includes coffee plus one prize sheet of tickets. No alcohol is permitted. No tickets will be sold at the door. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For tickets and more information, call Steve Cortese at 201-657-0800 or Sal Russo at 201-446-7244.

Lyndhurst Police Emergency Squad holds its annual Tricky Tray fundraiser Feb. 19 at The Fiesta, 255 Rt. 17 S, Wood- Ridge. Doors open at 7 p.m. Drawing starts at 8 p.m. A variety of ticket packages are available at different prices. For more information, call 201- 804-2469, email trickytray@emergencysquad.com or visit lyndhurstnj.org.

The New Jersey Meadowlands Commission announces the following events:

  • Lucky Great Backyard Bird Count, co-sponsored by the Bergen County Audubon Society, is set for Friday, Feb. 13, 10 a.m. to noon, at DeKorte Park, Lyndhurst. Visitors will walk along the park’s trail system, counting waterfowl, raptors and any other birds they can find.
  • Third-Tuesday-of-the- Month Nature Walk, cosponsored by the Bergen County Audubon Society, is set for Feb. 17, 10 a.m. to noon, at Losen Slote Creek Park, Little Ferry. Admission is free. To register for these events, contact Don Torino of the BCAS at greatauk4gmail.com or call 201-230- 4983 or visit www.njmeadowlands. gov and click on “Events.” The Lyndhurst Library Children’s Room, 355 Valley Brook Ave., hosts the following February events: • Winter/Spring Storytime, for ages 3 to 4 1/2, is available for two sessions at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and will be offered every Thursday from Feb. 19 to May 14. Registration deadline is Feb. 13.
  • Children in grades 1 to 4 are invited to create a Valentine mobile and St. Valentine’s Day cards Thursday, Feb. 12, 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Registration is required. Call ahead of time.

To register for programs, call the library at 201-804-2478.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3549, 527 Valley Brook Ave., hosts a karaoke party Friday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m. The VFW hall is available for rental for all occasions. For more information, call 201- 939-3080.

Lyndhurst American Legion Post 139 Rehabilitation Committee holds a ward party for veterans at Chestnut Hill Extended Care Facility, Passaic, Tuesday, Feb.17, at 2:30 p.m. St. Michael’s Church and the Lyndhurst Food Pantry, chaired by Beth Bogdanowicz, donated items for the party. Post members play games of chance with hospitalized veterans and distribute treats to them. Anyone interested in sponsoring a ward party is invited to call John Deveney at 201-438-2255.

North Arlington 

North Arlington Public Library, 210 Ridge Road, will screen “The Raw and The Cooked,” a documentary on Taiwanese cuisine, on Friday, Feb. 20, 11 a.m. to noon.

For more information on library programs, call 201-955- 5640 or visit northarlington.bccls.org.

North Arlington Elks, 129 Ridge Road, host a Fish Fry Ash Wednesday, Feb. 18, 4 to 7 p.m. Admission is $12. Dinner includes fish (fried or broiled) or fried shrimp, plus French fries, a bowl of clam chowder, a baked clam and coleslaw. Also available are shrimp cocktails, and clams on the half shell for $5 for a half and $8 for a full dozen.


Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Drive, offers the following programs: Registration is not required unless otherwise noted.

To register, call the library at 973-667- 0405.

  • Two-Year-Old Story Time is set for Fridays, Feb. 13, 29 and 27, at 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Must be a Nutley resident. Registration is required.
  • Patrons are invited to play Bridge at the library every Tuesday at 1 p.m. • Preschool Story Time, open to ages 3 to 5, takes place Wednesdays, Feb. 11 and 25, at 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Participants must be Nutley residents. Registration is required.
  • Wednesday Afternoon Knitters meets every week at 1 p.m.
  • Computer Class for teens is set for Wednesdays, Feb. 11 and 25, at 3:30 p.m.
  • Manga/Anime Club meets Thursdays, Feb. 12 and 26, at 3:15 p.m.
  • Movie Week for children and families takes place Feb. 17 to 19 at 2 p.m. The program includes crafts and refreshments.

