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Bloomfield 

Bloomfield Public Library, 90 Broad St., offers the following activities:

• Yoga Class is held on the last Monday of the month through November, on Sept. 29, Oct. 27 and Nov. 24, all at 6 p.m.

• Book Club meets on Monday, Oct. 6, 6:45 to 7:45 p.m., to discuss “Blessings” by Anna Quindlen. For more information, call the reference desk at 973-566-6200, ext. 219 or 220.

The Historical Society of Bloomfield presents a slide show festival Sunday, Sept. 28, at the Civic Center, 84 Broad St. Admission is free. Bloomfield architecture, from 1880’s to 1920’s will be the focus from 1 to 2 p.m., followed by the Morris Canal from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., and historic sites of Bloomfield, from 4 to 5 p.m.

East Newark

West Hudson Brave Women Fighting Breast Cancer meets on the last Friday of every month, 7 to 9 p.m., at the East Newark Senior Center, 37 President St. For more information, call Emma at 201-998-6828, Rosa at 201-246- 7750, Fatima at 973-485-4236 or email emidura2@yahoo.com.

 

Harrison 

Harrison Downtown Community Development Partnership and Neighborhood Preservation Program sponsors a Flea Market and Collectible Show Saturday, Sept. 27, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Harrison Ave., between Second St. and Frank E. Rodgers Blvd. Admission is free. Four exhibitor spaces are available for free to any school or local organization. Call 201-998-1144 for a reservation.

Kearny 

Kearny Police Department, 237 Laurel Ave., in partnership with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, participates in Operation Take Back Sept. 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Turn in expired, unused or unwanted prescription or over the counter medication. This is an anonymous drop-off. No ID required. Participants are asked to use the department’s Forest St. door for the Juvenile Aid Bureau. For more information, call Officer Jack Corbett at 201-998-1313, ext. 2820.

Kearny Public Library, 318 Kearny Ave., invites children ages 5 to 12 to read to Fosse the Therapy Dog at the library Wednesday, Oct. 1, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Each session will be 10 minutes long and will be open to a limited number of children. To reserve a spot, call the library at 201-998-2555.

Kearny Lions Club sponsors a bus trip to Sands Casino, Bethlehem, Pa., Sept. 27, leaving from 60 Kingsland Ave. at 9 a.m. Price is $35. Tickets include $20 for slots and a $5 food voucher. For tickets, call Alvin at 201-997-9371, ext. 18, or Jo Ann at 201-998-3018.

Redemptoris Mater Seminary, Kearny, sponsors a 5K run Sunday, Sept. 28, beginning on S. Midland Ave. at 6 p.m. This run is one of many events being held to raise much-needed funds for the seminary. There is a $25 registration fee. More information is available at www.rmnewark.org or fathermanuel@gmail. com.

Presbyterian Boys-Girls Club, 663 Kearny Ave., is open on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays, 7 to 9 p.m. Children ages 8 to 17 may use the club’s gym, pool tables, electronic games and more. The club plans to offer a teen basketball league and monthly dances, among other activities. For more information, call 201-991-6734.

Lyndhurst 

Registration is open for a walk to benefit the American Diabetes Association set for Sunday, Oct. 5, at Riverside County Park, Riverside Ave. (entrance on Valley Brook Ave.) Participants must check in at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 11 a.m. The event will include vendors, health seminars and activities for kids. To register, visit www.diabetes.org/lyndhurstwalk.

As of Sept. 22, the Lyndhurst Food Pantry, 253 Stuyvesant Ave., resumed normal business hours, Monday to Thursday, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Interested patrons must submit proof of need to the Health Department, 601 Riverside Ave., Suite 1. For more information, call the department at 201- 804-2500.

United Presbyterian Church, 511 Ridge Road, hosts a Victorian tea, sponsored by the Meadowlands Museum, Sunday, Sept. 28, 3 to 6 p.m. The event includes a lecture on the history and preparation of tea plus live music.Tickets are $30 and are available at the museum, 91 Crane Ave., Rutherford, Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Lyndhurst Public Library, 355 Valley Brook Ave., announces the following programs. Registration is required for both. To register, call the library at 201-804- 2478:

• Autumn craft program for grades 1 to 4 Monday, Sept. 29, 3:30 to 4:15 p.m.

• Young Adult Book Club for grades 7-12, is looking for new members. The group’s next meeting is Wednesday, Oct. 1 t 6 p.m. to discuss “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green. For more information or to join, you may also email reference@lyndhurst. bccls.org.

Lyndhurst Health Department, 601 Riverside Ave., hosts its bi-annual women’s health clinic, arranged through a partnership with Clara Maass Medical Center, on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 9 a.m. It includes education on breast self-examination and a PAP test and is open to township residents ages 18 and over. For an appointment, call the department at 201-804- 2500.

Lyndhurst Town-Wide Yard Sale to benefit the Lyndhurst High School auditorium restoration project and the Barringer-Walker-Lopinto American Legion Post 139 Scholarship Fund is slated for Saturday, Sept. 27, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Maps will be available, along with coffee and a continental breakfast, from 8 to 11 a.m., at the post hall at Webster and Park Aves. The post will also offer lunch from noon to 5 p.m. More than 100 homes have registered for this bargain hunter’s paradise. For more information, call the post at 201-933-4120.

American Legion Post 139, 217 Webster Ave., announces the following events. For tickets or more information on these events, call the Post at 201-933-4120.

• A pancake breakfast is set for Sept. 28, 8 to 11 a.m. Admission is $5 at the door.

• The eighth annual Clam Lover’s Family Barbecue is slated for Oct. 4, 1 to 6 p.m. Advance tickets cost $25. Includes all-you-can-eat clams steamed and on the half-shell and much more. Call the Post to reserve your tickets.

• The Post’s Rehabilitation Committee holds a ward party for veterans at Chestnut Hill Extended Care facility, Passaic, Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 2:30 p.m. Post members conduct games of chance and distribute treats to bed-ridden veterans. Anyone interested in sponsoring a ward party is invited to call 201-438-2255.

North Arlington 

North Arlington Volunteer Fire Department sponsors its annual boot drive Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 27 and 28, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Firefighters will be stationed at major intersections throughout the borough collecting money for the fireman’s fund, which is used to help finance civic activities, scholarships and athletic teams.

North Arlington Public Library, 210 Ridge Road, invites folks to learn all about the history of newspapers in the United States with journalist Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta at the library, Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 6:30 p.m.

The Senior Harmony Club of North Arlington sponsors a trip to Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, Tuesday, Oct. 21. Cost of the trip is $25. Attendees will receive $30 in slot play and $5 for food. Nonmembers are welcome to attend. For reservations or more information, call Florence at 201-991-3173.

North Arlington Woman’s Club sponsors a beefsteak fundraiser set for Friday, Oct. 24, 7 to 11 p.m., at the Knights of Columbus hall, 194 River Road. Tickets are $40. Proceeds benefit various local charities. For tickets and more information, call Christine at 201-577-1088 or Fran Sardoni at 973-818-6421.

Nutley 

Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Drive, hosts the following programs. Registration is not required unless otherwise noted. To register or for more information, call 973-667- 0405.

• P.J. Storytime, open to all ages, on Monday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m.

• Teen Book Club meets on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 3:30 p.m.

• Ages 8 and up are invited to teach a librarian about the three -dimensional online world of Minecraft on Monday, Sept. 29, at 3:30 p.m.

• Children ages 28 months and under and their caregivers may enjoy nursery rhymes, stories and playtime on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Only Nutley residents may participate. Registration is required.

• Meet Catherine Greenfeder, author of “Wildflowers,” Monday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m.

The Department of Parks and Recreation, 44 Park Ave., offers the following programs. For more information, call 973-284-4966, between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

• Art Workshop – Open to grades 1 to 6, this eight-week program resumes Oct. 11. Classes will be held Saturdays at the department. The fee is $30 per child. Class size is limited and applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Online registration is available at https://nutleynj. my.gov-i.com/recreation.

• Heartsaver CPR and AED training – Parents, coaches and child-care providers are encouraged to attend this three-hour class, available Thursday, Sept. 25, or Tuesday, Oct. 14, at the department. Registration fee is $65. Class size is limited. Registration, on a first-come first-served basis, is available online or at the department.

During Civic Pride Day, Sept. 28, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 1 William St., Nutley. Red Cross volunteers will provide information to help families learn how to be better prepared for emergencies.

The Department of Public Affairs, in collaboration with the Fine Art Alliance of Nutley, host the Kingsland Manor Experience an interactive art show in which artists will be creating new work using various media as patrons walk the grounds of Kinglsland Manor, 3 Kingsland Rd. The show is slated for Saturday, Oct. 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A suggested donation of $5.00 per person will be collected at the door, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Kingsland Manor.