Registration is not required unless otherwise noted. To register, call the library at 973-667- 0405.

Want to eat healthy? ShopRite can help


ShopRite of Lyndhurst, an Inserra Supermarkets store, is hosting a series of nutrition and wellness events for February led by Julie Harrington, in-store registered dietician.

The programs are free and are being held at the Lyndhurst store, 540 New York Ave., for local residents. All programs are open to the public and do not require advance registration unless otherwise noted.

Here’s the list:

Julie’s Walking Club meets Thursdays at 8 a.m. for a one-mile trek through the store, starting at the Dietician’s Corner. Membership cards and prizes are provided to all participants. Julie’s Produce Pick will have ShopRite’s dietician mixing the week’s produce pick into a delicious new dish on Tuesday, Feb. 10, from 1 to 3 p.m. Stop by for samples and recipe cards.

Sweets for Your Sweetie provides free samples and a recipe for a dark chocolate concoction that’s rich in antioxidants on Thursday, Feb. 12, to mark Valentine’s Day.

Breakfast with the RD allows guests to start the day with a heart-healthy breakfast with ShopRite’s dietician on Monday, Feb. 16, from 8:30 to 10 a.m.

ShopRite Cooking Class: Heart-Healthy Edition provides a new dinner recipe featuring heart-healthy ingredients on Thursday, Feb. 19, at 1 p.m. Because space is limited, pre-registration is required. Try Something New by heading to the Dietician’s Corner to sample new items now available in ShopRite on Friday, Feb. 20, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Get the Skinny on Fats by dropping by the Dietician’s Corner to get all of the facts on fats on Monday, Feb. 23, from 10 a.m. to noon.

ShopRite Cooking Class: Wonderful Whole Grains Edition explains how to prepare a whole grain dish featuring tasty grains on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 5:30 p.m. Space is limited so pre-register.

High Fiber Friday gives visitors to the Dietician’s Corner a chance to learn about fiber’s important role in heart health and how to meet fiber requirements in a delicious way on Friday, Feb. 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

LiveRight with ShopRite Kids’ Day Cooking Class offers little chefs ages 6 and up a chance to create and try new health foods on Friday, Feb. 27, starting at 4 p.m. Pre-register for this event.

ShopRite’s retail dieticians can also serve as guest speakers/ instructors at wellness events hosted by local organizations. For more information or to pre-register for a program, call Harrington at 201- 419-9154 or email her at Julie. harrington@wakefern.com.

Smoky blaze shuts Skyway


By Karen Zautyk
Observer Correspondent 


On Saturday afternoon, with temperatures well below freezing and the wind-chill well below that, the Kearny Fire Department responded to a blaze at a South Kearny truck-repair business. With flames apparently fueled by stored tires and motor oil, the fire grew to four alarms and, at its height, was being battled by 75-80 firefighters from seven municipalities.

During the blaze, a portion of the steel building “twisted and collapsed,” KFD Chief Steve Dyl reported. As a result, an emergency demolition of the structure was ordered, which the owners, Kephart Trucking, carried out on Sunday, Dyl said. The chief said the initial alarm came in at 1:53 p.m. and the fire was declared under control shortly before 5 p.m. However, KFD crews remained on the scene — on Second St. near Adams St. — into Sunday afternoon. Although the cause is undetermined, Dyl said the blaze appeared to have started in the Kephart building housing tractors and tires. Read more »

Tomko is new schools chief


By Ron Leir
Observer Correspondent 


Richard Tomko came up unlucky in the race for state senate in the 24th district in 2013. As the Democratic nominee, he lost to GOP incumbent Steven Oroho by about a 2-1 margin.

But last Thursday, Tomko, 42, a product of Queen of Peace High School, North Arlington, emerged from a field of nearly 50 candidates as the pick for Belleville’s chief schools administrator.