Tonight’s Nutley HS football game moved to Msgr. Owens Field

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Due to weather conditions this week and the need to preserve the final stages of construction on the oval, tonight’s Nutley High School home football game has been moved to Monsignor Owens Field 44 Park Ave.,  at 7 p.m.  Admission to the game is free.

One dead in Lyndhurst shooting

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The state Attorney General’s Shooting Response Team is investigating a fatal shooting of the driver of a stolen SUV at the Lyndhurst-Rutherford border early Tuesday, Sept. 16, according to a press release issued by the AG’s Office.

The driver, identified as Kashad Ashford, 23, of Newark, was shot by police shortly before 2:30 a.m. after a pursuit and a passenger in the vehicle, listed as Jemmaine T. Bynes, 30, of East Orange, was arrested.

The AG’s Office said the two men, who reportedly had a weapon inside the vehicle, were being chased in connection with their alleged efforts to steal or break into vehicles. Read more »

‘Sober House’ rattles residents

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By Ron Leir
Observer Correspondent 

KEARNY –

The corner house at Grand Place and Stewart Ave. doesn’t really stand out in any particular way, but it’s drawn a lot of attention from neighbors – and not in a good way. Many packed the assembly chambers at last Tuesday night’s Town Council meeting to demand that the town take action to kick out its new occupants, clients of a “recovery house.”

And the town is taking steps to do just that if the building’s owner and tenant fail to comply with various building code and zoning-related violation notices.

But the new tenant insists that when the dust clears, folks will see there’ll be nothing to worry about. Read more »

2nd hotel signals growth

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By Ron Leir
Observer Correspondent 

HARRISON – 

The town of Harrison, with a current population of about 14,000 but growing thanks to several new residential projects rising in its waterfront redevelopment area, now has a second hotel.

It is the Element Harrison, the brand’s second hotel in New Jersey, along with the Element in Ewing Township, just outside Princeton.

The 138-room facility off Frank E. Rodgers Blvd. S. is just steps away from the Harrison PATH station and across the street from the Red Bull Arena.

Its construction – developed at a cost pegged at $43 million – comes a decade after the development of the 165-room Hampton Inn & Suites on the Harrison Riverwalk, close to the border of downtown Newark. Read more »

A harvest of plenty in special garden

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By Karen Zautyk
Observer Correspondent 

HARRISON– 

Somewhere in Harrison, there is a magical place. If we were telling this story as a fairy tale, it would begin:

Once upon a time, there was a small plot of land on which a happy home had stood. But one day, the king’s men came and tore the house down, leaving the land lonely and forsaken. Soon, bad people found the place and used it as a trash heap, and it got uglier and lonelier, because the king’s men didn’t do anything about cleaning it up.

Good people who lived nearby would try to remove the litter, but the bad people always came back and dumped some more.

Then, an angel appeared. We will call her a Gardening Angel. And she planted lots of wonderful things, which grew to giant size and which she shared with her neighbors. Read more »

Vino, verily, arriving soon

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By Ron Leir
Observer Correspondent 

KEARNY –

Starting next month, the Kearny Farmers Market will be offering a new, sweet treat as part of the fresh, Jersey-grown produce for its patrons.

We’re talking vino, folks.

The town governing body voted last Tuesday night to permit the Four Sisters Winery in Warren County to conduct wine tasting and sales on specified Thursdays – Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 – at the Farmers Market on Garfield St.

That’s contingent on state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board approval. Read more »

Town OKs Passaic Ave. builders’ deal

KEARNY – 

Kearny is another step closer to seeing new commercial development along its Passaic Ave. corridor, close to its East Newark border.

The town’s governing body signed off last Tuesday night on a three-year redevelopment agreement for a portion of the Passaic Ave. Redevelopment Area with DVL Kearny Holdings LLC and its principals Alan Casnoff of Philadelphia and Lawrence J. Cohen of New York.

Key to that mobilization is construction of a BJ’s Wholesale Club on the east side of Passaic Ave. which will be positioned as the “anchor” of several new retail stores planned for the area near ShopRite.

Eric R. Ballou, principal of InSite Engineering, the Wall Township firm hired by DVL to assist with the project, told the mayor and Town Council that DVL expected to begin disconnecting utilities at older retail properties on the mall site shortly before tearing down those structures, starting in November.

Then, the firm figures it will be undertaking “infrastructure, beginning early next year, for the BJ’s project,” Ballou said.

Under terms of the redeveloper agreement, DVL must pay the town $50,000 a year in “administrative fees” plus consultant fees by Oct. 1 and each year thereafter until the town has issued a certificate of completion for the project. However, the fee will be adjusted downward based on a formula keyed to the “gross building area of the new buildings” completed.

Those new buildings will be an 87,788 square foot structure to be leased to BJ’s Wholesale Club, a 35,000 square foot, one-story structure to house one retail client and a 17,000 square foot, one-story structure that will house five smaller retail tenants. Other than BJ’s, no other tenancies have yet been announced by DVL.

Additionally, the agreement calls for DVL to pay the town $90,000 in administrative fees owned for 2013 and 2014 for which DVL was “in arrears from prior redeveloper agreements.”

DVL must also provide to the town $184,000 as its contribution toward the eventual construction of a Passaic River Waterfront Park/Walkway within the next decade.

DVL has pledged to try to hire Kearny residents as construction workers for one out of every five jobs on the project.

DVL will put up $75,000 in “condemnation escrow” to acquire easements from Kmart.

Some history on the project: In December 2000, the town declared 86 acres in the southwestern part of Kearny to be in need of redevelopment, and in 2001, the mayor and council adopted the original Passaic Ave. Redevelopment Plan which was revised in 2007 and amended in 2014 to allow for the construction called for in the agreement approved last week.

– Ron Leir 

Around Town

Belleville

The Newark St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee will hold a Halfway-to-St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser Wednesday, Sept. 17, 6 to 9 p.m., at the Belleville Knights of Columbus on Bridge St. The event will honor the past grand marshals and deputy grand marshals. Admission is $35 for adults ($15 for those under 21). Guests will enjoy corned beef and cabbage, dessert, beer, wine and soda. The Eamonn Ryan Showband will entertain.

The Belleville Public Library and Information Center, 221 Washington Ave., will screen the animated musical fantasy/comedy “Frozen” (PG) Saturday, Sept. 20, at 2 p.m.

Belleville Elks Lodge 1123, 254 Washington Ave., hosts its monthly breakfast Sunday, Sept. 21, 9 a.m. to noon. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for children under age 10 and free for children under age 3.

Bloomfield

Certified school counselor Allen Regar provides information on researching and applying to college at a seminar Sept. 22 at 6 p.m. at Bloomfield Public Library, 90 Broad St.

Harrison

Harrison Downtown Community Development Partnership and Neighborhood Preservation Program sponsors a Flea Market and Collectible Show Saturday, Sept. 27, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Harrison Ave., between Second St. and Frank E. Rodgers Blvd. Admission is free.

Four exhibitor spaces are available for free to any school or local organization. Call 201- 998-1144 for a reservation.

Holy Cross Church sponsors a bus trip Sunday, Sept. 21, to the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, leaving from Holy Cross School, Frank E. Rodgers Blvd., at 10 a.m. Refreshments will be served in the school basement starting at 9:15 a.m. Cost is $30 ($25 returned in slot play.) Call Joan for reservations at 973- 481-2434 (leave your name, phone number and number attending).

Kearny

The Class of 1964 of St. Cecilia High School is holding a 50th reunion dinner Saturday, Oct. 4, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., at Mama Vittoria Restaurant, 160 Franklin Ave., Nutley. To attend, contact Kathy McCourt Jackes at kathyjackes@yahoo. com or 908- 303-9993; Kathy Walsh Vecchio at katvec46gmail.com or 973-865-0402; or Nancy Branin Waller at nancy.waller2@verizon.net or 201- 889-6229 by Sept. 25.

St. Cecilia Church, 114 Chestnut St., sponsors a flea market Saturday, Sept. 20, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Vendors are welcome. For more information, call 201-991-1116. All proceeds benefit the parish.

The Kearny Police Department, 237 Laurel Ave., in partnership with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, will once again be participating in Operation Take Back Sept. 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants are asked to use the department’s Forest St. door for the Juvenile Aid Bureau. Turn in expired, unused, or unwanted prescription or over the counter medication. This is an anonymous drop off. No ID required. For more information, call Officer Corbett at 201-998-1313, ext. 2820.

Kearny Lions Club sponsors a bus trip to Sands Casino, Bethlehem, Pa., Sept. 27, leaving from 60 Kingsland Ave. at 9 a.m. Price is $35. Tickets include $20 for slots and a $5 food voucher. For tickets, call Alvin at 201-997-9371, ext. 18, or Jo Ann at 201-998-3018.