At a special meeting, the Belleville Board of Education voted 5-1 to appoint Tomko to the post, starting Feb. 15, giving him a 3-year-plus contract running through June 30, 2018, at $167,500 a year, with an opportunity for annual merit increases of up to 14.99% after his first year of service.

The only dissenting vote came from Ralph Vellon, who was elected to the board this past November. (Board member John Rivera did not attend the meeting but later told The Observer he was caught up in work and couldn’t get away but added that he felt that Tomko was “one of the stronger candidates” and felt he was “fully qualified as superintendent.”) Read more »

PJs & reading: perfect together


By Ron Leir
Observer Correspondent 


Some folks probably were scratching their heads after seeing adults and children toddle into East Newark Public School while dressed in PJs in the early evening hours Thursday, Jan. 22.

No, it wasn’t for a sleepover. And it didn’t signal the opening of the first-ever night school session.

Give up? It was “Pajamarama.”

But nobody was sleeping, a visitor from The Observer can assure you. Instead, there was a whole lot of reading going on. Parents, teachers and staff were reading aloud – some in Spanish and some in English – from age-appropriate books to students in their classes for 20 minutes. Read more »

Check how town’s plowing … from home

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By Ron Leir
Observer Correspondent 


That big Nor’easter that was supposed to whack The Observer’s territory last week turned out to be a big bust for snow enthusiasts.

At the same time, those Kearny residents fretting about the perils of maneuvering around the mounds of white stuff were treated – for the first time – to an insider’s look at how quickly the streets were being cleared of the estimated 7.5 inches that fell in the area.

All they had to do was log onto the town website – kearnynj.org – and click on the “Snow Plow Map” icon.

From there, the viewer could choose any of three options to access a web map that graphically displayed color-coded route statuses of routes for plowing, brining and salting showing real-time positions of GPS-equipped vehicles on each route. Read more »

Welsh joins Brady, Brady & Reilly firm

James C. Welsh, supervising judge of compensation, has joined Brady, Brady and Reilly of Kearny as head of the Workers’ Compensation Department. Judge Welsh has more than 43 years of experience in handling workers’ compensation cases, with the last 22 years as the supervising judge in Hudson County.

He has received various awards from the Hudson County Bar Association including:

May 3, 2006 – For commitment to fair and legal treatment to petitioners and Respondents alike. Read more »

Adding up the benefits of calcium


Calcium, the most common mineral in the body, plays an essential role in blood clotting, muscle contraction, nerve impulse transmission, and bone and tooth formation.

Studies indicate that calcium plays a role in blood vessel contraction and dilation which affects blood pressure.

A constant level of calcium is maintained in body fluid and tissues so that these vital body processes function efficiently. More than 99% of body calcium is stored in the bones and teeth; the remaining 1% is found in blood, muscle, and the fluid between cells.

Calcium is lost from the body every day in urine and feces, and trace amounts are lost in sweat, shedding skin, hair, and nails. The lost calcium is normally replaced by calcium from food. If your diet does not contain enough calcium or if you don’t absorb enough calcium from your food or supplements to replace the lost calcium, the body breaks down bone to get the calcium it needs.

To absorb enough calcium, your body also needs vitamin D. Your skin can make vitamin D when it is exposed to direct sunlight. Other sources of vitamin D are fatty fish, eggs, liver, butter, fortified foods such as milk and multivitamins. People at risk for having too little vitamin D are elderly adults, those in institutions and some people with chronic neurological or gastrointestinal diseases. People living in northern latitudes may need supplements in the winter to maintain adequate vitamin D levels.

According to the Office of Dietary Supplements of the National Institutes of Health, the amount of calcium you need each day depends on your age:

Children ages 1 to 3 need 700 milligrams (mg) a day.

Children 4 to 8 need 1,000 mg a day.

Children 9 to 18 need 1,300 mg a day.

Adults ages 19 to 50 should get 1,000 mg a day.

Ages 50 to 70: Men should get 1,000 mg a day; women should get 1,200 mg a day. B

oth men and women older than 70 should get 1,200 mg a day.

The best way to get calcium is from food. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends a minimum of three cups of nonfat or low-fat vitamin D-fortified milk or equivalent milk products each day.

Many benefits 

A consistent level of calcium in the body’s fluids and tissues is needed for muscle contraction, blood vessel contraction and expansion, the secretion of hormones and enzymes, and transmission of messages through the nervous system. Adequate calcium and vitamin D intake throughout a person’s lifetime can help build and maintain proper bone mass, helping to prevent osteoporosis.

Calcium from dairy products in combination with a diet high in fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy can help keep blood pressure in check and help prevent the absorption of dietary fat; this helps decrease blood cholesterol.

 Getting enough calcium 

To ensure you consume enough calcium each day, start with food and drink. Calcium in food is better absorbed by the body than calcium in a supplement. The additional compounds in dairy products act with calcium to promote its benefits. Strive to consume at least three calcium-rich foods daily such as low-fat or nonfat yogurt, 1% or skim milk, low-fat ice cream, calcium-fortified orange or grapefruit juice, low-fat cheese and lowfat cottage cheese.

Also, look for foods with added calcium such as rice and some breakfast cereals. Aged cheese and yogurt tend to be more easily digested by people who are lactose intolerant; eat them in small quantities along with other food. Foods made with active or “live” cultures, like yogurt or buttermilk, are also easier to digest because their “friendly” bacteria help digest lactose. Other options include lactosefree milk, lactose-free cottage cheese and nondairy sources of calcium, such as calcium-fortified soy milk, tofu, baked beans, almonds, broccoli, kale and other dark green leafy vegetables, and canned salmon and sardines with the bones. For canned fish, you need to eat the bones to get the calcium.

Vitamin D is necessary for your body to absorb the calcium you get from foods or supplements. You can get vitamin D from foods fortified with it or by spending five to 30 minutes in the sun between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at least two times per week. Adults 19 to 50 need at least 600 international units (IU) of vitamin D a day; those 51 and older need 800 IU a day.

Sizing up your supplement

If you’re not consuming at least three calcium-rich foods per day, consider taking a calcium supplement. If you use a supplement, however, don’t depend on it to meet your calcium needs.

A good bet: Take a 500 mg calcium supplement each day and try to get the remaining 500 to 700 mg of calcium from food. In order to absorb the most calcium, you should take only 500 mg or less at one time.

Calcium supplements come in different forms, such as calcium carbonate and calcium citrate. Some have vitamin D added to them for extra benefit. Calcium carbonate is affordable and is also found in some antacid tablets. Because it relies on stomach acid for absorption, it is absorbed best when taken with food. Calcium citrate is absorbed the same with or without food and is good for people with low stomach acid.

Research indicates that calcium citrate is absorbed better than other supplements, such as calcium carbonate. But to enhance a calcium supplement’s absorption, take it with a citrus-based food, such as orange juice.

To learn more, stop in and see in-store Registered Dietitian Julie Harrington, R.D., at the ShopRite of Lyndhurst, 540 New York Ave., Lyndhurst, N.J. 07071. For information on health and wellness events, contact Julie at 201-419-9154 or Julie. harrington@ wakefern.com.

around town


Belleville Public Library and Information Center’s Children’s Room, 221 Washington Ave., announces the following activities for children:

  • A Hibernation Party kicks off at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7. Children are invited to create a wintry craft and enjoy hot chocolate and other treats. Come in your pajamas and bring your favorite stuffed friend.
  • Pajama Storytime is set for Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 6 p.m. For more information, call 973-450-3434.

The Woman’s Club of Belleville meets the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the clubhouse, 51 Rossmore Place. Prospective members are welcome. For more information, contact Terry Landon at 973-751- 6529.