Kearny UNICO hosts “Wheels for Vic,” a fundraiser to purchase a power wheelchair for Kearny resident Victor Muniz, Sunday, Oct. 5, at 1 p.m., in the former Boystown gym, 499 Belgrove Drive. The $30 admission covers a raffle, lunch and live music. Muniz was paralyzed after a tree branch fell on him during a 2008 summer storm. For tickets or more information, contact Lou Pandolfi at 201-368-2409, Joseph Sgalia at 201- 998-6879, Rossana McLaughlin at 201-407-7262, or Judy Hyde at 201-991-5812. The committee also welcomes both monetary and/or gift donations for this event.

Trinity Church, 575 Kearny Ave., hosts a fish, chicken and chips dinner Friday, Oct. 3, 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and two for $30. Take-out will also be available. Tricky Tray will be held 8 to 9 p.m. For tickets, call Annamarie at 201-998- 2368 after 5:30 p.m.

Pathways to Independence sponsors its 13th annual Walka- Thon Saturday, Oct. 4, 10 a.m. to noon, at West Hudson Park, Schuyler Ave. entrance. All are welcome. Proceeds benefit adults with disabilities who attend Pathways programs. For more information, call Pathways Executive Director Alvin Cox at 201-997- 9371, ext. 18.

Redemptoris Mater Seminary, Kearny, sponsors a 5K run Sunday, Sept. 28, beginning on S. Midland Ave. at 6 p.m. This run is one of many events being held to raise much-needed funds for the seminary. There is a $25 registration fee. More information is available at www.rmnewark.org or fathermanuel@gmail. com.

Lyndhurst

The Lyndhurst Food Pantry, 253 Stuyvesant Ave., resumes normal business hours on Monday, Sept. 22. Pantry hours are Monday to Thursday, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Interested patrons must submit proof of need to the Health Department, 601 Riverside Ave., Suite 1. For more information, call the department at 201- 804-2500.

United Presbyterian Church, 511 Ridge Road, hosts a Victorian tea, sponsored by the Meadowlands Museum, Sunday, Sept. 28, 3 to 6 p.m. The event includes a lecture on the history and preparation of tea, plus live music.

Tickets are $30 and available at the museum, 91 Crane Ave., Rutherford, Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

New Jersey’s “Bat Man” Joe D’Angeli and his Batmobile will be at the Meadowlands Environment Center, 2 De- Korte Park Plaza Friday, Sept. 19, 6 to 9 p.m. D’Angeli will present a live bat exhibit. A portion of the proceeds go to bat conservation and rehabilitation groups nationwide. Suggested donation is $5. Registration is recommended and appreciated. To register, go www.njmeadowlands.gov/ec or call 201-257-2231.

The Masonic Club, 316 Riverside Ave., hosts all-youcan- eat crabs and cole slaw (chicken available for nonseafood eaters) Saturday, Sept. 20, at 6 p.m. Admission is $20 at the door. For reservations, call the club at 201-933-1330.

Lyndhurst Garden Club meets Monday, Sept. 29, at 7:30 p.m., at the Senior Citizen Building, 250 Cleveland Ave. Topics include designed flower beds, gardening in pots, and more, plus a raffle and social hour. For more information, call 201-939-0033.

The Woman’s Club of Lyndhurst sponsors an indoor garage sale Saturday, Sept. 20, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Senior Building.

Lyndhurst Public Library, 355 Valley Brook Ave., hosts an autumn craft program for grades 1 to 4 Monday, Sept. 29, 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Registration is required. To register, call the library at 201-804-2478.

Veterans of Foreign Wars’ Post 3549, 527 Valley Brook Ave., hosts a karaoke party Friday, Sept. 19, at 8 p.m. The VFW hall is available for all occasions. For more information, call the post at 201-939- 3080.

The Lyndhurst Health Department announces the following programs. To register, call the department at 201-804-2500.

• A bi-annual women’s health clinic, arranged through a partnership with Clara Maass Medical Center, is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 9 a.m. The clinic offers education on breast self-examination and a PAP test and is open to township residents ages 18 and over.

• A free meditation course is offered weekly on Tuesdays, 6 to 7 p.m., starting Sept. 16, at the Community Center, Riverside and Tontine Aves. For more information, call the Health Department.

United Presbyterian Church sponsors a vintage marketplace and gourmet food truck fest slated for Sunday, Sept. 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1050 Wall St. West parking lot. Admission is free.

North Arlington

Learn all about the history of newspapers in the United States with journalist Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta at North Arlington Public Library, 210 Ridge Road, on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 6:30 p.m.

The library’s Historical Fact and Fiction Book Club meets Thursday, Sept. 25, at 10 a.m. and the Friends of the Library Book Club meets Friday, Sept. 26, at 10 a.m.

The library’s Comics Club for ages 6 and up meets Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 3:30 p.m.

Queen of Peace Church celebrates the 22nd annual International Prayer and Fasting Campaign Monday, Sept. 22, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the LaSalle Center, 200 Ridge Road. For more information, call 201-997-7000.

Nutley

The Art Workshop program for grades 1 to 6 resumes for an eight-week fall session Oct. 11. Classes will be held Saturdays at the Recreation Department, 44 Park Ave. The fee is $30 per child. Class size is limited and applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Online registration is available at https://nutleynj. my.gov-i.com/recreation. For more information, call 973- 284-4966 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

The Department of Parks & Recreation is accepting Recreation Basketball registration for the 2014-2015 season. This program is open to Nutley youngsters in grades 3 to 8. Teams compete in a recreational league format and are grouped in divisions by grade. Boys and girls will play in separate leagues. The program seeks to provide ample playing time for all participants, teach the fundamentals of individual and team play and encourage sportsmanship.

Registration deadline is Oct. 17. The fee is $40 per player. For more information, visit www.nutleynj.org or call 973- 284-4966 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Nutley residents, particularly parents, coaches and child-care providers, are encouraged to attend Heartsaver CPR & AED training to be offered at the Department of Parks & Recreation. A threehour class, taught by Lifesaving Techniques, is available Thursday, Sept. 25, or Tuesday, Oct. 14, at the Rec Department, 44 Park Ave.

The fee is $65. Class size is limited. Registration, on a first-come, first-served basis, is available online or at the Rec Department. For further information, call 973-284- 4966, between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Children ages 28 months and under and their caregivers are invited to enjoy nursery rhymes, stories and playtime at Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Drive, Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Only Nutley residents may participate. Registration is required. To register or for more information, call the library at 973- 667-0405.

Rosko named Agent of the Month

LYNDHURST – George Rosko, who has spent seven years with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Coccia Realty, is the company’s Real Estate Agent of the Month for July in the Lyndhurst office, owner and President John (Jan) R. Kwapniewski announced.

Rosko, the agency’s top rental specialist, has closed 51 agreements to date in 2014, representing the most of any agent locally and the fourth-highest and top 1% of any agent in the region’s 500-plus agencies, according to statistics from the N.J. Multiple- Listing Service (NJMLS).

“His number of transactions are extraordinary,” said Lyndhurst Branch Manager Michael Amoroso. “George is a very hard worker, readily available to his clients. He is ethical and professional, and he works seven days a week. Whatever needs to get done, George gets it done.”

Rosko, a real estate agent for 16-plus years, lives in North Arlington and serves clients from Harrison, Kearny, Lyndhurst, North Arlington and Rutherford.

Rosko says he enjoys his work with BHGRE Coccia not just because of the people, but because he knows his voice is heard.

“I always know that when I have ideas or concerns, I can always bring them to our broker John,” Rosko said. “And he listens. If he believes it’s a good idea, he’ll run with it. If he doesn’t think it’s a good idea, he’ll say so, but he’ll always explain why he doesn’t think it’ll work. That’s very important to me.”

In addition to rentals, Rosko handles residential and commercial sales, leases and property management.

Kwapniewski, like Amoroso, sang Rosko’s praises. “We were very fortunate that George chose my company,” Kwapniewski said. “He’s one of the hardest workers you’ll ever find in this industry, and I am very happy to have him on board as long as we have.”

Rosko is a member of the National Association of Realtors, Eastern Bergen County Board of Realtors, Garden State Multiple Listing Service and NJMLS.

With BHGRE and Coccia’s status as a HUD-registered broker, he has access to foreclosures and REO listings and can also offer relocation services and referrals throughout the country.

To contact Rosko, call his mobile at 201-218-0841 or the Lyndhurst office at 201-939- 8900.

For more information, call 201-997-7000, or visit www.cocciarealty.com or facebook.com/cocciarealty.