Belleville High School music department presents its first annual winter coffee house, featuring performances by the school’s jazz band, acapella chorus and the Tri-M Honor Society on Tuesday, Feb. 10, in the school cafeteria, 100 Passaic Ave., at 7 p.m. Admission is $2 and includes one beverage. Baked goods and additional beverages will be sold during the performances. For more information, contact Anthony Gotto, director of bands, at 973-532-5012, ext. 1619, or via email at Anthony. gotto@bellevillek12.nj.us


Bloomfield Public Library, 90 Broad St., announces the following programs:

  • Humanoid Cartooning class offers an opportunity to learn to draw human proportions Feb. 11, 4 to 6 p.m. Registration is required. To register, visit http://www. bplnj.org/programs/.
  • Elder law attorney Benjamin Eckman will discuss issues facing seniors Feb. 18 at 6:45 p.m. Eckman has lectured extensively on elder law, special needs and disability planning and estate planning. This seminar is free.
  • The Finance Book Club resumes Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. The group meets every Tuesday night, Feb. 17 to March 31, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Midday Movies are screened every Monday and Thursday at 12:15 p.m. Here’s this month’s schedule: Feb. 5 – “The Giver,” Feb. 9 – “Love and Basketball,” Feb. 12 – “And So It Goes,” Feb. 16 – “Head of State,” Feb. 19 – “Flower Drum Song,” Feb. 23 – “The Man” and Feb. 26 – “The Hundred Foot Journey.”

The library also offers the following weekly programs for children: Toddler Time, open to ages 19 to 36 months, is held Tuesdays at 11 a.m., Pre-K Storytime and craft, open to ages 3 to 5, is offered Wednesdays at 11 a.m. and Baby and Me, open to ages 0 to 18 months, is available Thursdays at 11 a.m. The library will be assisting the Junior League of Montclair-Newark in collecting toiletries for children in the foster care system through the Bloomfield Office of the Department of Child Protection and Permanency. Collection boxes will be available in both the children’s and adult buildings throughout February. Items being collected include toothbrushes and toothpaste, lotions, soap, hair brushes, deodorants, feminine hygiene products, washcloths, blankets and reusable back packs or duffle bags. They will be delivered to the Bloomfield DCP&P for distribution to the children they serve on an as need basis.

The library is open from Mondays to Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The library will be closed Feb. 16 for President’s Day. During inclement weather, call the library at 973-566-6200 to check on its status.


Kearny Public Library, 318 Kearny Ave., offers these free programs for children in February:

  • Preschool Play and Story Time, for ages up to 5 with adult participation, takes place Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to noon. Classes repeat Thursdays, 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. There will be no 11:45 a.m. classes Feb. 12 and 26.
  • At the Branch library, 759 Kearny Ave., Preschool Play and Story Time will be held Thursdays, 10:15 to 11 a.m. There is no class Feb. 12.
  • Children are invited to celebrate Valentine’s Day at the library Friday, Feb. 13, 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. Make Valentines to take home and listen to Valentine’s Day stories with your library friends. All ages are invited to participate.
  • The library will screen the following Academy Award-nominated films:– “Guardians of the Galaxy” (PG 13) on Friday, Feb. 13, at 1 p.m., “Grand Budapest Hotel” (R) (adults only) on Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 1 p.m., “Ida” (PG-13) on Thursday, Feb. 19, at 1 p.m., “The Boxtrolls” (PG) on Friday, Feb. 20, at 4 p.m. and “Big Hero 6” on Friday, Feb. 27, at 4 p.m.
  • Celebrate the Chinese New Year at the library on Thursday, Feb. 19, at 6 p.m. This event includes a food demonstration with samples, an ancient music recital and a calligraphy demonstration. Call the library at 201-998- 2666 or visit www.kearnylibrary.org for more program information.

The Woman’s Club of Arlington meets Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 1 p.m. at the Girl Scout House, 635 Kearny Ave. Participants are asked to bring the front of holiday and other greeting cards for delivery to St. Jude’s Children Hospital.

Kearny High School’s Project Graduation sponsors a trip to Atlantic City’s Bally’s Casino Sunday, Feb. 22. A bus will depart Kearny Federal Savings, 614 Kearny Ave., at 9 a.m., with check-in at 8:45 a.m. and return to Kearny by 8 p.m. Cost is $30, and you’ll get $20 back in slot dollars. Coffee, tea, donuts and rolls will be served on the bus. For reservations, call Judy at 201-991-5812 or send email to jh519@aol.com. Reservations can also be made with Vi Abello at the front hall of Kearny High, at Mid Realty at 572 Kearny Ave., or by sending payments to Kearny Project Graduation, P.O. Box 184, Kearny, N.J. 07032. Deadline is Feb. 17.


Knights of Columbus Council 2396 will hold a Tricky Tray Friday, Feb. 20, at the Senior Center, 250 Cleveland Ave. The $10 admission includes coffee plus one prize sheet of tickets. No alcohol is permitted. No tickets will be sold at the door. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For tickets and more information, call Steve Cortese at 201-657-0800 or Sal Russo at 201-446-7244.

Lyndhurst Police Emergency Squad holds its annual Tricky Tray fundraiser Feb. 19 at The Fiesta, 255 Rt. 17 S, Wood- Ridge. Doors open at 7 p.m. Drawing starts at 8 p.m. A variety of ticket packages are available at different prices. For more information, call 201-804-2469, email trickytray@emergencysquad.com or visit lyndhurstnj.org.

The New Jersey Meadowlands Commission and Bergen County Audubon Society are co-sponsoring a Lucky Great Backyard Bird Count Friday, Feb. 13, at 10 a.m., at DeKorte Park, Lyndhurst. Visitors will walk along the park’s trail system, counting waterfowl, raptors and any other birds they can find. To register, contact Don Torino of the BCAS at greatauk4gmail.com or call 201-230-4983 or visit www.njmeadowlands.gov and click on “Events.”

The Lyndhurst Library Children’s Room, 355 Valley Brook Ave., hosts the following February events:

  • Bring your child for a walk-in story on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. Grades PreK to 2 are welcome. No registration is required.
  • Winter/Spring Storytime, for ages 3 to 4 1/2, is available for two sessions at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and will be offered every Thursday from Feb. 19 to May. Registration deadline is Feb. 13.
  • Children in grades 1 to 4 are invited to create a Valentine mobile and St. Valentine’s Day cards Thursday, Feb. 12, 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Registration is required. Call ahead of time. To register for programs, call the library at 201-804- 2478.

North Arlington

North Arlington Public Library, 210 Ridge Road, announces the following programs for adults:

  • Sit and Stitch Knitting and Crocheting Group meets Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m.
  • Author Rose Marie Cappiello presents a demonstration of mediumship following a discussion of her new book “Speaking from Spirit” Monday, Feb. 9, at 6:30 p.m. Books will be available for purchase for $20. For more information on library programs, call 201- 955-5640 or visit northarlington.bccls.org.

North Arlington Elks, 129 Ridge Road, hosts a Fish Fry Ash Wednesday, Feb. 18, 4 to 7 p.m. Admission is $12. Dinner includes fish (fried or broiled) or fried shrimp, plus French fries, a bowl of clam chowder, a baked clam and coleslaw. Also available are shrimp cocktails, and clams on the half shell for the price of $5 for a half and $8 for a full dozen.

Garden State Rollergirls (GSR) are looking for new skaters, referees and nonskating officials for the 2015 roller derby season.

GSR’s veteran coaches will teach you how to skate, stop, master the rules of roller derby and eventually join full-contact gameplay.

GSR’s “First Skate” program is held the first Saturday of every month. Next session is Feb. 7. Practice runs from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Inline Skating Club of America, 170 Schuyler Ave. There is a $10 fee. Bring your gear (loaner skates/gear will be available) and a positive attitude. To R.S.V.P. or for more information, email GSRrecruit@gmail.com.